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2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007 | Heights | 713-862-3838

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Arguably Houston's answer to NYC dive CBGB's since 1977, Heights staple Fitzgerald's can't help but ooze local music history. The historic two-story venue boasts four bars, a killer Wednesday open mic night, and music most every night of the week on the larger upstairs and the smaller more intimate downstairs stages. The neighborhood surrounding it is growing, so parking is always at a premium on the weekends.


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    Local indie-rockers Deep Cuts drew an enthusiastic crowd fans to Fitz's upstairs stage Friday night to celebrate the release of their first-ever studio recording, the Love Grows EP. Joining...
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    Goatwhore, Venomous Maximus, Demoniacal Genuflection, Legion Fitzgerald's September 15, 2014 Of all the days of the week, none are less metal than Mondays. The domain of alarm clocks and...
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    Black Lips, King Khan and BBQ Show Fitzgerald's September 11, 2014 Summer may be officially over in Houston, but that didn't stop Thursday night's crowd at Fitzgerald's from turning in one...
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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Fitzgerald's August 12, 2014 It's hard to say that this show was perfect, but that was the only adjective coursing through my mind as I walked down the stairs and...
  • Rocks Off: Metalocalypse
    Have you heard the news? Fitzgerald's, that creaky old live music haunt in the Heights where your favorite band became your favorite band, is doomed. Not next year, not after graduation,...
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    Antemasque, Le Butcherettes Fitzgerald's August 4th, 2014 It's amazing how quickly things can change for the better. Consider the relationship between Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric...
  • Rocks Off: Further Listening
    Monday night at Fitzgerald's, Antemasque will make their Houston debut. It's the third live show ever from the latest off shoot brand of experimental rock music from guitarist Omar...
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    I don't really feel that it's right to criticize Craig Kinsey's American Roots and Machines as an album. It doesn't really feel like one aside from the fact that it is a CD that goes round...
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    If there's a more hotly anticipated album release from a Houston band penciled in for this year than Venomous Maximus' Firewalker, you can bet that it ain't gonna rock nearly as hard. The...
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    The Foreign Exchange Fitzgerald's June 27, 2014 Fitzgerald's isn't known for outright soul revivals on a Friday night. Or any night, for that matter. The last one my father could remember...
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    The Mountain Goats Fitzgerald's June 21, 2014 For storied indie-folk group The Mountain Goats' second show in Houston in the past few years, fans got a toned-down version of the full band...
  • Rocks Off: Sonidos y Mas
    Los Skarnales Fitzgerald's June 20, 2014 It was hot, crowded, loud, and borderline dangerous. And it was damn near perfect. Friday night at Fitzgerald's, Los Skarnales showcased every ounce...
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    "It was all pretty much an experiment" says John Garcia, the third original member of Desorden, the band that later evolved into Los Skarnales. "We had to borrow instruments and learned to...
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    MxPx, Allister, Measure for Measure Fitzgerald's June 14th, 2014 "Welcome to the punk rock show. It's going to be hot, it's going to be sweaty, we're gonna have a good time." So spoke MxPx...
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    The Whigs, Buxton Fitzgerald's June 12, 2014 It's not every day that you get a pure rock and roll show. It seems as if bands are doing everything but rocking out to their full potential,...
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    Little Dragon Fitzgerald's June 8, 2014 Fans packed Fitzgerald's Sunday night as the sweltering venue hosted Little Dragon, supporting their fourth studio album, Nabuma Rubberband. The...
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    Old 97's, Lydia Loveless Fitzgerald's May 27, 2014 In band years, the Old 97's have now reached what you might call their Tattoo You period, settling into a solid signature sound while...
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    Lydia Loveless is animalistic. She's fickle and she's wild. Sometimes, the Ohio-bred farm girl is charming and almost vulnerable -- but that "purr" is almost always closely trailed by a...
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    Say Hi, Big Scary Fitzgerald's May 8, 2014 Because Eric Elbogen's personality is naturally charming and warm, his solo project Say Hi's set downstairs at Fitz Thursday night felt as...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Houston has come a long way in terms of live music over the past five or ten years. Once a place that many national touring acts would avoid, our city has grown into a hub where bands not...
  • Rocks Off: Metalocalypse
    Sixteen years after the release of their last EP, BOIL(ing), the stunning prospect of new music from Houston thrash gods deadhorse is now tantalizingly close. Last week, the band unveiled a...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Tycho, Gardens & Villa Fitzgerald's April 29, 2014 "Going to a concert" means different things to different people. For some it's a chance for emotional catharsis, for others it's an excuse...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Warpaint, James Supercave Fitzgerald's April 24, 2014 It's not every day that a touring band can grace the stage with familiarity of a local act, but Warpaint found a way to make themselves...
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    The last time I had heard of Nathan Quick it was a passing notice that he'd captured the 2012 Houston Press Music Award for best singer-songwriter. I always meant to check out his stuff, but...
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    It's been a few years since Warpaint mesmerized Houstonians in a live setting -- nearly three years to the day, in fact. But the group is finally set to return to Houston. Tomorrow night,...
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    Helstar, Venomous Maximus, Sanctus Bellum, Termination Force Fitzgerald's April 12, 2014 The list of local bands that can still fill up Fitzgerald's more than 30 years after jamming out on...
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    Mobb Deep, Nosaprise Fitzgerald's April 9, 2014 A hip-hop show on a Wednesday night is as good as a rap show on any other night, except maybe better. Everyone who claims to be a hip-hop fan...
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    White Denim, Cass McCombs Fitzgerald's April 5, 2014 Expectations are a tricky thing that can easily make or break any situation. In many years of showgoing I've learned that high...
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    Satellite D'Homme, Roky Moon & BOLT! Fitzgerald's March 29, 2014 I've been in a few bands in my life. Not many -- actually, at this point in my life I've probably spent more minutes looking...
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    Against Me! Fizgeralds March 16, 2014 Formula is often the death knell of bands that stick too close to a template that wears thin as a soggy cracker after a decade. Luckily, Against Me!,...
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    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Fitzgerald's March 7, 2014 "Can you remember the thrill and the rush/ You're not out of touch/ Come tonight, you'll see/ No one here has changed, and no one ever...
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    For the guy widely known for putting "slacker-rock" on the musical map, former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus sure stays busy. His current band, The Jicks -- which formed in 2000,...
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    Keller Williams Fitzgerald's March 4, 2014 Sometimes you just have to grow up. Even if you're used to doing the same old thing -- comfortable with what you're good at -- you have to...
