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The Cure (Band)

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    June 4, 2014

    Five Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    Free Press Summer Fest dodged a pretty serious bullet this year. When festival officials announced that the grounds around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium at the exits and the kind of heavy rains ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Disney Goes Goth: The Mouse House's Five Spookiest Songs

    Netflix recently added a ton of older Disney films to its streaming service, so me and the Kid With One F have been making our way through them. While I am enjoying it, I have discovered that many films I loved as a child myself are dark as hell. The Fox and the Hound is absolutely brutal, though I ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Paste Untapped Festival at Discovery Green, 11/16/2013

    Paste Untapped Festival Discovery Green November 16, 2016 It's hard to imagine an event like Untapped Houston happening a few short years ago. Still in its infancy, Discovery Green was reluctant to book large-scale events such as this combination music/craft-beer festival; these days it's a wonder ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    The Five Best Acts at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The 2013 edition of the Voodoo Festival has come and gone, leaving everyone who came out counting down the days until the next time they can step foot in New Orleans' City Park. This year people were treated to standout sets spread across four stages from the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kid ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    The Best Acts of ACL Festival's Second Weekend

    BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA If you want to catch an act in the one and only tented stage at ACL, it's recommended to do it early in the day or towards the end of the weekend. It always seems to get pretty packed on Saturday when people realize they can escape the sun and hear some pretty good jams ... More >>

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    October 6, 2013

    Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/5/2013

    THE CURE The Cure was one of the acts, if not the act, that I was really looking forward to seeing in Austin. They're, dare I say, legendary. That word gets thrown around way too often, but I stand by it with The Cure, especially after Saturday night's performance. It was further proof that Robert S ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Five Totally Original Music-Inspired Halloween Costumes

    Halloween costumes used to be about novelty and flexing your creative muscles. I distinctly remember the simple pleasure of spray-painting a couple of boxes silver, slapping some bicycle reflectors on the front and calling myself a robot. Who cares if I was five and inexplicably being allowed to pla ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    More and More Rock Stars Are Turning Into Comic-Book Creators

    The idea of rock stars being featured in comics is nothing new. One of the many, many urban legends about KISS is that they used their blood in the red ink of a run featuring the band as part of the Marvel Comics Super Special series that had also done books starring The Beatles. That legend is true ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Five Covers of the Cure That Don't Suck

    For this latest edition of "things that don't suck," we decided to look at one of the most talked-about and anticipated headliners of this year's Austin City Limits Festival: the Cure. The Cure's legacy in pop-culture history is inestimable. A generation of teenage goths owes their ethos to front ma ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    The 5 Most Disappointing Goth Albums: Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth

    All this week we're going to look back over albums from undeniable goth icons and talk about their failures. In 1999, Trent Reznor released The Fragile, which if not his greatest album... nah, you know what? It is his greatest album. Just huge and dark and there like the death waiting for us all. ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    The Five Most Disappointing Goth Albums: The Cure, Wild Mood Swings

    All this week we're looking back over albums by undeniable goth icons and talk about their failures. As we proved in Monday's entry in the series, the mid-'90s wasn't an easy time for the pioneers of the goth genre. On the one hand they were reasonably secure as established and proven acts, but on ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    UPDATED: Is ACL Festival Ignoring Houston? Does It Even Matter?

    UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Depeche Mode, The Cure, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Lionel Richie Head 2013 ACL Fest Lineup

    Moments ago, Depeche Mode, The Cure, MUSE, Kings of Leon, Atoms For Peace (featuring Thom Yorke and Flea), Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, and Eric Church were announced as the headliners of the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival, which plans to expand to identical ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Street Knowledge

    The Geto Boys MC is also Rocks Off's brand-new advice columnist.

