We here at Rocks Off spend a lot of time thinking about band names. It's one of the most important things about a band, because it's the face of your brand. After all, a metal band is not going to get off the ground if it's named after a My Little Pony character. Once upon a time, you were doomed to ... 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 >>
Tonight Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society hits House of Blues for what seems to be their annual Houston gig. Craig's Hlist can't remember a year in recent history where they weren't in town at least once or even twice in a calendar span. The band released their newest album, The Song Remains ... More >>
This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties. 10. Meg ... More >>
Kansas City's Get Up Kids have Something to Write Home About all over again.
Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Springfield Riots, Say When EP 2. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan 3. Jubal Lee Young, Last Free Place in America 4. Sonic Youth, The Eternal 5. Steve Earle, Townes 6. Elvis Costel ... More >>
H.I.S.D.'s DJ grinder turns his camera on.
Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Ryan Bingham, Roadhouse Sun 2. Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey & the Groo-Grux King 3. Steve Earle, Townes 4. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest 5. Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane 6. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Live at Madiso ... More >>
They're turning to needles, looking for purity
Most bands think they have to regale you with two-hour long sets of “something off the new record” or “the song that bought me that new walk-in humidor.” They think you are getting your moneys worth, when in fact they are really just helping the beer vendors buy shoes for their kids. The Whi ... More >>
Isis performs Thursday, March 1, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551.
OnlineAthens.com His stuff really is Overrated... Tired of reading tepid, flack-driven reviews of subpar records wherein everything is a-ok and hunky-dory? Are you sick of the chin-scratching pontifications of Pitchfork scribes, and the herd mentality of the Internet hipster generation? If you ... More >>