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    October 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Reasons to Visit Voodoo Fest This Weekend

    This weekend you could be carving pumpkins and handing out candy, or doing something much cooler by jumping in the car and heading to New Orleans for the 16th annual Voodoo Music Arts Experience. Costumed freaks and music fans alike will be descending on the historic City Park for three days of mu ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Before They Were Stars, They Were...Awful

    Let's talk about genre-jumpers, shall we? A number of successful artists have made the leap from one genre to another at some point in their careers. but it doesn't always pay off. Take Darius Rucker, for example. The onetime Hootie and the Blowfish front man made the right choice by taking a leap ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Eminem, Lorde, OutKast Head 2014 ACL Festival Lineup

    This morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the autumn music bazaar that will take place October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin's Zilker Park. Some of the top names include Eminem (as expected), OutKast, Pearl Jam, Lorde (second weekend only), Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, C ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    The 10 Most Epic Moments On the Holy Ship!!! EDM Cruise

    Note: this article was written by Kat Bein of Rocks Off's Miami New Times sister blog Crossfade. After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course we enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't act ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013

    Houston's not getting any colder, so Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us which recently released songs are helping them beat the heat this summer. Alt-J, Dissolve Me" A strong, danceable beat coupled with such serenity. It's the sound of floating in the ocean with friends while just a little bit ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    The Best Things at Coachella This Year, Weekend Two

    Ed. Note: This is the final post of our piggyback Coachella 2013 coverage, with an eternal debt to our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly. The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were pa ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Today's Musicians Have All Lost Their Damn Minds

    It seems that there's something in the musician water lately, and it's causing an epidemic of WTF-inducing choices that are just begging to be written about. Headlines are popping up daily about abandoned pet monkeys, pixelated photos, and Skrillex hair, and this shit's getting weird. But rather t ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Riddle: How Is Dubstep Like Picasso?

    Although dozens of EDM subgenres are brain candy to me, I haven't personally given in to the auditory assault that is dubstep (mostly... maybe). However, I'm here to say that there is actual science to appreciate behind the work of Skrillex and many others. If you think about it, many people argue ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013


    Lady Gaga brought her Born This Way Ball to Toyota Center January 31.

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    January 30, 2013

    Top 5 Albums Lost to Us Because of Thieving Dicks

    Songs are like babies. Some of them drop into the world with barely a push, while others require yanking out with a wicked set of tongs after a long labor. Generally the latter is more common than the former, which is why any musician worth his or her salt carries around some sort of notebook to kee ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    Saturday Night: Zomboy at Stereo Live

    Zomboy, Carnage Stereo Live January 19, 2013 When asked about a philosophy when it comes to club shows, your average DJ is apt to say something about taking the crowd on a journey or giving them an experience. Whether or not they deliver on that philosophy is another matter, and whether the crowd c ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Rating 5 2012 EDM Crossover Attempts, Best to Worst

    As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for all of us to take a look in the mirror and accept the truth: Whether we like it or not, EDM is a major force in music and is here to stay. We all knew it was coming; anyone who has spent time listening to mainstream radio has heard how house music has become ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    For Crimes Against the Dancefloor, 5 DJs Enter EDM Kangaroo Court

    Like any style of music with more than 15 fans, EDM has its artists that people love to hate. You don't get to a million followers on Twitter without gathering a few haters along the way, and no matter how many fans you have, it seems like the minority is always more vocal. That's not to say these ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Rocks Off's Something Wicked Mini-Guide: Bass Massacre

    Saturday, something very strange is about to go down at Sam Houston Race Park when Something Wicked, billed as "Texas's first ever large-scale Halloween electronic dance music festival," takes over the grounds, subdivided into three nebulously named areas: "Shadow Field," "Bass Massacre" and "The Ex ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Top 5 People Who Should Be Judging American Idol

    Over the weekend American Idol, struggling to remain relevant in the face of the televised singing-competition series it spawned like The Voice and X Factor, announced its final judges' panel for the upcoming 12th season that begins in January. According to Entertainment Weekly, joining the previous ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    All The September 11th Dubstep Tribute Videos You'll Ever Need

