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    April 30, 2014

    Houston Losing Last Full-Service Sheet-Music Store Next Month

    After 21 years in the Houston area, next month RBC Music will no longer host a local location. The city's last full-service sheet music store will shut its doors on May 15. Previously, RBC had partnered with H&H Music to supply a wide selection of piano, guitar, instrumental, and choir music to al ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Ex-Black Crowe Luther Dickinson Has Plenty "Mojo, Mojo" of His Own

    If the general rules of parent/child relationships hold, most members of the latter group will find the former's music tastes "uncool" at some point. However, how can that be the case when your dad is Luther Dickinson, the rock/country/blues singer-guitarist and current solo artist, member of the N ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Y'all Come to Neon Boots, Where the Two-Steppin' Is (Usually) Easy

    "Excuse me, ma'am. Would you like to dance?" We've only just stepped foot in the bar, but have already been invited onto the dance floor a few times. Our two left feet are hesitant to oblige. "Come on," she coaxes. "She'll hold your drink, I'm sure." Nancy, the woman standing over us at Neon Boot ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day's Rising Tide Has No End In Sight

    Record Store Day returns to the nation's music retailers tomorrow, so if you're the sort of person who only buys a handful of LPs or CDs a year -- assuming you still buy physical music product at all -- you may want to hold off until sometime next week. In just six short years, this unofficial holid ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Anvil, Dick Dale, YG, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, April 14 Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week features Jonat ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

    I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Five Things Bands Should Consider Before Reuniting

    After reading my colleague Corey Deiterman's musing on why there doesn't need to be a new Wu-Tang Clan album, I got to thinking about what it's like to try and rekindle something with a group of fellow musicians with whom you previously made magic. I got a first-hand look at this last year when for ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Mixtape Monday: Kirko Bangz's Progression IV, etc.

    Kirko Bangz, Progression IV A Kirko Bangz mixtape released in the tail end of March exists only to serve two real purposes. One is to keep your little sister at bay while Bangz's Bigger Than Me project continues to be tightened up until its scheduled June release; second, to toss out a handful of ne ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    J-Dawg and Propain at Warehouse Live, 3/30/2014

    J-Dawg, Propain Warehouse Live March 30, 2014 Dallas can be a nice place to visit sometimes, especially in the springtime. The air is a little fresher up north, and the allergens a little less intense. After a few days spent relaxing and grilling outdoors with a few friends and family in Big D, tho ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    What's On the Musical Menu at These New Houston Spots

    Just three months into 2014, Houston already has a fair amount of newly opened restaurants and bars that host live music. Seeing that the Greater Houston area is large, diverse, ever-changing and all kinds of grand, we all could have probably guessed that. It's still early in the year, but here's wh ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Lenten Promises Music Lovers Can Actually Keep

    One of the best friends I've ever had in this life was Ann Ball. At the Catholic high school I graduated from, she was my English teacher during my senior year. Ann was a little older than I, but a large margin wiser. She smoked like a Texas City refinery and let us crash on her sofas when we were ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Only Google Knows Musicians' Darkest Secrets

    Have you ever Googled something only to find that their autofill feature suggests some really strange stuff? This has been the source of Tumblr blogs and memes alike. It has also been the reason many a person has lost faith in humanity, seeing ridiculous questions on obvious subjects. Just type "why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Children of Pop at Cactus Music, 3/1/2014

    Children of Pop Cactus Music March 1, 2014 One week removed from their album-release pizza party at House of Creeps, Saturday Houston's Children of Pop welcomed a sizable crowd to a mid-day Cactus Music in-store amid rows of music merchandise and the infamous keg of Saint Arnold. The band kicked ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Geto Boys, Amos Lee, Tontons, etc.

    "Welcome to Houston" Concert Arena Theatre, February 28 Is there any better way to salute Houston's brand-spanking-new hip-hop radio station, 93.7 The Beat, than to throw a Texas-size party featuring some of Houston's biggest rappers? Of course not, fool. Especially when the rappers doing the party ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Five Songs for Tonight's Bigfoot Visitor

    As we've previously reported, Rick Dyer is coming to Houston bearing what he claims is the corpse of the legendary Bigfoot. Dyer assures us that he shot the beast outside San Antonio and is avidly awaiting DNA confirmation from a university to verify his outrageous claims. It's all chupacabra poop, ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Crasis: A Bold Fusion of Local Music, Art & Technology

    Houston's experimental scene doesn't always get a lot of media attention, but the city is home to a number of artists who regularly both expand and violate the boundaries of what is usually considered popular music. Many if not most of them employ some form of technology as one of their primary tool ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    H-Town to Boomtown: Beaumont Has a Music Festival Too

    The 2014 music festival season is kicking into gear, with Free Press Summer Fest announcing its lineup last week. The rundown features at least a half-dozen acts coming right from Coachella, which announced last month, and probably at least a few who will be performing at Bonnaroo, which announces t ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Is "Indie" a Bogus Concept In 2014?

    Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw. Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 First-Date Bars

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Queens of the Stone Age at Bayou Music Center, 2/9/2014

    Queens of the Stone Age, Chelsea Wolfe Bayou Music Center February 9, 2014 On Sunday night, it had been more than six years since Queens of the Stone Age last played Houston, and boy, was the capacity crowd at Bayou Music Center ever ready to welcome the band back to town. The last time the Queens ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    A New, Down-Home Festival Houston Can Be Proud of

    Houston is justifiably proud of its reputation as an international city, a reputation as hard-earned as the millions of dollars that change hands here each day and one that seems to be growing as quickly as the city itself. But if there's any kind of downside to that reputation (even if it's a small ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Debonair Lounge, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27 For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week features the AFTERVIBES ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: The Blasters, Artopia, Neko Case, etc.

    Reggie and the Full Effect Warehouse Live, January 24 The side project of Get Up Kids keyboardist James DeWees, Reggie and the Full Effect is an indie band with a sense of humor. Dating back to DeWees' days with Coalesce, when he recorded a joke demo on a cassette tape to hand out at concerts dubbe ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Let's Meet Our Artopia 2014 Musical Guests

    We're not going to lie to you: we're pretty excited about tomorrow night's Houston Press Artopia, and we would be even if this paper wasn't the one putting it on. Artopia is coming up on its sixth year, and long ago entered the realm of Serious Shindig, a place to See and Be Seen. Or you can be lik ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    How Little Feat Savored the Flavors of the "Houston Welcoming Committee"

    Willin': The Story of Little Feat By Ben Fong-Torres Da Capo Press, 296 pp., $26.99. As a band, their music was beloved and respected by a wide array of artists from Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Linda Ronstadt to the Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett. But the musical mad doct ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    DJ Sun Re-Launches The Flat as Montrose's Hippest Hang

    DJ Sun had already had a pretty great 2013. Last January he released One Hundred, a distillation of his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's top turntablists and soundmakers that many local critics thought one of the best local albums of the year. (This one thought it was the definitive Houston r ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Texas Women Keep State Respectable In 2014 Pazz & Jop Poll

    To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., thank God for Texas women. Houston native Beyonce, whose surprise eponymous album was released after many writers had already turned in their 2013 best-of list, and Lindale's Kacey Musgraves -- whose Same Trailer Different Park was a thoughtful and tuneful counterpo ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Every Night's a Winner On the Montrose Mile

    The howls and whistles of approval are deafening, causing a temporary lapse in drink-ordering at the overcrowded bar. Somehow the floor at Blur Bar has cleared enough for an impromptu dance-off to Beyonce's "Single Ladies," and these men are working it out, honey. It's barely 10 p.m. on New Year's ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Rage Across Dallas: Rocks Off's Lights All Night 2013 Recap

    From El Paso's Sun City Music Festival to South Padre's Ultimate Music Experience to Houston's own Something Wicked, Texas ragers have plenty of EDM festival options, even if EDC Texas didn't materialize this year. This past weekend in Dallas, they had another shot at electronic music glory with Lig ... More >>

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    December 24, 2013

    Joe "King" Carrasco Wishes Houston a "Tamale Christmas"

    As the Reigning Royalty of Tex-Mex Party Rock, Joe "King" Carrasco has been playing his utterly unique mixture of early and garage-rock, polka, cumbias, and Latin rhythm since the mid-'70s. But while others dream of sugar plums and hams and fruitcakes during the holiday season, for Carrasco it's th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Jay Z In Pictures: Can I Get a...

    When I first began to listen to rap music as a student at Jesse H. Jones Senior High, it was mostly screwed-down versions of hits by UGK and freestyles by Lil Keke, Lil Flip and Yungstar. Only after I graduated did I begin digging deeper into rap's history, with East Coast lyricism pulling me one wa ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    The Top Five Houston Music Videos of 2013

    In 2012 Houston surprised the hell out of me by producing some truly incredible music videos by local artists. The Manichean took video of the year in our annual roundup, but several other artists made more than respectable showings. Truly, we're finally catching up in that regard. This almost-past ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    A Round of Serious Drinking at the New Kids On Market Square

    "To cold beer, and hot chicks," the bar chanted in unison, glasses raised high in solidarity. The bartender had just bought everyone another round of shots, after a recent Monday happy hour had ended. The glass drew closer, and the overwhelming smell of black licorice hit our nose. It became appar ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Megadeth's Dave Mustaine's Hopes You're Still Buying

