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  • The Soft Pack: 30 Seconds With Matty McLoughlin
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    The Soft Pack: 30 Seconds With Matty McLoughlin

    published Oct 13, 2010

    We sat down with Matty McLoughlin from The Soft Pack to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Matty McLoughlin: An Eagles song. It's divor... More >>

  • Radio Is Dead, MySpace Too. How Do We Find New Music?

    published Oct 12, 2010

    As both a music journalist and an actual musician, one of the things Rocks Off is always interested in is finding out how you people are finding out about the music worth finding out about. When you ... More >>

  • Wax Audio's Tom Compagnoni: Portrait Of A Mash-Up Artist
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    Wax Audio's Tom Compagnoni: Portrait Of A Mash-Up Artist

    published Oct 12, 2010

    Rocks Off is quite keen on YouTube mashups. Whether it's famous ones like the contentious "Boulevard of Broken Songs," which melds Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with Oasis's "Wonderwall" - ... More >>

  • Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Better With Franco-Prussian War?

    published Oct 11, 2010

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. When Rocks Of... More >>

  • Musician Hopes Free Drinks, Practice Time Draw Bands To Mango's

    published Oct 08, 2010

    Do you like playing music? Do you like drinking alcohol? Then Jess Wilson at Mango's can hook you up. Rocks Off was doing our weekly wade through Craigslist when we stumbled across the following ad: ... More >>

  • Cage Match: Steven Curtis Chapman Vs. Vampire Weekend Vs. Witness To The Fallen

    published Oct 07, 2010

    Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight a battle will be waged for your musical souls. Three opponents, each personifying an aspect of rock and roll - though for some that such a designation may be kindly inapp... More >>

  • Eight Delicious Goth Covers Of Mainstream Hit Songs
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    Eight Delicious Goth Covers Of Mainstream Hit Songs

    published Oct 06, 2010

    The Halloween season is upon us, which means that the powers that be have let Gothtopia run amuck just a bit in bringing you music of a darker persuasion. Usually, Gothtopia and the Wife With One F ... More >>

  • Two Door Cinema Club: More Than Just A Sandwich

    published Oct 06, 2010

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. Two Door Cin... More >>

  • Ten Rejected <em>Glee</em> Episodes
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    Ten Rejected Glee Episodes

    published Oct 05, 2010

    It seems like Glee can make any song, no matter how trite, terrible, or just inappropriate for singing by high-school-age children into a runaway smash pop hit. However, Rocks Off would like to hypot... More >>

  • 30 Seconds With Peelander Yellow Of Peelander-Z

    published Oct 05, 2010

    Rocks Off sat down with Peelander Yellow of Japanese action-comic punk super-posse Peelander-Z to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world and ... More >>

  • Local Musicians Stump For Rocks Off's "Hell Yeah!" Office

    published Oct 04, 2010

    A contentious and cantankerous mid-term election season is upon us, and the AM dial is so full of hot air that Rocks Off is surprised our Matrix hasn't started floating. Without taking a seat on eithe... More >>

  • Hyperbubble Heat Up <em>Hot Fuzz</em> On Chop Shop Cop
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    Hyperbubble Heat Up Hot Fuzz On "Chop Shop Cop"

    published Oct 04, 2010

    Sooooooo... Hyperbubble. We've mentioned them a couple of times in the past referencing the fact that they are pretty much the best electronic act in Texas that doesn't involve those bondage pants and... More >>

  • Shock Therapy: Would Sinead O'Connor Still Cause An Uproar?

    published Oct 01, 2010

    Sunday night is a special night. It's the 18th anniversary of Sinead O'Connor's infamous Pope-a-ripping on Saturday Night Live. For the extremely small number of you who somehow have the Internet but ... More >>

  • Cage Match: Clint Black Vs. Tax The Wolf

    published Oct 01, 2010

    Update: Clint Black's show has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 5. Winner: Tax the Wolf! God, Clint Black's lyrics are fucking terrible. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle will be waged for... More >>

  • Musicians Face Their Toughest Audience Of All: Mom

    published Sep 30, 2010

    When you're a kid, you can't wait to bring your mom the picture you drew, or sing her the song you learned. You live for her approval, that smile of pride. And later, that support can steadily make y... More >>

  • Like Buddy Rich When We Fly Off The Handle

    published Sep 30, 2010

    The joke goes like this... A drummer dies and goes to Heaven. When he gets up to St. Peter at the pearly gates, far off in the distance he hears this incredible drumming, truly spectacular drumming. ... More >>

  • <em>Rocky Horror Picture Show:</em> The Ultimate Covers Mixtape
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    Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Ultimate Covers Mixtape

    published Sep 29, 2010

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show turns 35 this week. Rocks Off started going to the midnight queen of cult movies at the River Oaks Theater when we were just 15 years old, and has now strapped on high h... More >>

  • Woodlands Co-Op Exchanging Signs For Private Shows

    published Sep 29, 2010

    One of the things Rocks Off never had in our musical life was a big banner proclaiming our band's undisputed awesomeness. Nor did we have a bass-drum cover with the name emblazoned across the front. ... More >>

  • Who Knew There Are So Many Songs About Rabies?

    published Sep 28, 2010

    Monday night, as the crickets sang sweet songs into the early fall air, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of rubber bats on our door, and wrapped up copies of Old Yeller and Cujo to surprise our young daug... More >>

  • "The Wreck Of The Old 97": Country's First Million-Seller

    published Sep 27, 2010

    Before the Edmund Fitzgerald went down with all hands, inspiring Gordon Lightfoot's famous ballad, there was another wreck and another song. In 1903, The Southern Railway had a deal with the United... More >>

  • Recordshop Tycoon: Like High Fidelity, But Online

    published Sep 23, 2010

    Being a journalist involves a lot of waiting around for people to get back to you and a lot of time spent at the computer, which is why when Rocks Off was whiling away the week waiting for our intervi... More >>

  • 30 Seconds With Black Congress' Dann Miller
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    30 Seconds With Black Congress' Dann Miller

    published Sep 23, 2010

    We sat down with Dann Miller, the bassist of Black Congress, to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. And here we go! Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Dann Miller: The f... More >>

  • What Does A Local Record Deal Really Mean Nowadays?

    published Sep 22, 2010

    Recording contract. Can there possibly be a more magical combination of two words in the English language? It's the mystical gateway, the magic bullet, the ultimate sign of respectability and a harbin... More >>

  • Anti-Scene: Marching-Band Nerds Turned Enlightened Metallers
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    Anti-Scene: Marching-Band Nerds Turned Enlightened Metallers

    published Sep 22, 2010

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. "Scene" is... More >>

  • Mia Kat Is Building A Scene, Not An Empire

    published Sep 21, 2010

    There are magical times and places when in music history, points both chronological and geographical where everything came together to birth first a scene, then a movement. We're talking about times l... More >>

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