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    May 27, 2014

    Brisk Craigslist Trade For Summer Fest Passes

    Less than a week before the festival, passes for Free Press Summer Fest are easily available on Craigslist. Dozens of ads have appeared on the online bazaar at in the past week or so, offering both general-admission and Fancy Pants passes at or below the current market pri ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Jay Z & Beyonce Go "On the Run" to Minute Maid Park July 18

    Sounding more like a blockbuster summer film than a concert tour, music's No. 1 power couple announced their first-ever leg of joint headlining dates earlier Monday morning. From June 16 to August 5, Jay Z and Beyonce will bring their "On the Run" tour to16 of the nation's football stadiums and base ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Beyonce Headed Back to Toyota Center December 10

    Beyonce is a busy woman these days, but Houston's hometown superstar has managed to make some time to get home for the holidays -- on her second Toyota Center stop on her "Mrs. Carter World Tour" in a six months. Live Nation announced this morning that Beyonce will return to Houston on December 10, ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Experience Justin Timberlake at Toyota Center December 5

    Justin Timberlake, star of stage and screen, will visit Houston in early December, Live Nation announced this morning. The "20/20 Experience World Tour," which is scheduled to visit four continents and run well into 2014, will pull into Toyota Center Thursday, December 5. Tickets go on sale at 10 a ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Tonight's Rihanna Show Postponed

    Pop star Rihanna's concert scheduled for tonight at Toyota Center has been postponed due to "illness," according to an announcement Rocks Off recived moments ago from promoter Live Nation. "Unfortunately, as a result of illness Rihanna is unable to perform this evening at Houston's Toyota Center," ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Yes, Hall & Oates Tickets Are $100, But They Could Also Be $375

    Pop-rock wonders and '80s radio mavens Daryl Hall and John Oates are coming to Arena Theatre on Saturday, May 25, their second time through the Houston area in the past few months. Most people outside the Loop may think that the duo has been in mothballs since 1987, but the pair tour on the reg, a ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Woodlands Pavilion Moves Up to World's No. 2 Amphitheatre, Says Pollstar

    Houston's edgy restaurants and diverse museums may have drawn the attention of The New York Times, but both alternative and classic rockers, plus brawny country stars, scattered boy bands and Latin lovers, drew enough people through the turnstiles of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion that concert- ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Rock Venues

    10. Concert Pub North It's probably safe to say that Concert Pub North is the only venue in the area attached to a seafood restaurant/bar, known as the "Concert Pub Yacht." Like its cover-band-oriented Galleria-area counterpart, CPN programs plenty of "party bands" like the Velcro Pygmies, Electric ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Fiona Apple Arrested In West Texas For Hash Possession (UPDATED)

    Sierra Blanca, Texas -- that wonderful city in far West Texas that loves to pinch leaf-loving musicians like Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg Lion -- has claimed another trophy, arresting singer Fiona Apple Wednesday night for pot possession. According to TMZ, the singer-songwriter was arrested for po ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Also, P!nk Hits Toyota Center February 21

    Well, it's a big morning for pop divas coming to the Bayou City. Not two minutes after we published the announcement of Lady Gaga's return in January, Live Nation also announced that P!nk will bring her "The Truth About Love" tour to Toyota Center on February 21. Tickets for this one go on sale fir ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna Houston Bound

    Rewind: Dear Paul McCartney: Please Come Play Houston Two pretty big concert announcements this Friday morning. First, Rihanna, last seen missing most of her hair at Thursday night's VMAs, is bringing her just-announced Rihanna Diamonds World Tour to Toyota Center April 15, according to Live Nati ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Verizon Wireless Theater Now Known As Bayou Music Center

    Verizon Wireless Theater will no longer be known under that name, because owner Live Nation's sponsorship deal with the communication provider has expired. The venue, which holds about 3,000 people within downtown entertainment complex Bayou Place, will now be known as Bayou Music Center. Rocks Off ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    The '90s Dream Is Alive In The Woodlands This Summer

    Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and Cracker are heading to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 20. The "Last Summer on Earth" will take the crew on over 30 stops through the United States, celebrating the last summer on Earth with some of the best bands who pu ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    In Other News, LMFAO Is Big Enough To Play Toyota Center Now

    So this past week I was in Las Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. Standard dude stuff: Plenty of gambling, embittered ATM withdrawals, inordinate amounts of cursing, and the ever-present din of LMFAO at most every turn. I think at one point I heard their "Sexy And I Know It" in the restroom of th ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Beach Boys Reunion Tour Hits Woodlands June 8

