Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw Continental Club, August 22 The pride of Festus, Mo., the Bottle Rockets would be the best band you've never heard of except, if you've ever subscribed to either No Depression magazine or the Bloodshot Records mailing list, you've absolutely heard of them and know ... More >>
1st Annual Cajun Zydeco Fest: With Chubby Carrier, Jamie Bergeron, Bayou Roux, Step Rideau, Zydeco Dots. Sun., September 7, 12pm, $20. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. American Aquarium: With The O's. Sat., August 30, 9 p.m., $15 to $17. Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Fwy., Hou ... 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 >>
If you haven't smelled Blackberry Smoke in a while, they might have been at sea. The Atlanta Southern rock/outlaw country (whatever) band has been on so many cruises it's a little surprising the quintet's long hair isn't braided and beaded. When Rocks Off caught up with lead singer/guitarist Charli ... More >>
The Airborne Toxic Event: Mon., April 29, 8 p.m., $18/$25. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. The Black Angels: With Hanni El-Khatib, Wall of Death., Fri., May 24, 8 p.m., TBA. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Blowfly: Sun., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., $10. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Blu ... More >>
Besides Music World Gospel, New West Records is probably the most locally connected sub-major record label, and owner/partial Houstonian George Fontaine has long worn his heart on his sleeve about local music in general and recent New West additions the Wild Moccasins, Robert Ellis, Buxton and Grand ... More >>
Free of the constricting trappings of his former label Curb Records, Hank Williams III is wasting no time getting new product to his fans. "They didn't care for my thinking," says the artist, performing these days as Hank3. This week he officially busted loose from the clutches of Curb, rele ... More >>
Songs about singers and other songs has long been one of Rocks Off's favorite fields of study within the wide-ranging curriculum of popular music. Off the very tippy-top of our heads, ABC's "When Smokey Sings," the Replacements' "Alex Chilton" and the Pogues' "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ... More >>
Brian Jackson/Bloodshot RecordsDoes this look like someone YOU'D want to antagonize?Rocks Off first stumbled onto Scott H. Biram about 10 years ago at the Parlor, Austin's recently closed, extremely cramped "punk rock pizza" joint on North Loop, where patrons scarfed their pies while murals o ... More >>
"American Idols Live" With Casey Abrams, Haley Rheinhart, Jacob Lusk: Thu., July 21. Reliant Arena. The Black Dahlia Murder, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under: Fri., Aug. 19. House of Blues. The Bright Light Social Hour: Fri., June 10. Warehouse Live. Dave Koz: Sat., June 18. House of Blues. ... More >>
Jason WolterWarpaint, back in Texas again...There couldn't have been a more a disparate yet completely unifying bill at Mangos on Friday. Grandfather Child headlined, showcasing their new seven-inch release, with Los Angeles' Warpaint and Houston's Balaclavas and Buxton bringing up the rear. The ... More >>
Shooter Jennings enlists the occult and Stephen King on ambitious, eerie new album Black Ribbons.
Gabrielle Geiselman Here at Rocks Off, we like to make sure all our bases are covered. That's why we asked Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon, a few questions about his band Hierophant's spooky, deep, spooky-deep new album Black Ribbons (right) and put them in this week's print edition of the Pre ... More >>
Katharine ShilcuttA pensive Andrew WK at Rachael Ray's 2010 SXSW party. Earlier today, Sam Houston Race Park announced the Houston date for this year's edition of the Vans Warped Tour. The long-running punk-rock/emo summer tour hits the northwest side July 2. Start hydrating now. The festival has ... More >>
Angels & Airwaves, Say Anything: Tue., May 18. House of Blues. Best Fwends, Balls Deep, Fat Tony: Sat., March 13. Mango's. Black Congress, Young Mammals, Weird Party: Thu., March 25. Walter's on Washington. Bleeding Through, Born of Osiris, Sleeping Giant, Oceano: Fri., May 7. Wired Live. Cannib ... More >>
Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>
2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.
U2's awe-inspiring Reliant Stadium show prompts a search for the unknown and unknowable in music.
The Goode family's shrine to all things Texas could use a shootout or two.
Enough shows to keep concertgoers busy all season long
Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux
Shooter Jennings & the .357s Bad Magick www.shooterjennings.com "I don't wanna be a legend/ I just wanna be a man," Shooter Jennings sings on "Living Proof," a Hank Williams Jr. cover and one of two previously unreleased songs on Bad Magick, which otherwise rounds up the best of Jennings ... More >>
Last one. Here are a few songs that rocked Rocks Off's world this weekend. Sunny Sweeney, "Drink Myself Single" M. Ward, "Pieces of a Broken Heart" David Byrne, "Life During Wartime" Alejandro Escovedo, "Castanets (I Like Her Better When She Walks Away)"
It's slick pop and crunchy folk-rock at the Woodlands tonight with Maroon 5 and Counting Crows... Maroon 5 with Rhianna, "If I Never See Your Face Again" Houston funkateers Little Brother Project release their new CD Glass Houses at Warehouse Live with Skyblue72 and Bayou Monster (formerly the Ri ... More >>
This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fighters. Seriously. That means everyone hoping for ... More >>
Friday, December 16, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727.
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