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Billie Joe Armstrong

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    July 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Michael Dauzat, Sr., a Rabbi and a Hate

    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? There are several truisms ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014
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    March 13, 2014

    20 '90s Pop-Punk Albums Better Than Green Day's Dookie

    Brace yourselves, kids. Green Day's Dookie turned 20 last month, and that means we've all got a case of the olds. Grab your walkers and follow us down memory lane. Green Day's first major-label release, Dookie was a monster of an album that launched the band into the center of '90s pop culture and ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Five Great Musical Duos-In-Waiting

    Last month at Starbucks, waiting on my Grande Pike, I spied on the sales counter a curious item. It was a CD featuring duets by the dude from Green Day and Norah Jones. "Weird combo," I thought, took my coffee and went on with my day. Then, maybe a week later, Phil Everly passed away and the boss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Why the Everly Brothers Still Matter

    The first thought that came to mind when word got out that Phil Everly had passed away Friday was just how long it's been since the Everly Brothers' harmonies topped the charts -- more than half a century now. The second was just how easy it is to spot their influence in a wealth of music right here ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Ten Musicians Who Did Time On Broadway

    Broadway has been known to make both actors and singers into legends. However, due to what is known as stunt casting -- which is essentially gimmickry in order to gain ticket sales -- some musicians have headed to Broadway, if only for a short period of time. Here are some of the musical artists fro ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    9 Rock Stars & Their Favorite Books

    Musicians like to read as much as the next person and being a creative lot they tend to draw inspiration from their favorite books. Which pieces of literature have struck a chord in the hearts of our favorite rock stars? 9. Billie Joe Armstrong, Catcher in the Rye: This probably isn't a surprise si ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Holden's iPod: A Catcher In the Rye Playlist

    J. D. Salinger's most famous novel, Catcher in the Rye, turns 51 years old today. In case you've forgotten -- because modern television will do that to memory -- the book is all about a whiny, privileged kid name Holden Caulfield who struggles for meaning in post-WWII America. He eventually ends up ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Happy Birthday Billie Joe: An American Idiot Turns 40

    "I'm not growing up, I'm just burning out"? Well, not quite...​Today, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day turns 40. Eighteen years ago, in the time known as 1994, he turned 22. Two weeks earlier than that, his band's major-label debut, Dookie, had hit store shelves. That album would go on to sel ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Green Day Singer Kicked Off Flight Over Pants, Heralds Armageddon

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! ​In a bizarre incident last Thursday, Billie Joe Armstrong, belove ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Yann Tiersen's Icy Houston Odyssey

    ​While everyone in Houston was huddled inside their homes last Friday hiding from the ice monster, Yann Tiersen and his band were exploring our city, full of hanging icicles, lonely streets, and empty rock clubs. A camera crew captured the band warming up in the backstage area of Fitzgerald' ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Five Great Moments In Indecent Exposure

    ​Recently, Florida's lame-duck governor Charlie Crist has said he's considering pardoning Jim Morrison for his 1969 indecent exposure charge, stemming from The Doors' notorious Miami concert in which a drunken Lizard King swore numerous times and proceeded to whip it out onstage. Of course, Mo ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Busted! 20 Musician Mugshots

    ​ Getting arrested and booked isn't the end of the world, by any means. Well unless you just killed a shit-ton of people at a bowling alley or something, it really is. But if you are a rocker or a celebrity who committed a minor offense, it's just a funny footnote in your public life you can look ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Green Day at Toyota Center

    Mark C. Austin​ During "Minority," the motorized 2000 Celtic-thrash mash-up that closed Green Day's main set Saturday night, Toyota Center's video screen became a collage of flyers from the group's early days, before the platinum albums, roadies, Grammys and extra live musicians (there were four S ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Houston Remembers Green Day, Back In the Day

    Photos by Rachelle Mendez and Matthew Juarez​Saturday night, one of the most polarizing bands of the past 20 years rolls into town. Since its 1994 mainstream breakthrough, Dookie, Green Day has been dividing fans and critics alike. Some damned the trio for leaving their punk-rock roots behind at 9 ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009

    Know Your Enemy

    Green Day follows their Bush-bashing smash American Idiot with the even more epic 21st Century Breakdown.

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    January 25, 2008

    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>

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    July 23, 2007

    America’s “Glamour Girl”

    Gene Simmons sure is an ass. He talks up a storm about being his band being the most successful ever, sells KISS brand caskets and KISS brand pregnancy tests. But for all his posturing, he always had one major flaw. You see, he took off his make-up after each show. Tammy Faye Messner, the former Mrs ... More >>

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    July 11, 2006
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    April 20, 2006

    Cold Cuts: Bun B vs. Byron Crawford

    Our new recurring feature raids the deli tray of H-town-related rap beefs

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    January 26, 2006
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    August 18, 2005

    Green Day

    Friday, August 19, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 1-866-4HOUTIX.

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Last Night at the Alamo

    A Grammy party at a local theater turns into quiz night down at the local pub

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    December 2, 2004
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    April 30, 1998
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    January 8, 1998

    Baby, It's Him

    Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left

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    October 23, 1997
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    January 11, 1996

    Wordless Wonders

    Death Valley does its talking through its playing

  • Music

    June 15, 1995

    The Future of Rock and Roll

    We've seen it in a crystal ball and the pictures aren't pretty

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    March 9, 1995
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