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The Pretenders (Band)

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    September 26, 2014

    Taylor Momsen, Rock's Smartest Wild Child

    Taylor Momsen can name her rock and roll heroes with a disarming amount of speed. Her father's record collection instilled in her a love of loud guitars and thunderous drums from childhood, says the 21-year-old former Gossip Girl actress, who then rattles off the greats like her band The Pretty Reck ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Coachella Before Coachella: The 1983 US Festival

    US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 Directed by Glen Aveni MVD Visuals, 135 minutes, $19.95 In 1982, flush with cash, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak wanted to throw "a big party" and create an '80s version of Woodstock that would combine a music festival with displays and demonstrations about emerg ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Our Favorite 2013 HPMA Showcase Discoveries

    As in years past, Rocks Off asked our writers covering the HPMA showcase to tell us the act they like best that, until Sunday, they'd never seen before. American Fangs I caught American Fangs for the first time Sunday night, and came away impressed by how polished they sounded. They talented five-p ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    The 10 Best Rock Bands of the '80s

    Whether you lived through them or not, we can all admit that the '80s were a long time ago. Even a kid born on New Year's Eve 1989 could be most of his or her way through medical school by now. And although that decade refuses to go away in all sorts of ways, one concept that does feel like has been ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Boogie Nights: How Surviving Disco Helped Me Understand EDM

    Some kid I know asked me if I ever plan to write an article about electronic dance music. I told him yeah, probably I would. I guess that seemed too cavalier an answer. He wanted to know if I had something against EDM. Naw, it's all right, I told him. What was I, he wanted to know, some kind of ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    August 30, 2012

    The Best Def Leppard Demos, Rarities, And Deep Tracks

    Def Leppard is one of the quintessential rock bands of the '80s. With such hits as "Foolin'," "Hysteria," and the ever-popular "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and countless others. Despite the numerous tragedies that have befallen the band, including the death of guitarist Steve Clark and a car wreck that ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Hey Ladies! The 10 Most She-Tastic Artists of All Time

    Have you ever noticed this: Men and women have different musical tastes. At times, they do. Why? Because men and women have different interests, for the most part. Think about it, boys: while you may want to play some Metallica, your girlfriend (or mom) may want listen to Sheryl Crow or Madonna. A ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    The 10 Greatest Summer Concerts I Never Saw

    Well, kids, summer has arrived. If you have ever noticed, all the good concerts seem to come during the summer -- with May being more like a pre-show. My parents, when I was younger, took me to many concerts at some of these venues, mainly Contemporary Christian concerts. I myself had only been to ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Rocking Songs In Children's Entertainment

    Here's the thing about children's entertainment, it's designed to appeal not only to the lowest common denominator, but the toughest audience known to man. Don't believe me? Try playing your favorite song to a toddler, even something that is an acknowledged classic like the Pretenders' "I'll Stand ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 7 Downtown Bars

    Life is about perspective and so is Houston's downtown. Perhaps some look at it as a commercial district and once wannabe party king who lost its luster with the emergence of its cousin Midtown. Or you can see it as a beautiful skyline -- the best in Texas -- that's lightly peppered with a magnifice ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    Sticky Fingers: 10 Musicians Who Deserve Their Own Ice Cream

    Ice cream is good -- especially in the summer and of course today. With the advent of the deliciously yummy Ben and Jerry's ice cream, among others, ice-cream companies have been naming their flavors after artists for years. Ben and Jerry's especially has been at the forefront of naming their ice ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2012

    Nick Lowe Tries to Recapture That Old Magic

    Artist was once the Jesus of cool

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    April 4, 2012

    Tears In Heaven: The 10 Best Songs To Come Out Of Tragedy

    Since the dawn of time, great art has been birthed out of great tragedy, happening numerous times with playwrights, artists, and musicians. In many ways, expressing grief through music serves as a healing agent that gets the artist through tough things such as the loss of a loved one. It also helps ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    A Rush Limbaugh Playlist: What Else Could Upset Artists Like Peter Gabriel?

    There are a lot of people upset with Rush Limbaugh. If you've heard what Limbaugh had to say about Georgetown student Sandra Fluke, then you can guess which parties are upset with him. Even a professional troll faces repercussions for calling a 30 year old college student "a slut". It's not surpr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Ten Musicians Who Played Other People on TV

    Sebastian Bach on Gilmore Girls​Fictional television shows are full of gimmickry. Some of it is good and some of falls flat. Others are subtle in-jokes. However, it can be interesting when a popular artist appears on a television show because it gives the audience a glimpse into another side o ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 5, 2011

    For Labor Day: 10 Songs About Childbirth

    kidzcareonline.com​Cyril Connolly said "There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall." The famed English literary critic knew, like several here at Rocks Off, that having kids puts a hell of a dent in a parent's free time, and the constant demands of children can make at ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    The First Ten Videos MTV Ever Aired

