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    November 11, 2014

    The Best Things Overheard at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 (NSFW)

    "Hey do you want a Red Bull?" "No thanks." "It has vodka in it." "Okay." "Let me know if you're gonna do something stupid so I can record it and post it online for karma"

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    October 28, 2014

    The Best Things Overheard at Something Wicked 2014

    "Look at all these cheeks just hanging out!" "I met my ex-boyfriend to get my ticket and he ripped it up right in front of me!" "That there's a puddle makes it suspicious" -- someone vocalizing what we were all thinking about a parking-lot portapotty

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    October 27, 2014

    The Tontons at Fitzgerald's, 10/24/2014

    The Tontons, Ume, Buckamore, -Us. Fitzgerald's October 24, 2014 The Tontons are no longer Houston's little secret, and haven't been for a minute. The local indie darlings have spent the last couple of years crisscrossing the country, playing to some of the hippest crowds in the hippest cities. This ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Bars For People-Watching

    Note: List is in alphabetical order. AVANTGARDEN A converted turn-of-the-20th-century house, AvantGarden is a bar, community venue and gathering point where creative and artistic people throughout the city come for poetry readings, live music, theatrical productions, independent-film premieres, ar ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 1

    Best Act That We Didn't Understand How They Were Making Noise: The Glitch Mob With a battery of touchscreens and drum triggers, The Glitch Mob dropped what was the most impressive set of electronica on the festival, which is saying a lot on a bill that features some of the biggest DJs in the world. ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Something Wicked's 2014 Lineup Five Sets We're Looking Forward to

    You gotta hand it to Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture: they know how to put together a solid lineup of music. The decision to expand Something Wicked to two days might have seemed weird at first, but in the year 2014, aka The Year That Houston Went Festival Crazy, it makes perfect sense. In th ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The Best Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

    ABOVE & BEYOND Sunday, Saturn Stage No group in electronic music knows how to play to a listener's emotional core than Above & Beyond. It was almost jarring how beautiful their set sounded after two days of heat and rain and evacuations and mud and lack of sleep and the other crazy things one deals ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Pachanga Fest: A Latino-Music Spread Worth Driving West

    For anyone who loves music, it would be a dream come true if some of your favorite bands accepted an invitation to play a show in your backyard. Throw in a variety of delicious food, cold drinks and a handful of your family and friends, and you might stumble upon the creation of a pachanga, which me ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    The Five Best Acts of iFest, Weekend 2

    Archie Bell Archie Bell may not have had The Drells to back him up at iFest Saturday, but that didn't stop him from providing a classic performance one would expect from the Houston R&B/Soul legend. With his 70th birthday approaching, Mr. Bell moved with the finesse of a ballerina, and sang with the ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    The 12 Best Acts of iFest's First Weekend

    The Apple Scruffs Performing as "The Down Under Band" for the day, The Apple Scruffs took an inspiring break from their usual gig as a Beatles cover band to cover music from Australian musicians, in homage to this year's spotlight country. This quartet was so good, it inspired thoughts about what th ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Yankees Fans in Houston for Opening Day (Photos)

    Yesterday was Opening Day, and Minute Maid Park seemed like it was filled with a 50-50 split of Yankees fans and Astros fans. And with this opener being Derek Jeter's goodbye kiss to baseball, some fans came from as far as New York, according to reports. Our photographer Marco Torres was there to c ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Six More Rap Collaborations That Need to Happen

    Where once it was in vogue to beef, the current trend in rap these days seems to be friendship. Everywhere we see rappers forming collaborative duos for albums, and it's honestly producing some pretty amazing results. There was Watch the Throne, Run the Jewels and lately we've even had The Abstract ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    Happy Holidays!: Celebrating the Best Part of the Texans 2013 Season

    Let's not beat a dead horse here. The Texans are 2-13 and literally the best thing they can do at this point in the season is lose and get that number 1 draft pick. We all know how increasingly disappointing that's been for fans, but hey, it's Christmas, so let's focus on the positives. The Houston ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    The Best Things at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

    It Combines So Many Different Things I Love Friday night I got to stand outside and watch professional wrestling while a reunited Quicksand played a set. It's great to live in a world where that sentence is a thing that's real. CORY GARCIA The Weather Friday night was a bit chilly, but cloud cover ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Big Music Festivals Sure Can Be Creepy Sometimes

    This weekend Rocks Off will send another team to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park, three days sure to be full of music, drinking, and the sort of behavior that tends to happen when tens of thousands of scantily clad young people gather to get their buzz on and scope out potential ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    The Best Things We Overheard at ACL Fest This Weekend

    Angelica Leicht and Marco Torres report back with the most outrageous sound bites they overheard at Weekend 1 of the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival. "I think Bigfoot just copped a feel!" "Um, these guys are a little bit weird..." -- a very confused chick to her very confused boyfriend du ... More >>

