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Dead Kennedys

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    February 12, 2014

    Six Truly Great Death Metal Covers

    Death metal has a genre has a history of doing covers songs, but they're mostly all novelty songs. It's become a played-out gimmick to take any pop song, speed it up, play it on highly distorted guitars, and gutturally scream the lyrics. That's been done. What's less common is a great death metal c ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    The 10 Best Songs Less Than 30 Seconds Long

    Look, I'm a very busy man, and by that I mean that someone put the ENTIRE run of Seventh Doctor stories online for free, and I can't be bothered talking to you people about music all the dingalong day when that's waiting for my rapt attention. Unfortunately, the editor was all like, "Write or you d ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Black Flag and the Five Most Insulting Punk 'Reunions' of All Time

    On Monday, a band calling itself Black Flag is going to set up and play some tunes at Walters Downtown. For some of us, this is a pretty big deal. If you were too young or two fucked-up to remember the legendary L.A. punks' storied early-'80s heyday, this gig likely represents your most legitimate s ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    SXSW's 2013 Panels: EDM, Nashville, and Tony Bennett's Headphones

    Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Cancer Bats: "A Total B-Horror Movie Type Plot"

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. The meme goes, "Some men just want to watch the world burn." I couldn't agree more, so when you name a song "Hail Destroyer" I am ready to listen ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: T.S.O.L., Girl In a Coma, Etc.

    The true sounds of liberty since 1978, whether those sounds are Black Flag-ish hardcore or Danzig-like mook-rock, the decidedly gothic T.S.O.L. sprang from the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif., and palled around with the Damned and Dead Kennedys before helping their younger SoCal siblin ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    It's World Radio Day. La-Di-Freakin'-Da.

    Normally, Rocks Off gets all giddy when we get to put together a playlist to celebrate an obscure holiday. However, today is World Radio Day, as declared by last year by the United Nations (the best source of obscure holidays), and it's put us in a foul mood. The reason is that recent automotive mi ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Say My Name: Bands Named After Actual, Real People

    Punk Rock Elite​This Friday would have been Z.Z. Hill's 76th birthday, but the popular Texas bluesman passed away in 1984 from a heart attack. Most people only know who the late soul crooner is through his connection to ZZ Top. The moniker of that little ol' band from where we are sitting righ ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    10 American Anthems That Tell It Like It Is

    ​Captain America, Marvel's newest superhero movie, comes out today. We'll pause until the excitement passes. ... Rocks Off likes Captain America. The three comic books we read with any regularity as a scupper were Cap, Batman (Detective Comics), and Spider-Man. But we love America. The land ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    10 Sexy Pulp Magazine Covers; 10 Very Boring Headlines

    If you go looking for vintage pulp magazine covers, it's easy to end up thinking your father's or grandfather's generation was an S&M-obsessed orgy of kink. Either men are tied up or being dominated by women in the illustrations, or vice versa. "Orgy of Kink!!!!!" would probably be a good headline ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    The Best Tony Hawk Video Game Soundtracks

    ​It sounds like heresy to most older folks, this writer included, but for about the past decade, a lot of younger gamers have been discovering punk rock, ska, and classic and indie hip-hop through the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding video games. The idea may be repellent to those of us who r ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Movin' Out: Songs That Will Scare Off Bad Roommates

    ​Often times in our young adult lives, we come across a roommate who initially seems like a good match. They're capable of paying their rent on time and seem nice enough, so the possibility of your living arrangements blossoming into a sitcom looks fair. Then in a month's time, the Friends r ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    30 Seconds With Cradle Of Filth's Dani Filth

    James Sharrock​Rocks Off sat down with Cradle of Filth's Dani Filth to see we could find out about the front man and founder of the British goth-metal band, which formed in 1991, in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Dani Filth: The Scissor Sisters' "I Can't Decide." ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Last Night: Agent Orange At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by David Ensminger​Agent Orange Fitzgerald's January 9, 2010 In the 1987 21 Jump Street episode "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses," fresh-faced Johnny Depp goes undercover as a punk to root out vicious gangland teenage thugs lurking in the inner city. He ends up at a rowdy punk concert r ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    November 5, 2010

    Fun Fun Fun Fest: A Pocket Guide To Rocks Off's Picks

    All photos courtesy funfunfunfest.comCall us crazy, but we think we may not be seeing Craig after this weekend.​Tonight Rocks Off heads to Austin to cover our third festival this year in the capitol city, Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is also our second trip to the festival in Waterloo Park. Think AC ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    June 17, 2010
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    June 10, 2010

    Church for Thugs

    50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.