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    Superchunk Fitzgerald's February 7, 2014 As nations united in Sochi Friday to celebrate an age-old Olympic tradition, Houston Gen-Xers skipped the Opening Ceremonies and gathered at...
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    The Black and White Years, BLSHS Fitzgerald's January 31, 2014 They say in the business that it's all about who you know, and that couldn't have been truer for Austin art-rockers The Black...
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    Ever since I stumbled across BLSHS trying to find subjects for my defunct band-name origin column -- you can only hear "we were high LOL" so many times before you give up on something -- I...
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    Murder City Devils, American Sharks, Crooked Bangs Fitzgerald's January 3, 2014 Is it fair to call the Murder City Devils nostalgia-rock at this point? Jeez, who even knows anymore. The...
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    Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder, Anti-Mortem, Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's December 3, 2013 Tuesday night rock shows are always a dicey proposition. Staying up late and partying on a work...
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    Buxton, Papermoons, Deep Kvts FItzgerald's November 30, 2013 Ten years gone. How the hell did that happen? Long before the New West days, before the band had five members (or six or four or...
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    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's November 22, 2013 As Friday's temperatures plunged into the low 40s, Fitzgerald's provided some welcome warmth. Thanks to a packed-in sold-out crowd awaiting...
  • Rocks Off: Local Motion
    2013 was a big year for the men of Venomous Maximus. The local metal kings toured with Down, opened for Guns 'N' Roses and played SXSW and Fun Fun Fun Fest. They even signed a deal with...
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    Cults Fitzgerald's November 5, 2013 In the generation of music we're listening to these days, whatever it may be called, it takes just that one single to put you into the national...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Streetlight Manifesto Fitzgerald's November 3, 2013 If there's a current poster child for ska, it's Streetlight Manifesto. The genre seems to be all but done with, barely relevant in...
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    In 2010, Florida's Surfer Blood made waves with their impressive hook-heavy debut album, Astro Coast. They were indie-rock's instant media darlings. Three years later, and band is trying to...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Pharcyde, K-OTIX Fitzgerald's October 24, 2013 Hip-hop has evolved over the years of its existence more than any type of music in the same time period. Since the late '70s and early...
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Langhorne Slim & the Law Fitzgerald's October 22, 2013 On a cool early-autumn evening, Langhorne Slim and his band The Law brought Friday-night energy to a Tuesday-night performance, and...
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    Jessie Ware, Keeton Coffman Fitzgerald's October 19th, 2013 When we discuss separating art and the artist, it's usually because the artist has done something bad. When times are good no one...
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    If Rocks Off happened to be put on the spot, our choice for the best group to emerge on the Houston scene in the past couple of years would probably be Second Lovers. It might not even be...
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    As the Houston Press doffs our kudos cap to local institutions great and small in the Best of Houston® 2013 awards, all through October each of our four blogs will be looking beyond the...
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    Mudhoney Fitzgerald's Monday, September 30, 2013 The summer of 2013 has seen a good number of '90s stalwarts reunite in the name of cash and creativity. The Replacements, Pixies and...
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    Despite punishing eardrums for more than three decades, death metal remains a decidedly underground movement. That's mostly by design, obviously -- the genre's bloody and extreme artwork,...
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    Austra Fitzgerald's September 14, 2012 With the joint easily packed out, Canadian synth-pop group Austra played to a crowd of about 150 sweaty souls downstairs at Fitzgerald's Saturday...
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    The Tontons, Ishi Fitzgerald's July 26, 2013 One of the bigger local acts playing the Houston stages these days, The Tontons headlined a Friday-night gig at Fitzgerald's before a who's who...
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    The thing about Australian accents is that they're way awesome. They're even better on the phone chatting with Keith Jeffery, who just happens to be the front man for the indie-rock band...
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    The Zombies, Elephant Stone Fitzgerald's March 17, 2013 There's something about The Zombies that has always set them off from the other bands of the British Invasion. Maybe it's the...
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    When the Beatles were signing acts to their Apple Records label, it proved to be both advantageous and not so much for Badfinger. For while that band got great exposure, they were also...
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    Much of the Zombies' music, even early on, was original material mostly written by Rod Argent and Chris White. It's something that Colin Blunstone still marvels at today. "Our first album...
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    In today's pop culture, zombies are hot. Their lumbering, slack-jawed forms are moving (albeit slowly) on TV and in movies, video games, and off the pages of books. So it's sort of...
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    Check out more photo from the Houston Thre3style qualifier in our slideshow. Red Bull Thre3Style DJ Competition Regional Qualifier Fitzgerald's January 19th, 2013 The illustrious...
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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been back preaching the blues gospel and garage wail for three years now, since reissuing their catalog to rave reviews and excitement from fans young and...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Whitechapel, Emmure Fitzgerald's January 11, 2013 While Houston's past three generations of metalheads gathered at Warehouse Live for sludge supergroup Down's biennial stop through town,...
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    Mike Hardin is excited about the next chapter of the Roky Moon story, after the original Roky Moon & BOLT! lineup splintered in mid-2012 after nearly three years. "I'd like to gauge people's...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Hell City Kings, Burn the Boats Fitzgerald's Januarary 4, 2013 Rocks Off was able to catch the middle chunk of American Fangs' record-release lineup, and while I didn't have a chance to see...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    From the bowels of the bayou comes Wo Fat, rock and roll that oozes, pulses and frankly makes me want to storm a compound. Good, good stuff if you're in the mood to hunt Bigfoot in the Big...
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    Embattled NYC ska-punkers Leftöver Crack were one of the most polarizing acts of the late '90s and early '00s, with lyrics less than delicately touching on everything from the World...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Free Press Houston New Year's Eve Cataclysm Feat. Buxton, Infinite Apaches, Robert Ellis, Ben Godfrey Fitzgerald's December 31, 2012 Devil, your name be "Michelada." Who else could I blame...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The American Heist Fitzgerald's December 30, 2012 To end 2012 on a note of anti-apocalypse, in which the forces of vitality outmaneuver destruction and...
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    Since the Pegstar and Free Press Houston folks bought Fitzgerald's in 2010, they have been throwing large, must-attend parties to unite Houston's disparate youth tribes and ring in the new...
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    Old-school Cali punk meets new-school Houston punk as spiky '80s greats the Adolescents and Youth Brigade swing through town, picking up the young, pissy, and (natch) tattooed American Heist...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, Power Trip etc. Fitzgerald's December 21, 2012 When Fitzgerald's changed ownership a couple of years ago, some of us worried that the days of mondo metal shows...
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    We hardly ever get snow, so instead Fitzgerald's has instituted its own Yuletide tradition of talking '90s punk heroes 30footFALL into reuniting for a little "Oi! to the World," decking the...
