The Velvet Underground

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    30 Seconds With Mexican Institute of Sound

    Camilo Lara has a very active and colorful imagination. The DJ/producer from Mexico City performs as the Mexican Institute of Sound (Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido in Spanish), and creates a mix of electronica tunes, traditional folk music, social commentary and vivid visuals with charm and conscienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    True Believers at Warehouse Live, 5/25/2013

    True Believers Warehouse Live May 25, 2013 "We were a gang," espoused the True Believers' Alejandro Escovedo in a recent interview about the band's heyday in the mid 1980s. The band's home turf was the hotly contested streets of the former Cosmic Cowboy utopia of Austin, but their range extended to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Black Angels, Soundgarden, Hall & Oates, etc.

    The Black Angels Fitzgerald's, May 24 Austin's Black Angels, with a band name pulled straight from the Velvet Underground's catalog, and a high-contrast image of Nico splayed across their logo, are unapologetic in their admiration of the prophetic NYC rock band. The Angels, though, have carved out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Saturday Night: Plants And Animals At Fitzgerald's

    Plants and Animals, Vestibule Fitzgerald's May 27, 2012 "It takes a good friend to say you've got your head up your ass," sang Plants and Animals lead vocalist Warren Spicer Saturday. It does. These Montreal musicians played their hearts out to a small but mighty crowd at Fitzgerald's. Truthfully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    5 Bands Lou Reed Should Have Called Instead of Metallica

    As mentioned in Nathan Smith's "Bummer, Dude: The 10 Big Musical Disappointments of 2011", Lulu, the not-at-all-anticipated-by-me aural abortion resulting from the un-Godly union of The Progenitor of All Things Cool, Three Insufferable Man-Children & Kirk Hammett, SUCKED. This was crushing for me on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    14 Notable Female Rock Drummers​Last week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, we will focus on the live-performing, touring drummers over time, rather tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    You In Color: The Black Angels' Christian Bland Talks Film Scores

    Photo By Craig HlavatyThe Black Angels' Alex Maas at Free Press Summerfest in June​Tomorrow night the Black Angels hit Houston for the third time in about a year, with a gig over at Fitzgerald's with fellow retro-doomers Dead Meadow and Spindrift. The last time the Angels were in Houston it wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    For Labor Day: 10 Songs About Childbirth​Cyril Connolly said "There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall." The famed English literary critic knew, like several here at Rocks Off, that having kids puts a hell of a dent in a parent's free time, and the constant demands of children can make at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    German Measles Break Non-Metal "No Disease Names" Rule

    Todd Purple​ You know, if we had to sum up The German Measles' music, we'd have to just stick with saying, "They're from New York." It's a very, very Velvet Underground, East Coast approach to rocking you and mocking you. They're so obscure they haven't even heard of themselves, you motherlovi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Self-Titled Debut Albums

    ​It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old. It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Friday Night: Batusis At Mango's

    Photos by David EnsmingerCheetah Chrome​Batusis feat. Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome Mango's December 10, 2010 "Everything was as it always had been ... the years were a mirage and there had been no years," E.B. White once wrote, describing the collapse of time. This is what Batusis effor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Jackson's Watering Hole's Sazerac

    Troy Fields​Heading into New Orleans on I-55, just before you cross the fourth-longest bridge in the world (and the second-longest in south Louisiana), you'll pass a couple remote restaurants/bars that for reasons I can't explain fit perfectly in the alluvial landscape. The exterior of NOLA-th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Craig's Hlist: Our Grandmother Gave Us Food Poisoning, You Get These Songs

    ​ This is the debut of Craig's Hlist, wherein the Hlavaty side of He Said She Said backs off from his weekly HSSS duties to record a bi-weekly solo blog of sorts. If HSSS was the Velvet Underground, then Craig's Hlist is his Transformer or something. Though at best, it probably just Steve Perry's ... More >>

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    Beyond Fake

    Indie-rock scholars Yo La Tengo forge a unique sound through tireless study of others' music.

  • Music

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: A Lengthy Chat With Yo La Tengo Bassist James McNew

    [Ed. Note: Nicholas L. Hall asked Rocks Off if we wouldn't mind publishing the entire transcript of his recent interview with Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, the raw material of this week's print music feature. We're only too happy to oblige.] Jesper Eklow​Rocks Off: When last I spoke with your p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    He Said She Said: 10 Artists Who Never Got Their Due

    In the course of music history, some bands get that extra push by pop culture and become uber-iconic, while others, though just as deserving, go largely unnoticed except by those who choose to dig even deeper. For every Elvis Presley, there is a seedier Carl Perkins off to the side. David Bowie get ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Million-Dollar Mud

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    ACL Aftermath, Part 2: Now That That "Dillo Dirt" Unpleasantness Is Out of the Way, How About Some Music?