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    February 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bands Your Girlfriend Cannot Stand

    A shared taste in music can be a critical part of any couple's relationship, from going to a concert on their first date to narrowing down that one special song for their first wedding dance. But what if that's not the case? Just from a bit of casual Googling, it's not difficult to find divorce atto ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Sean Ozz, Wizard of The Abyss

    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? Sean Ozz fronts what might be Houston' ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Years In Goth Music: 1994

    Over the course of the week Rocks Off will be looking at the biggest years for goth music and exactly what they meant for the genre. 1994 was a good year for a new kind of goth. Previously, for the most part the men had been sensitive artists, and even the ones who could be pretty brutal -- such as ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Years In Goth Music: 1983

    All this week, Rocks Off will be looking at the biggest years for goth music and exactly what they meant for the genre. Just as Bauhaus was breaking up, a place in England opened up whose gothic importance cannot be overstated. Beginning in 1982, the Batcave intended to bring about a revival of the ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    October 10, 2012

    The Top 20 Greatest Goth Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-1

    BY CHRIS GRAY AND JEF WITH ONE F Rewind: The Top 20 Greatest Goth Albums of All Time, Nos. 20-11 10. Rosetta Stone The Tyranny of Inaction (Cleopatra, 1995) In 1995, Porl Young used a nice-sized record advance to purchase a multitrack digital recorder that changed Rosetta Stone's sound considera ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    "Pontoon": Most Insidious Song of the Summer, or the Best

    I had a bit of medical trouble late last year, so I spent the entire first six or seven months of 2012 immersed in '80s alternative rock. I suppose it was a sort of cocoon of some kind. I was in a rotten mood most of the time, so anything by the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen or the Smiths was perfect. M ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Friday Night: El-P & Killer Mike at Warehouse Live

    El-P, Killer Mike Warehouse Live June 22, 2012 A small but lively crowd packed into the studio at Warehouse Live on Friday night for performances by two polarly opposite yet complementary artists, who together have created two of the most adventurous and innovative rap productions to be released th ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    The Saxophone: 8 Songs That Show Off Rock's Underappreciated Horn

    Bruce Springsteen is currently in the middle of a world tour with E Street Band, their first without saxophonist Clarence Clemons. "The Big Man" passed away one year ago today from complications resulting from an earlier stroke. His death was sad for many reasons, but the reasons most relevant to ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    Gothic Council Sings Your Kids to Sleep

    We hate you, Peter Murphy. Well, OK. Not really. Murphy is a good guy who is a joy to interview and who still puts out amazing music. That being said, we are getting thoroughly sick of his trademark voice. Our two-year-old daughter requests his song "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (And That Wh ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Dear Obama: You'd Make A Great Goth Musician

    Dear President Barack H. Obama, I want you to know that I am very impressed by your recent musical endeavors. While it's clear that you could use some practice and professional vocal coaching, it's equally clear that you possess more than enough raw talent to excel as a musician. I know right now, ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Gothic Council: I See A Symphony And I Want To Paint it Black

    VNV Nation is coming, and even though we'll have to endure endless bitching about how VNV Nation isn't goth every single goth we know will be there. Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson put on fantastic shows, release brilliant albums, and just all-around enlighten and amaze audiences wherever they go. K ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    The End is Nigh: 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Edition

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! Once again the time has come to select the most excellent musicians in o ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    G N' R, The Cure & Chili Peppers Could Be Hall Of Famers Next Year

    Oh, this will be a fun induction ceremony...​This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    The Eagle Flies Away With "Houston's Alternative Hits"

    All that's left of The Zone's Web site.​Cox Communications has shuttered its fledgling "alternative hits" concept, 106.9 The Zone, and begun simulcasting The Eagle, The Zone's "classic hits" next-door neighbor, on that frequency as of 5:30 a.m. this morning. "The Eagle's Classic Hits forma ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Happy Birthday Siouxsie Sioux: Eight Of Her Best Songs

    Siouxsie on Facebook​Today Siouxsie Sioux, born Susan Janet Ballion, turns 54 years old. Sioux is one of the undisputed originators of the post-punk and goth genres. Whether you're talking about her work with the Banshees or the strange, dark world music that defined the Creatures, you can be ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Most Definitive Goth Album... Ever

