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Music Festivals

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2014

    Just How Dangerous Are Coachella-Like Festivals?

    Note: our friends at L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly are covering the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, in Indio, Calif. This article was written by Andrea Domanick. On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Big Music Festivals Sure Can Be Creepy Sometimes

    This weekend Rocks Off will send another team to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park, three days sure to be full of music, drinking, and the sort of behavior that tends to happen when tens of thousands of scantily clad young people gather to get their buzz on and scope out potential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    How Can Anyone Think MTV's 24-Hour Online "Music Festival" Is a Good Idea?

    In recent years, it seems like music festivals have begun to pop up left and right. While it was once something you had to travel for, it's now hard to live in a major city without encountering at least one local music festival each year And now, music festivals have become so cool that even MTV is ... More >>

  • Music

    May 16, 2013

    Lights, Camera, Headaches

    The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Music Festival: Actors

    So Ashton Kutcher allegedly got in a fight at the Stagecoach Music Festival. I know, it's a little mind-boggling, that whole idea. Ashton Kutcher was not only at a country-music festival, but reports say he somehow managed to stay true to his douche-roots and get into a fistfight with a security gua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    ACL 2013 Predictions & Rumors: Is This Jimmy Buffett's Year?

    2013 marks the first year that the Austin City Limits Music Festival -- Texas' other large outdoor music festival, never to be confused with Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest -- expands to two consecutive weekends with identical lineups. At this point the lineup for the festival, scheduled for Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Why Electric Daisy Carnival Texas Should Be In Houston

    The largest music festival in the United States in terms of attendance is not Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, or Austin City Limits. While each sees thousands of music fans pass through the gates every year, the real attendance champ is Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. The 2012 version of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    The Great Outdoors

    Your 2013 music-festival outlook, Texas edition.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Your 2013 Music Festival Outlook (Texas Edition)

    I don't know about you, but I am not totally in love with winter weather. Yes, it affords you the ability to wear beanies and cool fingerless gloves and dress like a hoodlum, but it's the heat that I love the most. That's why I love thinking about music festivals, because that's where we all get t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    6 More ACL Acts to Look Out For This Weekend

    I'm what you can call a late bloomer when it comes to music festivals. Before coming to work for Rocks Off, my festival expertise was regulated to the Houston International Festival and that one SXSW that I spent bar hopping on Red River then somehow managing to sneak into Stubbs through the artist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    4 Reasons Lollapalooza Needs EDM

    Note: This is part of our Twin Cities sister paper City Pages' coverage of Lollapalooza this past weekend in Chicago. -- ed. See Also: Lollapalooza 2012: The People BY IAN TRAAS With every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    25 Gorgeous GIFs From Lollapalooza 2012

    Another Lollapalooza blog by our friends at City Pages -- ed. Lollapalooza 2012: The People BY REED FISCHER Ready for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GIFS?! This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

    Note: Our friends at Twin Cities sister VVM weekly City Pages are covering Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend. -- ed. By Erik Thompson, with additional reporting by Reed FischerThe 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Katy's Point to Infinity Wins Spot on Lollapalooza Stage

    This is one of those stories that can't help raise even the most cynical journalist's cockles a few degrees: Band fresh out of high school, with a disposition as sunny as its melodic brand of pop-rock, wins a spot at one of America's biggest, most important music festivals. Any Hollywood producer wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 7, 2012

    A Texican In New Orleans: Lessons Learned From Jazz Fest

    This past weekend was the last for this year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which started way back on April 27. The festival runs over two weekends, usually Thursday through Sunday. Obviously since it is a uniquely Nawlins institution going back to 1970, it's not a festival t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead -- 50 Cent And Much More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011
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    February 16, 2011

    Graphic: When Festival Booking Goes Too Far

    Garland RobinetteYes, this is the real Jazz Fest 2011 poster, and that's really Jimmy Buffett.​Every spring, New Orleans puts on something called the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But as Jazz Fest has grown more and more popular, the headlining acts have had less and less to do with ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    How Is Houston Doing ACL-Wise?

    Marco TorresThe Eagles have flown, at least as far as Houston is concerned.​If you have even bothered to venture out of doors during these days of 105-degree heat indices and "Unhealthy" air-quality advisories, you may have noticed that things have been a little light on the roadshow front lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    FAIL: Courtney Love, KeSha, Beta Band, Rock And Roll Lawyers

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Courtney Love Melts Down Onstage... No, We Mean More Than Usual: We're hoping our Rocks Off counterpart Craig Hlavaty gets to witness his fantasy Hole show next week, but judging from the performance Courtney Love put on last Sunday night at Washington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Here's To The Most Accessible, Personable Festival In Years

    Katharine ShilcuttAt SXSW, everywhere is a venue, including the back alley where we came across these ladies Thursday afternoon.​SXSW is a festival that tries to beat you down like the drip-drip of acid on the blink-blink of an eyeball, and more times than not it succeeds. But if you're able to co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    "Why Can't It Be More Like Jazzfest?" Rick Mitchell Debunks The Top 10 Gripes He's Overheard About Houston's iFest

    All photos courtesy of www.ifest.orgOzomatli: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bud Light World Music Stage​ A couple of days ago, Houston International Festival Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell emailed Rocks Off and asked us if we'd mind reprinting something he wrote for the blog on iFest's Web ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2010

    Music Cities

    Texas has its own brand of March Madness

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    Coming of Age

    Against long, long odds and punishing heat, Free Press Summer Fest is a hit.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Austin City Limits Goes Grunge; Tickets On Sale Today

    Just in time for tickets to go on sale - as in now - leaks have conveniently begun to spring in C3 Entertainment's carefully under wraps lineup for this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, scheduled for October 2-4 in Zilker Park. (Don't worry, Longhorn fans: Unlike last year, that's UT's open ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2009
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    December 1, 2008

    SXSW 09 Imminent Already? Aaaarrrgh!

    St. Vincent, "Jesus Saves, I Spend" The 2009 South By Southwest Music Festival is still nearly four months away (March 18-22), but the first performers are already being announced. When Rocks Off saw this list on Friday, after we had been gorged senseless the day before, we shuddered. "To ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Jose Miguel Yamal Latin Jazz Quartet

    Da Camera opens its daytime concert series

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fighters. Seriously. That means everyone hoping for ... More >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    Overheard at SXSW

    "I feel like I'm at Lollapalooza or something." "I looked up and there were all these pirates." "Hey, we're from Seattle. Where are the whores at?" "I've always just called it 'Death Metal Pizza.'" "Oh good. A banjo." -- Keith Plocek

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2007
  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    SXSW, WTF?

    The lowdown on Austin's music festival

  • Music

    June 16, 2005

    Various Artists

    Bonnaroo 2004

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Cruel Summer

    Are we hearing the death rattle of the sheds?

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Dude Raunch

    All-girl quartet Kittie has more balls than the rest of Ozzfest 2000

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    March 23, 2000
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    February 10, 2000

    Rotation

    Mudhoney March to Fuzz

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    March 26, 1998
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    July 31, 1997

    Lilith Fair-ness

    Sarah McLachlan had a brainchild, and it was a girl

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    March 23, 1995
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    August 25, 1994
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    August 18, 1994
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