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Jello Biafra

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    December 10, 2013

    Top 10 Spoken-Word Pieces On Music Albums

    You know what I love? Soliloquies! Nothing is more awesome to me than when an album pauses in all the music and has a track where someone suddenly takes the mike and starts talking. Done well, it can be a hell of a powerful piece, but I respect the courage of anyone who gives it a shot. Some artist ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    5 Billion and Counting: Music For Stars to Die By

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. At first pass, 5 Billion and Counting is the sort of band I would plant my stompy boots firmly apart on the ground and urinate upon with one fist ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Black Flag and the Five Most Insulting Punk 'Reunions' of All Time

    On Monday, a band calling itself Black Flag is going to set up and play some tunes at Walters Downtown. For some of us, this is a pretty big deal. If you were too young or two fucked-up to remember the legendary L.A. punks' storied early-'80s heyday, this gig likely represents your most legitimate s ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Remembering Phil Ochs, the "Singing Journalist"

    Phil Ochs was never Bob Dylan. Oh, he wanted to be Dylan, but ol' Zimmy booted that bastard right out of his limo. "You're not a folksinger, you're a journalist." If only Phil had accepted himself as "the singing journalist." After failing to find the commercial success he so desired, Ochs turned ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Takes It Back to the '90s

    Coachella, the Only Music Festival That Matters (or so we're told), announced its 2013 lineup late Thursday night, no holograms or Rolling Stones included. Instead, two beloved '90s UK acts whose popularity in the U.S. is spotty at best, Blur and the Stone Roses, headline the first night of the tw ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Readers Poll: Album Titles As Your Legal Name?

    Two weeks ago, Led Zeppelin II of Bethalto, Ill., passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 64. No, the Zep album didn't die. We all know that that album will last forever because it's damned awesome and loud, and the cover rules. The former George Blackburn legally changed his name ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Ezra Pound: Songs To Celebrate Leaving The Loony Bin

    Ezra Pound remains one of America's most genius and most controversial writers. His poetry has gone on to inspire countless artists, and as a literary editor and critic he was responsible for shaping the styles of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He was by most accounts ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Keep It Up: 5 Songs For Viagra

    It was on this day in 1998 that your email inbox was changed forever when the FDA OK-ed the use of Viagra for use in treating erectile dysfunction, the first pill in the United States approved to do so. The drug was originally researched as a treatment for angina, but doctors noticed that while it w ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Small Dog Syndrome: Is There A Doggy Hell? Probably.

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​It's been a while since your nomenclature specialist had a good name to tackle a juicy band name. We've been up in the Himalayans learning ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Rick Perry Campaign Songs You May Hear Soon

    Bryan Williams"Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Turn it up!"​In news that surprised absolutely no one, Rick Perry - governor of the great state of Texas for 11 years running - announced his candidacy for Presidency of the United States last weekend. The news of Perry throwing his hat in the ring ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    10 American Anthems That Tell It Like It Is

    ​Captain America, Marvel's newest superhero movie, comes out today. We'll pause until the excitement passes. ... Rocks Off likes Captain America. The three comic books we read with any regularity as a scupper were Cap, Batman (Detective Comics), and Spider-Man. But we love America. The land ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    The Best Songs From 1958

    ​This Saturday is Craig's Hlist's father's birthday, and the man turns 53. Sorry to out your age, Dad, but it's for science. This week while doing other research, we found that most people whose art we enjoy were actually born in 1958. People like Alec Baldwin, Prince, Jello Biafra, Jools Holl ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Narduwar The Human Serviette's 11 Best Interviews

    exclaim.caNarduwar (left) and the patron saint of 4/20​Nardwuar The Human Serviette from "Vancouver BC Canada" knows all of your favorite bands, artists, and rappers better than you, and better than they know themselves. At first glance, he kind of resembles a Canadian Matthew Lesko (the free- ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Idol Beat: Still In Hollywood

    ​While I was avoiding er, preparing this entry, I found myself watching a bunch of punk rock videos as sort of a palate cleanser. It got me wondering if Idol could ever do a punk/alt-rock show. Would the show attract a new demographic if they trotted out the elder statesmen and women of hardc ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Ronald Reagan: Biggest Punk Icon Of The '80s

