Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? This here digital chat wi ... More >>
By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever Weekends that go by without another multi-stage festival setting up shop somewhere in Houston are getting pretty scarce, but Yes, Indeed~ has a definite leg up due to its track record and homegrown appeal. For its third edition, the nine-hour event relocates to mid- ... More >>
August Alsina Warehouse Live, August 29 This show has already sold out, so time to hit up the "secondary market." But August Alsina is that hot, no thanks to rumors that he's now dating Nicki Minaj. She's definitely a fan of the New Orleans-bred singer's "No Love" single, because she appears on the ... More >>
The lineup is locked, but fans share their lineup slips.
The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>
Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally. So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: we can still forgive your i ... More >>
Why Coachella and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are more alike than you think.
The past week or so, music news has been dominated by two big announcements: first the 2014 lineup of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert about three months from now, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's entertainers for its 83rd season this coming March. On the ... More >>
Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>
Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters, Lil Band O' Gold Bayou Music Center June 21, 2013 Robert Plant has nothing to prove at this point. So what is he doing starting another band? As he becomes more of a lion in winter, the onetime golden god of '70s rock (and roll) has been coy ab ... More >>
Limp Bizkit House of Blues May 29, 2013 When I first heard Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, Limp Bizkit's debut album, I thought I had discovered the Mecca of music. Surely, I thought, these Jacksonville misfits would become the voice of my generation. I was ten years old then. As time went on, I grew ... More >>
This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concen ... More >>
With the coming return of Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails to the touring and recording grind, fan excitement is at a high. It's almost as high as it was when NIN finally followed up the massive Downward Spiral with The Fragile double disc in 1999, or when they returned again six years after that for ... More >>
Dave Grohl and other rockers toast L.A.'s Sound City.
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 >>
A Web site (magazine?) called Loudwire posted their list of the most anticipated rock albums of 2013. The first question we have is "anticipated by whom?" Because if the answer is "people who love music," then we've got some major problems here. 10. Motley Crue Really? The tenth most anticipated n ... More >>
Glen Campbell's long slow goodbye has been going on now for a little more than a year, since he announced he was suffering from Alzheimer's. "A Better Place" is the second video from Glen Campbell's 2011 album Ghost On The Canvas, and it's a tearjerker. It's the goodbye. Featuring Queens of the ... More >>
2010 Houston Press Music Awards winners follow up.
Twenty-five years ago today, U2 released their paramount record, The Joshua Tree. The record was intended to be a spiritual quest for Bono: A meditative dissection of the "spoiled child" he saw in American culture. Before Bono blessed the area with his humanitarian spirit, however, many other musici ... More >>
Today is Chris Cornell's birthday, and the Soundgarden lead singer only seems to be getting younger, even at 47 years old. Seriously, last two times we have seen him, his voice keeps regressing back to the early Soundgarden days and he seems to be getting more spry. He lives in France with hi ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyBig Business, Torche Fitzgerald's July 7, 2011 Big Business and Torche are the kind of bands that when you are talking metal with someone, and you drop the names and you get a blank stare, sweat forms on your back and you die a little. Like when a foodie finds out you ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterPrimus Verizon Wireless Theater May 23, 2011 The most important thing Curtis Armstrong, who would also appear that year as Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, tells Tom Cruise in 1983's Risky Business is this indispensable piece of advice: "Every now and then, say 'What the ... More >>
Ed. Note: Rumors are floating around about a third Stripes show here, before the Rudz date. If anyone can confirm this, please let us know. White Stripes at Rudyard's, Sept. 14, 2001About an hour ago, Rocks Off got the news over Twitter that the White Stripes, easily the biggest indie-duo of ... More >>
Today is Thursday, and Thursday is playing tonight at Warehouse Live. The few times Craig's Hlist has said this to co-workers and friends in passing, at least the ones who don't live with their heads shoved up a concert calendar's ass, they have looked at us like we are insane. The band Thu ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerGeorge Strait, Reba McEntire Frank Erwin Center, Austin January 14, 2010 Friday night, Aftermath drove to Austin to catch one of the lone Texas stops on this round of tandem touring by the King and Queen of Country, George Strait and Reba McEntire, with Lee Ann Womack ... More >>
Todd ColeWednesday night, noisy indie duo No Age (above) pulls into Fitzgerald's. The two-piece of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Allen Spunt, starting making waves in 2007 with their debut Weirdo Rippers. 2008's Nouns brought them even more acclaim, and along the way they gained fo ... More >>
Universal Music GroupAs far as Rocks Off knows, everything is hunky-dory for Hole's show at House of Blues this evening. Courtney Love and friends are scheduled to play from 9:45 to 11:15, which Rocks Off is interpreting as they could go on anywhere from 9:45 to 11:15. As Hole's rambling, sl ... More >>
Weezer to Team Up with Ryan Adams: Set Expectations Bar to "Low": Remember when Bryan Adams teamed up with Rod Stewart and Sting on that song "All For Love" on the Three Musketeers soundtrack? We bring it up not to once again give Ryan Adams shit about his name, but to point out that all thre ... More >>
American Idol Runner-Up: Kick Her While She's Fail: In case you haven't heard, Crystal Bowersox was kicked off American Idol when it was revealed that her entire career path had simply been one of Hurley's delusions while still locked up in the psych ward, and that Seacrest Island had never even ... More >>
A band that started by accident, the Dead Weather is now here to stay.
[Ed. Note: For the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be looking back at the many, many, many shows we reviewed this year. Trust us, we've long since lost count. We'll start with this past January, as ever a slow month on the live-music front, but things picked up soon enough... trust us. Enjoy.] Chris ... More >>
Photos by Mark C. AustinDavid GarzaSo, what happens to freshly laid grass in a public park after a day full of rain and thousands of people walking back and forth across it at the same time? Well, as anyone who was present for Day Three of Austin City Limits Festival 2009 (ACL) could tell you ... More >>
Photo by Mark C. AustinSchool of Seven BellsBefore we start discussing the great music we heard yesterday, we would like to take time to thank the Gods Of Rock for blessing Day One of the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) 2009 with an amazing afternoon and evening of weather. Anyone who has ... More >>
It always happens: you and your friends toss back a few beers and the talk turns to what celebrities and models you find attractive. At first it starts out innocent enough, arguing the merits of Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Marissa Miller or Paula Deen. Well that last name is actually just our ... More >>
Discovering why ZZ Top is "critic-proof"
Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM
They're turning to needles, looking for purity
Click here to see a slideshow of the weekend's action. Click here for some catty hatin' on bitches. And click here to see what our pals at the Dallas Observer were doing all weekend. My face is returning to its usual sun-deprived hue, and my legs have finally begun to forgive me, meaning ACL is ove ... More >>
A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards
A day at punk rock's biggest summer tour takes more than just stamina
Anything (Palm Pictures)
Man's Ruin makes Suplecs sing Sad Songs
All-girl quartet Kittie has more balls than the rest of Ozzfest 2000
Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed
Loudmouth makes metal cool again