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    Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Pared down to just David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (Neil Young is now touring with Crazy Horse), a night with these three geriatric strummers whose list of influential cuts starts with 1969's "Marrakesh Express" is a good way to knock a ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on August 9, 2012
  • 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners - Size matters.


    2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners - Size matters.

    Like everything else about this city, the size of the Houston music scene can sneak up on you. It always seems so far-flung and diffuse most of the year, because our performers and venues are spread out across some 700 square miles. But then Musi...

    by Chris Gray on August 9, 2012
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    "NASA" Does LMFAO: Oh, No...

    NASA's pride and joy, the Curiosity Mars rover It's Friday afternoon, and you could either use a good laugh or else you just don't care anymore. Either way, do we have something for you. Riding high on the wave of good PR and general swag of the ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 17, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    Iron Maiden Gets Superfan Treatment in New Coffee-Table Book

    Maiden Nation is counting the hours before Saturday night's gig up north at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, but any self-respecting Iron Maiden fan should have been cuddled stoically studying Neil Daniels's new tome Iron Maiden: The Ultimate Una...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Here Come the Trishas, Texas's 4-Part Harmony Queens

    Does anyone else miss the Dixie Chicks? Is it even okay to say that in Texas? We hope so, because a week or two ago, Rocks Off stumbled across "Tonight the Heartache's On Me" again and have been on a serious Chicks kick ever since. But as the song s...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 17, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    10 Iron Maiden T-Shirts Sure to Prove Your Metal Cred

    According to the unwritten laws of concert etiquette, it's generally unacceptable to wear a band's T-shirt to their performances. It just makes you look as if you're trying a tad too hard. A notable exception to this rule, however, is the legendary I...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on August 17, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    5 Non-Rap Acts We'd Like to See Chopped Not Slopped

    Then I heard OG Ron C's take on Girl Talk's All Day and I found myself really enjoying it. Suddenly I became curious about what other non-rap chopped not slopped mixes might be out there. Luckily for me, DJ Lil Steve did a whole series of alternative...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on August 17, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Fiskadoro, BT, Hickoids, The 71's, Etc.

    The Drunks, Donkey Punch and The Blood Royale bring you an evening of unicorns, daffodils and butterfly kisses tonight at Rudyard's. Of course they will. Kozmic Pearl, all the Janis you can handle with a side helping of Big Brother & the Holding Co....

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 17, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    1965: Remembering Houston's Summer of Beatlemania

    Forty-seven years ago this week, full-scale Beatlemania descended upon Houston in all its glory. On August 19, 1965, the Fab Four played their only Houston concerts -- one in the afternoon and one in the evening -- at the Sam Houston Coliseum downtow...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on August 17, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Death Be Not, Uh...True: The 8 Most Asinine Musician Death Hoaxes

    Why do people perpetrate death hoaxes? Why would someone deliberately set out to spread rumors of a famous person's demise that they know simply aren't true? Is it some kind of Munchausen-By-Proxy thing, where they hope to absorb some of the residua...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on August 17, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    "When the Beatles recorded their playlists, did they record them on voice memo?" his son asked, perplexed that at one time music was recorded to tape, and not the kind of tape you use to seal boxes or affix posters to a wall. The piece ends with Gree...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on August 17, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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    ACL Festival Expanding to 2 Weekends in 2013

    Arcade Fire closed down the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival, which is expanding to a second weekend. Rewind: Five years of Rocks Off ACL Fest coverage The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that the Austin City Limits Music Festival wi...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 16, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
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    The Anatomy of Mookie Jones's Mack

    Cardo and DJ Burn One turn blaxpoitation tricks behind the boards, securing enough space to let Mookie's hair essentially float over 11 tracks and 45 minutes of nothing but sleek horns and drum stabs (and even a bit of talkbox on "Elbow Out The Windo...

    @ Rocks Off by Brando on August 16, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    King's X Back on the Road After Drummer's Heart Attack

    Jerry Gaskill of King's X at House of Blues, October 2010 Rewind: King's X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Has Heart Attack King's X Marks The Spot: Three Bands Spawned by Houston's Hard-Rock Power Trio Houston progressive hard-rock band King's X will ret...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on August 16, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
  • Article

    Last Night: Crosby Stills & Nash at The Woodlands

    Crosby Stills Nash Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 15, 2012 As a trio, duo, solo, in their previous bands, or with that Neil guy dropping in once in a while, there's no doubt that David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have collective...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on August 16, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    10 Reasons to Hate Boyz II Men's "End of the Road"

    Twenty years ago this week, a slick R&B ballad appeared at the top of the charts and simply refused to go away. One of the most successful songs of the '90s, Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks, setting a new rec...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on August 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Without a Face's New Video Is Not Without Awesome

    That's from a review I wrote more than four years ago. It was the very first thing I ever did for the Houston Press. The show I was reviewing was called the Hometown Showdown and was this 40-fucking-hours-long thing that featured exactly 1 million lo...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 16, 2012 @ 9:00 am
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    Love Dominique: The Anti-Hate Dominique

    Some weeks, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? E-mail their particulars tosheaserra...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on August 16, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    A No-Holds-Barred Look at Insane Clown Posse's "Chris Benoit"

    Here's a Video of the Entire Geto Boys Show From Saturday's Juggalo Gathering It's been a pretty good week for both the Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos across the country. Aside from an argument that led to a Texas ninja getting stabbed, this year's...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on August 16, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    The Coolest and Uncoolest Songs About America's Coolest City (Us)

    As you may have read, Forbes magazine recently determined that, by their measurement criteria, Houston is now America's coolest/hippest city. Of course, while the rest of the world has looked down its nose for years while imagining us to be little ...

    @ Rocks Off by William Michael Smith on August 16, 2012 @ 6:00 am
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