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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 23, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographers: Violeta Alvarez

    Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live In Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION (Honorable Mention 2) Some of our more genteel readers may be wondering who the hell Texas Hippie Coalition even is, not to mention how they landed on a list that purports to (informally) rank the Lone Star State's biggest rock stars. (Note: ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Six Truly Great Death Metal Covers

    Death metal has a genre has a history of doing covers songs, but they're mostly all novelty songs. It's become a played-out gimmick to take any pop song, speed it up, play it on highly distorted guitars, and gutturally scream the lyrics. That's been done. What's less common is a great death metal c ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Houston's 10 Gnarliest Mosh Pits of 2013

    Punks and metalheads don't always see eye to eye, but one commonality they can always high-five over is the predilection to batter one another senseless at every opportunity. Houston played host to countless shows and tours this year that forced fans to keep their knees bent and their elbows out if ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Slayer at Bayou Music Center, 11/12/2013

    Slayer, Gojira, 4ARM Bayou Music Center November 12, 2013 2013 is likely a year that Slayer will be glad to see laid to rest. In February, the band split with original drummer Dave Lombardo in an ugly dispute over money. Even worse, the band's militant rhythm guitarist/songwriter Jeff Hanneman died ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Gojira Lives the Dream Tonight With Slayer

    Still tempted to believe in 2013 that all metalheads are anti-intellectual lunks built only to destroy? Well, forget the decades of anecdotal evidence. You'd do well to remember, instead, that one of modern heavy metal's biggest and best bands is comprised of four eco-conscious artistes from a small ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Five Metal Bands Who Overcame the Odds

    The Slayer road show hits Bayou Music Center this evening, but don't get your hopes up too high. This is Slayer practically in name only, thanks to the tragic passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in May and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo. Frankly, I'd prefer if remaining members Kerry King and To ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Could Slayer's Bloody Reign Be Coming to an End?

    For more than three decades now, any discussion of heavy metal's fastest, heaviest and most influential bands has begun (and often ended) with Slayer, the Los Angeles foursome that has served as the genre's raging, antisocial id since forming in the early 1980s. In the time since, the group has grow ... 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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    August 16, 2013

    Houston's Legion Unleashes Young Metal Attack Tonight

    Though few tears were shed when the grunge explosion killed off the likes of Warrant and Winger back in the '90s, hair bands weren't the decade's only heavy-metal casualty. After a decade of all-out war with the poodle-heads, thrash metal -- hair metal's uglier, speedier, more psychotic cousin -- su ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    The Bozo Porno Circus Diaries: Sunny Days, Shit-Smeared Walls, and Slayer

    If you never saw a Bozo Porno Circus show then you just plain missed out. The Tone Zone Records band was a freak-out and a half, stuffed to the wall with loud noises and pretty girls getting sparks shot off their metal-covered crotches by belt sanders. Recently, lead guitarist Chris "The" Lane (AKA ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    RIP Jeff Hanneman: Slayer at Verizon Theater In September 2010

    Ed. Note: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of the band, passed away Thursday in Southern California due to liver failure, according to Rolling Stone. Hanneman, 49, had contracted the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis, which doctors believed was the result of a spider bite, ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Last Night: Testament and Overkill at House of Blues

    Testament, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam House of Blues February 6, 2013 When it comes to '80s thrash metal, there are the Big Four -- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax -- and there's everybody else. For a good while there, it looked as if "everybody else" might not survive the grunge- and rap ... 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 15, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Willow Villarreal, Hatetank Maniac

    If you are under 30 in Houston and grew up going to punk or hardcore shows off Washington Avenue -- when it was still scary for the right reasons -- you were probably there because Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions booked the gig. His booking and promoting work helped bring tons of nationa ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Talking to James Moody, Co-Captain of HMS Fun Fun Fun Fest

    In Texas, only a few major music festivals cater to the punk and indie subcultures. Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest, Chaos In Tejas, 35 Denton, maybe the free and freaky day parties of SXSW, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, put on by Transmission Entertainment in Austin. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest Releas ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Kill 'Em All and the Origins of Thrash

    Twenty-nine years ago today, Metallica released their debut album on Megaforce Records, Kill 'Em All. It wasn't a smash success initially--Mötley Crüe were the reigning kings of metal on the West Coast in 1983, and Kill 'Em All wouldn't go gold for another six years. By that time, of course, Metal ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Last Night: Mayhem Fest Jagermeister Stage at The Woodlands

    Mayhem Festival Side Stage Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 11, 2012 Holding the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at a suburban amphitheater on a weeknight posed a few serious logistical problems, for the touring company and concertgoers alike. In order to meet the venue's curfew, several ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Last Night: Anthrax, Motorhead & Slayer at Mayhem Fest

    See more metal and Mayhem from Wednesday in our slideshow. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 11, 2012 This year's main-stage bill is probably as close to a genuine, bona fide legacy that Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will ever come up with, ever. Be ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Which Mayhem Festival Band Do Parents Hate Most?

