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    August 20, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 2

    Welcome back to the show! We're counting down the Top 40 hard rock songs of all time, according to Billboard (sort of...). I'll take a moment to recap Nos. 40-31. 40. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger 39. "Cumbersome," Seven Mary Three 38. "Trampled Underfoot," Led Zeppelin 37. "Back In Bla ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 1

    Numbers. The applications to which they are used in various fields can yield results ranging from the trivial to the catastrophic if not interpreted properly. If you are involved with numbers at NASA or the military, lives could hang in the balance if something is miscalculated or misrepresented. T ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The AFC

    Recently Vince Neil got approval to start his own Arena Football League franchise in Las Vegas. No word yet on the branding, but we here at Rocks Off are obviously hoping that, like the L.A. KISS, it will be themed around Neil's band Motley Crue. For those not in the know, the L.A. KISS is KISS' ow ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Musician-Based Pinball Tables

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The Five Best Songs About the End of the World

    The end of the world as we know it is an idea we're simultaneously petrified of and completely fascinated by. We see it constantly in fiction. The zombie apocalypse is one of the hottest ideas in fiction today, being exploited on TV constantly. Man-made and natural disaster films keep selling, and p ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    The Six Least Fruitful Collaborations Ever

    Collaborations are often a dream come true for music fans. Who among us hasn't fantasized about our favorite musicians getting together for a jam session? When it happens though, the results may vary. One pairing you might think unlikely might do great things, where another one you always thought wo ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    10 Cold Songs For Houston's Endless Winter

    Will this winter ever end? All signs point to no. While Houston endures the harshest winter on record in a very long time, many of us will be stuck inside our homes, mindlessly playing music to entertain ourselves through the intense boredom. You may want to forget all the ice, sleet and finger-num ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Five Metal Bands Who Overcame the Odds

    The Slayer road show hits Bayou Music Center this evening, but don't get your hopes up too high. This is Slayer practically in name only, thanks to the tragic passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo. Frankly, I'd prefer if remaining members Kerry King and To ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Eloy Contreras, Deathrazor's Sharp Thrash Vocals

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Deathrazor had a rocky road to getting ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Please, Rick Rubin: Leave Metal Bands Alone

    Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard that Black Sabbath recently released their long awaited comeback album, 13. It's their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978's Never Say Die, and riding high at No. 1 on the UK Charts, their first No. 1 hit since 1970's Paranoid. So: comeba ... More >>

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season

    Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.

  • 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 12, 2013

    What the $#!& Is Metallica Wearing?!

    Back in the '80s, Metallica was the shit of all shits. We all know this. If you were alive then and you were into metal, I'm sure you have some pictures with you wearing a) a Metallica T-shirt; or b) the exact clothes Metallica would wear. But things changed. I'll leave out all the details, because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Return to Glory: Rick Rubin's 5 Best Comeback Productions

    Recently, Black Sabbath confirmed that record magnate and production auteur Rick Rubin would be twiddling the knobs on their new record, set to be released next year. It will be their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978, and a lot of their reputation is riding on this. Not that it will ma ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Yes and Zeppelin? 5 True All-Star Near-Collaborations

    Quick, what's your dream supergroup, living or dead? When I was a big prog nerd, mine was Peter Gabriel on vocals and lyrics, David Gilmour and Robert Fripp on guitar, Geddy Lee on bass, Bill Bruford on drums, Tony Levin on Chapman stick, and Rick Wakeman on keys. Come to think of it, that still sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    10 Heavy Metal Double Albums That Make Us Want to Buy a Turntable

    This week, one of our most highly anticipated albums of the summer was released: Baroness' Yellow & Green. We were already looking forward to hearing whatever came next from the Georgia rockers after the success of their epic Blue Record in 2009, but we got especially excited when we found out that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    7 Music Videos of Ice and Snow to Cool Off With

    It's hot. I mean, it's very hot. It's hot like we offended God. Maybe it was the gay-marriage thing, maybe some kids made fun of a bald priest and instead of sending bears to mete out smiting he sent the sun. One of those is in the Bible, but I can't really think very hard right now because there's ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Drum Kit From Hell: With Bill Ward Out, 5 Replacement Drummers For Black Sabbath

    Drummer Bill Ward, furthest right, has left the band.​Black Sabbath's big reunion plans seem to be cursed. First, guitarist and the only consistent member of the band Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then they had to drop out of playing Coachella due to Iommi's diagnosis. The latest spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Travelin' Band: What Do The Features Listen To On The Road?

