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    March 31, 2014

    Deltron 3030 at House of Blues, 3/28/2014

    Deltron 3030, Kid Koala House of Blues March 28, 2014 "We're Deltron 3030 and we're back after a 13-year hiatus" quipped Dan the Automator at the start of Friday evening's performance. With the help of his fellow Deltrons -- rapper Del the Funky Homosapien and turntablist Kid Koala -- even after al ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Record Stores 2014

    It's true, Rocks Off brought you a very similar list of Houston's best record stores almost a year ago. But times change, people come and go, and information falls out of date. Mostly, there are probably tens of thousands of new Houstonians now who weren't here in February 2013, and might like to kn ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Willie D's 10 Naughty & Romantic Tips For Valentine's Day & Beyond

    Editor's Note: This column is the one-year anniversary of Ask Willie D. Congratulations and a big thank-you to Houston's funniest, realest advice columnist! As any loyal Ask Willie D reader knows, I respond to a great deal of relationship-based letters. However, the fact that the column started its ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    He Likes Me But I Like His Friend. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! MY FRIEND IS SUICIDAL Dear Willie D: Since my friend broke up with her boyfriend she has b ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    My Girlfriend is a Groupie. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I WANT TO MEET MY SPERM DONOR FATHER Dear Willie D: I recently found out that I'm a product ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top 5 Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. Some local love managed to make its way into the selection of most triumphant videos this week. Also, get ready for evil dancing, mad science, and heroin. You like heroin, right? No? Well, that's OK. Even without heroin it's a great round-up this week. Vot ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Disclosure at Warehouse Live, 1/29/14

    Disclosure Warehouse Live 1.29.14 Wednesday night's Disclosure show was a confusing and somewhat disorganized experience, but nonetheless an amazing performance that certainly pleased the overstuffed Warehouse Live crowd. Unless I had been huffing glue in my sleep and dreamt this, the first time ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    I'm Stuck Living With My In-Laws. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! SCARED OF COMMITMENT Dear Willie D: Willie D, I need help. I am 19 years old and ever since ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Don't Stand So Close to Her: Kristine Mills Does Sting

    On the list of post-punk and New Wave bands that borrowed from jazz, the Police are right at the very top. Their songs are full of unconventional time signatures, complex chord arrangements and plenty of improvisational moments. Instrumentally, Gordon Sumner (aka Sting), Andy Summers and Stewart Cop ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    My Boyfriend Is Too Busy For Sex. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! HOW FAST IS TOO FAST? Dear Willie D: I met a man and we instantly connected. Five days into ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Things You Can Do Until the Good Shows Come Back

    If you reach mid-month and feel the boredom begin to gnaw at your brain like some Lovecraftian monster, get to Reliant Center next weekend (January 18-19) for the America's Got Talent open auditions. You're sure to see something truly nightmarish there - particularly if Howard Stern shows up. Even ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    17 Houston Acts to Watch Out For This Year

    BAGHEERA This slick, funky electro-duo has a huge year in store that only starts with a collaboration with Twin Shadow hooked up by Red Bull's Sound Select Program. Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy says he's still figuring out what to do with the songs he has stockpiled, but he knows he'd rather "get the ri ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Downtown's Craft-Beer Merchants Tap Into Greatness

    Lupe gestures at us animatedly, one hand wrapped around an overflowing beer mug as the other balances a large slice of roasted-fig pizza. This man with remarkable balance is singing the praises of some unholy-sounding concoction called a "Brewnog," but we're not quite sold on the idea. Our bar nei ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Bars to Warm Your Ass Up

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    So Beyoncé Has a Brand-New Album Out Right Now

    I'm not a clairvoyant or anything near the sort but Tuesday night, I walked away from Beyoncé's latest show at Toyota Center with the following idea in my head, "a Beyoncé live show reinforces sexuality and freedom above anything else." That was about the show. I should have realized I was talkin ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Monster Magnet at Fitzgerald's, 12/3/2013

    Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder, Anti-Mortem, Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's December 3, 2013 Tuesday night rock shows are always a dicey proposition. Staying up late and partying on a work night sounds like a good idea in theory, but in practice, fans are often too hesitant to really cut loose when t ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Alejandro Fernandez at Toyota Center, 11/30/2013

    Alejandro Fernandez Toyota Center November 30, 2013 Alejandro Fernandez has had a long and varied career, moving from singing rancheras like his famous dad to singing lush ballads to singing Spanish pop to singing -- gasp! -- in English to becoming a sort of Mexican music Everyman. It was that Ev ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Jake Bugg Proves Albums Are Far From Dead

    "The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Five Unknown Songwriters Who Deserve to Be Heard

    Taylor Swift recently won her sixth straight Nashville Songwriters Award, as well as Artist of the Year at last Sunday's American Music Awards. I'm no hater, but let that sink in for a minute. Six. In a row. Taylor Swift. I'm no one to disparage her talents. She writes good, catchy songs that stic ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Built to Spill, A$AP Ferg, Chvrches, etc.

