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  • Revenge of the Music Nerds: Arcade Fire Wins
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    Revenge of the Music Nerds: Arcade Fire Wins

    published Apr 08, 2014

    Arcade Fire's William Butler admits he still gets homesick for Texas. Even the weather...up to a point. "I miss how green everything was all the time always," he says of his youth in The Woodlands fr... More >>

  • Jamey Johnson at House of Blues, 4/3/2014
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    Jamey Johnson at House of Blues, 4/3/2014

    published Apr 04, 2014

    Jamey Johnson House of Blues April 3, 2014 Can you sing along to "The Yellow Rose of Texas"? Don't be silly; of course you can. Right? But try it, and it's tougher than you think. Jamey Johnson kno... More >>

  • Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre, 4/1/2014
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    Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre, 4/1/2014

    published Apr 02, 2014

    Merle Haggard Stafford Centre April 1, 2014 Bet you 20 bucks that Keith Richards really digs Merle Haggard. He is one cool cat. The Hag doesn't say much onstage at first, and barely moves apart from... More >>

  • The Rocks Off 200: Mister Insane, Host of The Insane Show

    published Apr 01, 2014

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're i... More >>

  • Elvis's Stuff Rolls Through Houston
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    Elvis's Stuff Rolls Through Houston

    published Mar 28, 2014

    John Lennon famously said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing." But after Elvis, innumerable objects owned by or otherwise connected to the late King of Rock and Roll -- who recorded his debut single, "... More >>

  • The Band Perry at Reliant Stadium, 3/22/2014
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    The Band Perry at Reliant Stadium, 3/22/2014

    published Mar 24, 2014

    The Band Perry Reliant Stadium March 22, 2014 Even in 2014, Queen's "Fat Bottom Girls" is not a song one normally expects to hear once in rodeo season, let alone twice. While Neil Perry, youngest mem... More >>

  • Easton Corbin at Reliant Stadium, 3/21/2014
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    Easton Corbin at Reliant Stadium, 3/21/2014

    published Mar 24, 2014

    Easton Corbin Reliant Stadium March 21, 2014 Perhaps in the future the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo can line up one shameless throwback entertainer per season, not some old veteran whose days of he... More >>

  • Florida Georgia Line at Reliant Stadium, 3/19/2014
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    Florida Georgia Line at Reliant Stadium, 3/19/2014

    published Mar 20, 2014

    Florida Georgia Line Reliant Stadium March 19, 2014 Florida Georgia Line are easy to mistake for "bro country": they rhyme "Bocephus" with "Jesus" and would sooner walk as drive around in anything ot... More >>

  • The Gospel According to Scott H. Biram: <em>Nothin' But Blood</em>
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    The Gospel According to Scott H. Biram: Nothin' But Blood

    published Mar 19, 2014

    The last time Rocks Off really caught up with Scott H. Biram, Austin's "Dirty Old One Man Band" helped us with our continuing mission to teach appropriate concert behavior to Houston audiences. We fig... More >>

  • Hunter Hayes at Reliant Stadium, 03/15/2014

    published Mar 17, 2014

    According to Billboard, in a little less than two months Hunter Hayes will attempt to break the Guinness world record for most concerts played within a 24-hour period. On May 9 and 10, he will play o... More >>

  • Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres for 44 Years
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    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres for 44 Years

    published Mar 14, 2014

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featur... More >>

  • Safety and SXSW: Was the Mohawk Tragedy a Tipping Point?
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    Safety and SXSW: Was the Mohawk Tragedy a Tipping Point?

    published Mar 14, 2014

    The last morning of SXSW 2011 was not a pleasant one. Not because of any kind of personal debauchery the previous evening; that had come a few days before. Reprimands had been handed down, wrists had ... More >>

  • Jake Owen at Reliant Stadium, 3/12/2014

    published Mar 13, 2014

    Jake Owen Reliant Stadium March 12, 2013 Jake Owen gave up professional golf for country music. Wonder how much that decision weighed on him. Not much, probably. No idea what kind of golfer he was, ... More >>

  • UPDATED: Overnight SXSW Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 23 Injured
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    UPDATED: Overnight SXSW Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 23 Injured

    published Mar 13, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims from tonight's tragedy. Make sure everyone you know is home safe tonight.— The Hawk (@mohawkaustin) March 13, 2014 A statement... More >>

  • St. Vincent at House of Blues, 3/10/2014

    published Mar 11, 2014

    St. Vincent House of Blues March 10, 2014 There's a fine line between eccentric and creepy. Luckily, St. Vincent has the kind of preternatural grace that makes negotiating such a tricky threshold as ... More >>

  • South By Due East Is Still Here, Still Free
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    South By Due East Is Still Here, Still Free

    published Mar 07, 2014

    Rocks Off would like to apologize to the people behind South By Due East for not mentioning this event in our digital pages more often. It's just that SXDE, as we've taken to calling it, manages to pu... More >>

  • Reba at Reliant Stadium, 3/6/2014
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    Reba at Reliant Stadium, 3/6/2014

    published Mar 07, 2014

    Reba (McEntire) Reliant Stadium March 6, 2014 Country stars facing a certain age inevitably come to a point where they can either continue chasing chart success or consolidate their style into a bran... More >>

  • UPDATED: Founders Hope New 1836 Fest Is a Texas-Size Hit

    published Mar 07, 2014

    UPDATE UPDATE (Friday, 3 p.m.): Although dogs are normally allowed at the Cottonwood, 1836 is a no-dog festival. This sounds like a joke, but we'll find out soon enough whether it is or not. Did you ... More >>

  • Eli Young Band at Reliant Stadium, 3/5/2014
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    Eli Young Band at Reliant Stadium, 3/5/2014

    published Mar 06, 2014

    Eli Young Band Reliant Stadium March 5, 2014 Anyone who's ever wondered if the entertainers for the rodeo's annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day are chosen at random might have had a few of their que... More >>

  • Don't Call Eli Young Band Bro-Country, Please
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    Don't Call Eli Young Band "Bro-Country," Please

    published Mar 05, 2014

    If you're looking for the most successful act to come out of Texas this decade, you might point your eyes toward Denton. With minimal drama or much attention outside their own rabid fan base, the Eli ... More >>

  • RIP Rozz Zamorano

    published March 6, 2014

    Miles-Tones Houston's music community is still reeling after bassist Rozzano Zamorano was found dead in his Montrose apartment... More >>

  • Kevin Fowler at the Rodeo Cookoff, 3/1/2014
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    Kevin Fowler at the Rodeo Cookoff, 3/1/2014

    published Mar 03, 2014

    Kevin Fowler World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, Reliant Park March 1, 2014 Because it's swirled together with so many other events, the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest feels somehow under... More >>

  • The Rocks Off 200: Jason Smith, Alkari's Space City Rocker

    published Feb 27, 2014

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're i... More >>

  • Your Two-Steppin' Guide to the Rodeo Cookoff Bands
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    Your Two-Steppin' Guide to the Rodeo Cookoff Bands

    published Feb 27, 2014

    As one of the biggest entertainment-based enterprises on the planet, not just in Texas, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is one of the few local events that people halfway across the country and aro... More >>

  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, 2/25/2014
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    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, 2/25/2014

    published Feb 26, 2014

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June House of Blues February 25, 2014 Soul music is the alchemy that turns pain into gold, but it takes a proper soul revue to polish that gold until it shines. ... More >>

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