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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Everything about Insko fe ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Houston Has a Great Music Scene. Just Keep the Musicians In and Hipsters Out.

    Recently Rocks Off asked our writers if Houston could ever have a "great" music scene,whatever that means. The answers were so wide-ranging we had to divide them among several posts. I want to preface this by saying that I am in love with Houston's music scene, and think it already is the greatest ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    10 Signs Your Band Won't Make It at SXSW

    Being a successful musician really has to be a slice of heaven. And of course the chicks are great. It's why from the beginning of time men (and women) have taken up instruments in the chance that they will be played in front of many, many others, some of whom could possibly want to have sex with ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Rebelution, Graveyard, Every Time I Die, Walker Lukens, Etc.

    Rebelution With J Boog, Hot Rain House Of Blues, Friday, 8 p.m., February 22 For a clue on just how much Rebelution must love ganja, beyond even the exquisitely explicit "So High" on its 2012 release Peace of Mind, consider that the Santa Barbara reggae-pop crew also issued acoustic and dub version ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    The Taxman Cometh

    Pearl Bar runs up a hefty tab with the comptroller's office as once-hot Washington Avenue sings the blues.

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    January 15, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero

    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. Who Are You? "I'm Dwight Taylor Lee, singer/songwriter/producer," Lee introduces himse ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Coming Soon to Houston: Tons of 2012 Critical Favorites

    "No good bands ever come to Houston, I swear." Welp, you're wrong buddy. In the next few weeks and months, plenty of critical darlings are coming to Houston venues, and it's not even festival season. They are coming because they are actually on tours and not taking pity on us. OK, Houston crow ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: 9 Locals To Watch This Weekend

    Rocks Off polled our writers to see which local or regional artist they most wanted to see at Free Press Summer Fest this weekend. Alexa Crenshaw: Robert Ellis recently rebooted his mid-week honky-tonk events, fittingly dubbed Whiskey Wednesday with Robert Ellis. The problem now, though, is that th ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Last Night: Delta Spirit At Fitzgerald's

    Delta Spirit Fitzgerald's April 12, 2012 I am concerned that younger bands these days are not learning the proper value of restraint. It's not even a generational thing, really. I had very little appreciation for or understanding of restraint myself until fairly recently, but a heart attack at age ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Springsteen Stumbles On Pedestrian New Album Wrecking Ball

    Today sees the release of Bruce Springsteen's newest album, the compact and confounding Wrecking Ball, his first since 2009's Working On a Dream. Recorded and inspired partly by the recent Occupy protests, with most songs coming before the movement was even a physical thing, in any other year it cou ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012
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    January 17, 2012

    You Bettah Work: 10 Rock/Pop Musicians Who Could Take Up Modeling

    Lucky for Lana Del Rey -- whose awkward-at-best Saturday Night Live performance last weekend left indie critics second-guessing her skill -- she has a backup career on which to fall, if needed. Last week, days before becoming a poor bundle of nerves on SNL, the up-and-(maybe)-coming songstress signe ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Touch the Sky

    The 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival in exactly 12 paragraphs.

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    September 16, 2011

    ACL: Adele & Mumford & Sons - Not Here, But Here

    Photos by Marco TorresTrain a-Comin': The Secret Sisters​3:30 p.m. Still they file in. Watching the crowds trudge along Barton Springs Road, their eyes fixed on the pavement about five yards in front of them (not their phones), always reminds Rocks Off of a pilgrimage. And each festival has i ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    July 1, 2011

    Canada Day: Top 10 Artists From Way Up Yonder

    ​Hello? Is this thing on? Rocks Off has a feeling that a lot of folks are nowhere near their computers today. Must be some sort of holiday. It is, actually. Today, not Monday. It's Canada Day, or as it's known in the U.S., "What Is Princess Kate Wearing?" Day. (Also, Friday.) Honestly, Rocks ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Last Night: Peter Gabriel At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Jay Lee​Peter Gabriel Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 16, 2011 Rock writers right now - hell, everyone with a musical soul - are living in the most interesting of times. No, it's not because we can pull any album we want down out of the sky at any time of day. It's because we g ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    May 27, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Bands Of The '90s

    Trent Reznor, you know, before the Oscar and all the weightlifting. ​As a music writer, we are asked constantly to compare the new with the old, to decipher the periphery where modern bands' influences come from to understand where we are going and what we are seeing. We can hear everything Ke ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Pre-Concert Eating at Hubbell & Hudson

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttPre-concert picnic from Hubbell & Hudson.​Finding a good place to eat in The Woodlands prior to a concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion can be a struggle if you're on a budget and tight for time. No one wants to battle the circling cars around The Woodlands Mall ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Out Today: Tyler, The Creator's Goblin, The Cars Restarted...

