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    July 7, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Concerts Between Now and Labor Day

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Songs for Jilted Lovers

    Let's be honest here: Valentine's Day is the most annoying, garbage holiday ever invented. It's such cloying BS, a day where corporations literally victimize the entire population of U.S. single people into feeling bad for being single, and scare the hell out of those who are in relationships lest t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Is the New BeatsMusic Worth It?

    A year ago, Beats by Dre headphone giants Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine announced the next step for their brand was to launch a digital-subscription music service. The news was not met with the greatest approval. After all, the existing marketplace -- crowded with streaming leaders such as Pandora and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    10 '90s Albums That Should Be Broadway Musicals

    It seems Broadway may have a taste for those ironic jagged little '90s pills after all. Here's the thing: Jagged Little Pill, that mega-huge album from our favorite '90s alt-wailer Alanis Morissette, is being adapted for the Broadway stage. As in, they're making the album into a Broadway musical, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Saturn Will Not Sleep, Scout Bar's Electronic Mad Scientist

    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? Steven Trimble, the "cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Death Grips: Performance Art or Idiocy?

    Experimental hip-hop sensation Death Grips is either a revolution in a world of bland, homogenized music created by manufactured pop stars, or absolutely annoying, loud, obnoxious tripe. There is no in between, nor a middle ground to be found with the band, a trio that consists of MC Ride, Flatlande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The 20 Greatest Goth Albums: The Complete List

    BY JEF WITH ONE F AND CHRIS GRAY 20. Marilyn Manson Antichrist Superstar (Interscope, 1996) So squalid and deeply unpleasant it's mesmerizing, Antichrist Superstar is such an intricate dissection of how to become a "rock star" it could have come from a biology lab. Then 24 or 25, Manson gets so fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    NIN's Broken at 20: The Movie Trent Reznor Didn't Want You to See

    Fans of Nine Inch Nails and loud music know the story of the Broken EP, but for those less familiar, here is the Reader's Digest version: Upset with his record label Trent Reznor recorded, in secret, an album of loud aggressive rock completely unlike his first album (1989's Pretty Hate Machine). He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Top 10 Mark Romanek Videos

    Today is the 53rd birthday of Mark Romanek. Though he's a perfectly legit Hollywood director of great films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, he is also responsible for some of the greatest music videos of all time. For 20 years he has worked with top-level performers, and today we celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    10 Heavy Metal Double Albums That Make Us Want to Buy a Turntable

    This week, one of our most highly anticipated albums of the summer was released: Baroness' Yellow & Green. We were already looking forward to hearing whatever came next from the Georgia rockers after the success of their epic Blue Record in 2009, but we got especially excited when we found out that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Texas Sons The Mars Volta Strip Down To Progress With New Album, Movie

    El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta have long been known for their bombast and progressive-rock self-indulgence. Ever since they departed the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, they've spent their time making what can only be described as "epics." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Libra Soul: The Singing Voice Of The 99 Percent

    Photos courtesy of Aiton Extea/Libra Soul​Around this time last year, Rocks Off told you about a man named Aiton Etxea and his quest to find "reason-filled musicians" for the purposes of forming a band. His use of the term "reason-filled" caught our attention because we were regular trollers o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    10 Great Pictures Of Johnny Cash

    ​Do you remember where you were when you found out that Johnny Cash passed away, on September 12, 2003? This member of Rocks Off was in our tiny S-10 pickup, delivering pizzas somewhere in Pearland, when one of the country stations he was flipping through delivered the news that the Man In Bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Apocalypse Now: 2 DJs' Playlists For The End Of Days

    Lee E. Wright/Sweaty. Sultry. Sandy.​Sand, surf, carnival - and the apocalypse. It sounds like a lead-in to "One of These Things is Not Like the Others" (although probably a little heavy for the Sesame Street crowd), but that was the theme of Sweaty. Sultry. Sandy., an art/fashion show held ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Forrest Gump & Other "Generation-Defining" Soundtracks

    ​The Forrest Gump soundtrack debuted on June 28, 1994, a week ahead of the film itself, which would go on to smash box-office records, win numerous awards and become one of the most beloved movies of the past 20 years. It is still endlessly quotable, emotional, and entertaining, and the soundt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Best Fourth Songs On History's Greatest Albums

    Sorry, Manowar, maybe next year...​As we come up on the July 4th weekend, Rocks Off considered a myriad of blog ideas to commemorate the holiday. Most patriotic songs, album covers, artists? Sorry, Lee Greenwood, Richard Pryor, and Ted Nugent, but it's all been covered. On this weekend of inde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Bands Of The '90s

    Trent Reznor, you know, before the Oscar and all the weightlifting. ​As a music writer, we are asked constantly to compare the new with the old, to decipher the periphery where modern bands' influences come from to understand where we are going and what we are seeing. We can hear everything Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Five Songs That Huck Finn Guy Should Censor Next

    gutenberg.org​As many of you probably already know, Alabama publisher NewSouth Inc. plans to release censored versions of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, replacing the words "nigger" and "Injun" with "slave" and "Indian," respectively. That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Freddie Mercury's Musical Stepchildren, Darlings

