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Matthew Keever

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    The 30 Best Concerts In Houston Before Halloween

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In June

    "Big Blue Hole," David Olney "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all them saints are dead and gone / Amy Winehouse and Curt Cobain, they ain't comin' back here again." David Olney is like the black sheep rounder uncle the family wanted you to stay away from. A former running bud of Townes van Zandt, Oln ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    The 15 Best Songs We Heard In May

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Best Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

    ABOVE & BEYOND Sunday, Saturn Stage No group in electronic music knows how to play to a listener's emotional core than Above & Beyond. It was almost jarring how beautiful their set sounded after two days of heat and rain and evacuations and mud and lack of sleep and the other crazy things one deals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alice In Chains, Tycho, Chaka Khan, etc.

    Alice In Chains Bayou Music Center, April 29 After reappearing from a solid decade in the wilderness on 2009's Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice In Chains is rolling in 2014. William DuVall, who came up through Atlanta's hardcore scene, is now fully installed as front man; he shares the tormented howl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The 12 Best Acts of iFest's First Weekend

    The Apple Scruffs Performing as "The Down Under Band" for the day, The Apple Scruffs took an inspiring break from their usual gig as a Beatles cover band to cover music from Australian musicians, in homage to this year's spotlight country. This quartet was so good, it inspired thoughts about what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    New Politics at Warehouse Live, 1/14/2014

    New Politics Warehouse Live January 14, 2014 Formed in 2009, New Politics are hardly a new band. And as far as I can tell, they aren't much of a politically-driven group either. At least, definitely not in any brash way. Instead, their unconventional, upbeat indie-rock has been developing its popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The 11 Best Houston Releases of 2013

    Bun B, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue At this point, Bun B's influence stretches far beyond music, but that doesn't mean he can't still churn out a great album. Trill O.G. The Epilogue, the finale in his Trill album series, has everything we've come to both expect and love from a Bun album. It begins wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Everclear's Art Alexakis on Living In Montrose, Fatherhood and Summerland

    It's 10 o'clock in the morning, and I'm still wiping the sleep from my eyes when a chipper Art Alexakis answers the phone with a warm, "Good morning." Only a few minutes later, he's laughing and regaling me with stories of his time spent in Houston, becoming a father and misadventures in San Francis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Acts We'd Rather Skip This Time

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off has been bringing you our staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The Best of iFest's First Weekend: The Wailers, Fatoumata Diarawa, etc.

    Forro In the Dark Fans expecting to hear gentle renditions of the lilting folk melodies of northeastern Brazil from Forro In the Dark were probably initially shocked, but ultimately awed, by the New York City quintet's high energy and relentlessly rhythmic live set. The group played both days of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite Local Albums of 2012

    Continuing with our year-end panorama, Rocks Off asked our contributors a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: What was your favorite local album of 2012? ALEXA CRENSHAW: Whatever I say here, I'm going to want to take back shortly because there's so much good stuff out there, y'all. Althoug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

    As we look back over 2012 this week, it is now time to revisit some of this year's memorable shows. It wasn't easy narrowing the list down to 15. Concerts are in chronological order. CHRIS GRAY DAY, The Continental Club So much local talent and so much love. Uh, if I'm maybe a little too biased on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Best Musical Discoveries of 2012

    The thrill of discovering freshly minted treasure or a previously unheralded favorite is one of the main reasons music writers get into this racket in the first place; every so often it can make wading through the ocean of crap mediocrity that is pop music worthwhile. Rocks Off asked our contributor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012

    Rocks Off asked the writers we had covering Sunday's HPMA showcase downtown to pick out one or two of their favorites among the 50 or so performers. SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase - The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase - The Crowds Bang Bangz: Bang Bangz set up a mellowed dreamscape for their audience, c ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    HPMA 2012 Showcase

    One night. 11 venues. 55 minutes.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Hipster Lessons: 5 Ways To Make Indie Bands Less Annoying

    My girlfriend got a new car recently and it has satellite radio. The result has been a lot of channel-surfing and among the more regular selections is Alt Nation. Though there are certainly some God awful songs that get played on there, on the whole, it isn't bad and has even led me to some interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Music Lovers, Police Gather at Fitzgerald's to Talk Noise Ordinance

