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    May 12, 2014

    Toadies at House of Blues, 5/9/2014

    Toadies, Supersuckers House of Blues May 9, 2014 If playing their 1994 album Rubberneck front to back chafes the Toadies at all, they're being very good sports about it. The Fort Worth quartet has been on a nationwide tour all spring celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album, which bequeathed s ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    The Nine Worst Things About Coachella's First Weekend

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap. Coachella's first weeke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    The Hottest Censored Album Covers, 1981-Present (NSFW)

    Longtime readers of Rocks Off might remember that back in 2009 we ran thorough look at censored album covers that spanned the years of 1966 to 1980, with two more recent covers at the end. Of course, album covers didn't stop being censored just as frequently after 1980, and the two examples in our f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Scienter's Guide to the Houston Music Scene

    Stop me if you've heard this one -- a lawyer, a doctor, and a writer walk into a bar... Yeah, I'm not exactly sure of the punchline, but that's exactly what happened when I met up with last Friday with the guys from Scienter, Houston's own self-described "melodic alt-rock" group. Led by frontman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Five Rock Supergroups That Actually Worked

    NOt long ago, we finally saw the release of the long-awaited album from Radiohead/Red Hot Chili Peppers supergroup Atoms for Peace and it got me thinking: supergroups are a tough trick to pull off. We all fantasize about our favorite musicians playing together, but when it actually comes to fruition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Saturday Night: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at House of Blues

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room November 3, 2012 When he was in grade school, Seattle-born rapper Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty thought he was gay. He was artistic, kept his room tidy, and his uncle was openly homosexual, so he did what any ten-year-old boy would do: He freak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Where Are They Now?: Emo's 10-Year High School Reunion

    Mainstream emo in the early 2000s was a harsh mistress to keep. For those of us into the true underground form of it, it was an offensive burden to deal with, but at least some good bands were getting some mainstream success. Others? Well, we'd just have to deal with them. Of course, all that's ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    UPDATED: ACL Last Night: Iggy & the Stooges at Zilker Park

    UPDATED (11:40 a.m.) to correct "instrument" with "instrumental" Iggy & the Stooges Bud Light Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park October 14, 2012 Rewind: SLIDESHOWS: The Girls of Austin City Limits Chili Peppers, Stooges, Die Antwoord: ACL 2012 Sunday The Fans: ACL 2012 Sunday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    6 More ACL Acts to Look Out For This Weekend

    I'm what you can call a late bloomer when it comes to music festivals. Before coming to work for Rocks Off, my festival expertise was regulated to the Houston International Festival and that one SXSW that I spent bar hopping on Red River then somehow managing to sneak into Stubbs through the artist ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Top 10 Steampunk Songs

    It's a big week for steampunk enthusiasts. First of all, today is the 287th birthday of Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, the man who built the first self-propelled, steam-powered vehicle. He invented his three-wheeled fardier à vapeur in 1769, and went on to build progressively more complex and better model ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: John Prine, We Give a Jam, Twenty Mondays, etc.

    If you had a dollar for every year it's been since John Prine has played in Houston - OK, maybe $2 or $3; the point is it's been a long time - you could easily afford a ticket to see the wise, sardonic master singer-songwriter at 8 p.m. tonight at U of H's Cullen Performance Hall (4800 Calhoun), so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Supergroups: 10 Bands That Sprang From Other Bands

    From the remnants of other great bands are often birthed more great bands. Oftentimes these little side projects go under the radar unless you are a hardcore fan, or the new band itself gains a lot of airplay or word of mouth. Either way, some of the greatest rock bands of all time have been birthe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    5 Songs For International Children's Literature Day

    Founded in 1967 and meant to coincide with the April 2 birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, the legendary Danish author of classic children's tales like The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and the Ugly Duckling, International Children's Literature Day is a celebration of books meant to encourage young p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Texas Sons The Mars Volta Strip Down To Progress With New Album, Movie

    El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta have long been known for their bombast and progressive-rock self-indulgence. Ever since they departed the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, they've spent their time making what can only be described as "epics." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Crazy Times: 5 Festivals That Need DVD/Blu-Ray Box Sets

    Music festivals have played an indefinite part of pop culture history. From the various Woodstock festivals, Us Festivals, and even Lollapalooza - they have played a part in defining their generations. Unfortunately some of these amazing festivals have only seen the light of day in the form of eit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Predicting Your Future Half Time Show Performers

    Photo By Marco Torres​All of the Super Bowl talk this week has given me a chance to ponder one of my favorite pop culture questions: how big do you have to be to perform at the Super Bowl half time show? When you consider the acts that have performed since the 2005 move to one act performances ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Not Average Joe: Six Rock and Roll Joes on the Day "Hey Joe" Turns 45

    ​Despite the fact that he never really had a major "hit" (Electric Ladyland reached number one as an album but he never had a single go higher than 20 in the US) and was terribly under appreciated while he was still alive, Jimi Hendrix is one of the giants of rock and roll. His songs and his g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Tuesday Night at Memorial's Shakespeare Pub

    ​Although I drank enough in college, I never went to traditional college nights, at least not the kind with nearly-free booze and 21-year-olds shooting their way across a strip of bars. After reading about the worst of stereotypical college life, this sounds like a less harrowing assignment. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    2011 Rewind: Concert Tickets From An Alternate Universe

    This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months. One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Purple, Possessed & Pervy: Rock's Top 10 Houses

    harleyslist.blogspot.comJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).​Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    The Eagle Flies Away With "Houston's Alternative Hits"

    All that's left of The Zone's Web site.​Cox Communications has shuttered its fledgling "alternative hits" concept, 106.9 The Zone, and begun simulcasting The Eagle, The Zone's "classic hits" next-door neighbor, on that frequency as of 5:30 a.m. this morning. "The Eagle's Classic Hits forma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    1991: Best Music Year Ever?

