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Pink Floyd

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Alisha Pattillo & Her Swaggering, Soulful Sax

    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? Alisha Pattillo is an Aus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    The Iconic Album Covers That Need to Become Internet Memes

    I don't know anyone who doesn't know what an Internet meme is. In case you don't, I think the best definition is found in the Urban Dictionary (yep, that's a thing, too, Web novice). It says a meme is "an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information." This random ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    10 Bands That Were Almost Named Something Really Stupid

    Take it from me, it's tough naming a band. During the one time I had my own band, it was called "Post-Hardcore Boy Band." Really great name, right? I think we can all agree that a lot of bands who have become famous have really horrible names too. Like Hoobastank, for instance. But even some bands ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 3, 2013

    Hell Freezes Over: The Ends of Five Great Musical Feuds

    Last month marked the end of one of the great musical feuds of the 1990s. Any Britpop fan knows you can either be a fan of Oasis or of Blur, but not a fan of both. The two bands hated each other's guts and were in constant competition throughout the decade. So all of us in the press were shocked wh ... More >>

  • Music

    February 28, 2013

    Molly Flogs Houston

    Flogging Molly makes the walls sweat at the House of Blues.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Revisiting Robertson Stadium's Forgotten Concert History

    After years of dreaming, planning and even a little begging, the University of Houston broke ground on a new on-campus football stadium this month. It's a pretty darn exciting development for the Cougars that marks the beginning of a new era of UH athletics: The program will play its first season in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Cavern and the Top 10 Iconic Rock Clubs In History

    Last week back in 1957, the most famous rock club in England opened in Liverpool. There was absolutely no rock and roll on the bill that night. The Cavern Club was originally opened to mimic the cellar jazz bars that owner Alan Synter visited in Paris. There was a strict jazz-only policy in place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    10 Songs Still Missing From Spotify & What You Can Listen to Instead

    As recently mentioned, I'm a pretty big fan of Spotify. Speaking as someone who never got over getting burned by my purchase of Stroke 9's Nasty Little Thoughts I'm a big fan of having the chance to listen to a record all the way through before making a purchase. In their advertising the company i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions

    Five years ago this week, Led Zeppelin fans young and old squeezed their pants full of lemon juice when the band's three surviving golden gods -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - announced that they'd be reuniting for a one-off concert in London. John Bonham's son Jason would man the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Here's Some Very Aces New Music From Houston Rappers

    Botany Boys: Not new, still great. The amount of music that is coming out in Houston -- specifically the amount of GOOD music -- has grown to such an unignorable volume that it not only forces me to make up words like "unignorable," but also warps the editorial calendar. Originally, I was plannin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    9 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Alkari, Black Bananas, Chico Trujillo, Etc.

    Pot luck show of the weekend: ElecTrick, The Space Villains and Los Area 51 tonight at Rudyard's. Free. It's the big Art Car Weekend, if you haven't heard, and you can get a peek at Saturday's parade at Discovery Green tonight at 6:30 with two solid hours of a murderer's row of local blues greats ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Last Night: Jane's Addiction At Bayou Music Center

    Jane's Addiction Bayou Music Center May 9, 2012 Perry Farrell is a twisted freak. Of course that's intended as a compliment. Farrell has become one of rock's most successful misfits of the past 25 years, combining an astute business sense with a sincere interest in the any number of alternative su ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Playing for Keeps: Vinyl Essentials

    Here's our must-haves if you're kick-starting a record collection.

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Lord Lordy, Look Who's Forty: The Best Albums Of 1972

    Last week I told you about the best debut albums of 1992, making a lot of us feel old in the process. Hell, I was only nine when those came out and I felt feeble making the list. This week we look at the best albums of 1972, now four decades in the hole, but no less fulfilling and influential. Wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    In The Flesh: 10 Semi-Obscure Facts About Pink Floyd

    (Cue heartbeat sound effect) This week we turn our fact-finding spotlight on of the most successful cosmic rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd. The band is going through another period of rediscovery by fans young and old with a new set of remastered reissues, along with last year's extremely popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Say My Name: Bands Named After Actual, Real People

    Punk Rock Elite​This Friday would have been Z.Z. Hill's 76th birthday, but the popular Texas bluesman passed away in 1984 from a heart attack. Most people only know who the late soul crooner is through his connection to ZZ Top. The moniker of that little ol' band from where we are sitting righ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Music

    March 17, 2011
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    December 2, 2010

    The Most Awesomely Bad Pink Floyd Cover Ever

    A few weeks back, Rocks Off was utterly enthralled with Roger Waters' rendition of The Wall, the masterpiece he created with his former band, Pink Floyd. Every note was pitch-perfect and the wall was strategically built onstage while the band behind Waters performed the album note for note. In fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Frickin' Lasers: Six Artists Who Could Really Use Them

    Photo illustration by Monica FuentesNow that's more like it.​If you don't have tickets for tonight's Ghostland Observatory show at Warehouse Live, you are shit out of luck. Sorry to say, but the show is sold out, and when things sell out at that venue, they mean it. Seriously, you may have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Top 10 Pop Songs With Children's Choruses

