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    September 9, 2014

    Meet Joe Cocchi, Metalcore Craft Brewer

    So far 2014 has been a big year for technical metalcore band Within the Ruins. Back in July, the Massachusetts quartet released their fourth full-length studio album, Phenomena, perhaps their most accomplished work to date. According to guitarist Joe Cocchi, it was also their their fastest and easie ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Five Forgotten Band-Based Video Games

    Back when I was a lad, I remember borrowing a SEGA Genesis in order to play Michael Jackson's Moonwalker and thinking there was nothing odd about it in the slightest. It was a tie-in game to a hit film starring one of the greatest American musicians of all time near his critical peak; putting that i ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at The Woodlands, 8/10/2014

    Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Feat. Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Suicide SIlence, etc. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 10, 2014 August 10 was a date Houston headbangers had circled on their calendars. The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, North America's ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Blondie & X, Miranda Lambert, Aimee Mann, etc.

    Blondie, X Warehouse Live, September 27 Arguably the two best American bands to come out of the punk era, Blondie and X each personified the late'70s/early-80s rock scenes of New York and L.A, respectively. Fronted by impossibly glamorous Debbie Harry, Blondie mingled downtown CBGB cool with Studio ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Father and Son Turn Metal Record Collection Into Thriving Traders Village Business

    You could say that Michael Ventura was born to be a collector. His father, Anthony, has been collecting rare beer cans and bottles since the mid-'70s, and the two of them had discussed opening their own shop for years. Collecting, buying and selling all sorts of vintage trinkets was in their blood. ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Your Guide to the Bajillion New Guided By Voices Releases

    Boy, Guided by Voices has released a lot of albums lately, huh? Since their reunion, Bob Pollard's classic indie-rock band has been producing almost nonstop, releasing three albums -- Let's Go Eat the Factory, Class Clown Spots a UFO and The Bears for Lunch -- in 2012, and an EP called Down by the R ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Business as Usual at Music Town CDs & Records, Since 1979

    When James May unlocks the doors to Music Town each day at noon, his little shop on Stuebner Airline across from Klein High School is mainly filled with CDs, new and used vinyl and an enormous amount of cassettes. When he first opened the shop in 1979, the sign actually said "Music Town Records and ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Living on the Edge: 10 More Onstage Oopsies

    Rock stars are just like the rest of us. They eat, love, poop, age, and sometimes they just embarrassingly go ass over tea kettle. Rewind: When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles The difference between them and us, besides, you know, money, fame, security, and the like, is that when w ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Who Are the Greatest Metal Bands In Texas Music History?

    When I asked our friends on the Rocks Off Facebook wall who they thought were the greatest heavy metal bands in Texas music history, the response was larger than I thought it would be. I assumed five of you would say Pantera, deadhorse and King's X and go back to sleep, but no. You stepped up and g ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    The 20 Best YouTube Rock Docs You Can Watch Free (For Now)

    **The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time So you don't have NetFlix, you hate the video stores (if you can even find one), you don't like going to the little red box next to the liquor store, but you do have an Internet connection, plenty of time on your hands, and an insatiable thirst for rock ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    March 22, 2012
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    January 24, 2012

    Gothic Council Considers the 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, t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Rush...Again

    Photo by Jeff Balke​A couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Happy 30th, Britney! Maybe Now You Can Finally Put These Performances Behind You

    The face that launched a thousand Bob Doles​Where were you in...'81? Rocks Off was in junior high, spending long, solitary afternoons in his bedroom listening to Moving Pictures and Dark Side of the Moon and wondering why no girls seemed to be interested in playing Squad Leader. But 1981 also ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    The 10 Greatest Rock Bassists of All Time

    Me (right), God help me, and Billy Sheehan circa 1990.​Last week, Neph Basedow wrote her list of the 11 greatest female rock bass players and she took a little heat for it, including some from me. But, she also got a lot right. At the very least, she highlighted the most under-appreciated musi ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    The First Ten Videos MTV Ever Aired

    ​Closing out this week of celebration, and a little mourning, on the occasion of MTV's 30th anniversary , we reached back into the YouTube vaults to present to you the first 10 videos Music Television ever aired. On August 1, 1981, The Buggles' awfully prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" b ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    GWAR Singer Vows To Swap Sex For Votes

    Marc BrubakerGWAR at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Waterloo Park, Austin, November 2010​What do you do when your band is up for a prestigious award against the likes of Rammstein, Iron Maiden and Megadeth? If you're GWAR front "man" Oderus Urungus, you promise to get up close and personal (very personal) ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Stryper's Michael Sweet: "God Formed This Band"

