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Joshua Tree

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa: "Every Song Is From Its Own Universe"

    It's been a few years since Warpaint mesmerized Houstonians in a live setting -- nearly three years to the day, in fact. But the group is finally set to return to Houston. Tomorrow night, the quartet of Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa will headline upstairs at Fit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2014

    Lady L.A. Rockers, Coming Soon Here, Kill It at Coachella

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Adam Lovinus. As a dusty wind whipped behind h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Arcade Fire at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 4/9/2014

    Arcade Fire Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 9, 2014 I may not be the first person to say it, but then Arcade Fire is not the first group to counter the "most important band in the world" tag by breaking out the costumes and mirrors. U2 is the obvious model, with their Joshua Tree-Achtung Baby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Kevin Anthony, 45 Southbound Man

    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? It's not even Mardi Gras ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    San Antonio Roses

    Please welcome Girl In a Coma as our HPMA showcase's special guest.

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    July 23, 2013

    10 "Classic" Albums We Happen to Hate

    Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The Five Greatest Daniel Lanois Productions

    Late to the party as ever, I recently caught up with the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Push the Sky Away, in light of the hype over their SXSW showcase last week. The album is fantastic, of course, but one thing that immediately jumped out at me upon listening to it was the interesting choi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Here's Elton John In an Astros Jersey In 1986

    Today, Houston Astros pitchers and catchers started returning to Kissimmee, Florida, for spring training in anticipation (and somewhat fright) of the 2013 season and their debut in the American League. Rewind: Rockin' Houston Site Is a Glorious Monument to Local Concerts Past In honor of baseba ... More >>

  • Film

    October 11, 2012

    No, This Is How It's Done

    Seven Psychopaths is a great, nasty time at the movies.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Third Day's Mac Powell Makes Hard Country Turn

    While they were on tour behind 1987's The Joshua Tree, U2 -- either homesick and looking for fun, bored or legitimately curious to see if the people who showed up that early would recognize them -- booked themselves as their own opening act on the Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Hampton, Va. stops und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    6 Non-Yank Bands Who Wrote American Anthems

    Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our beloved country, which gave us the freedom to rock? "The Boys Are Back In Town" "We Are The Champions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Years of Refusal: 8 More '80s Icons Who Should Follow Morrissey Into Retirement

    Morrissey announced this week that he plans to retire in two years. That's tragic news in some circles, but we think it's a good move. In 2014, he'll turn 55, and the Smiths thing is never happening. How much longer is he supposed to do this? Another ten years 'til he's 65? He's Morrissey, not a Chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Visiting Brits Search For The Soul Of Rock And Roll

    Live Fast, Die Young: Misadventures in Rock 'n' Roll America by Chris Price and Joe Harland Trafalgar Square Publishing, 320 pp., $13.95 Friends and former coworkers at the BBC -- where they programmed radio and video music -- Price and Harland's jumping-off point for this music travelogue across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Joshua Tree Of Money: 5 Ways For Bono Spend His Facebook Windfall

    A few things fell and swooped in from last Friday's giant Facebok IPO announcement. The first being Mark Zuckerberg changing his relationship status from "in a relationship" to "married, but with a prenup the size of that screen Roger Waters is using for The Wall," second being the stock didn't jump ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Jane's Addiction & Other Big 1987 Debut Albums

    Tonight Jane's Addiction comes to the Bayou Music Center, touring behind last year's The Great Escape Artist, only their fourth studio album in their nearly 27 years as a band. A few weeks back Rocks Off talked to lead singer and Lollapalooza honcho Perry Farrell about the band's future and what cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Readers Poll: The Best Third Albums Ever

    This week in 1980, Van Halen released their third album Women And Children First, which contained the hits "And the Cradle Will Rock...," "Everybody Wants Some!! and fan favorite "Romeo Delight." It's not the best VH album ever, but it was, in fact, their third album. Most VH super-freaks I know an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Joshua Tree: 7 Musicians Who Have Felt The High Desert's Pull

    Twenty-five years ago today, U2 released their paramount record, The Joshua Tree. The record was intended to be a spiritual quest for Bono: A meditative dissection of the "spoiled child" he saw in American culture. Before Bono blessed the area with his humanitarian spirit, however, many other musici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    From The Sky Down: U2's "Bittersweet Song Of Disunity"

    What was the last great U2 album? Now, before you go and get your snotty Henry Rollins quotes lined up, recall that there was a period in the mid- to late 1980s when the Dublin foursome were both the biggest and most critically acclaimed band on the planet before veering off into sonic experimentat ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano On Halloween & The Pressures Of Bloodletting

    Photos by Amber Boggs​Concrete Blonde emerged from the crucible of 1980s post-punk L.A., fueled by Jim Mankey's signature guitar riffs and the introspective lyrics and distinctive wail of singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano. Their early history is well known, down to the oft-repeated story of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    The X Factor: Boot Camp, Minus Sgt. Hartman

    The pace of the audition rounds was so fast, I didn't realize the judges put through 162 people in the first two weeks of The X Factor. When the field arrives in Los Angeles for "boot camp," they are informed that they will be shaved down to a field of 100, which will ultimately be reduced by two-th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Best Fourth Songs On History's Greatest Albums

    Sorry, Manowar, maybe next year...​As we come up on the July 4th weekend, Rocks Off considered a myriad of blog ideas to commemorate the holiday. Most patriotic songs, album covers, artists? Sorry, Lee Greenwood, Richard Pryor, and Ted Nugent, but it's all been covered. On this weekend of inde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Five Great 2010 Albums Lonesome Onry And Mean Forgot

