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Poison (Band)

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    August 1, 2014

    Nine Things Playing In Rock and Roll Bands Taught Me

    Most people have entertained the fantasy of becoming a wealthy rock star, and a lot of them buy an instrument to fiddle around with. The majority of them eventually just throw that instrument into a closet after they move to another hobby, while a few become proficient players but never leave their ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    The Winery Dogs Will Shred No Rock Before Its Time

    Though he's maintained a dizzying schedule as a solo artist, spent time as a member of Poison and Mr. Big, and collaborated with dozens of other musicians from heavy metal to jazz, Richie Kotzen is currently in the dog house. But at least there's good stuff to drink in there. Kotzen - along with ba ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Steve Olson Has Come a Long Way From Appearing In Devo Videos

    To be sure, Steve Olson is the modern equivalent of a renaissance man with a street edge: he is a man of action, not bulky proclamations, weak dribbling philosophy or crimped visions. He steadfastly helped revolutionize skateboarding in the late 1970s, brainstormed the clothing line SOS, was cast in ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Pearland Crawfish Festival, Sleigh Bells, etc.

    Quiet Company Warehouse Live, April 4 Quiet Company are quickly becoming Houston's favorite Austin band, which must make Bob Schneider's crew a little nervous. It's was hard not to get swept up in the dapper five-piece's symphonic rock in the grand tradition of The Who or ...Trail of Dead ("You, M ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    10 Awesome Hair-Band Videos You Probably Forgot

    Sorry, but we refuse to start spamming the Rocks Off Twitter account with gnarly photos of our '80s mullets and half-shirts. No one needs to see that. So instead, we're going to take things old-school in another way -- spamming your eyeballs with some of the sweetest hair-band videos known to man. ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Five Post-Hardcore Bands Who Should Get Back Together

    Living in the end times, every band who ever played music and had ten fans is scrambling to get back together before it's too late. Or, at least before the gravy train stops and people get tired of nostalgia. That being said, we've seen some great ones make their return, especially in the post-hardc ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    What the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got Wrong This Year

    You can never get a Hall of Fame induction class exactly right. Every single year near the Super Bowl, the NFL's inductees have plenty of detractors. But there may not be a cattier Hall of Fame process than the one employed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Monday night, the Hall revealed its 201 ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Upcoming: Aaron Lewis, B.B. King, Christina Perri, Willie Nelson, Excision, Sebadoh, etc.

    2 Chainz: Fri., March 14, 8 p.m., $37.50. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. 4th Annual Holiday Bash featuring thelastplaceyoulook: With Otenki, Born Again Virgins, The Soapbox Revolution, Runaway Sun., Fri., December 20, 7 p.m., $10 to $15. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houst ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Today's 10 Most Promising Young Metal Bands

    Metal is a young man's game. Everyone knows that, even the older guys. The older ones don't usually quit, mind you, but they show their love for today's youth and pass the torch as much as possible. That's how you get things like Gigantour. So in a world where the children are the future, it's alwa ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Robert Plant, MDC, Change In the Game, etc.,

    Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters Bayou Music Center, June 21 Robert Plant's new project is already on the short list of most awkwardly named bands to visit Houston this year. (Does it have to be "Robert Plant Presents"?) Still, the recent Austin transplant gets a pass because, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Def Leppard's Rick Allen and 10 More Miraculous Rock Recoveries

    Twenty-eight years ago this week (New Year's Eve), Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen became famous. Well, he was already famous, we guess, for being the drummer for one of the finest pop-metal bands of all time. But on December 31, 1984, Allen became even more famous for being pretty much the only pop- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Top 5 Old Songs Ripe for Hipster Updates

    After having grown up in a pop-music culture that every day grows more adept at rehashing, re-imagining and (let's be frank) flat-out stealing sounds from those who came before, today's indie bands are no strangers to aping their influences. And unlike post-punk and grunge before them, this class do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Cooking Notes: The 5 Most Unnecessary Musical Cookbooks

