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  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Cold War Kids Are Back; Will Anyone Notice?

    For a minute there, Cold War Kids looked like the saviors of intelligent, conceptual rock and roll. When their first album, Robbers and Cowards, was released in 2006, it caught most of us who follow indie-rock off-guard. It was slickly produced and unabashed in its stadium aspirations, but it carrie ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Five Important Reasons Never to Date a Rapper

    Rappers are awesome. They have the freshest clothes, they have the dankest weed, and they're fucking great at making words rhyme to a beat. Everybody wants a piece of their favorite rapper -- just check out those 139 people on stage with him. What are they doing up there? Nothing, really. They're ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The New Boom 92 Houston: A Review

    About two years ago, I decided to listen to 97.9 The Box over the course of a weekend. This was before the station implemented a not-secret but widely understood policy of supporting locals. It was hypersexualized. It was gross. It dealt with more Rick Ross detailing his sexual prowess than I ever w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2014

    Katy Perry at Toyota Center, 10/10/2014

    Katy Perry, Becky G, Ferras Toyota Center October 10, 2014 There are moments in Katy Perry's Prismatic World tour that may make you utter "wow" out loud. They're few and far between, but every few songs something genuinely impressive happens. That the rest of the show doesn't live up to these mome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Five of the Many, Many Times Motley Crue Should Have Retired Already

    To hear Motley Crue tell it, Saturday night will be the last time they perform for a Houston crowd together. The glam-metal archetypes, storied rock and roll survivors all, say that this is it for them. The Final Tour. They even made a big show of signing a contract pledging never again to perform a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Revocation's Riff Factories Just Can't Stop Shredding

    Revocation is not a band that likes to keep its fans waiting. A little more than a year after the release of their last album -- a self-titled monster that propelled the Boston-based technical death-metal wizards onto the Billboard charts for the first time -- they're back again with another. Next w ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014
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    October 7, 2014

    Relax, It's OK to Like Weezer Again

    "Take me back," singer Rivers Cuomo intones in the chorus of Weezer's latest hit single, "Back to the Shack." It's a familiar sentiment from him, going all the way back to the early portion of his career when he sang "I've got to get back" in Pinkerton classic "The Good Life." Is "Back to the Shack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 1

    Best Act That We Didn't Understand How They Were Making Noise: The Glitch Mob With a battery of touchscreens and drum triggers, The Glitch Mob dropped what was the most impressive set of electronica on the festival, which is saying a lot on a bill that features some of the biggest DJs in the world. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    A Day to Remember at NRG Arena, 10/1/2014

    A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Chiodos, Motionless in White NRG Arena October 1, 2014 It's always good to see a band, no matter how big or small, swing for the fences. The reality is that while you can start a rock band and tour the world, you won't always be able to pull of your dream st ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    Anti-Lilly & EnVy Hunter Seek REdefinition

    MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK Anti-Lilly & EnVy Hunter, REdefinition Last year, Anti-Lilly awoke from a haze. He picked out his afro, put on his glasses, rolled up, smoked and then released Memoirs & the '90s, a template of how to create a jazz-rap album inspired by your upbringing watching The Secret World o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Jethro Tull Was a Great Band Before Aqualung

    The classic-rock world lost another of its members last month with the passing of Jethro Tull's original bass player, Glen Cornick. They, alongside Deep Purple and Judas Priest, are one of what I consider the last three bands unjustly omitted from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For those familiar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Taylor Momsen, Rock's Smartest Wild Child

    Taylor Momsen can name her rock and roll heroes with a disarming amount of speed. Her father's record collection instilled in her a love of loud guitars and thunderous drums from childhood, says the 21-year-old former Gossip Girl actress, who then rattles off the greats like her band The Pretty Reck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    This past Saturday, Slim Thug decided to break plenty of hearts among Houston rap fans. He announced on Instagram that his King & a Boss album, that long-awaited disc between he and enemy-turned-BFF Z-Ro, wasn't coming out. Thanks to timing, the proposed project had lost a bit of its luster from wh ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014
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    September 25, 2014
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    September 24, 2014

