My first true SXSW with the Houston Press and Rocks Off was way back in March 2008, when I was given a wristband to explore/maraud Austin looking for trouble and new bands. This was a time when Justice and MSTRKRFT were what would be called EDM now, and Israel's Monotonix was flipping every wig in t ... More >>
House of Blues
October 28, 2012
"They told me if I brought out this flag they would kick me out," says a guy dressed like Hunter S. Thompson sitting next to me on the balcony last night at Justice. In his cargo pocket was a large French flag, in honor of the French electro duo who made thei ... More >>
Photo by Ginny BraudLindsay Howard: Mistress of the Bloody MaryWhen you wake up on Sunday morning feeling less then stellar, all you need is a little hair of the dog...and maybe some actual dog hair too. As my mom says, "Just rub some dirt on it and get back in." Sunday afternoon we went over ... More >>
Trent Reznor, you know, before the Oscar and all the weightlifting. As a music writer, we are asked constantly to compare the new with the old, to decipher the periphery where modern bands' influences come from to understand where we are going and what we are seeing. We can hear everything Ke ... More >>
A Place to Bury StrangersIt's here, folks. And not a moment too soon. Not even a month after ACL, and before Thanksgiving, the folks at from South by Southwest sent out there first missive detailing the 2011 event, scheduled for March 16-20. Rocks Off is shuddering already, but in a good way. ... More >>
Celtic Thunder: Sat., Nov. 13. Verizon Wireless Theater.
Dash Rip Rock, The Hickoids: Fri., May 21. Continental Club.
Devin The Dude, The Coughee Brothaz: Tue., April 20. Warehouse Live.
Drake: Thu., May 20. Verizon Wireless Theater.
Fates Warning, Futures End, Six Minute Century: Fri., July 9. ... More >>
5. MSTRKRFT, Fist of God (Downtown)
Canadian duo MSTRKRFT gave the cool kids what they want - grinding, "keytar" synths, a punk-rock attitude and plenty of pop references (John Legend, N.O.R.E., and Ghostface Killah make appearances). Despite the pair's hockey-mask appearance and heavy-metal-danc ... More >>
When this decade began, He Said was but 15 years old, bored, jobless and chubby. It ends with him 26, overworked, overstimulated and chasing away his self-imposed demons with too much of everything and too little of most things. But the one constant has been the power of music to lead him out of ... More >>
It's safe to say that were it not for acts like Justice and MSTRKRFT, the current dance resurgence would have never would have left the underground. In the past few years, more and more bored indie kids have been shaking way more ass than the generation that preceded them.
This scene borrows hea ... More >>