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    If this week is really our last gasp before the Apocalypse (dumb Mayans), then you can at least bid adieu to normalcy with a giant metal show upstairs and downstairs at Fitzgerald's....
  • Rocks Off: Weird Holidays
    Thursday night, a heavenly host of Houston's brightest and best musicians will spend a night playing Christmas music to celebrate the holiday season at Fitzgerald's. We decided to catch up...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Sword, American Sharks, Gypsyhawk Fitzgerald's December 18, 2012 I'm glad that bands like The Sword still exist to lead impressionable metal kids down endless paths of boogie and...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    5. NUMBERS Numbers fell off. Numbers ain't what it used to be. No one goes there anymore. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, the venue may be a far cry from what it was during its heyday, when the...
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    Sunrise & Ammunition's new album Tesseract is one of the most amplified local albums of 2012. The trio, a self-described "mutation in the suburban gene pool," benefits from production and...
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    Austin heavyweights The Sword released new album Apocryphon this past fall, further establishing their rep as one of the most influential metal bands of the past decade. As the Sword has...
  • Rocks Off: The Rocks Off 100
    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    The Bright Light Social Hour, Ishi Fitzgerald's December 7, 2012 Having thoroughly conquered its hometown rock scene up Highway 290 -- the group swept its six nominations at the Austin...
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    Houston's clown princes of punk return this weekend with a new album, Moist N' Frothy. The record has been in the works for more or less the past year while the Dickers dallied around...
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    Nashville has come a long way in becoming an indie mecca to go along with all the rootsy stuff, but Civil Twilight has come even further. The brothers McKellar and their mates came to Music...
  • Rocks Off: On the Road
    It's been a busy year of travel for Austin's Bright Light Social Hour. The group's intriguing blend of semi-psychedelic Southern rock and '70s disco-soul has taken them to every nook and...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    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...
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    Known as the "First Lady of Rockabilly" since the days she toured with (and briefly dated) Elvis, Jackson is also a honky-tonk queen bar none and now one of the hottest names in alt-country...
  • Rocks Off: Blow Up Your Video
    Every time Fletcher Stafford emails me I take a drink because I honestly believe that he is the most benevolently insane musician in the entire city. When the guy who wrote "You Cannot Kill...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Thursday Rocks Off talked to three people behind this weekend's Axiom reunion -- former owner J.R. Delgado, Rivethead magazine's Lisa Sullivan and ex-Axiom publicist/co-manager Julie Grob --...
  • Rocks Off: Best of Houston
    10. NOTSUOH/DEAN'S ON MAIN Parking in downtown often comes at a premium, but notsuoH and Dean's -- located at 314 Main and 316 Main, respectively -- make the hunt worthwhile. Weekly poetry...
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    This will be Houston's third major "scene" reunion this year, after the When We Ruled H-Town festivities this summer and The Island get-together earlier this month. Although Emo's shouldn't...
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    Escape the horror show of your family's Thanksgiving — and, what the hell, pre-party for Black Friday — with this triple-shot of garage rock. Young Mammals, Mikey & the Drags and...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    This weekend, one of the most beloved and memorialized clubs in Houston history throws itself a hell of a 25th anniversary party. From 1987 through 1991, the Axiom took a run-down former...
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    New Zealand-born vocalist Tamaryn is making waves this fall with newest release Tender New Signs, a nine-track ode to dream-pop that comes coated in washes of reverb. Though the music could...
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    Straight outta New Orleans, two-man outfit Generationals is finally starting to gather steam outside of the Crescent City with synths and vocals that recall prime Pet Shop Boys. Ted Joyner...
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    One of the most influential acts of the '90s, Face to Face comes to Houston Sunday for an acoustic gig, quite a change from the band's wall of pop-punk noise. F2F will be playing songs from...
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    Swedish singer-songwriter Lekman makes all the cool kids swoon with his subdued Morrissey-gone-folk bedroom anthems. Lekman's work makes for a great Sunday-morning lounging soundtrack, or at...
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    Glass the Sky has been around about a year, but consider Friday's show a coming-out party. According to bassist and vocalist Michael Mazzella, the five local musicians had been playing in...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Converge Fitzgerald's November 3, 2012 A friend asked me recently, after hearing the new Converge album All We Love We Leave Behind, if I thought that singer Jacob Bannon was ready to hang...
  • Rocks Off: Metalocalypse
    Autumn temperatures may finally be creeping into Houston at last, but Portland's Red Fang promises to work up one last sweat in the city on Sunday when the shaggy rockers roll into...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Yellow Ostrich Fitzgerald's November 1, 2012 Such a variety of entertaining shows were happening in Houston last night, I wish I could have somehow been at...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Converge's new disc, All We Love We Leave Behind, has been bathing in major raves from metal, hardcore and even mainstream music critics alike. The praise is justly deserved, as it's another...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Rap needs its own hall of fame, if only to induct people like Rakim. Beginning with albums with DJ partner Eric B such as 1987 landmark Paid In Full, the former William Griffin Jr. (a devout...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    Tonight at 9 p.m., Fitzgerald's begins your torrid, drunken Halloween weekend with a free show featuring A Sea Es, Mystery Flavor, Poor Pilate and Candy Coated Mothership. Free for those of...
  • Rocks Off: Metalocalypse
    This Saturday night at Fitzgerald's, Houston's Venomous Maximus releases what is the best metal album to come out of Texas in a long, long time. Maybe too long. Beg Upon the Light has...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Stars, Diamond Rings, California Wives Fitzgerald's October 12, 2012 When I spoke to the fine folks at Fitzgerald's a couple of weeks ago to commemorate the club's first two successful...
  • Rocks Off: Listen Up!
    Canadian indie rockers Stars headline Fitzgerald's tonight, on tour in support of their sixth full-length studio album, The North. "We're feeling pretty good about things," says Chris...
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    Bed Moves — a local three-piece made up of //TENSE// founder Robert Lane, sIngs mastermind Brett Taylor and former Balaclavas front man Tyler Morris — brings all the elements...
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    Instrumental post-rockers (is there any other kind?) Mono have made a name for themselves all over the Earth as titanic mood-shifters, across six albums of emotionally charged swells and...
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    Even if they hadn't released an album called North, which they did this year on Dave Matthews-founded ATO Records, Stars would be difficult to mistake for as anything but Canadian. There's...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    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...
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    Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments...
  • Rocks Off: All In
    Has it really been two years already since Jagi Katial and Omar Afra became the new owner-operators of Fitzgerald's? Apparently so, because the Free Press Summer Fest partners celebrated...