    Dave Matthews Band opens new tour at Pavilion May 18 The Beach Boys, one of the most popular and celebrated bands to come out of America in the past century, announced a reunion tour this week, with Houston getting a set from Brian Wilson and the gang Friday, June 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pa ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Tickets For Van Halen's Houston Date Go On Sale Next Saturday

    You have all been asking, and now LiveNation is telling. Tickets for Van Halen's June 24th gig at Toyota Center go on sale next Saturday, January 289, and 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at or You know the ticketing drill. A few weeks back LiveNation to ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Black Keys Driving Their El Camino To Houston On April 24

    Photos By Craig HlavatyThe Black Keys ​The Black Keys, who are currently riding a wave of adulation in the wake of this month's brand new release El Camino, are set to hit Houston on April 24. This Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion date will be the group's second at the venue, the first being an ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Jay-Z & Kanye's Throne Tour Stop Delayed To December 5

    Toyota Center's Web site is now listing the Houston date of rap titans Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint tour to promote their forthcoming album Watch the Throne as Monday, December 5, rather than the previously announced Wednesday, October 26. Promoter Live Nation confirmed the change, but has not se ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Fighting Navy SEALs

    It's not every week that Arcade Fire returns to the suburbs whose ennui inspired a Grammy-winning album, but it is every week that we bring a brimming local music roundup for all of our Rocks Off readers. Without further ado, we present the latest installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. ​Hot of ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Last Night: Arcade Fire At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Arcade Fire, Explosions In the Sky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 4, 2011 It was a sort of homecoming for titanic indie-rockers Arcade Fire Wednesday night in the Woodlands, as the band returned to Houston after five momentous years to play songs from The Suburbs, ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Rocks Off Giving Away Pair Of Arcade Fire Tickets

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Rocks Off recently reached a pretty cool milestone, and we're about to hit another. So we'd like to say thanks. Last week we got our 3,000th Twitter follower on @hprocksoff, and we are a handful of folks away from our 2,000th Facebook "liker." What are you waiting ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Avett Brothers Postponed To May 20

    The Avett Brothers on Facebook​Bluegrass stars The Avett Brothers' show scheduled for Thursday at Verizon Wireless Theater has been rescheduled to Friday, May 20, due to the birth of banjoist/singer Scott Avett's first second child. The group, which performed on this year's Grammys alongside ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Willie Nelson Show Postponed Until April 28

    ​Well, shit. Willie Nelson just announced via Twitter that tonight's show at Verizon Wireless Theater, which had sold out, has been postponed until April 28 due to the treacherous driving conditions brought on by the frigid weather. See you in the springtime, Stranger. All tickets for tonight ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Nickelback Coming Back Again; All We Can Do Is Shrug

    Craig Hlavaty​Rocks Off would like to think we've pretty much inoculated himself to "bad music" to the point where nothing fazes us anymore. We can roll into an Insane Clown Posse show, no problem. Kenny G? We'll shake dude's hand and talk shop with him. But Nickelback is a different story. ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Upcoming: The Eagles, Aerosmith, BoDeans, Otep, Slim Thug, Etc.

    ​30footFALL, Latch Key Kids: Sat., June 26. Continental Club. Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos: Thu., Aug. 5. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Ataris, Gasoline Heart, Don't Panic: Sat., Sept. 4. Scout Bar Clear Lake. The BoDeans, Ray Johnston: Thu., June 17. The Warsaw. The Burden, B L A ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    What Rocks Off Is Cooking Up For Memorial Day

    First of all, a bit of news: John Mayer is playing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Owl City Sunday, September 5. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5 at Yay. Now, Rocks Off knows many of you are anxious to start your Memorial Day weekend - and many of you already hav ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    KISS Brings "Hottest Show On Earth" (Duh) To Woodlands

    Jay Lee​ KISS returns to Houston for the second time in less than a year September 17. This time the monstrously monolithic classic-rockers will be gracing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for a tour they are calling the "Hottest Show on Earth." A local on-sale date will no doubt be announced s ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Discount iFest Tickets Through KPFT; GaGa On Sale Next Friday; Husk Blows Away; Free Ani D Tickets & Poster Show

    Courtesy of​The 40th anniversary of iFest is coming up next weekend, and this year music from the Caribbean will be spotlighted, with headliner and President of Funkadelia George Clinton (right; no relation to that other President). KPFT is also turning 40 this year, and for a limited ti ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Mayday, Mayday: Van Morrison Opens Woodlands' 2010 Season May 1

    ​This weekend word came from Live Nation that legendary Irish crooner and songwriter Van Morrison will be open the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2010 season Thursday, May 1, Van the Man's first Houston appearance in more than 30 years. According to, Morrison first hit Houston in J ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Jim Gaffigan

    We don't want to call him a food comic, but he does talk a lot about eating

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    January 28, 2010

    Houston 2020: The Future Is Unwritten

    But hey, that's not stopping Noise.

