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Matthew Keever

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    September 15, 2014

    The Best Acts at Yes, Indeed! Fest 2014

    By Matthew Keever and Angelica Leicht CATCH FEVER Six months after the release of their debut album, Shiny Eyes, Catch Fever's pop rock continues to please longtime fans and grab the attention of new listeners as well. The power trio rocked the Continental Club Saturday night at 8pm, with vocalist/ ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    We Nominate In the Ice Bucket Challenge...

    Even in today's viral culture, this "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS research has taken many by surprise. Instead of quickly blowing over like so many digital fads, this one continues to yield more famous (and not-so-famous) people getting doused on Facebook and YouTube every day. Appar ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Hog Leg, Mickey Gilley, Deafheaven, etc.

    Hog Leg Rudyard's, June 23 James Red is one of the most spastic, all-in rock and roll front men it's been our pleasure to witness in Houston. He sings like he's about to swallow the microphone whole, while his body is wracked by something that would resemble the worst dry heaves you could imaginabl ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    The 10 Best Rock Acts at Free Press Summer Fest

    The Caldwell The Caldwell front man James Essary and his crew take inspiration from the likes of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, The Smiths and many more rock legends. Their straightforward modern-rock sound comes with a tinge of mischievousness, a lot of loud, and an infectious. Last year's debut EP, Mod ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: John Egan, New Politics, Barrence Whitfield, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, January 13 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver gui ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2013 Edition

    Just like I told you last year, the musical landscape abounds with douchebags of all stripes. Normally their D-bag behavior is pretty amusing, but this year things took a turn for the completely messed-up. Music might have had more douchebags in 2013 than ever before. It was tough sifting through t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Backstreet Boys, Rev. Horton Heat, Jay Z, etc.

    DJ Sun The Flat, December 16 Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding the release of DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, Sun pours his 20-plus-year ca ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    The Best Acts We Saw at the HPMA Showcase, Part 2

    Electric Attitude When the set starts with the band's lead singer booty-bumping with the ladies in the front row, you know it's funny. When that same singer, Blake Shephard, stands on top of an amp, shot in hand, not one, but four times, you know it's fun. When he returns to the crowd not once but f ... 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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    August 1, 2013

    Our 10 Favorite One-Hit Wonders

    Where would the world be without one-hit wonders? Well, we really don't like to think about that. One of the purest guilty pleasures in pop music -- and sometimes not even a guilty pleasure but an actual good song -- the one-hit wonder is much safer than its real-life counterpart; the one-night sta ... More >>

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    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

    UPDATED Free Press Summer Fest: The Worst Things Inflicted Upon Us, 2013

    UPDATED (Monday, 2:05 p.m.). Regarding the bottled-water situation and prices, with comments from FPSF director Omar Afra. See "Water Rights" on Page 2. Geto Boys Get an "Incomplete" The absolute and definitive one goddamn thing I was truly looking forward to seeing at this year's festival was a re ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Our Staff Picks From Close to Home

    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 will be bringing you our staff ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    The Best of iFest's Second Weekend: Aaron Neville, Sergent Garcia, Grupo Fantasma, etc.

    Aaron Neville After four certified platinum albums and a few Grammys, Aaron Neville -- now 72 -- would have had every right to hang it all up years ago. Instead, to the delight of fans, the New Orleans soul singer found himself performing at iFest this weekend in support of his fourteenth studio alb ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Biggest Musical Disappointments of 2012

    Everyone's mother once told them, or should have, that life is not always going to be a puppy mill full of unicorns and rainbows. Remember why all those puppies are there. Sometimes life -- and especially pop music -- doesn't turn out like you were expecting, so now we present Rocks Off's Biggest Mu ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: Rocks Off's Top 7 Discoveries

    Rocks Off also asked our folks covering the HPMA showcase to tell us their favorite new artist they saw Sunday - not necessary new, just new to them. HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012 SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Crowds Alkari: How have I never s ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    This Grandpa Only Knows Five Bands On This Year's Warped Tour

    It's my job to have at least a passing knowledge of what most bands and artists sound like. In my one of seven capacities here at the paper, I am in charge of music listings, those things in the back of the paper that tell you what is happening every week. (While I am on the subject, I need let yo ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Verizon Wireless Theater Now Known As Bayou Music Center

    Verizon Wireless Theater will no longer be known under that name, because owner Live Nation's sponsorship deal with the communication provider has expired. The venue, which holds about 3,000 people within downtown entertainment complex Bayou Place, will now be known as Bayou Music Center. Rocks Off ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Know Your Subgenre: The Bros(tep)

