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Layne Staley

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    September 23, 2014

    Euphoria Morning, Chris Cornell's Unexpected Masterpiece

    This summer, we saw one of the most exciting tours of 1994 come through Houston when relatively recently reunited bands Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails became a tag team for a super show full of all their greatest hits and songs from their new records that nobody cares about. By all accounts, it was ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Alice In Chains at Bayou Music Center, 4/29/2014

    Alice In Chains Bayou Music Center April 29, 2014 Composing an Alice In Chains review is little more than an exercise in how many synonyms the writer can think of for "heavy," because every last one of them applies. But as a band whose history is as tied up in addiction, death and renewal as theirs ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alice In Chains, Tycho, Chaka Khan, etc.

    Alice In Chains Bayou Music Center, April 29 After reappearing from a solid decade in the wilderness on 2009's Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice In Chains is rolling in 2014. William DuVall, who came up through Atlanta's hardcore scene, is now fully installed as front man; he shares the tormented howl ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    The 10 Best Grunge Albums of All Time

    Kids of the '80s have to face the fact that it's time to put that "Beat It" jacket in cold storage, because the '90s are officially all the nostalgia rage. While the editor of this blog was vacationing last week, he happened to take in a screening of the very funny The World's End, whose plot pivots ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival at the Woodlands Pavilion, 8/29/2013

    Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 29, 2013 If there's anything that Rockstar Energy Drink loves more than jacking kids up on near-fatal doses of caffeine and sugar, it's putting together pre-fabricated, traveling music fes ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    The 10 Worst Rock Singers of the '90s

    In about 12 hours or so, the editor of Rocks Off expects to be a very happy man. One of our favorite bands of all time, and one that we haven't seen live in almost 17 years, is playing tonight at Bayou Music Center: Soundgarden. Certainly Soundgarden has a lot to recommend them. Guitarist Kim Thayi ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    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 >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Is There Any Chance the New Thin Lizzy Album Won't Suck?

    This week, Rolling Stone and NME got wind of the fact that '70s hard-rock heroes Thin Lizzy will hit the studio this fall to record their first new album since band founder/leader/icon Phil Lynott's death 26 years ago. The news was actually broken by HotPress.com last week, but it took a while for w ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Heart's Ann Wilson: Still a Fanatic

    Rewind: Last Night: Heart at House of Blues (March 11, 2012) For decades, Heart has been one of the premiere, best-selling and most influential bands in rock. Starting with 1976 debut Dreamboat Annie, the group structured around Wilson sisters Ann (singing) and Nancy (guitars, occasional singing) h ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Sanctus Bellum Gallops Down Treacherous New Path on Sophomore Album

    For a year supposedly prophesied by the ancient Mayans to herald the end of all existence, 2012 has been disappointingly doom-and-gloom free thus far. No ominous comets, no Biblical plagues -- not even a triple-digit heat wave yet. Luckily, local doom/classic metal band Sanctus Bellum is ready to ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    MTV Unplugged's 10 Strangest Moments

    Those of you fond of criticizing the lack of music on MTV, take note: The network's venerable Unplugged series returns on Sunday with a performance by British indie-poppers Florence and the Machine. It'll be the first of eight shows planned for this year, with The Civil Wars and Dierks Bentley alrea ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Kick It Out: 9 Other Great Songs by Heart

    Heart is one of the most enduring, influential, and underrated rock bands of all time. They aren't afraid to tell you how they feel -- even if they are in a pissed-off mood as they seem to be a good portion of the time with classics like "Barracuda," "Heartless," and "Even It Up." For those of use ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Shove This J-O-B: A Mixtape For The Unintentionally Unemployed

    ​In the wake of last week's announcement that the number of unemployed Americans filing for unemployment insurance has hit its highest level in nine months, Rocks Off figured it was time for a "fuck insolvency" mixtape. This isn't hyperbole on our part; as we type this, we're well into our sec ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ‚Äč Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Buyer Beware: Bands With Different Lead Singers Are Almost Never Up to the Original Standards

    A few Saturdays ago, Rocks Off was in the grocery store a few blocks from our house, slumming around Oak Forest wearing sandals and an old Misfits T-shirt when a group of junior-high punk rockers approached and applauded us for our good taste. We got to talking about the band, and they remarked tha ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    For World Toilet Day, the Most Creative Lyrical Uses of the S-Word

    According to an email Rocks Off received from none other than the World Toilet Organization, today is World Toilet Day. We're told it's an "internationally recognized" occasion for drawing attention to the plight of the 2.5 billion people on the planet who lack proper facilities. To this end (heh), ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    He Said, She Said: Gone Too Soon

    A rash of recent musical deaths (Michael Jackson and DJ AM among others) have led us here at Rocks Off to do some speculating of our own: Which musicians do we feel were taken from us too soon? Obvious answers like the Famous Js (John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin) or the dual ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Gazing Ahead into 2009, Part 1

    Can 50 Cent come back? Find out in February... As another year closes, our thoughts turn to the next 12 months and the musical treasures they stand to offer. Who knows if a small band from Cleveland playing a gig in the back of a pool hall tonight will be selling out Warehouse Live this ti ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    Aftermath: The Black Keys at Meridian

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Live-music fatigue is an awful thing, but it happens. It must be really bad for the people who only go to three or four concerts a year. But sometimes even us diehards have to say uncle. And so it was at the Black Keys last night. Through no fault of the Akron-based vulcan ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    Hella

    Concert preview

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    January 1, 2004

    Rock Death in 2003

    Exhuming and scoring last year's pop-music demises

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    November 27, 2003

    Chimaira

    Monday, December 1

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    July 17, 2003

    The Fire Next Time

    Nobody knows what AFI's next album will sound like, least of all the band members

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    February 6, 2003

    Tin Henry

    Twisted (Dingo Gold Records)

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    January 9, 2003

    He Ain't Ever Coming Back

    Joe Strummer, a titan of the Clash

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