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Conor Oberst

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    July 17, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chase Harris, Deep Cuts' Rather Deep Thinker

    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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Props to Deep Cuts' Chase ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Upcoming: Adventure Club, Conor Oberst, Marcia Ball, MKTO, Uncle Lucius, etc.

    Acoustic Alchemy: Sat., May 31, 8:30 p.m., $88 to $128. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring, 281-367-3774. Adam Hood: Thu., June 12, 8:30 p.m., $15. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring, 281-367-3774. Adventure Club: Sat., May 31, 9 p.m., $20 to $30. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600. Af ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jake Rawls -- Kemo For Emo Is Back

    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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jake Rawls is the lead gu ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    The Five Most Important Ways Emo Changed Popular Music

    Some things never change. For a few years when I was younger, "fuck emos" was a battle cry among fans of "real punk" or "real music," who hated the wave of emo in popular music and as a lifestyle of teenagers across America. Now, in some ways, that sentiment seems to be back again. Not only was I a ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Six Metalheads and Punks Who Went Folk

    Hey everyone, here's a thing I've noticed: lots of guys seem to "mature" and quit metal and punk to do other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I've pointed out many times that these are genres for youngsters, and once you reach a certain age maybe it is time to find a different career. On the other hand, what's s ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Five Great Acoustic Punk Tracks

    Last month noted garage punks The Men released their latest effort, an EP of acoustic tracks called Campfire Songs. The 2013 Free Press Summer Festival MVPs may play some pretty hyped-up punk rock, but they're no strangers to softer styles, with latest album Open Your Heart more closely resembling N ... 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 24, 2013

    Get Up, Stand Up: Six Protest Songs That Haven't Lost Their Teeth

    America was founded on the protest, and we've been fighting like hell ever since. From civil rights, voting rights and equal rights, America knows a thing or two about protesting. And lately, with unrest in Egypt, the protests in Austin over Texas' new abortion regulation, and people on both sides o ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    The Thermals at Fitzgerald's, 6/6/2013

    The Thermals Fitzgerald's June 6, 2013 Thursday night in Houston is usually a safe bet for music, and most any show at a number of venues will be packed. But this was not your typical Thursday, it was a few days after Houston's biggest musical weekend, Free Press Summer Festival. Despite a meager c ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Remembering Phil Ochs, the "Singing Journalist"

    Phil Ochs was never Bob Dylan. Oh, he wanted to be Dylan, but ol' Zimmy booted that bastard right out of his limo. "You're not a folksinger, you're a journalist." If only Phil had accepted himself as "the singing journalist." After failing to find the commercial success he so desired, Ochs turned ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Readers Poll: What Are Your Favorite Summer Albums?

    You know technically if you live in Houston, summer never really goes away. It just sort of lingers on top of the region, every now and then rousing from slumber to pound us with heat and humidity. Northern parts of the country have a firm line separating the seasons, but thankfully global warming ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Robert Ellis' Whiskey Wednesdays Returning... In Austin

    Rocks Off thought we had written everything about Robert Ellis & the Boys' Whiskey Wednesday shows there was to say. After all, the weekly beer-soaked no-cover night of Texas-heavy vintage honky-tonk covers ended back in April. So we were a little intrigued when someone forwarded us this link earl ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Kurt Cobain At 45: Where Would He Be In 2012?

    ​Had he not died in April 1994 by his own hand -- or sinister forces working for Courtney Love (insert maniacal laugh) -- Kurt Cobain would have turned 45 years old today. The rock icon killed himself at the age of 27, leaving behind not only a daughter to fend for herself against the wiles of ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Oprah Vs. Bob Dylan: A Side-By-Side Showdown

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​In case you've been under a complete self-imposed total media blackout - how do those work, by the way? - you no doubt know this week is a pretty important milestone in the lives of two of America's most important cultural figureheads. Maybe the two most ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    February 9, 2011

    Lyrics That Make Terrible Facebook Status Updates

    DTF for sure.​Ever seen a nonsensical, irrelevant Britney Spears or Drake lyric on your Facebook news feed that made you cringe? We have - about 56, and the workday isn't even over yet. Some lyrics should stay on the radio and off the Facebook circuit. Perhaps instead of simply asking, "What' ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Neil's Nephews: Indie-Rock's Brightest Young Acolytes

    ​Neil Young has spawned many children in the indie/folk-rock community, many of whom have directly constructed their style based on the Canadian humanitarian's more acoustic oeurve rather than the ragged-glory feedback cues that goosed grunge gods like Pearl Jam a generation ago. In the tradi ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    The Nutcracker, Now With Karen O And Conor Oberst

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Have you ever seen The Nutcracker? It's pretty weird. We can't think of another story in which the main plot gets resolved in the first half and the second half is just one big-ass party. Seriously, the conflict is resolved so thoroughly by the end of t ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Ten Iconic Musical Nicknames, And 25 You May Never Guess

