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    July 22, 2014

    Lost '93 Show Reveals "Dio of the Future"

    Dio Live in London -- Hammersmith Apollo 1993 Eagle Rock Entertainment, 114 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray This concert film will be something of a lost treasure to Dio fans. Not only has it never actually been released, but it showcases the group's lesser-celebrated mid-to-late-'90s lineup as we ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Vote Your Readers' Choice For Our Annual Best of Houston Issue

    We're getting ready for our annual Best of Houston issue, which will hit the stands in early October. This year's theme: we're gamblers willing to take chances and roll the dice. As a result, Houston has prospered and even when the pot gets low, we double down and rebound. And so do the people who ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    Debonair Lounge Mondays at Cafe 4212 Are a Must

    People are spilling out the door of this little lounge on Almeda, a rare sight for a Monday night. Most bars in this area are ghost towns, closed for the night to avoid the dreaded weekday slump. But not Café 4212 (4212 Almeda). On Mondays, the cozy lounge straddling the Museum District and Third ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    Stone Temple Pilots & Blue October at The Woodlands, 7/19/2014

    Bud Lite Weenie Roast Feat. Stone Temple Pilots, Blue October, 10 Years Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 19, 2014 When it was first announced that Chester Bennington would be singing with the Stone Temple Pilots, the public raised a collective eyebrow and even avid Linkin Park fans wondered if ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Jay Z & Beyonce, Invincible Czars, New Mercies

    Jay Z & Beyonce Minute Maid Park, July 18 So far one of the biggest blockbuster tours of 2014, with a top ticket price of $251 to match, has not been a disappointment in terms of drama. Jay Z's elevator brawl with sister-in-law Solange made a fitting prologue, and then came Beyonce's recent onstage ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    The Crystal Method at Stereo Live, 7/17/2014

    The Crystal Method Stereo Live July 17, 2014 Over the past two decades, the Crystal Method has cleared the way for electronic artists to flourish today. Their debut album, Vegas, was released in 1997 and today is iconic in the world of electronic music, while Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have rem ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Musician-Based Pinball Tables

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Glenn Hughes' California Breed Redefines the Power Trio

    It was the late summer of 2012, and hard rockers Black Country Communion had just released their third album. But the co-singer/bassist of the very successful group, the legendary Glenn Hughes, was pissed. That's because the very future of the band featuring Hughes, co-singer/guitarist Joe Bonamas ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Upcoming: Andrea Bocelli, Black Pussy, Dwight Yoakam, Katy Perry, Paul Wall, Santana, etc.

    Alan Haynes: Sat., July 26, 8 p.m., $5. The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, Houston, 713-523-9999. American Sons: Sat., August 2, 8 p.m., $8. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 281-304-7777. Andrea Bocelli: Wed., December 10, 7:30 p.m., $75 to $375. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, Hous ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Lionel Richie & Cee-Lo Green at The Woodlands, 7/13/2014

    Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 13, 2014 It's not a stretch to say that many of my peers could have possibly been conceived thanks to Lionel Richie's body of work. The legendary R&B singer's sexy-meets-soulful approach, both with the Commodores in the '60s and '70s ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Displaced by Fire, Funnyman MC Reko Trill Says #BurnDownForWhat

    It was a hot and humid Thursday afternoon last week when local MC Reko Trill left his apartment to grab a bite and pick up a few items in anticipation for the 4th of July weekend. A summer thunderstorm rolled through that evening, dropping rain and booms of lightning all over the Houston area. One ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Whatever: Houston's Getting Another Music Fest Next Month

    Is Houston ready to sweat out two more days of music barely two months after Free Press Summer Fest, only this time with a little more laughter? We may be about to find out. Wednesday afternoon, a new festival calling itself Houston Whatever Fest popped up online and on social media, promising musi ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Queen's Best Deep Cuts, Album by Album

    Just about this time last year, I wound up reading the article "10 Classic Albums We Happen To Hate" right here on Rocks Off. Being a classic-rock enthusiast and having seen various lists like this before, I looked forward to what my now-colleagues would have to say about some legendary albums. I wa ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Freedom Over Texas, Tony! Toni! Tone!, etc.

    Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park & Sam Houston Park, July 4 Now in its 28th year as the City of Houston's official star-spangled salute to the good ol' U.S. of A., Freedom Over Texas is speaking with a noticeable country twang this year. Featuring four stages and numerous other "zones" sprea ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    Five Artists Cameron Crowe Should Base His TV Show On

    Director Cameron Crowe has never made a TV show before, but he's currently at work developing one for Showtime, treading some familiar territory for him: rock bands. Specifically, he'll be turning his attention onto roadies, and the trials and tribulations they go through while working for famous ro ... More >>

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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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    July 2, 2014

    The Fast-Moving Mind (and Mouth) of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

    It seems that, Gerald Bostock, the noted writer and lyricist, is at it again. Bostock first came to fame in the early '70s when, as an 8-year-old boy genius, his award-winning epic poem Thick as a Brick was adapted into a concept album by English rockers Jethro Tull. However, his prize was revoked ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    The Mystery of Mary Sarah: Country Music's Next Star?

    Many critics believe that for the past few years, country music has been experiencing the kind of artistic bankruptcy that comes along once in a generation. But now something odd is happening, and the unlikely catalyst is a teenager from Fort Bend County who once confessed her "MAJOR" crush on Justi ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The White Album: How Bob Marley's Legend Became a Blockbuster In Death

    Story by Chris Kornelis. At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least 11 children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the f ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    93.7's Beat Down Ups the Ante In H-Town's Rap-Radio Feud

    93.7 The Beat's H-Town Beat Down BBVA Compass Stadium June 20, 2014 Whether they want to admit it to one another or not, KQBT 93.7 The Beat and KBXX 97.9 The Boxx are embroiled in a war. A cold war, but a war nonetheless. Friday was just another skirmish in the longer battle, as 93.7 debuted the f ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Country Songs of the '90s

    Remember when there was no such thing as "bro-country" or "hick-hop?" We do, and it was a little time called the '90s. That was basically the best decade ever for country music. Garth Brooks was at his best, and artists like George Strait and Clint Black were killing it with every single move. Oh, ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    20 Bands to Check Out at the 20th Vans Warped Tour

    In the last 20 years we've seen a lot of summer tours come and go. What was once a semi-thriving industry that saw a tour for every type of music fan under the sun is now a handful of radio-rock festivals where the band names change but the music sounds the same (yeah, we're talking about you, Mayhe ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Why Can't We Let Dead Musicians Be Dead?

    Recently you may have seen Michael Jackson on television, despite the fact that Michael Jackson has been dead for five years now. Through the use of hologram technology, his corpse has essentially been dug up and plastered on our TV screens, with herky-jerky movements and backing music crafted posth ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    A Full Rundown of Drake's Houston Appreciation Weekend

    Drake loves Houston. We're talking LOVES Houston. Written audio letters to Houston. Sweetened love notes with a kiss to the Galleria and the strip clubs love Houston. Able to make the Astros more relevant than any contract Jon Singleton or George Springer could sign loves Houston. All right, well ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    The Heavy-Metal Past of a Beloved Houston Karaoke Joint

    Spotlight Karaoke is a popular Galleria-area destination that has been open for more than 15 years now. Located at Westheimer and Fountainview, it holds a large space with several rooms' worth of karaoke, and an adjacent store equipped with scads of karaoke music and machines. A man named Charlie ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    The Best Music of Free Press Summer Fest 2014

    ABOVE & BEYOND Sunday, Saturn Stage No group in electronic music knows how to play to a listener's emotional core than Above & Beyond. It was almost jarring how beautiful their set sounded after two days of heat and rain and evacuations and mud and lack of sleep and the other crazy things one deals ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Wild Cards at Free Press Summer Fest

    Die Antwoord There's nothing like Die Antwoord anywhere before Die Antwoord or since Die Antwoord. I dare anyone to prove me wrong. The band's members, Ninja and Yolandi Visser, gained global popularity by way of a unique sound and a stunning look brilliantly captured in a series of borderline-distu ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    FSPF and Craigslist, Part 2: Free Pass For Boob Flash

    Call it a case of someone taking capitalism (or bad taste) to the extreme, it's just surprising something like this hasn't happened sooner. Or maybe it has, but thank God the Internet is around to preserve everything in amber. Earlier this week but after we told you about the bull market for Free P ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Where's the Blues In the Black Community?

