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    July 22, 2014

    Lost '93 Show Reveals "Dio of the Future"

    Dio Live in London -- Hammersmith Apollo 1993 Eagle Rock Entertainment, 114 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray This concert film will be something of a lost treasure to Dio fans. Not only has it never actually been released, but it showcases the group's lesser-celebrated mid-to-late-'90s lineup as we ... 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 >>

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    May 6, 2014

    10 Acts Who Changed Their Names Mid-Career

    When picking a band name, you have to be damn sure you want to be called that for the rest of your career. Sure, calling yourself "Ass Face" sounds funny now, but when you're 40 and still touring under it because it's the only name anyone knows you by, you won't be laughing anymore. You also have t ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Youth Code at Mango's, 1/16/2014

    Youth Code, Coming Mango's January 16, 2013 No doubt, Youth Code borrows quite heavily from Chicago's fabled Wax Trax! Records (Front 242, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks) roster, the epicenter of seething industrial music in the 1980s and 1990s, when the city rose from the frozen plains and became a beacon ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Houston: Where the Osbournes Fired Carmine Appice

    He may be a senior citizen, but 67-year-old classic-rock skinthumper Carmine Appice will have a busier 2014 than you, for sure. In addition to co-launching a new startup label, Rocker Records, he has rehearsal and recording sessions with a new group, and a busy slate of live gigs with three differ ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    35 Years of Numbers Memories: A Unique Place For Touring Acts

    This week we are celebrating the 35 years of history that surrounds one of Houston's longest-running music venues. Wednesday it was a look at the excellent and vibrant local goth scene that set up shop in the club in the '90s and early '00s. Today we discuss another facet of Numbers that has always ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Black Sabbath at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/25/2013

    Black Sabbath Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 25, 2013 What can even be said about a Black Sabbath show in 2013? You know what you're in for: good times with one of the all-time greatest rock and roll bands. The experience is one that defies a simple explanation. It's becoming a part of a uniq ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Ronnie James Dio's Dungeon Opens Again On Magical New Releases

    Dio Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 Eagle Vision, 143 mins., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-ray Though he passed away from stomach cancer in 2010 (right here in Houston, according to several reports), fans of Ronnie James Dio have had a steady stream of newly-released music and projects to fea ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Your Obscure Black Sabbath Primer: 10 Deep Cuts For Beginners

    It seems so fitting that the most exciting year in Black Sabbath news since they hooked up with Dio again in 2007 ends with the number "13." That's also the name of the band's new record, which undoubtedly you've already heard the first single, "God Is Dead?", if you're a Sab fan at all. "God is De ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Getting to Know Nine Inch Nails All Over Again Through Ancient YouTube Footage

    With the coming return of Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails to the touring and recording grind, fan excitement is at a high. It's almost as high as it was when NIN finally followed up the massive Downward Spiral with The Fragile double disc in 1999, or when they returned again six years after that for ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    R.I.P. Texas Metal God Mike Scaccia

    The Texas metal community lost a major creative force over the weekend when Ministry/Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia passed away in Ft. Worth. He was 47. Scaccia collapsed onstage at Metroplex metal haunt the Rail Club early Saturday morning, where he was performing as part of a 50th birthday ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Rex Brown On Moving On, Kill Devil Hill & Smoking Dope With Dio

    To fans, bassist Rex Brown was always a bit like Pantera's answer to "The Quiet Beatle," typically overshadowed by the more outsized personalities of his bandmates. Nevertheless, his contributions to the group's groundbreaking metal groove were undeniable, and as a founding member of the band, he wa ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Friday Night: Stryper At House Of Blues

    Stryper House of Blues May 18, 2012 A dedicated legion of Stryper fans cheered on Friday night to bang their heads to the bands greatest hits along with a few excellent covers. Stryper came out in full yellow-and-black attire while lead singer and guitarist Michael Sweet crooned a version of "Bat ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Stryper: Christian-Metal Kings

    Michael Sweet explains what Stryper learned from Judas Priest and Van Halen.

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    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 >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Keep It Up: 5 Songs For Viagra

    It was on this day in 1998 that your email inbox was changed forever when the FDA OK-ed the use of Viagra for use in treating erectile dysfunction, the first pill in the United States approved to do so. The drug was originally researched as a treatment for angina, but doctors noticed that while it w ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    6 Musicians Who Messed With Texas

    Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day a bunch of old white politicians and landowners declared this part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas to be its own sovereign republic in a cabin near Washington-on-the-Brazos. For some inexplicable reason, Rocks Off does not have the day off ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Iron Men: Five Rock 'n' Roll Cancer Survivors

    Sad news emerged today that heavy metal godfather Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma. It was a big shock for Black Sabbath fans, as the group's original lineup have a new album and a world tour planned for 2012. Though already counted among rock and roll's ultimate sur ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Never Say Die!: Black Sabbath Reforming In 2012 For Tour & Album

    ​Today in Los Angeles, legendary, pioneering heavy metal group Black Sabbath convened in front of reporters at the Whiskey A Go Go to announce a 2012 reunion tour and album, set for a fall release. The event, hosted by Henry Rollins, was telegraphed by a countdown clock on the band's official ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Tony Iommi: Music's Other Man In Black Proves His Heavy Mettle

