When Rocks Off caught up with Todd Snider recently, the poster child for East Nashville's bohemian songwriter underground was driving across Nashville to get a shot in his lower spine for recurring arthritis. "Yeah, I have to get a shot before every tour now," he says. "I just can't sit that long w ... More >>
Old Crow Medicine Show House of Blues, November 30 The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty sto ... More >>
Today marks the 62 birthday of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, a gimmick cooked up by J. Edgar Hoover and a friendly newspaperman. Through the years the list has mostly been filled with criminals no one has ever heard of, but there have been some famous names on it. Some famous enough to get songs ... More >>
When Pete Bernard received a package postmarked from Lynchburg, Tenn., he may have felt his mouth watering. That particular point of origin is the well-known home of the Jack Daniels distillery and indeed, inside the singer/guitarist for The Devil Makes Three found inside a little "thank you" from t ... More >>
We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerBuxton at Rudz in AugustLonesome Onry and Mean has been spinning local sensation Buxton's upcoming release Nothing Here Seems Strange for almost two weeks now. And we're sorry, but we still don't get it. Maybe we are old and jaded and out of it, but to us it sounds l ... More >>
Vicky SappNerds like us - you have to be a music nerd if you're reading a blog on Don Was - have favorite producers, like some sports guys have favorite coaches. Sometimes we listen to an album just because someone we like produced it, or it somehow gives it us extra cred even if we may not l ... More >>
"Canned Acoustica II" With Robert Ellis, Roky Moon, Tyagaraja, Black Queen Speaks, Chase Hamblin, Winter Wallace, Sara Van Buskirk, Ancient Cat Society: Thu., March 3. Warehouse Live. The Canvas Waiting, Holy Fiction, Finnegan, The Shallows: Fri., Feb. 11. Fitzgerald's. Clan Of Xymox: Sat. ... More >>
[Ed. Note: Third in a three-part series. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.] The V-Roys: Another underattended Wednesday-night gig. The V-Roys had just been on tour with Steve Earle in England and had backed him up on several television appearances on the reggae classic "Johnny Too Bad." LOM's son, ... More >>
Authority Zero, Voodoo Glow Skulls: Fri., April 9. Wired Live. "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live": Fri., April 16. House of Blues. "Bamboozle Road Show" With Hanson, Good Charlotte, Forever The Sickest Kids, Cartel, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low: Fri., May 28. Verizon Wireless Theater. Ben Folds: Sat ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
[Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>
Meet Rye Rye, Baltimore's latest rap sensation.
Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Springfield Riots, Say When EP 2. Todd Snider, The Excitement Plan 3. Jubal Lee Young, Last Free Place in America 4. Sonic Youth, The Eternal 5. Steve Earle, Townes 6. Elvis Costel ... More >>
C3 Entertainment announced the lineup for the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival Tuesday morning, and as Rocks Off expected, they might as well start calling the thing Lollapalooza South. Lolla headliners the Beastie Boys and Kings of Leon are both headed to the freshly irrigated Zilker Park Oct ... More >>
Backfield in Motion
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
13th Floor Elevators? Yes. Over the next few weeks and months, the music staff here will be assembling a top 100 of Houston songs. To qualify, a song must be either by Houstonians or about Houston, or must have been recorded here or released on a local label. Thus, “You’re Gonna Miss Me” b ... More >>
Hayes Carll hosts a sandy shindig in a reverse hurricane
It's Johnny Falstaff's time to "Shine"
The Devil You Know
A few locals are afflicted with World Cup mania; also: Chango Jackson, KPFT and what touring bands really think of Houston
Friday, October 21, at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance, 713-226-8563.
Todd Snider is still talking the blues after all these years
...to the ball game. Lauding baseball-in-rock's finest moments.
Houston's scene sees the release of its second great pop-rock CD in six months; also: March Music Madness hits town on the touring front
Which Greek god is your favorite musician?
With the help of city government, Matthew Knowles hopes to find the next Destiny's Child. You got a problem with that?
...And other SXSW adventures
Saturday, March 6
Thursday, July 18
Will Kimbrough makes a living making the records he wants
Todd Snider returns to folk from a rock experiment gone haywire
Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing
Todd Snider's novelty tunes will tickle your jaded fancy