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  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The Whigs & Buxton at Fitzgerald's, 6/12/2014

    The Whigs, Buxton Fitzgerald's June 12, 2014 It's not every day that you get a pure rock and roll show. It seems as if bands are doing everything but rocking out to their full potential, but the Whigs do not fit in that category. Thursday night at Fitz, the Athens three-piece took a page out of Ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Barrence Whitfield & the Savages at Under the Volcano, 1/15/2013

    Barrence Whitfield & the Savages Under the Volcano January 16, 2014 The tremors felt in Rice Village, Southampton, and West University Place last night were not small earthquakes related to fracking. All that shook-up vibration emanated from a little five-piece combo known as Barrence Whitfield and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Die Young Resurrects and Returns for Fallcore 13

    Go ahead and start limbering up, because Fallcore, Hatetank Productions' annual festival celebrating the best in Texas hardcore, windmills back into Walters Downtown tomorrow. It'll be the 13th iteration of the hard-hitting fest, headlined by Dallas thrashcore kingpins (and local favorites) Power Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Metallica's James Hetfield: "Plenty of Places to Die On That Stage"

    After selling more than 100 million records and decimating virtually every arena, stadium and amphitheater on the planet, there's little doubt at this point that Metallica is the biggest heavy-metal band in history. More than three decades into a career that has seen both unprecedented triumph and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck On Tour: Where Cars Meet Guitars

    On paper, it seems like at odd pairing for a joint tour: Brian Wilson, Head Beach Boy and pop-music chronicler of sunny California life, with Jeff Beck, fiery and restless hard-rock English guitarist whose work helped lay the groundwork for heavy metal. Not to mention inspire Nigel Tufnel's haircut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    The 10 Most Spinal Tap Moments From Metallica: Through the Never

    Over the weekend, Metallica: Through the Never opened in theaters nationwide. As a longtime fan of the planet's favorite heavy-metal band, I wasn't going to miss it. Not only because I love Metallica's music (the good stuff, anyway), but because I'm also a fan of hilariously overblown visual spectac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    New Runaways Bio Digs Deeper, Rocks Harder Than Hollywood's Version

    Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways By Evelyn McDonnell Da Capo Press, 342 pp., $25.99. Anyone who has seen either the Hollywood film The Runaways or the documentary Edgeplay may think they know the story of this band of five teenage girls who provided one of the more curious and cautio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Ronnie James Dio's Dungeon Opens Again On Magical New Releases

    Dio Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 Eagle Vision, 143 mins., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-ray Though he passed away from stomach cancer in 2010 (right here in Houston, according to several reports), fans of Ronnie James Dio have had a steady stream of newly-released music and projects to fea ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
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    September 25, 2012

    R.I.P. John Bonham: Top 5 Ways to Avoid Death by Misadventure

    This week back in 1980, the rock world lost a good one. John Bonham, the fantastic, heavy-footed drummer for Led Zeppelin was found dead in bed in Jimmy Page's Windsor manor house. It was an ugly end for Bonzo. A longtime heavy drinker -- particularly when separated from his family -- Bonham had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    (UPDATED) Incubus' Brandon Boyd Played Dallas, Um, Houston Last Night

    Look, I am sure it happens. You are in a touring rock band -- a major one at that -- and the days they run together. Hours pass by and the next thing you know it's two months later, and you have maybe changed your pants twice, plus you are somehow divorced. Last night during his band's opening set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Life Out Loud: Remembering Jim Marshall's Amplifier Legacy

    I was about 12 years old and in the hallway outside the gymnasium of my school when I heard it. Someone had a guitar and he was playing it LOUD. I knocked open the double doors and a friend was wailing on a beautiful cherry sunburst Les Paul and it was so damn LOUD. I got a little closer and there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Five Jobs Even Riskier Than Texans' QB, Such As Spinal Tap Drummer

    If you didn't read our Texans' game wrap -- and you should, it offers positive thoughts for the team's future this season -- you might not know that Matt Leinart, the backup quarterback playing his first game as a Texan because starter Matt Schaub had a season-ending injury, suffered his own season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Happy Birthday Paul Shaffer: Here Are Five Reasons Why He is Cool

    Back in the 1980's, there was a certain class of musician who considered a slot in the Late Show with David Letterman band as the ultimate gig. Of course, that lineup hasn't changed since 1983, but dare to dream. From the very beginning, there was Paul Shaffer. The quirky Canadian keyboardist and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Last Night: Sting At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Sting Verizon Wireless Theater November 17, 2011 Photos by Jason Wolter​Sting gets a lot of shit that Rocks Off has frankly never really understood. Is it the myriad social causes? The way he expected you to know who Chaucer was? The tantric sex thing? We're not going to sit here and defend a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    You're a Naughty One, Saucy Jack: A Playlist for Jack the Ripper

    ​Today marks the last known murder by the infamous Jack the Ripper, that of a prostitute named Mary Jane Kelly the Ripper brutally mutilated in 1888. What happened to Jack after the death of Kelly has never been discovered, whether he died, emigrated out of England, or was imprisoned on other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Awesomeness and Hearing Loss at the 2011 Texas BigBeat

