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    August 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Songs From True Blood

    For the past seven years, each episode of HBO's True Blood was named after a song, and in those seven years I've watched great tracks come and go. Here's the ten best the show had to offer. 10. Massive Attack, "Paradise Circus" In Season 3 there's the wonderful visit to a strip club, and this is ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie and Girl Talk Top Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Lineup

    Fun Fun Fun Fest is not the biggest festival in the world. It doesn't draw the biggest names. It's not a hub for celebrity activity, although Val Kilmer did show up once. But true to its name it is fun, and if you ask me (let's pretend that you did) it's the best festival of the year, the shining l ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    The Five Best Shoes Designed by Musicians

    Lately I've been having a problem, dear readers. I typically do my clothes shopping at thrift stores because a) I'm cheap; and b) I'm a hipster (just saying it for you preemptively). But if you're like me, you know that it's practically impossible to find a nice pair of size 13 shoes from a thrift s ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Five Unexpected Cover Songs That Actually Worked

    Covers are a tricky business. Any time a musician starts trying to do his or her own version of someone else's song, they instantly take on some pretty hefty expectations. First, they have to satisfy their own fanbase, which may not like the artist being covered to begin with. Then they may even wan ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Five Covers of the Cure That Don't Suck

    For this latest edition of "things that don't suck," we decided to look at one of the most talked-about and anticipated headliners of this year's Austin City Limits Festival: the Cure. The Cure's legacy in pop-culture history is inestimable. A generation of teenage goths owes their ethos to front ma ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Hood Internet at Fitzgerald's, 5/29/2013

    Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug Fitzgerald's May 29, 2013 As I walked up the stairs to Fitz last night I was greeted by a pleasant sound. I had arrived to the Black Moth Super Rainbow show early, and got a nice surprise in opening act Oscillator Bug. When you are eagerl ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rihanna, Suzanna Choffel, Wavves, etc.

    Rihanna Toyota Center, April 15 Rihanna has combined her athletic stature, formidable vocals, down-for-whatever attitude and some alarming life choices to become a flashpoint pop star, a lightning rod for controversy that even Lady Gaga would have trouble rivaling these days. Musically, the Barbado ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    The Five Strangest Artists You Never Knew Courtney Love Worked With

    Fall Out Boy is set to save rock and roll, and they're bringing a few friends along with them. Apparently, saving rock and roll requires the combined efforts of prose auteur Pete Wentz, "Rocket Man" Elton John, and, of course, Courtney Love. What? Courtney Love? Yes. As the video announces, "it's C ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Friday Night: Dinosaur Jr. at Fitzgerald's

    Dinosaur Jr. Fitzgerald's October 5, 2012 According to the scene at Fitzgerald's Friday night, the '90s are alive and well. Fans flocked to the venue to see reigning hard rockers Dinosaur Jr. -- and many were turned away, as the show sold out. The last time we'd seen Dinosaur Jr. was at Chicago's ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Dinosaur Jr., Some Stones, Big K.R.I.T., Optimo Radio, etc.

    Dinosaur Jr. Friday, Fitzgerald's Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments of the criminally-unsung J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph has ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012
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    August 1, 2012

    5 Weird Music Figurines To Spruce Up Your Home or Office

    For those looking to bring a bit of personality to their cubicle or to add character to a boring bookshelf there is a whole world of music collectables out there to choose from. From statues to bobbleheads to dolls these figures, no matter what you call them, are yet another revenue stream for the e ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    A J Mascis Doll With Real Doll Hair? Yes Please!

    The fine folks at punk toy firm Aggronautix, famous for their GG Allin and Keith Morris "throbbleheads," have now outdone themselves, yet again, with the release of a J Mascis model, complete with real doll hair. It's a shame that this is not Mascis' real hair, though. That would make this figurin ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    5 Bands Lou Reed Should Have Called Instead of Metallica

    As mentioned in Nathan Smith's "Bummer, Dude: The 10 Big Musical Disappointments of 2011", Lulu, the not-at-all-anticipated-by-me aural abortion resulting from the un-Godly union of The Progenitor of All Things Cool, Three Insufferable Man-Children & Kirk Hammett, SUCKED. This was crushing for me on ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 5, 2011

    True Blood: Best. Episode. Ever. Song Ain't Bad, Either.

