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    December 24, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Steven Higginbotham, Hard-Working Wheel Worker

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Steven Higginbotham leads ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Alt-J at Bayou Music Center, 9/26/2013

    Alt-J Bayou Music Center September 26, 2013 The fall music season is in full swing, and Bayou Music Center was alive and kicking with a sold-out crowd of young adults for a showcase of talents by the likes of English indie-rockers Alt-J, with their folkier friends Lord Huron as support. Alt-J have ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Father John Misty Is a Dangerous Man

    Josh Tillman has always been a man some might describe as a malcontent, but he wasn't always so damn dangerous. He first busted onto the scene in 2005 with a slew of hand-recorded demos sliding easily into the role of most-tortured folksinger, but he gained national recognition with a stint as drumm ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Collie Buddz, The Killers, Carolyn Wonderland, etc.

    Collie Buddz House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), May 6 Just when the week is getting started, here comes the "Light It Up" tour to slow it down to a mellow Caribbean groove; you know what that means. Headlining over Cris Cab and New Kingston, Bermuda-raised Collie Buddz already has a solid Housto ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cave Singers, Buzzfest, Crystal Castles, etc.

    Cave Singers Fitzgerald's, April 19 The Cave Singers are hard to pin down. Made from parts of Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Blood Brothers, among other decidedly less folky bits, the Singers cut a languid, soulful stance that roars only rarely. Even still, their catalog satisfies those who wish ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    SXSW's Class of 2008: Where Are They Now? (w/VIDEO)

    My first true SXSW with the Houston Press and Rocks Off was way back in March 2008, when I was given a wristband to explore/maraud Austin looking for trouble and new bands. This was a time when Justice and MSTRKRFT were what would be called EDM now, and Israel's Monotonix was flipping every wig in t ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Mason Lankford, Folk Family Revivalist

    Who: Mason Lankford is the young songwriter behind many of the tunes performed and recorded by the Folk Family Revival. The band's debut, Unfolding, was an amazing collection of spiritual and moving Americana tracks that was easily one of the best albums of 2011. Since then, he and his band of broth ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: October 15-18

    Metric House of Blues, October 15 Along with future members of Stars and Broken Social Scene, Metric front woman Emily Haines went to an arts high school in Toronto, and started the group with guitarist James Shaw after returning from college in Montreal and Vancouver. Metric has found it difficult ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    August 15, 2012

    Hey, Let's Put David Crosby Moustaches On Everyone

    Pared down to just David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (Neil Young is now touring with Crazy Horse), Wednesday night with these three geriatric strummers whose list of influential cuts starts with 1969's "Marrakesh Express" is a good way to knock a few legends off of your concert bucket lis ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    July 18, 2012

    Gathering of the Juggalos Snags Geto Boys Reunion From Houston's Hands, Bitch

    I can't lie that it doesn't smart a bit that the Geto Boyz are reuniting for the Gathering of the Juggalos a few hundred miles away in the middle of an Illinois field instead in Houston, but that's the breaks. When the 2012 lineup for the Insane Clown Posse's annual festival was announced this week, ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012
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    January 23, 2012

    Friday Night: The Civil Wars at The Wortham Center

    The Civil Wars Wortham Center January 20, 2012 Check out our slideshow of Civil Wars playing to a packed house. Strolling up Wortham Center's grand staircase in advance of The Civil Wars show on Friday night, several thoughts went tumbling through Aftermath's head. We weren't certain what to expec ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Where Did Matisyahu's Beard Go? We Found It!

    ​Rapper Matthew Paul Miller, stage name Matisyahu, made waves this week by tweeting a picture of his face, shorn of the trademark Chassidic beard, along with a message promising "an amazing year filled with music of rebirth." The message on his personal site also mentioned "rules" in his chose ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Hootenanny 101: Folk Songs to Help You Study for Finals

    Lead Belly​It's the last week of classes for most of us who are still in school, which means that next week is finals time. We here at Rocks Off feel your pain -- it's hard trying to cram for five finals on only 60 milligrams of Adderall. Hell, we have two projects due tonight by 7 p.m. and we ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Spinning the Black Circle

    Is the music industry stabilizing?

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    September 23, 2011

    Six Ways BestFest Already Beats Austin City Limits

    Stuart Folb​A decade ago this month, Rocks Off Sr. drove down from Jasper to check out this new event in Zilker Park called the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Back then it was a far cry from what it would become - there were only a couple of stages, and one of them was just a platform in t ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Five Can't-Miss Acts At ACL Fest This Year

    Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.​For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Leaking 2011 Lineup On Turntable.fm

    ​After leaking artists including Okkervil River, Odd Future, X and - most people believe - Slayer, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest has officially begun announcing its 2011 lineup via the brand-new file-sharing/social-media hybrid Turntable FM. Fun Fun Fun began streaming songs from this year's arti ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Your Favorite Bands: How To Correctly Pronounce Their Names

