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    October 3, 2014

    Some Nerve's Latest Cuts Pretty Close to Home

    Some Nerve has been gigging with legendary bands like MDC, Casualties, Negative Approach, and 7 Seconds since rising from the local scene in 2013. On their new self-titled album, released by Dying Scene Records, they offer explosive, potent, metal-punk hybrids that leave play-by-numbers bands in the ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    5 Rock Bands Made Better by Switching Vocalists

    Every now and then, switching things up in a band isn't the end of the world. In fact, recruiting a new singer can revitalize and expand the horizons of a band in completely unexpected ways, bringing them out of obscurity or to previously unheard of levels of success. We've covered this ground befo ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Metallica's 10 Best Cover Songs

    Recently Metallica announced they would be contributing to the new Ronnie James Dio tribute album, This is Your Life, and the results, "Ronnie Rising," are now streaming online. Given most people's personal dissatisfaction with Metallica's sound over the years, it comes as a little bit of a surprise ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Bad Music Videos of the '90s

    Last month we talked about all the kitschy bad music videos that came out in the '80s and now tickle the fancy of pop-culture geeks like myself. This time, let's focus in on the '90s, which were great because everyone thought they had figured out how to make music videos into art. Videos of the '90 ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Six Horror-Movie Soundtrack Essentials

    Friends, the greatest time of year is upon us once again. It's getting a little bit chilly outside (for Texas), the nights are getting just a little bit spookier, and the magic of Halloween is in the air! I don't know about you, but I get excited for it every year. One of my favorite parts of all th ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    The 10 Worst Metal Bands of the '80s

    Look, the '80s are back in style in every way, and that's totally cool with me. I love it, actually, because it means pop music is more bearable than it's been in a long time. For someone who grew up on 106.9 The Point, this is a wonderful gift that I cherish. But I'm noticing a disturbing trend in ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass

    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? Tommy Grindle is one of t ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Eloy Contreras, Deathrazor's Sharp Thrash Vocals

    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? Deathrazor had a rocky road to getting ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Five Artists With Their Own Brand of Booze

    It's 2:45 in the morning and you're stumbling to the bar. You've had a few to drink, and you just got your face rocked off by your favorite rock band in the universe. It's time to have one for the road and then get on home (responsibly, in a cab or on a bus, of course). You look up to order and thi ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Five Educational Songs That Don't Suck

    Remember being in school and having to listen to all those awful educational songs? Our teachers would do anything to teach us, but most often they really have no idea what will appeal to anyone under the age of 40, so it gets hairy when something perceived as cool, like "that rapping stuff," gets i ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Saturday Night: Coheed and Cambria at Bayou Music Center

    Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles Bayou Music Center March 2, 2013 The last time Coheed and Cambria came through town, they were opening for Iron Maiden at the Woodlands. I'd never really considered Coheed to inhabit the same universe as those heavy-metal gods; their mu ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Five Art Masterworks That Should Be Metal Album Covers

    It's not often that you get the opportunity to combine masterpieces of painting and metal. It's not completely unfounded, considering Guns N' Roses copped from Raphael's School of Athens for the cover of their Use Your Illusion set. But it's rare, like mixing pro wrestling and classical literature. ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Alexis Hollada, Doomistress of Project Armageddon

    Who? Better known as Doomistress Alexis, Hollada plays bass and sings in the excellent doom-metal act Project Armageddon. Tides of Doom was a stripped-down, droning masterpiece that was capable of scorched-Earthing the soul of a listener into a personal wasteland. Though her voice is unforgettable, ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    The 25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers

    BY JEFF ROCHE, LA WEEKLY Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step insi ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    The 5 Stupidest Things Musicians Want You to Have In the Kitchen

    Earlier this week, we talked about all the stupid cookbooks that are out there either written or endorsed by celebrity musicians. For the most part, they were just endorsed because, and this gets down to the heart of the problem, musicians are musicians, not chefs. They don't know anything about coo ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Saturday Night: Iron Maiden at The Woodlands

    Iron Maiden, Coheed and Cambria Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 18, 2012 Rewind: Iron Maiden Gets Superfan Treatment in New Coffee-Table Book 10 Iron Maiden T-Shirts Sure to Prove Your Metal Cred With 15 studio albums and at least as many world tours now under its belt, Iron Maiden is not ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    10 Iron Maiden T-Shirts Sure to Prove Your Metal Cred

    According to the unwritten laws of concert etiquette, it's generally unacceptable to wear a band's T-shirt to their performances. It just makes you look as if you're trying a tad too hard. A notable exception to this rule, however, is the legendary Iron Maiden, who just so happen to be taking over t ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Iron Maiden Gets Superfan Treatment In New Coffee-Table Book

    Rewind: 10 Iron Maiden T-Shirts Sure to Prove Your Metal Cred Maiden Nation is counting the hours before Saturday night's gig up north at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, but any self-respecting Iron Maiden fan should have been cuddled stoically studying Neil Daniels' new tome Iron Maiden: The ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012
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    July 19, 2012

    10 Heavy Metal Double Albums That Make Us Want to Buy a Turntable

    This week, one of our most highly anticipated albums of the summer was released: Baroness' Yellow & Green. We were already looking forward to hearing whatever came next from the Georgia rockers after the success of their epic Blue Record in 2009, but we got especially excited when we found out that ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Up The Irons!: Iron Maiden's The Number Of The Beast Turns 30