    How do a crapload of drums sound when playing in unison in an airplane hangar? Pretty freaking awesome. ​In the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, lead singer Eddie Vedder discusses the detrimental impact of the band's Spinal Tap-like replacement of drummers, equating each ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Tony Iommi: Music's Other Man In Black Proves His Heavy Mettle

    ​Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Toni Iommi with T.J. Lammers Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $26. Imagine this passage being read in your best "Behind the Music" narration: It was in the center of a dirty, grimy sheet-metal factory in Birmingham, England, when a 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Oh Lawd: New Phone App to Tell You If Your Son Is Gay

    This week a new app hit the Android market, aimed at helping families figure out once and for all if their sons are homosexual or not. The app, costing $1.99 on my phone, opens with a stark black and white photo of a worried mother, looking into the middle distance at a future filled with wedding ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Idol Beat: Paul McDonald Got Voted Off, E-I-E-I-O

    Idol's beard levels have now dropped by 50 percent.​I realized last night I've been writing about this damn show for nigh on three months now without making the obligatory comment about the size of Jennifer Lopez's ass. So here it is: During the introductions to this week's elimination show, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Spinal Tap's Harry Shearer Bringing His Katrina Documentary to Houston

    Harry Shearer: Bringing the Katrina story to the Alamo Drafthouse​Harry Shearer, known for being one-third of Spinal Tap, one-half (it seems) of The Simpsons and just about all of the syndicated radio program Le Show, has adopted New Orleans as home. He's become wrapped up in the city's recov ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Five More Heavy Metal Christmas Carols

    ​Last year's unholy Christmas metal list was so popular, we decided to reach back into our quasi-Santanic bag and find five more songs for you to blare while trimming the tree and wrapping presents. We made our list too late to catch Rob Halford's Christmas album, Winter Songs. Otherwise it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel's 11 Loudest Quotes

    ​Today, 11/11/10, we honor a man willing to lay down his life for rock and roll, master of the saddest of all keys, Spinal Tap lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel. (It seems like today is also some sort of other holiday/observance. Right?) Much more than just a six-string genius, Tufnel is also a hum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Eight Songs That Make Us Want To Go Back To School

    ​Last week, when Rocks Off was editing our former intern Matthew Keever's article about the worst back-to-school soundtracks when Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential" popped into our head out of the blue. Not really out of the blue, we guess, but the next thing we knew we were thinking, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    When Sharks Attack Album Covers (Partially NSFW)

    ​As Rocks Off reminded you Tuesday via a rather egotistical video - and as you no doubt already know if you've been within 50 feet of a working television set - this week is Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's annual feeding frenzy of programming about the undersea alpha predators. People take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Blogging Bonnaroo: Meghan Hendley's Top 5 Festival Memories

    Photo by Amber Roussell/See the slideshowTyagaraja performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, keyboar ... More >>

  • Film

    June 3, 2010

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Apatow

    Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.

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    May 31, 2010

    For Memorial Day: Five Best Graveside Scenes

    Memoral Day is the time we honor those who gave their lives for their country, and families everywhere will be going to graves to leave something for the young boys who "never saw gray hair."Hollywood has always been fond of graveside scenes, of course, especially for war movies. The web is full of ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 11, 2010

    The Rise and Fall of Bangkokheimer

    Thai Bistro's new location is changing the game on the west end of Westheimer.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Rocks Off's Picks for This Weekend's Fun Fun Fun Festival

    You can think of this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin as the indie, metal, and hip-hop little brother of the more staid Austin City Limits Music Festival. The fourth edition of the two-day event held in Waterloo Park in Austin starts tomorrow afternoon. Per our stated life path, Rocks Off will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Semi-Spinal Tap Show Moves to House of Blues

    Rocks Off just got word from AEG Live that Friday night's "Unwigged & Unplugged" acoustic show, featuring original Spinal Tap members David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, has been moved from Jones Hall to House of Blues. Mysteriously, no reason was given, but shows never seem to mov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    25 Random Facts About The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

    The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is coming to town this week, the sign that spring can't be far behind.We've promised ourselves for weeks that we would never, ever succumb to the "25 Random Things" meme, or phenomenon, or whatever it is, but we have received in the mail a notice from the feder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    When It Comes To Fossils, Only Houston Says "I Love Lucy"

    When Lucy came to Houston's Museum of Natural Science, she was a smash hit. Over 200,000 people came to see the 3.2 million year-old bones of the humanoid ape that (or is it who?) might have been an ancestor to each and every one of us.The 2007 exhibit was such a triumph that it was held over for fi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2008

    This is Spinal Tap

    See the first mockumentary

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2008

    Like a Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band, by Steven Kurutz

    “Tribute bands occupy the lower rungs of the show business ladder,” Steven Kurutz writes in this, his first book. “Somewhere between lounge bands and wedding singers.” And indeed, they are one of the more curious offshoots of the music industry. Why would a group of men—often firmly slid ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007
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    July 2, 2007

    Live Shots: The Police

    Daniel Kramer At a little after 8:40, Andy Summers walks onto a darkened stage with Stewart Copeland climbing into his drum kit. Copeland bangs a gong hanging behind him and Summers starts on the guitar. Then from the darkness of stage right, Sting appears and The Police are suddenly rocking T ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 20, 2006

    Combat Rock

    S.S. Kiss My Ass docks at Super Happy Fun Land