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    July 8, 2014

    The Five Best Reasons to Use SoundCloud

    As streaming services grow to be the norm and more and more people turn to YouTube, Spotify, Bandcamp and SoundCloud for their music listening experiences, it might seem overwhelming to bands trying to maintain an online presence. Do you have to use them all? Should you focus more attention on one o ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In June

    "Big Blue Hole," David Olney "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all them saints are dead and gone / Amy Winehouse and Curt Cobain, they ain't comin' back here again." David Olney is like the black sheep rounder uncle the family wanted you to stay away from. A former running bud of Townes van Zandt, Oln ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    The 15 Best Songs We Heard In May

    "Collard Greens," Schoolboy Q If you enjoy beats that conjure images of huddled, bouncing basketball teams moments before tip-off, you'll enjoy "Collard Greens." If you also enjoy raps about having game, money and weed, you'll return for a second helping. And, if you want to hear Schoolboy Q's Black ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    An Easy Guide to the FPSF Mobile App

    Are you ready, kiddos? Because Free Press Summer Fest begins tomorrow. To help newcomers and veterans alike, the powers that be have released a convenient app in which users can create calendars, reminders and view all kinds of information about the artists, including their schedules and profiles. ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    The 12 Best Acts of iFest's First Weekend

    The Apple Scruffs Performing as "The Down Under Band" for the day, The Apple Scruffs took an inspiring break from their usual gig as a Beatles cover band to cover music from Australian musicians, in homage to this year's spotlight country. This quartet was so good, it inspired thoughts about what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Against Me! Today: "No Sugar Dust or Fancy Tricks"

    Every half-decade or so, a band becomes the epicenter of a punk-gone-popular zeitgeist. The Clash became hybrid sonic legends underpinned by a political conscience, Nirvana delivered the sludge-core ennui of the Pacific Northwest to the masses, Green Day brought tightly coiled power-trio fare to FM- ... More >>

  • Music

    January 30, 2014

    Fly Like an Eagle

    107.5 FM is now the only classic-rock game in town.

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    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Is the New BeatsMusic Worth It?

    A year ago, Beats by Dre headphone giants Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine announced the next step for their brand was to launch a digital-subscription music service. The news was not met with the greatest approval. After all, the existing marketplace -- crowded with streaming leaders such as Pandora and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The 11 Best Houston Releases of 2013

    Bun B, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue At this point, Bun B's influence stretches far beyond music, but that doesn't mean he can't still churn out a great album. Trill O.G. The Epilogue, the finale in his Trill album series, has everything we've come to both expect and love from a Bun album. It begins wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Slim Thug Takes That #BossLife to His People

    Slim Thug is riding around the city in a $100K cream-colored Bentley. In the trunk, he has multiple boxes full of "that work." Earlier in the week, Slim released his newest mixtape, Boss Life, and a week before that, he introduced the designs from his new clothing line. So "that work" consists of CD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Yes, My Musician Kids Have Jobs. They're Musicians.

    Recently someone I kinda-sorta know asked about my son. He's doing great, I said. He and his band are on a 30-city tour. No sooner than I'd answered this fellow, I regretted it as simple math scribbled itself onto his brain's chalkboard. Thirty shows minus my son being at home, where he lives, equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Cassette Store Day is the Dumbest Thing Ever

    Record Store Day is quite possibly one of the greatest things young music fans have ever come up with. Every third Saturday in April, music fans around the world flock to real deal music stores and purchase sweet, beautiful vinyl records from all of their favorite musicians. There are exclusives, re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Bang Bangz, "Sweet, Mysterious, Seductive, Transcendental, Euphonic, Aesthetic"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Nick Greer & the G's, "A Powerhouse of Funk, Blues, Soul & Hip-Hop"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Junior Gordon Band, "Riveting Country to the Core"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Second Lovers, "Folk Bitches, Get Country"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: La Sien, "Passionate Powerful Spanish Pop-Rock"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Justin van Sant, "Country Music That Rocks Faces Off"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    The Five Worst Trends In Pop Music Right Now

    If you listen to popular music with even a halfway critical ear, which the men and women of Rocks Off at least try to do (though yes, we know some readers may disagree), this is a very tough time. Both the old-fashioned radio airwaves and newfangled streaming gadgetry are awash in songs that are man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Mac Miller At Warehouse Live, 6/27/13

