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    June 10, 2014

    Five Songs Much Darker Than You Remember

    "Darkness" is a term that doesn't always go over so well among mainstream audiences. For those of us into more experimental works of art or just inherently more extreme forms of music like metal, it comes with those genres' very nature. But in pop literature, film and music? Darkness is practically ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Five Songs That Were Grossly Misinterpreted

    Songs get misinterpreted all the time. Sometimes it's because they have vague lyrics, others it's because singers can't enunciate properly -- looking at you, Eddie Vedder -- and still others it's just because they're misleading and people don't take the time to think them through all the way. That ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    5 Rock Bands Made Better by Switching Vocalists

    Every now and then, switching things up in a band isn't the end of the world. In fact, recruiting a new singer can revitalize and expand the horizons of a band in completely unexpected ways, bringing them out of obscurity or to previously unheard of levels of success. We've covered this ground befo ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    10 Acts Who Changed Their Names Mid-Career

    When picking a band name, you have to be damn sure you want to be called that for the rest of your career. Sure, calling yourself "Ass Face" sounds funny now, but when you're 40 and still touring under it because it's the only name anyone knows you by, you won't be laughing anymore. You also have t ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Six Beloved Bands That Are Shameless Knockoffs

    Originality is scary sometimes,especially in entertainment. After all, it can be really off-putting to see something you don't understand, even if it is new and innovative. We like comfort food entertainment. Hence Hollywood's obsession with sequels and remakes and all those band reunions we complai ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    10 Songs Too Scary for Halloween

    Halloween music sucks. We can all agree on that, right? Every year at every party, it's the same crap: "Thriller," "Monster Mash" and the "Ghostbusters" theme. Actually, that last one is pretty great, but you get the point: people blast tunes in October that they'd rather deafen themselves with cann ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Black Sabbath at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/25/2013

    Black Sabbath Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 25, 2013 What can even be said about a Black Sabbath show in 2013? You know what you're in for: good times with one of the all-time greatest rock and roll bands. The experience is one that defies a simple explanation. It's becoming a part of a uniq ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Well, It's Official: Ozzy Osbourne Can't Sing Anymore

    Thursday night at the Woodlands was the first night of the reunited Black Sabbath's world tour, and to say that anticipation was running high would be underselling it a bit. The band is fresh off the release of its first new album together in 35 years, 13, which went straight to No. 1. Clearly, fans ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Every Metal Subgenre Began as a Black Sabbath Song

    Some people out there argue that heavy metal was not invented by Black Sabbath. These people are wrong. To be sure, the Led Zeps and Deep Purples of the world certainly had their metallic moments, but it wasn't until Tony Iommi sheared off his fingertips in a metal stamper and down-tuned his guitar ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Andrew WK's Top Five Partying Lessons: "Positive and Ridiculous Times You!"

    Andrew WK is so many things: musician, motivational speaker, spokesman, and entertainer, but more than anything, the guy is a walking encyclopedia on the power of positive partying. As multitalented as he is, what he's really good at is looking at a situation and finding the party at the end of it. ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Ozzy Speaks: Reunion Proves Once Again That Black Sabbath Is Unkillable

    It's pretty much a given at this point that Ozzy Osbourne is going to die onstage. Nothing short of the Grim Reaper himself can keep the man away from that spotlight. Through 45 years of professional triumphs, personal trauma and drug-induced mania, the original heavy metal wailer has effortlessly c ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Your Obscure Black Sabbath Primer: 10 Deep Cuts For Beginners

    It seems so fitting that the most exciting year in Black Sabbath news since they hooked up with Dio again in 2007 ends with the number "13." That's also the name of the band's new record, which undoubtedly you've already heard the first single, "God Is Dead?", if you're a Sab fan at all. "God is De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Revisiting Robertson Stadium's Forgotten Concert History

    After years of dreaming, planning and even a little begging, the University of Houston broke ground on a new on-campus football stadium this month. It's a pretty darn exciting development for the Cougars that marks the beginning of a new era of UH athletics: The program will play its first season in ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Fresh Cream and the Top 10 Power Trios of All Time

    Forty-six years ago this week, British blues-rockers Cream unveiled their debut album, Fresh Cream, one of the most deeply influential rock and roll records of all time. The original supergroup, the band was intended to unite the "cream" of the late-'60s British blues scene, featuring Eric Clapton ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    August 7, 2012

    25 Gorgeous GIFs From Lollapalooza 2012

    Another Lollapalooza blog by our friends at City Pages -- ed. Lollapalooza 2012: The People BY REED FISCHER Ready for some GIFs? To quote Ozzy Osbourne, "I can't fucking hear you!" I said, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME GIFS?! This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The hea ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    Bad Beef: 4 Examples Of Musical Feuds Gone Wrong