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​For some reason, Gothtopia has spent the last decade complet ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    The Best Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

    ​The year isn't quite half over, but as of today, "summer" is officially here - even if the calendar needs a few weeks to catch up - and by the time summer is over, so will 2011. Or close enough. So Rocks Off asked our staff to give us their favorite two albums of the year so far, plus one out ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    SXSW: The 10 Best Of The Fest This Year

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​

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    March 17, 2011

    SXSW Last Night: Queens Of The Stone Age At La Zona Rosa

    Craig Hlavaty​Rolling Stone magazine surely knows how to throw a showcase, bringing forth Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis, Mini Mansions, and Black Angels to open for a reinvigorated Queens Of The Stone Age on Wednesday night. Every band on the bill coalesced with each other beautifully and succinctl ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Rocks Off's Must-See Music Picks For SXSW '11

    ​As you may have heard, there's a teeny-tiny little music festival going on in Austin later this week. Some of the early birds on team Rocks Off are either already there or well on their way, as a matter of fact. With more than 2,000 artists playing the official part of SXSW alone, trying to ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    SXSW 2011 Still Untainted By Houston Artists

    listenlisten: Not playing SXSW 2011... yet.​Rocks Off just got the latest list of names for next year's SXSW conference and festival in Austin, and just like the last time, the conference remains unsullied by any performers from Houston's filthy, rotten, disgusting, in-need-of-quarantine music ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Aftermath: Steel Panther On The Hair-Metal Prowl At House Of Blues

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ As this morning has progressed, Aftermath is starting to slowly piece together exactly what Steel Panther did to us last night at the House Of Blues. Thank God we brought a camera. For one, we can't hear really well, which is a sign that the music was nice and loud. When w ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    SXSW As It Happens: Missing Alex Chilton, German Dubstep DJs, J Mascis Stuffing His Face...

    Craig Hlavaty12:25 p.m.: Alex Chilton 1950-2010: Memphis misses its native son.​ Welcome back to Rocks Off's minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour breakdown of SXSW's afternoon parties and activites as they happen (almost). Today we've got human Energizer bunny Craig Hlavaty back for more abuse, and ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Still Not Sold On SXSW? How About Smokey Robinson, High On Fire, She & Him, Band Of Horses, Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Anya Marina, Black Angels, Major Lazer...

    Today the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival announced their showcase schedule for the music portion of the industry fest starting on March 17. This is the news Rocks Off has been looking for, so let's get it on. We are now one month away from Sixth Street and one of the world's biggest conglome ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    SXSW News: Adds Include DEATH, Voivod, Neon Indian, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trae Tha Truth and Chamillionaire & Paul Wall, Together Again

    This past week a few Houston musicians began getting their dreaded SXSW rejection notices; most notably we heard that Robert Ellis' entry was not accepted. That's a tough bullet to take, considering how well his band does on Wednesday night at Mango's and the quality of his solo album. Either way E ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Aftermath: Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill and a Whole Lotta Gear at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jody Perry​ Fans in the crowd at Warehouse Live's Dinosaur Jr. show Friday night should have known what was in store for them when J Mascis' roadies began setting up his equipment. Six amps for a single guitar player. If you thought the show was loud, imaging standing three feet in front ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Doesn't It Make You Feel Better: Songs About Swine

    [Update: Now with the Loco Gringos' "Nurture My Pig" and Houston's own Flying Fish Sailors' "Flu Pandemic."] April is almost over and we're coming into Sweeps Week, when commercial sponsors look at TV ratings to decide where they're going to advertise, and you know what that means: time for another ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    The Brits Love Them Some "Blastbeats"

    Leave it to the British music press to read more into something than it merits. Any new fad they see pop up they immediately have to make a celebratory month for, or start spending thousands of pounds on to trace its source. It's a dirty habit. They can't leave well enough alone. That's how you get ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    RIP Ron Asheton

    The Stooges, "No Fun" Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, whose MC5-inspired gutter blues effectively laid the foundation for punk rock guitar, was found dead this morning in his Ann Arbor, Michigan, home, the Ann Arbor News reported. Asheton's personal assistant contacted Ann Arbor police after not hea ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Rosa's Photo Corner: Pasadena Rocks, Balaclavas and J. Mascis

    "The sign that Pedro is wiping his ass with says 'Pasadena rules.'"

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    September 24, 2007

    Last Night: The Sea and Cake, with Meg Baird, at Warehouse Live

    Meg Baird The Sea and Cake, with Meg Baird September 22, 2007 Warehouse Live Better Than: Watching your math teacher's band play the Abyss Download: Unfortunately, the Sea and Cake don't seem to have any free downloads available. There's a YouTube video of "Crossing Line" embedded below. Guitari ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Dinosaur Jr.

    Dinosaur Jr performs Sunday, June 17, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel St., 713-225-5483.

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    May 17, 2007
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    November 30, 2006

    A Blighted Slough of Smells, Steel and Chemicals

    Touring bands sound off on Houston

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    March 30, 2006

    Where You Been?

    Alt-rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr. return to the freak scene as seniors

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    March 13, 1997
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    January 30, 1997

    Lo-fi, High Expectations

    Will Sebadoh end up ruling the DIY world it helped create?

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    June 13, 1996
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    December 8, 1994
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    September 29, 1994
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