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    August 29, 2014

    The 30 Best Concerts In Houston Before Halloween

    Islands Walters, September 6 Given the recent excitement of the Unicorns' first shows in a decade, opening some recent Arcade Fire dates, the good news that their Canadian indie successors Islands are headed back to town for the first time in a while should make a few townies happy. The show should ... More >>

  • Music

    December 26, 2013

    One to Grow On

    The 11 best Houston records of 2013.

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    August 28, 2013

    Cassette Store Day is the Dumbest Thing Ever

    Record Store Day is quite possibly one of the greatest things young music fans have ever come up with. Every third Saturday in April, music fans around the world flock to real deal music stores and purchase sweet, beautiful vinyl records from all of their favorite musicians. There are exclusives, re ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Last Night: Alicia Keys at Toyota Center

    Alicia Keys Toyota Center March 18, 2013 In concert, Alicia Keys projects such focus and command over her domain, the stage, it can be intimidating to witness up close. One would hate to be a backup dancer and step out of line. But she can also perform with an exquisite vulnerability, the kind of ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Pearl Bar Reportedly Shut Down By Comptroller

    According to sources in the Washington Avenue bar scene, Pearl Bar (4216 Washington) was raided and shut down this past Saturday night. The doors have been padlocked, and the bar's safe was reportedly seized. Dustin Evans, owner of Pearl Bar's neighbor Underdogs, said a Pearl doorman told him that ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Craig's List

    Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.

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    November 9, 2012

    Sounds of Twilight: The 5 Best Songs From the Twilight Soundtracks

    Like most writers who aren't named Stephenie Meyer, I find the Twilight novels an abhorrent abomination and a great offense to the written word. I assume the movies are the same to serious filmmakers. But Twilight presents me with a unique problem. Having one foot in the world of writing and literat ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Looking Back at Paul McCartney's Wonderful, Bizarre McCartney II

    Next week's Paul McCartney show at Minute Maid Park is sure to be one for the books, as the former Beatle and lauded solo artist comes to Houston for the first time in years. Rewind: Who Is Paul McCartney?!: Rocks Off Tells You Comin' Up: Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney His set lists are lar ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Cooking Notes: The 5 Most Unnecessary Musical Cookbooks

    This past week, international superstars and hard rock musical auteurs Smash Mouth announced that they were bestowing down upon us a cookbook from the heavens, which would give us some All Star recipes. You may have your doubts, but these recipes will have you Walkin' on the Sun and saying "I'm a Be ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Zach Adams of The Pass & Provisions on Switchblade Swizzles

    This week we asked readers who they'd like to see profiled in upcoming editions of Bartender Chat. Zach Adams was not only mentioned multiple times, he also happens to be working behind the bar at The Pass & Provisions, which just opened. A new chef-driven concept from Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terren ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    KACC: "Gulf Coast Rocker" Is Houston's Last Great FM Hope

    Like a wound that never truly heals, the sorry state of commercial rock radio around here continues to be a sore point for many Houstonians. Not a day goes by that several people search for 103.7 FM on the Houston Press Web site -- almost two months after the station changed formats from Adult Alter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    4 Reasons Why Old Albums Are Now Outselling New Ones

    So here's an interesting fact: according to Nielsen Soundscan, older catalog albums have officially overtaken brand-spanking-new albums in sales for the first time since Soundscan has been keeping track. That's only since 1991, but it's probably safe to say that this is the first time such a thing h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    ACL 2012 Rumors: 10 Bands That Could Make the Cut (No, Not Radiohead)

    Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin. Ah, it just wouldn't be May without ACL rumors running rampant. Rocks Off is guilty every year of stoking the fire, sometimes just one day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Ukuleles: Suddenly The Hippest Instrument Going

    ​Trends in music can be as prevalent - and subsequently fleeting - as they are in fashion. Though the eagerness to join trendy-indie bandwagons can be puzzling, music's most recent instrumental trend, the ukulele, grabbed our attention, especially after SXSW. Among the dozens of SXSW-related ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... 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 8, 2010

    John Lennon's Top 10 Solo Songs

    Cactus Music is hosting a Beatles & John Lennon DJ session featuring DJ Black Slacks from 5-7 p.m. today in the Record Ranch, 2110 Portsmouth. ​Today marks 30 years since humanity lost John Lennon. The man has haunted Craig's Hlist since he was very little, when the man broke out from being t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    FAIL: Courtney Love, KeSha, Beta Band, Rock And Roll Lawyers

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Courtney Love Melts Down Onstage... No, We Mean More Than Usual: We're hoping our Rocks Off counterpart Craig Hlavaty gets to witness his fantasy Hole show next week, but judging from the performance Courtney Love put on last Sunday night at Washington ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2010

    Wild on Washington

    The three-mile stretch of avenue is Houston's place to be if you're young, white, single and ready to party. At least for now.

