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    April 25, 2014

    Warpaint at Fitzgerald's, 4/24/2014

    Warpaint, James Supercave Fitzgerald's April 24, 2014 It's not every day that a touring band can grace the stage with familiarity of a local act, but Warpaint found a way to make themselves at home at Fitzgerald's on Thursday evening. Though they've already spent most of the year touring in suppor ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Gary Clark Jr. at Warehouse Live, 11/26/2013

    Gary Clark Jr. Warehouse Live November 26, 2013 Gary Clark Jr. is a stealthy kind of guitar hero. He won't dazzle you with his fretwork very often (though he certainly could), but his subtle, brooding brand of blues doesn't have to try very hard to loosen inhibitions. I witnessed behavior Tuesday n ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    How Can Anyone Think MTV's 24-Hour Online "Music Festival" Is a Good Idea?

    In recent years, it seems like music festivals have begun to pop up left and right. While it was once something you had to travel for, it's now hard to live in a major city without encountering at least one local music festival each year And now, music festivals have become so cool that even MTV is ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    What Made Milwaukee Famous Fitzgerald's, January 25 What Made Milwaukee Famous have been plying their melodic, emotionally fraught brand of indie-rock for a decade now, appearing on Austin City Limits (the festival and the TV show) and releasing a pair of albums on Seattle indie Barsuk. The brand-n ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    ACL 2012: Sunday's 10 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Last Night: The Shins at House of Blues

    The Shins House of Blues October 10, 2012 People give the Shins a hard time. Hard to say if it's because they're so closely associated with Garden State - which, all these years later, was a pretty smug, annoying little movie - of if their gentle brand of psychedelic popcraft makes some people unco ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    For Beach House, Everything Is Necessary

    Baltimore's dreamy duo turned down Starbucks to keep their music pure.

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    June 1, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: What About Next Year?

    Assuming we all survive this weekend, and then the supposed Mayan apocalypse, Free Press Summer Fest will return to Eleanor Tinsley Park in June 2013. Pegstar's Jagi Katial and Jason Petzold told the Houston Press this week that they'll start booking next year's acts in about a month, so Rocks Off p ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    March 8, 2012

    App of the Week: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo App

    App: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Apple Store, Android Store Cost: Free One of the growing trends in app development is the use of location-based apps for very specific events. It started with large concerts like Austin City Limits and spread to big conference ... 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 22, 2012

    Obama's Best Campaign Strategy: Keep Singing The Blues

    After President Obama crooning Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a Harlem fundraiser became an unlikely iTunes sensation, even topping the ringtone chart, history is now repeating itself with his version of "Sweet Home Chicago" caught on an episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House Tuesd ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    A Band to Save Me

    The first Best of Houston® BestFest makes itself at home in Midtown.

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    September 18, 2011

    ACL Last Night: The One, The Only, Stevie Wonder

    Photos by Marco Torres​Stevie Wonder Austin City Limits Music Festival Bud Light Stage, Zilker Park, Austin September 17, 2011 Stevie Wonder says we're all part of the same family. Saturday night at Austin City Limits, he had about 45,000 (we're guessing) Jesus children of America in the palm ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    ACL Last Night: Kanye West At Zilker Park

    Marco Torres​By the end of the first night of this year's Austin City Limits, Kanye West had gone over his allotted set time by 15 minutes, turning in one of the most un-rap, rap shows, injecting a Bjork and Talking Heads stage-commanding sensibility into a collection of champion singles. It w ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Epic Meal Time

    Deadmau5 feasts on the energy of enthusiastic electronica fans.

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    June 9, 2011
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    May 20, 2011

    Crazy In Alabama: Hangout Festival Preview​This weekend this member of Rocks Off is heading to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for the Hangout Festival on the beach. Well, hopefully, considering the drive may take us through some rough waters due to the flooding in the deep South. Let us pray... Anyhow, this is the second year for H ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Raging Moderate

    Between Facebook rants, David Lowery juggles Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven and a solo project.

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    February 24, 2011

    Mojo Working

    Shock-rocker Nixon foresees baby-making future for his music.

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    February 17, 2011

    ZZ Top To Receive Texas Medal Of Arts

    Jim BrickerZZ Top at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 2010​While they take their sweet time getting around to record that long-anticipated, Rick Rubin-produced next album - which, at this point, could well come out a solid decade after their last, 2003's Mescalero - ZZ Top has be ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Hurt: Concert Injuries In And Out Of The Line Of Duty

    Marco Torres​About ten days ago, my parents and brother came into Houston for Sunday dinner, and I noticed my brother - whom we'll call "John," because that's his name - was limping something awful. It turns out John decided to take a spin in the mosh pit at the end of the Bad Religion show I ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Rocks Off Has Officially Reached ACL Fest

    Craig Hlavaty​Well, we were afraid of this. While Rocks Off Sr. remains at Mission Control here in Houston (appropriate, don't you think?), Craig Hlavaty and Brittanie Shey have sallied forth to the Live Music Capital of Travis County to cover this year's Austin City Limits music festival in Z ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Die Antwoord's "Evil Boy": More Disturbing Than Gaga?

