Explosions in the Sky

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    June 28, 2013

    Scale the Summit Get Seismic, Cosmic On Epic Migration

    Nobody who cares deeply about prog rock thinks it needs saving, but Houston's own Scale the Summit has stepped up with a calibrated take on art rock for the rest of us. Their new album, The Migration (Prosthetic), is simply "shredtastic" (credit for that coinage: Brian Lion), bringing plenty of met ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Last Night: Appleseed Cast at House of Creeps

    Appleseed Cast Houston House of Creeps February 6, 2013 We'll excuse you if you haven't heard of House of Creeps just yet. Despite heading into its third year holding shows, the DIY warehouse venue on the sleepy north end of downtown isn't quite on the city wide musical radar. Tucked off a side str ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    December 13, 2012

    The Biggest Surprises From the Texas 30 Ballots

    Perusing the final ballots for the Texas 30 with a few highlighters this past week was a blessed odyssey into the past three decades of all things Texas music. For as many no-brainers as there were, there were plenty of head-scratchin' exclusions. Rewind: The 30 Best Texas Albums (cover story) Sl ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    5 Shows We'd Like to See at HMNS' Burke Baker Planetarium

    Recently I decided to put down the cash and become an honest-to-God card-carrying member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I find that walking the halls of the HMNS is a fine way to kill a few hours before a concert. There is a part of the HMNS that I hold near and dear to my heart, even t ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Now Broadcasting From The Red Planet: 5 Artists Who Deserve A Premiere On Mars

    While it was neither a small step nor a giant leap NASA once again made history on Tuesday. Not content with just beaming music in to space they successfully streamed a song from the Curiosity rover hanging out on Mars back to the little blue orb we call home. If we're being honest we were a bit su ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    July 12, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012: A$AP Rocky, De La Soul, PiL, Santigold, X, Turbonegro, Etc.

    This morning Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, the best music festival in Texas that isn't Free Press Summer Fest, announced their full 2012 lineup after months of teasing us and leaking a handful of names at a time -- and then hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C Tuesday morning. Scheduled for November 2-4 at Audit ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    A July 4 Playlist That Goes Boom!

    July 4 is truly America's national holiday, because it combines two of the country's grandest traditions: Taking the day off work and blowing shit up. Because freedom isn't free, fireworks and other explosives are embedded in America's formative myths and our national character. Also, they're pretty ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Last Night: Explosions In the Sky at Warehouse Live

    Explosions In The Sky, Zammuto Warehouse Live June 17, 2012 Our neighbors from just a few hours away, Explosions In The Sky, dropped in Sunday night to keep the Texas pride going and share more of their elaborate musical talents with not a single lyric spoken. Many may know, Explosions in the Sky ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Explosions In the Sky: No Vocals Necessary

    Known for elaborate guitar work, referred to as "cathartic mini-symphonies," Explosions In the Sky put on emotional shows. Remaining completely devoid of vocals, three guitars and one drummer (a bass guitar is thrown in at times) Explosions combine to create a sound that seems to carry the crowd on ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    Digital Chaos: 8 Experiments In Wub Machine Remixing

    Contrary to what they want you to think, Diddy his crew at Bad Boy did not invent the remix. If you really wanted to meet the people who first made dance remixes you'd have to go back a bit further in music history, to the land of the mid-'70s. In sweaty discos across the land people were looping so ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Oh My, A List!: 7 Tips For Free Press Summer Fest Newbs

    This will be the Rocks Off team's fourth Free Press Summer Fest outing since the festival began that summer of 2009. I remember it well: The small stages, the blistering August heat, The Sword, rolling in the grass with Hippie Mike, all of it. The main stage headliners were Of Montreal, Explosions ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: 9 Locals To Watch This Weekend

    Rocks Off polled our writers to see which local or regional artist they most wanted to see at Free Press Summer Fest this weekend. Alexa Crenshaw: Robert Ellis recently rebooted his mid-week honky-tonk events, fittingly dubbed Whiskey Wednesday with Robert Ellis. The problem now, though, is that th ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Mudbug Music: The Perfect Soundtrack for Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on the way to buy the crawfish in Kemah and UGK's "Wood Wheel" for the drive back. These are just two of the songs that Rocks Off's Nathan Smith recommends to start your day-long crawfish boiling festivities. If you think that zydeco music and only zydeco music is the right ac ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    January 26, 2012
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    November 2, 2011

    Dig This Vol. VII With Western Standards, Dead Mineral & The End Of Young Girls?