    Mark C. AustinSeems like we recognize this guy from somewhere...​ More and more, Aftermath uses ACL more than SXSW to see which recent buzz bands are worth their salt, and of course to check on how some old favorites are doing. This year, tops on our new-to-us list were Blitzen Trapper, who manage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Houston 101: You Knew We Would Have To Do This One -- Liberty Hall

    ​Liberty Hall, by the 1970s, had somewhat survived its time as a church and an American Legion hall to become probably the hippest rock club in the city.Comfortably seedy, the Hall hosted legends like the Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons (with Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt sitting in), the Ramones ... More >>

  • Music

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Aftermath: Gene Loves Jezebel at Meridian

    Every so often, a show that might otherwise be just OK becomes something much cooler when there's hardly anybody there to see it. Aftermath isn't talking about some fresh-out-of-the-box band playing its first show in front of friends and family at the Mink, either, although there's certainly nothing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Tonight: Gentleman Auction House at Rudyard's

    Lauren Winchester Within about 20 seconds of "A Banner Year," the opener of Gentleman Auction House's new Christmas In Love EP, the St. Louis indie-pop hydra has managed to recall Belle & Sebastian, Arcade Fire and another dozen or so boy-girl bands that are equally earnest and invigorating. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
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    April 29, 2008

    Last Night: Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys at Boondocks

    Photo by Rosa Guerrero Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys Boondocks April 28, 2008 Better Than: A double drive-in bill of Dazed and Confused and Reefer Madness, reenacted Rocky Horror-style. Download: The Velvet Underground's "Heroin," so nobody feels left out. If you go see Sean Reefer & the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Lou Reed. Live. For One Song. Lou Freakin’ Reed.

    Every damn year, the people who put on SXSW play the same old game. For some reason, there always seems to be a certain amazing musician in town to give a lecture, screen a film or do something else all together that doesn’t involve them performing live. The game is finding out exactly where and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Vinal Edge Now Selling Hunter Ward’s T-Shirts, Vinyl

    Vinal Edge records, 13171 Veterans Memorial Drive, began auctioning off the T-Shirt collection of late Houston musician Hunter Ward, who died of a suspected drug overdose this past June, yesterday on eBay. The shirts, over 70 in all, include the Queers, Stooges, Velvet Underground & Nico, Social Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007

    Get Lit: The Act You’ve Known for All These Years: A Year in the Life of Sgt. Pepper and Friends, by Clinton Heylin

    As every issue of Rolling Stone and Baby Boomer music journo has been reminding us ad nauseam, 1967 was the “Summer of Love,” and it was 40 years ago today that “Rock” was born and validated as legitimate culture. Of course, it’s hard to deny the power of a year that saw the release of S ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Is Is (EP)

  • Culture

    June 21, 2007

    "Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art."

    Black or not, the artists showing at the CAMH are a talented group

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Bill Callahan

    Bill Callahan will perform on Wednesday, April 18, at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, 2402 Munger, 713-926-6368.

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Yo La Tengo

    Yo La Tengo performs Friday, April 6, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights also appear.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2007

    Glory Days

    The Museum of Printing History's "Now Playing Houston: The Liberty Hall Poster Show" features reminders of a lost local treasure. Before it closed in '77, Liberty Hall hosted Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and ot ... More >>

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    The Strokes, with the Eagles of Death Metal

    Wednesday, March 15, Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1666

  • Music

    February 10, 2005
  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Back in the Saddle

    The Cowboy Junkies ride again

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Azita and Carina Round

    Life on the Fly (Drag City) and The Disconnection (Weapons of Mass Entertainment / Interscope)

  • Music

    January 22, 2004
  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Singapore Sling

    Sunday, November 9

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Gilding the Lily

    Studio tricks ruin what could have been for the Dandy Warhols

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Brian Jonestown Massacre

    Friday, February 8

  • Film

    May 17, 2001

    Mouse Bait

    Shrek plunders the Magic Kingdom for empty laughs

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Silent Type

    The multitalented Alejandro Escovedo prefers to let the music do the talking

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    March 21, 1996
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    February 15, 1996
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