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Led Zeppelin

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    August 20, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 2

    Welcome back to the show! We're counting down the Top 40 hard rock songs of all time, according to Billboard (sort of...). I'll take a moment to recap Nos. 40-31. 40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger 39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three 38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin 37. "Back In Bla ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Five Contemporary Acts the Houston Symphony Should Take On

    This Saturday at Jones Hall, the Houston Symphony will take on the music of Led Zeppelin, as arranged by conductor Brent Havens. It's sure to be an awesome show, and I personally think it's sort of a brilliant idea. Hard rock and metal have always had elements that gel well with classical and sympho ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Six Beloved Bands That Are Shameless Knockoffs

    Originality is scary sometimes,especially in entertainment. After all, it can be really off-putting to see something you don't understand, even if it is new and innovative. We like comfort food entertainment. Hence Hollywood's obsession with sequels and remakes and all those band reunions we complai ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Heart at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/14/2013

    Heart, Jason' Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 14, 2013 You know, Wednesday night proved that the boys that could learn a thing or two from the ladies in Heart on how to rock the hell out. Those Wilson sisters are freakin' awesome from head to badass toe. Fro ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Get the "Led" Out: Five Other Famous Zeppelins

    Led Zeppelin: one of the most famous and influential rock and roll bands of all time. The key word in there is influential. How many rock bands in 2013 do you suppose cite Zeppelin as a major influence on their sound? I'd say just about all of them, either directly or indirectly through their influe ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Top 5 Old Songs Ripe for Hipster Updates

    After having grown up in a pop-music culture that every day grows more adept at rehashing, re-imagining and (let's be frank) flat-out stealing sounds from those who came before, today's indie bands are no strangers to aping their influences. And unlike post-punk and grunge before them, this class do ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    10 Songs Still Missing From Spotify & What You Can Listen to Instead

    As recently mentioned, I'm a pretty big fan of Spotify. Speaking as someone who never got over getting burned by my purchase of Stroke 9's Nasty Little Thoughts I'm a big fan of having the chance to listen to a record all the way through before making a purchase. In their advertising the company i ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Cliff Dotterer of Black Dog Records

    Who? Cliff Dotterer is the co-owner and operating manager of Black Dog Records, which just moved to its new Bellaire location last week. The shop's inventory of records and collectibles includes a who's who of rock legends and current artists, as well as rarities, imports, T-shirts, record player ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions

    Five years ago this week, Led Zeppelin fans young and old squeezed their pants full of lemon juice when the band's three surviving golden gods -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - announced that they'd be reuniting for a one-off concert in London. John Bonham's son Jason would man the s ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day Concert Film Coming to Houston October 17

    Rewind: Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions This week we all saw the trailer to Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, the concert film shot at Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show in honor of Atlantic Records impresario Ahmet Ertegun. The film will be playing in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Mud Sharks, Satanism and Stairways: The Truth About Zep!

    Get Lit: Led Zeppelin FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Hard Rock Band of All Time By George Case 370 pp., $19.99, www.backbeatbooks.com This entry into Backbeat's exhaustive and incredibly detailed FAQ series tackles the mighty Zep - so there's plenty of coverage about purported Sata ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Readers Poll: Album Titles As Your Legal Name?

    Two weeks ago, Led Zeppelin II of Bethalto, Ill., passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 64. No, the Zep album didn't die. We all know that that album will last forever because it's damned awesome and loud, and the cover rules. The former George Blackburn legally changed his name ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    New Featherface LP Conjures Some Actual Magic

    It's been more than two years since Houston's Featherface has released a new record, though that doesn't mean that they were short on actively contributing to the local scene. Since the release of their last EP It Comes Electric, they've performed many shows and have been steadily growing in popu ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Playing for Keeps: Vinyl Essentials

    Here's our must-haves if you're kick-starting a record collection.

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    March 28, 2012

    Readers Poll: The Best Third Albums Ever

    This week in 1980, Van Halen released their third album Women And Children First, which contained the hits "And the Cradle Will Rock...," "Everybody Wants Some!! and fan favorite "Romeo Delight." It's not the best VH album ever, but it was, in fact, their third album. Most VH super-freaks I know an ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Why Taking The Piss Out Of Your Most Beloved Musicians Is Healthy

    A few days back I wrote a less-than-excited review of Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Wrecking Ball. The Boss' official Twitter account has been retweeting every hyperbolic 140-character superfan review of the new disc. One guy claimed that Wrecking Ball made him sob on the side of the highway for ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    The Warning: The 10 Heaviest Albums Before Black Sabbath

    Forty-two years ago today, on Friday the 13th, the gates of hell opened up and belched forth Black Sabbath. Upon its release, the Birmingham band's eponymous debut album instantly became the heaviest, scariest, most evil record of all time, and it still ranks right up there. Calling this record "in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    The Roots Of Lionize: From Miles Davis To Led Zeppelin

    It's hard to find a band that reps Miles Davis in the same breath as much as they do Led Zeppelin, but Lionize are that band. Recording in Jamaica with Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, supporting beardos like Kylesa, Clutch, and cKy? Yes, that's Lionize for you. Opening for Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    10 Semi-Obscure Facts About Led Zeppelin

