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    November 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Josh Groban, Drake, Janelle Monae, Rihanna, etc.

    Josh Groban Toyota Center, November 12 An all-American opera-singing pop star you can take home to Mom, Josh Groban almost doesn't seem human: he's smart, good-looking, self-deprecating, and his radiant baritone can thaw a glacier. It has no trouble filling sports arenas, that's for sure, a good th ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Mudhoney, Delorean, Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck, etc.

    Mudhoney Fitzgerald's, September 30 Mudhoney didn't invent grunge, or maybe they did, but either way, Mark Arm's crew has been making some of the gnarliest noise Seattle has to offer for a solid 25 years. Landmark debut single "Touch Me, I'm Sick" and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP introduced rock to new ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    The Thermals at Fitzgerald's, 6/6/2013

    The Thermals Fitzgerald's June 6, 2013 Thursday night in Houston is usually a safe bet for music, and most any show at a number of venues will be packed. But this was not your typical Thursday, it was a few days after Houston's biggest musical weekend, Free Press Summer Festival. Despite a meager c ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: Acts We'd Rather Skip This Time

    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 has been bringing you our staff ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    9 Rock Stars & Their Favorite Books

    Musicians like to read as much as the next person and being a creative lot they tend to draw inspiration from their favorite books. Which pieces of literature have struck a chord in the hearts of our favorite rock stars? 9. Billie Joe Armstrong, Catcher in the Rye: This probably isn't a surprise si ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    February 20, 2012

    Niki & The Dove Chase "The Fox" In New Video

    Niki & the Dove is a new Swedish band on Sub Pop that is clearly into, as Mok once said, mind-altering experiences. Their music has the air of Bjork, the poetry of Kate Bush, and a touch of avant-garde theatre performance. The last is appropriate as Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf have backgroun ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Still Corners: If You're Not Mad, You're Not in Love

    ​This week in our music video column we continue our exchange program with the unbeatable Mick Cullen of Subterranean Radio who keeps his finger so tightly on the pulse of stellar underground tunes that we always ask him for new ones whenever our supply runs low. He suggested an incredible psy ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Drain You: The 10 Most Expensive Nirvana Items On eBay

    ​Today officially marks 20 years, yes two decades, since Nirvana's Nevermind hit stores and started a whole new movement in music, er, well at least brought one further above ground. The past month the music world has been awash in articles and blogs about Nevermind, with the three living arch ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    No Swag: Paul Wall's Rumored Young Money Deal, Falling Stages

    Despite what you may have heard, swag isn't dead yet; at least not in Houston. Have any swagged-out projects or general ideas? E-mail alliswagoner@gmail.com. images.blastro.comRemember this?​Paul Wall Signs to Young Money? People have been saying that The People's Champ has decided to sign wi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011
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    May 26, 2011
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    May 3, 2011

    Save Ferris: Pop-Culture Origins Of 16 Famous Band Names

    Groovehouse​This one's for the pop-culture junkies. For those who, like us, are tickled by all forms of pop media, whether it be literature, film or music... this list encompasses them all. A surprisingly high quantity of bands have named themselves after books, songs, and films; some are obvi ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Everything in Between

    No Age makes punk palatable.

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    October 8, 2010

    Foals: The Beat Goes On For These Oxford Dance-Rock Scholars

    Sub Pop Records​Hailing from Oxford, England, the five-piece group known as Foals have danced their way into acclaim with their second album, Total Life Forever. Musically, dance is where their rhythms lie, imitating beats from techno to funk to hip-hop. Instead of using conventional electroni ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    CocoRosie's Strange Sisterly Journey To Creating Grey Oceans

    Sub Pop Records​Sisters Bianca and Sierra Cassady collide in the celestial, moody musical collective known as CocoRosie, which stops in Houston tonight at the newly revamped Fitzgerald's. A combination of pop, blues, electronica, hip-hop, and even straight-up classical opera, CocoRosie creates ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    ACL Fest Releases Schedule; Adds Black Lips, Silversun Pickups

    black-lips.com via FlickrBrand-new ACL 2010 adds The Black Lips​The Austin City Limits Music Festival released the schedule grid for this year's gathering in Zilker Park Oct. 7-9. The festival also added several bands, including Atlanta garage-punks (and recovering exhibitionists) the Black Li ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Aftermath: Beach House, Real Or Imagined, A Breathtaking Walter's Show

    Photos by Eggs/ breakfastontour.com​ Aftermath is not quite sure what we can possibly add to a band already self-aware enough to put the word "dream" in its album title. We can tell you this, though: We put on Beach House's Teen Dream, the Baltimore duo's second LP for Sub Pop, shortly before leav ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Silver Soul

    Beach House layers emotional exorcism into new album Teen Dream.

