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Les Paul

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    November 19, 2014

    Six Types of People You Might Meet at a Guitar Store

    Any guitar player will occasionally venture into a guitar shop or musical-supply store that specializes in guitars. They can be wonderlands to anyone who likes to play guitar and wants to see firsthand what kind of gear is available. Like a comic-book store is a playground for comic fans, a guitar s ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    The Blasters at Continental Club, 1/24/2014

    The Blasters Continental Club January 24, 2013 With rare Houston performances by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages and hallowed SoCal roots gods the Blasters, the city has had a whopper-sized dose of old-time rock and roll in the past couple of weeks. Phil Alvin and his hard-traveling cohorts -- ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    UH Design Students Show Off Their Unique "Guitarchetecture"

    Shop class was never like this in high school. This past semester, 12 students in Prof. Mark Kimbrough's industrial-design class in UH's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture have been working on a pretty hip class project: creating their own custom electric guitar to rock, blues or jazz specifica ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    True Believers at Warehouse Live, 5/25/2013

    True Believers Warehouse Live May 25, 2013 "We were a gang," espoused the True Believers' Alejandro Escovedo in a recent interview about the band's heyday in the mid 1980s. The band's home turf was the hotly contested streets of the former Cosmic Cowboy utopia of Austin, but their range extended to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Stolen Gear Blues 2: Prevention Boogaloo

    Running around like a bunch of wannabe guitar gumshoes is fantastic, but wouldn't it be better to just avoid losing any gear all together? Fortunately, it's pretty easy to keep things safe or at the very least traceable. It goes without saying that the musician's I spoke to wish they had taken a few ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... 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 5, 2012

    Life Out Loud: Remembering Jim Marshall's Amplifier Legacy

    I was about 12 years old and in the hallway outside the gymnasium of my school when I heard it. Someone had a guitar and he was playing it LOUD. I knocked open the double doors and a friend was wailing on a beautiful cherry sunburst Les Paul and it was so damn LOUD. I got a little closer and there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Five on Five: Fender vs. Gibson, Who Had the Better Players?

    ​For guitar players, it's an age old question: are you a Fender guy or a Gibson guy? Over the years since both companies became popular in rock music, many other guitar manufacturers have made inroads, but none have been able to surpass the power and tradition of these two giants in the guitar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Flying High Again: Five-ish Guys That Made the Flying V Famous

    There are few instruments more distinctive than the Flying V. It's odd that a guitar this funky looking has been commonly used by a wide range of guitar players from country and blues to rock, but it has. Over the years, particularly in the '80s when "the weirder the shape the better" and "splotched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    The Ten Coolest Animated Google Doodles

    ​Today, Google's logo looked like the image above and became a heated topic on Twitter. The logo -- referred to as a "doodle" -- had people wondering why anyone should celebrate the birthday of a dead guy and just who the hell Gregor Mendel was in the first place. In fact, Google regularly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Pluck Yourself Silly On Google Today

    ​In honor of late musician and solid-body electric guitar inventor Les Paul, who would have turned 96 today, Google's home page is transformed into a digital approximation of a guitar. Each of the ten "strings" that make up the logo today sounds off, changes color and even vibrates when you ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Happy Anniversary, Appetite For Destruction

    ​July 21, 1987 began as a day like any other. The Reagan Administration told The New York Times that any discussion of presidential pardons in the Iran-Contra affair were "inappropriate at this time." Iran announced it would ignore the cease-fire with Iraq unanimously approved by the United Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Neil Young, Fans Will Never Walk Alone

    Photos by Jay Lee​ Neil Young is about to embark on one of the most grizzled and stoic phases of his career, and Houston got its first taste of it on Friday night at Jones Hall. He was loud, he was poignant and every word and note he wrung from his cast of guitars and various plinkers dripped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    The 6 Absolute Ugliest Custom Guitars On The Planet

    ​Rocks Off is currently in the market for a good guitar yet has next to no money, so for the past few months we've been tantalizing ourselves by poring over the multitude of guitars of the Internet. There are some mighty pretty signature guitars out there, including Angus Young's signature Gib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Dick Dale, Merry Prankster And Heavy-Metal Grandpa, At HOB

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​ Dick Dale is the grandfather of surf-rock, if your grandfather dressed like a 70-year-old Steven Segal, practically invented heavy metal (his 100-watt amp goes all the way to eleventy) and turned a traditional Greek song into a 1960s anthem. Like most grandfathers, he's m ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010
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    December 29, 2009

    The Great Green Room In the Sky: The Grim Reaper's 2009 Musical Roll Call

    ​Thankfully, 2009 was a sorry year for the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter. Aside from the not terribly unexpected (but still weird) demise of the King of Pop, few bona fide legends went on to the Great Green Room Beyond the Sky. The Rock Death Meter rates rock deaths on a ten-point scale in three c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Les Paul Is Shredding Axes With Jesus and GG Allin Now (Wait, That Can't Be Right...)

    Thanks to Mr. Jesse Dayton for showing us this clip Les Paul, the musician who literally created the definitive sound of rock 'n roll with his slew of equipment inventions, has passed away at the rockin' age of 94. Seriously if you make it that far after spending your life in smoky halls and reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Eyeballin': Black Label Society's Skullage

    Skulls are very big in the world of Black Label Society. A jawboneless half-skull serves as the L.A. power-metal quartet's logo, and lead singer/guitarist Zakk Wylde's mic stand is a skull-topped length of chain. One can only imagine Wylde, also Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist,&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    "The Sounds I See: Photographs of Musicians"

    This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors

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    May 14, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    November 8, 2007

    Last Night: King Khan & BBQ at Rudz

    King Khan & BBQ Rudyard’s November 7, 2007 Better Than: Sitting home watching the CMAs. Download: “Treat Me Like a Dog” I’m sure the more sanctimonious members of our little burgh would find King Khan and BBQ another reason why we don’t need gun control, but after an hour of watching t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007
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    June 18, 2007
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    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2007

    Notes from the Road: Opie Hendrix

    Opie Hendrix and the Tall Boys Opie Hendrix sent us this missive, and we thought we'd pass it on to you: It was Thursday morning coming down, 17 hours & four states later, I am sailing the rented Ford Taurus across the Ohio river into Jeffersonville, IN. . My good friend Rick has booked the Opi ... More >>

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Muck a Duck

    Must-see shows at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Rebel with a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Darrell Scott

    Live in NC

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    October 7, 2004

    Wigged Gigs

    A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    July 15, 2004
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    July 24, 2003

    Rock You like a Hurricane

    The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    Reverse Fairy Tale

    From Beverly Hills to Omaha with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Playbill

    The Cult

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Sacred Blues

    Blues 2 Joy writes a new testament for the devil's music

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Dready Metal

    Unlike their North American counterparts, Jamaican rappers are incorporating heavy metal into their material, with some amazing results

  • Music

    November 18, 1999

    One For All

    Sax giant Illinois Jacquet helped desegregate Houston audiences

  • Music

    October 21, 1999

    American Dream

    Just a man and his guitar, Martin Sexton covers a lot of ground live

  • Music

    May 7, 1998

    Steady Eddie

    Decades of torn-up road behind him, Van Halen's guitar god keeps chugging ahead

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    May 29, 1997
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    February 13, 1997
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    July 4, 1996

    Notes from the Front

    Vamping down memory lane with members of the Kiss Army

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