The new king of conscious soul, Mali Music's latest album, Mali Is..., came to earth at No. 2 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. It was pushed there by a first single, "Beautiful," that encourages us to "put our lighters up" in a nod to Lil Kim's Brooklyn anthem but with a smoother side of edi ... More >>
Brent Grulke, a former Austin Chronicle music writer and editor who rose to the head of SXSW's Music division, died Monday in Austin. The cause of death was a heart attack following oral surgery, wrote Raoul Hernandez, one of Grulke's successor as the paper's Music Editor, on the Chronicle's Web si ... More >>
Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson have been hanging out a lot lately. The actor joined the antichrist onstage a couple of weeks ago at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in L.A., and played guitar on "Sweet Dreams" and "Beautiful People." Depp also collaborated with Manson on a cover of Carly Simon' ... More >>
There was a time when platinum albums didn't exist. An album might sell a million units, but there was no name for that accomplishment. It wasn't until 1976 that they gave that honor a label. The first album to be awarded platinum status? Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the Eagles. That ended up ... More >>
"You mean to tell me that you think I don't know that I ain't black? Or that I don't know that usually Latin girls ain't really been all up in rap? I didn't know that my color or gender could be the preventer of getting on tracks See the last time that I checked they play hip-hop in the hood And ... More >>
If there's one thing artists hate, it's record labels. Like managers, they were a necessary evil for the music business throughout much of the previous century, at least until piracy and digital uploading became a thing. The way it worked in the olden days, though, was that a record label would giv ... More >>
With ZZ Top ready to rock RodeoHouston Thursday, Rocks Off began to ponder whatever happened to the band's long awaited new-album. Last summer, guitarist Billy Gibbons told Rocks Off that the band's first collection of new material since 2003's Mescalero would arrive in stores this winter. So far ... More >>
Photo by Robert BejilWhere were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.
Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?
The incident is still just hours old, but the Internet is steaming over Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel hitting a woman and another unidentified person during his band's set at the Scoot Inn on Saturday night. There's no "alleged" to be found in this situation. It was all caught on camera.
Readers on our profile of the indie band.
Hustlers Brass Band brings hometown joie de vivre.
Can the celebrated rapper get out of trouble long enough to top the charts again?
Our colleague Shea Serrano has been doing brisk business with his Rap Round Table blogs, corralling local hip-hoppers into talking about events in their scene and in the world at large. No topics are off limits, and everyone is willing to talk. So Rocks Off decided it was time for Houston's ... More >>
musiconplay.netIn today's crowded music industry, it's becoming increasingly difficult for artists to stand out from the pack, but sometimes a facial package of ample weight and gargantuan growth will do the trick. Look out, these hip-hoppers are one hair strand away from disappearing into th ... More >>
Chocolate-peanut butter icebox pie."Don't get too caught up in it; it's just grape juice," laughed Mark McWilliams, seated to my right. Those are words you don't expect to hear from someone who runs a successful winery for a living, but it set the tone for a refreshing evening. Anyone expecti ... More >>
Chris Manak's metamorphosis into label boss, benefactor and video-mixing party DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.
Electric Purgatory screened almost two years ago at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, but Rocks Off still hasn't seen Houston director Raymond Gayle's film about the plight of the black rocker. We're gonna miss the next screening too - tonight at Domy Books - due to Thanksgiving travel, but we are ... More >>
How bad has the music business gotten? We seem to be living in an age when record labels are sinking like the Titanic, when fewer and fewer artists can get a label deal, when the gate to radio is harder to get through than St. Peters Gate. On the Americana scene, labels like Bloodshot and a few othe ... More >>
Al Green: Fri., Sept. 11. Arena Theatre. Arctic Monkeys: Sat., Oct. 3. House of Blues. The Beauvilles, Flowers To Hide, The Live Lights: Sat., July 25. Meridian. The Black Crowes, Truth & Salvage Co: Wed., Oct. 14. House of Blues. "Broke Lizard: Live": Thu., Oct. 15. House of Blues. Cold, Tapro ... More >>
GWAR more important than you might expect.
Fun Fact: Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey is now the director of UK Music, which lobbies the British Government on behalf of the UK's commercial music industry.
Butthole Surfers live at Stubb's in Austin, September 2008 Photos by Gary Miller Texas psych-punk renegades the Butthole Surfers have temporarily put aside their differences for a handful of shows, including at Meridian tonight (doors 8 p.m.). This is the final installment of Rocks Off's interview ... More >>
Ric Wallace Note: Part 1 of the interview is here. The Buttholes - Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, King Coffey, Jeff Pinkus and Teresa Taylor - play Meridian tomorrow night. For the band's side of things, see Austin Powell's recent Austin Chronicle cover story. When we left off, the band was wondering wh ... More >>
Got a degree in music business, record industry experience, excellent penmanship, a familiarity with Texas Department of Criminal Justice mailing regulations, and the desire to work full-time for peanuts? A certain incarcerated local rapper wants you! -- John Nova Lomax
Banda horns and hip-hop tracks blend in the music of L.A. duo Akwid
Latinos take on rap music and make it their own
On the Green Records
Catherine Burnside wants to drag the violin into the DJ/dance scene and conquer the world, too
After crapping out with Arista, Patrice Pike hits the creative jackpot with the Blackbox Rebellion
Buddy and Julie Miller's rings don't burn their fingers
Mary Cutrufello wanted to be a rock star. For a moment she was.
Nancy Wilson returns from jazz-pop limbo
Merge and Matador reach ten years of indie success
A new series of reissues reaffirms the genius of rap's granddaddy
A new book chronicles the bloody rise and fall of Death Row Records
Can Nashville's creative underbelly save country from Music Row?
Record producer Huey Meaux was a legend in the music business. Now he's an accused pedophile on the run.
Austin's Kathy McCarty fleshes out the naked emotion of Daniel Johnston's songs
Ames gets sued; the Juice -- Brutal and O.J.-- take to vinyl