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The Mars Volta

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    July 24, 2014

    Five Contemporary Acts the Houston Symphony Should Take On

    This Saturday at Jones Hall, the Houston Symphony will take on the music of Led Zeppelin, as arranged by conductor Brent Havens. It's sure to be an awesome show, and I personally think it's sort of a brilliant idea. Hard rock and metal have always had elements that gel well with classical and sympho ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Concerts Between Now and Labor Day

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    The Five Weirdest Artists to Ever Go Mainstream

    One thing most intense music fans agree on nowadays is that the mainstream sucks. That's probably a sentiment that's always been true among the underground, but you even hear it among casual listeners today. "I don't buy albums because only one or two songs are going to be good" is a common refrain. ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Five Musicians You Probably Didn't Know Are Straight-Edge

    Here at Rocks Off we talk a lot about alcohol. We've celebrated the great drunken moments of rock stars and taken a look at those who sell their own brands of booze. There's a reason for that old sex, drugs, and rock and roll cliché. It doesn't apply universally. though. The straight-edge genre of ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Hardcore's Five MVPs Right Now

    I feel like hardcore is very much a genre where you either sink or swim. You either become a legend or you fade rapidly into obscurity. If you can't keep topping yourself, you're ousted quickly by even younger kids than yourself. Hardcore is one of the few careers where you can be washed up by your ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    The Five Best "Band's Breaking Up" Singles

    Folks, I've said it before, but I have an undying love for the musical partnership of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, regardless of whether they're calling themselves At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, De Facto, or the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group. As long as they were together, they made ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    The Nine Best Live Acts We've Ever Seen

    Friday, one hand holding our collective nose, Rocks Off brought you our opinions on the worst live acts we'd ever had the misfortune to encounter in a post imaginatively titled "The Nine Worst Live Acts We've Ever Seen." But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction -- shoutout to New ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Happy International Lefthanders Day: The Five Best Southpaw Guitarists

    I have to admit something a little odd: I've always been a bit jealous of left-handed people. It seems like so many of our greatest minds in the arts and sciences are left-handed, and it seems like it must have some sort of connection to greatness. Sure, they typically die younger, but that's the pr ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Bosnian Rainbows at Bronze Peacock Room, 5/30/2013

    Bosnian Rainbows House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) May 30, 2013 Ex-Mars Volta and At the Drive-In guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has entered his weird '80s phase. What that means to his listeners will vary depending on who you ask. Perhaps the comparison means that he's transitioned from a "prog ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Friends In High Places: 5 Weird Actor/Musician Friendships

    You or I may not be a fan of Justin Bieber, but you know who is? Mike Tyson, that's who. As Iron Mike explained a little while ago, he thinks Bieber is "pretty awesome." Apparently the ex-heavyweight champ got turned into a Belieber through his wife, who hooks Tyson up with most of his music. This ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Five Weird Bands to Watch in 2013

    I have to be honest with you here, readers: when I see a "bands to watch in (insert year here)" list, I usually give it a cursory look, wretch in disgust, and x out of it as quickly as possible. Not because the bands are awful, because they're bland! Almost every list focuses on some flavor-of-the-w ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    How Social Media Is Making Band Breakups Even Worse

    Though we had previously noted on Rocks Off that psychedelic prog-rockers the Mars Volta had gone on the dreaded "indefinite hiatus" last year, none of us foresaw how truly acrimonious the split would become a short time later. For those who missed it, last week TMV front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala w ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    REWIND: The Mars Volta at Verizon, 9/17/09

    ​Note: In a series of tweets Wednesday night, Cedric Bixler-Zavala of latter-day prog-rockers The Mars Volta announced he was effectively done with the band, the result of an evident falling-out with partner Omar Rodriguez-Lopez over touring. "What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    "New" Albums Composed of Old Music: Good or Bad?

    It's 2013, and we've all pretty much finished our end-of-the-year lists. Now we look to the future. What albums are we looking forward to this year? If I had to guess, at least some of the best releases of the year will consist of music out of a vault or reissues of old albums. But is that a good th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Dearly Departed: Bands We'll Miss Who Broke Up In 2012

    Every year has its fair share of births and deaths, even when speaking of bands. They form, reform, and break up. We talk a lot about reunions, but many bands fade out and break up with barely a whisper. It's unfortunate because some of these bands were old favorites at one time. Today we'll look b ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Fan Direction: 5 Great Music-Video Contest Winners

    One of the latest trends I've observed in music is that almost everyone is outsourcing their videos these days, even top artists. It's much easier and cheaper to hold a fan contest, asking your fans to create videos for you, than it is to go out and shoot the video yourself on your (or your record l ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    When the Voice Goes: 5 Rock Singers Who Have Lost It Live

    Last week, this video of Guns n' Roses playing at the Bridge School Benefit in California surfaced on YouTube, raising a lot of eyebrows among music fans. It was an acoustic performance of "Welcome to the Jungle" which might sound like a confusing prospect in and of itself, but what has everyone tal ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Texas Sons The Mars Volta Strip Down To Progress With New Album, Movie

    El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta have long been known for their bombast and progressive-rock self-indulgence. Ever since they departed the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, they've spent their time making what can only be described as "epics." ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Put On A Happy Face: 6 Ex-Emos Who Found More Success By Being Happy