    So The Twilight Saga has exactly two things that keep the films from being absolute torture. The first is Ashley Greene in all her pixie-hotness, and the second is that there really are some excellent bands that end up on the soundtracks. Case in point, the Features were featured recently in Break ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Questions and Comments We Have for Fellow Gym Goers

    It's January, and the gyms are full of folks making good on their resolutions to get fit, get tight and get perfect for a spouse, a bathing suit or that nude modeling gig at the community college. Good for you, you are better than a percentage of people in Houston who only sweat from May until Octob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Top 5 Guns N' Roses Riots

    More literal than metaphorical.​"The World's Most Dangerous Band." That was the tag applied to Guns N' Roses in their late '80s heyday, and though the smacked-out bad boys of Appetite for Destruction have largely mellowed into comfortable, safe middle age, Axl's crew can still lay a claim as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Ask Me Anything: What Would You Ask Your Favorite Artist?

    "What do you love about music?" ​Part of the job here at Rocks Off - this daily Make-A-Wish kid circus - is talking to musicians and people in the musical know. One of the most fun parts of the job is booking an interview with an artist coming to town and cramming for a few days into the nook ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Five Great Uses Of Music As A Weapon

    Ed. Note: Jef With One F does not distinguish fiction from reality from video games. We let it slide because he accepts checks from the "Bank of Mordor"... we just hope it's not rubbing off on us. teecraze.com​Music is a weapon. That's what angry political bands will tell you. They'll bend yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    10 Albums We're Not Supposed To Like But Do

    ​In everyone's record collection there are junk-food albums, the ones that you feel bad for consuming but coat your ears with happy, because you have been conditioned by everyone else to either hate them or disown them. But when push comes to shove on that media player or stereo, the junk-food ... More >>

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    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 30, 2010
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    September 23, 2010
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    June 25, 2010

    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Metal Edition

    ​Dave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who decided to keep it real." Rock stars are not i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    G.I. Blues: A Soldiers' Playlist

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    He Said She Said: Our Musical Resolutions for 2010

    ​It's barely a week into 2010, and we still find ourselves writing 2009 on invoices and checks. We can't seem to shake that last quasi-awful year out of our heads. It seemed like one of the most interminable years we had ever had the bittersweet pleasure to find ourselves mired in. Little wonder t ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Does Anyone Care About Super Tuesdays Anymore? Besides Us?

    ​Time was that Tuesdays used to be the best day of the week for your average recorded-music consumer. Since Rocks Off was just a wee music nerd, Tuesdays were his favorite days of the week because it was always the universal day for all new releases to hit the stores. It started with begging our p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Kings Of Leon Rage Against The Fame

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​Funny thing happened last night. It was the same thing that happened to U2 in 1987 in the wake of The Joshua Tree, and the same thing that killed Kurt Cobain in 1994. Fame has finally overtaken Kings Of Leon, leaving their core boots 'n flannel crowd in the proverbial pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    He Said She Said: Hot, Sweaty, Angry Workout Songs

    ​When it comes to exercise, men and women don't have many different reasons for doing it. Mainly, both genders want to look better naked if perchance they find themselves without clothes on around a stranger they want to sleep with. Life expectancy, general health, and mental well-being are all se ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 1, 2009

    The Best Videos of 2008, Part 2

    5. Killer Mike feat. Ice Cube, "Pressure" 4. Weezer, "Pork and Beans" 3. Justice, "Stress" (above) 2. Hayes Carll, "She Left Me for Jesus" And the best video of 2008 is... 

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    December 16, 2008

    Metalocalypse: Baroness and the Southern Metal Renaissance

    Baroness, "Wanderlust," 2007 In the same way that Houston rarely inspires photos of snow flurries, people tend not to associate heavy metal with the South. But, if you look hard enough, you'll find a rich history of hard music with roots planted firmly in Southern soil. In the '80s and early '90s, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    November 2008 in Photos

    Over the past few weeks, we've seen the National, Usher, Baby Bash, Metallica, Madonna and Willie Nelson, not to mention voting, posing, drawing, partying, bikinis and face paint. And now you can see it all in one place. Yep, it's that time of the month.   -- Keith Plocek

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    November 21, 2008

    Aftermath: Metallica at Toyota Center

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty / Click here for more Fandom is a funny thing. It can make the stodgiest businessman a KISS makeup wearing teenager from 1975. It can turn your Mom into a wannabe groupie when she gets a little too close to Steven Tyler. You yourself may wake up one tragic morn and grasp tha ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    February 26, 2004

    Stayin' Alive

    The hopes of a dying genre chill in Linkin Park

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    July 17, 2003
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    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

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