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    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Music That Will Officially Be Old In 2013

    One of my favorite pastimes is reminding my friends how old we are all getting, partly because I am cruel, and probably because even I am astounded that actor Steve Guttenberg is now three years older than Wilford Brimley was when they filmed Cocoon together in 1985. We can all think of things tha ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    10 Odd Musical Gift Ideas for the Last Christmas on Earth

    Back in the day, Christmas shopping for music lovers couldn't have been simpler: just head on down to the record store, pick up the latest hot release or a rare collector's item, wrap it up with a Warehouse Music gift certificate and you were golden. Now that the music business has evolved into a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Reader's Poll: The Compact Disc Turns 30

    This week the compact disc turned 30 years old, and will no doubt spend it drinking with friends and wondering where the time went and lamenting the fact that they haven't gotten married yet. Few people know that the first commercial CD produced was Billy Joel's 1978 release 52nd Street, an album ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Your Ultimate Batman Batsoundtrack Batplaylist

    No doubt some of you are sitting bleary and bloodshot from seeing an overnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and I am jealous of you. I didn't think to buy tickets early so now I will have to wait until like, next week to see it. First World Problems, dude. The ending of the Christopher Nolan ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    UME's Lauren Larson: "Summer Fest Will Always Be Special To Us"

    Not until I conversed with UME frontwoman Lauren Larson did I realize that 2009's Summer Fest was the band's first real festival, and afterwards they would find themselves on even bigger stages than the one at Eleanor Tinsley Park. The Austin-based band plays this year's fest at 6 p.m. on Sunday eve ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012

    Erykah Badu's Adventure Time: "We Just Freak It"

    Songstress Erykah Badu first brought her own brand of spirituality, sensuality, and street smarts into the R&B/hip hop charts over a decade ago with her debut album Baduizm. Her sound, managing to speak to both the worlds of hip-hop and soul, as then predicted has proven to be something of long-term ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Summer Fest Releases Schedule & Stage Times

    Time to make some hard choices, folks. Free Press Summer Fest just released the schedule for this year's two-day event June 2 and 3 in Eleanor Tinsley Park.

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    May 4, 2012

    How Bizarre: How the Hell Are These Songs All 15 Years Old?

    "Simple. Fifteen years have gone by." Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John made retu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Summer Fest Adds Pretty Lights, Erykah Badu, 3 Dozen Locals

    After raising ticket prices Monday night, Free Press Summer Fest announced more headliners Thursday morning. What are you getting for that extra dough? How about Pretty Lights, Erykah Badu, Fitz & the Tantrums, Phantogram, R3hab, David Garza? Respectively, that's one Colorado EDM space cadet, one ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

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    March 27, 2012

    Summer Fest Ticket Prices Go Up At 10 p.m.; More Talent "Soon-Ish"

    Free Press Summer Fest is increasing ticket prices tonight, with a promise to compensate by adding more talent to the two-day music festival on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. According to FPSF's email blast this morning, the price of passes will go up at 10 p.m. tonight, and the festival will announce ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    '90s Soundtrack Battle: Angus & Batman Forever Duke It Out

    ​The movies couldn't be any more different. One is about an obese, kindly high school guy with a heart of gold. The other is about an crime-fighting millionaire orphan inside a cartoonish world full of super-villains, cringe-worthy puns, and Jim Carrey at his muggiest. Obvious Angus is a bette ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Rush...Again

    Photo by Jeff Balke​A couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Huh-Huh-Huh: 20 Bands Beavis and Butt-Head Turned Us Onto

    ​Next Monday, Beavis and Butt-Head returns to MTV with original episodes for the first time in 14 years. The final episode of the show's original run aired on November 28, 1997, and marked the closing of a chapter of our lives. Not only were they instrumental in forming our vocabulary - fartkn ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Last Night: Weezer At Free Press Summer Fest

    Ed. Note: Much more on Summer Fest to come throughout the day. Jim Bricker​Weezer Free Press Summer Fest Eleanor Tinsley Park June 5, 2011 For almost two hours on Sunday night, Weezer led a sea of thousands through some of the saddest and happiest times of their lives an their 18-song set of ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Top 10 Musician Tweets About Bin Laden's Death