    Photo by Matthew KeeverThe Doom That Came To Dubstep?​Subgenre: Brostep Parent Genre: Dubstep Imagine that you're a genre of music. You've been on the underground for a few years taking the sounds of your parents and evolving in to something new. For a long time few noticed but the last fe ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    With a Rebel Yell: 10 Rockers Gone Country

    Photo by Matthew KeeverAaron Lewis at the Verizon Wireless Theater in 2010.​When Staind singer Aaron Lewis rolls into Verizon Wireless Theater tomorrow night, odds are he'll leave his mudshuvel back at the hotel. As modern rock radio turns to the next generation of angst, the former Fred Durs ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Last Night: HURT At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Barely 100 people filed into Fitzgerald's downstairs quarters Thursday night for HURT's acoustic performance. It was warm, and the fans overhead served only to circulate the air around the room as members of the crowd conversed amongst themselves between songs. Onstage ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Rocks Off Lists Our Favorite Downloads of 2011

    It's getting to be that time of year, when the temperature drops and the lists start rolling in. Read any blog, magazine or newspaper and you're bound to run across at least a handfull of year-end lists, particularly when it comes to music. We all like to talk about the stuff we like. It's just what ... More >>

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    September 25, 2011

    BestFest: Wild Moccasins Made In The Shade, Little Joe Rips

    Photos by Jason WolterWild Moccasins​Well, Houston's gradual transformation into Death Valley seemed to work in the Wild Moccasins' favor; although somewhat sparse this early in the day, the crowd nonetheless crowded forward, pressed up against the barriers in front of the stage. Sure, it pro ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Saturday Night: Foster The People At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Foster the People, Cults, Reptar House of Blues September 16, 2011 "When you've played something like 100 shows in a year, you learn to tell during the first song whether it's going to be a good show," said Foster the People vocalist Mark Foster from the stage during ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Last Night: Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace & Seether At The Woodlands

    Photos by Matthew KeeverAvenged Sevenfold​Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival feat. Avenged Sevenfold, Seether & Three Days Grace Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 5, 2011 First, Aftermath would like to give credit where it's due. To everyone who attended the Rockstar Energy Drink ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    What A Houston Blues "Walk Of Fame" Could Look Like

    Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew Keever​It was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    2 Become 1: Musical Match-Ups We'd Like To See

    ​Kanye "Hitler" West and Jay-Z released their (overused music writer word alert) epic Watch the Throne album this week, to mostly great reviews. This fall the first fruits from the recently announced Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration should be on the store shelves, which still sorta weirds us o ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Last Night: Taking Back Sunday At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Taking Back Sunday House of Blues July 4, 2011 As we walked into House of Blues Monday night, Aftermath thought to ourselves, "Is this the best way to celebrate our country's independence?" It was a fair question, we thought, because it had crossed our minds that we ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Last Night: Justin Nava Benefit At Numbers

    Photos by Matthew KeeverJustin Nava, man of the hour.​Justin Nava Benefit Numbers June 19, 2011 All day Sunday, a few hundred people came went from Numbers, in support of The Last Place You Look vocalist Justin Nava, who broke his collarbone a few months back and was without insurance. The n ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Saturday Night: She Wants Revenge & Nico Vega At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Matthew Keever​She Wants Revenge, Nico Vega Warehouse Live June 12, 2011 Aftermath made our way into Warehouse Live Saturday night, expecting to dance our pants off to some She Wants Revenge, whom we had put on the backburner after we overcame and outgrew our angsty, teenage years. ... 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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    May 2, 2011

    iFest's First Weekend Thick With Music, Humidity

    GroovehouseJimmie Vaughan (left) and his band gave the large iFest crowd some saxual healing Saturday.​Lots more iFest in our slideshows: The bands, the performers, the crowds and even the food. For something that was still going on 24 hours ago, the first weekend of the Houston International ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Showing Off Our Photogs at Shot In The Dark Photo Show

    Photo by Jay Lee​In 2008, Rocks Off began giving our readers some of the best live concert reviews and photos to go along with them. When we started, it was usually up to the writers themselves to take the pictures from the photo pit or from the crowd. This writer remembers shooting the Foo Fi ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Non-2010 Music Of 2010

    Editor's Pick: It was probably Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne, same as last year. So how about Nirvana's In Utero, which I dragged out of mothballs when we did our article about Nevermind's anniversary in September. In Utero fried my hair all over again, and then got me thinking about the band's cover of ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Songs Of 2010

    ​Editor's Picks: Jamey Johnson, "Lonely at the Top": Ouch. Merle Haggard, "I've Seen It": Double ouch. Patty Griffin, "Move On Up": Help me, Jesus. Please.

