Overkill Scout Bar, September 16 As the screamin' front man for New Jersey thrash-metal legends Overkill since Day 1 of the group's formation, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has seen, experienced and learned a lot in three and a half decades. So what is the one piece of advice that his 2014 self might off ... More >>
It's summer. No 7 a.m. classes. You've saved your money. You've hoarded your vacation and sick days because you need those perks now. You've made all these sacrifices and more to be able to team with your kindred spirits and take your band on the road. You've planned to go forth and conquer with al ... More >>
When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>
Courtney Love House of Blues August 2, 2013 It was always a little puzzling to me that Courtney Love didn't do more acting. She was quite good opposite Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt, but I suspect eventually she found the business of being "Courtney Love" too exhausting to pursue mu ... More >>
The Alabama Shakes' Brittany HowardAs we round out the end of the week, all of the festival hangovers from the full-blown fuckery at FPSF have subsided and we're all a bit less foggy, it's time to look back at the festival in a slightly different light. Let's put aside the rants about overpriced wat ... More >>
"I like the red douchebag tanks." "I know this song!" -- at the beginning of Paul Wall's "Smile For Me Daddy" "Fuck your fuckin' water!" -- a testy exchange in the Fancy Pants tent
What does it mean to be Irish? Red hair? The gift of gab? A drinking problem? The itch to fight? Of course not. All you need to be Irish is a deep and abiding affection for the Pogues. When I was probably 15, a freshman in high school, I started staying up late enough to watch Saturday Night Live ... More >>
Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson Arena Theatre December 21, 2012 When most of us are sick and fighting seasonal flu and cold systems, we retreat to a warm bed with cold pillows and Netflix. Few of us could go onstage in skintight blue jeans and shake our asses for two hours, but that's what Dwight Yoa ... More >>
UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>
Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>
Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>
Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>
Robert EasleyRocks Off photographer Marc Brubaker (left) discusses his work at Thursday night's Shot In the Dark exhibition.For more photos from Thursday's show, see our slideshow. They always tell you, "Go ahead and try it - it just might work." So Rocks Off tried it, and it seems like it ... More >>
UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Promotional video by Monica Fuentes added after the jump. Jay LeeLittle Joe Washington at the Continental Club's 10th anniversary, July 2010Slowly but surely, Rocks Off has been getting ready for our "Shot In the Dark" photo exhibition at Warehouse Live's Studio next Thur ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseNOFX House of Blues January 22, 2011 See lots of pics of NOFX and friends in our slideshow. NOFX has been the Fisher-Price My First Real Punk Band of the past 25 years, with Green Day sadly coming in a close second with Bad Religion and, yes, Blink-182 bringing up the r ... More >>
David EnsmingerAgent Orange's Mike Palm at Rocbar earlier this year.Rocks Off recently had the opportunity to speak with Agent Orange's Mike Palm, who founded the Southern California surf-punks in the late '70s and has remained in the trenches ever since. Agent Orange plays Fitzgerald's Sunda ... More >>
A Facebook crime spree.
Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterGaslight Anthem Warehouse Live October 7, 2010 Quite a great deal of press - too much, really - has been given to the similarities between New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem and that other guy from the Garden State - Jon Bon J... er, Bruce Springsteen. Both Springsteen and GA ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. HBO likes to give us a little break the week before the fin ... More >>
Tonight Craig's Hlist will drive all the way out the Woodlands to see Jack Johnson, one of sandal-rock's biggest superstars. He's like the Lady the Rolling Stones of sandal-rock. He's like the McDonald's of sandal-rock. He's James Taylor for people who shop at Whole Foods. He's the Sex Pistol ... More >>
Constables go after HISD students' unreturned books
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It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. Music is inherently the search for meaning in the meaningless. It's an attempt to establish rhythm and pattern ... More >>
Photo by Alexia TsotsisClick here for a slideshow of iPad photosSteve, Steve, Steve, Sigh. Stevie - darling, sugar, baby! We hate to say it, but we've had this conversation with you before. Remember your pussy fetish and the resulting "Snow Leopard" fiasco? Cluck, cluck, cluck. So do we. ... More >>
If you drag your lovely slacker self from bed on the daily with your eyes at least partially open and your brain at least marginally alert (assuming a lot here, we know), then even the groggiest version of you can identify one of what techie legionnaires call an "online community." But, ser ... More >>
Every modern metropolis needs one. An urban playground within weekend driving distance, that is. Where what happens within the city limits stays within the city limits for all eternity. Well, except for the gift that keeps on giving. But it's not a jaunt of any consequence if you don't re ... More >>
Don't act so surprised... As we can fatefully attest, rock and roll and tattoos go hand in hand. The first time Rocks Off saw a grizzled punk rocker walk by at Fitzgerald's back in the '90s with two sleeves full of tattoos and a chest full of nautical-themed art, we mentally pointed at him and said ... More >>
"Looks like there's gonna be an engagement party for you after all!" "There is? Not that Nate or I know of." "Was it supposed to be a surprise?" "I have no idea. I don't know what you're talking about." "Well, I got a Facebook invite from Cynthia, your co-worker." "I honestly don't kno ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Chris Gray Friday's sold-out Blue October show at Verizon left Aftermath wondering one of the most vexing, troublesome things any reviewer can: "What is it about this band," the voice in our head kept asking over and over again like a car alarm, sometimes even threatening to drown out the band it ... More >>
Mark C. Austin During "Minority," the motorized 2000 Celtic-thrash mash-up that closed Green Day's main set Saturday night, Toyota Center's video screen became a collage of flyers from the group's early days, before the platinum albums, roadies, Grammys and extra live musicians (there were four S ... More >>
For the past 15 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been barreling through city after city across the globe creating punk rockers out of boy scouts and riot grrls out of band geeks. The traveling punk, hardcore and emo road show has been coming to Houston since 1995. The first taste local punks got of f ... More >>
One hot morning in August of 1997, my little brother and I hopped on MARTA (Mom wouldn't let me use the car) and moseyed on down to the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta for the third-ever Warped Tour. Should the writer of a column about experimental music be ashamed of having gone to the Warped Tour ... More >>
Get on the bus, it's a family affair.
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Power-pop fans take note: Next Monday, you can catch Oakland band The Clarences live on the Internet at 11:30 p.m. CST. I hear drinks will be dirt cheap. This week brought another reissue of Flamin’ Groovies’ 1970 sophomore album, Flamingo, which showed the Groovies stripping down and prov ... More >>
Vinal Edge records, 13171 Veterans Memorial Drive, began auctioning off the T-Shirt collection of late Houston musician Hunter Ward, who died of a suspected drug overdose this past June, yesterday on eBay. The shirts, over 70 in all, include the Queers, Stooges, Velvet Underground & Nico, Social Dis ... More >>
Remembering the Axiom, 20 years later
Against Me!The Meridian (main room)August 10, 2007 Click here for a slideshow. Better Than: Watching the Astros’ season circle the drain at Minute Maid Park. Download: For context, something from the band’s first two albums, Reinventing Axl Rose and As the Eternal Cowboy. As important as it ... More >>
Social Distortion appears Sunday, November 5, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel. Call 713-225-5483 for more info.
Danny Moloshok/Blue Pixel Dilana's into hall sex. Okay, I'll admit it: I've been watching Rockstar: Supernova on CBS each week (well, not real time, anyway. Thanks, TiVo!). It's not to watch the "tension" between the wannabe lead singer contestants. It's not to watch Tommy Lee air-drum during s ... More >>
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