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    July 3, 2014

    10 Acts We'd Pay to See Play in a Graveyard

    Typically, tour announcements come and go with little fanfare around here, especially when it's a band like Austin natives Spoon. We love Spoon a lot, and frankly would like to see Houston's name on more tour announcements like the one that recently caught our eye, albeit for an entirely different r ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Five Songs Much Darker Than You Remember

    "Darkness" is a term that doesn't always go over so well among mainstream audiences. For those of us into more experimental works of art or just inherently more extreme forms of music like metal, it comes with those genres' very nature. But in pop literature, film and music? Darkness is practically ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    The Honeymoon: Just What Downtown Needs

    If you work, live or just spend all of your time downtown, you've probably noticed there aren't that many places to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down for a cup of coffee, or enjoy a casual dinner and dessert before or after a theater performance. Sure, there are lots of restaurants such as The Grov ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres For 44 Years

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Tommy Grindle, Guitarist of Square and Compass

    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? Tommy Grindle is one of t ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Sibling Revelry: Houston's Bands of Brothers and Sisters

    It's not unusual for siblings to be in bands together. The Beach Boys, Jackson Five, Heart, Radiohead... the list goes on and on. Brothers and sisters have regularly joined forces to create incredible music. One kid finds a musical niche and his or her siblings voluntarily follow. Or, the group is o ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Fun Fun Fun, Something Wicked Crowd Texas' Fall Music-Fest Calendar

    Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fun Fest, the most porous and some say the most, well, fun alternative-music festival, capped off a series of headliner leaks by announcing its full 2013 lineup Tuesday morning. Sort of. Through a series of videos and Instagram posts, Fun Fun Fun had previously leaked so many 2 ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    Father and Son Turn Metal Record Collection Into Thriving Traders Village Business

    You could say that Michael Ventura was born to be a collector. His father, Anthony, has been collecting rare beer cans and bottles since the mid-'70s, and the two of them had discussed opening their own shop for years. Collecting, buying and selling all sorts of vintage trinkets was in their blood. ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Houston's 10 Sweetest 420 Shows and Festivals

    I'm not going to launch into some long diatribe as an opening to this blog; there's no need. All that needs to be said can be summed up in one word -- weed. That's right. This is a blog about all the sweet 420 festivals and events around Houston to help you declare your love for the mean green hol ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    Last Night: Anthrax & Exodus at House of Blues

    Anthrax, Exodus House of Blues April 10, 2013 I am going to come right out and say it: I never thought Anthrax should have been a part of The Big Four. When laying out the titans of thrash metal, the boys from New York -- a fact they never seem to want you to forget -- always seemed a bit out of p ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Five Rock Supergroups That Actually Worked

    NOt long ago, we finally saw the release of the long-awaited album from Radiohead/Red Hot Chili Peppers supergroup Atoms for Peace and it got me thinking: supergroups are a tough trick to pull off. We all fantasize about our favorite musicians playing together, but when it actually comes to fruition ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Five Art Masterworks That Should Be Metal Album Covers

    It's not often that you get the opportunity to combine masterpieces of painting and metal. It's not completely unfounded, considering Guns N' Roses copped from Raphael's School of Athens for the cover of their Use Your Illusion set. But it's rare, like mixing pro wrestling and classical literature. ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Exploring Songza: Four Offbeat Playlists From the Curated Music Service

    We introduced you to Songza -- the service that acts as a "music concierge" -- a few weeks back. Using curated playlists sorted not only by genre and theme, but also by activity, Songza helps you pick the best songs for the occasion. More importantly to me, the playlists are expertly curated, mean ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Testament's Dark Roots of Thrash Run Deep

    If classic thrash metal's "Big Four" (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer) ever decided to expand to a "Big Five," then that slot would certainly be taken by California's Testament (sorry, Exodus fans...). And while seemingly every band of a certain longevity will proclaim their latest record "jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

    As we look back over 2012 this week, it is now time to revisit some of this year's memorable shows. It wasn't easy narrowing the list down to 15. Concerts are in chronological order. CHRIS GRAY DAY, The Continental Club So much local talent and so much love. Uh, if I'm maybe a little too biased on ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    10 Odd Musical Gift Ideas for the Last Christmas on Earth

