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Coldplay

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    April 24, 2014

    Bastille at House of Blues, 4/23/2014

    Bastille House of Blues April 23, 2014 Bastille could very well be the next Coldplay, OneRepublic or Ed Sheeran. The London-based quartet possesses all of the necessary characteristics and already has the world's collective ear, but first they need to choose a direction. Right now, their sound is ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Tone Deaf

    A new song seeking to build support for the Astrodome referendum may do just the opposite.

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    October 24, 2013

    Top Five Artists You Need to Stop Hating

    Recently I addressed a subject close to my heart: bands I wish everybody would stop talking about for even five minutes. I even liked some of those bands, but I just can't stand to listen to them anymore because of overexposure. Thanks, social media! Well folks, it's time for another intervention, ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    So, Who Should Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show Next Year?

    This past weekend, I was honored to cover the Super Bowl XLVII festivities and game in New Orleans for the Houston Press and local TV outlet KIAH (Channel 39). Great fun, if not for locals in NOLA, who were ravaged by drunken football fanatics puking onto their 49ers and Ravens jerseys in the street ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers

    Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded. Rewind: The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012
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    September 11, 2012

    The 10 Best Houston Concerts of the Summer

    How awesome was that cool front that blew through this past Saturday? Finally, your average Houston afternoon has gone from being a blast furnace to mildly toasty, while the mornings and evenings have become sublime. Hey, we'll take it. This must be what they call "fall," so it seemed like the perfe ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    A July 4 Playlist That Goes Boom!

    July 4 is truly America's national holiday, because it combines two of the country's grandest traditions: Taking the day off work and blowing shit up. Because freedom isn't free, fireworks and other explosives are embedded in America's formative myths and our national character. Also, they're pretty ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Last Night: Coldplay at Toyota Center

    Coldplay Toyota Center June 25, 2012 At the risk of obliterating the last remnants of my punk-rock cred, I guess I never really understood all the Coldplay hate. Chris Martin's Ernest Lee Sincere routine puts a lot of people off, sure, and some (like my neighbor) bailed on them when they started dr ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    May 3, 2012

    A Showcase Of Cute Things Hating Bad Music

    "Through their own words they will be exposed/ They've got a sudden case of the Emperor's New Clothes." -- Sinead O'Conor Surely you've heard the story of how a rich and powerful ruler was duped by a con man who pretended to weave magnificent garments visible only to those who weren't stupid, and ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Flaming Lips And Their Fwends Set To Weird Up Record Store Day

    In a few weeks on April 21, Record Store Day is yet again set to obliterate the wallets of record collectors around the country, and the Flaming Lips will have quite a release for fans on that day. What would you think if I said that they have been recording with none other than Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nic ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    The Top 10 Laziest Music Videos Ever

    We're obsessed with music videos lately, and have spent almost the whole of the weekend seeking new and brilliant ones in order to feature in our weekly column. We're just so impressed with the capabilities open to modern artists at all strata of stardom, and how brilliant a piece of work can come o ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Early Warning: Coldplay Bringing Mylo Xyloto To Houston On June 25

    Photo By Craig HlavatyColdplay's Chris Martin at the Woodlands in July 2009. ​Coldplay is bringing their Mylo Xyloto tour to Houston next summer on June 25 at the Toyota Center. The band was last in Houston on July 22, 2009 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on the down-slope of the Viva La Vi ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Black Keys Not Licensing New Record to Streaming Services

    ​There's been a furor brewing among people who love streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio over bands like Coldplay denying licensing to those services for new releases. Older albums are available, but bands have essentially delayed the release to streaming services. That was all well ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    ACL Last Night: Kanye West At Zilker Park

    Marco Torres​By the end of the first night of this year's Austin City Limits, Kanye West had gone over his allotted set time by 15 minutes, turning in one of the most un-rap, rap shows, injecting a Bjork and Talking Heads stage-commanding sensibility into a collection of champion singles. It w ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    ACL: Molly's Revenge & Other Encounters