    Competition is a good thing. It pushes people to work harder and be more creative. That drive to prove to the world that they're the best has lead musicians to some incredible heights. After all, competition gave us Pet Sounds and "Ether." Yet in the '10s, that competitive spirit has been pushed as ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    The Most Overused Expressions in Music Critics' Twitter Feeds: An Epic List

    It is impossible to overlook this peculiar trend any longer: A few choice words and phrases seem to be dominating many of 2011's music critiques, particularly on Twitter. Seemingly forcibly wedged into friends' and journalists' 140-characters-or-less makeshift tweet reviews, the following words and ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Never Say Die!: Black Sabbath Reforming In 2012 For Tour & Album

    ​Today in Los Angeles, legendary, pioneering heavy metal group Black Sabbath convened in front of reporters at the Whiskey A Go Go to announce a 2012 reunion tour and album, set for a fall release. The event, hosted by Henry Rollins, was telegraphed by a countdown clock on the band's official ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    For 4/20: Hipgnosis' Greatest Bong Hits

    ​Rocks Off doesn't know if it's our Shot In the Dark photo show tomorrow or that batch of brownies someone sent us, but we've been in a really visual mood this week. We can't remember exactly what it is, but something told us today might be a good day to revisit the work of Hipgnosis. The gro ... 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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    March 14, 2011

    Rappers: What Are Your Final Four Picks This Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Uzoy, Eskabel, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, D-Risha and J ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Match These Bands With Their Awful Original Names

    ​Provided they didn't take the easy way out and name themselves after a song (Rolling Stones), their hometown (Boston) or each other (Hall & Oates), almost every band that went on to sell millions of records, get tons of radio play and sell out arenas has had some form of the following convers ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Ozzy & Sabbath Songs We'd Like To Hear Tonight (But Won't)

    ​It's the curse of being a fan. You want to hear all your favorite songs, but you know that the artist only has so much time onstage, and what with trying to shill a new album nobody has heard and playing the requisite classics, may only have time for an obscure nugget or maybe two. With Ozz ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Bands Named After Movies, Characters & Other Film Stuff

    ​Ever wonder which of your favorite bands are named after movies? So have we. So we went out and did a little bit of research. BANDS NAMED AFTER ACTUAL MOVIES My Bloody Valentine: The seminal shoegaze act took their name from a low-budget 1981 horror movie about a guy who really, really hat ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    To Get You In The Mood For Summer Movie Season, The Worst Blockbusters Of The '00s

    ​For better or worse, the summer movie season kicks off this weekend with the release of Iron Man 2 (which I believe is a Black Sabbath documentary).It's the time of year when temperatures rise and IQs drop as folks looking for relief from the sweltering heat seek shelter in air-conditioned theate ... 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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    December 16, 2009

    Listology: Toxic Noise DJ Bakka's Top Bone-Crushing Jams

    ​Every third Wednesday at Boondocks, the space upstairs turns into the most fabulous place in Houston for rockers, punks and metalheads when DJ Bakka revs the turntables for his popular "Toxic Noise" DJ sets. It's like going to visit a high-school bully's bedroom in 1987. If you still miss Shanle ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Three Bassoons Walk Into a Bar...: The Near-Classical "Noncert" at Under the Volcano

    Photos by Chris Gray​ Under the Volcano does not feel like Under the Volcano. The TVs are off, so no more NBA on ESPN. Hayes Carll's Trouble In Mind has come and gone - in its entirety - on the jukebox, taking its bad livers, broken hearts and drunken poet's dreams with it... mostly. Earlier, a re ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    A Rocks Off Playlist: Halloween Songs That Don't Suck

    Yeah... screw this thing.​Let's face it: the Monster Mash blows. So do many of the songs we're forced to suffer through every Halloweentide. A couple of years ago, Rocks Off heard "One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater" on XM Radio's Halloween-themed channel, and wanted to sneak into a ha ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Season of the Witch

    U2's awe-inspiring Reliant Stadium show prompts a search for the unknown — and unknowable — in music.

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    September 24, 2009
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    December 26, 2008

    Retro Active: The Ian Gillan-Fronted Black Sabbath

    Ian Gillan on his brief stint in Black Sabbath Last week, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi filed a lawsuit against Live Nation, claiming that one of the promotion behemoth's subsidiaries, Signatures, sold a bunch of Sabbath merch after a licensing agreement expired in 2006. Though the idea of Blac ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    Black Sabbath: The Rules of Hell Box Set Reviewed

    Fairly or not, when a band loses a charismatic frontman, they’re left with a hole that’s both more obvious and difficult to fill than, say, keyboardist or drummer. Rock history has shown that bands can actually become more popular (AC/DC, Van Halen) or spend the rest of their careers hoping audi ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008
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    January 3, 2008
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    April 26, 2007

    Heaven and Hell

    The Heaven and Hell tour stops Wednesday, May 2, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Robbins Dr., 281-363-3300.

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    July 20, 2006

    The Jonbenet

    Wednesday, July 26, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513

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    January 3, 2002

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