Craig Hlavaty

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    December 12, 2012

    15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

    As we look back over 2012 this week, it is now time to revisit some of this year's memorable shows. It wasn't easy narrowing the list down to 15. Concerts are in chronological order. CHRIS GRAY DAY, The Continental Club So much local talent and so much love. Uh, if I'm maybe a little too biased on ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Where Are We Peeing? And Looking At Yuppie Real-Estate Porn?

    Photo by Craig Hlavaty​ Jesus, this bathroom looks grim. Suspect swatches of toilet paper on the ground. Huge white footprints next to the throne. A copy of 77007 Magazine lying on around like a copy of Yuppie Hustler. How depraved is it to read about Washington Avenue real estate that while you a ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    No Pho-king Way: Bye-Bye Mai's, At Least For Now

    Update: The official HFD release says "Houston Fire Department arson investigators have ruled the cause of a fire at Mai's Restaurant on Milam due to a cooking fire (wok)." Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Firefighters continue to battle the blaze at Mai's, and reports are grim. (In terms of property, at ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Artist of the Week: Proud Member of the "Overeducated Underclass" The Cocker Spaniels

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ​ The three coolest guys ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Where Are We A.C. Slatering Peeing?

    Craig Hlavaty Oh Hell, the bar that houses this restroom has been a godsend these past two weeks. The bar itself, not the restroom, that is. Our internal plumbing is fine; besides, we are choosy as to where we A.C. Slater* anyway, what with all the diseases running rampant on the avenue where this b ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Aftermath: Rocks Off's Buddy's Bachelor Party at House of Blues, Leon's, the Darkhorse and, Suprisingly, Not Jail

    Craig Hlavaty​ Like we wrote last Friday, Rocks Off attended a bachelor party this past weekend for our friend Brett, who gets hitched this coming Saturday. (It took us a few days for our head to clear.) It was a star-studded event that included a faux Kings of Leon sighting, Luis Scola, a Led Zep ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed

    Craig Hlavaty​ Collective Soul, House of Blues, September 1: "Collective Soul is no one's idea of a Southern Rock band, but the band did manage to prove a point or two. First, nostalgically speaking, the '80s are over. The '90s are where the money is. Second, Kings of Leon hardly sprung from a vac ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind: Backtracking to Free Press Houston Summerfest

    Craig Hlavaty"Hippie Mike" may have been a bigger hit at Summerfest than any of the bands.​ Craig Hlavaty: "The two-day concert reminded us of a fun-size Austin City Limits Festival, with the best bits of Westheimer Block Parties of yore thrown in for good measure, with sprinkles of Houston's ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, July: Beyonce, Coldplay, Aerosmith/ZZ Top, Judas Priest, Rod Stewart... and the Trae Day Gunplay

    Craig Hlavaty​ Wooden Birds, Other Lives, Walter's on Washington, July 2: "This is Andrew Kenny's latest project away from American Analog Set. That band is currently on hold while Kenny and the rest of the group go off to pollinate elsewhere. The Birds don't fall far from the AmAnSet tree at all, ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, June: Roky Erickson, David Byrne, Heartless Bastards, Santigold, Clapton & Winwood, the Jenny Lewis Shushing and '90s Alt-Rock Back from the Dead

    Daniel Kramer​ New York Dolls, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, House of Blues, June 4: "What we got last night at the House of Blues was an hour-long set of sporadic and confounding re-workings of their bedrock material, and a whole helluva lot of middle-of-the-road bar rock from two dimming ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, May: No Doubt, Dave Matthews, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Fischerspooner, Bob Log and, Um, BuzzFest

    Craig Hlavaty​Dave Matthews Band, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 1: "It's hard to label what exactly they do, but it can't be called 'jam.' As limitless and expansive the bands who get stuck in that genre may be, folks like String Cheese Incident, O.A.R. and Dispatch cannot hold a flickering ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, March: Erykah Badu, Britney, Billy Joel & Elton John, A Baybrook Beatdown and A Whole Lotta Rodeo

    Mark C. Austin​ Rascal Flatts, Reliant Stadium, March 3: "It's almost devious how much these guys sweetened and tune their songs up, close to the point of an almost automaton-like perfection. Each song is custom-built like a souped-up hot rod, with almost no flourish or guitar vamp going to waste. ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind: SXSW 09 Revisited, Broken Arm and Everything Else

    ​ Balaclavas: "On the way to see Houston's own Balaclavas at the Independent to debut new stuff off the soon-to-be released Roman Holiday, I abruptly hit a curb with my bicycle. Luckily my elbow took one for the team. Well, it ended up getting fractured and I have all kinds of internal business go ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    A Report from the Lee Powers Memorial: That's Enough Death for A While, Everyone

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Houston's most fervent cyclists, skaters, musicians and artists converged on The Silo on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the life of fallen Free Press Houston staffer Lee Powers. The arty ruins in the warehouse district welcomed friends and family of Powers with enough sp ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Aftermath: Reliably, Early Man and Valient Thorr Melt Our Faces One More Time at Rudyard's

    video by Craig Hlavaty Thursday night was probably Aftermath's fifth or sixth time seeing Early Man and Valient Thorr since we discovered them in 2005. It's shows like these that allow the setting aside of critical artifice to straight up jam out. There's no taking of careful notes or delicately an ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: I Am Mulletron!

