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The Clash (Band)

  • 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 >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Six Metalheads and Punks Who Went Folk

    Hey everyone, here's a thing I've noticed: lots of guys seem to "mature" and quit metal and punk to do other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I've pointed out many times that these are genres for youngsters, and once you reach a certain age maybe it is time to find a different career. On the other hand, what's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Los Skarnales, "Pachuco Boogie Ska Band With a PUNK Attitude"

    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

    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Midnight Oil Reopens the Blue Sky Mines On Essential Oils

    In the U.S., Midnight Oil are probably best known for their single "Beds are Burning." The video helped define late-'80s MTV by showing the group (most notably tall, gangly, bald singer Peter Garrett) dancing amid native tribespeople in the desert, while the lyric forcefully argued that their ancest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Spaghetti Supper in a Beer Hall: Lunch at the Saint Arnold Brewery

    "You know what this reminds me of?" my friend asked me over lunch at the Saint Arnold Brewery earlier this week. "A really nice spaghetti supper. Except not at a church." I saw what he meant: The long, wooden picnic tables that line Saint Arnold's beer hall have a visual effect similar to the cafet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: JD McPherson, Drew Ireland Benefit, etc.

    JD McPherson Continental Club, March 1 Tickets are already getting scarce for one JD McPherson, who is rapidly rising out of obscurity via Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. McPherson came by his bopping R&B/rockabilly sound honestly, by studying vintage labels such as Vee-Jay and Specialty, and then working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Felipe Galvan Of Los Skarnales

    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. Los Skarnales frontman Felipe Galvan is q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Black Sabbath For Kids: A New Book Swaddles Children In The Majesty Of Ozzy & Company

    I remember scouring my elementary and middle-school libraries for every book I could find on music, any kind of music. Books about composers, Broadway folk, and everything in between. Sometimes you could get lucky and find a book about the '60s with a few sentences about the Beatles, the Stones, or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Ryan Bingham: "It's Tough to Be That Vulnerable All the Time"

    Talking to Ryan Bingham, you get the impression he's just as soon not carry around the official title "Academy Award Winner Ryan Bingham" the rest of his life. One clue is where he keeps the Best Original Song Oscar he and T-Bone Burnett won in 2010 for "The Weary Kind," but we'll get to that a litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Pearl Jam & Jay-Z Rock Together to Close Out

    As day two of the Made In America festival came to the end, much of the crowd decided to leave early. That was just fine for the thousands of Pearl Jam faithful, who had plenty of room to witness the 20-year-old Seattle band rock out after being personally chosen by Jay-Z to close the festivities. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Rock Me... Gently: How the Singer-Songwriters of the Mellow '70s Ruled

    Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter By Dave Thompson www.backbeatbooks.com, 336 pp., $27.99 Whether you love their deep introspective, often angst-filled lyrics and laid-back strumming or despise them as weak-ass, spoiled, gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    iFest: Top 5 Argentine-American Musicians

    The Houston International Festival enters its second weekend tomorrow, with featured musical acts WAR, Joe Louis Walker, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Texas Tornados, Del Castillo, Steel Pulse and lots more. Although iFest's performers come from all over the world, all around the main stages will be the sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Greg Dean of Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art

    Earlier this week while walking back to my car after having lunch at Red Pier, I looked across the street and spied the sign for Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art. Oh, so that's where it is. The first time I had ever heard the name was about a year ago during a KUHF spot that said "Support also comes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Readers Poll: The Best Third Albums Ever

    This week in 1980, Van Halen released their third album Women And Children First, which contained the hits "And the Cradle Will Rock...," "Everybody Wants Some!! and fan favorite "Romeo Delight." It's not the best VH album ever, but it was, in fact, their third album. Most VH super-freaks I know an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Happy Birthday Joe Ely: The Lubbock Flash Turns 65

    Courtesy LC Media​I was living in Holland in 1977 when my younger brother, who had attended Wayland Baptist University on a track scholarship until booze and girls were discovered in his dorm room, came for a visit. While living in Plainview, his stomping grounds had been the gin joints of Lub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Not Average Joe: Six Rock and Roll Joes on the Day "Hey Joe" Turns 45

