Jay Z & Beyonce Minute Maid Park, July 18 So far one of the biggest blockbuster tours of 2014, with a top ticket price of $251 to match, has not been a disappointment in terms of drama. Jay Z's elevator brawl with sister-in-law Solange made a fitting prologue, and then came Beyonce's recent onstage ... More >>
2014 Summer Concert: With Joe LoCascio, Daniel Zajicek, Brent Farris., Sun., July 27, 6 p.m., $5. Cullen Hall, University of St. Thomas, 4001 Mount Vernon, Houston, 713-525-3560. 30FootFALL: With The Suspects, Bury the Crown, Thrill. Sat., August 30, 7 p.m., $12 to $15. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak ... More >>
It's a crime that I've been up till now unaware of bluesman John Egan, but I'm hoping to rectify that by taking a deep look into his latest album Amulet. If you ask me, Houston's greatest unsung treasure is the sheer number of folks that we have that can take you out of the blue and into the black w ... More >>
To tell you why I loved Shellee Coley's latest album, Songs Without Bridges, first I need to tell you about James Caronna. Both artists are people I discovered after getting to know Jeffery Armstreet at Red Tree Recording Studio, and both produce a similar type of Americana-flavored acoustic pop tha ... More >>
Good Job Underground Fitzgerald's, April 13 Spring's Good Job Underground has been one of the most underrated rock duos of the past few years around these parts. If you have an El Ten Eleven itch that needs scratching, or miss prime Helmet, here's your band. Straight-ahead, low-fat metal riffs with ... More >>
Canned Acoustica, the popular "unplugged"-style local concerts that over six installations have raised both money and food for a variety of charities, has put the final touches (for now) on its YouTube channel, offering local music fans an easy place to browse through intimate and sometimes unconven ... More >>
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Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who: Shellee Coley is a folk artist former ... More >>
A few months ago, Rocks Off wrote an article expressing our surprise and disappointment at the paucity of musical content on the City of Houston's tourism site, visithoustontexas.com, the Texas-friendly smiling face it offically presents to the Web and thus the world. There wasn't much at all, just ... More >>
Alt-J: With Hundred Waters., Sun., March 10, 8 p.m., $15/$17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Battery (Metallica Tribute): With Ozz (Ozzy/Sabbath Tribute)., Fri., March 8, 8 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Billy Currington: Sat., March 9, 7 p.m., $35-$65. Nutty Jerry's ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Singer-songwriter Alyssa Rubich made 2 ... More >>
Who: Mason Lankford is the young songwriter behind many of the tunes performed and recorded by the Folk Family Revival. The band's debut, Unfolding, was an amazing collection of spiritual and moving Americana tracks that was easily one of the best albums of 2011. Since then, he and his band of broth ... More >>
2 Chainz: Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., $25-$150. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown: Sun., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., $27.00. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave., Houston. All American Rejects, Boys Like Girls: Tue., Oct. 2, 6 p.m., $27.50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, H ... More >>
Rising singer-songwriter not as dark, but still wounded on new album.
That guy, Lee Fields (above), is playing the Continental Club with his band the Expressions. Tonight. Some of Fields' songs include "The Bull Is Coming," "She's a Lovemaker" and "The Funky Screw." Could get steamy. Locals Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man open, and should have a new album out any day n ... More >>
Blind Pilot: Sun., July 15. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. The Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers, Luther: Sat., June 23. Fitzgerald's The Bright Light Social Hour: Fri., May 25. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Broncho: Thu., June 28. Fitzgerald's Cassandra Wilson: Sat., Oct. 20. C ... More >>
A good cover song must reach a perfect balance between innovation and preserving the original's appeal. There have been some really great covers from Houston's music scene, and we wanted to pay tribute to them.
Shellee Coley, The Hems Warehouse Live Green Room February 23, 2012 Houston singer songwriter Shellee Coley's fans packed Warehouse Live's Green Room Friday to celebrate her brand-new, just-released album Where it Began. Performing before an audience of family, friends, old fans, and new fans of al ... More >>
Your humble narrator has mostly stayed out of the Linda Chorney/Americana-Grammy scandal. A Slytherin at heart as well as a fellow musician, it honestly didn't matter to us whether she gamed the system for the nomination or whether her music was worthy of the nod. A Taste of Honey beat Elvis Costell ... More >>
Friends and enemies, music videos are an enduring passion of ours, both filming them ourselves and reporting on the best that we come across year after year. We think the medium has only become better and better with technology being made easier and cheaper for the average independent artist to mast ... More >>
Photo by Mark C. AustinRadiohead returns and we're stoked. Do people say "stoked" anymore?There was a lot to be thankful for in 2011 in the world of music, but, in some ways, it was also a pretty tough year. We lost some great people and almost lost one of our own. It's a crazy, topsy turvy w ... More >>
Welp, it's been a year to say the least. There has been so much great music, amazing shows, new discoveries, many sad and happy milestones, and Rocks Off tried to cover all of it these past 12 months. Next year will be even more awesome, for so many reasons, which we will get into the next two wee ... More >>
We got to know Kerry Beyer, the acclaimed horror film director of Spirit Camp and co-founder of the Splatterfest Horror Festival went we were sent deep into the bowels of geekdom earlier this year when we were sent to cover the three days of Comicpalooza. His work in the realm of gore is amaz ... More >>
Back a bit before we typed this sentence, Jeffery Armstreet over at Magnolia Red asked us to brave the cannibal-infested jungles between Houston and his studio/label in Magnolia to come do some listening of his latest project. Seriously, it is like driving to another country where the exports ... More >>
Chris Gray: My pick is a dead heat between a pair of Lost Highway albums by a couple of artists who just happen to be appearing at Summer Fest this weekend, Hayes Carll's KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears' Scandalous. Though he's been one of my favorit ... More >>
Todd SpothWelcome back to yet another installment of our semi-famous Magnolia City Mixtape. Rocks Off works hard to scrape every barnacle of local music news from our ship that sails the high seas of the Internet - or something like that. Slim Thug welcomed everyone back to Texas for the Sup ... More >>
Shellee Coley is an acoustic siren with an amazingly haunting voice, and one of the many talented acts in the Magnolia Red family. Her debut album, The Girl the Stencil Drew, was a soft, sad, sweet spinning disc of delightfully dark ironies that we still cannot believe didn't make it into our ... More >>
Photos by Jef With One FIn the Pines: Red Tree Studios from the streetHaving been a recording artist, Rocks Off can tell you that we would rather peel potatoes than go into a recording studio. What you see as the acme of artistic self-expression is often painstakingly and painfully taken apar ... More >>
Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. We here at the daily video are usually striving to draw from the electronic aether videos of either spec ... More >>
Not too long ago, an old sound guy told Rocks Off that if people would turn it down just a little it would be louder than anything else, a suddenly startling quiet. Every time we get ahold of a new release from Woodlands studio/label Red Tree, we get a sample of that wonderful quiet sincerity. S ... More >>