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Matthew Sweet

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    May 30, 2012

    Hot Band Alert: Lumineers Light Up Fitz Tonight

    A few times a year, word of mouth about a band spreads at an unusually rapid pace. You can almost track the buzz in real time. First you hear a murmur or see a headline on some music blog this band or that one might be good, then somebody you know tells you they think you would like them. Then you s ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Readers Poll: The Most Underrated Rock Albums Of The '90s

    For this week's readers poll, I asked our Facebook and Twitter chums their choices for the most underrated and unsung albums of the '90s. We all agree on things like Nevermind, Harvest Moon, Mezzanine, The Soft Bulletin, Odelay and OK Computer, but what about albums that fall through the cracks of ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Buzzfest XXVIII Coming April 21: Korn, Blue October, MuteMath, Cage The Elephant & More

    "Which button do I push to make R's go backwards?" ​Yes, we are now on the twenty-eighth Buzzfest in Houston history, with the all-day show on April 21 boasting a lineup that includes Korn, The Dirty Heads, Blue October, Evans Blue, Evanescence and Cage The Elephant, plus undercards Foxy Shaza ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    October 20, 2011

    The Best & Worst Of All Possible Buzzfests

    Photo by Marc BrubakerWe did it all for the nookie.​This weekend is Buzzfest XXVII in Houston, 94.5 The Buzz's bi-annual all-day throwdown at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Rocks Off has covered a few of the shows in the past few years, including the May 2010 edition where we took along ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    10 Things You May Not Know About The Beatles' Revolver

    ​First released in the UK on August 5, 1966, the Beatles' Revolver was born into tumultuous times for the band. The "Bigger Than Jesus" debacle was reaching its height in the United States, as some fans who took John Lennon's flippant remark about his band's popularity as heresy burned Beatles ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Lost '90s Songs Houston's The Zone Should Play

    ​A few weekends back, Craig's Hlist spent his whole weekend driving around town running errands listening to 106.9 The Zone, Houston's newest "alternative gold" radio station. In those 48 hours, our entire adolescence flew into our ears, reminding us of most every good and bad moment, at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    1991: Best Music Year Ever?

    Rocks Off Sr.'s choice for 1991's best album.​1991 was one of the biggest years in modern music. It was when metal went pop, radio country ruled, grunge went mainstream, and rap began its climb to chart dominance, even if it was spearheaded by a white candy rapper from Dallas. There were man ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    October 28, 2010

    Ten Rock-Star Crushes We Still Haven't Outgrown

    ​Artists like Elvis Presley, Madonna, and Mick Jagger undoubtedly helped define the consumate rock star crush. But there have been a handful of worthy others along the way - armed with that certain je ne se quoi - who haven't left our radar. Years later, turns out we're still smitten with thi ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Veal. That's right, hippies, VEAL. And it was FRIGGING DELICIOUS.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where all jokes are served up fried in a light, crispy breading with a side of coleslaw. We started the week off right, with some hilariously bungled recipes from one ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Why Is The Buzz Still So Popular?

    ​The only other concert in recent months to sell out at a Gaga-like pace has been the perennial Buzzfest, the semi-annual schlock-rock festival organized since 1995 by Houston's "new rock alternative," 94.5 The Buzz. The concert sells out almost every time - like it is Saturday, but you can probab ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    You'll Fall In Love With James Caronna's Slacker-Pop

    ​ ​The latest release out of Red Tree Studios is a nine-song pop package by a slacker named James Caronna, Everybody Wants to Be in Love. If you were to put James Blunt and Jason Mraz in the telepod in David Cronenberg's The Fly, James Caronna is exactly what you would come out with. Alternating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Tonight: Shellee Coley CD Release at Dosey Doe Coffee Shop

    ​ Not too long ago, an old sound guy told Rocks Off that if people would turn it down just a little it would be louder than anything else, a suddenly startling quiet. Every time we get ahold of a new release from Woodlands studio/label Red Tree, we get a sample of that wonderful quiet sincerity. S ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009
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    May 11, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Forever Changes Never Does

    Love's Forever Changes is a crucial element of the soundtrack of my coming of age. With its acoustic guitar base, smart orchestral arrangements (strings and mariachi horns), art-rock feel and poppy lyrics, it stands apart from the most of the music of the psychedelic era. The album is best known for ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    July 27, 2008
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    November 15, 2007

    The Come Latelys

    This Austin quintet will put the tears in your beer

  • Home Entertainment

    November 15, 2007

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III

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    November 2, 2007
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    November 23, 2006

    Encore Performance

    Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Colorado River Blues

    For New Mexico-bred singer-songwriter Eric Hisaw, the move to Austin is just starting to pay

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    October 3, 2002

    The Velvety One

    Arthur Yoria is no indie rocker. He only plays one on CD.

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    February 1, 2001

    The Reluctant Romantic

    Amy Rigby softens her cynical edge with the pop-inflected Sugar Tree

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    August 26, 1999
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    August 5, 1999

    Amplified

    Punk: The Same in Any Language

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    January 22, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    August 28, 1997
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    July 17, 1997
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    June 19, 1997
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    June 12, 1997
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    April 3, 1997
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    October 17, 1996
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    March 7, 1996

    Sample Idea

    A boy and his electric toys are the source of Self's soundscapes

  • Music

    February 29, 1996

    Master of the Universe

    From presidents to pop stars, Merle Haggard has a song for everyone

  • Music

    February 22, 1996

    Stolen Moments

    Jonny Polonsky knows that a little larceny never hurt rock and roll

  • Music

    August 3, 1995

    Northern Exposure

    Canada's favorites, The Tragically Hip, try to conquer the lower 48 without violence

  • Music

    June 1, 1995

    Sweet Magic

    Matthew Sweet mixes past and present into tunes with taste

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    April 6, 1995
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    March 23, 1995
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