Islands Walters, September 6 Given the recent excitement of the Unicorns' first shows in a decade, opening some recent Arcade Fire dates, the good news that their Canadian indie successors Islands are headed back to town for the first time in a while should make a few townies happy. The show should ... More >>
1st Annual Cajun Zydeco Fest: With Chubby Carrier, Jamie Bergeron, Bayou Roux, Step Rideau, Zydeco Dots. Sun., September 7, 12pm, $20. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. American Aquarium: With The O's. Sat., August 30, 9 p.m., $15 to $17. Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Fwy., Hou ... More >>
"Collard Greens," Schoolboy Q If you enjoy beats that conjure images of huddled, bouncing basketball teams moments before tip-off, you'll enjoy "Collard Greens." If you also enjoy raps about having game, money and weed, you'll return for a second helping. And, if you want to hear Schoolboy Q's Black ... More >>
The lineup is locked, but fans share their lineup slips.
The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>
The Airborne Toxic Event: Thu., September 25, 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. The Antlers: With Thus Owls., Mon., July 21, 8 p.m., $15 to $17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Bad Suns: With Catch Fever., Mon., May 26, 7 p.m., $5. House of Blu ... More >>
Dance-pop provocateurSantigold is the polar opposite of the starlets she once co-wrote songs with.
This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months. One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about ... More >>
The Muppets had a successful and profitable opening yesterday, proving that after 30 years of television and movies, Kermit still has his acting chops. Jim Henson's premiere Muppets motion picture, The Muppets Movie, came out in June of 1979. The film was the first to feature a leading cast of pup ... More >>
Arctic Monkeys, Version 2011This past decade, 2006 was one of the better years in music, with a ton of debuts, great albums and catchy singles. It was also the year this member of Rocks Off started putting his musical critiques into a computer, joining the great circus known as the music indu ... More >>
ztams.comWendy O. Williams, seen here with Motorhead front man Lemmy KilmisterIt may sound silly, but boobs are powerful things. Men are fascinated and entranced by them, while women constantly obsess over their size and shape. In a way, they're not unlike the ring in Lord of the Rings: Capab ... More >>
Most of us would be happy to have 1,000 Twitter followers. A million is pretty much unattainable, even for some big enchiladas. Yet we see celebs erasing their Twitter pages as if it isn't the best thing since some 5'3" guy in Iowa took a knife to a loaf of bread. What's driving the Twitter ... More >>
Zach WolfeIn the Black Lips' recent video for "Go Out and Get It," the Atlanta garage boys are seen on a cruise ship and on some tropical beach surrounded by vacationing bikini-clad hipster gals, all messy hair and sunglasses, sipping drinks like some endless Sunday Funday. The band will be ... More >>
The times they are a-changin'. Gone are the days of musicians airing bad blood toward one another behind a lyrical veil a la Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dandy Warhols vs. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ice Cube vs. N.W.A. In our brave new world, Rocks Off has succumbed to the instant-gratific ... More >>
Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.
By this time Tuesday, we will all know who is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Damn, it seems like we have speculating about the line-up since, well, we got the last of the "Dillo Dirt" out the middle of our toes after last year's muddy and rainy ACL weekend. Tuesday brig ... More >>
She Said remembers being a little kid, thinking to herself, In the year 2000, you're going to be 20 YEARS OLD. Thinking of how old that would feel like and how far away it seemed. In truth, She Said feels no different today than she did ten years ago, but one look at her musical tastes over the ... More >>
Lily Allen: "Here, kitty, kitty..."When initial word of millionaire golfer Tiger Woods' car accident in front of his home hit the news wires and Twitter the morning of November 27, the world waited with bated breath. None of us quite knew what his condition was or how extensive his injuries were. ... More >>
Holy crap! Glee brought it hard this week, like thirtysomething EXTREME brought it. The drama was up, the tension was great, and everything was perfectly set for next week's fall finale, the show's final ep until April. "Mattress" opened in the teachers' lounge, with Ken (hey look he's back!) s ... More >>
Mike RuizThey say man can't exist on indie-rock and metal alone, or something like that. Rocks Off firmly agrees, so when we hear good mainstream pop we ride that horse for all it's worth. That's why a little over a year ago, when Katy Perry hit with her single "Ur So Gay," we were enamored with ... More >>
Rocks Off would like to extend our congratulations - we guess - to our lieutenant, Craig Hlavaty. Craig's picture of him sitting on Santa's lap (above), culled from his slideshow of Hosuton-area mall Santas last December, went bad and nationwide Sunday, appearing on the hilarious picture blog Look ... More >>
C3 Entertainment announced the lineup for the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival Tuesday morning, and as Rocks Off expected, they might as well start calling the thing Lollapalooza South. Lolla headliners the Beastie Boys and Kings of Leon are both headed to the freshly irrigated Zilker Park Oct ... More >>
GWAR more important than you might expect.
Boy oh boy, Rocks Off is getting carried away with this Twitter business. As addictive as it is, though, it's not without its disappointments. We were amazed and flattered when Bjork decided to follow us, and then just a little heartbroken when a quick glance at her tweets en masse reveals her accou ... More >>
[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 >>
Why waste money on (or steal) those bogus Thriller remixes when you can get better ones legally for free?
So let me get this straight. This week, I found out I'm a wanted fugitive in La Grange. My Rogaine foam isn't working, and I found a few gray hairs in my beard. And I still have no idea what to get my special lady friend for Christmas. Now, I wake from slumber to find that Mrs. Drenched in Blog, Li ... More >>
Lily Allen in January's British GQ is my anti-drug. – Craig Hlavaty
This is Radiohead, with Thom Yorke on keys, covering what appears to be a really heartrending Bjork song, “Unravel” from Homogenic. The lyrics deal with loss of a lover and the inevitable climb back to the top of the shit heap. They recorded the dirge during a recent live Internet broadcast.
Lily Allen is going to be modeling underwear… Sometimes the Good Lord shines down on us such a glaring and exquisite light that we mortals can only sit and bask in its otherworldly glow. For thousands of years, we have attempted to convey the beauty of this gift through art. Michelangelo painted ... More >>
I used to think third nipples were an unsightly and grotesque part of the human anatomy. The thought of having three of something on your body where evolution only deemed us to have two, is a tad freakish. The only notable exception I can find is that chick from Total Recall. But I digress.... Lily ... More >>
David Sadof shares his dream station with Racket
Racket heads for Austin as Guy Schwartz and M. Martin bicker over the history of a local festival