    Woe to you, oh earth and sea For the Devil sends the beast with wrath Because he knows the time is short Let him who hath understanding Reckon the number of the beast For it is a human number Its number is six-hundred and sixty-six This spring, Iron Maiden's third album, 1982's The Number of ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012
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    February 15, 2012

    Iron Maiden Returning To Houston August 18

    Photo By GroovehouseMaiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson holding court at the Woodlands in June 2010​Up the Irons, y'all: Iron Maiden is returning to Houston on August 18, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. This will be the iconic metal group's first appearance here since their June 2010 da ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Gothic Council Considers Proper Seduction of Metal Heads

    Pretend you're a drug dealer, or if it's more appropriate pretend you're still a drug dealer. If our memory of the D.A.R.E program serves us well then the key to successful drug dealing in the acquisition of new clientele through free distribution of choice merchandise. Once they're hooked, then the ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Travelin' Band: What Do The Features Listen To On The Road?

    So The Twilight Saga has exactly two things that keep the films from being absolute torture. The first is Ashley Greene in all her pixie-hotness, and the second is that there really are some excellent bands that end up on the soundtracks. Case in point, the Features were featured recently in Break ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Saxon: "Denim And Leather" Never Goes Out Of Style

    While they did not achieve the level of success in America as Iron Maiden, Motörhead, or Judas Priest, Yorkshire-based Saxon was an early battalion on the front lines for the invasion of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (that's NWOBHM to music nerds) in the late '70s and early '80s. Often theme ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Before Harry Potter, There Was Dr. John Dee...

    ​History is full of mysterious magicians. The modern world gives us Anton LaVey, Gerald Gardner and Aleister Crowley. In the ancient world you had Edward Kelley, Nicolas Flamel, and the Count of St. Germain. Of all those illustrious names, however, the name of Dr. John Dee stands out from the ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

    ​During this part of the year, your humble narrator treks from school to schools selling contest music to bands and orchestras. It's a good gig, and it enables us to get a good gander at what the next generation of musicians look like. However, after several years of doing it, we started noti ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Iron Maiden Digs Back Somewhere In Time At the Woodlands

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​If you were just a casual Iron Maiden fan, Friday night's gig out at the shed in the Woodlands would have confounded and maybe even angered you. If you own the band's entire catalog on tape, vinyl, and disc, and maybe had their ghoulish mascot ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    May 13, 2010

    Summer Tours We'd Like To See: Bring Back Texxas Jam!

    Reminder: Tickets for Lady Gaga's Toyota Center show next year go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.​ Summer concert season doesn't last as long as hurricane season, and leaves somewhat less damage in its aftermath, but at least it gives us something to look forward to during those long, hot months. This ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Answers To Our "Metal Or Hymn?" Quiz

    au_tiger01 via​ A little harder than you thought, wasn't it? If Sunday-morning hymns belong to the King of Kings, and heavy metal is the Prince of Darkness' domain, they sure seem to copy each other's notes a lot. If you haven't seen our little sacred-vs.-profane brain-teaser yet, go ah ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Fast As You: Rocks Off's Playlist for Sunday's Houston Marathon

    anythingaboutcars.comThe 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. Please keep your drooling to a minimum.​ The drinking stops tonight. Rocks Off is joining 30,000 other crazy, hardy souls to run the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon this Sunday. (We're running the half - it's only our second race ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    For The Rodeo: Five Not-So-Great Movie Horses

    Horses are a big part of any rodeo, and in the waning days of HLS&R 2009 it would be easy to whip up a list of movie horses that everyone knows, to wit: Seabiscuit, the Black Stallion (plus sequel), Black Beauty, and Trigger. Booooring. And while I realize this is a nation that has the energy to ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Metalocalypse: Baroness and the Southern Metal Renaissance

    Baroness, "Wanderlust," 2007 In the same way that Houston rarely inspires photos of snow flurries, people tend not to associate heavy metal with the South. But, if you look hard enough, you'll find a rich history of hard music with roots planted firmly in Southern soil. In the '80s and early '90s, ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    May 22, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    November 9, 2007

    Friday Shreds

    From the same surreal corner of the rock and roll psyche that gave us “Hoogie Boogie Land” comes this, the “…Shreds” series, in which rockin’ solos from the world’s rockin’-est guitar heroes are made still more, um, rockin’, through creative overdubbing. That, and the awesome po ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007
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    April 20, 2006

    About a Beast

    Ruminations on irony, Maidenhood and fraternity

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    April 6, 2006

    Number of the Beeyotch

    The Iron Maidens encourage you to bring your daughter to the slaughter

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    March 9, 2006

    Stapp Infection

    Sanctimonious hypocrites need love, too

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    February 9, 2006
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    December 8, 2005

    Heady Metal

    In 2005, longhairs got more progressive than ever

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    February 6, 2003

    Iron Men

    Recent releases document the Maiden voyage

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    November 7, 2002

    Ironing Out the Kinks

    Infernal Bridegroom Productions resurrects Ray Davies' A Soap Opera after 27 years in rock limbo

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