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Led Zeppelin

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Five Classic Bands Who Need New Names

    As we often talk about here on Rocks Off, band names are important. They're a brand for your merry group of music-playing ladies and gentlemen, but problems can arise when the brand ends up superseding important things like quality. There are a few bands running around today either in shambles due ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Meagan Chambers, Don't Gag Her Gorgeous Guitar

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Gag Me, I'm Gorgeous is o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    The 10 Best Songs About Hair

    Hair -- it's everywhere, literally. The concept of hair is almost vital to the music community nowadays. Whether it's that one Disney heartthrob's primped-to-perfection side-swoop or Steven Tyler's cornucopia of bird feathers, an iconic hairstyle can cement one's place in pop culture. In music espec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Concerts Between Now and Labor Day

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    The Best & Worst Bonus Tracks On the New Led Zeppelin Reissues

    In case you have been living with your headphones plugged into your turntable for some time and are unaware of recent developments in the classic-rock landscape, this month Led Zeppelin have reissued their first three titles with new remasters done by none other than Jimmy Page himself. I used to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Zac Brown Band at Reliant Stadium, 3/23/2014

    Zac Brown Band Reliant Stadium March 22, 2014 This being their fourth performance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Zac Brown Band's prowess onstage shouldn't have surprised anyone Sunday night. But, of course, that didn't make it any less impressive. A fitting close to this year's Rodeo, ZBB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Megadeth's Dave Mustaine's Hopes You're Still Buying

    When Megadeth founder/singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine was growing up, the troubled teen -- like a lot of his own fans would later -- found an escape from a shitty life and comforting solace in hard rock and heavy-metal music. "It was the one thing I could always count on to make me happy," he refle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    The Iconic Album Covers That Need to Become Internet Memes

    I don't know anyone who doesn't know what an Internet meme is. In case you don't, I think the best definition is found in the Urban Dictionary (yep, that's a thing, too, Web novice). It says a meme is "an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information." This random ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Five Unexpected Cover Songs That Actually Worked

    Covers are a tricky business. Any time a musician starts trying to do his or her own version of someone else's song, they instantly take on some pretty hefty expectations. First, they have to satisfy their own fanbase, which may not like the artist being covered to begin with. Then they may even wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Robert McCarthy, Guitarist From Beyond

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Now, I got to know Robert McCarthy bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Rock Bassists in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Geddy Lee Edition

    I could sit here and write paragraphs about my appreciation of Geddy Lee. He was the first true influence I had as a bass player when I was in high school. For years after, I admired not just his talent as a musician, but his ability to improve and grow. He is also underrated for how great a "rock" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. Who Are You? "I'm Dwight Taylor Lee, singer/songwriter/producer," Lee introduces himse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    7 Songs About Hobbits NOT By Leonard Nimoy

    I'm keen to catch The Hobbit soon. If nothing else, the Seventh Doctor apparently goes full-on wizard battle against the Witch-King in it, and I would have paid just to see that scene alone. The rest of it looks cool too, though. In the meantime, I have to wait for an overnight babysitter to free u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    R.I.P. John Bonham: Top 5 Ways to Avoid Death by Misadventure

    This week back in 1980, the rock world lost a good one. John Bonham, the fantastic, heavy-footed drummer for Led Zeppelin was found dead in bed in Jimmy Page's Windsor manor house. It was an ugly end for Bonzo. A longtime heavy drinker -- particularly when separated from his family -- Bonham had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    10 Iconic Final Concerts Plus The End Of Beatlemania

    The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together. It w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Robert Plant: Former Honeydrippers Front Man, Current Texan Is 64 Today

    Today is Robert Plant's 64th birthday, and hopefully the adopted Texan -- he lives near Austin with maybe-sorta-"wife" Patty Griffin -- is spending it the way a good Texan should, covered in barbecue sauce, listening to Lightnin' Hopkins on his turntable and wearing nothing but a pair of cowboy boot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Jane's Addiction & Other Big 1987 Debut Albums

    Tonight Jane's Addiction comes to the Bayou Music Center, touring behind last year's The Great Escape Artist, only their fourth studio album in their nearly 27 years as a band. A few weeks back Rocks Off talked to lead singer and Lollapalooza honcho Perry Farrell about the band's future and what cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Six-String Pawn Stars: Top 10 Famous Stolen Guitars

    Tom Petty got a real kick in the balls late last week when he discovered that his vintage blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTV Junior had been stolen from a California soundstage where the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Three other vintage guitars owned by b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Missed Opportunities: 10 Musicians Who Turned Down Big Hits

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you thought to yourself, "Why did I do that?" or "Why did I turn that down?" Those kinds of moments happen to all of us. It's part of life, unfortunately. This happens all the time in the movie world, but you never seem to hear about it in the music worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Top 10 Greatest And Most Essential Music Lists Of All Time

    ​Any fan of music journalism, well hell any sort of journalism in the past five years has seen a massive amount of top 10, 20, or 31 lists all over the Internets. They help cull information into one meaty morsel for you to swallow without, you know, have to type shit. Pretty cool, huh? As a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    The Best LP Side Ones Ever

