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Pink Floyd

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    More Unreleased Pink Floyd Material That Should Come Out

    This past week, Pink Floyd released their first album in 20 years, The Endless River, culled from recording sessions that took place in 1994 around the time of their last album, The Division Bell. While peppered with outtakes, it sounds like a cohesive, complete work, and it is definitely an accompl ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    5 Rock Bands Made Better by Switching Vocalists

    Every now and then, switching things up in a band isn't the end of the world. In fact, recruiting a new singer can revitalize and expand the horizons of a band in completely unexpected ways, bringing them out of obscurity or to previously unheard of levels of success. We've covered this ground befo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    The Disco Experiment: Why It Worked For Pink Floyd, But Not KISS

    In 1979, disco was all the rage. For all the kids who had never bothered to pay attention when their parents would talk about it, it was sort of like dubstep. It was ubiquitous on the radio and even rock bands were vying to get in on the action so they didn't get left behind in the new revolution. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    10 Fun Facts Only Floyd Freaks Know About Dark Side of the Moon

    Pink Floyd's rock and roll masterpiece, The Dark Side of the Moon, turned 40 years old this weekend. If you don't already own a copy or three, consider checking it out. It's the best album by one of history's best bands, and you can find as easily in any record store in Phuket as you can in Philadel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Pink Floyd's 10 Best Pre-Dark Side of the Moon Tracks

    In anticipation of the upcoming 40th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon, originally released in March 1973, we here at Rocks Off would like to remind you all that Pink Floyd existed for some years before that monumental album. While the band experienced some success, they of course never saw anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Tyagaraja, Truly Mystical Musician

    Who? Not all that many musicians around here aspire to live like monks, but Tyagaraja (nee Jonathan Welch) does. "I'm studying under a very serious path that comes from a Himalayan monk tradition dating back to 500 B.C., and my music has never been better," he says. Tyagaraja, whose mystical folk-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Floyd-Flouting Aussies a "Tribute" Act Like No Other

    While they are technically a "tribute band," there is nothing amateur, half-assed or untrue to the source about the Australian Pink Floyd Show. In fact, these Down Under Wonders put on such an eerily accurate PF experience, they were asked by none other than David Gilmour himself to play his 50th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    5 Shows We'd Like to See at HMNS' Burke Baker Planetarium

    Recently I decided to put down the cash and become an honest-to-God card-carrying member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I find that walking the halls of the HMNS is a fine way to kill a few hours before a concert. There is a part of the HMNS that I hold near and dear to my heart, even t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Is Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason Misunderstood or Just Bad?

    Like a lot of people I didn't really discover Pink Floyd until I was in my late teens. I had heard their songs before on the radio, but had never felt the need to go buy any of their CDs. Then one night in my dorm room I listened to a pirated copy of The Wall and suddenly it clicked. I was a fan. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012
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    June 15, 2012

    Explosions In the Sky: No Vocals Necessary

    Known for elaborate guitar work, referred to as "cathartic mini-symphonies," Explosions In the Sky put on emotional shows. Remaining completely devoid of vocals, three guitars and one drummer (a bass guitar is thrown in at times) Explosions combine to create a sound that seems to carry the crowd on ... 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

    May 1, 2012

    Pink Floyd The Wall at 30: Would Pink Have a Facebook Page?

    Rock stars: They're different from us. That's why we love them, and that's why sometimes they can fool themselves into thinking they're Hitler. That, as far as I can tell, is the message of Pink Floyd The Wall, Alan Parker's 1982 film based on the British rockers' 1979 album The Wall. Despite the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Readers Poll: Who Is the Most Overrated Artist in Rock History?

    The concept of "overrated" and "underrated" has always confused me. There are groups that are critically lauded, yet got little commercial love, like The Band. And then there are groups that were almost universally reviled by critics, like Journey, who consistently managed to sell out shows, sell mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Top 5 Bands We'd Like To See At The Ballet

    Tonight, Houston Ballet performs Rooster, Associate Choreographer Christopher Bruce's dance interpretations of eight Rolling Stones songs including "Little Red Rooster," "Paint It Black" and "Sympathy for the Devil." If that sounds a little lowbrow for the ballet, the program also includes two works ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    The Most Overused Expressions in Music Critics' Twitter Feeds: An Epic List

    It is impossible to overlook this peculiar trend any longer: A few choice words and phrases seem to be dominating many of 2011's music critiques, particularly on Twitter. Seemingly forcibly wedged into friends' and journalists' 140-characters-or-less makeshift tweet reviews, the following words and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    You In Color: The Black Angels' Christian Bland Talks Film Scores

    Photo By Craig HlavatyThe Black Angels' Alex Maas at Free Press Summerfest in June​Tomorrow night the Black Angels hit Houston for the third time in about a year, with a gig over at Fitzgerald's with fellow retro-doomers Dead Meadow and Spindrift. The last time the Angels were in Houston it wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Pop Rocks: New Clear Days

    Explains a lot.​I was discussing career choices (don't ask) with an acquaintance of mine, and in the course of talking about how we got where we were, I mentioned that I'd never really planned for life beyond college when I was in my teens. The decision wasn't a "non-decision" or anything lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    For 4/20: Hipgnosis' Greatest Bong Hits

    ​Rocks Off doesn't know if it's our Shot In the Dark photo show tomorrow or that batch of brownies someone sent us, but we've been in a really visual mood this week. We can't remember exactly what it is, but something told us today might be a good day to revisit the work of Hipgnosis. The gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Concert Pub's Battle Of The Bands Wages War On Autism

    ​Autism is a developmental disorder that currently affects nine out of every 1,000 American children, a number that has steadily risen since the 1980s. Symptoms usually appear by age three, and often encompass difficulties in communicating within normal developmental and social parameters. La ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011
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    March 24, 2011

    Dark Side of the Moon: Best Blockbuster Album Ever?

