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System of a Down

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Five Reasons to Be Excited About Kimbra's New Album (Remember Her?)

    You may know her from pop star Gotye's 2011 hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know," but Australian export Kimbra is anything but your typical pop singer. While her work as of yet has definitely held a large mainstream appeal, it's clear she has every ambition to break the mold and tread experimen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Third Eye Blind at House of Blues, 12/2/2013

    Third Eye Blind House of Blues December 2, 2013 Nearly an hour into their performance at House of Blues Monday night, Third Eye Blind finally got the crowd's attention. "Miss Jones taught me English, but I think I just shot her son," Stephan Jenkins crooned as fans sang along, "'cause he owed me m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Hip-hop began in the streets, with rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    From Hair Balls to Rocks Off: Songs for Houston's White-Collar Criminals

    Houston has a strong job market. Many of those jobs are professional positions in a wide range of industries. Many of the people working in those jobs are creepy, sometimes even murderous criminals. Just because you've earned a PhD and a seven figure income doesn't mean you can't be wretched. All ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia: No Contest, Comrade Putin

    It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days. From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authorita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Proclamation and a Playlist: I Hate Grocery Shopping

    Photo by BPhotography_Welcome to my nightmare.The list of things I'd prefer to do instead of grocery shopping is long and ends with stuff like "moonwalk naked over hot coals" and "chew pink fiberglass-flavored Bubblicious." My son, the social conscience of our family, never fails to remind how luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Please, Rick Rubin: Leave Metal Bands Alone

    Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard that Black Sabbath recently released their long awaited comeback album, 13. It's their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978's Never Say Die, and riding high at No. 1 on the UK Charts, their first No. 1 hit since 1970's Paranoid. So: comeba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Keith Morris Talks OFF!, Politics & Touring In 2012

    Next Thursday night, punk legend Keith Morris comes to Warehouse Live for his second Houston visit in a year with his group OFF!. The band is made up of Morris, Steven McDonald of Redd Kross, drummer Mario Rubalcaba, and guitarist Dimitri Coats, also front man of Burning Brides. OFF! was birthed o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    10 Heavy Metal Double Albums That Make Us Want to Buy a Turntable

    This week, one of our most highly anticipated albums of the summer was released: Baroness' Yellow & Green. We were already looking forward to hearing whatever came next from the Georgia rockers after the success of their epic Blue Record in 2009, but we got especially excited when we found out that ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2012

    The Lotus Effect in Transition

    Houston prog-rockers change course after losing their drummer.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    A Showcase Of Inappropriately Dubbed Puppet Musicians

    I spend an unfortunately large amount of time on two activities. No. 1, I am paid under the table by the felt lobby to promote puppet music. No. 2, I have an irresistible compulsion to ruin children's entertainment. It's not that I'm a bad person; it's that I'm a horrible person who must ruin all t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Avengers Assemble Soundtrack Butt-Rocks into the Future

    Time was in the '90s that every big summer action movie came prepackaged with a great hard-rock soundtrack. As the industry went through growing pains it died off a bit, reducing a soundtrack to maybe one or two free downloads from a middling band close to the project. The heady days of hard-rock d ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Libra Soul: The Singing Voice Of The 99 Percent

    Photos courtesy of Aiton Extea/Libra Soul​Around this time last year, Rocks Off told you about a man named Aiton Etxea and his quest to find "reason-filled musicians" for the purposes of forming a band. His use of the term "reason-filled" caught our attention because we were regular trollers o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Nintendo: 6 Awesome Retro Game Covers

    ​Today is the 122nd anniversary of the founding of Nintendo. Yes, you read that right. Nintendo is older than the automobile, Dracula, and the country of Iraq. In a just world, we would brave an abandoned warehouse haunted by tentacle monsters in order to win a cache of steampunk video-game ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    No Love, No Hope: Converge's Jane Doe Turns 10

