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Alice in Chains

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    April 14, 2014

    Canada's Rip-Roaring Monster Truck Packs Tons of Furiosity

    For this article, this wasn't supposed to be how Rocks Off interviewed Jeremy Widerman, guitarist/singer for the heavy, heavy Canadian classic rock-inspired band Monster Truck. Widerman was supposed to call from Germany, where the band was wrapping up some European dates before heading to the U.S. ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Five Metal Bands Who Overcame the Odds

    The Slayer road show hits Bayou Music Center this evening, but don't get your hopes up too high. This is Slayer practically in name only, thanks to the tragic passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo. Frankly, I'd prefer if remaining members Kerry King and To ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    The 10 Best Grunge Albums of All Time

    Kids of the '80s have to face the fact that it's time to put that "Beat It" jacket in cold storage, because the '90s are officially all the nostalgia rage. While the editor of this blog was vacationing last week, he happened to take in a screening of the very funny The World's End, whose plot pivots ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival at the Woodlands Pavilion, 8/29/2013

    Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 29, 2013 If there's anything that Rockstar Energy Drink loves more than jacking kids up on near-fatal doses of caffeine and sugar, it's putting together pre-fabricated, traveling music fes ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Black Flag, Paul Ramirez Band, Alice In Chains, etc.

    Black Flag Walters, August 26 Just to be clear, this is the Black Flag fronted by Greg Ginn, the transplanted Central Texan who in late-'70s L.A. founded one of the most aggressive, influential bands American rock has ever seen. It's not a stretch to say that within the punk world, Black Flag were ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The 10 Suckiest Bands of the '00s

    Okay, guys. Enough with the nostalgia shows already. We know you've noticed it, the sudden influx of '90s nostalgia bands that have made their way back on tour. Up until this point, it was fine to dig up a few musical memories while listening to an aging band play their radio hits, because the '90 ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Soundgarden at Bayou Music Center, 5/24/2013

    Soundgarden Bayou Music Center May 24, 2013 See more of Soundgarden and their long-suffering local fans in our slideshow. Grunge sounded old even when it was new. This misbegotten mutation of metal and alt-rock tapped into such primordial angst and soul-suffering it seemed world-weary even as band ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Jeezy, CCA Conservation Concert, etc.

    Jeezy Arena Theatre, May 17 A self-proclaimed hustler on the mike, the Atlanta rapper known as Young Jeezy has grown up quite a bit since his 2001 debut album dropped under the name Lil J. Rising through the ranks via his several independently released Dirty South mixtapes, he's now sittin' pretty ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    September 19, 2012

    Are These the Most Anticipated Albums of 2013? Seriously?

    A Web site (magazine?) called Loudwire posted their list of the most anticipated rock albums of 2013. The first question we have is "anticipated by whom?" Because if the answer is "people who love music," then we've got some major problems here. 10. Motley Crue Really? The tenth most anticipated n ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Is There Any Chance the New Thin Lizzy Album Won't Suck?

    This week, Rolling Stone and NME got wind of the fact that '70s hard-rock heroes Thin Lizzy will hit the studio this fall to record their first new album since band founder/leader/icon Phil Lynott's death 26 years ago. The news was actually broken by HotPress.com last week, but it took a while for w ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Happy Malaria Day! A Feverish Playlist

    Tuesday night, as blooming flowers filled the Spring air with a heady fragrance, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of empty insect repellant cans on our door, and gently tucked our young daughter in with mosquito netting in order to ensure Santa Carrier wouldn't visit her with his magic bag of plague. ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Kick It Out: 9 Other Great Songs by Heart

    Heart is one of the most enduring, influential, and underrated rock bands of all time. They aren't afraid to tell you how they feel -- even if they are in a pissed-off mood as they seem to be a good portion of the time with classics like "Barracuda," "Heartless," and "Even It Up." For those of use ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Tori, Tool, TLC And The Other Musical Debuts Of 1992

    1992 was a pretty heady year for music in general, with the masses gobbling up all the gangsta rap, grunge, and pop-country they could. That year would see the release of not only R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People, Peter Gabriel's Us, Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power, but also what is arguably The ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    The Best & Worst Of All Possible Buzzfests

    Photo by Marc BrubakerWe did it all for the nookie.​This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edition where we took along ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    The Best Episodes Of MTV's Unplugged

    ​MTV Unplugged was like health food for your soul during its heyday on the music channel, which was full of junk food. When artists stuck to the template and went untethered to electronic instruments and really dug into their music with new eyes it was amazing. Debuting in 1989 with Squeeze ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Dazed And Confused 2: A Rock Of Ages For The '90s

    ​Broadway loves nostalgia, and they also love a sure thing. That's why most of the biggest hit musicals on Broadway right now are jukebox musicals that string together narratives out of popular songs. Musicals like Movin' Out, Jersey Boys, and especially Rock of Ages utilize hits from the past ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Pumping 1983 Iron With Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Body Workout

    ​It's no secret that Arnold Schwarzenegger, the onetime Mr. Universe, former California governor, and action hero has found himself in the ultimate life pickle. A failed marriage and 10-year-old love child with a family maid are straining at the image that we all had of the gentle actor and (s ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Top 10 Lists Of 2010

    ​Now that's a headline, ladies and germs. It has the added benefit of being succinct as well. That's exactly what we're summing up here, the worst Top 10 lists our peers have written this year. Let's get started, as we've got a lot of ground to cover. 10. This One Not really, this is just t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Long Live Pik N Pak

    Readers trade tales of storied venue.