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    October 2, 2009

    Live from ACL: Blitzen Trapper, Hopelessly (and Happily) Stuck In the '70s

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​ACL was barely three hours old, and we already have a winner in the "New(ish) Band That Totally Sounds Like 1972" contest. It's our new Portland friends Blitzen Trapper, whose heavy folk-rock harmonies, atmospheric Led Zep slow blues (we half expected John Paul Jones to joi ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    The Shredder Returns

    One show, one sentence

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    August 25, 2009

    The Night a Well-Aimed Shoe Ended Smashing Pumpkins' Houston Goodwill

    Today Rocks Off is starting a recurring series of local music urban legends; not so much 'urban legends' in the sense of oft-repeated stories that turn out to be false - though those are fine too - but actual legends: events and incidents that get talked about so much they become a part of local lor ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Aftermath: White Rhino at Boondocks

    Photos by Chris Gray "They're 'classic heavy rock,' or so they tell me," Aftermath texted a friend shortly before Austin's White Rhino went onstage at Boondocks Monday night. "Heavy metal, or just heavy?" came the reply. White Rhino had just gone on, with some menacing guitar spray and a kinetic ba ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    Playbill: The Helio Sequence, Dri Tonight at Rudyard's

    With songs bathed in lush synths and sleepy vocals, the Helio Sequence could be the thinking man's Killers, albeit with less pop theatrics and corporate glitter. Keep Your Eyes Ahead, last year's release on indie magnet Sub Pop was the duos first since 2004's mournful Love And Distance. Helio dishes ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Friday Night Noise: Caldera Lakes, Wolf Eyes, Cop Warmth

    Wolf EyesWelcome to the inaugural edition of Friday Night Noise, a weekly Rocks Off column in which I'll take you by the hand and lead you through the often unpredictable, harsh, and (perhaps surprisingly) varied netherworlds of noise music. Noise-rock. Noise-pop. Noise-core. Droning noise. System-s ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Mail Call: Diagonals, Fountains of Wayne, Jason Isbell, Chess Records, Sally Crewe and More

    After a hot minute, Mail Call returns in a slightly revamped format... Pick of the Litter Diagonals (Austin), Valley of the Cyclops (Monofonus Press) They Say: "A sweet-and-sour dark-pop soundtrack for the dawn of the post-Bush era." Rocks Off Says: Loose-fitting, lo-fi melodic garage ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Top Ten Indie Rock Albums of 2008

    In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're too busy recycling ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    August 14, 2008
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    April 13, 2008
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    February 22, 2008
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    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads

    They're turning to needles, looking for purity

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    December 14, 2006
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    December 14, 2006

    Independence Day

    What's indie rock? Who cares? Here's ten great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition

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    October 6, 2005

    Wolf Eyes, with Prurient and Rusted Shut

    Thursday, October 6, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.

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    July 1, 2004
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    December 11, 2003

    Right Hear

    Joe Pernice is one of the best songwriters around. Start paying attention.

  • Culture

    November 21, 2002

    Mr. One-Man Show

    David Cross is funny as hell. So why isn't he laughing?

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    October 14, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

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    July 1, 1999
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    April 22, 1999

    Whiggin' Out

    Avant-rock takes shape in the Afghan Whigs and its wild front man

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    September 10, 1998
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    February 15, 1996

    Devilish Boys

    Are people warming up to the Supersuckers' nasty ways?

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    December 1, 1994

    Doin' the Blood Thing

    Unsane's gore aesthetic is oh-so-extreme

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    September 29, 1994
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    April 21, 1994
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    March 17, 1994
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    December 23, 1993

    End Game

    This is the way the year ends, this is the way the year ends, this is the way the year ends, not with a bang but a ... year-end roundup

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    December 16, 1993

    The Pop Moment

    Astral Dejection The Shonen Knife/Breeders/Nirvana tour blows through Houston's hall of shame

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