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    October 6, 2013

    Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/5/2013

    THE CURE The Cure was one of the acts, if not the act, that I was really looking forward to seeing in Austin. They're, dare I say, legendary. That word gets thrown around way too often, but I stand by it with The Cure, especially after Saturday night's performance. It was further proof that Robert S ... More >>

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    October 5, 2013

    Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/4/2013

    ARCTIC MONKEYS I spent a good part of the mid-'00s torturing every passenger in my car with the Arctic Monkeys' album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not on repeat. I still enjoy busting out that album (and my faux accent) to screech along with them. So needless to say, I was stoked to cat ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    The Best Acts We Saw at the HPMA Showcase, 8/4/2013

    Born Again Virgins Born Again Virgins ripped up their set at Dirt Bar early into the showcase yesterday. I still can't get over the powerful stage presence that guitarist Adria LeCrone has; she rivals front man James Red, which is pretty impressive given he spent most of the set shirtless, sweaty, a ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Our Favorite 2013 HPMA Showcase Discoveries

    As in years past, Rocks Off asked our writers covering the HPMA showcase to tell us the act they like best that, until Sunday, they'd never seen before. American Fangs I caught American Fangs for the first time Sunday night, and came away impressed by how polished they sounded. They talented five-p ... More >>

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    June 2, 2013
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    March 14, 2013

    Today's 10 Most Predictable Acts to See In Concert

    There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as a disappointing concert. We've all been there; shit rolls downhill the minute the dude behind you dumps his beer on your girl's shoes, or the security bro doesn't find your umpteenth "Freebird" request to be quite as funny as you did. It'll ruin the night wi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Oh, You Mean There Is Actually A Game During NBA All-Star Weekend? (Plus, Can You Name The Rappers In Our Courtside Photo?)

    After a weekend of human gridlock at the Galleria, traffic snarls, bottles poppin', and all the parties you could handle, NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston came to a close on Sunday with the Western Conference defeating their Eastern foes 143-138, the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul getting the game' ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bands Your Girlfriend Cannot Stand

    A shared taste in music can be a critical part of any couple's relationship, from going to a concert on their first date to narrowing down that one special song for their first wedding dance. But what if that's not the case? Just from a bit of casual Googling, it's not difficult to find divorce atto ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Rodeo Touches Every Corner of Pop Universe, Almost Misses Texas

    I live too far away from the coasts to care about Coachella all that much, and have done far too much time in both the ACL and SXSW trenches to get too excited about anything that happens in far west Houston anymore. So instead, I have started looking forward to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

    As we look back over 2012 this week, it is now time to revisit some of this year's memorable shows. It wasn't easy narrowing the list down to 15. Concerts are in chronological order. CHRIS GRAY DAY, The Continental Club So much local talent and so much love. Uh, if I'm maybe a little too biased on ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    thelastplaceyoulook Turn To Their Fans To Help Kickstart Their First National Tour

    To make the most out of the chance of a lifetime, you may have to make some sacrifices. For thelastplaceyoulook that means quitting their day jobs, looking for more affordable housing, and leaving their families behind for six weeks. Having built a dedicated fan base here at home the band now find ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Shanti: Music's Top 10 Yoga Enthusiasts

    This weekend, the Texas Yoga Conference hits town at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center. It's like a big party where everyone practices yoga and learns or improves yoga techniques. At the end of the weekend, there will be musical performances by the Desert Dwellers, Tyagaraja, ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Last Night: Mastodon At Fitzgerald's

    Photo by Marco TorresMastodon gets the devil horns.​Mastodon, Black Tusk, Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's October 27, 2011 Mastodon on the stage upstairs at Fitzgerald's is like a bull in a china closet, an anaconda in a cage full of mice, or at least John Travolta in a room full of handsome me ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Last Night: Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​What do you get when a Latino playboy from Spain joins forces with a Cuban party animal from Miami? The biggest fucking dance party that Houston has ever seen, that's what. The Euphoria Tour rolled into the Toyota Center last night and filled it with party anthems, lase ... More >>

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    September 18, 2011

    ACL: The Rain Came Down, To The Delight Of Thousands

    Marco Torres​Yesterday at about midday at Zilker, a front of dark clouds began drizzling on us during J. Roddy Walston & The Business' set at the ginormo Bud Light, and the rain continues off and on until later in the afternoon. It was a welcome sight and feeling after months now of the jerky- ... More >>

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    September 18, 2011

    ACL: Batman's Bale At Bingham, Nick 13 is a 10 On Sunday Afternoon

    Marco Torresoh hai Batman!​The widget on our phone says it's only 91 degrees here at Zilker Park but we don't believe that voodoo. The humidity and heat pounding the park reminds us of Houston. We smell Pasadena and our fair city's taco trucks all the way from Austin. Our day started by walk ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    10 Rappers In The Guinness Book Of World Records*

    *At one point or another Marco TorresComing in at No. 10...​The Guinness Book of World Records has always been a fascinating and somewhat random thing to be a part of. Some people strive to be in the book to get noticed, while others get in the book completely by accident for good and bad th ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Swagometer: Brawling Strippers & Fat Tony's Filthy New Band Name

