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The Sword

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Delbert McClinton, Manowar, Young the Giant, etc.

    Delbert McClinton & Leon Russell Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 15 Even into their seventies, both ends of this barrelhouse duo live up to the title of Delbert McClinton's 1992 album Never Been Rocked Enough, and should make superb Saturday-night fare at one of Southeast Texas' biggest dancehalls ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Upcoming: Mobb Deep, Chromeo, Com Truise, La Dispute, Primal Scream, Russian Circles, etc.

    Abandon All Ships: With The Browing, My Ticket Home, I Am King., Mon., February 17, 6 p.m., $13 to $17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. American Werewolf Academy: With Trial By Bourbon, The Witherees., Sat., January 11, 10 p.m., $8. Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, Houston, 713-521-0521. ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Black Angels, Soundgarden, Hall & Oates, etc.

    The Black Angels Fitzgerald's, May 24 Austin's Black Angels, with a band name pulled straight from the Velvet Underground's catalog, and a high-contrast image of Nico splayed across their logo, are unapologetic in their admiration of the prophetic NYC rock band. The Angels, though, have carved out ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Slip Slidin' Away: My Life as a Rock Journalist With the Houston Press

    I had a hernia operation in the early summer of 2006, and had nothing to do all day but hobble around with cool cane a borrowed from Grandpa Hlavaty and play on the Internets for two months or so. I had developed the injury while working at Domino's, but it was cool because their insurance helped ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Upcoming: BuzzFest XXX, Bad Company, Queensryche, Clutch, Digweed, Metric, etc.

    Baauer: With Danny Brown., Tue., April 9, 8 p.m., $20/$22. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Bad Company: With Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Stone Cherry., Thu., July 11, 7 p.m., $21.00-$100.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, Spring. Benoit Pioulard: With IDYL, Marshall Wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Down Warehouse Live, January 11 Long-running sludge daddies Down are still riding high from last year's six-song EP, Down IV Part I - The Purple EP, and rightfully so. The effort was one of 2012's best releases, making it onto plenty of year-end lists and satisfying Down fans' hunger for new materi ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    December 19, 2012

    Last Night: The Sword at Fitzgerald's

    The Sword, American Sharks, Gypsyhawk Fitzgerald's December 18, 2012 I'm glad that bands like The Sword still exist to lead impressionable metal kids down endless paths of boogie and stoner-rock. Since they started coming to Houston -- playing the now-shuttered Walter's on Washington, mostly -- I h ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 17-20

    Marina & the Diamonds, Icona Pop Warehouse Live, December 17 Somewhere between Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey on the 2012 girl-pop scale, the Welsh-bred Marina & the Diamonds make big-budget icy synth-pop that you can afford, without the candy-coated gimmickry. Perry comparisons will abound, but singe ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012
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    December 13, 2012

    The Biggest Surprises From the Texas 30 Ballots

    Perusing the final ballots for the Texas 30 with a few highlighters this past week was a blessed odyssey into the past three decades of all things Texas music. For as many no-brainers as there were, there were plenty of head-scratchin' exclusions. Rewind: The 30 Best Texas Albums (cover story) Sl ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal & Punk Albums Too Rough for the Texas 30

    So, the Texas 30 has been revealed at last. And it's a good list, too: Well-considered, fair and complete. Even if a lot of the records that got picked tend to be a little... well, pussy, I guess is the word I'm looking for here. Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album co ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Second Runners-Up, Albums 50-41

    On our computer, Rocks Off has been looking at that damn Texas 30 spreadsheet so long our eyes are frosting over. Monday we said about 400 different albums were spread across the ballots we received from almost 25 music-media wags across Texas. We looked at the sheet again after that and it was actu ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Saturday: The American Heist, Venomous Maximus Rawk Dallas' Riot Fest

    Riot Fest Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Saturday, September 22 See "The People of Riot Fest 2012" in our sister paper Dallas Observer's slideshow. If you couldn't get enough of Rise Against and The Gaslight Anthem the other night -- and were willing to drive four hours up to Dallas -- the first Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Venomous Maximus, American Heist Barrel Into Dallas' Riot Fest

    This week our sister paper the Dallas Observer and their music blog DC9 At Night talked to Houston's own Venomous Maximus -- namely lead singer Gregg Higgins and guitarist Christian Larson -- for their "My First Show" series. Rewind: Venomous Maximus Head Out Onto the Highway For Summer Tour Roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Upcoming: Dethklok, The Jealous Sound, Of Montreal, R. Kelly, Steve Winwood, Etc.

    The 71's: Sat., Sept. 15, 1 p.m., Free. Cactus Music & Video, 2110 Portsmouth St., Houston. 95.7 Boo Bomb with Karmin, Olly Murs, Sammy Adams, Austin Mahone, Marina & The Diamonds, The Wonder Girls: Tue., Oct. 23, 6 p.m., $25/$30. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Against Me!, Fake Problems, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Releases Daily Schedule

    This morning Fun Fun Fun Fest organizers released the daily schedule for November's three-day orgy of booze, denim, and loudness in the middle of Austin's Auditorium Shores. The color-coded stages -- black, yellow, orange, and blue -- are set up according to genre and size of the act. Last year th ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Who Are the Greatest Metal Bands In Texas Music History?

    When I asked our friends on the Rocks Off Facebook wall who they thought were the greatest heavy metal bands in Texas music history, the response was larger than I thought it would be. I assumed five of you would say Pantera, deadhorse and King's X and go back to sleep, but no. You stepped up and g ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Down With the Kings: Rick Ross' "3 Kings" vs. Slim Thug's "3 Kingz"

    One of my favorite stories as a kid was Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table. Or The Sword In the Stone, if you liked things animated. Had everything you really wanted in terms of inspiration -- kid always picked on, thought to be of no use to the world then gets courage from a few people, push ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012: A$AP Rocky, De La Soul, PiL, Santigold, X, Turbonegro, Etc.

    This morning Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, the best music festival in Texas that isn't Free Press Summer Fest, announced their full 2012 lineup after months of teasing us and leaking a handful of names at a time -- and then hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C Tuesday morning. Scheduled for November 2-4 at Audit ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    Oh My, A List!: 7 Tips For Free Press Summer Fest Newbs

    This will be the Rocks Off team's fourth Free Press Summer Fest outing since the festival began that summer of 2009. I remember it well: The small stages, the blistering August heat, The Sword, rolling in the grass with Hippie Mike, all of it. The main stage headliners were Of Montreal, Explosions ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    New Songs from Metavenge

    Metavenge are a gaggle of teenagers in faded Slayer shirts from the Friendswood/Alvin area, but they sound like they opened for Metallica on the Ride The Lightning tour. Ever since we first heard them back in the fall, we have been blasting "Time To Kill" on our iPod as we foolishly attempt to run a ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Metal Albums of 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Metalocalypse: Baroness and the Southern Metal Renaissance

    Baroness, "Wanderlust," 2007 In the same way that Houston rarely inspires photos of snow flurries, people tend not to associate heavy metal with the South. But, if you look hard enough, you'll find a rich history of hard music with roots planted firmly in Southern soil. In the '80s and early '90s, ... More >>

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