    Back in the day, Christmas shopping for music lovers couldn't have been simpler: just head on down to the record store, pick up the latest hot release or a rare collector's item, wrap it up with a Warehouse Music gift certificate and you were golden. Now that the music business has evolved into a ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Merry Christmas, High Rollers: The Most Expensive Vintage Concert Tees On eBay

    A few days ago I asked Rocks Off fans on Facebook what the most they had ever spent on a concert tee was. Most people topped out at $50 for touring legacy acts, while some shelled out a lot more for hoodies and limited-edition tees. Now the world of concert posters is a whole other animal unto its ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Last Night: Sir Paul McCartney at Minute Maid Park

    Sir Paul McCartney Minute Maid Park November 14, 2012 Seeing Paul McCartney live is a lot of things. It's communing with a spirit that touched millions and will touch millions for as long as humanity lurches forward. It's hearing the old schmaltzy bedrock anthems and the proto-everything blasts tha ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Last Night: Skeletonwitch, Havok & Legion at Walters

    Skeletonwitch, Havok, Mutilation Rites, Legion Walters Houston October 17, 2012 Wednesday night's Skeletonwitch show at Walters was one I'd been looking forward to since it was announced. The speedy Ohio metallers nearly eviscerated a Warehouse Live crowd back in April opening for Nile and Black Da ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    5 Shows We'd Like to See at HMNS' Burke Baker Planetarium

    Recently I decided to put down the cash and become an honest-to-God card-carrying member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I find that walking the halls of the HMNS is a fine way to kill a few hours before a concert. There is a part of the HMNS that I hold near and dear to my heart, even t ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Releases Daily Schedule

    This morning Fun Fun Fun Fest organizers released the daily schedule for November's three-day orgy of booze, denim, and loudness in the middle of Austin's Auditorium Shores. The color-coded stages -- black, yellow, orange, and blue -- are set up according to genre and size of the act. Last year th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Don't Tread on Me: The Top 10 Musical Celebrations of American Might

    Rock and pop music in the United States has earned a distinguished reputation for quality protest anthems and anti-war songs, from Country Joe and the Fish all the way up to friggin' Green Day. And that's great; it really is. Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's m ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    2012 Summer Guide: It's a Scorcher

    A summer concert season to melt your face off.

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    April 25, 2012

    Readers Poll: Who Is the Most Overrated Artist in Rock History?

    The concept of "overrated" and "underrated" has always confused me. There are groups that are critically lauded, yet got little commercial love, like The Band. And then there are groups that were almost universally reviled by critics, like Journey, who consistently managed to sell out shows, sell mi ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Friday Night: That Big Metal Show At Bayou Music Center

    That Big Metal Show Bayou Music Center March 23, 2012 Early in his band's set on Friday night, Downfall 2012 front man Danny Gil told the crowd to expect something special. "Get ready for a metal show like you've never seen," he said. Gill wasn't exaggerating -- Downfall 2012 delivered a dense s ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012
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    January 11, 2012

    With a Rebel Yell: 10 Rockers Gone Country

    Photo by Matthew KeeverAaron Lewis at the Verizon Wireless Theater in 2010.​When Staind singer Aaron Lewis rolls into Verizon Wireless Theater tomorrow night, odds are he'll leave his mudshuvel back at the hotel. As modern rock radio turns to the next generation of angst, the former Fred Durs ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Gigantour Hitting Houston March 2 With Motorhead And Megadeth

    And just like that, my normally non-soiled jeans were not. Yes, March 2 the traveling metal bonanza Gigantour is hitting Houston's Verizon Wireless Theater, with Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil, and Volbeat in tow. Are we excited? A little. Kind of a fan of Motorhead fan and all. Megadeth last ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Drinking With Drinkify: Website Concocts Cocktails For You Based On Your Musical Tastes

    ​The website Drinkify combines your musical tastes with your booze tastes, with sometimes hilarious and dangerous results. The site does what we have been doing since we first took our first sip of the hard stuff, and that's finding the right music for your liver-killing. Though, if you foll ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Fun Fun Fun Fest: The Dust-Covered Aftermath Featuring The Damned, Spoon, Tinariwen, And Slayer