    ​You know what sucks? Getting saddled with a really awkward family nickname when you are younger and it following you until it takes a frenzied freak-out to stop it. We were once called "Pooter" by our mother until an eight-year-old Rocks Off gave her a terse look right before third grade star ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Last Night: Silversun Pickups And Against Me! At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Faith SilvaAgainst Me!​Silversun Pickups, Against Me! Warehouse Live July 20, 2010 Against Me! opening up for Silversun Pickups would be like the Replacements opening up for My Bloody Valentine in 1991. Except that Against Me! isn't on the wane of their career and Silversun has way ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Acts We Think - OK, Hope - Are Playing ACL Fest This Year

    ​By this time Tuesday, we will all know who is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Damn, it seems like we have speculating about the line-up since, well, we got the last of the "Dillo Dirt" out the middle of our toes after last year's muddy and rainy ACL weekend. Tuesday brig ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Aftermath: Local Music Takes Center Stage at The Festival at the Mink

    Photos by Marc BrubakerElectric Attitude​Here at Aftermath, we're aware that some people don't always appreciate a good festival, especially when in terms of the logistics: attendance requires you to stay in relatively one place for an extended period of time and share the same small set of bathro ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Paolo Nutini, Moby, Pink, Lady GaGa and Other Artists Manlier Than John Mayer

    ​We don't always hate John Mayer. No, really. Sometimes dude seems downright likable, like when he's hanging out in the Comedy Cellar in NYC, or releasing self-effacing web videos, or popping up for cavalier, amusing chats with our XM favorites Ron & Fez. Even his Twitter account is worth read ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    My Ding-a-Ling: Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee and Rock's Other Dirk Digglers

    This album isn't called Fore! because Huey Lewis likes to play golf...​So the other day, Rocks Off wrote briefly about Huey Lewis in regards to the Back To The Future soundtrack, not even thinking to chime in just a little bit about his reportedly huge male member. You know that certain part of th ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    March 4, 2009

    Aftermath: Rascal Flatts at RodeoHouston

    Anyone who thought that '80s-style power ballads had long gone away with Kurt Cobain's green sweater and Crystal Pepsi is dead wrong. They are kept alive, nightly, by Columbus, Ohio's Rascal Flatts. Bundled-up couples of all ages walked hand-in-hand, and apple-lotion-scented gangs of teen girl ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    Led Zeppelin Pulls a Van Hagar

    As Gomer Pyle used to say, well surprahs, surprahs, suprahs. Billboard and several other news outlets reported yesterday that Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (son of John) will tour next summer as Led Zeppelin, which was pretty much guaranteed when last year's reunion at an Ahmet Ertegu ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    July 17, 2008
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    February 7, 2008
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    January 8, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Oh, Incarcerated World

    Usually when rock stars are arrested for domestic violence, they have bitchin' neck tattoos and at least one or two sex tapes out on the market. And ironically, their name is always "Tommy Lee." You don't expect shy, introverted Zach Braff-approved indie rockers to haul off and hit their chicks. I'v ... More >>

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    July 13, 2007

    Confessions of a Classic Rock Whore, or One Man’s Journey

    When the Press cast its net for a new Assistant Music Editor, the editors probably assumed they’d reel in one of those sniffy indie types who worships either Bright Eyes or Death Cab for Cutie and thinks Boston is a place with a lot of nice bookstores. Instead they got me, who within two days of w ... More >>

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    May 17, 2007
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    April 26, 2007

    Bright Eyes

    Cassadaga

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    February 16, 2006
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    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

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    August 11, 2005

    The Hipster's Guide to Rock and Roll Vendettas

    And you thought rappers were the only ones who had beefs

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    May 26, 2005

    Play It Pretty for Cabaret Voltaire

    A Rice grad stakes his claim as the inventor of the ironic "Freebird" request; also: there's a Lanky new kid on H-town's burgeoning pop-rock scene

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    March 31, 2005

    M. Ward, with Norfolk and Western

    Sunday, April 3, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263

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    March 17, 2005

    Apocalypse Pretty Soon!

    No hipster or Christian will survive Eef Barzelay's dry rage

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    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

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    January 27, 2005
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    November 18, 2004

    Bright Eyes

    Lua / Take It Easy (Love Nothing) (Saddle Creek)

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    September 23, 2004

    A Thin Line...

    Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)

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    August 26, 2004

    Rock and Roll Dream Team

    Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.

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    April 1, 2004

    Family Feud

    Hip-hop turns 25, and the battle lines are drawn

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    March 18, 2004

    Statistics

    Leave Your Name (Jade Tree)

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    May 1, 2003

    Hardest Art

    Tim Kasher of Cursive plays The Ugly Organist. The rest is up to the listener.

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    October 3, 2002
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