Music Festivals

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    ACL Festival Expanding to 2 Weekends In 2013

    Rewind: Five years of Rocks Off ACL Fest coverage The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that the Austin City Limits Music Festival will expand to two weekends starting next year, echoing California's Coachella, which presented identical lineups on successive Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Friends, Colleagues Remember SXSW's Brent Grulke

    Rewind: Brent Grulke, SXSW Music Creative Director, Dies of Heart Attack Tuesday afternoon, SXSW staff began posting testimonials to their late friend and colleague, Brent Grulke, who had been SXSW Music's Creative Director from 1994 until he died after suffering a heart attack Monday morning in Au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    What Is the Springboard South Music Festival Anyway?

    The 2012 Springboard South Music Festival makes its debut this weekend, starting today and running through Sunday at CityCentre Houston. The event, boasting three days of music from 45 bands on two stages, is being touted by organizers as an opportunity for independent artists and musicians and educ ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2012

    Perry Farrell Is Doing Just Fine

    Jane's Addiction and Lollapalooza mastermind on Bin Laden and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
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    March 5, 2012

    Top 9 Comments On Summer Fest 2012: Where's The Women?

    As most of Houston and the surrounding area knows by now, Free Press Summer Fest announced its 2012 lineup in the wee hours this morning. By now Rocks Off has had a few more hours to reflect on the festival, entering its fourth year at Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2 and 3, and also to take a shower. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Houston Acts Stage Own SXSW Invasion

    Sixteen Houston acts will play an all-day free show during SXSW from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Gypsy Lounge, 1504 E. 6th St. The party is sponsored by The Convoy Group, the company run by Houston promoter and sometime Rocks Off photograher Mark C. Austin, who announced the party ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Crazy Times: 5 Festivals That Need DVD/Blu-Ray Box Sets

    Music festivals have played an indefinite part of pop culture history. From the various Woodstock festivals, Us Festivals, and even Lollapalooza - they have played a part in defining their generations. Unfortunately some of these amazing festivals have only seen the light of day in the form of eit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    ACL 2011 Rumors: Ten Bands Who Could Make The Cut

    Marco TorresWill ACL close with classic rock again, like with the Eagles last year? Neil Young?​The Austin City Limits Music Festival's big 2011 lineup announcement is imminent, scheduled for May 17, and Rocks Off will surely be on top of the news after it hits. Last year we sat on the compute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    SXSW 2011: Videos and Photos Galore

    What the @#$% happened last night? A City Pages SXSW recap of 3/17 from MPLS.TV on Vimeo. Want to experience SXSW 2011 but have a short attention span? Then check out the above video compiled by our sister paper City Pages which features several big-name performers plus highlight footage from the V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest In Full Swing Leone's Janka Nabay plays Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest Monday night.​Not everyone has the capital to attend South by Southwest this year, but that doesn't mean that you won't have the opportunity to hear some of the greatest bands in the world in the c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011
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    August 5, 2010

    Matt & Kim Talk Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, Naked Videos And New Music

    Right On! PR​This weekend the Houston Press welcomes New York indie duo Matt & Kim to town to headline this year's edition of the Houston Press Music Awards, along with Trae tha Truth and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. Rocks Off will be giving away a bunch of HPMA wristbands today and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Inside GhoulsFest, Houston's Newest Music Festival

    ​This weekend the first annual GhoulsFest was announced for October 30 out at Tom Bass Park in Pearland. Things like this usually get telegraphed in a big way from bands leaking things out on Facebook and the like, but not this time. The event is thankfully set for one of the cooler parts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Blogging Bonnaroo: Meghan Hendley's Top 5 Festival Memories

    Photo by Amber Roussell/See the slideshowTyagaraja performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, keyboar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Blogging Bonnaroo: Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z

    Photos by Mark C. Austin/See the slideshowStevie Wonder on Bonnaroo's main stage​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, keyboardist/vocal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Summer Tours We'd Like To See: Bring Back Texxas Jam!

    Reminder: Tickets for Lady Gaga's Toyota Center show next year go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.​ Summer concert season doesn't last as long as hurricane season, and leaves somewhat less damage in its aftermath, but at least it gives us something to look forward to during those long, hot months. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    More Breaking Touring News: Vans Warped Tour 2010 Houston Stop Includes Andrew WK, All-American Rejects, Etc.