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    January 22, 2010

    How Far Did We Have to Scroll Down In the 2010 Pazz & Jop Poll to Find a Houstonian?

    Congratulations, Slim Thug! Your album was Houston's biggest critical success last year... sort of.​Our sister paper in NYC's Cooper Square, the Village Voice, released its Pazz & Jop poll Thursday. The annual coast-to-coast survey of music critics ranks the previous year's best (according to ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2010

    Nothing's Wrong

    Scott H. Biram cuts back on the craziness...just not in his music.

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    January 8, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: The World Of Ghost Mountain

    ​Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, three Houston bands throw down their first gigs of 2010. For Roky Moon & Bolt they have a new album in the offing and the future seems pretty clear cut. They are riding into this new year with quite an amount of steam behind them from most all the mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Our Christmas Musical Wishlists, Part 2 - LPs Nobody Can Buy

    ​When He Said was four years old, all he wanted for Christmas was big brown tape recorder that Play Skool put out so he could record his own imaginary radio shows and crazed ramblings about He-Man. Santa Claus brought it that year, and He Said wore that thing out over the next few months. For Chri ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    "Just Us Ninjas Getting Shitfaced": ICP and Juggalo Nation Invade Warehouse Live

    [Ed. Note: We are happy to report that Craig Hlavaty is safe and sound, if a little under the weather. Here is his report from Wednesday's ICP show.] Photos by Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshow​ "Hey man, you look lonely. How's it going?" asks a big jolly Juggalo, face painted in a ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Defending the Jonas Brothers: You Got a Problem With That?

    ​We have spent days wrestling throw pillows and chain-smoking cigarettes in the sun, sweatily contemplating why it is that we can't hate the Jonas Brothers. We can honestly say this isn't some crass devil's advocate playing rock journalist devilry. We can't find a reasonable flaw in the wares they ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    Digital Domain

    Prolific Houston songwriter Joe Mathlete empties his vaults (almost) onto the Web.

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    July 30, 2009

    John Mayer Is Full of Crap

    ​Something about John Mayer just gets under Rocks Off's skin. We'll admit there was a time he made us believe our body was a wonderland, and yes, we've even wanted to "run through the halls of our high school and scream at the top of our lungs." But no more. The quiet little guitar player we once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Friday Night Noise: Indian Jewelry and Prurient

    Indian Jewelry, "Seasonal Economy" At its gnarliest, Houston's Indian Jewelry reminds Friday Night Noise of that brief period a few years back where James Toth was transitioning away from being part of being the "Wooden Wand" part of the "Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice" equation, towards the "s ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Aftermath: Yanni at Toyota Center

    Craig Hlavaty Words like pageantry, wonderment, and spectacle aren't used very much in the Aftermath lexicon. It's hard to divvy out those special labels when we are covering bleeding dudes in bondage gear half-raping each other on stage, the weekly parade of washed-up alt-rock groups making another ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Phil Collins, Alamo History Buff

    English musician, former member of Genesis and victor over the South Park movie at the 2000 Academy Awards Phil Collins is, sometime soon, probably going to stop in to take a look at a historic area in Corpus Christi where 35 Texans were killed or captured by Mexican forces. Fine with us, Phil. As l ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    December 4, 2008
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    November 19, 2008

    Tonight: Danielson at Walter's on Washington

    The career of Daniel Smith, leader and mastermind of Danielson, has a strange irony: his music promotes spiritual healing, oneness and love, but by and large, his audience has been attracted by its joyous perversity. Smith sings exclusively in a high, squeaky voice, and his twee, disorientingly ad-h ... More >>

  • Music

    September 18, 2008

    In Need: Signal to Noise

    Houston experimental-music journal needs a hand

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    January 17, 2008

    The Art of Noise

    Signal to Noise founder Pete Gershon turns his private collection into art

  • Music

    October 18, 2007

    Caribou Times Two

    Comparing the synth-popper with his mammalian namesake

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    August 26, 2004
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