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The Smiths (Band)

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    June 18, 2014

    Nine Bands Named After Songs By Other Bands

    We here at Rocks Off spend a lot of time thinking about band names. It's one of the most important things about a band, because it's the face of your brand. After all, a metal band is not going to get off the ground if it's named after a My Little Pony character. Once upon a time, you were doomed to ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Stacy Hartoon, Rudz's Punk-Rock Heir Apparent

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We've wanted Stacy Hartoon in ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    Morrissey at Julie Rogers Theatre, Beaumont, 5/25/2014

    Attending a Morrissey show is a strange experience. People cry, and cry, and cry and cry and cry. Last night Beaumont's Julie Rogers Theatre was full of sobbing concertgoers: one to the left, one to the right, and countless others throughout the venue. The only time it's acceptable to sob your way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Five Great Rock/Country Crossovers

    It's strange, but unless you're a musician, it seems like there's hardly any crossover between fans of country and rock. In fact, if you ask people what kind of music they like, especially if they're mostly rock fans, a lot of the time their answer will be "anything but country." But the musicians ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    10 More Aging Pop-Star Tours We'd Like to See

    This Saturday night, Houston will be greeted by two very familiar faces: Sting and Paul Simon. The two are legends in their respective fields, and although their music doesn't quite sound similar, the tour is welcome all the same. It's sort of like Elton John and Billy Joel, only a little less obvio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Seven Bad Singers in Good Bands

    I'm willing to bet you've heard more than one band and thought, "that guy can't sing." Maybe you even liked the music, but the singer was just so awful it ruined it for you. It's not simply the domain of local bands who couldn't find a decent singer off Craigslist either. Some popular bands have sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Morrissey Delighted With Parody Charlie Brown Tumblr, Apparently

    If you haven't had an opportunity to check out the Tumblr "This Charming Charlie" -- seriously, it should have been "You're a Charming Man, Charlie Brown! -- then do yourself a favor and head on over there to waste a couple of hours. The site posts classic Peanuts comic strips, but with all the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Meeting of the Minds: Morrissey and Charlie Brown

    Morrissey always seemed like a rather gloomy chap, on that we can all agree. But how does he stack up against the all-time glum heavyweight, Charlie Brown? In case you never wondered that before, go ahead and kick yourself just like we did. That's the germ of an idea behind This Charming Charlie, a ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    San Antonio Roses

    Please welcome Girl In a Coma as our HPMA showcase's special guest.

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    July 23, 2013

    10 "Classic" Albums We Happen to Hate

    Through a variety of methods and processes, certain albums throughout the course of pop and rock history have come to be regarded as "classics," critically untouchable works that not only enriched the coffers of their creators but overall made the world a nicer, more beautiful place to be. Of cours ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    The Royal Baby: Parenting Advice From 10 Top UK Musicians

    As it stands today, the world waits with bated breath for the birth of the royal baby, the offspring of Prince William and Kate Middleton. To be honest with you, I don't know much about the royal family. They exist completely in the periphery for me. However, I do know all about parenting, and I tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Houston Press Brings Back Cocktails & Covers For Another Summer Of Awesome Fridays

    Cocktails are awesome, and so are bands that are playin' some sweet tunes that you know and love. So when you combine the two, magic happens. That magic will be exactly what is happening the rest of the summer, thanks to the summer concert series, "Cocktails & Covers," brought to you by the Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Can't have a Best of Coachella without a worst, right? Thanks to our (tired) Southern California friends at West Coast Sound and Heard Mentality. The Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Becaus ... More >>

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    April 14, 2013

    Last Night: New Order at Coachella

    New Order Coachella April 13,2013 While over at the main stage the bulk of the Coachella crowd was enduring Phoenix with the hope that Daft Punk would come out -- they instead got R. Kelly -- a smaller but perhaps more enthusiastic crowd got a first-rate greatest hits set from New Order Saturday n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    For Musicians, Little Sucks Worse Than Stolen Gear

    In 2010, Johnny Marr of The Smiths recovered his $45,000 '64 Gibson SG, after it had been stolen at a gig ten years earlier. Unfortunately, most musicians who have lost their gear to theft haven't been so lucky. The local musicians I talked to recently reported suffering similar losses. Occasionall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Morrissey Once Again Postpones Jefferson Theatre Gig

