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    January 27, 2014

    The Blasters at Continental Club, 1/24/2014

    The Blasters Continental Club January 24, 2013 With rare Houston performances by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages and hallowed SoCal roots gods the Blasters, the city has had a whopper-sized dose of old-time rock and roll in the past couple of weeks. Phil Alvin and his hard-traveling cohorts -- ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Our Favorite Musical Discoveries of the Past Year

    DEAFHAVEN Despite a popular withdrawal from black metal, Deafheaven's Sunbather was one of 2013's most beautiful albums, and even named Metacritic's "Top Album of 2013." Because its song structures dabble more in pop and rock, it's a noticeable step away from their debut EP Roads to Judah, but that' ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    One of Our Own Wins VMG Music Writing Award

    Note: Kiernan Maletsky is the Music Editor of the Dallas Observer. The 11 alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: this year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    10 Albums From 2013 You Should Have Heard

    Terry Allen, Bottom of the World You can yack on all day about Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott or some other artless, vacant, party-popular, Texas good-ole-boy bands, but the old salts know that Terry Allen's music is that real Texas deal. On his first new material in 14 years, Allen touches all the bases ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    One to Grow On

    The 11 best Houston records of 2013.

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    December 23, 2013

    Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre, 12/20/2013

    Dwight Yoakam Arena Theatre December 20, 2013 An odd thing occurred at the Dwight Yoakam show at Arena Theatre Friday night: the cast of Federico Fellini's epic remake of Urban Cowboy showed up to party. Rhinestones, Jack and Coke, and all. While Yoakam and his band of musical throat-cutters ran t ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    25 More Legendary Houston Music Venues

    When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Out of the Past

    Houston's Top 25 closed music venues.

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    July 16, 2013

    Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues

    Before we go any further, this isn't over. Houston fancies itself as forever moving forward, a "city of the future," but in a relatively short time span -- the past 40, maybe 50 years -- it's managed to rack up an impressive number of live-music stages that have come and gone, and left quite a lasti ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Cops Suspect Up to 300 Counts of Fraud In KTSU DJ Case

    Note: This article was written by William Michael Smith and Houston Press staff writer Steve Jansen. A TSU DJ has been arrested in an alleged pledge-drive scam, a local TV watchdog reporter said late Wednesday. According to a tweet from Fox 26 reporter Isiah Carey late this afternoon, KTSU radio v ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rosie Flores, Otep, Mission of Burma, Etc.

    Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Back then, ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012

    Rocks Off asked the writers we had covering Sunday's HPMA showcase downtown to pick out one or two of their favorites among the 50 or so performers. SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase - The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase - The Crowds Bang Bangz: Bang Bangz set up a mellowed dreamscape for their audience, c ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: Rocks Off's Top 7 Discoveries

    Rocks Off also asked our folks covering the HPMA showcase to tell us their favorite new artist they saw Sunday - not necessary new, just new to them. HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012 SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Crowds Alkari: How have I never s ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    HPMA 2012 Showcase

    One night. 11 venues. 55 minutes.

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    June 14, 2012
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    November 24, 2011

    Thanks, Houston

    What we appreciate most this year.

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    November 17, 2011

    Showcase Showdown

    Fifty bands, 11 stages and three music writers talking HPMA highlights.

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    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

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    October 19, 2011

    Houston "Doghouse" Blues Pianist Earl Gilliam Dead At 81

    ​Rocks Off contributor William Michael Smith just called in to regretfully inform us that Houston blues musician Earl Gilliam has passed away. Gilliam's manager, Sheri Goodman, told Smith that Gilliam died at his home near Tomball of advanced lung disease. The piano player was famous for host ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Just Playing

    Readers write us regarding illegal game rooms.

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    June 16, 2011
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    June 3, 2011

    Summer Fest Critic's Guide: Who We're Seeing At Tinsley

    Jermaine Rogers​In three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>

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    February 5, 2011

    KTRU Lives On At KPFT In Seven-Year Lease

    Marc Brubaker​KTRU (91.7 FM), the student-run station at Rice University sold to the University of Houston just before the start of school last fall, will begin broadcasting on Pacifica station KPFT's (90.1 FM) high-definition channel, it was announced today. This means the station won't be r ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    The Worst Music Trends Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: Shit. I spent my whole year either avoiding or ignoring trends. No reason to change now. Marc Brubaker: Many a person instructed me to place Ke(Dollar Sign)ha in this spot, but she's become so ubiquitous that I can't help but laugh when I hear her now. No, fine sirs, this awa ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's 2011 New Year's Resolutions

    ​Editor's Pick: To "support the scene" more in 2011. Just kidding. Marc Brubaker: Houston, I have a confession to make. As far as music writers go, this one is pretty bad, too: I have a terrible habit of sleeping on bands just because they are popular. Often, when a new band picks up a lot o ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Best Boat Name Ever? Or Bestest Boat Name Ever??!

