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    June 4, 2014

    Acts We'd Love to See Play Free Press Summer Fest 2015

    Before that carton of leftover FSPF 2014 milk in the fridge starts to smell a little ripe, we had to ask...who should the festival bring in next year? BECK This one's pretty self-explanatory. He fits the general aesthetic of the festival, and would be the perfect-sized headliner. That, and his un ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Old 97's at Fitzgerald's, 5/27/2014

    Old 97's, Lydia Loveless Fitzgerald's May 27, 2014 In band years, the Old 97's have now reached what you might call their Tattoo You period, settling into a solid signature sound while fighting off early-middle-age complacency and retaining the ability to surprise people a little. But if comparing ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    The Old 97's Rhett Miller: "We'll Play Our Hit Twice"

    Rewind: The Old 97's Rhett Miller: "Then the Stage Gets a Lot Bigger" Streets of Where I'm From (music feature) When Nirvana upended the music business in the early '90s, the major record labels saw dollar signs in every dive bar and honky-tonk in the lower 48. That extended all the way to Texas, ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: Eli Young Band

    Date: March 5 Name: Eli Young Band AKA: "The band that performed the worst rendition of the National Anthem since Roseanne." Genre: Bummer country

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    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

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    November 8, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Seven Nominated Bands Perfect For Ear Fatigue

    Photo by Liana LopezNick Gaitan and Umbrella Man​Oh, yes, it is that time again, time for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase You can almost smell it...well, hopefully not. This week we will be profiling the bands who will be performing at this Saturday's HPMA showcase at venues all over ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Centro-matic Paints A Tighter Picture On Candidate Waltz

    Matt Pence​Will Johnson, enigmatic front man of Denton rock outfit Centro-matic, is chuckling over reviews for the band's latest album, Candidate Waltz (Undertow/Thirty Tigers). "For the most part they've been good, but even the negative ones - and there are some that are so negative - I can ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Friday Night: Slobberbone At The Continental Club

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Slobberbone Continental Club June 3, 2011 Maybe it was the lack of warning. Aftermath received notice of last Friday night's Slobberbone show at the Continental Club less than a week prior, and the gig itself was merely one date on a mini-tour among the band's usual Tex ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Happy 32nd Anniversary, Rudyard's

    Mark C. AustinJandek (right) at Rudyard's, April 2009​Sunday, Rudyard's celebrates its 32nd anniversary with an afternoon barbecue buffet and night of free music with sharp-witted singer-songwriter Teresa Kolo, holy terrors the Hell City Kings and the stuff Rocks Off's dreams are made of, an a ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010
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    August 5, 2010

    Died and Gone to Houston

    City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

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    May 11, 2010

    The Top 5 Musical Eco-Fails

    uscgd8 via Flick​The bad news about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is that BP's magic undersea dome didn't work, and the slick is now the size of Connecticut. And unless the latest half-assed stopgap measure (a "junk shot" of debris fired down the well in an attempt to plug it) works, it could be ... 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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    October 29, 2009

    Twelve Musical Fuck Yous Better Than Gov. Ah-nuld's Coded Message

    ​Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​We admit, we never thought he had it in him, but apparently the Governator is capable of human cleverness - just like all non-cybernetic organisms. That is, if we accept that the acrostic in this veto message here isn't just a coincidence (read the first ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    Upstairs, Downstairs: Drive-By Truckers, "The Living Bubba" and the Steep Price of Radioactive Ice Water

    ​After many, many years, Rocks Off is beginning to realize that it's possible to have a worthwhile musical experience nowhere near a stage. Ironically, the band responsible is Drive-By Truckers, whom we've seen live more often than probably any other save Wilco, Rev. Horton Heat and a handful of o ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    June 26, 2008
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    January 18, 2007

    The Drams

    The Drams perform Thursday, January 18, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.

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    August 21, 2003

    Raking In the Chips

    Denton's Riverboat Gamblers know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em

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    July 24, 2003

    Two Cow Garage

    Sunday, July 27

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    November 22, 2001

    Dallas Domination

    The Metroplex schools Houston when it comes to the indie scene

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    March 26, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    October 30, 1997
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    August 14, 1997
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    July 24, 1997
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    October 31, 1996

    Eating It Up

    Slobberbone is playing with its heroes, and living off expectations

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    October 3, 1996
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    August 1, 1996