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Morrissey (Singer)

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    June 18, 2014

    Nine Bands Named After Songs By Other Bands

    We here at Rocks Off spend a lot of time thinking about band names. It's one of the most important things about a band, because it's the face of your brand. After all, a metal band is not going to get off the ground if it's named after a My Little Pony character. Once upon a time, you were doomed to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Stacy Hartoon, Rudz's Punk-Rock Heir Apparent

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We've wanted Stacy Hartoon in ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Journey, Morrissey and More

    Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 23 Don't. Stop. Believing. Three words that on their own are somewhat unremarkable, but when put together form the foundation of one of rock's best feel good anthems. Journey isn't a one song band by any means, but ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    It's a Free Country: Fans Second-Guess Summer Fest Lineup

    The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014
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    February 6, 2014

    10 More Aging Pop-Star Tours We'd Like to See

    This Saturday night, Houston will be greeted by two very familiar faces: Sting and Paul Simon. The two are legends in their respective fields, and although their music doesn't quite sound similar, the tour is welcome all the same. It's sort of like Elton John and Billy Joel, only a little less obvio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Seven Bad Singers in Good Bands

    I'm willing to bet you've heard more than one band and thought, "that guy can't sing." Maybe you even liked the music, but the singer was just so awful it ruined it for you. It's not simply the domain of local bands who couldn't find a decent singer off Craigslist either. Some popular bands have sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The Five Best Shoes Designed by Musicians

    Lately I've been having a problem, dear readers. I typically do my clothes shopping at thrift stores because a) I'm cheap; and b) I'm a hipster (just saying it for you preemptively). But if you're like me, you know that it's practically impossible to find a nice pair of size 13 shoes from a thrift s ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Can't have a Best of Coachella without a worst, right? Thanks to our (tired) Southern California friends at West Coast Sound and Heard Mentality. The Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Becaus ... More >>

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    April 14, 2013

    Last Night: New Order at Coachella

    New Order Coachella April 13,2013 While over at the main stage the bulk of the Coachella crowd was enduring Phoenix with the hope that Daft Punk would come out -- they instead got R. Kelly -- a smaller but perhaps more enthusiastic crowd got a first-rate greatest hits set from New Order Saturday n ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    5 Bands Who Pioneered Modern Indie-Rock... Besides the Smiths

    Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr is set to release his first ever solo record next month after years of being a sideman for other bands, some rather important. In anticipation, he's had some choice words to say that one would have expected more from his less level-headed ex-Smiths compatriot Morrisse ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Last Night: Buxton & The Tontons At Discovery Green

    Buxton, the Tontons Discovery Green May 24, 2012 I was pretty proud of myself Thursday night: I managed to kill three birds with one stone. I'd never seen local darlings Buxton or the Tontons live before, and I'd never been to a concert at Discovery Green, either. Thanks to UH-Downtown's Thursday C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Strait Bonin' Turns Our Beloved Icon Into King Of Porn Country

    Of course you all know that today is George Strait's 60th birthday, and the King Of Country just announced that he is coming back to RodeoHouston next spring for a March 17th date with Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band. What a great end that will be to a torrid week at SXSW in Austin. This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    You Got Served: The Top 10 Legal Battles In Rock History

    Ten years ago last week, one of the most vicious legal battles in rock history took another ugly turn. Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl found themselves in King County Superior Court over a dispute with Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, over the band's considerable royalti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Are SNL's Divisive Musical Guests Making It Relevant Again??

    Even as sketch comedy tastes have changed, and a segment of the population has sadly written it off as an unfunny relic, NBC's Saturday Night Live is still pulling in cutting-edge, marquee musical guests each week, in the process creating national stars or pariahs. Or sometimes both. Case in point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    If Axl And Slash Can (Maybe) Get Along, There Is Hope For Us All

    When it was announced that Guns N' Roses were to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in December, a kind of hush went all over the world as everyone pondered whether or not lead singer Axl Rose and former lead guitarist Slash would share a stage, or even a podium together. This was ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Martinis

    Photo by Jonathan Cohen​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Forget St. Elmo's Fire: Five Better Tim Tebow Remakes (From Slayer, Adele & Eric Clapton)

    The world has been blessed not only by the presence of Tim Tebow, but by the re-emergence of John Parr, who was so inspired by the need to make a quick buck that he produced a Tebow-ized version of his hit "Man in Motion (Theme From St. Elmo's Fire)." To be honest, it wasn't exactly a song anyone h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Thank You Tebow God: Five Better Tim Tebow Remakes Than The St. Elmo's Fire Theme

    We know next to nothing about football, past 1996 when the the Oilers left, but anyone with any sort of social media account knows who Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is. The Christian extrovert has brought prayer back to the forefront of the national conversation, and now "Tebowing" - taking a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Baby's Cryin': Rockabye Baby Sends Us Lullaby Renditions of Van Halen

