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Indie Rock and Indie Pop

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie and Girl Talk Top Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Lineup

    Fun Fun Fun Fest is not the biggest festival in the world. It doesn't draw the biggest names. It's not a hub for celebrity activity, although Val Kilmer did show up once. But true to its name it is fun, and if you ask me (let's pretend that you did) it's the best festival of the year, the shining l ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Six Metalheads and Punks Who Went Folk

    Hey everyone, here's a thing I've noticed: lots of guys seem to "mature" and quit metal and punk to do other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I've pointed out many times that these are genres for youngsters, and once you reach a certain age maybe it is time to find a different career. On the other hand, what's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Five Covers of the Cure That Don't Suck

    For this latest edition of "things that don't suck," we decided to look at one of the most talked-about and anticipated headliners of this year's Austin City Limits Festival: the Cure. The Cure's legacy in pop-culture history is inestimable. A generation of teenage goths owes their ethos to front ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Hipster Garbage: The Indie Band Drinking Challenge, Round 2

    It's no longer a secret that I hold a deep disdain for most of the hipster music that runs across my desk. I try to give it a fair shot, but I just can't get into it. And a ton of it has come across my desk as of late, further igniting that fire of dislike while leaving me to wonder just what my pro ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    January 4, 2013

    Coming Soon to Houston: Tons of 2012 Critical Favorites

    "No good bands ever come to Houston, I swear." Welp, you're wrong buddy. In the next few weeks and months, plenty of critical darlings are coming to Houston venues, and it's not even festival season. They are coming because they are actually on tours and not taking pity on us. OK, Houston crow ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    October 4, 2012
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    July 12, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012: A$AP Rocky, De La Soul, PiL, Santigold, X, Turbonegro, Etc.

    This morning Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, the best music festival in Texas that isn't Free Press Summer Fest, announced their full 2012 lineup after months of teasing us and leaking a handful of names at a time -- and then hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C Tuesday morning. Scheduled for November 2-4 at Audit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Put On A Happy Face: 6 Ex-Emos Who Found More Success By Being Happy

    Emo. The word conjures so many images. For your average American, it will make them think of black eyeliner, wrist-cutting, and essentially hair metal for the '00s. For hardcore kids, they'll think of Jawbreaker. But either way you slice it, emo has had its ups and downs as a genre and has changed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    October 13, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, And Kanye West Lead ACL 2011 Lineup

    Marc BrubakerGoin' back to Zilker: Arcade Fire at The Woodlands, May 4​Moments ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the 10th-anniversary weekend, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Zilker Park. Top names include Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye West, and Bright Eyes. P ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011

    Skip the Charades

    Cold War Kids look to movie directors for guidance.

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    February 18, 2011

    Arcade Fire Headed To Houston May 4 For Pavilion Date

    cnn.com​Arcade Fire is finally heading to Houston on May 4 for a date up at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, in the Woodlands. Last Sunday the band played upsetters at the Grammys winning the award for Album Of The Year for their album The Suburbs which was based on frontman Win Butler's childhood ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Old Familiar Friend

    Brendan Benson relaxes after The Raconteurs.

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    October 7, 2010
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    August 4, 2010

    Will The Real Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup Please Stand Up?

    Marc BrubakerMetallagher at Fun Fun Fest 2009​Lots of late-night intrigue in the Twitterverse, as anticipation for the announcement of the lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 builds to a boil. Late Wednesday, Austin blog Party Ends published a list including Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    How Is Houston Doing ACL-Wise?

    Marco TorresThe Eagles have flown, at least as far as Houston is concerned.​If you have even bothered to venture out of doors during these days of 105-degree heat indices and "Unhealthy" air-quality advisories, you may have noticed that things have been a little light on the roadshow front lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Food, Fun, and Frivolity at Menu of Menus

    ​This Tuesday, hundreds of hungry Houstonians joined me at Houston Press's annual gala to sample some of the tastiest treats our local restaurants had to offer. The event was held indoors this year at West Ave. Though last year's event at Discovery Green was more casual, this year people were ... More >>

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    Beyond Fake

    Indie-rock scholars Yo La Tengo forge a unique sound through tireless study of others' music.

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    November 4, 2009

    Aftermath: Surfer Blood, More Than the Poor Man's Vampire Weekend, at Mango's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ One can sit around all day and wax faux intelligent about where a band gleams their influences from. It's armchair quarterbacking for the kind of folks who wake up in the middle of Sunday afternoon and could give a good goddamn about 100 yards and monied monoliths of bro. ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    Coming of Age

    Against long, long odds and punishing heat, Free Press Summer Fest is a hit.

