A few local bands keep it in the family.
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? He calls himself The Misf ... More >>
If you're seeking a scene, maaaaaaaaaan, you could do a hell of a lot worse than A Fistful of Soul, the monthly where some of Houston's grooviest DJs drip rare (and not-so-rare) vintage wax all over Midtown. Now steered by Joe Ross, Stewart Anderson and Alex LaRotta, Fistful dates back to the Mink i ... More >>
Bounce TV Music Festival Feat. Maze w/Frankie Beverly, the Isley Brothers & Kem Toyota Center August 16, 2013 Soulful, upbeat sounds in combination with sultry "baby-making music" combed through the spirits of the reminiscing concertgoers at Friday's Bounce TV Music Festival, a delightful exhibitio ... More >>
Robert Glasper Experiment Miller Outdoor Theatre, August 16 This should be a real pleasure: a free show under the stars featuring a hometown kid who has gone on to become a Grammy winner. Pianist, HSPVA alum and dedicated J. Dilla fan Robert Glasper was showered with hosannas with his 2012 album Bl ... More >>
Sigh no more, my friends. You, too, can drink like a rock star. Or a banjo player. Mumford and Sons announced Sunday that they're creating their own ale to be served when they stop over in Lewes, England on their Gentlemen of the Road tour later this year. The bandmates put their heads together, n ... More >>
Abiotic: With Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil., Wed., August 21, 7 p.m., $10 to $13. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, 281-335-0002. Asleep at the Wheel: Sat., October 5, 8:30 p.m., $88 to $128. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring, 281-367-3774. Band of Heathens: Sat., July 27, 8 p.m., $15 to $20 ... More >>
Today is Prince's 55th birthday. He's a Jehovah's Witness, so he may not celebrate the event, but that doesn't mean we can't. But no superfluous, flowery lede is required when discussing one of the most creative and talented musicians of our times. Let's just cut into the purple banana cake and dis ... More >>
Nothing earns an musician instant street cred quite like a night or two in the pokey. It's basically a rite of passage -- a guarantee that if you sign up for the public eye, you will, indeed, screw it up at least once in order to delight us with your antics. From the likes of good ol' boys like Mer ... More >>
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss.
Years ago, a wedding planner told me the basis of a successful wedding is remembering that primarily the ceremony is for the bride, the food is for the groom, the photos are for the family and the music is for the friends. While not 100 percent accurate, it does form the basis of a pretty successful ... More >>
It's easy to tell the Niceguys really like each other. The three MCs and one DJ seemed to be Houston's more buzzed-about bands coming into the festival. Besides their spot on the SXSW Next Stage at the Austin Convention Center Wednesday afternoon, they were one of three Houston SXSW acts (with Grand ... More >>
Calle 13: Thu., May 10. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Carrie Rodriguez: Thu., March 29. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. Charlie Wilson: Fri., May 25. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Collective Soul: Fri., June 1. House of Blues Dirty Ghosts: Fri., April 27. Wa ... More >>
On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>
Marco TorresWhen Rocks Off ran into the production duo Beanz N Kornbread at SXSW back in March, we were advised to stay tuned for a big project set to drop sometime this summer. Well the summer is here, and that project is the impressive Good Weather Muzik. We caught up with the team to inqui ... More >>
For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email email@example.com. Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy) Inside My Mind (Self-released, 2011) Despite having gained some tractio ... More >>
Photos by RizohDevin the Dude Warehouse Live April 20, 2011 Rare is the artist that transcends his purpose as entertainment to become an essential ingredient in a fan's lifestyle. That list is a very short one, and Devin the Dude is on it. For weekend cleaning music, you go to RJD2. For coit ... More >>
Becoming Jimi Hendrix By Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber Da Capo Press, 274 pp., $17.95. While the bulk of most Jimi Hendrix bios detail the post-Are You Experienced? album and Monterey Pop performance era, this is the first to concentrate solely on his pre-fame years. As a result, the autho ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>
Houston hip-hop's No. 1 pot advocate checks into Suite 420, but there's more than weed smoking going on.
Mark C. Austin During "Minority," the motorized 2000 Celtic-thrash mash-up that closed Green Day's main set Saturday night, Toyota Center's video screen became a collage of flyers from the group's early days, before the platinum albums, roadies, Grammys and extra live musicians (there were four S ... More >>
And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>
R. Kelly's Motley Crew Returns
A few local discs to sizzle with
If you think R. Kelly is anything less than the greatest recording artist alive, you're wrong!
A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download
Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out
R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" sputters to a disappointing close
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot
Here I Am (DreamWorks)
If you want poetry, read a book
Hangover planning for St. Patrick's Day
The livestock show's heritage nights are called "outreach" by some and "de facto segregation" by others
Local punker/chef Filthy McNasty is the Ginuwine article
Long before DJ Screw, Darryl Scott was Houston's mixmaster, spinning records that eventually spun him into the ground. A reformed Scott has a new rap these days - the word of God.
Ten other reasons to listen to Al Green
R&B royalty roll out for Budweiser Superfest
The enigma that is R. Kelly keeps audiences enthralled, guessing