For Islands' Nick Thorburn, performing live is just another piece to the creative puzzle. Formerly known as Nick Diamonds, he has fronted a number of acts starting with the Unicorns, his Montreal trio that began drawing a cult following after the release of their 2003 album Who Will Cut Our Hair Whe ... More >>
It's not just a Canadian thing to say that Montreal-based Lunice, with Hudson Mohawke one-half of EDM monsters TNGHT, is overtly polite in describing himself. It's an everyday thing. There's not a speck of bad press to be found about the producer listed as 25 or 26 years of age, depending on the sou ... More >>
The light's went out in Oakland's O.com Coliseum Saturday night. The A's were hosting the Yankees and the action was delayed over 30 minutes while the lights in left field were returned to life. Problems with Oakland's park are nothing new. Locker rooms fill with sewage when there's a hard rain. The ... More >>
Arcade Fire's William Butler admits he still gets homesick for Texas. Even the weather...up to a point. "I miss how green everything was all the time always," he says of his youth in The Woodlands from his current home in Montreal. "You'd come home in December and the lawns would still be green, an ... More >>
It's not unexpectedly declassified CIA documents, but information about Arcade Fire's upcoming album might be the music world's equivalent. Rumors have been swirling around the imminent follow-up to the partially Woodlands-spawned band's Grammy-winning 2010 LP The Suburbs for weeks, and Arcade Fire ... More >>
Houston's Wild Moccasins have been hand-picked by Of Montreal to be the main support act on their Athens-based friends' three-week spring U.S. theater tour, New West Records announced Thursday. The two indie-pop bands have developed a similar sound -- drawing on elements of psychedelic '60s pop and ... More >>
Today local indie-rockers The Tontons finally released their clip for "Golden" onto the world, with the clip written and directed by Tom Adams and the band's own Tom Nguyen at War'Hous off Main. In addition to premiering the video, they also announced new tour dates into early November, including ... More >>
Police brutality is definitely a real thing. Cases range from synchronized actions by oppressive regimes to curtail the populace to isolated incidents of extremely poor decisions making by rage-based authorities. Distinguishing between and guarding against police brutality is as difficult as it is ... More >>
What exactly do you remember from the summer of 2002? Stop and think -- of the music on the radio, the CDs you were most excited for, who won the Grammy for Best Album, and so on. What exactly stands out from 10 years ago? If you find that your answer is "Not much," then you're probably l ... More >>
Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>
Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marcu ... More >>
Lady Gaga kept a poker face after her Montreal fall.Concert performances and award shows can sometimes really put the pressure on artists, who often get so nervous or excited that they may just faceplant the stage. We've complied you tube clips of some of the best mid-performance stumbles. So ... More >>
Hello? Is this thing on? Rocks Off has a feeling that a lot of folks are nowhere near their computers today. Must be some sort of holiday. It is, actually. Today, not Monday. It's Canada Day, or as it's known in the U.S., "What Is Princess Kate Wearing?" Day. (Also, Friday.) Honestly, Rocks ... More >>
Carrie Applegate JaegerFirst, my confession...I did it again. I relied on the trusty old cookbook and didn't look at the web versions of these recipes. My apologies for the inconsistencies between the cited recipes and my creations. Regardless of where these recipes are found, they are sti ... More >>
Carrie Applegate JaegerRachael Ray makes whipping up a meal in 30 minutes look like a breeze, but we all know that there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on. Last week it took me, sans television magic, 47 minutes to make one of her meals. How will I do this week? The food: Garli ... More >>
At SXSW 2011, almost everything that could go wrong did — except the music.
