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Neutral Milk Hotel

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    April 15, 2014

    The Nine Worst Things About Coachella's First Weekend

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap. Coachella's first weeke ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    The 13 Best Things About Coachella's First Weekend

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap. Round one of Coachella ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Lenten Promises Music Lovers Can Actually Keep

    One of the best friends I've ever had in this life was Ann Ball. At the Catholic high school I graduated from, she was my English teacher during my senior year. Ann was a little older than I, but a large margin wiser. She smoked like a Texas City refinery and let us crash on her sofas when we were ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Dr. Dog at Warehouse Live, 2/20/2014

    Dr. Dog Warehouse Live February 20, 2013 A revival happened Thursday night, or a reawakening for some. I'm not sure if it was just this specific stop on the tour -- whether it was the people involved, both crowd and crew, or where Dr. Dog is as a band right now, but something spiritual happened wit ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Neutral Milk Hotel at Warehouse Live, 2/19/2014

    Neutral Milk Hotel Warehouse Live February 19, 2014 Wednesday night's sold-out crowd at Warehouse Live was filled to the brim, as eager fans awaited newly reunited art-rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. For many, it was the first (or second) chance to see the band that bewilderingly broke up right after t ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Touche Amore, Demi Lovato, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, February 3 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver gui ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Brandon Ray, Punk Rocker Turned Filmmaker/Animator

    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. Who? After playing an active r ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Upcoming: Billy Ocean, Kid Cudi, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.

    AFI: Thu., October 17, 6 p.m., $25. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. BC Presents HeArt: With Saturn Will Not Sleep, CB Kings., Thu., September 19, 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. Billy Ocean: Fri., October 11, 7:30 p. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    From the Back of the Band: Six Musical Instruments on the Cusp of Rock Stardom

    Some musical eras are defined by the instruments that moved from the backing band to center stage as they unfolded. Electric-guitar sales boomed in the 1960s, thanks to Clapton and Hendrix. In the 1980s, synthesizers were popular enough to make one-hit wonders out of groups like A-ha and A Flock of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    2013: The Year Post-Punk Broke Again

    Almost halfway through the year, we've seen a lot of huge music news already. David Bowie came back and put out a new record, Neutral Milk Hotel reunited, and Daft Punk put out their first proper record in eight years. It's definitely been a big year already, and it promises to continue with the upc ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Why Greatest-Hits Albums Matter, and 10 Greatest-Hits Haikus

    A solid album, to me, is what I have dubbed a "Front-to-Back." I have two definitions for Front-to-Backs: 1) albums that are structured to listen to as an entire piece of artwork (like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, or Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea); and 2) alb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Notable Recluses: Five Musicians Who Almost Never Tour

    Some musicians are just road rats. They can't get enough of life on tour. For others, it wears down on them to a breaking point. Many have been very vocal about how much they despise touring, especially as they've gotten older. Some, like Trent Reznor, have expressed fears of being a KISS-esque nos ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Last Night: Jeff Mangum at Wortham Center

    Jeff Mangum, Tall Firs Cullen Theater, Wortham Center January 21, 2013 The level of nervous anticipation throughout Wortham Center beforehand ran high, while in the lobby countless hushed conversations between excited faces were underway. Jeff Mangum had finally come to Houston, and to say that the ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Fitzgerald's, January 21 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been back preaching the blues gospel and garage wail for three years now, since reissuing their catalog to rave reviews and excitement from fans young and old. The trio -- Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer and Russell S ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2013
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    December 6, 2012

    Crappy Ringtone Tumblr Makes Indie-Someone's Music More Crappy

    For the past two months, New York City-based composer/songwriter David Nyman has been turning back the clock and making MIDI versions of popular and current indie-rock and hip-hop jams. His Tumblr page, where he unloads his Soundcloud clips of these tiny wonders, is getting very popular, and was s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Defying Ambiguity: Jandek & 5 Other Curious Cult Musicians

    As a musician, there are many reasons behind choosing to remain an ambiguous character in the public eye as opposed to taking in all of the public attention one can. Choosing to remain ambiguous or elusive is sometimes a decidedly defiant statement, sometimes even a backwards-marketing tool, or is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Anne Frank: A Playlist for a Young Girl

