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    May 20, 2014

    The Six Least Fruitful Collaborations Ever

    Collaborations are often a dream come true for music fans. Who among us hasn't fantasized about our favorite musicians getting together for a jam session? When it happens though, the results may vary. One pairing you might think unlikely might do great things, where another one you always thought wo ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Top 10 Spoken-Word Pieces On Music Albums

    You know what I love? Soliloquies! Nothing is more awesome to me than when an album pauses in all the music and has a track where someone suddenly takes the mike and starts talking. Done well, it can be a hell of a powerful piece, but I respect the courage of anyone who gives it a shot. Some artist ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Mixed Emotions: When CD Compilations Create "Feelings"

    I recently received an e-mail from my nephew, Orlando, inviting me to join something called the "Mix of the Month" club. The correspondence detailed how 12 members of this group would each have an assigned month to create a mix CD to send to the others. Original, creative cover art was encouraged. I ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Daylight Saving Time, Case Keenum & Lou Reed: How To Use That Extra Hour

    You've sprung ahead; now it's time to fall back. Sunday brings the end of this year's Daylight Savings Time, meaning, we guess, that it's time to throw time-thriftiness to the winds and just go wild. What should you do with that blessed extra hour? Five suggestions: 5. Accept the ending of the Ca ... More >>

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    October 27, 2013

    RIP Lou Reed: Streetwise Rock and Roll Icon Dies at 71

    Lou Reed, the tragically hip, eternally cool songwriter and musician whose friendships, collaborations and rivalries with the likes of John Cale, David Bowie and Iggy Pop helped define, expand and elevate rock music from the mid-'60s to the present, has died. Reed's death was confirmed to The New Yo ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    October 11, 2012
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    October 5, 2012

    Set It To Blow: 5 Musical Bombs to Promote Internet-Jukebox Anarchy

    Recently my Twitter buddy John Seaborn Gray wrote a blog for Rocks Off in which he gave the world five simple suggestions for how to use Internet jukeboxes more effectively. He makes a lot of good points and if you're good people you'll read it, digest it and put his rules in to practice. I am not ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    10 Heavy Metal Double Albums That Make Us Want to Buy a Turntable

    This week, one of our most highly anticipated albums of the summer was released: Baroness' Yellow & Green. We were already looking forward to hearing whatever came next from the Georgia rockers after the success of their epic Blue Record in 2009, but we got especially excited when we found out that ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 9, 2012

    5 Intentionally Bad Albums By Geniuses That Really Aren't So Bad

    If there's one thing artists hate, it's record labels. Like managers, they were a necessary evil for the music business throughout much of the previous century, at least until piracy and digital uploading became a thing. The way it worked in the olden days, though, was that a record label would giv ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Lord Lordy, Look Who's Forty: The Best Albums Of 1972

    Last week I told you about the best debut albums of 1992, making a lot of us feel old in the process. Hell, I was only nine when those came out and I felt feeble making the list. This week we look at the best albums of 1972, now four decades in the hole, but no less fulfilling and influential. Wha ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Matt Bradshaw of El Gran Malo

    We stopped into El Gran Malo this week because nothing quite warms your chilled bones like a few shots of crushed black pepper, sea salt, cayenne and toasted Texas pecan-infused tequila. We sampled some of the bar's newest infusions, snacked on bacon-wrapped jalapenos that were so spicy my ears hurt ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    5 Bands Lou Reed Should Have Called Instead of Metallica

    As mentioned in Nathan Smith's "Bummer, Dude: The 10 Big Musical Disappointments of 2011", Lulu, the not-at-all-anticipated-by-me aural abortion resulting from the un-Godly union of The Progenitor of All Things Cool, Three Insufferable Man-Children & Kirk Hammett, SUCKED. This was crushing for me on ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Bummer, Dude: The 10 Big Musical Disappointments of 2011

    Photo by Marc BrubakerThis guy's crazy rant at Fun Fun Fun Fest made the list.​All things considered, 2011 was a pretty bitchin' year for popular music. It wasn't all high-fives and Grammies for our musical heroes, however. More than few steaming flops, blown gigs and sour notes made the yea ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    For Labor Day: 10 Songs About Childbirth

    kidzcareonline.com​Cyril Connolly said "There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall." The famed English literary critic knew, like several here at Rocks Off, that having kids puts a hell of a dent in a parent's free time, and the constant demands of children can make at ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians

    ​The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Tax The Wolf Agrees: Velvet Underground > The Strokes

    Michelle Tovar/ Tax the Wolf on Facebook​For the night before Thanksgiving, there is a lot going on in Houston tomorrow. But with all due respect to Robert Ellis & the Boys at Fitzgerald's and the LAX/Young Girls show at Groundhall - not to mention, on an entirely different scale, both Bruno M ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010
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    November 12, 2010

    Top Five Musician/Journalist Feuds

    "Like, what is your problem?" Jason Nocito​Hell hath no fury like a spurned musician, but a critic's vengeance doesn't lag far behind. This week in the Houston Press, you can read an interview Noah Bailey at our sister paper the Dallas Observer did with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken, who says he h ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    ​The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk rock to shoegaze, its members went on to very different lives: Lou Reed to street-life classi ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Top 10 Pop Songs With Children's Choruses