    On Friday night, Morrissey fans learned that the former Smiths front man and bard of the morose had yet again postponed his gig at Beaumont's Jefferson Theatre. This show had been highly anticipated, for the relatively out of the way venue and the fact that the man hasn't played in this region sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    5 Bands Who Pioneered Modern Indie-Rock... Besides the Smiths

    Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr is set to release his first ever solo record next month after years of being a sideman for other bands, some rather important. In anticipation, he's had some choice words to say that one would have expected more from his less level-headed ex-Smiths compatriot Morrisse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Morrissey Postpones Remainder of U.S. Tour, Including Beaumont

    Morrissey's ailing mother has forced the singer to postpone his entire North American tour, according to promoter C3 Presents. The former Smiths front man and popular if mopey solo artist has already flown back to England to be with his mum. Earlier this week, several dates in the Midwest were post ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Where Have All Our Heroes Gone?: The Four Saddest Fallen Idols of Our Generation

    When we're kids, we'll look anywhere for idols and role models. Most often, we look to pop culture and we find our heroes there by way of idolizing whoever's work we enjoy the most. We copy them in the worst ways. We adopt their style of dress, their opinions on music, their viewpoints on the world ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    "The Smiths Are Never Going To Reunite Ever": When Are The Smiths Reuniting?

    This week, Morrissey's possibly long-suffering publicist told Rolling Stone that "The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite -- ever." The statement, meant to quell old rumors and quotes being dragged out on a slow music news week, was meant with smirks and laugh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Old Houston Photos Mashed With Modern Houston, Part 3: Cleaners, Carpets and Chevys

    Check out the first and second installments of old Houston photos mashed up with modern-day Houston. Here we go with our third installment of vintage Houston photos mashed with their present-day locations. This round we show you several different locations surrounding downtown and Montrose. Also, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Years of Refusal: 8 More '80s Icons Who Should Follow Morrissey Into Retirement

    Morrissey announced this week that he plans to retire in two years. That's tragic news in some circles, but we think it's a good move. In 2014, he'll turn 55, and the Smiths thing is never happening. How much longer is he supposed to do this? Another ten years 'til he's 65? He's Morrissey, not a Chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    You Got Served: The Top 10 Legal Battles In Rock History

    Ten years ago last week, one of the most vicious legal battles in rock history took another ugly turn. Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl found themselves in King County Superior Court over a dispute with Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, over the band's considerable royalti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Fetish Fuel: 5 Musicians Who Put Their Fetish In Song Form

    Ed. Note: This article is about some of the more unusual, but perfectly legal, forms of behavior some people choose to do in the boudoir. Sensitive readers might want to keep that in mind. Everyone's got a fetish. Some are kinkier than others, but everyone has something they like about their partne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Why Do We Always Expect Our Favorite Bands To Reunite?

    John Hammond, the billionaire CEO of InGen and the curator of Jurassic Park found out the hard way that sometimes things from another time and place don't mesh well with different surroundings. A guy even got eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex while he was taking a dump, and one of those spitting dinosaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    If Axl And Slash Can (Maybe) Get Along, There Is Hope For Us All

    When it was announced that Guns N' Roses were to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in December, a kind of hush went all over the world as everyone pondered whether or not lead singer Axl Rose and former lead guitarist Slash would share a stage, or even a podium together. This was ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Happy Birthday Bernard Sumner: Our Favorite New Order Songs

    For about the past month I have been in a New Order phase, which started in earnest the day that I picked up their 1993 documentary, New Order Story, in it's expanded form with a separate disc of all their music videos, at a thrift store. With lead singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner's birthday to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Christmas Crunch Time: Five (Kind Of) Shopping (And Thieving) Related Songs

    ​So, did you get all your Christmas shopping done? Oh, uhh...you haven't started? You're not alone. Tons of us procrastinate and leave it all until the last possible weekend (or if you're really ballsy, Christmas Eve) and then we're super screwed, forced to brave Memorial City, Katy Mills or e ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Self-Titled Debut Albums