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's, November 22 After years of staying away, Built to Spill seems to have decided that it likes playing Houston after all. We've lost count, but Friday will be at least the third time Doug Martsch's laid-back guitar army will have been here since their most recent album, Th ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    New Doc Tunes Into "The Greatest Ears in Town"

    What do Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Norah Jones, the Rascals, Willie Nelson, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, the Average White Band, and Hall & Oates have in common? Not much, musically. But they all made records, and some of their most memorable, in the studio with Arif M ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Upcoming: Arcade Fire, Beach Boys, Elefante, Journey/Steve Miller Band, Kem, etc.

    6400 featuring DJ Xcess: Sat., December 7, 9 p.m., $10. Numbers, 300 Westheimer, Houston, 713-526-6551. Arcade Fire: Wed., April 9, 7:30 p.m., $30.50 to $60.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., Spring, 281-363-3300. The Beach Boys: Sat., January 18, 8 p.m., $59.50. Arena The ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Twenty One Pilots at House of Blues, 11/15/2013

    Twenty One Pilots House of Blues November 15, 2013 Music has a funny way of making things seem grandiose, bigger than they actually are. "I was at a church, and this guy was saying something," said Tyler Joseph from the stage at House of Blues, softly the playing piano as he spoke. "I don't know w ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    The Head and the Heart at Warehouse Live, 11/14/2013

    The Head and the Heart Warehouse Live November 14, 2013 I think Thursday is starting to be that night again where everyone decides not to worry about how they feel the next morning at work. When I was growing up, "thirsty" Thursdays were the thing, especially when I was first legally allowed to get ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    My Boyfriend May Be a Pimp. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I THINK MY BOYFRIEND IS ASHAMED OF ME Dear Willie D: I have been seeing a guy for a little ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Do Genres Have an Expiration Date?

    Whenever you buy a carton of milk, it comes with a lot of important information on the packaging. It tells you its nutritional facts, its location of origin, and, perhaps most importantly, its expiration date. Sure, you can usually tell just by the smell, but it's generally a decent arbiter. Does m ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Slayer at Bayou Music Center, 11/12/2013

    Slayer, Gojira, 4ARM Bayou Music Center November 12, 2013 2013 is likely a year that Slayer will be glad to see laid to rest. In February, the band split with original drummer Dave Lombardo in an ugly dispute over money. Even worse, the band's militant rhythm guitarist/songwriter Jeff Hanneman died ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Robert Glasper Experiment, Gov't Mule, etc.

    Robert Glasper Experiment Arena Theatre, November 9 If the praise surrounding Robert Glasper were any more glowing, he would be visible from space. The 35-year-old Missouri City native and proud HSPVA grad is already a 2013 Grammy winner, Best R&B Album for last year's Black Radio, with the promise ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Streetlight Manifesto at Fitzgerald's, 11/3/2013

    Streetlight Manifesto Fitzgerald's November 3, 2013 If there's a current poster child for ska, it's Streetlight Manifesto. The genre seems to be all but done with, barely relevant in today's musical world as it has become rare to see brass instruments onstage with guitars and basses. Despite fadin ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cage the Elephant, Acidic, Rusted Root, etc.

    Cage the Elephant Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, November 2 Kentucky-bred Cage the Elephant has emerged as one of the more successful alt-rock bands of the 2010s, as well as one of the quirkier and most eclectic. (Coincidence?) The Bowling Green quintet first turned heads with robust but radio-re ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Five Things to Avoid at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The annual Voodoo Festival is starts today, bringing people from all over the gulf coast region to the New Orleans event. Taking place in the gorgeous City Park in the north part of the city, this years event is set to feature the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure as we'll as a smatte ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast

    Who? I stumbled across Only Beast simply because of their name and instantly became enamored of their dynamic and incredible front woman Danielle Renee and the sheer raw power of the rock and roll that comes pouring out of her throat. Let's turn our attention now to another key ingredient in the duo ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    I'm Ashamed of My Foot Fetish. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! COMING OUT Dear Willie D: I'm a big fan and a 22-year old college student in New Orleans who ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    The Best Things We Overheard at ACL's Second Weekend

    "Gary Coleman for governor. Whatchoo talkin' bout, Davis?" -- T-shirt, from a few thousand miles west and a few years earlier than Wendy Dude at Junip: "I was smoking a cigar, I left in the seat and it burned a whole in the upholstry." Friend of dude: "Nooooooooo??!?!" Dude: "Ya man, sucks." ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Added Music Takes Bayou City Art Fest to Another Level

    Every great band requires a great timekeeper. The man behind the drum set for Houston Press Music Award winners The Suffers is named Nick Zamora. He's one of those dudes who just gets it, man. The guy is a musician's musician, who can keep time, sing back-up vocals, act as a sound man, and book you ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

    In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the ban ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Houston

    New restaurants and bars are opening in downtown Houston faster than we can keep up, thanks to a renaissance around the Market Square Park area that's bringing new life to downtown's north side. But that's not the only part of downtown that's blossoming -- nor are those new restaurants the only game ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    It wasn't too long ago that the Houston Chronicle called Oak Forest "the new West University." The neighborhood just north of Loop 610 and to the east of Highway 290 has been attracting young families in spades -- families who are helping to reinvigorate the subdivisions that make up Garden Oaks and ... More >>

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