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    February 5, 2014

    Do Musicians Have Any Business Starring In Ads?

    It's a real testament to our consumerist culture that one of the biggest events of the year for many people is seeing a series of high-budget adverts in the midst of a sports game. A significant amount of people tune in to the Super Bowl every year not because they care about football or even the ha ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Boogie Nights: How Surviving Disco Helped Me Understand EDM

    Some kid I know asked me if I ever plan to write an article about electronic dance music. I told him yeah, probably I would. I guess that seemed too cavalier an answer. He wanted to know if I had something against EDM. Naw, it's all right, I told him. What was I, he wanted to know, some kind of ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    It Came From the Bowery: Punk Magazine Returns

    The Best of Punk Magazine Edited by John Holstrom It Books. 372 pp., $30. While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would have to spit a gob in ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Neo-Riot Grrrls: Today's Top 5 Female Punk Rockers

    There have been punk-rock chicks as long as there has been punk rock. That much is true, but what is also unfortunately true is that the genre can all too often be a boys' club. Consider that emo, an entire genre based around angsty young men bemoaning their troubles with women, spawned from punk. T ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Friday Night: Public Image Ltd. at Scout Bar

    Public Image Ltd. Scout Bar November 2, 2012 Not many shows remind you that sound has actual, physical mass, but Public Image Ltd. sure did Friday. Mass, as in something tangible and discernible, with density and volume. Especially volume. But don't count out density. Yes, I'm talking about some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Saturday In Review: Kreayshawn, Refused, Girl Talk & More

    Saturday's FFFF was a dusty affair, with merch tables making money off bandannas and other face coverings hand over fist. Where did that phrase come from, by the way? What do hands and fists have to do with making money, aside from petty crime? SLIDESHOW: PiL, Refused, A$AP Rocky: Fun Fun Fun Fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 2-4

    UPDATED (9:30 a.m.): Per @FitzLiveMusic, Rakim has canceled due to Sandy-related travel difficulties. :( Indian Jewelry Walters, November 2 Houston is a better place for Indian Jewelry still being here. They could have moved somewhere hipper long ago and been welcomed with open arms, but Tex Kersc ... More >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2012
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    November 1, 2012

    Top 5 Bands Influenced by Public Image Ltd.

    Public Image Ltd will be performing in the Greater Houston area on Friday, tomorrow, and as previously mentioned here, their choice of Scout Bar out in Clear Lake is a little unexpected. Rewind: Talking Politics, and Almost No Music, With Punk Legend John Lydon For those who haven't heard of PiL, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Talking Politics, and Almost No Music, With Punk Legend John Lydon

    A few weeks back I had the pleasure of speaking with John Lydon, iconic lead singer of the Sex Pistols, currently touring and recording with Public Image Ltd. That group has been Lydon's main squeeze since the Pistols' 1978 implosion, and released their First Issue later that year. REWIND: John Ly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    John Lydon: "You Can't Hold Prejudices To Brick And Mortar"

    On Wednesday morning I had the pleasure of speaking with one John Lydon, the founding member of Public Image Ltd and the lead screamer of punk legends the Sex Pistols. PiL -- that's what he calls it, never the full name -- released a new album This Is PiL earlier this summer. It's been getting gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Yes, Public Image Ltd Is Playing Scout Bar

    The runoff attached to Fun Fun Fun Fest during the first weekend in November has paid off for Houston, which will see dates from Baroness -- fingers crossed, Tomahawk, Converge, Red Fang, Valient Thorr, and now Public Image Ltd. The post-Sex Pistols John Lydon project will play Clear Lake's Scout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    5 Artists Whose Second Acts Surpassed Their First

    Rocks Off has always had a soft spot for Rick Nelson. Although our oldest memory of him is probably hearing about the plane crash outside Texarkana that killed him, his band and his fiancee on New Year's Eve 1985, we're also old enough to remember actually his songs like "Hello, Mary Lou," "Lonesome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Pop Rocks: How To Profit Off The Royal Wedding

    $100 gets you $10000 if V blows up Parliament​The big day is finally almost upon us. After months of sweaty anticipation by domestic news agencies, Prince William of Wales will marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey "on the morrow," as they say (probably) over there. That is, unless one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    R.I.P Joey Ramone: Top 10 Ramones Songs...