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    May 31, 2010

    11 Songs Sean Hannity Won't Be Listening To Today

    ​Today Americans celebrate Memorial Day, honoring the military servicemen and women that have passed while serving our country. The holiday is definitely not as flashy or as popular as Independence Day in July, seeing that there are no Memorial Day fireworks or picnics. It's not stuck in November ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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    April 2, 2010

    Punk Rock Karaoke Returns Tonight At Notsuoh

    www.notsuoh.com​ If you have ever dreamed of being in a punk band, or at least dreamed of embarrassing yourself in front of people you may be trying to sleep with, Notsuoh has you covered tonight, hosting the resurrection of live-band Punk Rock Karaoke. About six years ago, PRK was in full-swing b ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Spermy Night In Georgia: Sexed-Up Songs To Set The Mood For Blowfly

    Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Blowfly is the original dirty rapper. Before anyone in 2 Live Crew was old enough to set foot into a peepshow stall or buy a pack of cigarettes, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid was spewing forth raucous raps like "Spermy Night In Georgia" and "What a Difference a Lay Mak ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Road Trip, Anyone? If You Want To See Nouvelle Vague, You'll Have To

    ​ One more sign that Houston don't count for jack: Nouvelle Vague is playing Dallas (Feb. 12) and Austin (13th), but no Houston date. Hmmm...where have I heard this story before? NV have been wildly popular in Europe since their eponymous 2004 debut. We first stumbled upon them when we heard t ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    King Cry Baby: A Team Leno Playlist

    ​If you've been keeping up with the business going on between Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno, odds are you've already picked a side. Every team needs its fight songs, and although Team Leno looks a lot smaller than Team Conan - in fact, Rocks Off isn't sure if we've even met anyone on Team Leno - they ... 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 >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Werewolves Got Fingered: The 5 Worst Movies (Besides Twilight: New Moon) With the Best Soundtracks

    ​Good news, all you fans of condensed screen versions of self-indulgent Mormon vampire pseudo-erotic clit-tease fantasies: Twilight: New Moon is being released in only eight days. Rocks Off, accustomed to scorn from literary snobs for his steadfast support of the Harry Potter series, actually pick ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    For Teddy: Our Favorite Dead Kennedys Songs

    ​That's right, we went there. Longtime Massachussetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, better known as Teddy, passed away late Tuesday night at age 77. News media sites have already gone to Defcon 2 - "A Famous Person Not Named Michael Jackson Has Died" - so Rocks Off thought we'd take a different appro ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009

    Know Your Enemy

    Green Day follows their Bush-bashing smash American Idiot with the even more epic 21st Century Breakdown.

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    February 17, 2009

    Free 7" from Room 101

    Local/Chicago one-man noisenik Room 101 isn't letting a silly thing like the economic crisis stop him from releasing music - he's just decided to give it away. Email him at robface1@hotmail.com and he'll send you a copy of his brand-new four-song 7", complete with artwork by Winston Smith, who ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008
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    October 9, 2008

    Akimbo

    "Seattle's last hair band" takes on The Mink

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    August 21, 2008
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    October 5, 2006

    The Thermals

    The Thermals appear Tuesday, October 10, at Proletariat, 903 Richmond. Call 713-523-1199 for more info.

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    August 31, 2006

    Various Artists

    Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly

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    June 15, 2006

    Be Your Own Pet

    Wednesday, June 21, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513.

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    August 25, 2005

    Throw Rag, with Los Skarnales, Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys and Hell City Kings

    Tuesday, August 30, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.

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    April 28, 2005

    Nouvelle Vague

    Nouvelle Vague

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    April 14, 2005

    MDC

    Sunday, April 17, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

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    December 30, 2004

    I'll Drink to That

    Fuel your New Year's Eve with these boozy sing-along tunes

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    December 16, 2004

    Anarchy in da USA

    Looking for the true spirit of the Ramones? Try going to an underground hip-hop show.

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    February 5, 2004

    Pop-Punk Penance

    A cool kid seeks heavenly redemption

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    November 14, 2002

    X Marks the Spot

    Legendary L.A. punks survey the scene they helped spawn 25 years ago

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    May 4, 2000

    Highway to Heck

    Though Christian on the inside, MxPx is pure punk on the outside

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    August 29, 1996
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    June 6, 1996
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    March 16, 1995
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