By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION (Honorable Mention 2) Some of our more genteel readers may be wondering who the hell Texas Hippie Coalition even is, not to mention how they landed on a list that purports to (informally) rank the Lone Star State's biggest rock stars. (Note: ... More >>
Bud Lite Weenie Roast Feat. Stone Temple Pilots, Blue October, 10 Years Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 19, 2014 When it was first announced that Chester Bennington would be singing with the Stone Temple Pilots, the public raised a collective eyebrow and even avid Linkin Park fans wondered if ... More >>
Justin Furstenfeld, the 37-year-old front man, vocalist and creative force behind Texas rockers Blue October, has turned a corner, both lyrically and in his personal life. His band's new album, Sway, released today, is a far cry from 2011's angst-ridden Any Man In America, which was written while Fu ... More >>
Photo by Steve Harris/Compadre RecordsHayes Carll before he was old enough to shave... not that he ever has.The other day, one of the Rocks Off Crew was rummaging around in the Houston Press office and came across a bunch of publicity stills for various musicians. Allow us to explain what th ... More >>
Ed. Note: Rocks Off is still in a holiday frame of mind... actually we meant to post this before Christmas, but they're just as true now. No refunds, no exchanges. Here is Craig's Hlist point of view: Houston has given so much to the world, from ZZ Top, Jandek, Beyonce Knowles, and everythin ... More >>
Blue October fans, still carpingAll these months later, and some Blue Meanies (as Blue October fans call themselves) won't let it go...Yesterday, in one of Washington Post feature writer Gene Weingarten's hosted chats, a reader wanted to know what the two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winner thought about ... More >>
Readers take both sides.
Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.
Furstenfeld as Class Favorite at his Heights middle schoolThe interview with Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld had long been set. After overcoming some misgivings on the part of his management over some stuff I had written in the past, it was decided that I would get to spend an hour backstage wi ... More >>
Universal Music Group The interview with Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld had long been set. After overcoming some misgivings on the part of his management over some stuff I had written in the past, it was decided that I would get to spend an hour backstage with the platinum-selling frontman bet ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Aftermath can recognize when a band connects with people on a different level than we could ever fathom personally. We've waded in Faygo cola with Juggalos, sat with bluehairs at a Neil Diamond concert and consorted with ... More >>
Top-notch songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson stops by Conroe.
Chris GrayBlue October's homecoming at the sold-out Verizon Wireless Theater, July 2009 Live Daily reported Friday that former Houston alt-rockers Blue October have canceled a club tour that was scheduled to start Thursday in Columbia, S.C., because front man Justin Furstenfeld has been hospitali ... More >>
Chris Gray Friday's sold-out Blue October show at Verizon left Aftermath wondering one of the most vexing, troublesome things any reviewer can: "What is it about this band," the voice in our head kept asking over and over again like a car alarm, sometimes even threatening to drown out the band it ... More >>
Everyone has their own way of coping when life isn't going the way they'd like. Some people pray, some people play golf, some people beat their kids. Rocks Off generally tends to turn up a Rolling Stones album real loud or seek comfort in the cozy confines of a bottle (or both). Some people write ... More >>
Judas Bear is another of Thane Matcek’s many aliases, and the title of this song, which I originally thought had something to do with Hinduism, in fact refers to the Jewish period of bereavement after the death of a close relative. Matcek has always been a wildly inconsistent artist. Previous of ... More >>
Dispatches from the 17th annual Houston Press Music Awards
Justin Furstenfeld orders us to hate him. We obey.
Local band suffers identity crisis
Groceries spoil in the heat, while the rest of Houston's music community blossoms
The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes
History For Sale (Brando Records)
Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld rides the aftershocks of a busted record deal
Among musicians, everyone wants to become an author
Blue October braces itself for the effects of its Universal debut
The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000
The sweetest enigma
Mood rockers Blue October struggle after life's answers