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    October 13, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 2

    Best 17-Year-Old Who Rocked Oh Lorde! This lovely New Zealand native is the real deal, and stole Weekend 2 with her windpipes, big hair and humility. The crowd at the Retail Me Not Stage was one of the largest of the festival, with everyone in awe of this youngster's performance and singing along. S ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    The Best Things We Overheard at ACL Fest's First Weekend

    By Cory Garcia and Marco Torres On ACL becoming more like Brochella: "Ive seen dudes chest-bumping." "It's disgusting. I don't think men should wear tank tops." "I'm too old for this shit!" -- a 20 year old blonde girl who literally could not even

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    October 7, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographers: Josh Ortiz

    Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 1

    Best Act That We Didn't Understand How They Were Making Noise: The Glitch Mob With a battery of touchscreens and drum triggers, The Glitch Mob dropped what was the most impressive set of electronica on the festival, which is saying a lot on a bill that features some of the biggest DJs in the world. ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Battle of the Beach Music: 1984 vs. 2014

    I've never been a fan of the beach. My family is about it though, so sometime this summer I'll be sitting someplace that smells worse than a Red Lobster dumpster introducing new grains of sand to my ass crack. My parents were from Galveston, but they hated the beach. We never went as kids. So, I ne ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Eminem, Lorde, OutKast Head 2014 ACL Festival Lineup

    This morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the autumn music bazaar that will take place October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin's Zilker Park. Some of the top names include Eminem (as expected), OutKast, Pearl Jam, Lorde (second weekend only), Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, C ... More >>

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    April 19, 2014

    A Serious Look at Coachella's Drug Culture

    Note: Ben Westhoff is Music Editor of L.A. Weekly and Senior Music Editor of Voice Media Group. Oakland, Calif. resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death this past Thursday was shocking. But what's really shocking is th ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    The 13 Best Things About Coachella's First Weekend

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap. Round one of Coachella ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    Ellie Goulding at Bayou Music Center, 3/24/2014

    Ellie Goulding, Conway Bayou Music Center March 24, 2014 When it comes to musical artists, labels are a tricky thing. Critics and fans like them because they help slot performers into easily recognizable tropes, shorthand we can use to explain someone without really explaining them. They're not nec ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Cher, Ellie Goulding, Schoolboy Q, Tool, etc.

    Cher Toyota Center, March 24 Cher's six-decade career is all the proof we need that she can do just about anything she sets her mind to. She's a musician, an actress and an all-out badass from feathered head to stiletto-ed toe, and has been ever since the moment she hit the screen singing "I Got Yo ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Meet the McFadden Brothers, Houston's EDM Accountants

    I once wrote here how my kids work at being musicians. Their hand-to-mouth life demands and modest success means they don't have to bus tables for a living. But many Houston musicians do work for the man. Admirably, they create and perform music by night, then do the day job. For many, it's changin ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Five Things to Avoid at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The annual Voodoo Festival is starts today, bringing people from all over the gulf coast region to the New Orleans event. Taking place in the gorgeous City Park in the north part of the city, this years event is set to feature the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure as we'll as a smatte ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    10 Prominent ACL Festival Veterans: Where Are They Now?

    Well, it's time to gear up for another Austin City Limits Music Festival, which kicks off this Friday in Austin's Zilker Park and this year runs not only through Sunday the 6th, but next Friday through Sunday with the same lineup. As usual, the lineup is really decent: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Muse, ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013

    Houston's not getting any colder, so Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us which recently released songs are helping them beat the heat this summer. Alt-J, Dissolve Me" A strong, danceable beat coupled with such serenity. It's the sound of floating in the ocean with friends while just a little bit ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    By Dawn's Early Light

    Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"

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    June 26, 2013

    Four Days In Vegas: A "First Time At EDC" Travel Journal

    "EDM has the power to make people profoundly happy. And if those good vibes are trickling down to the kids, well, that's alright." - Katie Bain, LAWeekly Life is all about creating opportunities that will allow you to follow and achieve your dreams, however difficult, weird, or seemingly impossible ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Pitbull and Ke$ha at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 6/22/13

    Pitbull, Ke$ha, Jump Smoker, Justice Crew Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 22, 2013 On paper, a Pitbull/Ke$ha tour makes a lot of sense. They're both pop stars with a ton of hit singles who write a lot of songs about the dance floor and partying all night. But that kind of logic only makes se ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Music Festivals Remain a Man's, Man's, Man's World

    The Alabama Shakes' Brittany HowardAs we round out the end of the week, all of the festival hangovers from the full-blown fuckery at FPSF have subsided and we're all a bit less foggy, it's time to look back at the festival in a slightly different light. Let's put aside the rants about overpriced wat ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Festival's Biggest WTF Moments

    Know Your City During Matt & Kim, Kim had the crowd in her pocket... until she accidentally called them "Dallas." She immediately recognized her terrible faux pas and recovered by telling a story about how once she was having sex with Matt and called him by the wrong name. She said that afterwards " ... More >>

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    June 2, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Saturday's Best Acts, 6/1/2013

    Alabama Shakes I went into this expecting to enjoy the set by Alabama Shakes, but I didn't realize how it was going to set the tone for the rest of my day. I arrived under the overbearing sun, and struggled to catch glimpses of Japandroids. Festival frustrations threatened to make a bad scene. But ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    UPDATED Free Press Summer Fest: This Year's Toughest Schedule Conflicts

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off will be bringing you our staff ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest Releases 2013 Schedule & Stage Times

    The moment many of you have been dreading has arrived: this morning Free Press Summer Fest announced this year's schedule and stage times for its fifth year, scheduled for June 1 and 2 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. The festival's eightysomething performers this year are spread across six stages from the ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Raw Power

    Iggy & the Stooges headline the fifth Free Press Summer Fest.

