Jerry Ochoa

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Linus Pauling Quartet Brings Cthulhu to Life

    Ramon Medina of Linus Pauling Quartet has over the years proven himself a music-video visionary. Increasingly his work in stop-motion animation has shown a depth and nuance that is edging him into Tool-level of brilliance. That said, when I heard that he was doing a live-music video premiere I thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200 Jo Bird, Bow-Caster of Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jo Bird is a violist from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Erin Rodgers, the Keys to Glass the Sky

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Describing Glass the Sky's music is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The Top Five Houston Music Videos of 2013

    In 2012 Houston surprised the hell out of me by producing some truly incredible music videos by local artists. The Manichean took video of the year in our annual roundup, but several other artists made more than respectable showings. Truly, we're finally catching up in that regard. This almost-past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Bloody Knives: Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood

    I'm not sure what industrial shoegaze is, but Austin's Bloody Knives says that that's what they are. It's as good as anything I've got to describe them. Personally, I think they sound like Filter on codeine-strength cough medicine, all ethereal but cutting. Nothing shows this off better than their B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    What Would Two Star Symphony Fiddle as Houston Burned?

    In mid-July, 64 C.E. a fire started in Rome that became known as the Great Fire of Rome, and when the Romans call something "great," they're usually not messing around. The blaze rampaged for six days, entirely destroying three whole districts and damaging another seven. Granted, big fires were comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Two Star Symphony Crafts Gothic Music-Video Masterpiece

    Two Star Symphony is one of Houston's best musical treasures, offering classic music with an edge that makes it the equivalent of any hard-rock star. Now they've put together a music video directed and conceived by violinist Jerry Ochoa that is already in competition for video of the year, as far as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Filibuster Superwoman: Musicians, DJs and Artists Who #standwithwendy

    There are times when snarky blogs about the state of the music industry seem wildly out of touch. This would be one of those times. Another special session convenes today in Austin, with the Texas Legislature's agenda scheduled to address Senate Bill 5, which would virtually eliminate access to abo ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Is Funding Your Album on Kickstarter Insulting and Wrong?

    I do a monthly Kickstarter round-up on Art Attack because I really do think that crowdsourcing is a great way to get projects off of the ground that might otherwise never see the light of day. Some wonderful independent video games, for example, exist because of crowd-funding, and it is certainly th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Two Star Symphony Rosin Their Bows With Blood

    ​Back in 2008, Houston premier pop string quartet Two Star Symphony was tapped to provide the soundtrack for the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre's ballet version of Shakespeare's most bloody work, Titus Andronicus. The play is pretty much Julius Caesar as conceived by Eli Roth, featuring mutilati ... More >>

  • Music

    August 4, 2011

    Two Star Symphony

    Shakespeare and tattoos

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Two Star Symphony Talks KTRU, Silent Films, Dr. Dre And Minor Threat

    Two Star Symphony on Facebook​This week Rocks Off got a hot tip from our pal Jason that the venerable Two Star Symphony would be playing an evening gig out in Houston's western territories. It had been a good while since we'd seen the local string quartet, and with our Spidey Sense tingling ab ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    August 14, 2008
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    July 24, 2008

    Two Star Symphony

    A local string quartet releases its newest effort, Love and Other Demons