    Revisiting Johnny Winter's Hell-Raising Memoir

    Raisin' Cain; The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter By Mary Lou Sullivan Backbeat Books, 384 pp., $24.99 As is the case when any musician dies, widespread interest in his or her career and catalogue shoots up in the immediate aftermath. And that has certainly been the case with blazing blues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Pre-Theater Dining at Damian's: Spaghetti & Meatballs and Complimentary Shuttle Service

    Going to the theater district should be an occasion. Maybe you have tickets to the Houston Grand Opera or the Houston Ballet. Maybe you're getting dressed up to see the Houston Symphony's new music director, Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Occasions like these make for a perfect date night -- especially if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Luke Bryan at The Woodlands, 9/19/2014

    Luke Bryan, Lee Brice Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 19, 2014 Among the various forms of popular music, country seems to age the most gracefully. An old rapper can keep trying to put out new music, but it's often just kind of embarrassing. Old rockers stay out on the road playing the hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Totally True Tales of Classic-Rock Debauchery!

    Come with me now, rock music fan, to visit a bygone time of yore. Imagine a time when radio station program directors could actually program their radio stations. When artists both on the rise and hugely successful playing in town might drop by the station, hang with the DJs, and play some softball ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Reformed Rapper Lecrae's Chart Victory For Houston

    Wednesday, Lecrae Moore, the 34-year-old rapper who was born and raised in Houston but now resides in Atlanta, broke new ground. His latest album, the accurately titled Anomaly sold 88,000 copies and landed at the top of the Billboard 200. 88,000 copies for a rap album in 2014 isn't paltry, ranking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Before They Were Stars, They Were...Awful

    Let's talk about genre-jumpers, shall we? A number of successful artists have made the leap from one genre to another at some point in their careers. but it doesn't always pay off. Take Darius Rucker, for example. The onetime Hootie and the Blowfish front man made the right choice by taking a leap ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014
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    September 18, 2014
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    September 18, 2014
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    September 16, 2014

    Overkill Schools Us On Classic East Coast Thrash-Metal

    As the screamin' front man for New Jersey thrash-metal legends Over Kill since the group's formation, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has seen, experienced, and learned a lot in three and a half decades. So what is the one piece of advice that his 2014 self might offer the 1980 Blitz? "Give up the fucking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Lily Allen at House of Blues, 9/13/2014

    Lily Allen, Samsaya House of Blues September 13, 2014 During the span of her decade-long career, Lily Allen has managed to attract consistent press attention for her outspoken, disparaging remarks towards pop-music heavyweights, and when she dropped new album Sheezus earlier this year, that bodacio ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014
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    September 9, 2014

    Best Tweets from Texans Fans During Game-Time TV Outages

    Disgruntled football fans took to Twitter Sunday and Monday to lambaste satcasters DIRECTV and Dish Network for storm-related interruptions to the Texans game. Most satellite setups struggle to maintain a perfect signal in bad weather conditions, prompting customers to upgrade receivers and dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Southern Rock Gets a New Bible In Southbound

    While there are plenty of musicians, record collectors and journos who will argue (as only musicians, record collectors and journos can) that all rock is "Southern rock" due to its geographical origins, Southern rock is nonetheless a well-defined genre. And that genre finally gets its comprehensive ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 4, 2014
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    September 3, 2014

    George Young's Ventage Taps That '94 Feeling

    Remember 1994? It's arguably the year hip-hop truly decided to grow up and embrace a mix of gangsta attitude and spread-out regionalism. That year, we got Scarface's The Diary, UGK's Super Tight, Nas's Illmatic and the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die...to start with. I could go on, but our old Rocks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Welcome to Country Music Time Machine

    Country music has an interesting relationship with current events. Unlike other forms of pop that deal with one form of fantasy or another -- starlets forever falling in love with that guy who is just out of reach; aspiring rappers' dreams of a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, for example -- country draw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Maybe It's Time to Retire the Term "Boy Band"

