Jeffery Armstreet

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Saddest Songs

    I love sad music. Sit me down with a bottle of something only someone that has given up on life would drink and an appropriate soundtrack and I am just as happy as I can be. That's just the way I roll. In general, Houston does not produce a lot of sad music. We're more of an upbeat bunch that puts ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    Clockwork Angels

    Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Mason Lankford, Folk Family Revivalist

    Who: Mason Lankford is the young songwriter behind many of the tunes performed and recorded by the Folk Family Revival. The band's debut, Unfolding, was an amazing collection of spiritual and moving Americana tracks that was easily one of the best albums of 2011. Since then, he and his band of broth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Shellee Coley: Where It Began Is Everything Linda Chorney Isn't

    Your humble narrator has mostly stayed out of the Linda Chorney/Americana-Grammy scandal. A Slytherin at heart as well as a fellow musician, it honestly didn't matter to us whether she gamed the system for the nomination or whether her music was worthy of the nod. A Taste of Honey beat Elvis Costell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Subterranean Radio Brings Houston Music to Chicagoland

    ​It started like most things do, when your humble narrator was obsessively Googling himself to see who on the Internet might be talking about us. That's when we came across Subterranean Radio, hosted every Thursday from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. on WRLR 98.3 FM in Round Lake Heights, Ill. Turns out they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Folk Family Revival Unleashes Unfolding

    ​Back a bit before we typed this sentence, Jeffery Armstreet over at Magnolia Red asked us to brave the cannibal-infested jungles between Houston and his studio/label in Magnolia to come do some listening of his latest project. Seriously, it is like driving to another country where the exports ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Musicians Oblige Peer's Request For Honest Critique

    ​Rocks Off likes to troll the musicians' section of Craigslist in an effort to catch interesting acts at their very inception. Usually we get the same old thing day in and day out: Need FOC (Friend of Christ) bass player for worship band. Must have ride. 18 SERIOUS singer looking for band. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Shellee Coley's Somber Tidings Of Comfort And Joy

    ​Shellee Coley is an acoustic siren with an amazingly haunting voice, and one of the many talented acts in the Magnolia Red family. Her debut album, The Girl the Stencil Drew, was a soft, sad, sweet spinning disc of delightfully dark ironies that we still cannot believe didn't make it into our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    What Does A Local Record Deal Really Mean Nowadays?

    ​Recording contract. Can there possibly be a more magical combination of two words in the English language? It's the mystical gateway, the magic bullet, the ultimate sign of respectability and a harbinger of wealth and fame. People have sold out their family and closest friends for the merest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Red Tree: A Modern-Day Motown Quietly Emerges In The Woodlands

    Photos by Jef With One FIn the Pines: Red Tree Studios from the street​Having been a recording artist, Rocks Off can tell you that we would rather peel potatoes than go into a recording studio. What you see as the acme of artistic self-expression is often painstakingly and painfully taken apar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Most Hated Musician Search Reveals Houston's Best Qualities

    ​Recently, Rocks Off gifted the interwebs with a riddle and a moral. We jotted down a list of activities, proclivities and personality disorders and asked our readers to guess who exactly owned all of the traits and was, therefore, the most hated musician in Houston. Now we'll tell you. No one. An ... More >>