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  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Top 10 Awesome Old-School '80s Jamz

    Remember when those sweet, sweet jamz were full of rhymes about gettin' down with the underground? The '80s were the best, man. That's why we're here. We dig old-school jamz, you dig old-school jamz, and we want you to have a festive Throwback Thursday. What better way to do that then to jam out wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    The Tontons Hit Their Stride On New Make-Out King...

    Five years after their eponymous debut album put them on the musical map, the Tontons are back on tour in support of a brand-new record, one that showcases a group having truly hit its stride. It's atmospheric, comfortable, infectious and soulful. The Houston-born quartet will perform at Warehouse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Allow Us to Plug One of Our Photographers For a Second

    We've said it before, and will say it again, but one of the things we're proudest of here at Rocks Off are the gifted concert photographers we get to work with. So when one of them puts together an exhibit of work - most of which appeared in these very digital pages - it's the least we can do to thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Saturday Night: ZZ Top at Constellation Field

    ZZ Top Constellation Field October 20, 2012 ZZ Top has been writing and performing music for nearly 45 years. Now, granted, there are a handful of other artists that have been around that long too, but most of them have a lot of baggage, the stuff of VH1 documentaries and that Oprah loves to talk a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    One Year After Woman Gets Masters In The Beatles, We Hunt Down Most Bizarre College Music Courses

    A year ago today, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy of Ontario became the first person in the world to earn a master's degree in The Beatles. I'm not quite sure what she's doing now, but I do know she could probably kick anyone's ass in Beatles trivia. This little anniversary of her graduation got me think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    The Seven Most Memorable Rap Beatdowns

    Wreckx-n-Effect went New Jack Swing on A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip in 1993.​When pop stars and Hollywood types need to settle a score, they take it to the courtroom. Hip-hop, however, operates by a different code: If you act up, you will get smacked up. Rocks Off was reminded of this when a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Dancing With The Stars: Ready... Aim... Fire!

    getreligion.orgElvis' shot-up TV wound up in a museum. Steven Cowan's probably won't.​As someone who is both left-handed and left-footed, and has carried a bizarre taffeta-related phobia with us since childhood, Rocks Off generally goes out of our way to avoid Dancing With the Stars at all cos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Billy Corgan: Still A Smashing Pumpkin, But No Shrinking Violet

    Kristin Burns​A couple of weeks back, Rocks Off spoke with the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan for our print edition about the state of the music world, who excites him now and the indie-rock "shell game." The initial interview was only scheduled for 15 minutes but we ended up chatting for a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Pregame at the Houston Press Music Awards Ceremony

    Photos by Kendra BerglundA Dream Asleep​The winner's envelopes are here and the room is starting to fill up as bands gather to find out who are the winners of this year's Houston Press Music Awards. Our staff has been milling around and have reported back to us these nuggest. How was your sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Dream of Life Offers An Intimate Look At The Newly Widowed Patti Smith

    ​Dream of Life, the 2008 documentary about Patti Smith, opens with Smith's own narration of the many loved ones she's outlived over the years. Among those names are her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith; her brother Todd; and controversial photographer and close friend Robert Mapplethorpe. ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2010

    Music Cities

    Texas has its own brand of March Madness

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Be Happy or Die

    Inside Super Happy Fun Land, Houston's most eclectic musical venue (and more).

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs Guaranteed to Offend the Opposite Sex

    Chicks, man. Can't live with them, can't play music that objectifies them while in the car on the first date. What's up with that? You play one song with the queen mother c-word in it and she leaves the car before we get our complimentary paper crowns. We compiled a list of songs guaranteed to offe ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    Living and Dying with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor Over Sundance

    How I turned some newspaper stories into a book which became a movie that caused those two guys to kiss

  • Music

    November 15, 2007
  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Rebuilding Fiona

    Thankfully, Ms. Apple has decided to remain with us

  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Charlie In Charge

    Sexton has gone from child roots rocker to Spin cover boy to Dylanesque bard

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Pattern Recognition

    Can defunct German bands become the sheezy in '05? Ja, they Can. We explore these and other of this year's trends.

  • Music

    March 11, 1999

    Original Style

    The Roots makes rap come alive live

  • Music

    December 31, 1998

    Too high. Period.

    Curt Kirkwood, now living in Austin, is still a Meat Puppet. His brother Cris is a missing-in-action junkie.

  • Music

    December 3, 1998
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    August 21, 1997
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    November 17, 1994

    Ecstatic Static

    Guided By Voices' low-fi revelations

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