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Judas Priest

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    February 18, 2014

    Coachella Before Coachella: The 1983 US Festival

    US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 Directed by Glen Aveni MVD Visuals, 135 minutes, $19.95 In 1982, flush with cash, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak wanted to throw "a big party" and create an '80s version of Woodstock that would combine a music festival with displays and demonstrations about emerg ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Six Truly Great Death Metal Covers

    Death metal has a genre has a history of doing covers songs, but they're mostly all novelty songs. It's become a played-out gimmick to take any pop song, speed it up, play it on highly distorted guitars, and gutturally scream the lyrics. That's been done. What's less common is a great death metal c ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Bad Music Videos of the '80s

    One of my favorite things about looking back on the past is how things that were perhaps state-of-the-art at the time are now so cheesy and dated removed from their original contexts. It should probably come as no surprise that I'm a massive fan of the slasher genre, especially the later films in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Head Out On the Highway: A Lone Star Rally Playlist

    Don't let those thunderclouds fool you: That low rumbling you hear in the distance is the Lone Star Rally, the state's largest gathering of bikers, absolutely terrorizing the good people of Galveston. Until the last chopper rolls out on Sunday evening, the Island will be ground zero for bandanas and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Are These the Most Anticipated Albums of 2013? Seriously?

    A Web site (magazine?) called Loudwire posted their list of the most anticipated rock albums of 2013. The first question we have is "anticipated by whom?" Because if the answer is "people who love music," then we've got some major problems here. 10. Motley Crue Really? The tenth most anticipated n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    June 14, 2012
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    March 22, 2012

    Multiples of Black

    Houston heavy-metal lifers Helstar celebrate their 30th anniversary in style.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Verizon Wireless Theater Now Known As Bayou Music Center

    Verizon Wireless Theater will no longer be known under that name, because owner Live Nation's sponsorship deal with the communication provider has expired. The venue, which holds about 3,000 people within downtown entertainment complex Bayou Place, will now be known as Bayou Music Center. Rocks Off ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Travelin' Band: What Do The Features Listen To On The Road?

    So The Twilight Saga has exactly two things that keep the films from being absolute torture. The first is Ashley Greene in all her pixie-hotness, and the second is that there really are some excellent bands that end up on the soundtracks. Case in point, the Features were featured recently in Break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Never Say Die!: Black Sabbath Reforming In 2012 For Tour & Album

    ​Today in Los Angeles, legendary, pioneering heavy metal group Black Sabbath convened in front of reporters at the Whiskey A Go Go to announce a 2012 reunion tour and album, set for a fall release. The event, hosted by Henry Rollins, was telegraphed by a countdown clock on the band's official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Saturday Night: Judas Priest At The Woodlands

    Photos by Jay Lee​Judas Priest Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 15, 2011 Saturday night, at 10:15 or so, a euphoric chill went up Aftermath's spine. Coupled with the cool weather, standing in the presence of Judas Priest at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was overwhelming, so much ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2011

    Turbo Lovers

    British metal icons Judas Priest are still living after midnight — but aren't retiring.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Dio Disciples Keep Ronnie James' Metal Flame Alive

    When Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer in May 2010 (some reports say it occurred here at M.D. Anderson), heavy metal lost its arguably greatest voice. And with a career spanning decades in bands like Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, and his own Dio, he left a lot of material to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Mellow Gold: Our Favorite Lite-Rock Hits Ever

    ...and so are your moustaches.​A few months ago, we did an extensive blog, maybe too extensive, on those made-for-TV compilations like Jock Jams, Monster Ballads, and AM Gold. What started out as a larky exercise in how to rag out the search engine on YouTube, turned into another chapter in ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Five Essential Boogie-Rock Albums

    ​Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: How The Whole Mess Started

    Mark C. AustinKings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Theater, October 2008​Just a couple of days now before Rocks Off - the person and the blog - proudly presents Shot In the Dark: Houston Press Concert Photography, our first-ever exhibit of live pics we've collected in about three and a half years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    March 10, 2011
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    January 6, 2011

    Flying V Hall Of Fame: Saluting One Rockin' Guitar

    thestoneband.com​Today is the 53rd birthday of the Gibson Flying V, which since its debut has become synonymous with metal and hard rock of all stripes. The image of that V-shape is as iconic as the power chords it generates. Rocks Off has seen reverse V's and even bass V's in our time, and ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Suck It, Ben Gibbard: Two Weeks At The Wheel With Lady Gaga

