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The Who (Band)

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    October 30, 2013

    1973: The Year the Modern Rock Star Was Born

    What You Want is in the Limo By Michael Walker Spiegel and Grau, 256 pp., $26 While many rock histories posit the theory that the '60s "died" with the tragedy of the Altamont Festival in 1969, this gloriousy sleazy but ultimately enlightening tome suggests that the '70s didn't really begin until 19 ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Halftime Hero: Why Bruno Mars Is The Right Choice for Super Bowl XLVIII

    Less than a month into the new NFL season, we already know who will be playing at the Super Bowl. We may not know which teams will line up for football's biggest game. As the sports cliché goes, there's a lot of football yet to be played; but, no prognostication is required when the subject is the ... More >>

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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 5, 2013

    At the Alamo: A Band Called Death, A Band of Brothers

    In the end, A Band Called Death is less about its namesake or even about the music at all; it is the journey of three brothers bound by love and driven by faith. The sounds that they made together upstairs in a small house in Detroit in 1974, while revolutionary, take a back seat to the story of Dav ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Artists Who Need Their Own Sirius/XM Channel Already

    I've had satellite radio in my life since Christmas. Nothing is better than falling asleep on the couch on a Saturday afternoon after a big fat lunch with Willie's Roadhouse playing; waking up every few hours to piss during a Ray Price cut and then falling back to sleep. What I love the most, besi ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    The 5 Worst Disasters In Benefit Concert History

    Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    The 20 Best YouTube Rock Docs You Can Watch Free (For Now)

    **The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time So you don't have NetFlix, you hate the video stores (if you can even find one), you don't like going to the little red box next to the liquor store, but you do have an Internet connection, plenty of time on your hands, and an insatiable thirst for rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 24, 2012
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    May 10, 2012

    When Car Commercials And Rock And Roll Collide

    This weekend is the big Houston Art Car Parade, where children and adults of all ages can gander at their fellow Houstonians' labors of car love. Each car is a marvel to the ingenuity and the insanity of this race known as the modern Texan. The Art Car festivities have cars on our brains. Rock a ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Pete Townshend's Operatic Highs... And Lows

    Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia By Richie Unterberger Jawbone Press, 300 pp., $19.95 Following the release of The Who's ambitious rock opera, Tommy, Pete Townshend was faced with the inevitable question of any band cresting on a massive success: What's next? As ambiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    In Prog We Trust: Five Progressive Rock Bands You Hate, But Shouldn't

    There are some forms of music that struggle to find critical acclaim while others are loved by critics but universally dismissed by the public. Then, there is another group that, despite a loyal and sometimes massive cult following, are disliked by critics and everyday music fans alike. Meet prog-r ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    John Paul Jones' Six Coolest Led Zeppelin Bass Lines on His 66th Birthday

    Growing up listening to rock music and being a bass players wasn't always a super exciting proposition. Most of the great bassists of all time are jazz musicians. Being a rock bass player means holding down the low end and keeping the groove intact. While this can still be challenging -- I've seen s ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Finally, The Super Bowl Is Safe For PG-13 Rated Entertainment Again

    The boob that launched a thousand obscenity complaints...​Over seven years after the FCC went into a tizzy over Janet Jackson exposing her breast during the 2004 Super Bowl (making a D-cup out of an A-cup, perhaps), a federal appeals court upheld its finding yesterday that the commission acted ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Las Puertas: 10 Things You May Not Know About The Doors

    "Hey Robby, don't try to look too not-stoned in our press still. Thanks, buddy."​On this day in 1965, The Doors began recording demos together, laying down some songs set to Jim Morrison's freaky poems. Nearly 50 years later, the band is an exalted classic-rock group, firmly implanted in that ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A (Not Really) Canonical List Of Wardrobe Malfunctions (NSFW)

    Bad idea.​The "wardrobe malfunction" is a phenomenon I confess I wasn't really aware of until Super Bowl XXXVIII. Half of us at the party were watching the actual Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime show, the other half were watching the South Park (or was it Family Guy?) episode running ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Pop Rocks: What's Your [Wardrobe] Malfunction? (NSFW)

    Bad idea.​The "wardrobe malfunction" is a phenomenon I confess I wasn't really aware of until Super Bowl XXXVIII. Half of us at the party were watching the actual Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime show, the other half were watching the South Park (or was it Family Guy?) episode running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss

