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Eddie Vedder

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    June 25, 2014

    Lana Del Rey: A Fine Line Between Serious and Boring

    It seems like these days everyone is in a rush to be taken seriously as an artist. You can hardly bat an eye before the next pop star is making their "serious, artistic leap." Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Kesha have all done this in their own way in the past few years, but one particular example ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    The Five Most Difficult Song Lyrics to Understand

    Most bands want their vocals to sound crisp and clear for maximum singalong purposes. How the hell are you going to lead a stadium of people to sing your lyrics at you if they don't know what you're saying? But there are exceptions, and it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that for whatever rea ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    10 More Aging Pop-Star Tours We'd Like to See

    This Saturday night, Houston will be greeted by two very familiar faces: Sting and Paul Simon. The two are legends in their respective fields, and although their music doesn't quite sound similar, the tour is welcome all the same. It's sort of like Elton John and Billy Joel, only a little less obvio ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    The Five Best Acts at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The 2013 edition of the Voodoo Festival has come and gone, leaving everyone who came out counting down the days until the next time they can step foot in New Orleans' City Park. This year people were treated to standout sets spread across four stages from the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kid ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Concert Venues

    As the Houston Press doffs our kudos cap to local institutions great and small in the Best of Houston® 2013 awards, all through October each of our four blogs will be looking beyond the winners of selected categories in a series we like to call "The Rest of the Best." Rocks Off happened to draw Fri ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Open Letter to the Jerks Who Killed Someone Over a Pair of Air Jordans

    Dear A-Holes, Well done. You have reached the absolute lowest point on the criminal totem pole. You are now ranked down there with people who steal Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve and worthless lowlifes who literally take candy from babies. You killed a guy over a pair of shoes. I must confess I ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012
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    November 13, 2012

    Last Night: Eddie Vedder at Jones Hall

    Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard Jones Hall November 12, 2012 Aging grungers are the new aging hippies. When the first wave of grunge hit in the late '80s and early '90s, the world was still rife with greybeards and their old ladies just two decades removed from cultural nirvana. Before the other, bigger ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Dear Houston, Kindly Shut the Hell Up at Eddie Vedder

    Pearl Jam lead singer and everything advocate Eddie Vedder pulls into Houston today for a two-night stand at Jones Hall, making up two shows he had to cancel back in the spring due to injury. Singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will also be on hand to open both shows, and he even helps out Vedder on a fe ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Pearl Jam & Jay-Z Rock Together to Close Out

    As day two of the Made In America festival came to the end, much of the crowd decided to leave early. That was just fine for the thousands of Pearl Jam faithful, who had plenty of room to witness the 20-year-old Seattle band rock out after being personally chosen by Jay-Z to close the festivities. ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    ACL 2012 Rumors: 10 Bands That Could Make the Cut (No, Not Radiohead)

    Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin. Ah, it just wouldn't be May without ACL rumors running rampant. Rocks Off is guilty every year of stoking the fire, sometimes just one day ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Ailing Eddie Vedder Postpones Houston Dates Until November

    In news that should ruin a few Ten Club fanatics, Eddie Vedder has postponed his Jones Hall dates set for later this month until November 12 and 13. All tickets for the Jones dates, April 22-23, will be honored at the new shows. The April 22 concert sold out very quick, making a second date necessar ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Based On A True Story: Half-Truths In 3 Popular Songs

    One place where music differs from other media is its relationship with the truth. Movies might be "based on a true story." Episodes of a television show might be "ripped from the headlines". If you're Mike Daisey you might refer to your monologues as an "exaggerat[ion of] my own experiences". Rar ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Eddie Vedder Announces Second Solo Show At Jones Hall

    Don't fret, PJ and Vedderheads: if you didn't get in on tickets for Eddie Vedder's April 22 show at Jones Hall, he has added a second date, the next day on April 23. Tickets are going on sale this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. according to Live Nation. Vedder's last solo album, Ukulele Songs, was ju ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Eddie Vedder To Play Solo Show At Jones Hall On April 22

    ​In even more touring news that will delight graying grungers, ukelele fanatics, and Pearl Jam freaks alike, Eddie Vedder is coming to Jones Hall on April 22 for a solo set, with Glen Hansard handling opening duties. This Houston show is a part of a 13-city U.S. swing which... wait a hot min ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Awesomeness and Hearing Loss at the 2011 Texas BigBeat

    How do a crapload of drums sound when playing in unison in an airplane hangar? Pretty freaking awesome. ​In the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, lead singer Eddie Vedder discusses the detrimental impact of the band's Spinal Tap-like replacement of drummers, equating each ch ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Your Biggest Fan: When Rockers Get Stalkers

    cinemafestival/shutterstock.com​This past week a statement by pop institution Madonna helped put away one of her newest stalkers, Polish citizen Grzegorz Matlok, who broke into Madge's London home and the residence of her ex-hubby Guy Ritchie. Madonna submitted the statement to Southwark Crown ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Friday Night: Incubus At The Woodlands

    Photos by Groovehouse​Incubus Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 30, 2011 Aftermath's dirty little theory is that Incubus is probably one of the most critically underrated modern-rock bands of the past decade. Or, they are justly compartmentalized as a blustery Southern California grou ... 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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    September 23, 2011

