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Pop-Punk and Emo

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    March 19, 2014

    Five Great Singers In Bad Bands

    A couple of months back, we discussed how so many great bands have ended up with some pretty bad singers in them, usually because they couldn't find a decent lead singer around when they started or they started off playing a wildly different style and eventually took a detour that forced their front ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    20 '90s Pop-Punk Albums Better Than Green Day's Dookie

    Brace yourselves, kids. Green Day's Dookie turned 20 last month, and that means we've all got a case of the olds. Grab your walkers and follow us down memory lane. Green Day's first major-label release, Dookie was a monster of an album that launched the band into the center of '90s pop culture and ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Fall Out Boy's Young Blood Chronicles Is Completely Ridiculous, Awesome

    When Fall Out Boy reunited this past year for a tour and a new album, I don't think anybody took them very seriously. It seemed like a clear, desperate cash grab by a once-popular band who had broken up and unleashed a torrent of unsuccessful solo projects that drove them back into each other's arms ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Black Flag, Paul Ramirez Band, Alice In Chains, etc.

    Black Flag Walters, August 26 Just to be clear, this is the Black Flag fronted by Greg Ginn, the transplanted Central Texan who in late-'70s L.A. founded one of the most aggressive, influential bands American rock has ever seen. It's not a stretch to say that within the punk world, Black Flag were ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Once Bitten, Twice Shy

    Members of local rockers American Fangs battle a self-proclaimed vampire on tour.

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    May 22, 2013

    Fanged: Houston Rockers Brawl With Self-Proclaimed Vampire On Tour

    Maybe the band should have expected strange things to happen when they headed out on tour with Hollywood Undead. Considering their own name, American Fangs, this couldn't have come as a complete shock. Because it sounds more like something that would happen in an episode of HBO's True Blood. Last w ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Carrie Underwood, Filter, Paramore, etc.

    Carrie Underwood Toyota Center, April 23 Seemingly shoved off the queen-of-country throne by Taylor Swift's ascendancy, Carrie Underwood may have taken the title right back now that Swift has crossed over completely into the pop realm. No one will ever mistake Underwood for Loretta Lynn, of course, ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    The Five Strangest Artists You Never Knew Courtney Love Worked With

    Fall Out Boy is set to save rock and roll, and they're bringing a few friends along with them. Apparently, saving rock and roll requires the combined efforts of prose auteur Pete Wentz, "Rocket Man" Elton John, and, of course, Courtney Love. What? Courtney Love? Yes. As the video announces, "it's C ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Saturday Night: Coheed and Cambria at Bayou Music Center

    Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, Russian Circles Bayou Music Center March 2, 2013 The last time Coheed and Cambria came through town, they were opening for Iron Maiden at the Woodlands. I'd never really considered Coheed to inhabit the same universe as those heavy-metal gods; their mu ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Enabler's Jeff Lohrber Talks Andy Hurley And The Upcoming Shift of Redemption

    With the recent news of Fall Out Boy's reunion, I found myself much more concerned with the fate of a wholly different band. Specifically, Milwaukee hardcore act Enabler. The Southern Lord band just released a stunning, slamming slice of hardcore and metal last year on their sophomore record All H ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    December 6, 2012
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    November 15, 2012
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    November 8, 2012
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    November 2, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 2-4

    UPDATED (9:30 a.m.): Per @FitzLiveMusic, Rakim has canceled due to Sandy-related travel difficulties. :( Indian Jewelry Walters, November 2 Houston is a better place for Indian Jewelry still being here. They could have moved somewhere hipper long ago and been welcomed with open arms, but Tex Kersc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    5 More Great 9/11 Songs

    Rewind: The Top 5 Best & Worst Songs About 9/11 Looking at it now, 11 years to the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the al-Qaeda-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, it's still difficult to underestimate how much the world changed that day. The real ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Knights of the Fire Kingdom: Houston's Hottest Band

    Yes, another article about the same band. See a different take on Knights of the Fire Kingdom in Jef With One F's "bus-stop" interview. Houston has known Jeoaf Johnson as the burly beardo playing drums in Roky Moon & BOLT for the past three years. Yes, him. Now that the band has folded and called i ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    O'Brother's Tanner Merritt On Trailers, Thrice & 120 Minutes

    Atlanta's heavy, experimental-rock quintet O'Brother has been hitting the road hard in 2012. Rocks Off covered the band's headlining gig at Warehouse Live back in March, and tomorrow the band rolls into town once again, this time supporting Thrice on that band's farewell tour. It's been a busy few ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012
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    March 22, 2012

    Boy Bands Are Back In Fashion, But Did They Ever Go Away?

