Some albums don't grow old gracefully, because they were never graceful to begin with. The Toadies' Rubberneck is rude, blasphemous, unstable, cathartic and possibly murderous, but graceful it is not. One of the angriest rock albums to be released by a Texas artist in the '90s, it is also (arguably) ... More >>
Arcade Fire Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 9, 2014 I may not be the first person to say it, but then Arcade Fire is not the first group to counter the "most important band in the world" tag by breaking out the costumes and mirrors. U2 is the obvious model, with their Joshua Tree-Achtung Baby ... More >>
"She was five-foot-six and 215, a bleached-blonde mama with a streak of mean And the roller derby program said that she was built like a 'fridgerator with a head." That's how singer-storyteller Jim Croce described his "Roller Derby Queen" 40 years ago, but times have changed. Today's player is a f ... More >>
Grand Piano is all suspenseful invention.
The coming year in Houston recordings.
BAGHEERA This slick, funky electro-duo has a huge year in store that only starts with a collaboration with Twin Shadow hooked up by Red Bull's Sound Select Program. Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy says he's still figuring out what to do with the songs he has stockpiled, but he knows he'd rather "get the ri ... More >>
Buxton, Papermoons, Deep Cuts FItzgerald's November 30, 2013 Ten years gone. How the hell did that happen? Long before the New West days, before the band had five members (or six or four or three), and definitely before they all had those adorable little beards, Buxton first started putting pen to ... More >>
It's not by design, but the fifth installment of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival is so packed with music-oriented films, both narrative and documentary, that it makes a pretty damn good music festival all by itself -- complete with several live performances. Pairing music with films has always bee ... More >>
Local Natives, Wild Nothing House of Blues October 9, 2013 Fall is officially upon us, and with the cooler weather comes a host of touring bands hitting venues throughout Texas. For the first time, Austin mega-festival Austin City Limits scheduled two weekends in a row. Usually, ACL brings a smatte ... More >>
Take it from me, it's tough naming a band. During the one time I had my own band, it was called "Post-Hardcore Boy Band." Really great name, right? I think we can all agree that a lot of bands who have become famous have really horrible names too. Like Hoobastank, for instance. But even some bands ... More >>
The Lumineers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 24, 2013 Not even a year has passed since The Lumineers last brought their brand of folk-based pop to the streets of Houston, so a one-off headlining gig at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion found the trio here again sooner than usual. This time, th ... More >>
Blake Shelton Reliant Stadium, March 15 After more than a decade of climbing country music's ranks to become one of its most successful and charismatic male vocalists, Blake Shelton found himself taking a little heat not long ago when comments he made about certain "old farts" clinging to country's ... More >>
Buxton Continental Club February 23, 2013 Buxton's songs project an odd kind of innocence for a band that has been getting pretty seasoned the past couple of years. It's been five since they appeared out of the La Porte/Deer Park area with A Family Light, a mini-album that distinguished itself from ... More >>
How do you know Klaus Nomi? Maybe you know him as one of David Bowie's cohorts back in the '70s. Maybe you know him for his kitschy covers of old pop standards. Maybe you know him for his bizarre costumes and facepaint. Or maybe you just know that he was one of the first celebrities to tragically pa ... More >>
For the past two months, New York City-based composer/songwriter David Nyman has been turning back the clock and making MIDI versions of popular and current indie-rock and hip-hop jams. His Tumblr page, where he unloads his Soundcloud clips of these tiny wonders, is getting very popular, and was s ... More >>
Next week's Paul McCartney show at Minute Maid Park is sure to be one for the books, as the former Beatle and lauded solo artist comes to Houston for the first time in years. Rewind: Who Is Paul McCartney?!: Rocks Off Tells You Comin' Up: Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney His set lists are lar ... More >>
This week, Morrissey's possibly long-suffering publicist told Rolling Stone that "The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite -- ever." The statement, meant to quell old rumors and quotes being dragged out on a slow music news week, was meant with smirks and laugh ... More >>
Have you ever had one of those moments when, you're listening to a song and hear something familiar, like maybe a familiar voice or wonder, "Okay, who is really playing this particular instrument?" Many times a band or an artist will guest star on a recording. Sometimes it's a well-known fact, such ... More >>
Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.
