Mike Hardin

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    October 27, 2014

    GWAR at Warehouse Live, 10/26/2014

    GWAR, Decapitated, American Sharks Warehouse Live October 26, 2014 GWAR is alive and well, folks. That was the most important takeaway from the band's performance at Warehouse Live on Sunday. It was something that didn't seem quite possible when Dave Brockie, the man who fronted the band for 30 yea ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Satellite D'Homme and Roky Moon & BOLT! at Fitzgerald's, 3/29/2014

    Satellite D'Homme, Roky Moon & BOLT! Fitzgerald's March 29, 2014 I've been in a few bands in my life. Not many -- actually, at this point in my life I've probably spent more minutes looking at the Internet than I have playing music. Which is sad. But not really, because I never had that true passio ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Houston's Best Weekend Shows: SCOTS, Deltron 3030, Roky Moon, Queensryche, etc.

    Southern Culture on the Skids Continental Club, March 28 & 29 Taking a 30th-anniversary victory lap this year, Southern Culture on the Skids has parlayed their image as overalled, chicken-flingin' hillbillies into a virtual empire of lowbrow kitsch and randy "toe-suckin' geek rock." On the Chapel H ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    American Sharks Are Coming For Your Children

    American Sharks are, like Lady Caroline Lamb said of that early 19th-century rock star Lord Byron, mad, bad, and dangerous to know. The bong-loaded Austin trio had been reliably fucking shit up around Houston for a few years -- see this practically Neanderthal 2007 slideshow from Proletariat -- befo ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Down Warehouse Live, January 11 Long-running sludge daddies Down are still riding high from last year's six-song EP, Down IV Part I - The Purple EP, and rightfully so. The effort was one of 2012's best releases, making it onto plenty of year-end lists and satisfying Down fans' hunger for new materi ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    December 19, 2012

    Last Night: The Sword at Fitzgerald's

    The Sword, American Sharks, Gypsyhawk Fitzgerald's December 18, 2012 I'm glad that bands like The Sword still exist to lead impressionable metal kids down endless paths of boogie and stoner-rock. Since they started coming to Houston -- playing the now-shuttered Walter's on Washington, mostly -- I h ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Roky Moon & BOLT's Mike Hardin Speaks Out On The Band's Breakup

    Monday afternoon, Houston music fans discovered that Roky Moon & BOLT! were breaking up this coming summer after five more shows, ending a three-year reign as one of the most party-ready and beloved bands in town. Surely one of the most popular ones here at Rocks Off, and the most fun to cover. Mi ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    RIP Roky Moon & BOLT! 2009-2012

    According to a Facebook post by Roky Moon & BOLT lead singer and songwriter Mike Hardin, Houston's beloved glam-punk-rock-Broadway group is no more as of this year's Free Press Summer Fest. The statement reads as follows:

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    March 29, 2012

    Deep Thoughts

    Benjamin Wesley follows a gig with the renowned Jandek with his own CD release.

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    February 24, 2012

    American Sharks Unleash WeedWizard At Fitz Saturday​Houston knows the blistering stoner-jamming American Sharks as the other band fronted by Mike Hardin, a.k.a. Roky Moon of Roky Moon & BOLT!. The latter band, our own backyard Broadway/Bowie/Meatloaf bouillabaisse, has been Hardin's main focal point for the past few ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012
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    September 8, 2011

    From The Mink To Mango's: Dust Settles Some After Wild Weekend

    Photos by Marc BrubakerIn the Club: Former Mink bartenders (and Roky Moon & BOLT bandmates) Aaron Echegaray and Mike Hardin at Mango's​While much of Texas is on fire, some of the smoke has cleared after a rather turbulent weekend. What began with last Thursday's sale of The Mink and continued ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    The Honey Drippers

    How much is too much? Glam-rock heroes Roky Moon & BOLT! haven't found out yet.

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    January 8, 2010

    Houston Musicians Recall Their Own Rock and Roll High School Days

    ​Tonight Rocks Off is hosting the first annual Texas High School Rock Off, with local bands from area schools fighting for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights around town. This past week we have profiled the seven bands in the running: The Paperwaits, Useful Information, The Handshake, Livin ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Electric Warriors

    Life's a gas for local glam-rock sensations Roky Moon & BOLT.

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    January 1, 2010

    Previewing the Year Ahead In Local Releases

    ​ 2010 looks like it's going to be a banner year for music in general. We can look forward to a new Arcade Fire opus, another Spoon outing, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a Beach House record that is already getting Animal Collective-like buzz. Rocks Off is chomping a ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Hodad's: Nation's Best Burger?

    ​Some say Hodad's in San Diego has the best hamburger in the country. Just before I flew out to California, I was watching the Jay Leno show. That night Leno did a Top 10 list with Guy Fieri, the spiky-haired star of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Leno asked Fieri to name the No. 1 burger in the ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Aftermath: Basses Loaded's Second Last Show Ever at Mango's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ There are lots of awesome things about the beginning of the holiday season. Reconnecting with far-flung relatives, old friends coming home to visit their parents and intermittingly sneaking off with you to run up a bar tab in between family excursions, and ungodly amounts ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: More Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park

    Photos (except where indicated) by Craig HlavatyB L A C K I E and friends​ "How is this Houston?" "How the hell is this Houston?" Aftermath couldn't stop saying that phrase over and over again to whoever we found ourselves walking with the past two days all over Eleanor Tinsley Park at the inaugur ... More >>

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    August 6, 2007

    You Should’ve Been There: The American Sharks at the Proletariat

    The American Sharks The Proletariat August 5, 2007 Click here for a slideshow. A lot of bands use crazy onstage antics and energy to mask the fact that, though their music is good, it ’s pretty mediocre. You see it all the time and these days it’s pretty commonplace and, well, annoying. Anyone ... More >>