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    November 5, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts of Voodoo Music Experience 2014

    The 16th annual Voodoo Music Arts Experience has come and gone, leaving the rich taste of Hurricanes and filé gumbo in our mouth and the sweet sounds of Foo Fighters, OutKast, Arctic Monkeys and the rest of the festival's stacked lineup. Taking over New Orleans' City Park every Halloween weekend ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    The Tontons at Fitzgerald's, 10/24/2014

    The Tontons, Ume, Buckamore, -Us. Fitzgerald's October 24, 2014 The Tontons are no longer Houston's little secret, and haven't been for a minute. The local indie darlings have spent the last couple of years crisscrossing the country, playing to some of the hippest crowds in the hippest cities. This ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographers: Jason Smith

    Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    HPMA Nominees School Us On Reggae & Ska

    I love all music, but admit some genres draw the short straw when it's time for me to tune in. Reggae and ska are a couple of those styles I'd like to know more about. Who better to ask than the proficient artists in this Houston Press Music Awards category to help expand my playlists beyond Bob Mar ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    You've been wondering, and asking us, and lately offering up a few social-media suggestions. But it's time. Apologies for the delay, but the 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominations are at hand. What took so long? To draw up the ballot this year, we consulted about two dozen individuals from all ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    The Tontons at Warehouse Live, 3/1/2014

    The Tontons Warehouse Live March 1, 2014 Saturday night, at half past 11 p.m., Asli Omar sauntered out onto the stage at Warehouse Live. A solitary light beamed down on her, illuminating her white dress as she crooned to the crowd. Guitarist Adam Martinez, bassist Tom Nguyen and stand-in drummer S ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Geto Boys, Amos Lee, Tontons, etc.

    "Welcome to Houston" Concert Arena Theatre, February 28 Is there any better way to salute Houston's brand-spanking-new hip-hop radio station, 93.7 The Beat, than to throw a Texas-size party featuring some of Houston's biggest rappers? Of course not, fool. Especially when the rappers doing the party ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    The Tontons Hit Their Stride On New Make-Out King...

    Five years after their eponymous debut album put them on the musical map, the Tontons are back on tour in support of a brand-new record, one that showcases a group having truly hit its stride. It's atmospheric, comfortable, infectious and soulful. The Houston-born quartet will perform at Warehouse ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Pack Numbers For 88 92 Release Party

    Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Young Girls & DJ Bagheera Numbers February 8, 2014 "This is a really, really good song...kinda." Those were the words of singer/guitarist Pete Tijerina of Young Girls, the night's opening band. That statement would not only ring true for the openers, but also for ever ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Paste Untapped Festival at Discovery Green, 11/16/2013

    Paste Untapped Festival Discovery Green November 16, 2016 It's hard to imagine an event like Untapped Houston happening a few short years ago. Still in its infancy, Discovery Green was reluctant to book large-scale events such as this combination music/craft-beer festival; these days it's a wonder ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Houston's 10 Hottest Female Singers

    Lately I have had the pleasure of reporting on a lot of our city's female front women, and let me tell you something; they are a good-looking bunch. We don't just grow good sets of pipes in Houston, we make sure the packaging is first rate as well. Today we look at a few of the best looking girls on ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    The Tontons at Fitzgerald's, 7/26/2013

    The Tontons, Ishi Fitzgerald's July 26, 2013 One of the bigger local acts playing the Houston stages these days, The Tontons headlined a Friday-night gig at Fitzgerald's before a who's who of Houston music scenesters at the near-capacity showcase. Upon arrival, I realized that Austinites The Couch ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The Manichean at the Alley Theatre, 6/28/13

    The Manichean Alley Theatre June 28, 2013 The Manichean doesn't do half-assed. From their albums to their performance, everything is a piece to the part of a puzzle, as seen Friday night, when the Houston band performed their latest album, Lovers, at The Alley Theatre.   Though it was their second ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Saturday Night: The Tontons, Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, etc. at Walters

    Tontons, Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Featherface Walters February 2, 2013 Well, Tontons... You lured me in to Walters, mesmerizing me with your siren song that has drowned many sailors before me, and it seems you've won. I'm crushin' on ya.

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    December 21, 2012

    Bonus Rocks Off 100: Asli Omar, The Tontons' Indie-Rock Siren

    Who? It's hard to argue that any local band is more on the way up than the Tontons, and a lot of that can be credited to the incredible sounds that come out of singer Asli Omar's mouth. Smooth as silk sheets, but with a pop-princess kind of power that enables her to stand firmly with one foot in ind ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    The Tontons Premiere "Golden" Video, Announce Tour Dates

    Today local indie-rockers The Tontons finally released their clip for "Golden" onto the world, with the clip written and directed by Tom Adams and the band's own Tom Nguyen at War'Hous off Main. In addition to premiering the video, they also announced new tour dates into early November, including ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Saturday Night: The Tontons at Warehouse Live