    ​Closing out this week of celebration, and a little mourning, on the occasion of MTV's 30th anniversary , we reached back into the YouTube vaults to present to you the first 10 videos Music Television ever aired. On August 1, 1981, The Buggles' awfully prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" b ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women

    David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus Music​Women are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    What Happened: 20 Lyrical Shots Of Tequila

    "Tequila. Straight. There's a real polite drink. You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won't go down" - actor Lee Marvin (R.I.P.) ​How out of it is Rocks Off after Wednesday night's sublime Arcade Fire show? Even though we've known about it for weeks, it took us until ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Merry Christmas From Rocks Off

    Rocks Off polled our staff for their favorite Christmas songs to create a playlist for you to enjoy while you open presents, drink egg nog, or however else you celebrate. Enjoy. Ahh, the gift that keeps on giving...​Editor's Pick: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": Neph Basedow: Ped ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    House Of Blues Extends Tax-Free Merch Sale Through 7 p.m. Today

    ​House of Blues has extended its "Great Rock 'N' Roll Sample Sale" to a second day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in the Bronze Peacock Room. Sales tax for all merchandise, available for as low as $3 for CDs and hats (Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, KISS) or even $1 for tour programs (Springstee ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Otis Redding, Jayhawks Help Us Overcome The Mailbox Cringe

    ​Sometimes we cringe when we go to the mailbox, but the past few days have brought Lonesome, Onry and Mean an eclectic trove of cool stuff. New Mystery Girl is Austinite Chrissy Flatt's new project with longtime collaborators Eric Hisaw and Ron Flynt. Twist City is a no-frills roots-rock disc - li ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2009

    No Exit

    Blondie casts a wide net indeed on the band's Last.fm station.

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    June 22, 2009

    When the Moon Becomes Round: Songs for the Summer Solstice

    Frederic Vincent/ Wikipedia In Houston, June 21 comes and goes with very little fanfare. While technically it's the first day of summer, anyone can tell you summer around here started about two months ago. Nonetheless, it seems like a shame to leave all the celebrating to the pagans; why, they don't ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Happy Birthday, "Louie Louie"

    Forty-six years ago today, a group of teenagers gathered in a Portland, Oregon, studio to record a ridiculously simple anthem that would go on to become one of the most influential - and most misunderstood - songs in rock history. The group was the Kingsmen - none of whom was over age 17 - and the s ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    Album of the Week: Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete

    Pretenders Break Up the Concrete www.thepretenders.com Old punk rockers - or, in this case, post-punks - never die, they just go country. On the Pretenders' first album since 2002's barely-registering Loose Screw, Chrissie Hynde confronts middle age by revisiting the musical styles of the mid-2 ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Can't Get It Out of My Head: "Ain't Livin' Long Like This"

    Waylon Jennings, "Ain't Livin' Long Like This," live in 1980 Rocks Off is a big musical-phase guy. It's not unusual for him to get stuck - if "stuck" is indeed the proper word - listening to an artist or genre for weeks or months at a time. This summer it was Tom Petty (which he's still&nb ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 1: Gentrification, Acid, Obama Shirts and More

    Photo by L.A. Reno Alejando Escovedo brought the DNC to ACL. Thursday, Noise requisitioned a standard-size (4X8 inches) reporter's notebook from the Press supply cache. Sunday night, slumping his worn-out ass into the press camp as Foo Fighters took the "Long Road to Ruin," he had more than 60 page ... More >>

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    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

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    November 17, 2006

    Who's cool?

    So the Who is back on tour. Why should we care? Well, to start with, it's the Who's first visit since original bassist John Entwistle died in 2002, some 38 years after joining the band (which is now called "the Two" by those keeping count). Also, in October, the Who released Endless Wire, its first ... More >>

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    July 23, 1998
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    December 18, 1997

    Deifying Dah-veed

    David Garza worships at the altar of rock and roll

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    April 10, 1997

    Ready to Ride

    Alice's Tin Pony breaks from the gate with Hate Book

  • Music

    December 5, 1996

    Rush to Judgment

    Critical darlings? No. Fan favorites? Yes. Stubborn survivors? As all Rush Rangers know, absolutely.

  • Music

    October 17, 1996

    Unpromised Land

    Jolene strives to make sense of life's punches -- and make a living

  • Film

    December 7, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Appalachia Calling

  • Music

    February 23, 1995

    Keeping His Cool

    Nick the Knife's regained his edge, and the world's a better place for it

  • Music

    December 2, 1993

    Hendrix: Dead, Live and Unearthed

    A spate of tributes and reissues that hit and miss

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