    The biggest traveling heavy metal festival of the summer rolls into the Woodlands Pavilion tonight. The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has stepped its game up significantly in 2012, dropping metal titans Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, Motorhead and more onto Houston's well-groomed northern ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    February 16, 2012

    Sweet Feet: Dave Lombardo And Double Bass-Drum Domination

    Slayer's Dave Lombardo is destroying a couple of bass drums just out of frame.​Forty-seven years ago today, drummer Dave Lombardo was born in Havana, Cuba. Never heard of Dave? That's okay. If you've listened to any heavy metal in the past 25 years, you've definitely heard his influence. Roun ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Announces Houston Date: Includes Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax And More

    This morning, the lineup for this summer's mega-metal fest, the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, was released. It includes re-activated act Slipknot, warhorses Slayer, Anthrax on the Jagermeister side stage, and a third act to be named on March 5. This roadshow hits Houston on July 11 at the ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    The Most Overused Expressions in Music Critics' Twitter Feeds: An Epic List

    It is impossible to overlook this peculiar trend any longer: A few choice words and phrases seem to be dominating many of 2011's music critiques, particularly on Twitter. Seemingly forcibly wedged into friends' and journalists' 140-characters-or-less makeshift tweet reviews, the following words and ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Happy (Black) Flag Day, Everybody

    #blackflagnerdstuff​Today is Flag Day, a day where we honor the institution of the first United States flag in 1777. You know, Old Glory, the flag that looks really killer on bikinis in the '80s or when B L A C K I E wrapped himself in it at Free Press Summer Fest two weeks ago. The flag is a ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    It's International Day Of Slayer: Ten Slayer Songs For Awkward Life Moments

    GroovehouseAll Hail Tom Araya, The Dark Lord.​Today is the sixth International Day of Slayer, started in 2006 to coincide with June 6, 2006, the most evil-numbered date in history. It's also lead singer Tom Araya's birthday, and the guitarist now makes his home on a ranch in Buffalo, Texas - God's ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Slayer Girlfriend Reigns In Love

    Christopher Victorio​A few hours ago, while reviewing the OC Weekly's coverage of the Big 4 metal festival in Indio, Calif., we came across this picture of a female metal fan with a sweet-ass Slayer tattoo in the middle of her abdomen. Why does God creates such beautiful things, and then keeps ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Jesus Is On the Mainline: The Son Of God In Rock & Roll

    ​With Easter Sunday coming up, we delved into all the instances of Jesus Christ in rock and roll. He's been a popular lyrical subject since he was born over 2,000 years ago, and his family enterprise runs neck and neck with sex when it comes to the entire lyrical history of music. Hymns or lov ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Idol Beat: I Do Not Like That will.i.am

    ​Only nine hopefuls remain in this, the 10th season of American Idol (AKA the Greatest Talent Competition Since the Battle of the Bands at San Dimas High School). It's time to separare the wheat from the chaff, the post-adolescents from the mere adolescents, those who are "in it to win it" fro ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Last Night: Slayer, Megadeth And Anthrax At Verizon

    Photos by GroovehouseSouth of Heaven: Slayer's Tom Araya​Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax Verizon Wireless Theater September 26, 2010 With the end of this concert, Aftermath was sort of sad. Not only did it mark the end of a marathon music week in Houston and for Rocks Off, it also signaled that we ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Anthrax's Charlie Benante Shouts Out King's X And The Refused

    ​Of the three bands on the bill at Sunday's Jagermeister Tour Houston stop, Anthrax is perhaps the one with the most varied reach. Sure, everyone loves Slayer, and Megadeth has a dedicated following of Mustaine-iacs, but it was Anthrax who touched the most upon hip-hop and hardcore punk. The ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010
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    August 4, 2010

    The Amazing Raving Dog

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. ​Raves are not Rocks Off's thing. We tend to make glowstickers cry, Ecstasy sounds more like a punishment ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Celebrate National Day Of Slayer

    lolhome.com​ Henry Rollins talks about Slayer Since 1952, every first Thursday in May has been set aside as a National Day Of Prayer. It's a day for Christians and other religious folk to gather together and pray for our country, the world and ourselves. God is awesome and all that, but thankfully ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Guitar Zero: Played It 'Til My Fingers Bled...

    No, this song is NOT about the year of Woodstock and the Moon Landing. It was the summer winter of '69 2010. Robert told me to come up with five songs I wanted to learn how to play (on guitar, in case you weren't keeping up). The Wife, seeking to maximize the parental utility of my music lessons, h ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Listology: Toxic Noise DJ Bakka's Top Bone-Crushing Jams

    ​Every third Wednesday at Boondocks, the space upstairs turns into the most fabulous place in Houston for rockers, punks and metalheads when DJ Bakka revs the turntables for his popular "Toxic Noise" DJ sets. It's like going to visit a high-school bully's bedroom in 1987. If you still miss Shanle ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    He Said She Said: Hot, Sweaty, Angry Workout Songs

    ​When it comes to exercise, men and women don't have many different reasons for doing it. Mainly, both genders want to look better naked if perchance they find themselves without clothes on around a stranger they want to sleep with. Life expectancy, general health, and mental well-being are all se ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    New Songs from Metavenge

    Metavenge are a gaggle of teenagers in faded Slayer shirts from the Friendswood/Alvin area, but they sound like they opened for Metallica on the Ride The Lightning tour. Ever since we first heard them back in the fall, we have been blasting "Time To Kill" on our iPod as we foolishly attempt to run a ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Pretty Things Peepshow

    Porn goes punk goes vintage burlesque

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    May 8, 2008

    Golden Axe

    This metallic duo does its part to further the great debate

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    December 17, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Listing 2007

    Yeah, it’s that time of year again when all of us people in the rock journo cabals start telling you what we liked this year. Then we make little lists and try out-obscuring one another. It’s fun, in a very sad and angry nerd sort of way. Anyway, this week I figured each day this week I would go ... More >>

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    February 15, 1996

    State-of-the-Art Ghouls

    White Zombie holds its own with the metal-heads and the punks alike

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