    ​The wages we pay to rock and roll aren't always of the sinful and hungover variety. Some of us pay, dearly, with our hearing, one of the best gifts that God has given humanity. Besides Kate Upton that is. Today is Pete Townshend's 66th birthday, and The Who guitarist is just one of countles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Black Eyed Pleeease!: Fergie & The Gang At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Earlier this week we chronicled for you our favorite Super Bowl halftime shows, from Petty and the Who, to the Boss and the Stones. Tonight we will be live-blogging all the musical attractions from Super Bowl XLV from Dallas, er, Arlington. ​ Lined up in the next few minutes we will see Christina ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    idontlikeyouinthatway.com​This Sunday, Rocks Off will be live-blogging and tweeting this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature noted scholars The Black Eyed Peas. We are diligently studying the entire BEP canon and that of all of their solo members, like the dedicated pop histori ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Who's Too Old To Rock & Roll?

    ​It's entirely possible that the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney will each go on tour this year. With ages ranging from 63 to 69 among the four remaining core Stones, the band is obviously the oldest continuing touring rock act, capable of breaking ticket records almost 50 years into the gam ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    The Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp From Hell

    Rocks Off recently got invited to cover something known as Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which works a lot like baseball fantasy camp, except none of the participants can field a line-drive grounder. Among the idols rock campers will meet include 3 Doors Down, Mark Farner, the drummer from the Hooters a ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Top Eight Notorious Concert Disasters

    Daniel R. Davidson via WikipediaThe Station fire in West Warwick, R.I., 40 seconds in​Recently, indie-rock juggernauts Arcade Fire were prevented from playing a gig in Portugal by NATO, which is having a summit on the same date. Arcade Fire offered to play a day ahead of time, but NATO decided ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Five Songs Classic Rock Radio Should Kill NOW

    ​Rocks Off is a prisoner of the airwaves. At home we can listen to just about anything we want thanks to the comforts of 24-7 satellite radio. Actually, we rarely tune in anything besides Outlaw Country, but that's another story. We can't bring the satellite receiver to work, where we spend th ... 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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    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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    July 1, 2010

    The Top 10 Coolest Music-Video Explosions

    ​We like fireworks and explosions, and with July 4th right around the corner, we are sure to get our fill. Things burning or blowing up are pretty cool, except of course if it's your house, car or business. In that case, it's an awful, horrible atrocity and God is a bastard for letting it happen t ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Mods Vs. Rockers: Five Mock Battles

    ​Fresh off our trip to AmeriVespa 2010, Rocks Off has come to this conclusion: we are neither a Mod nor a Rocker. We're a Mocker. When you drive around a town as large and car-centric as Houston on a small scooter you get a lot of comments from people, mostly in allusion to Quadrophenia, which ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    New On DVD: This Is A Radio Clash, From Pirate Satellite

    ​Out on DVD today is Pirate Radio, staring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy. So, walk right by Woody Harrelson's Defendor, Lauren Holly's The Final Storm and unless you're just a die-hard fan, Robert Englund's Nightmare on Elm Street collection. If you've got kids (or fond childhood memories) ... More >>

  • Film

    November 12, 2009

    Sinking Ship

    Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock and roll.

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    October 27, 2009

    Congratulations to Our Live Nation Club Passport Winners, and More Background on That John Entwistle Photo

    ​ We finally have a winner in Rocks Off's photo contest for those Live Nation Club Passports we started giving away back when George W. was president. Not really, but it seems like it. Congratulations to Houston's Mitsy Parsons, whose shot of her with NYC up-and-comer Ryan Star at September's Coll ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Please Help Us Give Away This Live Nation "Club Passport" We've Been Sitting on for Way Too Long

    [Note: While we're on the subject of House of Blues shows, please note the Goodie Mob/Scarface concert scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 14.]www.drivebytruckers.com​Once again Rocks Off allowed ourselves to get distracted and nearly forgot we've got this Live Nation ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Ten Cover Songs So Bad They'll Shrivel Your Soul

    Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation". Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters? ​ You sure you're not being too harsh? ​ Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Rocks Off's Brother Once Stepped in Human Shit at a U2 Show... Got a Better Astrodome Story?

    Smash Mouth had just finished playing, and not coincidentally, Rocks Off's brother John had just returned from a trip to the bathroom. It was November 1997, and we were watching the stagehands putting the finishing touches on U2's ginormous set in the Astrodome. The Irish rockers were touring behin ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    Happy Birthday Pete Townshend

    Pete Townshend, lead guitarist of The Who, turns 64 today. The King of the Mods was the brains behind every twist and turn in the band's long history, from proto-punk stabs like "I Can't Explain" through angst template "My Generation and monolithic rock operas like Tommy and Quadrophenia. (Or, mor ... More >>

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