    Emo. The word conjures so many images. For your average American, it will make them think of black eyeliner, wrist-cutting, and essentially hair metal for the '00s. For hardcore kids, they'll think of Jawbreaker. But either way you slice it, emo has had its ups and downs as a genre and has changed ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    In Prog We Trust: Five Progressive Rock Bands You Hate, But Shouldn't

    There are some forms of music that struggle to find critical acclaim while others are loved by critics but universally dismissed by the public. Then, there is another group that, despite a loyal and sometimes massive cult following, are disliked by critics and everyday music fans alike. Meet prog-r ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Nine Bands From the '90s Underground That Should Consider Reuniting

    Photo via officialrefused.com​Everyone was all abuzz about the reunion announcements of Refused and At the Drive-In this week. I was less abuzz. I never much cared for Refused (nor International Noise Conspiracy) and I was one of those people that liked ATDI "before" (and I certainly had no ne ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    This Station Is Now Operational: At The Drive-In Is Reuniting. Finally.

    With the beginning of a Twitter account and an official website, heavily influential El Paso-based rock act At The Drive-In has announced their reformation today. What the future will hold for the group, which splintered into the Mars Volta and Sparta after their 2001 split, is anyone's guess. SXSW? ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    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 >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    November 18, 2010
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    November 15, 2010

    Reduxion Returns Next Wednesday With Tax The Wolf

    Michelle Tovar/ Tax the Wolf on Facebook​We're baaaaaaack! After a couple of months off - hey, things happen - Reduxion, Rocks Off's monthly series of local bands covering their biggest influences, returns just in time to get you nice and hung over for Thanksgiving dinner. (Kidding... we thin ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Like A Movie, HPMA Showcase Afternoon Over Far Too Quickly

    Jim BrickerHell City Kings: Not afraid to get salty.​This was the first year and no doubt the first of many for the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase to converge on Washington Avenue like a sweet-sounding pestilence made up of drums, mikes, a few steel guitars and a tanker truck full of musi ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Aftermath: The Mars Volta Gets All Violently Cosmic At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Eric Sauseda​ There are simply no other bands doing what the Mars Volta do today and everyday. Plenty of second-rate bands have taken a look at the Volta's template and taken a foolhardy crack at it, but they have all failed miserably, leaving wakes of hackneyed concept albums and ill-in ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Life on Mars

    Grammy-winning prog-punks The Mars Volta mellow out on Octahedron.

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    July 14, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Giant Battle Monster

    If you plan on seeing Houston's Giant Battle Monster live, tonight at the Alvin Bowling Alley is your last chance until Christmastime. The psych-rock band, whose spacey, expansive jams bear a striking resemblance to the Mars Volta, is going on hiatus to record and generally recharge the proverbial b ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Sunday Sunday Sunday: Zechs Marquise at the Mink

    A natural talent for psychedelia must be as common as Y chromosomes in the Rodriguez-Lopez family DNA. That gene pool has produced a trio of rockers - Omar, Marcel and Marfred - that has proved its mastery of the genre in more than one incarnation. The most notable, of course, is Omar, co-mastermin ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 2: Measuring Time Mars Volta-Style, Led Zeppelin Rumors and More

    Photo by Dawn Jones-Garcia Nope. No Page. Just Plant. * C3 and Capitol Metro have really improved their shuttle-bus efficiency. Granted, both the Mars Volta and Manu Chao were far from through when I left the park, but the line never stalled for more than about 30 seconds. In fact, it took almost e ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 5: Playlist for the Drive Home

    Last one. Here are a few songs that rocked Rocks Off's world this weekend. Sunny Sweeney, "Drink Myself Single" M. Ward, "Pieces of a Broken Heart" David Byrne, "Life During Wartime" Alejandro Escovedo, "Castanets (I Like Her Better When She Walks Away)"

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    April 15, 2008

    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fighters. Seriously. That means everyone hoping for ... More >>

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    April 11, 2008

    Last Night: Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige at Toyota Center

    You could literally smell Mary J. Blige from like ten feet away. It was insane. It must have been all the product on her. If I didn't know what "fabulous”smelled like before, I do now. It was amazing, like a separate presence onto itself. She must summon that essence to hit her high notes, like Ca ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    The Mars Volta take Manhattan

    Bedlam at Terminal 5

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    December 26, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Nick Cave Digs Lazarus

    2008 is but a week away, but it's already sounding brutal. Next year we can expect new releases from the Mars Volta, a Flight of the Conchords studio record, and a Rick Rubin-helmed Metallica disc. Plus a new Eagles of Death Metal record that I will no doubt be hectoring readers about until December ... More >>

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    May 24, 2007

    No Sleep for Brooklyn

    Indie-rap fireplug El-P returns...bombastically bleak as ever

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    March 29, 2007

    El-P

    I'll Sleep When You're Dead

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    December 28, 2006

    Phat Promises for 2007

    New Year's resolutions of the stars

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    March 24, 2005

    The Mars Volta

    Frances the Mute

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    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming, and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

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    December 4, 2003

    Spoken Like a Champion

    Saul Williams -- poetry's only rock star -- aims for the lizard brain

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    October 2, 2003
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    July 17, 2003

    The Mars Volta

    De-Loused in the Comatorium (Gold Standard Labs/Strummer Recordings/ Universal )

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    June 12, 2003

    Aged Peppers

    Flea and company prove they can keep it together

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