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  • 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    The Six Best Circus-Themed Albums

    You could definitely say that there are fads in pop music. In fact, following certain trends in sound and fashion can make or break whether someone is even considered a "pop artist." One of our favorites of these particular fads is when artists have one of their albums follow a circus theme. The ani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Five Contemporary Acts the Houston Symphony Should Take On

    This Saturday at Jones Hall, the Houston Symphony will take on the music of Led Zeppelin, as arranged by conductor Brent Havens. It's sure to be an awesome show, and I personally think it's sort of a brilliant idea. Hard rock and metal have always had elements that gel well with classical and sympho ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014
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    July 19, 2014

    Beyonce & Jay Z at Minute Maid Park, 7/18/2014

    Beyonce & Jay-Z Minute Maid Park July 18, 2014 When the downtown lots were charging upwards of $80 for parking, could there be any doubt that the biggest tour of the summer had hit Houston with all the force of a summer lightning storm on Friday night? Beyonce, our very own homegrown megastar was i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Billy Gibbons, Others Remember Johnny Winter

    Tributes are pouring in for Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who passed away overnight Wednesday while on tour in Switzerland. The Beaumont native was found in his hotel room in Zurich, a spokesperson said. He was 70. The albino Winter, two years older than his rock-star brother Edgar (of "Frankenst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Musician-Based Pinball Tables

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    The Five Best Punk Supergroups of All Time

    Punk rock is known for bands breaking up just as quickly as they form. So many seminal groups across its history have only one record to their name that critics talk a lot more about bands breaking up than forming for that reason. But every now and then we get the rare punk supergroup, and it always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Boston George Traps a Hit With Traffic

    "Do You." That was the crux of a recent Twitter back-and-forth between DJ Mr. Rogers, easily one of the best DJs Houston has to offer, and Slim Thug, a Houston mainstay whether he's rapping or just speaking his unfiltered mind. "Do You" is not really a brand-new concept, it's something people ask ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Lionel Richie & Cee-Lo Green at The Woodlands, 7/13/2014

    Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 13, 2014 It's not a stretch to say that many of my peers could have possibly been conceived thanks to Lionel Richie's body of work. The legendary R&B singer's sexy-meets-soulful approach, both with the Commodores in the '60s and '70s ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    July 4, 2014

    Nashville Stars Step Onstage But Not Out of Character

    It's been several decades, since The Monkees and The Partridge Family, that a television show about fictional musicians has turned its actors into real-life singing stars. Maybe it was MTV's fault, or the flood of reality programming, but the '80s through '00s were painfully short on shows capitaliz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Five Sample-Using Songs That Deserve Grammys Now

    Recently the Grammy Awards announced changes to the annual music awards' criteria and categories, the most notable being now permitting songs that utilize samples in the songwriting categories, specifically Song of the Year. This is huge news for many electronic artists and rappers, obviously. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Mystery of Mary Sarah: Country Music's Next Star?

    Many critics believe that for the past few years, country music has been experiencing the kind of artistic bankruptcy that comes along once in a generation. But now something odd is happening, and the unlikely catalyst is a teenager from Fort Bend County who once confessed her "MAJOR" crush on Justi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Reel Big Fish at House of Blues, 6/29/2014

    Reel Big Fish House of Blues June 29, 2014 Nostalgia is all the rage these days, but not just today. For some time, people have been looking to the past to gain current happiness in their lives. Whether the '80s are the focus, or the '60s or the '20s or even as far back as the Middle Ages, people a ... More >>

  • Film

    June 26, 2014

    They Came Together Punts the Romantic Comedy out the Window

    America's sweethearts hilariously trash the rom-com.

  • Music

    June 26, 2014
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    June 26, 2014
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    June 25, 2014

    Lana Del Rey: A Fine Line Between Serious and Boring

    It seems like these days everyone is in a rush to be taken seriously as an artist. You can hardly bat an eye before the next pop star is making their "serious, artistic leap." Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Kesha have all done this in their own way in the past few years, but one particular example ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The Second Half

    Given the spread and the appeal-to-all-age-groups nature of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time," the possibility that the list was computer-generated seems more and more likely. Either that, or Rolling Stone is farming out its country blog to Best in Texas magazine? There are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: H-Town Beat Down, Derailers, Morris Day, etc.

    H-Town Beat Down BBVA Compass Stadium, June 20 What better way to christen concerts at BBVA Compass Stadium than an insane hop-hop/R&B show with four top stars? BBVA may want to take out some extra coverage on natural disasters, because Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, J. Cole and Future performing toge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The First Half

    In further efforts to reassure us that it is still relevant, Rolling Stone magazine recently started a country clickbait section called most cleverly (drum roll, maestro) RS Country. I know, the heart pitter-patters in anticipation. A brief perusal of the site finds basically the same crap, errr... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Country Songs of the '90s

    Remember when there was no such thing as "bro-country" or "hick-hop?" We do, and it was a little time called the '90s. That was basically the best decade ever for country music. Garth Brooks was at his best, and artists like George Strait and Clint Black were killing it with every single move. Oh, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Let's Hear It For the Ladies of Houston Punk

    Though often under-recognized by society at large, with its overweening narrative of punk rock being a bastion of disenchanted white males, women of all stripes have been intimate and ingrained members of Houston's local scene scene since its very genesis. Yet, few books have extolled the efforts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Ben Folds & the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall, 6/14/2014

    Ben Folds feat. the Houston Symphony Jones Hall June 14, 2014 Ben Folds grew up playing in symphony orchestras. Specifically, and perhaps surprisingly given his prowess on the piano, his background was that of a percussionist. Saturday night, he returned to his roots with the Houston Symphony Orc ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 12, 2014
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    June 12, 2014

    Dolly Parton's 10 Best Songs of All Time

    We really couldn't adore Dolly more. As a songwriter, performer and even an actor, she's proven herself worthy time and again. She holds a number of career milestones -- 25 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum awards, 41 career Top 10 country albums, and eight Grammys, just to name a few -- but more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Drake Appreciation Post: Drizzy's 20 Best Songs

    "Best I Ever Had" Every dude wants to be the best his girl has ever had, and this So Far Gone track solidifies Drizzy's over-the-top confidence one hashtag-rap line at a time. It also perfectly samples the amazing Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds song "Falling In Love." MARCO TORRES "Don't You Hav ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    June 12, 2014
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    June 11, 2014

    The 10 Best Reasons Rick Ross Won't Play Houston

    Good ol' Rick Ross didn't bother to show up for a Houston concert -- yet again. This time it was at Houston Beer Fest. Last time? Bayou Music Center. The time before? Hell, does it even matter? The bottom line is Ross must have some sort of reason he keeps canceling tour dates here, right? After al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Game Show Follies: Family Feud Survey Responders Are A Bunch Of Pervs

    Certain game shows stand the test of time. The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, they've all seen different hosts come and go (although each has its own iconic "Michael Jordan" level host associated historically with the show), and all continue to thrive and survive in either early morni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Hair Balls Viral Video Box Set, Early June Edition

    Monday morning is a time for two things -- assessing what you accomplished (or didn't) over the weekend, and commencing time wasting by watching viral videos. Before we get to the latter, I decided to do a little bit of the former. I knew that I watched a LOT of sports this weekend (nothing new), ... More >>

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