Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jeez, where to begin... ... More >>
Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live Eagle Vision, 141 mins., Various CD/DVD formats It's something of an intellectual parlor game for Deep Purple fans to debate the ultimate question: Which lineup was the best? Commercially and song popularity/longevity wise, it's clear DP 2.0 -- the band responsi ... More >>
Still tempted to believe in 2013 that all metalheads are anti-intellectual lunks built only to destroy? Well, forget the decades of anecdotal evidence. You'd do well to remember, instead, that one of modern heavy metal's biggest and best bands is comprised of four eco-conscious artistes from a small ... More >>
Who better to discuss the nuances of songwriting and the decline of the traditional music industry than a man who wears a crown of duct-taped spikes on his head? That man is Rob Kersey, affectionately known as "Rawrb" to legions of fans that follow his band, Psychostick. The group returns to Housto ... More >>
Last week, I told you all about the Summer Slaughter Tour which blew through the House of Blues this past Saturday, and alluded to the numerous metal tours still to come up. Well, you may have just had your ass kicked last weekend, but it's already time for another one. This weekend's fest is the Ro ... More >>
Adam Ant: Sat., July 27, 8 p.m., $28-$300. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Air Supply: Thu., May 9, 8:30 p.m., $158-$218. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. Alt-J: CHANGED With Lord Huron., Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., $30/$35. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston. The Appleseed Cast: With ... More >>
.38 Special: With Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult., Fri., May 31, 8 p.m., TBA. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Attack Attack!: With The Plot In You, Get Scared, Dangerkids, Closer to Closure., Thu., May 16, 6 p.m., $13.50/$17.00. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Bret Michaels: Sat., June 2 ... More >>
Who? For this edition of the Rocks Off 100, we reached out to Beau Beasley, of Houston grind legends Insect Warfare, The Homopolice, NO TALK, Born Liars, Reason Of Insanity, Knuckle Scraper, Machine Gun Romantics, Race Against Time, KG Beasley And the Leather Violence, and a host of other bands that ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show House of Blues, November 30 The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty sto ... More >>
If you are under 30 in Houston and grew up going to punk or hardcore shows off Washington Avenue -- when it was still scary for the right reasons -- you were probably there because Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions booked the gig. His booking and promoting work helped bring tons of nationa ... More >>
The 71's: Sat., Sept. 15, 1 p.m., Free. Cactus Music & Video, 2110 Portsmouth St., Houston. 95.7 Boo Bomb with Karmin, Olly Murs, Sammy Adams, Austin Mahone, Marina & The Diamonds, The Wonder Girls: Tue., Oct. 23, 6 p.m., $25/$30. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Against Me!, Fake Problems, ... More >>
Extreme-metal crew branches out from "blasphemy and God-bashing."
What do younger people have against cruises? You can (sometimes) gamble, drink, eat all you want, and there is always tons of grim people watching to do. You don't have to drive anywhere, and if you want you can just hole yourself up in your cabin and not do a damned thing. Rocks Off has detailed ... More >>
Take that Crazy Train right on out of here, Ozzy. Thanks.That sound you heard Sunday was the collective shattering of the playoff hopes of thousands of Houston Texans fans as the team suffered yet another home loss, this time against the hapless San Diego Chargers, bringing their record to 4- ... More >>
The Heaven and Hell tour stops Wednesday, May 2, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Robbins Dr., 281-363-3300.
Sunday, May 29, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.
Retinkered Machine Head apes current metal sounds
Testament recruits heavy talent for new record