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Rick Rubin

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    July 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Freedom Over Texas, Tony! Toni! Tone!, etc.

    Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park & Sam Houston Park, July 4 Now in its 28th year as the City of Houston's official star-spangled salute to the good ol' U.S. of A., Freedom Over Texas is speaking with a noticeable country twang this year. Featuring four stages and numerous other "zones" sprea ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Things You Can Do Until the Good Shows Come Back

    If you reach mid-month and feel the boredom begin to gnaw at your brain like some Lovecraftian monster, get to Reliant Center next weekend (January 18-19) for the America's Got Talent open auditions. You're sure to see something truly nightmarish there - particularly if Howard Stern shows up. Even ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Rocks Off's 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

    "All That Matters," Justin Bieber No R&B or pop singer decided to reinvent themselves musically and be taken seriously as the Biebs has in the past month or so. So sue me, Biebervelli might get tatted across my belly. BRANDO "Berzerk," Eminem All the old-school song samplings layered with Eminem's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Saddest Songs

    I love sad music. Sit me down with a bottle of something only someone that has given up on life would drink and an appropriate soundtrack and I am just as happy as I can be. That's just the way I roll. In general, Houston does not produce a lot of sad music. We're more of an upbeat bunch that puts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 17, 2013

    The Five Weirdest, Worst Production Choices Famous Musicians Have Made

    When it comes to production, the general heuristic would be that the more money you have, the better production you can buy. That, oddly enough, is not necessarily true. While a lot of the richest and most famous musicians do buy some pretty stellar production from the hottest names in the business, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Please, Rick Rubin: Leave Metal Bands Alone

    Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard that Black Sabbath recently released their long awaited comeback album, 13. It's their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978's Never Say Die, and riding high at No. 1 on the UK Charts, their first No. 1 hit since 1970's Paranoid. So: comeba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Dave Grohl Releases Trailer for Nerd-Boner Doc Sound City

    While the Foo Fighters have been on hiatus, lead singer Dave Grohl has been putting the finishing touches on his cinematic love letter to Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. Today the full trailer for Sound City was released online. You can check out the studio's discography here. The studio's du ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Return to Glory: Rick Rubin's 5 Best Comeback Productions

    Recently, Black Sabbath confirmed that record magnate and production auteur Rick Rubin would be twiddling the knobs on their new record, set to be released next year. It will be their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978, and a lot of their reputation is riding on this. Not that it will ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    ZZ Top Returns to Espanol for September's LA FUTURA

    Moments ago, ZZ Top's publicist Bob Merlis officially announced the title and release date of the trio's first studio album since 2003's Mescalero, a record even many diehard fans were starting to doubt was real. LA FUTURA will be released September 11 on American Recordings, the recently rebooted l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    ZZ Top: A Double-Sided Take On The New Texicali EP

    Craig Hlavaty: What a way to tease your first album of original material in nine years, ZZ Top. You managed to record three songs and one ballad that instantly fit into your canon alongside the rest of your ballbusters without sounding like a classic-rock act reaching for straws. This is no weak, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    ZZ Top Readies New Texicali EP For Release Next Week

    Our long national nightmare is over: ZZ Top is finally releasing new music next Tuesday, June 5. Their Texicali EP will include four tracks off their upcoming Rick Rubin-produced album, which as of right now, still has no official title. "I Gotsta Get Paid," "Chartreuse," "Over You" and "Consumpti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Billy Gibbons Interviewed: New ZZ Top Album Sounds Like Tequila

    With ZZ Top ready to rock RodeoHouston Thursday, Rocks Off began to ponder whatever happened to the band's long awaited new-album. Last summer, guitarist Billy Gibbons told Rocks Off that the band's first collection of new material since 2003's Mescalero would arrive in stores this winter. So far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Unchained: The Man In Black's Late-Life Comeback

    The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings By Graeme Thomson 254 pp., $19.95, Jawbone Press In 1993, Johnny Cash may have been a country-music icon, but for all intents and purposes, he was also one in need of some serious restoration. Two decades removed from his la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    10 Facts About Slayer's Reign In Blood

    ​Last week, Slayer's 1986 album Reign In Blood turned 25 years old. We were so wrapped up in doing that dog-ass Pink Floyd facts blog - that we paid dearly for in the comments section - and getting ready for our high school reunion, that we forgot all about this anniversary. We apologize for l ... 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 >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Our Ten Favorite Glenn Danzig Pictures

    Marc Brubaker​Today is Glenn Danzig's 56th birthday, and the former Misfits and Samhain frontman is as evil and cantankerous as ever as he stalks this cursed Earth, darkly reaping the senior discounts of the innocent. For a year now he has been able to buy black jeans and black shirts from Ros ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Weezer: The Good, The Bad & The Downright Ugly

    ​This Sunday night, Weezer headlines Free Press Summer Fest III, and the influential pop-rockers have been a part of indie lore for the past 17 years. With 1994's self-titled "Blue Album" and 1996's Pinkerton, the band created a cult following whom they would promptly weird the fuck out with s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    R.I.P.: Remembering The 27 Club - Jimi, Jim, Janis, Kurt...

