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    October 13, 2014

    Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at The Woodlands, 10/10/2014

    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 10, 2014 Ever wonder what Todd Rundgren would sound like playing guitar for Santana? Or Gregg Rolie offering Hammond B-3 organ flourishes for Toto? Or Ringo Starr pounding drums for...Mr. Mister? Probably not. But in the musi ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    A Dozen Houston Highlights From Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Living Colour Brings a New Shade to Houston

    Though one of the best hard-rock bands of the '80s has also held that distinction in the ensuing decades, for a wide swath of people they are unfairly thought of as a one-hit wonder. Dating from 1988, that hit debut single name-checked the decidedly non-rocker personalities of Josef Stalin, Mahatm ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    What's Going On With This All-Beyonce Station?

    The talk of the radio world today is the stark layoffs and new format at the now-former News 92 FM, which earlier Wednesday announced that it was ending its news operation and letting go Then it started playing Beyonce, nothing but Beyonce, and -- calling itself "B92" -- has yet to stop. Earlier to ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    How Austin City Limits Went From TV Show to Blockbuster Brand

    It's shaping up to be a big weekend for Austin City Limits. First, the landmark PBS television show that began taping episodes on the top floor of Building B in UT-Austin's College of Communications in 1975 salutes its 40-year history with a two-hour special full of past performances. Airing tomorro ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    John Sebastian & Lightnin' Hopkins: The Odd Couple

    "Houston had a special message for me as a young musician, and it came directly through Lightnin' Hopkins," John Sebastian says from his home in New York. But the former front man of the '60s band the Lovin' Spoonful and solo artist didn't just get the Houston vibe through the music of the storied ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Coheed and Cambria at House of Blues, 9/17/2014

    Coheed and Cambria, Thank You Scientist House of Blues September 17, 2014 Concerts are rarely a communal experience, even though they should be. The reality is that we all get our tickets for different reasons; someone's favorite band may just be "those guys who have that one song" to someone els ... More >>

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    September 17, 2014

    Skeleton Dick Helps Robot Bunny Save the World

    On The Level Games, the Houston-based software developers behind the golf/hack-and-slash game Curse of Nordic Cove have a brand-new game out on Steam called Boo Bunny Plague. It's the timeless tale of a robotic bunny rabbit searching for Thor while singing songs and beating things to death with a gu ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Goatwhore at Fitzgeralds, 9/15/2014

    Goatwhore, Venomous Maximus, Demoniacal Genuflection, Legion Fitzgerald's September 15, 2014 Of all the days of the week, none are less metal than Mondays. The domain of alarm clocks and rent payments, Monday must necessarily be the sworn enemy of middle fingers and Jager shots. Nobody applies KISS ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    '90s Music Trends That Should Stay Dead

    By Angelica Leicht and Selena Dieringer It turns out some musical trends that emerged in the '90s are not quite the fine wine you remember them to be. While that post-grunge or SoCal pop music a la Sugar Ray may have once seemed palatable, but you were young and your taste was, well, terrible. But ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Are Musicians Right to Ban Fans Recording Their Shows?

    Recently Kate Bush began a string of her first live performances in some 35 years, an unprecedented 22-show residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo now continuing until October 1. That is awesome for her fans in the UK and possibly Europe, but obviously leaves a lot to be desired for those of us in ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Ray Wylie Hubbard, Omotai, Sucre, etc.

    Ray Wylie Hubbard Main Street Crossing, September 3 Ray Wylie Hubbard likes to live by words he eventually set to music in the song "Mother Blues" from his 2012 album The Grifters' Hymnal: "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, well, I have really good days." The 67-year-old ico ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The 2014 Best of Houston® Readers' Poll: Vote Now For the Best of Houston Nightlife!

