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Matthew Keever

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Pomp and Circumstance

    Rice vs. UH: the battle for musical bragging rights.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Rice vs. UH: Who Has Musical Bragging Rights?

    Many moons ago, or one or two anyway, our friends over at L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound decided to evaluate Southern California's two main universities, USC and UCLA, using a set of music-oriented criteria and declare a winner. We're not talking matriculation either, though that's certainly part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Is More Free Press Summer Fest a Good Idea?

    Earlier this week Free Press Summer Fest posted a video beseeching everyone who has enjoyed the two-day festival over the past five years to contact their City Council representative and encourage him or her to extend the event's running time (two hours on Saturday, one on Sunday) and explore the fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    10 Houston Acts You Should Be Listening To

    Did you know that Football, etc., a Houston band with a very low profile in the local music scene, has more than 4,000 Facebook likes? This is because the emo-rock trio, which moved to Houston from New Jersey about five years ago, is being played on college-radio stations across the country thanks t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Our 11 Favorite Drinking Songs. Cheers!

    Many drinkers have a dialogue in their heads that also plays out in great drinking songs throughout the ages. "Why do you drink?" asks the great prophet Bocephus. "It's five o'clock somewhere," reply the equally sage Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Rocks Off wanted to know our writers' favorite dri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    10 "Classic" Albums We Happen to Hate

    Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The 10 Worst Rock Singers of the '90s

    In about 12 hours or so, the editor of Rocks Off expects to be a very happy man. One of our favorite bands of all time, and one that we haven't seen live in almost 17 years, is playing tonight at Bayou Music Center: Soundgarden. Certainly Soundgarden has a lot to recommend them. Guitarist Kim Thayi ... More >>

  • Music

    April 4, 2013

    Madman Across the Water

    Sir Elton John piano-pounded Toyota Center March 28.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013

    MONSTERS, INC.

    Lady Gaga brought her Born This Way Ball to Toyota Center January 31.

  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    Craig's List

    Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Free Press Summer Fest: Top 10 WTF Moments Of 2012

    See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage at this link. See our Summer Fest Saturday slideshows of the bands and the crowds. Cory Garcia: Walking past the Super Happy Fun Land stage Saturday I heard the singer for one of the bands yell out "Let's all get raped!" Since I don't know w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Best Of Free Press Summer Fest Day 2: Willie Nelson, Avett Bros., Wallpaper, Etc.

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: • Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. • Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds • Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest • FPSF: The Bands from Saturday • FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Nathan Smith: The best part of Summer Fest Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: 9 Locals To Watch This Weekend

    Rocks Off polled our writers to see which local or regional artist they most wanted to see at Free Press Summer Fest this weekend. Alexa Crenshaw: Robert Ellis recently rebooted his mid-week honky-tonk events, fittingly dubbed Whiskey Wednesday with Robert Ellis. The problem now, though, is that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Last Night: Corey Taylor At House of Blues

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Corey Taylor has a lot of regrets. He'll talk openly about them; he'll avert his eyes at the mention of friends who have passed away; and he'll even laugh at his own stupidity as he tells stories from his past. But all those regrets have led him to where he is today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Seven Nominated Bands Perfect For Ear Fatigue

    Photo by Liana LopezNick Gaitan and Umbrella Man​Oh, yes, it is that time again, time for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase You can almost smell it...well, hopefully not. This week we will be profiling the bands who will be performing at this Saturday's HPMA showcase at venues all over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Last Night: Yngwie Malmsteen At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Two months ago, if someone were to ask us about Yngwie Malmsteen, Aftermath would have most likely responded, "Gesundheit," and continued about our day. Yngwie who? Yngwie fucking Malmsteen, that's who! (We saw this very phrase on a shirt at the merch booth.) Flippin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Last Night: Goo Goo Dolls & Michelle Branch At The Woodlands

    Phiotos by Matthew Keever​Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch, Parachutes Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 13, 2011 The Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch and Parachutes made an interesting lineup at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion Sunday night. The bill sounded more like a mini-music festi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Walter's No Longer On Washington, But Not Gone Either

    Matthew Keever...And then there were none.​Nearly two years after the club first said it was planning to relocate from Washington Avenue, Walter's on Washington has finally shut down, owner Pam Robinson told Rocks Off this afternoon. After Robinson gave her landlord a 60-day notice on March 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    iFest's Second Weekend Brings It All Back Home