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    April 3, 2009

    Seattle's KEXP Loves Our Hungry Villagers

    The fruits of Hungry Villagers' labors have seemingly paid off. Today, while perusing the concert industry website livedaily.com, we saw the Houston indie-pop group has today's free download of the day, new track "Tree Full Of Ghosts." Further investigation led us to the music blog for influential S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    How About Some SXSW Day Parties? A LOT of SXSW Day Parties?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Aftermath: Annuals at Walter's On Washington

    If you could squeeze music from the udders of a cow, pour it a cup, mix in equal parts chocolate sauce and broken up pieces of stained glass stolen from the Vatican, drink it while on the down-slope of a roller-coaster, go home and sit on the back-porch and listen to your great-grandfather talk abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Aftermath: DeVotchKa at Warehouse Live

    It's always nice to see a band that respects its elders, and Denver's DeVotchKa has taken Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" promise "I wanna rock your gypsy soul" to heart. Finding the seam between Old World traveler tunes and contemporary indie-rock, the quartet (and a few friends) matched the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Annual Pazz & Jop Results Released

    Congrats, TV on the Radio! This morning our sister paper in Manhattan's Cooper Square, the Village Voice, released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll, where hundreds of music writers and editors rank their favorite albums of the past year in what has to be an absolute nightmare for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Were These Really the Best Songs of 2008?

    The Gutter Twins Maybe Rocks Off spent a lot of 2008 with his head in the archives, but he was paying attention to new stuff too. Occasionally. It's as easy as satellite radio, channel 47's (Ethel/Alt Nation) weekly new-music hour Submission/Transmission. Monday night, S/T happened to be playing its ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Top Ten Indie Rock Albums of 2008

    In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're too busy recycling va ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    December 4, 2008

    Aftermath: Deerhunter at Warehouse Live

    Photos courtesy of Liz Countryman You know the feeling of putting on a homemade scarf just woven by your 90-year old great-grandma? That scarf is Deerhunter; only now two of your seventh-grade bullies are standing on either side of you pulling it as tightly as they can if only to choke you out. Dee ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    October 4, 2008

    Busy Day at Cactus Music

    Ra Ra Riot You might as well just park yourself at Cactus Music today for all the music going on. First up, at noon, is a local four-pack of bands playing next Sunday's Rock the Boat benefit for Hurricane Ike victims at Meridian: Morgue City, Paris Green, Straightfork and Deep Ella. As soon as they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 5: Playlist for the Drive Home

    Last one. Here are a few songs that rocked Rocks Off's world this weekend. Sunny Sweeney, "Drink Myself Single" M. Ward, "Pieces of a Broken Heart" David Byrne, "Life During Wartime" Alejandro Escovedo, "Castanets (I Like Her Better When She Walks Away)"

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    September 28, 2008

    ACL Fest: Drive-By Truckers, Man Man, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, and MGMT

    Drive-By Truckers: Early voting suggests this is the set to beat. The afternoon's first layer of grime was damn near inviting on opener "That Man I Shot," from their most recent, Brighter Than Creation's Dark. But we weren't sure about Patterson Hood's preacher-man monologue on "18 Wheels of Love." ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Tonight: Donkeys and Listenlisten at Rudyard's

    San Diego quartet the Donkeys are the latest up-and-comers in the crowded field of California folk-rock, updating the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield for indie nation. The Donkeys released second album Living on the Other Side this week on Austin's Dead Ocean label; first single "Walk Through a Cloud" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    A Classic-Rock-Free Morning

    For the first time in a long time, Rocks Off is sitting here at HQ not listening to classic rock. (Ramon, let that sink in for a second.) Because I happened to have it with me on the way back from my parents’ house, I set up the trusty XM Satellite Radio unit in my office this morning, tuned to co ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    Aftermath: Islands at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Brigitte B. Zabak Islands, a sextet of indie rockers from Montreal, Quebec, didn’t always have it quite so together. The last couple of years have been an unstable buoy upon which lead singer/songwriter Nicholas Thorburn floated unsteadily, waiting for people with the right combin ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Sour Notes

    The Austin group releases The Meat of the Fruit EP

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    April 15, 2008

    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fighters. Seriously. That means everyone hoping for ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads

    They're turning to needles, looking for purity

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    September 18, 2007

    LCD Soundsystem, Reverend Horton Heat, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Muse, Wilco and Ghostland Observatory: Chris Gray Closes the Notebook on ACL

    Click here to see a slideshow of the weekend's action. Click here for some catty hatin' on bitches. And click here to see what our pals at the Dallas Observer were doing all weekend. My face is returning to its usual sun-deprived hue, and my legs have finally begun to forgive me, meaning ACL is ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007

    Win Butler with the Swish!!

    It’s not everyday we see earnest indie rockers playing competitive sports. This is Win Butler, former Woodlands resident and current Arcade Fire frontman, dominating the court in a friendly game of street basketball. I wish I could make more knowing remarks about this, but I know nothing ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Confessions of a Classic Rock Whore, or One Man’s Journey

    When the Press cast its net for a new Assistant Music Editor, the editors probably assumed they’d reel in one of those sniffy indie types who worships either Bright Eyes or Death Cab for Cutie and thinks Boston is a place with a lot of nice bookstores. Instead they got me, who within two days of w ... More >>

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    February 27, 2007

    Rotation: Explosions in the Sky

    Like bombastic fellow Austinites . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Explosions in the Sky set out to make albums as big as Texas, but in their hands the goal seems somehow more modest. Though they fit their musical ideas into outsized settings, the core of these ideas is simplicity its ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006
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