    ​On this date in 1968, former Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, and session musicians John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time, rehearsing in a West End studio space in London, England. The first song they played together was a version of "Train Kep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Best Fourth Songs On History's Greatest Albums

    Sorry, Manowar, maybe next year...​As we come up on the July 4th weekend, Rocks Off considered a myriad of blog ideas to commemorate the holiday. Most patriotic songs, album covers, artists? Sorry, Lee Greenwood, Richard Pryor, and Ted Nugent, but it's all been covered. On this weekend of inde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    River Oaks Shopping Center Loses Another Icon: Allrecords Moves Out

    Allrecords: Moved, after 30 years​Another piece of the River Oaks Shopping Center has moved out: Allrecords, which for the past 30 years had been there offering a fine, eclectic selection of rock, jazz and Broadway, has moved out. Owner Fred Allred tells Hair Balls the neighboring Luke's Lock ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    For 4/20: Hipgnosis' Greatest Bong Hits

    ​Rocks Off doesn't know if it's our Shot In the Dark photo show tomorrow or that batch of brownies someone sent us, but we've been in a really visual mood this week. We can't remember exactly what it is, but something told us today might be a good day to revisit the work of Hipgnosis. The gro ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs Not Constantly On The Radio

    ​Of Led Zeppelin's nine stellar (OK, Presence was just all right) studio albums, it's hard to pick the five best. There are no dogs in the bunch, and unlike the Duran Duran Top 5 we did last week, it's harder and more heart-wrenching to limit them to just five. We can chop up the Durannies lik ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Self-Titled Debut Albums

    ​It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old. It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who r ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

    ​During this part of the year, your humble narrator treks from school to schools selling contest music to bands and orchestras. It's a good gig, and it enables us to get a good gander at what the next generation of musicians look like. However, after several years of doing it, we started noti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Last Night: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience At Verizon

    Photos by Groovehouse​Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience Verizon Wireless Theater November 16, 2010 Some family businesses involve cleaning out septic tanks, others have you pulling teeth and filling cavities all day. Some have you selling used cars, while others mean slaving in a bakery ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    September 23, 2010
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    July 6, 2010

    Going Platinum: Artists We'd Pay $10,000 To See - And When

    ​It started one night on the patio of Big Star Bar in the Heights; over Lone Star and cigarettes, a handful of Houston music wags debated the shows they would pay top dollar to see from lartists, iving or dead. We argued the aspects of an At the Drive-In reformation, seeing Sam Cooke in 1963, ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    January 13, 2010

    Guitar Zero: Played It 'Til My Fingers Bled...

    No, this song is NOT about the year of Woodstock and the Moon Landing. It was the summer winter of '69 2010. Robert told me to come up with five songs I wanted to learn how to play (on guitar, in case you weren't keeping up). The Wife, seeking to maximize the parental utility of my music lessons, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Free Tickets for Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and G.G. Allin... Sort Of

    It's a veritable tribute band meltdown at the House of Blues this weekend, and we have a handful of free tickets up here at Rocks Off HQ to get you into three sure-to-be drunken shows starting this evening. Come pick 'em up at the front desk at 1621 MIlam, Suite 100, until 6 p.m. On the bill tonight ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Eyeballin': Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin

    Even the most naïve and surface Led Zeppelin listener tell you at least that they were influenced "by the blues." But this insightful and surprisingly solid documentary goes way further in delving into the sound and the performers which were in the minds (and on the home stereos) of Mssrs. Page and ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    July 31, 2008

    White Linen Night in the Heights

    Check out the latest offerings from area restaurants, businesses and galleries

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: March Madness, Rock-Style

    Look, I know nothing about basketball. When the Rockets were in the middle of that winning streak a few weeks back, I asked where Hakeem was. I'm sorry, but my knowledge of the sport ends in 1996, when a little thing called puberty knocked on my door. I do know that right now is March Madness, beca ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Middle Age Crazy

    Drenched in Blog has officially turned 50 posts old. If it were a white male, it would be buying a Camaro with its kids’ college fund and getting hair plugs to impress Texans cheerleaders. Basically it would be American Beauty’s Lester Burnham. Over these past two months, I have tried to bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Just Can’t Quit You Baby

    Former Honeydrippers frontman Robert Plant and frequent Diddy/David Coverdale collaborator Jimmy Page have decided to reform their earlier group, Led Zeppelin; you may remember their music from several car commercials and films. The one-off set, scheduled for November 26 at London’s O2 arena with ... More >>

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    August 22, 2007

    “Thunderstruck” on I-45

    Some songs are custom-written for Houston, even if they come from halfway around the world. Just as I exited the Gulf Freeway this morning onto that long flyover leading to downtown, AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” came on the trusty satellite radio. The skyline slowly rose into view as that needly gu ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    Been a Long Time

    But the Houston Symphony Wants to "Rock and Roll"

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    July 12, 2007

    Blitzen Trapper

    Quartet delivers classic Southern rock

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    September 23, 2004
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    May 13, 2004

    Rock and Roll Never Forgets

    Classic rock finds a new generation of fans and keeps on keepin' on into the new millennium

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    April 1, 2004
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    May 15, 1997

    Nails in the Coffin

    Five decades of Chess Records lead to a blues stalemate

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