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    November 26, 2014

    The Smart Music Fan's Guide to Black Friday

    If you had to navigate a dense Christmas tree forest just to buy Halloween candy or recognized "Holly Jolly Christmas" slowly seeping into the store like a poisonous gas weeks ago, then you know the horror of the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Like any good slasher flick, there's an ape ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Six Types of People You Might Meet at a Guitar Store

    Any guitar player will occasionally venture into a guitar shop or musical-supply store that specializes in guitars. They can be wonderlands to anyone who likes to play guitar and wants to see firsthand what kind of gear is available. Like a comic-book store is a playground for comic fans, a guitar s ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Six Easy Ways to Find New Band Members

    After spending a certain amount of time either learning to play an instrument, or being a member of an existing band, many musicians decide the time has come for them to start their own project. But while it's always exciting to create a new musical venture, finding new members can be a challenge un ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Heights Guitar Tech Fills Big Gap In Gear-Repair Scene

    There's a great music scene and a lot of gigging musicians living in Houston, but few places to get musical equipment fixed when time is a factor. When I was playing in bands a few years back, any problem with a guitar or one of my amps meant I had two basic options: take it to one of the guitar sho ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200 Jo Bird, Bow-Caster of Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom

    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? Jo Bird is a violist from ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Meet the McFadden Brothers, Houston's EDM Accountants

    I once wrote here how my kids work at being musicians. Their hand-to-mouth life demands and modest success means they don't have to bus tables for a living. But many Houston musicians do work for the man. Admirably, they create and perform music by night, then do the day job. For many, it's changin ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    What to Expect Your First Year as a New Band

    Somewhere, some kid unwrapped his or her first guitar this Christmas. And, maybe he or she found a few other kids who also received instruments -- or at least Guitar Center gift cards -- and have decided to form a band. It's an exciting time. You come together, bonded by the notion of changing the ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd Takes a Ride In New Blues-Rock Supergroup

    How the new guitar-centric blues-rock supergroup The Rides came together involves a genesis that's more football than foot pedals. But the core trio of singer/guitarists Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg couldn't be happier about the venture, whether it's a one-o ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    I Watched Nearly Four Hours of Brony EDM So You Won't Have to

    You know how this works: a snarky writer starts off with a few high-minded paragraphs about subcultures and having an open mind and cultural anthropology. The goal is to make it seem like they started watching whatever video they're about to tear apart with the best intentions, instead of admitting ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Tessa Kole, PuraPharm's Voice and Vice

    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. Who? Every once in a while I run into a ban ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    From the Back of the Band: Six Musical Instruments on the Cusp of Rock Stardom

    Some musical eras are defined by the instruments that moved from the backing band to center stage as they unfolded. Electric-guitar sales boomed in the 1960s, thanks to Clapton and Hendrix. In the 1980s, synthesizers were popular enough to make one-hit wonders out of groups like A-ha and A Flock of ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: DJ Remix, Genre-Hopping Mix Maniac

    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. Last year, at the Houston Press Music Awa ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Alphonso "Fonz" Lovelace, Righteous Drummer

    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. Who? All of the greats start out in church ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Down Warehouse Live, January 11 Long-running sludge daddies Down are still riding high from last year's six-song EP, Down IV Part I - The Purple EP, and rightfully so. The effort was one of 2012's best releases, making it onto plenty of year-end lists and satisfying Down fans' hunger for new materi ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    School of Rock Franchise Opens Katy Outpost

    It was hard not to use a famous Who song as our headline here. But Katy, the Houston exurb known for Katy High's football dominance, now has a different kind of after-school practice for its youth. For the past few weeks, about 20 area Katy-area kids between ages seven and 18 have enrolled in Schoo ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2012

    Rebecca Laird, Mojo Girl

    20-year-old Katy guitar slinger could be a budding Bonnie Raitt.

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    July 13, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Susan Alcorn, Steel Lounge Underground, Etc.

    This ain't honky-tonk: Presented by They, Who Sound and Signal To Noise, Baltimore-based composer and avant-garde steel guitarist Susan Alcorn performs three sets starting 8 p.m. tonight at 14 Pews (800 Aurora): One solo, and two in trios with David Dove (trombone) and Damon Smith (bass), and Jo Bir ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    Already? Indeed. It's only been seven months and change since the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards, but that was enough time for more than 7,000 local music fans to nominate their favorites in some 40 categories, a figure well north of 200 talented Houston artists. So let's get to it. Here are your ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    5 Ridiculous/Offensive Memorial Day Commercials

    Some businesses are jerks for pimping a junk heap on wheels on Memorial Day. Others are silly for trying to sell sexual innuendo-heavy mattresses ("firm," "spread out," "not squishy") on a day that's supposed to be all about giving it up to American servicemen and women. Then there are these super- ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Last Night: Calle 13 At House Of Blues