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    Yelawolf, the "tatted-up skater with a trailer-park twang," has been the topic of much discussion in rap circles since he first hit the scene, captivating audiences with his...
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    If you thought the days of fatback, gutbucket R&B died off with Wilson Pickett, think again. After a transformative moment watching James Brown at the Apollo Theater in 1962, Florida-born...
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    In the tradition of other British guitar bards like Billy Bragg, Frank Turner writes wry, stalwart acoustic folk-punk songs with an eye on society. The former Million Dead front man is...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra Fitzgerald's September 18, 2012 Rewind: Crowdsourcing or Exploitation? Amanda Palmer's Search For Volunteer Musicians The Internet is at times...
  • Rocks Off: Pop Life
    Warning: These videos aren't exactly safe for work. View at your risk, preferably at home with the shades drawn. Amanda Palmer is learning that Biggie was right: More money does in fact...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Swans Fitzgerald's September 15, 2012 Swans will be the loudest show I will see this year, and the loudest show I will ever witness at Fitzgerald's. It wasn't until halfway through their...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    Sweden produces some of the best electronic music in the world, as evidenced by the exhilarating Covenant show that hit Numbers two weeks ago. This time, Fitz's gets to host some...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Mission of Burma, The Gary, Black Congress Fitzgerald's September 13, 2012 In a day and age when so many of the great groups from yesteryear seem to be reuniting solely for a paycheck, it's...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Although the phrasing makes it sound like a military campaign, make no mistake about the Twin Shadow Takes Texas tour: This is a celebration of a state whose fans have been supportive of the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Kickstarter is all the rage these days for independent artists looking to raise dough to make both their dreams and the dreams of their fans come true. Houston's own Craig Kinsey and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Boston's Mission of Burma took the sneering aggression and art-spastic manner of Wire or Gang of Four and clamped it on the New England rock scene like a hammerlock. One of the most...
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    Two Gallants, the folk-rock duo made up of Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel, are back with The Bloom and the Blight, their first new set of material since their 2007 self-titled release. Lead...
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    Occupying a compelling no man's land on the IDM scene, the elegant instrumental works of Tycho (a.k.a. San Francisco's Scott Hansen) are too gently paced to qualify as dance-floor fodder yet...
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    Every bio of Akron/Family mentions some sort of tidbit about the band's members forming their own religion, vacationing next to active volcanoes, ripping off Dan Deacon or being a precious...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    T.S.O.L., Spastic Fit, Dead to the World, Crime Wave Fitzgerald's September 4, 2012 It seemed as though I was the only Rocks Off blogger who failed to catch a show over Labor Day weekend,...
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    T.S.O.L. are one of the longest-running grandaddies of the SoCal punk scene, forming in 1978 as a straight-ahead hardcore band, then morphing into gothic post-punk and then Guns N'...
  • Music:
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  • Rocks Off: Local Motion
    Brand-new band Bury the Crown celebrates the release of its debut EP tonight at Fitzgerald's. When they take the stage, don't be surprised if you recognize a few familiar faces (and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    This summer, blistery local rockers A dream Asleep morphed into Bury the Crown, playing their first gig as a "new" band at the Abbey Pub in late July. Friday night, BTC and a few friends are...
  • Rocks Off: Screwston, Texas
    A few years ago, fellow Houston Press writer Rolando Rodriguez and I conspired to create a bilingual underground Houston rap version of those "Pass The Mic" videos that were popular for a...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham Fitzgerald's August 20, 2012 It was a packed house Monday night at Fitzgerald's when Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham took the stage, albeit this time...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Recently Rocks Off noticed our VVM sister paper in Phoenix has been running a list of their picks for the upcoming week's best shows first thing Monday morning. We thought, "Hey, our readers...
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    This time last year, very few people outside the members of New York City Queens and Featherface's families had heard either name, so that both local groups are playing upstairs at Fitz on a...
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    When he's not co-fronting one of Fleetwood Mac's sporadic touring spurts with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham manages to turn in sturdy solo records. In September 2011, he self-released his...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Kool A.D., Fat Tony, Chingo Bling, Franchise n Yung, Amber London Fitzgerald's August 14, 2012 Call it Underground Rap, or Alt-Rap, or Underground Alt-Rap, but whatever the fuck you call...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Aesop Rock, Edison, Dark Time Sunshine Fitzgerald's August 10, 2012 It was a characteristically hot August night in the H on Friday, but I'd wager that no place was hotter than the upstairs...
  • Music: Featured Stories
    It's been five years since Aesop Rock has released a new album. Pretty soon, he's going to need a vacation. That's because despite the long gap between solo records, San Francisco's...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Although the concept hasn't died completely, these days the idea of a city having a "music scene" seems a little quaint. At least it does in the sense of a group of like-minded musicians...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Murder by Death, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons Fitzgerald's July 27, 2012 When I discovered that Murder by Death was set up to play the smaller downstairs room at Fitzgerald's Friday...
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    Recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, the Polyphonic Spree), Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon is Bloomington, Indiana's Murder By Death's sixth disc and the...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Legendary Kashmere Stage Band Fitzgerald's July 21, 2012 Craig Baldwin, the passionately loud and boisterous band director of the Kashmere Stage Band, broke his ankle recently and was...
  • Rocks Off: Lost Tuneage
    We've really got to thank filmmaker Mark Landsman. Not only did his 2010 documentary Thunder Soul put the story of Houston's legendary Kashmere Stage Band on to the silver screen, but it...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's been well-told by now, especially in Mark Landsman's 2010 documentary Thunder Soul (presented by Jamie Foxx), but the Kashmere Stage Band's story never gets old. So here it is again:...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If there's anything approaching a "scene" in Houston at the moment, it's the sincere yet fun-loving cluster of folk-rock/Americana groups spurred by Buxton and Folk Family Revival and...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Two death-obsessed duos are set to destroy Fitz on Thursday night. Recent Fat Possum Records signees Bass Drum of Death and the Australian two-piece DZ Deathrays combine their raucous,...
  • Art Attack: Performance Art
    Check out our slideshow of the Houston Air Sex Championships I got a lot of puzzled looks when I told people I was going to cover the Houston Air Sex Championships at Fitzgerald's last...
  • Music:
    Cypress-Fairbanks rockers Potbelly are set to release their second album, simply titled Potbelly, this weekend with two shows. More polished and musically diverse than the band's first...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Losing a band member can't ever be an especially pleasant experience, but the sudden death of one of your musical comrades, someone you've been playing with since high school, is almost...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Nine times out of ten, a band's CD release party is cause for unchecked celebration. The tenth it gets a little more complicated. Katy's Jody Seabody & the Whirls formed in 2004 and have...
