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    July 18, 2014

    Billy Gibbons, Others Remember Johnny Winter

    Tributes are pouring in for Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who passed away overnight Wednesday while on tour in Switzerland. The Beaumont native was found in his hotel room in Zurich, a spokesperson said. He was 70. The albino Winter, two years older than his rock-star brother Edgar (of "Frankenst ... 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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    December 3, 2012

    Saturday Night: Helstar at Warehouse Live

    Helstar, Sanctus Bellum, etc. Warehouse Live December 1, 2012 Heavy metal has long since proven to be the most virulent and drug-resistant strain of rock and roll, always seething just underground and ready to erupt into a blister the minute the mainstream's immune system weakens. There's certainly ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Last Night: Heart At House Of Blues

    Heart House of Blues March 11, 2012 Sunday night Heart played to one electrified and enthusiastic crowd at House of Blues. There were people of varying ages there: A few teenagers (okay, one I saw), some in their twenties, and quite a big chunk ranging from middle-aged to older adults. After all, ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Saturday Night: Judas Priest At The Woodlands

    Photos by Jay Lee​Judas Priest Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 15, 2011 Saturday night, at 10:15 or so, a euphoric chill went up Aftermath's spine. Coupled with the cool weather, standing in the presence of Judas Priest at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was overwhelming, so much ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    The Best Tony Hawk Video Game Soundtracks

    ​It sounds like heresy to most older folks, this writer included, but for about the past decade, a lot of younger gamers have been discovering punk rock, ska, and classic and indie hip-hop through the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding video games. The idea may be repellent to those of us who r ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Friday Night: The Toadies At Warehouse Live

    Marc Brubaker​The Toadies Warehouse Live April 15, 2011 Friday night, The Toadies took Warehouse Live's main stage in front of quite a rowdy crowd, hyping the crowd with such well-known hits as "I Come From the Water," "Backslider" and, before the evening's entertainment had ended, a reinterp ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Friday Night: Chuck Berry At Nutty Jerry's

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Chuck Berry Nutty Jerry's, Winnie March 4, 2011 "Chuck Berry is food" - Keith Richards There is no adequate way to describe the evolutionary gift that Chuck Berry signifies to the world at large. He created everything that we hold dear and true - all the sex, anger, s ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Adios "Age Of Aquarius": A Zodiac Realignment Playlist

    ​If Twitter is good for one thing, it's the immediate and rapid dispersal of breaking news. If Twitter is good for two things, it's that, plus the immediate and rapid dispersal of whatever trumped-up rumor, lie, or fakery that manages to draw the ire of the millions of poor saps reading along ... More >>

  • Film

    January 20, 2011

    Hotel California

    Celebrity living has its downside in Somewhere.

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    December 23, 2010

    Lost at the Chateau Marmont

    From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to Somewhere.

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    November 9, 2010

    The Dead Walk, But Do They Have Legs?

    Just leave those guns anywhere.​The Halloween premiere of AMC's Walking Dead knocked the socks off critics and viewers alike and earned the network the biggest audience for any of its original series to date. Last Sunday's episode ("Guts") looks to have been just as successful, triggering coun ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Rocks Off Explains Austin City Limits' "Survival Guide"

    Mark C. AustinOne day Austin City Limits will live down last year's "Dillo Dirt" debacle. That day is not today.​This year marks the fourth year that Craig's Hlist will be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the Houston Press and Rocks Off. Each year we get more acclimated to th ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Live Music in Pearland

    Can suburb support a concert venue?

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    July 16, 2010

    FAIL: Prince, Johnny Rotten, Too Short, Auto-Tune

    Photos by John Seaborn Gray​Internet Not As "Over" As Prince Had Hoped: Remember last week when Prince said the Internet was "over," and that was why he's now giving copies of his new CD away for free whenever you buy a copy of that thriving and relevant medium, a British newspaper? Well, ent ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Top 5 Songs On Jacob Black Of Twilight's iPod

    ​Well, today is the day Twilight: Eclipse is released, and a million voices are screaming, "Honey, do we hafta?" Since Gothtopia already runs a column on vampires - and may we add that Bill Compton would put some serious maim in Edward Cullen's sparkle motion? - today we're gonna talk about w ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Why Would Anyone Ever Set Out To Be A Rapper?