    Most of the email I get in my Rocks Off inbox is pretty boring. The bulk of it is press releases for bands I'm never going to listen to with the occasional new album download sprinkled in, but every now and then something comes along that stops me in my tracks. It started off as a Facebook link tha ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    You Won't Get Into Heaven Listening to Christian Dubstep

    Driving home the other night, I thought I had come up with the perfect get-rich-quick scheme: Christian dubstep. Roll your eyes if you'd like, but one thing I've noticed is that going to an EDM show is a lot like going to church: They both feature music, alcohol, and standing on your feet for long ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    5 Non-Rap Acts We'd Like to See Chopped Not Slopped

    Here's a confession: I've never really understood chopped and screwed music. Because of this I've never had an opinion on it and filed it away with Reggaeton and Texas Country in my "genres not for me" mental file folder. Then I heard OG Ron C's take on Girl Talk's All Day and I found myself really ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    August 9, 2012

    The Winners of Our "Skrillex Hugging a Kitty" Photo Contest

    Last week the kind folks at Rdio sent us four pairs of tickets to the wub-wubbing IDentity Festival set for this Saturday at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Why? Because they love Rocks Off and we love you. Obviously Rocks Off didn't need the eight tickets ourselves since we already have a te ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Dubstep DJ Doorly: "Everyone Goes Mental"

    If he isn't too busy running his own record label as well as heading his own underground radio station in the UK, Doorly can be found creating his classic beats and touring. Now he's back in the U.S. on tour for the first time in half a year, and performs Saturday night at new downtown spot Krypton ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    The 11 Sexiest Women Within the EDM Scene

    All right, I have to say it: For the most part, when EDM is brought up men are on top. What people tend to forget is about the sexy women that are sampled and featured within the DJs' work; not to mention there are some sexy women DJs out there too. Now maybe it's because when people hear EDM and ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Introducing the New Dubstep Drinking Game

    OK, I'm sure this has been done before in your own time. But I got bored one day. Hey I live in Katy, Texas, so give me a break. There I was, listening to a few dubstep mixes I have and I was staring at my phone just waiting for people to hit me up so we could head out for the night. It hit me if I ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    The Drop! The Drop!: Welcome To Twitter's Dubstep Island

    This past weekend I discovered Dubstep Island, a fantasy Twitter feed where "the stars of EDM go and live together on an island for some reason." The artists live and explore the island with people like James Blake and Skrillex rubbing bare shoulders, though we cannot imagine either of them wearing ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    French Electro Greats Justice Hitting Houston October 28

    My prayers from 2007 have been answered. French electronic duo Justice is finally hitting Houston on October 28 at the House Of Blues. The pair, who just released Audio, Video, Disco. last fall, have never been to Houston, though every hipster bar in town played and still plays the hell out of their ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Top 10 Disney EDM Lookalikes

    We all wonder who our celebrity lookalike is. Someone will tell us we look like this person, a Web site will say you look like another and most likely if you're anything like me you'll disagree and give explanations as to why. Well, what if you're already a celebrity? Or DJ? Today DJs are setting ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Last Night: 12th Planet At 4500 Washington Avenue

    12th Planet 4500 Washington Avenue June 14, 2012 Let's just say this wasn't your average college night at 4500 Washington Avenue. Thursday, due to the Rich's situation (still closed), the 12th Planet show was moved to 4500 Washington Avenue. No, not Stereo Live. As soon as I heard this news all I ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    National Punch A Hipster Day: Are You A Music Hipster?

    Today, June 1, has been declared National Punch a Hipster Day. First off, who the hell comes up with these random-ass holidays? As someone who gets called a hipster at times, I don't think I am. Maybe I'm a music hipster, in a sense. Most would say repeating this quote -- "I was listening to [bla ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Who's Got the Power?: The Musicians On Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrities List

    Fame and fortune might not be the ultimate goal for every person to ever write a song or learn an instrument, but it is for a lot of people out there. It would be lovely to believe that music is done 100% of the time for the "right" reasons, but most of us are cynical enough to know otherwise. Some ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Mt. Eden At Rich's

    Mt. Eden Rich's April 20, 2012 Friday, Mt. Eden, a music duo from New Zealand that is not Flight of the Concords, played a show at Rich's. And they were very good. At least, I suspect that they were, and that's the probably closest anyone can get to conclusively arguing an opinion one way or the ot ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Getting Thumped

    The bass line is everything in dubstep, whose core moves like robo-elephants, stomping and booming along.

