Fun Fun Fun Fest is not the biggest festival in the world. It doesn't draw the biggest names. It's not a hub for celebrity activity, although Val Kilmer did show up once. But true to its name it is fun, and if you ask me (let's pretend that you did) it's the best festival of the year, the shining l ... More >>
Neko Case, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down House of Blues January 26, 2014 Her fans from other parts of the country will have to have to ask Neko Case what a "Houston Grammy" is sometime. Hopefully she'll remember that one herself. According to the rangy singer, who is arguably as well-known for her ... More >>
Houston is "Crazy In Love" with drag performer Tyoncé Moore.
Much like newspapers, radio has been irrevocably changed by the rise of the Internet. With broadband broadly available, there are fewer and fewer reasons to flip on the dial, so even giants like Clear Channel have added Web-based platforms like IHeartRadio to replace lost terrestrial listeners, offe ... More >>
The sushi is good, and the spectacle great.
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. It seems so rare that in the world of True Blood we get to f ... More >>
A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's a ... More >>
Calvin College, the "distinctly Christian, academically excellent liberal arts college" in Grand Rapids, Mich., doesn't want you to associate the school with pornography. That means no New Pornographers show: Regrettably, Calvin College has decided to rescind its invitation to the band, The ... More >>
LP on the way, Houston's American Fangs stay sharp through constant touring.
The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.
Rocks Off has previously lamented the dearth of critically popular acts that truly rock many times. We just can't get over the fact that adding distortion to your guitar is a virtual guarantee you won't get scads of rock critics jizzing all over you with steamy loads of orgasmic praise (unless yo ... More >>
Ask any musician: there is something basically and viscerally masculine about the industry itself, and that masculinity can seep into the most feminine of rocker chicks and indie music queens. That swagger, that attitude, that confidence coupled with soft hair, a pair of soft lips and a softly lilti ... More >>
2007's best Texas albums, from Houston, Austin and beyond
The New Pornographers Spoon, New Pornographers Warehouse Live November 1, 2007 Better Than: Listening to either band’s new album at home, lamenting the fact that I didn’t have my shit together enough to actually get into the show. Download: Emma Pollock’s driving piano vamp “Adrenaline” ... More >>
Interpol gets darker but shines brighter with its stunning third album
They're turning to needles, looking for purity
When the Press cast its net for a new Assistant Music Editor, the editors probably assumed they’d reel in one of those sniffy indie types who worships either Bright Eyes or Death Cab for Cutie and thinks Boston is a place with a lot of nice bookstores. Instead they got me, who within two days of w ... More >>
Some Loud Thunder
Thursday, June 29, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513
Film School grows better as it grows older -- shoegazer comparisons be damned
Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
By Scott Faingold My party line is this: I am a ball bearing, and the 2006 South By Southwest Music Conference is a massive pinball machine. Ommmm. This faux-Buddhist stance serves me well in the first hours of my SXSW experience, allowing me to ride out a messy and convoluted series of disasters w ... More >>
A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways
Meet the New Pornographers, who change genres as often as porn stars change partners
The good, the bad and the Mogwai highlight SXSW