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David Byrne

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Weird Al's 10 Best Forgotten Parodies

    It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun due today and is in the midst of releasing e ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    The Strange Case of Shakey Graves

    Background to center stage. Support to headliner. Shadow to light. Everything about Alejandro Rose-Garcia's current life suggests an emergence, even his name. Every exciting opportunity that's come his way -- and there have been many of late -- is a step away from his given name and one closer to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Forget the Acting, Songs Tell CBGB's Cinematic Story

    CBGB, the movie about the iconic club, opens in theaters in a week; but, in an exclusive arrangement with DirecTV Cinema, it's been playing on demand for the last month. So, I rented the movie because it's cheaper to pay 11 bucks and drink PBR at home than take the family to the theater and pay 11 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Different Tongues: 10 Foreign Language Songs That Rule the World

    A couple of caveats to this list: first, it actually includes more than ten songs. Since one is sung primarily in English and another isn't technically a "foreign" language, they're considered halfsies, making up one whole. Also, no songs sung in Spanish are on this list. I'm not saying Spanish is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    UPDATED: Is ACL Festival Ignoring Houston? Does It Even Matter?

    UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Acts You Shouldn't Miss at iFest's First Weekend

    Rocks Off asked our staff members who will be covering the Houston International Festival for us this weekend to give us one or two choices for artists they don't want to miss. Forro In the Dark Bud Light World Music Stage, 2:30 p.m. Saturday/Center Stage, 6:30 p.m. Saturday As one of the first ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    The 5 Worst Cover Albums of All Time

    I think when they're just starting out, every musician dreams of making a cover album at some point down the road. We all have our favorite songs that we wish we had written and we all fantasize about singing and playing them ourselves. It's why karaoke bars exist. Of course, everyone thinks they w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Dinosaur Jr., Some Stones, Big K.R.I.T., Optimo Radio, etc.

    Dinosaur Jr. Friday, Fitzgerald's Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments of the criminally-unsung J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph has ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2012

    Neil Young's Ragged Glories

    Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Why Do We Always Expect Our Favorite Bands To Reunite?

    John Hammond, the billionaire CEO of InGen and the curator of Jurassic Park found out the hard way that sometimes things from another time and place don't mesh well with different surroundings. A guy even got eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex while he was taking a dump, and one of those spitting dinosaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Why Is Thom Yorke Messing With Our Heads?

    intimtorma.tumblr.com​It's been a week since Radiohead's new The King of Limbs came out directly to an online audience before getting a proper release. Besides some middling reviews (including our own), accompanying the album was the first single and video for "Lotus Flower," featuring lead si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Radiohead's King Of Limbs Unfocused, Fleeting

    ​This morning, Rocks Off unwrapped Radiohead's newest release, The King of Limbs, an album whose existence was just announced this past Monday. In the old-school music industry, a record would be announced and you would suffer through months of interviews, video premieres, and reading reviews ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The Best Concert Movies Of All Time

    ​A quick note before CHL starts this hlist. We define a concert movie as a flick that documents one or more shows on a tour. More narrative-oriented rock flicks like D.A. Pennebaker's Bob Dylan mash note Don't Look Back, Charles Peterson's grunge chronicle Hype!, and of course the lighthearted ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010
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    November 24, 2010

    What The Hell is That? Thanksgiving Edition

    All photos from daniellespencer.com Flesh colored Jell-O is never (*ever*) okay. ​New York artist Danielle Spencer (a.k.a. Mrs. Russell Crowe) crafted her first faux Thanksgiving spread in 2005 using a Cornish game hen form, peach Jell-O, and evaporated milk. That initial flesh-colored mass ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Top 10 Recent TV-Show Soundtracks

    ​A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Os Mutantes: The Best Band You've Probably Never Heard Of

    Pink Floit via Flickr​Os Mutantes were one of the most influential rock groups to emerge during the late '60s in Brazil. The band - initially a trio with Rita Lee, Arnaldo Baptista and his brother Sergio Dias) fell under the graces of the founders of the Tropicalismo movement, Brazil's respons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Rick's Picks For iFest's Second Weekend

