Ian Wells

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Young Mammals Finish New Album Despite Recent $5K Gear Theft

    Dynamic Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals, who only recently returned to active duty after a lengthy college-induced hiatus, are recovering from the theft of nearly all of guitarist Cley Miller's equipment just as the group was ready to begin work on its first album in nearly three years. Accordi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    KTRU's Final FM Local Show - Maybe - Goes Out With A Bang

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​In what perhaps can best be described as a rabid celebration of local music, the KTRU studio at Rice University was mobbed with a host of DJs, local musicians and assorted friends on Tuesday night. Already a confined space, the small studio and the hallway leading to it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    What If The KTRU And Fitzgerald's Sales Were Reversed?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    KTRU News Roils, Saddens Local Music Community

    UPDATED (5:35 p.m.) to include comments from Rice's B.J. Almond and a new Facebook count. The fate of KTRU's annual outdoor free concert in the spring is one of many things that has yet to be decided.​News of the University of Houston's impending purchase of Rice University student radio stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    On Friday The 13th, Houston Musicians Share Some Superstitions

    ​Friday the 13th has been considered an unlucky day since at least the 19th century. Birthed from a potent combination of Christian traditions, pagan folklore and classical numerology, it is estimated that over $800 million is lost each time it rolls around through people canceling plans or ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Golden Cities Hate All Over The Lion King

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    Digital Domain

    Prolific Houston songwriter Joe Mathlete empties his vaults (almost) onto the Web.

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Vinyl & Compilations

    Alternatives to the full-Length CD are back with a vengeance.

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    Merchant of Soul

    Spoon's musical tinker Britt Daniel avoids the cringe.

  • Music

    October 16, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Tonight: B L A C K I E vs. KTRU

    B L A C K I E at Recession Thursday, Numbers, August 28 Photo by Brigitte B. Zabak Today marks the battle of the capital letters: B L A C K I E vs KTRU. The distortion-obsessed local hip-hopper was scheduled to appear for an in-studio session on the station’s (91.7 FM) Tuesday-night The Local Sho ... More >>