    Rocks Off Sr.'s choice for 1991's best album.​1991 was one of the biggest years in modern music. It was when metal went pop, radio country ruled, grunge went mainstream, and rap began its climb to chart dominance, even if it was spearheaded by a white candy rapper from Dallas. There were man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    First SXSW 2011 Bands Announced: Uh Oh

    A Place to Bury Strangers​It's here, folks. And not a moment too soon. Not even a month after ACL, and before Thanksgiving, the folks at from South by Southwest sent out there first missive detailing the 2011 event, scheduled for March 16-20. Rocks Off is shuddering already, but in a good way. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Ten Rock-Star Crushes We Still Haven't Outgrown

    ​Artists like Elvis Presley, Madonna, and Mick Jagger undoubtedly helped define the consumate rock star crush. But there have been a handful of worthy others along the way - armed with that certain je ne se quoi - who haven't left our radar. Years later, turns out we're still smitten with thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Start Wearing Purple: No Bullies Allowed

    ​Bullies suck. Growing up, Craig's Hlist watched a lot of kids in school getting the brunt of the, quote-unquote, "cooler" people giving them hell for being big, gay, handicapped or just smart. They would start fights, make up songs or stories about them, or find ways to embarrass them in fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    Back To The Future: Ska Selecters Who Beat The English Beat

    This Sunday, Valentine's Day if you nasty, Warehouse Live gets a two-tone shot of ska history when the English Beat and Fishbone hit the stage. The two bands tour together quite a bit and have become the sort of elder ambassadors of the genre while bands like the Specials mull over extensive tourin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    MTV VMA Celebrities Ask The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat

    ​Dear Full-Custom Gospel Sounds,I am a multiplatinum rap artist and producer who has won several Grammy awards. You'd think this would be enough to satisfy me, but I am unable to allow other people to enjoy their time in the spotlight - I have often interrupted acceptance speeches, ranted and rave ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Jimi Hendrix Covers: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (P.S. John Mayer Still Sucks)

    This week marks the 39th anniversary of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which is famous for a couple of reasons. First, it was such a financial disaster it put the kibosh on any further Wight fesivals for the next 32 years. Second, and more importantly, it marked the penultimate performance of one ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Aftermath: Neon Collars at Rocbar

    Photos by Chris GrayWith a heavy funk groove, guitar equally rooted in jazz and rock and soulful vocals as fierce as anything Sasha could belt out, Neon Collars makes you wonder - happily, for once - what they're teaching in the schools these days. The five-piece sometimes telegraphs its age in Fran ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Aftermath: Morrissey at Jones Hall

    Tropical Storm Morrissey blew through Jones Hall Saturday night, leaving a full house of hyperventilated fans - never more so than when, during "Let Me Kiss You," he removed his shirt to reveal an enviable set of abs - and more than a few moist eyes in its wake; after the show, Aftermath looked ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Butthole Surfers Pt. 2: Ex-Manager Tom Bunch on Managing the Band (Officially and Otherwise), the "Ranch" in Dripping Springs, the Rough Trade Bankruptcy, pioughd and Steering BHS to the Majors

    Ric Wallace Note: Part 1 of the interview is here. The Buttholes - Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, King Coffey, Jeff Pinkus and Teresa Taylor - play Meridian tomorrow night. For the band's side of things, see Austin Powell's recent Austin Chronicle cover story. When we left off, the band was wondering wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    To Do: Tha Fucking Transmissions, Glass Candy and Farah at the MFAH

    If the posters and flyers for Starbucks and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s latest Mixed Media Event have you thinking “WTF, TFT?” let us help you out: Tha Fucking Transmissions. The local hip hoppers had to acronym-ize their name in order to keep things kosher for the MFAH’s PR team. It ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Gary Panter

    The master comic book artist signs his two-volume retrospective

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On

    Touring bands, especially those that haven't graduated to bus level, have a special relationship with Denny's. The roadside restaraunt chain is always open, providing a perfect post-gig spot to sober up on free coffee refills or just get to know the townies a little better. Its locations are often l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Big Chris Gates and Gatesville

    Big Chris Gates and Gatesville perform Friday, March 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899. James McMurtry also performs.

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

    If singers were cheese, what kind of cheese would they be?

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Hip-hop as She Is Rapped

    Translating the German Wikipedia entries of Houston's top MCs

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Dixie Chicks

    Taking the Long Way

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2004

    Don't Choke

    Fishbone skanks into town

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    The Mars Volta

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

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    New Bands from Old

    Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"

  • News

    August 31, 2000

    Booked Up

    Selling his novel on the streets of Houston got Abram Himelstein in trouble. He's ready to give as good as he got.

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Dready Metal

    Unlike their North American counterparts, Jamaican rappers are incorporating heavy metal into their material, with some amazing results

  • Music

    December 29, 1994

    Post-Christmas Clearance

    John Frusciante and Hildegard von Bingen never went to Festus, Missouri

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    April 28, 1994
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    January 27, 1994
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