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    September 30, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographers: Julian Bajsel

    Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Overkill Schools Us On Classic East Coast Thrash-Metal

    As the screamin' front man for New Jersey thrash-metal legends Over Kill since the group's formation, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has seen, experienced, and learned a lot in three and a half decades. So what is the one piece of advice that his 2014 self might offer the 1980 Blitz? "Give up the fucking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    The Heavy-Metal Past of a Beloved Houston Karaoke Joint

    Spotlight Karaoke is a popular Galleria-area destination that has been open for more than 15 years now. Located at Westheimer and Fountainview, it holds a large space with several rooms' worth of karaoke, and an adjacent store equipped with scads of karaoke music and machines. A man named Charlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Five Metal Bands Who Should Break Up Immediately

    We've talked before about bands who we thought should break up here at Rocks Off, but frankly, I think metal deserves its own little corner of this argument. How come? Because there are just so damn many metal bands who reached their expiration date a long time ago but keep milking their fans for ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    GWAR at Warehouse Live, 10/24/2013

    GWAR Warehouse Live October 24, 2013 When the history of this insignificant planet is written -- haphazardly and on a discarded sanitary napkin, probably -- it will likely note the key role played by our alien overlords GWAR, the Scumdogs of the Universe who were banished to Earth eons ago. Now awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Volbeat & HIM at Bayou Music Center, 9/19/2013

    The Rock Allegiance Tour feat. Volbeat, HIM Bayou Music Center September 19, 2013 "If I'm walking around onstage and it looks like I shit my pants, it's because I got new boots," Michael Poulsen told the crowd, lifting his right foot high into the air for fans to see. Behind him, an American-flag b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Your Guide to This Year's Summer Slaughter Tour

    Brother, if you came for brutality, you're in luck. It's summer and that means it's time for the metal roadshows to hit Houston once again. Over the course of the next week, we'll be seeing the Summer Slaughter Tour, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the All-Stars Tour, and Vans Warped Tour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Father and Son Turn Metal Record Collection Into Thriving Traders Village Business

    You could say that Michael Ventura was born to be a collector. His father, Anthony, has been collecting rare beer cans and bottles since the mid-'70s, and the two of them had discussed opening their own shop for years. Collecting, buying and selling all sorts of vintage trinkets was in their blood. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Louder Than Hell: Feast Upon The Heaviest Metal Book In Recorded History

    Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal By Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman It Books, 736 pp., $32.50 Damn, this book is big. But then again, everything about heavy metal -- from its beginnings with the Stooges and Blue Cheer, through Black Sabbath to Exodus to Motley Crue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    RIP Jeff Hanneman: Slayer at Verizon Theater In September 2010

    Ed. Note: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of the band, passed away Thursday in Southern California due to liver failure, according to Rolling Stone. Hanneman, 49, had contracted the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis, which doctors believed was the result of a spider bite, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Strange Encounters: Five Great Metal Songs About Aliens

    In the metal pantheon, lyrical subjects go in and out of style almost as fluidly as fashion and whether a song should have breakdowns or not. It seems almost a guarantee that every few years the entire scene will shift to a new fixation. Just a few years ago, everyone was screaming about their feeli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Last Night: Anthrax & Exodus at House of Blues

    Anthrax, Exodus House of Blues April 10, 2013 I am going to come right out and say it: I never thought Anthrax should have been a part of The Big Four. When laying out the titans of thrash metal, the boys from New York -- a fact they never seem to want you to forget -- always seemed a bit out of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    10 Controversial Artists I Want to See on the New Arsenio

    Woof woof woof woof woof. Get used to that, 'cause Arsenio is back. Nearly two decades after The Arsenio Hall Show disappeared from TV's late-night landscape following a five-year run, the man himself is being recalled to duty by CBS's syndicated-programming wing. The new Arsenio debuts in the fall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Exploring Songza: Four Offbeat Playlists From the Curated Music Service

    We introduced you to Songza -- the service that acts as a "music concierge" -- a few weeks back. Using curated playlists sorted not only by genre and theme, but also by activity, Songza helps you pick the best songs for the occasion. More importantly to me, the playlists are expertly curated, mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Last Night: Testament and Overkill at House of Blues

    Testament, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam House of Blues February 6, 2013 When it comes to '80s thrash metal, there are the Big Four -- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax -- and there's everybody else. For a good while there, it looked as if "everybody else" might not survive the grunge- and rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Testament's Dark Roots of Thrash Run Deep

    If classic thrash metal's "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer) ever decided to expand to a "Big Five," then that slot would certainly be taken by California's Testament (sorry, Exodus fans...). And while seemingly every band of a certain longevity will proclaim their latest record "jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    "New" Albums Composed of Old Music: Good or Bad?