    This past week, international superstars and hard rock musical auteurs Smash Mouth announced that they were bestowing down upon us a cookbook from the heavens, which would give us some All Star recipes. You may have your doubts, but these recipes will have you Walkin' on the Sun and saying "I'm a Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Rocket Man: Elton John's 5 Greatest Characters

    Great songwriters create great characters. Elton John has a plethora in his songs some real like Princess Diana, and others purely fictional. The stories he tells in his songs are what makes him one of the greatest artists ever to come from Great Britain. His characterizations have even been celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Looking Back On Queens Of The Stone Age's Songs For The Deaf

    This past week one of the most beloved rock disc in the decade turned 10 years old. It was August 27, 2002 that the world met Queens Of The Stone Age's third LP, Songs For The Deaf, a blistering, swaggery, pummeling kick-in-the-nuts of a rock album. The band, lead by towering Ginger Elvis Joshua H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    The Best Def Leppard Demos, Rarities, And Deep Tracks

    Def Leppard is one of the quintessential rock bands of the '80s. With such hits as "Foolin'," "Hysteria," and the ever-popular "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and countless others. Despite the numerous tragedies that have befallen the band, including the death of guitarist Steve Clark and a car wreck that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    7 Disney Characters Based On Pop Musicians

    One of the interesting things about Walt Disney films is the way they borrow from or hold up a mirror to popular culture. Along with great storytelling and good songs, this is quite possibly why people like them in the first place. In fact, it's how some of us get introduced to great artists such a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Shovels & Rope's Cary Ann Hearst On the Dying Record Industry & C.C. DeVille

    Tonight husband and wife country duo Shovels And Rope play McGonigel's Mucky Duck, a venue that as of late has become their main Houston stomping grounds when they aren't opening for their friend Hayes Carll in bigger venues. The pair -- Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent -- just released their lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Upcoming: Candlebox, Lower Dens, Jerry Jeff Walker, Murder By Death, M83, Etc.

    Candlebox: Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. The Casualties, Nekromantix, Down By Law, Lower Class Brats: Mon., July 30, 6 p.m., $16/$17. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Chino Y Nacho: Sun., May 20, 8 p.m., $29.50-$39.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Happy Birthday Paul Stanley: His Top 6 Non-Kiss Songs

    Today the man who was born Stanley Harvey Eisen and later became the Starchild Paul Stanley turns 60 years old. You are always defined by your favorites KISS member. If it's Stanley, like with us, then you're an outgoing, charismatic person who lives for fun. If it's Peter Criss, then you're a quiet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Is Dave Grohl Rebooting Probot With Hair Metal Kings Ratt? Maybe So...

    Dave Grohl and Ratt team up​When Dave Grohl released his Probot project in February 2004, it opened a whole new world of metal to a new legion of kids whose only exposure to the hard stuff may have been whatever was on MTV or VH1 Classic. Here was Grohl teaming up with crusty scumlords like Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Kerry Beyer: From Horror Flicks to Acoustic Hits

    ​We got to know Kerry Beyer, the acclaimed horror film director of Spirit Camp and co-founder of the Splatterfest Horror Festival went we were sent deep into the bowels of geekdom earlier this year when we were sent to cover the three days of Comicpalooza. His work in the realm of gore is amaz ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Here For A Good Time: George Strait Lives It Up On LP No. 39

    Praise Be To Strait God​Today sees the release of George Strait's Here For a Good Time his 39th release counting compilations, live works and those Christmas discs. As one of Houston's most vocal champions of Strait (with a music blog, that is) Rocks Off deems the new album one of Strait's bes ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    Eddie Trunk, Ultimate Metalhead, Writes Metalhead's Bible

    ​Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal By Eddie Trunk Abrams Publishing, 240 pp. $19.95. If hard rock and heavy-metal journalism have their own Eddie Murrow, it's Eddie Trunk. Via his web site, as a co-host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, and his programs on both terrestrial and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Upcoming: Motley Crue, Owl City, Primus, Skatenigs, Etc.