    ​Back in December 1998, when Eminem was just hitting MTV and rap radio, we remember people pronouncing his name as "Eee-mine-im," and not the candy-inflected way it actually was. We even made the mistake during our first viewing of "My Name Is" late at night on the video channel and calling a ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    A Dream Austin City Limits Weekend For Houston

    Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009​Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    The Best Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

    ​The year isn't quite half over, but as of today, "summer" is officially here - even if the calendar needs a few weeks to catch up - and by the time summer is over, so will 2011. Or close enough. So Rocks Off asked our staff to give us their favorite two albums of the year so far, plus one out ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, And Kanye West Lead ACL 2011 Lineup

    Marc BrubakerGoin' back to Zilker: Arcade Fire at The Woodlands, May 4​Moments ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the 10th-anniversary weekend, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Zilker Park. Top names include Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye West, and Bright Eyes. P ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Arcade Fire On For ACL; Kanye Expected In Midnight Lineup

    ​Tonight at midnight, the folks at C3 Presents who book the Austin City Limits Music Festival are expected to drop the lineup in full onto the festival's official Web site. And like, duh, Rocks Off will of course be up and about to post it to the blog once it goes live. You are more than welco ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Out Today: Beasties Bite Back, Stevie Nicks Gets Witchier

    ​What's the best way to celebrate the elimination of Osama Bin Laden? Listening to the Foo Fighters' latest album Wasting Light for the fourth week straight, of course. Send help, or at least the announcement of a late-summer or early fall tour date. Come on, man, just one hit. This week's n ... 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 20, 2011

    Narduwar The Human Serviette's 11 Best Interviews

    exclaim.caNarduwar (left) and the patron saint of 4/20​Nardwuar The Human Serviette from "Vancouver BC Canada" knows all of your favorite bands, artists, and rappers better than you, and better than they know themselves. At first glance, he kind of resembles a Canadian Matthew Lesko (the free- ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    "Comeback" Albums Nobody Is Really Asking For

    Marc BrubakerLimp Bizkit flexes their "Gold Cobra" at Buzzfeest XXIV, May 2010​Mark your calendars, fellow music lovers. June 28 will be a sales matchup that'll make 50 Cent and Kanye's 2007 album release square-off look like a playground brawl. The contenders are Limp Bizkit and Taking Back S ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Neil's Nephews: Indie-Rock's Brightest Young Acolytes

    ​Neil Young has spawned many children in the indie/folk-rock community, many of whom have directly constructed their style based on the Canadian humanitarian's more acoustic oeurve rather than the ragged-glory feedback cues that goosed grunge gods like Pearl Jam a generation ago. In the tradi ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Friday Night: Dawes At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Neph Basedow​Dawes Fitzgerald's October 22, 2010 Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith does not have a beard. In fact, no member of the Los Angeles-based quartet sports any scruff. Such a discovery surprised us as the band played Fitzgerald's Friday night, considering the undeniable folk ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Last Night: Blitzen Trapper At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Blitzen Trapper House of Blues October 12, 2010 Because Aftermath only found out former KLOL morning DJ Mark Stevens had died a few hours before Blitzen Trapper went onstage at House of Blues Tuesday night, we couldn't help thinking about that while the Portland six-pie ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010
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    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 >>

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    April 22, 2010
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    February 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Gold Sounds Top a Four-Band Texas Variety Pack at Walter's

    Photos by Adam P. NewtonThe Small Sounds​While we're sure that some people feel that Aftermath engages in a bit of hagiography regarding the music of our fair city, we find it mildly difficult not to regularly and frequently express our love for the many excellent artists who call Houston home. We ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Love and Theft

    The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.

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    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

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    September 3, 2009
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    August 6, 2009
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    April 3, 2009

    Seattle's KEXP Loves Our Hungry Villagers

    The fruits of Hungry Villagers' labors have seemingly paid off. Today, while perusing the concert industry website livedaily.com, we saw the Houston indie-pop group has today's free download of the day, new track "Tree Full Of Ghosts." Further investigation led us to the music blog for influential S ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Annual Pazz & Jop Results Released

    Congrats, TV on the Radio! This morning our sister paper in Manhattan's Cooper Square, the Village Voice, released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll, where hundreds of music writers and editors rank their favorite albums of the past year in what has to be an absolute nightmare for the ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    January 1, 2009
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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    September 4, 2008

    Tonight: Donkeys and Listenlisten at Rudyard's

    San Diego quartet the Donkeys are the latest up-and-comers in the crowded field of California folk-rock, updating the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield for indie nation. The Donkeys released second album Living on the Other Side this week on Austin's Dead Ocean label; first single "Walk Through a Cloud" ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    A Classic-Rock-Free Morning

    For the first time in a long time, Rocks Off is sitting here at HQ not listening to classic rock. (Ramon, let that sink in for a second.) Because I happened to have it with me on the way back from my parents’ house, I set up the trusty XM Satellite Radio unit in my office this morning, tuned to co ... More >>

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