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Mario E. Rodriguez

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    September 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: We Were Wolves, Howlers at the Moon Tower

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? This here digital chat wi ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Melissa Lonchambon Ryan, Omotai's Mistress of Metal

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Melissa Lonchambon Ryan i ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Dinner Lab: Curated, Members-Only Experiences Arrive In Houston

    Pop-ups are fairly common events in Houston, where a variety of chefs (often in conjunction with bartenders and sommeliers) band together to throw a one-time meal. Pop-ups have been used as fundraisers, helped chefs launch restaurants and functioned as creative outlets that allow chefs to cook diffe ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jessica Perry, the Spice In Vanilla Sugar

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jessica Perry is a busy m ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Handsomebeast, Silver Jeans Starchildren

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Handsomebeast, who have b ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Mario Rodriguez of Bang Bangz Talks Touring Mexico and Wonky Power

    The soul of a good musician is usually restless and ambitious, always ready to expand their sound and talent towards as many ears and hearts as possible. Houston is blessed with many such individuals, including Mario Rodriguez, the curly-haired, bespectacled, wonky frontman of the electro-pop group ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Squincy Jones, "If It Jams, I Play It!"

    Who? Shane Rector is Houston born and raised, and has been DJing under the name of Squincy Jones in the city for about 14 years. "I came up playing Aerosol Warfare parties, RockBox, Speakerboxx, Raise It Up, and Gritsy," he says. "If it jams, I play it!" Home Base? The Arcade, aka his "sad" apart ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ B*Ryte, From VA To H-Town With Love

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Megan Bowie can flip her ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jess Walker, the Pride of Pride Houston

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Since 2012 Jess Walker ha ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Meagan Chambers, Don't Gag Her Gorgeous Guitar

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Gag Me, I'm Gorgeous is o ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Justin Nava, the Voice of thelastplaceyoulook

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? It's hard to believe that ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Donnie Houston, Halftime Entertainment

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Donnie Houston is a produ ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Dave Callier, Grindcore Guitar God

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you're at all interest ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Mlee Marie Mains, the Heart of Hearts of Animals

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Another Mutation is a fun ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nick Greer, a G Among G's

    Who? Nick Greer, the bespectacled, shaggy-haired front man of Nick Greer and the G's describes himself as a self-taught keyboard player who genuinely loves his instrument and is always ready and willing to learn more. As a kid, the brand-new multiple 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominee suffered w ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chingo Bling, H-Town's Own Versace Mariachi

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? His birth name is Pedro H ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Quenton Rockwell, Melody Man In the Shiny Darks

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Now, if you asked me who ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Southerland Nights, An Army of Accolades

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you haven't heard all ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Stacy Hartoon, Rudz's Punk-Rock Heir Apparent

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We've wanted Stacy Hartoon in ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Bowen Lyons, Keeper of the Trimms' Groove

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Sometimes you want a good ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chris Gore, Electronica Guru of BLSHS

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? BLSHS (Pronounced "blushe ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Reko Trill, of the Almighty Trill Brothers

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Reko Trill of the Almight ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200 Jo Bird, Bow-Caster of Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jo Bird is a violist from ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nosaprise, Hurrah! For the Blushing Bridegroom

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Searching across the city, it ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog

    Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Michael Anthony Shanks, Houston's Merry Shankster

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Michael Anthony Shanks fancies himse ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Recently, the Houston Press took a g ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Piam, Poison Girl's Bacon-Fat Funk Specialist

    Who? DJ Piam is one of those Houston treasures that is hard to translate to outsiders. A bike mechanic by day, Piam slips into DJ mode when the sun goes down and lays down a mighty smorgasbord of late-'60s/early-'70s old-school funk that would tie even a music critic's head in a knot. He started co ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jake Rawls -- Kemo For Emo Is Back

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jake Rawls is the lead gu ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Dayta, Keeper of That Good Good

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Trent Icaza is a DJ and t ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Matthew Davis Buehrer, Runaway Sun's Globally-Thinking Bassist

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Do you like blues-rock? No ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200 Noon, Rapper With a Lot On His Mind

    Who? The Houston rapper who goes by Noon, or Noonston, has a pretty compelling tale to tell and an easy flow, so we'll just let him take it from the top, as unfiltered as one of his rhymes. Here he is: Who I am is a question I think I just figured out. My whole life has been one big ball of confusi ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Penetrate, All Lit Up In "Neon Lights"

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? DJ Penetrate is a profess ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Catch Fever Is Catching On

