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Allison Wagoner

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Stephen Malkmus, Childish Gambino, etc.

    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Fitzgerald's, March 7 Slack-rock innovator Stephen Malkmus -- best-known for his tenure in '90s figureheads Pavement -- is, in reality, quite insightful. But he's as always been an anomaly in many ways. He's a pioneering musician, smart-as-a-whip scholar, skilled sports ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Concert Venues

    As the Houston Press doffs our kudos cap to local institutions great and small in the Best of HoustonĀ® 2013 awards, all through October each of our four blogs will be looking beyond the winners of selected categories in a series we like to call "The Rest of the Best." Rocks Off happened to draw Fri ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Kirko Bangz Hits Cover of XXL's "Freshman 10" Issue

    Congratulations to Houston rapper Kirko Bangz for making the cover of XXL magazine's annual "Freshman 10" issue this month, only a couple of years after he first drew national attention with the single "Drank In My Cup," and several months after "Drank" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2013

    A Full Dance Card

    The 2013 RodeoHouston lineup reflects Houston, not Texas.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Five Prop Bets For Music Lovers This Super Sunday

    Photo by Allison Wagoner​It's time to be honest with each other for a moment: some people out there don't care about the Super Bowl. They may not care about sports at all. In fact, they might hate sports completely. Listen close and you can hear them roll their eyes at yet another blog post a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Saturday: Main Street Block Party at The Island

    Photo by Allison McPhailGetting their dance on.​Check out our slideshow of fans and bands at the Main Street Block Party. Eric Dean had something to prove to Houston after his Montrose Winter Social flop last month. Dean did as he promised, and delivered with the 2nd Annual Main Street Block ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Balaclavas Sets Out On The Road Again For The Decadent West Coast

    Photos by Allison WagonerBalaclavas last July at the Mink​There are tiny bone chips in my right elbow because of a curb in Austin, my inability to maneuver a children's bicycle down a steep hill, and inherent humanity. Back at SXSW '09 on the way to see Balaclavas play their showcase, I smashe ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Aftermath: Our Favorite Shows of 2011

    Photo By Craig HlavatyRex's War Face: The crowd's at June's Free Press Summer Fest were feral and friendly. ​This week we asked our pool of Rocks Off writers what their favorite shows of 2011 were, the ones that brought joy to their hearts to attend and helped them make magic with a keyboard h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Rocks Off Lists Our Favorite Downloads of 2011

    It's getting to be that time of year, when the temperature drops and the lists start rolling in. Read any blog, magazine or newspaper and you're bound to run across at least a handfull of year-end lists, particularly when it comes to music. We all like to talk about the stuff we like. It's just what ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011

    Thanks, Houston

    What we appreciate most this year.

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    BestFest: Buxton Incite Swoons, Deer Tick Get A Little Goofy

    Photos by Marc BrubakerBuxton​Maybe I've just never seen Buxton at a venue as large as this one before, but I've seen them play some pretty big places, and so far this is the biggest they've ever sounded. It was just confirmed for me that those guys can thrive equally well in either a modest, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: thelastplaceyoulook Rolls In The Deep & All That Jazz

    Photos by GroovehouseHair of the Dog: thelastplaceyoulook's Nava​If you missed Hell City Kings, the first band that played today, you missed out on a really religious experience. That could have been because frontman Josh Wolf made the set look like a Christian summer camp. Since it was so ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: Slim Thug's Sweet Tooth, Against Me! Destroys, Bun B Trills

    Photos by Marc BrubakerSlim Thug​Slim Thug is in front of me eating a popsicle right now. That sums up the second half of my day pretty well. There was skanking at Los Skarnales - both kinds - and a surprise Baby Bash mini-set before Slim Thug came onstage. I forgot how much "Suga Suga" remind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2011

    Mink Changes Owners, Management Nearly Overnight

    Allison WagonerHouston's The Energy at The Mink, July 2011​White Mystery wasn't just the name of the band playing The Mink on Saturday night. There was a palpable feeling of tension and "weirdness," as one person put it, at the Midtown venue as word continued to spread across the Houston indie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    No Swag: Paul Wall's Rumored Young Money Deal, Falling Stages

    Despite what you may have heard, swag isn't dead yet; at least not in Houston. Have any swagged-out projects or general ideas? E-mail alliswagoner@gmail.com. images.blastro.comRemember this?​Paul Wall Signs to Young Money? People have been saying that The People's Champ has decided to sign wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Diary Of A Girls Rock Camp Counselor: Best Week Ever

    Photos by Allison WagonerCampers Zoey and Lilli show off their DIY album art.​Today is the last day of Girls Rock Camp Houston and Rocks Off has already cried twice. It's only 7 a.m. We never thought we'd get so emotionally involved - psych, we're babies - but being surrounded by these gifted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Friday Night: iceage & Balaclavas At The Mink

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​iceage, Balaclavas The Backroom at the Mink July 15, 2011 A lot of folks have a dirty habit of going full-throttle on a new band with only one album and a few singles, lumping praise on them before they can really live up to it. Aftermath has done it in the past (Die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Friday Night: The Energy At The Mink

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​The Energy The Backroom at The Mink July 15, 2011 Houston punk ambassadors The Energy's set on Friday night was an inside joke that the crowd wasn't in on, which made it even more appealing for Aftermath. Singer Arthur Bates was all smiles as he announced between sti ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    Montrose Muffled

    Residents take sides on bar noise issue.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Muhammadali Seeking Funds For Ride To Awesome Fest