    ​We now live in a world where Adele is a chart-topping artist, placing at number one slot the past few weeks, rubbing shoulders with the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, and Britney Spears. If Adele's 21 isn't on the top of everyone's best-of 2011 lists, there is no justice in the wor ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    What Happened: 20 Lyrical Shots Of Tequila

    "Tequila. Straight. There's a real polite drink. You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won't go down" - actor Lee Marvin (R.I.P.) ​How out of it is Rocks Off after Wednesday night's sublime Arcade Fire show? Even though we've known about it for weeks, it took us until ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Out Today: Steve Earle Is Alive, Bootsy's Aged Funk, And The Late Poly Styrene's Last Disc

    ​Yep, it's the third week now that we have been listening to the new Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light. We even acquired it on vinyl this weekend, so we are doubly screwed. Now we just need it on cassette tape and one of those toothbrushes that play music in your skull like you are schizophren ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    11 Musical New Year's Resolutions For 2011

    ​Craig's Hlist stopped making New Year's Eve resolutions the older and more stubborn we got. We normally don't quit or change things forever unless we are forced to do so. ('Sup, ladies?) This makes it hard for us to keep any New Year's Eve resolutions. If anything, it's easier to change organ ... 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 6, 2010

    Saturday Night: listenlisten At The Mink

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​listenlisten, sIngs, Two Star Symphony The Backroom at the Mink December 4, 2010 A few hours before listenlisten's headlining spot at the Mink Saturday night, some friends asked Aftermath to pin down the band's sound. A visiting couple was stopping by the bar for the f ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Friday Night: The National At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​The National House of Blues October 8, 2010 Houston crowds like to party. The National does not. These two seemingly indisputable musical facts led Aftermath to imagine all sorts of nightmare scenarios for the Brooklyn band's visit to House of Blues Friday night, from t ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Rocks Off Explains Austin City Limits' "Survival Guide"

    Mark C. AustinOne day Austin City Limits will live down last year's "Dillo Dirt" debacle. That day is not today.​This year marks the fourth year that Craig's Hlist will be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the Houston Press and Rocks Off. Each year we get more acclimated to th ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    ACL: What Could Possibly Be Worse Than Last Year's Mudbath?

    Mark C. AustinCan't WAIT to go back!​In exactly one week, Rocks Off will be broadcasting live from the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park. This will be our fourth spin around the grounds since 2007, and every year we swear we won't fall in love with a bartender in the me ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Black Crowes Pull the Plug

    Band celebrates album's 20th anniversary by going on hiatus.

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    July 23, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Ceviche is always best when served on a salt puck.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where there can never be enough varieties of the Newton. We're working on a Boston Cream Pie Newton that should be ready before the end of the year, assuming we can get our taste tes ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Seven Modern Bands We'd Like To See At The Symphony

    ​This evening at Jones Hall, the Houston Symphony will be playing the music of Queen. Pretty fitting, considering the grand, orchestra-friendly nature of many Queen songs. However, there are a slew of other bands whose oeuvres Rocks Off would like to see interpreted by a symphony, and they're ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Austin City Limits Festival Tickets On Sale Tomorrow At 10 A.M.

    We're not saying Soundgarden is playing ACL, but you never know...‚ÄčThat's right. Now why would Rocks Off make something like that up? Hope you have $180 lying around and don't have any meetings or classes or anything like that tomorrow morning, because they're going to go quick. Better go ahead an ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Million-Dollar Mud

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: The Decemberists, Dapper and a Little Dangerous

    Photo by Mark C. Austin‚ÄčIf there's one band Rocks Off didn't envy during Saturday's ACL downpour - seriously, Zilker Park smells like a stable today, moreso because the staff just finished seeding the mud-splattered grounds with hay - it was the Decemberists. The Portland collective closed out Sat ... 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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    May 14, 2009
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    May 5, 2009

    Get Lit: I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto by Dave Thompson

    If productivity alone conferred greatness, then flinty rock scribbler Dave Thompson would be the Trollope of pop-culture quick reads. I Hate New Music is the latest of over 100 titles this insta-book wizard has blinked into being. And dig the intro penned by the legendary Richard Meltzer, the Big Ba ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Fresh Fruit

    Mango's attempts to resurrect Westheimer's bohemian past.

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    December 25, 2008
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    December 23, 2008

    Aftermath: Hungry Villagers at Boondocks

    Aftermath thinks the thing he likes the most about new bands is the sheer lack of pretense and ego. We love it when bands do sound check five minutes before they play to two dozen friends upstairs at a bar, with no setlist to be seen. Only armed with the songs they've been fine-tuning for ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008

    Brent Green with Jeremy Gara and Howe Gelb

    Aurora opens up “Media Archeology: Live and Televised” with a musical movie man

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    December 21, 2007
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    July 19, 2007

    Been a Long Time

    But the Houston Symphony Wants to "Rock and Roll"

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