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Social Distortion

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    September 15, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Overkill, Blaggards, Coheed and Cambria, etc.

    Overkill Scout Bar, September 16 As the screamin' front man for New Jersey thrash-metal legends Overkill since Day 1 of the group's formation, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has seen, experienced and learned a lot in three and a half decades. So what is the one piece of advice that his 2014 self might off ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Planning That Perfectly Disaster-Free Summer Tour

    It's summer. No 7 a.m. classes. You've saved your money. You've hoarded your vacation and sick days because you need those perks now. You've made all these sacrifices and more to be able to team with your kindred spirits and take your band on the road. You've planned to go forth and conquer with al ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    25 More Legendary Houston Music Venues

    When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Courtney Love at House of Blues, 8/2/2013

    Courtney Love House of Blues August 2, 2013 It was always a little puzzling to me that Courtney Love didn't do more acting. She was quite good opposite Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt, but I suspect eventually she found the business of being "Courtney Love" too exhausting to pursue mu ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Music Festivals Remain a Man's, Man's, Man's World

    The Alabama Shakes' Brittany HowardAs we round out the end of the week, all of the festival hangovers from the full-blown fuckery at FPSF have subsided and we're all a bit less foggy, it's time to look back at the festival in a slightly different light. Let's put aside the rants about overpriced wat ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Best Things We Overheard In the Crowd This Weekend

    "I like the red douchebag tanks." "I know this song!" -- at the beginning of Paul Wall's "Smile For Me Daddy" "Fuck your fuckin' water!" -- a testy exchange in the Fancy Pants tent

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    March 15, 2013

    A Paean to the Pogues, For St. Patrick's Day

    What does it mean to be Irish? Red hair? The gift of gab? A drinking problem? The itch to fight? Of course not. All you need to be Irish is a deep and abiding affection for the Pogues. When I was probably 15, a freshman in high school, I started staying up late enough to watch Saturday Night Live ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Friday Night: Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre

    Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson Arena Theatre December 21, 2012 When most of us are sick and fighting seasonal flu and cold systems, we retreat to a warm bed with cold pillows and Netflix. Few of us could go onstage in skintight blue jeans and shake our asses for two hours, but that's what Dwight Yoa ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Five Can't-Miss Acts At ACL Fest This Year

    Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.​For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Shot In The Dark Photo Show Is Right On Target

    Robert EasleyRocks Off photographer Marc Brubaker (left) discusses his work at Thursday night's Shot In the Dark exhibition.​For more photos from Thursday's show, see our slideshow. They always tell you, "Go ahead and try it - it just might work." So Rocks Off tried it, and it seems like it ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: The Ones Who Got Away (So Far)

    UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Promotional video by Monica Fuentes added after the jump. Jay LeeLittle Joe Washington at the Continental Club's 10th anniversary, July 2010​Slowly but surely, Rocks Off has been getting ready for our "Shot In the Dark" photo exhibition at Warehouse Live's Studio next Thur ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Saturday Night: NOFX At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​NOFX House of Blues January 22, 2011 See lots of pics of NOFX and friends in our slideshow. NOFX has been the Fisher-Price My First Real Punk Band of the past 25 years, with Green Day sadly coming in a close second with Bad Religion and, yes, Blink-182 bringing up the r ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Agent Orange Continues Carpet-Bombing Surf-Punk

    David EnsmingerAgent Orange's Mike Palm at Rocbar earlier this year.​Rocks Off recently had the opportunity to speak with Agent Orange's Mike Palm, who founded the Southern California surf-punks in the late '70s and has remained in the trenches ever since. Agent Orange plays Fitzgerald's Sunda ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010

    Juggalo Hijinks

    A Facebook crime spree.

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    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Last Night: Gaslight Anthem At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Gaslight Anthem Warehouse Live October 7, 2010 Quite a great deal of press - too much, really - has been given to the similarities between New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem and that other guy from the Garden State - Jon Bon J... er, Bruce Springsteen. Both Springsteen and GA ... More >>

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    September 6, 2010

    True Blood: A Sam Merlotte Sad Bastard Mixtape

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​HBO likes to give us a little break the week before the fin ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    The Ultimate Sandal-Rock Mixtape

    ​Tonight Craig's Hlist will drive all the way out the Woodlands to see Jack Johnson, one of sandal-rock's biggest superstars. He's like the Lady the Rolling Stones of sandal-rock. He's like the McDonald's of sandal-rock. He's James Taylor for people who shop at Whole Foods. He's the Sex Pistol ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    Book 'em, Danno

    Constables go after HISD students' unreturned books

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    June 3, 2010

    Don't Believe the Hype

    Houston's Most Overrated Attractions

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    February 12, 2010

    What's In a Name? Punk Rock Spirit Animals This Year's Tiger

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. ​ Music is inherently the search for meaning in the meaningless. It's an attempt to establish rhythm and pattern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    "iPad"? Really, Steve? Here We Go Again

