While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 23, 2011.
"Dude, religious Christmas is pretty macabre. All kinds of scandal, sex with a ... More >>
Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson
Arena Theatre, December 21
Hard to believe it's been more than a quarter-century since Dwight Yoakam turned Nashville on its ear with the hard-charging Hillbilly Deluxe. You have to hand it to him: He's not one to rush things. It had been seven years since 2005's Blame t ... More >>
Here in Houston, we shouldn't need an excuse to throw great parties, but I suppose the so-called Mayan Apocalypse is a pretty good reason to get shit-housed and listen to local bands.
This Friday almost everyone seems to be throwing an "End of the World" show or mini-fest -- if they aren't putting ... More >>
An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell
Every year, Sunny starts playing non-stop, 24/7 Christmas tunes by the end of November. You can pretty much bet that by the time you hop in the car after Thanksgiving dinner that Perry Como will be riding shotgun with you up to the gas station for smokes ... More >>
Kreepin DethMetallica recently announced that they would be releasing a film in 3D. Whether or not we're talking a concert film, something more along the lines of Some Kind of Monster, or a different approach entirely they haven't confirmed. Still, it seems most likely that they will follow i ... More >>
"Dude, religious Christmas is pretty macabre. All kinds of scandal, sex with a ghost, strangers bringing mystical gifts, and everyone predicting this young couple's baby's death like its glorious wonderful thing. Oh and a decree to slaughter all male babies the next day... what could be more ... More >>
Rocks Off likes to believe that Christmas is such a merry holiday, even some of Satan's most stalwart servants can't help but get into the act. Of course, it could be that heavy metal musicians record Christmas music for the same reason as Mariah Carey: Because there's a crapload of money to ... More >>
Alien Ant Farm: Sat., Sept. 24. Scout Bar Clear Lake.
After The Burial, Veil Of Maya, Misery Signals, Within The Ruins: Thu., Oct. 6. Warehouse Live.
The Airborne Toxic Event: Wed., Oct. 12. Warehouse Live.
Atmosphere: Thu., Sept. 22. House of Blues.
Benny Benassi: Sat., Sept. 3. Stereo ... More >>
Dave Matthews Band, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears: Fri., Sept. 10. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
The Dead Weather: Sat., May 1. House of Blues.
Dillinger Escape Plan, Darkest Hour, Iwrestledabearonce, Animals As Leaders: Sun., March 21, 6:30 p.m. Meridian.
Dollyrockers, Mooseknuckle, ... More >>
Photos by Linda Leseman
Whatever happened to Savatage? They really weren't half bad.
Somewhere between their 1995 album Dead Winter Dead and the light bulb that lit up in producer Paul O'Neill's head in 1996 and told him to create the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a metal-lite equivalent of Mannheim ... More >>
Since Thanksgiving night, local dentist office-core radio station Sunny 99.1 FM has been pumping out non-stop Christmas tunes as they have been doing now for quite a few years. It's a Houston phenomenon and an ominous bellwether for the coming holiday. You pretty much know when you can hear Vanes ... More >>
The 69 Eyes, Dommin, The Becoming: Sun., Oct. 11. Meridian.
All Time Low, Hey Monday, We The Kings, Friday Night Boys: Wed., Oct. 28. House of Blues.
"Oldies Fest" With The Allen Oldies Band, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn: Sat., Sept. 5. Continental Club.
Billy Squier: Sun., Oct. 4. Wareho ... More >>
This list was damn near impossible to compile. The criteria: original holiday songs recorded after 1990. There aren't many tunes that qualify, and of the ones that do, few of them are worth listening to. Like fake marshmallow froth atop a cup of instant cocoa, here's the crème de la crème of the l ... More >>
Every year, we scour the papers and Internet looking for Houston's definitive guide to spectacular residential Christmas lights displays, and every year, what we find what comes up a little lacking. A handful of neighborhoods are invariably cited, and we've already been to most of them. There' ... More >>