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Frank Zappa

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Lee Alexander Returns to Entertain Children of All Ages

    If there was one musician in Houston I would have bet money on going out into the world to become the next Andrew Bird that $3.50 would have gone right down on Lee Alexander. In 2009 he had an underground hit with Mayhaw Vaudeville, was being played and invited to play live all over the country, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back, music fans, from the Last VJ. It's a whole bunch of smoke and mirrors this week as we see people trick their cameras in handful of ways to create strange illusions. We also go straight into the hellish mind of Hieronymus Bosch thanks to Odonis Odonis, and we say our goodbyes to Dave Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    At Houston Tattoo Shops, "Nothing Gets Done Unless Music Is Playing"

    Late last year, I asked my daughter what she wanted for Christmas and she said she wanted the entire family to get tattooed together. It was so much easier when I could just buy her a Barbie dream house and be done with it; but, as she'd just left home to live on her own, how could I deny her? It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    King Kong Song: 10 Songs for the Giant Ape's 80th Anniversary

    One of the big hits at this summer's box office was Pacific Rim, a movie about giant mechs fighting giant monsters. It owes a lot to Japanese cinema, of course, but it wouldn't exist at all without the influence of one classic American film: 1933's King Kong. Hard to believe, but its been 80 years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Hank3's Family Tradition: Doing Whatever the Hell He Wants

    Don't confuse Hank Williams III with the ones who came before him. This sure ain't Bocephus' music he's playin'. Hank Williams III, or Hank3, as he's known to his fans, is hardly the honky-tonk musician of old. Despite being descended from country-music royalty -- he's the grandson of good ol' Han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Sibling Revelry: Houston's Bands of Brothers and Sisters

    It's not unusual for siblings to be in bands together. The Beach Boys, Jackson Five, Heart, Radiohead... the list goes on and on. Brothers and sisters have regularly joined forces to create incredible music. One kid finds a musical niche and his or her siblings voluntarily follow. Or, the group is o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    10 Musicians Who Have Retired and Stayed Retired

    Though it isn't marked by a specific holiday, today is the anniversary of the day that the Social Security Act was enacted, 78 years ago in 1935. That means babies born on the day the bill was signed into law are currently reaping the rewards of the system they paid into for years. For many, this is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Pat Kelly, The Godfather of the Suffers

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Pat Kelly is a lifelong Houston musician an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: John Egan, P!nk, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, Februrary 18 John Egan is back at the Big Easy after his trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- meaning that by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo bluesmen in the world. "Perh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Cliff Dotterer of Black Dog Records

    Who? Cliff Dotterer is the co-owner and operating manager of Black Dog Records, which just moved to its new Bellaire location last week. The shop's inventory of records and collectibles includes a who's who of rock legends and current artists, as well as rarities, imports, T-shirts, record player ne ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2012

    Grandfather Child Prepare for Debut

    Album recorded partially in drummer's parents' basement.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Vladimir Putin: No Pussy Riot On His Watch

    Above: Video of the performance that got three Moscow punk rockers arrested If he were still alive, Frank Zappa would have a field day with this one. Just when we thought the Montgomery County sheriff's department was setting the standard for dodgy tactics and thought control with Friday's suspici ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Dweezil Zappa: Jimi Hendrix "Rings True To Every Generation"

    As far as the estates of deceased classic-rock artists go, few can hold a lighter to the efforts of Jimi Hendrix's in terms of keeping the artist and their music alive. In recent years, Experience Hendrix, LLC -- run by Jimi's half-sister Janie -- has churned out a number of products to satiate bot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    The Best LP Side Ones Ever

    Spurred on by the realization that both David Bowie's commercial breakthrough Let's Dance and Queen's News of the World had solid, sturdy side ones on their vinyl releases, I then began the hunt for other great vinyl slabs with amazing side ones. Of course, the idea is that this could only include ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Iron Men: Five Rock 'n' Roll Cancer Survivors

    Sad news emerged today that heavy metal godfather Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma. It was a big shock for Black Sabbath fans, as the group's original lineup have a new album and a world tour planned for 2012. Though already counted among rock and roll's ultimate sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    The Top 10 Hard Rock and Metal Guitarists of the '80s

