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Tori Amos

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    May 7, 2014

    The Five Best Things to Know When Choosing a Stage Name

    Hello, my name is Jef Rouner, but I've been going by the name of Jef With One F on various Houston stages and in publications since I was 14 years old. It's a pretty good handle that I was happy enough with until a freakin' Bachelorette contestant starting using it too, but for the most part I like ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Houston Losing Last Full-Service Sheet-Music Store Next Month

    After 21 years in the Houston area, next month RBC Music will no longer host a local location. The city's last full-service sheet music store will shut its doors on May 15. Previously, RBC had partnered with H&H Music to supply a wide selection of piano, guitar, instrumental, and choir music to al ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Saddest Songs

    I love sad music. Sit me down with a bottle of something only someone that has given up on life would drink and an appropriate soundtrack and I am just as happy as I can be. That's just the way I roll. In general, Houston does not produce a lot of sad music. We're more of an upbeat bunch that puts ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Keep Calm Fight Cancer, Krewella, Dr. John, etc.

    Keep Calm, Fight Cancer Benefit Walters, September 6-8 Leave it up to Houstonians to stand up and join the cause. Not even 48 hours after Walters announced that longtime owner/den mother Pam Robinson was battling Stage 4 cancer, that single status update had already reached 15,000 people through sh ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Bang Bangz: More Ghostly Wails and Synths On Red City

    Bang Bangz remains one of the best things about the Houston music scene. The trio of Mario Rodriguez, Elizabeth Salazar, and Vik Montemayor specializes in an ambient, repetitious, synth-driven kind of indie music that is really quite spellbinding. In particular, Salazar and Rodriguez's vocals cut th ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Years In Goth Music: 1994

    Over the course of the week Rocks Off will be looking at the biggest years for goth music and exactly what they meant for the genre. 1994 was a good year for a new kind of goth. Previously, for the most part the men had been sensitive artists, and even the ones who could be pretty brutal -- such as ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Last Night: New Year's Eve Cataclysm at Fitzgerald's

    Free Press Houston New Year's Eve Cataclysm Feat. Buxton, Infinite Apaches, Robert Ellis, Ben Godfrey Fitzgerald's December 31, 2012 Devil, your name be "Michelada." Who else could I blame for a New Year's Eve that seems to exist only as flashes and sounds and 11 pages of barely legible notes? Let' ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Willow Villarreal, Hatetank Maniac

    If you are under 30 in Houston and grew up going to punk or hardcore shows off Washington Avenue -- when it was still scary for the right reasons -- you were probably there because Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions booked the gig. His booking and promoting work helped bring tons of nationa ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    MTV's Best Year: The Top 5 Videos of 1992

    In 1992, the recording industry was riding high. The compact disc had become a major success, with music lovers purchasing new albums and old releases in astonishing numbers despite the format's comparatively steep price tags. And the music-video juggernaut known as MTV was helping major labels to b ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Top 7 Promotional Music Gimmicks -- Both Used & Unused

    One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail. When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Anastasia: The Mystery Is Over, But the Songs Go On

    Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia was the youngest daughter of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II. During her father's reign, her life was rife with scandal due to the association between the royal family and Grigori Rasputin. By all accounts, the relationship that Rasputin had with the you ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    #1 Crushes: Our Favorite '90s Rock Vixens

    Tonight House of Blues welcomes Garbage back to Houston after a seven-year hiatus. The group, lead by fearsome Scottish redhead Shirley Manson, has been sorely missed from the music scene. They are currently touring behind their upcoming album Not Your Kind of People, which hits stores May 14. Rock ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Jennifer Grassman: The Doors A Slashed Wrist Will Open

    Jennifer Grassman has a voice like an angel. This is not meant as a compliment. "Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell," someone said. It might've been Shakespeare, or it might have been Kain. The point is that the voice of an angel is an agent of the Word, and though sometimes the Wor ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    10 Evil Songs Now Warping Our Toddler's Mind

    Velia AlmazanPlaying drums is OK. Dating a drummer gets you grounded for a week.​When you have a kid, certain things are slow to change. For instance, in general you don't immediately throw away your death-metal albums and restock with Barney, because why would you? They don't know what they'r ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    10 Facts About Slayer's Reign In Blood

    ​Last week, Slayer's 1986 album Reign In Blood turned 25 years old. We were so wrapped up in doing that dog-ass Pink Floyd facts blog - that we paid dearly for in the comments section - and getting ready for our high school reunion, that we forgot all about this anniversary. We apologize for l ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Four Comic Books That Would Make Better Musicals Than Spider-Man

    superpunch.blogspot.com​Rocks Off has gotten through our lives so far without watching a single episode of American Idol, and we are justly proud of that fact. However, even we had to view the clip of the show after we heard that the most murderous musical of the modern era was going to be fea ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Who Was The Best Female Artist Of The '90s?