    Spurred on by the realization that both David Bowie's commercial breakthrough Let's Dance and Queen's News of the World had solid, sturdy side ones on their vinyl releases, I then began the hunt for other great vinyl slabs with amazing side ones. Of course, the idea is that this could only include ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Show Me Your GIFs: Great Classic Rock 'N Roll GIFs Galore

    It seems to me that musical history is made up of fragments of indelible images, good and bad, that inform each person's experience. Then there are the swatches of tunes that grab you by the heart strings or the throat, making you a fan for life. But it's those moving pictures that you first remembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Misty Mountain Blog: Led Zeppelin IV Turns Forty

    ​Today one of the greatest rock albums of all-time, Led Zeppelin IV, turns 40 years old, and it's still a vital, nasty, stanky, and heavy LP. Released on November 8, 1971, it cemented the Zeppelin legacy with cuts like, well, the whole damned thing. It's all good, and no doubt you can hear at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Lyrical Advice For The Class Of 2011

    "Move back in with your parents! Let them worry about you!"​There will be no guitars and Marshall stacks at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion this weekend, just "Pomp and Circumstance." As the Class of 2011 walks across the stage soon to be occupied by Peter Gabriel, Widespread Panic and Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    "Satisfaction": The Mother Of All Rock & Roll Riffs?

    ​Today is the 46th anniversary of Keith Richards rolling over in his sleep in a Florida hotel, humming the main riff of "Satisfaction" into a bedside tape recorder and going back to slumber, or nodding off. The Rolling Stones would record the song months later and make it their calling card, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    The Media Loves Your Album. Who Are You?

    ​If Rolling Stone loves your album, it means... • You are a well-established musician with legions of loyal fans who may be interested in perhaps taking out some full-page advertisements in, oh, say, some kind of mainstream rock publication. • Your album was released 30 years ago and our ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011
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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: The Live Lights Choose 10 Albums to Take Into Space

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. It's not too late for your band to be up here, either; just email chris.gray@houstonpress.com by noon Thursday if ... More >>

  • News

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: "Killing the Blues" with Plant and Krauss

    Led Zeppelin shouter Robert Plant and country/pop vocalist Alison Krauss seem like a highly unlikely duo. When I heard they'd made an album together called Raising Sand, the pairing seemed so odd I didn't really even want to hear it. I thought their two voices would clash like Lucinda Williams and R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Despite his goofy name, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Lost Tuneage: Cactus

    Introducing a new column in which Rocks Off delves into the music of short-lived or overlooked performers of the classic-rock era... Who Dat? Billed as "America's answer to Led Zeppelin," this quartet was formed in 1969 by Vanilla Fudge rhythm section Tim Bogert (bass) and Carmine Ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Led Zeppelin Live at the Sam Houston Coliseum

    The UK's Times Online reported today that Led Zeppelin has created its own YouTube channel, with a boatload of footage including this nearly eight-minute clip of the band's concert at the Sam Houston Coliseum in August 1971. Ramble on... - Chris Gray

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Aftermath: Butthole Surfers at Meridian

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Aftermath doesn’t shock easily. But last night, I was absolutely floored when I walked out of Meridian as the Butthole Surfers were mopping up their nearly 90-minute set and realized I was stone. Cold. Sober. Of all the shows to climb on the wagon… Don’t get me wrong, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008

    Paris Falls

    This group makes killer ‘60s/’70s rock

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Tonight: Psilli Psybin at the Big Top

    Fans of Boondocks' monthly psychedlic/garage freak-out Reverberations, listen up: Now you can get your trippy fix of acid-tested songs on a weekly basis, and from a live band to boot. Since the beginning of the month, longtime local drummer Steve Candelari's new band Psilli Psybin has been playing s ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 10, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: The Song Remains Lame

    Are you guys serious? At this moment, people are lining up for tonight’s Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 Arena? What’s the big deal? Jesus, you would think Herman’s Hermits are getting back together or something. Look, the band with the guy from the Honeydrippers, one-half of Coverdale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Two Nights Ago: Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury at Proletariat

    LP4 Linus Pauling Quartet, the Jonx, Jenny Westbury Proletariat November 10, 2007 Better Than: Tinnitus for any non-rock-related reason Download: “Invisible Type,” “Island,” “Linus Theme” I’ll come clean. For the nearly 15 years I’ve been living in this airless, bug-infested urban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Over the Hills and Not That Far Away

    Led Zeppelin rocked the Sam Houston Coliseum the night before this 1975 show in Baton Rouge. Led Zeppelin has been in the news so much lately it’s getting hard to remember they broke up 27 years ago. Of course there’s the big reunion show at London’s O3 Arena, with late drummer John Bonham’s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Amy Wino

    Amy Winehouse, the world’s pre-eminent lush and nodded-out soulstress, has a new DVD, I Told You I Was Trouble, coming out. It documents the past year in her career, with added live footage. This is pretty standard stuff in the industry these days, when even Jesus-Bros like Switchfoot can put out ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    Tribute Bands Struggle for Respect

    Talking to local fakers Dressed to KISS, Black Dog, Lights Out, Bad Motor Scooter, Toology and Brian's Johnson

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Hidden Treasures

    Introducing some of the best discs you've never heard

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Film

    September 14, 2000

    People Try to Put Us Down...

    Almost Famous talks about its g-g-generation -- of misguided rock and roll fans

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