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    March 23, 2012

    The Time Imaginary Cheese Upended A Perfectly Fine Music Experiment

    The original idea wasn't even that original, which is why it didn't work, I suppose. In 2003, a ferociously cool writer named Rob Harvilla (Google him; he's a vocabularian superhero) wrote an article about how he played a Radiohead album for a group of fifth graders and then asked them to draw pic ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Promised Land

    SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

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    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    SXSW 2012: Our Inner Monologue (Day Two)

    If you are here in Austin for SXSW you know that this place has just devolved into free cereal, Doritos, and Red Bull on the streets, which are bathed in lasers from the tops of buildings. Plus there are screaming humans of all ages, races, sizes, and creeds on the streets almost 20 hours a day. Whe ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Verizon Wireless Theater Now Known As Bayou Music Center

    Verizon Wireless Theater will no longer be known under that name, because owner Live Nation's sponsorship deal with the communication provider has expired. The venue, which holds about 3,000 people within downtown entertainment complex Bayou Place, will now be known as Bayou Music Center. Rocks Off ... 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 17, 2012

    Dave Grohl Vs. Skrillex: Dumbest Music Feud Ever?

    Sometimes it's very easy for Rocks Off's brain to go on autopilot while checking our email in the morning. If we're not weeding out actual spam to delete, we're wincing at messages hyping music whose wretchedness practically leaps off the screen. (Someone you've never heard of touted as a "legend" i ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Re:Generation: New Film Makes Airtight Case That DJs Are Musicians

    Directed by Amir Bar Lev and produced in association with the Grammys, Re:Generation is a documentary that explores the process behind making music as a DJ and producer through an experiment that sends five DJs on a quest to work in a specific genre outside their normal output. It sounds like somet ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Know Your Subgenre: The Bros(tep)

    Photo by Matthew KeeverThe Doom That Came To Dubstep?​Subgenre: Brostep Parent Genre: Dubstep Imagine that you're a genre of music. You've been on the underground for a few years taking the sounds of your parents and evolving in to something new. For a long time few noticed but the last fe ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    The Ten Best (Non-Houston) Rap Albums of 2011

    A deal, then: Let's pretend like this was some really clever, insightful preamble; ideally, when you finished reading it, you would've immediately said, "Dang. That was a really clever, insightful preamble." Let's pretend it had some sort of neat underlying agenda, something that directly discusse ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Five Curiosities from the Grammy Nominations List

    The Grammy nominations were officially presented last night. Not surprisingly, Adele, who is considered a front runner in nearly every category she is nominated in, cleaned up with six nominations for her album 21, but was beaten out by Kanye West who had seven, though curiously not among them a nod ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    November 15, 2011

    Parents And KPRC Just Found Out About Rich's Sexy Dance Nights

    Photo By Son LamJust another night at Rich's Houston...​There was a harried report last night on KPRC about the teen nights at Rich's Houston off San Jacinto, namely an upcoming Playboy-themed night geared towards underagers, those 14 to 18, to come out to the dance club in their sexiest gear. ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Friday Night: Bassnectar At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Matthew Keever​Check out Bassnectar and the many babes in costume in our slideshow. Womp womp is an unstoppable force. You can try to fight it, hide from it even, but it will find you or someone you care about, and the almighty power of dub step will eventually suck you in, even if ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Last Night: Skrillex At Verizon Wireless Theater

    See pics from the official Skrillex afterparty at Rich's. Skrillex, 12th Planet, Foreign Beggars Verizon Wireless Theater September 29, 2011 Dubstep is to music what the Oakland Raiders are to the NFL. It's as if a gigantic group of people got together and, as a whole, screamed, "Forget your syste ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

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