    ​Last night, this member of Rocks Off was sitting at a pizza parlor off Ella when he found out that our military killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. It was a monumental moment in time, as we sat back and looked at the past decade and half of our lives, since we learned his name in 1998 with th ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    The Ultimate Musical Space Shuttle Crew

    ​The first man to ever leave the Earth and venture into space was a Russian cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin, who, if he hadn't died at the young age of 34 in a plane crash he would be 77 years old today. Garagrin was launched into space on April 12, 1961, and orbited once around the planet in 108 ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones, Bun B Head Summer Fest Lineup

    "I'm gonna pull out some shit on stage that will make the Flaming Lips cry and possibly retire in awe." - Hayes Carll, via @hprocksoff GroovehouseYeasayer at House of Blues, April 2010​Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Yeasayer and Houston rappers Z-Ro and Bun B head up the lineup ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    The Irrepressibles Stage A Mirror Mirror Spectacle

    ​Last year, Rocks Off was completely caught off guard by the sheer, unholy awesomness of The Irrepressibles. Director Roy Raz set their then-unreleased song "In This Shirt" to one of the most amazing and innovative music videos ever in a short film he called The Lady is Dead. The video, in add ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    "Come On Buick, Light My Fire."

    Not official Nike footwear.​Like most of Western society, I'd figured I was pretty much numb to the use of popular songs in commercials. I don't know how far back the practice dates, exactly, but I remember the anecdote from No One Here Gets Out Alive about Jim Morrison shooting down the sugge ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Frickin' Lasers: Six Artists Who Could Really Use Them

    Photo illustration by Monica FuentesNow that's more like it.​If you don't have tickets for tonight's Ghostland Observatory show at Warehouse Live, you are shit out of luck. Sorry to say, but the show is sold out, and when things sell out at that venue, they mean it. Seriously, you may have to ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    ACL Day 3 Recap: Flaming Lips, The National, And We're Out!

    Photos by Marco Torres​If there was one band this member of Aftermath was most looking forward to seeing at ACL this weekend, it was the Flaming Lips. But explaining why requires a bit of a backstory. From 1980 to 2003 (the first 23 years of our life) we lived in Oklahoma City. In the early-' ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Three Songs, No Flash: Mark C. Austin's Life In The Pit

    All photos by Mark C. AustinGwen Stefani of No Doubt in The Woodlands, May 2009​This evening, local rock photographer Mark C. Austin unveils his first exhibit of his work since he began shooting bands almost five years ago. Austin's work has appeared in print and online for the Houston Press a ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    What If The KTRU And Fitzgerald's Sales Were Reversed?

    ​Rocks Off is quite keen on alternate realities, the kind where The Joker is actually a superhero or Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four. That kind of thing. This summer has seen two of Houston's seemingly most-stable institutions thrown into complete chaos. First, Sara Fitzgerald turned ove ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Flaming Lips Close Summerfest With Love And Lasers

    Marco Torres​ Houston, you don't get a spectacle like this but maybe once a year. Last October we had U2 with the Claw inside Reliant Stadium, putting on a show that literally had the building shaking with spirit and goodwill. Sunday night at Eleanor Tinsley Park, the Flaming Lips closed the secon ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Girl Talk Toilet Paper Mash-Ups Balloons = Party!

    Marc Brubaker​ Aftermath didn't think it was possible to up the ante any more at this year's Summerfest until Girl Talk took the stage Saturday night. In our estimation, it was the biggest and baddest Summerfest party to date. We might even venture to say that achieved the biggest and baddest summ ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Fat Tony, Uh Huh Her, Slim & Bun Beat The Summerfest Heat

    Eggs/ breakfastontour.comFat Tony popped up during the Eastern Sea's set as well.​For years, Aftermath has listened to young people complain about Houston's (supposed) lack of a music scene. He has even been guilty of believing it at times - hey, we were all young once. But over the weekend, Summe ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Can Anyone Out-Twee Owl City?

