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Husker Du

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    March 5, 2014

    10 Cold Songs For Houston's Endless Winter

    Will this winter ever end? All signs point to no. While Houston endures the harshest winter on record in a very long time, many of us will be stuck inside our homes, mindlessly playing music to entertain ourselves through the intense boredom. You may want to forget all the ice, sleet and finger-num ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    10 Albums From 2013 You Should Have Heard

    Terry Allen, Bottom of the World You can yack on all day about Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott or some other artless, vacant, party-popular, Texas good-ole-boy bands, but the old salts know that Terry Allen's music is that real Texas deal. On his first new material in 14 years, Allen touches all the bases ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Five Great Acoustic Punk Tracks

    Last month noted garage punks The Men released their latest effort, an EP of acoustic tracks called Campfire Songs. The 2013 Free Press Summer Festival MVPs may play some pretty hyped-up punk rock, but they're no strangers to softer styles, with latest album Open Your Heart more closely resembling N ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    10 Things In Music More Exciting Than Miley Cyrus

    Hey everyone, can I ask a question? Are we sick of Miley Cyrus yet? No? Oh, okay. The fact is that for some reason people can't seem to get enough of this girl shaking her ass on TV. That's fine and all, but it's a shame for all the true artists out there who are pouring their hearts into real, cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Football, etc., Giving Emo Back Its Good Name

    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? When modern indie-rock was being Big B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday In Review: Bun B, Bob Mould, Against Me! & More

    The first day of Fun Fun Fun Fest was marked by the oddball stylings of an in-character Val Kilmer terrorizing the stage with the Black Lips, and the triumphant return of rap legends Run-D.M.C. rocking the main stage to close out the night. In between there was Bob Mould, Converge, Houston's own Bun ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Rocks Off's Picks For This Weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest

    First off, the entire Rocks Off team agrees unanimously that we are all excited to see Run-D.M.C. at this year's edition of Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, even though writer /photographer Marco Torres has already seen them this year at Jay-Z's Made In America Music Festival. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012

    Dust Off Your Flannel

    Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?

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    February 23, 2012

    Top 10 Greatest And Most Essential Music Lists Of All Time

    ​Any fan of music journalism, well hell any sort of journalism in the past five years has seen a massive amount of top 10, 20, or 31 lists all over the Internets. They help cull information into one meaty morsel for you to swallow without, you know, have to type shit. Pretty cool, huh? As a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    And, Uh, Um, OOPS: The Third Members Of Great Musical Trios You Probably Can't Name

    ​Last night we all watched as Governor Rick Perry blanked on the third department he would do away with if he was elected president. It was one of those moments - a la Scanners - when we all tensely waited for his head to explode, figuratively. Of course we love the guy and he's too precious t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss

    ​The wages we pay to rock and roll aren't always of the sinful and hungover variety. Some of us pay, dearly, with our hearing, one of the best gifts that God has given humanity. Besides Kate Upton that is. Today is Pete Townshend's 66th birthday, and The Who guitarist is just one of countles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Two Timing: The 11 Best Rock Duos

    Todd Cole​Wednesday night, noisy indie duo No Age (above) pulls into Fitzgerald's. The two-piece of guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Allen Spunt, starting making waves in 2007 with their debut Weirdo Rippers. 2008's Nouns brought them even more acclaim, and along the way they gained fo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011

    Everything in Between

    No Age makes punk palatable.

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    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

    November 3, 2010

    Does "Indie Rock" Mean Anything At All Anymore?