    Jason WolterTexas Connection: Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt (not pictured)​See lots more iFest pictures from Saturday and Sunday (and some food) in our slideshows. Yes, it was hot at iFest this weekend. Houston hot. Sunday afternoon, partway through Lucinda Williams' surprisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Walter's Is Definitely Moving, Owner Confirms

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Pam Robinson, owner of Walter's on Washington, has been keeping busy. "I've been working on this since the first week of February," Robinson said of her plans to move the longtime Washington Avenue music venue to a new location. "I signed all the contracts, I presente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: How The Whole Mess Started

    Mark C. AustinKings of Leon at Verizon Wireless Theater, October 2008​Just a couple of days now before Rocks Off - the person and the blog - proudly presents Shot In the Dark: Houston Press Concert Photography, our first-ever exhibit of live pics we've collected in about three and a half years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Last Night: Pete Yorn & Ben Kweller At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew KeeverPete Yorn​Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller House of Blues April 14, 2011 By the time Pete Yorn and his band were onstage, House of Blues was comfortably packed, as the crowd enjoyed the jovial and upbeat melodies that sounded as though they could have been theme songs to new-age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Joey Martin, 15, Growing Into Role As Teen Guitar Hero

    Photos by Matthew Keever​One minute is all it took for Joey Martin to get comfortable onstage. As he began playing a five-minute guitar solo at Westfield's by the Railroad Saturday night, he looked a little nervous, but after only 60 seconds, he slowly picked his foot up, placed it on top of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Who Was The Best Female Artist Of The '90s?

    The album that started the whole thing.​Rocks Off Sr. was straightening up our office a few days ago, something that happens like clockwork every time Middle Eastern governments start toppling like dominos. In one of the piles and piles of al fresco CDs, we ran across two of our favorite album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Soul City: Talent Scouts Lola Anne Cullum And Lela Macy

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. Jody PerryTexas Johnny Brown, one of the few Houston musicians who remembers "Mrs. Cullum"​At a local blues j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    St. Thomas Student Struggles To Start Campus Music Fest

    Onliad via Flickr​Clinton Kuykendall, a senior at the University of St. Thomas, tried to have an on-campus music festival last spring and ran into a bevy of problems with the university. Concert in the Mall, which was scheduled for March 2010 on UST's Campus Life Mall, a courtyard in the midd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Does Elvis Still Matter?

    As part of our ongoing celebration of Elvis' birthday week, Rocks Off asked our writers the simple question in the headline. ​Chris Gray: Absolutely he still matters. When I was compiling that list of quotes and lyrics about Elvis earlier this week, I wasn't that surprised to see that even Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Albums Of 2010

    ​Editor's Picks: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mojo: Big surprise, I know. But not only did "I Should Have Known It" vault into my Top 5 Heartbreakers songs the first time I heard it - and make me a bigger Led Zeppelin fan in the process - but others like "Candy" and "Good Enough" also held ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Shows Of 2010

    Marco Torres​Editor's Picks: Mary J. Blige, Reliant Stadium (RodeoHouston), March: Exquisite. Beach House, Walter's on Washington, April: Can't hate on this one either. Magical. Wu-Tang Clan, Numbers, December: Against all odds, they brought the motherfuckin' ruckus.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Dear Santa: Christmas Wishes For Houston's Music Scene

    Rocks Off has been a very, very good boy this year.​Editor's Pick: Dear Santa, I would like everyone involved with music in Houston - the musicians, the press, clubowners, promoters, fans, etc. - to take themselves a little less seriously next year. I know music is some people's whole lives, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    R.I.P.: Notable Passings Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: Dio, man. Neph Basedow: 2010 commenced on a sad note with the passing of Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard (aka Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.). I'd seen him play a tiny show at Chicago's Empty Bottle in 2008 and still consider it one of the best shows I've ever seen. It was definitive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Houston Music's People Of The Year

    Craig Hlavaty​Editor's Pick: Grandfather Child. It was a good year for the blues all around - the Black Keys' well-deserved radio breakthrough with Brothers; Lightnin' Hopkins' long-overdue historical marker in Third Ward - but Lucas Gorham's crew is a razor-sharp reminder that the best blues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Gets What's Coming To Him