    ​The past two weeks Rocks Off has been driving around Houston with only one disc in his car to listen to. It makes us feel like a billion damned dollars without fail, and can make any banal drive home after the bar feel like even more of a sexy adventure than it already is. It's not Motorhead, it ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010
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    January 20, 2010

    Artist of the Week: Why You Should Care About Modern-Rockers Raging Apathy

    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. ​ Thirty-eight simple rules go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Aftermath: Stryper Shout At The Devil at the House of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​This year, Aftermath has seen all strains of metal: From Slipknot and Mastodon's metallic beatdowns at Verizon Wireless Theater, to The Sword's kindly menacing sludge jams at the inaugural Summerfest, to the force of power that is Motorhead at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009: Best Tweets Of The Weekend

    Armed with our sort-of handy cellphone we were able to Tweet from ground level at the festival, with sometimes hilarious and vulgar results. Mostly the latter, because we are foul people. Over time, our Twitter updates devolved into angry rants, as you will see below.@hprocksoff sez:Oh god they real ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    Aftermath: Judas Priest and Whitesnake at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Eric Sauseda​Rust never sleeps, and metal never ages. Not when it's being worked over by Judas Priest's hammer and tongs, anyway. Friday night at Verizon, the Birmingham blacksmiths smelted a sold-out, juiced-up, colors-sporting crowd - metal bands always have the best merch - with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Judas Priest's Rob Halford

     Tonight, Judas Priest, led by the inimitable metal god Rob Halford, hits the stage at Verizon Wireless Theate less than a year since the leathermen last graced Houston. They came to the shed out in the Woodlands last August, headlining the "Metal Masters" tour with Motorhead, Testament and Hea ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Men of Steel

    Three decades after a metal classic, Judas Priest keeps "Livin' After Midnight."

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Single-Album Sets We'd Like to See, Part 1: Bob Dylan, George Strait, The Pogues and More

    Initiated by indie-rockers like Sonic Youth, Slint and Built to Spill at mid-2000s festivals - UK/U.S. hopover All Tomorrow's Parties and its various tie-ins being the most prominent - playing a beloved LP front to back in concert is now the hottest thing going on the classic-rock circuit. Within th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 5

    King's X, Meridian, August 19: "[dUg] Pinnick's bass was very much the lead instrument, negotiating the distance between the complicated vocal harmonies and searing chainsaw riffs with a low-to-the-ground, almost nonchalant assurance." Masters of Metal, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 23: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Metal Albums of 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Tonight: Big Sam's Funky Nation, Amplified Heat, Rudyard's Anniversary, Randy Rogers Band and More

    Busy night tonight. First up, Crescent City funk mob Big Sam's Funky Nation steams up the Continental Club all night long... Live at Voodoo Fest 2007 in New Orleans Houston/Austin blues-metal belters Amplified Heat storm into Meridian with the Mighty Orq, Splithoof and Shit City High... Amplifi ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    August 19, 2008

    Black Sabbath: The Rules of Hell Box Set Reviewed

    Fairly or not, when a band loses a charismatic frontman, they’re left with a hole that’s both more obvious and difficult to fill than, say, keyboardist or drummer. Rock history has shown that bands can actually become more popular (AC/DC, Van Halen) or spend the rest of their careers hoping audi ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    April 17, 2008

    Byron Dean's Matagorda Island Discs

    (In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2008

    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheless Needed More Food Vendors), or whatever you want t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008
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    October 11, 2007
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    July 10, 2007

    Opening Wolfgang’s Vault

    A few weeks ago, a friend who knows I think Bono can do no wrong – so sue me – sent me a link to a concert he and the boyos did at Boston’s Orpheum Theater in May 1983, in the thick of the War tour. It’s almost 90 minutes of fresh, mullety goodness, opening with the best song on Boy, “Out ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    The Austin Lounge Lizards

    The Austin Lounge Lizards perform Saturday, January 6, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Film

    September 6, 2001

    Played Out

    The filmmakers have consumed all the standard clichés and yakked them up in the humorless Rock Star

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    October 1, 1998
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    May 12, 1994

    Japanese Catnip

    Osaka's Shonen Knife cuts a pretty slice of alternative pop

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    December 16, 1993

    The Pop Moment

    Astral Dejection The Shonen Knife/Breeders/Nirvana tour blows through Houston's hall of shame

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