Justin Furstenfeld

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live In Texas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Stone Temple Pilots & Blue October at The Woodlands, 7/19/2014

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld Says He's In a Different Place Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Vintage Pics Of Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Blue October & 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Houston's Best Gifts To The Music World

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Angry Blue October Fan Appeals Our Ethics To Washington Post

    Blue October fans, still carping​All 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 >>

  • News

    June 24, 2010

    The Case of Blue October

    Readers take both sides.

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Little Boy Blue

    Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Justin Furstenfeld: Why We Felt Compelled To Ask For Proof Of His Mental Illness

    Furstenfeld as Class Favorite at his Heights middle school​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 wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Behind "Little Boy Blue": This Interview Is Over

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Blue October Makes It Personal, As Always, At Sam Houston Race Park

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 5, 2009

    Black Lightning

    Top-notch songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson stops by Conroe.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Blue October Cancels Club Tour as Frontman Justin Furstenfeld Is Hospitalized

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Blue October and Its Mystifying Cult at Verizon Wireless Theater

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Can You Tell the Difference Between Blue October Lyrics and Some Pretty Purple Poetry?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    Mp3: “Sit Shiva,” by Judas Bear

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 8, 2007
  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007
  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys

    Dispatches from the 17th annual Houston Press Music Awards

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Screw October

    Justin Furstenfeld orders us to hate him. We obey.

  • Calendar

    April 20, 2006
  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Will the Real Blue October Please Stand Up?

    Local band suffers identity crisis

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    Hothouse Flowers

    Groceries spoil in the heat, while the rest of Houston's music community blossoms

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Rock You like a Hurricane

    The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes

  • Music

    June 5, 2003

    Blue October

    History For Sale (Brando Records)

  • News

    August 1, 2002

    Big John and Little Joe

    Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    Bipolar Bop

    Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld rides the aftershocks of a busted record deal

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    Book 'Em

    Among musicians, everyone wants to become an author

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Progressing to the Majors

    Blue October braces itself for the effects of its Universal debut

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Music Awards Winners

    The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Blue Houston

    The sweetest enigma

  • Music

    February 19, 1998

    Well-Raised and Confused

    Mood rockers Blue October struggle after life's answers

  • Music

    August 11, 1994