    Photo by Alexia TsotsisClick here for a slideshow of iPad photos​Steve, Steve, Steve, Sigh. Stevie - darling, sugar, baby! We hate to say it, but we've had this conversation with you before. Remember your pussy fetish and the resulting "Snow Leopard" fiasco? Cluck, cluck, cluck. So do we. ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Seven Social Media Snafus to Avoid for Sensible Online Citizenship

    ​If you drag your lovely slacker self from bed on the daily with your eyes at least partially open and your brain at least marginally alert (assuming a lot here, we know), then even the groggiest version of you can identify one of what techie legionnaires call an "online community." But, ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    App Your Way Through The Big Easy

    ​Every modern metropolis needs one. An urban playground within weekend driving distance, that is. Where what happens within the city limits stays within the city limits for all eternity. Well, except for the gift that keeps on giving. But it's not a jaunt of any consequence if you don't re ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    A Few of Music's Biggest Tattoo Enthusiasts - Besides Rocks Off, Of Course

    Don't act so surprised... As we can fatefully attest, rock and roll and tattoos go hand in hand. The first time Rocks Off saw a grizzled punk rocker walk by at Fitzgerald's back in the '90s with two sleeves full of tattoos and a chest full of nautical-themed art, we mentally pointed at him and said ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Surprise Someone IRL. Via the Internet, That Is

    ​"Looks like there's gonna be an engagement party for you after all!" "There is? Not that Nate or I know of." "Was it supposed to be a surprise?" "I have no idea. I don't know what you're talking about." "Well, I got a Facebook invite from Cynthia, your co-worker." "I honestly don't kno ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

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    August 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Blue October and Its Mystifying Cult at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Chris Gray​ Friday's sold-out Blue October show at Verizon left Aftermath wondering one of the most vexing, troublesome things any reviewer can: "What is it about this band," the voice in our head kept asking over and over again like a car alarm, sometimes even threatening to drown out the band it ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Green Day at Toyota Center

    Mark C. Austin​ During "Minority," the motorized 2000 Celtic-thrash mash-up that closed Green Day's main set Saturday night, Toyota Center's video screen became a collage of flyers from the group's early days, before the platinum albums, roadies, Grammys and extra live musicians (there were four S ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    July 2, 2009

    Houston's Rememberances of Warped Tours Past

    For the past 15 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been barreling through city after city across the globe creating punk rockers out of boy scouts and riot grrls out of band geeks. The traveling punk, hardcore and emo road show has been coming to Houston since 1995. The first taste local punks got of f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Flannel File: The Descendents

    One hot morning in August of 1997, my little brother and I hopped on MARTA (Mom wouldn't let me use the car) and moseyed on down to the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta for the third-ever Warped Tour. Should the writer of a column about experimental music be ashamed of having gone to the Warped Tour ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Touring with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

    Get on the bus, it's a family affair.

  • Music

    September 18, 2008

    Drive-By Truckers, A to Z

    Alabama Ass Whuppin'

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    May 1, 2008
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    April 30, 2008

    Reverberations: Clarences, Flamin’ Groovies, Scott Deluxe Drake and Liverpool Five

    Power-pop fans take note: Next Monday, you can catch Oakland band The Clarences live on the Internet at 11:30 p.m. CST. I hear drinks will be dirt cheap. This week brought another reissue of Flamin’ Groovies’ 1970 sophomore album, Flamingo, which showed the Groovies stripping down and prov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Vinal Edge Now Selling Hunter Ward’s T-Shirts, Vinyl

    Vinal Edge records, 13171 Veterans Memorial Drive, began auctioning off the T-Shirt collection of late Houston musician Hunter Ward, who died of a suspected drug overdose this past June, yesterday on eBay. The shirts, over 70 in all, include the Queers, Stooges, Velvet Underground & Nico, Social Dis ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    The Axiom

    Remembering the Axiom, 20 years later

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    August 13, 2007

    Last Night: Against Me! at the Meridian

    Against Me!The Meridian (main room)August 10, 2007 Click here for a slideshow. Better Than: Watching the Astros’ season circle the drain at Minute Maid Park. Download: For context, something from the band’s first two albums, Reinventing Axl Rose and As the Eternal Cowboy. As important as it ... More >>

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Social Distortion

    Social Distortion appears Sunday, November 5, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel. Call 713-225-5483 for more info.

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    July 20, 2006

    You Go, Rockstar

    Danny Moloshok/Blue Pixel Dilana's into hall sex. Okay, I'll admit it: I've been watching Rockstar: Supernova on CBS each week (well, not real time, anyway. Thanks, TiVo!). It's not to watch the "tension" between the wannabe lead singer contestants. It's not to watch Tommy Lee air-drum during s ... More >>

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    January 2, 2003

    The Whole Package

    Medicine Show is packed with talent, youth, and charm

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    October 26, 2000

    Still Angry After All These Years

    The Oven feeds a malnourished punk scene

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    September 23, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

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    June 24, 1999
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    March 27, 1997

    Looking for Billy Zoom

    X was the West's great punk hope. But now they're finding more fun in their new worlds.

  • Music

    November 21, 1996

    Songs and Sickness

    That's what it's about with D Generation, man

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