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    July 24, 2014
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    July 17, 2014

    Lady Gaga at Toyota Center, 7/16/2014

    Lady Gaga, Lady Nightshade, Crayon Pop Toyota Center July 16, 2014 For a good handful of years there, there was no question who reigned as pop music's auteur supreme. Arriving as if from some stranger, sillier and downright gayer dimension than our own, a chameleonic diva calling herself Lady Gaga ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    The Foundation

    An essential new photo book surveys Houston rap's origins.

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    December 2, 2013

    Alejandro Fernandez at Toyota Center, 11/30/2013

    Alejandro Fernandez Toyota Center November 30, 2013 Alejandro Fernandez has had a long and varied career, moving from singing rancheras like his famous dad to singing lush ballads to singing Spanish pop to singing -- gasp! -- in English to becoming a sort of Mexican music Everyman. It was that Ev ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Pole Dancing, Playoff Soccer: Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend

    "It's the freakin' weekend, baby, I'm about to have me some fun." Oh, R. Kelly, how you cut to the core of me. The weekend is upon us again, kids and children of all ages. That can mean only two things: 1) It's time to put on my expanding pants and eat nachos until I puke and 2) There be sports here ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    15 Houston Concerts You Shouldn't Miss This Fall

    Earlier this week Rocks Off asked our contributors to tell us one or two concerts coming to Houston this fall they considered a "can't-miss" show. They didn't disappoint us. Depeche Mode Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 18 Maybe this makes me a bit geeky, but I'm totally stoked for Depec ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    One Direction at Toyota Center, 7/21/13

    One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer Toyota Center July 21, 2K13 One of the great and terrible truths of pop music is that every trend comes back again. Knowing that, the current interest in boy bands past and present should come as no surprise. If you can get four or five good-looking guys who can h ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Color Runs, Roller Derby and March Madness

    It's almost the weekend and time for the inaugural edition of what to do this weekend in Houston: sports edition. Each week, we'll be giving you color commentary on events in and around the area you might want to choose for some weekend relaxation, all for sports fans. It's the first week of spring ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

    Chris Gray's write-up of the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks" show at the Arena Theatre a couple of weeks ago got me thinking. These days, the swing maestro seems to be comfortably settled into his own little niche in the music industry, playing swingin' Christmas carols to grown folks. Bu ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    December 3, 2012

    Last Night: Rush at Toyota Center

    Rush Toyota Center December 2, 2012 I can't stop thinking big. I can't stop thinking big. Most bands could never manage to come up with a concept album, let alone more than one. And, certainly, any band that did have the chutzpah to make a concept album for their nineteenth release wouldn't think ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Saturday Night: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Toyota Center

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Toyota Center October 20, 2012 The Red Hot Chili Peppers have stuck around long enough -- through drugs, overdoses, creative strife and changing musical tides -- to have 30 years of hits they can knock out into the nosebleeds at any given live show. Saturday night's Toyota C ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Lady Gaga Bringing "Born This Way Ball" to Houston In January

    Pop empress Lady Gaga will make her first Houston stop in almost two years when her "Born This Way Ball" tour visits Toyota Center January 31, Live Nation announced this morning. A pre-sale for tickets is underway right now on Tomorrow, cardholders with the tour's principal spon ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Last Night: Mary J. Blige & D'Angelo at Toyota Center

    Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo Toyota Center September 2, 2012 There's a wildly popular scene in comedian/actor Jamie Foxx's hit late 90s television show, The Jamie Foxx Show, in which he dresses up -- or undresses, actually -- as funk singer D'Angelo in penance for some slight done to his girlfriend. In ... More >>

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    June 27, 2012

    The 8 Most Bro-Tastic Bands of All Time

    "Hipster." The word is older than you think: it pops up in an old Seinfeld episode where Jerry refers to Kramer as a "hipster doofus." It even predates that by many years. A few years ago, it was convenient shorthand to refer to someone who overcompensates, who tries too hard to be unique and inter ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Last Night: LMFAO at Toyota Center

    LMFAO Toyota Center June 12, 2012 Check out our photos of LMFAO and fans in our slideshow. One imagines it's both easy and difficult being in LMFAO. You write songs about drinking and getting laid (easy) that are crass enough to seem edgy to teens while not being so crass that parents will keep th ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Toyota Center Announces October 30 Justin Bieber Surprise

    Justin Bieber is coming back. The 18-year-old singer, who is as much a social-media phenomenon and cultural meme as old-fashioned pop star, will bring his Believe tour to Houston October 30 at Toyota Center, the venue announced Wednesday morning. Canadian tween phenom Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me May ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Last Night: Maná At Toyota Center

    Maná Toyota Center April 4, 2012 The last time Maná visited Houston, they sold out Toyota Center two nights in a row. The world's premier rock en español band is on the second leg of the Drama Y Luz tour, in support of their latest album of the same name. The group from the land of tequila y ma ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Tickets For Van Halen's Houston Date Go On Sale Next Saturday

    You have all been asking, and now LiveNation is telling. Tickets for Van Halen's June 24th gig at Toyota Center go on sale next Saturday, January 289, and 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at or You know the ticketing drill. A few weeks back LiveNation to ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011
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    September 23, 2011

    Guns N' Roses Tickets On Sale Next Friday

    There's a date and venue for Axl & friends' Houston show now - Friday, November 4 at Toyota Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. next Friday at and, or by phone at 866-4HOUTIX. Welcome to the jungle, y'all. See you at BestFest.

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    June 23, 2011

    Hangin' Tough

    A New Kids on the Block crush leads to a lifelong obsession with music.