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Look twice, that's actually a fake mullet. Homeboy has a patent on this item, which is actually a sweatband with hair woven into it. With his head-to-toe camo gear we just figured he was another red-blooded Son Of The Nuge with a characteristically questionable style. One ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: In Which We Fall In Lurve With White Dress

    Photo by Craig Hlavaty​White Dress opened for the Heartless Bastards on Thursday night in Houston, while we were at Them Crooked Vultures in Austin. We finally got to catch them just a few minutes back and sweet mama was it nice. The Austin-based band, led by the raven-haired Arum Rae, kicked the ... More >>

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    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Snapshot: "I'm Wearing A Goofy Hat"

    Photo by Craig Hlavaty​"So, if you see me at the show I'm wearing a Goofy hat. Nah, not a funny hat. A Goofy hat. The dog dude from the Mickey Mouse movies. Remember that movie we watched in driver's education? That guy. I'm wearing his head on my head. Yeah. That Goofy."

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    October 2, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: The Knux Rock Our Sox

    Craig Hlavaty​Waking us up out of our Sixth Street-induced coma were The Knux from Los Angeles, by way of Nawlins on the Xbox 360 stage. The hip-hop trio were decked out in leather and spat out grimy Wu-Tang style rhymes with intermittent old-school Cure riffs thrown in for sick measure. Our favor ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Thanks For Stealing Our Idea....

    Craig Hlavaty​Look who totally copped Rocks Off's hustle? We would totally own these kids at Beatles: Rock Band but we don't feel like making kids cry. We are masters of restraint and resolve. Some call us saints in sinners' bodies.

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    October 2, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Hi, Diet Coke. How Are You?

    Craig Hlavaty​ Here's Daniel Johnston pouring himself a glass of non-demon tainted Diet Coke. Which is weird because we always thought he was down with the Dew, as in Mountain. Not the band Mountain of "Mississippi Queen" fame. The gross-ass faux energy drink, the one that hillbillies but in thei ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Aftermath: Taylor Hicks' Supper-Club Soul Patrol at Warehouse Live

    Craig Hlavaty​Monday night's Taylor Hicks show left Aftermath with way more questions than answers, mostly of the existential variety rather than the musical. Our minds were blown, and not in the same "Oh man, I finally got to listen to Zaireeka the other night" kind of way that the Soul Patrol ma ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    The Beatles: Rock Band Is In the House

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ It's like Christmas morning here at Rocks Off today. We just got our copy of The Beatles: Rock Band and, like a car wreck or the Williams Tower waterwall, can't stop staring at it. (Must... look... away...) It looks like developer Harmonix spared no expense - and, at $250 ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Passengers' Robotic Drug-Rock Drone at the Mink

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ Seeing that Aftermath is childless (we hope), it's a rare occasion for us to see something be birthed before our very eyes. Sure, we have probably unwittingly been around for some conceptions, but never a full-on screaming mama genesis like we saw and heard Friday night at ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Midtown Was Smokin' On Sunday -- We Have The Photographic Proof

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Midtown residents were treated to a ton of smoke yesterday when a transformer blew and caught on fire.No injuries or major damage was reported, but it sure did look smoky/ HFD assistant chief Adrian Trevino tells Hair Balls an investigation will take place, but lightning is ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Bombshell: Kim Is NOT Asli

    Craig Hlavaty ​During yesterday's HPMA festivities, our resident Rocks Off Wonder Woman Kim Douglass was mistaken for the Tontons' Asli Omar at least twice on the street. Here is definitive proof that they are two different people. Upon seeing this picture, both women looked at each other in a sor ... More >>

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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 20, 2009

    Aftermath: Rancid and Rise Against at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Craig HlavatyThere's something about the punk rock of Northern California's Rancid will remain forever and indelibly ingrained in Aftermath's heart. No matter what we seem to find ourselves getting into, all we need to hear is a few spins of ...And Out Come The Wolves to bring us back to our liberty ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Aftermath: Clutch at House of Blues

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty If you ever wondered what might have happened if James Brown and Audioslave had a baby, you should have been at House of Blues Wednesday night. You might only be wondering this if you are a member of the male gender, because - with a few exceptions at the almost-full venue - ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Bayou Beat: B L A C K I E on Tour, Michael Jackson Tribute at Discovery Green, Ticket Deals and More

    Above is some video from B L A C K I E's performance Monday night at New Orleans' Dragon's Den, the first show of his mini-tour. The feedback-loving local rapper visits Baltimore Friday and Brooklyn's Afro!!Punk!!Fest!! Sunday. Rocks Off has heard through the proverbial grapevine that there's a Mic ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Aftermath: Double Dagger at Super Happy Fun Land

