John Egan The Big Easy, July 14 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>
The countdown continues! Yesterday gave us Nick Cave in smutty existential perfection, a drunken electronic whirl through a Japanese city, poor Geoffrey O'Connor lamenting his lost lesbian love outside a limo, an unbelievable rendition of Legend of Zelda tunes on the violin, and the stark beauty of ... More >>
Today we're starting a new segment here on Rocks Off I'm calling The Last VJ. Each week we'll look at five new music videos and allow you (the readers) to judge which ones deserve to be called the absolute best, and which ones deserve to be left to rot underneath the Internet's pixilated sky. The a ... More >>
Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"
"EDM has the power to make people profoundly happy. And if those good vibes are trickling down to the kids, well, that's alright." - Katie Bain, LAWeekly Life is all about creating opportunities that will allow you to follow and achieve your dreams, however difficult, weird, or seemingly impossible ... More >>
On-the-go DJ/producer might be electronica's very own superhero.
When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous. Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable.
This past weekend I discovered Dubstep Island, a fantasy Twitter feed where "the stars of EDM go and live together on an island for some reason." The artists live and explore the island with people like James Blake and Skrillex rubbing bare shoulders, though we cannot imagine either of them wearing ... More >>
There's no doubt that Spike Jonze is an enigma of a director and artist. He's worked in all types of mediums: he filmed bullriders at the Astrodome, changed the world of skateboard videography, and visually recreated the brilliance of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. Plus, he's made us al ... More >>
The Crystal Method Fitzgerald's June 8, 2012 The Crystal Method are not young and sexy. The Las Vegas duo's faces are lined, their midsections are soft and their hairlines are a little fucked-up. Basically, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have been around the block a time or two, and they look it. B ... More >>
A summer concert season to melt your face off.
We're obsessed with music videos lately, and have spent almost the whole of the weekend seeking new and brilliant ones in order to feature in our weekly column. We're just so impressed with the capabilities open to modern artists at all strata of stardom, and how brilliant a piece of work can come o ... More >>
Hipster ScumThis Saturday morning, the Houston Press and our sister blog Art Attack will be hosting a dance party, starting at 10 a.m., to celebrate National Dance Day. They even made a few videos to get Houston ready for the event, featuring yours truly in the only dance get-up that matters, ... More >>
Last year, Rocks Off was wowed by the talents of Charles Goubeaud of Metal Hands Media in his work for the music video for The Ride Home's "Girls." The video was an incredible piece of work, and featured scenes in the Kirby House of Pies for those of you who like a little local flavor with yo ... More >>
We like fireworks and explosions, and with July 4th right around the corner, we are sure to get our fill. Things burning or blowing up are pretty cool, except of course if it's your house, car or business. In that case, it's an awful, horrible atrocity and God is a bastard for letting it happen t ... More >>
Marc BrubakerSpain Colored OrangeSpain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray Got your taxes done? No? You poor dumb bastard. They won't let you just not do them, you know that, right? Unpleasant as it is, finding out you owe still more money after having paid a sales tax all year, it's nothing compared to what the government will d ... More >>
Werewolves and vampires have been at each others' throats long before Twilight: New Moon (opening tomorrow) had them making pouty duck-faces at one another. Thankfully, the tradition of the vampire and the werewolf in the art of the music video is a much richer one than the antics of the crybaby ... More >>
[Ed. Note: Maxwell's pianist and bandleader, Missouri City native Robert Glasper, plays the official afterparty with his trio at Meridian, 1503 Chartres.] Maxwell is headlining Tuesday's R&B feature at the Toyota Center with support from Common and newcomer Chrisette Michele. But Rocks Off ... More >>
An imaginary history of electronic music
The Voodoo Organist brings his Beelzebub blues to town
Elvis: Today, Tomorrow & Forever (RCA) / "A Little Less Conversation" (BMG)
At long last, the Godfather's son makes his first film, and it was not easy
In the Mode (Talkin' Loud/Island)
BT tries to do the unutterable: Be a DJ who vocalizes
Impressive Human Traffic isn't always pretty, much like the scene it covers