    The album that started the whole thing.​Rocks Off Sr. was straightening up our office a few days ago, something that happens like clockwork every time Middle Eastern governments start toppling like dominos. In one of the piles and piles of al fresco CDs, we ran across two of our favorite album ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Slutwave: Pop Phenomenon Or Feminist Scourge?

    "Every generation needs a new revolution." - Thomas Jefferson Marc BrubakerKe(Dollar Sign)ha at House of Blues, July 2010​As one of the few women on the Rocks Off writing team, we were fervently proud to take an introspective stab at the new, curiously named micro-genre that 2010 bestowed upo ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    The 11 Best Internet-Only Radio Stations

    ​Should Rice University's pending sale of KTRU to the University of Houston for use as a classical sister station to KUHF go through, Houston would lose one of its oldest sources of independent, over-the-air music programming. Having sat in KTRU's studio many times as a local artist telling th ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    How Ex-Runaways Manager Kim Fowley Stole The Mayor Of The Sunset Strip

    ​The Runaways opens nationwide next Friday and one of the things Hollywood Shuffle is most looking forward to when the film hits Houston theaters is how delicately director Floria Sigismondi will treat the character of Kim Fowley, whom HS likes to refer to as the Creepiest Man in Hollywood. Hey! A ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    A Useful Idiot

    Photo courtesy of deep_schismic. Maynard James Keenan performing with Tool. Quality wine doesn't usually come from a vineyard named after a pubic wig (Merkin Vineyards) or a man called "Maynard" who happens to front one of the most popular metal bands in the world and who once carried busines ... More >>

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    July 19, 2008
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    January 3, 2008
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    November 22, 2007

    Ghostface Killah

    Is Ghostface as dumb as he wants you to think he is?

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    October 31, 2007

    Last Night: Bukka Allen at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

    Bukka Allen McGonigel’s Mucky Duck October 30, 2007 Better Than: Other Texas Music son acts. Much, much better. Download: “Behold What You Found” or “Confidante” at www.screendoormusic.com For the release of new CD Confidante, longtime Jack Ingram sideman Bukka Allen brought his partne ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007

    I'm Just a Juggalo

    Getting down with the clown at Walter's on Washington

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    November 14, 2006

    Michael Haaga

    Description: Slightly surreal pop-rock genius. It's been compared to everything from the Shins and the Flaming Lips to Tori Amos fronting Metallica. Haaga himself calls this music "heavy mellow." Members: Michael Haaga (vocals, guitar), Kelly Doyle (guitar), Jason Davis (bass), Brian Davis (d ... More >>

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    August 17, 2006

    Buzz Killer

    It's 1995 all over again...and again

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    February 16, 2006

    Band Suicide

    Why so many Houston music groups self-destruct right on the brink of having it made

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    December 22, 2005

    Yule Fuel

    A discussion of non-Christmas Christmas music

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    August 4, 2005

    Can't Touch the MMMBop

    A new boxed set excavates the '90s

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    July 21, 2005

    Christmas in July

    Six dozen of Houston's finest bands for a mere $7

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    May 19, 2005

    Trent Reznor, Supersize

    Nine Inch Nails, live in San Francisco: Hilarity. Guilt. Nostalgia. BALCO.

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    December 2, 2004

    Hollywood Holiday

    Judith Owen and Harry Shearer spread some Christmas cheer, L.A.-style

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    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

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    January 8, 2004

    Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Notes toward new and better criticism and marketing of wine and song

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    July 31, 2003

    Everything Old Is New Again

    What do punks the Dropkick Murphys have in common with soulful Norah Jones? More than you think.

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    January 30, 2003

    Pinup Guy

    Poster artist Jermaine Rogers isn't always in concert with critics

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    January 2, 2003

    Mag Hags

    What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it

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    July 18, 2002

    Kittie

    Sunday, July 21

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    December 20, 2001

    Vanessa Handrick

    A Letter Home to You (Self-released)

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    February 5, 1998
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    September 11, 1997

    Double Duty

    Meet Middlefinger: model citizens (sort of) by day, ska/punk instigators by night

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    January 16, 1997
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    November 14, 1996

    Loungette

    Combustible Edison makes the listening easy -- with a straight face

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    November 7, 1996
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    December 15, 1994

    Milla in 3-D

    Supermodel Milla Jovovich proves she's more than just another pretty face

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    October 6, 1994
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    June 23, 1994
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