    Mac Miller Warehouse Live June 27, 2013 I must admit, the first time I saw Mac Miller live at SXSW two years ago, I was unimpressed. That performance at The Fader Fort was average at best, with lackluster energy, little to no interaction with the crowd, and practically no real substance in his lyri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    UPDATED Free Press Summer Fest: This Year's Toughest Schedule Conflicts

    This weekend's Free Press Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park is officially (way) sold out, so our readers who don't have passes at this point are sadly now forced to test their skills at the "secondary market." For those of you who are already in, this week Rocks Off will be bringing you our staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Nas' Biggest Fan Lives In Houston, With the Tattoos to Prove It

    Think about your favorite musician for a minute. Do you remember the first time you heard his or her voice? Can you relate each album or song to a different stage or major occurrence in your life? How many times have you seen him or her (or them) in concert, let alone met and engaged them in conver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Spotify Launches Traditional Television Ad Campaign This Week

    Spotify is launching its first-ever advertising campaign this week, with an ad debuting tonight during NBC's premiere of its new season of The Voice, hoping to capitalize on music fans who haven't yet made the leap to streaming music services. The three initial ads are heavy on emotion and slow-mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Houston's Recent Onslaught of Sold-Out Shows: What's Up With That?

    Regular concertgoers in Houston have probably noticed more sold-out shows in the area over the past year. Just a few years ago, sellouts were generally reserved for the biggest marquee acts at Toyota Center, Bayou Music Center, and Reliant Stadium's RodeoHouston shows. These days, though, it seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    SXSW's 2013 Panels: EDM, Nashville, and Tony Bennett's Headphones

    Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Last Night: Sprint All-Star Jam Session Concert With Ludacris And Ke$ha

    Sprint Pre-Game Concert feat. B.O.b, Ludacris, and Ke$ha All-Star Jam Session at George R. Brown Convention Center February 17th, 2013 Sunday afternoon, as I was counting down the minutes until I had to leave an amazing All-Star day party, where I was making friends with a beautiful girl, drinking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    How Beyoncé Microwaved The News This Week

    Here's how a major announcement would roll in the life of Brando: short, quick, brief moments of celebration, smug congratulations and thank-yous from people before the realization that only douches do that sort of thing and I'd be captain of their army. And nobody wants to hitch a ride on that tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Saturday Night: Los Lonely Boys at House of Blues

    Los Lonely Boys House of Blues December 22, 2012 In the very Texan tradition of "rocking the fuck out!", Los Lonely Boys spent their last show of 2012 at House of Blues this past Saturday. The trio of brothers brought with them the perfect mix of sweet love songs, intense rock jams, and Christmas c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    10 Songs Still Missing From Spotify & What You Can Listen to Instead

    As recently mentioned, I'm a pretty big fan of Spotify. Speaking as someone who never got over getting burned by my purchase of Stroke 9's Nasty Little Thoughts I'm a big fan of having the chance to listen to a record all the way through before making a purchase. In their advertising the company i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday In Review: Turbonegro, De La Soul, Araab Muzik & More

    The last day of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 was another dusty affair. I can feel about a pound of crud in my lungs, and my ears are ringing like a mother-fluffer, which means I had a great Sabbath at Auditorium Shores. SLIDESHOWS: The Girls of Fun Fun Fun Fest Turbonegro, De La Soul and Edward Sharpe: F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Sign o' the Apocalypse: "Gangnam Style" Hits No. 1 on the Rap Chart

    Unless you decided to paint the town in Austin with Iggy Pop and the Chilli Peppers then you know Psy's "Gangnam Style" has pretty much swept the country up by storm much like the "Macarena" in terms of catchiness (and infuriation). Over the weekend, the popular EDM-fueled single did something even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    You Won't Get Into Heaven Listening to Christian Dubstep

    Driving home the other night, I thought I had come up with the perfect get-rich-quick scheme: Christian dubstep. Roll your eyes if you'd like, but one thing I've noticed is that going to an EDM show is a lot like going to church: They both feature music, alcohol, and standing on your feet for long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    I Need More Spotify! App to Offer Streaming Radio Service

    We've already talked about how Houston absolutely loves One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen and Gotye, that somewhat fun, catchy pop music that the regular radio stations play ad nauseum according to Spotify. Now the service is adding one more feature to it's already growing stature -- and it might kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Spotify's Houston Top 10 Singles Is, Uh, Yeah...