    Despite what you may have heard, swag isn't dead yet; at least not in Houston. Have any swagged-out projects or general ideas? E-mail alliswagoner@gmail.com. Ryan GrimesBest. Photo. Ever.​Aside from working every day at Girls Rock Camp Houston, this week provided Rocks Off with its usually co ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Houston Press Music Awards Moved To November (Probably)

    Marco Torres2010 HPMA Musician of the Year Nick Gaitan accepts his award.​Recently Rocks Off has been getting phone calls, emails and even one early-morning text message from someone who apparently has our private number (but we don't have theirs) wondering whatever happened to the Houston Pre ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Houston Dynamo Support Groups Squash the Drama, Unite Forces

    Marco Torres​It's an hour before game time on a late Saturday afternoon and members of the Texian Army and La Bateria congregate in a modest grassy area outside of Robertson Stadium. The Dynamo support groups have been camped out here since 1 p.m. in advance of seeing the home team take on the ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Mr. Boomtown Coats Bun B, E-40 With "Candy Paint"

    Marco TorresE-40 on the set of "Candy Paint"​(phone rings) "What's up, this is Boom... Sure, I can do Boston... It's gonna cost ya." (click) The acclaimed music-video director and filmmaker Nahala Johnson, better known as Mr. Boomtown, sits inside of a Midtown bar one night last week, drink ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Live Pics: Tyler The Creator's Ripped Abs & Odd Future At The Fader Fort #SWAG

    Marco Torres ​Rocks Off has these exclusive pics from Odd Future's set at the Fader Fort, just a hours ago. It was an insane hour of hysterics from Tyler The Creator and his group of full-contact loudmouthed young hip-hoppers. SWAG!

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    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Friday Night: Legends Of Rap At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Marco TorresRakim​"Legends of Rap" featuring Rakim, Slick Rick, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte Verizon Wireless Theater October 15, 2010 For more photos from Friday, see our slideshow here. Friday night at Verizon Theater was a celebration of hip-hop legends, the types that would ... More >>

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    October 10, 2010

    ACL Day 2 Recap: M.I.A., Gogol Bordello, Deadmau5, Mouse Masks

    credReturn of the Bamboo Banger: M.I.A.​Aftermath was eager to catch Gogol Bordello, only because our companion had missed their last Houston show at Meridian in 2008. We were convinced he'd get a kick out of them so we dragged him over to the AMD stage early in order to get a good view. One ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 2

    Brittanie Shey: When you go to a festival lit this, you're always looking for the discovery. The one band that either blows you away or causes you to alter all your expectations. Today it was Dan Black, a performer we caught only because there was nothing else going on. As soon as we get home, we' ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 1

    Brittanie SheyThe Ettes​Brittanie Shey: Things seem incredibly crowded, and hotter than Houston, if that's even possible. The dust is already flying. Some of us here braved the bro-crowd at the Black Keys (see jump) but some of us, seeing the mile of bodies wobbling before the stage, decided t ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Live: More Notes From the HPMA Awards Ceremony

    Marco TorresThe Umbrella Man​More notes from the awards, in full swing: The Mighty Org just won best guitarist. Practice those cards, presenters. Fat Tony's acceptance speech for Underground Hip-Hop: "Third time for Third Ward." Tony says he's meeting with a label Monday -- he didn't say whi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Bun B Has A Trill Tuesday At Greenspoint Meet & Greet

    UPDATE (9:59 a.m.): Hip-hop journal The Source has just published its opinion of Trill OG, giving it the magazine's first five-microphone rating in more than five years. Photos by Marco Torres​Like Kanye West before him, Houston's beloved Bun B is getting to know this thing called Twitter. Tu ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Slide Show: Alicia Keys And Robin Thicke At Toyota Center

    Marco Torres​ If time is indeed money, occasionally the amount of time reviewers can spend waiting for artists' management to approve our requests for tickets and photo passes can add up to more than if we'd actually paid for them ourselves. That's what happened over the weekend, as Rocks Off ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    The Opening Day Street Festival Is in Full Swing

    Photo by Marco Torres​It's not just a nice day out -- it's a nice Opening Day. And the street festival in front of Minute Maid Park is already in full swing.A ton of Clear Channel radio stations are on hand, there are interactive games, Junction Jack is walking around, and later this afterno ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Flashback: Rakim at House of Blues

    Marco Torres​ One of the true architects of hip-hop, Rakim stopped by House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room Tuesday night to conduct a clinic in peerless lyricism. Rocks Off's lensman Marco Torres was there. Did you know Rakim is the nephew of R&B trailblazer Ruth Brown? We didn't either. Click ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Slide Show: Bun B and Friends at Warehouse Live

    Marco Torres A who's who of rap talent from both Houston (Devin the Dude, Lil' Flip, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire) and out of town (Lupe Fiasco, the Cool Kids) turned up at Warehouse Live Saturday, June 20, to help the one and only Bun B "Swang on 'Em" for a couple of hours. Photographer Marco Torres w ... More >>

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