Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June House of Blues February 25, 2014 Soul music is the alchemy that turns pain into gold, but it takes a proper soul revue to polish that gold until it shines. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings radiate soul with the magnitude of their fearless leader's mirror-ball ... More >>
Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27 For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- backed as always by that smooth-a ... More >>
The Eagles Toyota Center, February 21 Arguably the most successful American rock band of all time, the Eagles have lost little of their drawing power for only having released one all-original album since 1980. Of course that one, 2007's The Long Hard Road Out of Eden, sold some 7 million copies dom ... More >>
The Houston International Festival has announced the first confirmed acts for this year's festival, which returns to the freshly renovated Sam Houston Park downtown April 26-27 and May 3-4. This year's spotlight country is Australia, but the first round has a heavy deep-soul tint. The one single ac ... More >>
Victor Wooten San Jacinto College Central Victor Wooten is the kind of musician who leaves other musicians, especially bass players, in awe. One of his four older brothers taught Wooten the four-string arts at age three, and he's gone on to a distinguished career that includes stints with both jazz ... More >>
Rocks Off never thought we'd say this, but the country eye candy behind "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," Billy Currington, turned out to be pretty wise. He was smart enough to record the song "Bad Day of Fishin'" anyway, which contains the sage advice "a bad day of fishing beats a good day of anythin ... More >>
The best joke in the music business right now is, according to Cactus Music's Quinn Bishop, something frequently heard recently at his cash register: "Dude, you're getting Adele." Even I bought 21 yesterday, the swiping of a credit card that completed a cycle that began several months ago. One nigh ... More >>
And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>
Ed. Note: We're not done yet... Chris GrayRusted ShutChris Gray: I think the quickest way to sum up Summer Fest, environmentally, is in fact biologically: In eight hours at the festival Saturday, hydrating continuously with mostly water, I made my own water once, shortly before Beirut. Sunda ... More >>
Jermaine RogersIn three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>
Life is sweet for Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.
We now live in a world where Adele is a chart-topping artist, placing at number one slot the past few weeks, rubbing shoulders with the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, and Britney Spears. If Adele's 21 isn't on the top of everyone's best-of 2011 lists, there is no justice in the wor ... More >>
Jermaine RogersIf Rocks Off learned anything at iFest these past two weekends, it's that we should have started our own bottled-water franchise. And that when you go to a music festival, it's a good idea to know who is playing and when. Running around willy-nilly is all well and good unless i ... More >>
Jermaine RogersFree Press Summer Fest has added four headliners to the two-day festival scheduled for June 4 and 5 in Eleanor Tinsley Park, organizers Free Press Houston and pegstar.net announced this morning. Atlanta rapper Big Boi (still one-half of OutKast, we think), Balkan-tinged indie- ... More >>
"I'm gonna pull out some shit on stage that will make the Flaming Lips cry and possibly retire in awe." - Hayes Carll, via @hprocksoff GroovehouseYeasayer at House of Blues, April 2010Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Yeasayer and Houston rappers Z-Ro and Bun B head up the lineup ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSheryl Crow Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 27, 2010 There is a mile-wide disparity between what Sheryl Crow is doing now and what her fanbase wants her to do, which was evident on Friday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Touring behind a Memphis-sty ... More >>
A band that started by accident, the Dead Weather is now here to stay.
We're not saying Soundgarden is playing ACL, but you never know...That's right. Now why would Rocks Off make something like that up? Hope you have $180 lying around and don't have any meetings or classes or anything like that tomorrow morning, because they're going to go quick. Better go ahead an ... More >>
South by Scorsese: The festival in a single 6th St. tracking shot. Video by Craig Hlavaty It didn't take long for Aftermath to remember you don't have to look very hard at all for music at SXSW; in fact, we were barely even awake when it happened. After arriving in Austin late, late Thursday night, ... More >>
Today the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival announced their showcase schedule for the music portion of the industry fest starting on March 17. This is the news Rocks Off has been looking for, so let's get it on. We are now one month away from Sixth Street and one of the world's biggest conglome ... More >>
Scott H. Biram cuts back on the craziness...just not in his music.
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Bill OliveSilver Jews at Walter's on Washington, September 2008Rocks Off learned this morning that Walter's on Washington, one of Houston's primary venues for local bands, indie-rock, hardcore and touring acts not yet on the radar of Warehouse Live and House of Blues, will close at the end of Oct ... More >>
Because of Tuesday's We Were Wolves/Satin Hooks show (our ears are still ringing), the Mink moved its weekly movie night to 9 p.m. tonight, but it's worth the wait. They'll be showing the Coen brothers' 1996 classic The Big Lebowski, with $3 White Russians and a pair of Sunny Day Real Estate tick ... More >>
"Tri-X 400. Nikon FA, F1.4 at 1/60 of a second. I accidentally overcooked the negative in a D76 soup that was too hot to begin with, but the resulting effect really illuminates the experience even with the scance information in the composition - his closed eyes, the microphone camouflaging his gap ... More >>
[Note: Aftermath attended all these shows and reviewed most of them. Even he couldn't see them all.] Six Organs of Admittance, Walter's on Washington, January 18: "[Ben Chasny's] quieter moments reminded me of the softer side of bands like Pavement and Guided by Voices, and the mournful specte ... More >>
2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond
Panning for gold in an avalanche of 2007 releases
100 Days, 100 Nights
Saturday, September 10, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings carry old-school funk into the new millennium
Friday, May 14