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  • Last Night: Aaron Neville at House of Blues

    published Dec 12, 2011

    New Orleans native Aaron Neville took the House of Blues stage last night looking like every publicity still we've seen of him over the last few decades: Bulging muscles, fitted black shirt, fedora, j... More >>

  • The Most Overused Expressions in Music Critics' Twitter Feeds: An Epic List

    published Dec 02, 2011

    It is impossible to overlook this peculiar trend any longer: A few choice words and phrases seem to be dominating many of 2011's music critiques, particularly on Twitter. Seemingly forcibly wedged int... More >>

  • 14 Notable Female Rock Drummers

    published Nov 17, 2011

    Last week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, ... More >>

  • Friday Night: Mates of State at Fitzgerald's

    published Nov 07, 2011

    While many of our fellow Rocks Off cohorts had already left for Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest by Friday, we stuck around to catch Lawrence, Kansas pop-duo Mates of State, who were slated to perform at the... More >>

  • The 11 Best Female Rock Bassists of All Time

    The 11 Best Female Rock Bassists of All Time

    published Nov 04, 2011

    While there are and have been so many notable women in rock-and-roll, and we'd like to honor them all, we've chosen the specific starting point of recognizing rock's best female bassists. As a bassist... More >>

  • Last Night: Beirut at Warehouse Live

    published Nov 01, 2011

    Last night, the line of people waiting to enter Warehouse Live for the Beirut show was an opening act of its own. Alongside Captain America, Waldo, Aladdin, and The Situation, we made our way into the... More >>

  • Last Night: St. Vincent At Fitzgerald's

    Last Night: St. Vincent At Fitzgerald's

    published Oct 26, 2011

    St. Vincent Fitzgerald's October 25, 2011 There's always a special air that lingers amidst an artist's hometown show. While St. Vincent brainchild Annie Clark technically hails from Dallas, she was w... More >>

  • Cheerleader

    published October 20, 2011

    Oklahoma-born and Texas-bred, Annie Clark built her indie/art-rock résumé long before dressing her own musical outfit. The Dallas... More >>

  • The 12 Best Songs in '80s Movies

    The 12 Best Songs in '80s Movies

    published Oct 11, 2011

    For many of us Generation X and Y-ers, much of our adolescence can be directly linked back to '80s cinema. Thanks to writers and directors like John Hughes, '80s teen movies were accurate depictions o... More >>

  • Last Night: The Meat Puppets At Fitzgerald's

    published Oct 03, 2011

    The Meat Puppets Fitzgerald's October 2, 2011 Last night was a special night in Houston, and for a couple of reasons: First, we felt our first taste of autumn, with temperatures dipping into the low ... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Erasure At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Saturday Night: Erasure At Verizon Wireless Theater

    published Sep 26, 2011

    Erasure Verizon Wireless Theater September 24, 2011 Over the course of their 25-year history together, British duo Erasure has recorded 13 albums, released 40 singles, and sold 25 million records. Th... More >>

  • Last Night: Twin Shadow At Fitzgerald's

    published Sep 16, 2011

    Twin Shadow Fitzgerald's September 15, 2011 Earlier this year, an eager Rocks Off showed up to Fitzgerald's early to catch scheduled Pains of Being Pure at Heart opener, Brooklyn-based New Wave reviv... More >>

  • Conroe Native Courtney Smith Crashes Rock-Lit Boys Club

    published Sep 14, 2011

    Introducing music journalism's latest female-penned release, Courtney E. Smith's Record Collecting for Girls. Following suit with like-minded veteran writers like Sara Marcus and Jessica Hopper, Smit... More >>

  • The 16 Most Fashionably Memorable Music Videos Ever

    published Aug 26, 2011

    From the artistically iconic to the outrageously sexy to the inadvertent Grunge fashion pioneers, for one reason or another, the fashionable stylings of the following videos made a lasting impact on o... More >>

  • Branching Out

    published June 30, 2011

    In his 11 years as the creative force behind pensively slowcore indie-rock group Pedro the Lion, Seattle-based songwriter David Bazan produced... More >>

  • Saturday Night: New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys At Toyota Center

    Saturday Night: New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys At Toyota Center

    published Jun 27, 2011

    New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys Toyota Center June 25, 2011 It's been 25 years since New Kids on the Block emerged on the pop scene, creating an entire generation of maniacally devoted fans ov... More >>

  • Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    published Jun 24, 2011

    'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defia... More >>

  • Hangin' Tough

    published June 23, 2011

    The 1980s was an era of big pants, bigger hair, hairspray and mall tours. It was a decade defined, in part, by manufactured teen sensations such... More >>

  • Fifteen Of Our Favorite Cheating Songs

    Fifteen Of Our Favorite Cheating Songs

    published Jun 15, 2011

    Songwriters find inspiration many of life's varied realms: Joy, grief, sex, drugs, anger and, evidently, two-timing. Some are sad, some cheeky, some violent and revengeful, but we've collected a sad-s... More >>

  • Life After Rock Stardom: 7 Artists' Post-Musical Careers

    published Jun 03, 2011

    Let's face it. Not everyone is cut out for - or interested in - being a sixtysomething rock star. But what type of careers awaits a retired musician? Many rock stars stay in the music industry realm b... More >>

  • Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    published May 27, 2011

    Musicians are weird. Well, the good ones, at least. It's a little-known, beloved factoid. While artists' news, drama, and private lives are sometimes aired to the point of over-saturation, it becomes ... More >>

  • Last Night: Mogwai At Warehouse Live

    published May 18, 2011

    While the slapping of stylistic labels onto music may irk bands, such terms are often warranted, accurate, and most importantly, not necessarily negative. Scottish rockers Mogwai hold a laundry list o... More >>

  • Last Night: Brett Dennen & Dawes At Fitzgerald's

    Last Night: Brett Dennen & Dawes At Fitzgerald's

    published May 06, 2011

    Brett Dennen, Dawes Fitzgerald's May 5, 2011 While many celebrated Cinco de Mayo last night with margaritas and sombreros, Aftermath was at Fitzgerald's watching a folk-rock band and a pale, red-hair... More >>

  • Last Night: Man Man At Fitzgerald's

    published May 04, 2011

    Man Man Fitzgerald's May 3, 2011 Two things seemed instantaneously odd as Philadelphia's Man Man took the Fitzgerald's stage Tuesday night. First, the usually packed venue wasn't sold out; in fact, ... More >>

  • Save Ferris: Pop-Culture Origins Of 16 Famous Band Names

    published May 03, 2011

    This one's for the pop-culture junkies. For those who, like us, are tickled by all forms of pop media, whether it be literature, film or music... this list encompasses them all. A surprisingly high qu... More >>

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