    ​Wednesday, Rocks Off came across the full length video for Die Antwoord's new song, "Evil Boy," which makes Lady Gaga seem like Celine Dion. The South African hip-hop trio is poised to break big, if not majorly weird, over the next few months with their album 5. Rapping in part English and ... 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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    April 20, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: Not Bad For a Non-Music Festival

    Breaking iFest news: Nigeria's King Sunny Ade & his African Beats have been forced to cancel their entire U.S. tour, including a scheduled appearance Saturday at iFest. According to a press release from the group's PR firm, Rock Paper Scissors, the U.S. Embassy has refused to grant visas to two ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    February 18, 2010
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    January 7, 2010

    Love and Theft

    The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.

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    January 4, 2010

    Not to Stoke the SXSW '10 Rumor Mill at All, But Might Pavement and Soundgarden Show Up?

    Well here it goes, the year's first official blog entry about South by Southwest 2010. Yes, we know that it doesn't start until March 17, but the hype machines have already been running since the fall and rumors have been getting stoked since before Austin City Limits in October. So let's get this ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Ain't No Party (Around Here) Like Houston's The Factory Party​ It always amazes Rocks Off how we'll start liking one band - Bunnymen-loving London post-punks White Lies, in this case - and then a little while later, stumble across a local band who could be their twin. If only, you know, they weren't from halfway around th ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Aftermath

    Photos by Mark C. AustinDavid Garza​So, what happens to freshly laid grass in a public park after a day full of rain and thousands of people walking back and forth across it at the same time? Well, as anyone who was present for Day Three of Austin City Limits Festival 2009 (ACL) could tell you ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: Aftermath

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​Was it something we said or did? Aftermath openly gushed about how great the weather was on Friday and how it seemed that maybe, just maybe, we were going to finally attend an Austin City Limits (ACL) that didn't consist of heat and dust. Well, it seems that the powers ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Aftermath: Grupo Fantasma at Discovery Green

    Photos by Bryan Parras​Grupo Fantasma found their way back to Houston last night to "rock the green" for the third installation of the Capital One Bank Thursday concert series at Discovery Green. Billed as "hip-shaking, horn-blaring, Grammy-nominated Latin funk at its best," Grupo didn't fail ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Aftermath: Them Crooked Vultures at Stubb's in Austin

    Photos By Craig Hlavaty​Just a few short hours ago Aftermath saw the rock world's newest supergroup in action as Queens of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, ex-Nirvana drummer/current Foo Fighters helmer Dave Grohl, and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones took the stage at Stubb's in Austin for a warm- ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Songs By ACL Artists That Should Be Covered By Other ACL Artists

    Isn't it fun to imagine all your favorite bands are best friends? And that when they spend time together, as so many of them are doing right this second at the Austin City Limits festival, they would inevitably learn each others' songs? Here are some songs by ACL bands which we'd like to see covered ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Aftermath: Born Liars, Ryan Scroggins and the Trenchtown Texans, B L A C K I E, Metavenge and Buxton

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​This member of Rocks Off has never felt so proud of his city, especially after last night's Houston Press Music Awards showcase. He was wont to call it "his" city just a few years back, commuting back and forth into the Inner-Loop breach to review show after show from the s ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    ACL Dudefest: M. Ward, David Byrne, Bobby Bare Jr. and Ryan Bingham

    Bobby Bare Jr / Photo by Chris Gray Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for Austin City Limits to put acoustic singer-songwriter M. Ward a few hundred yards away from boisterous gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello in the WaMu tent. (On a side not, I guess this year is the WaMu tent's last ACL hurrah. Sponsorsh ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Slideshow: Saturday at Rock the Bayou

    Great White rocked the bayou indeed... for the people there to see it, anyway. Click here for a slideshow. Photo by Chris Gray Although I was battling a severe case of post-Petty depression (and still am, a little), I ventured out to 610 and Kirby, the sprawling, soggy field once known as AstroWor ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    Texans Electric Touch Top Amazon's MP3 Chart

    Photo by Alexandra Valenti Another Austin band with Houston ties is off to an audacious start. Rockers Electric Touch's Live EP topped's MP3 Albums best-seller list this morning. Although at the moment they've yielded the top spot to Beck's brand-new (and, to be honest, a little un ... More >>

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    March 10, 2008

    Friday Night: Wilco at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Wilco Verizon Wireless Theater March 7, 2008 Better than: Sitting around chatting at a friend’s dinner party, with Being There or Sky Blue Sky in the background. Sadly, some people thought they actually were. Download: Stream Sky Blue Sky bonus track “The Thanks I Get,” which you may recogni ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Three Quick Things: Kashmere Director Passes Away; Free Beethoven Lookalike; ACL Fest Tickets On Sale

    Longtime Kashmere High School band director and HISD music-education icon Conrad O. “Prof” Johnson, the honoree at both last Friday’s Kashmere Stage Band alumni reunion concert and Saturday’s fundraiser for the Conrad O. Johnson Music & Fine Arts Foundation, passed away Sunday evening. The V ... More >>

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    November 28, 2007

    Lingering Long on Love Street

    Before you check out the Black Angels this weekend at Warehouse Live or watch Roky Erickson’s recently taped Austin City Limits episode (featuring special guest Billy Gibbons; scheduled to air January 12), David Adickes will help you brush up on the early days of Texas psych 7:30 p.m. tonight at N ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007
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    December 1, 2005

    Reach for the Stars

    Astra Heights returns from L.A. with a major-label deal in hand

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    March 27, 2003
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    July 14, 1994

    Flop Like an Eagle

    Brad Tyer checks out of the Hotel California after five songs

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