Los Rakas Warehouse Live, September 12 Equally competent remixing Wiz Khaifa's "We Dem Boyz" as they are grooving a smooth reggaeton love jam, Panamanian cousins Raka Dun and Raka Rich are as cool and colorful as their adopted city of Oakland, Calif. Their major-label debut, this year's El Negrito ... More >>
Blondie, X Warehouse Live September 27, 2013 Blondie's show last Friday night was a far cry from faultless. And I, like everyone else on the packed floor of Warehouse Live, could've cared less. It was Blondie. Opening band X played a fairly long set of sustainable American music that sounded prett ... More >>
Blondie, X Warehouse Live, September 27 Arguably the two best American bands to come out of the punk era, Blondie and X each personified the late'70s/early-80s rock scenes of New York and L.A, respectively. Fronted by impossibly glamorous Debbie Harry, Blondie mingled downtown CBGB cool with Studio ... More >>
Did you know that Football, etc., a Houston band with a very low profile in the local music scene, has more than 4,000 Facebook likes? This is because the emo-rock trio, which moved to Houston from New Jersey about five years ago, is being played on college-radio stations across the country thanks t ... More >>
Earlier this week Rocks Off asked our contributors to tell us one or two concerts coming to Houston this fall they considered a "can't-miss" show. They didn't disappoint us. Depeche Mode Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 18 Maybe this makes me a bit geeky, but I'm totally stoked for Depec ... More >>
"Wild Thing" may not be most-recorded song in history, but it's got to be up there. (It's not even in the Top 10, though, according to the UK's The Independent.) But when the version by the Troggs, whose singer Reg Presley died of cancer late Monday night, became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic ... More >>
The Old 97's revisit a Texas classic on 15th anniversary tour.
See many more events this weekend in the Houston Press' 2012 Pride Guide. This Saturday, the streets around Westheimer and Montrose will be swamped with people for the 34th annual Houston LGBT Pride Celebration, one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the South. Started to commemorate t ... More >>
David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus MusicWomen are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>
Bare Wires: Thu., March 10. Fitzgerald's. Basshunter: Fri., Feb. 25. Stereo Live. Bon Jovi: Tue., May 17. Toyota Center. Dipset: Thu., April 7. Numbers. A Dream Asleep, Born Again Virgins, Cavernous, Commie Hilfiger: Thu., Feb. 24. Abbey Pub. Drowning Pool, Trust Company, Static Cycle: ... More >>
Jason WolterToots & the Maytals at House of Blues, May 2Along with the season of shopping madness and suicidal depression comes the season for Best-ofs. Live show-wise, 2010 was very benevolent to Lonesome Onry and Mean. Some of our favorites from 2010: 11. Jon Cleary, The Big Easy: Cleary ... More >>
Ali Smith/Bloodshot RecordsExene Cervenka is one of those musicians who makes an interviewer nervous; like, you hope the questions you come up with are good enough not to piss her off, or worse, laugh at you. Besides a published poet and accomplished visual artist, Cervenka and now-ex-husband/re ... More >>
Al Di Meola: Sat., Feb. 13. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Celtic Woman: Fri., April 30. Toyota Center. Citizen Cope: Sat., March 13. House of Blues. Cowboy Mouth: Tue., Feb. 16. House of Blues. David Gray: Thu., March 11. Verizon Wireless Theater. Dexter Romweber, Exene Cervenka: Wed., Jan. 27. The ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Austin is full of ghosts, and not just at the Driskill Hotel. (Say hi to LBJ's mistress for us, though, those of you staying there.) Some of the ghosts aren't even dead. Take the Dicks (above), Austin's early-'80s hardcore trail-blazers who reconvened to play Wednesday night's Austin Music Awards an ... More >>
We here at Rocks Off are only about a week away from chafed inner thighs, weird Japanese punk bands puking in hotel pools and sweating out our morning mojitos while walking to an art space off 4th Street. South By Southwest is now only a week away. It was all fun and games in December when we were ... More >>
Check out our slideshow of X at Warehouse Live... X Warehouse Live Studio June 3, 2008 Better Than: The same show in the Warehouse Live ballroom - for the audience, if not the band. Download: Here's John Doe covering the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" on his solo tour last year. Despite their well-dese ... More >>
Honey and Salt
Friday, April 7, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-629-3700
Thursday, August 25, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
Legendary L.A. punks survey the scene they helped spawn 25 years ago
Just when he thought fame had passed him by, Austinite Jon Dee Graham gets rediscovered
Jon Dee Graham writes of missing his faraway son
A rash of new compilations makes a case for the Me Decade's place in rock history
X was the West's great punk hope. But now they're finding more fun in their new worlds.