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2010 Stories by Neph Basedow

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  • Last Night: Soul Asylum At House Of Blues

    published Dec 31, 2010

    Soul Asylum House of Blues December 30, 2010 '90s alt-rock mainstays Soul Asylum took the House of Blues stage Thursday night, 18 years after their breakthrough release Grave Dancers Union. Front man... More >>

  • Better Than Ezra Succeeding On Their Own Terms

    published Dec 29, 2010

    It's been a hot minute since we've heard from '90s hitmakers Better Than Ezra, but they've reconvened over the last year, releasing their seventh album Paper Empire and embarking on a "Road to Mardi G... More >>

  • Ten Bizarro Christmas-Carol Covers
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    Ten Bizarro Christmas-Carol Covers

    published Dec 21, 2010

    Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for tho... More >>

  • Top 10 Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

    published Dec 16, 2010

    "Baby Jesus, born to rock..." Amidst the time of year when we're bombarded with cliché holiday tunes and trite Christmas-carol covers, Rocks Off will now take time to appreciate a few original nontr... More >>

  • Sleigh Bells: Not Just For Christmas Anymore

    published Dec 15, 2010

    Christmastime: A time for family, for giving, and much to the displeasure of many, a time for incessantly grating holiday music. Christmas spirit frozen in cheesy songs monopolizes radio stations and ... More >>

  • Last Night: Smashing Pumpkins And Jimmy Eat World At Verizon
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    Last Night: Smashing Pumpkins And Jimmy Eat World At Verizon

    published Dec 06, 2010

    Buzzfestivus with Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World Verizon Wireless Theater December 5, 2010 Ringing in the radio-friendly holiday spirit, 94.5 The Buzz welcomed Jimmy Eat World and Smashing Pumpki... More >>

  • Prince William's Bachelor Party: A Snoopadelic Recap
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    Prince William's Bachelor Party: A Snoopadelic Recap

    published Dec 03, 2010

    When Rocks Off saw a press release with the subject line, "SNOOP DOGG RELEASES BRAND NEW SONG FOR PRINCE WILLIAM'S BACHELOR PARTY," we assumed perhaps April Fool's had arrived early. Last week, you ... More >>

  • Last Night: Justin Townes Earle At Fitzgerald's
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    Last Night: Justin Townes Earle At Fitzgerald's

    published Dec 03, 2010

    Justin Townes Earle Fitzgerald's December 2, 2010 It's been a tumultuous year for folk-rocker Justin Townes Earle. Lucky for him, we're fast approaching year's end. This fall the Nashville native and... More >>

  • Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians
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    Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians

    published Dec 01, 2010

    The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among t... More >>

  • Saturday Night: The Posies And Brendan Benson At Groundhall
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    Saturday Night: The Posies And Brendan Benson At Groundhall

    published Nov 29, 2010

    The Posies, Brendan Benson Groundhall November 27, 2010 "Do you guys remember the '90s?" queried Posies guitarist Jon Auer to Saturday's Groundhall crowd. A moderate cheer proved the audience not onl... More >>

  • <em>Dancing With the Stars</em> ' Dream Rock-Star Cast
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    Dancing With the Stars ' Dream Rock-Star Cast

    published Nov 23, 2010

    Fluff reality show Dancing With the Stars is (shockingly) in its 11th season, which wraps up with tonight's finale. While browsing this season's "celebrity" dancers - Bristol Palin, Kurt Warner, Mike... More >>

  • Exes On Tour: White Stripes, ABBA, Lindsey & Stevie...

    published Nov 19, 2010

    We're all familiar with the credo against intra-office dating, often crudely expressed as "Don't shit where you eat." Most of us subscribe to it, knowing the potential drama it could ensue. "How will ... More >>

  • Top Five Musician Twitter Feuds So Far
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    Top Five Musician Twitter Feuds So Far

    published Nov 18, 2010

    The times they are a-changin'. Gone are the days of musicians airing bad blood toward one another behind a lyrical veil a la Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dandy Warhols vs. Brian Jonestown Massacre,... More >>

