King's X

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    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    King's X at Scout Bar, 5/18/2013

    King's X Scout Bar May 18, 2013 When I spotted a poster advertising Saturday's King's X gig at Scout Bar a few weeks back, it was kind of a relief. The news coming out of the celebrated Houston band's camp hasn't been the greatest recently. Last year, drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart at ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Jeezy, CCA Conservation Concert, etc.

    Jeezy Arena Theatre, May 17 A self-proclaimed hustler on the mike, the Atlanta rapper known as Young Jeezy has grown up quite a bit since his 2001 debut album dropped under the name Lil J. Rising through the ranks via his several independently released Dirty South mixtapes, he's now sittin' pretty ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    The Genesis of King's X: The DUg Pinnick Interview, Part 2

    In Part 2 of Rocks Off's interview with the King's X leader, DUg Pinnicktalks about possibly creating grunge, using Drop D tuning, and his new album, entitled Naked. Many Houstonians discovered King's X through their singles getting airplay on Rock 101.1 KLOL. They had a great track record of play ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    The Genesis Of King's X: The DUg Pinnick Interview, Part 1

    "My house in Texas is a really great thing," DUg Pinnick says, King's X bassist/singer. "So I don't want to get rid of it." Pinnick now lives in Los Angeles, he says, "to further my career." At 62 years old this year, he's got the energy and ambition of a man one-third his age. He's been in L.A. fo ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Fresh Cream and the Top 10 Power Trios of All Time

    Forty-six years ago this week, British blues-rockers Cream unveiled their debut album, Fresh Cream, one of the most deeply influential rock and roll records of all time. The original supergroup, the band was intended to unite the "cream" of the late-'60s British blues scene, featuring Eric Clapton ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal & Punk Albums Too Rough for the Texas 30

    So, the Texas 30 has been revealed at last. And it's a good list, too: Well-considered, fair and complete. Even if a lot of the records that got picked tend to be a little... well, pussy, I guess is the word I'm looking for here. Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album co ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    November 7, 2012

    Kings X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Loses Home In Hurricane Sandy

    Rocks Off readers of a certain age will fondly remember Jerry Gaskill as the drummer from pioneering proto-grunge/metal band King's X. Perhaps many of you, like us, even had tickets to trio's show earlier this year at Warehouse Live that was cancelled after Gaskill had a heart attack. More bad news ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The Biggest Houston Bands of 1992

    Researching what the Houston music scene was like 20 years ago has been an eye-opening experience, to put it mildly. In that benighted era, the world was very analog. Musicians could design a gig flyer or type up some lyrics on their computers, maybe fiddle around with some primitive MIDI-type softw ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Who Are the Greatest Metal Bands In Texas Music History?

    When I asked our friends on the Rocks Off Facebook wall who they thought were the greatest heavy metal bands in Texas music history, the response was larger than I thought it would be. I assumed five of you would say Pantera, deadhorse and King's X and go back to sleep, but no. You stepped up and g ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    King's X Back on the Road After Drummer's Heart Attack

    Rewind: King's X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Has Heart Attack King's X Marks The Spot: Three Bands Spawned by Houston's Hard-Rock Power Trio Houston progressive hard-rock band King's X will return to the road this fall, its first tour since drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a heart attack in February, the ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Readers Poll: The Most Underrated Rock Albums Of The '90s

    For this week's readers poll, I asked our Facebook and Twitter chums their choices for the most underrated and unsung albums of the '90s. We all agree on things like Nevermind, Harvest Moon, Mezzanine, The Soft Bulletin, Odelay and OK Computer, but what about albums that fall through the cracks of ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    King's X Marks The Spot: Three Bands Spawned by Houston's Hard-Rock Power Trio

    As many local music fans and members of the hard-rock/metal scene, King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill had a heart attack Saturday. Fortunately, according to bandmate DUg Pinnick, he seems to be responding to treatment and the prognosis appears to be good for the founding member of Houston's third most-r ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    King's X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Has Heart Attack