    ​Our colleague Shea Serrano has been doing brisk business with his Rap Round Table blogs, corralling local hip-hoppers into talking about events in their scene and in the world at large. No topics are off limits, and everyone is willing to talk. So Rocks Off decided it was time for Houston's ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
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    August 31, 2010

    Music's 15 Gnarliest Moustaches

    ​Moustaches are all the rage these days. From shirts to snow globes, rides, wax and tattoos, everyone wants a moustache or at least to support the cause. Rocks Off even has a moustache. When it was longer we combed it while driving or lounging, much to the chagrin of the people around us. Ce ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010

    Church for Thugs

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

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    May 27, 2010
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    January 22, 2010

    SXSW Adds Wild Moccasins, Roky Moon & BOLT, White Stripes' Northern Lights Doc

    This week Rocks Off is pleased to announce that Houston pop kids Wild Moccasins will be playing the Houston Press' SXSW showcase. So you guys can now mark the Moccs down as another local band set to bear down on Austin in March. We will have the names of the other performers coming by next week or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    I'm Bound To Pack It Up: A Playlist for Team Coco

    ​Former management at NBC was smart enough to stick with Conan O'Brien's Late Night franchise despite an unsteady beginning, and were rewarded when Coco went on to build one of the most reliably solid shows in late-night history. He was afforded no such wisdom from Jeff "Soul Suckin' Jerk" Zucker, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Fun Fun Fun Fest In Austin Day 1 - Death, Young Widows, Melt Banana, The Sword, Jesus Lizard

    Photos by Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshowDeath, reborn​This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin was the exact thing Aftermath needed in the midst of his fall concert schedule, even though the last day was marred by mud and constant rain. But after last month's dillo-dirtied Austin City Lim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Google's New Music-Search Engine Will Be the Death of Us All

    ​ This past week, Internet search-engine giant Google introduced a new music-search tool that immediately opens a pop-up window for people searching for a song, where either the entire song or a snippet will play for them. It's still in the beginning stages, so not all songs are available. We star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    What's In a Name? Hey, Look, It's 10th Gräde Cütie Again!

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. We mean this with affection and sincerity: 10th Gräde Cütie destroys everything they touch and should be booked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Want to Levitate the Pentagon? These Songs Might Help

    ​On this date in 1967, some 50,000 protesters marched on the Pentagon with the intention of levitating it and exorcising any "evil spirits" within. The effort was led by Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman, poet Allen Ginberg, and Ed Sanders and satirically-minded rockers the Fugs. As we all know, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Lost Tuneage: The Jayhawks

    Who 'Dat?The Jayhawks circa 1992Emerging from "The City of Lakes" in 1985, the Jayhawks showed that Minneapolis could produce a band at the forefront of another genre besides pioneering alt-rock (The Replacements, Hüsker Dü) and funk (the Purple One); namely, the nascent alt-country/"No Depressio ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    Texas Punk Music Is Gay

    The smartest people in rock and roll are queer.

  • Music

    January 29, 2009

    Totally Fucked Up

    Perhaps the best-named band of all time

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    November 6, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    December 27, 2007
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    September 14, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Pop Culture Dealbreakers

    Mr. Pop Rocks and I were up late last weekend watching VH1’s “Classic 120 Minutes,” which in case you didn’t know is a two-hour program showing videos that people of a certain age enjoy...Husker Du, Sonic Youth, early R.E.M., etc. At one point in the lineup, a Depeche Mode song came on. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Retro Active: 1987, Here We Come

    How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    October 6, 2005
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    August 4, 2005

    Young Gun

    Collin Herring hits somewhere between Merle Haggard and Hsker D -- and that's a good place to be

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    July 28, 2005

    Bob Mould

    Body of Song

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    November 25, 2004

    Boxing the Rock

    Six of the year's best multi-disc sets (and one of the worst)

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    How to Dismantle an Atomic Mom

    A critic debates the merits of U2's latest with his mother

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    October 21, 2004
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    July 17, 2003

    The Fire Next Time

    Nobody knows what AFI's next album will sound like, least of all the band members

  • Music

    April 24, 2003

    Cry Uncle

    For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven

  • Culture

    April 17, 2003

    The Gulf Between

    When these soldiers became writers, the pen becomes very mighty indeed

  • Music

    April 17, 2003

    All His Life

    The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is always between rock and a hard place

  • Music

    November 7, 1996

    Mr. Loud and Sensitive

    Bob Mould takes his act on the road one more time

  • Music

    May 30, 1996

    Lesson in Survival

    Seattle's Posies go their own soft way, no matter who likes it

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    June 23, 1994
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