Ani DiFranco

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    December 10, 2013

    Top 10 Spoken-Word Pieces On Music Albums

    You know what I love? Soliloquies! Nothing is more awesome to me than when an album pauses in all the music and has a track where someone suddenly takes the mike and starts talking. Done well, it can be a hell of a powerful piece, but I respect the courage of anyone who gives it a shot. Some artist ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Remembering Phil Ochs, the "Singing Journalist"

    Phil Ochs was never Bob Dylan. Oh, he wanted to be Dylan, but ol' Zimmy booted that bastard right out of his limo. "You're not a folksinger, you're a journalist." If only Phil had accepted himself as "the singing journalist." After failing to find the commercial success he so desired, Ochs turned ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Friday Night: Andrew Bird at House of Blues

    Andrew Bird House of Blues October 12, 2012 Once in a while, I think it's healthy for critics to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves by tackling an assignment that is foreign to them, to test their powers of observation and analysis in a neutral environment. It's easy to rev ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: T.S.O.L., Girl In a Coma, Etc.

    The true sounds of liberty since 1978, whether those sounds are Black Flag-ish hardcore or Danzig-like mook-rock, the decidedly gothic T.S.O.L. sprang from the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif., and palled around with the Damned and Dead Kennedys before helping their younger SoCal siblin ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    #1 Crushes: Our Favorite '90s Rock Vixens

    Tonight House of Blues welcomes Garbage back to Houston after a seven-year hiatus. The group, lead by fearsome Scottish redhead Shirley Manson, has been sorely missed from the music scene. They are currently touring behind their upcoming album Not Your Kind of People, which hits stores May 14. Rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    2011 Rewind: Concert Tickets From An Alternate Universe

    This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months. One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    35 Bands You Should Never, Ever Search On Google Images

    dedica.laOnce unprintable in "family" newspapers, today the Butthole Surfers barely even rate on our list. You'll see why.​Here at Rocks Off, we take our blog ideas where we can get them - even from mistakes. Allow us to explain. About a month ago, we went to Rihanna at Toyota Center, and aft ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    The Abortion Debate Part 2: Five Pro-Choice Songs​Yesterday Rocks Off allowed five musicians to voice their opposition to legalized abortion in this country through song. Today, we allow rebuttal from the pro-choice camp in order to give everyone their say. As a note, a conversation between writer an editor brought up Ben Fol ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Summer Fest Critic's Guide: Who We're Seeing At Tinsley

    Jermaine Rogers​In three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011
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    May 10, 2011

    Summer Fest Releases Stage Schedule, Set Times

    Jermaine Rogers​If Rocks Off learned anything at iFest these past two weekends, it's that we should have started our own bottled-water franchise. And that when you go to a music festival, it's a good idea to know who is playing and when. Running around willy-nilly is all well and good unless i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010

    Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent Tour

    She's singing - and still sassy

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Discount iFest Tickets Through KPFT; GaGa On Sale Next Friday; Husk Blows Away; Free Ani D Tickets & Poster Show

    Courtesy of​The 40th anniversary of iFest is coming up next weekend, and this year music from the Caribbean will be spotlighted, with headliner and President of Funkadelia George Clinton (right; no relation to that other President). KPFT is also turning 40 this year, and for a limited ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Listology: Nava of The Last Place You Look's Favorite Vocalists

    This weekend Thee Armada gets a proper send-off at the band's supposed final show ever at Warehouse Live Saturday night. Armada singer Josh Caddy is moving on to another band, and his bandmates are calling it a day. Some of Houston's best alt-rock bands are opening, including The Last Place You Loo ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Twelve Musical Fuck Yous Better Than Gov. Ah-nuld's Coded Message

    ​Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​We admit, we never thought he had it in him, but apparently the Governator is capable of human cleverness - just like all non-cybernetic organisms. That is, if we accept that the acrostic in this veto message here isn't just a coincidence (read the first ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    The Power of Movement

    Every top dance company in town comes together for a whirlwind concert

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    December 18, 2008
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    November 6, 2008
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    September 5, 2008

    Mail Call: What's in the Crate?

    It's one of God's little jokes that no matter how hard we try, we really can only do one thing at a time. Certain tasks always seem to get relegated to the back burner, and for Rocks Off, for some reason, it's the mail. I think it has something to do with believing that as long as you don't open a b ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2008

    FrenetiCore Fringe Festival

    A heaping sampler of local theater, dance, film and music

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    October 18, 2007

    Alas, alak, Alaska!

    Eerie lullabies to settle your case of the Mondays

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Tristan Prettyman

    Friday, June 30, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513

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    August 18, 2005
  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    Can't Touch the MMMBop

    A new boxed set excavates the '90s

  • Music

    June 16, 2005

    Various Artists

    Bonnaroo 2004

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    March 10, 2005
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    February 3, 2005
  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Party Animals

    Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election

  • Music

    September 9, 2004

    Ruthie Foster

    Stages (Blue Corn Music)

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    July 15, 2004
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    April 1, 2004

    Bitch and Animal

    Wednesday, April 7

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    March 25, 2004

    Adieu, Monsieur Mojo

    ...And other SXSW adventures

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    Die Like an Eagle

    Michael Franti and friends fight the hawks with hits

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Time Trial

    After nine months in a body cast and years of neglect in his home country, aging rocker Ed Hamell still aims to conquer America

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2003

    Class Is Out

    Once homeless, Tyler Perry now sells out the house

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Lucy Kaplansky

    Thursday, February 6

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    April 11, 2002

    Back To Basics

    Steven Van Zandt is dedicated to garage rock

  • Film

    July 19, 2001

    Deep Thoughts

    Lost and Delirious makes Jack Handey sound like Kant

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Annie Lin

    Math Pope (Ariadne Records)

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    November 2, 2000


    Music (Maverick/Warner Bros.)

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    March 2, 2000

    Out In Sight

    Gender bias and the FBI's eyes can't keep Janis Ian down

  • Music

    December 16, 1999

    Paperless Record Deals

    Local Music News

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    October 14, 1999

    Righteous Babe

    Ani DiFranco, poetess, goddess, funky folker, comes to town

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    January 21, 1999
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    March 12, 1998
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    November 13, 1997
  • Film

    June 19, 1997

    Petty Woman

    Wedding smothers the romantic comedy -- by embracing it hard

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    May 8, 1997
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    June 6, 1996

    Her Wayor No Way

    Ani DiFranco's loner's resolve is beginning to pay off

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