Crimson ProjeKct Warehouse Live July 8, 2012 Let's get one thing straight from the very beginning: King Crimson, by any other name, is still King Crimson. This requires an understanding of the nature of the band, which fans have come to learn over the years. King Crimson is a living, breathing enti ... More >>
A few years ago, Van Halen front man David Lee Roth filled in for Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show. Roth also served a stint as a deejay for New York's 92.3 Free FM. This is nothing new, because many artists have at some point served as DJs, such as Greg Kihn of the Greg Kihn ba ... More >>
Of Montreal, Cults, Roman GianArthur, Kishi Bashi Fitzgerald's March 11, 2012 This was a sold-out show where all of the acts really put on a, well, show. Although the theatrics Of Montreal provided at previous shows was toned down, they still delivered a spectacle. In fact, all of the billed acts ... More >>
The B-52's are the quintessential alternative/New Wave/jam band. They can be both metaphorical and fun at the same time. However, what makes them different from other New Wave bands is that lead singer Fred Schneider provides a unique sprechgesang style to the genre. The band met after having a few ... More >>
Photo by Brittanie SheyLittle Joe WashingtonIn the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Houston native bluesman Albert Collins inadvertently assists the getaway of young Elizabeth Shue (meow) and her charges from a gang of thugs, but only after she sings. Collins blocks the attackers with the sam ... More >>
Still younger than springtime, the Wild Moccasins are getting to be old hands at this touring thing. (If you missed their set at BestFest - it was way early - you missed something special.) Lately it seems like the sunny Houston five-piece is either just getting off the road or about to go back on. ... More >>
Photos by Jim BrickerCheck out all our ACL 2011 coverage, including our hottest crowd shots and slideshow from Sunday featuring Randy Newman, Arcade Fire and The Walkmen. Arcade Fire Bud Light Stage, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park September 18, 2011 Sunday night in a serene ... More >>
Trends in music can be as prevalent - and subsequently fleeting - as they are in fashion. Though the eagerness to join trendy-indie bandwagons can be puzzling, music's most recent instrumental trend, the ukulele, grabbed our attention, especially after SXSW. Among the dozens of SXSW-related ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty
All photos from daniellespencer.com Flesh colored Jell-O is never (*ever*) okay. New York artist Danielle Spencer (a.k.a. Mrs. Russell Crowe) crafted her first faux Thanksgiving spread in 2005 using a Cornish game hen form, peach Jell-O, and evaporated milk. That initial flesh-colored mass ( ... More >>
Kristin BurnsA couple of weeks back, Rocks Off spoke with the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan for our print edition about the state of the music world, who excites him now and the indie-rock "shell game." The initial interview was only scheduled for 15 minutes but we ended up chatting for a h ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyFire at La KivaEd. Note: This is the fourth part in a series of posts on traveling to Big Bend and back. Let me start off by saying that if you are a Big Bend virgin and you have the opportunity to visit the park for the first time with a seasoned veteran, jump on that ch ... More >>
www.fanfarlo.com Reservoir, the debut album from London's Fanfarlo, is the kind of album that immediately grabs your attention with its unique and joyful spirit. From the stumbling, heartfelt swoon of songs like "I Am a Pilot" to the droll and upbeat wit of songs like "Harold T. Wilkins, Or Ho ... More >>
Caracas's Los Amigos Invisibles are anything but.
Lonesome, Onry and Mean has never hidden our distaste for Christmas music. So if we were ever called on to choose our favorite Christmas song, the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" would win hands down. We can still remember the day - we were still Pogues virgins - when the lyrics, waffling between a ... More >>
Late Thursday, word came across the ticker that legendary comedian and TV star Soupy Sales had passed away at age 83. After a stint in the military and on radio, Sales went on to be one of the major pioneers of televised sketch and children's comedy. In 1965, he pulled a stunt where he asked his ... More >>
St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.
The ex-Talking Heads front man takes stock of his homeland on his second Brian Eno collaboration.
Next year this decade will be over, and very few new bands have distinguished themselves either at the turnstiles or the cash register. Even one of the main ones that has, the Killers, chose to hit the theater circuit this winter after releasing its third album, Day & Age, instead of r ... More >>
A shy and awkward Iowan prairie boy sits down in front of the camera somewhere in late 1970s New York, and out comes one of the most enigmatic and genre-confounding voices of our time. Recently released DVD Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is less of a documentary and more of a deeply ... More >>
Oh, God! You Devil's Advocate
Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event
Houston punk and New Wave fans got a welcome surprise this morning when Wasted Talent Records announced that Pearland trio the Judy’s have remastered and are releasing their entire catalog on CD for the first time. 1981’s Washarama, including the band’s 1980 Wonderful World of Appliances EP; 1 ... More >>
Four days of hell for a councilman
...otherwise known as the H-Town 20
Dan Deacon Walter’s on Washington September 24, 2007 Better Than: Just about anything else you might find yourself doing at 10:30 p.m. on a Monday. Download: “The Crystal Cat,” from Deacon’s Myspace Page. Along with several other songs (not available for download) and a bunch of immensely ... More >>
Milwaukee's finest recapture your youth