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Merge Records

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Are Musicians Right to Ban Fans Recording Their Shows?

    Recently Kate Bush began a string of her first live performances in some 35 years, an unprecedented 22-show residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo now continuing until October 1. That is awesome for her fans in the UK and possibly Europe, but obviously leaves a lot to be desired for those of us in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Revenge of the Music Nerds: Arcade Fire Wins

    Arcade Fire's William Butler admits he still gets homesick for Texas. Even the weather...up to a point. "I miss how green everything was all the time always," he says of his youth in The Woodlands from his current home in Montreal. "You'd come home in December and the lawns would still be green, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Neutral Milk Hotel at Warehouse Live, 2/19/2014

    Neutral Milk Hotel Warehouse Live February 19, 2014 Wednesday night's sold-out crowd at Warehouse Live was filled to the brim, as eager fans awaited newly reunited art-rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. For many, it was the first (or second) chance to see the band that bewilderingly broke up right after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Arcade Fire Fans "Reflekt" Band's Appeal at Cactus Party

    Who on earth would line up at a record store on a Monday night to buy a single that had leaked onto the Internet hours beforehand? Especially when the Texans' season opener was about to start? True-blue Arcade Fire fans, that's who. The grooves of indie-rock spun right through kickoff as some 50 or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    New Arcade Fire Single, "Reflektor," Coming to Cactus Music Monday

    It's not unexpectedly declassified CIA documents, but information about Arcade Fire's upcoming album might be the music world's equivalent. Rumors have been swirling around the imminent follow-up to the partially Woodlands-spawned band's Grammy-winning 2010 LP The Suburbs for weeks, and Arcade Fire ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012

    Dust Off Your Flannel

    Does the looming '90s revival presage a Nirvana-style breakthrough?

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Web Extra: The Rebirth of Underground Rock

    I remember the first big boom in underground rock, because I was definitely not part of it. Instead, I was one of those kids for whom Nirvana's Nevermind (and their January 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance, in my case) kicked open the door to a much cooler musical world than the one I had been li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Record Store Day: 8 Ways To Annoy A Record-Store Worker

    Tomorrow is Record Store Day, which is a little bit like the Super Bowl of music shopping: People who have no interest in the sport the rest of the year will be front and center. Rocks Off would never, ever tell anyone not to go to a record store, but people not already planning to make a beeline fo ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Never Mind Arcade Fire: Bands Who Fit Other Houston 'Burbs

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Tonight's the night. Win and Will Butler of conquering indie heroes Arcade Fire finally return to the town that indirectly won them a Grammy, The Woodlands. On last year's The Suburbs, the Butlers and their Canadian compatriots reflected on the brothers' restless M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Rocks Off Giving Away Pair Of Arcade Fire Tickets

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Rocks Off recently reached a pretty cool milestone, and we're about to hit another. So we'd like to say thanks. Last week we got our 3,000th Twitter follower on @hprocksoff, and we are a handful of folks away from our 2,000th Facebook "liker." What are you waiting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Arcade Fire Still Can't Shake Houston

    Merge Records/Nasty Little Man PR​ Symphonic Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire announced the title and release date of their third full-length album this morning. The Suburbs is due August 3 on Merge Records, and a limited-edition vinyl 12" featuring the title track and "Month of May" should be i ... More >>

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    Houston 2020: The Future Is Unwritten

    But hey, that's not stopping Noise.

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