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Manchester

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    April 22, 2014

    Manchester Orchestra at House of Blues, 4/21/2014

    Manchester Orchestra House of Blues April 21, 2014 Sometimes a band just floors you. They leave you crawling away from the venue without the ability to walk, think, talk or use your major motor functions for a period of time. While such and aural assault doesn't happen that often, when it does you ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Dynamo Have Their Own British Explosion Against Stoke City

    The Houston Dynamo got to kick some British arse Wednesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, for a charitable purpose. They were able to defeat Stoke City of the English Premier League 2-0 in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup. To Stoke's credit, this match was only their first in their preseason ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    30footFALL at Fitzgerald's, 7/20/2013

    30footFALL, Bickley, the Smiffs, Skeleton Dick Fitzgerald's July 19, 2013 What exactly does it take to keep a punk rock band in Houston, Texas, together for 20 years? Well, delivering the goods onstage year in and year out is certainly one crucial ingredient. That's what has kept 30footFALL fans co ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013
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    May 30, 2013
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    January 31, 2012

    From The Sky Down: U2's "Bittersweet Song Of Disunity"

    What was the last great U2 album? Now, before you go and get your snotty Henry Rollins quotes lined up, recall that there was a period in the mid- to late 1980s when the Dublin foursome were both the biggest and most critically acclaimed band on the planet before veering off into sonic experimentat ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Riot Riot Upstart: Songs For The UK Riots

    photoshoplooter.tumblr.com/​A few days ago, in the midst of the worst of the rioting going on around London, which has now dominated the headlines for the better part of a week, someone on Twitter remarked "If Americans rioted every time the cops shot somebody we'd have no time for cocaine and ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Say Goodbye To Nine Houston Post Offices

    Offices a-closin'​The U.S. Postal Service has announced it's thinking about shutting 3,700 locations across the country, many in small towns. But Houston would not be spared: A list of potential closings -- hilariously labeled the "Expanded Access Study List" -- shows nine sites in the city a ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Friday Night: Cage The Elephant & Manchester Orchestra At Verizon

    Photos by Matthew KeeverCage the Elephant​Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra Verizon Wireless Theater May 27, 2011 Cage the Elephant are nuts. Like their music or not, you're guaranteed to have a good time at any of their live performances. The band's energy level is unparalleled by alm ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Some Can Whistle: A Playlist To Don't Worry, Be Happy

    ​It's often the little things that make our favorite songs our favorites - the curious, unforeseen additions of small touches like an understated bit of whistling. For those who like to categorize their playlists into themes, we present you with the Rocks Off approved Whistle Playlist. The S ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Prince William: Who's Playing The Royal Wedding?

    Now, if it were Prince Harry's wedding...​Sorry, ladies. Prince William is (almost!) officially off the market. When the future King of England officially announced his engagement to girlfriend Kate Middleton earlier today, Rocks Off instantly envisioned potential entertainers for the couple' ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Face It, Fans: MLS Is A Minor League

    What's that "M" stand for again?​I don't read Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle often. I think of him as a kind of minor league Richard Justice. But I couldn't resist reading him the other day when he did one of my favorite things, piss off soccer fans. Last week, apparently, he made the mis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Blogging from Bonnaroo: Meghan Hendley of Tyagaraja Checks In

    Wayne Coyne with Meghan Hendley/Click here for a slideshow​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Quite the opportunity for exposure, no? Meghan Hendley ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Vimto

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. If you're like me, you might wander up to the refrigerated drink case at Phoenicia and think that the red, yellow and white can of Vimto sitting o ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

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    October 26, 2009

    Ain't No Party (Around Here) Like Houston's The Factory Party

    www.myspace.com/thefactorypartymusic​ It always amazes Rocks Off how we'll start liking one band - Bunnymen-loving London post-punks White Lies, in this case - and then a little while later, stumble across a local band who could be their twin. If only, you know, they weren't from halfway around th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    9/9/09: Songs With a Certain Number in the Title

    ​As Hair Balls pointed out, we've only got three more of these weird number/same number/same number days left this century after today. Such chronological repetition appeals to the hidden obsessive-compulsive in all of us, so join us as we wash our hands nine times, lock the door nine times, and l ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Smiths Reunion Rumored at Morrissey's Jones Hall Show

    Strangeways, here they come: Rocks Off has learned that former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has requested passes for his ex-bandmate Morrissey's sold-out April 11 show at Jones Hall, leading to speculation that the two will perform onstage together for the first time since the influential Manchester ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Tonight: Morrissey Listening Party at Jet Lounge

    Morrissey's back in record stores tomorrow with Years of Refusal, his first album since 2006's Ringleader of the Tormentors and possibly his hardest-rocking album to date. (Its release on primo Americana label Lost Highway only adds to the weirdness factor.) The thick-ass bass and snarling guitars o ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Ballz detects ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Ballz detects a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in yesterday's New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Rocks O ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    October 20, 2008

    Free Ting Tings Tickets Right Here

    "That's Not My Name" House of Blues just dropped off a veritable shiteload of tickets for tonight's show by Manchester pop-dance duo the Ting Tings. One of the more buzzed-about bands at this year's SXSW, the Ting Tings - Jules de Martino and Katie White - have since become staples on college radio ... More >>

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    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Tonight: Back Door Slam at Warehouse Live

    The Isle of Man - the sparsely populated "crown dependency" between Great Britain and Ireland - has given the world those adorable tailless Manx cats and the Bee Gees, who were born there before moving to Manchester and then Australia. Now you can add blues-rock power trio Back Door Slam to that lis ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    Overnight Express: Simply Red Does Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Another collaboration of sorts between an aging American R&B star and a (much) better-selling British acolyte is in the offing, it seems. Early this morning (when all e-mail blasts go out, apparently), the folks charged with getting the word out about Rhino Records' upcoming releases announced that ... More >>

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    March 15, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Music Deaths

    The Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter returns

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    November 15, 2007
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    October 25, 2007

    Joy Division's Expanded Reissues

    Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still, Control Original Motion Picture Sound Track

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    RIP Tony Wilson

    Even a 24-hour party can’t last forever: Tony Wilson, founder of the Factory record label that launched Manchester-bred acts like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays died Thursday night at age 57, Sky News reported today. Wilson, whose life was depicted with a large grain of salt in the 2002 ... More >>

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    April 6, 2006
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    March 16, 2006

    Nine Black Alps

    Tuesday, March 21, Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727

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    March 16, 2006

    The Hype of March

    Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldnt care

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    January 12, 2006
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    September 22, 2005

    The Doves, with Longwave

    This Meridian show has been canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Rita

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    April 21, 2005

    Morrissey

    Live at Earl's Court

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    April 14, 2005

    Make Mine a Guinness

    The author discovers his genetic Irishness

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    May 6, 2004
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    April 29, 2004
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    January 22, 2004

    Magnums at Opus

    Are you beautiful? Then head to downtown's newest club

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    May 1, 2003
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    February 20, 2003

    Psychic Gothline

    Find out what the late Ian Curtis thinks about Interpol. No, really.

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    February 16, 1995
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    January 13, 1994

    Disco Knights

    Bouncers is a pleasantly diverting night on the town, without hangover or savor

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