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Blur (Band)

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    January 10, 2014

    Every Night's a Winner On the Montrose Mile

    The howls and whistles of approval are deafening, causing a temporary lapse in drink-ordering at the overcrowded bar. Somehow the floor at Blur Bar has cleared enough for an impromptu dance-off to Beyonce's "Single Ladies," and these men are working it out, honey. It's barely 10 p.m. on New Year's ... More >>

  • Music

    January 9, 2014

    Ringing in the New Year in Montrose Is a Sight to Behold

    Celebrating 2014 at Montrose's ever-popular dance clubs.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Report: Suspect Charged In May Assault On La Mafia Singer

    According to AbOUT Magazine, a suspect has been charged in the May assault on singer Oscar De La Rosa of legendary Tejano band La Mafia, who in July were part of the inaugural class of inductees into the Houston Music Hall of Fame. The report says Jared David Avila of Rosenberg has been charged wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    The 10 Best Grunge Albums of All Time

    Kids of the '80s have to face the fact that it's time to put that "Beat It" jacket in cold storage, because the '90s are officially all the nostalgia rage. While the editor of this blog was vacationing last week, he happened to take in a screening of the very funny The World's End, whose plot pivots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Gay Bars, Clubs & Icehouses

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Music

    May 16, 2013

    Lights, Camera, Headaches

    The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Music Festival: Actors

    So Ashton Kutcher allegedly got in a fight at the Stagecoach Music Festival. I know, it's a little mind-boggling, that whole idea. Ashton Kutcher was not only at a country-music festival, but reports say he somehow managed to stay true to his douche-roots and get into a fistfight with a security gua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Hell Freezes Over: The Ends of Five Great Musical Feuds

    Last month marked the end of one of the great musical feuds of the 1990s. Any Britpop fan knows you can either be a fan of Oasis or of Blur, but not a fan of both. The two bands hated each other's guts and were in constant competition throughout the decade. So all of us in the press were shocked wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Seven Spring Music Festivals In Texas That Beat Staying Home

    SXSW is officially over, thank the sweet baby Jesus. Now music fans have already begun to fan out to the four winds, seeking sunshine, swimsuits, alcohol, easy hookups and all the tunes they can handle until it gets ridiculously hot. Texans: you have about three hours. It's already begun over in Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Liam Gallagher Is My Hero. Don't Judge Me.

    Liam Gallagher is a literary genius. Yes, I said it. And I won't take it back. But wait. Don't start typing out your "Beady Eye sucks and their album tanked" rant just yet. I can explain. I say this based not on Liam's musical prowess but on his inane ability to drop pearls of bitchy wisdom aime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Takes It Back to the '90s

    Coachella, the Only Music Festival That Matters (or so we're told), announced its 2013 lineup late Thursday night, no holograms or Rolling Stones included. Instead, two beloved '90s UK acts whose popularity in the U.S. is spotty at best, Blur and the Stone Roses, headline the first night of the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    With God On Our Side: 5 Artists Who Have Claimed God Loves Their Music

    The majority of the population of the world believes in some concept of God, and most believe they have it right and everyone else has it wrong. Musicians aren't exempt from this and, in the grand tradition of trying to figure out what God is thinking, many have claimed God is a fan of their work. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Six Songs That Should Be On Nine Inch Nails' Greatest-Hits Album

    Recently Trent Reznor announced the reactivation of Nine Inch Nails as an active studio project, along with a greatest-hits record scheduled to be released in 2014 with two new tracks. Of course, as a major NIN nerd, this is exciting news. NIN hasn't released one single compilation CD in Reznor's l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    If Houston Restaurants Were Bands: Oxheart As an Oi! Punk Band, Plus More

    In a recent story meeting, I mentioned The Pass & Provisions to my fellow staff writers here at the Press. Assistant music editor and all-around pop culture buff Craig Hlavaty quickly threw out there: "That sounds like a screamo band." "In fact," he continued, "a lot of these new restaurants have n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    8 Musical Activities That Should Be Olympic Sports

    After years of preparation, unprecedented security, and a Mitt Romney gaffe or two, the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London get underway about 3 p.m. Houston time. At the same time, multitudes will gather in nearby Hyde Park for a free concert with Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Hank Williams Jr.'s Top 10 Patriotic Lyrics

    As 2012 reaches the halfway point, one of the most gratifying musical comebacks has been none other than Bocephus himself, Hank Williams Jr. It's not a very long list, either - the Beach Boys, Fiona Apple, and now the late-breaking Blur; we're still not sure Chris Brown and Beach House count as "com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Drops In the Bucket List: 5 Venues To See a Show In Before You Die