Now that's a headline, ladies and germs. It has the added benefit of being succinct as well. That's exactly what we're summing up here, the worst Top 10 lists our peers have written this year. Let's get started, as we've got a lot of ground to cover. 10. This One Not really, this is just t ... More >>
A year ago, in honor of Sesame Street's 40th birthday, Rocks Off brought you a list of the beloved television program's 10 Best Musical Appearances. But 41 years ago, Nickelodeon didn't exist. Now the network is known for its retro-cool vibe, thanks to bringing back shows from the golden age ... More >>
Why write about a drink whose names suggest such a pro-Canadian agenda in, of all states, Texas? Because right about now, we are probably all wishing we were in Canada. The upcoming weekend in Montreal sounds nice - high of 77 and low of 56. Hell, sitting through a Celine Dion concert, dealin ... More >>
Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound protests (or, if you prefer, media stunts); the couple folded ... More >>
Photos by Adam P. NewtonWe Are WolvesFollowing a rousing early afternoon of day parties, one filled with the work of from Mathias Aguayou, Yellow Fever, and others,. Aftermath spent the rest of our day chasing down even more music (because isn't that the point of SXSW)? At The French Legation Mu ... More >>
Photo by Dan OkoRock and roll hall of fame inductee and founder of Sire Records, Seymore Stein, answers questions oustide the "Stories From CBGBs" panel, Friday.Adam Newton, 12:46 p.m.: I'm at Paradise for Little Girls, a Canadian act making Bauhaus-inspired post-punk. There are three Jewish- ... More >>
Against long, long odds and punishing heat, Free Press Summer Fest is a hit.
Photos by Amber Roussel/ Click here for slideshows from Day 1 and Day 2 They said it couldn't be done, that no one in Houston would dream of spending two days in the punishing August heat at an outdoor music festival.An anonymous Of Montreal member shows off his tiger style.Rightfully (somewha ... More >>
All this week, Rocks Off's daily MP3 will spotlight the best and brightest of the local bands gracing this weekend's two-day Free Press Summer Fest indie blowout at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Free Press Houston has assembled quite the lineup, with out-of-towners like Of Montreal, Broken Social Scene ... More >>
Tonight, see how - or where, anyway - the beautiful people kick back at House of Blues' new weekly "Rock & Roll" night in the venue's ultra-plush and oddly brothel-like Foundation Room (entrance on Dallas Street), with no cover, $3 beer and whiskey, tunes curated by Metropol/Stuka/Mink veteran T ... More >>
The chill dudes across town at Free Press Houston dropped an awesome bomb this afternoon, announcing their two-day "Summer Fest" shindig, set to go down August 8 and 9 at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Tickets are at $7 for each day, with the line-up spread out over those two days. The headliners that Edit ... More >>
Photos by Robb WalshVisit the new Lone Star Culinary/Flores Spice Company store behind El Bolillo on Airline across the street from Canino's, but go when you have some time for shopping. I was so overwhelmed to see all the stuff I needed in one place that I didn't even buy anything. The bulk spice ... More >>
At 1 a.m. Thursday (aka this morning), we peddled under IH-35 to the Music Gym to catch some Psychedelic Horseshit inside. Their fractured and jagged lo-fi pop is a schizophrenic mash of freak-folk and electric expanse. The Columbus, Ohio, band played musical instruments, with the bassist going back ... More >>
Not many people can appreciate the subtle brilliance of Kermit T. Frog's "The Rainbow Connection." Yes, that song from The Muppet Movie. Nor are there many outlets for people willing to listen to anyone who dares to cover Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing." But that's just some of the fun you'll find over on Y ... More >>
MGR promises help with federal grants and racks up hundreds of consumer complaints
Shout Out Out Out Out perform Tuesday, March 13, at The Mink, 3718 Main, 713-522-9985. 120 Days, Foreign Islands also perform.
Les George Leningrad performs Friday, November 17, at The Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.
Thursday, June 22, Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513
Young Palestinian refugees make moves for peace
You already know all about this year's crop of wolf bands. We examine the tiger, bear, shark and lion bands, and offer up a rock zodiac.
Summertime concerts that will leave you sweating
Canadian art punks Les Georges Leningrad drop a number deux
An island town will do anything to seduce Dr. Lewis
Monday, March 15
A roving band of young men took to the streets of Montrose, committing more than 20 armed robberies in one week, police say. One guy was shot. No one was killed. A lot of people were terrified. Most times, the robbers' "loot" was a couple of bucks.