    ​On the way home from ACL this past Sunday night, Craig's Hlist had his Rdio account humming over the speakers playing one of his playlists (phlayhlist?), but not the sad-bastard mix we rocks whenever we are at work alone. It was the life-spanning one we have been making since we got on the mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Rudy's Country Store Sign Don't Need No Thought Control

    Craig Hlavaty​Either someone in the front office at Rudy's Country Store & Barbecue near U.S. 290 and Huffmeister got a push from the corporate higher-ups to start slinging more banana pudding, or they are really stoked to have scored front-row Roger Waters tickets. Or maybe Live Nation is in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Shakira, Tool, Kings Of Leon, Roger Waters All On Sale Within A Week

    ​This morning, Live Nation announced more huge roadshows hitting Houston soon (enough), adding Shakira and prog-rockers Tool to Toyota Center's 2010 roster. On-sale information for Kings Of Leon and Roger Water's in-concert production of Pink Floyd's The Wall was also released; see the end of this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    How Sinful Are The Vatican's Favorite Albums?

    ​ The Catholic church has released a slightly tongue-in-cheek list of its favorite albums of all time, via the Holy See's official newspaper L' Osservatore Romano. When first you hear about it, you might think it would be filled with Christian rock (Hey. Petra. Right?) but no, for whatever re ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 11, 2010
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    February 4, 2010
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    November 27, 2009

    For Black Friday, The Top 5 Videos Set In Shopping Malls

    "Are you off your fucking meds or something?"​We at Rocks Off are a bit puzzled by the continued practice of cramming ourselves into local malls on "Black Friday," or whatever we're calling the day after Thanksgiving this year (we perfer to remember it as a Megadeth song). Wasn't online shoppi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Exes, Part 2

    ​ Oh lord. This could get ugly. Sorry, mom. When it comes to - ahem - unresolved issues in a relationship, almost nothing is better to help us commiserate, haterate and self-medicate than music. She Said sometimes likes to image what the soundtrack of her life would look like. The songs below woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Doesn't It Make You Feel Better: Songs About Swine

    [Update: Now with the Loco Gringos' "Nurture My Pig" and Houston's own Flying Fish Sailors' "Flu Pandemic."] April is almost over and we're coming into Sweeps Week, when commercial sponsors look at TV ratings to decide where they're going to advertise, and you know what that means: time for another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    A Few Songs to Help You, Cough, "Fight Glaucoma"

    Bored with all the usual pot songs? We can't blame you. Even if you're completely baked out of your gourd, you can only hear Sublime's "Smoke Two Joints" or Dash Rip Rock's "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot" so many times before the novelty wears off and you crave something a little more original. After all, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Tonight: California Guitar Trio at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Created in 1991 after taking part in Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists, the trio formed by Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya forms a rare musical partnership that reaches across various genres without any form of prejudice. During the trio's live sets, they go through tunes as dive ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008

    Paris Falls

    This group makes killer ‘60s/’70s rock

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Tonight: Psilli Psybin at the Big Top

    Fans of Boondocks' monthly psychedlic/garage freak-out Reverberations, listen up: Now you can get your trippy fix of acid-tested songs on a weekly basis, and from a live band to boot. Since the beginning of the month, longtime local drummer Steve Candelari's new band Psilli Psybin has been playing s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008

    Reverberations: Bipolaroid’s E(i)ther Or

    Saturday night, hit Boondocks for the Reverberation throw-down. Get drunk and dance. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until next month, and four weeks is a long time to wait for a proper fuzz fix. For now, give this record from New Orleans a shot… Bipolaroid, E(i)ther Or Bipol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Meet Paul Ford, the 763 mp3 Guy: He Covered the Waterfront like No Other, from Over 1,000 Miles Away

    It’s probably safe to say that nobody’s South By Southwest experience this year was as comprehensive as that of Paul Ford, an editor at Harper’s and a blogger at the Themorningnews.org. And here’s the thing – Ford never left New York City. Instead, he downloaded the SXSW 2008 Torrent Fil ... More >>

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    The Church

    Wednesday, July 26, at The Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    Secret Machines

    Ten Silver Drops

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Between the Cracks

    Profiling local bands

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Explosions in the Sky, with the Octopus Project and A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    Saturday, January 28, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    The Heavenly States

    Friday, April 15, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-869-2727.

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Secret Machines

    Now Here Is Nowhere (Reprise)

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Rock and Roll Never Forgets

    Classic rock finds a new generation of fans and keeps on keepin' on into the new millennium

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    Air

    City Reading: Tre Storie Western (Record Makers/Astralwerks)

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    The Mars Volta

    De-Loused in the Comatorium (Gold Standard Labs/Strummer Recordings/ Universal )

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Later, Floyd

    Laser rock shows at the Museum of Natural Science go the way of the dinosaurs

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    April 14, 1994

    I'm a Believer...

    Pink Floyd spectacular storms through wind, rain and Tyerades

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    February 3, 1994
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