    One Direction, the newest UK pop import to make it to colonial shores, announced a full-scale summer tour Tuesday, including a Houston date on June 24 up at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Pretty big venue for a group that is just now breaking in America, and the Brit-Irish boy band just sold ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Put On A Happy Face: 6 Ex-Emos Who Found More Success By Being Happy

    Emo. The word conjures so many images. For your average American, it will make them think of black eyeliner, wrist-cutting, and essentially hair metal for the '00s. For hardcore kids, they'll think of Jawbreaker. But either way you slice it, emo has had its ups and downs as a genre and has changed ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    '90s Soundtrack Battle: Angus & Batman Forever Duke It Out

    ​The movies couldn't be any more different. One is about an obese, kindly high school guy with a heart of gold. The other is about an crime-fighting millionaire orphan inside a cartoonish world full of super-villains, cringe-worthy puns, and Jim Carrey at his muggiest. Obvious Angus is a bette ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Ben Folds Five Returns: An Essential Playlist

    Photo By GroovehouseBen Folds solo in 2010 at the House Of Blues​The eight-year run of '90s indie act the Ben Folds Five was fruitful in many ways. We got the most catchy song about a Christmas abortion ever in 1997's "Brick", three excellent studio albums full of snarky, romantically-challeng ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Out Today: Beyonce's 4 Is Square, Limp Bizkit Chokes The Cobra

    What is this I don't even....​This week in new releases sees is one of the most varied in months, with new discs by Beyonce, Limp Bizkit, Dolly Parton, and Thievery Corporation hitting shelves and digital outlets today. By far though, the sexiest album cover is the Beyonce art for 4, and the m ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Our All-Time Fantasy Vans Warped Tour Lineup

    Photos by Marc BrubakerWarped Tour 2010​Since 1996, the Vans Warped Tour has been a staple of punk and youth culture all over the world, uniting kids of all stripes under the violent heat of the sun one day out of the year in cities across the map. The traveling festival is responisble for bre ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    April 12, 2011

    "Comeback" Albums Nobody Is Really Asking For

    Marc BrubakerLimp Bizkit flexes their "Gold Cobra" at Buzzfeest XXIV, May 2010​Mark your calendars, fellow music lovers. June 28 will be a sales matchup that'll make 50 Cent and Kanye's 2007 album release square-off look like a playground brawl. The contenders are Limp Bizkit and Taking Back S ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Chefs Taste Test Edible "Marital Aids" for Valentine's Day

    We were terrified of the ball gag, too.​A chef, a pastry chef and a food critic walk into Erotic Cabaret. It's not the beginning of a joke; it's how I spent my Saturday afternoon. I took chef Jonathan Jones of Beaver's and pastry chef Jody Stevens of Jodycakes to the "marital aid" store this ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    December 23, 2010
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    December 9, 2010

    Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

    ​During this part of the year, your humble narrator treks from school to schools selling contest music to bands and orchestras. It's a good gig, and it enables us to get a good gander at what the next generation of musicians look like. However, after several years of doing it, we started noti ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Last Night: Smashing Pumpkins And Jimmy Eat World At Verizon

    Photos by GroovehouseStill bleeding: Jimmy Eat World​Buzzfestivus with Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World Verizon Wireless Theater December 5, 2010 Ringing in the radio-friendly holiday spirit, 94.5 The Buzz welcomed Jimmy Eat World and Smashing Pumpkins to the first night of its annual "Buzz ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Upcoming: 30 Seconds To Mars, Kesha, Linkin Park, Etc.

    ​30 Seconds To Mars: Wed., Jan. 26. Verizon Wireless Theater. 12 Stones, Taproot: Fri., Jan. 21. Scout Bar Clear Lake. Acid Mother's Temple, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers: Wed., April 20. Fitzgerald's. Adema: Wed., Jan. 12. Meridian. Agent Orange: Sun., Jan. 9. Fitzgerald's. Better Tha ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Still Fun Fun Fun, Festival Is On The Cusp Of Change

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Miss the bands in Austin this weekend? See as many as we could squeeze into our handy slideshow. Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin is on the cusp of change. A renovation to its home base, Waterloo Park, is due within the next year, so come next November the festival more than ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Foodies Or Hipsters: Who's More Obnoxious?