    Brittanie Shey​Hat tip to frequent Rocks Off contributor William Michael Smith for bringing this party boat to our attention. It's sitting outside Gibbs Boats and Motors on West Gray and Montrose, where it underwent a little tune-up a few weeks ago and is awaiting pick-up from the owner. We t ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Honky-Tonk Houston

    Readers weigh in on the pros and cons

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    December 25, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind: The 2009 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase and Ceremony

    Showcase Sunday, Part 1 Shea SerranoRunaway Sun​ Dominique: "We guess critics would call her style 'neo-soul,' but it didn't seem very 'neo' to me, more like 'jazzy soul.' She fronted a piano-led trio with two backing vocalists and from the first sultry Fender Rhodes groove to the final explosive ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, April: Springsteen, Jandek, Morrissey, The Faint, iFest, Cake... and Nickelback

    Harley C. Pitts​ Kevin and Dustin Welch, McGonigel's Mucky Duck, April 2: "Dustin (son of Kevin) Welch stunned the sparse crowd at the Duck last night from the first note of "One False Move," the brilliant opener to his new album, Whisky Priest. While the graying crowd had mostly come to hear the ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    52 Pick-Up

    Your guide to the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards showcase

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    February 12, 2009

    Oh, Christ: Original Limp Bizkit Lineup to Reunite

    Because things aren't already bad enough out there right now, the original lineup of crotch-rocking mooks Limp Bizkit annouced today they are reuniting. Here, according to a joint statement by the band's Fred Durst and Wes Borland, is their reasoning: "We decided we were more disgusted and b ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 8

    Cheech & Chong/Willie Nelson, Verizon Wireless Theater/House of Blues, October 31: "This morning Aftermath thought his notes had vanished entirely before realizing he had simply mistook the back cover of his notebook for the front. Halloween 2008 was high times indeed." Randy Weeks, Discover ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: 2008's Heavy Rotation

    For the second (third?) year in a row, LOM didn't vote in either the Nashville Scene's best of country music poll or the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop best of American music poll. I'm just not a good list-maker. Detest that stuff. Just trying to compile a list of possibles makes my brain hate me. ... 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 30, 2008

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 2

    Gram Rabbit, Super Happy Fun Land, January 31: "Gram Rabbit is the face of 21st century glam; denser than Scissor Sisters and more fun than Ladytron. If everyone who heard Roxy Music got these sorts of ideas, the world would be a vastly better place." (Chris Henderson) Over the Rhine, McGonigel' ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    Merry Christmas from the Rocks Off Family

    ...and so say all of us! - Chris Gray, Craig Hlavaty, Dusti Rhodes, Keith Plocek, William Michael Smith, Bob Ruggiero, John Nova Lomax, Ernest Barteldes, Brandon K. Hernsberger, Jef With One F, Michael Arceneaux, Linda Leseman, kris ex, Kathy F. Mahdoubi, Rosa Guerrero, Nick DiFonzo, Jason Fergus ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Aftermath: Raul Malo at House of Blues

    Photos by William Michael Smith I've never been a particularly big Raul Malo fan. Sure, he and his Mavericks had a few stellar singles that were pure gold from the first note, most notably (for me anyway) the Dwight Yoakam-ish twanger "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down." But my significant othe ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    MySpaced Out: When Publicists Attack

    It was War of the Worlds author H.G. Wells who famously said, "Advertising is legalized lying." I recently had the unpleasant occasion to have a brief tete-a-tete with a young lady in the music public relations business. They call themselves "publicists." Not liars. It all began innocently enough, ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007
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    March 29, 2007

    The Music Critics Dictionary

    Translating critic-speak

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    October 19, 2006
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    September 14, 2006
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    November 25, 2004
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    November 11, 2004
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    October 28, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    August 5, 2004

    ¡Viva H-town!

    Latinos come to the fore in this year's music awards

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    July 15, 2004
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    June 24, 2004
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    July 24, 2003

    Rock You like a Hurricane

    The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes

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