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Michael Haaga

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    December 13, 2012

    The Biggest Surprises From the Texas 30 Ballots

    Perusing the final ballots for the Texas 30 with a few highlighters this past week was a blessed odyssey into the past three decades of all things Texas music. For as many no-brainers as there were, there were plenty of head-scratchin' exclusions. Rewind: The 30 Best Texas Albums (cover story) Sl ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal & Punk Albums Too Rough for the Texas 30

    So, the Texas 30 has been revealed at last. And it's a good list, too: Well-considered, fair and complete. Even if a lot of the records that got picked tend to be a little... well, pussy, I guess is the word I'm looking for here. Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album co ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Second Runners-Up, Albums 50-41

    On our computer, Rocks Off has been looking at that damn Texas 30 spreadsheet so long our eyes are frosting over. Monday we said about 400 different albums were spread across the ballots we received from almost 25 music-media wags across Texas. We looked at the sheet again after that and it was actu ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    deadhorse Gallops Back To Life At Warehouse Live

    Videos by Fuglymaniacs A wish many Houston music fans barely even dared to think to themselves, let alone utter out loud, came to pass when deadhorse returned from oblivion to face a nearly sold-out, wildly enthusiastic Warehouse Live crowd Saturday night. From what Rocks Off could tell, about ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    October 20, 2011

    Yes, deadhorse Is Playing Warehouse Live Saturday

    ​Ahh, the Internet - better than a game of Telephone. About an hour ago, the quiet of Rocks Off's peaceful Thursday afternoon (not really) was shattered by a phone call from Houston thrash-metal legends' deadhorse's manager. Evidently there is a rumor going around that Saturday's show at Ware ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Original deadhorse Not Playing Warehouse Live After All

    ​Well, damn. Rocks Off should have known that when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. And so, unlike what we reported Monday, the original lineup of Houston thrash-metal gods deadhorse will not be playing at Warehouse Live on October 22. The lineup that released the group's ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    deadhorse (Or Dead Horse) Reuniting In October

    ​This is pretty exciting stuff. The original lineup of legendary Houston tongue-in-cheek thrash-metal band deadhorse has confirmed a reunion show at Warehouse Live on Saturday, October 22. You may also refer to them as Dead Horse - Rocks Off found the band's name spelled both ways numerous ti ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    2011 South By Southwest Supplement

    Buxton takes its bump to the roots-rock big leagues in stride.

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    November 11, 2010
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    November 11, 2010

    Bluefinger

    Catastrophic Theatre stages a rock opera redemption.

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    November 10, 2010

    Cover Story: Jason Nodler Discusses Bluefinger, His New Rock Opera About One Debauched Dutchman

    Herman Brood, Black Francis and Jason Nodler coming together​"I am only ever interested in art/work/plays/music about how weird and fucked up it is to be a human animal on the planet earth, aware of and in necessary denial of our mortality, of the fact that each of us will die and go off the p ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Showcase Showdown

    Great moments in HPMA history

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    October 2, 2008

    dead horse Lives... After a Fashion

    Turns out Nightfly’s recent experience at the White Swan in re a possibly reunited dead horse, Houston’s legendary death-metal smartasses whose twisted Texas artwork became as iconic as its brain-splattering songs, was true after all. Minus horseman Michael Haaga – estranged from his former b ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    dead horse Live? Only Creepy Eyes Guy Knows for Sure

    dead horse's Michael Haaga live at last year's Axiom reunion at Fitzgerald's Photo by Tom Fool Whenever we go out to cover a venue for Nightfly, usually our favorite part of the night is starting up conversations with strangers. Recently at the White Swan, one of the guys that we talked to was this ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008

    This Week's MuxTape

    Sadly, I had to delete my African diaspora Muxtape, as the site only allows you to have 12 songs up with any one account. This week's version takes a more local focus -- 12 of my favorite contemporary rock songs from Houston. (All are from this decade.) Is your band on there? Or your friend's band ... More >>

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    February 8, 2008

    Chris King Update: Three Chords and the Truth

    To my discredit, it was only yesterday that I got around to visiting Chris King in Kindred Hospital. The universally beloved bassist and drummer in countless prominent local bands (notably Carolyn Wonderland’s Imperial Monkeys and Jug O’Lightnin’) suffered a serious head injury in a car accide ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    The Axiom Lives (for a Weekend)

