Christian Rock

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    September 8, 2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE at Bayou Music Center, 9/5/2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center September 5, 2014 The divide between Christian and secular rock might be one of the most overblown distinctions within pop music there is. It's real, but sometimes it all seems so unnecessary. People of faith do just fine in many if not most professions (even journa ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: NEEDTOBREATHE, A Danseparc Wedding, etc.

    NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center, September 5 Without a whole lot of fanfare, South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE is probably the first band since Switchfoot to fully cross over from contemporary Christian music into the mainstream; beyond even that, they've become one of the biggest rock groups of the ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Stephen Malkmus, Childish Gambino, etc.

    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Fitzgerald's, March 7 Slack-rock innovator Stephen Malkmus -- best-known for his tenure in '90s figureheads Pavement -- is, in reality, quite insightful. But he's as always been an anomaly in many ways. He's a pioneering musician, smart-as-a-whip scholar, skilled sports ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    The 10 Worst Metal Bands of the '80s

    Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool with me. I love it, actually, because it means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time. For someone who grew up on 106.9 The Point, this is a wonderful gift that I cherish. But I'm noticing a disturbing trend in ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    The Genesis Of King's X: The DUg Pinnick Interview, Part 1

    "My house in Texas is a really great thing," DUg Pinnick says, King's X bassist/singer. "So I don't want to get rid of it." Pinnick now lives in Los Angeles, he says, "to further my career." At 62 years old this year, he's got the energy and ambition of a man one-third his age. He's been in L.A. fo ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    August 30, 2012
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    August 9, 2012

    Switcharoo: 10 Artists Who Tried Other Genres

    Have you ever bought an album of an artist you were familiar with and thought, "wow... that's different?" In fact, many artists try out other genres than the one where they originally became popular as a way for them to grow as artists. But a big question remains: Will the audience grow with them a ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Reader's Poll: What's the Deal With Christian Music?

    So you are disgusted, angry, and outright righteously pissed that your beloved 103.7 is gone with the wind, replaced by 24 hours of Christian music. Gone are your usual playlists full of Wilco, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow and Death Cab For Cutie, not to mention your favorite DJs and personalities. Th ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Christian Radio Group Buys 103.7 FM

    Update to story originally posted on May 25, 2012: Sounds like the switch became official at 5 p.m. today, and our friends on social media are pissed. Apparently the indie format went out with Semisonic's "Closing Time" and R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It." Well played. KHJK 103.7 ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Friday Night: Stryper At House Of Blues

    Stryper House of Blues May 18, 2012 A dedicated legion of Stryper fans cheered on Friday night to bang their heads to the bands greatest hits along with a few excellent covers. Stryper came out in full yellow-and-black attire while lead singer and guitarist Michael Sweet crooned a version of "Bat ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Stryper's Michael Sweet: "We Stick To Our Guns"

    See more with Michael Sweet in this week's issue of the Houston Press. In the 1980s, contemporary Christian music was on the cusp of accepting a nice little jolt of electricity for headbangers everywhere. That jolt of electricity, my friends, was Stryper. They burst onto the scene and have since p ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Stryper: Christian-Metal Kings

    Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.

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    May 17, 2012
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    May 16, 2012

    Top 7 Promotional Music Gimmicks -- Both Used & Unused

    One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail. When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Creed's Scott Stapp Knows You Hate His Band

    Creed lead singer Scott Stapp talks about faith, haters and a whole lot more.

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    March 26, 2012

    Friday Night: Winter Jam 2012 At Toyota Center

    Winter Jam 2012 feat. Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Dara Maclean and Group 1 Crew March 23, 2012 Toyota Center Hosted by NewSong and starring Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler (former lead singer of the Newsboys), Kari Jobe, Building 429, Dara Maclean, Group 1 Crew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Whitney & Me: One Fan's Recollections

    Saturday I got a text from a close friend saying that Whitney Houston had passed away. Needless to say, I was a bit shocked. I honestly thought she would be around for years to come so that she could could keep blessing us all with her terrific voice.. I grew up listening to Contemporary Christian ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Last Night: Mutemath at House of Blues

    Let's get something straight right off the bat: Mutemath is not a Christian band. Sure, the band members are all lifelong Christians, but the New Orleans-based act sued their label, Warner Music Group, in 2006 for breach of contract and negligent representation when their debut EP Reset was releas ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Stryper's Michael Sweet: "God Formed This Band"

