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 >>
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 >>
girlscantwhat.comLast 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 >>
Photo By Craig HlavatyThe Black Angels' Alex Maas at Free Press Summerfest in JuneTomorrow 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by David EnsmingerCheetah ChromeBatusis 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 >>
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 >>
Troy FieldsHeading 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 >>
Photos by Eggs/ breakfastontour.com Aftermath is not quite sure what we can possibly add to a band already self-aware enough to put the word "dream" in its album title. We can tell you this, though: We put on Beach House's Teen Dream, the Baltimore duo's second LP for Sub Pop, shortly before leav ... More >>
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 >>
Indie-rock scholars Yo La Tengo forge a unique sound through tireless study of others' music.
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 >>
The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Daniel Kramer/ click here for a slideshowEvery 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 fami ... More >>
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. I ... More >>
Is Is (EP)
Bill Callahan will perform on Wednesday, April 18, at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, 2402 Munger, 713-926-6368.
Yo La Tengo performs Friday, April 6, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights also appear.
Wednesday, March 15, Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1666
The timeless Jonathan Richman comes to the Continental
The Cowboy Junkies ride again
Life on the Fly (Drag City) and The Disconnection (Weapons of Mass Entertainment / Interscope)
Friday, January 23
Notes toward new and better criticism and marketing of wine and song
Sunday, November 9
Studio tricks ruin what could have been for the Dandy Warhols
Faces Down (Astralwerks)
Trust No One (Capitol Records)
Shrek plunders the Magic Kingdom for empty laughs
The multitalented Alejandro Escovedo prefers to let the music do the talking
Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?
Luna may be vague about what it wants to say, but it's memorable in how it says it
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