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    October 1, 2013

    The 10 Best Songs Less Than 30 Seconds Long

    Look, I'm a very busy man, and by that I mean that someone put the ENTIRE run of Seventh Doctor stories online for free, and I can't be bothered talking to you people about music all the dingalong day when that's waiting for my rapt attention. Unfortunately, the editor was all like, "Write or you d ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Your 2013 Houston Record Store Day Rundown

    Your financial situation be damned, Record Store Day 2013 is coming this Saturday, April 20, to drain your wallet of life and those little green pieces of paper. This Saturday your dance card should be full with all the major indie record stores in Houston and the surrounding areas offering up giv ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Remembering Phil Ochs, the "Singing Journalist"

    Phil Ochs was never Bob Dylan. Oh, he wanted to be Dylan, but ol' Zimmy booted that bastard right out of his limo. "You're not a folksinger, you're a journalist." If only Phil had accepted himself as "the singing journalist." After failing to find the commercial success he so desired, Ochs turned ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Top 10 Soul-Destroying No. 1 Hits

    I don't like these songs. I feel it's ridiculous that hundreds of thousands of people actually paid out money and drove them to the top of the Billboard charts. While they might not necessarily be the absolute worst examples of the lowest common denominator's purchasing power, they quickly came to m ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Exploring Songza: Four Offbeat Playlists From the Curated Music Service

    We introduced you to Songza -- the service that acts as a "music concierge" -- a few weeks back. Using curated playlists sorted not only by genre and theme, but also by activity, Songza helps you pick the best songs for the occasion. More importantly to me, the playlists are expertly curated, mean ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    What the #?!$ is Hanukkah?: 10 Songs to Help You Figure It Out

    It's December now, and the holiday season is rapidly approaching. If you're a Christian, you know the reason for the season is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus H. Christ. But one thing you may have noticed is that we don't live in a Christian nation, contrary to the beliefs of commentators su ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    UPDATED: Memorable Houston Concerts of 1992

    UPDATE (2:03 p.m.): Alice In Chains was advertised but dropped out, and was replaced with Australia's Baby Animals. The year 1992 was an important one for me as far as Houston concerts are concerned: It's the first time I went to a concert within the Houston city limits, the "Outside Broadcast" leg ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Children's Rockers Imagination Movers Come Draped In Full Rock Regalia

    The Imagination Movers are one of the biggest things going in children's music, a rapidly growing genre increasingly populated by older modern-rock acts and singer-songwriters. Hell, the Verve Pipe play ACL every year to wide kiddie acclaim. Plus, if parents don't find it horribly grating you can ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Rocking Songs In Children's Entertainment

    Here's the thing about children's entertainment, it's designed to appeal not only to the lowest common denominator, but the toughest audience known to man. Don't believe me? Try playing your favorite song to a toddler, even something that is an acknowledged classic like the Pretenders' "I'll Stand ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Last Night: Old 97's at House of Blues

    Oh, dutiful journalism, the places I will go in your name. Last night, one of those places just had to be House of Blues. It's always a pleasure to watch Old 97's and I would put up that good fight to keep my spirits high in what is arguably my least favorite venue in town. But enough with the pouti ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 29, 2011
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    December 13, 2011

    Our Top 10 Music Videos of 2011

    ​Our obsession with the medium of music videos remains as strong as its ever been, and we've done our best to bring as many of the best of the newest releases to you in the digital pages of Rocks Off over the course of the year. We're pleased to round up the cream of the crop as we did this ti ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    They Might Be Giants, But Terrance Zdunich Is The Bad Ass Russian

    We got to hang out with Terrance Zdunich, the creator of Repo: The Genetic Opera and the man who played Graverobber in the film, while he was down in Houston at Comicpalooza promoting his excellent comic The Molting. Either we clicked like true homies, or he's just really, really patient with goth f ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    RIP Ryan Dunn: 15 Car Crash Songs

    film.com​Rocks Off has always been a Jackass fan. The exploits of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and the recently deceased Ryan Dunn may not be for everyone, but we've always maintained it's better to be a willing participant in mayhem and physical abuse than not (*cough* America's Fun ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    13 Lucky Songs For Friday The 13th