    ​Despite the fact that he never really had a major "hit" (Electric Ladyland reached number one as an album but he never had a single go higher than 20 in the US) and was terribly under appreciated while he was still alive, Jimi Hendrix is one of the giants of rock and roll. His songs and his g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    The 10 Most Real Artists of All Time; The Anti-Milli Vanillis

    Milli Vanilli​On this day in 1990, the manager for recent Grammy winners for Best New Group Milli Vanilli held a press conference to tell everyone his act was a fraud. They did not do any of the singing on their best-selling record and they lip synced their shows. It was a startling revelation ... More >>

  • Music

    October 20, 2011

    The Prince of Skull Orchard

    Artistic polymath Jon Langford is still a Leeds art-school punk at heart.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    30 Seconds With Astronautalis

    Rocks Off hitched a ride on a space whale in order to hook up with Andy Bothwell, also known as Astronautalis to see what we could learn about our biggest hope for rap in 30 seconds. paperocean​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Astronautalis: "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Some Girls: When Rock Met Disco And Disco Met Rock

    Rent money is for posers anyway. ​Tonight for one night only at the Houston Marq*E Stadium 23, Rolling Stones fans can finally catch The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas, a 1978 concert from the band's Fort Worth stop. The tour came on the heels of the May 1978 release of the band's So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    10 Things You May Not Know About G N' R's Use Your Illusion Albums

    For the past few weeks, the music world has been firmly entrenched in Nirvana nostalgia. Hell, even Rocks Off took a crack at it, looking up all the expensive memorabilia on eBay related to the band. But in September 1991, another album hit the store shelves that had a lot of impact too, for better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Your Weekly Heat Wave Music Blog: Hotter Than Hell Edition

    Ed. Note: Remember that "songs about Hell" blog we mentioned a couple of days ago? It's still hot, and here it is. maximumwage.wordpress.comThe Southwest Freeway and Loop 610, 4 p.m.​There's an old saying in Botswana: "Shitfire is it hot!" Wait, maybe that was Bandera. Anyway, whatever hemisp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Riot Riot Upstart: Songs For The UK Riots

    photoshoplooter.tumblr.com/​A few days ago, in the midst of the worst of the rioting going on around London, which has now dominated the headlines for the better part of a week, someone on Twitter remarked "If Americans rioted every time the cops shot somebody we'd have no time for cocaine and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Top 6 Ways To Piss Off A Musician At A Gig

    Brian Jackson/Bloodshot RecordsDoes this look like someone YOU'D want to antagonize?​Rocks Off first stumbled onto Scott H. Biram about 10 years ago at the Parlor, Austin's recently closed, extremely cramped "punk rock pizza" joint on North Loop, where patrons scarfed their pies while murals o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Sgt. Pepper & Three Other Bum Albums By Rock Icons

    ​It was 40 (four) years ago today - in the UK, and tomorrow in the U.S. - that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, history stopped, the Summer of Love began, and critics freaked the fuck out. When the Beatles released their LSD-soaked counterpunch to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds in June 1967, K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Rockin' In Plain Sight: Our Favorite Hidden Album Tracks

    ​In the days when compact discs and tapes ruled the world, hidden tracks on albums were like secret gifts from your favorite bands. Off the liner notes, not in the original track listings, and totally unassuming, sometimes tucked away after minutes and minutes of silence on a disc. With the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    R.I.P Joey Ramone: Top 10 Ramones Songs...

    Besides "I Wanna Be Sedated" And "Blitzkrieg Bop" Dawkeye via Wikipedia​It was ten years ago today that the world lost their first Ramone, when Joey Ramone succumbed to lymphoma in New York City at the age of 49, one month shy of turning 50. The iconic punk frontman would lead the Ramones in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    20 Takes Of "Louie Louie," Motorhead To The Fat Boys

    ​Today is the 48th anniversary of Portland, Ore., garage-rock group the Kingsmen recording their version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie." The Kingsmen's version would end up being the most enduring and controversial take of the song, unleashing the U.S. government on the group and the song fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

    ​Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Rot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Top Eight Freedom Songs For MLK Day

