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  • Thankstaking

    published November 25, 2010

    Come Thanksgiving night, we imagine a lot of people will be thankful for any reason to get out of the house. They could do a lot worse than this... More >>

  • Friday Night: Social Distortion At House Of Blues
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    Friday Night: Social Distortion At House Of Blues

    published Nov 22, 2010

    Social Distortion House of Blues November 19, 2010 In its 30-year lifespan, the impact Social Distortion has had on its audience is easy to tell. Friday night at a packed House of Blues (more on that... More >>

  • Butch Hancock, Flatlanders Still Chasing The Horizon

    published Nov 19, 2010

    Pound for pound, Rocks Off's choice for greatest living Texas songwriter is Butch Hancock, who happens to play in the same band as his closest competition for that title - old Lubbock buddies and fell... More >>

  • Last Night: The Black Angels And Black Mountain At Warehouse Live
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    Last Night: The Black Angels And Black Mountain At Warehouse Live

    published Nov 18, 2010

    The Black Angels, Black Mountain Warehouse Live 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 Mozar... More >>

  • Dancing With The Stars: Ready... Aim... Fire!

    published Nov 17, 2010

    As someone who is both left-handed and left-footed, and has carried a bizarre taffeta-related phobia with us since childhood, Rocks Off generally goes out of our way to avoid Dancing With the Stars at... More >>

  • Sam's Place

    published November 18, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins is official. This past Saturday, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never... More >>

  • Reduxion

    published November 18, 2010

    We're baaaaaaack! After a couple of months off, our Rocks Off music blog's monthly series of local bands covering their biggest influences... More >>

  • Robbie Fulks

    published November 18, 2010

    Back in the '90s, when the gathering forces of insurgent country went after pop-happy Nashville with all the passion and potency their punk... More >>

  • Bluefinger: Rock & Roll Tragedy, One Comic Moment At A Time

    published Nov 15, 2010

    Plenty of rock stars have shown that there's a fine line between fuck-up and folk hero. Herman Brood, the central figure of Catastrophic Theatre's Bluefinger, doesn't bother with that line - or any ot... More >>

  • Reduxion Returns Next Wednesday With Tax The Wolf
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    Reduxion Returns Next Wednesday With Tax The Wolf

    published Nov 15, 2010

    We're baaaaaaack! After a couple of months off - hey, things happen - Reduxion, Rocks Off's monthly series of local bands covering their biggest influences, returns just in time to get you nice and h... More >>

  • Lightnin' Hopkins Dedication Draws Overflow Crowd
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    Lightnin' Hopkins Dedication Draws Overflow Crowd

    published Nov 15, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins is official. Saturday morning, a crowd that overflowed the tent erected due to the inclement weather (though it never actually rained) showed up to witness the dedication of a state... More >>

  • Lightnin' Hopkins' Six Best Songs, By Mr. Blues In Hi-Fi

    published Nov 12, 2010

    Tomorrow, Rocks Off - and, we hope, a lot of our readers - will drag our raggedy asses out of bed and over to Project Row Houses in Third Ward at 10 a.m. to witness something incredible: The dedicatio... More >>

  • John Fullbright: Woody Guthrie Sells A Lot Of Hamburgers

    published Nov 12, 2010

    John Fullbright, playing a writers-in-the-round with Jess Klein tonight at Anderson Fair, looks like the kid at the grocery store sacking groceries or gathering carts from the parking lot. The innocen... More >>

  • Rocks Off Threw Wrench Into U of H & Rice's Secrecy Plan

    published Nov 12, 2010

    This morning the Texas Watchdog published a follow-up to yesterday's story, which released several emails from the consulting firm the University of Houston hired to negotiate its purchase of KTRU. Th... More >>

  • Springsteen Web Site: '78 Summit Show Best Video Ever

    published Nov 12, 2010

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, "Fire," live at the Summit 12/8/78 Since one of the extra goodies is a complete video of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's December 1978 concert at the... More >>

  • Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel's 11 Loudest Quotes
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    Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel's 11 Loudest Quotes

    published Nov 11, 2010

    Today, 11/11/10, we honor a man willing to lay down his life for rock and roll, master of the saddest of all keys, Spinal Tap lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel. (It seems like today is also some sort of oth... More >>

  • Texas Watchdog: U Of H Covered Up KTRU Purchase Plans

    published Nov 11, 2010

    UPDATE (4:07 p.m.) KTRU staff and the Friends of KTRU released a statement Thursday afternoon condemning both universities' actions in the station's sale. See it after the jump. The investigative Web... More >>

  • iPod: Happy Anniversary, You Little Devil

    published Nov 10, 2010

    Can somebody please tell us what the hell Firewire is? Nine years ago today - November 10, 2001 - Apple unveiled a new kind of MP3 player known as an iPod. About the size of a deck of cards, the dev... More >>

  • Young Man, Older Woman: Top Ten Cougar Anthems

    published Nov 10, 2010

    Congratulations to Houston folksinger Glenna Bell. Her "The Cougar Anthem," from this year's Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, was singled out Tuesday alongside Aaron Neville, Keith Rich... More >>

  • Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Dedication

    published November 11, 2010

    For everyone who thinks the wheels of government only turn three speeds — slow, slower and slowest — we respectfully submit the case... More >>

  • Last Night: Merle Haggard At Mo's Place
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    Last Night: Merle Haggard At Mo's Place

    published Nov 08, 2010

    Merle Haggard Mo's Place November 7, 2010 Next month, President Obama will look on while Willie Nelson inducts Merle Haggard into the Kennedy Center ring of honor, our nation's artistic equivalent o... More >>

  • 106.9 FM Gets In The Zone, Misses The Point?
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    106.9 FM Gets In The Zone, Misses The Point?

    published Nov 08, 2010

    Another Houston radio station has changed formats, or "flipped," although early reaction from some listeners is that the change is so slight it's hardly a change at all. Cox Communications has rechri... More >>

  • Rocks Off Denied Justin Bieber Reviewer Tickets

    published Nov 04, 2010

    Should we be... or... or... We don't know how to feel. Mommy? By the way, the show is sold out.... More >>

  • Justin Bieber: Why Are We Going Saturday?

    published Nov 04, 2010

    Justin Bieber is much more than a Twitter phenomenon and the most-copied hairstyle since Jennifer Aniston. He's also a living, breathing, 16-year-old human being who will perform at Toyota Center Satu... More >>

  • Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians
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    Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians

    published Nov 03, 2010

    Right here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go o... More >>

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