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Built To Spill

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    March 5, 2014

    Stephen Malkmus Has No Problem With Houston, He Swears

    For the guy widely known for putting "slacker-rock" on the musical map, former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus sure stays busy. His current band, The Jicks -- which formed in 2000, immediately after the demise of '90s indie-rock gods Pavement -- has now released more albums together than the band ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Yuck at Rudyard's, 2/6/2014

    Yuck Rudyard's February 6, 2014 There were a few possible reasons for Houstonians to stay indoors last night: Not only was it the first televised night of the Winter Olympics, but it was also uncharacteristically frigid outside (at least by Houston standards). Nevertheless, Houston's hip weren't ph ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Built to Spill at Fitzgerald's, 11/22/2013

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's November 22, 2013 As Friday's temperatures plunged into the low 40s, Fitzgerald's provided some welcome warmth. Thanks to a packed-in sold-out crowd awaiting beloved Boise rockers Built to Spill, the room grew steamy in no time. Before the band began playing, front man ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Built to Spill, A$AP Ferg, Chvrches, etc.

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's, November 22 After years of staying away, Built to Spill seems to have decided that it likes playing Houston after all. We've lost count, but Friday will be at least the third time Doug Martsch's laid-back guitar army will have been here since their most recent album, Th ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Upcoming: Alkaline Trio, Janelle Monae, Monster Magnet, Twin Forks, Polica, etc.

    Alex Cuba: Tue., September 17, 8 p.m., Free. Theater One, Houston Community College Central, 1300 Holman, Houston, 713-718-6570. Alkaline Trio: With New Found Glory. Thu., October 31, 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. And So I Watch You From Afar: With This Town Ne ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Could Houston Ever Have a Great Music Scene?

    Houston is changing fast; that much we all know. Doesn't matter if it's the new housing sprouting up all over town, rampant job growth, the city making yet another "best" or "hottest" (or even "coolest") national list, or even the Texans' status as (possible) Super Bowl contenders, Houston isn't the ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    The Appleseed Cast at Fitzgerald's, 7/12/2013

    The Appleseed Cast Fitzgerald's July 12, 2013 Friday night in Houston was a lover of the blues' wet dream, with several roadshow options from that genre to choose from. John Mayer was doing his thing at the Woodlands Pavilion, while Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were tearing down the joint at Hou ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Last Night: Built To Spill At Fitzgerald's

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's March 12, 2012 After an interview last week with Built to Spill front man Doug Martsch, we noted how humble the rocker was. Modest, even. Our observation was upheld Monday night, as Martsch and his bearded band walked onstage, setting up their own gear before their sold ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Lucero: Memphis Band Loves Horns, Texas "Knuckleheads"

    It's always reassuring to know that some things never change - like Houston concert audiences' loutish reputation. "Houston is notorious for its knuckleheads," says Lucero lead guitarist Brian Venable, who doesn't seem to hold a grudge. If there were any doubt that the Memphis alt.country rockers ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Idaho Gem

    Built to Spill's Doug Martsch is the most laid-back guy around, except when talking about basketball.

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    February 28, 2012

    Mess With Texas Festival Returns To Mess With SXSW

    Mess With Texas, Austin's antidote to the crowds of badge-holders clogging the streets and the mile-long lines coming out of showcases during South By Southwest, has returned for 2012 with a lengthy lineup for three days of music, March 15th, 16th, and 17th. This year the festival will be located at ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Friday Night: Tontons, Wild Moccasins, A Sea Es at Fitzgerald's

    Check out pics from the Tontons' tour kickoff in our slideshow. Friday night's wonderful assortment of tasty sweet indie pop was just that -- delicious! Now, you're probably wondering if you can you have some cheese with that opening description. Why yes, you can, metaphorically, at least. Ima ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Distant Early Warning: Al Green, Balaclavas, Built To Spill, Gladys Knight, Los Campesinos!

    ​Al Green: Fri., April 27. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Balaclavas, Black Congress, Psychic Palms: Fri., Jan. 13. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. Ben Kweller: Thu., April 19. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Brandi Carlile: Wed., Feb. 8. House of Blues, 1204 Carolin ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Huh-Huh-Huh: 20 Bands Beavis and Butt-Head Turned Us Onto

    ​Next Monday, Beavis and Butt-Head returns to MTV with original episodes for the first time in 14 years. The final episode of the show's original run aired on November 28, 1997, and marked the closing of a chapter of our lives. Not only were they instrumental in forming our vocabulary - fartkn ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    For Labor Day: 10 Songs About Childbirth

    kidzcareonline.com​Cyril Connolly said "There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall." The famed English literary critic knew, like several here at Rocks Off, that having kids puts a hell of a dent in a parent's free time, and the constant demands of children can make at ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Some Can Whistle: A Playlist To Don't Worry, Be Happy

    ​It's often the little things that make our favorite songs our favorites - the curious, unforeseen additions of small touches like an understated bit of whistling. For those who like to categorize their playlists into themes, we present you with the Rocks Off approved Whistle Playlist. The S ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    The Worst Local Crowds Of 2010

    Jason Wolter​Editor's Pick: I am so sick of complaining about Houston crowds, ill-behaved as they are, but I will say to whoever decided it would be funny to take Bobby Bare Jr.'s glasses off the stage at Hayes Carll's Warehouse show Tuesday night and put them on: That was not cool. Neph Bas ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Dr. Dog Warehouse Live November 13, 2010 Fans packed into Warehouse Live Saturday as Houston's temperatures dropped from balmy to brisk in what seemed like minutes. But the crowd had clearly braced themselves for such conditions, breaking out their seldom-used winter acc ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Last Night: Built To Spill At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Built to Spill House of Blues October 21, 2010 While Thursday's chatty House of Blues crowd mingled and awaited Built to Spill's 10 p.m. set time, most hardly noticed that the band was already strolling the stage, casually setting up their own gear. Such nonchalance may ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    There Is No Enemy

    Built to Spill regains 90s form on new album.