    Photos by GroovehouseStryper at House of Blues, December 2009​Stryper, the world's coolest and heaviest '80s Christian heavy metal band of the '80s, comes to Scout Bar Monday night, touring behind last month's covers LP, The Covering. It's an appropriately shiny and heavy disc of covers from a ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Graphic: When Festival Booking Goes Too Far

    Garland RobinetteYes, this is the real Jazz Fest 2011 poster, and that's really Jimmy Buffett.​Every spring, New Orleans puts on something called the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But as Jazz Fest has grown more and more popular, the headlining acts have had less and less to do with ja ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Top 10 Lists Of 2010

    ​Now that's a headline, ladies and germs. It has the added benefit of being succinct as well. That's exactly what we're summing up here, the worst Top 10 lists our peers have written this year. Let's get started, as we've got a lot of ground to cover. 10. This One Not really, this is just t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    More Like "Hall Of Lame," Am I Right?

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday. With the exception of Wai ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

    One woman tells the story of many women

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    August 26, 2010

    Ranch Style Beans

    Local folk hero is well-rounded, to say the least.

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    August 25, 2010

    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    ​Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    Give Me No Man's Land: 5 Songs For The Fallen

    ​Today is Memorial Day, and Rocks Off would like to honor our brave and beloved dead as we honor everything - through music. At no time in American history have there not been men and women in life-threatening danger trying to protect us, whether it was a declared war or not. This is a sacrifice w ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Buzzfest Brings The Noise, And The Pain

    Photos by Marc BrubakerBreak Stuff: The Bizkit is back!​ For many, many more shots of Sunday's bands, see our slideshow here. For the really fun stuff - crowd shots! - see our slideshow here. Sunday, Aftermath spent ten hours wading in Buzzfest XXIV's radio-rock and classic nu-metal at the Cynthia ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    He Said She Said: 10 Artists Who Never Got Their Due

    In the course of music history, some bands get that extra push by pop culture and become uber-iconic, while others, though just as deserving, go largely unnoticed except by those who choose to dig even deeper. For every Elvis Presley, there is a seedier Carl Perkins off to the side. David Bowie get ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Graveside Songs for Edgar Allan Poe's Long-Overdue Funeral

    ​Kicking the bucket at the age of 40 is bad enough, especially when, to this day, nobody's really sure how you died (everything from syphillis to rabies to political "cooping" has been thrown out there as a possible cause). But getting buried in an unmarked grave after a three minute "service" is ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Straight from the Sole: Houston's Best Metal Bands

    You know Soledad. He's the vocalist from controversial Houston rap-metal act Daylight Coma. He's got a lot to say. Sometimes it's insightful, sometimes less so, but it's almost always said with conviction. This week, in honor of the fast-approaching HPMA, we asked him who he thinks are Houston's fiv ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Rocks Off Checks Out Corpus Christi

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty This past weekend, Rocks Off took a respite from sweltering H-Town to visit family in our equallly sweltering, ball-sweat-inducing neighbor to the south. Corpus Christi is rather small compared the teeming ant farm we have here, topping just over a quarter of a million beachi ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    October 30, 2008
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    August 21, 2008
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    August 5, 2008

    Musical Hurricane Preparedness Kit, Part 2: Hello Edouard (and Edward, and Ed, and Eddie...)

    Good morning. Rocks Off hopes you're nice and hunkered down (preferably with a partner), with lots of supplies to get you through the next few hours/days. Be sure to check our sister blog Hair Balls for news-type information and up-to-the-minute, you know, updates as Edouard pays his little visit. B ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008
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    June 12, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Persepolis

    The Islamic revolution, and puberty, through the 2D eyes of Marjane Satrapi

  • Home Entertainment

    November 15, 2007

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III

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    July 19, 2007

    Flipping the Script

    Who's partying like rock stars? Rappers!

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    November 23, 2006

    Encore Performance

    Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act

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    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

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    November 24, 2005

    For Those About to Rock

    Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11

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    August 25, 2005

    Ozzfest

    Saturday, August 27, at the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-363-3300.

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    May 26, 2005

    Machine Head, with Devil Driver and It Dies Today

    Sunday, May 29, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

    Christmas is the weirdest time of the year. Who better to musically document the season than John Waters?

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    October 31, 2002

    Sum 41

    Friday, November 1

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