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The Shins

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Man Man at Fitzgerald's, 9/22/2013

    Man Man, Xenia Rubinos Fitzgerald's Upstairs September 22, 2013 Man Man has always been a bit of a mystery, so much so that many people in Sunday's crowd were unaware that the group would even be headlining the venue's upstairs ballroom that night. Before the Philly group even stepped onstage, man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Bruce & Kelly, KTRU Outdoor Show, etc.

    Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis McGonigel's Mucky Duck, March 8 Spouses tempting fate by naming their new record Cheater's Game? Nah, just the "First Couple of Texas Country Music" rewarding fans with the couple's first-ever full-album collaboration, to go with any number of guest spots on each other' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Last Night: The Shins at House of Blues

    The Shins House of Blues October 10, 2012 People give the Shins a hard time. Hard to say if it's because they're so closely associated with Garden State - which, all these years later, was a pretty smug, annoying little movie - of if their gentle brand of psychedelic popcraft makes some people unco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    5 Bands to Avoid & 5 Bands to See at This Year's ACL

    If you are lucky enough to be going to ACL this weekend, you have no doubt been sitting in front of your concert schedule plotting your movements for this coming weekend. Alternately if you are missing out on ACL, a lot of the bands playing have been through Houston lately, or will be in town this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Big Business, Garbage, The Shins, etc.

    Big Business Warehouse Live (Studio), Monday Since 2003, the twosome of drummer-yelper Coady Willis and bassist-howler Jared Warren (give or take a guitarist) has been making a perfect sludgy mess as Big Business. They ended up joining Melvins Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover along the way, both live ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
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    September 18, 2012

    Moving Day: 5 Albums I Just Can't Quit

    Reconsidering a lifetime of musical choices is a funny business. My first musical purchase? The Maxi Single for Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). First proper album purchase? Amy Grant's 1991 classic, Heart In Motion. Before I lose any degree of credibility, let's move on. For the past m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Katy's Point to Infinity Wins Spot on Lollapalooza Stage

    This is one of those stories that can't help raise even the most cynical journalist's cockles a few degrees: Band fresh out of high school, with a disposition as sunny as its melodic brand of pop-rock, wins a spot at one of America's biggest, most important music festivals. Any Hollywood producer wo ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Tom Morello, A Vigilant And Emphatic Nightwatchman

    Besides Music World Gospel, New West Records is probably the most locally connected sub-major record label, and owner/partial Houstonian George Fontaine has long worn his heart on his sleeve about local music in general and recent New West additions the Wild Moccasins, Robert Ellis, Buxton and Grand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead -- 50 Cent And Much More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    9 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend

    Dozens of local rock, blues, jazz, folk and jam acts take over Dan Electro's Guitar Bar in the Heights for the completely free annual South by Due East festival, tonight through Monday. Door times are 5 p.m. Tonight and Monday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DJ duo Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Castillo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    In Ten Years, Will Indie Be Remembered Like Nu-Metal?

    ​What exactly do you remember from the summer of 2002? Stop and think -- of the music on the radio, the CDs you were most excited for, who won the Grammy for Best Album, and so on. What exactly stands out from 10 years ago? If you find that your answer is "Not much," then you're probably l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Worst Part Of Parenting? The TV Shows.

    Don't believe the hype.​Being a parent is tough, especially when the kids are toddler age or thereabouts. You're basically on 24-7 suicide watch while the little hobgoblins cram everything they find into their mouths and clamber to the top of the bookshelves, while at the same time you try to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Top 10 Songs Famous Because Of A Movie

    ​Wednesday night, surf-guitar hero Dick Dale played to a packed Continental Club, in what Rocks Off's buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean and several others have since said was one of the best shows they've ever seen. The song that sent everyone home with their ears ringing and their fingers on fire ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Does "Indie Rock" Mean Anything At All Anymore?

    ​Our colleague Shea Serrano has been doing brisk business with his Rap Round Table blogs, corralling local hip-hoppers into talking about events in their scene and in the world at large. No topics are off limits, and everyone is willing to talk. So Rocks Off decided it was time for Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Mexican Spazz-Punk, Sulky Broken Bells, Spoon In The Pocket

    Photos by Craig HlavatyMexico's scuzzy Hong Kong Blood Opera​ We stopped off Red River at Barbarella to see Mexico City's Hong Kong Blood Opera, decent Blood Brothers-style spazz-punk, buoyed by electrics and plenty of howling by the band's co-singers. If anything, they engaged the crowd and we hu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010
  • Music

    January 7, 2010

    Love and Theft

    The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: "Fuck You Owl City" and the other Worst Songs of the Decade

    Sweet Jeebus, this decade had some awful pop music. You would think the Lord would spare us a little in light of all the terrorist attacks and hurricanes we got this past period. Where the past ten year cycles had disco, new wave, and classic West Coast hip-hop to sate the aural thirsts of Top 40 li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    He Said She Said: Music From the Past Decade of Our Lives, Part 2

    ​ She Said remembers being a little kid, thinking to herself, In the year 2000, you're going to be 20 YEARS OLD. Thinking of how old that would feel like and how far away it seemed. In truth, She Said feels no different today than she did ten years ago, but one look at her musical tastes over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Tonight: Margo & the Nuclear So and So's at the Mink

    Quick, name three musicians or bands from Indiana that do not contain the words "John," "Cougar" or "Mellencamp." Still thinking? Well, that list would include jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery, Deniece "Let's Hear It for the Boy" Williams and pop-punk "Boys of Summer" the Ataris. Don't forget that A ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Our Favorite Albums of 2007

    Panning for gold in an avalanche of 2007 releases

  • Music

    December 13, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007
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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 >>

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    The Shins

    Wincing the Night Away

  • Music

    January 4, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    December 28, 2006
  • Blogs

    December 14, 2006

    Best Albums of the Year, 2006 Part II

    Hellogoodbye, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (Drive-Thru): Few modern emo/punk/whatever whippersnappers capture the essence of the decade when keyboards ruled the world -- largely because their view of the 1980s comes secondhand via VH1 or retro-radio hours. However, an exception to this rule ... More >>

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know to avoid musical ostracism

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006

    Michael Haaga

    Description: Slightly surreal pop-rock genius. It's been compared to everything from the Shins and the Flaming Lips to Tori Amos fronting Metallica. Haaga himself calls this music "heavy mellow." Members: Michael Haaga (vocals, guitar), Kelly Doyle (guitar), Jason Davis (bass), Brian Davis (d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 13, 2006
  • Music

    March 24, 2005

    The Mountain Goats, with Crystal Skulls

    Thursday, March 24, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Yin and Yang

    The killing of Dimebag Darrell rains on Michael Haaga's Continental Club Plus and Minus Show parade

  • Film

    August 12, 2004

    Yes, You Can

    In the Garden State, home is where Zach Braff's heart is

  • Music

    June 10, 2004
  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Dweebs Shall Inherit the Earth

    Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie is four geeks with chic

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Drat!

    Racket proposes a rock radio revolution. Clear Channel beats him to the punch.

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    The End Is Near

    The day of the Locust is at hand

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    The Shins

    Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)

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