    ​Forget names like Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Joe Strummer, Sid Vicious or even Joey Ramone. The most iconic figure of the '80s punk and hardcore scenes wasn't a dude with liberty spikes or a three-inch gash in his forehead. It was the retired film actor, father of five, former governor of C ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    11 Songs Sean Hannity Won't Be Listening To Today

    ​Today Americans celebrate Memorial Day, honoring the military servicemen and women that have passed while serving our country. The holiday is definitely not as flashy or as popular as Independence Day in July, seeing that there are no Memorial Day fireworks or picnics. It's not stuck in November ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    B L A C K I E Wants Glenn Beck Off His Knob

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. myspace.com/blackieblackieblacki ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Brujeria: Dammit, We Should Have Paid More Attention In Spanish Class

    www.myspace.com/brujeriaA rare piece of Brujeria artwork that does not involve a severed head.​ Have you ever noticed how extreme music with vocals in another language sound way more menacing than they do in boring old English? The English version of Rammstein's single "Du Hast" pales compared to ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Spermy Night In Georgia: Sexed-Up Songs To Set The Mood For Blowfly

    Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Blowfly is the original dirty rapper. Before anyone in 2 Live Crew was old enough to set foot into a peepshow stall or buy a pack of cigarettes, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid was spewing forth raucous raps like "Spermy Night In Georgia" and "What a Difference a Lay Mak ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs from the Year We Were Born That We Still Listen To

    Yes, we are older than MTV. Shut up.​The thing that struck She Said most when researching this list of songs that came out the year we were born (May 1980) was just how much of this music we regularly listen to now. 1980 marked the end of disco, the middle of New Wave and punk, and a damn good tim ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    For Teddy: Our Favorite Dead Kennedys Songs

    ​That's right, we went there. Longtime Massachussetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, better known as Teddy, passed away late Tuesday night at age 77. News media sites have already gone to Defcon 2 - "A Famous Person Not Named Michael Jackson Has Died" - so Rocks Off thought we'd take a different appro ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Know Your Enemy

    Green Day follows their Bush-bashing smash American Idiot with the even more epic 21st Century Breakdown.

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    April 9, 2009
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    March 19, 2009
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    December 5, 2008

    Buckcherry's Sweet Success

    Drinking and drugging with crazy bitches sounds like more fun than the law will allow, but playing in a red-hot rock band is not always an all-you-can eat orgy. "I think people realize there's a lot more to this band than just fucking and partying," says Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson. That r ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    October 9, 2008

    Akimbo

    "Seattle's last hair band" takes on The Mink

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    August 21, 2008
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    June 17, 2008
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    May 16, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    November 9, 2006

    The Melvins

    The Melvins perform Wednesday, November 15, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483.

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    August 31, 2006

    Band on the Run

    A murder confession puts the Jonbent in the news

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    September 8, 2005

    Keith Sweat, with K-Ci and Jojo and Elvis White

    Friday, September 9, at Reliant Arena, One Reliant Park, 832-667-1400.

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    August 11, 2005

    Down Is Up

    System of a Down is rock's least likely success story

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    December 30, 2004

    I'll Drink to That

    Fuel your New Year's Eve with these boozy sing-along tunes

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    May 6, 2004

    Various Artists

    Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 (Fat Wreck Chords)

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    February 19, 2004

    Ronald Reagan's Army

    In your heart, you know the Yuppie Prick$ are right

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    June 20, 2002

    Carnie Death Explosion

    If the Phantom Limbs were a boy band, they'd all be the greasy one in rehab

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    November 22, 2001

    The Sexual Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    For the (International) Noise Conspiracy, the very personal is political

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    March 29, 2001

    Playbill

    Sepultura

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    September 21, 2000
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    December 30, 1999

    Playbill

    Elvis Incarnate: Mojo Nixon

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    May 8, 1997

    Talking Revolution

    Michael Franti and Spearhead are into change, if not the Internet

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    February 20, 1997
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    February 1, 1996
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