    It's 2013, and we've all pretty much finished our end-of-the-year lists. Now we look to the future. What albums are we looking forward to this year? If I had to guess, at least some of the best releases of the year will consist of music out of a vault or reissues of old albums. But is that a good th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Last Night: Skeletonwitch, Havok & Legion at Walters

    Skeletonwitch, Havok, Mutilation Rites, Legion Walters Houston October 17, 2012 Wednesday night's Skeletonwitch show at Walters was one I'd been looking forward to since it was announced. The speedy Ohio metallers nearly eviscerated a Warehouse Live crowd back in April opening for Nile and Black Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The Republican Candidate's Guide To Picking Campaign Music

    This week Republicans from around the country gather in Florida to celebrate all things conservative and curse Issac for stealing the national spotlight. For me the 2012 Republican National Convention marks the true start of the presidential campaign season, the playoffs to the primaries' regular se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Gonzo Artwork and Lone Star Labels on the Rise: The 10 Best Beer Labels in Texas

    Last week, we took a look at some of the very worst labels you can find on a bottle of beer. To counterbalance all that artistic vomit, we gathered some of the most iconic and creative labels on shelves today -- labels that feature artwork as original and important as craft beer itself. 10. Boulev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    13 Wacky Texas History Facts That Texas School Kids Need To Be Taught

    This week Mother Jones uncovered a handful of spurious, less-than-scientific facts that Louisiana grade-schoolers will be learning while attending the state's new voucher schools. Obviously, people aren't happy. A new voucher program under the watch of Governor Bobby Jindal will allot money for st ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012

    Multiples of Black

    Houston heavy-metal lifers Helstar celebrate their 30th anniversary in style.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Clouds Are Ghosts: Harbinger Heralds Brilliance

    We got into the Clouds are Ghosts while deconstructing their band name. It was clear when we heard their work that the band was good, we compared them to Legendary Pink Dots and the Irrespressibles and that is some of our highest praise. The only problem we ever had with their output was that the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    MTV's Early VJs: Where Are They Now?

    vegastripping.comMTV's original VJ crew (l-r): J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter​When it comes to the attention spans of teenagers, entertainers are on borrowed time. Which might explain the turnover rate of MTV's Video Jockeys, or VJs for short. Currentl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    10 American Anthems That Tell It Like It Is

    ​Captain America, Marvel's newest superhero movie, comes out today. We'll pause until the excitement passes. ... Rocks Off likes Captain America. The three comic books we read with any regularity as a scupper were Cap, Batman (Detective Comics), and Spider-Man. But we love America. The land ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Temptations Musical Heralds End Of The World

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! Zoran Veselinovic​ The Temptations have been in the music business ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    (Not The) Royal Wedding Playlist

    ​Planning a wedding is a real pain in the ass. Rocks Off knows, because we (and our fiancée) were forced by geographic and financial issues to do 99 percent of the legwork for our own nuptials. There's the usual stuff like reception location, whether you're going to make up your own vows, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    GWAR Singer Vows To Swap Sex For Votes

    Marc BrubakerGWAR at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Waterloo Park, Austin, November 2010​What do you do when your band is up for a prestigious award against the likes of Rammstein, Iron Maiden and Megadeth? If you're GWAR front "man" Oderus Urungus, you promise to get up close and personal (very personal) ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    A Fistful of Soul

    One righteous vintage vinyl party.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Based On Music Scene, Houston May Be U.S.'s 4th-Dumbest City

    ​Sooooo... The Daily Beast has compiled its second annual list of the dumbest cities in America. Houston came in fourth from last (out of 55), just ahead of our neighbors in San Antonio. The list is compiled through a great many things, such as the number of libraries, cultural investments and ... 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 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    "Metal, Dude!": Ten Juicy Quotes From The Ultimate Metal Movie

    ​With hair-metal legends(?) Ratt playing Warehouse Live this evening, Rocks Off decided we'd take a look back at the definitive document of that era of metal in Los Angeles: Penelope Spheeris' rockumentary The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years. Ratt isn't featured in the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Metallica Likes Death... A LOT

    ​This video (watch it after the jump) claims to collect every single time that Metallica has mentioned death or dying in the band's music, which tallies up to 81 instances. Somehow that seems awfully low to us, being almost life-long Metallica rats, and fans of, well, death. According to the v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Aftermath: A Metal Reawakening With High On Fire And Priestess At Walter's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​So about a month ago Aftermath swore off metal shows. Well serious ones that is. Yeah, we hit up Steel Panther, who are in fact metal but that didn't count, seeing that they are hair metal which immediately disqualifies them. Anyhow, High on Fire's packed gig at Walte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: Blue October, Felix Da Housecat, Hank III, Les Claypool, Megadeth and Roky Erickson Returns

    ​Blue October: Sat., May 15. The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park. "Choo-Choo Soul" With Genevieve: Sat., April 24. Verizon Wireless Theater. Cody Kouba: Thu., March 18. The Firehouse Saloon. Dale Watson: Wed., March 10. The Hideout @ Reliant Stadium. "Dirty Honey" With DJ Brett Koshkin, Ceepl ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Heaven and Hell

    The Heaven and Hell tour stops Wednesday, May 2, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Robbins Dr., 281-363-3300.

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Bobaflex

    Friday, August 18, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Stapp Infection

    Sanctimonious hypocrites need love, too

  • Music

    December 2, 2004
  • Film

    July 29, 2004

    Head Trip

    Between hard rock and a safe place, Metallica finds itself

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    O'Doyle Rules

    No Place Else to Go (Self-released)

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    Appetite for Reconstruction

    After hitting the top and then bottoming out, the Hunger refuses to go gently to the graveyard of bands

  • Culture

    June 29, 2000

    Show (and Tell) Tunes

    Theatre New West's riveting Fairy Tales depicts the gay life through song

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    Think Small

    Houston rockers Dirty Rotten Imbeciles keep the faith with intimate venues

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    Indies in Town

    Three adventuresome acts new to Houston set to perform

  • Music

    December 10, 1998
  • Music

    November 19, 1998

    Kontroversy

    Korn ignores critics of its heavy metal attitude

  • Music

    December 18, 1997
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