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INXS

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    The Heavy-Metal Past of a Beloved Houston Karaoke Joint

    Spotlight Karaoke is a popular Galleria-area destination that has been open for more than 15 years now. Located at Westheimer and Fountainview, it holds a large space with several rooms' worth of karaoke, and an adjacent store equipped with scads of karaoke music and machines. A man named Charlie ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts to See at iFest's First Weekend

    Richard Cagle & The Voodoo Choir Whether you love rock and roll, have a soft spot for the blues, or are just a sucker for good storytelling, Richard Cagle & the Voodoo Choir are sure to please. Possessed of an affinity for the blues since he was a boy, Cagle familiarized himself with the likes of Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Six Bands That Broke Up Without Anyone Noticing

    Usually when a band breaks up, there's a lot of furor about it, and a lot of mourning, even if the band hadn't done much of anything for a while. At least that's what happens with bands who have dedicated fanbases. It's a little bit different when it's a band that was a fad to begin with and just q ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2014

    Arcade Fire's Bad Covers, Radiator Hospital's Thrifty Ideals

    Arcade Fire is pretentious enough already — why do they have to butcher these beloved songs, too?

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Dear Arcade Fire: No More Covers On This Tour, Please

    Folks, I have made it no secret over the years that I am no fan of what Arcade Fire does. The Woodlands expats make lightweight pretentious rock for hipsters and bored suburban kids. That's fine, because it's a market that apparently Jason Mraz wasn't quite cornering well enough. But now they have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Coachella Before Coachella: The 1983 US Festival

    US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 Directed by Glen Aveni MVD Visuals, 135 minutes, $19.95 In 1982, flush with cash, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak wanted to throw "a big party" and create an '80s version of Woodstock that would combine a music festival with displays and demonstrations about emerg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Bad Music Videos of the '80s

    One of my favorite things about looking back on the past is how things that were perhaps state-of-the-art at the time are now so cheesy and dated removed from their original contexts. It should probably come as no surprise that I'm a massive fan of the slasher genre, especially the later films in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    The Dead Links Are a Real Live Band, and a Good One

    Imagine you're a new band all but starting from scratch: struggling to book gigs, pay for studio time, and get your music out to potential fans. Now imagine you're middle-aged, and there are dozens of bands in town jockeying for those same things, except with the advantage of being about ten to 20 y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Empire of the Sun, The Rides, Man Man, etc.

    Empire of the Sun Warehouse Live, September 20 If you enjoy your woozy, MGMT-style electro-pop with the costume design of a Spielberg epic, Empire of the Sun is ready for their close-up. The Australian duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore -- who hail from the Western outpost of Perth, sometimes c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Almost Famous: 5 Millennial Bands Who Should Have Been More Successful

    I recommend that once a year you dig out your old CD collection (or MP3 archive if that's how you roll) and give a spin to the music you haven't listened to in forever. Everyone should take a nostalgic listen down memory lane now and then; not only is it good to reconnect with old songs, but you als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: John Prine, We Give a Jam, Twenty Mondays, etc.

    If you had a dollar for every year it's been since John Prine has played in Houston - OK, maybe $2 or $3; the point is it's been a long time - you could easily afford a ticket to see the wise, sardonic master singer-songwriter at 8 p.m. tonight at U of H's Cullen Performance Hall (4800 Calhoun), so ... More >>

  • Music

    June 14, 2012

    The Cult’s Weapon of Choice

    Ian Astbury talks touring with a transgendered singer and addresses his new-media critics.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    10 Things Musicians Have Been Buried With

    Everyone dies eventually, even rock stars, and when they go it's not uncommon for them to take beloved personal items with them, or to have such things placed there by grieving friends and family. That is of course unless they're cremated and have their ashes snorted or smoked. For those who went th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Y'all, We Have All Been Doing "Punk" Wrong

    When you think of punk rock, images of a bloodied Sid Vicious in a leather jacket may come to mind. Skinheads flipping off a camera. Henry Rollins and Black Flag destroying a crowd in a basement. Jello Biafra jumping into a surging pit of people after screaming about holidays in Cambodia. The Clash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Hey Pookie: Top 5 Cheesy Love Songs

    We recently started getting fan mail in addition to the more... creatively worded correspondence that we've always gotten in response to our articles. The accolades are worth almost as much as the paycheck, but we wanted to take this opportunity to pass on that praise to one of our favorite people. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Best & Worst Of All Possible Buzzfests

    Photo by Marc BrubakerWe did it all for the nookie.​This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edition where we took along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    The 12 Best Songs in '80s Movies

    ​For many of us Generation X and Y-ers, much of our adolescence can be directly linked back to '80s cinema. Thanks to writers and directors like John Hughes, '80s teen movies were accurate depictions of suburban (non) happenings. Furthermore, the '80s were a special time in film history thanks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Your Musical Word of the Day: Calenture

