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    November 27, 2014

    The 25 Best Songs About Houston

    Note: this article originally appeared on October 24, 2014. Happy Thanksgiving! Bobby Bare, "I Can Almost See Houston From Here" One of the great homesick songs, Bobby Bare infuses this one with downtrodden ennui as he pines for the warmness of his old hometown. Usually veteran Houstonians are forc ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    The 25 Best Songs About Houston

    Bobby Bare, "I Can Almost See Houston From Here" One of the great homesick songs, Bobby Bare infuses this one with downtrodden ennui as he pines for the warmness of his old hometown. Usually veteran Houstonians are forced to deal with some newbie from Portland telling us all the things that are wron ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Five Songs About Real Freaks For AHS: Freak Show

    So, now that the fourth season of American Horror Story is apparently going to be a musical, it got me thinking about songs that have been dedicated to human oddities over the years. There have been a fair few of them, actually, and today we sing their praises for the part they've played in history.

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    August 25, 2014

    The 10 Best Songs From True Blood

    For the past seven years, each episode of HBO's True Blood was named after a song, and in those seven years I've watched great tracks come and go. Here's the ten best the show had to offer. 10. Massive Attack, "Paradise Circus" In Season 3 there's the wonderful visit to a strip club, and this is ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014
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    May 5, 2014

    Tom Jones at House of Blues, 5/4/2014

    Tom Jones House of Blues May 4, 2014 If, as Lord Nelson once remarked, our reputation precedes us, then Tom Jones' rep must enter the room a couple hours in advance. It would at least partially explain the 90 wait time between the doors opening at the House of Blues and his eventual entrance. What ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    "Hey, Girl, I'm Waiting On You...": One Direction's Five Best Pick-Up Lines

    British video blogger Jack Harries and his pal, Caspar Lee, recently threw a little something together that racked up 1.5 million YouTube hits in a couple of weeks. They squirmed into their best skinny jeans, went off to the park and tried some "chat-up lines" on the ladies. Humor-wise, these kids ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Slapstick, Gonzo Style of Five Modern-Day One-Man Bands

    LINCOLN DURHAM Anything goes should have been the catchphrase for one of the most unpredictable one-man bands around, Lincoln Durham. He might throw in occasional odes to girls named Clementine and shed a little ever-loving light, but it definitely isn't in an old-fashioned gospel kind of way. He p ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Bizarre Acting Roles by 20 Famous Musicians

    It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Songza: Can a "Musical Concierge" Match Your Mood?

    "Working? Relaxing? At the gym? Songza plays you the right music at the right time." Or so it thinks. I do a lot of weird stuff, Songza. As I write this, I am still nursing a swift kick in the feels after a brutally frustrating Sunday-evening Texans loss to the New England Patriots. Where is the ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    October 12, 2011

    Gimme Some Truth: What Happens When Rabid Fans & Bands Meet

    ​We have all been there. You may have had a few drinks, you are at your favorite band's show, and you come to find yourself in the vicinity of one of your heroes. Word vomit. Torrential word vomit. But you mean well. "I really think youse guys is great and your albums really means a lots to ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    July 8, 2011

    15 Unfamous But Great Space Shuttle Photos

    Even if it's not today, at some point Atlantis will lift off and eventually finish the last of the space shuttle missions. There are plenty of famous, even iconic, NASA photographs of the program; we pulled some highlights of lesser-known ones. 15. Almost a rocket ship This makes the shuttle look ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Out Today: Glee Warbles, Gorillaz Fall, Kinks Ride Again

    ​It's been a week since the Foo Fighters' album, Wasting Light, hit the stores, and Rocks Off has probably averaged at least one or two spins of the solid disc per day. Right now, we are actually on track four. Will anything top Light this week? That remains to be seen. Next week will bring ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Top 5 Off-The-Wall Musical Instruments In Regular Use

    John Cage is playing a cactus. Your argument is irrelevant.​ Last year at Free Press Summer Fest, we saw Stars haul out this little thingy that was basically a tiny keyboard with a mouthpiece you could blow into. It was the first time we'd ever seen a melodica played live. Since then, Rocks O ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    "Come On Buick, Light My Fire."

