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Chris Wise

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    October 10, 2014

    Cactus Crew Celebrates 39th Trip Around the Sun

    If the leaves on the trees are not turning brown and temperatures are still regularly topping out above 90, then it must be getting pretty close to Halloween. We think. But one way you can be sure we're getting close to both All Hallows Eve and its Latino companion, Dia de Los Muertos, is that anoth ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    HPMA Bassist Nominees Pick Best Bassists Ever

    One nice thing about the Houston Press Music Awards is the opportunity it provides to root into the brains of Houston's more acclaimed musicians. Here's a ready-made list of folks with music-filled brains, ripe for the picking. But with so many nominees in so many categories, where to start and what ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    You've been wondering, and asking us, and lately offering up a few social-media suggestions. But it's time. Apologies for the delay, but the 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominations are at hand. What took so long? To draw up the ballot this year, we consulted about two dozen individuals from all ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Recently, the Houston Press took a g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Buxton 10-Year Anniversary at Fitzgerald's, 11/30/2013

    Buxton, Papermoons, Deep Cuts FItzgerald's November 30, 2013 Ten years gone. How the hell did that happen? Long before the New West days, before the band had five members (or six or four or three), and definitely before they all had those adorable little beards, Buxton first started putting pen to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Arcade Fire Fans "Reflekt" Band's Appeal at Cactus Party

    Who on earth would line up at a record store on a Monday night to buy a single that had leaked onto the Internet hours beforehand? Especially when the Texans' season opener was about to start? True-blue Arcade Fire fans, that's who. The grooves of indie-rock spun right through kickoff as some 50 or ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Buxton, "Five Friends Cook Dinner Together, Watch Seinfeld"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Six Houston Acts Who Have Done Daytrotter Sessions

    It's no secret that Houston has an amazing music scene, but seeing local acts get love on a larger scale only reassures what Rocks Off has been saying for years. Last week, The Tontons' first Daytrotter session was released to the masses, and featured four songs, including "Bones 1" and "Bones 2" fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Bring Your Black Flag Tattoos to Vinal Edge This Saturday

    Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m., tattooed Black Flag disciples are encouraged to stop by Vinal Edge in the Heights for sweaty fellowship with their fellow "barred" brethren to celebrate the release of Stewart Dean Ebersole's Barred for Life: How Black Flag's Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock's Secret Handsh ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

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    February 6, 2012

    Saturday Night: Buxton's Album Release Show At Fitzgerald's

    Photos By Jim BrickerBuxton onstage Saturday night at Fitzgerald's​Buxton packed them in upstairs at Fitzgerald's on Saturday night, playing the entirety of their brand-new, just-released LP, Nothing Here Seems Strange. Performing before an audience of family, scene mavens, new fans, old fans, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Best & Worst Of All Possible Buzzfests

    Photo by Marc BrubakerWe did it all for the nookie.​This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edition where we took along ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Cake, Buxton Confirmed For First-Ever BestFest

    ​Saucy rockers Cake and Houston's own alt-country insurgents Buxton are the first two acts confirmed for the inaugural Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest, or "BestFest," the two-day festival scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the Midtown "superblock" between McGowen, Main, Travis and A ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Summer Fest Critic's Guide: Who We're Seeing At Tinsley

    Jermaine Rogers​In three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: If You Take A Dump, Don't Tell The Staff

    Marco TorresCarlos Hernandez and Los Skarnales' Felipe Galvan at Cactus Music's "Day of the Dead" opening last year.​Today is Tax Day (boo), but it's also payday for a lot of people, which comes in handy because tomorrow is Record Store Day. In a few short years, RSD has become one of the bigg ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.