    Hail, Hail: 10 Things You Should Know About Pearl Jam

    Mark C. AustinPearl Jam at ACL '09​Amongst all the Nevermind love running rampant this week, people seem to forget that Nirvana contemporaries Pearl Jam are also celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Obviously the Nirvana tributes are different since one member is not living and the we ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Last Night: Panic! At The Disco At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jessica Perry​Panic! At The Disco House of Blues June 15, 2011 Panic! At The Disco lead singer and main archtiect Brendan Urie comes from the ADHD generation, the one that got meds shoved down their throats. The strange byproduct of that generation, late Generation Yers, is that the ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Out Today: My Morning Jacket Back In Form, Vedder's Ukulele Slays

    ​This week brings a new My Morning Jacket album, an Eddie Vedder ukulele outing, the umpteenth Dave Matthews Band live collection, and Ozzy's past barks at the moon. We are just now hitting the busy summer release period, so these blogs in the next few weeks will be getting jam-packed. In th ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Out Today: Other Things Besides Born This Way... Seriously

    ​This past weekend was magical, what with Rocks Off finally getting to see Foo Fighters play songs from Wasting Light and all. You may remember that we have been wanking over Light since it came out in April, but it's really good. Best rock album of the year? Maybe, unless Jack White or Josh H ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Ukuleles: Suddenly The Hippest Instrument Going

    ​Trends in music can be as prevalent - and subsequently fleeting - as they are in fashion. Though the eagerness to join trendy-indie bandwagons can be puzzling, music's most recent instrumental trend, the ukulele, grabbed our attention, especially after SXSW. Among the dozens of SXSW-related ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    5 Songs That Are No Day At The Beach

    This past weekend, Craig's Hlist spent a good solid two days at the beach playing in the surf down off Mustang Island just south of Corpus Christi. It was one of those mental-health weekends that if we hadn't have taken, we would have ended up throwing beer bottles against the wall at an old folks' ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Mommy's Little Monster: Songs To Remind You That Children are Inherently Evil

    ​Like you, as Rocks Off grows older we have to come to terms with the fact that many of our friends are having children. Usually we can just scroll quickly past the offspring-related Facebook updates or send those 12-MB emails containing brood photos into the Trash folder unread. No harm, no foul. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Songs for Naughty Children

    As Rocks Off grows older we have to come to terms with the fact that many of our friends are having children. Usually we can just scroll quickly past the offspring-related Facebook updates or send those 12 MB emails containing brood photos into the Trash folder unread. No harm, no foul. But the hol ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    While You Weren't Tweeting: What, No More ACL?!

    ​Whether you helped rip Zilker Park to shreds or you simply groaned inwardly (and rolled your eyes outwardly) every time someone gushed about Them Crooked Vultures, everyone's got their own brand of ACL war story to propagate. But since we know that you suckers actually ruined your Ferragamos ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Aftermath

    Photos by Mark C. AustinDavid Garza​So, what happens to freshly laid grass in a public park after a day full of rain and thousands of people walking back and forth across it at the same time? Well, as anyone who was present for Day Three of Austin City Limits Festival 2009 (ACL) could tell you ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Pearl Jam With Special Guests Ben Harper and Perry Farrell

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​Pearl Jam closed out this year's ACL with aplomb, the audience stretching nearly the entire length of Zilker Park to see Eddie Vedder and the seminal band while nostalgically recalling large portions of the 1990s as songs like "Daughter" and "Evenflow" washed over the ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Spin the Black Circle

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​It only took one song in to Pearl Jam's Sunday night closing set at the Austin City Limits music festival for it to dawn on Rocks Off that for way too long this band has been forsaken by back-handed hipster discount and radio-influenced apathy. No band from the grunge- ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL Day Two: Deadheads Rejoice!

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​An unexpected guest showed up yesterday afternoon at the Austin Ventures Stage with Austin-by-way-of-Louisiana slide guitar hotshot Papa Mali. The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzman was backing up the dreadlocked Mali on drums.

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    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Eddie Vedder Bangs Along With Kings Of Leon

    Rocks Off was making the death march out to his hotel and missed this piece of ACL history. This is Kings Of Leon being augmented by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on "Slow Nights, So Long". We should have a more detailed review of the boys' set in the morning time. Like in seven hours. Jesus, we ... More >>

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    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Kings Of Leon Rage Against The Fame

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​Funny thing happened last night. It was the same thing that happened to U2 in 1987 in the wake of The Joshua Tree, and the same thing that killed Kurt Cobain in 1994. Fame has finally overtaken Kings Of Leon, leaving their core boots 'n flannel crowd in the proverbial pop ... More >>

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    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: Phoenix, Robyn Hitchcock and Them Crooked Vultures

    Photo by Matthew Taplinger​The quality of the grass at ACL on Charles Attal's apparent birthday blow out (if projections for "Feliz Cumpleanos" were to be believed) was nothing to sniff at. The great lawn of Zilker Park was emerald and ready to absorb the dance steps of a sold-out crowd with h ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    The '90s Continue Unabated At House Of Blues, Homeslice!

    Seriously, what's with the House of Blues downtown toying around with all our '90s modern rock nostalgia as of late? In the past eight months or so since the HOB has opened, the folks on Caroline have booked almost every quasi-major alt-rock band of the last decade, that has not died of an overdos ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Things That Make Us Feel Old: Pearl Jam Reissuing Ten Next Year

    In an announcement that will make many people's beards turn instantly gray, Pearl Jam is planning a re-release campaign in advance of the band's twentieth anniversary in 2011. The band's 1991 debut Ten is the first to get the treatment, due March 24. Yeah, that's right. Pearl J ... More >>

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