    Live somewhere long enough and you develop a collection of favorite locations, places you can always count on to deliver a good times or good service. You have your favorite museum to explore, your favorite spot to grab a glass of wine, your favorite place to work out, so on and so forth. In a few ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Slim Thug Now Officially Owns Throwback Thursdays

    Want to know the weirdest thing about growing up? Trying to go back and finish something you started as a kid. There probably isn't anything more annoying and weird than watching your friends who are now parents take pictures of their kids on their first days of school. Doesn't matter the grade lev ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Crosby, Stills & Nash at Bayou Music Center, 8/25/2014

    Crosby, Stills & Nash Bayou Music Center August 25, 2014 "I don't know how people got this idea that we are a political band," David Crosby -- trademark flowing grey hair and walrus mustache intact -- said Monday night. "It might be from just those one or two songs. Or 18." And indeed, while it s ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Aerosmith, Buxton, Charlie Robison, etc.

    Aerosmith, Slash Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 25 Aerosmith's reputation has been tarnished by some bad records and worse decision-making over the years, but even that can't obscure this fundamental truth: in their prime, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's Boston bad boys not only lived up to t ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    I'm Hypnotized By My Ex's Booty. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! EDUCATION Dear Willie D: I very much enjoyed your segment on TV One's Unsung. You are an ins ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    We Nominate In the Ice Bucket Challenge...

    Even in today's viral culture, this "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise money for ALS research has taken many by surprise. Instead of quickly blowing over like so many digital fads, this one continues to yield more famous (and not-so-famous) people getting doused on Facebook and YouTube every day. Appar ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    True Blood: Your Warpaint is Running

    Back when I was a big wrestling fan I had a rule; never watch the show before a big pay-per-view. For God's sake, never waste money going to a live show before the PPV. It's not that it's a ripoff per se. It's just that whatever you're going to see is going to be the last of the beginning of what c ... More >>

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    August 17, 2014

    Nine Inch Nails at The Woodlands, 8/16/14

    Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, The Dillinger Escape Plan Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 16, 2014 For the first time in literally six years, Trent Reznor took the stage in front of a Houston crowd Saturday night. Hard to believe, but true: the last time Nine Inch Nails performed in Houston w ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Lowrider Band Drummer Harold Brown: "Houston Has a Special Soul"

    Last summer, the Miller Outdoor Theatre presented a multi-racial '70s band who performed such recognizable FM radio classics as "Spill the Wine," "Why Can't We Be Friends?" "The Cisco Kid," "All Day Music," and -- of course -- "Low Rider." The summer, Miller presents another multi-racial '70s band ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Will H-Town Acts Impress Mile High City Fans?

    My ongoing commitment to the young adults I parent is strong. Occasionally, it leads to weekends like one late last month, which included 30-plus hours of driving to and from Denver to help my daughter, who lives in nearby Boulder. Errands aside, my wife and I had about six waking hours in the Mile ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    All Young Rapper Sevon Wants Is "Everything," and That's Okay

    It's never fun to be the new guy in the room. That's what Seven "Sevon" Davis is currently experiencing. He's a soul-patched 20-year-old with large round eyes and a wide smile. His hair rests in a manicured stasis not exceeding maybe four inches off the top of his head. His voice is thin, nowhere n ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Five Classic Bands Who Need New Names

    As we often talk about here on Rocks Off, band names are important. They're a brand for your merry group of music-playing ladies and gentlemen, but problems can arise when the brand ends up superseding important things like quality. There are a few bands running around today either in shambles due ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Scenes From the 2014 H-Town Sneaker Summit

    "I got more soul than Nike Airs, givin MCs nightmares" -- Big L, "I Don't Understand It" (1995) I have to admit, I'm not a sneaker head. Until yesterday I had never worn, much less owned, a pair of Jordans. Sure, I remember being the cool kid in the class when my mom bought me a pair of Nike Huarac ... More >>

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    July 27, 2014

    A Heartwarming Wedding In Juggalo Country

    Note: this weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times are risking life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio. "Please, we ask you to hold your Faygo until the wedding begins," a woman with electric green braids instructs the crowd. Standing anxious ... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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