    Yep. ​The folks at Rockabye Baby! remake hard rock from the likes of AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Tool, and the Smashing Pumpkins into baby-friendly jams with "soothing mellotrons, vibraphones and bells," replacing all the things that made those bands perfect for well, making rock and roll babies. Thi ... 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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    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Self-Titled Debut Albums

    ​It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old. It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who r ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Shakira And Music's Eight Other Hottest Bellybuttons

    ​Shakira shimmies into town tonight at Toyota Center, and frankly, she's pretty much the only artist Rocks Off regrets having to miss while we're in Austin covering ACL. Say what you will about her caterwauling voice and her corny foreign-ness. There's something so playfully goofy about Shakir ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Fitzgerald's Reopens With A Hint Of Things To Come

    Photos by Jim Bricker​For more photos from Thursday's reopening, see our slideshow here. "I want this place to be the nexus of local music. It's going to be the anti-Mangos," Omar Afra told Rocks Off as he points out the changes made to the second floor of Fitzgerald's on Thursday night as it ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    The Internet's Freakiest Fan-Drawn Musical Art

    Lady Gaga​Rocks Off scoured the Interwebs for at least an hour Thursday looking for the worst musical fan art we could find. Aside from being mildly sidetracked by pictures of Katy Perry and Britney Spears, we also found plenty of ghastly fan-made visages of their favorite rock and pop stars. ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Going Platinum: Artists We'd Pay $10,000 To See - And When

    ​It started one night on the patio of Big Star Bar in the Heights; over Lone Star and cigarettes, a handful of Houston music wags debated the shows they would pay top dollar to see from lartists, iving or dead. We argued the aspects of an At the Drive-In reformation, seeing Sam Cooke in 1963, ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    ​Think of Tony Bennett and you'll probably picture the kindly older gentleman crooning "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and any number of other pop standards, or perhaps the guy who upstaged Alec Baldwin as "Anthony Benedetto" (his birth name) on a 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, turnin ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    11 Songs Sean Hannity Won't Be Listening To Today

    ​Today Americans celebrate Memorial Day, honoring the military servicemen and women that have passed while serving our country. The holiday is definitely not as flashy or as popular as Independence Day in July, seeing that there are no Memorial Day fireworks or picnics. It's not stuck in November ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Concert Etiquette For Dummies: Don't Be A Douche

    Brittanie SheyBlack Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Walter's on Washington, April 2​ The following scenario has happened to Rocks Off three times in the past two months: There we are, waiting patiently in line to get into a crowded general-admission concert. When we finally get in, we make our way ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Aftermath: Off Night for Girls Is Neither, for Openers or Audience

    Photos by Brittanie SheyBennett Foster of openers The Magic KidsGirls first came to Aftermath's attention this fall when we watched the raunchy cut of their video for the song "Lust for Life." No, not that "Lust for Life," and the video is extremely NSFW unless you work at a place where one dude use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, April: Springsteen, Jandek, Morrissey, The Faint, iFest, Cake... and Nickelback

    Harley C. Pitts​ Kevin and Dustin Welch, McGonigel's Mucky Duck, April 2: "Dustin (son of Kevin) Welch stunned the sparse crowd at the Duck last night from the first note of "One False Move," the brilliant opener to his new album, Whisky Priest. While the graying crowd had mostly come to hear the ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Rocks Off's YouTube Video Explosion 2009: U2, Steve Earle, 10th Grade Cutie and Everything In Between

    This year Rocks Off added a few Flip cameras to our devastatingly amazing blogatory weapons. We have been taking as many live videos at shows as we possibly can, and what better way to show our thanks to the Flip this Thanksgiving weekend than by showcasing its powers? From Ghostland Observatory, s ... More >>

  • Music

    September 3, 2009
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    August 4, 2009

    George Strait Week, Part 1: Sad, Angry George

    Note: All this week, Rocks Off is previewing George Strait's first Houston show in several years by looking at different aspects of King Cowboy's catalog. A few months back, when Morrissey played Jones Hall, we were asking ourselves if there was an artist out there - a Texas artist, namely - who tr ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    Balls Deep In a Hands Up Flame War/Caption Contest

    Noted local music scene provacateur Jacob Calle, who is fond of bicycling down Westheimer or strolling hurricane-tossed beaches in a bear costume (above), as well as many other semi-hazardous activities, is once again stirring up trouble in a most hilarious fashion - although, it shou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Ballz detects ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Ballz detects a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in yesterday's New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Rocks O ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    Underworld’s Monthly Bash

    Seraphemera Books brings a goth writer and musician together for a multimedia night

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    April 6, 2006
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    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

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    July 8, 2004
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    January 3, 2002

    Party of Helicopters

    Friday, January 4

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    November 3, 1994

    Puke Sick

    Thoughts of Sonic Youth, kid's shows and animal testing with sick body and warped mind

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