    ​Other than it just being a form of lazy journalism, one reason LOM hates making best-of lists is that there are always items that we forgot about, or considered but felt like they just barely didn't make it somehow. Then we wish we had included them. Here are a few more obscure 2010 albums th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Sorry, Pitchfork & Rolling Stone, Kanye's Fantasy Is Not Perfect

    ​Out since Monday, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finally hit stores to what is seeming to us like mass audience acclaim. It's hitting in the right spots, lyrically and musically, and now, one by one, the critics are weighing in. A week or so ago Rocks Off turned in our own ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Saturday Night: Gram Rabbit At Last Concert Cafe

    Photos by Chris Gray​Gram Rabbit Last Concert Cafe August 14, 2010 Here at Aftermath, we're big fans of Houston - love our town - and of the local music scene. Based on what we saw at the recent Houston Press Awards showcases, we've raised some pretty good rock bands in Houston. We wish they ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010

    Candy Flip

    Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang

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    June 18, 2010

    Gram Rabbit To Bring Psychedelic Disco To Last Concert Café

    ​Talk about great news, Lonesome, Onry and Mean's favorite California psychedelic disco glam rockers Gram Rabbit will play Last Concert Café August 14. According the band's management, this will be the anchor date for their Texas swing, but no other Texas dates have yet been announced. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    With or Without You: Memoirs of a U2 Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    ...I may regret this.​So there was a time, not long ago by geological reckoning, that I was a U2 fan. Growing up during the pre-Internet late 70s/early 80s in a town where the only place to buy music was a Camelot Music in the mall limited your options somewhat. Nevertheless, the Edge's loud, ring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    U2 and Muse Set Lists from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Monday

    Pete Freedman/ DC-9 at NightIndependence Day in Arlington? Nah, just U2's ginormous 360 "Claw" stage.​ It's a little less than 36 hours and counting until U2's 360 Tour stops at Reliant Stadium, and Rocks Off is starting to get excited. Really excited. Bono and the boys were in Arlington at Cowboy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Five Great U2 Songs Even the Band Has Probably Forgotten About

    Well, now you've seen the set list from Monday's U2 Dallas show, and it's pretty short on both pre-Joshua Tree songs and surprises in general. This will be Rocks Off's eighth U2 show since 1992, and we can't remember ever having seen the band do "The Unforgettable Fire" live, but besides the No Lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Kings Of Leon Rage Against The Fame

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​Funny thing happened last night. It was the same thing that happened to U2 in 1987 in the wake of The Joshua Tree, and the same thing that killed Kurt Cobain in 1994. Fame has finally overtaken Kings Of Leon, leaving their core boots 'n flannel crowd in the proverbial pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Aftermath: Fake Problems and Born Anchor at Walter's on Washington

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty On a Monday night, all you can really look forward to is a decent evening of lackluster television and maybe some leftover barbecue from the weekend's flame-kissed debauchery. But last night at Walter's was the exact anecdote for a "case of da Mondays" in so many ways. In rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Aftermath: The Killers at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Next year this decade will be over, and very few new bands have distinguished themselves either at the turnstiles or the cash register. Even one of the main ones that has, the Killers, chose to hit the theater circuit this winter after releasing its third album, Day & Age, instead of r ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2009
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    December 31, 2008

    Gazing Ahead into 2009, Part 2

    [Note: see here for Rocks Off's previous prognostications.]   U2 (March) Best Case Scenario: Armed with the backing of Live Nation, they release their best album in over a decade and Bono shuts his face as they sell out Reliant Stadium in two minutes. Worst Case Scenario: The recession (fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Aftermath: Kings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Kings of Leon may be the most frustrating band out there at the moment. They’re killer musicians, girls love them and Tuesday night the three Followill brothers and one cousin proved they can sell out Verizon-size venues despite largely getting the cold shoulder from radi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    U23D Marq-E = OK

    My 11-year-old son John Henry hates U2. I can’t really figure it out, since he digs Coldplay. I thought it might have something to do with South Park’s recent skewering of Bono, but if I recall correctly, he has hated U2 since long before that episode aired. A year or so back, I loaded some Josh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Last Night: Gram Rabbit at Super Happy Fun Land

    Gram Rabbit Super Happy Fun Land Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 Better Than: Nostalgia Download: "American Hookers," for Gram Rabbit at their most direct, radio ready best It’s been three days since I became aware of the existence of Gram Rabbit. In the convoluted way things tend to happen, this show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2007
  • Music

    November 1, 2007

    Johnette Napolitano

    The singer's post-Blonde ambition

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2007

    “Thunderstruck” on I-45

    Some songs are custom-written for Houston, even if they come from halfway around the world. Just as I exited the Gulf Freeway this morning onto that long flyover leading to downtown, AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” came on the trusty satellite radio. The skyline slowly rose into view as that needly gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Fuck-off Friday: It’s Too Hot to Work Anyway

    Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta The countdown to happy hour is well underway, assuming you even observe such formalities. Here on Upper Milam, things are moving a little slow today thanks to the Detroit Cobras and Willowz, who sent a packed house at Rudz last night home sweaty, happy and not at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Retro Active: 1987, Here We Come

    How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007
  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Walk Away, Walk Away

    And we will follow as local music figures recall tales of U2

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Notes toward new and better criticism and marketing of wine and song

  • Music

    October 26, 2000

    Desert Rose

    Victoria Williams, a native of swampy Louisiana, finds her muse in the dry beauty of Southern California

  • Music

    February 26, 1998

    Alone Together

    For songwriters Victoria Williams and Mark Olson, the fast lane ends in Joshua Tree

  • Music

    February 26, 1998
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    February 5, 1998
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