  • Music:
    Poor Pilate's eponymous 2011 album crept up on us over a few weeks, but once it fully latched onto our brain, each spin got sweeter and sweeter. The self-released set made good on the...
  • Music: Featured Stories
    Entering their twentieth year and currently touring their latest album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk), New York pop-rockers Nada Surf are living the rock and roll life...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Les featuring Slim Thug, Killa Kyleon, Mug, Doughbeezy, Propain, Amber London, Roosh Williams, DJ Mr. Rogers Fitzgerald's June 27, 2012 Twice this year already, Les, one of the new rap...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Linus Pauling Quartet, Modfag, From Beyond, Hearts of Animals Fitzgerald's June 22, 2012 Local long-running psych-rockers Linus Pauling Quartet have got a new album for us to inhale, and on...
  • Rocks Off: Best of Houston
    Year after year after year, Houston nurtures and cultivates its music scene. It has grown into substantial force, arguably as powerful and diverse as it's ever been, with legitimate talent...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Jana Hunter has been mingling subdued folk music and spacey psychedelia since her days in Houston's Matty & Mossy, her late-'90s band that reminded some music scribes at the time of Smog and...
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    If bongwater had a specific frequency (besides a viscous bubbling), it would sound exactly like Linus Pauling Quartet. The Houston five-piece actually encoded "Texas stoner rock" into...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The English Beat, The Romantics Fitzgerald's June 15, 2012 I've often wondered if people who experienced the '80s in adulthood had as much fun as the music still makes it sound today....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Comedy troupe Whitest Kids U' Know built up legions of fans as they reigned supreme on Fuse and IFC for five seasons starting in 2005. Whitest Kids' founder Trevor Moore and company provided...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    A dark modern-rock group with echoes of Editors, Interpol and White Lies, the Joy Formidable adds a gothic touch thanks to singer/bassist Ritzy Bryan's whispery but piercing Siouxsie-like...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    What Made Milwaukee Famous have been plying their melodic, emotionally fraught brand of indie-rock for a decade now, appearing on Austin City Limits (the festival and the TV show) and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Austin Smith wowed us with his multilayered, kaleidoscopic sound on A Sea Es' 11-track debut album. Fans of Animal Collective, Harry Nilsson, ELO, Frank Zappa, T. Rex and the Beach Boys will...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Although the concept hasn't died completely, these days the idea of a city having a "music scene" seems a little quaint. At least it does in the sense of a group of like-minded musicians...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's comforting to know that Texas now has another state metal band in Austin's own The Sword. Since 2003, The Sword has been working hard on the forefront of beard-metal in the same smoky...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If you haven't worn a skinny tie in a while, Friday might just be the time to take it out of your closet. Especially that one with the piano keys on it. Although separated by an ocean, the...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Free Radicals are, strangely enough, one of Houston's most stable ensembles. Their music may vary wildly from song to song, from jazz and klezmer to ska and rap, but the band drummer Nick...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Free Radicals have won an amazing nine Houston Press Music Awards for Best Jazz, but jazz really doesn't even begin to cover the 16-year-old Houston group's sound. It's so all over the place...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    In the late '70s and early '80s, England was something of a musical petri dish as scores of bands blended genres of music and, in the process, sometimes created whole new ones. It was also...
  • Music: Show Preview
    YACHT's blissed-out dance party is one of a kind. Mystical founder Jona Bechtolt and semi-recent vocal addition Claire L. Evans have worked hard to keep their ebullient sound growing more...
  • Rocks Off: Listen Up!
    Once upon a time I fell in love with a band called Thunderkunt...because they were called Thunderkunt. What can I say? I am a man of simple pleasures. Sadly, that band didn't quite hold its...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Plants and Animals, Vestibule Fitzgerald's May 27, 2012 "It takes a good friend to say you've got your head up your ass," sang Plants and Animals lead vocalist Warren Spicer Saturday. It...
  • Rocks Off: What's In a Name?
    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. I was sitting in my office about to...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    Yes, another article about the same band. See a different take on Knights of the Fire Kingdom in Jef With One F's "bus-stop" interview. Houston has known Jeoaf Johnson as the burly beardo...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Father John Misty & Har Mar Superstar Fitzgerald's May 24, 2012 "I'm going to be the first to combine sad bastard music and men's fitness, and maintain my integrity in each," said Josh...
  • Rocks Off: All In
    It's been more than two years since Houston's Featherface has released a new record, though that doesn't mean that they were short on actively contributing to the local scene. Since the...
  • Rocks Off: Best of Houston
    It's often difficult enough to hear a great band or solo artist over the yammering of those in attendance, but it is made worse when the sound system sounds like garbage. We music lovers...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Wild Moccasins are playing yet another tour kickoff, this time headed out for the Midwest and Northeast before returning home to play this year's much-awaited Free Press Summer Fest. If you...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Have you seen the Wild Moccasins? Rocks Off is starting to get a little worried. Just kidding. Houston's favorite indie-pop quintet has been strangely scarce recently, working their day...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    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...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    That guy, Lee Fields (above), is playing the Continental Club with his band the Expressions. Tonight. Some of Fields's songs include "The Bull Is Coming," "She's a Lovemaker" and "The...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It's hard to separate the music of the Brian Jonestown Massacre from the public persona of the band's stubborn leader Anton Newcombe, so we won't. His notorious tantrums, on full display in...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Ben Kweller Fitzgerald's April 19, 2012 While I can't tell you that Ben Kweller is a polarizing, avant-garde, demiurgic artist, I can tell you that while finding a way to rhyme sexy with...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    Black Market Syndicate are true believers. Besides releasing second album And the Peasants Rejoiced at Fitzgerald's Saturday, the Houston punk quartet is streaming it all weekend on their...
  • Music: Show Preview
    All child prodigies grow up and most burn out, with only the lucky few maturing into capable adult talents that make it over the long haul. At age 30, Ben Kweller is now more than 14 years...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Delta Spirit Fitzgerald's April 12, 2012 I am concerned that younger bands these days are not learning the proper value of restraint. It's not even a generational thing, really. I had very...
  • Music: Featured Stories
    "Everyone has ghosts," says Alejandra Deheza of her band School of Seven Bells' new album, Ghostory. "They're every love you've ever had, every hurt, every betrayal, every heartbreak. They...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    The-Dream, Jack Freeman, Lee-Lonn March 29, 2012 Fitzgerald's "When you're fucking the wrong bitch, bad things happen." The-Dream, clad in a black T-shirt, some cheap Ray-Ban frames with a...