    ​Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Toni Iommi with T.J. Lammers Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $26. Imagine this passage being read in your best "Behind the Music" narration: It was in the center of a dirty, grimy sheet-metal factory in Birmingham, England, when a 1 ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Dio Disciples Keep Ronnie James' Metal Flame Alive

    When Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer in May 2010 (some reports say it occurred here at M.D. Anderson), heavy metal lost its arguably greatest voice. And with a career spanning decades in bands like Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell, and his own Dio, he left a lot of material to ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Dio's Last Stand: Heaven & Hell Live In Europe

    ​Heaven & Hell Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell Live in Europe Eagle Vision, 150 minutes, $14.98. When Black Sabbath 3.0 got together a few years back to record some new material for The Dio Years compilation, neither Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, nor Vinny Appice probabl ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Five More Heavy Metal Christmas Carols

    ​Last year's unholy Christmas metal list was so popular, we decided to reach back into our quasi-Santanic bag and find five more songs for you to blare while trimming the tree and wrapping presents. We made our list too late to catch Rob Halford's Christmas album, Winter Songs. Otherwise it ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Faith And The Muse Invade Numbers For Live DVD

    ​As far as we know, no full concert films have ever been shot at Numbers. Oh, Asmodeus X and Provision did some music videos, and some awesome footage of a Revolting Cocks performance has made the rounds, but no full-on concert films. After seeing what Marc Moorash of Seraphemea did with Faith ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Five Other Bands Calvin College Won't Invite Anytime Soon

    ​Calvin College, the "distinctly Christian, academically excellent liberal arts college" in Grand Rapids, Mich., doesn't want you to associate the school with pornography. That means no New Pornographers show: Regrettably, Calvin College has decided to rescind its invitation to the band, The ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    5 Rock Deaths That Shook Us Down

    ​It was sometime this past Saturday night that we first heard that Ronnie James Dio was dead. It was after midnight and we had just bellied up to the Mink's front bar when we checked our Twitter feed and saw that Dio had passed on. Our body froze every metal bone in our body ached for a few minute ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio, Gone To His Metal Reward

    R.I.P., Holy Diver.​Ronnie James Dio resumed his post as God of Earth, Heaven and Hell Sunday, after a 67-year mission on Earth correcting errors in previous gospels through heavy metal. His earthly form was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009. As of this March, Dio was still optimisti ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Throwing The Devil Horns For Dio One More Time

    Ed. Note: This article first appeared in the Houston Press in August 2003, when Dio (the man and the band) played the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. ​It's a ubiquitous sign for the ages. Whether thrown in rapture or irony, the pinky-and-index-finger extended "devil horns" might mean something di ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Monoliths & Dimensions: The Best Metal Records of 2009, Part 1

    ​This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties. 10. Meg ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    In Wishing Ronnie James Dio a Speedy Recovery, Our Life as a "Holy Diver"

    ​Metal legend Ronnie James Dio is one of those musicians you've probably always been aware of, even if you haven't counted yourself a huge fan. Rocks Off can sympathize, for while we've personally gone out of our way to seek his music, we've always taken it for granted that Dio would be there, hov ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    August 25, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Cobra Starship, Har Mar Superstar, KISS, Nitzer Ebb, The Used, etc.

    ​"3rd Annual Texas City Music Fest" With Jerry Jeff Walker, John Conlee, Texas Johnny Brown: Sat., Oct. 24. Nessler Park, Texas City. Bob Schneider: Fri., Sept. 25. Warehouse Live. The Bravery: Sat., Oct. 24. Warehouse Live. Cobra Starship, Boys Like Girls, A Rocket To The Moon, The Maine: Sun., ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Judas Priest's Rob Halford

     Tonight, Judas Priest, led by the inimitable metal god Rob Halford, hits the stage at Verizon Wireless Theate less than a year since the leathermen last graced Houston. They came to the shed out in the Woodlands last August, headlining the "Metal Masters" tour with Motorhead, Testament and Hea ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    August 25, 2008

    Aftermath: Masters of Metal at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty, except where indicated. A crowd slideshow is here. Reflecting on Saturday’s Masters of Metal tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, I think I fall into that rare category of Casual Metal Fan. This means that while I enjoy metal and will fly the devil-horns at any op ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    August 19, 2008

    Black Sabbath: The Rules of Hell Box Set Reviewed

    Fairly or not, when a band loses a charismatic frontman, they’re left with a hole that’s both more obvious and difficult to fill than, say, keyboardist or drummer. Rock history has shown that bands can actually become more popular (AC/DC, Van Halen) or spend the rest of their careers hoping audi ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Tonight: Valient Thorr at Rudyard's

    You have to admire a band that not only creates its own mythological backstory, but goes out of its way to foster the illusion and even gets Walt Disney involved. Supposedly, Valient Thorr is a group of Venutians who crash-landed in North Carolina in the '50s and hid a time machine in the Virginia s ... More >>

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    April 21, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    September 6, 2007
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    April 26, 2007

    Heaven and Hell

    The Heaven and Hell tour stops Wednesday, May 2, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Robbins Dr., 281-363-3300.

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    November 30, 2006

    A Blighted Slough of Smells, Steel and Chemicals

    Touring bands sound off on Houston

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    May 4, 2006
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    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

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    August 14, 2003

    Soaring on the Wings of a Demon

    Ronnie James Dio has rocked for a long, long time

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    August 1, 1996

    Man Over Machine

    Stabbing Westward masters the art of human noise

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