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    June 24, 2014

    The Best and Worst Things at EDC Las Vegas 2014

    Note: Our L.A. Weekly sister blog West Coast Sound sent a team to the Electric Daisy Carnival, this weekend's EDM extravaganza in Las Vegas. This article was written by Dennis Romero. What's it like partying with 134,000 of your closest friends? After a fourth year covering Electric Daisy Carnival ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    We Could All Use a Bit of Borgore In Our Lives, Even You Grown Folks

    Borgore Stereo Live June 5, 2014 It was right about the time that Borgore dropped the modern brostep classic that is Skrillex's remix of Nero's "Promises" that I found myself on the second level of Stereo Live thinking about young-adult novels. I realize this is a weird thing to be thinking about w ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cage the Elephant, Bro Safari, iFest, etc.

    Phantogram Warehouse Live, April 25 Upstate New York duo Phantogram will scratch that same after-hours electro-pop itch as School of Seven Bells' enchanting 2012 LP Ghostory. Josh Carter and Sarah Bechtel slide dusty hip-hop beats around the kind of shoegazey sounds that were made for shutting your ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    The Bizarre, Awful World of Dubstep Metal

    Recently I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, the guitarist for local metal band Rebuild, and he was complaining about the wave of dubstep that has infiltrated metal. As a genre, metal has historically always adapted to include whatever modern mainstream trends were going on at the tim ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Why the Rodeo Is Houston's Coachella

    The past week or so, music news has been dominated by two big announcements: first the 2014 lineup of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert about three months from now, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's entertainers for its 83rd season this coming March. On the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Big Music Festivals Sure Can Be Creepy Sometimes

    This weekend Rocks Off will send another team to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park, three days sure to be full of music, drinking, and the sort of behavior that tends to happen when tens of thousands of scantily clad young people gather to get their buzz on and scope out potential ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Underworld Gets a Cyber Sister Night at Numbers

    For a guy that makes his living covering the local music and art scene here in Houston I don't go out much. The wife is in school, and night time is when she studies while I bribe our child into dinner and bed. This last week was a rare night off between semesters, so we decided to check out Cyber W ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Heart, Bruno Mars, The Leavers, Bill Kirchen, etc.

    Tianna Hall Sambuca, August 12 You could argue that Tianna Hall is the best jazz singer in all of Houston. I mean, you could argue against it, too, but it's like arguing that the moon landing was faked. Her smoky voice is a fine mix of skill and improvised magic, and it's landed her on the Grammy n ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Urban Dictionary's Top 10 Musician Slang Terms

    Fapulous 1. Orgasmic, amazing, awesome. 2. Really, really hot. "Did you see that ass?" 'Yeah. It was Fapulous!" "Urban Dictionary is flat-out fapulous." And it's true. Urban Dictionary is fapulous, always available to help a blogger out with a never-ending supply user-submitted definitions th ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Waka Flocka Flame Needs to Stay Away From EDM

    Electronic dance music genre is corrupting trap music, and this trend is driving me bonkers. It's worse than any country/rap collaboration ever made. The mix of electronic and/or dubstep and Southern rap music is not a good blend. It's gotten so bad that poor Waka Flocka Flame barely even knows he' ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    What the Hell Are These "Human Directionals" Listening To?

    Ed. Note: Some people in this article chose to only be identified by first name. James Minor's workday begins a lot like yours. He arrives at a work station, checks his materials, puts on a smile and readies for another day of being the face of his employer. For the most part, that's where the si ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Houston's Recent Onslaught of Sold-Out Shows: What's Up With That?

    Regular concertgoers in Houston have probably noticed more sold-out shows in the area over the past year. Just a few years ago, sellouts were generally reserved for the biggest marquee acts at Toyota Center, Bayou Music Center, and Reliant Stadium's RodeoHouston shows. These days, though, it seems ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    SXSW's 2013 Panels: EDM, Nashville, and Tony Bennett's Headphones

    Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain: Where Would He Be Today?

