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  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Up and Coming: 5 Houston-Area Musical Artists You Should Know About

    The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In April

    "A House Is a Home," Ben & Ellen Harper Grammy winner Ben Harper teams up with his mother, Ellen, for Childhood Home, which releases this week. This is the first single from the album. Their tender harmonies and reflections here are like flipping through a family photo album, reminding us of every t ... More >>

  • Music

    February 20, 2014

    A Summer Place

    Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Six Houston Hardcore Acts to Look Out For In 2014

    For the first time in a long time, Houston's hardcore punk scene is thriving. Maybe it's just a part of the wave of hardcore revivalists around the country, but then Houston has never been trendy. What we have here, though, is a burgeoning scene in and of itself, formed through the grassroots effort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    10 Albums From 2013 You Should Have Heard

    Terry Allen, Bottom of the World You can yack on all day about Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott or some other artless, vacant, party-popular, Texas good-ole-boy bands, but the old salts know that Terry Allen's music is that real Texas deal. On his first new material in 14 years, Allen touches all the bases ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    10 Houston Acts You Should Be Listening To

    Did you know that Football, etc., a Houston band with a very low profile in the local music scene, has more than 4,000 Facebook likes? This is because the emo-rock trio, which moved to Houston from New Jersey about five years ago, is being played on college-radio stations across the country thanks t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    10 Songs We Never, Ever Want to Hear Again, Ever

    "Gangnam Style," Psy I'm not going to deny it. The first time I saw the video for "Gangnam Style," I was amused, but not enough to watch it again. The only problem with that was the fact that almost every American decided to either recreate "Gangnam Style" or share videos of other idiots dancing aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    The Nine Best Live Acts We've Ever Seen

    Friday, one hand holding our collective nose, Rocks Off brought you our opinions on the worst live acts we'd ever had the misfortune to encounter in a post imaginatively titled "The Nine Worst Live Acts We've Ever Seen." But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction -- shoutout to New ... More >>

  • Music

    August 8, 2013

    R.I.P. Robot

    Houston mourns the passing of Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Our 10 Least Favorite One-Hit Wonders

    Thursday Rocks Off brought you our list of ten favorite one-hit wonders, an endearing assortment of underdogs and left-field flukes that hit our collective Top 40 sweet spot, if only for one brief shining moment. Now the real fun starts. But for every great song that becomes a one-hit wonder, there ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    San Antonio Roses

    Please welcome Girl In a Coma as our HPMA showcase's special guest.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    10 "Classic" Albums We Happen to Hate

    Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Travi$ Scott, Davey Suicide, Black Sabbath, etc.

    Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott Warehouse Live, July 22 Casey Veggies has traded the life of one baller for that of another. A high-school star on the hardwood, the Inglewood, Calif., native decided rhyming was more to his liking and began making a name for himself on the L.A. mixtape circuit with song ... More >>

  • Music

    June 6, 2013

    Best in Show

    A taste of the 2013 Houston Press Music Award nominees.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Best Acts of Sunday, 6/2/2013

    Cat Power/Social Distortion Cat Power has such a spotty live reputation that she's hard to pass up, epecially at a music festival. We all want to see the implosion when it happens. However, she once pleased me greatly (and made me somewhat of a fan) at one ACL Fest around the time her R&B-heavy The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    UPDATED Free Press Summer Fest: The Worst Things Inflicted Upon Us, 2013

    UPDATED (Monday, 2:05 p.m.). Regarding the bottled-water situation and prices, with comments from FPSF director Omar Afra. See "Water Rights" on Page 2. Geto Boys Get an "Incomplete" The absolute and definitive one goddamn thing I was truly looking forward to seeing at this year's festival was a re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Saturday's Best Acts, 6/1/2013

    Alabama Shakes I went into this expecting to enjoy the set by Alabama Shakes, but I didn't realize how it was going to set the tone for the rest of my day. I arrived under the overbearing sun, and struggled to catch glimpses of Japandroids. Festival frustrations threatened to make a bad scene. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Acts We'd Rather Skip This Time

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off has been bringing you our staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    UPDATED: Guns N' Roses at House of Blues, 5/28/2013

    UPDATED: Rocks Off just got off the phone with someone in the GN'R camp, who told us it was she who pulled our credentials, and that Axl had not even read our post from earlier Tuesday. So there it is. Guns N' Roses, Venomous Maximus House of Blues May 28, 2013 An aging has-been milking the nostal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    The 10 Worst Rock Singers of the '90s

    In about 12 hours or so, the editor of Rocks Off expects to be a very happy man. One of our favorite bands of all time, and one that we haven't seen live in almost 17 years, is playing tonight at Bayou Music Center: Soundgarden. Certainly Soundgarden has a lot to recommend them. Guitarist Kim Thayi ... More >>

  • Music

    March 14, 2013

    Wonders Never Cease

    Houston promotes its present-day music scene to the national media.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bands Your Girlfriend Cannot Stand

    A shared taste in music can be a critical part of any couple's relationship, from going to a concert on their first date to narrowing down that one special song for their first wedding dance. But what if that's not the case? Just from a bit of casual Googling, it's not difficult to find divorce atto ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    Craig's List

    Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    What Should Madonna Do In Houston This Week? (Besides Show Us Her Ass)

    Pop grand dame Madonna is in Houston for two shows this week at Toyota Center that are close to selling out. They are sold out, right? I figured that was why she was here two nights in a row, unless she just loves Houston that much. Rewind: Madonna's Top 5 MDNA World Tour Transgressions Our Natha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    14 Brand-New Houston Bands You Should Know About

