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Mike Love

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    For Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Life's a (Busy) Beach

    He may be 71 years old, but Head Beach Boy Brian Wilson might be busier today than at any point in his career. Having already completed the band's 50th anniversary reunion tour and new studio record last year, he's now on the road with two of the Boys (Al Jardine and David Marks) and guitar virtuoso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck On Tour: Where Cars Meet Guitars

    On paper, it seems like at odd pairing for a joint tour: Brian Wilson, Head Beach Boy and pop-music chronicler of sunny California life, with Jeff Beck, fiery and restless hard-rock English guitarist whose work helped lay the groundwork for heavy metal. Not to mention inspire Nigel Tufnel's haircut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Bizarre Beach Boys '76 TV Special Is Must-Have For Fans

    The Beach Boys Good Vibrations Tour Eagle Rock Entertainment, $14.97, 50 mins. The title here is a bit of a misnomer. This is not a full concert video, but rather the 1976 NBC-TV special screened on the heels of the "Brian is Back!" PR campaign. It marked the head Beach Boy's return to live perfor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Transcribing Is a Bitch: The Collected Craig Hlavaty Interviews

    My last official day at the Houston Press is tomorrow, so these past two weeks I have been sifting through my body of work here at Rocks Off, almost seven years of words. I've been gleefully overdosing on nostalgia here at my desk, and I have (almost) no regrets. I'll have some more words on my depa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions

    Five years ago this week, Led Zeppelin fans young and old squeezed their pants full of lemon juice when the band's three surviving golden gods -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - announced that they'd be reuniting for a one-off concert in London. John Bonham's son Jason would man the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Beach Boys Not Coming To Nutty Jerry's After All

    Last week I told you about an upcoming Beach Boys date out in Winnie at Nutty Jerry's. The show sparked my interest since I was still on a B-Boys high from their show in the Woodlands earlier this month, and I was happy that the Houston-area was getting another go-round with the group. But today t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    The Beach Boys Coming to Nutty Jerry's In Winnie October 6

    If you missed the reunited and augmented Beach Boys a few weeks back in the Woodlands, you will have a second chance to see the band on October 6 out at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie. Yes, it's a long drive, but this tour is worth seeing. As Rocks Off confirmed from Nutty Jerry's PR, this will in fact b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Friday Night: The Beach Boys at The Woodlands

    The Beach Boys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 8, 2012 The Beach Boys taught a generation of American kids how to be teenagers. With songs about the perils of love, the magic of cars, school ties, faceless authority, and depression and isolation, they wrote the book on high-octane hormonal roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    New Beach Boys Book Digs Deep Under The Sand

    The Beach Boys FAQ: All That's Left to Know About America's Band By Jon Stebbins Backbeat Books, 400 pp., $19.99. Backbeat's FAQ series of books are the perfect addendum for those who are already familiar with a band's basic origin and career. Part biography, part compendium of trivia and odd fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Beach Boys Reunion Tour Hits Woodlands June 8

    Dave Matthews Band opens new tour at Pavilion May 18 The Beach Boys, one of the most popular and celebrated bands to come out of America in the past century, announced a reunion tour this week, with Houston getting a set from Brian Wilson and the gang Friday, June 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pa ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Pit Crew

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. prefer the Beach Boys to NASCAR.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Day The KKK Bombed KPFT

    Yesterday morning during KPFT's biannual pledge drive, the station was paying homage to recently deceased color-barrier breaker Lena Horne by giving away copies of her biography Stormy Weather and highlighting a 40-minute interview with the black singer/actress about her relationship with whites in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Buyer Beware: Bands With Different Lead Singers Are Almost Never Up to the Original Standards

    A few Saturdays ago, Rocks Off was in the grocery store a few blocks from our house, slumming around Oak Forest wearing sandals and an old Misfits T-shirt when a group of junior-high punk rockers approached and applauded us for our good taste. We got to talking about the band, and they remarked tha ... More >>

  • Music

    October 21, 2004

    Half Smile

    Brian Wilson's long-delayed magnum opus fails to topple Pet Sounds from its pedestal

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    The Beach Boys

    Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace of a Musical Legacy (Capitol)

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    The Imposters

    Poseurs are performing under famous band names, including one with a Houston connection

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Shored Up

    Brian Wilson returns from hell to inhabit a self he hasn't seen since the '60s

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2000

    Watt Go Surfing Now

    The Beach Boys

  • Music

    April 15, 1999

    Beach Gents

    Good ole vibrations from the Beach Boys this summer

  • Music

    July 23, 1998

    Reconstructing Brian

    The troubled creative light behind the Beach Boys salvages himself and -- to an extent -- his music

  • Music

    November 21, 1996

    Songs and Sickness

    That's what it's about with D Generation, man

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