Jade Simmons, Riverlin, Rett Lea
July 6, 2012
When concert pianist Jade Simmons first learned that her computer wouldn't latch onto Jet Lounge's sound system Friday night, thereby ruining her chance to introduce to the audience her experimentation in partnering classical songs with hip-h ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Bun B, Cory Mo, Slim Thug, E.S.G., Chingo Bling, Doughbeezy, hasHBrown, B L A C K I E, Renzo, #Thurogod, CB Kings, Brad Gilmore, ... More >>
Tonight, Houston Ballet performs Rooster, Associate Choreographer Christopher Bruce's dance interpretations of eight Rolling Stones songs including "Little Red Rooster," "Paint It Black" and "Sympathy for the Devil." If that sounds a little lowbrow for the ballet, the program also includes two works ... More >>
We've written about wine and sex here before: Since antiquity, wine and the cult of Bacchus and Dionysus have been associated with sexuality and intimacy. Wine -- red in particular, thanks to its polyphenols -- not only diminishes our inhibition ("I wanna tell her that I love her a lot, but I gotta ... More >>
Our day job is as a clerk in a sheet music store, and in general it is a pretty sweet gig. We like being around music students, teachers, and people who just want to play. It truly is an invigorating thing to see.
Then again... there are things in the store that are as awkward to sell as ext ... More >>
Lead BellyIt's the last week of classes for most of us who are still in school, which means that next week is finals time. We here at Rocks Off feel your pain -- it's hard trying to cram for five finals on only 60 milligrams of Adderall. Hell, we have two projects due tonight by 7 p.m. and we ... More >>
"What do you love about music?" Part of the job here at Rocks Off - this daily Make-A-Wish kid circus - is talking to musicians and people in the musical know.
One of the most fun parts of the job is booking an interview with an artist coming to town and cramming for a few days into the nook ... More >>
Carl Van VechtToday is Arthur Rubinstein's birthday, and if he were still alive he would be a) 124 years old; and b) almost certainly banging ballerinas in their early twenties. Perhaps the most celebrated pianist of the last century, Rubinstein himself admitted that there were other pianists ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerSee more photos from Wednesday's fever dream in our slideshow.The Black Angels, Black Mountain
November 17, 2010
Some music is so evocative and overwhelming it can cause you to flash back to before you were even born. Not all of it - when a Mozart sympho ... More >>
No, not THIS AmadeusThe Alley Theatre is mounting some ambitious, big-name productions for the 2010-11 season, according to an announcement released today.Among the shows will be Amadeus, the popular Mozart play that hasn't been done here in a long while; the Pulitzer-Prize winning August: Osage ... More >>
How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>
Chris Strong/ Drag City
Last Friday, Rocks Off had the distinct pleasure of talking to Mayo Thompson, the man behind psychedelic (or not) art-rockers The Red Krayola, whose career spans the early days of Houston label International Artists, the art worlds of New York and Europe in the '70s, a sti ... More >>