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2012 Stories by Neph Basedow

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  • Friday Night: David Bazan at Fitzgerald's

    published Dec 03, 2012

    David Bazan Fitzgerald's November 30, 2012 I must have been absent the day we began celebrating albums' "birthdays"; nevertheless, when it serves as the reason for an artist to play one of his most e... More >>

  • Friday Night: Dinosaur Jr. at Fitzgerald's

    Friday Night: Dinosaur Jr. at Fitzgerald's

    published Oct 08, 2012

    Dinosaur Jr. Fitzgerald's October 5, 2012 According to the scene at Fitzgerald's Friday night, the '90s are alive and well. Fans flocked to the venue to see reigning hard rockers Dinosaur Jr. -- and ... More >>

  • Last Night: Fiona Apple at Bayou Music Center

    Last Night: Fiona Apple at Bayou Music Center

    published Sep 22, 2012

    Fiona Apple Bayou Music Center September 21, 2012 The arrival of Apple's tour bus at Bayou Music Center Friday was a soothing sight to fans, as many feared the beloved musician wouldn't make it out o... More >>

  • Last Night: Beach House at House of Blues

    Last Night: Beach House at House of Blues

    published Sep 20, 2012

    Beach House House of Blues September 19, 2012 It's been two years since Baltimore dream-team Beach House visited Houston. When they played Walter's in 2010, we foresaw bigger things for them -- a big... More >>

  • For Beach House, Everything Is Necessary

    published September 13, 2012

    Baltimore dream-rockers Beach House have racked up some serious indie cred over the last few years, their hazy avant-pop tunes landing them... More >>

  • Summer Fest's Most Fashionable Folks

    Summer Fest's Most Fashionable Folks

    published Jun 04, 2012

    A two-day outdoor music festival held in Houston in June might not be the ideal arena for flaunting your mad fashion sense -- but it's not this town's first rodeo. We spotted lots of fest-goers who ma... More >>

  • Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino: Enemy of Bad Taste

    Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino: Enemy of Bad Taste

    published May 28, 2012

    It's been a busy year for Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. Last week, the duo of Cosentino and Bobb Bruno released their sophomore album, The Only Place, for which they recruited production bigwig Jon ... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Brian Jonestown Massacre at Fitzgerald's

    published Apr 30, 2012

    Brian Jonestown Massacre Fitzgerald's April 28, 2012 Brian Jonestown Massacre is a band that packs a dramatic and oftentimes dysfunctional psych-rock punch. With probable thanks to the 2004 documenta... More >>

  • Not Your Kind of People

    published April 19, 2012

    Garbage, the '90s alt-rockers consisting of three producers and sultry Scottish siren Shirley Manson, have not put out an album since 2005's... More >>

  • Double Dare Ya: Author Sara Marcus Looks Beyond Riot Grrrl

    published Apr 17, 2012

    To many, the term "Riot Grrrl" evokes images of impassioned, barrette-clad girls shrieking into microphones, the word "SLUT" scrawled across their bare bellies in magic marker. Those images are mostl... More >>

  • Last Night: School Of Seven Bells At Fitzgerald's

    published Apr 12, 2012

    The last time we'd seen New York group School of Seven Bells, in 2009, they packed Chicago's Empty Bottle to the brim. Last night at Fitzgerald's, however, there were far fewer people in attendance (t... More >>

  • 10 Movie Songs We Can't Hear Without Thinking Of Sex

    10 Movie Songs We Can't Hear Without Thinking Of Sex

    published Apr 06, 2012

    While we at Rocks Off boast many obsessions and vices (we'll call them "hobbies"), a few choice ones unashamedly top our list. If you perverted pop-culture junkies agree that sex, music, and movies ... More >>

  • House of Spirits

    published April 5, 2012

    "Everyone has ghosts," says Alejandra Deheza of her band School of Seven Bells' new album, Ghostory. "They're every love you've ever had,... More >>

  • Last Night: Built To Spill At Fitzgerald's

    published Mar 13, 2012

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's March 12, 2012 After an interview last week with Built to Spill front man Doug Martsch, we noted how humble the rocker was. Modest, even. Our observation was upheld Monda... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Fitzgerald's

    published Mar 12, 2012

    Dr. Dog Fitzgerald's March 10, 2012 Houston weather was balmy and wet Saturday night, but that didn't stop Philadelphia harmonic rockers Dr. Dog from sporting their trademark wintry wool beanies and ... More >>

  • Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken: Texas Crowds Are More Fun

    published Mar 09, 2012

    Dr. Dog singer/guitarist Scott McMicken describes the band's newly released seventh album, Be the Void, as "rawer and more powerful" than its polished predecessors. We chatted with McMicken about the... More >>

  • Idaho Gem

    published March 8, 2012

    Built to Spill is a dichotomy in the "rock band" sense. They're regarded as pioneering hard-rockers, yet their rocking nature more or less ends... More >>

  • Jordan Knight: NKOTB Singer Leaves Solo Career Unfinished

    published Feb 23, 2012

    Last summer, the Houston Press reported (with embarrassing yet unapologetic enthusiasm) on '80s pop sensations the New Kids on the Block. The '80s boy-band was co-headlining an arena tour with their '... More >>

  • Last Night: The Polyphonic Spree at Fitzgerald's

    published Feb 15, 2012

    The Polyphonic Spree Fitzgerald's February 14, 2012 Some of rock's most intriguing acts have risen from the ashes of their former bands. Such is the case with Dallas-based multi-member psych-pop band... More >>

  • Friday Night: The Lemonheads At Fitzgerald's

    Friday Night: The Lemonheads At Fitzgerald's

    published Feb 13, 2012

    The Lemonheads Fitzgerald's February 10, 2012 The Fitzgerald's air was heavy with '90s nostalgia Friday night, as fans flocked to see The Lemonheads. The band is currently on tour performing their l... More >>

  • Paid to Smile

    published February 9, 2012

    Evan Dando has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. Emerging amidst the onset of '90s grunge, the Lemonheads inadvertently... More >>

  • You Bettah Work: 10 Rock/Pop Musicians Who Could Take Up Modeling

    You Bettah Work: 10 Rock/Pop Musicians Who Could Take Up Modeling

    published Jan 17, 2012

    Lucky for Lana Del Rey -- whose awkward-at-best Saturday Night Live performance last weekend left indie critics second-guessing her skill -- she has a backup career on which to fall, if needed. Last w... More >>

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