    The current volume of local music is staggering. New Houston bands are born daily, and all too often pass away just as quickly. Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up. Courtesy of Dead Mineral​Stay seated smugly at that desk and continue tossing that half-priced Halloween candy ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011
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    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Ponderosa Gives House Of Blues A Mouthful

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Rocks Off is usually ambivalent, at best, about restaurant shows. One of the few times we're not interested in live music at all is when we're eating, and we imagine we're hardly the only person who feels that way. Strolling violinists and mariachi groups especially get ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Little Smoke

    Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You take a dark turn

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    May 19, 2011
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    May 18, 2011

    Last Night: Mogwai At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Steve Gullick/Sub Pop RecordsMogwai: No photos please, we're Scottish.​While the slapping of stylistic labels onto music may irk bands, such terms are often warranted, accurate, and most importantly, not necessarily negative. Scottish rockers Mogwai hold a laundry list of said labels ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Last Night: Arcade Fire At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Arcade Fire, Explosions In the Sky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 4, 2011 It was a sort of homecoming for titanic indie-rockers Arcade Fire Wednesday night in the Woodlands, as the band returned to Houston after five momentous years to play songs from The Suburbs, ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Half-Price Deals At Cactus

    Another week, another teeming cup runneth over, full of local music news. Here's our latest installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. ​This week's soundtrack comes from Roosh Williams, whose Common Struggles of a Modern Man album just dropped. Roosh also has a video for the track "No Hard Feeling ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Out Today: Steve Earle Is Alive, Bootsy's Aged Funk, And The Late Poly Styrene's Last Disc

    ​Yep, it's the third week now that we have been listening to the new Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light. We even acquired it on vinyl this weekend, so we are doubly screwed. Now we just need it on cassette tape and one of those toothbrushes that play music in your skull like you are schizophren ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Out Today: Glee Warbles, Gorillaz Fall, Kinks Ride Again

    ​It's been a week since the Foo Fighters' album, Wasting Light, hit the stores, and Rocks Off has probably averaged at least one or two spins of the solid disc per day. Right now, we are actually on track four. Will anything top Light this week? That remains to be seen. Next week will bring ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    October 14, 2010
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    March 17, 2010

    Aftermath: Another Round Of Bands Watching Bands At SXSW Overflow Fest

    The Extraordinaires, debating a late night or early start. Videos by Matthew Keever Two days had gone by since we last visited the SXSW Overflow Fest at Super Happy Fun Land, and the number of people in attendance seemed to have quadrupled. Tuesday night, the bands had much better luck than those w ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    August 13, 2009

    Coming of Age

    Against long, long odds and punishing heat, Free Press Summer Fest is a hit.

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    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park

    Photos by Amber Roussel/ Click here for slideshows from Day 1 and Day 2​ They said it couldn't be done, that no one in Houston would dream of spending two days in the punishing August heat at an outdoor music festival.An anonymous Of Montreal member shows off his tiger style.​Rightfully (somewha ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Girl Star, Grown Up

    Still proud of her family band, Susan Cowsill does her own thing now.

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    June 10, 2009

    Before We Go: House of Blues' "Rock & Roll" Night, Tontons, Gallant Knight, a Willie D Tribute, Britney Returns and More

    Tonight, see how - or where, anyway - the beautiful people kick back at House of Blues' new weekly "Rock & Roll" night in the venue's ultra-plush and oddly brothel-like Foundation Room (entrance on Dallas Street), with no cover, $3 beer and whiskey, tunes curated by Metropol/Stuka/Mink veteran T ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009
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    April 30, 2009
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    April 16, 2009
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    December 5, 2008

    Tomorrow Night: The Paper Chase at Walter's on Washington

    Much like their associates in Houston's own Bring Back the Guns, the Paper Chase (a.k.a. the pAper chAse) combine the infectious weirdness of the Pixies with the wry self-consciousness of the Dismemberment Plan and the menace of Drive Like Jehu. The Dallas quartet is led by acclaimed independent pro ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    December 13, 2007

    This Will Destroy You, Unwed Sailor

    Ambient and/or progressive fans will find plenty to like with these two instrumental groups

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    September 27, 2007
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    September 6, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    Riff Tiffs


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    July 13, 2007

    By the End of Tonight Looking for a Drummer

    Play the drums? Want to be in a band? Local instrumental rockers, By the End of Tonight, just announced they are on the lookout for a new drummer. (We think they should ask this guy.) If you’re interested hit them up on their MySpace page and tell them you’d like to try out. Keep in mind that ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    How to Be Musically Hip

    A cheat-sheet for the culturally challenged

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    February 27, 2007

    Rotation: Explosions in the Sky

    Like bombastic fellow Austinites . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Explosions in the Sky set out to make albums as big as Texas, but in their hands the goal seems somehow more modest. Though they fit their musical ideas into outsized settings, the core of these ideas is simplicity its ... More >>

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    January 26, 2006

    Explosions in the Sky, with the Octopus Project and A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    Saturday, January 28, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

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