J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>
The phrase "renaissance man" is so overused that coin has lost most of its value. But Jon Langford -- artist, musician, playwright, radio disc jockey, songwriter, death-penalty opponent, punk rock pioneer, and philanthropist who rolls into the Continental Club Saturday with his ragtag ensemble of mi ... More >>
Kids, there's a reason Hiram "Hank' Williams, who would have been 90 years old September 17, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dead of an overdose of pain killers in the back of his long white Cadillac at 29, Williams was, in his brief interval in Nashville, not only a hit-making country star bu ... More >>
Artistic polymath Jon Langford is still a Leeds art-school punk at heart.
Oh God... Will it ever end?This morning a childhood friend of Rocks Off's who happens to be moving back to Houston texted us to say "64 degrees as I leave LA this morning. Better relish this moment 'cause I won't be experiencing this again for a while." To which we replied "Fuck no you won't ... More >>
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra with John Cale (third from left) As usually happens just after New Year's, bands and venues are scrambling to line up Houston gigs during South By Southwest. Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet) owner Pete Mitchell has scored an early coup, lining up Chicago powerhouse the ... More >>
Eugene Chadbourne All hail the inventor of the electric rake! Though the unearthly clatter of the amplified yard implement may be Eugene Chadbourne's oddest claim to fame, chances are it isn't his most remarkable. The completist's nightmare that is Chadbourne's official discography spans thre ... More >>
And comes up with a random smattering of tortured musings
Gang of Four rematerializes to show the kiddies how it's done
The cult status of the Mekons
From the ashes of Uncle Tupelo springs Wilco, genreless and great
Harvey's Club Deluxe has risen from the ashes of its predecessors. Those ashes just may be some prime real estate.