    The Tontons, Quiet Company, Featherface Warehouse Live Studio September 1, 2012 Rewind: The Tontons Are Deemed Buzzworthy By MTV, Playing PopMontreal It's hard to put my finger on why, but Saturday felt like the most important night for local music since at least Friday's Grandfather Child hoedown ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    The Tontons Are Deemed Buzzworthy By MTV, Playing PopMontreal

    Just this morning, MTV's Buzzworthy site decided to show the world the Tontons and their track "Golden", which was easily one of the best things about 2011. Bun B and myself decided it one night at a food truck. That's how things happen in Houston. Great, now these guys and girl will never play ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    HPMA Ceremony Heavy With Winners, Light on Drama

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners The Houston Press Music Awards ceremony is a little like a family reunion where you go just to see what your crazy cousin from Temple might do: Will he pass out on the playground teeter-totter, throw some punches at your uncle, or be a big hit on the dance ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Please Join Us For the HPMA Ceremony at Warehouse Live Tonight

    Rocks Off would like to formally (or informally) invite our readers to tonight's Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony at Warehouse Live. The event opens to the public at 7 p.m., and the program starts at 8. It's free, y'all. HPMA-nominated artists the Tontons (with Best Female Vocals nominee Asli Om ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Already? Indeed. It's only been seven months and change since the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, but that was enough time for more than 7,000 local music fans to nominate their favorites in some 40 categories, a figure well north of 200 talented Houston artists. So let's get to it. Here are your ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Last Night: Buxton & The Tontons At Discovery Green

    Buxton, the Tontons Discovery Green May 24, 2012 I was pretty proud of myself Thursday night: I managed to kill three birds with one stone. I'd never seen local darlings Buxton or the Tontons live before, and I'd never been to a concert at Discovery Green, either. Thanks to UH-Downtown's Thursday C ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Top 9 Comments On Summer Fest 2012: Where's The Women?

    As most of Houston and the surrounding area knows by now, Free Press Summer Fest announced its 2012 lineup in the wee hours this morning. By now Rocks Off has had a few more hours to reflect on the festival, entering its fourth year at Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2 and 3, and also to take a shower. O ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Friday Night: Tontons, Wild Moccasins, A Sea Es at Fitzgerald's

    Check out pics from the Tontons' tour kickoff in our slideshow. Friday night's wonderful assortment of tasty sweet indie pop was just that -- delicious! Now, you're probably wondering if you can you have some cheese with that opening description. Why yes, you can, metaphorically, at least. Ima ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Showcase Showdown

    Fifty bands, 11 stages and three music writers talking HPMA highlights.

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    November 14, 2011

    2011 HPMA Showcase: Orq, Scroggins, And Roky Moon Shine Bright

    Checkout the slideshows of the bands and the crowd at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. Photo By Marco TorresRyan Scroggins onstage Saturday night at Warehouse Live. ​Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards Showcase was spread out over five areas and some eleven stages, which meant most ... More >>

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    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: Chamillionaire, Starmaker; The Tontons, New Stars

    Marc BrubakerKing Koopa: Talent scout in his spare time.​God Almighty, that cool front did not last anywhere near long enough. The crowd seems to be in pretty good spirits, but it's just past the hottest part of the day right now and fatigue is starting to show. It's better now - ed. People a ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Friday Night: Sideshow Tramps CD Release At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jason WolterHayes Carll (left) and Craig Kinsey go down the road.​Sideshow Tramps Fitzgerald's September 9, 2011 If Aftermath doesn't have to be at the office first thing in the morning, sometimes we let our personal hygiene slide a little. Some days stretch well into the afternoon ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Five Houston Supergroups We'd Like To See

    Marc BrubakerThe Tontons​Houston has become a cornucopia of musical talent. With so much goodness going on, it would be selfish to wish for more. So here's us, being a selfish ass and daydreaming about what could be Houston's greatest supergroups. MR. X Surf/Spy The first group we imagine wo ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Five Reasons The Main Street Block Party Worked

    Photos by Jim BrickerLady In Red: Tontons singer Asli Omar​ Were you there? You might want to look for yourself in this slideshow of crowd shots. Be sure to also check out the pics of the bands. Around 9 p.m. Saturday, Rocks Off was walking out of Tacos A Go-Go and ran into Main Street Block ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    The Worst Local Crowds Of 2010

    Jason Wolter​Editor's Pick: I am so sick of complaining about Houston crowds, ill-behaved as they are, but I will say to whoever decided it would be funny to take Bobby Bare Jr.'s glasses off the stage at Hayes Carll's Warehouse show Tuesday night and put them on: That was not cool. Neph Bas ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Saturday Night: Roky Moon & BOLT At The Mink

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Roky Moon & BOLT The Backroom at the Mink November 27, 2010 When we were all little, we had a piles of shoes and clothes that we outgrew, or those little tics on the kitchen wall where mom or dad would mark off how big we were getting. The same thing happens to bands ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Last Night: B L A C K I E, Summer Blondes, The Tontons And Somosuno At Mango's