    Jim BrickerColdplay: Also with the pretty lights.​A Zilker field. As Friday's shadows lengthened, a young woman - tall, pale, boots - approached Rocks Off. "Are you going to Pretty Lights?" "I don't think so." "Why not?" "I don't know." "Do you know where I can get some Molly?" "Uhhh... ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Intergalactic: A Playlist For The Space Shuttle's Last Flight Home

    NASA/Hair BallsNo more cool pictures like this for a long time :(​If you're an astronaut, you recently might have awoken you from a sound night's rest on the space shuttle to the sounds of U2, Beyonce, Electric Light Orchestra, Aaron Copeland, or even some old Coldplay. On those more unlucky d ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Atlantis Wake-Up Music So Far: Ranking The Good, The Bad & The Ugly On The Last Shuttle Trip

    What's with all the damn Coldplay?​NASA, always on the lookout for good publicity, has made a cottage industry out of the wake-up music it uses to rouse crews orbiting the earth. They recruit artists to record messages that are played after the song, because the first thing you want to hear ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Eight Halfway Decent Songs With Godawful Titles

    ​So, we listened to Coldplay's new single, "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" for the first time and, try as we might, we just can't hate it. Now, it's not great. One could argue that it only barely crosses the line into "good" territory. It sounds like Chris Martin locked himself in a room and l ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    A Dream Austin City Limits Weekend For Houston

    Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009​Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, And Kanye West Lead ACL 2011 Lineup

    Marc BrubakerGoin' back to Zilker: Arcade Fire at The Woodlands, May 4​Moments ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the 10th-anniversary weekend, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Zilker Park. Top names include Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye West, and Bright Eyes. P ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Match These Bands With Their Awful Original Names

    ​Provided they didn't take the easy way out and name themselves after a song (Rolling Stones), their hometown (Boston) or each other (Hall & Oates), almost every band that went on to sell millions of records, get tons of radio play and sell out arenas has had some form of the following convers ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    June 24, 2010
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    July 23, 2009

    Aftermath: Coldplay at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Coldplay carries with them almost every major defect available to make it possible for someone like Aftermath to hate them. Bandleader Chris Martin prances on the stage like a marionette detached from his strings for one, his gee-whiz smile notwithstanding. Just like the its ... 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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    February 26, 2009
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    December 30, 2008

    Were These Really the Best Songs of 2008?

    The Gutter Twins Maybe Rocks Off spent a lot of 2008 with his head in the archives, but he was paying attention to new stuff too. Occasionally. It's as easy as satellite radio, channel 47's (Ethel/Alt Nation) weekly new-music hour Submission/Transmission. Monday night, S/T happened to be playing ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Top Ten Pop Songs of 2008

    Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Aftermath: Coldplay at Toyota Center

    Photos by Mark C. Austin The problem with Chris Martin isn’t the fact that the Coldplay frontman writes lyrics that resemble something that might come from the diary of a seventh grader who sniffs magic markers (snow, it turns out, is white after all). No, it’s the fact that he almost forces p ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Celebrity Wedding Present

    Who has the upper hand in various musician-celebrity marriages?

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    July 3, 2008
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    May 28, 2008
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    February 11, 2008
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    September 11, 2007
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    May 10, 2007

    Stars of Track and Field

    Stars of Track and Field perform Saturday, May 12, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846. Joseph Arthur also performs.

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    October 19, 2006

    Dark Star Rising

    Jenny Lewis primps for her big push

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    June 23, 2005
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    May 19, 2005

    Eisley, with Reggie and the Full Effect and New Found Glory

    Thursday, May 19, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551.

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    March 17, 2005

    The Music, with Morningwood

    Friday, March 18, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.

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    April 22, 2004

    Murs

    Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)

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    January 29, 2004

    F-Bomb Scare

    Travis starts cussing, but otherwise remains the same

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    June 5, 2003

    Houston Music Map

    Queen Norah reigns, Josh Groban pains, and lots of Natalie Maines

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    May 29, 2003

    Caged Angels

    Chart-toppers in the UK, Ash is happy on the American club circuit. But how long will it stay there?

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    January 23, 2003

    Cold Relief

    Radio wild card Coldplay struts in from the UK with plenty of attitude

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    February 22, 2001

    Coldplay

    Parachutes
    (Parlophone)

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