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  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Abuzz After Sudden ACL Fill-In

    The Wild Moccasins started this week off on a high note after what amounted to a pop-up performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival over the weekend. But even for a last-minute job, everything pretty much went off "without a hitch," reports front man and guitarist Cody Swann. "The weather ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Robert Ellis Is In a New York State of Mind

    You can take the boy out of Houston, but...well, this is part of how Robert Ellis has found himself spending his time after moving to New York City a little more than a month ago. "There's actually a weird little honky-tonk scene in Brooklyn," says the singer-songwriter who relocated from Houston t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Pack Numbers For 88 92 Release Party

    Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Young Girls & DJ Bagheera Numbers February 8, 2014 "This is a really, really good song...kinda." Those were the words of singer/guitarist Pete Tijerina of Young Girls, the night's opening band. That statement would not only ring true for the openers, but also for ever ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Get Into the Groove On 88 92

    One week ago today, Wild Moccasins played an in-store that packed Cactus Music to the gills, performing a brief set from their brand-new sophomore full-length LP 88 92. Afterward, what looked like a cross section of Houston's hipper secondary schools queued up to get the five Moccasins' autographs. ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Robert Ellis at Discovery Green, 9/19/2013

    Robert Ellis, The Clarkes Discovery Green September 19, 2013 It feels like Robert Ellis' much-loved weekly local gig came and went a lifetime ago, even though it's only been a couple of years. Since rising to become one of the city's most celebrated performers, though, Ellis has scarcely slowed dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham On the Mend After Nasty Spill

    "Maaaaan, I'm doing OK," says Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham over the phone. "A lot better than I was a couple of weeks ago, that's for sure." On Martin Luther King Day, the popular Houston roots/R&B band's vocalist/steel guitarist was riding his bicycle to his mom's house about ten miles away. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Corb Lund's Bad Case of Cabin Fever

    Above: Corb Lund gettin' down on the mountain. It only takes one listen to any Corb Lund album to know the guy is witty and whip-smart. The salty Albertan who studied jazz in Edmonton before joining metal band the Smalls, also has a good sense of history and a strong respect for the land and people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Wild Moccasins: Zahira Gutierrez's Top 10 New Wave Songs

    Have you seen the Wild Moccasins? Rocks Off is starting to get a little worried. Just kidding. Houston's favorite indie-pop quintet has been strangely scarce recently, working their day jobs and getting ready to head out for a month of dates with Michigan don't-call-them-emo crew Saturday Looks Goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Anita Baker? Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham Unloads His Influences

    Local music fans are all waiting intently for Grandfather Child to drop their self-titled debut on New West Records some time in early June, so this Big Star Bar gig is the best chance for you newbies to see what all the fuss from the cool kids will be about this summer. We've tried to wrestle an ex ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Grammy Nomination Fantasies

    ​Once again all the Grammy nomination razzamatazz has fired up, with local label ZenHill Records of course leading the charge with its recent press release, "ZenHill Artists on the Long List for a Grammy." One of our editors took a couple of incoming email shots from a so-called "reporte ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    Four More Years

    After 1,661 days (and counting) of immersion in the Houston music scene, a look back.

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    June 30, 2011

    Photographic Memory

    Robert Ellis heads into the great wide open on his first New West LP.

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    May 19, 2011

    Raging Moderate

    Between Facebook rants, David Lowery juggles Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven and a solo project.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    The Mastersons Fly South To Familiar Territory

    Photos via The Mastersons on Facebook​Chris Masterson and wife Eleanor Whitmore may live in Brooklyn these days, but like many New Yorkers, they are avid snowbirds. So much so, their new album will be titled Bird Fly South. "We're like migratory birds, we always head down to Texas for the Chr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Has The Houston Music Scene Turned Things Around?

    ​It's hard, if not impossible, to argue that Lee Alexander is one of Houston's most celebrated musical sons. If his Houston Press Music Awards were stacked on top of each other they would be taller than he is. Like many of the solid veteran names in Houston, Alexander has occasionally felt the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Instant Crunk: All The Local Music News You Can Handle

    ​It's that time again! We've slogged through Twitter streams and RSS feeds just to bring everyone up to speed on Houston's prolific music scene. So let's get down to the business of getting down, starting with our soundtrack for the week: a 49-minute mix from DJ Sun, performing at The Flat. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Buxton, Wild Moccasins Join New West Records

    Here at Rocks Off, we try our best to cover all the local music news, both large and small. Where else are you going to read that you can play Slim Thug on Words With Friends? It is reasons such as these that we trudge the war zones of RSS feeds, seeking out crucial tidbits of information. Buxton o ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

  • Music

    February 4, 2010
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    May 7, 2009

    Return to Radartown

    "Credibility Scare" alumnus Mark Germino plugs in after seven years.

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    September 18, 2008

    Drive-By Truckers, A to Z

    Alabama Ass Whuppin'

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    November 8, 2007

    The Return of Cactus Music and Video

    A beloved local institution returns from the grave

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    June 19, 2003

    Cheating the Reaper

    Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.