    ​Rocks Off sincerely prays that those of you with today off are at least peripherally aware of why you have today off. For our annual MLK Day reflection this year, we thought we'd leave the songs about Dr. King to Bono, and instead share a few of our favorite songs that set his dream to music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Last Night: Agent Orange At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by David Ensminger​Agent Orange Fitzgerald's January 9, 2010 In the 1987 21 Jump Street episode "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses," fresh-faced Johnny Depp goes undercover as a punk to root out vicious gangland teenage thugs lurking in the inner city. He ends up at a rowdy punk concert r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Non-2010 Music Of 2010

    Editor's Pick: It was probably Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne, same as last year. So how about Nirvana's In Utero, which I dragged out of mothballs when we did our article about Nevermind's anniversary in September. In Utero fried my hair all over again, and then got me thinking about the band's cover of ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    A Fire, Karaoke Or Ex-Brothel: Where Were We In Drag?

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com. Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Op ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Rhett Miller Talks Old 97's, Bob Dylan, Trains And More

    Piper Ferguson​The band probably doesn't remember this, but one of the first interviews Rocks Off ever conducted as a quote-unquote professional journalist was talking to the Old 97's in their tour van behind Austin's Liberty Lunch as opener Don Walser(!) yodeled in the background. That was ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    FAIL: Prince, Johnny Rotten, Too Short, Auto-Tune

    Photos by John Seaborn Gray​Internet Not As "Over" As Prince Had Hoped: Remember last week when Prince said the Internet was "over," and that was why he's now giving copies of his new CD away for free whenever you buy a copy of that thriving and relevant medium, a British newspaper? Well, ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Five '90s Musical Fads We Remember Well, But Don't Really Miss

    ​A little over a decade ago, swing music made a strange comeback. You may remember seeing people all over dressing like '40s hipsters, jumping and jiving in Gap commercials and most every club or bar was offering swing lessons. It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    MTV Struggles to Remain Relevant By Naming A Twitter Jockey

    ​This week MTV announced an online campaign looking for the network's first-ever TJ, or Twitter Jockey. Unlike the video jockeys of the cable station's past, these folks would instead live-tweet from MTV events for a year, earning a salary, and live in New York City. In addition to Twitter, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    The Gulf Coast At iFest: Joe Ely's Rattlesnake Rock, Soulful Latinology, Voodoo Brass And Creole Zydeco

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. We're doubling up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Punk Rock Karaoke Returns Tonight At Notsuoh

    www.notsuoh.com​ If you have ever dreamed of being in a punk band, or at least dreamed of embarrassing yourself in front of people you may be trying to sleep with, Notsuoh has you covered tonight, hosting the resurrection of live-band Punk Rock Karaoke. About six years ago, PRK was in full-swing b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Hard-Rockin' Backslash Wins Our First High School Rock Off

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​Houston's Backslash, none of whom were alive when Appetite for Destruction came out, won the first annual Texas High School Rock Off Friday night at House of Blues, taking home $500, a spiffy new trophy and the chance to open for a national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Why 2010 Is Going To Suck, Pt. 1

    I know I'm not the only person who feels like high-fiving everyone at the end of the holiday season, heady with the triumph of having survived another two weeks of forced jocularity, awkward family moments, bad TV, and worse music. The new year, with it's promise of fresh opportunities to screw up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Boy, Do We Feel Old: "Hot for Teacher" and Other Back-To-School Songs

    Today is the first day of school for almost all the public school districts in the area. Children and teens from Alvin to Alief are trudging into polished halls and sterile classrooms for yet another year of romantic intrigue and bitter class struggle, and impromptu dance routines in the cafeteria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    HPMA: We Have Some Winners: Fat Tony, Cactus Music, Swishahouse, Nick Cooper, Kristine Mills

    Chris Gray​ Born Liars injected some scuzzy rawk n' roll to the festivities after we were dressed for not repping the zydeco scene. It's really amazing how fast yet how together the Borns really are live. Equal parts MC5 and The Clash.Here come some more awards, kids....Best Underground Hip-Hop- F ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007

    Joe Ely

    One of the original kings of alt-country is experiencing a renaissance

  • Film

    December 6, 2007

    Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

    Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on

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