    ​Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd's seminal album about mental illness, the inevitability of death, and anxiety born of living in modern society, turns 38 today. It remains one of the most successful... Wait a minute? DSotM is 38 years old? How is that possible? It seems like just yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Top Six Artist Vs. Record Label Feuds

    ​Pink Floyd has finally settled its lengthy dispute with their longtime record label EMI. The band, which signed to the label over 40 years ago, first took EMI to court last spring in an effort to clarify their existing contract. Floyd sought to prevent EMI from "unbundling" their albums by se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Comment Of The Day: Don't Mess With Lunar-Eclipse Fans

    ​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, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Surrender Dorothy: Five Better Dark Side Of The Moon Films

    ​Tonight at Miller Outdoor Theatre, a group of musicians will play Pink Floyd's legendary album Dark Side of the Moon live, in its entirety, with each and every instrument that was used to record it back in 1972-'73. With 45 million copies sold, Dark Side is still the third best-selling album ... More >>

  • Music

    September 30, 2010
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    July 13, 2010

    Rocks Off Seeking Local Bands For New Covers Night

    ​It's been a while since Rocks Off has put on our promoter hat because, well, we've been kind of busy around here, but also because we've been cooking up an idea we think you're all going to like. We hope so, anyway. As you may have noticed, it's not that easy for artists to sell tickets thes ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010

    Bare Bones

    Lo-fi crushers Woven Bones would remake Pink Floyd's The Wall if they could.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    National Teacher's Day, Celebrated In Video And Song

    Today is National Teacher's Day, a feast which ranks right up there with whatever they're calling National Secretary's Day in these modern times.Which is a shame, of course, since good teachers are some of the most indispensable people around.To celebrate their day, such as it is, we offer five piec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Album Covers You'll Never, Ever See on Any UK Stamps

    ​ The UK's Royal Mail recently unveiled a series of stamps based on classic British album covers, including the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed and The Clash's London Calling. Rumor has it Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here was rejected due to the burning man on the cover, with the Royal Mail electing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    He Said She Said: Our Musical Resolutions for 2010

    ​It's barely a week into 2010, and we still find ourselves writing 2009 on invoices and checks. We can't seem to shake that last quasi-awful year out of our heads. It seemed like one of the most interminable years we had ever had the bittersweet pleasure to find ourselves mired in. Little wonder t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Songs for Naughty Children

    As Rocks Off grows older we have to come to terms with the fact that many of our friends are having children. Usually we can just scroll quickly past the offspring-related Facebook updates or send those 12 MB emails containing brood photos into the Trash folder unread. No harm, no foul. But the hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Dengue Fever Explores The Lost World at Warehouse Live

    There was a moment at the beginning of Dengue Fever's performance Saturday night where the movie the band was scoring, 1925's The Lost World, kind of faded into the background and all we could concentrate on was how their music was filling the space like warm water in a bathtub. We usually complain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Ten Cover Songs So Bad They'll Shrivel Your Soul

    Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation". Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters? ​ You sure you're not being too harsh? ​ Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    Spain Colored Orange

    Gilbert Alfaro and Eric Jackson sound off.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Saturday Night: Echoes at FBI Rocks

    If you say you want the Pink Floyd experience, it generally means you're going to the laser show at the Planetarium, probably with pharmacology of questionable legality. But if you actually want a chance to stand in the audience of a Pink Floyd concert when they ruled the 70s like gods, then seeing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Classic Rock Corner: In Memoriam 2008

    You know, the Grim Reaper don't care if you're a multiplatinum music legend, a one-hit wonder or studio-only sideman - he's comin' for you someday! And in 2008, he seemed to like keyboardists and drummers most. A number of classic rockers left for "The Great Gig in the Sky," foremost of whom is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Eyeballin': A Technicolor Dream

    This documentary, originally broadcast on BBC television, traces the coalition of the "underground" movement in swinging '60s London. Beginning with a groundbreaking 1965 gathering/reading of the Beat poets at the Royal Albert Hall and following with the opening of the Indica bookstore and gallery, ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
  • Calendar

    June 7, 2007

    The Beautiful Creatures

    This local crew enhances the Rocky Horror experience

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007

    South By Lomax: Part One

    The Dude. Drove thru intermittent rain to Austin with my dad, who is here in his newish capacity as the manager of country chanteuse Sunny Sweeney. It's great to have him back in the game after his few years of semi-retirement. Over the years, he has managed Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Kasey ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2006
  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    True Blue Confessions

    Let's join Madonna for a friendly round of Celebrity Breach of Confidentiality

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Comets on Fire

    Blue Cathedral (Sub Pop)

  • Music

    March 31, 1994

    Pink Pigs and Scarred Psyches

    One man's triumphant journey through Pink Floyd obsession

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