    Not official Nike footwear.​Like most of Western society, I'd figured I was pretty much numb to the use of popular songs in commercials. I don't know how far back the practice dates, exactly, but I remember the anecdote from No One Here Gets Out Alive about Jim Morrison shooting down the sugge ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Houston Rap Year-End Odds And Ends

    ​We're seven days away from the beginning of the New Year. Let's make sure we go in there clean, shall we? Time to dump out the mailbag: First, stay tuned for our Top 10 Houston Rap Albums of the Year, coming Monday. Iceberg Slim of Screwheads Only traded emails with us while we put it togeth ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    30 Seconds With Bob Schneider

    Rocks Off sat down with Bob Schneider to see what we could learn about the popular Austin singer-songwriter in 30 seconds. Utopiajoe1 via Wikipedia​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Bob Schneider: Obviously this is a personal preference issue. That's one of the amazing things a ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Top Eight Bands That Sound Best When You're Drunk

    ​Some bands are great no matter what state you're in; some are terrible regardless of whether or not you could pass a breathalyzer test. Some bands, however, exist in a curious in-between zone, where what was merely decent, average or even uninteresting becomes enthralling with the simple addi ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    Mardi Gras Mambo: "Krewe de Blue" DJ Clint Broussard's Favorite Fat Tuesday Jams

    It's Fat Tuesday, which means before you get ashes painted on your forehead tomorrow, you'll be face-down in the gutter tonight. Rocks Off asked Clint Broussard, DJ for KTRU's "Blues In Hi-Fi" and tonight's "Krewe de Blue" Cowboy Mouth pre-party at House of Blues, to give us a few of his favorite M ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Monoliths & Dimensions: The Best Metal Records of 2009, Part 1

    ​This year was such a good one for heavy music, I wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. I just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of candidates. The best I could do was fourteen, so each of my top four slots are ties. 10. Meg ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Listology: The American Heist Soundtracks Their Funerals

    ​ ​Of all the bands to emerge out of the Houston music puppy mill this year, none has been as steadfastly working class and punk rock as the American Heist. Rocks Off first spied the band opening up for Florida's Fake Problems in May. At the time they were still called Born Anchor, but a Seattle ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    A Rocks Off Playlist: Halloween Songs That Don't Suck

    Yeah... screw this thing.​Let's face it: the Monster Mash blows. So do many of the songs we're forced to suffer through every Halloweentide. A couple of years ago, Rocks Off heard "One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater" on XM Radio's Halloween-themed channel, and wanted to sneak into a ha ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Cleanse Your Dirty, Dirty Soul With the Blind Boys of Alabama at House of Blues

    Ladies and gentlemen, Rocks Off doesn't mind telling you he feels a little dirty after editing that last Britney Spears post. We swear, we ourselves have never, ever rubbed one out to the cover art of Oops... I Did It Again - we just wish we knew why we always have such a hard time getting the damn ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

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    June 30, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Pride Parade, La Carafe, Frank's Pizza, Stone Temple Pilots and Houston Astros

    We hope everyone had a loud and proud weekend. We sure did, and we'll have a wrap-up of Saturday's Houston Pride Parade festivities in a little bit. Promise. 1:17 a.m. at La Carafe Photog Bill Olive hit up Market Square for a glass of wine... 2:04 a.m. at Frank's Pizza ...and a slice of 'za ... More >>

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    June 23, 2008

    Slideshow: Tom Waits at Jones Hall

    We've just loaded up some images from Tom Waits' show last night at Jones Hall. More to come. -- KP

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    June 19, 2008

    God, Texas and Tom Waits

    Tom Waits may not come from around here, but a good chunk of his favorite music does

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    March 15, 2008

    SXSW: Black Diamond Heavies at Fado's Patio

    Last night at Fado's Patio, I caught Louisville's Black Diamond Heavies. Saying "caught" sounds like I sat at an intimate show and quietly took notes. This wasn't one of the shows. This was a trip into the heart of the Dirty South. And not the South of the medicated syrup and extremely ostentatious ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008
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    December 6, 2007
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    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

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    June 22, 2006

    Man Man, with the Lovely Feathers and Apollo Sunshine

    Thursday, June 22, Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513

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    May 18, 2006

    Bruce Springsteen

    We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

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    April 20, 2006

    Fall of Troy

    Monday, April 24, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483

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    December 30, 2004

    I'll Drink to That

    Fuel your New Year's Eve with these boozy sing-along tunes

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    July 8, 2004

    Various Artists

    Music from Coffee and Cigarettes (Milan)

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    June 10, 2004

    Los Lobos

    The Ride (Hollywood/Mammoth)

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    April 29, 2004
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    March 11, 2004

    The Walkmen

    Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)

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    March 21, 2002

    Chuck E. Weiss

    Old Souls & Wolf Tracks (Ryko/Slow River)

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    January 17, 2002

    Jon Dee Graham

    Hooray for the Moon (New West)

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    The Blacks

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    November 23, 2000

    Guy Forsyth

    Steak (Texas Music)

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