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    November 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Built to Spill, A$AP Ferg, Chvrches, etc.

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's, November 22 After years of staying away, Built to Spill seems to have decided that it likes playing Houston after all. We've lost count, but Friday will be at least the third time Doug Martsch's laid-back guitar army will have been here since their most recent album, Th ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Our 11 Favorite Drinking Songs. Cheers!

    Many drinkers have a dialogue in their heads that also plays out in great drinking songs throughout the ages. "Why do you drink?" asks the great prophet Bocephus. "It's five o'clock somewhere," reply the equally sage Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Rocks Off wanted to know our writers' favorite dri ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    JAMerica: Scene Reveals More Than Just Hippies and Noodling

    JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene By Peter Conners Da Capo Press, 320 pp., $25.99 "Hippies and noodling are lazy signifiers tossed up to fill the vacuum of word-count deadlines," Peter Conners writes about the perceptions of "jam" bands in his new book JAMerica. And it's true ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Artists Who Need Their Own Sirius/XM Channel Already

    I've had satellite radio in my life since Christmas. Nothing is better than falling asleep on the couch on a Saturday afternoon after a big fat lunch with Willie's Roadhouse playing; waking up every few hours to piss during a Ray Price cut and then falling back to sleep. What I love the most, besi ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Tenacious D Debut Album Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment

    Tenacious D's self-titled 2001 effort, the album that soundtracked a million bong sessions and made Dio cool all over again, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment on vinyl on March 5. The comedy duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass brought in a star-studded team for their first album, building on the ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Music That Will Officially Be Old In 2013

    One of my favorite pastimes is reminding my friends how old we are all getting, partly because I am cruel, and probably because even I am astounded that actor Steve Guttenberg is now three years older than Wilford Brimley was when they filmed Cocoon together in 1985. We can all think of things tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Phish Phans Revolt

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    10 Things We're Probably Doing At ACL This Year

    villagevoice.comBjork at ACL '07, when part of her staging caught fire.​This is the Rocks Off team's (well, Craig Hlavaty and Chris Gray) fifth year covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The first year this smart guy wore black jeans and a black shirt to try to look cool, which made ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: The Ones Who Got Away (So Far)

    UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Promotional video by Monica Fuentes added after the jump. Jay LeeLittle Joe Washington at the Continental Club's 10th anniversary, July 2010​Slowly but surely, Rocks Off has been getting ready for our "Shot In the Dark" photo exhibition at Warehouse Live's Studio next Thur ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011

    For The Final Four: 9 Musicians Who Love College Sports

    ​After weeks of anticipation and preemptory hand-wringing over where we're going to park on Washington Ave. this weekend, the Final Four is Finally here. As with any other time a marquee sporting event comes to Houston, you can count on some familiar themes in media coverage: Where to party, w ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    SXSW Panel: "Juggalos To Phish-Heads"

    Craig Hlavaty​This is the first year we are attempting to forgo the day parties, full of free booze and music, to take in some of the informative panels offered by SXSW in the Austin Convention Center. It's not easy walking past day parties foisting beer and burritos on you, but we are doing i ... More >>

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    October 10, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 3

    Marco TorresTrombone Shorty​Craig Hlavaty: News coming out of the media tent: Don Henley of the Eagles had a stent put in his heart this past week. He will be singing and possibly playing guitar, but not exerting himself on drums. This could very well be the last Eagles show for a while - if e ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 1

    Brittanie SheyThe Ettes​Brittanie Shey: Things seem incredibly crowded, and hotter than Houston, if that's even possible. The dust is already flying. Some of us here braved the bro-crowd at the Black Keys (see jump) but some of us, seeing the mile of bodies wobbling before the stage, decided t ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    ACL: What Could Possibly Be Worse Than Last Year's Mudbath?

    Mark C. AustinCan't WAIT to go back!​In exactly one week, Rocks Off will be broadcasting live from the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park. This will be our fourth spin around the grounds since 2007, and every year we swear we won't fall in love with a bartender in the me ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Musicians Who Will Fetch The Least In TwitChange Auction

    ​TwitChange, a charity organization dedicated to helping Haiti led by the only Desperate Housewife who doesn't look at least partially mummified, Eva Longoria, is having an auction that will change the very nature of self-obsession as we know it. Several celebrities have gotten together and ag ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    FAIL: Courtney Love, Joe Jackson, Gravity

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Courtney Love Is Not Having an Easy Time of It: First, the lawsuit involving Courtney's share of Nirvana's musical rights was settled, most likely for less than she wanted. We have a hard time mustering up any sympathy there, but even we get uncomfortab ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    ACL Fest Releases Schedule; Adds Black Lips, Silversun Pickups via FlickrBrand-new ACL 2010 adds The Black Lips​The Austin City Limits Music Festival released the schedule grid for this year's gathering in Zilker Park Oct. 7-9. The festival also added several bands, including Atlanta garage-punks (and recovering exhibitionists) the Black Li ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    2010 ACL Line-Up Goes Live And (Early) By Surprise