    Photo By Marc BrubakerLots of pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest 6, including band shots and crowd shots. The dry air and dust at Auditorium Shores made the market for bandanas very lucrative, and a fashion staple was reborn. ​This year Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest moved away from Waterloo Park, the ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Our Top Ten Picks For Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011

    Photo By Marc BrubakerBest Coast at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010​This weekend the Rocks Off team will cover their third Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, at the festival's new home Auditorium Shores. Each year this fest seems to get bigger and better, without losing it's grimy luster. Is it the Austin City ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Charlie Benante Keeps The Beat Steady For Anthrax

    Photos by Andy BuchananAnthrax 2011 (L-R): Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante, Rob Caggiano​After a tumultuous few years both musically and memberwise, New York thrash metal pioneers Anthrax will be able to close out 2011 on a pretty high note. In addition to releasing th ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Yes, Inferno: No Meaning at All. None.

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​San Antonio is loaning Houston a band called Yes, Inferno this weekend. The best way to describe the few songs we've had the chance to lis ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Leaking 2011 Lineup On Turntable.fm

    ​After leaking artists including Okkervil River, Odd Future, X and - most people believe - Slayer, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest has officially begun announcing its 2011 lineup via the brand-new file-sharing/social-media hybrid Turntable FM. Fun Fun Fun began streaming songs from this year's arti ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Almost Almost Famous

    ​Neil Strauss Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness ItBooks, 554 pp., $16.99 While most music-journo compendiums usually collect a sonic scribe's most famous interview pieces into one book, Strauss - one of the finest currently practicing the trade - takes a whol ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

    ​Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Rot ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Adios "Age Of Aquarius": A Zodiac Realignment Playlist

    ​If Twitter is good for one thing, it's the immediate and rapid dispersal of breaking news. If Twitter is good for two things, it's that, plus the immediate and rapid dispersal of whatever trumped-up rumor, lie, or fakery that manages to draw the ire of the millions of poor saps reading along ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    A Modest Proposal For Houston Concert Audiences

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Don't bother us in the morning until we've had our coffee, and don't bother us - or anyone else, for that matter - at a concert until we've had our music. We've all been there. You spent $100 on concert tickets to a show, which you and your best friend or significant o ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Ten Songs We Are Sick Of Hearing At Football Games

    Take that Crazy Train right on out of here, Ozzy. Thanks.​That sound you heard Sunday was the collective shattering of the playoff hopes of thousands of Houston Texans fans as the team suffered yet another home loss, this time against the hapless San Diego Chargers, bringing their record to 4- ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Suck It, Ben Gibbard: Two Weeks At The Wheel With Lady Gaga

    ​The past two weeks Rocks Off has been driving around Houston with only one disc in his car to listen to. It makes us feel like a billion damned dollars without fail, and can make any banal drive home after the bar feel like even more of a sexy adventure than it already is. It's not Motorhead, it ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Sorry Little Monsters, Lady Gaga Tickets All Gone-Gone

    ​Tickets for the second date of Lady Gaga's Houston stand in July sold out less than an hour ago in just 15 minutes, falling short of the record six-minute record set last week. Way to go, little monsters of Houston. Mama Gaga has to be pretty excited about all the weird love going on. Speaking of ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    February 18, 2010

    Houston Coffee Scene: Nicholas Lundgaard of Home-Barista.com

    ​Nestled in Houston lies one of the most amazing home coffee-making set-ups in America. Nicholas Lundgaard, a moderator on the ever-famous www.home-barista.com forum, has chosen Houston as his home and brought with him this heavily modified La Marzocco GS3 and a special grinder he imported per ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Straight from the Sole: Houston's Best Metal Bands

    You know Soledad. He's the vocalist from controversial Houston rap-metal act Daylight Coma. He's got a lot to say. Sometimes it's insightful, sometimes less so, but it's almost always said with conviction. This week, in honor of the fast-approaching HPMA, we asked him who he thinks are Houston's fiv ... More >>

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    December 14, 1995

    Losing the Beat

    Not long ago, Anthrax's Charlie Benante wondered if he could still pound it out

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    March 24, 1994

    Down and Dull in Austin

    South by Southwest disappoints -- again

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