    "For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression. In high school I had a friend who asked me why I played the blues, that black people don't play blues." -- Gary Clark Jr. Blues was once a very popular and influential musical genre.Its artists were a common sight at lo ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Battle of the Beach Music: 1984 vs. 2014

    I've never been a fan of the beach. My family is about it though, so sometime this summer I'll be sitting someplace that smells worse than a Red Lobster dumpster introducing new grains of sand to my ass crack. My parents were from Galveston, but they hated the beach. We never went as kids. So, I ne ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Rap Acts at Free Press Summer Fest

    Childish Gambino These are three of my favorite Childish Gambino lyrics: "I am running this bitch, you are just a dog walker"; "I have worked all winter, I will not fail summer/ In the back of the bush like Gavin Rossdale's drummer"; "Swag out the ass, I'm the man, fuck Chico/ Took the G out your wa ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Old 97's, Zakk Wylde, Kashmere Stage Band, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, May 26 Since approximately Labor Day 2013 -- so about six months now -- the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    The 10 Best Rock Acts at Free Press Summer Fest

    The Caldwell The Caldwell front man James Essary and his crew take inspiration from the likes of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, The Smiths and many more rock legends. Their straightforward modern-rock sound comes with a tinge of mischievousness, a lot of loud, and an infectious. Last year's debut EP, Mod ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    Morrissey at Julie Rogers Theatre, Beaumont, 5/25/2014

    Attending a Morrissey show is a strange experience. People cry, and cry, and cry and cry and cry. Last night Beaumont's Julie Rogers Theatre was full of sobbing concertgoers: one to the left, one to the right, and countless others throughout the venue. The only time it's acceptable to sob your way ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Skid Row, Stephen Marley, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, May 19 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    May the Force Be With You at Neil's Bahr

    "Eat, sleep, game, repeat." A tall, slick-haired guy whose black T-shirt is emblazoned with that very slogan pushes his way through this packed EaDo bar, but no one seems to mind. Most folks are giving him the thumbs-up, which seems strange given the density of the room. But he's earned a pass to ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Ex-Eagle Don Felder's Solo Flight Takes a Road to Forever

    For anyone making a Top 10 list of classic rock's most iconic songs, of course there has to be a slot for "Hotel California." Right up there with "Hey Jude," "Stairway to Heaven," "Layla" and "Smoke on the Water," the 1977 Eagles song -- written by band members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Don Felder ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Upcoming: Adventure Club, Conor Oberst, Marcia Ball, MKTO, Uncle Lucius, etc.

    Acoustic Alchemy: Sat., May 31, 8:30 p.m., $88 to $128. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring, 281-367-3774. Adam Hood: Thu., June 12, 8:30 p.m., $15. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring, 281-367-3774. Adventure Club: Sat., May 31, 9 p.m., $20 to $30. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600. Af ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Toadies at House of Blues, 5/9/2014

    Toadies, Supersuckers House of Blues May 9, 2014 If playing their 1994 album Rubberneck front to back chafes the Toadies at all, they're being very good sports about it. The Fort Worth quartet has been on a nationwide tour all spring celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album, which bequeathed s ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Say Hi at Fitzgerald's, 5/8/2014

    Say Hi, Big Scary Fitzgerald's May 8, 2014 Because Eric Elbogen's personality is naturally charming and warm, his solo project Say Hi's set downstairs at Fitz Thursday night felt as personal as it gets. It was as though a group of close friends had decided to gather for an intimate evening of drink ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    The Deep Roots of Houston House Music

    About six weeks ago, I met with some notable figures to get the real story of Houston's house-music scene. And, as I've learned since the first half of this blog ran, still others are waiting to tell their stories and fill in the blanks even this trio of respected artists missed. For me, this all s ... More >>

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