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James Murphy

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Revenge of the Music Nerds: Arcade Fire Wins

    Arcade Fire's William Butler admits he still gets homesick for Texas. Even the weather...up to a point. "I miss how green everything was all the time always," he says of his youth in The Woodlands from his current home in Montreal. "You'd come home in December and the lawns would still be green, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Arcade Fire Fans "Reflekt" Band's Appeal at Cactus Party

    Who on earth would line up at a record store on a Monday night to buy a single that had leaked onto the Internet hours beforehand? Especially when the Texans' season opener was about to start? True-blue Arcade Fire fans, that's who. The grooves of indie-rock spun right through kickoff as some 50 or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Electric Attitude, "Funky Dance-Rock With Crispy Horns"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Electric Attitude, Renegades of Funk

    Who? Sitting at The Harp on Richmond with Jordan Bell, Kwesi Sackey and Blake Shepard, founding members of funk/soul group Electric Attitude, it's easy to understand why Electric is so eclectic. Of the three, Shepard is the more straightforward, serious one. Sackey, on the other hand, gives off a mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    "New" Albums Composed of Old Music: Good or Bad?

    It's 2013, and we've all pretty much finished our end-of-the-year lists. Now we look to the future. What albums are we looking forward to this year? If I had to guess, at least some of the best releases of the year will consist of music out of a vault or reissues of old albums. But is that a good th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    On the S.S. Coachella, a Wine-Tasting With LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy

    Note: Liz Tracy, Music Editor of our sister paper Broward-Palm Beach New Times, is aboard the S.S. Coachella cruise this week while Houston continues waiting around for winter. Old punk guys and fancy wines: Two things that make sense together only now, mere days before the end of the world. Nothi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Aboard the S.S. Coachella, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker Is a Popular Bloke

    Note: Liz Tracy, Music Editor of our sister paper Broward-Palm Beach New Times, is aboard the S.S. Coachella cruise this week while Houston continues waiting around for winter. No one's really interested in reading about the actual performances taking place on this musical ship of contradictions, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Squared Circle: Top 5 Songs About Pro Wrestling

    Although the wrestling boom of the late '90s is a fading memory, the absurd mix of sport and theater continues on in bingo halls and arenas across the country. Every night, under the bright lights, someone is trying to avoid being hit with a steel chair. It should come as no surprise that there are ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Get This Party Started Edition

    Courtesy of GenesAddiction.net.Gene's Addiction (rock and roll all night and party...you know)​Music is primal. Sure, it can be intellectual, make you think and even change perspectives. But, at it's heart, music is about making you want to shake what your momma gave you. After all, rock and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    ​Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them. Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    The Best & Weirdest Pictures Of Prince 4 U

    The symbol for "scrumptious"...​Today is Prince's 53rd birthday, making him just 4 days older than Rocks Off's dad, which puts things in perspective. When Prince was wearing an assless catsuit on televsion and writing "slave" on his face, Craig Sr. was teaching his son how 2 throw a baseball. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Last Night: Donald Glover & Childish Gambino At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​Donald Glover/Childish Gambino Warehouse Live May 3, 2011 WTF is "nerdcore"? That's what we went out to discover last night at Warehouse Live at the combination comedy and rap show performed by the same dude, Donald Glover, whose rap style as Childish Gambino has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Houston Needs An Urban Cowboy Statue, Y'all

    ​For the past month, you have no doubt been reading about a group in Detroit lobbying for a Robocop statue in their city to commemorate the fictional (we believe) robotic law enforcement titan created by the evil corporate goons of OCP, using deceased Detroit officer James Murphy. Detroit may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Last Night: Free Energy At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Free Energy Fitzgerald's February 3, 2011 See pics from last night's set in our slideshow. "This cold does some crazy shit to Houston," remarked Free Energy front man Paul Sprangers to his sparse but devotedly enthusiastic Fitzgerald's crowd Thursday. The band played ... More >>

  • Music

    February 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Albums Of 2010

    ​Editor's Picks: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mojo: Big surprise, I know. But not only did "I Should Have Known It" vault into my Top 5 Heartbreakers songs the first time I heard it - and make me a bigger Led Zeppelin fan in the process - but others like "Candy" and "Good Enough" also held ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010
  • Music

    October 14, 2010

    Capital Steps

    Dispatches from ACL 2010

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Friday Night: LCD Soundsystem At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​LCD Soundsystem Verizon Wireless Theater October 8, 2010 With Papa Rocks Off watching The National and Big Brother Rocks Off in Austin enjoying Day 1 of the 2010 Austin City Limits Festival, the introverted, nerdy member of the Aftermath team ventured out of our cave t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    ACL Day 2 Recap: M.I.A., Gogol Bordello, Deadmau5, Mouse Masks

    credReturn of the Bamboo Banger: M.I.A.​Aftermath was eager to catch Gogol Bordello, only because our companion had missed their last Houston show at Meridian in 2008. We were convinced he'd get a kick out of them so we dragged him over to the AMD stage early in order to get a good view. One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    ACL Fest Recap, Day 2: LCD Soundsytem And Bachelorette Cops

    Photos by Marco Torres​ For more LCD photos and lots more besides, see our slideshow here. LCD Soundsystem is not a band. It's a six-headed snake, that glides and slithers. It's as if when they perform live they are all mentally tethered into a computer. Saturday night's Budweiser stage show ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010

    This Is Happening

    Is LCD Soundsystem's party over on its latest — and perhaps last — album?

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Rocks Off Explains Austin City Limits' "Survival Guide"

    Mark C. AustinOne day Austin City Limits will live down last year's "Dillo Dirt" debacle. That day is not today.​This year marks the fourth year that Craig's Hlist will be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the Houston Press and Rocks Off. Each year we get more acclimated to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Last Night: Mates Of State And Free Energy At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshowFree Energy​Mates of State, Free Energy Warehouse Live July 8, 2010 There's nothing like getting ripped from your lemon grass tofu because there's a magician opening a Mates of State show. Aftermath was sitting down like a real, live human b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Which ACL Headliners Will Play Houston?

    www.eaglesband.comWho knew the Eagles shot their publicity stills for The Long Road Out of Eden at ACL 2005?​When the Austin City Limits festival lineup is released every spring, one of Rocks Off's favorite parlor games besides wondering what sort of Biblical weather-related calamity God will visi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008

    Do See Headlights at SXSW, Don't See YACHT

    Do: Check out Headlights if you’re into jangly, upbeat, keyboard-infused rock. I’d heard about this Illinois quintet but had never heard them until today. They live up to all the compliments; lovely female vocals with a Feist(y) feel are complimented by softer male backups. The Headlights play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Top Ten Albums of 2007

    As previously threatened, I have devised my list of the best albums of 2007. It wasn't easy. I had to ignore some sales calls at work to make this. Sorry, Weld Tooling out of Tulsa, Daddy has to make his list. Ah, day jobs. Can't live with them, can't buy shit on eBay you don't even need without the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    September 15, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Day One Da Nang

    Click here for a slideshow of Friday's action. And click here to see how things are going in ACL land for our friends at the Dallas Observer. Yesterday saw fires, three of them. One saw porta-potties and cars set ablaze by a propane tank. A speaker at the Bjork show started flaming. Then, my pants ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    LCD Soundsystem

    Sound of Silver

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Anti-Rock

    LCD Soundsystem's brain trust happily loses his edge

  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Return to Metal

    Testament recruits heavy talent for new record

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