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    April 28, 2011
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    February 14, 2011

    Linkin Park Cancels Houston Show On Doctor's Orders​Sad news for folks holding tickets to tomorrow night's Linkin Park/The Prodigy gig at Toyota Center. Due to an illness, lead singer Chester Bennington has been sidelined from performing by doctor's orders, making Tuesday at least the band's fourth canceled date on this tour behind ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    November 18, 2010
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    June 28, 2010

    Last Night: The Eagles At Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​The Eagles Toyota Center June 27, 2010 For the past five years Aftermath has been told that we should hate the Eagles, but not why. Like a child, we would ask, and all we would hear from the pop-culture constabulary was "because they suck." It's like standing in a line ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Justin Bieber Plays Toyota Center November 6

    ​ America's favorite tow-headed prepubescent pop moppet, Justin Bieber, announced the second leg of dates for his My World summer/fall tour, including a stop at Toyota Center November 6. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 9 in a special presale (see, and Saturday, June 12 to the g ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    It's Not Easy Being Green: How Venues And Festivals Handle All That Garbage

    Marco TorresSold-out Jay-Z crowd = A lot of trash at Toyota Center.​ On any given night, 18,000 to 25,000 people fill the Toyota Center, whether to watch the Rockets play or to see Lady Gaga in full regalia. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Second Haitian Relief Concert at Warehouse Live This Week Scheduled for Friday

    ​ On the heels of Bun B's all-star (if borderline interminable) "Houston 4 Haiti" relief concert at Warehouse Live Monday night that reportedly raised in the neighborhood of $10,000, the venue will open its doors - albeit in the smaller studio room - for another benefit Friday night starring f ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Aftermath: Maxwell Loves All the Single Ladies, Who Definitely Love Him Back, at Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​ Maxwell sure knows his audience. And not just all the single ladies - many of whom were up and dancing to Beyonce's ubiquitous hit the prince of neo-soul used as his intro music Tuesday at Toyota Center - but the men who love them, or at least want to get with them. "Fellas, ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Aftermath: Kings of Leon, and Their "Fans," Trying Our Patience at Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse/ Click here for a slideshow​ Aftermath has seen almost every single step on the road to fame Kings of Leon have taken since their debut album Youth and Young Manhood in 2003. We heard a track off that album in mid-2003, "California Waiting," on a radio show while living in Sa ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen missed the Great Depression - which no doubt bugs him every time he thinks about what a wealth of material those years provided for one of his idols, Woody Guthrie - but he seems determined to make up for it during these days of massive job-shedding, frozen credit an ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Houston Aeros Bounce Back

    Photo by Fred Trask With the end of the regular season fast approaching, the Houston Aeros chose last week to play some of their best hockey of the past month, defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins, one of the AHL's best teams, by a 2-1 margin on Thursday night. And though they played an error-filled ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Houston Aeros Bounce Back

    With the end of the regular season fast approaching, the Houston Aeros chose last week to play some of their best hockey of the past month, defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins, one of the AHL's best teams, by a 2-1 margin on Thursday night. And though they played an error-filled game on Saturday ni ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 5

    King's X, Meridian, August 19: "[dUg] Pinnick's bass was very much the lead instrument, negotiating the distance between the complicated vocal harmonies and searing chainsaw riffs with a low-to-the-ground, almost nonchalant assurance." Masters of Metal, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 23: ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 1

    [Note: Aftermath attended all these shows and reviewed most of them. Even he couldn't see them all.] Six Organs of Admittance, Walter's on Washington, January 18: "[Ben Chasny's] quieter moments reminded me of the softer side of bands like Pavement and Guided by Voices, and the mournful specte ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Houston Aeros, Now with Boos and Bikinis

    I heard something on Friday night in Toyota Center I don't think I've ever heard before. The fans were booing the Houston Aeros. Of course, the Aeros were playing some piss poor and rather lackluster hockey, but I'm just not used to hearing fans in Toyota Center boo the team. And on Friday night, ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    H-Town Holiday Shootout

    Put down your Rockets red for a while and enjoy some college b-ballers

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    November 14, 2008

    Aftermath: Latin Grammys at Toyota Center, Pt. 1

    Carlos Santana backstage at the Latin Grammys/ Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez Is music really the universal language? There was no better place to test that ragged old saw than at Thursday’s Latin Grammys at Toyota Center. As one of the few (if not the only) non-Spanish-speakers in the building, ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008
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    September 11, 2008

    This Just In: Tonight's Eagles Concert Postponed to October

    According to the Toyota Center's Web site, tonight's scheduled second Houston date of the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden tour has been postponed until Thursday, October 2. Tickets for tonight's show will be honored on the new date. Call 1-866-4-HOU-TIX for more information. - Chris Gray

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    May 7, 2008
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    March 27, 2008

    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk with dinosaurs

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    December 27, 2007

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    The Toyota Center

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    November 20, 2007

    Whither Springsteen?

    As posted on Houstoned Rocks literally moments ago, Live Nation announced today that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will bring their Magic tour to Houston April 14, 2008. No venue is currently listed for Houston or the April 13 Dallas date, but the other dates on the tour are booked in basket ... More >>

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    October 16, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Broing Down with the Hives

    In further proof that record-release dates no longer matter, the Hives’ new album The Black and White Album leaked from Europe the other day on the usual illicit sites we all troll on. It sounds like Devo had a baby with Some Girls. Sure, I downloaded it, but I will also buy it when it hits the St ... More >>

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    October 5, 2007
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    November 18, 2004

    Pom Pilots

    Get some spirit at the Cheer America Championships

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    January 1, 2004

    Hangover Hoops

    2004 begins with Jazz, Rockets

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