Billy Ocean Warehouse Live, October 11 We weren't sure it was possible for '80s hitmaker Billy Ocean to get any cooler than he was in his "Caribbean Queen" video, where the Trinidad native dances around in a dapper suit surrounded by a puppet saxophone player. These days he's sporting dreadlocks th ... More >>
Remember back in August, when Bon Appétit magazine named The Pass & Provisions the sixth-best new restaurant in America. Boy, were we proud of our homeboys Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan. On Monday, Esquire magazine came out with its own list of the best new restaurant in 2013, and you ... More >>
Notwithstanding the recent Galveston-based Carnival cruise liner whose faulty engines landed its passengers in a world of hurt (and national headlines), the island is again throwing its arms open for the upcoming summer season. Last week the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau announced th ... More >>
On our computer, Rocks Off has been looking at that damn Texas 30 spreadsheet so long our eyes are frosting over. Monday we said about 400 different albums were spread across the ballots we received from almost 25 music-media wags across Texas. We looked at the sheet again after that and it was actu ... More >>
Grandfather Child, the Suffers, Brent Nettles, Don't Poke the Bear Fitzgerald's August 31, 2012 Rewind: Grandfather Child Prepare for Debut (print feature) "Lucas was always getting into things as a kid. Asking questions, touching things," says Lucas Gorham's aunt while Gorham and his band Grandfa ... More >>
Father John Misty & Har Mar Superstar Fitzgerald's May 24, 2012 "I'm going to be the first to combine sad bastard music and men's fitness, and maintain my integrity in each," said Josh Tillman, fronting Father John Misty, or inhabiting the Father John Misty, last night at Fitzgerald's, right before ... More >>
Adelaine, Kameron, The Blackout Heist: Mon., April 2. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Anders Osborne: Wed., May 9. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. Another Run, The Suffers, Mantis, Tax The Wolf: Sat., March 31. Fitzgerald's Band of Skulls, Balam Acab, Superhumanoids: Fri., ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
Photos by Marc BrubakerArcade Fire, Explosions In the Sky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 4, 2011 It was a sort of homecoming for titanic indie-rockers Arcade Fire Wednesday night in the Woodlands, as the band returned to Houston after five momentous years to play songs from The Suburbs, ... More >>
Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseInterpol Verizon Wireless Theater October 29, 2010 Interpol should not have been at Verizon Friday night. Not by any traditional yardstick. A decade or so after their first release, the Fukd ID #3 EP, Interpol is a genuine anomaly. In an age when image is everything in ... More >>
credReturn of the Bamboo Banger: M.I.A.Aftermath was eager to catch Gogol Bordello, only because our companion had missed their last Houston show at Meridian in 2008. We were convinced he'd get a kick out of them so we dragged him over to the AMD stage early in order to get a good view. One ... More >>
Brittanie Shey: When you go to a festival lit this, you're always looking for the discovery. The one band that either blows you away or causes you to alter all your expectations. Today it was Dan Black, a performer we caught only because there was nothing else going on. As soon as we get home, we' ... More >>
Proudly independent, recent Grammy nominees Silversun Pickups aren't ready to hit the "Panic Switch."
Steve Steele finds a harder-edged sound on his debut album.
www.eaglesband.comWho knew the Eagles shot their publicity stills for The Long Road Out of Eden at ACL 2005?When the Austin City Limits festival lineup is released every spring, one of Rocks Off's favorite parlor games besides wondering what sort of Biblical weather-related calamity God will visi ... More >>
Towards the end of last week, Rocks Off got the latest issue of Texas Music magazine in the mail, which just happens to mark the quarterly periodical's tenth anniversary. Naturally, as just about every publication does when it reaches such an august milestone - no mean feat for a magazine in this ... More >>
Showcase Sunday, Part 1 Shea SerranoRunaway Sun Dominique: "We guess critics would call her style 'neo-soul,' but it didn't seem very 'neo' to me, more like 'jazzy soul.' She fronted a piano-led trio with two backing vocalists and from the first sultry Fender Rhodes groove to the final explosive ... More >>
Balaclavas: "On the way to see Houston's own Balaclavas at the Independent to debut new stuff off the soon-to-be released Roman Holiday, I abruptly hit a curb with my bicycle. Luckily my elbow took one for the team. Well, it ended up getting fractured and I have all kinds of internal business go ... More >>
They're turning to needles, looking for purity
Sink your teeth into the 1997 Houston Press Music Awards
Celindine is bent on a musical formula that takes everything, and nothing, for granted