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The Velvet Underground

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    October 28, 2013

    Widespread Panic at Bayou Music Center, 10/27/2013

    Widespread Panic Bayou Music Center October 27, 2013 There was once something in my life that was the best possible thing ever and was regularly available, but then I moved and it became much less regular. So I forgot about it, then I remembered it and I forgot how much I loved it, and it came back ... More >>

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    October 27, 2013

    RIP Lou Reed: Streetwise Rock and Roll Icon Dies at 71

    Lou Reed, the tragically hip, eternally cool songwriter and musician whose friendships, collaborations and rivalries with the likes of John Cale, David Bowie and Iggy Pop helped define, expand and elevate rock music from the mid-'60s to the present, has died. Reed's death was confirmed to The New Yo ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Charlie Horshack, LP4's Guitar Warrior

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Charlie Horshack (his nom de rock) was ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    How Far Can We Get From the Velvet Underground?

    Since Rocks Off bought a smartphone this past January, we have downloaded almost 400 songs from iTunes. We know, we need help. But we have become fascinated with the damn thing. One of the features we like the best is "Listeners Also Bought" at the bottom of each album's page, which we assume ranks ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Doctors Who Rock: 9 Musicians With Their Ph.Ds

    Alice Cooper recently received an Honorary Doctorate from The Musician's Institute in Los Angeles. After receiving the award, he said, "One more of these and I can write prescriptions." Now you know that Alice Cooper could one day write you a prescription... to rock. You're welcome. Out of sheer c ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    The Best LP Side Ones Ever

    Spurred on by the realization that both David Bowie's commercial breakthrough Let's Dance and Queen's News of the World had solid, sturdy side ones on their vinyl releases, I then began the hunt for other great vinyl slabs with amazing side ones. Of course, the idea is that this could only include ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    20 Albums To Leave Your Children Plus Five To Grow On...

    It started as a simple question: What albums would you leave your unborn children, if you knew you were on borrowed time and may not be around to show them the way. At first I asked for albums for sons, but then it grew broader, not out of needing to pacify the PC-thug in me, but to make sure everyo ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Playbill: What's In The DNA Of Titan Blood?

    ​I get a lot of local music across my desk, mostly defanged and bloodless. Things that I feel an obligation to enjoy, an act which is starting to take it's toll on a soul. I'm too nice to say something sucks because something-something social contract. Cool story, bro. Like James Hetfield sang ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011
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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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    June 24, 2011

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    ​'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defiance or flee a venue playing bad songs (I've done all of the above), but one doesn't exactly h ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    April 21, 2011

    Beautiful Chaos

    Psychedelic Fur Richard Butler talks Talk Talk Talk redux.

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    January 13, 2011

    10 Sexually Suggestive, Food-Related Album Covers

    ​ If there are three things we report on quite well here at Houston Press Blog Central, it's food, sex and music. So, hell, let's merge 'em! Here is a rundown of ten of the most sexually suggestive, food- related album covers that caught our eye and gave us the craziest cravings. 10. Katy Pe ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    A Fistful of Soul

    One righteous vintage vinyl party.

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    November 26, 2010

    Tax The Wolf Shines As Velvet Underground

    Photos by Marco Torres​Who loves the sun? Tax the Wolf does. Dressed for the occasion in ties and turtlenecks, the Houston prog-rockers downshifted into downtown chic to cover most of the Velvet Underground's 1970 album Loaded at the return of Rocks Off's Reduxion Wednesday night at Walter's o ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Tax The Wolf Agrees: Velvet Underground > The Strokes

    Michelle Tovar/ Tax the Wolf on Facebook​For the night before Thanksgiving, there is a lot going on in Houston tomorrow. But with all due respect to Robert Ellis & the Boys at Fitzgerald's and the LAX/Young Girls show at Groundhall - not to mention, on an entirely different scale, both Bruno M ... More >>

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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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    October 19, 2010

    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    ​The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk rock to shoegaze, its members went on to very different lives: Lou Reed to street-life classi ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Fast As You: Rocks Off's Playlist for Sunday's Houston Marathon

    anythingaboutcars.comThe 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. Please keep your drooling to a minimum.​ The drinking stops tonight. Rocks Off is joining 30,000 other crazy, hardy souls to run the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon this Sunday. (We're running the half - it's only our second race ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    UK Web Site Shines "Unsigned Spotlight" on Houston's Watermarks

    myspace.com/thewatermarksThe Watermarks at Warehouse Live, September 2009​ ​When Rocks Off wrote about Houston electro-rockers the Watermarks' Thoughts Like Bombs back in May, we said a song or two off the quintet's five-song EP - still available as a free download on the band's Web site - remin ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Pink Floyd, Dr. Dre, Velvet Underground and Other Artists We're Glad Discovered Drugs

    It was 45 years ago this past Friday... that Bob Dylan met the Beatles for the first time and, more importantly for Rocks Off's purposes, introduced them to marijuana. While this meeting of musical titans would never lead to any actual musical collaboration or "Monsters of Hippie Rock" series of co ... More >>

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    March 21, 2009

    SXSW: Echo & the Bunnymen at Stubb's

    Photos by Chris GrayBy Friday afternoon, SXSW fatigue has taken hold. You're walking a little slower, less inclined to whip out the notebook to jot down every little observation - Rocks Off has seen many journos just typing notes into their BlackBerries, a trend that both intrigues and dismays him - ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Tonight: Crystal Stilts at Rudyard's

    Crystal Stilts hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and specializes in the sort of shoegaze-indebted garage rock that's so dangerously laid back it's just short of comatose. I've never caught 'em live, but my guess is that their shows are rapturous, daze-inducing events - religious drone-pop experiences, ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Tonight: Women at Rudyard's

    Women Women www.flemisheye.com Allegedly recorded on boomboxes, gathering in garage pop, tape loops, lo-fi folk and chiming math-rock, the eponymous debut from Calgary quartet Women is an unpredictable and untotalizable mess. Casual listeners drawn in by minor blog hit "Black Rice" will find ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    January 30, 2008
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    December 6, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads

    They're turning to needles, looking for purity

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    September 13, 2007
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    August 30, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    For What It's Worth

    Anniversaries

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    August 16, 2007

    Dodos

    concert preview

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    August 9, 2007
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    July 26, 2007
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    April 6, 2006

    Number of the Beeyotch

    The Iron Maidens encourage you to bring your daughter to the slaughter

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    February 23, 2006
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    August 4, 2005

    The Gourds, with the Sidehill Gougers

    Thursday, August 4, at Heritage Place Amphitheatre, 500 Collins Street in Conroe, 936-525-4782. Free.

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    June 23, 2005

    Oasis

    Don't Believe the Truth

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    November 25, 2004

    The Concretes

    The Concretes (Astralwerks)

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    July 22, 2004

    The Meat Purveyors

    Pain By Numbers (Bloodshot)

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    March 18, 2004

    Wisdom of Solomon

    A street preacher helps crack the meaning of the Sleepy Jackson's Lovers

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    February 7, 2002

    Brian Jonestown Massacre

    Friday, February 8

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    November 1, 2001

    The Strokes

    Is This It? (RCA)

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