Mydolls, Vacation Eyes, Hearts of Animals Walters, March 22 Although they lost guitarist Kathy Johnston to leukemia in 2011 -- an illness that prompted the band to record the song "Don't Fucking Die" -- there's always reason to smile when the Mydolls book a gig. The band started by Trish Herrera an ... More >>
There are certain truths we all accept about the Grammy awards, including but not limited to: no matter how many times she's won Taylor Swift will always make that "ohmygod people like me?!?!?!" face; that NARAS president Neil Portnow will show up to make a speech that no one will remember; someone ... More >>
Porter Robinson Stereo Live January 25, 2K13 If you asked the average artist how they'd feel about playing three shows in the same city within seven months of each other, they'd probably tell you, "That's madness." The belief is that you don't want to burn out your fans with repeated visits; you sh ... More >>
What Made Milwaukee Famous Fitzgerald's, January 25 What Made Milwaukee Famous have been plying their melodic, emotionally fraught brand of indie-rock for a decade now, appearing on Austin City Limits (the festival and the TV show) and releasing a pair of albums on Seattle indie Barsuk. The brand-n ... More >>
Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy has opened for M83's Anthony Gonzalez in Austin and warmed up the crowd before a Halloween 2012 Ghostland Observatory gig at Warehouse Live. Now, his group takes on the Houston Press' Artopia party. Rewind: Bang Bangz: A Rare Houston Band Brimming With Mystery When Kenne ... More >>
"No good bands ever come to Houston, I swear." Welp, you're wrong buddy. In the next few weeks and months, plenty of critical darlings are coming to Houston venues, and it's not even festival season. They are coming because they are actually on tours and not taking pity on us. OK, Houston crow ... More >>
Every year thousands of songs get released, most of them fairly forgettable. The tracks you forget could fill countless hard drives, but it's all worth it to find that handful of really great songs. If a song is really good -- if it just knocks your socks off the first time you hear it -- it may en ... More >>
The 10 best new restaurants of 2012.
The casual, elegant, New American-with-a-twist restaurant isn't easy to pigeonhole, but it's good.
If I had to pick one word to describe the mad, exciting rush of restaurant activity that's defined 2012, it would be this: exhilarating. Followed closely by: exhausting. Trying to keep up with every single new restaurant that's flung open its doors exuberance -- welcoming the city's burgeoning food ... More >>
Something Wicked Festival Sam Houston Race Park October 27, 2012 SLIDESHOW: Something Wicked Music Fest: Costumes and Crowd Shots Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Festival- from coast to coast and many points in between these big name EDM festivals have become a big deal. ... More >>
Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies for the Sake of Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies
In Texas, only a few major music festivals cater to the punk and indie subcultures. Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest, Chaos In Tejas, 35 Denton, maybe the free and freaky day parties of SXSW, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, put on by Transmission Entertainment in Austin. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest Releas ... More >>
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Bud Light Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park October 13, 2012 Rewind: SLIDESHOW: Neil Young, Jack White, The Roots: ACL 2012 Saturday Bands SLIDESHOW: Rainy Saturday at ACL 2012: Crowd Shots ACL 2012: Friday's 12 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker With ... More >>
See Avicii, Afghan Whigs, Florence the Machine, M83, Esperanza Spalding and more in our slideshow of Friday's ACL performers Avicii AMD Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park October 12, 2012 While the rest of the Rocks Off staff has fully immersed itself in EDM, I sorta took a res ... More >>
Check out our slideshow of the crowds at Day 1 of Austin City Limits. In the interest of being tidy and not boring you with minute details of the three-day exercise in sweaty and human endurance underway in Zilker Park this weekend, Rocks Off is giving you a break. Our team on the ground at the Aus ... More >>