    Ed. Note: Here are Houston International Festival Director of Peforming Arts Rick Mitchell's choices for can't-miss acts for the festival's second weekend, spread over five categories. Rick should know; he books all the artists. Rocks Off will follow with a few more picks of our own a little later o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Aftermath: Yeasayer's Tribal Future Shock And Benevolent Manipulation At HOB

    Photos by Groovehouse ​Your brain balls bounce to the bang-bang as you skip through the flash fantastic and your goo-goo ears drip dreamlike while they try to find your face and your tongue stays tied in a twist fist spooning sinews just attacked by a snare snake made of sound leaving litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Some New Stuff From Our "Washington Shore" DJ Dave Wrangler

    Rocks Off is pleased as punch to announce that Houston mash-up maestro Dave Wrangler will be providing the tunes for our douche-tastic "Washington Shore" party at the Washington Avenue Drinkery on February 11. Wrangler also agreed to craft some custom Washington Shore mash-ups we'll be bringing you ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009

    Live with Me

    The best Houston concerts of 2009: U2, George Strait, Kid Cudi, Jandek, Peaches and even T-Pain.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    He Said She Said: Music From the Past Decade of Our Lives, Part 2

    ​ She Said remembers being a little kid, thinking to herself, In the year 2000, you're going to be 20 YEARS OLD. Thinking of how old that would feel like and how far away it seemed. In truth, She Said feels no different today than she did ten years ago, but one look at her musical tastes over the ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs from the Year We Were Born That We Still Listen To

    Yes, we are older than MTV. Shut up.​The thing that struck She Said most when researching this list of songs that came out the year we were born (May 1980) was just how much of this music we regularly listen to now. 1980 marked the end of disco, the middle of New Wave and punk, and a damn good tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Aftermath: Santigold at House of Blues

    Photos by Kim Douglass Puff-paint, splatter-paint, welcome to the hospital - the sterility of a trash heap greets you. Santigold = the moment hipster-embraced globalism became a commodity, and why globalism doesn't matter anymore; i.e., we're all the same.  Seeing her at House of Blues is ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Aftermath: Jandek at Rudyard's

    Photos by Mark C. AustinAftermath had literally no idea what to expect at Sunday afternoon's Jandek show at Rudyard's, the first-ever public performance in Houston by one of the world's leading "outsider" musicians (who just happens to live here). From the little he knows of Jandek's prodigio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    The Distillery: N.A.S.A.'s The Spirit of Apollo

    Truth be told, we envy N.A.S.A.'s bumptuous production acumen almost as much as we envy principal astronauts Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon the depths of their Rolodexes - even if, somehow, they couldn't rope Lil Wayne into their genre-mashup free-for-all. Seriously - as you'll see below - N.A.S.A.'s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Yo La Tengo in Hoboken

    A Hanukkah pilgrimage

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    October 2, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Jimmie's Place

    Willie Nelson stories and shoeshines at Jimmie's

  • Music

    September 6, 2007
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    July 6, 2006
  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Various Artists

    Tropicália: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound

  • Music

    June 9, 2005

    Of Montreal, Tilly and the Wall, with Spain Colored Orange

    Saturday, June 11, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.

  • Music

    December 23, 2004
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    August 12, 2004
  • Film

    October 3, 2002

    Flesh for Fantasy

    Dreamy Red Dragon completes the Hannibal boxed set

  • Film

    October 25, 2001

    Deep Thoughts

    Richard Linklater's Waking Life is as frustrating as it is stimulating

  • Film

    October 12, 2000

    Oh, Doctor!

    Robert Altman takes a well-aimed swipe at Dallas's shallow society set

  • Film

    December 10, 1998

    Sound Evidence

    A documentary delves into theera of electronic music

  • Culture

    August 27, 1998

    People's Art

    Personalities are as diverse as the art at Blaffer Gallery

  • Music

    July 16, 1998
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    October 10, 1996
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    May 30, 1996
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    October 27, 1994

    Dollars for Discs

    Introducing a shopping guide for sounds

  • Music

    August 25, 1994
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