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    March 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Stephen Malkmus, Childish Gambino, etc.

    Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Fitzgerald's, March 7 Slack-rock innovator Stephen Malkmus -- best-known for his tenure in '90s figureheads Pavement -- is, in reality, quite insightful. But he's as always been an anomaly in many ways. He's a pioneering musician, smart-as-a-whip scholar, skilled sports ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Is "Indie" a Bogus Concept In 2014?

    Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw. Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Dear Grammys, We Can Be Friends Again

    Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally. So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: we can still forgive your i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Predicting This Year's Rodeo Lineup

    This Sunday night at the stroke of 11:59 p.m., the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will announce its 2014 lineup, this year's model of arguably the biggest three-week assortment of top-drawer entertainer talent anywhere in the nation -- or even the world. Each year it strives to engage its increasing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Reliant Arena, 11/27/2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli Reliant Arena November 27, 2013 Standing in the shadow of a diminishing Astrodome, the rarely used Reliant Arena played host to more than 5,000 Houstonians for a showcase of some of today's biggest hip-hop talent Wednesday, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis returned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Macklemore Has Something He Wants to Say

    Last Sunday evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis accepted the award for Best Hip-Hop/Rap artist, one of six they were nominated for at the 2013 American Music Awards. But instead of a traditional speech, Macklemore (real name Ben Haggerty,) took the opportunity to speak up against racial profiling via ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, etc.

    High on Fire House of Blues, November 25 Wrenching Motorhead's classic speed-thrash into new dimensions of brutality and doom, High on Fire also packs its songs with nasty imagery like pestilence, plague, vermin and "Bastard Samurai" to go with the spectacular album art. Across five albums, the Oak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    The Head and the Heart at Warehouse Live, 11/14/2013

    The Head and the Heart Warehouse Live November 14, 2013 I think Thursday is starting to be that night again where everyone decides not to worry about how they feel the next morning at work. When I was growing up, "thirsty" Thursdays were the thing, especially when I was first legally allowed to get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    One Grumpy Editor. Houston's No. 1 Hit Music Station. All Damn Day.

    Generally I become more and more skeptical about what's "hot." This is also known as "getting older" or, to paraphrase Chris Rock, not wanting to be the old guy in the club. But for me that skepticism has always come with a certain morbid curiosity about what makes some songs so popular and why. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Jonas Brothers & Karmin at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 8/7/2013

    Jonas Brothers, Mike Tompkins and Karmin Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 7, 2013 Pop music is synonymous with screaming girls, a young audience, and music that will make you want to dance no matter how hard you fight it. Catching the Jonas Brothers in concert checks off all three things on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013

    Houston's not getting any colder, so Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us which recently released songs are helping them beat the heat this summer. Alt-J, Dissolve Me" A strong, danceable beat coupled with such serenity. It's the sound of floating in the ocean with friends while just a little bit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Upcoming: Blondie, Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan, Chief Keef, Sammy Kershaw, etc.

    10 Years: Sun., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., $21.50 to $25.00. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. The Beans: With Oil Boom, The Docs, Keeton Coffman., Fri., July 26, 8 p.m., $10 to $12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. Beat King: With DJ Chose., Thu., Aug. 29, 9 p.m., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Pitbull and Ke$ha at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 6/22/13

    Pitbull, Ke$ha, Jump Smoker, Justice Crew Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 22, 2013 On paper, a Pitbull/Ke$ha tour makes a lot of sense. They're both pop stars with a ton of hit singles who write a lot of songs about the dance floor and partying all night. But that kind of logic only makes se ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2013

    Can't Hold Us

    These new Texans tailgating songs are guaranteed to give you a winning season.

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    June 14, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Bun B & Trae Tha Truth, Kelly Rowland, Caifanes, etc.

    Bun B, Trae Tha Truth Baybrook Mall (1355 W. Bay Area Blvd.), June 14 These days Bun B is a multitasking pillar of the community, one of the area's most beloved public figures: to say nothing of his high social-media profile,. Lately he's been helping Houston Mayor Annise Parker battle texting whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    This, Not That: New Tunes to Replace Some Tired Old Texans Tailgating Songs

    My family and I have been Houston Texans season ticketholders since Game 1, that celebrated and gratifying franchise opener (Texans 19, Cowboys 10), and we've always taken seriously our tailgating privileges. Texans fans tailgate better than most, including the North Texas delusionals who do it u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Sama'an Ashrawi, Trill Gladiator

    Who? Sama'an Ashrawi is a filmmaker, a documentarian of almost everything UGK and easily one of the few men Bun B trusts more than anything other than his shoe collection and family. Actually, Ashrawi is like family after the two befriended one another. Last fall, Ashrawi released his All Star Tribu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Free Press Summer Fest, 6/2/2013

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Free Press Summer Fest, Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2, 2013 Perhaps the schedulers behind this year's Free Press Summer Festival know something the rest of us don't. The rapper/DJ duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are at the peak of their careers so far, garnering more attention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Best Acts of Sunday, 6/2/2013

    Cat Power/Social Distortion Cat Power has such a spotty live reputation that she's hard to pass up, epecially at a music festival. We all want to see the implosion when it happens. However, she once pleased me greatly (and made me somewhat of a fan) at one ACL Fest around the time her R&B-heavy The ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Festival's Biggest WTF Moments

    Know Your City During Matt & Kim, Kim had the crowd in her pocket... until she accidentally called them "Dallas." She immediately recognized her terrible faux pas and recovered by telling a story about how once she was having sex with Matt and called him by the wrong name. She said that afterwards " ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Best Things We Overheard In the Crowd This Weekend

    "I like the red douchebag tanks." "I know this song!" -- at the beginning of Paul Wall's "Smile For Me Daddy" "Fuck your fuckin' water!" -- a testy exchange in the Fancy Pants tent

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    May 31, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Acts We'd Rather Skip This Time

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off has been bringing you our staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest Releases 2013 Schedule & Stage Times

    The moment many of you have been dreading has arrived: this morning Free Press Summer Fest announced this year's schedule and stage times for its fifth year, scheduled for June 1 and 2 in Eleanor Tinsley Park. The festival's eightysomething performers this year are spread across six stages from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Last Night: Gaslight Anthem at House of Blues

    Gaslight Anthem House of Blues April 25, 2013 At 10 p.m. sharp Thursday night, as Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight" blared on the speakers overheard, the Jersey-born and -bred, punk rock five-piece The Gaslight Anthem sauntered out onto the stage at House of Blues. Fans cheered, a ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    ACL 2013 Predictions & Rumors: Is This Jimmy Buffett's Year?

    2013 marks the first year that the Austin City Limits Music Festival -- Texas' other large outdoor music festival, never to be confused with Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest -- expands to two consecutive weekends with identical lineups. At this point the lineup for the festival, scheduled for Oc ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Kirko Bangz Hits Cover of XXL's "Freshman 10" Issue

    Congratulations to Houston rapper Kirko Bangz for making the cover of XXL magazine's annual "Freshman 10" issue this month, only a couple of years after he first drew national attention with the single "Drank In My Cup," and several months after "Drank" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart. ... More >>

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