  • Music:
    A few days before he releases his brand-new album, Think/Thoughts, next weekend Houston musician Benjamin Wesley will sit in with the renowned and shadowy Jandek at Big Star Bar. No small...
  • Music: Show Preview
    De Vermis Mysteriis is the name of High on Fire's upcoming album, the band's sixth studio effort, and it seems to be helping continue their almost-militant assault on your hearing. First...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's tempting to say Band of Skulls could be the biggest thing launched out of Southampton, England, since the Titanic, but surely they're hoping their career goes better than that. So far,...
  • Music:
    This week party-rocker Andrew W.K. returns to Houston for what is sure to be one of the most raucous shows at Fitzgerald's since, well, maybe when Elvis Presley played the venue back in the...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    White Rabbits aren't your run-of-the-mill hipsters. The New York Times recently likened the New York band's third album, Milk Famous, to "Radiohead's technique of surrounding a sustained...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Girls, Young Man, Fanfarlo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra Fitzgerald's March 13, 2012 San Francisco's Girls kept it going strong last night, touring in support of their album Father, Son, Holy...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    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...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    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...
  • Rocks Off: All In
    Of Montreal hasn't gone a year without releasing some kind of new, evolved material since their debut album Cherry Peel in 1997. Lead singer Kevin Barnes repeatedly claims the group's new...
  • Music: Featured Stories
    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 there. Everything else about the group is...
  • Eating Our Words: Edible Events
    It's shaping up to be a busy couple of weeks around here as "Spring" "comes" to Houston. God, shoot me now. I can't make it to August like this. Ahem. Tomorrow, get your hands dirty at the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    As a rapper, gem-sweater museum curator, children's-television star and overall Internet phenom, Leslie Hall covers quite a few bases. But when flanked by her crew, the LYs, the Iowa-bred...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Other bands may be content with chasing women and flirting with rehab, but Shearwater's ambitions are considerably loftier. Often aided by a core of trusted contract players, the Austin trio...
  • Rocks Off: Blow Up Your Video
    The video for Youth Lagoon's "July" is like one of Stephen King's short stories come to life. Not like one of the ones about giant rats or haunted hotel rooms. We mean his study pieces on...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    American Sharks, Psychic Palms, Bang Bangz Fitzgerald's (downstairs) February 25, 2012 It was a crazed Saturday at Fitzgerald's, with a variety of acts playing upstairs and downstairs for...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    Houston knows the blistering stoner-jamming American Sharks as the other band fronted by Mike Hardin, a.k.a. Roky Moon of Roky Moon & BOLT!. The latter band, our own backyard...
  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
    Cloud Nothings, A Classic Education, The Boxing Lesson Fitzgeralds February 23, 2012 It's only February and 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Cleveland's Cloud Nothings. Their new...
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    Houston knows the blistering stoner-jamming American Sharks as the other band fronted by Mike Hardin, a.k.a. Roky Moon in Roky Moon & BOLT!. The latter band, our own backyard...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
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  • Rocks Off: Aftermath
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  • Calendar: Highlights
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    Quintron & Miss Pussycat is what would happen if you put Devo, the Legendary Pink Dots and They Might Be Giants in some kind of cloning experiment that was allowed to inbreed for a couple of...
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Aftermath wasn't sure whether the tank top that Maja Ivarsson was wearing last night was meant to be ironic or not. It didn't really matter anyway; when the Swedish, platinum blonde lead...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    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...
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  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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    Das Racist, Danny Brown, Despot, Fat Tony, Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. Fitzgerald's October 26, 2011 Boss man assigned us this review conditionally: since we previously reviewed a Das Racist show...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off reached across the Atlantic Ocean to get as down as we could with Cate Le Bon and find out what we could about the singer-songwriter in 30 seconds; by the way, it helps if you...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Battles, Nisennenmondai Fitzgerald's October 20, 2011 Lately, this here fella in Rocks Off has been gravitating towards music with few or minimal words. Maybe a few yelps. Howls....
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  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Still younger than springtime, the Wild Moccasins are getting to be old hands at this touring thing. (If you missed their set at BestFest - it was way early - you missed something special.)...
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    Murs, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz Fitzgerald's October 2, 2011 Murs, Tabi Bonney and Ski Beatz dropped into Fitzgerald's Sunday for an intimate show in the Heights, Murs and Bonney's second time...
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    The Meat Puppets' improbable gold album, 1994's Too High to Die, has a title both accurate and true. The band's main men are brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood, who began playing punk in the...
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  • Rocks Off: What's In a Name?
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    When we first met The Horrors in 2006, they were a spooky-ooky post-goth, post-punk band of young Brits biting off the heads of The Birthday Party and Screamin' Lord Sutch to make their own...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Sideshow Tramps Fitzgerald's September 9, 2011 If Aftermath doesn't have to be at the office first thing in the morning, sometimes we let our personal hygiene slide a little. Some days...
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    They don't make them like Baltimore's J Roddy Walston & the Business anymore. This would have been Harry Nilsson's favorite band — maybe even his chief younger foils — had he...
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  • Rocks Off: Artist of the Week
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    Two years ago, San Francisco's Dodos were in the process of smoothing out the more abrasive elements of their sound, cutting back on the clattering drums and frantic strumming in order to...
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    Seattle-based noise-pop quartet Grave Babies bury their hooks below a few feet of in-the-red synths, drums and guitars, and it works. It works like similar acts like Suicide, The Jesus &...
  • Music: Featured Stories
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    This year marks a full decade since the Riverboat Gamblers exploded out of Denton, impressing punk fans statewide in a mad flurry of flailing limbs, bitchin' barre chords and speed, glorious...
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    Dead Prez Fitzgerald's August 18, 2011 M-1 and stic.man of dead prez are not your typical activists. Their message--fight the establishment, eat broccoli, and copulate mentally - isn't...
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    While the snarling synth line of "Hip Hop" that provided a walk-on for Chappelle's Show might be Dead Prez's best-known appearance in the mainstream, M-1 and stic.man's lowercase hip-hop is...
  • Music: Feature
    Four L.A. kids in their mid-twenties, Dawes is precocious in sound if not in demeanor. Formed four years ago around the axis of brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith — the front man...
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    The brainchild of local tattoo artist Gregg Higgins, featuring past and present members of Whorehouse and Hell City Kings, Houston's Venomous Maximus gurgles with the sounds of proto-metal...
  • Rocks Off: Stuff You Should Know About
    Rocks Off counted 37 actor references in Hollywood FLOSS's new song, "Attack of Hollywood," so we decided to ask the rapper about some of his favorite actors, movies, and get up to speed on...