    ​Muhammadali needs a magic tour bus... not just to pick up school children and drive them around "inside the human body," they're also trying to get to a DIY punk festival called Awesome Fest 5 in San Diego. There will be a big benefit show with free food to raise money for the guys' prospect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Noise Complaint Muffles Mango's July 4 Blast

    Photos by Allison WagonerMuhammadali​"I Want You To Party" Mango's July 4, 2011 Mango's could have been drastically more packed for its 24-band Fourth of July "I Want You To Party" extravaganza if not for the meddling neighbors and the red and blue. We arrived at 2:30 p.m. and watched the cro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Saturday: Kelly Clarkson At The Galleria

    Allison Wagoner​Kelly Clarkson The Galleria June 25, 2011 Aftermath knew that Pride weekend in Houston was going to get a little weird for us, but we didn't think our Saturday afternoon pregame ritual would be standing amongst 100 tweens singing along to "Since U Been Gone," fighting off a ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    The Best Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

    ​The year isn't quite half over, but as of today, "summer" is officially here - even if the calendar needs a few weeks to catch up - and by the time summer is over, so will 2011. Or close enough. So Rocks Off asked our staff to give us their favorite two albums of the year so far, plus one out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    The Best Local & Texas Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

    ​Chris Gray: My pick is a dead heat between a pair of Lost Highway albums by a couple of artists who just happen to be appearing at Summer Fest this weekend, Hayes Carll's KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears' Scandalous. Though he's been one of my favorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Jon Bon Jovi, Mayor Parker SEARCH For Youth Answers

    Photos by Allison WagonerHouston Mayor Annise Parker and Jon Bon Jovi stand with their autographed plates that will be featured on SEARCH's "Wall of China."​Jon Bon Jovi has a concert at Toyota Center Tuesday, but he came to Houston a day early to do some voluntary community-service work for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Bon Jovi Rides His Steel Horse to Meet Annise Parker

    Photos by Allison WagonerHouston Mayor Annise Parker and Jon Bon Jovi stand with their autographed plates that will be featured on SEARCH's "Wall of China."​Even though there's a famous APB on him, Jon Bon Jovi met with Mayor Annise Parker yesterday and was not arrested. Bon Jovi has a concer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    iFest's Second Weekend Brings It All Back Home

    Jason WolterTexas Connection: Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt (not pictured)​See lots more iFest pictures from Saturday and Sunday (and some food) in our slideshows. Yes, it was hot at iFest this weekend. Houston hot. Sunday afternoon, partway through Lucinda Williams' surprisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Last Night: Donald Glover & Childish Gambino At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​Donald Glover/Childish Gambino Warehouse Live May 3, 2011 WTF is "nerdcore"? That's what we went out to discover last night at Warehouse Live at the combination comedy and rap show performed by the same dude, Donald Glover, whose rap style as Childish Gambino has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Never Mind Arcade Fire: Bands Who Fit Other Houston 'Burbs

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Tonight's the night. Win and Will Butler of conquering indie heroes Arcade Fire finally return to the town that indirectly won them a Grammy, The Woodlands. On last year's The Suburbs, the Butlers and their Canadian compatriots reflected on the brothers' restless M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Bun B Breaks It Down At Kashmere's Grammy Career Day

    Photos by Allison WagonerL-R: Rodney Alejandro, Ronda Prince, Bun B​Rocks Off has always been kind of bitter about not being able to take Bun B's class at Rice University, so when we heard that he'd be speaking at Kashmere High School on Tuesday, we jumped on the opportunity to sit in. The ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    iFest's First Weekend Thick With Music, Humidity

    GroovehouseJimmie Vaughan (left) and his band gave the large iFest crowd some saxual healing Saturday.​Lots more iFest in our slideshows: The bands, the performers, the crowds and even the food. For something that was still going on 24 hours ago, the first weekend of the Houston International ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Bob Dylan: 50 Years After His Debut, Have Things Changed?

    Today, April 11, is the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first professional show, an opening slot for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village. It's also the golden anniversary of Nazi military Adolf Eichmann's war crimes trial beginning in Israel, but that's not really that sunny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Saturday Night: SPEAK 4 At Mango's

    Photos by Allison WagonerNosaprise & Screw Tapes​SPEAK 4 feat. Nosaprise & Screw Tapes, A.D.D., Twenty Eleven, Parking and Fat Tony Mango's March 26, 2011 Aftermath's Saturday afternoon was spent at the beach doing some voluntary biological exploration, which actually consisted more of poking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW: A Happy Brother And A Sh*t Horse

    Photos by Allison WagonerJames Graham of the Twilight Sad (left) and the author's little bro​Rocks Off arrived in Austin Wednesday with just enough time to get in a quick nap and free Olive Garden from the hotel before departing for downtown. By the time we got there, it was already dark and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Marcos Witt: Christian Superstar, Houston's Best-Kept Secret

    Allison Wagoner​Marcos Witt has won four Latin Grammys, written 10 books, and has more than a million fans on Facebook. Considering he's also a Houstonian, we were confused as to why we'd never heard anything about him. After some investigative work, we discovered that his niche is obscure, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Friday Night: Acro-Cats At Super Happy Fun Land

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​Acro-Cats Super Happy Fun Land February 25, 2011 When Aftermath initially saw the event invitation for the "Cat Circus" at Super Happy Fun Land on Friday, we didn't know how to react. We thought to ourselves, "This could be an actualization of one of our reoccurring ... More >>

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