    ​This next week is full of big musical anniversaries. Saturday marks 20 years since the release of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single, Genesis' ABACABturns 30, and System Of a Down's Toxicityand Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft" all hit the decade mark. And one of the most significant cultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Top 10 Nu-Metal Fashion Violations

    dedica.la​Life is filled with ups and downs, and music is no exception. Just as the rock and roll renaissance of the '60s and '70s gave way to the mindless era of disco, the depth and fury of the punk and grunge movements eventually degenerated into the watered-down genre commonly referred to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Purple, Possessed & Pervy: Rock's Top 10 Houses

    harleyslist.blogspot.comJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).​Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Music Videos Of All Time

    ​It's hard to fathom a time before music videos, and it's even sadder to remember when channels like MTV and VH1 were wall-to-wall music videos. In between there was a golden age, when with every clip that you watched could spark a revolution in you, or at least change your fashion sense. It's ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Ten Years After: Our Favorite 2001 Albums

    ​This hlist is kind of funny now, seeing that the dearly departed White Stripes are smack-dab in the middle with White Blood Cells. We swear this final hlist was made Tuesday afternoon, before Wednesday's breakup announcement. Funny how the band has actually been on the tips of our lips for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Twilight Eclipse: Five Questions From A Newbie

    So this is about Frankenstein or something?​Tonight, at midnight, it begins. Another round of Twilight madness.Teens, tweens, moms who are the female equivalents of old dudes going to Hannah Montana movies, all will be there. For the premier of Twilight: Calypso.Set in the bouncy Caribbean and fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Summerfest Short Cuts: Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Miniature Tigers, Etc.

    Marc BrubakerSpain Colored Orange​Spain Colored Orange: Although technical difficulties with one ticket scanner caused an enormous line of hot and restless festival-goers outside one gate, Spain Colored Orange started its set at 2:05 p.m. on the dot - before the gates had even opened. SCO informed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Aftermath: Another Round Of Bands Watching Bands At SXSW Overflow Fest

    The Extraordinaires, debating a late night or early start. Videos by Matthew Keever Two days had gone by since we last visited the SXSW Overflow Fest at Super Happy Fun Land, and the number of people in attendance seemed to have quadrupled. Tuesday night, the bands had much better luck than those w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Stuck In a Moment You (Still) Can't Get Out Of: Remembering 9/11 In Music

    Just as none of us will ever forget where we were the morning of September 11, 2001, Rocks Off will never forget what he was listening to most of the day of the terrorist attacks. Sadly, he admits it was System of A Down's Toxicity, which had come out just the week before. For us the album conveyed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    My Ding-a-Ling: Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee and Rock's Other Dirk Digglers

    This album isn't called Fore! because Huey Lewis likes to play golf...​So the other day, Rocks Off wrote briefly about Huey Lewis in regards to the Back To The Future soundtrack, not even thinking to chime in just a little bit about his reportedly huge male member. You know that certain part of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Local Musicians Pick a Love Song

    For every relationship, both failed and successful, there's a song that reminds you of that special (or not-so-special) person whenever it plays. Not to be used with the more cliched "our song," which is picked by both parties and can, most of the time, be repeated out loud with some pride. For the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 24, 2008
  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    A Look at SXSW Band Names

    From Steaming Wolf Penis to Holy Shit!

  • Film

    November 9, 2006

    Radical Chick

    You can't tell Natalie Maines to Shut Up & Sing

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Buckethead

    Sunday, March 5, Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-629-3700.

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Between the Cracks

    Profiling local bands

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Let There Be Rock

    Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Down Is Up

    System of a Down is rock's least likely success story

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2003
  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Potty Mouths

    Tamales overhead, beer cans underfoot, drug references and cussing from the stage it's the return of the Westheimer Street Festival to its old home

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Unloco en la Cabeza

    Joey Duenas checks his head after a disastrous year

  • Music

    January 23, 2003

    Cold Relief

    Radio wild card Coldplay struts in from the UK with plenty of attitude

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    System of a Down

    Steal This Album (Sony)

  • Film

    November 28, 2002

    Sorrow's Child

    Atom Egoyan tells a personal story of the Armenian genocide in Ararat

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Sum 41

    Friday, November 1

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Fenix*TX Rising

    Betrayal! Blink 182! Boobies! The Houston band has lived to tell all.

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Men in Black

    Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

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