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    It's hard to believe that the funding for a Nepalese Buddhist monastery and teaching center will come from the likes of bands named Come See My Dead Person and Thunderkunt, but that's...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Girls Rock Camp Houston showcase Fitzgerald's August 7, 2011 Now available for your viewing pleasure: Our GRC showcase slideshow. The six bands formed at this year's Girls Rock Camp...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Today is the last day of Girls Rock Camp Houston and Rocks Off has already cried twice. It's only 7 a.m. We never thought we'd get so emotionally involved - psych, we're babies - but being...
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    It's hard to believe 2011 is only Girls Rock Camp's second year in Houston. Last year the week-long series of seminars where local musicians teach the next generation (ages 8-18) the...
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    Sorry folks, but if Jack White calls you an icon and rock and roll force, and deems you worthy of the same mantle where Little Richard and Gene Vincent both reside, then you must be doing...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
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  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    In this week's issue of the Houston Press, you can find our in-depth interview with Roky Moon & BOLT! and the team behind their debut release for ZenHill, American Honey, which sees its...
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    Austin two-piece Not in the Face comes into town this evening with a whole mess of punk-country-blues and a new album, Bikini, in tow. At times, drummer Wes Cargal and guitarist-singer...
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    Houston first set eyes on Roky Moon & BOLT! in early 2009 at the now-shuttered Walter's on Washington. In the two years since, the band has burst out of the insular local scene with regular...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Ben Sollee, Thousands Fitzgerald's July 21, 2011 "I don't know anything about cello or classical arrangements but I like this stuff," Aftermath said to our classical-music teacher, great...
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    When you think of the cello, you normally don't think of it as a foot-tapping kind of instrument. But for the past decade, Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee has been changing minds all over the...
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    Jolie Holland's voice, a spectral yet throaty alto, exists in a realm of its own. It floats above the nebulous strains of folk, jazz, alt-country and indie balladeers (Cat Power, maybe?)...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks off sat down with Cory Sinclair and Justice Tirapelli-Jamail of the Manichean to find out what we could learn about our favorite local avant gardners (that we didn't already know) in...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Unless there's no way to avoid it, the one night of the week Rocks Off does not like to review shows is Friday. After five straight 10- to 12-hour days (at least), our brain is usually in...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Big Business, Torche Fitzgerald's July 7, 2011 Big Business and Torche are the kind of bands that when you are talking metal with someone, and you drop the names and you get a blank stare,...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
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    Over the course of three albums, Big Business has grown from the two-piece of drummer Coady Willis and singer/bassist Jared Warren into the muscle-bound four-piece of upcoming disc Quadruple...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Robert Ellis & the Boys (CD release), Jonny Corndawg Fitzgerald's July 6, 2011 See more Photographs from Ellis' homecoming in our slideshow. Robert Ellis' record release show last night...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    The end of the world has been on people's minds lately, what with the Mayans apparently penciling in the apocalypse next year and the Rapture rain-checked for October of this 'un. That...
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    In his 11 years as the creative force behind pensively slowcore indie-rock group Pedro the Lion, Seattle-based songwriter David Bazan produced four thoughtful, theologically themed albums,...
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    There's a sound on Robert Ellis's new LP, Photographs, that was formed on his flag-planting 2009 debut The Great Re-Arranger and could have only been forged by playing almost every Wednesday...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    "I find I don't use the word 'fascist' as much as I did when I was younger" There's little your humble narrator can add to the exhaustive work our own David Ensminger did on the elusive...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Homesick? Not Elaine Greer. Not anymore. The waifish singer-songwriter and 2009 Houston Press Music Award nominee for Best Female Vocals moved to Austin a couple of years back. After the...
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    Nicole Atkins' latest LP Mondo Amore finds the New Jersey "pop" singer-songwriter diving deep into something dark and painful, almost mangled — all of which, true to form, she delivers...
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    Things started to change for This Will Destroy You when bassist Donovan Jones joined up three years ago. His fellow Dallasite, drummer Alex Bhore, signed on a year and a half later, at which...
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    In March 2010, Brooklyn quintet Twin Sister released an EP called Color Your Life. It's a hazy, freewheeling record, especially the standout track, the charming and romantic "All Around and...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Dillinger Escape Plan, By the End of Tonight, Pretty Little Flower, A-dream Asleep Fitzgerald's June 2, 2011 The Dillinger Escape Plan seem to have caused something of an glitch inside...
  • Rocks Off: What's In a Name?
    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Houston's own Featherface is a very...
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    At first glance, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. might seem like a gimmick: Two guys in racing suits capitalizing on a name-brand stock-car-racing dynasty. Upon listening, however, it's clear their...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Rocks Off conducted an unusual interview this week. We say "interview," when perhaps a better word is "exchange." Recently we have been tinkering with the composition of our interviews, in...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Sometime after Cracker deposited Rocks Off's jaw on the floor of Fitzgerald's Thursday night, we decided reviewing the show would be superfluous. Our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean was...
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    Let's be quite clear: Cracker/Camper van Beethoven front man David Lowery doesn't play the rock-star game. "The night before the news broke about bin Laden being killed, we were playing...
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    Ideally, the Death Set's punk-meets-electro live shows are sweaty, zealous affairs in DIY hovels, with crowds perpetually moving back and forth and the band rarely standing still. Dating...
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    Asobi Seksu couldn't be a less fitting name for a band that creates such sentimental dream pop (it's Japanese slang for "casual sex"). Influenced by the likes of My Bloody Valentine and...
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    Portugal. The Man is arguably one of the hardest-working bands making music. They've released a record every year since 2006, and five EPs between 2005 and 2007. They tour tirelessly,...
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    Once one of the most popular bands in Houston, Middlefinger has been pretty scarce since singer Matt Kelly moved to Austin, where he now plays in Lick Lick and Baby Got Bacteria while doing...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Dengue Fever Fitzgerald's May 7, 2011 Someone asked Aftermath Saturday afternoon to describe what kind of music Dengue Fever plays. "Well, it's like '60 psychedelic pop with Cambodian...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    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...
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    Formed in 2001, Dengue Fever has been one of the most enduring, hype-sustaining acts in the L.A. area since its inception, largely because there's not another band in the universe that does...
  • Rocks Off: What's In a Name?
    For a while, Rocks Off worked at our day job with our drummer, and we would play a game involving the band we were writing about that day. We'd come running over to his desk in our socks and...
  • Rocks Off: Inquiring Minds
    Cambodian pop-rock seems like an odd choice musical genre to try to earn a living, but Los Angeles-area sextet Dengue Fever is closing in on ten years. All signs are that the band is set...