    Besides "I Wanna Be Sedated" And "Blitzkrieg Bop" Dawkeye via Wikipedia​It was ten years ago today that the world lost their first Ramone, when Joey Ramone succumbed to lymphoma in New York City at the age of 49, one month shy of turning 50. The iconic punk frontman would lead the Ramones in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW: Bob Geldof, Master Of The F-Bomb

    Photos by Chris Gray​Leave it to Sir Bob Geldof to turn the SXSW keynote address into a 45-plus minute combination elaborate cultural history of the past 60 years with rock and roll at the center, personal narrative of how rock and roll ("pop with a hard-on") shook loose his inner social activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Musicians Will Shill Literally Anything For A Buck

    gossip-juice.com​This Sunday, the Super (Marketing) Bowl will enlist the help of the Prince of Darkness to target a new demographic: The Glee-ber market. With Glee's season premiere directly following the game, advertisers hope to seduce younger spectators into watching through bait like Justi ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    John Lydon's 10 Best Non-Sex Pistols Songs

    ​John Lydon turns 55 today, and the former (current? sometime?) Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. frontman is as pugnacious as when we first met him in 1975 as Pistols mouthpiece Johnny Rotten, creating the modern archetype of the punk-rock loudmouth. With PiL, he fused punk with droning dub to ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    The 31 Best Music Documentaries Of All Time

    ​Hands down, above all of these following music documentaries, Craig's Hlist's two favorite of all-time are The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years, and The Beatles Anthology. We can watch both on repeat for days and not complain. That will probably all change once we see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Tear Me Down: Five Songs About The Berlin Wall

    ​Today is World Freedom Day! The holiday was declared in 2001 by George W. Bush to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and just how awesome he felt Ronald Reagan was. It was 21 years ago today that East and West Berlin were reunited, and the Berlin Wall remains a source of musical inspiratio ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Top 5 WTF Music Award Acceptance Speeches

    Dana DonovanLittle Joe Washington and a pair of enthusiastic fans at the 2007 HPMA ceremony​As we may have mentioned once or twice, tonight Rocks Off and the Houston Press reveal the winners of this year's 2010 Houston Press Music Awards over at Warehouse Live. It's a free show, with performan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    FAIL: Prince, Johnny Rotten, Too Short, Auto-Tune

    Photos by John Seaborn Gray​Internet Not As "Over" As Prince Had Hoped: Remember last week when Prince said the Internet was "over," and that was why he's now giving copies of his new CD away for free whenever you buy a copy of that thriving and relevant medium, a British newspaper? Well, ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Five Memorable Artist-Audience Altercations

    Chris GrayWilco's Jeff Tweedy in a much better mood, March 2008There may be a very good reason Van Morrison said practically nothing from the stage Saturday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Judging from the plentiful comments here, here and over at the Chronicle's review, it would have ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009
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    March 19, 2009
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    November 4, 2008

    Election Eve With Fred

    Sisters of Mercy After seven solid nights of mostly incredible shows, Tina Turner through Los Skarnales, on the eighth Rocks Off rested. I even bought a freakin' bottle of milk. As it so often is, the XM receiver at Rocks Off HQ is tuned to Fred, so the Cure have been by several times. Morrissey, X ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    Last Night: The Slits and Friends at Numbers

    The Slits, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Future Virgins, ShellShag Numbers March 10, 2008 Better than: Wallowing in self pity wishing you were an "industry" person so you’d have somewhere to be on a Monday night. Download: Shellshag’s Happiness and Slits debut The Cut, which turns 30 next year. ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    August 2, 2007

    Last Night: Nightfly Goes to the Music Awards

    Dana Donovan Click here for more photos. This was my first Music Awards. Nearly three years in the city, and I've somehow managed to end up elsewhere on awards night, when the local luminaries roll out to collect their statues. The amateur optimist in me expected to show up and find Paul Wall lou ... More >>

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    The Briefs, with Rancid

    Tuesday, July 11, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-629-3700

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    January 26, 2006
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    November 24, 2005

    The Briefs

    Friday, November 25, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727.

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Green Day

    Friday, August 19, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 1-866-4HOUTIX.

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Pattern Recognition

    Can defunct German bands become the sheezy in '05? Ja, they Can. We explore these and other of this year's trends.

  • Music

    December 23, 2004
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    November 18, 2004

    Gabba Gabba Henh

    The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end

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    January 22, 2004
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    September 11, 2003

    2 Filthy, 2 Furious

    The Sex Pistols have re-formed (again), and Johnny Rotten is spewing pure vitriol (still)

  • Music

    April 24, 2003

    Cry Uncle

    For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    Crimson Tide

    Straight from the vein of avant-hardcore, the Blood Brothers gush up a big mess

  • Music

    May 30, 2002

    The Hives

    Veni Vidi Vicious (Epitaph/Burning Heart)

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Playbill

    The Cult

  • Film

    December 10, 1998

    Punk Put-On

    Hard Core Logo takes a mock-documentary lookat musicians lost

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    July 31, 1997
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    August 1, 1996
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    May 16, 1996
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