    ​Today marks 19 years that the world has been without Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who was taken from us on November 24, 1991. He died of AIDS complications, a disease he kept hidden from the world until just a day or so before his death. He was the first major, epic rock star to be kill ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 23, 2010

    King Lear

    Shakespeare goes heavy metal

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    September 8, 2010

    The 10 Most Fun Musical Instruments To Destroy

    ​A company in Japan is making disposable guitars expressly made for smashing. At around $60 a pop, you won't be too terribly sad about hacking up the stage with it or clocking your bastard bassist or dullard drummer over the head at the end of the gig. Hell, at these prices you could open the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Ten Songs You Never Want To Get Caught Singing Out Loud

    The absolute worst version of "You Are So Beautiful" you've ever heard. Trust us.​Some songs are catchy as hell, yet if you're one of those people who sometimes unconsciously sings out loud to yourself in public, there are some you'll want to avoid. Here are a few tunes which, when sung aloud, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    FAIL: The Entire City Of Seattle, Bachman Of BTO, The Scissor Sisters

    ​Seattle Knows How Great Music Is Made Three years after it was originally dreamed up, the Seattle Music Commission convened for the first time on Monday, featuring representatives from such musical mainstays as Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft. There are also several record label reps on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Trent Reznor Back In (Free) Form On How To Destroy Angels

    ‚ÄčTrent Reznor is one of those venerable goth elders that we are all so beholden to for years of stellar music that it's hard sometimes to criticize him without sounding ungrateful. And we are grateful. But it's clear that over the last several years, Reznor has been struggling to find himself agai ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    Bulls On Parade: Our Favorite Songs About Livestock

    ‚ÄčIt's almost Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo time again. Our annual celebration of sub-par country music and pissed-off bovines stomping poor fools' nuts in the dirt kicks off March 2 and runs for almost three weeks. During which Houstonians will enjoy traffic-delaying wagon trains and more dou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Getting It On

    [Ed. Note: While we were off watching Night Ranger videos or something - which should tell you all you need to know about our own sex life at the moment - Rocks Off No. 2, Craig Hlavaty, and Web Editor Katharine Shilcutt started going back and forth about how men and women want to hear very differen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Can't Join 'Em? Sue 'Em or Quit 'Em!

    Tony LaRussa and Trent Reznor are bona fide weenies. Yup. Weenies. As flaccid and dejected as they come. So to speak. In an embarrassing showing of overinflated celebrity egos, the Lifestyles of the Rich and Social Media Clueless has had the interwebs all atwitter as of late. As a result, both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Defending The Buzz: Does 94.5 FM Really Suck That Bad?

    What with Creed reuniting, BuzzFest coming up in a couple of weeks and, hell, maybe even the swine-flu scare - As in: What's worse than coming down with swine flu? A Houston radio that only tunes in 94.5 FM - Rocks Off sure has been thinking a lot about The Buzz lately. Probably too much. I mean, it ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009
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    January 8, 2009

    Things That Make Us Feel Old: The Year 1989

    "Hey Ladies" As another year begins, record labels start unleashing commemorative editions of classic albums to take advantage of anniversaries of release dates and more importantly, yo' money. We already got wind of the impending Pearl Jam reissues a few weeks back. Now we get word that the Beastie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-AC/DC Edition

    AC/DC may be gone (sniff), although the ringing in several of Rocks Off's friends' ears (and his own) lingers on, but the mail goes on... Waylon Jennings & the .357s (Littlefield/Nashville, R.I.P.), Waylon Forever (by request): "'I'd been playing my dad the music I was inspired by at the time, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Tonight: A Place to Bury Strangers at Walter's on Washington

    On the final night of the 2008 South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, unassuming downtown patrons filed into Cedar Street Courtyard for a casual drink. Within minutes, A Place to Bury Strangers - most recently in Houston opening for Nine Inch Nails back in August - cleared the place, usherin ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008
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    July 18, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    April 27, 2007

    Friday Chart Check

    The top ten albums on the Hot/Pop Billboard's 200: 1. Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing RCA 2. Nine Inch Nails Year Zero Nothing For our review of Year Zero, click here. 3. Various Artists NOW 24 EMI/Sony BMG/Universal/Zomba Down from its number one spot last ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 8, 2006

    Starburst

    The Velvet Melvin

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    December 21, 2000

    Gel

    Box of Toys (Z-Lab)

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    December 30, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Bamboo Crisis

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    August 27, 1998
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    August 1, 1996

    Man Over Machine

    Stabbing Westward masters the art of human noise

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    April 27, 1995

    King of the Mild Frontier

    Adam Ant is still dressed up, and now has somewhere to go

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    February 23, 1995
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    January 5, 1995

    Help Wanted

    Get those suggestions in now for the Press Music Awards

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    December 15, 1994
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    February 3, 1994
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