  • Prince William: Who's Playing The Royal Wedding?
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    Prince William: Who's Playing The Royal Wedding?

    published Nov 16, 2010

    Sorry, ladies. Prince William is (almost!) officially off the market. When the future King of England officially announced his engagement to girlfriend Kate Middleton earlier today, Rocks Off instant... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Warehouse Live
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    Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Warehouse Live

    published Nov 15, 2010

    Dr. Dog Warehouse Live November 13, 2010 Fans packed into Warehouse Live Saturday as Houston's temperatures dropped from balmy to brisk in what seemed like minutes. But the crowd had clearly braced t... More >>

  • Top Five Musician/Journalist Feuds
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    Top Five Musician/Journalist Feuds

    published Nov 12, 2010

    "Like, what is your problem?" Hell hath no fury like a spurned musician, but a critic's vengeance doesn't lag far behind. This week in the Houston Press, you can read an interview Noah Bailey at our ... More >>

  • Vinyl Junkie Joins Houston's Indie Record-Store Ranks
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    Vinyl Junkie Joins Houston's Indie Record-Store Ranks

    published Nov 11, 2010

    Considering the music junkies we are, Rocks Off couldn't wait to check out Houston's newest independent record store, the aptly titled Vinyl Junkie, which opened its doors November 1. Located at 4202... More >>

  • Top 10 Recent TV-Show Soundtracks

    published Nov 11, 2010

    A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Best Coast At Fitzgerald's
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    Saturday Night: Best Coast At Fitzgerald's

    published Nov 08, 2010

    Best Coast Fitzgerald's November 6, 2010 Considering our prior exposure to Best Coast was at this summer's massive Pitchfork Festival, we were eager to check them out on Saturday, in the considerably... More >>

  • Justin Bieber Fever Hits Houston Fans, Parents Hard
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    Justin Bieber Fever Hits Houston Fans, Parents Hard

    published Nov 08, 2010

    For more photos from Saturday's outbreak of Bieber Fever, see our slideshow here. The last time Rocks Off saw this many lovestruck girls exiting limousines, we were at Junior Prom. So it's no surpr... More >>

  • Top Five Teen-Idol Rehab Alumni
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    Top Five Teen-Idol Rehab Alumni

    published Nov 03, 2010

    Checking into rehab is no laughing matter. That said, we at Rocks Off often find inspiration in even the darkest of corners. So when it was announced, much to our surprise, that Dallas-born teen pop ... More >>

  • Heads Will Roll: A Brief History Of Beheading In Song

    published Oct 29, 2010

    "Find another victim for my machine/ Put 'em in a homemade guillotine/ Blade falls, gonna need a casket / Watch your head plop in a wicker basket." Offspring singer Dexter Holland flexed his oddly si... More >>

  • Ten Rock-Star Crushes We Still Haven't Outgrown
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    Ten Rock-Star Crushes We Still Haven't Outgrown

    published Oct 28, 2010

    Artists like Elvis Presley, Madonna, and Mick Jagger undoubtedly helped define the consumate rock star crush. But there have been a handful of worthy others along the way - armed with that certain je... More >>

  • Friday Night: Dawes At Fitzgerald's
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    Friday Night: Dawes At Fitzgerald's

    published Oct 25, 2010

    Dawes Fitzgerald's October 22, 2010 Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith does not have a beard. In fact, no member of the Los Angeles-based quartet sports any scruff. Such a discovery surprised us as the... More >>

  • Last Night: Built To Spill At House Of Blues
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    Last Night: Built To Spill At House Of Blues

    published Oct 22, 2010

    Built to Spill House of Blues October 21, 2010 While Thursday's chatty House of Blues crowd mingled and awaited Built to Spill's 10 p.m. set time, most hardly noticed that the band was already stroll... More >>

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