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  • I Put A Spell On You: The Vixens And Visuals Of Voodoo Fest
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    I Put A Spell On You: The Vixens And Visuals Of Voodoo Fest

    published Nov 03, 2010

    Village Voice Media dispatched Houston photographer Mark C. Austin to New Orleans this past weekend for the Voodoo Music Experience, the Crescent City's annual three-day Halloween engorgement of live ... More >>

  • Day Of The Dead: Music In Memoriam 2009-10
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    Day Of The Dead: Music In Memoriam 2009-10

    published Nov 02, 2010

    Rocks Off doesn't mean to be morbid, but today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday and festival honoring those who have gone before. So instead of waiting until the end of the year, the more t... More >>

  • Willie D Gets A Year And A Day In Federal Pen For Wire Fraud
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    Willie D Gets A Year And A Day In Federal Pen For Wire Fraud

    published Nov 02, 2010

    Former Geto Boy Willie D, aka William Dennis, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison on wire fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Texas announced to... More >>

  • Haunted

    published November 4, 2010

    GhoulsFest had everything going for it last Saturday except one rather important detail: people. It felt...well, haunted. Normally, that... More >>

  • Heart

    published November 4, 2010

    When we went to see Journey at the Woodlands Pavilion a couple of summers ago, we expected an evening of stout classic-rock anthems with a side of... More >>

  • Allen Toussaint

    published November 4, 2010

    For all intents and purposes, Allen Toussaint is New Orleans music. The 74-year-old pianist, songwriter, producer and arranger's... More >>

  • iFest President & CEO Jim Austin Stepping Down February 1
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    iFest President & CEO Jim Austin Stepping Down February 1

    published Nov 01, 2010

    Festival not booking Justin Beiber, interim replacement says Speaking of festivals... The Houston International Festival announced earlier today that Dr. James Austin will retire as president and ch... More >>

  • Friday Night: Interpol At Verizon Wireless Theater
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    Friday Night: Interpol At Verizon Wireless Theater

    published Nov 01, 2010

    Interpol Verizon Wireless Theater October 29, 2010 Interpol should not have been at Verizon Friday night. Not by any traditional yardstick. A decade or so after their first release, the Fukd ID #3 E... More >>

  • GhoulsFest: Everything You Need To Know

    published Oct 29, 2010

    For the record, Rocks Off is well aware there is more to GhoulsFest than Black Congress not playing the ten-hour festival at Tom Bass Park tomorrow. A lot more. We also wish BC nothing but the best op... More >>

  • Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    published Oct 27, 2010

    Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. B... More >>

  • Rodeo 2011: Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, Selena Gomez...

    published Oct 27, 2010

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the first four entertainers for its 2011 season, scheduled for March 1-20, 2011 in Reliant Stadium: Sugarland (March 3); Selena Gomez (March 6); Zac Brow... More >>

  • It's Christmastime Already? Pass The Ammo, Please

    published Oct 26, 2010

    Rocks Off is not trying to interrupt your Halloween plan-making - getting a little late in the game, isn't it though? - but you might as well forget about it anyway. We feel it's our civic duty to inf... More >>

  • Midnight Movers

    published October 28, 2010

    Girl in a Coma is not afraid to take a stand. The frequent Houston visitors, who have been mix-and-matching their Hispanic roots, namesake Smiths,... More >>

  • The Quotable Keith Richards: I'm Happy To Be Anywhere
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    The Quotable Keith Richards: "I'm Happy To Be Anywhere"

    published Oct 26, 2010

    As anyone with half a brain and persistent hacking cough knows, today is a very special day. Today Little, Brown and Company publishes Life, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' autobiography as t... More >>

  • Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official
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    Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official

    published Oct 25, 2010

    ‚ÄčA while back, Rocks Off wrote about how, thanks to a combination of personal taste and certain technological twists of fate, our listening options at the office are somewhat limited. Quite limited,... More >>

  • How Much Does Houston Like Rush? A <em>Lot</em>.
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    How Much Does Houston Like Rush? A Lot.

    published Oct 25, 2010

    Rush's "Time Machine" tour was well-named in more ways than one. Not only did the Canadian trio perform 1981's Moving Pictures in its entirety, but the tour transported the concert industry back to th... More >>

  • Local Music Photographer Wins Deer Tick's Tour Bus

    published Oct 22, 2010

    Mark C. Austin just keeps on living the dream. Last month he opened "Three Songs, No Flash," his first-ever exhibition of his bountiful collection of concert photography - many shot for these very "pa... More >>

  • Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
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    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    published Oct 20, 2010

    If there's one musician whose advice is worth heeding, it ought to be Johnny Cash. But when the Man in Black sang "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," a whole lot of musicians must not have been listening.... More >>

  • Last Night: Gorillaz At Toyota Center
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    Last Night: Gorillaz At Toyota Center

    published Oct 20, 2010

    Gorillaz Toyota Center October 19, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Gorillaz may have overspent on their first-ever extended tour. True, the entire concept is that the g... More >>

  • Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?
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    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    published Oct 19, 2010

    The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk ... More >>

  • Linus Pauling Quartet

    published October 21, 2010

    For a band that flies the "stoner-rock" so proudly (and loudly), the Linus Pauling Quartet sure is industrious. Sort of. Although the long-running... More >>

  • Jason Moran, HSPVA Jazz Ensemble

    published October 21, 2010

    Jason Moran is a genius. We suspect that was evident to the Houston native's classmates at HSPVA (he's been playing since age six), but now it's... More >>

  • KPFT's Matt Helfrich ID'd As Montrose Stabbing Victim

    published Oct 19, 2010

    Updated at 1:47 Wednesday with Helfrich's funeral information. Matt Helfrich, an imposing-looking but good-natured volunteer and occasional fill-in DJ for 90.1 KPFT FM, has been identified as the man... More >>

  • Last Night: Chris Isaak At House Of Blues
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    Last Night: Chris Isaak At House Of Blues

    published Oct 18, 2010

    Chris Isaak & Silvertone House of Blues October 17, 2010 Aftermath would like to get a look at Chris Isaak's business card sometime. We're assuming he has one. Mostly, we're wondering what it would s... More >>

  • Old 97's: What's So Good About A Good-Time Band?

    published Oct 15, 2010

    When Rocks Off was talking to Old 97's front man Rhett Miller last week, we told him it was going to be nice to see them at the Continental Club. He chuckled and said, "Yeah, it kind of feels like we'... More >>

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