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    December 31, 2010

    Music's Biggest Surprises Of 2010

    Faith Silva​Editor's Pick: The renewed, and continuing, interest of local indie-rockers and hipsters (and people who are a long way from neither) in traditional honky-tonk as played by Robert Ellis & the Boys and as documented by a certain Lonesome Onry and Mean and myself this summer. Encoura ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Things We Never, Ever Want To Hear Again

    ​Editor's Pick: Vampire Weekend's "Holiday." Everything I hate about indie rock (cloying, fey, highly irritating) and car commercials (they're car commercials) in about 15 seconds.. Repeated seven or eight times a fucking hour. Marc Brubaker: "Check us out on Twitter!" or anything else Twitt ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    The Top WTF Moments Of The Year

    Editor's Pick: WTF doesn't have to mean "bad," you know. About a week ago - a week exactly, as a matter of fact - En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" came on the PA at Fitzgerald's. I have been in a musical fog for a few months, where nothing was really connecting, but this song snapped me right out of it ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Music We're Thankful For This Year

    ​After the turkey comas subside and Black Friday opens the holiday retail floodgates, this year in music will be all but over. Yes, there's another month until the calendar flips over, but from here until early January, the only "new" music coming out will be the tide of reissues, box sets and ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Eight Songs That Make Us Want To Go Back To School

    ​Last week, when Rocks Off was editing our former intern Matthew Keever's article about the worst back-to-school soundtracks when Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential" popped into our head out of the blue. Not really out of the blue, we guess, but the next thing we knew we were thinking, ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Mellow Vibe Prevails At HPMA Afterparty

    Photos by Matthew KeeverEllypseas​It had been a while since Aftermath had been to Dean's, and we were happy to find the place packed after the HPMA ceremony; near the end of last night's ceremony, Warehouse Live had nearly cleared out before it had even ended, so we were a bit worried that the ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Last Night: The Cool Tour At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Matthew Keever​As I Lay Dying, UnderOath, Between the Buried and Me, Bless the Fall Verizon Wireless Theater July 27, 2010 Tuesday night, Aftermath witnessed a few things we didn't expect to see: A lot of fans who were extremely drunk before the sun even set, the loneliest mosh pit ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Last Night: Nekromantix, The Howlers And The Mutilators At The Warsaw

    Photos by Matthew KeeverNekromantix​Nekromantix, The Howlers, The Mutilators The Warsaw July 13, 2010 ​Last time Aftermath visited the Warsaw for its (not so) grand opening, the turnout was terrible. This time around, we were pleasantly surprised to see that some Houstonians actually sh ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Brains for Dinner, Fat Tony, and B L A C K I E Continue The Summer(Fest) Love At Walter's

    Photos by Matthew KeeverBrains for Dinner​At 8 o'clock sharp on Friday evening, Aftermath arrived at Walter's on Washington for a show he had long been awaiting, but he didn't get the memo: doors at 8:00; show at 9:30. Oh well... free Lone Star! What we thought would be a punk-ish type of con ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Hanson, Boys Like Girls Top Bamboozle's Pop-Punk Marathon

    Photos by Matthew KeeverHanson signs autographs after the "Mmmbop" boys' Bamboozle set.​ As Aftermath made our way into Verizon Wireless for Bamboozle 2010 Friday night, we were greeted by Cady Groves' voice coupled with melodic guitar and salsa shakers. We knew Good Charlotte, Cartel, All Time Lo ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Angels & Airwaves Soar On An Adoring Crowd's Energy

    Photos by Matthew Keever​ Aftermath has a confession: We're more familiar with Angels & Airwaves' music than we'd care to admit. It's not that AVA isn't a solid group, but we thought we would have outgrown pop-punk by now. However, it seems that Tom DeLonge will always have a special place in ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Pale Shines At Pershing Middle School Benefit

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Monday night, Pale, the Classix and the Pershing Middle School band, which lost all of its band equipment in a recent bus fire, were scheduled to perform in the House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room. Although the students never showed, the gig was still a success. The ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: The Examples, Johnny Gunhand & The Ramblin' Reverends And A Middle-School Band At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Matthew KeeverJohnny Gunhand & the Ramblin' Reverends​ Aftermath went to Fitzgerald's Saturday night to cover two bands: The Examples and Johnny Gunhand & the Ramblin' Reverends. We were sent by someone whose musical taste we respect, so we were looking forward to what we were su ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Free Food, Free Beer, Great Music, No Audience At Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest

    Austin's Spells Videos by Matthew Keever On Sunday night at a sleepy Super Happy Fun Land, the SXSW overflow concerts went relatively unnoticed. Although the fans were scarce, the talent wasn't. In front of less than 20 people - five or so of whom were sleeping - the likes of Girls at Dawn, Wizzard ... More >>

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