    Photos by Matthew KeeverOmar Afra​As two Houston Police officers walked onstage Tuesday night at Fitzgerald's to address complaints about the city's recently amended noise ordinance, tensions were high, and the crowd silent. Before the police spoke, Fitzgerald's owner and Free Press Houston ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Houston Noise Ordinance Debated At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Matthew KeeverOmar Afra​Tensions were high and the crowd was silent at Fitzgerald's last night as two Houston Police officers walked onstage to address complaints about the city's recently amended noise ordinance, tensions were high, and the crowd silent. Before the police spoke, Fit ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Friday Night: Bassnectar At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Check out Bassnectar and the many babes in costume in our slideshow. Womp womp is an unstoppable force. You can try to fight it, hide from it even, but it will find you or someone you care about, and the almighty power of dub step will eventually suck you in, even if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Last Night: Anthrax & Testament At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Matthew Keever​You can't stand still at an Anthrax show. It's not that it isn't allowed; it's that it isn't possible. The floor shakes, your ears and chest pound in rhythm with the bass and percussion, and you're inevitably swept up into the heavy, fast-paced music as your head spins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Last Night: Blink-182 At The Woodlands

    Photos by Matthew Keever​blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Matt & Kim Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 26, 2011 Surely, there have been murmurs about blink-182's reformation. Surely, many people have thought, "Oh, they're only getting back together because Angels & Airwaves and 44 are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Saturday: Vans Warped Tour At Sam Houston Race Park

    Photos by Matthew KeeverSimple Plan​Vans Warped Tour The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park June 25, 2011 As we made our way into the barren, asphalt-covered desert that was Warped Tour 2011, Aftermath was stopped by a young woman standing just outside the gates. "If I give you my number, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Saturday Night: Praia Urbana At Last Concert Cafe

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Praia Urbana Last Concert Cafe June 18, 2011 Saturday, the all-day electronic music festival Praia Urbana was held at Last Concert Café. From what Aftermath saw while we were there, it was pretty much a packed house. Due to a previous commitment, we got there two ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Summer Fest Saturday: A Sizzler With Beirut, Big Boi, Black Joe, Fucked Up, Sharon Jones, Ween & More

    Ed. Note: We're not done yet... Chris GrayRusted Shut​Chris Gray: I think the quickest way to sum up Summer Fest, environmentally, is in fact biologically: In eight hours at the festival Saturday, hydrating continuously with mostly water, I made my own water once, shortly before Beirut. Sunda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Saturday Night: Sick Puppies At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Sick Puppies Warehouse Live June 4, 2011 Aftermath is not going to lie: Leaving Summer Fest early to go see Sick Puppies at Warehouse Live wasn't a top priority for us, but a show's a show, and we thought we would do our best to keep our heads up, our ears open and ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Summer Fest Sunday: Peak Fun With B L A C K I E, Hayes Carll, Guitar Wolf, Yeasayer, Robert Ellis & More

    Jim BrickerGood ole boy done good: Hayes Carll had a productive homecoming.​Chris Gray: Not long after I got to Summer Fest Sunday, I spotted festival honcho Omar Afra finishing up one of local musician/yogi Tyagaraja's yoga workshops in the wooden glade known temporarily as the Budweiser Beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    UH Students Go Inside Bon Jovi's Space-Age Stage

    Photos by Matthew Keever​As if he hadn't done enough already, we can add philanthropy to the list of John Bon Jovi's accomplishments. Already world renowned for his music, the rock icon and No. 1 worldwide touring act of 2010, according to Billboard and Pollstar, is out to help people, and a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    West Texas Teardrops: Earmuffs, But No Sellout, In Austin

    Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. See links for Part 1 and Part 2. credTLPYL give it their all at Emo's.​After two nights in a row of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    West Texas Teardrops: Incident In Odessa

    Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. Here is Part 1. The Last Place You Look on FacebookThe Last Place You Look's Justin Nava at Emo's in Austin ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    West Texas Teardrops: On Tour With The Last Place You Look

    Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. This is his first of three reports. The Last Place You Look on FacebookCasa Oh No: The Last Place You Look' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Devo And The 16 Other Best Bands In Uniform

    Mark C. Austin​Devo hits Warehouse Live on March 25, the band's first Houston date since a 2006 appearance with the Psychedelic Furs - who, coincidentally enough, are also coming to Warehouse (April 23) to do all of 1981's Talk Talk Talk ("Pretty In Pink," "Into You Like a Train"), plus "Love ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    The Worst Music Trends Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: Shit. I spent my whole year either avoiding or ignoring trends. No reason to change now. Marc Brubaker: Many a person instructed me to place Ke(Dollar Sign)ha in this spot, but she's become so ubiquitous that I can't help but laugh when I hear her now. No, fine sirs, this awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Music's Biggest Disappointments Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: I'm tempted to say myself on this one. I just didn't connect to a lot of music this year. Especially new music, most of which I was either indifferent to or outright loathed. I'm not really the navel-gazing type, though, so I'll just chalk it up to an off year and move on. I do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's 2011 New Year's Resolutions

    ​Editor's Pick: To "support the scene" more in 2011. Just kidding. Marc Brubaker: Houston, I have a confession to make. As far as music writers go, this one is pretty bad, too: I have a terrible habit of sleeping on bands just because they are popular. Often, when a new band picks up a lot o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Comments... How Do They Work?