    It was on this day in 1947 that the world first saw the publication of one of the most influential books in history, the Diary of Anne Frank. Frank and her Jewish family hid for two years in the attic of a family friend's house during the Nazi regime before being discovered in 1944 and sent to the B ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    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

    April 22, 2012

    Coachella: Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Is A Real Hero

    Note: This was written by LA Weekly's Taylor Hamby -- ed. "What's going on over there?" Jeff Mangum, the reclusive singer of Neutral Milk Hotel, halted a rare public appearance at weekend two of Coachella Saturday night to call attention to a distressed fan. At first, Mangum wasn't sure what h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Friday Night: Bomb The Music Industry! At Walter's

    Bomb the Music Industry!, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, LIMB, Lisa's Sons Walter's March 30, 2012 New York natives Bomb the Music Industry! is a project spawned from Jeff Rosenstock of Arrogant Sons of Bitches after they broke up. Bomb the Music Industry! provides anthems for taking life with a gra ... More >>

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    March 17, 2012

    SXSW: Why Are We Here?

    That headline is not any kind of existential plaint; Rocks Off was legitimately curious. We know why we're at SXSW - it's our job. But it's a broad, broad spectrum between those of us doing some kind of business here this week and the hordes of people in Austin purely to party. So, because we are s ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Last Night: Old 97's at House of Blues

    Oh, dutiful journalism, the places I will go in your name. Last night, one of those places just had to be House of Blues. It's always a pleasure to watch Old 97's and I would put up that good fight to keep my spirits high in what is arguably my least favorite venue in town. But enough with the pouti ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011
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    June 24, 2011

    Elaine Greer's Favorite Swimming-Pool Songs

    Elaine Greer on Facebook​Homesick? Not Elaine Greer. Not anymore. The waifish singer-songwriter and 2009 Houston Press Music Award nominee for Best Female Vocals moved to Austin a couple of years back. After the usual adjustment period, she says she likes it "quite a bit." "When I first move ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time

    ​Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Houston Musicians Don't Take The Holidays Off

    ​Unsure how to keep up with all that local music news during the holidays? Fear not, Rocks Off makes it a point to mine those Internets each week, bringing the finest recap of Houston's musical cyber-territories. It's full of win, as they say, and our holiday gift to everyone out there. For o ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    FAIL: Lady Gaga (Again), Take That, Pogues, Paste Magazine

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Fans Upset Because They Won't Get to See Their Crappy Boy Band: We're not sure who to side with on this one. On the one hand, we despise scalpers and other scam artists of Jason Debney's type. Debney screwed a lot of people out of their money by selling ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Houston Band (Finally) Makes Rolling Stone

    Pam Cantu​ Thanks to Classic Rock Bob Ruggiero for passing along the following bit of happy news. In today's edition of Rolling Stone's "Rock and Roll Daily" blog, the first band listed in the "Hype Monitor" section is none other than Houston's own listenlisten. The Hype Monitor got hip to Hymns f ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Tonight: Benjamin Wesley CD Release at Walter's on Washington

    Benjamin Wesley Geschichte EP www.myspace.com/benjaminwesleywinder3 The driving force behind disbanded, fuzzed-out four-string symphony Basses Loaded and low-end minder for rap-rock rude boys Tha Fucking Transmissions, Benjamin Wesley is one of the most gifted, eclectically-minded musical ca ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    November 6, 2008

    Sex on Wheels

    Of Montreal overreaches on the gratuitous Skeletal Lamping

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    April 24, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    Deer Tick

    War Elephant

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    October 25, 2007
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    July 19, 2007

    Tristero

    School of hard rocks

  • Music

    June 14, 2007

    The Ladybug Transistor

    Can't Wait Another Day

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    Elephant's Memory

    New releases from the Apples In Stereo and Of Montreal pick up the thread of a legendary collective

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    RIP, Syd. And RIP, 'Cid.

    A psychedelic pioneer and the drug that helped do him in are both sorely missed

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Seventies Glam-Disco Party

    Of Montreal proves there's life, funk and creativity after Elephant 6

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    The Aeroplane Flies High

    The devout cult of Neutral Milk Hotel should perhaps prepare for a second coming

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word ³alternative² again

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again

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    April 15, 2004
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    March 11, 2004

    The Decemberists

    Her Majesty (Kill Rock Stars)

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    January 3, 2002

    Mountain Mohawks

    Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals

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    March 26, 1998
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