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    July 10, 2014
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    April 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts to See at iFest's First Weekend

    Richard Cagle & The Voodoo Choir Whether you love rock and roll, have a soft spot for the blues, or are just a sucker for good storytelling, Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir are sure to please. Possessed of an affinity for the blues since he was a boy, Cagle familiarized himself with the likes of Li ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Karmin, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, etc.

    Karmin House of Blues, April 8 Almost the anti-Sleigh Bells, Karmin are still attempting to pull off the Pinocchio-like transition from viral sensation to offline pop success. The Boston-based duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan let the genie out of the bottle in April 2011, when their cover of Ch ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken Tikka Masala

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Chicken tikka masala is a popular restaurant dish made up of chicken tikka -- or bits of yogurt-marinated chicken baked in a cl ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Demolish Louisiana Tech While Erasing Thoughts of Seasons Past

    The Rice Owls (7-3) stomped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-6) on Saturday night. Demolished them by a score of 52-14. The Owls were up 24-0 at the half, but showed no mercy, going for the kill like few Rice teams have done in recent years. But it was a maddening win, one of those wins that leaves e ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    No Wrist-Slap: Dereon Kelley Gets Almost Three Years for Texas State University TSU Bomb Threat

    Kids, if you're thinking of getting out of that final you never studied for by phoning in a bomb threat to the school, think again. Dereon Tayronne Kelley, 22, may not have been trying to miss a test, but he communicated a bomb threat to Texas Southern University Texas State University last October ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Friday Night: Hamilton Loomis at Dan Electro's

    Hamilton Loomis Dan Electro's December 14, 2012 It never quite feels like Christmas until the kids come home. That seemed to be the sentiment behind the Christmas show at Dan Electro's on Friday, which brought Galveston native Hamilton Loomis, the ex-wunderkind guitarist who was jamming with Bo Did ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Join Us for Cocktails & Covers at House Of Blues Fridays This Summer

    The other day, Rocks Off was researching another blog, and we stumbled across Duran Duran's 1995 all-covers LP Thank You on Spotify. Then we listened to it all the way through, on purpose. Recorded when the Birmingham-born band was at a post-"Ordinary World" fork in the road, Thank You wasn't the D ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    The Warning: The 10 Heaviest Albums Before Black Sabbath

    Forty-two years ago today, on Friday the 13th, the gates of hell opened up and belched forth Black Sabbath. Upon its release, the Birmingham band's eponymous debut album instantly became the heaviest, scariest, most evil record of all time, and it still ranks right up there. Calling this record "in ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Tony Iommi: Music's Other Man In Black Proves His Heavy Mettle

    ​Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Toni Iommi with T.J. Lammers Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $26. Imagine this passage being read in your best "Behind the Music" narration: It was in the center of a dirty, grimy sheet-metal factory in Birmingham, England, when a 1 ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Last Night: Duran Duran at Warehouse Live

    Photos by groovehouse​Duran Duran Warehouse Live April 6, 2011 Check out our slideshow from the show. The Duran Duran frenzy began last night before the band even took the stage. Droves of women indiscreetly huddled around the band's tour bus before the show, anticipating a mere glimpse of t ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

    ​Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Rot ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Miranda Lambert Added To Rodeo's 2011 Lineup

    Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Hideout schedule also announced ​Miranda Lambert, the Lindale native currently nominated for five Grammys, including four for her album Revolution, will return to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo March 16 at Reliant Stadium, the rodeo announced this morning. ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    25 Weird And/Or Hilarious Soccer Chants

    ​Rocks Off spent June 2006 in Salamanca, Spain during the World Cup, and we can tell you it's difficult to exaggerate what an event this is to pretty much every country in the world but America. (Although the U.S. is reportedly gaining.) While watching the games, we would leave the window open ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Back to the Future: The Musical Lineage of the Sword

    Craig HlavatyThe Sword at Free Press Summerfest 2009​This Sunday night, Austin's The Sword pulls into Warehouse Live to lay waste to our city's collective eardrums. The band was in town last August for Summerfest and was shit-hot, coming right off of an opening slot for Metallica over in Europe. T ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    SXSW Adds Wild Moccasins, Roky Moon & BOLT, White Stripes' Northern Lights Doc

    This week Rocks Off is pleased to announce that Houston pop kids Wild Moccasins will be playing the Houston Press' SXSW showcase. So you guys can now mark the Moccs down as another local band set to bear down on Austin in March. We will have the names of the other performers coming by next week or ... More >>

  • Music

    January 14, 2010

    One to Grow On

    What we'd like to see happen in Houston music this year.

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    October 5, 2009

    The Daily Beast: Houston -- You Are "Mildly Retarded"

    ​The Daily Beast has ranked the IQ of each of America's 55 metro areas with populations over a million. Here is how they arrived at the concept of a municipal IQ.They measured how many residents had bachelor's and graduate degrees, nonfiction book sales, the ration of institutions of higher educ ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    The 100 Best Bars in America: None For You!

    Hey, Esquire, stick to covering topics like this and we'll all be happy.​The venerated Esquire has released its list of the Best Bars in America, compiled after what we imagine was some serious and excessive binge-drinking that had either mind-erasing or mind-altering effects on the editors ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Aftermath: Judas Priest and Whitesnake at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Eric Sauseda​Rust never sleeps, and metal never ages. Not when it's being worked over by Judas Priest's hammer and tongs, anyway. Friday night at Verizon, the Birmingham blacksmiths smelted a sold-out, juiced-up, colors-sporting crowd - metal bands always have the best merch - with ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    February 11, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Soulbrotha

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Sitting in the ornate ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    John Birmingham

    The author of Without Warning just might be giving us one

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    December 4, 2008
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    November 16, 2008

    A Short History of Shrimp Grits

    Shrimp grits started out as a seasonal fisherman’s dish of shrimp cooked in bacon grease served over creamy grits in the Low Country where they were also known as “breakfast shrimp.” The simple seafood breakfast became an iconic Southern dish after Craig Claiborne wrote about it in the New Yor ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    January 3, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    NYE, HS Style

    The Houston Symphony says goodbye to 2007 with style

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    December 13, 2007
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    October 18, 2007
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    June 14, 2007

    Patty Larkin

    >Patty Larkin Patty Larkin performs Saturday, June 16, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

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    July 13, 2006
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    March 16, 2006

    The Hype of March

    Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldnt care

  • Culture

    July 7, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

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    April 7, 2005

    Los Skarnales

    Pachuco Boogie Sound System

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    April 1, 2004

    The Meat Market

    Photogs and reviewers cruise each other at the Meeting Place

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Citizen Arcane

    Broadcast mines Czech vampire films and French library music to create lush electronica

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    September 11, 2003

    The South's Done It Again

    Southern rock comes in for another revival

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Whatcha Gonna Do?

    Houston's Neutral Sisters look white, sing black and move to a reggae rhythm

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    July 5, 2001


    Steel Pulse

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    October 21, 1999
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    July 29, 1999
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    March 4, 1999
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    January 21, 1999
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    February 12, 1998
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    October 30, 1997
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    July 3, 1997

    Fast Eddie's Getaway

    Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • Music

    January 4, 1996

    Stupid Is as Stupid Sells

    The Ozz man is back, as dreadfully (and delightfully) dumb as ever

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    December 28, 1995
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    May 25, 1995

    Duran, Again

    The pretty boys return from the '80s, and insist they've never been away

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