The Caldwell The Caldwell front man James Essary and his crew take inspiration from the likes of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, The Smiths and many more rock legends. Their straightforward modern-rock sound comes with a tinge of mischievousness, a lot of loud, and an infectious. Last year's debut EP, Mod ... More >>
John Fogerty Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 20, 2013 John Fogerty made an odd song choice about two hours into his set Cynthia Woods Sunday night: "Oh, Pretty Woman." No disrespect to the 1964 Roy Orbison standard, but come on. Who really needs to hear "Pretty Woman" again, even if it's Jo ... More >>
Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison By John Kruth, 256 pp., $27.99. Dwight Yoakam once likened Roy Orbison's voice to "the cry of an angel falling backward through an open window." Tom Waits called him the "Rockabilly Rigoletto." And Bruce Springsteen, whose own music shows a clear ... More >>
Over our extended weekend, we celebrated the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But one other eventful birthday I'd like to bring to your attention is one on January 20, this past Sunday. That's the birthday of acclaimed director David Lynch. The visionary filmmaker turned 67 years old. I ... More >>
If you are under 30 in Houston and grew up going to punk or hardcore shows off Washington Avenue -- when it was still scary for the right reasons -- you were probably there because Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions booked the gig. His booking and promoting work helped bring tons of nationa ... More >>
The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>
Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>
From the remnants of other great bands are often birthed more great bands. Oftentimes these little side projects go under the radar unless you are a hardcore fan, or the new band itself gains a lot of airplay or word of mouth. Either way, some of the greatest rock bands of all time have been birthe ... 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 >>
Art Palace's refreshing holiday show allows artists to have some fun.
Photos by Jason WolterGlen Campbell Stafford Centre September 21, 2011 Thursday night may have been the most profoundly uncomfortable Aftermath has ever been watching a live performance. In the past year, we have seen many artists of advanced years in concert, from Merle Haggard and Willie ... More >>
Tiger Army's Nick 13 delivered his self-titled solo debut this year, and the lead singer of one of the past decade's biggest psychobilly bands has made one of the most enjoyable traditional country records of 2011 not called Photographs. Yes, this 10-song set from the man you first met on t ... More >>
The Place: La Carafe 813 Congress 713-229-9399 The Deals: $.50 off all drinks The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. The Scene: The water dripping off La Carafe's awning onto the Congress Street curb was one of the nicest parts about sitting on the sidewalk after work. But even without the novelty of the ... More >>
Marc BrubakerToday is Glenn Danzig's 56th birthday, and the former Misfits and Samhain frontman is as evil and cantankerous as ever as he stalks this cursed Earth, darkly reaping the senior discounts of the innocent. For a year now he has been able to buy black jeans and black shirts from Ros ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyChris Isaak & Silvertone House of Blues October 17, 2010 Aftermath would like to get a look at Chris Isaak's business card sometime. We're assuming he has one. Mostly, we're wondering what it would say underneath his name: "Musician," "Entertainer" or perhaps both. B ... More >>
The road to Raul Malo's heart goes straight through Doug Sahm's hometown.
Rocks Off Sr. is curious why Rocks Off Jr. chose a picture of Christina Hendricks for an article about dreams.For some reason, Craig's Hlist has been sleeping way too much lately. Blame the booze, fear of the sun, or just plain lack of giving a rat's ass about the daylight. With sleep comes d ... More >>
Irlene Mandrell Texercise (1983) You already know the greats of Texas' recorded history. Roy Orbison. Lightnin' Hopkins. ZZ top. Jandek. But no Texas record collection is complete without this regional remnant of the exercise album craze, Irlene Mandrell's Texercise. Born in Corpus Christi, Irle ... More >>
myspace.com/sweetmikeycThat's right, that's former Elvis Presley guitar-picker Scotty Moore on the far left. As Lonesome, Onry and Mean noted yesterday, even in an age when no one supposedly buys, listens to or reviews albums anymore - three words: Record Store Day - too many albums pour into our ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
It's been so quiet in the tropics lately that even Ike-scarred Houstonians were able to forget that it's hurricane season - until this weekend, that is, when not one but three disturbances showed up "down there." (Better than some other things showing up "down there," Rocks Off can tell you that mu ... More >>
A Fine Romance
Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings Opening the mail the other day, I found a four-disc set of Roy Orbison recordings, Columbia/Legacy's Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll, going all the way back to his West Texas bands the Teen Kings and the Wink Westerners. Disc 1 is filled with old demos and home ... More >>
As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>
Songs of Ourselves
Rudolph Projects fills FotoFest with disturbing domestic-themed images
A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music
Where does your town rank in the Houston-area good-taste stakes?
Friday, September 30, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
How many Metro crashes? Depends who's counting.
David Lynch crashes on Mulholland Drive, but the wreckage is smashing
The Last Concert Cafe has glimpses from its unique history
Alternative rock robs pop's cradle