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    Please RSVP to Our Shot in the Dark Photo Show

    Rocks Off is getting excited about our upcoming concert-photo exhibition Shot In the Dark, which is now less than a month away on Thursday, May 17. You'll see dozens of photos from recent Houston concerts as they have been shot by nine or ten of our ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 25, 2012 @ 2:35 pm
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    The Damn Quails & 10 Other Bird-Brained Bands

    The Damn Quails Tonight the Houston Press Concert Series resumes at Pub Fiction with Oklahoma duo the Damn Quails. The Quails' song "Fools Gold," from their 2011 album Down the Hatch, is tearing it up on Texas country and roots-rock radio right no...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 25, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
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    5 Bands That Should Break Up Immediately

    Music fans are selfish. We might act like we only want what's best for our favorite bands, but the truth is that we really just want what will give us the most gratification. A lot of ink, both real and digital, has been used this year to talk about...

    @ Rocks Off by Cory Garcia on April 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Say Anything's Max Bemis: "We're Lucky We Continue to Grow"

    Say Anything's Max Bemis at Warehouse Live in 2010 Since their breakout album Is a Real Boy came out in 2004, emo/pop-punk band Say Anything has been the soundtrack to many a teenager's life. For this blogger, Is a Real Boy skirted the clichs of ...

    @ Rocks Off by Corey Deiterman on April 25, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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    Last Night: The Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys at the Woodlands

    The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 24, 2012 It's hard to find an honest-to-Jesus, meat-and-potatoes (and possibly bourbon-soaked) rock show in 2012. Enter the Black Keys and the Arctic Monkeys last night at that lil...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 25, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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    Double Duds: The 10 Worst Duets Since "Ebony and Ivory"

    Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke. Perhaps history's most hack...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 25, 2012 @ 8:00 am
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    Happy Malaria Day! A Feverish Playlist

    A mosquito, seen here being a total dick. Tuesday night, as blooming flowers filled the spring air with a heady fragrance, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of empty insect repellent cans on our door, and gently tucked our young daughter in with mosqu...

    @ Rocks Off by Jef With One F on April 25, 2012 @ 7:00 am
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    Russian Radio: Top 5 Tasty Cold War Synth Jamz

    Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoats on the runways of New York and Paris and movies like Red Dawn and The Day After, the struggle between East and West was a surprisingly popu...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 24, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
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    Upcoming: Roky Erickson, Gucci Mane, Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Daniel Johnston, Etc.

    Aesthetic Perfection: Sat., June 16, 9 p.m., $15. Numbers, 300 Westheimer, Houston. Alpha Rev: Sat., May 19, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Jet Lounge, 1515 Pease St., Houston. America: Thu., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., $25-$75. Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), 18291 Englin Rd., W...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 24, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
  • Grady Gaines, the Upsetter - Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."


    Grady Gaines, the Upsetter - Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."

    Grady Gaines, who in a few years would be playing in the most important rock and roll band on the planet, was 12 years old throwing newspapers when he got the idea he wanted to play saxophone. "There was no air conditioning, so the windows were op...

    by William Michael Smith on May 17, 2012
  • Stryper: Christian-Metal Kings - Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.


    Stryper: Christian-Metal Kings - Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.

    No other band within modern-day Contemporary Christian music has been more legendary in the metal scene than Stryper. For a secular metal band, though, they are markedly different from others, using both their lyrics and their style to promote their ...

    by Christina Lynn on May 17, 2012
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    Big shit poppin': L.A.-based Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez follows up Thursday's House of Blues show with another Houston show October 10 at the much bigger Bayou Music Center. (So if you didn't get your tickets early...) And that's after the numerous 2...

    by Mikael Wood on May 17, 2012
  • Blanco's: The Time Machine - A honky-tonk with a city built around it.


    Blanco's: The Time Machine - A honky-tonk with a city built around it.

    "Hello walls, how'd things go for you today? Hello window, well, I see that you're still here Hello ceiling. I'm gonna stare at you a while" -- Willie Nelson, "Hello Walls" Blanco's, the timeless Texas honky-tonk with a major city built up ar...

    by Shea Serrano on May 17, 2012
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    Dave Matthews Band

    After a brief touring sabbatical, the Dave Matthews Band hits the road again for another round of hot fun in the summertime, slinging hashy jams for preppies, middle-aged heshers and confused hipsters alike. The band turned 20 years old in 2011, and ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012
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    Loretta Lynn

    Say what you will about Nutty Jerry's proximity to Houston, owner Jerry Nelson and his staff have been bringing in some marquee, legendary acts well worth the drive east to his arena way out in Winnie. Already, Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard and Jerry Le...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012
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    Local H

    Each Local H tour has a cool gimmick to keep the touring grind fresh for the band and fans alike, whether it's playing only the songs they released as singles or one of the six discs from their lengthy career straight through. This time through Houst...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 17, 2012
  • Buckwheat Zydeco


    Buckwheat Zydeco

    The best performers of all time combine a mastery of their chosen style with the kind of charisma that makes the specific type of music they are playing almost (but not quite) irrelevant. So it has been with Buckwheat Zydeco, once Stanley Dural Jr., ...

    by Chris Gray on May 17, 2012
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    Nicky Hopkins: Classic Rock's Go-To Piano Man

    ...and on piano... Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock's Greatest Session Man By Julian Dawson Though his name is known mostly to classic-rock liner note readers, even the casual fan has heard his piano work: The wistful opening of Joe Coc...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 24, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
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    Ask a Rapper: Big Boss E's Favorite Boss Songs

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wante...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 24, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
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    Girl Gone Wild: Madonna's Top 10 Dance/Club Chart-Toppers

    That's the chart that tabulates which songs are getting the most spins in discos and dance clubs. It's a cool, upbeat track about losing control of your desire on the dance floor, and its music video includes an extra-strength dose of shirtless dudes...

    @ Rocks Off by Nathan Smith on April 24, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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