The 22nd Annual KTRU Outdoor Show has been announced for March 9, and it features Cloud Nothings as headliners, along with B L A C K I E, Fat Tony, Buxton, Teen Daze, Delicate Steve and Featherface.
The event is free, and runs from noon until well into the evening. It is the brainchild of Rice Uni ... More >>
Nootropics is defined as a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning. It's also the title of the new Lower Dens record that is, perhaps tying in to that definition, a very cerebral experience. Although some have said the record is sad or nightmarish Rocks Off chooses to v ... More >>
Candlebox: Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston.
The Casualties, Nekromantix, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats: Mon., July 30, 6 p.m., $16/$17. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston.
Chino Y Nacho: Sun., May 20, 8 p.m., $29.50-$39.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, ... More >>
KTRU Outdoor Show
March 17, 2012
In spite of groovy, spacey melodies and an air of mystery about their set, emphasized in part by the lack of overhead light during their performance, the Lower Dens got the short end of the stick at the 21st annual KTRU Outdoor Show. Before the band ... More >>
Its move to the HD airwaves and the Internet hasn't stopped Rice University student radio station KTRU from putting on its annual free outdoor show.
Doing its part to counterprogram SXSW, KTRU has booked sharp-edged New Jersey indie-rockers Titus Andronicus, Brooklyn goth-pop trio Chairlift, Portla ... More >>
Jermaine RogersIn three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>
Jermaine RogersIf Rocks Off learned anything at iFest these past two weekends, it's that we should have started our own bottled-water franchise. And that when you go to a music festival, it's a good idea to know who is playing and when. Running around willy-nilly is all well and good unless i ... More >>
There was once a brighter time in the history of MTV when the network occasionally played interesting animated series and occasionally even music videos. Now, instead of Daria, there's Snooki; instead of Beavis and Butt-Head, there's The Situation and Pauly D.
Growing up, Daria (1997-2002) w ... More >>
In the coming week, legions of Houstonians will trek northwest to descend upon the city of Austin, blessing it with our mere presence during the madhouse that is SXSW. Heck, some of Houston is already there.
Our delegation is not limited to SXSW attendees, however. A host of Houston bands, r ... More >>
"I'm gonna pull out some shit on stage that will make the Flaming Lips cry and possibly retire in awe."
- Hayes Carll, via @hprocksoff
GroovehouseYeasayer at House of Blues, April 2010Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Yeasayer and Houston rappers Z-Ro and Bun B head up the lineup ... More >>
Another Friday, another Magnolia City Mixtape, assembled just for you. Seriously, we put in a lot of time crawling through the internet just to bring everyone up to date on the scraps of local music news floating out there in the cyber-abyss.
For this week's soundtrack, how's about this inst ... More >>
In the past couple of weeks, Rocks Off's already-groaning email inbox has begun sagging even further with pings from random Australian bands looking for "coverage" for their SXSW appearances - we recommend a geography lesson, mates - and the usual onslaught of press releases on behalf of arti ... More >>
Ed. Note: Sometime Press contributor Tex Kerschen of Indian Jewelry spoke with former Houstonian Jana Hunter last week, before her new Baltimore-based band Lower Dens' show at Walter's this Saturday.
Rocks Off: What is a "lower den"?
Jana Hunter: The deeper echelons of the dragon's hovel, ... More >>
Rocks Off is still getting used to running into (or emailing) local musicians we haven't seen for a while, asking them where they've been and getting the answer "on tour." We're not complaining.
That's the case with Young Mammals - after a sharp set at Free Press Summer Fest, the band virtua ... More >>
Update/correction (10:03 a.m.): Big Boi is not playing Ghoulsfest after all. But if you happen to be on the U.S.S. Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston S.C. on October 28, you can see Sir Luscious Left Foot there.
Bob Schneider: Thu., Oct. 28. McGonigel's Mucky Duck.
Buxton, Cotton Jone ... More >>