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  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Mlee Marie Mains, the Heart of Hearts of Animals

    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? Another Mutation is a fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Top 10 Awesome Old-School '80s Jamz

    Remember when those sweet, sweet jamz were full of rhymes about gettin' down with the underground? The '80s were the best, man. That's why we're here. We dig old-school jamz, you dig old-school jamz, and we want you to have a festive Throwback Thursday. What better way to do that then to jam out wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres For 44 Years

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance: The Definitive Zapruder

    Back in 2008, my daughter Judy Anne was ten years old. Like most young girls between the ages of 5 and 12 back in 2008, she was an avid fan of the television show Hannah Montana. Like a BIG fan, to the extent that I would find random Hannah Montana songs in the "Purchased" folder on my iPod every ti ... More >>

  • Music

    July 25, 2013

    Out of the Past

    Houston's Top 25 closed music venues.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues

    Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Billy Joel: Still Kicking Ass (First Leg)

    One Sunday morning a few weeks ago, my wife and I watched the Billy Joel concert documentary The Last Play at Shea. When my daughter stumbled into the den to ask about breakfast, we were soiling Kleenexes and wiping tears from our eyes. "Did you take your meds this morning, Dad?" she asked. I trie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Upcoming: True Believers, Lil Wayne, Dwight Yoakam, Cyndi Lauper, Man Or Astro-Man?, etc.

    Second Annual Concert for Conservation: With Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard. etc., Sat., May 18, 4:30 p.m., $25-$150. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. Adam Bricks: With Benjamin Wesley and Ancient Cat Society., Sat., April 13, 9 p.m., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Jan Hammer and the Top 10 TV Theme Songs of the '80s

    Not a lot of television shows win multiple Grammys. Then again, not a lot of television shows ever sounded (or looked) like Miami Vice. The cutting-edge series perfectly captured the pastel zeitgeist of its time when it debuted in 1984, influencing film, fashion, design and music in a way that few T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    In Honor Of Tonight's RAW 1000, The Definitive Timeline Of WWE's Victory In The Monday Night Wars (w/ VIDEO)

    I don't know that any television product has changed the way we visually consume it more times than professional wrestling. For a majority of its history (which I am counting as the period from "dawn of time" until around 1978 or so), syndicated television was basically a weekly commercial for whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Parental Advisory! Another Look at the PMRC's "Dirty 15"

    In 1985, the Parental Music Resource Center was formed as basically a watchdog group over popular music. Essentially, their goal was censorship. However, there was one big problem: The group was made up of the likes of Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator and future Vice President Al Gore), Susan Bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Bob's Burgers

    Bob's Burgers entered Fox's Sunday evening programming quietly last year, filling the void left by the cancellation of King of the Hill. It looked as bad as Fox's other non-Simpsons/Family Guy animation (see: The PJs and Sit Down, Shut Up). And pun-filled reviews like this one from Entertainment Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Last Night: Aaron Lewis at Verizon Wireless Theater

    It's unusual for the cavernous Verizon Wireless Theater to take on the feel of an intimate venue. When Aaron Lewis took the stage Thursday night for a solo acoustic set, though, the concert hall's confines seemed to shrink down to the size of a welcoming roadhouse rather than a repurposed conventio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    World AIDS Day: Artists Who Have Contributed to the Cause

    ​Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    14 Notable Female Rock Drummers

    girlscantwhat.com​Last week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, we will focus on the live-performing, touring drummers over time, rather tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    The 12 Best Songs in '80s Movies

    ​For many of us Generation X and Y-ers, much of our adolescence can be directly linked back to '80s cinema. Thanks to writers and directors like John Hughes, '80s teen movies were accurate depictions of suburban (non) happenings. Furthermore, the '80s were a special time in film history thanks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Erasure's Andy Bell: "My Voice Is Stronger Than Ever"

    "I believe I would make a very convincing Russian gangster." ​Rocks Off went around asking every person in the entire world and found that there are in fact no people anywhere who do not like synth-pop superstars Erasure. There was one guy in Sweden who said he was kind of on the fence about ... More >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Where's the Rock?

    106.9 The Zone misses The Point.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Last Night: Aaron Lewis At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Aaron Lewis Verizon Wireless Theater November 1, 2010 As Aaron Lewis walked out onto the stage at Verizon Wireless Theater last night, he was met with a roar of applause - audience members stood from their seats, cheering and carrying on, while Lewis smiled, waved and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010

    Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent Tour

    She's singing - and still sassy

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    What Do YOU Want To Do With Your Life??: Bad Dads In Music Videos

    Sorry ladies, he's taken. By my mom.​This weekend is Father's Day, a holiday in which fathers all over the Hallmark Empire receive cards and gifts ranging from power drills and bourbon to celebrate them sticking it out for the duration of your ragged existence on earth. Craig's Hlist and hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    All the Katy Perry You're Going to Get, Because She Just Canceled Her Show

    Update: Tonight's Katy Perry show at House of Blues has been CANCELED due to Perry's illness, says promoter Live Nation. Perry is expected to announce a make-up date soon, and all tickets for tonight's show, which was itself postponed from March, will be honored. She'll be here eventually, we guess, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Keelan

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. As part of our Nightfly tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    Why Don’t I Love Madonna?

    My friend Kyle e-mailed me this past week. The subject line was Oh My God! and the e-mail itself was all about Madonna’s upcoming world tour. I guess he thought I liked Madonna. I mean, why else would he e-mail me about this? Here’s the deal. I have never actually purchased a Madonna album, ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 15, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    December 28, 2006

    Welcome back, Rock Star

    Dilana comes home to the reality after reality TV

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Les Saucy Pants

    Asstacular!

  • Music

    February 10, 2005
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    October 21, 2004

    An ABBA to Zebra of Guilty Pleasures

    Music figures tell all abou their most shameful faves

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Steve Forbert

    Saturday, February 21

  • Music

    March 13, 2003

    Bowling for Bands

    Pinmonkey scores a strike against Nashville's solo-singer system

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Mountain Mohawks

    Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Prime Meridian

    Steve Forbert escapes the "new Dylan" tag and makes his own name.

  • Music

    April 13, 2000
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    September 9, 1999

    Roundabout Way

    Cornell Hurd finally finds his musical niche

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    May 1, 1997
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    January 30, 1997
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    June 1, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Out of the Bars

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