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    January 26, 2011

    Things You Should Know Before You Start A Band

    ​A few weeks back we asked our round table what advice they would give other bands in town. Their answers ranged from solidly DIY nuggets from April Brem Patrick to smart business ethos from Andrew Karnavas. Now Rocks Off even feels like we could be in a band. Our powerviolence/noise project ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    One Live Humpback Whale: Local Fantasy Tour Riders

    ​Everyone probably knows that top-selling bands like Van Halen routinely demand everything short of the moon and stars for their tour contract and rider, but specifically No Brown M&Ms. Some bands have a schedule for required nourishment, or in Rush's case, for booze. The "Weekly Booze Schedul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Bun B, Slim Thug, Devin, Chingo: Your HPMA Trophies Are Ready

    Craig Hlavaty​The Houston Press Music Awards are now just a recent memory. It was only three weeks ago that Grandfather Child got showered with panties onstage, A dream Asleep reminded us how to spell "Tits," and Chris Wise and Cody Swann got their kiss on in front of the Warehouse Live crowd. ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010

    Like Hell Yeah

    Upsets and upstarts at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards

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    August 9, 2010

    Saturday: Buxton, Preemo And Coast's Showcases Blow Us Away

    Photos by Marc BrubakerMake It Funky: 2 Dollar Sound slapped out an opening set at Kobain.​Team Rocks Off was staffed with the not-insignificant task of effectively covering nine different venues during Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards, which led to this member of the Aftermath squadron b ... More >>

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    August 8, 2010

    Raves, Trains and Jitney Mobiles at the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    Marc BrubakerMatt and Kim on the Bud Light Stage​Best moment? Early in the Matt and Kim set, a train roared through just north of Washington Avenue. The engineer, seeing the huge crowd in the parking lot just east of The Drake, laid on his horn and waved to everyone as the band played on. It ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Houston's Top Tweeting Musicians

    ​This week's Houston Press cover feature is about Twitter and its implications, for better or worse, within the social-media world. For "The Twitterverse," we spoke with Twitter stars from Houston and Dallas, asking them how they use the site daily and what could be different about their experienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Five Songs We Don't Want To Hear At Buzzfest

    ​This Sunday, Craig's Hlist embarks on one of the most dangerous adventures of his music-journalism career, covering BuzzFest XXIV out at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. It will be our first go-round at the bi-annual modern-rock radio festival. This year's line-up was the first one that made ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Yes, We're Going To Kenny G. Got A Problem With That?

    ​Yes, tomorrow night Craig's Hlist will be at Kenny G with your mother and your weird aunt who likes to buy you fertility crystals for the summer solstice. Kenny G intrigues us to the no end. Along with Michael Bolton, he was a part of a tag-team duo of pop culture musical dregs in the '90s. But t ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Chris Wise vs. Cody Swann, Chris Ryan vs. Frank Beard, Washington Avenue vs. Westheimer

    ​So this past week, Houston Music Fight Club began getting solicitations from various local musicians to be matched against other strummers and pickers around town in their cage matches. Rocks Off looks around. We see a lot of new faces. This means a lot of you have (happily for us) been breaking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2009

    ReFried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Chris Wise from Buxton

    ​Chris Wise was going to do an interview but instead he decided to try and pick up Geoffrey Muller from the SideShow tramps. The two are currently discussing Muller recent stroll down dress lane at the I am Mesmer CD release show. Oh, Muller just said he would "be honored" to help out with the nex ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Local Musicians Pick a Love Song

    For every relationship, both failed and successful, there's a song that reminds you of that special (or not-so-special) person whenever it plays. Not to be used with the more cliched "our song," which is picked by both parties and can, most of the time, be repeated out loud with some pride. For the ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    MP3 Monday: Buxton's "Flint" and "Feathers"

    In advance of the release of Buxton's new seven-inch, that little ol' Americana band from La Porte has shot us the new B-side from the single, entitled "Flint." The single will be available on yellow vinyl and, to quote guitarist Chris Wise, it will be "pretty." Since we're suckers for colored vi ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Vinyl & Compilations

    Alternatives to the full-Length CD are back with a vengeance.

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    April 10, 2008
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    April 3, 2008
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