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The Hold Steady

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    July 10, 2014

    Whatever: Houston's Getting Another Music Fest Next Month

    Is Houston ready to sweat out two more days of music barely two months after Free Press Summer Fest, only this time with a little more laughter? We may be about to find out. Wednesday afternoon, a new festival calling itself Houston Whatever Fest popped up online and on social media, promising musi ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Revisiting Gaslight Anthem and Other "Baby Boss Bands"

    This past year and a half was a pretty Springsteen-centric one for me. It was just last summer that we lost The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band's mascot and longtime saxophonist at the age of 69 due to stroke complications. Rewind: Springsteen Stumbles On Pedestrian New Album Wrecking ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Friday Night: Sublime at Discovery Green

    Photos by groovehouse​Sublime Discovery Green April 1, 2011 Check out our slideshows from this weekend's Big Dance Concert Series: the bands and the fans. Aftermath has been listening to Sublime as long as we can remember. They helped define our childhood, but we never thought we would get ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Final Four Traffic Snarls

    Buxton mixing their new album in L.A.​The Final Four descends upon Houston this weekend. Oh, if there were only four feeds we had to follow to bring all this lovely Houston music news to everyone. Instead, MCM crawls through more feeds than there are colleges in the NCAA, gathering up every bi ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Hold Steady, Panic!, Pat Green Round Out Big Dance Lineup

    Allen HillLos Skarnales at Discovery Green, September 2010​This weekend Houston gets invaded by college basketball like never before as the Final Four takes over Reliant Stadium and Discovery Green for a slew of concerts and parties for the folks coming into town for the games and us locals al ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW With LOM: Gourds Kill, Grandfather Child Wins, Candy Golde Shines

    Donica ChristensenWhat the Gourds saw from the stage at Friday's Vanguard Records party​Day Two found Lonesome Onry and Mean at the Vanguard Records day party, where the label was intent on showcasing several of its newest acts. While Viva Voce may not be the best band name ever, the Pixies-is ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    R.I.P. Phil Lynott: Top 10 Thin Lizzy Songs

    ​Thin Lizzy bassist and front man Phil Lynott passed away 25 years ago today due to drug and alcohol dependency in Salisbury, England. The hole Lynott, who was 36, left in the rock world has never been filled. First off, we should just post Lizzy's entire Jailbreak album right here to honor t ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Vinyl Junkie Joins Houston's Indie Record-Store Ranks

    Photos by Neph Basedow​Considering the music junkies we are, Rocks Off couldn't wait to check out Houston's newest independent record store, the aptly titled Vinyl Junkie, which opened its doors November 1. Located at 4202 E. Canal in Houston's East End, customers might need to circle the blo ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Still Fun Fun Fun, Festival Is On The Cusp Of Change

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Miss the bands in Austin this weekend? See as many as we could squeeze into our handy slideshow. Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin is on the cusp of change. A renovation to its home base, Waterloo Park, is due within the next year, so come next November the festival more than ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    October 6, 2010

    Springsteen 2.0: Can Baby Bosses Cruise The Backstreets?

    Daniel Kramer​This fall, Houstonians salivating for another touring run by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't have to search to hard to find bands heavily influenced by the man's sound and work ethic. Even though Springsteen and his merry band of musicians may be cooling their road ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Upcoming: Appleseed Cast, Deftones, Hold Steady, Usher, Etc.

    ​The Appleseed Cast, Ananlog Rebellion: Fri., Nov. 5. Fitzgerald's. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Os Mutantes: Sun., Nov. 7. Fitzgerald's. Barenaked Ladies: Wed., Nov. 3. Verizon Wireless Theater. "Best Of Houston Launch Party" With Robert Ellis & The Boys, The Zydeco Dots, Los Skarnales, ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Music's 15 Gnarliest Moustaches

    ​Moustaches are all the rage these days. From shirts to snow globes, rides, wax and tattoos, everyone wants a moustache or at least to support the cause. Rocks Off even has a moustache. When it was longer we combed it while driving or lounging, much to the chagrin of the people around us. Ce ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Rocks Off's Top 10 Favorite Story-Songs

    ​The Internet wants to kill Gordon Lightfoot - back in February, someone started a rumor that the Canadian troubadour was dead. Of course it started on Twitter, of all places, where an offhand remark about a celebrity death will be held as fact. Hell, the other night we killed Tim Allen and To ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Top Eight Bands That Sound Best When You're Drunk

    ​Some bands are great no matter what state you're in; some are terrible regardless of whether or not you could pass a breathalyzer test. Some bands, however, exist in a curious in-between zone, where what was merely decent, average or even uninteresting becomes enthralling with the simple addi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Will The Real Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup Please Stand Up?