    ​Jerry Gaskill, drummer and vocalist for Houston progressive hard rock band King's X, had a heart attack Saturday night, according to a Facebook post by his bandmate DUg Pinnick: Jerry had a heart attack last night. He was operated on and is in stable condition at the hospital. Were all waiti ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Vintage Pics Of Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Blue October & More

    Photo by Steve Harris/Compadre RecordsHayes Carll before he was old enough to shave... not that he ever has.​The other day, one of the Rocks Off Crew was rummaging around in the Houston Press office and came across a bunch of publicity stills for various musicians. Allow us to explain what th ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Meridian: A Retrospective Of Better Days

    Mark C. AustinKings of Leon at Meridian, 2006​The Meridian Saga seems to have ended, after close to a year of weirdness and shady business dealings. In the past twelve months it went through overhauls, new management, lockouts, changes in image, mild scandals, and even a name change. Remember ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Accept: New Singer, But "Balls To The Wall" As Ever

    Photos via​Screaming out of Germany like a Teutonic Terror - which also happens to be the name of their current single - Accept spent a lot of years on the road and in the studio before having heavy-metal success with the albums Restless and Wild ('82), Balls to the Wall (' ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    Cardi's Documentary Revisits Houston's '80s Metal Mecca

    ​In the early '80s, Cardi's was the place in Houston for the rising world of metal to play. The club on Westheimer and Fountainview, which has since become Spotlight Karaoke, hosted Metallica, Dokken and a plethora of other iconic names before it was shut down with no notice in 1985. A man na ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009
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    May 21, 2009

    Local Album of the Week: Low Man's Joe's Where I Stand

    Low Man's Joe Where I Stand "Wanted Dead or Alive," before "It's My Life," before Jon Bon Jovi went off to Hollywood and took the Lost Highway through Nashville in 2007, Bon Jovi was a pretty decent hard-rock band. Poppier than most, definitely, but Jon's Springsteen ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    August 20, 2008

    Aftermath: King's X at Meridian

    Photos by Chris Gray King's X has to be one of the great mysteries of rock music from the past two decades or so. Caught in the teeth of the social transition between hair-metal and grunge, the Houston trio - the same lineup of Doug Pinnick (bass/vocals), Ty Tabor (guitar) and Jerry Gaskill (drums) ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008

    Art Rock: Extreme and King's X at Meridian

    Yes, THAT Extreme. That King's X too, for that matter. - CG

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    April 30, 2008

    More Googlism Poetry

    Back in January, I plugged the names of Houston musicians into the endlessly amusing but mostly pointless site Googlism and generated a few poems composed entirely of the collective conventional wisdom of the web. (Read the results here.) This time, it's the turn of Kenny Rogers, King's X and Micke ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    February 1, 2007

    Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive

    The Houston rock scene and the cultural cringe

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    July 12, 2001

    Crash Comfort

    Soul Drunk Lingering Day (Seismic Music/Montrose)

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    May 24, 2001

    Old Dog, New Tricks

    King's X's Doug Pinnick chews through his leash with Poundhound

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    July 20, 2000

    Leary of Home

    The forgotten treasure found at King's X

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    June 22, 2000

    Holy Diver

    Atomic Opera

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    June 8, 2000

    Like Father, Not Like Son

    The brothers in Geek could exploit their semifamous papa, but they prefer to take their lumps

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    May 25, 2000

    Art School Style

    Once a relentless trailblazer, King's X sticks to the familiar with new release

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    May 11, 2000
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    December 17, 1998
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    August 27, 1998
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    April 9, 1998
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    June 26, 1997
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    October 31, 1996
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    August 15, 1996
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    May 16, 1996

    The Resurrection of Sam Taylor

    After years of laying low, a Houston music guru has come back for more

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    June 2, 1994
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    May 5, 1994
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    April 28, 1994
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    March 31, 1994
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    March 17, 1994

    We All Scream for Thora-Zine

    And: The Ramones on a lofty mission, and Celts belt it out

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    February 10, 1994

    God Listens But He don't buy records.

    Perpetual celestial boys King's X give anger a chance.

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    January 20, 1994

    Fat Chance

    Call it integrity or call it stubbornness, but the Joint Chiefs won't slim down their bursting-at-the-seams jazz/grunge/funk act

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