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    February 28, 2013

    FPSF Adds Dozens More Acts, Many Locals

    After the 2013 Free Press Summer Festival headliners leaked Wednesday night, this morning the festival sent out an email with a few dozen more names, including many local performers. Rewind: Free Press Summer Fest '13 Announces Postal Service, Stooges, Cat Power, TV On the Radio, Social D, Geto Bo ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest '13 Announces Postal Service, Stooges, Cat Power, TV On the Radio, Social D, Geto Boys, Calvin Harris, etc.

    Moments ago, the lineup for the 2013 Free Press Summer Festival was announced online at fpsf.com. Let's get to it, shall we?

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    February 8, 2013

    Abandon All Hope: Your Guide to the 2013 Grammy Award Underdogs

    There are certain truths we all accept about the Grammy awards, including but not limited to: no matter how many times she's won Taylor Swift will always make that "ohmygod people like me?!?!?!" face; that NARAS president Neil Portnow will show up to make a speech that no one will remember; someone ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Dance Clubs

    10. CLUB TROPICANA If the word alone makes you thirsty, you can quench that parched palate at Tropicana every weekend. Now's your chance to try out those dance moves you learned in Zumba class, or coax your quiet friend into shaking her "bum bum." Tropicana is known for its great Latin music, and Sa ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Meet Gaga's Opening Act, French EDM Wunderkind Madeon

    Whether you're a casual fan looking for a night of spectacle or one of the above little monsters who camped out to be first to get inside, we all know that the main attraction of tonight's show at the Toyota Center is Lady Gaga. That said, there's no reason you shouldn't pay attention to the show's ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Beat Repeat: 5 EDM Tracks We'll Be Raging to In 2013

    Every year thousands of songs get released, most of them fairly forgettable. The tracks you forget could fill countless hard drives, but it's all worth it to find that handful of really great songs. If a song is really good -- if it just knocks your socks off the first time you hear it -- it may en ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Rocks Off's Something Wicked Mini-Guide: Bass Massacre

    Saturday, something very strange is about to go down at Sam Houston Race Park when Something Wicked, billed as "Texas's first ever large-scale Halloween electronic dance music festival," takes over the grounds, subdivided into three nebulously named areas: "Shadow Field," "Bass Massacre" and "The Ex ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Happy B'Day, Beyoncé: 10 Gift Ideas for Houston's Homegrown Megastar

    "What do you get for the woman who has everything?" That question must have been plaguing Sean Carter for the past weeks, at least. His lovely wife, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, whom he so callously stole away from our fair city even though she is 100 percent too good for him, turns 31 today. In the p ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Heat, Crowds & Fireworks of Day 1

    Rewind: #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution "If you put on a festival full of good music, people will find you". That was advertising executive and Jay-Z inner circle member Steve Stoute's answer to my question regarding the who/what/why ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Prydz & Prejudice: Top 5 Remixes for Saturday's IDentity Festival

    Saturday the IDentify Fest returns to town to once again take EDM out of the dark of the club and into the light of day. Your humble blog writer missed last year's show, so I'm curious to see how well glowsticks work during the daylight. While this year may not feature big names like Pretty Lights ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Top Ten Awkward Electric Daisy Carnival Dance Move GIFs

    See our Electric Daisy Carnival slidshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 By Christopher Victorio and Ben Westhoff We love you, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. In fact, here are five reasons why you rule the roost. But my oh my you dance funky. We're not saying we're any better; truth is, we ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    The Night After Cancellation, EDC Closes Fest With Massive Turnout

    See also: EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds Organizers of the second annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas declared the three-day party a success , despite high-winds that cut its marquee night short on Saturday. Promoters say a whopping 115,000 people were in attendance on the ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    EDC 2012: The Underground Has Left the Building

    See also our EDC slideshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 Twenty years after rave culture first entered the American mainstream, the success of a festival like Electric Daisy Carnival begs the question: Can electronic dance music retain its authenticity, warehouse roots and peace, love, unity ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Top Five Reasons Electric Daisy Carnival Rules

    See also our EDC slideshows: Day 1, and another Day 2 Day 3 Sure, we have our issues with the predictability of Electric Daisy Carnival's lineup this year: With the likes of Tiesto, David Guetta and Afrojack on the bill, it was about as surprising as taxes. The talent seemed to reflect Coachella ... More >>

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    June 10, 2012

    EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

    [Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom. Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas was shut down late Saturday night/early Sunday morning as a result of high winds ... More >>

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    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>

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    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One Is Better?

    See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play L.A.'s Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is be ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Distant Early Warning: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steve Aoki, Mountain Goats, Heartless Bastards, Voodoo Glow Skulls

    ​ Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janelle Monae: Thu., March 8. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Houston. Agent Orange: Tue., Feb. 21. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. "Burned Out" With Chase Hamblin, The Literary Greats, The Sideshow Tramps: Sat., Jan. 21. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. C ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    August 24, 2010

    Austin City Limits Festival Releases Preshow, Aftershow Lineups

    ​This morning C3 Concerts, the folks behind the Austin City Limits Music Festival, announced the schedule for the pre- and after-show gigs surrounding the festival. As with this past March's SXSW, those without official credentials aren't totally being shut out of the fun. Starting Wednesday ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    In the Mix: DJ and Dance Music for the New Malaise, Part 1

    ​The past year brought the worst economy since the malaise of the 1970s, and like that era, it also saw dance music sweep the nation. Lady GaGa, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs all dabbled in the sound. Even Michael Jackson was said to be working on a dance album with the P ... More >>

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