    Last year on this date in honor of what would have been late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's 45th birthday, I wrote a blog supposing where the grunge icon would have been in 2012. It got a lot of traction and people loved and hated it. Imagining him as a dubstep DJ was really for grins and shock valu ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Abandon All Hope: Your Guide to the 2013 Grammy Award Underdogs

    There are certain truths we all accept about the Grammy awards, including but not limited to: no matter how many times she's won Taylor Swift will always make that "ohmygod people like me?!?!?!" face; that NARAS president Neil Portnow will show up to make a speech that no one will remember; someone ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Your 2013 Music Festival Outlook (Texas Edition)

    I don't know about you, but I am not totally in love with winter weather. Yes, it affords you the ability to wear beanies and cool fingerless gloves and dress like a hoodlum, but it's the heat that I love the most. That's why I love thinking about music festivals, because that's where we all get t ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    That's a Big Twinkie: A Soundtrack to the Apocalypse

    The last shipment of Hostess Twinkies was supposedly delivered last Tuesday, as Hostess indeed filed for bankruptcy. Twinkies were also linked to great destructive forces in the movie Ghostbusters. This all falls very close to December 21, which marks the end of the Mayan Mesoamerican Long Count C ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 25, 2012

    Who Should Play RodeoHouston In 2013?

    On October 30, just a few days from now, RodeoHouston will announce its first round of performers for the 2013 edition of the star-studded, yeehawin', nearly three-week event at Reliant Park. The booking the last few years has been getting more adventurous, with the likes of Kid Rock, KISS, Mary J. ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Nero Returns to Make Halloween Something Wicked

    Even if you didn't realize it, you've probably heard Nero's single "Promises." From the original being used in an HP commercial to the Skrillex remix that's garnered a bunch of spins on the radio and in the clubs, it's been one of the biggest EDM songs of the year. Rewind: Rocks Off's Something Wi ... More >>

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    October 13, 2012

    ACL Last Night: Avicii at Zilker Park

    See Avicii, Afghan Whigs, Florence the Machine, M83, Esperanza Spalding and more in our slideshow of Friday's ACL performers Avicii AMD Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park October 12, 2012 While the rest of the Rocks Off staff has fully immersed itself in EDM, I sorta took a res ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    10 More Things I'll Be Doing at ACL Festival This Weekend

    That's right folks, it's ACL Music Festival time again in Texas, and Rocks Off will be flying to Austin on the private Rocks Off jet this weekend to cover the fest from Friday until the last notes of "Give It Away" at the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers set on Sunday night. That's my way of telli ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Heat, Crowds & Fireworks of Day 1

    Rewind: #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution "If you put on a festival full of good music, people will find you". That was advertising executive and Jay-Z inner circle member Steve Stoute's answer to my question regarding the who/what/why ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution

    This Labor Day holiday weekend in Philadelphia, Jay-Z is teaming up with Budweiser and Live Nation to curate the initial and inaugural Made In America Music Festival, a two-day, multi-genre event featuring acts such as Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Santigold, and Gary Clark Jr, and features the return of D'A ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    10 Bonus Identity Festival Deleted Scenes

    Saturday: Identity Festival at The Woodlands ID Fest: The Crowd (daytime) ID Fest: The Crowd (nighttime) Here's a peek behind the curtain: when taking notes on a show I average about one page per hour. That's fine for a show like LMFAO, where the bulk of the review is on one act and I have a bit ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Prydz & Prejudice: Top 5 Remixes for Saturday's IDentity Festival

    Saturday the IDentify Fest returns to town to once again take EDM out of the dark of the club and into the light of day. Your humble blog writer missed last year's show, so I'm curious to see how well glowsticks work during the daylight. While this year may not feature big names like Pretty Lights ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Mayhem Cruise vs Shiprocked: Battle of the Boats (UPDATED)

    Note: Corrected to reflect this will be Shiprock's fourth voyage. Also, according to the promoter: "Hot tubs." Many moons ago, Rocks Off let you know about how the Mayhem Festival was taking their show to the high seas for a cruise this December. It seemed like the perfect vacation for the metal fa ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    The Best Music of Electric Forest 2012

    Electric Forest 2012 Double JJ Ranch, Rothbury, Michigan June 28-July 1, 2012 In 2011, Paste magazine named Electric Forest on its list of "Top 10 Most Intriguing Inaugural Music Festivals," because it holds several philanthropic endeavors such as a food drive and both art and music classes along ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Heat Index: The 10 Summer Album Releases We're Sweatin' the Most

    Most places in the world, summertime is easy living: No school, no snow and no real responsibilities beyond mowing the lawn every couple of weeks. Here in Houston, summer is a little more intense. Triple-digit temperatures, hurricane warnings and Astros baseball present an annual threat to our city' ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Digital Chaos: 8 Experiments In Wub Machine Remixing

