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ABBA

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    December 12, 2013

    Knocking at Your Back Door: A Deeper Shade of Purple In the '80s

    Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live Eagle Vision, 141 mins., Various CD/DVD formats It's something of an intellectual parlor game for Deep Purple fans to debate the ultimate question: Which lineup was the best? Commercially and song popularity/longevity wise, it's clear DP 2.0 -- the band responsi ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    King Kong Song: 10 Songs for the Giant Ape's 80th Anniversary

    One of the big hits at this summer's box office was Pacific Rim, a movie about giant mechs fighting giant monsters. It owes a lot to Japanese cinema, of course, but it wouldn't exist at all without the influence of one classic American film: 1933's King Kong. Hard to believe, but its been 80 years ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    Barbarella Explores New Frontier In Houston Dance Clubs

    Right now seems like it might be a good time to open a dance club in Houston, but not just any dance club. So call the brand-new Barbarella (2404 San Jacinto) a progressive dance club -- almost anything is better than "hipster dance club," right? Once the grandaddy of them all, Rich's unceremonious ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Shine a Light On Me: 40 Years of The Midnight Special

    Recently, I was swallowed under a wave of memories while channel surfing. Thanks to some infomercial hustlers who were selling a DVD collection, I was spending the first moments of a new Saturday watching scenes from The Midnight Special for the first time in more than 30 years. My eyes were fixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Blaggards, Houston's St. Paddy's Day House Band

    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 they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Take a little Thin Lizzy and a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Reader's Poll: The Bright Lights Tonight Is Your Favorite Dancing Spot

    Houston has so many places to dance, probably hundreds, but what is your absolute favorite? Rocks Off has been wondering about this lately, so Monday we put the question to those of you who like us Facebook, which you should do. Surprisingly (to us), the clear favorite was not a club but The Bright ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012
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    August 14, 2012

    A&M Shooter Thomas Caffall's Disturbing Facebook Page: Yoda, Emily Dickinson, Commie Guns

    Thomas Caffall's mother told the media yesterday that she had been worried about her son's mental state, and from looking at his Facebook page, it's easy to see why. Having a right-wing gun nut in the family is one thing. Having one who goes around quoting Yoda and Emily Dickinson is another. Caffa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Girl Gone Wild: Madonna's Top 10 Dance/Club Chart-Toppers

    For the past two weeks, Madonna's latest single, "Girl Gone Wild," has been sitting pretty at the top of Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. 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 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Russian Radio: Top 5 Tasty Cold War Synth Jamz

    Hey, remember the Russians? Before they had a gajillion oil dollars and all those supermodels, they wanted to kill us all. But it wasn't all creeping dread and mutually assured destruction. Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Obama's Best Campaign Strategy: Keep Singing The Blues

    After President Obama crooning Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a Harlem fundraiser became an unlikely iTunes sensation, even topping the ringtone chart, history is now repeating itself with his version of "Sweet Home Chicago" caught on an episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House Tuesd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Your Biggest Fan: When Rockers Get Stalkers

    cinemafestival/shutterstock.com​This past week a statement by pop institution Madonna helped put away one of her newest stalkers, Polish citizen Grzegorz Matlok, who broke into Madge's London home and the residence of her ex-hubby Guy Ritchie. Madonna submitted the statement to Southwark Crown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Some Girls: When Rock Met Disco And Disco Met Rock

    Rent money is for posers anyway. ​Tonight for one night only at the Houston Marq*E Stadium 23, Rolling Stones fans can finally catch The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas, a 1978 concert from the band's Fort Worth stop. The tour came on the heels of the May 1978 release of the band's So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    The Modern Age: 10 Facts You May Not Know About The Strokes

    Marco TorresThe Strokes' Julian Casablancas at ACL 2010​This week marks 12 years since the Strokes debuted as a live band, at NYC's Spiral on September 14, 1999. The crowd, they recall, was five paying customers and assorted band girlfriends - humble beginnings for a band that would be both ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Don Kirshner, Late-Night Rock TV Mogul, Dies At 76

    Don Kirshner, the music-business impresario responsible for hits by the Monkees and the Archies, as well as introducing scores of pre-MTV American youth to rock via his late-night network program Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, died Monday. Kirshner, a songwriter, producer and publisher, was 76 and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    The Ten Funniest Misunderstood Lyrics Ever

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayJust another day of kicking the dancing queen...​Everybody knows that the part in "Purple Haze" where Jimi Hendrix (who died 40 years ago this month) sings "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" sounds a lot like "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." There's even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Ten French Lyrics Google-Translated For Bastille Day

    ​Here at Rocks Off, we loves us some French culture. French toast, French horns, French breakfast, The French Connection, French ticklers... wait, never mind. We even took a whole semester in college once. Seriously, though, we are big fans of Bizet, Berlioz, Debussy, Edith Piaf, Air, Justice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    An Americana "Billie Jean," Fried-Chicken Fight And More Great Shows From The Fabulous Satellite Lounge

    [Part 2 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 here.] Richard Thomspon: LOM's brother-in-law called us on a Sunday afternoon and said Thompson was playing the Satellite that night; we'd heard nothing about it. Thompson had just released his rock record, Mock Tudor, and we went what we thought was ear ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

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    June 4, 2008
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    May 20, 2008

    The Most Demanding Songs in Rock History

    ABBA: Not safe for microwave use. While doing some research for an ink-and-paper Press article, I stumbled across the Arrow's song library, which is full of both surprises and songs the station never, ever, ever plays. (That I've heard, anyway.) It's a gold mine of potential lists too, so here's on ... More >>

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    March 15, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    October 4, 2007
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    October 12, 2006

    Robbie Fulks and Danny Barnes

    Robbie Fulks and Danny Barnes perform Tuesday, October 17, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. Call 713-528-5999 for more info.

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    True Aim, Blue Flame

    How Elvis Costello turned his eclectic nature into career gold

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    Mama Mia

    Our blushing Nightfly takes his Catholic mom to see R. Kelly

  • Culture

    August 11, 2005

    The Easy Road

    In Honky Tonk Angels, three gals get what they wish for -- but the audience doesn't

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Christmas in July

    Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    Guilty Pleasures, Part II

    More music figures confess their deep, dark secrets

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    New Angels in Rock Heaven

    Scoring the grim reaper's 2004 harvest

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    Ratt Steaks

    Austin's Meat Purveyors beef up their songbook with unlikely grade-A covers

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2003
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    May 15, 2003

    The Velvet Viking

    Norwegian phenom Sondre Lerche brings his precocious sunny-day pop straight outta the fjords

  • News

    May 8, 2003
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    May 2, 2002

    Elvis Costello

    When I Was Cruel (Island Def Jam)

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    Law of Averages

    Jason Salavon sets his computer in motion and sits back to see what it tells us about ourselves

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    Crap Shoot

    Nothing's guaranteed at SXSW - not even a seat to Dee Dee Ramone's show

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    January 1, 1998
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