    ​It wasn't until we were discussing its release this week that Rocks Off realized we're basically the same age as Led Zeppelin's debut album. Recorded in October 1968 and released the following January, Led Zeppelin is 42 years old. It suffers from some of the same ailments as all of us who r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Top 10 Musical Wikileaks We'd Like To See

    Bigger than Bowie and Bing, we tell you.​Ever since WikiLeaks began the publication of what is claimed to be over a quarter-million United States embassy cables last week, we've been pondering what secrets, phenomenon and other ephemera could be lingering out there in the music world, awaiting ... More >>

  • Music

    October 28, 2010

    Midnight Movers

    San Antonio's Girl in a Coma may stumble onstage, but not on Adventures in Coverland.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Last Night: The Pixies At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Groovehouse​The Pixies Verizon Wireless Theater September 20, 2010 For more images from Monday's show, see our slideshow here. The Pixies are Costanza. In one episode of Seinfeld, a woman who had recently made George Costanza's acquaintance remarks to Jerry Seinfeld that there mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    FAIL: Morrissey, Scott Weiland, Whitesnake, Conspiracy Theorists

    ​Morrissey Loves Animals So Much It Makes Him Racist: Morrissey has been one of the biggest ambiguously snarky pussies in all of rock music for some years now, popular among 15-year-old bisexuals of all races and creeds. Sometimes, however, the former Smiths frontman likes to make a straightf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Bigmouth (AKA Morrissey) Strikes Again

    That's our Moz.​Former Smiths front man and staunch animal rights advocate Morrissey is raising some eyebrows with comments he made about the Chinese in a recent interview: "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Going Platinum: Artists We'd Pay $10,000 To See - And When

    ​It started one night on the patio of Big Star Bar in the Heights; over Lone Star and cigarettes, a handful of Houston music wags debated the shows they would pay top dollar to see from lartists, iving or dead. We argued the aspects of an At the Drive-In reformation, seeing Sam Cooke in 1963, ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: A Girl's Guide To Rocking With Jessica Hopper, Anni Rossi And The Magic Kids

    Photos by Brittanie SheyJessica Hopper (left) signs The Girl's Guide to Rocking at Austin's DOMY location.​ One of the bands Aftermath most wanted to see, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Shit!, who'd been talked up relentlessly on one of our favorite literary blogs were no-shows at the Six Stages over Texas B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Aftermath: Morrissey at Jones Hall

    Tropical Storm Morrissey blew through Jones Hall Saturday night, leaving a full house of hyperventilated fans - never more so than when, during "Let Me Kiss You," he removed his shirt to reveal an enviable set of abs - and more than a few moist eyes in its wake; after the show, Aftermath looked ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009
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    April 1, 2009

    Smiths Reunion Rumored at Morrissey's Jones Hall Show

    Strangeways, here they come: Rocks Off has learned that former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has requested passes for his ex-bandmate Morrissey's sold-out April 11 show at Jones Hall, leading to speculation that the two will perform onstage together for the first time since the influential Manchester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in the New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Ballz detects a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Morrissey Will Take Miami and the Points

    "Every Day Is Like Sunday" If you haven't read "Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan," Jon Pareles' essay outlining how, basically, the only way for artists to sell their music these days is by licensing it to sell something else, in yesterday's New York Times, go ahead and check it out. Rocks O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    [Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    The 12th Annual Houston Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

    From Milton Berle to Tab Hunter - they're all at Q-Fest

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    May 23, 2008

    Happy Belated Birthday, Morrissey

    Don't know how we missed it - you'd think the worldwide mass wailing and gnashing of teeth would drown out rush hour traffic on the West Loop - but yesterday one Steven Patrick Morrissey blew out the candles for the 49th time. There's something odd about wishing Sir Mope a "happy" birthday, but the ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    Danseparc’s Morrissey Tribute

    Numbers celebrates the king of music for melodramatic teenagers

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

    On Friday, we found that Morrissey declined a multimillion dollar proposal for a Smiths reunion tour. $75 million, which is a lot of multis. If someone came up to you and said, “Hey, I’m offering you $75 million to hang out with some people you hated in high school,” what would you do? I would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Retro Active: 1987, Here We Come

    How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>

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