    ​Owl City (really just a guy named Adam Young) is a bit of a conundrum. He's perfectly fine to listen to, as long as you pretend that his music is specifically intended for very young children, like the Wiggles or Raffi. Then you pay attention to the meticulous production and catchy hooks instead ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Wowee Zowee! Summerfest and Pegstar Do It Again!

    ​ Since the Summerfest 2010 announcement in February, Houston has been abuzz about the festival's line-up, heading up the Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. Word came down last night that another name has been added to the list of headliners. Let's just say that you summer babes may have to cut your hair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Your Guide To The Annual March Music Invasion Of Texas

    ​March can be a harrowing, exhausting time to be a music fan in Texas. Or it can be the most exhilarating time of all.Everyone knows about the monster that is SXSW. It can be far too easy to be overwhelmed by options, last-minute hype and logistical nightmares. Luckily, this week's feature provide ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    It's True: Flaming Lips Headlining Summerfest In First Houston Show In 8 Years

    In case you hadn't already heard (like on our Twitter feed), the Flaming Lips are this year's headliner for Free Press Summerfest, the Oklahoma psych-rockers' first Houston appearance since their joint tour with Beck stopped at Jones Hall back in 2002. The Free Press' Omar Afra and Pegstar's Jagi K ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Rocks Off's 2010 Predictions: The Fate of Owl City, Chingo Bling vs. Chamillionaire, the Next Twilight Soundtrack and Madchester In Katy

    www.flickr.com/photos/dherholz/​ Adam Young of Owl City will mystify the scientific community, yet surprise no one in the music community, when he is hacked in half in a freak sawmill accident, and it's discovered he is filled with gummi bears. The Arcade Fire/Flaming Lips feud is resolved when ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    He Said She Said: Our Christmas Musical Wishlists

    ​She Said's music listening habits have become so lazy thanks to the Internet. She can barely bring herself to pay for a full CD any more when there's so much awesome music for free online. She can't even remember the last time she bought a full CD in the concrete, plastic wrap and all. That said, ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Exes, Part 2

    ​ Oh lord. This could get ugly. Sorry, mom. When it comes to - ahem - unresolved issues in a relationship, almost nothing is better to help us commiserate, haterate and self-medicate than music. She Said sometimes likes to image what the soundtrack of her life would look like. The songs below woul ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Never Mind Twilight, Here Are the Best Werewolf and Vampire Music Videos

    ​ Werewolves and vampires have been at each others' throats long before Twilight: New Moon (opening tomorrow) had them making pouty duck-faces at one another. Thankfully, the tradition of the vampire and the werewolf in the art of the music video is a much richer one than the antics of the crybaby ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

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    July 8, 2009

    Aftermath: The McKenzies, the Howlies and Springfield Riots at the Mink

    Photos by Chris GrayThe McKenzies To Aftermath, the Mink's Backroom has always seemed more like a house than a music venue - especially inside, with the dark floors, corner bars and abundant, comfortable seating, it's like one of those cozy but spacious multi-resident dwellings where we all went to ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    This Weekend: The Flaming Lips' Christmas on Mars at the Alamo Drafthouse

    Hmm, the science-fiction film Christmas on Mars bills itself as "a fantastical film freak-out featuring the Flaming Lips." Considering the Lips are one of the country's wildest psychedelic bands, this ought to be interesting. The cast features ex-Houstonian and Lips drummer Steven Drozd, ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    August 9, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Downloading Music

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    June 22, 2006

    Band of Horses

    Saturday, June 24, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513

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    April 13, 2006

    The Flaming Lips

    At War with the Mystics

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    January 12, 2006

    Bayou City Music Mindbender, Part II

    Another chance to test your knowledge of local lore

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    November 10, 2005

    dios (malos), with Swords and Go Spread Your Wings

    Saturday, November 12, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727.

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    September 8, 2005
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    August 26, 2004

    Like a Prayer

    FrenetiCore's latest production sings praise without being preachy

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