    Contrary to what they want you to think, Diddy his crew at Bad Boy did not invent the remix. If you really wanted to meet the people who first made dance remixes you'd have to go back a bit further in music history, to the land of the mid-'70s. In sweaty discos across the land people were looping so ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Last Night: Rusko At Stereo Live

    Rusko Stereo Live May 22, 2012 See video of Rusko freaking out on the way to his tour bus Tuesday. With Rusko as your main act on Tuesday night, it was clear that everyone better be able to wake the fuck up and get your ass up. It was crystal that Rusko follows his own rules. With a line outside ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Friday Night: Ferry Corsten At Rich's

    Ferry Corsten, Lawrence & Celauro Rich's May 18, 2012 What better way to start your weekend than with the Ferry Corsten WKND tour? Corsten may have fallen in the ranks of DJ Magazine's yearly Top 100 DJ Poll, from No. 7 in 2009 to 18 in 2011, but that didn't stop him from dropping his beats harde ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Past Present, Future Perfect: The Future Music Summit 2012 Recap

    The most surprising thing, and maybe the most amazing, about the 2012 edition of the Future Music Summit didn't take place during a presentation or during the concert. It took place during the afterparty at Herzstein Plaza just a little before midnight. During the day, during presentations and meal ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    What A Friend We Have In Marilyn Manson: 18 Years With The God Of (Expletive Deleted)

    Born Villain, Marilyn Manson's first album since 2009's The High End of Low, marks his debut as a cheeky pop-culture gawker, a far cry from where he was just a decade and a half ago. I wrote about some of the best Manson myths on the occasion of his birthday back in January. He's not the snarling, ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Top 5 Ways EDM Is Now Mainstream

    1997 provides us with an interesting cautionary tale about the pursuit of the next big thing and how it doesn't always play out the way we expect. From MTV's Year In Rock: Music fans were restless, record sales were stagant... Then, a new music emerged... one that captivated listeners, created new ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Coachella: The 10 Most Awkward Dance Moves In GIF Form

    Note: This post was written by Rocks Off's friend and LA Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff, who obviously had a more interesting weekend than we did. See also: *"What My Spirit Hood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain *Coachella: The Black Lips' Cole Alexander Goes Full Monty, Plays Guitar W ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    Don't Forget About Home: Local Music To Catch At SXSW

    Big-hitting acts are piling up at this year's SXSW, with the likes of Jack White, Fiona Apple, GZA, 50 Cent, Bruce Springsteen, Skrillex, and the list goes on. Though, whether you're travelling with a fancy badge or wristband, or especially if you're just going to partake in the free festivities, do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead -- 50 Cent And Much More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Kurt Cobain At 45: Where Would He Be In 2012?

    ​Had he not died in April 1994 by his own hand -- or sinister forces working for Courtney Love (insert maniacal laugh) -- Kurt Cobain would have turned 45 years old today. The rock icon killed himself at the age of 27, leaving behind not only a daughter to fend for herself against the wiles of ... More >>

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    February 12, 2012

    Who The Eff Is The Ron River?: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Two Americas Of Bon Iver

    "Who the fuck is Bon Iver" went the story last night on Twitter as indie musician and soft-spoken beardo Justin Vernon's Bon Iver project won a Best New Artist Grammy. Never mind that the man has been on the scene since 2008's For Emma, Forever Ago, but it still seemed to be deserved. Last year's se ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Old Man: A Happy Birthday Randy Newman Playlist

    Photo By Jim BrickerRandy Newman at ACL '11 back in September. ​Mr. Randy Newman, who turns 68 years old today, turned in one of the best and our most most favorite sets of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. In a festival littered with Kanye West, Coldplay, and Skrillex, Newman's s ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    TV Party: Beavis & Butt-head Return with "Werewolves Of Highland/Crying"

    ​Rocks Off has always championed the arts, and Beavis & Butt-head are no different. We've shown you the bands that we got into because of the shows '90s run, and last year we listed our favorite music videos from the series. So earlier this year, when Beavis & Butt-head creator Mike Judge an ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Touch the Sky

    The 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival in exactly 12 paragraphs.

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    June 13, 2011

    A Dream Austin City Limits Weekend For Houston

    Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009​Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>

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