Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. Some local love managed to make its way into the selection of most triumphant videos this week. Also, get ready for evil dancing, mad science, and heroin. You like heroin, right? No? Well, that's OK. Even without heroin it's a great round-up this week. Vot ... More >>
Mumford & Sons finally played America's fourth-largest city September 17.
Depeche Mode Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 18, 2013 People talk about how improbable it is that Keith Richards is still alive to tour with the Rolling Stones, but for a time there in the mid-'90s, it seemed equally unlikely Depeche Mode would ever hit the road again. Singer Dave Gahan s ... More >>
Sweden produces some of the best electronic music in the world, as evidenced by the exhilarating Covenant show that hit Numbers two weeks ago. This time, Fitz's gets to host some Scandinavian beep-and-boopery, and it doesn't get any better than Niki & the Dove. I first got into the band after cover ... More >>
I was already familiar with the stunning work of Frankie Rose from her role in the Dum Dum Girls. Now she's out unsupervised with a solo album, Interstellar, and it more than lives up to her "other" project's excellence. I was sent a long a promotional video for the song "Night Swim," and it's anoth ... More >>
Today Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, is in stores and on iTunes. It's her first since 2008's Hard Candy, and the album title is already bringing the ire of electronic artist deadmau5, who took exception with what he saw as her excessive use of drug references in tandem with her new sound. The ... More >>
Local pop-goth chanteuse La Catrin finally releases her debut.
Rocks Off has done lot of playlists over the course of our writing career, but last week's birthday tribute to the one and only Bela Lugosi may be our favorite. Finding songs about the beloved horror icon not written by Bauhaus wasn't easy, and one of the deeper tracks we uncovered was an Ohi ... More >>
Editor's Pick: Shit. I spent my whole year either avoiding or ignoring trends. No reason to change now. Marc Brubaker: Many a person instructed me to place Ke(Dollar Sign)ha in this spot, but she's become so ubiquitous that I can't help but laugh when I hear her now. No, fine sirs, this awa ... More >>
The following should be heard in Ray Liotta's voice for maximum effect: As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to be a VJ. We grew up with MTV, and until we had to break it off after we found the channel hoing around with a pack of syphilitic realitysauruses, we never missed a cha ... More >>
Rocks Off is quite keen on alternate realities, the kind where The Joker is actually a superhero or Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four. That kind of thing. This summer has seen two of Houston's seemingly most-stable institutions thrown into complete chaos. First, Sara Fitzgerald turned ove ... More >>
Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. OK, Your daily VJ has brought some rather impressive bits of WTF over the course of this column and not ... More >>
Craig HlavatyThursday night, after seeing the Houston Symphony cover Queen and then running to Warehouse Live to bathe in Ratt, Rocks Off went to the opening night of Brad Moore's new bar in Montrose, Grand Prize. Formerly Ernie's On Banks, GP was hopping from 9 p.m., when the first drink w ... More >>
So, Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger were just chillin' in Hell (like they do), when suddenly they thought it would be pretty cool to come back and throw a party. So they contacted Olivia Newton-John, who is really a Satanic cult leader with laser-light manipulation abilities, and she raised the ... More >>
Photos by Jason Wolter The past year has been a year of renewal for pop music when it comes to new roles for women. In these previous 12 months, the archetype of what a female pop singer is supposed to look and sound like has been completely gutted and reconstituted, leaving room for the more inv ... More >>
Houston's Miss Leslie dials up more honky-tonk homilies on her new CD.
Shooter Jennings enlists the occult and Stephen King on ambitious, eerie new album Black Ribbons.
Every Goth in Houston knows, or should know, that if you want to know what's up or going down with any major Goth musician from the '80s or '90s, then all you have to do is keep an eye on Lonnie Locascio's MySpace or Facebook. Between being on a first-name basis with Robert Smith and having inter ... More >>
Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>
Goldfrapp inspires a cyber-search for the perfect beat
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