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Dedication Draws Overflow Crowd

    Photos by Matthew KeeverL-R: R. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown, Milton Hopkins. For more photos from Saturday, see our slideshow here.​Lightnin' Hopkins is official. Saturday morning, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never actually rained) showe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Texas BigBeat: A Mighty Racket For Such A Small Crowd

    Photos by Matthew KeeverThe Littlest Drummer: Ain't he cute?​Sunday afternoon at Bush Intercontinental Airport, the sound of drums roared through the air, all but drowning out the planes taking off in the background. The Fourth Annual Texas BigBeat drumming charity event was a success in its c ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    Center of Debate

    Planned Parenthood protest draws comments from readers.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Last Night: Atari Teenage Riot At Groundhall

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Atari Teenage Riot, Black Congress, Weird Party, Balaclavas Groundhall September 29, 2010 Atari Teenage Riot's set began with the entirety of Groundhall encompassed in darkness. As bass beat in everyone's chests, strobe lights lit up the otherwise pitch-black venue. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    KTRU: U Of H Regents Approve Purchase Of Rice Station

    UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): Rocks Off will have more on the pending change of ownership at KTRU and its fallout this afternoon, with further comments from members of the Houston music scene including several current and former KTRU staffers. See you on the Web, KTRU...​Moments ago, the University of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    KTRU: The Death Knell Rings, Thanks To UH

    Turn that music down!!​Moments ago, the University of Houston Board of Regents approved the purchase of Rice University student station KTRU (91.7) FM, reports Rocks Off's Matthew Keever, who is at the board's quarterly meeting at the Hilton University of Houston.The motion carried by a margin of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    HPMA Audience Members Sound Off On What They Saw

    Matthew Keever​Aftermath is pretty familiar with local music fans these days, so on Saturday at the HPMAs, we tried to talk only to people we had never seen at shows before to get a feel for who was enjoying what and what the showcase should try to do next year (besides not set the stages 20-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Free Press Summer Fest Team Taking Over Fitzgerald's

    4:38 p.m.: UPDATED with more information from Afra. Matthew KeeverThe crowd dances to Brave Combo at Fitzgerald's 33rd anniversary this past Saturday.​Free Press Houston editor/publisher Omar Afra and Pegstar.net owner Jagi Katial, the principal figures behind Free Press Summer Fest, announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Korn Was Not A F**king Emo Show At Sold-Out Verizon

    Photos by Matthew Keever​ Seventeen years after its inception, Korn still managed to sell out the Verizon Wireless Theater on Sunday night for the 2010 Jagermeister Music Tour. Most bands could only dream of continuing to sell-out venues for two decades, but a look at Korn's fan base, which ranges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Indian Jewelry, Future Islands And Friends Wave The Red Flag

    Photos by Matthew KeeverIndian Jewelry​ At 10 p.m. Saturday night, Aftermath made our way into Mango's. It was hardly half full, but by the time Indian Jewelry took the stage a little before 1 a.m., we couldn't move. Not that we'd want to, of course, but even if we had wanted to leave, we woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Rocks Off Exclusive: Behind The Scenes Of Chamillionaire's "The Main Event" Video

    Photos by Matthew Keever​ As we walked into the warehouse off Commerce Street where a music video was scheduled to be shot for Chamillionaire's recent single, "The Main Event," Slim Thug pulled up. In style, we might add (above). We let the boss and his posse head inside first, then followed them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Aftermath: Another Round Of Bands Watching Bands At SXSW Overflow Fest

    The Extraordinaires, debating a late night or early start. Videos by Matthew Keever Two days had gone by since we last visited the SXSW Overflow Fest at Super Happy Fun Land, and the number of people in attendance seemed to have quadrupled. Tuesday night, the bands had much better luck than those w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    In the Land of Meyer, a Young Bluesman Searches for a Fanbase

    Photos and video by Matthew Keever​ In the back corner of Fioza Café, self-proclaimed "folksy-bluesy-rock" artist Nathan Quick belts his heart out to a group of barely 20 people, not all of whom are listening. Quick's raspy moan echoes through the mostly empty shop and all but drowns out the espr ... More >>

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