    Marc BrubakerMetallagher at Fun Fun Fest 2009​Lots of late-night intrigue in the Twitterverse, as anticipation for the announcement of the lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 builds to a boil. Late Wednesday, Austin blog Party Ends published a list including Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Ga ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Devo, MGMT, Mastodon, Devin, Black Congress Head Fun Fun Fun Lineup

    GroovehouseMGMT at House of Blues in June​The official lineup for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, set for November 5-7 at Waterloo Park in the heart of downtown Austin, was released moments ago. In terms of firepower, this year's Fun Fun Fun roster arguably brings the festival within striking di ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Last Night: Silversun Pickups And Against Me! At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Faith SilvaAgainst Me!​Silversun Pickups, Against Me! Warehouse Live July 20, 2010 Against Me! opening up for Silversun Pickups would be like the Replacements opening up for My Bloody Valentine in 1991. Except that Against Me! isn't on the wane of their career and Silversun has way ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Wild Moccasins Get CD Release Crowd A-Twitter

    Jay Dryden via Wild Moccasins' Facebook​Between SXSW, the band's tour kickoff show last month and the interview in this week's print edition, Rocks Off has had plenty to say about the Wild Moccasins lately. So for the band's CD release of debut full-length Skin Collision Past Friday at Walte ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    FAIL: The Temptations, Roger Waters, Fred Schneider

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Austin City Limits Festival Tickets On Sale Tomorrow At 10 A.M.

    We're not saying Soundgarden is playing ACL, but you never know...​That's right. Now why would Rocks Off make something like that up? Hope you have $180 lying around and don't have any meetings or classes or anything like that tomorrow morning, because they're going to go quick. Better go ahead an ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Play Ball! Baseball Songs Even A Non-Sports Fan Can Love

    ​Sports aren't really She Said's thing, though she does like to watch games where there's a lot at stake emotionally (Super Bowl XLIV) and she nearly always roots for the underdog. Mostly, she really enjoys the speed of college basketball, and the nostalgia of baseball. She Said's dad is by no mea ... More >>

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    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Freelance Whales And Local Natives Shine At French Kiss Records' Showcase

    Photos by Brandon K. HernsbergerFreelance Whales​For as long as French Kiss Records has put on a showcase at SXSW, French Kiss Records has not dissapointed. The bands in their stable are a who's who of up and comers along with a number of indie mainstays that have remained in the public conscious ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Rid Of Me And Other Great Albums With Truly Hideous Covers

    ​MGMT's new album, Congratulations, comes out in April! We're excited. MGMT's 2008 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was fantastic, and we can't wait to hear what they've got in store for the follow-up. We're positive it will be awesome, as those weird-ass kids are only going to get weirder as th ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

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

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    September 3, 2009
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    August 27, 2009

    Walter's on Washington Closing In October; Club May Relocate

    Bill OliveSilver Jews at Walter's on Washington, September 2008​Rocks Off learned this morning that Walter's on Washington, one of Houston's primary venues for local bands, indie-rock, hardcore and touring acts not yet on the radar of Warehouse Live and House of Blues, will close at the end of Oct ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Bouncin' Back: Songs for Survivors

    Last Wednesday evening's positivity-ruining shootings at TSU's "Trae Day" block party were a fine example of how ignorance and violence can crash even the most uplifting party, but also of something else: Sometimes we get lucky (or blessed, depending on your theological viewpoint). In three separat ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Pump Up the Volume

    St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.

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    March 20, 2009
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    March 10, 2009

    How About Some SXSW Day Parties? A LOT of SXSW Day Parties?

    We here at Rocks Off are only about a week away from chafed inner thighs, weird Japanese punk bands puking in hotel pools and sweating out our morning mojitos while walking to an art space off 4th Street. South By Southwest is now only a week away. It was all fun and games in December when we were ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 19, 2008

    Weekend Music: (Just Like) Starting Over

    John Lennon, "Starting Over" Call Rocks Off crazy, but last week about this time - when I was frantically posting as many Ike & Tina Turner videos as I could find as the wind ominously picked up speed outside - seems about, as the Plimsouls said, a million miles away. It may be a little too soon ye ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
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    July 24, 2008
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    June 5, 2008

    High Gas Prices Still Hurting Touring Bands

    Notes toward a post-cheap-gas touring economy

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    April 10, 2008

    Should Bruce Springsteen Be Forgiven?

    Arguments for reconsidering the missteps on the Boss's otherwise impeccable track record

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    November 22, 2007

    The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting, by Jim Walsh

    A new oral history of The Replacements

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    October 25, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    Under the Volcano

    Ducking Humberto at Under the Volcano

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    July 13, 2007

    Confessions of a Classic Rock Whore, or One Man’s Journey

    When the Press cast its net for a new Assistant Music Editor, the editors probably assumed they’d reel in one of those sniffy indie types who worships either Bright Eyes or Death Cab for Cutie and thinks Boston is a place with a lot of nice bookstores. Instead they got me, who within two days of w ... More >>

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    June 8, 2007

    Last Night: The Hold Steady at Walter’s

    Date: June 7, 2007 Venue: Walter’s on Washington Better Than: Watching a concert in hell, but not much So I rode my bike to work this morning. A few miles down Allen Parkway. 90 degree heat. Black T-shirt. Very little shade. Back covered in sweat by the time I got here. No big deal. Seriously, n ... More >>

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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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    February 9, 2006

    Drugged and Disorderly

    The Hold Steady keeps it cinematic

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    October 20, 2005

    The Mae Shi

    Saturday, October 22, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.

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    September 15, 2005

    The Hold Steady

    Separation Sunday

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