    Katharine ShilcuttA pensive Andrew WK at Rachael Ray's 2010 SXSW party.​ Earlier today, Sam Houston Race Park announced the Houston date for this year's edition of the Vans Warped Tour. The long-running punk-rock/emo summer tour hits the northwest side July 2. Start hydrating now. The festival has ... More >>

  • Music

    April 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    SXSW News: Adds Include DEATH, Voivod, Neon Indian, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trae Tha Truth and Chamillionaire & Paul Wall, Together Again

    This past week a few Houston musicians began getting their dreaded SXSW rejection notices; most notably we heard that Robert Ellis' entry was not accepted. That's a tough bullet to take, considering how well his band does on Wednesday night at Mango's and the quality of his solo album. Either way E ... More >>

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    Houston 2020: The Future Is Unwritten

    But hey, that's not stopping Noise.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Not to Stoke the SXSW '10 Rumor Mill at All, But Might Pavement and Soundgarden Show Up?

    Well here it goes, the year's first official blog entry about South by Southwest 2010. Yes, we know that it doesn't start until March 17, but the hype machines have already been running since the fall and rumors have been getting stoked since before Austin City Limits in October. So let's get this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: Recovery

    The Sunday night after SXSW never fails to be a weird experience. Although you are dog-tired, and back in your own bed, you can't sleep. A phantasmagoria of sights and sounds from the past few days runs through mind on a reel that seems to have no end. You remember short conversations with old fri ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009

    Houston's SXSW Strategy

    Seeing the Elephant

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    SXSW Update: Volunteers Needed; Dead Man's Bones, Dirty Honey Added

    SXSW 09 performers the Homopolice at Rudyard's, Christmas night 2008 We always hear our friends complain about not being able to score a wristband or a badge to SXSW. We understand, it blows hard being a discriminating music elitist and not being able to make it to any of the big nightly shows. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    SXSW 09 Application Deadline Friday

    It pains Rocks Off to even mention this, because he dreads even reading that four-letter word - let alone thinking about the five-day schmoozeaholic binge it signifies - until after the holidays, but he'll get over it. In the interest of public service, the deadline is midnight this Friday night to ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008
  • Music

    August 28, 2008

    Welcome back, Toadies

    No Deliverance from Evil

  • Music

    June 5, 2008

    High Gas Prices Still Hurting Touring Bands

    Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008

    SXSW Extra: What's In My Pockets (Again)?

    Next year I think I might get some of those "cargo pants" everybody seems to love... Another full day and some equally full pants. (Shut up.) Here we go again... * Handbill, the band One-Eyed Doll, appearing at "Texas Rockfest" tomorrow at the Rock City Icehouse Stage in far North Austin, and Sund ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008

    Tenth Annual UH Moores Jazz Festival

    Saxophonist Vincent Herring trades licks with local musicians

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    SXSW Manifesto

    A local indie rocker hatches a scheme to get Houston its due at next year's confab

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2007

    Sabbath in the Park By Sabbath West

    From an, ahem, anonymous tipster comes this info on a South by Southwest event: Sabbath in the Park By Sabbath West, Goin' Down, Wooldridge Square, 11th Street, Austin, Texas, Saturday, March 17th, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., dudes. If you go, be sure to let us know how it turns out. We'll be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2007
  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Jones Family Singers

    9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

  • Home Entertainment

    November 24, 2005
  • Music

    August 25, 2005


    Saturday, August 27, at the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-363-3300.

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    Rock and Roll High School

    Vans Warped, Class of '04

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2001

    Rose, By Any Other Name

    Jim Rose got a makeover, but he still has fans rolling in the aisles

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    Crap Shoot

    Nothing's guaranteed at SXSW - not even a seat to Dee Dee Ramone's show

  • Music

    July 1, 1999

    Warming Up

    The Texas Music Festival brings new meaning to the term "summer school"

  • Music

    March 20, 1997
  • Music

    March 13, 1997
  • Music

    June 20, 1996

    Prankster Punk

    Chixdiggit make a mockery of everyone -- including themselves

  • Music

    August 3, 1995

    Northern Exposure

    Canada's favorites, The Tragically Hip, try to conquer the lower 48 without violence

  • Music

    April 13, 1995

    Folk the Odd, Old Way

    Palace makes new songs that sound like they've been around forever

  • Music

    February 10, 1994
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