    ​On the way home from ACL this past Sunday night, Craig's Hlist had his Rdio account humming over the speakers playing one of his playlists (phlayhlist?), but not the sad-bastard mix we rocks whenever we are at work alone. It was the life-spanning one we have been making since we got on the mu ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Cartoon Band To Play Toyota Center

    My my, we're busy today. Rocks Off this sent this into the Twitterverse earlier, but for all you non-tweeters, Gorillaz, the UK hip-hop/electronica/rock band composed of Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs - the cartoon avatars of Blur's Damon Albarn and his pal Jamie Hewlett - are pencile ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Beavis And Butt-Head's Greatest Video Hits, Dillhole

    ​On the night of November 28, 1997, Rocks Off was sitting in his friend Chad's parents' house in Pearland, watching the final episode of MTV's Beavis and Butt-head. The boys had been a part of our daily lives since at least fifth grade, and as we marched into the second semester of ninth grade ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    FAIL: "American Idols Live," Montreal Jazz Festival, George Michael, Suge Knight

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Jazz Festival Audience Somehow Unprepared to Enjoy Aimless, Self-Indulgent Noodling: Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Reed's wife Laurie Anderson performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival recently, and treated the audience to improvisational jazz which the linked ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    The 7 Most Polarizing Albums In Recent Memory

    ​This Monday night, MGMT hits the House Of Blues behind new album Congratulations, which has been getting one of the most tepid responses for a new album by a buzz band in recent media memory. The people that jumped on the bandwagon in 2008 after the Brooklyn-based then-duo released Oracular Spect ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Acts We Think - OK, Hope - Are Playing ACL Fest This Year

    ​By this time Tuesday, we will all know who is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Damn, it seems like we have speculating about the line-up since, well, we got the last of the "Dillo Dirt" out the middle of our toes after last year's muddy and rainy ACL weekend. Tuesday brig ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    8 Songs Guaranteed To Get Those Damn Relatives To Leave Already

    ​But if I really say it, the radio won't play it, Unless I lay it between the lines! - Peter, Paul and Mary, "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" We know, we know. It's late Christmas evening, you've had a few too many glasses of nog. That turkey is starting to take its toll, and yet you've still got a hou ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Stuck In a Moment You (Still) Can't Get Out Of: Remembering 9/11 In Music

    Just as none of us will ever forget where we were the morning of September 11, 2001, Rocks Off will never forget what he was listening to most of the day of the terrorist attacks. Sadly, he admits it was System of A Down's Toxicity, which had come out just the week before. For us the album conveyed ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Getting It On

    [Ed. Note: While we were off watching Night Ranger videos or something - which should tell you all you need to know about our own sex life at the moment - Rocks Off No. 2, Craig Hlavaty, and Web Editor Katharine Shilcutt started going back and forth about how men and women want to hear very differen ... More >>

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    March 21, 2009

    SXSW: Echo & the Bunnymen at Stubb's

    By Friday afternoon, SXSW fatigue has taken hold. You're walking a little slower, less inclined to whip out the notebook to jot down every little observation - Rocks Off has seen many journos just typing notes into their BlackBerries, a trend that both intrigues and dismays him - and wondering how m ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Eat Your Vegetables: Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music

    Consisting of nothing more than one hour of two overlaid tracks of guitar feedback, Metal Machine Music ranks near the top of music history's shit list in terms of total amount of critical bile received. Houston's own Ramon Medina summed up the album's status succinctly on the NonAlignment Pact blog ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Lou Reed. Live. For One Song. Lou Freakin’ Reed.

    Every damn year, the people who put on SXSW play the same old game. For some reason, there always seems to be a certain amazing musician in town to give a lecture, screen a film or do something else all together that doesn’t involve them performing live. The game is finding out exactly where and w ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    South By Scavenger Hunt

    I might not have seen Moby or Lou Reed or any other notables, but if I were on a scavenger hunt I think I’d be winning. So far at South By I’ve seen:

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    March 13, 2008

    SXSW Ephemera: Random Notes from the Field

    Can't find a hotel room? Maybe these people will let you crash on their bus in front of Emo's. Let’s dish about Lou Reed for a minute. He didn’t show up to join Roky Erickson and Okkervil River at the Austin Music Awards last night, as was rumored, because apparently 11 p.m. (when they went on ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: SXSW Rumblins'

    It's kind of like the shocker, but not really... Here it comes. Just two weeks into the year and already the South by Southwest hype machine is churning. In the past week we have learned that Lou Reed will a keynote speaker, R.E.M will be stumbling down Sixth Street like it's 1984 and now Yo La Teng ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007

    Single File: “Tranquilize,” the Lou Reed/Killers Collaboration

    “Tranquilize,” a Lou Reed/Killers collaboration from the Las Vegas band’s upcoming B-sides/covers album Sawdust, doesn’t really make sense. If that assessment seems vague, the song’s non-specific lyrics and opposing styles aren’t any clearer. Case in point: can anyone explain what “Liv ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006

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    Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition

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    February 9, 2006

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    The Lullabadeer

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    January 5, 2006
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    September 8, 2005

    Walk on the Wild Side

    Meet Supestar diva Holly Woodlawn at the Houston Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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    August 11, 2005

    Biirdie

    Wednesday, August 17, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.

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    January 15, 2004

    Messing with Texas

    Rockers bash Bush, with varying results

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    July 3, 2003

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