    This week Rocks Off is counting down our choices for the Top 5 local music stories of 2010. Matthew KeeverR. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown and Milton Hopkins at the Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker dedication ceremony, November 13​WHAT HAPPENED? Coming in at No. 5 on our year-end list is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Juggalos: A Look Inside "The Family"

    "It's in your heart." Photos by Matthew KeeverFester ups houstonjuggalos.com before Monday's ICP show. See lots more pictures from Warehouse Live in our slideshow.​What is a Juggalo? We've all seen how Insane Clown Posse's army of loyal fans has been portrayed in the media, typically somewhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Po Lightnin': Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

    ​Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues By Alan Govenar Chicago Review Press, 368 pp., $28.95. With the dedication of a state historical marker in the Third Ward where he lived and played, Lightnin' Hopkins' name and music has gotten a bit of a boost lately. Long overdue, many would say, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Hurt: Concert Injuries In And Out Of The Line Of Duty

    Marco Torres​About ten days ago, my parents and brother came into Houston for Sunday dinner, and I noticed my brother - whom we'll call "John," because that's his name - was limping something awful. It turns out John decided to take a spin in the mosh pit at the end of the Bad Religion show I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Friday Night: GWAR At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew Keever​GWAR House of Blues November 5, 2010 See pictures of GWAR playing a tarp-covered stage at the House of Blues in our slideshow. It's difficult to describe GWAR. Some say the band is a mixture of KISS, World Wrestling Entertainment and the Rocky Horror Picture Show; ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Last Night: Aaron Lewis At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Aaron Lewis Verizon Wireless Theater November 1, 2010 As Aaron Lewis walked out onto the stage at Verizon Wireless Theater last night, he was met with a roar of applause - audience members stood from their seats, cheering and carrying on, while Lewis smiled, waved and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    GhoulsFest: A Haunted Festival In More Ways Than One

    Marco TorresEveryday People: Macy Gray at GhoulsFest​ For lots more photos from Saturday's festival, see our slideshow here. GhoulsFest had everything going for it Saturday except one rather important detail: People. It felt... well, haunted. Normally, that would be an excellent thing to sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Rocks Off Thanks You Very, Very, Very Much, Houston

    ​Rocks Off has tunnel vision. If something's not right in front of us, we're apt not to notice. Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised to open this week's print edition of the Press and discover we are the readers' 2010 choice for Best Music Blog. We are humbled and flattered, especially sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Happy Anniversary, Nirvana's Nevermind

    ​This past Friday, a significant musical anniversary came and went with barely a peep. It was only 19 years to the day the last album to cause a legitimate sea change in popular music - both the industry and the art - was released. Rocks Off knows that was a few days ago, but hey, we had a bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Last Night: Disturbed And Avenged Sevenfold At The Woodlands

    Photos by Matthew KeeverAvenged Sevenfold and, er... "friend"?​Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 12, 2010 Say what you will about the genre - it's too radio-friendly, too mainstream, not hipster enough, if the Buzz plays it, you don't like it - ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010

    An American in Mexico

    Readers respond to "Over The Line"

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Riding The Musical Wave At Saturday's HPMAs

    The American Heist at Walter's on WashingtonJim Bricker​Saturday didn't start out very promising: Almost as soon as Rocks Off arrived at the intersection of Washington and Silver, where the Bud Light main stage was set up, the sky darkened, then drizzled, then began pouring rain. The downpour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Saturday: Trae Was A Very Special HPMA Showcase Guest Indeed

    Groovehouse​Trae Tha Truth Bud Light Outdoor Stage August 7, 2010 Trae tha Truth was the special guest at this year's HPMA showcase. As such, he brought along a few special people he normally doesn't bring to shows, namely a live band and hypeman extraordinaire Go DJ Hi-C (he's the CEO of Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Girls Gone Wild At Scout Bar: A Mostly Boobless Bust (NSFW)

    Photo and videos by Matthew KeeverSadly (or not), this is about as sexy as Girls Gone Wild got at Scout Bar Saturday.​As Rocks Off pulled into Scout Bar's parking lot at 8:30 on Saturday night, we saw a large Girls Gone Wild tour bus with some poor guy's daughter's 20-foot image plastered on t ... More >>

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