Yo La Tengo Fitzgerald's May 2, 2013 It's such a treat to see a band like Yo La Tengo perform at a club the size of Fitzgerald's, and that was clear during their headlining set on Thursday night. Sure, they play to hundreds more people at most of their other gigs, but anyone in attendance - includi ... More >>
The Airborne Toxic Event House of Blues, April 29 What happens when you layer dynamic, symphonic arrangements, painfully guttural vocals, and a wicked viola player? You wind up with The Airborne Toxic Event, the L.A.-bred indie-rock band known for its rich, lyrically moody folk-rock. Driven by nove ... More >>
It's funny, the way we form associations with things. Names are a big one. In recent discussion with a sister-in-law, regarding potential names for a potential kid, we cast names aside willy-nilly, citing former relationships and kids we hated in our youth. At one point, someone advocated Jolene (I ... More >>
"Simple. Fifteen years have gone by." Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John made retu ... More >>
Jason WolterTexas Tornados at Discovery Green, September 2010A return engagement from Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados, reunited (after a fashion) roots-rock polymaths NRBQ - now featuring a former Houstonian on drums - and the honky-tonk hero who told Tiger Airways a thing or two highli ... More >>
The Material Girl. The King of Pop (and his sister). The Chili Peppers. Mr. West. Very few artists have become the musical equivalent of the two-sport athlete: Making memorable music and monumental videos. When those people had a new video to premiere, it wasn't a just a video, it was an event. I ... More >>
No Age makes punk palatable.
Jason WolterEditor's Pick: I am so sick of complaining about Houston crowds, ill-behaved as they are, but I will say to whoever decided it would be funny to take Bobby Bare Jr.'s glasses off the stage at Hayes Carll's Warehouse show Tuesday night and put them on: That was not cool. Neph Bas ... More >>
David Fincher's Facebook creation tale The Social Network has been the No. 1 film in America the past two weekends, and no doubt it will continue that streak this weekend, barring an assault by Jackass 3-D which comes out today. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone is already hailing Network as a ... More >>
Local music writers and online commenters discuss how musicians might draw media attention.
Once we realized what she was singing, Rocks Off was hoping Beyonce would include the "Would she go down on you in a theater?" line when the six-time winner sang Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know" at Sunday night's Grammys. She didn't, and she didn't drop the f-bomb either (though she came pret ... More >>
Indie-rock scholars Yo La Tengo forge a unique sound through tireless study of others' music.
[Ed. Note: Nicholas L. Hall asked Rocks Off if we wouldn't mind publishing the entire transcript of his recent interview with Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, the raw material of this week's print music feature. We're only too happy to oblige.] Jesper EklowRocks Off: When last I spoke with your p ... More >>
Well, the Justice Department has approved the Live Nation/Ticketmaster monopoly merger. What does this mean for you, the average concertgoer? Well, even more inflation on the already-ridiculous $6 Lone Stars at House of Blues. Free Press Houston had a well-written cover story last spring about the ... More >>
Rocks Off came into the office this morning to discover we had been beset by a bad case of the gremlins. One of our photographers' Web site was down, there was another mix-up with the Willie Nelson photos from Saturday night (which has since been fixed) and... well, it's just a Monday. However, w ... More >>
40 oz. To Freedom (Sublime Tribute): Fri., Jan. 22. Scout Bar Clear Lake. "4th Annual Rudz Thanksgiving Eve" With Born Liars: Wed., Nov. 25. Rudyard's. Bowling For Soup, Smile Smile: Sat., Dec. 5. Scout Bar Clear Lake. "104.1 KRBE Not So Silent Night" With All-American Rejects, Justin Bieber, Co ... More >>
San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Aurora Picture Show presents a woman, her issues and her award-winning shorts
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 >>
It's been a while, but let's see what's been lurking in the bin... *Kenton & Hill (Houston): "A side project from Last Soul Descendents producer Darren Roberts, this masterpiece brings together live jazzy, funky, hip-hop grooves with heavy dance beats to create a unique sound." D-Fu-J- ... More >>
A Hanukkah pilgrimage
The bad boys of folk music hit the big screen
Remembering the Axiom, 20 years later
Indie-rap fireplug El-P returns...bombastically bleak as ever
Yo La Tengo performs Friday, April 6, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights also appear.
The man continues to randomly listen to every promo CD sent his way, regardless
As video games go indie, Wack imagines a few likely pairings
Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jewpergroup
Wednesday, August 17, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.
...to the ball game. Lauding baseball-in-rock's finest moments.
Sunday, November 9
Rice's unique radio station may lose its musical soul, all in the name of sports
Listen to the Quiet (and Loud)