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2010 Stories by Jef Rouner

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  • Rockabilly Cereal: A Cliche In Every Bowl!

    published Dec 30, 2010

    Rocks Off readers will remember Zachary Byron Helm as the founder of SORP Films and the director and star of League of Extraordinary Retards, Part 1, a scathing parody of the industrial-music scene th... More >>

  • A New Social Network For Bands To (Literally) Crash

    published Dec 29, 2010

    Touring is expensive, whether you're hauling around a KISS-level spectacle or just your own local indie selves in a van. It can be rough on the road. For those of us among the unsigned, every show is ... More >>

  • 30 Seconds With Robert Ellis

    published Dec 28, 2010

    Rocks Off sat down with Robert Ellis to see what we could learn about the singer-songwriter, 2010 Houston Press Best Country award winner and in-demand guitarist in 30 seconds... Rocks Off: What is ... More >>

  • Nicki Minaj Strangely Attracted To Dinosaur Sweaters

    published Dec 27, 2010

    Lately, two figures completely dominate the Rocks Off blog. One is Allyson Townsend, whose battle to bring pop music to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community has her scheduled to make an appearance a... More >>

  • The 10 Best Music Videos Of 2010

    The 10 Best Music Videos Of 2010

    published Dec 24, 2010

    The following should be heard in Ray Liotta's voice for maximum effect: As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to be a VJ. We grew up with MTV, and until we had to break it off after we fo... More >>

  • Lee Alexander Recording Zappa-Inspired Children's Album

    published Dec 24, 2010

    Lee Alexander remains one of Houston's most celebrated musicians. He is currently the best male vocalist in the city, but the list of accolades he has acquired over the years goes far beyond mere sing... More >>

  • The Manichean: Back From The Dead With Visceral Lacerus

    published Dec 23, 2010

    The Manichean is gearing up for their first full-length release next year. In the meantime, they will be releasing a new EP, Lacerus Rising, as appropriately bizarre as the excellent Whispers tonight ... More >>

  • The Dead Revolt: Ask A Simple Question...

    published Dec 22, 2010

    Sooooooo... The Dead Revolt. They're loud, crash-bangy indie-rockers who tend to do very well here in the city. However, we are not here to tell you how awesome they are. We are here to talk about why... More >>

  • Skeleton Dick: 3-D And Dinosaurs For Christmas

    published Dec 21, 2010

    Rocks Off is convinced we're going out on Christmas Day to do some of that rock and rolling thing that seems to be so popular with the kids. But where shall we go? The goth in us is leaning towards dr... More >>

  • ERASEtheVIRUS Is Full Of Holiday Cheer

    ERASEtheVIRUS Is Full Of Holiday Cheer

    published Dec 20, 2010

    Until Rocks Off had a small child... strike that. Until Rocks Off watched the Wife With One F have a small child while we hyperventilated in a hospital room, we had a very firm holiday tradition of ly... More >>

  • The Abyss' Sean Ozz Talks Rocking And Tattooing

    published Dec 17, 2010

    The Abyss is one of those bands that makes everything that happens in the dark all right. Led by the dominating vocals of Sean Ozz, they've had some rocky starts in the Houston music scene. It's take... More >>

  • 30 Seconds With B L A C K I E

    published Dec 17, 2010

    Rocks Off sat down with one of Houston's foremost rappers, B L A C K I E, to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? B L A C K I E: "Heart o... More >>

  • Shellee Coley's Somber Tidings Of Comfort And Joy

    published Dec 16, 2010

    Shellee Coley is an acoustic siren with an amazingly haunting voice, and one of the many talented acts in the Magnolia Red family. Her debut album, The Girl the Stencil Drew, was a soft, sad, sweet sp... More >>

  • Beethoven Enters Year 241 Of Total Awesomeness

    published Dec 16, 2010

    Today is Ludwig Van Beethoven's 240th birthday. It's hard to adequately sum up the man's contribution to music because frankly no modern figure comes anywhere close. In honor of the undisputed master ... More >>

  • Michael Lee's Magical Mythical Metal Is No Flashback

    published Dec 15, 2010

    Too much is too much, but way too much is perfect. Michael Lee is way too much. Lee's made his name as an editor and Emmy-nominated producer on everything from E! True Hollywood Story to Super Bowl p... More >>

  • Turbo Fruits: Now That's A Band Name!

    published Dec 14, 2010

    Rocks Off likes Turbo Fruits a lot. It's a loud, rock-roll-icky, semi-glam group out of Nashville that is more than capable of using sick sounds to seduce your mom and making you watch. Frankly, that... More >>

  • Ally ASL Keeps Fighting Corporate Ignorance

    Ally ASL Keeps Fighting Corporate Ignorance

    published Dec 13, 2010

    One of the most delightful acquaintances Rocks Off has made this year is Allyson Townsend also known as Ally ASL. A Baylor graduate of now teaching deaf children in Dallas, Townsend carved quite a bit... More >>

  • Larry Sanders Joins Mike Terror; Stays In Kemo For Emo

    published Dec 13, 2010

    Last week saw a humongously satisfying show by ICP, the most hated band in the world. Opening for the clowns was Mike Terror, featuring Kemo For Emo vocalist Larry Sanders, who was asked to guest as r... More >>

  • Why I Wrote A Book About The Bottom Of The Music Biz

    published Dec 10, 2010

    Let's drop the royal we for a second, okay? This is Jef, and I'm here to shamelessly plug my book signing at Cactus Music from 12-3 p.m. tomorrow (beverages provided by St. Arnolds; music by Giant Pri... More >>

  • Fiskadoro's Christmas Of The Damned

    published Dec 10, 2010

    Peace on Earth and good will towards men? We'll have none of that happy hippie horseshit here, thank you very much. Listening to Fiskadoro is like the cuddle session after a brutal orgy, and we do lov... More >>

  • Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

    Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

    published Dec 09, 2010

    During this part of the year, your humble narrator treks from school to schools selling contest music to bands and orchestras. It's a good gig, and it enables us to get a good gander at what the next ... More >>

  • John Lennon And Dimebag Darrell: Together In Death

    John Lennon And Dimebag Darrell: Together In Death

    published Dec 08, 2010

    On this day in 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed former Beatle John Lennon. On the same day in 2004, Nathan Gale shot and killed Darrell Abbott, aka Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. In the spiri... More >>

  • Houston Musicians Explain Their Facebook Cartoon Pics

    published Dec 07, 2010

    For the last week or so, Facebook campaign has asked users to change their profile pictures to a beloved cartoon character from their youth. Some claim it's to bring attention to the plight of abused ... More >>

  • A Memorial Video For Dead Santa

    published Dec 06, 2010

    Hey kids! Bet you totally forgot that today is the anniversary of the death of Santa Claus! Well, technically it's the anniversary of the death of Saint Nicholas, who kicked the bucket this day in 34... More >>

  • The 71's Crash Great Day Houston... Now!

    published Dec 03, 2010

    Actually, Great Day Houston airs at 9 a.m. on Channel 11. Rocks Off just wanted to give you an hour or two to get ready. The 71s remain a quiet but powerful force in Houston, and continue to tumble h... More >>

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