    ​Gothtopia has a new, longer drive to the sheet-music mines every day, the upside of which is that we get to listen to a lot more music in the car. Since much of our dedicated listening time is taken up with official assignments, drive time is one of the few opportunities we have to really sit ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    The Gothic Council is Taking "Friday" Back

    ​Gothtopia moved this week, and even though we've been reduced to shelling out cash for professional movers rather than proving our manhood by hauling furniture by ourselves until 3 a.m., there was still a fair amount of backing and forthing to do between the old place and the new place. With ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Deliciously Macabre Desserts at the Gothic Beauty Pageant

    ​It became apparent as soon as I took my place in the line outside the venue that - in jeans, a green sweater, and ankle boots - I was not properly outfitted for the occasion. In line ahead of me: a woman costumed in top hat and braids a la Boy George (oh, the irony), two guys in spike-laden ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    The Seven Ages Of Goth

    ​This is not meant as a complete history of goth, as that would be a huge book. Instead, we're aiming to give a simple overview of the musicians, songs and albums that have most defined the genre. Many deserving artists have been left out, and some that we're sure some people feel are not wor ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Passion Pit Moves Bodies, Emotions at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse/Check out a slideshowPassion Pit played to a sold out crowd at Warehouse Live​Aftermath remembers the first book that ever made us cry. It was Katherine Paterson's controversial but also much-loved young adult novel Bridge to Terebithia. In all likelihood it was also the ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: The Knux Rock Our Sox

    Craig Hlavaty​Waking us up out of our Sixth Street-induced coma were The Knux from Los Angeles, by way of Nawlins on the Xbox 360 stage. The hip-hop trio were decked out in leather and spat out grimy Wu-Tang style rhymes with intermittent old-school Cure riffs thrown in for sick measure. Our favor ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Ten Cover Songs So Bad They'll Shrivel Your Soul

    Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation". Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters? ​ You sure you're not being too harsh? ​ Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums That Went Darker

    ​ For most rock acts, the traditional way to deal with success is to rework their lyrics, image and sound to become palatable to a larger audience. Usually this means brightening the subject matter, cleaning up the bad words, softening the sharp edges on those power chords and getting haircuts tha ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Flowers to Hide

    Here's a nice little Friday-afternoon rocker for all you clockwatchers out there. It's "503," a snappy account of touring life by Houston's Flowers to Hide, the opener of the quartet's 2008 EP Down the Stairs. The lickety-split pacing and brazen guitars reminds Rocks Off of beloved '80s nightwatchme ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Aftermath: Michael Jackson Tribute at Numbers

    Chris Gray Well, Numbers' Michael Jackson tribute turned out to be three songs and a few arch comments from the DJ, before a typical Classic Numbers crowd that was more interested in the Cure than the King of Pop. The real action was across the street at Mango's, where the Tontons enhanced their rep ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    June 5, 2008
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    January 25, 2008

    Highly Anticipated Albums of 2008

    Because lists aren’t just for Christmas, here are some of the most eagerly awaited albums scheduled for release in 2008. The anticipation is so high that this top ten list goes to 11. 11. Green Day How does a band follow their most commercially successful record, two Grammys, and a world tour? Wi ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007

    Tiger Army

    Psychobilly punks are nearing radio-friendly territory

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    August 2, 2007

    Retro Active: 1987, Here We Come

    How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>

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    July 30, 2007

    Last Night: The Houston Press Music Awards Showcase, Part Three

    Well, I have to say my first-ever Music Award Showcase was a good one, especially watching the youngsters on the Press street team - who deserve big ups for their media blitz on local musicians' behalf - grind on each other at the late-night DJ showcase, while a few staffers and I discussed who was ... More >>

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    August 22, 1996
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    August 22, 1996

    Long Lasting Treatment

    The ingredients may change, but the Cure endures

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    December 2, 1993

    Hendrix: Dead, Live and Unearthed

    A spate of tributes and reissues that hit and miss

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