Sam Houston Race Park
April 6, 2013
So, very rarely is it possible to see a decent band for six bucks. However, it was entirely possible to do so at the Sam Houston Race Park this past Saturday night.
Oh, and not only could you see a band for way freakin' cheap, but that band was the Old ... More >>
The Old 97's
House of Blues
August 23, 2012
Too Far to Care is an album about growing up the hard way but having a lot of fun while you do it. It was made by a band who thought the world was about to be at their feet, that they were about to break through to the big time. Showbiz!
That isn't quite ... More >>
Rewind: The Old 97's Rhett Miller: "Then the Stage Gets a Lot Bigger"
Streets of Where I'm From (music feature)
When Nirvana upended the music business in the early '90s, the major record labels saw dollar signs in every dive bar and honky-tonk in the lower 48. That extended all the way to Texas, ... More >>
Music Feature: Streets of Where I'm From
This is an exciting time to be an Old 97's fan. Out of nowhere, almost, the Dallas quartet is now one of the longest-tenured and most successful Texas bands of its generation. All four original members are intact, they never "took a break," and they've never ... More >>
When you're in the photo pit taking pictures for a publication such as Rocks Off, you can become the unwanted center of attention from both the audience and especially the artists. Most of the time you are only a few feet away from the performer, and often in their direct line of sight. They can and ... More >>
Oh, dutiful journalism, the places I will go in your name. Last night, one of those places just had to be House of Blues. It's always a pleasure to watch Old 97's and I would put up that good fight to keep my spirits high in what is arguably my least favorite venue in town. But enough with the pouti ... More >>
Brent Nettles, Literary Greats, Poor Pilate: Sat., Sept. 24. Continental Club.
Brown Bird, The Devil Makes Three: Fri., Dec. 2. Fitzgerald's.
Buxton, By The End Of Tonight, Cosmic Sound: CHANGED Fri., Sept. 30. Mango's.
"BuzzFest XXVII" With Bush, Staind, Chevelle, P.O.D., Everlast, 10 Ye ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerRobert Ellis & the Boys, Those Darlins, Old 97's
Mercy Lounge, Nashville
July 9, 2011
"It takes a lot of balls to do that in this town, but y'all pulled it off," a man in the second row yelled towards the stage amidst a wave of applause.
Robert Ellis and his Boys had ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterWhen Rocks Off was talking to Old 97's front man Rhett Miller last week, we told him it was going to be nice to see them at the Continental Club. He chuckled and said, "Yeah, it kind of feels like we're going backwards."
It may feel like that for the band - who played H ... More >>
Piper FergusonThe band probably doesn't remember this, but one of the first interviews Rocks Off ever conducted as a quote-unquote professional journalist was talking to the Old 97's in their tour van behind Austin's Liberty Lunch as opener Don Walser(!) yodeled in the background. That was ar ... More >>
Photos by Jason Wolter
Some British band - it may have been the Thompson Twins - once sang about what a drag it is getting old. Aftermath is getting on in years, but still young at heart, which is what compelled us to go check out a similarly more seasoned Old 97s at the House of Blues Saturday n ... More >>
2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272
www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Springfield Riots, Say When EP
2. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan
3. Jubal Lee Young, Last Free Place in America
4. Sonic Youth, The Eternal
5. Steve Earle, Townes
6. Elvis Costel ... More >>