Royal Blood Warehouse Live, September 23 Britpop is having a moment in the U.S. again, as groups as disparate as Arctic Monkeys and Bastille have been greeted by alt-rock stations and listeners alike with open arms. The latest to make a big noise is Royal Blood, the Brighton duo of Michael Kerr and ... More >>
Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw Continental Club, August 22 The pride of Festus, Mo., the Bottle Rockets would be the best band you've never heard of except, if you've ever subscribed to either No Depression magazine or the Bloodshot Records mailing list, you've absolutely heard of them and know ... More >>
At 80, first-time author isn't done yet.
One night. 11 venues. 55 minutes.
It spent nearly 25 years in the hands of a woman who started as a bar owner when she was only a few years short of senior discounts, and upon her death, it was passed on to her beautician because she didn't have any blood family, though she seemed to have the other kind in spades. Bonnie's ha ... More >>
Whatever mashup-pioneering DJ Diplo decides to spin, it's a guaranteed party.
Chris GrayAs close as Rocks Off has ever come personally to Elvis' grave. Graceland was already closing for the day by the time we got there in April.Today is the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which means that even as you read this, Graceland workers are hard at work sorting, cat ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, the perfectly ... More >>
We've only today come across this Houston Zoo video, but as the drought returns it's well worth a look. Baylor and Tupelo, the Zoo's baby elephants, have never looked cuter or funnier than in this clip. And we all know how cute Baylor can be: He swept the field in our Houston Zoo Cute-Off tournamen ... More >>
Paul Thorn's life is straight out of a Southern Gothic fairy tale.
The Houston Zoo has a new calf, Sam, according to a tweet today. The Zoo is getting pretty efficient at spreading the news of cutie-wootie widdle baby animals, and who can blame them? We decided to comb the Zoo's Flickr page for 10 of the best zoo-baby pictures. 10. Cocquerel's sifaka This smells ... More >>
Monica FuentesFull-size image belowRocks Off's sister blog Hair Balls did it with murderers and serial killers. Food blog Eating Our Words, riled the beer snobs with one about the best beers from each state in the union, and a teetotaling follow-up chronicling the best soda pops. For the pas ... More >>
Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin, who with his brother Ira ranked with Ralph and Carter Stanley as one of the greatest duos in bluegrass history, passed away overnight. Louvin, 83, had been receiving experimental treatment for pancreatic cancer. Nashville-based entertainment ... More >>
Rocks Off is celebrating Elvis week this week - the King would be 76 years old on Saturday. (Or hell, maybe he will be 76 years old on Saturday.) That's more than three-quarters of a century, but it just doesn't seem like a very long time. Maybe that's because whether or not he actually died ... More >>
Courtesy Houston ZooTupelo says move over, BaylorMere months afte winning the epic Houston Zoo Cute-Off, Baylorthe baby elephant is seeing his reign challenged by the arrival of Tupelo, an equally cute -- and younger -- rival.Such us the hard life of the jungle. Or the zoo.Tupelo entered the wor ... More >>
This past Friday, a significant musical anniversary came and went with barely a peep. It was only 19 years to the day the last album to cause a legitimate sea change in popular music - both the industry and the art - was released. Rocks Off knows that was a few days ago, but hey, we had a bus ... More >>
Like a lot of folks, we're sure, Rocks Off is chomping at the bit to get our ears around the remastered and expanded version of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, due in stores Tuesday. Rocks Off has done a lot of things while Exile was blasting out of a jukebox, radio, our iPod's earbuds, ... More >>
The 16th season of The Amazing Race wraps up next Sunday, when one of the three remaining teams will claim the million dollar prize and ride off into relative obscurity (go ahead. name a past Race winner...now name five ex-Survivors, my case rests). This season has ranged from Chile to the People ... More >>
This weekend word came from Live Nation that legendary Irish crooner and songwriter Van Morrison will be open the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2010 season Thursday, May 1, Van the Man's first Houston appearance in more than 30 years. According to songkick.com, Morrison first hit Houston in J ... More >>
Anodyne: Noun. Anything that relieves distress or pain. (dictionary.com)When Son Volt goes onstage tonight at the Continental Club (we've heard around 11 p.m.), there's an outside chance the band might pull out Doug Sahm's "Give Back the Key to My Heart" - we are in Texas, after all. Otherwise do ... More >>
Obviously with U2 and the Pogues alone, the Irish scene has had a huge effect on the pop music of the past half century. But no list of Irish influences on 20th century rock and roll can be complete without Van Morrison. In 1968, LOM's senior year in high school, Them played the Ector County Col ... More >>
Wilco, "New Madrid," live at the Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado, May 1995 Rocks Off is never really not on an Uncle Tupelo kick, but it sure came flooding back after he heard "New Madrid" on Fred Imus' Saturday-morning Trailer Park Bash satellite-radio show last weekend. Even among such futur ... More >>
Fifty years ago today - February 3, 1959 - the world lost three of its early pioneering rock and rollers in a fiery plane crash over Clear Lake, Iowa. Texan Buddy Holly, Chicano rock godfather Ritchie Valens, and Sabine Pass-born disc jockey/songwriter J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson all lay dead ... More >>
Who's partying like rock stars? Rappers!
People Under the Stairs fix the leak
Music to drown by
Is Wilco still trying to break your heart, or has it done so already?
A spate of tribute shows salutes a healthier Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators
For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven
Plus: Balancing Act, In Jay's Day, Making Book
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the scourge of great art
Ex-Stray Cat Lee Rocker brings rockabilly into the '90s
In Ulee's Gold, Victor Nunez's sticky-sweet direction lacks sting
And quite a bit rock and roll add up to No Depression music
Van Morrison's getting older, grouchier and, with his latest CD, better again
Jolene strives to make sense of life's punches -- and make a living
In a small town south of Houston, they say school prayer is a matter of religious freedom. But even in Santa Fe, freedom for one student can be tyranny for another.
If you get crosswise with Larry Maxwell, beprepared to go to court
From the ashes of Uncle Tupelo springs Wilco, genreless and great
Alternative rock robs pop's cradle