The Helio Sequence
Walters, January 15
The Helio Sequence's indie cred was secured when affable hipster tastemaker Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia) recently named last year's Negotiations to his Top 10 list, alongside albums by Bob Mould, Guided by Voices and Dirty Projectors. Only the Portland duo's ... More >>
Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Bayou Music Center
November 9, 2012
Snow Patrol never quite landed on my musical radar. I've heard a few of their songs on the radio - you couldn't escape "Chasing Cars" in 2007 -- but nothing really stuck in my head or made me want to buy an album. F ... More >>
Recently, I became somewhat concerned as my formerly flawlessly articulate three-year-old daughter began to stammer whenever she tried to talk. It was a very sudden onset that is still occurring, and I wondered if this was the first sign of a serious problem that she would have to work to overcome. ... More >>
After years of preparation, unprecedented security, and a Mitt Romney gaffe or two, the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London get underway about 3 p.m. Houston time. At the same time, multitudes will gather in nearby Hyde Park for a free concert with Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, ... More >>
Adema: Fri., Aug. 24, 8 p.m., $15/$20. The Concert Pub (North), 2470 FM 1960, Houston.
Alesana: Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., $18/$22. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston.
Ava Luna, Wild Moccasins: Wed., Aug. 1, 8 p.m., $8/$12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston.
Band of Heathens: Sat., Aug. 11, 8 ... More >>
The other day, Rocks Off was researching another blog, and we stumbled across Duran Duran's 1995 all-covers LP Thank You on Spotify. Then we listened to it all the way through, on purpose.
Recorded when the Birmingham-born band was at a post-"Ordinary World" fork in the road, Thank You wasn't the D ... More >>
It was announced this week that British bands Blur, New Order and the Specials will be performing at the closing ceremonies of this year's Summer Olympics, which will be held in London in July and August. All three bands represent three distinct parts of British popular music from past 35 years. We ... More >>
American Sharks: Sat., Feb. 25. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston.
The Black Belles, Black Tabs: Sun., March 18. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston.
Bobby Bare Jr.: Wed., Feb. 1. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston.
Buxton, Marmalakes, Featherface: Sat., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., $8.00. Fitzgera ... More >>
Photo by Marc BrubakerWe did it all for the nookie.This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edition where we took along ... More >>
The pace of the audition rounds was so fast, I didn't realize the judges put through 162 people in the first two weeks of The X Factor. When the field arrives in Los Angeles for "boot camp," they are informed that they will be shaved down to a field of 100, which will ultimately be reduced by two-th ... More >>
Purple Apple's Olivia, age 13, prefers Joan Jett to Katy Perry.Earlier this year, Rocks Off took a curious delve into the bewildering appeal of today's successful female pop singers. When such artists are aptly and comfortably categorized into a subgenre called "Slutwave," it makes us wonder ... More >>
Photos by Adam P. NewtonVivian Girls
Much like ACL 2009 will be remembered as the "Rain and Shit-Mud Year," Saturday at SXSW 2010 is sure to be marked as the day when Winter decided to spit on Austin in the middle of March. As opposed to the blue skies and nice breezes that we enjoyed earlier ... More >>
If there's anything that makes Houstonians freak the fuck out worse than an oncoming hurricane, it's the threat of winter weather. Rocks Off was in our local grocery store Thursday night (we simply had to have that new Rolling Stone with Taylor Lautner on the cover) and the checkout line was teem ... More >>