"The past year has been quite a change for us," says Chvrches front woman Lauren Mayberry, during a recent phone interview. In the past year alone, the Glasgow-based trio have become key players on the electro-pop scene. They've toured with Depeche Mode, sold out headlining tours across the world, ... More >>
Rap superstar Drake performs in his spiritual hometown.
Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... More >>
Some musicians are just road rats. They can't get enough of life on tour. For others, it wears down on them to a breaking point. Many have been very vocal about how much they despise touring, especially as they've gotten older. Some, like Trent Reznor, have expressed fears of being a KISS-esque nos ... More >>
For better or worse, I've always been one of those nimrods that gets a little bent out of shape whenever I see a list of major cities in America that doesn't include Houston. This invariably happens on things like morning talk shows where they run a ticker of weather during the show and every city u ... More >>
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our beloved country, which gave us the freedom to rock? "The Boys Are Back In Town" "We Are The Champions ... More >>
Ian Astbury talks touring with a transgendered singer and addresses his new-media critics.
Last Sunday, HBO aired the Season 3 finale of Eastbound & Down, the series about down-on-his-luck minor-league relief pitcher and morally bankrupt human being Kenny Powers. Besides a certain unvarnished wisdom ("death is for pussies") and a peculiar way with the ladies, Powers has one of the most sp ... More >>
We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>
Julie EnsmingerPeter Case at Cactus Music last year"I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land, surrounded by car dealerships, business ... More >>
Photos by Steve Gullick/Sub Pop RecordsMogwai: No photos please, we're Scottish.While the slapping of stylistic labels onto music may irk bands, such terms are often warranted, accurate, and most importantly, not necessarily negative. Scottish rockers Mogwai hold a laundry list of said labels ... More >>
GroovehouseThis one's for the pop-culture junkies. For those who, like us, are tickled by all forms of pop media, whether it be literature, film or music... this list encompasses them all. A surprisingly high quantity of bands have named themselves after books, songs, and films; some are obvi ... More >>
"Traditional radio is as dead as Joey Ramone." Last year, Rocks Off's editor - who will be played by upcoming Celebrity Apprentice contestant Gary Busey for the duration of this article - hauled us into his office and said, "Dammit, With One F! This radio on the Internet thing is blowing up ... More >>
Indie-pop cult heroes never planned to reunite.
Though best known as the frontman of iconic and infectious '80s group Men at Work ("Who Can It Be Now?" "Down Under," "Overkill," "It's a Mistake"), for over 20 years Colin Hay has forged a newer identity as a singer-songwriter to a growing fanbase less likely to yell out "Vegemite Sandwich!" ... More >>
Internet content is the "found object" of the 21st century.
There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and gro ... More >>
With a No. 1 album in the UK, the Kings of Leon are all but exiled from Main Street, USA
When the jukebox is an art form
Paul Rodgers performs Friday, April 20, as part of Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park, 8400 Kirby, 832-667-1400.
Mardi Gras Grill hosts a weekly eating contest
Let's Get Out of This Country
It takes a true Scotsman to get to the bottom of this whole Franz Ferdinand thing
Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldn’t care
Wack puts this whole Franz Ferdinand thing into context
How do these pretty boys stack up against some real dealers of death?
Hollywood goes Texan at the South By Southwest Film Festival and Conference
The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people
Dubya and Franz Ferdinand have made it okay for white guys to dance
The Austin rejects of Young Heart Attack rule Houston and the UK
Grant Morrison's the best writer in comics--and maybe the oddest
Jiggernaut hopes to crush all in its path to glory
Is he a writer, director, actor or...sex symbol? Um, yes--and more
The pain's the thing. So says Stoppard in The Real Thing, his elegant literary exploration of romance.
Shooting Gallery series wants to bring art films to the masses
Think of the mildly amusing Big Tease as the Spinal Tap of haute coiffure
Loach sheds the sentimental in a tender look at a tough hero
At Harlingen's Marine Military Academy, the line between discipline and abuse is sometimes as thin as a knife's edge
Gallows humor at some club, and the attack of the killer accordions