    Calle 13 House of Blues May 10, 2012 Repeat after me: "Ka-yeay, Tress-say." OK then, now that we can all pronounce their name, I can begin to tell you how this trio of siblings from Puerto Rico turned a bouncy party song (Atrévete-te-te) into an anthem that helped evolve the group into a revolutio ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Your 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Winners

    Photo By Marco TorresAll night, attendees to the awards show signed a special banner for Chris Gray.​Check out our slideshow of this year's Houston Press Music Awards winners. It was a dandy of an evening last night at Warehouse Live as we handed out those silver records to some of Houston's ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    ​Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them. Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination b ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Happy Birthday Leon Theremin: His Invention's Greatest Hits

    You wish.​Today marks the 115th birthday of Russian inventor Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, one of the eeriest and ookiest instruments created in this past century. Mr. Theremin celebrated quietly with family and friends in his native Russia. Just kidding, he died in 1993. The ther ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Girls Rock Camp Houston Readies For Second Summer

    Natalie HebertLast year's camp​Remember when you were growing up as a an odd kid and there were a few people you admired for reminding you that you didn't have to play with dolls or listen to the Spice Girls? They encouraged you to get the Penny Hardaway basketball shoes you wanted and play he ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Kris Krunk Offers Online Mastering Magic

    ​It's good to be Chris Folmer, better known as Kris Krunk, rapper and owner of the award-winning Space City Records. His latest projects promises to be a real game changer for the broke independent musician. Last week Folmer launched Real Studio Magic, a user-fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Flying V Hall Of Fame: Saluting One Rockin' Guitar​Today is the 53rd birthday of the Gibson Flying V, which since its debut has become synonymous with metal and hard rock of all stripes. The image of that V-shape is as iconic as the power chords it generates. Rocks Off has seen reverse V's and even bass V's in our time, and ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Sunday: Girls Rock Camp Showcase At Walter's On Washington

    Photos by Brittanie SheyHouston's Girls Rock Camp 2010 alumni join together to close out Sunday's showcase with their self-penned anthem, "Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird."​Girls Rock Camp Houston 2010 Showcase Walter's on Washington August 15, 2010 Sunday evening, Walter's on Washington was the ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    2010 Music Awards Nominees, Part 2

    ​Friday, Rocks Off announced the nominees for the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards in as many genres as we could think to put on the ballot this year. Here are the rest, covering recordings, individual achievement, personalities and peripheral categories (radio, retail, etc.). Voting begins Ju ... More >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010

    Invasive Exotics

    Indian Jewelry continues to defy easy description on new album Totaled.

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    April 6, 2010

    Discount iFest Tickets Through KPFT; GaGa On Sale Next Friday; Husk Blows Away; Free Ani D Tickets & Poster Show

    Courtesy of​The 40th anniversary of iFest is coming up next weekend, and this year music from the Caribbean will be spotlighted, with headliner and President of Funkadelia George Clinton (right; no relation to that other President). KPFT is also turning 40 this year, and for a limited ti ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Cesar Lozano, Illegal Alien, Is Now Big Cease, American Dream Come True

    ​ The video that usually crowns our Latino hip-hop blog is going to come at the end of our story today, because without explaining how the American Dream has evolved, the music video won't be given the meaning it deserves. First, you need to know that the American Dream takes on many forms. The Am ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    2008 HPMA Winner List

    Well, here it is. Congrats to nominees and winners alike. - Chris Gray Best Local Album: UGK, Underground Kingz Best Local Song: UGK feat. OutKast, “Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)” Local Musician(s) of the Year: UGK Best Mainstream Hip-Hop: UGK Best Songwriter: John Evans ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008
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    November 13, 2007
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    June 18, 2007
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    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Houston Radio Still Sucks

    David Sadof shares his dream station with Racket

  • Film

    November 23, 2006

    One Toke Wonder

    Tenacious D gets the band back together, and...and... and ?

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    The Good, the Blog and the Ugly

    Great moments in HouStoned history

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    July 10, 2006
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    November 10, 2005

    Road Trip

    How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Fountain of Youth

    The kids in Shulton's Youth have talent, ambition and a record deal. But is that enough?

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    June 16, 2005


    Suspended Animation

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    September 16, 2004
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    October 30, 2003

    Sweet Recovery

    Some local instrument thieves run afoul of Joey Wyatt -- the Dirty Harry of Houston musicians

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    July 10, 2003

    Potty Mouths

    Tamales overhead, beer cans underfoot, drug references and cussing from the stage it's the return of the Westheimer Street Festival to its old home

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