    I'm not much of a traveler. Outside of a few trips to Vegas, I've never been on a real grownup-type vacation. Every year it's a struggle to think of something to do with my vacation days, one that eventually leads to a few four-day weeks and a couple of midweek shows. Now that I'm getting older, I' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    When Car Commercials And Rock And Roll Collide

    This weekend is the big Houston Art Car Parade, where children and adults of all ages can gander at their fellow Houstonians' labors of car love. Each car is a marvel to the ingenuity and the insanity of this race known as the modern Texan. The Art Car festivities have cars on our brains. Rock a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    2nd Annual Texas Beer Fest a Success

    Check out our photos from the Texas Beer Festival at Discovery Green. This past Saturday, a sun-drenched Discovery Green was converted into a playground for beer-lovers as it played host to the second annual Texas Beer Fest. As I walked into the festival grounds, I opened up the event booklet and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Cool Britannia: Your Essential Britpop Playlist

    It was announced this week that British bands Blur, New Order and the Specials will be performing at the closing ceremonies of this year's Summer Olympics, which will be held in London in July and August. All three bands represent three distinct parts of British popular music from past 35 years. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    You Bettah Work: 10 Rock/Pop Musicians Who Could Take Up Modeling

    Lucky for Lana Del Rey -- whose awkward-at-best Saturday Night Live performance last weekend left indie critics second-guessing her skill -- she has a backup career on which to fall, if needed. Last week, days before becoming a poor bundle of nerves on SNL, the up-and-(maybe)-coming songstress signe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Top 10 Most Underrated Music Video Artists

    The Material Girl. The King of Pop (and his sister). The Chili Peppers. Mr. West. Very few artists have become the musical equivalent of the two-sport athlete: Making memorable music and monumental videos. When those people had a new video to premiere, it wasn't a just a video, it was an event. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Erland And The Carnival Map Modern Man In New Video

    Vanessa Galvin​When Rocks Off wants the lowest of the lowdown on good new music that isn't centered here in the Lone Star State, we always turn to Mick Cullen at Subterranean Radio. His three hour program has become a Thursday night ritual with us as he guides us through some of the most excit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Life After Rock Stardom: 7 Artists' Post-Musical Careers

    naylandhouse.comFuture ordained minister MC Hammer wasn't kidding on his 1990 hit single "Pray."​Let's face it. Not everyone is cut out for - or interested in - being a sixtysomething rock star. But what type of careers awaits a retired musician? Many rock stars stay in the music industry real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    Zazzle.com​Musicians are weird. Well, the good ones, at least. It's a little-known, beloved factoid. While artists' news, drama, and private lives are sometimes aired to the point of over-saturation, it becomes more interesting when we learn relatively kept insight into their rockers' offstage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Beyonce's 4 & 11 Other Numerical Album Titles

    ​Beyonce is not the first artist to title her album after a number. Here are 11 more - one of which B may have to unseat from the top of the charts when her fourth solo album, 4, is released next month. Chicago, Chicago III-Twenty 1 (1971-91): Chicago had a simple formula for naming albums: ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Aaron Scheerhoorn: Newly Formed Group Hopes to Honor Him by Improving Montrose

    Aaron Scheerhoorn's death has spawned a new effort to make Montrose safe​It was one of the year's more horrific widely publicized murders. In mid-December, in a case that echoed that of Kitty Genovese, 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death in front of Club Blur in front of numerou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Last Night: Gorillaz At Toyota Center

    Photos by Jim Bricker​ Gorillaz Toyota Center October 19, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. Gorillaz may have overspent on their first-ever extended tour. True, the entire concept is that the group is officially made up of four cartoon characters, so there kind of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    The Top 15 Cartoon Bands (Sorry, Gorillaz)

    ​Gorillaz makes a stop in Houston tonight (Toyota Center, 7:30 p.m.) on their "Escape to Plastic Beach" world tour. Damon Albarn's "virtual band" is by now far better-known on this side of the pond than his original group, Blur, and is as famous for its inventive music videos as for the songs ... More >>

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    September 25, 1997

    Smear Campaign

    Blur searches for America's kindly embrace -- just so they can shrug it off

  • Culture

    August 7, 1997

    Loving Care

    Matthew Sontheimer and Tina Marrin welcome viewers to their obsessions

  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Heavy on the Lite

    Ultra Lounge puts on paper a simple truth: Easy listening ain't easy

  • Music

    May 15, 1997
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