    By anyone’s yardstick (or any other measuring instrument), this weekend’s Axiom reunion at Fitzgerald’s was a rousing success. The 600-capacity club was packed both nights – I stood in line for 15 minutes waiting to get in Friday – with people old enough to remember the legendary Warehouse ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    The Axiom

    Remembering the Axiom, 20 years later

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    October 10, 2007

    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Futzing around with my iTunes, I discovered I have a song with every number in it up through the number 25. I stall out at 26. Anybody know one with that number in it? Here’s my list: “Splash 1,” Thirteenth Floor Elevators “Two Girls,” Townes Van Zandt “Three Sixteens,” U.G.K. “Fou ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007
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    August 22, 2007

    Louis XIV T-Shirts for Sale. Cheap.

    Some years back, Michael Haaga played a bill with Hot Hot Heat and Louis XIV at the Engine Room. Haaga thought that Louis XIV, a then-buzzed about band, was pretty good. “I liked what I heard from them at the sound check,” he remembers. And backstage, Haaga told them so, and in his remembering ... More >>

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    May 30, 2007

    Explain Your Most Played

    Coming in at Number Seven... There’s a lot of games you can play with iTunes and winamp players and whatever. There’s magic iPod. There are those Myspace-type questionnaires that everybody fills out and forwards but nobody reads. And there are those “What’s on your iPod” features that ar ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Houston Rock Scene Woes, Continued

    A tri-ologue with three scene vets about selling out, not being true to yourself and rocking too hard

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    January 11, 2007

    Rogue Waves

    A new report cuts through the static on the radio industry

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    November 30, 2006

    A Blighted Slough of Smells, Steel and Chemicals

    Touring bands sound off on Houston

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    November 14, 2006

    Michael Haaga

    Description: Slightly surreal pop-rock genius. It's been compared to everything from the Shins and the Flaming Lips to Tori Amos fronting Metallica. Haaga himself calls this music "heavy mellow." Members: Michael Haaga (vocals, guitar), Kelly Doyle (guitar), Jason Davis (bass), Brian Davis (d ... More >>

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Leaving the Wolfe Pack

    It's Johnny Falstaff's time to "Shine"

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    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

    A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music

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    July 27, 2006

    Bring Back the Jams!

    Greg Levitt Michael Haaga, your 2005 Local Musician of the Year The Music Awards are coming! The Music Awards are coming! To whet your appetite, we put together a list of all the winners of selected categories going back to the inception of the awards in 1990. Who will join this august body of ... More >>

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    July 27, 2006

    The Bards of Baytown

    Scattered Pages' urban art-country music is as pretty as its hometown is ugly

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    July 6, 2006

    Houston Band Cartography

    The launch of our blog brings forth a quixotic attempt toward a local music atlas

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    March 9, 2006
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    February 16, 2006

    Band Suicide

    Why so many Houston music groups self-destruct right on the brink of having it made

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    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

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    November 10, 2005

    Low Ride, Take It Easy

    A trip to the Los Magnificos Car Show sets us to pondering why there cant be a local rock equivalent

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    September 15, 2005

    Surls's World

    A seminal local arts icon and teacher shows his work at Blaffer Gallery

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    August 4, 2005

    Houston's Gone Gaaga for Haaga

    A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards

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    July 28, 2005

    Downtown H-town Throwdown

    Tearing it up at the Music Awards Showcase

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    July 21, 2005

    Christmas in July

    Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7

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    May 26, 2005

    Play It Pretty for Cabaret Voltaire

    A Rice grad stakes his claim as the inventor of the ironic "Freebird" request; also: there's a Lanky new kid on H-town's burgeoning pop-rock scene

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    April 21, 2005

    The Sick Old Man of the Festival Circuit

    An open letter to the organizers and music bookers of the Houston International Festival

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    March 24, 2005
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    March 10, 2005

    Todymania!

    Houston's scene sees the release of its second great pop-rock CD in six months; also: March Music Madness hits town on the touring front

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    March 3, 2005

    White By Whitebread No More

    This year's South By Southwest makes room for plenty of local rap. Why can't our rockers get with the program?

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    December 23, 2004
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    December 16, 2004

    Yin and Yang

    The killing of Dimebag Darrell rains on Michael Haaga's Continental Club Plus and Minus Show parade

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    April 24, 1997
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    October 20, 1994

    Dismounting dead horse

    Michael Haaga splits from Pasadena's premier practitioners of metal

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    July 28, 1994

    Hot Sounds in the City

    The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards

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