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Rocks Off's YouTube Video Explosion 2009: U2, Steve Earle, 10th Grade Cutie and Everything In Between

This year Rocks Off added a few Flip cameras to our devastatingly amazing blogatory weapons. We have been taking as many live videos at shows as we possibly can, and what better way to show our thanks to the Flip this Thanksgiving weekend than by showcasing its powers? From Ghostland Observatory, schooling Houstonians on Roky Erickson, our inaugural Beatles: Rock Band party, all the way to the recent Westheimer Block Party (above), the Flip has been a part of the family. We try to bring it with us to most live shows, so we have amassed a good amount of footage. It's really small and easy to bring into pits and crowds, but the only problem is that it only holds about an hour of film. But that's probably better off, because we would more than likely try to capture entire concerts for you guys to watch, which would more than likely get us in some sort of legal trouble. Enjoy... Ghostland Observatory

This was one of the first concerts we took the Flip to, for Ghostland's May show out at the Sam Houston Race Park. We were nervous using it so we only got short bursts of songs. That changed later on.

 

Morrissey

The whole night at Morrissey's show at Jones Hall, fans were making their way onto the stage hug and kiss the Mozz. Strangely, the Press ' own Abrahan Garza wasn't one of them.

 

Steve Earle

To promote his new album of Townes Van Zandt covers, appropriately called Townes , Steve Earle played for a good hour inside Cactus Music. He also did a few of his own songs. It was one of the best free shows the record store has ever put on.

 

Who Is Roky Erickson?

When Roky Erickson was coming to play the Continental Club in June, Rocks Off went into the halls of the downtown tunnels to ask if Houstonians knew who he was. The responses ranged from befuddlement to downright confusion.

 

Gallows

Rocks Off ventured back out to the Sam Houston Race Park for his sixth Warped Tour. The sun was ridiculously hot and we saw a few dozen kids in the medic tent nursing broken fingers and heat exhaustion. Britain's Gallows put one hell of a show to match the pulverizing summer heat.

 

Benjamin Wesley

In July, Rocks Off favorite Benjamin Wesley played a few new unreleased songs over at Cactus one Saturday afternoon.

 

Beatles: Rock Band

We bought Beatles: Rock Band in September and threw a party for it out at Coffee Groundz. It was a drunk and hellacious time, and we finally got to meet some of you over a few rounds of the game.

 

10th Grade Cutie
Our little brothers in spirit, 10th Grade Cutie, made quite the impression this year as we followed them from Baybrook Mall in March all the way to this show at Mangos. We are pretty sure bad things that the D.A.R.E. people said not to do were involved.

 

U2
Between this show and Motorhead's date at Warehouse in September, both of us in Rocks Off were pretty busy being fanboys. We captured the first eight minutes of the U2 show and showed you "The Claw" in all its glory. It was a fantastic show, natch.

 

The Texas Big Beat
About 100 or so professional and amateur drummers of all ages went to a hangar out near Bush Intercontinental Airport to play the skins and raise money for charity. The feeling of being in a room with that many kits bashing away was rad, we must say.

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