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Jon Black

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    June 7, 2013

    Artificial Earth Machine: The Mexican NASA In Us All

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. There are many kinds of electronic music. There's your run-of-the-mill pop dance stuff, your more gothic and commanding industrial sermons, chip tunes that b ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Rocks Off 100: Recon Naissance, A Rap While Matt's Guitar Gently Weeps

    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? I've got to admit, the only reason I, ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Upcoming: Depeche Mode, Big Boi, Ariel Pink, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, etc.

    Ariel Pink: Sun., June 16, 8 p.m., $15/$19. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Arum Rae: Fri., May 31, 8 p.m., $8/$11. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Avoxblue: With Andre Obin, Futility Closet, Stereo Telescope., Sun., March 17, 8 p.m., $3-$8. Notsuoh, 314 Main, Houston. Back in Black ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Badass Weekend, Tift Merritt, etc.

    Badass Weekend Walters/Houston House of Creeps, February 15 and 16 The first annual Badass Weekend is spread out over two days and three stages at Walters, Houston House of Creeps, and the adjoining Ballistic Skate House, and is sure to give you lonely and wild hearts something to do over Valentine ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Upcoming: Grizzly Bear, Bad Religion, NKOTB, R. Kelly, Dillon Francis, Gaslight Anthem, etc.

    Adnan Sami: Sat., March 23, 8 p.m., $35.00-$250.00. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys: Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m., $18. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Bad Religion: With Against Me!, Polar Bear Club., Wed., March 13, 7 p.m., $25-$35. House of Blue ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Upcoming: Testament, Tame Impala, Cooder Graw, Not In The Face, Silverstein, John Hiatt, Etc.

    American Fangs: With Southern Backtones, Deep Cuts., Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., $10/$11. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Amplified Heat: Fri., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., $7. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. Another Run: With Square & Compass, Cache The Ghost., Sun., Dec. 2, 10 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Upcoming: Garbage, Amanda Palmer, Kenny Rogers, Stars, Mel Tillis, Etc.

    Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra: Tue., Sept. 18, 8 p.m., TBA. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Another Run, Square And Compass: Mon., July 23, 11 p.m., Free. Boondocks, 1417 Westheimer, Houston. Asleep At The Wheel: Fri., Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m., $88-$128. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 2591 ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Jody Seabody & the Whirls: Death In an Alt-Rock Band

    Losing a band member can't ever be an especially pleasant experience, but the sudden death of one of your musical comrades, someone you've been playing with since high school, is almost unfathomable. But that's what happened to Katy alt-rockers Jody Seabody & the Whirls last fall, when bassist Matt ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Summer Fest Releases Schedule & Stage Times

    Time to make some hard choices, folks. Free Press Summer Fest just released the schedule for this year's two-day event June 2 and 3 in Eleanor Tinsley Park.

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    February 2, 2012

    Mall Mixologists

    There's a bar in the Galleria. It is excellent. Is your mind blown?

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    January 10, 2012

    Jon Black Dreams Up Five Collaborations The World Needs

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmail. ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Underground Rap Awards, Pt. 2

    The first roundup of acknowledgements of our Underground Rap Awards ran back in March. This is the second. There are 21 awards total and the entire piece is more than 1,700 words, so let's skip right past the cutesy preamble, shall we? Aces. Here we go: Best Mixtape of the Year Thus Far: ​It ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    More Local Music News Than People Asking Us For Summer Fest Passes

    It's Friday, June 3 - do you know what that means? That's right, Free Press Summer Fest is a scant day away. In mere hours the city shall be frolicking to the Satanic call of rock 'n' roll, getting sunburned and dehydrated, tripping on Lord knows what, and having a grand ol' time. Until then, howeve ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    What Are The Best Houston Rap Songs So Far This Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Propain, Devi Dev (97.9 The Box), Brad Gil ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Houston At SXSW: Where & When The Bayou City Invades

    ​In the coming week, legions of Houstonians will trek northwest to descend upon the city of Austin, blessing it with our mere presence during the madhouse that is SXSW. Heck, some of Houston is already there. Our delegation is not limited to SXSW attendees, however. A host of Houston bands, r ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Five Reasons The Main Street Block Party Worked

    Photos by Jim BrickerLady In Red: Tontons singer Asli Omar​ Were you there? You might want to look for yourself in this slideshow of crowd shots. Be sure to also check out the pics of the bands. Around 9 p.m. Saturday, Rocks Off was walking out of Tacos A Go-Go and ran into Main Street Block ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Upcoming: Dwight Yoakam, En Vogue, Kylie, OMD, Etc.

    ​Anders Osbourne: Fri., March 11. Last Concert Cafe. Anthony David: Sun., March 6. Numbers. Axwell: Fri., Feb. 4. Stereo Live. Bobby Long: Sun., April 10. Fitzgerald's. Civil Twlight, Mother/Father: Fri., Feb. 25. Warehouse Live. cEvin Key: Sat., April 16. Numbers. Chrisette Michele: Th ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    The New Houston Collective* Picks Its Top Five Rappers

    *Ed. Note: "New Houston Collective" is (as far as we know) a term coined by our own Shea Serrano to refer to the current wave of Houston rappers who have little interest in syrup, candy paint, wood grain, etc. Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Upcoming: Glassjaw, Mike Watt, Too Short, Etc.

    ​D.R.I, Death Angel, Lazarus A.D., Early Man: Sun., Feb. 13. Numbers. Electric Touch, The Manichean, Jody Seabody & The Whirls: Fri., Jan. 7. Fitzgerald's. Glassjaw: Sun., Feb. 20. Warehouse Live. Joe Pug: Fri., April 1. McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Jon Black, ilL Liad, Kyle Hubbard, Jody Seab ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    iLL LiaD Blows Up... Way Up

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Top 10 Houston Breakout Acts Of 2010

    ​These ten Houston artists opened our eyes and made us roll off the couch or out of the cubicle to go see them this year, health or sleep be damned. Craig's Hlist's two favorite things are sleeping and drinking, and thankfully these bands play where alcohol is served. It's been a fun year so ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Last Night: Wu-Tang Clan At Numbers

    Photos by Marco TorresMethod Man presses the flesh. See a slideshow of the Killer Bees (and several of H-Town's finest, who opened) here.​Wu-Tang Clan Numbers December 12, 2010 Sunday night's Wu-Tang Clan show ended around 2:30 this morning, after five or six openers and more than five hours ... More >>

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    August 14, 2003

    Racket

    Country Legends 97.1 takes over as the number one C&W station in town

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    July 3, 2003
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    August 8, 2002

    Baby, You're a Star

    Simpleton is Houston's best hope for the next big thing

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    August 1, 2002

    Long, Hot Sunday

    The Sabbath simmers with sizzling sets, squealing tires and ersatz Stone Cold Steve Austins

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    August 1, 2002

    Big John and Little Joe

    Space City's tallest and shortest musicians rule the 2002 Houston Press Music Awards

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    November 6, 1997
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