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2011 Stories by David Ensminger

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  • Friday Night: OFF! At Warehouse Live

    published Oct 17, 2011

    OFF!, Cerebral Ballzy Warehouse Live October 14, 2011 Some bands drag on for years, featuring only one original member, desperate to remain potent and pitched forward. Making potboiler punk, they end... More >>

  • Keith Morris Sounds OFF! About His Dark Punk Party

    published Oct 11, 2011

    Rocks Off: You desire a gig in Mississippi or Alabama. Why? I can barely remember the last time any of my other bands played in either of those states. Now, the excuse I keep getting is that they are... More >>

  • RIP Mydolls Guitarist Kathy Johnston
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    RIP Mydolls Guitarist Kathy Johnston

    published Sep 07, 2011

    Sometimes people come into our lives with the force, elegance and nimbleness of water. Musician, photographer, and patient advocate Kathy Johnston, the Mydolls guitarist and percussionist who passed a... More >>

  • Friday Night: The Carpettes At Mango's

    published Aug 22, 2011

    The Carpettes, The Anarchitex, Bass Line Bums, Sober Daze Mango's August 19, 2011 Despite the "lost control" vibe of the club on a sweltering Friday down in the heart of Montrose, where broken water ... More >>

  • The Carpettes: Unsung UK Punks Back For The First Time

    published Aug 18, 2011

    Punk bands like The Clash have been lauded by critics and fans spanning across the globe, while other superb acts like The Carpettes have remained stuck between the cracks of history. This is almost t... More >>

  • Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women
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    Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women

    published Jul 27, 2011

    Women are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers ... More >>

  • Last Night: Peter Case At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    published Jun 29, 2011

    Peter Case McGonigel's Mucky Duck June 28, 2011 Surviving 40 years of rock and roll is not nearly the same as embodying it, preserving artful, poetic, and transcendent song forms that persevere as th... More >>

  • Uncovering Peter Case: The Rocks Off Interview
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    Uncovering Peter Case: The Rocks Off Interview

    published Jun 28, 2011

    "I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land... More >>

  • Steve Poltz & Peter Case

    published June 23, 2011

    Peter Case wanders the highways of this newfangled America like an authentic folk-rebel who has never lost his true grit. He was a teenage beatnik... More >>

  • Peter Case

    published June 23, 2011

    Peter Case wanders the highways of this newfangled America like an authentic folk-rebel who has never lost his true grit. He was a teenage beatnik... More >>

  • Saturday Night: TSOL At Walter's On Washington

    published May 09, 2011

    TSOL Walter's on Washington May 7, 2011 In the dramatic, razor-sharpened lens of TSOL songs, suburbia is far from a sleepy wonderland bedecked with slick malls and coiffeured lawns. Those tracts of s... More >>

  • TSOL: This American Demon Could "Taste The Blood"

    published May 05, 2011

    Jack Grisham, singer of beach boys gone berserk TSOL, is a tour de force of American punk history still operating in full-bore form. His new memoir, An American Demon, which surveys his cataclysmic yo... More >>

  • TSOL

    published May 5, 2011

    Like fellow Southern California punk stalwarts Agent Orange and Social Distortion, TSOL remain resilient and restless, bulldozing through... More >>

  • TSOL

    published May 5, 2011

    Like fellow Southern California punk stalwarts Agent Orange and Social Distortion, TSOL remains resilient and restless, bulldozing through... More >>

  • Destroy All Anti-Heroes

    published April 21, 2011

    Although the Anarchitex have roamed the post-punk musical landscape of Houston for nearly three decades, the band's cantankerous barrage of noise... More >>

  • Last Night: Agent Orange At Fitzgerald's

    published Jan 10, 2011

    Agent Orange Fitzgerald's January 9, 2010 In the 1987 21 Jump Street episode "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses," fresh-faced Johnny Depp goes undercover as a punk to root out vicious gangland teenage t... More >>

  • Agent Orange Continues Carpet-Bombing Surf-Punk

    published Jan 07, 2011

    Rocks Off recently had the opportunity to speak with Agent Orange's Mike Palm, who founded the Southern California surf-punks in the late '70s and has remained in the trenches ever since. Agent Orange... More >>

  • Agent Orange

    published January 6, 2011

    Still limber and forceful after three decades of pummeling and partying, Agent Orange is the über-surf-punk trio, bar none. "Bloodstains"... More >>

  • Saturday Night: The Adolescents At Walter's On Washington

    published Jan 03, 2011

    The Adolescents Walter's on Washington January 1, 2010 In a revealing scene during the seminal punk documentary Another State of Mind, Minor Threat plays a show to a swelling and heaving early 1980s ... More >>

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