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    Why Is The Buzz Still So Popular?

    ? The only other concert in recent months to sell out at a Gaga-like pace has been the perennial Buzzfest, the semi-annual schlock-rock festival organized since 1995 by Houston's "new rock alternative," 94.5 The Buzz. The concert sells out...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 30, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Houston Leading "Ford Fiesta Movement" Bonnaroo Contest

    Black Queen Speaks ? For what seems like months now, Rocks Off has been seeing emails and posts about Team Houston, Ford Fiesta, Backseat Jukeboxes, and the battle of the bands this Saturday at Warehouse Live. To clear up any confusion, Rocks O...

    @ Rocks Off by David A. Cobb on April 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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    Y'all Musta Forgot Are Gonna Forget: Preemo's Concrete Dreams

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ? Preemo is an enigmatic, velvet-voiced...

    @ Rocks Off by Shea Serrano on April 30, 2010 @ 9:00 am
  • The Expat - Steve Steele finds a harder-edged sound on his debut album.


    The Expat - Steve Steele finds a harder-edged sound on his debut album.

    Eight years ago, the Houston Press reviewed this EP called InfraRed IntroSpective (IRIS for short) from a local singer/guitarist named Steve Steele. "Steele's stylishness verges on nostalgia more often than even he knows," we wrote, adding that his ...

    by Craig D. Lindsey on May 27, 2010
  • Deporting All WetWacks - Houston's Mayalino swears a lyrical vendetta against fake rappers.


    Deporting All WetWacks - Houston's Mayalino swears a lyrical vendetta against fake rappers.

    "They Wrestlemania this rap shit / Dry-mouth rappers can't spit / They rap bricks / But identical to bum's outfits...Robert Earl with the brick grey tape on / Ezal on his back in the store they fakin'." -- Mayalino, "We Alive Now" Houston rapper J...

    by Rolando Rodriguez on May 27, 2010
  • Come Out and Play - Texas Rock Tavern proves north Houston isn't entirely uncool.


    Come Out and Play - Texas Rock Tavern proves north Houston isn't entirely uncool.

    Are you aware that The Offspring, Orange County's pre-eminent metal-tinged punk rock band, has been active since 1984? That's 25 years, yo: Three more years than Green Day has been around, and those guys are dinosaurs. And what's weirder, even tho...

    by Shea Serrano on May 27, 2010
  • Buxton, Small Sounds


    Buxton, Small Sounds

    A show like this at Discovery Green's Capital One music series is encouraging, to say the least -- we won't go so far as to say it represents a sea change in the local-music scene, but it should allow two of Houston's best roots-rock bands to reach a...

    by Chris Gray on May 27, 2010
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    La Roux

    British electro duo La Roux came into the public consciousness around late 2008, about the same time that America's new Madonna/Marilyn Manson figure, Lady Gaga, also began making waves. Therefore, Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid's icy pop got a little...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 27, 2010
  • David Dove & Lucas Gorham


    David Dove & Lucas Gorham

    Nameless Sound founder David Dove and Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham were originally commissioned by local gallery labotanica to apply the late DJ Screw's distinctive, hyper-slow production style to its own improvised music for the multimedia "Scre...

    by Chris Gray on May 27, 2010
  • Korn



    Somehow, we never saw Korn growing into old age. Not that we wish them any specific harm, but we just could never picture the band members playing "Blind" while pushing 40. Unlike spirit brothers Limp Bizkit, Korn never went away, but just kept retoo...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 27, 2010
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    Veteran Brit-punks Leatherface have easily one of the most iconic sounds in their genre. With lead singer and guitarist Frankie Stubbs's raspy yelp and the band's straight-ahead yet snaky sound, Leatherface's fingerprints are on most every band that ...

    by Craig Hlavaty on May 27, 2010
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    Van Morrison Trying Our, Ticketholders' Patience

    ? Rocks Off was really, really, really looking forward to seeing Van Morrison at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday night. We read the new book by Greil Marcus, perhaps the most erudite rock critic of all time, When That Rough God ...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
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    French Bands That Make Us Say "Oh L L!"

    ? Quality French rock and roll has sometimes been hard to come by, but when it hits, it slays. As far as modern French jams go, they really know how to do electro right, but in the '70s they made some of the best sleazy punk rock. Keep in mind these ...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
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    Answers To Our "Metal Or Hymn?" Quiz

    ? A little harder than you thought, wasn't it? If Sunday-morning hymns belong to the King of Kings, and heavy metal is the Prince of Darkness' domain, they sure seem to copy each other's notes a lot. If you haven't seen our little sacred-vs.-profa...

    @ Rocks Off by Chris Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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    Rock 'N' Roll High School Revisited

    ? As a producer and director, Roger Corman earned his reputation as "King of the B Movies" with efforts like Attack of the Crab Monsters and Galaxy of Terror. Shout! Factory is issuing many of them on DVD, including this cult classic. The ...

    @ Rocks Off by Bob Ruggiero on April 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Irlene Mandrell: Work Those "Thighs Of Texas"

    Irlene Mandrell Texercise (1983) You already know the greats of Texas' recorded history. Roy Orbison. Lightnin' Hopkins. ZZ top. Jandek. But no Texas record collection is complete without this regional remnant of the exercise album craze, Irlene ...

    @ Rocks Off by Nick DiFonzo on April 29, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    Where Are We Peeing Between Karaoke Rounds?

    ? This two-story Montrose bar is ground zero on Friday nights to sing your heart out, for better or worse. The club's weekly karaoke shindig is one of the most drunk and lively in the city. Astute Houston drinkers should have already guessed whe...

    @ Rocks Off by Craig Hlavaty on April 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
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    Church Hymn Or Metal Song? You Tell Us

    ? Rocks Off recently unearthed a bunch of old hymnals while digging around in our attic, and, coincidentally enough, we also unearthed a box of metal albums we'd meant to mail to the Backstreet Boys several years ago but never got around to it. We...

    @ Rocks Off by John Seaborn Gray on April 29, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Concert Etiquette For Dummies: Don't Be A Douche

    Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Walter's on Washington, April 2 ? The following scenario has happened to Rocks Off three times in the past two months: There we are, waiting patiently in line to get into a crowded general-admission concert. Wh...

    @ Rocks Off by Brittanie Shey on April 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am
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    Idol Beat: So Long, Siobhan

    The product placement reached new heights, too. The Ford ad had a whole making-of featurette to go with it, plus the remaining six singers attempted some voice-over work in a plug for DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After, coming this summer to ...

    @ Rocks Off by Daniel Carlson on April 29, 2010 @ 10:00 am
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