    Craig HlavatyWallet, keys, lighter, cellphone, camera(s). We had it all last night as we walked into the arty confines of the East End's Super Happy Fun Land. But one thing we didn't have was a pair of earplugs, and right about now we feel kinda silly not dishing out the extra buck for the ones sitt ... More >>

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    June 14, 2009

    Live Shots: Yanni At The Toyota Center

    It's about to get all new age up in this piece! Stay tuned for our review of last night's show... Photo By Craig Hlavaty

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    March 31, 2009

    Slideshow: Homopolice at Westheimer Block Party

    Leather-loving noise-punks Homopolice's show at Mango's during Westheimer Block Party Saturday evening had it all: amplifier humping, instrument smashing, guest screaming from Rusted Shut's Don Walsh, lots of blood and even more dude-on-dude action. It was so over-the-top outrageous it obviously des ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Flashback: Pasadena Napalm Division at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Brand-new (sort of) Houston hardcore supergroup Pasadena Napalm Division, featuring alumni of deadhorse, D.R.I. and Dethkultur BBQ, made a most excellent official debut before a mostly full Warehouse Live studio Saturday night. Rocks Off was impressed by the five-piece's ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Chinese Democracy Not Exactly Flying Off the Shelves

      Photos by Craig Hlavaty For curiosity's sake, Rocks Off drove over to the Galleria-area Best Buy at 5133 Richmond yesterday afternoon to see if Guns 'N' Roses' new album, Chinese Democracy, was flying off the shelves. This record has taken over thirteen years to come out. Thirteen years ago ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Aftermath: Eagles of Death Metal at Meridian

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty  It's super-hard to intelligently review a party band. You can't very well sit in one corner of the venue, gently stroking your scholarly beard jotting down notes on each intricate riff and drum fill. In the interest of science, you have to immerse yourself in the atmos ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Usher's Security Don't Take No Mess

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Click here for a slideshow Last night at one of the last stops on Usher's"Ladies Only" tour, I realized that I was one of maybe two dozen or so dudes in attendance. And I was working the damn thing, so even then. I don't think it was the tour's name that accounted f ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Over the Weekend: JFK, Via Colori, ArtCrawl and Ugly Buildings

    Short week coming up, which is awesome. Wait, did we just say awesome? We meant totally stressful. Let's get to it.JFK's Assassination, 45 Years LaterCraig Hlavaty trucked up to Dallas to hang out with fellow conspiracy, um, buffs.Via ColoriMargaret Downing spent some time in downtown, looking at th ... More >>

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    September 28, 2008

    Zilker Park scenes from Sunday

    It's one thing to get a band tattoo. It's quite another to appropriate as your own makeshift family crest.

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    February 18, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: The Wild Moccasins and Sabra Laval

    Aren't ready to end the weekend just yet? Or really wanting to begin the week on a very toasted, mellow note? Every Monday night, Boondocks (1417 Westheimer) hosts a concert series upstairs. The best part? It's free. Tonight, check out the Wild Moccasins. These Houston art kids do some very kind ja ... More >>

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    January 22, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Coachella Lineup Announced

    Holy nerd erection, blogman… I'm really hating having a "real" job right about now. - Craig Hlavaty

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    January 18, 2008

    Drenched in Blog Extra: Tony-B Machine 4 EVR

    Say goodbye to hygiene, regular sexual relations and sunlight. This thing will make your days and nights all that more trashy and dancey. I dare you to not shake your ass. This will make any cubicle feel like a sweaty club in South Beach. – Craig Hlavaty

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    January 10, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Amy Blondehouse

    Insert stereotypical "junkie blonde joke" here, because this blogger is at a loss. Do blondes have more fun? You be lookin' fierce, girlfriend! She looks like a John Waters movie on… well, blow. – Craig Hlavaty

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    December 14, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Ike Beats Tina to Death

    It's headlines like this that make me feel like I'm in the right profession. With five simple words, the entire game done changed. It's right up there with Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt and the Ramones at CBGB. Thanks, New York Post. -- Craig Hlavaty

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    December 13, 2007

    Drenched In Blog Extra: Lily of the Valley

    Lily Allen in January's British GQ is my anti-drug. – Craig Hlavaty

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    December 4, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Noddin' After Midnight

    This picture of Amy Winehouse surfaced from across the pond yesterday:

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    November 2, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Amy Winehouse Presents WTF Friday

    Dis izza Friday blehhh vidyo......pahzzzzz....(blurgh).....gaph!!

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    October 18, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Drenched in MySpace

    Yes, that’s right, folks! Drenched In Blog has a new MySpace profile. We promise no annoying spam about ringtones and gift cards if you add us. We will never post late night drunken bulletins detailing our suicidal plans or ruined dates, but we will warn you about illicit content in the picture se ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007

    Mail Call

    A Different Breed

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    August 7, 2007

    Last Night: Valient Thorr and ASG at the Meridian

    Valient Thorr, ASG The Meridian August 6, 2007 Better Than: Staring at your computer screen, repeatedly hitting the refresh button, in your cold and sterile bedroom. Download: “Exit Strategy,” which puts any other anti-war song to somber, clean-shaven shame. With beards of fury and manic st ... More >>

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