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  • Texas Johnny Brown A Star In Mississippi Too

    published Sep 02, 2011

    Rocks Off would like to congratulate one of the stars of this week's "Old School" cover story, Texas Johnny Brown, who will receive a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail this weekend. The monument ... More >>

  • What A Houston Blues "Walk Of Fame" Could Look Like

    published Sep 01, 2011

    It was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but no... More >>

  • BestFest Adds Toadies, Wild Moccasins, Little Joe Washington

    published Aug 31, 2011

    Rocks Off is proud to welcome twisted North Texas alt-rockers the Toadies and a pair of beloved local artists young and old, the Wild Moccasins and Little Joe Washington, to the lineup of the Houston ... More >>

  • Houston Astros, Meet Reggaeton... Not "Reg Action"

    published Aug 31, 2011

    Lately the Houston Astros have been turning to music as an alternative way of getting people through the turnstiles of Minute Maid Park, since winning ballgames is pretty much a wash this year. This ... More >>

  • Wild Men of Rock

    published September 1, 2011

    It's a good thing the Continental Club stage is carpeted, because any one of these four "Wild Men of Rock" could produce enough sweat for someone... More >>

  • Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow

    published September 1, 2011

    Kid Rock's story is 100 percent "Only in America" — the party-rocking Beastie Boys/Run-DMC copycat who found his inner Seger and Skynyrd... More >>

  • More BestFest Adds Tomorrow; Early Bird Ends Thursday

    published Aug 30, 2011

    Rocks Off would just like to plant a little bug in everyone's ear that we hope you're hanging around your computer tomorrow afternoon - or, if need be, your smartphone - because we're going to announc... More >>

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    Old School

    published September 1, 2011

    Midnight, The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, cover charge is five bucks. A blast of heat from the gaggle of horns onstage rushes out of the... More >>

  • Saturday Night: The Go-Go's At House Of Blues

    Saturday Night: The Go-Go's At House Of Blues

    published Aug 29, 2011

    The Go-Go's, Girl In a Coma House of Blues August 27, 2011 See more of these five beauties and their big beat in our slideshow. With bands like the Go-Go's, it's not about the hits. The hits sell ti... More >>

  • Kinky Friedman Endorses Former Rival Rick Perry

    published Aug 25, 2011

    Kinky Friedman, who told Rocks Off "let's have term limits - exhibit A is Rick Perry" in 2009, and that his dog could run Texas better than Perry had, has now decided that the best way to get his form... More >>

  • Queens Post-Rock Duo Takes Lakewood Church To Court

    published Aug 25, 2011

    Queens duo The American Dollar would rather their own dollars not come from Lakewood Church. As our sister blog Hair Balls reported this morning, Richard Cupolo and John Emanuelle have filed suit aga... More >>

  • BestFest Adds Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland, Slim Thug & Against Me!

    BestFest Adds Hayes Carll, Carolyn Wonderland, Slim Thug & Against Me!

    published Aug 24, 2011

    Who loves you, Houston? Rocks Off does, silly. We are proud to welcome these four artists to BestFest, September 24 and 25 at the Midtown superblock: Woodlands boy turned alt-country golden child Hay... More >>

  • Four More BestFest Acts Revealed Tomorrow

    published Aug 23, 2011

    We're not kidding around with this BestFest stuff, y'all. Tomorrow afternoon Rocks Off will announce a whopping four new additions to the lineup for our first-ever Houston Press Best of HoustonĀ® Best... More >>

  • Chadd Thomas Memorial/Benefit

    published August 25, 2011

    If Austin police have made any progress toward finding out how popular rockabilly musician Chadd Thomas wound up dead in a South Austin parking... More >>

  • DiverseWorks FUNdraiser

    published August 25, 2011

    Although there are many others, DiverseWorks has proven itself one of Houston's leading arts nonprofits with a steady stream of multimedia fare... More >>

  • Riverboat Gamblers

    published August 25, 2011

    This year marks a full decade since the Riverboat Gamblers exploded out of Denton, impressing punk fans statewide in a mad flurry of flailing... More >>

  • Reports: Scarface Released From Jail

    published Aug 22, 2011

    Ed. Note: Scarface was actually released from the Harris County Jail, where he had been transferred from Montgomery County last month. "The Twitter" is starting to hum with reports like the one above... More >>

  • <em>Soul Train</em>'s 10 Most Popular Videos Of All Time

    Soul Train's 10 Most Popular Videos Of All Time

    published Aug 19, 2011

    This week in 1970, a television show debuted that became a ritual for some, an aspiration for others. Long before Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special (which also had its debut this week) or MTV, Sou... More >>

  • Chamillionaire Comes Aboard BestFest Lineup

    Chamillionaire Comes Aboard BestFest Lineup

    published Aug 17, 2011

    Remember that announcement Rocks Off promised you about another addition to next month's Best of HoustonĀ® BestFest lineup lo those many years months days hours ago? Like, yesterday? Here it is: Cha... More >>

  • Top Five Cannibal Country Songs

    Top Five Cannibal Country Songs

    published Aug 17, 2011

    Songs about singers and other songs has long been one of Rocks Off's favorite fields of study within the wide-ranging curriculum of popular music. Off the very tippy-top of our heads, ABC's "When Smok... More >>

  • 35 Bands You Should Never, Ever Search On Google Images

    35 Bands You Should Never, Ever Search On Google Images

    published Aug 17, 2011

    Here at Rocks Off, we take our blog ideas where we can get them - even from mistakes. Allow us to explain. About a month ago, we went to Rihanna at Toyota Center, and afterward stopped by Jet Lounge ... More >>

  • Major BestFest Lineup Announcement Coming Wednesday

    published Aug 16, 2011

    It's getting toward the end of the day and Rocks Off is sure you're about to shut down your computer and head out for the day, so we'd just like to plant a little bug in your brain to come back tomorr... More >>

  • Crusty Texan Bounces <em>Watch The Throne</em> From Amazon's Top MP3 Album Spot

    Crusty Texan Bounces Watch The Throne From Amazon's Top MP3 Album Spot

    published Aug 16, 2011

    Proving once again that old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time, grizzled Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Guy Clark has knocked Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne from the top MP3 a... More >>

  • Nothing Is Wrong

    published August 18, 2011

    Four L.A. kids in their mid-twenties, Dawes is precocious in sound if not in demeanor. Formed four years ago around the axis of brothers Taylor... More >>

  • 10 Odd Things Left At Elvis Presley's Grave

    10 Odd Things Left At Elvis Presley's Grave

    published Aug 16, 2011

    Today is the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which means that even as you read this, Graceland workers are hard at work sorting, cataloging and otherwise disposing of the thousands of flowe... More >>

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