    Yes, yes, shred until you bleed!​Well, it's the day after Christmas and many of you probably have some holiday blues. Maybe you had a rough Christmas. Maybe your family is making you crazy. Maybe you didn't get that brand new navel ring you wanted or perhaps you filled up on so much food and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Vive La France: 14 French Lessons From English Pop Songs

    Shutterstock/faqs.org​Happy Bastille Day, everybody. Today France celebrates the day in 1789 when an angry mob stormed the eponymous (our new favorite word) prison in central Paris, freed all seven prisoners - they were really after the guns and ammunition, Clash-style - and touched off the Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Dear Penis: 20 Songs About The Tube Snake Boogie

    prince.orgGuess who turns 53 today?​Good Lord, what would we do if not for Weinergate? It's hot as hell outside, the Astros are terrible and Rick Perry might run for president next year. But as long as there are congressmen tweeting pictures of their junk to women they barely know, Rocks Off h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Saturday Night: Psychedelic Furs At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse​Psychedelic Furs Warehouse Live April 23, 2010 The Psychedelic Furs are very much a throwback band, but not in the way you might be thinking. Thanks largely to John Hughes, the Butler brothers' UK crew will forever be remembered as one of the premier musical avatars of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Voodoo Lady: Christine O'Donnell's Halloween Playlist

    ​Christine O'Donnell's "I Am Not a Witch" ad gave us truckloads of comedy during a rather boring election season. Thanks to that unintentionally hilarious ad and the upcoming election, Christine has been on our minds lately. To better understand what drives the Teabag candidate, we stole her ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010

    Church for Thugs

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

  • Music

    May 20, 2010

    The Walking Dead

    Texas City's Come See My Dead Person is very much alive.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Pamela Des Barres, More Than The World's Most Famous Groupie

    ​Pamela Des Barres is the world's most famous groupie. In 1987 she published her first book, I'm With The Band, a collection of journal entries and stories detailing her life growing up in Los Angeles at the height of the 1960s music revolution, her years as a groupie and her relationships with ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Piss Up a Rope: Songs R. Kelly Probably Won't Sing In Concert Friday, but Should

    ​Get out your towels: R. Kelly is coming to town. The singer would be best known as "that guy who sang that song in the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny movie" if not for the allegations in 2002 that he engaged in sex with an underage girl. Kelly was found not guilty of child porn charges last year, but ... More >>

  • Music

    October 15, 2009

    All Good Again

    Important things to know about Atlanta mystery men Goodie Mob.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    The proper presentation for mat kimchee should mirror as closely as possible the appearance of an exploded chicken.Welcome back once again to the weekly round-up at Eating Our Words, where we've found a way to put gravy on pretty much everything (you just have to tell people it's "some kinda sauce") ... More >>

  • News

    March 22, 2007

    Saint Matthew's Churches, Inc.

    Christians send in money for prayer requests which may just go up in smoke

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Primus

    Primus appears Friday, November 3, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas. Call 713-230-1600 for more info.

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    Hank III

    Straight to Hell

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Drywall

    Barbeque Babylon

  • Culture

    January 5, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibits

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio

  • Calendar

    August 25, 2005

    Double Ax

    Eric Johnson and Adrian Belew fret for you at Club V

  • Music

    March 3, 2005
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    January 20, 2005

    Take the Skinheads Bowling All Over Again

    Camper Van Beethoven hates this part of Texas. Just kidding, maybe...

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    N.E.R.D.

    Fly or Die (Virgin)

  • Music

    October 16, 2003

    George Duke

    Friday, October 17

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    The Boneshakers

    Wednesday, August 28

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Keller Williams

    Thursday, February 28

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Welcome to His Nightmare

    Michael Bruce gave voice to Alice Cooper - until the singer killed the band

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Mysteriously Musical

    Kinky Friedman is still up to no good

  • Calendar

    November 12, 1998

    Night & Day

    November 12 - 18, 1998

  • Music

    November 20, 1997

    The Wizard of Weird

    After two decades of oddity, Beans Barton still has a lock on the inexplicable

  • Music

    August 29, 1996
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    August 11, 1994
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    January 20, 1994
  • Music

    December 16, 1993

    The Pop Moment

    Astral Dejection The Shonen Knife/Breeders/Nirvana tour blows through Houston's hall of shame

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