    Thursday night in New York City, Houston promoter The Convoy Group and several other companies (including Brooklyn Vegan's Austin bureau) co-sponsored "The Texas Takeover," an evening of all-Lone Star music at Chelsea drinkery Rebel NYC, part of the famous emerging-talent festival CMJ. On the bill w ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012
  • Music

    October 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Last Night: The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, And Hot Water Music At Bayou Music Center

    Houston punks had two choices last night: Rise Against and the Gaslight Anthem, with Hot Water Music at Bayou Music Center -- still getting used to that name -- or OFF! and Negative Approach at Warehouse Live a few miles east. I ended up catching both somehow, though our Nathan Smith would write w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Last Night: Anthrax, Motorhead & Slayer at Mayhem Fest

    See more metal and Mayhem from Wednesday in our slideshow. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 11, 2012 This year's main-stage bill is probably as close to a genuine, bona fide legacy that Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will ever come up with, ever. Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Free Press Summer Fest: Top 10 WTF Moments Of 2012

    See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage at this link. See our Summer Fest Saturday slideshows of the bands and the crowds. Cory Garcia: Walking past the Super Happy Fun Land stage Saturday I heard the singer for one of the bands yell out "Let's all get raped!" Since I don't know w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Best Of Free Press Summer Fest Day 2: Willie Nelson, Avett Bros., Wallpaper, Etc.

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: • Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. • Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds • Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest • FPSF: The Bands from Saturday • FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Nathan Smith: The best part of Summer Fest Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2012

    Best Of Free Press Summer Fest Day 1: Quintron, Big Freedia, Morris Day, Etc.

    See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage. Be sure to also check out our slideshows: the sexy, sweaty Summer Fest crowds and the bands of Summer Fest 2012. Cory Garcia: Stage 7 isn't the most glamorous. Most of your set will be spent playing to the handful of people who came out to y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: Guilty Pleasures & Geeking Out

    Today Rocks Off our writers covering Free Press Summer Fest this weekend, "which artist playing the festival is your guilty pleasure or makes you geek out the most?" We're glad to see we have so many Morris Day fans in our midst. Neph Basedow: My Summer Fest guilty pleasure will be the Flaming Lips ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: 9 Locals To Watch This Weekend

    Rocks Off polled our writers to see which local or regional artist they most wanted to see at Free Press Summer Fest this weekend. Alexa Crenshaw: Robert Ellis recently rebooted his mid-week honky-tonk events, fittingly dubbed Whiskey Wednesday with Robert Ellis. The problem now, though, is that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Saturday: Chris Gray Day at the Continental Club

    Photo by Marco TorresChris with the officers that saved his life.​Click here for a slideshow of the bands and here for a slideshow of the crowd. "I didn't know Chris was a celebrity." Chris Gray's mother told a rapt audience from the stage on Saturday afternoon that she was "overwhelmed" by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Van Halen, the New Walter's and Radiohead: Things We're Looking Forward to in 2012

    Photo by Mark C. AustinRadiohead returns and we're stoked. Do people say "stoked" anymore?​There was a lot to be thankful for in 2011 in the world of music, but, in some ways, it was also a pretty tough year. We lost some great people and almost lost one of our own. It's a crazy, topsy turvy w ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 28, 2011

    Stellar Stella

    This spectacular restaurant is already a Heights institution.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Stella Sola: Behind the Review

    Photos by Troy FieldsCheese those meatballs!​What happens when the chef de cuisine at a chef-driven restaurant -- the man who, in Stella Sola's case, runs the kitchen on a day-to-day basis -- tenders his resignation after you've already written your review? You rewrite it. Mostly. Especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Return Of The Aeros' Hrkac Circus (Yes, Dammit, It Rhymes)

    ​The most shocking moment of the 2008-09 Houston Aeros season involved none of the team's playoff wins, or its battle to stave off elimination in the AHL Western Conference Finals after falling behind three games to none to the Manitoba Moose in the best-of-seven series. Anyone who watched the te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Aeros' Wade Dubielewicz Is A Travellin' Man

    Photo courtesy Jason Villanueva/Houston Aeros​Houston Aeros goalie Wade Dubielewicz has been all over the place recently. He's been traveling with the Aeros as they criss-cross the country. He's been to Minnesota and California with the parent club Minnesota Wild. Saturday night he backed-up the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Aeros Fight Fatigue To Gain In The Standings

    ​The Houston Aeros were playing their fourth game in six nights -- their third game in four nights -- and they were a tired team. For some teams, that's a bad thing.But the Aeros aren't most teams. Kevin Constantine-coached teams play better when they're tired. And last night, a tired Aeros tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Aeros Start To Get Back On Track A Bit

    ​When last we heard from the Houston Aeros, they were a beat-up, short-handed squad struggling to score goals, win games, and send a complete roster of skaters onto the ice.Things change in a week.The Aeros spent the Thanksgiving holiday flitting about between Canada and New York, and despite the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Aeros Try To Deal With Roster Shortages

    Photo courtesy Jason Villanueva/Houston Aeros​On Sunday, the Houston Aeros went to the dogs, somewhat literally, as the Toyota Center was opened up to allow people to bring their dogs to the game. And while the dogs might have had a good time, it's questionable if the fans did as the Aeros lost ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Trenchtown in the 'Trose

    Talking ska with Ryan Scroggins

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