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, Yung Redd, Thurogood Wordsmith and K ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Houston Musicians Recall Their Own Rock and Roll High School Days

    ​Tonight Rocks Off is hosting the first annual Texas High School Rock Off, with local bands from area schools fighting for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights around town. This past week we have profiled the seven bands in the running: The Paperwaits, Useful Information, The Handshake, Livin ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010
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    January 1, 2010

    The 11 Stupidest Events from the World of Music, 2009 Edition

    Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, July: Beyonce, Coldplay, Aerosmith/ZZ Top, Judas Priest, Rod Stewart... and the Trae Day Gunplay

    Craig Hlavaty​ Wooden Birds, Other Lives, Walter's on Washington, July 2: "This is Andrew Kenny's latest project away from American Analog Set. That band is currently on hold while Kenny and the rest of the group go off to pollinate elsewhere. The Birds don't fall far from the AmAnSet tree at all, ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Master P

    Fabio​Plinio Sandalio is the pastry chef at Textile Restaurant on 22nd in the Heights. He invited me into his kitchen for a short interview about all things Plinio. Eating Our Words: What would you say your signature dessert is that screams "Plinio Sandalio made this"? Plinio Sandalio: ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Aftermath: MELOVINE, the Snake Charmers, LL Cooper, Peekaboo Theory and Buxton

    Mark C. AustinThe Snake Charmers take a breather after bluesing up Martell's.​ It was hot as hell when the Houston Press music staff met up at the Flying Saucer ordering different shades of exotic beers and several different kinds of cheese. Bands were divided up between writers, and pretty much e ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Men of Steel

    Three decades after a metal classic, Judas Priest keeps "Livin' After Midnight."

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    July 22, 2009

    The Return of Mystical Houston Rocker Tyagaraja

    In 2006, Million Year Dance won the award for Best New Band in our annual Houston Press Music Awards, and followed the next year by winning Album Of The Year for Liberation. It seemed that the band and their enigmatic leader Tyagaraja (a.k.a. Jonathan Welch) would be Houston's next hope for nationa ... More >>

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Tres Hombres

    Discovering why ZZ Top is "critic-proof"

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    June 12, 2009

    Talking With Air Guitar Master Bjorn Turoque

    For the past six years, Dan Crane, aka "Bjorn Turoque" has been the preeminent ambassador for the world of air guitar. He retired from competition in the Air Guitar World Championships in 2005 and made a lateral move to being the touring roadshow nightly MC - or the "Master of Air-emonies," as he ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Turning The Screw: Jay'Ton, Bushwick, Nas, Akon, Dre, Diddy, DJ Hero, Grandmaster Flash, The Kanye, T.I., Three 6 Mafia, Bubba Sparxxx, and more

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "We Here," Jay'Ton feat. Trae and Yung Quis Wire To Wire: Nas is not a fan of Canada. Akon, who ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Hit Hermann

    In time for summer, the park's had a facelift.

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    May 21, 2009

    Summer Sounds

    Enough shows to keep concertgoers busy all season long

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    April 9, 2009

    Diamond Durst: Neil, Fred and Other Musical Tweets

    Hhhoo-kay. This was the story that made us here at Rocks Off check to make sure it wasn't April 1 again. It would be just like April Fool's Day to feature us in some kind of cosmic Groundhog Day sequel without letting us know first. But no, evidently this really happened. Fred Durst of jock-jam pio ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top 11

    Traditionally, I've concluded the first Idol Beat of any given week with predictions as to who the American Idol judges or viewing public will send home the next night. This week I'm upending that, and predicting that no one will go home. That's right: all eleven of the remaining finalists are safe ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Aftermath: Slipknot and Coheed and Cambria at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Corey Taylor never told his fans that everything would be OK. Not on an album, not in the press and most definitely not at a live show. The lead singer of Slipknot, the Iowa noise-metal band that set up shop at Verizon Wireless Theater Wednesday and tonight, instead always seemed to lend a bruised a ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    December 25, 2008
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    December 15, 2008

    Aftermath: AC/DC at Toyota Center

      Photos by Daniel Kramer In this season of hard times, there could have been no better band to close out Houston's banner concert year than original Aussie working-class heroes AC/DC, who still look the part to a T. And Aftermath can't think of a better way to begin his review of last night' ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    September 17, 2008

    Artist of the Week, San Antonio Edition: Audiotap (and Mathew Barker)

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Like everyone else ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    July 26, 2008

    Tonight: Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    I'm sorry, but if you're not going to tonight's Twotennany at the Mink, there's really only one other show in town. Make that all of Southeast Texas. And probably Central Texas too. We won't even get into North or West Texas. Technically, this classic-rock triple play is sold out, but if you're a re ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    September 21, 2006

    Puddle of Fun

    LocoRoco is the perfect one-night stand.

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    May 11, 2006

    Beat Down

    This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about

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    April 16, 1998