    Photos by Marc BrubakerSomosuno​B L A C K I E, Summer Blondes, The Tontons, Somosuno Mango's July 29, 2010 Aftermath had an inkling that we'd wind up at Mango's on Thursday as soon as we heard about the so-called "surprise show." For one, our love of music perpetually drags us out of our home ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Houston Scenesters Sound Off On The Fitzgerald's Changeover

    claren44 via Flickr​Nationally, the music buzz may be all about Kanye's somewhat belated discovery of Twitter, Justin Bieber on CSI and the "Teknoviking 2.0," but this week all anyone in Houston seems to be talking about is the impending Fitzgerald's takeover by Free Press Summer Fest partners ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Last Call Comes to Midtown Favorite Leon's Lounge... For Now, Anyway

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ Rocks Off got word late Friday afternoon that McGowen Street's long-standing bastion of cool, Leon's Lounge, would be closing over the weekend. Not for good, but at least for a few months while new ownership overhauls and renovates the establishment, long a barfly favorite ... More >>

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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 >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Aftermath: Basses Loaded's Second Last Show Ever at Mango's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ There are lots of awesome things about the beginning of the holiday season. Reconnecting with far-flung relatives, old friends coming home to visit their parents and intermittingly sneaking off with you to run up a bar tab in between family excursions, and ungodly amounts ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Last Chance to See the Tontons Until God Knows When - And It's Free

    Mark C. Austin​Just a quick reminder that tonight is your last chance to see everybody's favorite Houston indie-rock/psych/jazz/blues/surf/spaghetti-Western quartet, the Tontons, who are going on hiatus until January. Unless you want to talk singer Asli Omar out of going to school in New York, tha ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Bayou Beat: A 15-Foot Sculpture of George Jones' Head, $10 House of Blues Tickets, Free Tontons Show, etc.

    ​Heavy metal comedy troupe Steel Panther has cancelled tonight's Warehouse Live show. What's on VH-1 Classic? Tennessee-born artist Wayne White is crafting a 15-foot puppet head in the likeness of Saratoga-born honky-tonk legend George Jones. Entitled "Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Roky Moon vs. Joe Mathlete, Asli vs. Zahira, Hippie Mike vs. Little Joe

    ​Last week Rocks Off was mindlessly trolling the Interweb when we stumbled upon a site solely dedicated to animal fights. No, not the awful kind that say, Michael Vick would have been found at a couple of years ago. This site, Wild Animal Fight Club, trafficks in speculative death matches like kom ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    August 4, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Tontons

    Jessica Grieves​ One of the best things to happen to Houston so far this summer will take place over at Eleanor Tinsley park: Free Press Summer Fest. To get in the right mood, this week Rocks Off is featuring a different local Summer Fest artist each day. Today, fresh from the whirl of activity su ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Bombshell: Kim Is NOT Asli

    Craig Hlavaty ​During yesterday's HPMA festivities, our resident Rocks Off Wonder Woman Kim Douglass was mistaken for the Tontons' Asli Omar at least twice on the street. Here is definitive proof that they are two different people. Upon seeing this picture, both women looked at each other in a sor ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Big Weekend for the Tontons

      This is a good time for local music. From a fan's vantage point, albums have been dropping left and right. It's hard to find artists willing to take the time to write a solid full-length album rather than have five great tracks and seven fillers. For local musicians, step your game up. You ma ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    52 Pick-Up

    Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase

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    July 28, 2008

    HPMA Aftermath: D.R.U.M., Black Dog, Brian's Johnson, Mighty Orq, Tontons, Southern Backtones and Sharks and Sailors

    D.R.U.M./photos by Jim Bricker D.R.U.M. got things moving at Venue with an explosive world-beat set that steadily drew more people into the stage area; most of those who walked in the doors stuck around for the duration of the show. The group truly took the audience all over the map, layering regga ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    HPMA Showcase Preview: Videos from Wild Moccasins, Miss Leslie, Tontons, Southern Backtones, Hearts of Animals and Born Liars

    Only about 48 hours now, so here are a half-dozen more HPMA nominees to tide you over. First, Best New Act and Indie Rock nominees Wild Moccasins speaking "Spanish and Jazz": Best Country nominee Miss Leslie and her Juke Jointers say "Yes Ma'am," from none other than Luckenbach, Texas:

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    April 11, 2008

    Mp3: The Tontons, “Sea and Stars”

    At 19 or 20, Asli Omar, vocalist for local psych-blues-rockers Tontons, might just be the finest young female vocalist in Houston, possessed of pipes that can shift gears between languid breathiness and heretofore undiscovered metal-melting alloys. You can hear elements of Bjork, Billie Holiday, the ... More >>

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    November 23, 2007

    A Hell of a Weekend

    Just in time for the chilly fall weather, several fire-breathing rockabilly crews descend on the Bayou City tonight. Austin’s Deguello, featuring sometime Fabulous Thunderbird Nick Curran doing his best Eddie Spaghetti, kick off their three-week U.S. tour tonight at Rudyard’s with the devilish H ... More >>

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