    Okay, we're discussing Hipsters vs. Foodies, not Hipsters Vs. Food. That's your first mistake.​Okay, first up, a little clarification, since a bunch of you just got pissed off at the terms used in the headline and won't even read the article before leaving enraged spittle all over the comments ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Foodies Or Hipsters: Who's More Obnoxious?

    Okay, we're discussing Hipsters vs. Foodies, not Hipsters Vs. Food. That's your first mistake.​Okay, first up, a little clarification, since a bunch of you just got pissed off at the terms used in the headline and won't even read the article before leaving enraged spittle all over the comments ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    June 23, 2010

    Five '90s Musical Fads We Remember Well, But Don't Really Miss

    ​A little over a decade ago, swing music made a strange comeback. You may remember seeing people all over dressing like '40s hipsters, jumping and jiving in Gap commercials and most every club or bar was offering swing lessons. It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still mi ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Angels & Airwaves Soar On An Adoring Crowd's Energy

    Photos by Matthew Keever​ Aftermath has a confession: We're more familiar with Angels & Airwaves' music than we'd care to admit. It's not that AVA isn't a solid group, but we thought we would have outgrown pop-punk by now. However, it seems that Tom DeLonge will always have a special place in ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Alkaline Trio Forges Ahead On This Addiction, Hopes Fans Will Join Them

    Myriam Santos​ Popularity can be a mixed bag for a band. With mass acceptance often comes a form of indentured servitude, with each entitled fan expecting the band to continue his or her personal notion of the band's trajectory, even if that trajectory is effectively standing still. Moody pop-punk ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    He Said She Said: Songs For A First (Perhaps Only) Date, Part 2

    ​He Said is going to admit right here and now that he has never been a master of the first date. True it is that we have dated some very awesome and artistic women, but we always lack when it comes to that first swing out of the box. He Said is way better at the weeks, months and years after that ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Houston Musicians Recall Their Own Rock and Roll High School Days

    ​Tonight Rocks Off is hosting the first annual Texas High School Rock Off, with local bands from area schools fighting for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights around town. This past week we have profiled the seven bands in the running: The Paperwaits, Useful Information, The Handshake, Livin ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Alicia Keys, Alkaline Trio, Infected Mushroom, Obituary, Slaid Cleaves and More

    ​10th Grade Cutie, Muhammadali, Freddie Gonorrhea & The Gunz: Mon., Jan. 25. Super Happy Fun Land. Alicia Keys: Sat., April 3. Toyota Center. Alkaline Trio, Cursive: Fri., March 26. Warehouse Live. Fair To Midland, Chrome 44, Raging Apathy: Wed., March 24. Scout Bar Clear Lake. Finntroll, Moo ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    November 3, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: The Wailers, Bob Schneider (Again), Hayes Carll, Peanut Butter Wolf, Queen Latifah & Dashboard Confessional Cancel, etc.

    ​The Wailers, The Supervillains: Sat., Jan. 9. House of Blues. 30 Seconds To Mars, Cage The Elephant: Thu., Dec. 3. Verizon Wireless Theater. Adam Richman: Wed., Dec. 2. House of Blues. Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., Dec. 26. Crighton Theater. Bob Schneider: Thu., Dec. 31. Meridian. Breaking Benjamin ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: 311, AFI, HEALTH, Kanye West (Boo!), Regina Spektor, Rob Zombie, etc.

    ​311, State Radio: Sun., Dec. 6. Verizon Wireless Theater. AFI: Sat., Nov. 21. Verizon Wireless Theater. An Albatross, Dark Meat: Sat., Nov. 7. Mango's. Armin Van Buuren: Fri., Oct. 16. Planeta Bar-Rio. Art Brut: Sun., Oct. 25. Walter's on Washington. Breathe Carolina, Cash Cash, Kill Paradise, F ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Houston's Rememberances of Warped Tours Past

    For the past 15 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been barreling through city after city across the globe creating punk rockers out of boy scouts and riot grrls out of band geeks. The traveling punk, hardcore and emo road show has been coming to Houston since 1995. The first taste local punks got of f ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007

    Blades, Don Cabellero, Animal

    Local instrumentalists get things started for out-of-towners

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    April 13, 2006
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    October 13, 2005

    Rockin' Renewal

    The imminent launch of new venue Warehouse Live makes it official: Downtown is now Houston's live music hot spot

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