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Steve Vai

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Built to Spill, A$AP Ferg, Chvrches, etc.

    Built to Spill Fitzgerald's, November 22 After years of staying away, Built to Spill seems to have decided that it likes playing Houston after all. We've lost count, but Friday will be at least the third time Doug Martsch's laid-back guitar army will have been here since their most recent album, Th ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Upcoming: Chvrches, Gary Clark Jr., Randy Travis, Misfits, Colt Ford, etc.

    Cayucas and Brazos: Fri., July 12, 8 p.m., $5 to $15. Mango's, 403 Westheimer, Houston, 713-522-8903. Chvrches: Sun., Nov. 24, 8 p.m., $20. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. Cocktails & Covers feat. Mysterious Ways: Fri., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., $10 to $15. House of Blues -- Bronze Pea ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Zach Sandford, Prog-Metal Prodigy

    Who? Zach Sandford is an audio engineer at Warehouse Live who splits his time recording for Space City Records. He turned 21 years old in July, making him one of the younger members of the Houston music scene, especially on the engineering side of the business. Sandford graduated from Media Tech I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    The Top 10 Hard Rock and Metal Guitarists of the '80s

    Yes, yes, shred until you bleed!​Well, it's the day after Christmas and many of you probably have some holiday blues. Maybe you had a rough Christmas. Maybe your family is making you crazy. Maybe you didn't get that brand new navel ring you wanted or perhaps you filled up on so much food and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    5 Bands Your Musician Friends Love...But You Don't

    austinpost.comYep. Robert Plant "copped everything" from this guy.​In a 2005 interview with Esquire, Johnny Depp discusses the unwavering authenticity of Hunter S. Thompson, and likens his late friend to another great, often-troubled mind, saying: "...like Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elev ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Joel Gregoire: One-Man Metal Extravaganza

    ​If there is anything that Rocks Off loves about the modern music era it's that the ability of individual people to put out their own elaborate albums has never been easier. Meet Joel Gregoire, an instrumental metal maestro by trade and former member of Stride. He's releasing his new album Der ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    Zazzle.com​Musicians are weird. Well, the good ones, at least. It's a little-known, beloved factoid. While artists' news, drama, and private lives are sometimes aired to the point of over-saturation, it becomes more interesting when we learn relatively kept insight into their rockers' offstage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    FAIL: Carlos Santana, Anniversary Songs, Skynyrd Covers

    ​That's Enough, Carlos Santana: Carlos Santana has to be one of the most overrated rock artists of all time. Never once has his noodly, choogly brand of boring stoner-rock managed to ignite even the tiniest spark of interest for Fails. Yeah, the guy's got some serious guitar chops. But as any ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2010

    The Ladies' Man

    Meat Loaf says he's outdone Bat Out of Hell

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    ​Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Guitar Zero, or One Old Dog Attempts to Learn a New Trick

    [Ed. Note: What happens when Rocks Off finds out one of our writers recently began taking guitar lessons? This.] ​Some men hit their 40s and lose their minds a little. They trade in their minivan for a Corvette, or their wife for a similarly newer model. I have a history of getting these kinds of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Hide Your Home Videos

    Photo by Josh HertzHosts and curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett introduce another video clip at a recent Found Footage Festival in New YorkYour most embarrassing home videos are probably long forgotten, and buried in a basement closet somewhere. Make sure they stay that way. Nick Prueher and Joe ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007
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    April 20, 2006

    Fall of Troy

    Monday, April 24, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    The Retribution Gospel Choir

    Wednesday, September 14, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.

  • Music

    March 3, 2005
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    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    Yngwie Malmsteen

    Friday, March 5

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    January 16, 2003

    Strapping Young Lad

    Friday, January 17

  • Music

    August 31, 2000

    Social Distortion

    Ask your local rocker to stop (over-)using his wah-wah pedal

  • Music

    April 13, 2000

    Six Strings Under

    Unlike many of his rock guitar god peers, Joe Satriani has yet to flee to audiences overseas

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    White Boy Blues

    Houston native Vince Converse takes homegrown blues sound to heart

  • Music

    January 28, 1999
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    November 19, 1998

    Kontroversy

    Korn ignores critics of its heavy metal attitude

  • Music

    July 9, 1998
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    March 23, 1995

    Thriving -- or Simply Surviving?

    After all these years, Alex Van Halen insists his band isn't "D.O.A."

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    December 9, 1993
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