    This past weekend I was at Academy near my house filling out paperwork to buy a shotgun and the One Direction single "What Makes You Beautiful" was playing over the store speaker system. Before that moment I had thought that One Direction only existed in emails from PR agents, my music listings, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Join Us for Cocktails & Covers at House Of Blues Fridays This Summer

    The other day, Rocks Off was researching another blog, and we stumbled across Duran Duran's 1995 all-covers LP Thank You on Spotify. Then we listened to it all the way through, on purpose. Recorded when the Birmingham-born band was at a post-"Ordinary World" fork in the road, Thank You wasn't the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Skits: This Week In Music-Biz WTFery -- Katy Perry, B.o.B., Etc.

    The music business fuckery continues. A game so destructive it only benefits the top dogs (and even so, temporarily), while the actual players continue to eat sand out of peanuts. Who's winning? Who's losing? Dig in for this week's music-bidness shenanigans.

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    March 22, 2012

    5 Easy Ways To Stream Music From A Smartphone

    Radio has always been one of the best ways to discover new music. A song would play on the radio and you would wait for the song title. But the advent of Internet radio aided the discovery of new music a lot more, with song titles and background information immediately at your disposal, and all kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Are Streaming Sites Ensuring The Music Industry's Long-Term Survival?

    The look on my face when I couldn't hear "Temporary Secretary" on Rdio.​This past week, Paul McCartney's team pulled most of his catalog - including his works with Wings - off streaming music sites such as Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify and MOG. Listeners are now deprived of Band On the Run, Back To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    8 Things We Learned from the IFPI's 2012 Report

    The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its 2012 report this week, confirming that the music industry may finally have a reason to be cautiously optimistic about its future. The industry saw its first year-over-year growth since 2004, piracy notwithstanding. The IF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Van Halen, the New Walter's and Radiohead: Things We're Looking Forward to in 2012

    Photo by Mark C. AustinRadiohead returns and we're stoked. Do people say "stoked" anymore?​There was a lot to be thankful for in 2011 in the world of music, but, in some ways, it was also a pretty tough year. We lost some great people and almost lost one of our own. It's a crazy, topsy turvy w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Five Factors That Will Influence the Growth of Streaming Music in 2012

    We all know that in December of 2012, the Mayan calendar ends as will the world, but before that fateful day, I've got a lot of music to listen to and, like many, I seem to be doing that increasingly on my computer and via streaming music services. Whether it is Pandora or Grooveshark or Last.FM or ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Fa La La La La: Favorite Records Rocks Off Got for Christmas

    ​No matter what year it is or how old you are, if you love music, there is nothing like finding some new music tucked under the tree or crammed into your stocking. iTunes gift cards are easy. So are gift cards to Tiffany's, but we bet your girl would be a lot more receptive to the blue box. Th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    12 Music Business Predictions for 2012

    Photo by Robert Bejil​Where were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.

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    December 9, 2011

    A Roundup of the 2011 Music Industry Based Strictly on Band Names

    XL/Columbia​Theologians love saying things like "Man is created superior to animals" and "Animals can't be equal with humans." And then we go scouring philosophy books to see if animals have immortal spirits and if this means we'll someday meet our pets in heaven. That's a bunch of horse dung. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Is Spotify Ripping off Artists?

    ​Spotify made one hell of an entrance in July. Swedish-founded and U.K.-headquartered, Spotify arrived the States three months ago to adoring fans. Like a new bride, glowing in the light, flashing that pizza smile logo at us. Everyone wanted a piece of the sexy digital jukebox. Now that the ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Mosquitoes: A Tiny, Highly Annoying Musical History

    ​The Texans are in first place (for now), the Texas Rangers may become the Lone Star State's first-ever World Series champions tomorrow (ouch), and early voting for the November 8 mayoral/City Council election started Monday. The Houston Press Music Awards showcase is less than three weeks awa ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    My Five Most Indispensable Music Technologies

    Previously the pinnacle of music technology...and pure awesomeness.​I started listening to music on vinyl way back in biblical times and things seemed just fine. CDs came along and made hauling around music somewhat easier and, once you got past the crispy clarity, the music sounded pretty dam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Facebook Music Coming To A Computer Near You

    Jason611 via Flickr​No one's willing to confirm anything, but all indications point to the same scoop: Facebook is planning to launch a new music service this fall. Here's what we know so far. CNBC's John Fortt broke the news Kanye West-style - in ALL CAPS: "YES INDEED NEXT MONTH IS GOING TO ... More >>

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