  • Rocks Off: Only In Houston
    Rocks Off has been an apostle of The Manichean ever since we grabbed singer Cory Sinclair by the shoulders and demanded he explain to us what the hell a Manichean was. Since then, we have...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    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;...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Low Anthem Fitzgerald's May 2, 2011 In another lifetime, and another location, Fitzgerald's could have been a barn. Every time we see a show upstairs, Aftermath halfway expects an owl...
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    Shilpa Ray makes music like a dog biting an electric fence. The New Yorker's latest album, Teenage and Torture, features her backing band the Happy Hookers playing a kind of blues that's...
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    In the Black Lips' recent video for "Go Out and Get It," the Atlanta garage boys are seen on a cruise ship and on some tropical beach surrounded by vacationing bikini-clad hipster gals, all...
  • Rocks Off: What's In a Name?
    You know, if we had to sum up The German Measles' music, we'd have to just stick with saying, "They're from New York." It's a very, very Velvet Underground, East Coast approach to rocking...
  • Rocks Off: Live Shots
    Rocks Off doesn't know where you went to school, but Robert Ellis & the Boys' final Whiskey Wednesday at Fitzgerald's last night felt a lot like the prom/graduation party we always wanted to...
  • Rocks Off: Playbill
    In the Black Lips' recent video for "Go Out and Get It," the Atlanta garage boys are seen on a cruise ship and on some tropical beach surrounded by vacationing bikini-clad hipster gals, all...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Mayfield Fitzgerald's April 22, 2011 You know those situations where you're thinking to yourself, "Wow, this looks like it doesn't make sense...perhaps some...
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    From Jessica Lea Mayfield's first utterance, it feels like talking to a fairy. Impish is the word that immediately leaps to mind. Or maybe that voice belongs to Peter Pan. The impression is...
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    It's really hard to pick the best part of its GIF-happy video — Brosnan as flautist? Jump-roping Chuck Norris? Kitty explosion? — so, instead, let's celebrate the richer, fuller...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    Foals Fitzgerald's April 19, 2011 Just minutes after Fitzgerald's opened its doors for last night's Foals show, tickets were gone. The sold-out venue was packed before second opener...
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    Living in the margin between the Postal Service and Sufjan Stevens is an awfully adorable business, but Freelance Whales manages to do it without being too vomit-inducing. Scant praise, and...
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    Fake Problems sounds like a baby Bruce Springsteen backed by The Against Me! Street Band, and we mean that in the best possible way. From the first time we saw them on a 2009 weeknight at...
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
    The Raveonettes, Tamaryn Fitzgerald's April 13, 2011 Oh man, did any of you go to that Tamaryn show Wednesday night at Fitzgerald's? Yeah, we think that The Raveonettes might have been...
  • Rocks Off: 1-2-3-4!
    Hunx & His Punx Fitzgerald's April 13, 2011 "How many of you have big dicks?" yelled Seth "Hunx" Bogart while hanging from a beam that sits atop the downstairs stage at Fitzgerald's....
  • Rocks Off: Last Night
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    This coed Oakland, California, garage-pop band is like a trashy, albeit imaginary, John Waters movie come to life. Sassy lead singer Seth "Hunx" Bogart sings about cruising, crushing and...
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    Unabashed about mining the creative pool that is teen angst, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound exactly like their name implies; their songs are wistful, longing, heart-wrenching...
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  • Rocks Off: Lonesome Onry and Mean
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    The Walkmen Fitzgerald's March 3, 2011 Walk yourself on over to our slideshow to see more pics from the concert. "Play the rock, already!" yelled an impatient spectator toward the empty...
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    Young the Giant possesses songwriting wisdom and craft far beyond that of a band whose oldest member is only 22 years old. The California quintet is made up of guys who started playing music...
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    Lucero Fitzgerald's February 23, 2011 See more amber-colored images in our slideshow. About 12:30 a.m. this morning - we know because we wrote it down - Lucero front man Ben Nichols had a...
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    Lucero set its course for the next decade on the Memphis-based band's 2000 debut, The Attic Tapes. For most die-hard fans, the deal was sealed on the album's second-to-last track, "My Best...
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    Aside from being an unfunny overplayed joke, the term "no homo," as used by Lil Wayne, is hip-hop's admission of homophobia. When Lil Wayne says, "Tevin Campbell, No Homo, Black Rambo" in...
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    One look at the tousled hair and perpetually unlined faces of Chicago popsters the Smith Westerns (all 18-20 years old) and you might write them off as another Girls, albeit ones who never...
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  • Rocks Off: The Whole Wide World
    The Free Radicals remain an institution of incredible sound here in H-town, having amassed 13 Houston Press Music Awards in the realms of jazz and funk since their inception in 1996, as well...
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    It's hard to believe Daniel Johnston is 50. He looks every bit of it, or he did at the ill-fated but enjoyable Ghoulsfest in October. The Daniel Johnston in his songs, though, remains the...
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    It's very, very hard to talk about Paris Falls' latest CD, Reverse Mirror Image, without using a plethora of adjectives that have already been painted in bright letters across reviews of...
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    Still limber and forceful after three decades of pummeling and partying, Agent Orange is the über-surf-punk trio, bar none. "Bloodstains" might have single-handedly been the calling...
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    Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band is to vintage country-blues what Flogging Molly is to Celtic punk. The Indiana-based trio, anchored by drums, guitar and washboard, sounds like Tom Waits's Rain...
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    Justin Townes Earle's third full-length outing, Harlem River Blues, sees the blues/country/soul singer incorporating new sounds and textures into his already formidable repertoire. Harlem is...
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    If you are looking for a one-stop shop this weekend to examine the headspace of all things heavy and dirty in Houston, you should probably be at Fitzgerald's on Friday night for this...
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    Come Thanksgiving night, we imagine a lot of people will be thankful for any reason to get out of the house. They could do a lot worse than this typically Houston, all-over-the-map bill...
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    Canadian indie-poppers Stars were looking to challenge themselves, so earlier this year the Free Press Summer Fest alumni played new album The Five Ghosts (their fifth) start-to-finish on...
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    Fitzgerald's begins its new regime under Free Press Houston's Omar Afra and Pegstar's Jagi Katial in earnest Thursday night ("Little Friday" to the drinking set) with the Drums, the Young...
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    It's surprising that, after 30 years of incendiary shows, The Blasters haven't gone to heaven in a glorious blaze of self-combustion. Since bursting onto the Los Angeles scene in 1979 with...
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    Who doesn't love a good buffet? Or a good sequel? This second installment of Leave Your Genre at the Door — the stylistic hodgepodge of local acts that audaciously aims to expose them...
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