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    July 15, 2010

    Summer Swoon

    Proudly independent, recent Grammy nominees Silversun Pickups aren't ready to hit the "Panic Switch."

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    June 29, 2010

    Upcoming: AA Bondy, Built To Spill, Chris Knight, Ra Ra Riot, Etc.

    ​2Cents, Season's After, Taking Dawn: Sat., July 31. Warehouse Live. AA Bondy, JBM: Sat., Aug. 14. Mango's. Andre Williams: Sat., Aug. 21. Continental Club. Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim & Raheem DeVaughn: Sat., Sept. 4. Toyota Center. A.R. Rahman: CHANGED Fri., Sept. 17. Toyota Center. ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Music Cities

    Texas has its own brand of March Madness

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    January 5, 2010

    Our Texas High School Rock Off Preview, Part 1: Useful Information and The Paperwaits

    This Friday, House of Blues hosts the first (and perhaps only) Texas High School Rock Off, co-sponsored by Fuse, Sonicbids and Rocks Off our own damn selves. See here for information on tickets, which start at the allowance-friendly price of $8. The winner receives $500, a trophy and an opening slot ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Tonight: Florida Indie Beach Boys Surfer Blood Sail Into Mango's

    ​Florida-based indie kids Surfer Blood pull into Mango's tonight, touring ahead of their upcoming Astro Coast LP. The band was recently anointed by Rolling Stone's online feature "Hype Monitor" as "bright and booming and hooky as FM radio in the late '70s." Rocks Off can hear traces of early "Blue ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Aftermath: Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill and a Whole Lotta Gear at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jody Perry​ Fans in the crowd at Warehouse Live's Dinosaur Jr. show Friday night should have known what was in store for them when J Mascis' roadies began setting up his equipment. Six amps for a single guitar player. If you thought the show was loud, imaging standing three feet in front ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    John Mayer Is Full of Crap

    ​Something about John Mayer just gets under Rocks Off's skin. We'll admit there was a time he made us believe our body was a wonderland, and yes, we've even wanted to "run through the halls of our high school and scream at the top of our lungs." But no more. The quiet little guitar player we once ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Aftermath: The McKenzies, the Howlies and Springfield Riots at the Mink

    Photos by Chris GrayThe McKenzies To Aftermath, the Mink's Backroom has always seemed more like a house than a music venue - especially inside, with the dark floors, corner bars and abundant, comfortable seating, it's like one of those cozy but spacious multi-resident dwellings where we all went to ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Single-Album Sets We'd Like to See, Part 1: Bob Dylan, George Strait, The Pogues and More

    Initiated by indie-rockers like Sonic Youth, Slint and Built to Spill at mid-2000s festivals - UK/U.S. hopover All Tomorrow's Parties and its various tie-ins being the most prominent - playing a beloved LP front to back in concert is now the hottest thing going on the classic-rock circuit. Within th ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    The Last Roundup: Wild Moccasins Almost Home, Michael Jackson's MC Friends and More

    Kim DouglassThat's right, we're using it again...IndieHouston is keeping up with those crazy kids in Wild Moccasins, who will be home next weekend playing Mango's for Buxton's 7-inch release party. Hands Up Houston is giving early warning all over the place: Dinosaur Jr and Built to Spill at Warehou ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009
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    July 18, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    February 1, 2008

    My Music Tastes Suck Now and I Couldn’t Care Less

    I was driving in my car the other day listening to “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles when it struck me that I was driving in my car listening to “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles. And that blew my mind. Back in the early `90s, once I’d grown out of my New Kids phase, I settled in ... More >>

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    January 22, 2008
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    July 19, 2007
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    December 14, 2006

    Independence Day

    What's indie rock? Who cares? Here's ten great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition

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    November 17, 2006

    Getting the Slip

    The Slip Eisenhower Bar/None The Slip's new album is available from Bar/None Records. Longtime fans of The Slip will find the band almost unrecognizable on Eisenhower. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Over the last decade, the New England trio has evolved from psychedelic jazz improv ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006

    Band of Horses

    Saturday, June 24, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513

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    December 8, 2005

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio

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    September 22, 2005

    Guitar-Shredding on the High Seas

    Built to Spill and the Decemberists offer alternate takes on alt-rock

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    March 31, 2005

    Elf Rock

    The Decemberists bring their magic-realist, Picaresque new album to town

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    October 17, 2002

    dune*TX

    goldenARM (Tasty Melon Records)

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    November 8, 2001

    Walla Confusion

    Death Cab for Cutie sees itself as just a guitar band. You might not agree.

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    September 27, 2001

    Famous Potatoes

    Idaho's Built to Spill survives the indie-to-major metamorphosis with its street cred intact

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    January 28, 1999
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    February 26, 1998
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