    One week ago today, tens of thousands of Houston's biggest One Direction fans -- most of them accompanied by their parents -- flocked to the gates of NRG Stadium, toting signs, glow sticks, and homemade T-shirts. It was strange to realize that only 13 years ago, I was on my way to watch 'NSYNC perfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Why Ride the Lightning Is Metallica's Most Influential Album

    Metallica's seminal second album, Ride the Lightning, turned 30 years old this year, which I think is amazing. To be honest, I don't keep up much with anniversaries and such; I celebrated St. Anger's 10th anniversary last year because it was funny to me, but to quote "For Whom the Bell Tolls," time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Silver Blueberry, Garage Days Revisited

    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? The Houston scene got a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Austin's OBN IIIs Are No Retro-Rock Chumps

    With unlimited sweat, furious finesse and hook-heavy musical manners, Austin's OBN IIIs are the bastard child of Flamin' Groovies and Radio Birdman, just as their latest slab Live in San Francisco documents. Their closest allies in Texas are likely the equally forceful, cunning and haunting Sons of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    We Love the VMAs Because They're Rigged

    "If, for any reason, this voting process is interrupted, is found to have been tampered with in any way, or for any other reason that Sponsor believes in its sole discretion to be reasonably necessary, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winners at its discretion." This is what it says at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 2

    Welcome back to the show! We're counting down the Top 40 hard rock songs of all time, according to Billboard (sort of...). I'll take a moment to recap Nos. 40-31. 40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger 39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three 38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin 37. "Back In Bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Pimp C's Story Coming Soon to Bookstores

    The life of Pimp C is coming back -- in hardcover format. Julia Beverly, the former editor-in-chief of OZONE Magazine and noted documentarian of Southern hip-hop culture at large, is planning to release an biography on the late UGK rapper, who died in 2007. Currently untitled, the book comes with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 1

    Numbers. The applications to which they are used in various fields can yield results ranging from the trivial to the catastrophic if not interpreted properly. If you are involved with numbers at NASA or the military, lives could hang in the balance if something is miscalculated or misrepresented. T ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The AFC

    Recently Vince Neil got approval to start his own Arena Football League franchise in Las Vegas. No word yet on the branding, but we here at Rocks Off are obviously hoping that, like the L.A. KISS, it will be themed around Neil's band Motley Crue. For those not in the know, the L.A. KISS is KISS' ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at The Woodlands, 8/10/2014

    Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Feat. Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Suicide SIlence, etc. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 10, 2014 August 10 was a date Houston headbangers had circled on their calendars. The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, North America's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Wo Fat Meet Their Doom at Fitz on Saturday

    Have you heard the news? Fitzgerald's, that creaky old live music haunt in the Heights where your favorite band became your favorite band, is doomed. Not next year, not after graduation, but Saturday. This Saturday. Doomed. Whoa, hey, calm down for a second! This isn't about Pegstar abandoning t ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014
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    August 4, 2014

    Paramore & Fall Out Boy at The Woodlands, 8/1/2014

    MONUMENTOUR featuring Paramore, Fall Out Boy & New Politics Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 1, 2014 Haters gonna hate, but Paramore and Fall Out Boy make great rock music. Any band that gained notoriety during the post-pop-punk-emo boom of the mid-2000s has been pigeonholed into a very speci ... More >>

  • Film

    July 31, 2014

    What If's Daniel Radcliffe Knows He Makes You Feel Old

    Harry Potter talks rom-coms and tabloids.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Five Classic Bands Who Need New Names

    As we often talk about here on Rocks Off, band names are important. They're a brand for your merry group of music-playing ladies and gentlemen, but problems can arise when the brand ends up superseding important things like quality. There are a few bands running around today either in shambles due ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    South Mouth: Alt-Country Firebrand Robbie Fulks Returns

    It's been interesting to watch the career transformation of Robbie Fulks. The Chicago picker and writer grabbed some notoriety -- and a decent alt-country cult following -- after his frustrations with trying to "make it" in Nashville in the mid-'90s led to his did-he-really-say-that tune, "Fuck Thi ... More >>

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