    When Megadeth founder/singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine was growing up, the troubled teen -- like a lot of his own fans would later -- found an escape from a shitty life and comforting solace in hard rock and heavy-metal music. "It was the one thing I could always count on to make me happy," he refle ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Dead Milkmen at Walters, 12/5/2013

    Dead Milkmen, Radioactivity, Muhammadali, Skeleton Dick Walters December 5, 2013 Nothing is more frustrating than falling in love with a band only to discover that you'll almost certainly never get to experience its music live and in person. For years now, that's been the niggling blemish on my rel ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    How Two White New Yorkers Created the Ultimate Portrait of Houston Rap

    If this weather's got you interested in curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book, you're in luck. Sinecure Books has just put out a great one: photographer Peter Beste's Houston Rap, a years-in-the-making picture book detailing the locals and locales that have defined the city's h ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Your Local Black Friday/Record Store Day Shopper's Guide

    Historically speaking, Black Friday is a phrase synonymous with discount hand-mixers and 5 a.m. tramplings at the local Walmart. By definition alone -- so not hip. And while all of you normal folks -- who would rather pay the extra $50 for a PS4 over pitching a tent in the shantytown that accumulate ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    10 More Houston Acts You Should Be Listening To

    Back in September Rocks Off brought you our choices for "10 Houston Acts You Should Be Listening To." But this is an action town. DEEP CUTS Texas bands have been mingling rock and Tex-Mex sounds for a couple of generations now with some pretty spiffy results, if the names Sir Douglas Quintet and Jo ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    25 Ways to Know You Spend Too Much Time In Montrose

    Rocks Off loves Houston's adorably scruffy, formerly sketchy hipster 'hood long ago known as "Neartown," but sometimes you have to go beyond Allen Parkway or 59. We asked a few of our writers exactly when they know that. You envy the comparatively walkable sidewalks of Fallujah. You have five dif ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Punk/Hardcore Bands at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup is arguably one of the better offerings since its induction, eight years ago -- with a particularly keen sample of musical nostalgia for punk and hardcore lovers of the '80s and '90s. And since I am neither of those things but my talented and knowledgeable husband ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Twerk Alert: Miley Coming to Toyota Center March 16

    We knew it was coming -- she announced it on SNL two weeks ago -- but now Houston knows when it will collide with the "Wrecking Ball." This morning Live Nation announced that Miley Cyrus, controversial pop star and daughter of mullet royalty, will bring her Bangerz tour to Toyota Center on March 16 ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Negative Approach & the Casualties at Walters, 11/2/2013

    Negative Approach, the Casualties, the Krum Bums Walters Downtown November 2, 2013 Now that virtually every hardcore band that ever pushed a van in the early '80s has reformed for a trek or three around the country, it's fair to say that Detroit's Negative Approach stands out as one of the best. A ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Zedd at House of Blues, 10/30/2013

    Zedd House of Blues October 30, 2013 I may not know what Zedd looks like, but I think he represents the future. Let's break down that sentence a bit before you grab your pitchforks and light your torches. On a platform at the back of the House of Blues stage, surrounded by giant video walls, ligh ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Phantogram, Roky Erickson, Zedd, etc.

    Phantogram House of Blues, Monday 28 A duo from upstate New York, Phantogram will scratch that same after-hours electro-pop itch as School of Seven Bells' enchanting 2012 LP Ghostory. On two albums for Barsuk Records and now a new eponymous EP on Republic Records, Josh Carter and Sarah Bechtel slid ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Atlas Genius at House of Blues, 10/22/2013

    Atlas Genius House of Blues October 22, 2013 "Dallas? Fuck Dallas!" -- Keith Jeffries, Atlas Genius Sometimes, I really, really like my job. In those moments, the long nights and early mornings, bags under my eyes from lack of sleep, and the stress of deadlines don't matter. And every time I've se ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    10 Swang-and-Bang Anthems for Sunday's SLAB Parade

    Just so you know, that low, persistent rumbling you feel in your gut this Sunday afternoon will have nothing to do with the Whataburger you pounded down at 3 a.m. the night before. It'll be the ultrasonic bass emanating from the popped trunks of 50 customized vehicles swangin' through Third Ward as ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? For all its strengths as ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Local Natives at House of Blues, 10/9/2013

    Local Natives, Wild Nothing House of Blues October 9, 2013 Fall is officially upon us, and with the cooler weather comes a host of touring bands hitting venues throughout Texas. For the first time, Austin mega-festival Austin City Limits scheduled two weekends in a row. Usually, ACL brings a smatte ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In West U/Rice Village

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

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