ABOVE & BEYOND Sunday, Saturn Stage No group in electronic music knows how to play to a listener's emotional core than Above & Beyond. It was almost jarring how beautiful their set sounded after two days of heat and rain and evacuations and mud and lack of sleep and the other crazy things one deals ... More >>
Free Radicals AvantGarden, January 6 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at t ... More >>
Arguing is a terribly exhaustive thing that is often mostly about ego. Often, fights that begin as well-intentioned if impassioned discussions about a given subject devolve into name calling simply because no one is willing to relent. The great thing about science, however, is that a theory must be ... More >>
I knew something cool was going on when bubbles started floating past my office window. Then Abe at the front desk gave me a call. "Is there a limo selling ice cream out front?" he asked. "I don't see one...should there be?" Indeed, there should be, and indeed there was a vehicle selling ice crea ... More >>
Much like most Houstonians, I will be in front of a television on Sunday watching our Houston Texans play the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. It's a big and promising year for our team, one of only professional sports franchises in town that are successful. Did you know that Billy Ray Cyrus is ... More >>
Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>
Whatever mashup-pioneering DJ Diplo decides to spin, it's a guaranteed party.
There's opportunity in them thar skyscrapers.A big new report by PwC, which used to be PriceWaterhouseCoopers, says Houston is one of 26 "Cities of Opportunity" in the world today. The only other American cities: New York, LA, Chicago and San Francisco. Pretty classy company. We came in 11 ... More >>
As one half of Thin Lizzy's legendary "twin guitar" classic lineup in the mid- to late '70s, Scottish guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson started to make an impact on classic-rock history while still a teenager. That's him shredding on the legendary break in Lizzy's most popular (and, alas, al ... More >>
Back for one final, convoluted installment with Stieg Larsson's lady in black.
How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.
Photos by Brittanie SheyThe Royal Band outside Stockholm PalaceVälkommen from Scandinavia! More specifically, Gothenburg, Sweden, the country's "second city" and home to some of Rocks Off's favorite bands from recent years, including El Perro Del Mar, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and The Knif ... More >>
There's an accident "in the clearing stage" somewhereWhen IBM puts out a survey that features bar graphs and big circles somehow illustrating results, you can rest assured it is beyond reproach.So know this, Houston: Among 20 top international cities, your "traffic pain" is about as low as ... More >>
Careful there, Bun.Bun B jumps onstage at Houston-area hip-hop concerts so often that the idea of the II Trill rapper getting hurt under the lights is almost inconceivable. But apparently that's what has happened. Allhiphop.com is reporting that Bun, whose presence will no doubt be missed at toni ... More >>
"The reason I want to be alone, is I'm tired of all the things that went wrong that would've went right if I had did 'em on my own." - Nas That quote is perfect for this story because Victor Gurrola, Jr., aka V-Zilla, was once the best rapper the world had ever seen who wasn't known by his own c ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse/ Click here for a slideshow Muse took the Reliant stage around 7:30 p.m., when concertgoers were still slowly trickling in to Reliant Stadium. The place was most likely less than half full (or half empty, depending on your outlook) yet Muse's thick, epic sound filled in the ... More >>
It's easy to forget that tonight another band is actually playing before U2 at Reliant Stadium. But Bono and the boys couldn't have found a better band to heat up their adoring throngs than space-rock overlords Muse. Hell, even conservative hand-wringer Glenn Beck likes them. We swear that that's n ... More >>
The Hangover is almost as funny as Old School.
Photo by Craig MalisowAs BARC's new bureau chief, Ray Sim has his work cut out for him. He now heads an organization that has historically resisted change and ostracized volunteers who have made claims of cruel conditions, with the full support of an administration and city council that believes the ... More >>
Believe the hype (not the name)
Conductor Charles Dutoit and pianist Martha Argerich join the international youth orchestra for a world tour
Despite some leg humping, A. R. Gurney's fable gets best in show
Four artists share their guilty, and not-so-guilty, pleasures
Quebecois artist Diane Landry blows into Rice Gallery
An abuse victim says she lied to convict her cousin 15 years ago
The Concretes (Astralwerks)
Metro's new president already has a Houston attitude
MFA's Beck building stands like a fortress but caresses sunlight like a doting mother
Swede Lasse Hallström steps into America's abortion controversy with The Cider House Rules
In Woody's world, everyone erupts into show tunes
Hunter Todd returns with a slimmed-down film festival