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    September 26, 2014

    10 Houston Acts to See Before You Can't

    The passing of Texas Johnny Brown last year hit me and a bunch of people pretty hard, so the September 12 death of Crusaders pianist Joe Sample was another slap in the face that many of Houston's musical heroes are closer to the end than the beginning. The latest bad news is that bluesmen I.J. Gosey ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Total Abuse & Rusted Shut at Mango's, 8/1/2014

    Rusted Shut, Total Abuse, RU-486, etc. Mango's August 1, 2014 Summer might have been in full swing on the sweat-soaked streets of Montrose, but no rays of sunshine made it anywhere near Mango's on Friday. Partly because the tiny club's windows are pretty well boarded up, sure. But the deep, dank da ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Rusted Shut's Don Walsh Loves Him Some Zappa

    If I were forced to choose a single favorite Houston musician, and no offense to all the others, I would pick Rusted Shut mastermind Don Walsh, easily. Rusted Shut has been a presence on the local scene for probably 25 years now, specializing in the kind of gruesomely loud and assaultive noise-rock ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Locally Speaking

    My Top Ten Local Albums of 2011

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    October 11, 2011

    Cop Warmth: Out For Beer And Blood

    Each Wednesday (almost), 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 It has gotten dark. Th ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Summer Fest Critic's Guide: Who We're Seeing At Tinsley

    Jermaine Rogers​In three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Five Texans Who Will Never Be Official State Musician

    ​Before the Texas Legislature did something completely predictable and sold out the state's public schools declared Western Swing the state's official music, it did something slightly less predictable and appointed two people not from Austin or the Hill Country as the next two official state m ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Record Store Day: If You Take A Dump, Don't Tell The Staff

    Marco TorresCarlos Hernandez and Los Skarnales' Felipe Galvan at Cactus Music's "Day of the Dead" opening last year.​Today is Tax Day (boo), but it's also payday for a lot of people, which comes in handy because tomorrow is Record Store Day. In a few short years, RSD has become one of the bigg ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010
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    June 4, 2010

    The 7 Most Polarizing Albums In Recent Memory

    ​This Monday night, MGMT hits the House Of Blues behind new album Congratulations, which has been getting one of the most tepid responses for a new album by a buzz band in recent media memory. The people that jumped on the bandwagon in 2008 after the Brooklyn-based then-duo released Oracular Spect ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Michael Berry vs. Outlaw Dave, Don Walsh vs. Dirty Jeff Smith, Notsuoh vs. Mango's

    ​Another week and yet another clash of the sorta-titans, wherein we pit some of Houston's best and brightest music luminaries against each other in brutal mortal combat. This week we will briefly take a step away from the burgeoning Bayou City indie scene to spotlight two of the town's radio perso ... More >>

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    July 26, 2009

    Even More from the Front: Photos from Chris Gray

    Chris Gray ran into some folks on the street ...​B L A C K I E ​Channel 39 came to see how things are going ...​Jim Purdell and Don Walsh discussing perhaps Rusted Shut's show today at Notsuoh...​And one quick live shot of Ozeal and the Eulypians gettin' crazy on the amps (literally).

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    June 23, 2009

    Run for Cover: Rusted Shut Releases Second LP in 20-Plus Years

    On Dead, only the second Rusted Shut full-length in the Houston group's two-decades-and-change existence, noisy plutonium punk-metal remains the burnt main course. Often, this heavy outpouring of vitroil seems to consist of three unequal components: singer Don Walsh's anti-social/anti-societal, dist ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Bayou City Buzz

    Houston's SXSW class — and we mean class — of 2009

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    February 17, 2009

    Radar Eyes: Hangin' With the Homopolice

    Hello and welcome back to Radar Eyes. I've been away for the last three weeks... Our Focus = Underground/ Unreleased/ Underexposed/ Misunderstood/ Unappreciated/ Etc., etc. I am Chemical Mange. R.I.P. Sandor Benczedi. Welcome Beau Beasley of Homopolice, Heavy Leather Records, etc. Radar Eyes: ... More >>

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    February 20, 2003

    We Are Houston, Hear Us Snore

    In numbers too large for South By Southwest to ignore

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    October 3, 2002

    A South By Southwest How-To

    Let's do like the Texans and punk Dallas

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    July 12, 2001


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