    ​Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Unlike most Fridays, this one has gone pretty smoothly here at Rocks Off HQ, which means we must be in for a hellacious Monday. But hey, that's next week. Our luck may be holding up - for now - but we couldn't let the occasion go by unremarked (plus a couple ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Ten Bizarro Christmas-Carol Covers

    ​Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for those who are tired of forcing Mariah Carey's eight-octave "All I Want For Christmas" on their f ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Puppet Wing

    Photos via WikipediaTMBG​Ladies and gentlemen, Rocks Off is pleased as rum punch to announce that The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has (not) added an official puppet wing to that fine institution. What's even better, they have (not) given us the opportunity to nominate some of the finest felt fe ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Bands Named After Movies, Characters & Other Film Stuff

    ​Ever wonder which of your favorite bands are named after movies? So have we. So we went out and did a little bit of research. BANDS NAMED AFTER ACTUAL MOVIES My Bloody Valentine: The seminal shoegaze act took their name from a low-budget 1981 horror movie about a guy who really, really hat ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Start Wearing Purple: No Bullies Allowed

    ​Bullies suck. Growing up, Craig's Hlist watched a lot of kids in school getting the brunt of the, quote-unquote, "cooler" people giving them hell for being big, gay, handicapped or just smart. They would start fights, make up songs or stories about them, or find ways to embarrass them in fr ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    "Rape Gaze": Worst Genre Name Ever? Not Quite...

    myspace.com/wearecreep​Let's take a moment to think about labels and what they mean to us. Why do people feel the need to label things? The obvious answer is: It's the only way we know what stuff is. To anyone who automatically dismisses the very idea of labeling, just imagine what it would b ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Who Knew There Are So Many Songs About Rabies?

    Centers for Disease Control Library​Monday night, as the crickets sang sweet songs into the early fall air, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of rubber bats on our door, and wrapped up copies of Old Yeller and Cujo to surprise our young daughter with when she awoke the next morning. Ahhh, is there ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Wanted: "Reason-Filled" Musicians For Atheist Band

    ​Rocks Off often trolls through Craigslist looking for the very beginnings of some of Houston's next wave of notable musicians. Extremely prevalent throughout the Web site are requests for devout Christians to join together in a mission to glorify the love and word of God through the devil of ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    True Blood: "Hitting The Ground" With Gordon Gano & PJ Harvey

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Episode 7: "Hitting the Ground" ​When things ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    He Said She Said: Songs For A First Date, Assuming They Still Exist

    ​It's been a long time since the committed She Said has been on a first date, and while the romantic in her likes to think of how exciting, flustering and fun a first date can be, the realist in her knows that life is full of hundreds of awkward first dates and very few successful ones. She Said h ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010
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    December 10, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

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    May 15, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    March 6, 2008

    They Might Be Giants are Still Blocks Away from Easy Street

    John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career

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    January 17, 2008

    The Mathletes

    Local nerd rockers start the New Year off with a wave goodbye

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    October 25, 2007

    Cat Scientist, Lick Lick, Three Fantastic

    These ‘80s-infused Austinites are the cat’s pajamas

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    September 13, 2007
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    March 9, 2007

    Playbill: Eugene Chadbourne

    Eugene Chadbourne All hail the inventor of the electric rake! Though the unearthly clatter of the amplified yard implement may be Eugene Chadbourne's oddest claim to fame, chances are it isn't his most remarkable. The completist's nightmare that is Chadbourne's official discography spans thre ... More >>

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    September 14, 2006

    Less Pain Forever and Peachcake

    Now We Have Something to Celebrate

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    March 23, 2006

    Trout Fishing in America

    Saturday, March 25, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2524 Norfolk, 713-528-5999

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    December 22, 2005

    The Hanukkah Songs

    Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jewpergroup

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    October 20, 2005

    Why?, with Aqueduct

    Wednesday October 26, the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.

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    May 12, 2005

    Freshen Up, Freshen Up

    Pearland new-wave legends the Judy's reunite for a benefit show and possibly more

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    November 4, 2004
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    July 15, 2004

    They Are Too the Boss of You

    They Might Be Giants enjoy life as a two-man industry

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    September 4, 2003

    Torn Identity

    Get real art for a hundred bucks at "5x7/Houston"

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    July 19, 2001

    Playbill

    Mike Doughty

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    December 10, 1998
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    March 19, 1998

    Night & Day

    March 19-25, 1998

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    March 12, 1998
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    August 31, 1995
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