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. It's always a good sign to mee ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Damien Randle describes h ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun

    Who? This local vinyl junkie is known as DJ Good Grief. He has been involved in mixing & producing live music since around 11 years of age. He is M\mostly known for catering to Houston's hip-hop audience and DJing behind local celebrity and upcoming rap artists. "I dabble in all styles of music and ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Gunnar Cushway, Insko's Feel-Good Utilityman

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Everything about Insko fe ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Bang Bangz, "Sweet, Mysterious, Seductive, Transcendental, Euphonic, Aesthetic"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Saturday Night: Bang Bangz, A Sea Es and The Suffers at Fitzgerald's

    Bang Bangz, A Sea Es, the Suffers Fitzgerald's March 23, 2013 There's nothing like a little sensory overload to liven up a Saturday night, eh, kids? Houston trio Bang Bangz held their release party for new album Red City Saturday at Fitzgerald's, and I was blown away by the sheer madness of the n ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Bang Bangz: More Ghostly Wails and Synths On Red City

    Bang Bangz remains one of the best things about the Houston music scene. The trio of Mario Rodriguez, Elizabeth Salazar, and Vik Montemayor specializes in an ambient, repetitious, synth-driven kind of indie music that is really quite spellbinding. In particular, Salazar and Rodriguez's vocals cut th ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Bang Bangz: A Rare Houston Band Brimming With Mystery

    To make a gross generalization that's still pretty much true, most of Houston's better-known musical acts (God bless them) aren't exactly known for their subtlety. Slim Thug, ZZ Top, Rusted Shut, Linus Pauling Quartet, Venomous Maximus, B L A C K I E, Indian Jewelry -- no matter the genre, broad str ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Vik Montemayor, Bang Bangz's Seamless Timekeeper

    Who: Vik Montemayor handles the percussion in one of Houston's hottest bands, Bang Bangz. The group started off as an offshoot of Mario Rodriguez's Tax the Wolf, but with the addition of Elizabeth Salazar on lead vocals, BB has really made a name for itself as something special. The trio's debut sel ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Bang Bangz, Praia Urbana, Greezy Wheels, Etc.

    First up: Damn. According to Space City Rock (via Pegstar), the upcoming Guided by Voices show next Monday (Sept. 24) at Warehouse Live has been canceled. That would have been cool. Anyhow, if you're a fan of shimmery guitars and sad songs, get thee to Cactus Music this evening at 5 p.m. sharp, for ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    HPMA Ceremony Heavy With Winners, Light on Drama

    The 2012 Houston Press Music Award Winners The Houston Press Music Awards ceremony is a little like a family reunion where you go just to see what your crazy cousin from Temple might do: Will he pass out on the playground teeter-totter, throw some punches at your uncle, or be a big hit on the dance ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Bang Bangz "Photograph" The Dark Streets Of Houston

    Tax the Wolf offshoot Bang Bangz is currently our favorite Houston band, based on their debut, self-titled EP, which is full of a magical, minimalistic electronic brilliance and buoyed on the angelic tones of Elizabeth Salazar's voice. We keep the album on hand for whatever moment of deep self-reali ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Bang Bangz: Tax the Wolf Offshoot Sets A Pretty High Bar

    Houstonians are more than likely familiar with Mario Rodriguez for his work with Tax the Wolf. The experimental powerhouse has been winning awards and critical acclaim for his experimental and cutting edge music for some time. Now, he's teamed with Elizabeth Salazar and Vik Montemayor on a new endea ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    How Much Do Local Bands Get Paid At Shows?

    Hollywood FLOSS on FacebookHollywood FLOSS​Most of us go to concerts, stand in the crowd and gaze in awe at performers onstage. While we're there, we might even become a little green with envy. Lights, cameras, confidence and everyone's attention - who wouldn't want that? Rocks Off, however, w ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Does "Indie Rock" Mean Anything At All Anymore?

    ​Our colleague Shea Serrano has been doing brisk business with his Rap Round Table blogs, corralling local hip-hoppers into talking about events in their scene and in the world at large. No topics are off limits, and everyone is willing to talk. So Rocks Off decided it was time for Houston's ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Cage Match: Clint Black Vs. Tax The Wolf

    Update: Clint Black's show has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 5. Winner: Tax the Wolf! Tax the Wolf​God, Clint Black's lyrics are fucking terrible. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle will be waged for your musical souls. In this corner, in the hat and shiny shoes, is Clint Black, ... More >>

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