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  • SXSW: Oak Ridge Boys at Lone Star Lounge

    published Mar 20, 2009

    Yes, the Oak Ridge Boys are back. We caught them at the Lone Star Lounge in the Austin Convention Center. They were a little grayer, way beardier, and still just as down home.... More >>

  • SXSW: Garage Rock Madness with Black Lips and King Khan

    published Mar 20, 2009

    Within the span of an hour we braved a VIP- and booze-addled Black Lips show at the Cedar Street Courtyard, and we fought off a drunken old lady brandishing a plastic lighted sword outside of the Ki... More >>

  • SXSW Trade Show: Pressing Records from Pellets

    published Mar 19, 2009

    Jay Millar from United Record Pressing had a booth at the SXSW Trade Show, where he showed us how vinyl goes from handful of vinyl pellets to a trendy slab of tunes. Records start as pellets that ar... More >>

  • SXSW: American Apparel Factory Flea Market

    published Mar 19, 2009

    This afternoon off Fourth and San Jacinto, venerable hipster outfitter American Apparel hosted an outdoor flea market. All manner of humanity came out to rummage through the inventory, most of which... More >>

  • SXSW: Justin Townes Earle at SESAC Lounge in Austin Convention Center

    published Mar 19, 2009

    Justin Townes Earle ran through a short set on Thursday of new material from his recent Midnight At The Movies album. ... More >>

  • Seen at SXSW: Matthew McConaughey

    published Mar 19, 2009

    The star of such films as Sahara and Fool's Gold was spotted at the Billy Bob Thornton show last night.... More >>

  • SXSW: Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters at Smokin' Music

    published Mar 19, 2009

    We caught Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters set last night at Smokin' Music, a venue appropriately sponsored by American Spirit cigarettes. His brand of "mod-country" is ridiculously catchy. It'... More >>

  • SXSW Snapshot: Glasvegas at Vice

    published Mar 19, 2009

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  • SXSW Snapshot: Hello, Officer Badass

    published Mar 19, 2009

    People talk about cops being arrogant cowboy types who only wanna shaft the little guy, but damn if I wouldn't want to cover up a crime with this guy, for real. We need more Houston cops to take the t... More >>

  • SXSW Gallery: Random Wednesday Photos

    published Mar 19, 2009

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  • SXSW Day One: Absinthe to Auerbach

    published Mar 19, 2009

    It's official: This author loves absinthe. Or whatever it was that they were serving at the Music Gym off 6th Street that they were calling absinthe. Who the hell cares? It was free and it opened ou... More >>

  • Justin Townes Earle: Midnight at the Movies

    published March 19, 2009

    Opening with the lonesome, Randy ­Newman-esque title track, Justin Townes Earle's sophomore effort Midnight At The Movies sees... More >>

  • Aftermath: Darius Rucker at RodeoHouston
    FEATURED STORY

    Aftermath: Darius Rucker at RodeoHouston

    published Mar 17, 2009

    Aftermath always wondered what it was like to not be known to the public by your birth name, but by the name of your band. In the beginning, some club owners thought that David Lee Roth's name w... More >>

  • Aftermath: "Beatdown" at Baybrook

    published Mar 16, 2009

    Friday, Aftermath ran over to Baybrook Mall after work to catch the guerilla acoustic show in front of the Hot Topic, pitting Friendswood's own "Christian death metal" band Hematidrosis a... More >>

  • Feuding Friendswood Bands to Throw Down at Baybrook Mall

    published Mar 13, 2009

    Rocks Off been so far removed from mall culture that we had almost forgot that Hot Topic existed. Not that we ever meditated on where on 14-year old girls get their "Twilight" shirts and metal gau... More >>

  • Suckfest - Sorry, Buzzfest - XXII Lineup Announced

    published Mar 13, 2009

    In the midst of getting our collective Rocks Off panties in a twist over SXSW next week and the impending sweat-stained Westheimer Block Party, it's easy for us to forget what it's like on the o... More >>

  • Spring Concert Series at Discovery Green Announced

    published Mar 13, 2009

    Susan Cowsill, "Just Believe It" Cut from the same cloth as Party on the Plaza comes this year's concert series at Discovery Green. If you haven't visited the downtown park since it opened last Apri... More >>

  • Spring Concert Series at Discovery Green Announced

    published Mar 12, 2009

    Susan Cowsill, "Just Believe It" Cut from the same cloth as Party on the Plaza comes this year's concert series at Discovery Green. If you haven't visited the downtown park since it opened last Apri... More >>

  • Aftermath: Reba McEntire at RodeoHouston
    FEATURED STORY

    Aftermath: Reba McEntire at RodeoHouston

    published Mar 12, 2009

    Reba McEntire is the closest modern country will ever get to the artistic heights of its pioneering female vocalists. Sure Tanya Tucker had her run but the booze, powders and Glen Campbell took ... More >>

  • How About Some SXSW Day Parties? A LOT of SXSW Day Parties?

    published Mar 10, 2009

    We here at Rocks Off are only about a week away from chafed inner thighs, weird Japanese punk bands puking in hotel pools and sweating out our morning mojitos while walking to an art space off 4th... More >>

  • Bayou City Buzz

    published March 12, 2009

    The overall number of Houston artists performing at SXSW may be a little down compared to the past few years — for official showcases,... More >>

  • T.I.

    published March 12, 2009

    With smash single "Whatever You Like" racking up almost 140 million plays on T.I.'s MySpace page since last summer, one would think the Atlanta... More >>

  • Tonight: Toby Keith at Reliant Stadium

    published Mar 10, 2009

    Just think, if not for September 11, Toby Keith would probably still be as bland as dry toast and just as exciting. The horrific events of that day, and our nation's rapid retaliation, sudden... More >>

  • RIP Bob Dylan?

    published Mar 05, 2009

    At first, when Rocks Off saw this flyer (right) come over ye olde MySpace, we didn't really give it much thought. It looked like a decent night of tunes from a bunch of dead rockers - maybe some "... More >>

  • Rodeo Food: Wurst Kabob and Deep-Fried Oreos
    FEATURED STORY

    Rodeo Food: Wurst Kabob and Deep-Fried Oreos

    published Mar 04, 2009

    Sure, I love all the cowboy junk inside the exhibit halls and the wicked-ass carnival rides at the carnival. I don't even mind teenaged FFA members screaming at me to buy a program. But by far, the be... More >>

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