    John Oxley LibraryClipper Ship Blackadder​Definition: A fever, specifically a fever that was supposed to affect sailors on long sea voyages to the tropics. The fever caused hallucinations that the ocean was actually a green field, and sailors would attempt to jump down to it only to drown. The ... 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

    June 2, 2011

    Lyrical Advice For The Class Of 2011

    "Move back in with your parents! Let them worry about you!"​There will be no guitars and Marshall stacks at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this weekend, just "Pomp and Circumstance." As the Class of 2011 walks across the stage soon to be occupied by Peter Gabriel, Widespread Panic and Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Match These Bands With Their Awful Original Names

    ​Provided they didn't take the easy way out and name themselves after a song (Rolling Stones), their hometown (Boston) or each other (Hall & Oates), almost every band that went on to sell millions of records, get tons of radio play and sell out arenas has had some form of the following convers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    FAIL: Gene Simmons, Steve Albini, INXS, Danzig (Not)

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Gene Simmons Is Donald Trump In Makeup: Fails has never been a big KISS fan, but we can't imagine watching Gene Simmons' behavior makes being one any easier. If you're a die-hard KISS fan, watching his douchey whoring and cutthroat CEO tactics must be d ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010

    Candy Flip

    Gram Rabbit's psych-disco twang

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Cry Little Sister: A Corey Haim Soundtrack Retrospective

    ​The last time we were visiting our parents in Friendswood, Rocks Off noticed a new DVD version of 1987's The Lost Boys at the sales counter of the local Hollywood Video (which must be one of the last remaining franchises in the Houston area, but we digress). We didn't buy it - it actually hasn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Self-Admitted Wanker John Mayer Is Far From Alone at the Musical Spank Bank

    ​ Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThe chicken is Photoshopped. The swimsuit, sadly, isn't.​Guess what you're missing if you haven't picked up the latest copy of Rolling Stone? Go on, guess. All right, we'll tell you: according to their website, you're missing the lowdown on John Mayer's " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Another Way to Help Haiti... "Don't Change" a Thing

    Even though it misrepresents a bunch of funky Australian pub-rockers as a New Wave band, "Don't Change," from 1982's Shabooh Shoobah, broke INXS on U.S. college radio long before "What You Need" or "Need You Tonight." It's always been one of Rocks Off's favorites, from a group that has given us man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Pop Rocks: I'm Shocked, Shocked To Discover Britney Spears Was Lip-Synching

    ​To think, I almost found myself agreeing with John Mayer.His response to the simmering Britney Spears lip-synching scandal -- mocking those who expressed outrage at the fact Spears was faking it during her concert in Perth, Australia last weekend -- would appear to be dead-on. One could even take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    He Said, She Said: Get Your Ass In Shape Workout Songs

    Unlike our male counterpart, we aren't seeking to purge our inner demons when we work out (and some of us - shudder - purge something else before working out anyway). Instead, we're looking for something fun, upbeat and beat-heavy. Something that makes you want to shake your ass while you're w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    OK, Maybe the Eagle Does Play Some Black People

    As we usually do when we get into work, Rocks Off tuned into Dean & Rog on the Eagle and lo and behold, they were talking about our suggestions to improve the station we posted here Tuesday. D&R especially seemed to enjoy the part where we said it wouldn't kill the Eagle to play some more pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Gothtopia: Searching for the Perfect Vampire Anthem

    Note: Lost in all the inaugural hoopla this week was the fact that Monday was Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday. No better time, then, to debut Rocks Off's new Goth column... Recently, my wife and I made our way down to the Houston Public Library to hear a talk with Charlaine Harris, author of ... More >>

  • Music

    January 22, 2009

    Oz the Great and Terrible

    Happy Australia Day, everybody

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Duran Duran at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Chris Gray Alone among its pretty-boy peers in the early and mid-'80s, Duran Duran was the blackest band to regularly hit the pop charts from either side of the pond. Only the Aussies in INXS had anywhere near the same level of interest in funk and disco, and the chops to pull it off. Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2008

    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheless Needed More Food Vendors), or whatever you want t ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007
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    June 22, 2006
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    November 17, 2005

    True Blue Confessions

    Let's join Madonna for a friendly round of Celebrity Breach of Confidentiality

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Seat Belts and Eye Shadow

    If the Lost Boys can't get young Hispanic males to buckle up, nobody can!

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

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    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Film

    August 26, 2004

    Live Baby Live

    Danny Deckchair sends an upbeat message from down under

  • Music

    September 4, 2003

    NTX & The Electric Sexxx

    Thursday, September 4

  • Film

    July 31, 2003

    Strange Days

    Alex Proyas's latest should become a cult hit, but it's not the slam-dunk it ought to be

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Rock No More

    Mike Patton chops through traditional song forms with a mighty Tomahawk

  • Music

    June 7, 2001

    Thunder from Down Under

    Powderfinger has conquered the Fatal Shore. Is America next?

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Blue Houston

    The sweetest enigma

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    March 11, 1999
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    June 19, 1997
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