    The line-up for the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival went live at the fest's website at midnight this morning while the rest of the world was snoozing. Luckily we are up and stirring to bring it to you. No Pavement and no Soundgarden, but we do have the Strokes down. More commentary coming in ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Persian Cats, 3-D Phish And Houston Zydeco

    ​No One Knows About Persian Cats, the pseudo-documentary about the underground music scene in Tehran that Rocks Off first told you about in January, opens in wide release today and is now screening at the Landmark River Oaks Theatre. The film was featured at the MFAH earlier this year as part of t ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Dear Better Business Bureau: I Got Ripped Off For $1.07 On My Blunt Wrap

    ​Oh, weed: Will your users never fail to entertain?The Greater Houston & South Texas Better Business Bureau has received the following complaint, about Pokey's Planet in Weslaco.It begins: I walked into Pokeys planet dec. 9th to purchase a blunt wrap. i bought a blunt wrap for 1.07 there w ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Next Time You're Bored at a Party, Amuse Yourself With Some "Musical Profiling"

    ​ Recently, Rocks Off found ourselves skulking around the edges of a birthday party wondering what the hell we were doing there. The week had brutally kicked our ass, and the only place we really wanted to be at that juncture was sitting on our couch watching the Syfy channel with a very strong dr ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    StubHub: Houston Is More "Rockin'" Than Vegas, Less So Than Hartford and Milwaukee

    Craig HlavatyThe Phish of the Southwest and king of Houston's summer concert hill: George Strait​Online ticket broker released its annual list of America's Top 20 "Most Rockin' Cities" Friday, with Houston holding steady at No. 17 for the second year in a row. We probably would have be ... More >>

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Aftermath: Glenna Bell, Beetle, Fat Tony, Free Radicals and Plump

    Photos by Brandon K. Hernsberger​ A good way to kick off the HPMAs is to see a musician who makes you daydream about cheese grits on a holiday, preferably one that takes place in wintertime. Or reminds you of riding a horse at sunrise alongside your best friend John Denver. Glenna Bell, you made i ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill is 60 Today

    You didn't think we'd get out of here without wishing happy birthday to Houston's own Dusty Hill, the ZZ Top bassist who turns 60 today, did you? Hell no! To celebrate - and give any neophytes an idea of just how widely loved the Top really is - here's a pair of covers from about as far apart as you ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    If You're Paying Four Bucks For A Brownie And You're Not In A Starbucks, Watch Out

    Four bucks for a brownie? Unless you're getting a mocha cappacrappachino with soy and no foam, chances are there might be something suspicious going on.Five students from Ball High in Galveston found that out when they got sick after buying pot-laced brownies from another student yesterday.Three of ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    Do Make Say Think

    You, You're a History in Rust

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    February 22, 2007

    Hot Buttered Rum

    Hot Buttered Rum performs Sunday, February 25, at the Last Concert Caf, 1403 Nance Street, 713-226-8563.

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    December 15, 2006

    Phried Phish Don't drink and drive to Firenze. You heard it here fourth: Gawker reports that Idolator reports that the Smoking Gun reports that former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio "was arrested early this morning on a driving while intoxicated rap and New York cops found the musician in posses ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006

    Tea Leaf Green

    Rock 'n' Roll Band

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    August 10, 2006

    The Clientele

    Friday, August 11, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513

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    August 3, 2006
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    July 27, 2006
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    April 13, 2006

    Pretty Girls Make Saves

    As video games go indie, Wack imagines a few likely pairings

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    March 30, 2006
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    January 26, 2006


    Saturday, January 28, at Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance, 713-226-8563.

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    April 14, 2005

    The Radiators

    Saturday, April 16, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Drive, 713-862-3838.

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    January 13, 2005
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    June 17, 2004
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    September 25, 2003

    Best Local TV Commercial

    Hilton Furniture

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    January 31, 2002

    Cross Canadian Ragweed

    Friday, February 1

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    July 12, 2001

    New Orleans Juice

    Saturday, July 14, Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance

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    May 3, 2001


    Medeski, Martin and Wood

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    December 14, 2000

    Soular Slide

    Too Tasty for Color TV (Soular Slide)

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    October 28, 1999

    Deadheads Redux

    moe. picks up where Garcia and Co. left off

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    November 7, 1996
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    May 5, 1994
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    May 5, 1994

    Big Band Bayou?

    Blue thoughts for BCT, and the Karankawas are hungry again

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