The Beans have noticed a pretty insane trend lately; the Houston band has found itself compared to the likes of Texas rock legend Janis Joplin and Brittany Howard, vocal empresaria for the Alabama Shakes. The only problem in this equation? It's a band chock full o' dudes. They're cool with it, tho ... More >>
Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>
Matt & Kim House of Blues, October 19 Infectious pop, bright-eyed wonder and criminally catchy hooks have made Matt & Kim one of the best live acts to emerge out of the Aughties. The duo -- keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino -- feed off the energy of the crowd, and usually end up in ... More >>
Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?
I remember the first big boom in underground rock, because I was definitely not part of it. Instead, I was one of those kids for whom Nirvana's Nevermind (and their January 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance, in my case) kicked open the door to a much cooler musical world than the one I had been li ... More >>
Photo By Craig HlavatyRex's War Face: The crowd's at June's Free Press Summer Fest were feral and friendly. This week we asked our pool of Rocks Off writers what their favorite shows of 2011 were, the ones that brought joy to their hearts to attend and helped them make magic with a keyboard h ... More >>
The current volume of local music is staggering. New Houston bands are born daily, and all too often pass away just as quickly. Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up. Houston may have gotten colder, but that's just an excuse to hunker down with those headphones, discover some local m ... More >>
The Meat Puppets Fitzgerald's October 2, 2011 Last night was a special night in Houston, and for a couple of reasons: First, we felt our first taste of autumn, with temperatures dipping into the low 60s; more importantly, in this instance, was the city's opportunity to see veteran hard-rockers and ... More >>
The current volume of local music is staggering, so Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up. Dig This is back with round four of our perpetual local band profiling, reporting back on all the internet trolling we've done and the acts we've discovered in the process. Here's our latest col ... More >>
Moments ago, actually earlier this afternoon now, Rocks Off opened an envelope from Universal Music that turned out to contain young No Limit-affiliated rapper Curren$y's major-label debut, Weekend at Burnie's (Warner Bros.). We'll give you three guesses what the New Orleans native's primary ... More >>
Mark C. AustinJandek (right) at Rudyard's, April 2009Sunday, Rudyard's celebrates its 32nd anniversary with an afternoon barbecue buffet and night of free music with sharp-witted singer-songwriter Teresa Kolo, holy terrors the Hell City Kings and the stuff Rocks Off's dreams are made of, an a ... More >>
Ed. Note: As anyone who followed our SXSW coverage would know, perhaps no band got as much critical love thrown its way as L.A.'s Local Natives. So much so that, when the Natives returned to Mango's this past Saturday, somehow Rocks Off wound up with three reviewers at the show. It might have been f ... More >>
To be honest, She Said can't really remember the last time she stepped foot inside Mai's. It was definitely several years ago, before she left Houston and then came back again, and it was probably with this guy, probably after a show. She Said probably had some Thai curry and hot tea, but she can ... More >>
There's plenty of places to go this Halloween.
There's plenty of places to go this Halloween. Check out our updated listings.
Art Brut taps ex-Pixie Black Francis for the down-and-dirty Art Brut vs. Satan.
Al Green: Fri., Sept. 11. Arena Theatre. Arctic Monkeys: Sat., Oct. 3. House of Blues. The Beauvilles, Flowers To Hide, The Live Lights: Sat., July 25. Meridian. The Black Crowes, Truth & Salvage Co: Wed., Oct. 14. House of Blues. "Broke Lizard: Live": Thu., Oct. 15. House of Blues. Cold, Tapro ... More >>
Justin and I started off the day early trying to do more then the previous day. Driving around town is much more difficult then anticipated, even though we were here last year. We spent a lot of time trying to find parking and searching for boots. Not the most exciting start, but well worth the find ... More >>
There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and growing, ... More >>
In the Name of Love
Think about all that’s changed in the past 14 years: Music is very much just a few ones and zeroes on a hard drive. Bands give away albums for free. Most artists only get in the business so they can try to sell you their clothing line. In 1993, Miley Cyrus was just a screaming, toothless infant be ... More >>
Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II Hall Residence October 6, 2007 Better Than: Don’t tease me. Download: Rare Meat, a fan assembled compilation of rarities, b-sides, and promotional recordings. Or, like me, you could just listen to Meat Puppets II until the acid-washed southwestern cowpunk soundscape ... More >>
Octopus Project, Bring Back the Guns Numbers October 4, 2007 Better than: Watching the Cleveland Indians whip the New York Yankees 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, which is saying something. Download: “Ghost Moves” or “Vanishing Lessons” from the Octopus Project’s b ... More >>
How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>
Saturday, June 17, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521
Alt-rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr. return to the freak scene as seniors
Former Lunar Rotation host David Sadof could be back regularly on the FM dial after a seven-year hiatus
Arthur Yoria and Matt Maloney launch a new local label with a roster of one
Houston's Texas Guinness Lovers is an original cover band
Curt Kirkwood, now living in Austin, is still a Meat Puppet. His brother Cris is a missing-in-action junkie.
Houston's Drapes have more on their minds than simply getting by
Lists you've been waiting all year for, in no particular order
Brad Tyer checks out of the Hotel California after five songs
A humble Meat Puppet talks about why his band is so great