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    September 17, 2010

    FAIL: Kanye And Taylor, Lupe Fiasco, Kings Of Leon

    ​Taylor and Kanye Need To Move the Hell On: The MTV Video Music Awards happened this past Sunday, so you had to know there was going to be at least one sizable fail in there somewhere, and of course they didn't disappoint. Taylor Swift took the stage and sang a melodramatic tune she'd written ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Shove This J-O-B: A Mixtape For The Unintentionally Unemployed

    ​In the wake of last week's announcement that the number of unemployed Americans filing for unemployment insurance has hit its highest level in nine months, Rocks Off figured it was time for a "fuck insolvency" mixtape. This isn't hyperbole on our part; as we type this, we're well into our sec ... More >>

  • Music

    April 1, 2010

    Go-Go Girl

    Throw beer on Southern Culture on the Skids bassist Mary Huff at your own risk.

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    November 27, 2009

    Buyer Beware: Bands With Different Lead Singers Are Almost Never Up to the Original Standards

    A few Saturdays ago, Rocks Off was in the grocery store a few blocks from our house, slumming around Oak Forest wearing sandals and an old Misfits T-shirt when a group of junior-high punk rockers approached and applauded us for our good taste. We got to talking about the band, and they remarked tha ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    For World Toilet Day, the Most Creative Lyrical Uses of the S-Word

    According to an email Rocks Off received from none other than the World Toilet Organization, today is World Toilet Day. We're told it's an "internationally recognized" occasion for drawing attention to the plight of the 2.5 billion people on the planet who lack proper facilities. To this end (heh), ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    He Said, She Said: Gone Too Soon

    A rash of recent musical deaths (Michael Jackson and DJ AM among others) have led us here at Rocks Off to do some speculating of our own: Which musicians do we feel were taken from us too soon? Obvious answers like the Famous Js (John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin) or the dual ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    The Last Roundup: A Palin Resignation Playlist, Texas Heat Fizzles, Mathletes LP Release and More

    There's always that one thing that makes the week great, even though it's barely begun. This week, it comes courtesy of Houston Music Examiner David Sadof's three-part playlist for Sarah Palin's resignation. The Texas Heat Music Festival's goose was cooked, says 29-95. Thought things were slow ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Playbill: Matisyahu & Les Claypool Tonight at the House Of Blues

    Fans of the 1990s funk-metal band Primus can't forget that famous Woodstock '94 footage, where the band's resident bass god, Les Claypool, dexterously covered Metallica's "Master of Puppets," slapping out the guitar part on his signature Carl Thompson. To top it off, he then brought out legendary gr ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    June 3, 2009

    The '90s Continue Unabated At House Of Blues, Homeslice!

    Seriously, what's with the House of Blues downtown toying around with all our '90s modern rock nostalgia as of late? In the past eight months or so since the HOB has opened, the folks on Caroline have booked almost every quasi-major alt-rock band of the last decade, that has not died of an overdos ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Roger Clemens' Former Flame To Be On Rehab Reality Show

    Photo by MACSURAKRoger Clemens unsullied march from adored pitcher to worshipped Hall of Famer continues unabated.If the steroids thing hasn't tarred him -- and really, who is not gonna believe Roger against the word of just about everyone else in the world? -- it's his penchant for great publicity ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007

    Pro Athlete Musicians

    Athletes step off the field and into the studio

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    October 11, 2007
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    August 2, 2007
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    July 12, 2007

    Godsmack

    Godsmack performs Tuesday, July 17, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1600.

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    March 15, 2007

    Hella

    Concert preview

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    October 12, 2006
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    February 2, 2006

    Between the Cracks

    Profiling local bands

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    May 8, 2003

    Faceless

    Universal (Republic)

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    February 6, 2003

    Tin Henry

    Twisted (Dingo Gold Records)

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    February 24, 2000

    Siren Songs

    Lords of Acid sells sex to ravers

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    March 25, 1999
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    October 15, 1998
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    March 19, 1998
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    December 14, 1995
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    December 7, 1995

    Digital Bloating

    Without question, enhanced CDs offer more but of what?

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    May 4, 1995
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    March 24, 1994
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