Earlier this morning, Alejandro Escovedo talked to Rocks Off about his recent albums Real Animal, Street Songs of Love and Big Station, which have put him in the vanguard of mature rock artists. But those albums are in many ways the culmination of a career that began in San Francisco punk rockers th ... More >>
Right about now young, budding rock writers and nerds are sitting on gift cards and credit from the holidays, and may need to know what books to pick up at the local bookstore or Amazon to further their education. It's not enough to just read every new music blog or (gasp!) pick up a few music mag ... More >>
By the time The Clash hit Houston's Cullen Theater on October 5, 1979, Lester Bangs had described their tour-de-force as "desperation uncontrived, unstaged, a fury unleashed on the stage ... real pain that connects with the nerves of the audience." Yet Texans had already been enthralled by the Sex ... More >>
One of the great, unsung videos of all time is Eve 6's "Promise." It's nothing special in conception I'll admit, just another round of Max Collins playing with nonsequiturs to a catchy alternabeat while a cast of malcontents quit their crappy jobs. It's a party tune, but that's like calling Vincent ... More >>
Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery 584 pp., $29.99, Fantagraphics Books It was a scene like out of the hardboiled detective novels that Paul Nelson loved so much when police broke into his New York apartment in 2006. What they found was a dark ... More >>
Walter Peck: Because I'm curious. I wanna know more about what you do here! Frankly, I've heard a lot of wild stories in the media and we want to assess any possibility of dangerous and possibly hazardous waste chemicals in your basement. - Ghostbusters Rocks Off can promise you we are not h ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterAlejandro Escovedo House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room March 3, 2011 This never would have happened in Austin. In our fair state capital, Alejandro Escovedo is worshiped like a god, and more people would show up to watch him wash his car than came out to House of Blues' ... More >>
Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir By Nick Kent Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $17.95. While Cameron Crowe's wonderful but fictional Almost Famous told a sanitized story of music-journalist-meets-bands in the '70s, Former New Musical Express writer Nick Kent's memoir is a warts/coke spoons/social d ... More >>
"Like, what is your problem?" Jason NocitoHell hath no fury like a spurned musician, but a critic's vengeance doesn't lag far behind. This week in the Houston Press, you can read an interview Noah Bailey at our sister paper the Dallas Observer did with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken, who says he h ... More >>
Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.
Unfortunately, by the time that Robert Palmer (the writer, not the "Addicted to Love" guy) died from liver failure complications in 1997, his fierce brand of music journalism had been six feet under for years. Palmer was part of a loose cadre of scribes like Cameron Crowe, Greil Marcus, Lester Ba ... More >>
It's easier than ever to take pictures at concerts. Unless that's your job.
Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock and roll.
Grammy-winning prog-punks The Mars Volta mellow out on Octahedron.
Consisting of nothing more than one hour of two overlaid tracks of guitar feedback, Metal Machine Music ranks near the top of music history's shit list in terms of total amount of critical bile received. Houston's own Ramon Medina summed up the album's status succinctly on the NonAlignment Pact ... More >>
Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction" Here comes sad news that will bring down us dancing drunken fools who make our way up to Boondocks every third Saturday for Reverberation. John Byrne, lead singer of Nuggets mainstays the Count Five, has passed away at the age of 61. The San Jose-based band's bigg ... More >>
Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe gives insight into his days as a teenage rock writer
How to go from Christian to crunkster in six short years
Me-sci-ah offers truth, celebrity and the Scientology way
San Antonio's Boxcar Satan rumbles in from the west with its punk-roots noise
Ambient music lives on in the Bliss Out series
Don't worry about tomorrow -- lose control with the Woggles
Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't
Michael Bruce gave voice to Alice Cooper - until the singer killed the band
Almost Famous talks about its g-g-generation -- of misguided rock and roll fans
After Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe comes of age...finally
Are a praised CD and a slot at SXSW enough to make this band happy? Of course not.
Van Morrison's getting older, grouchier and, with his latest CD, better again