    ​Black Queen Speaks: Fri., May 27. Warehouse Live. Dredg, The Dear Hunter: Thu., May 26. Warehouse Live. Face To Face, Strung Out: Thu., June 2. Warehouse Live. Fair To Midland, Periphery, Scale The Summit, thelastplaceyoulook, Hindsight: CHANGED Mon., April 18. Warehouse Live. Jessica Le ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    RIP Guitar Hero: 10 Songs The Game Gave New Life

    ​Thursday, Activision killed the musical video game Guitar Hero after six years of turning young ears into heshers, glammers, and classic-rock devotees. The debt that older bands like the Ramones, Poison, Black Sabbath and Rush owe to the game is immense. True, the kids (and drunk adults), wer ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Meridian: A Retrospective Of Better Days

    Mark C. AustinKings of Leon at Meridian, 2006​The Meridian Saga seems to have ended, after close to a year of weirdness and shady business dealings. In the past twelve months it went through overhauls, new management, lockouts, changes in image, mild scandals, and even a name change. Remember ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Where's the Rock?

    106.9 The Zone misses The Point.

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    September 28, 2010

    The Ten Funniest Misunderstood Lyrics Ever

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayJust another day of kicking the dancing queen...​Everybody knows that the part in "Purple Haze" where Jimi Hendrix (who died 40 years ago this month) sings "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" sounds a lot like "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." There's even ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Top 10 Celebrity Music-Video Cameos

    ​Ratt, "Round and Round" Thursday night, Ratt hits up Warehouse Live with what passes for their original line-up. At their peak, the band was a gritty and decadent alternative to bands like Poison, skewing closer to Motley Crue in terms of excess and drug abuse. ​The band managed to ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Bret Michaels' Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka Tea

    ​Confession #1: I am not, nor ever have been, a fan of the band Poison. Confession #2: I have never seen a single episode of The Apprentice. But I nevertheless have become somewhat obsessed with Bret Michaels's Diet Snapple Trop-a-Rocka Tea, which the former rock star designed as part of the ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Ford Shilling Aside, Toby Keith Ain't As Bad As He Once Was

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™​It would be an understatement to say Aftermath wasn't exactly looking forward to this show. Our previous experience with the esteemed Mr. Keith was limited to occasionally hearing his songs in bars and one night spent drinking at his restauran ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    52 Pick-Up

    Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase

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    July 16, 2009

    Hell on Earth

    Long Island hardcore quartet This Is Hell thrashes till the sun goes down.

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    February 12, 2009

    Unusual Suspects at The Usual

    Trackside bar welcomes amateur karaoke stars — and everybody else

  • Music

    January 15, 2009

    Smooth Sailing at Grooves

    Disguised as a warehouse, this place is a choice upscale R&B lounge

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    October 23, 2008

    Butthole Surfers Part 3: Tom Bunch on Signing With Capitol, the Media's Problem with the Name, Babysitting the Buttholes, Gibby vs. Paul and the End of the Affair

    Butthole Surfers live at Stubb's in Austin, September 2008 Photos by Gary Miller Texas psych-punk renegades the Butthole Surfers have temporarily put aside their differences for a handful of shows, including at Meridian tonight (doors 8 p.m.). This is the final installment of Rocks Off's interview ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007

    Three Nights Ago: Hometown Showdown at Warehouse Live

    Hometown Showdown Warehouse Live October 20th, 2007 Better than: When I was 11 years old and bumped into that black guy from the movie Nerds at the airport. (Which is to say it was pretty boss.) Download: “Run, Go Get It” (Lower Life Form); “Wasteland” (Sounds Under Radio); “Swimming Ste ... More >>

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    August 1, 1996
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