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    December 25, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Pocket Full of Soul Director and Harmonica Apologist Marc Lempert

    As you can also see in this week's print edition of the Press - yes, we still make those - Rocks Off recently had a chance to chat via email with Marc Lempert, director of the harmonica documentary Pocket Full of Soul that screens Saturday night at Verizon before a demonstration of the instrument's ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Wondering What Tonight's Puscifer Show Might Be Like? Check This Out...

    Well, well, well. This promises to be most interesting indeed. My my, Maynard, my my. 8 p.m. at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 713-227-3974 or

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    October 9, 2009

    Go Ask Alice: Shock-Rockers Who Can Hang With Mr. Cooper

    ​Before Lady GaGa, before Clay Aiken, before Marilyn Manson, the nation's ultimate ghastly shock-rocker and parent-baiting troublemaker was Detroit's own Alice Cooper. Cooper and his band weren't the first rockers to shock and frighten the masses with tales of ghouls and blood, but they were one o ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Bayou Beat: Come Play Beatles Rock Band With Rocks Off, Watch Us On TV, Zeppelin Lounge Goes Bye-Bye, Black Crowes Admit "Houston Don't Dream About Me," etc.

    ​Rocks Off has managed to secure a copy of Beatles Rock Band, and because we're not selfish at all, we're inviting everyone to come play along with us at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby. Pit your button-mashing skills against Rocks Off's house band, enjoy Beatles-themed dri ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Do You Look Like Aerosmith's Steven Tyler or One of ZZ Top?

    Live Nation has come through with a four-pack of lawn tickets to the classic-rock show of the summer, Aerosmith and Houston's own ZZ Top July 18 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and Rocks Off sure as hell ain't gonna give this away for some cheap-ass trivia question. Naw, this time we're gonn ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Bayou Beat: B L A C K I E on Tour, Michael Jackson Tribute at Discovery Green, Ticket Deals and More

    Above is some video from B L A C K I E's performance Monday night at New Orleans' Dragon's Den, the first show of his mini-tour. The feedback-loving local rapper visits Baltimore Friday and Brooklyn's Afro!!Punk!!Fest!! Sunday. Rocks Off has heard through the proverbial grapevine that there's a Mic ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Win a Pair of Kid Rock/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tickets

    As part of Live Nation's all-day $24.99 lawn-ticket sale for shows at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, they've kindly offered us a pair of lawn tickets to the June 30 Kid Rock/Lynyrd Skynyrd shred-off to give away. But of course, we're not just going to give them to you. If you want them, just a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    Glenn Beck

    Web exclusive!

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    April 30, 2009

    Semi-Spinal Tap Show Moves to House of Blues

    Rocks Off just got word from AEG Live that Friday night's "Unwigged & Unplugged" acoustic show, featuring original Spinal Tap members David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, has been moved from Jones Hall to House of Blues. Mysteriously, no reason was given, but shows never seem to mov ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Rumors Are Always True: U2 Hits Reliant Stadium October 14

    Just as Rocks Off suspected, U2 and Live Nation announced Tuesday evening that the Irish band's record-smashing 360 tour will stop at Reliant Stadium Wednesday, October 14, with "Supermassive Black Hole" UK space-rock trio Muse opening. Tickets for the Houston show - and, if you must, the October 12 ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Oh, Christ: Original Limp Bizkit Lineup to Reunite

    Because things aren't already bad enough out there right now, the original lineup of crotch-rocking mooks Limp Bizkit annouced today they are reuniting. Here, according to a joint statement by the band's Fred Durst and Wes Borland, is their reasoning: "We decided we were more disgusted and bor ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Damn the Torpedoes, Live Nation is Full Steam Ahead

    Start saving those nickels and dimes, kids, because the biggest tour of 2009 (so far) is headed for Houston. At a press conference in House of Blues' Foundation Room this morning, Live Nation President Bob Roux and Toyota Center General Manager Doug Hall announced Elton John and Billy Joel will brin ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008
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    September 11, 2008
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    April 10, 2008

    George Carlin

    Comedian’s anger still funny after all these years

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    November 29, 2007

    Alejandro Sanz

    Spanish singer/songwriter brings his music to the Verizon

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    November 20, 2007

    Whither Springsteen?

    As posted on Houstoned Rocks literally moments ago, Live Nation announced today that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will bring their Magic tour to Houston April 14, 2008. No venue is currently listed for Houston or the April 13 Dallas date, but the other dates on the tour are booked in basket ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    High Rollin’ Roulette

    Houston Roller Girls brawl for the cup at today’s championship

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    October 15, 2007
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