Trudy Lynn's Royal Oak Blues Cafe is entering its second week in the No 1 spot on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart this week. She's pretty happy about it. "Oh my God. Isn't that wonderful?", Lynn said by phone Wednesday morning. "I'm just floored. I don't know how I feel about it. I'm elated, I'm ... More >>
Pearl Bar runs up a hefty tab with the comptroller's office as once-hot Washington Avenue sings the blues.
In anticipation of the upcoming 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon, originally released in March 1973, we here at Rocks Off would like to remind you all that Pink Floyd existed for some years before that monumental album. While the band experienced some success, they of course never saw anyth ... More >>
Bobby Lewis, whose no-cover Blue Monday jams at his Third Ward juke joint Miss Ann's Playpen welcomed professionals and amateurs alike and became legendary among the Houston blues community, passed away over the weekend from a number of health problems. His age was unknown. Reg Burns, Director of F ... More >>
2011: Penn State's horrible yearYou know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>
(Cue heartbeat sound effect) This week we turn our fact-finding spotlight on of the most successful cosmic rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd. The band is going through another period of rediscovery by fans young and old with a new set of remastered reissues, along with last year's extremely popula ... More >>
Indie-pop cult heroes never planned to reunite.
Texas has its own brand of March Madness
Mumiy Troll, the biggest rock band in Russia, hopes for a belated U.S. breakthrough.
Don't ask Rocks Off to explain how it came to be that we hadn't listened to the Vaselines in such a long time. It is what it is. Fortunately for us, Sub Pop just gave Eugene and Francis the deluxe double-disc treatment, and we've been listening almost non-stop since it arrived. How this band manage ... More >>
The man who directed the new documentary The Messenger, Shawn Sterling Welling, is a self-described "self-absorbed, amateur film director" who happened to have a friend with movie-making equipment laying around. He literally stumbled upon The Messenger's story while biking on Bolivar Peninsula. Need ... More >>
Editor's Note: The following article has been updated to clarify some statements made in the original. To clarify, we did not mean to suggest that Levonia Stancil is the owner of Unified Doers Management Group. And we wish to make clear that it is Darrick Stancil who settled a civil fine for $3,600 ... More >>
Eugene Chadbourne All hail the inventor of the electric rake! Though the unearthly clatter of the amplified yard implement may be Eugene Chadbourne's oddest claim to fame, chances are it isn't his most remarkable. The completist's nightmare that is Chadbourne's official discography spans thre ... More >>
Elliott presents his new novel and screens a film favorite at Alamo Drafthouse
Friday, June 3, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.
There's fresh meat for the reaper in Final Destination 2
Carroll Robinson has been running for something ever since he arrived in Houston. Now he may be nearly out of track.
Tchaikovsky's opera follows a fickle aristocrat and the woman who loves him
Eugene Hawthorne ditches his bass and goes barefootin' with soul-jazz
Sensitive, saccharine and practically messianic, Pay It Forward works like a charm
Christopher Guest takes his comedy very, very seriously
John McCain's family
Even the great Alan Parker can't save Angela's Ashes from sappy self-absorption
Former Houstonian Jerry Lightfoot goes deep inside the blues to save himself
Pete Mayes, Houston blues' premier nice guy, finally gets busy
Pavement walks the tongue-in-cheek line between genius and junk
Trudy Lynn recalls her journey to musical acclaim