    Photos by GroovehouseStryper at House of Blues, December 2009​Stryper, the world's coolest and heaviest '80s Christian heavy metal band of the '80s, comes to Scout Bar Monday night, touring behind last month's covers LP, The Covering. It's an appropriately shiny and heavy disc of covers from a ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    March 8, 2011

    Pre-Bieber, Five Memorable Musician Interview Gaffes

    ​Remember in the days before "Bi-winning," when Twitter was all up in arms about Justin Beiber's interview with Rolling Stone? Was it really a surprise that some of the pop star's opinions, as told to the magazine last month, would be half-baked and maybe even a bit ignorant? Put aside for a ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    The 71's: God's Punk-Ass Kids

    The 71's on Facebook​The 71's are a band that by all rights Rocks Off should be throwing rocks at instead of embracing warmly in our ear canals. Their rock is poppy, sincere, and inspired by faith in a God we want nothing to do with. So why do we love their new EP Rock and Roll Reaction Part 1 ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    No Shoes, No Problem

    The Listening Room at NiaMoves might be the best live music venue you've never heard of.

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    May 20, 2010

    Wal-Mart Ejects Christian Band From Store

    The 71s are a Christian rock band, but don't let that distract you from the fact that they are completely awesome. Trust me, when a former Satanist is a Christian band's biggest cheerleader, then that band is a band to be reckoned with. And a stunt like the story behind the group's "Start Again" vi ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010
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    December 22, 2009

    Aftermath: Stryper Shout At The Devil at the House of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​This year, Aftermath has seen all strains of metal: From Slipknot and Mastodon's metallic beatdowns at Verizon Wireless Theater, to The Sword's kindly menacing sludge jams at the inaugural Summerfest, to the force of power that is Motorhead at ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    What Would Jesus Jam? Christian Bands Who Found Secular Success

    ​Save for a few modern screamo bands like Underoath and the rap-rocking P.O.D., few Christian rock bands have had has as much an impact in mainstream secular music than the Bible-flinging Stryper. In the mid to late '80s the band was the premier Holy Ghost-filled metal band during a time when most ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009
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    December 16, 2008

    Aftermath: The 71's and Evangeline at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jef With One F It's accurate to say that I went to see The 71's on Monday night with some hesitancy; my knowledge of contemporary Christian music is limited to Jars of Clay's "Flood" and the Prom scene from the movie Saved!. Despite my affection for the band's LP, We Are Locomotive, I ju ... More >>

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    November 6, 2007

    Three Revolutionaries: Prince, Radiohead and Stryper

    Man, the apocalypse is upon us. First there’s Prince giving his CD away with a concert ticket in England. Then there’s Radiohead going to the honor system for their new record. And now, there’s this, from Stryper frontman Michael Sweet: "I recently joined forces with a company that will soon ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007
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    January 26, 2007

    Gift Rap

    Sweet! Those of you who think that the American Idol auditions are a little too mean, but still love to watch talent contests are in luck. Gifted begins tonight on TBN. From the show's Web site: "16,000 contestants. 8 finalists. 3 judges. 1 winner. GIFTED. On January 26, 2007, on prime-time telev ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Never Opening Near You

    Music biopics Hollywood won't make

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    November 9, 2006

    Be Your Own PET

    Be Your Own Pet performs Friday, November 10, at Mink, 3718 Main. Call 713-522-9985 for more info.

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    July 13, 2006
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    June 29, 2006
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    March 9, 2006

    Page France, with Jason Carmona, Jetpack, Dizzy Pilot and Three Fantastic

    Monday, March 13, at Super Happy Fun Land, 2610 Ashland, 713-880-2100

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    February 2, 2006

    Never Go to a Party in Friendswood

    Where does your town rank in the Houston-area good-taste stakes?

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    January 5, 2006

    Music to Cover Your Eyes To

    Houstonian Nick DiFonzo has one of the world's finest collections of bad album covers

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    December 23, 2004

    Rapping on Heaven's Door

    Can Christian hip-hop save Enock from his demons?

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    July 22, 2004


    No matter what you call 'em, they're headlining the Music Awards

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    February 1, 2001

    Rock of Ages

    Houston singer-songwriter Brandon Stanley gets by with a little help from his friend... upstairs

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    June 22, 2000

    Holy Diver

    Atomic Opera

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    March 9, 2000
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    February 10, 2000

    Gospel According to Matthew

    The Good Lord Willing, Songwriter Matthew Levine Plans to Spread the word of Baha'i

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    December 17, 1998
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    December 18, 1997

    Heaven Sent?

    Caedmon's Call strives to be heard above the Christian rock din

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    October 31, 1996
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