    ​As a student of rock music since he was born and sat in front of MTV and VH1, Craig's Hlist has grown up hearing constant aching throb of the number 27, the end-marker for a collection of rockers who died at that hallowed age, due mostly to their own chemical and/or personal misadventures. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Last Night: Linkin Park At Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​Linkin Park, Paper Tongues Toyota Center March 3, 2011 "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." Rock writers cannot change what we see, but we can change how we see them. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    ZZ Top To Receive Texas Medal Of Arts

    Jim BrickerZZ Top at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 2010​While they take their sweet time getting around to record that long-anticipated, Rick Rubin-produced next album - which, at this point, could well come out a solid decade after their last, 2003's Mescalero - ZZ Top has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Billy Gibbons And Tequila A Winning Combination

    ZZ Top's recording date with Rick Rubin inching closer, he says... Photos by Marc Brubaker​Thursday afternoon, Rocks Off got an invite to a launch party for a new tequila on the scene, Pura Vida Tequila. Where else would this party be at but at the newest tequila joint on Washington Avenue, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Buxton, Wild Moccasins Join New West Records

    Here at Rocks Off, we try our best to cover all the local music news, both large and small. Where else are you going to read that you can play Slim Thug on Words With Friends? It is reasons such as these that we trudge the war zones of RSS feeds, seeking out crucial tidbits of information. Buxton o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Nine Rappers About To Be Eaten By Their Own Beards

    musiconplay.net​In today's crowded music industry, it's becoming increasingly difficult for artists to stand out from the pack, but sometimes a facial package of ample weight and gargantuan growth will do the trick. Look out, these hip-hoppers are one hair strand away from disappearing into th ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Crosby, Stills & Nash's Skeletal, Primitive Demos

    Crosby, Stills and Nash Demos (Atlantic/Rhino)​These are resurging times for this harmonic trio. They're in the midst of a 40th anniversary tour (which stops in Houston at the Woodlands tonight), were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June, and are headed into studio with Rick Rubin fo ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    In Honor of Michelle Obama and "Shortsgate," the Best Ass Songs of All Time

    In a year when the biggest news stories aren't about war or the environment but a mentally unbalanced woman having a litter of children and the death of a creepy pop singer who hadn't put out a decent album in 25 years, it should come as no surprise that so many people would be up in arms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums That Went Darker

    ​ For most rock acts, the traditional way to deal with success is to rework their lyrics, image and sound to become palatable to a larger audience. Usually this means brightening the subject matter, cleaning up the bad words, softening the sharp edges on those power chords and getting haircuts tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    ZZ Top, Aerosmith Hit Woodlands July 17

    Monday morning, word came down from Aerosmith and ZZ Top's respective camps, via Billboard, that the two boogie-rocking bands are teaming up for a massive world tour. After some digging, Rocks Off found out the tour makes its Houston-area stop Friday, July 17, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Promise Pseudo, Soulja Boy, Scarface, Rick Rubin, Akon, T.I., Doug E. Fresh, the Bee Gees and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Sunny," Promise Pseudo Wire To Wire We disliked Soulja Boy, and then we read this Scarface inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    ZZ Top Signs to Rick Rubin's American Recordings

    ZZ Top: Still with the legs. Rick Rubin was already working for ZZ Top - the Houston trio recently enlisted Rubin to produce its next album - and now ZZ Top works for Rubin as well. Billboard reported yesterday that ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rubin's American Recordings, an imprint di ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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    May 16, 2008

    Beards of a Feather: Rick Rubin to helm ZZ Top session

    That's what is going through the rumor mill. The Web site Anti-Music quotes Billy Gibbons thusly: "We just inked a deal with Rick Rubin that will be announced shortly. And I'm sure he's got plans to make way to drag us off the touring trail back into the studio, which will be a nice excursion."

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Nick Cave Digs Lazarus

    2008 is but a week away, but it's already sounding brutal. Next year we can expect new releases from the Mars Volta, a Flight of the Conchords studio record, and a Rick Rubin-helmed Metallica disc. Plus a new Eagles of Death Metal record that I will no doubt be hectoring readers about until December ... More >>

  • Film

    November 9, 2006

    Radical Chick

    You can't tell Natalie Maines to Shut Up & Sing

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    August 24, 2006

    Rollins Band/X

    Monday, August 28, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

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    May 25, 2006

    Dixie Chicks

    Taking the Long Way

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    April 13, 2006

    Spank Rock

    Yoyoyoyoyo

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    November 17, 2005

    Neil Diamond; Bobby Bare

    12 Songs; The Moon Was Blue

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    May 26, 2005

    Swede Emotion

    Capitalism gives the leftists in the (International) Noise Conspiracy a raw deal

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    February 12, 2004

    Jet

    Get Born (Elektra)

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    April 19, 2001

    Rage Against The Machine

    Renegades (Epic)

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    July 2, 1998
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    August 28, 1997

    Wanted Man

    Johnny Cash may just be a legend, but he's never sounded better

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    December 12, 1996

    Decay Becomes Him

    Ex-Chili Pepper John Frusciante sleepwalks through a rock and roll nightmare

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    December 12, 1996
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    March 28, 1996

    Strange Phenomena

    Love and Rockets conjure up some spirits to keep things interesting

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    December 21, 1995
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    December 29, 1994

    Post-Christmas Clearance

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

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