Modest Mouse Bayou Music Center, November 7 Nearly capsizing after 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank baffled most of the latecomer fans who arrived with 2004's unlikely Top 40 single "Float On," idiosyncratic Washington State indie-rockers Modest Mouse have stayed on the road and out of ... More >>
King Diamond House of Blues, November 5 Go ahead and start comparing prices on quality earplugs, because King Diamond, the top-hatted, face-painted ghoul with the cochlea-shattering falsetto, is returning to Houston at long last in November. The Danish metal icon isn't skimping on the productio ... More >>
Houston is justifiably proud of its reputation as an international city, a reputation as hard-earned as the millions of dollars that change hands here each day and one that seems to be growing as quickly as the city itself. But if there's any kind of downside to that reputation (even if it's a small ... More >>
Iceage Mango's, June 3 Not even out of their teens, Denmark's Iceage caused quite a stir within the indie-punk world a couple of years ago with New Brigade, an album that was almost pure id. With one nihilistic fuzz-bomb after another, it caused some critics to suggest a latter-day Joy Division wit ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Miller Theatre Advisory BoardGlen David Andrews (left) and "Mardi Gras Indian" Terrence GasperSunday's Juneteenth extravaganza at Miller Outdoor Theatre proved to be another chapter in why, here at Rocks Off, we love our town. In spite of Hades-like mid-afternoon temperatur ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardBrave ComboAccordion Kings & Queens Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre June 4, 2011 Timing can be everything. And it only took about ten seconds standing in the wings 20 feet from Clifton Chenier's former guitarist Lil Buck Sinegal and the ... More >>
One of Rocks Off's main resolutions most years is to both see more zydeco and write about it more often. Unfortunately, we don't get out to the country as often as we should, and no one ever seems to want to give us a ride to Jax Grill on Friday evenings. We have to remind ourselves to check ... More >>
The Houston International Festival, better known as iFest, announced its 2011 lineup late Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights: FRIDAY, APRIL 29 World Stage: Kronos Quartet feat. Homayun Sakhi; Houston Youth Symphony String Quartet; Houston Grand Opera SATURDAY, APRIL 30 World ... More >>
Rocks Off likes to think we're man enough to admit when we've made a mistake, and now's our chance to prove it. When we clicked through the nomination ballot last month, and then went over the pages and pages of documents with the results, somehow we managed to miss Best Zydeco both times. S ... More >>
Jason WolterZydepunks There was a moment as Aftermath was walking through the Caribbean Market section of iFest Saturday when we had the most visceral of flashbacks -- stepping off a Carnival cruise boat at the rip old age of 14 in Nassau, Bahamas, and being inundated by tourist-baiting marketeer ... More >>
Chris Gray Umbrella Man got the HPMAs off to a rousing start with some heel-kicking, toe-tapping zydeco gospel - after they cleared off the cables so hobbled singer Kam could get to center stage on her Rascal-like scooter. Then the first round of winners was announced... Best Folk: Flying Fish S ... More >>
How Mack McCormick put the z before the y and created z-y-d-e-c-o
Give it a squeeze
Great music and all the mudbugs you can eat who could ask for more?
Allons danser at Jax Grill's Zydeco Night
Will it be eat first and dance later, or vice versa, at this zydeco party?
The good times roll into Humble
Since the late 1950s, zydeco has fueled one of Houston’s most vibrant and fertile music scenes, and also one of its most insular and least understood. Most people still believe this accordion-fired, rubboard-embellished, upbeat and remarkably resilient Creole dance music, which down the years has ... More >>
For a radio station whose motto is “Radio for Peace,” KPFT 90.1 FM sure attracts a lot of violence. Last night, during a Zydeco music show, a shot burst through the station’s Plexiglas window, nearly striking programmer Mary Thomas. The station manager, Duane Bradley, sounded perplexed about ... More >>
There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?
Looking back on the local scene in '06
Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore
These N'awlins musicos are a real Eyeopener
Friday, October 14, at the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival, Downtown Square, Conroe, 832-298-4161.
At Roadhouse dance hall, the party starts at 2 p.m. every Saturday
From: Step 2 U (Bridge Entertainment)
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
April 5 through 7
Conroe's J. Paul Jr. is a zydeco rebel
Mark Halata hopes his Texavian strains can be heard in a town full of accordions
Wilfred Chevis provides the link between Clifton Chenier and the Zydeco Dots
Chris Strachwitz's 40-year journey through ethnic music deserves an arhoolie of its own
Possumneck, Mississippi's answer to Springsteen
Travelers and artists from all over descend on Opelousas, Louisiana, for its annual celebration
Leon Sam and the Zydeco Dots
Crosby, Texas, hosts some of zydeco's finest
Coming This Week
Racial tensions still haunt Geno Delafose's Louisiana stomping ground