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    August 19, 2014

    The Top 40 Charting Hard-Rock Songs: Part 1

    Numbers. The applications to which they are used in various fields can yield results ranging from the trivial to the catastrophic if not interpreted properly. If you are involved with numbers at NASA or the military, lives could hang in the balance if something is miscalculated or misrepresented. T ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    True Blood: Your Warpaint is Running

    Back when I was a big wrestling fan I had a rule; never watch the show before a big pay-per-view. For God's sake, never waste money going to a live show before the PPV. It's not that it's a ripoff per se. It's just that whatever you're going to see is going to be the last of the beginning of what c ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Nine Things Playing In Rock and Roll Bands Taught Me

    Most people have entertained the fantasy of becoming a wealthy rock star, and a lot of them buy an instrument to fiddle around with. The majority of them eventually just throw that instrument into a closet after they move to another hobby, while a few become proficient players but never leave their ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Five Contemporary Acts the Houston Symphony Should Take On

    This Saturday at Jones Hall, the Houston Symphony will take on the music of Led Zeppelin, as arranged by conductor Brent Havens. It's sure to be an awesome show, and I personally think it's sort of a brilliant idea. Hard rock and metal have always had elements that gel well with classical and sympho ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    $12 For HPMA Ticket, Drink & T-Shirt

    Haven't bought your tickets the Houston Press Music Award concert yet? We'd say what are you waiting for, but it turns out you've been waiting for this. From now until Tuesday, we're adding some value onto the ticket: a drink on us and souvenir HPMA T-shirt. Not bad, right? Remember, the concert is ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    True Blood: Flashbacks and Tearjerkers

    Despite some recent stellar showings, it's pretty apparent True Blood is going out in a whisper, not a bang. That's fine. Seven seasons of a vampire show is always going to be a bit much. The last season of Buffy certainly wasn't anything to write home to mom about. In a more solid season, this wee ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    The 10 Dirtiest Band Names We Could Find

    These days it doesn't matter much what you name your band, because Bandcamp doesn't have any silly content standards for you to worry about. That's nice for punk and metal, because those dudes love to name their bands after completely sick shit. And they wonder why they have a reputation for being d ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Likable Lunice Has the Inside Track to "Higher Ground"

    It's not just a Canadian thing to say that Montreal-based Lunice, with Hudson Mohawke one-half of EDM monsters TNGHT, is overtly polite in describing himself. It's an everyday thing. There's not a speck of bad press to be found about the producer listed as 25 or 26 years of age, depending on the sou ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    The 20 Most Beautiful People at Electric Daisy Carnival 2014

    Note: this article is a gift from our good friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly. You thought only homely people went to Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend? Think again! This year, per usual, the bold and the beautiful made their way to Las Vegas for parties that lasted all night long. Here ar ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    No, We Haven't Forgotten About This Year's HPMAs

    Some people have been asking when we will announce the nominations for this year's Houston Press Music Awards. Hard to believe it's already the middle of June; seems like just the other day we were mopping the sweat off our brow from Summer Fest, and now it's almost time for fireworks. Actually, it' ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    An Easy Guide to the FPSF Mobile App

    Are you ready, kiddos? Because Free Press Summer Fest begins tomorrow. To help newcomers and veterans alike, the powers that be have released a convenient app in which users can create calendars, reminders and view all kinds of information about the artists, including their schedules and profiles. ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Rap-Metal is Back...and It's Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Band of Skulls at Warehouse Live, 5/13/2014

    Band of Skulls Warehouse Live May 13, 2013 I'm not sure what it is, whether it be the accent or the rich history of rock and roll, but for some reason you're just cooler if you're British and in a band. Think in your head what your definition of "rock star" is, and I assure you that they'll speak w ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week we've got dueling afterlives in case you're in the market for one. Also, I check in on a contestant from Dance Moms embarking on a music video career, and an unbelievably great London rap based on a series of novels, of all things. It's a weird wee ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Jay Z & Beyonce Go "On the Run" to Minute Maid Park July 18

    Sounding more like a blockbuster summer film than a concert tour, music's No. 1 power couple announced their first-ever leg of joint headlining dates earlier Monday morning. From June 16 to August 5, Jay Z and Beyonce will bring their "On the Run" tour to16 of the nation's football stadiums and base ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Bastille at House of Blues, 4/23/2014

    Bastille House of Blues April 23, 2014 Bastille could very well be the next Coldplay, OneRepublic or Ed Sheeran. The London-based quartet possesses all of the necessary characteristics and already has the world's collective ear, but first they need to choose a direction. Right now, their sound is ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Eminem, Lorde, OutKast Head 2014 ACL Festival Lineup

    This morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the autumn music bazaar that will take place October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin's Zilker Park. Some of the top names include Eminem (as expected), OutKast, Pearl Jam, Lorde (second weekend only), Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, C ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Got $2K? It's Not Too Late For Coachella

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. If you don't have tickets yet for the first weekend of Coachella -- which sta ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    BBVA Compass Stadium Finally Gets a Concert, and It's a Big One

    More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one. Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans! There is beauty and pain this week, as well as several varieties of video that will probably get you in trouble at work for watching them. Oh, and kickball, because sometimes you just got to go back to the playground to get life right. Play on!

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    April 9, 2014

    Five Things Bands Should Consider Before Reuniting

    After reading my colleague Corey Deiterman's musing on why there doesn't need to be a new Wu-Tang Clan album, I got to thinking about what it's like to try and rekindle something with a group of fellow musicians with whom you previously made magic. I got a first-hand look at this last year when for ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    The Five Most Difficult Song Lyrics to Understand

    Most bands want their vocals to sound crisp and clear for maximum singalong purposes. How the hell are you going to lead a stadium of people to sing your lyrics at you if they don't know what you're saying? But there are exceptions, and it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that for whatever rea ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Featherface, Young Mammals, Ishi & More Keep 8th Wonder's One-Year Party Buzzing

    The guys over at 8th Wonder are no stranger to delivering exactly what Houstonians desire, which mostly boils down to producing a delicious product in the most adventurous and amusing way possible. What began with the Eatsie Boys' "Intergalactic Food Truck" and continued with the "Mmmontrose Cafe" h ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    The Bizarre, Awful World of Dubstep Metal

    Recently I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, the guitarist for local metal band Rebuild, and he was complaining about the wave of dubstep that has infiltrated metal. As a genre, metal has historically always adapted to include whatever modern mainstream trends were going on at the tim ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Lorde at Bayou Music Center, 3/5/2014

    Lorde, Lo-Fang Bayou Music Center March 5, 2014 The crowd screams for Lorde like she's a pop star. They roar at the start of every song, from her big singles to her album cuts to her Replacements cover. They cheer when she moves to their side of the stage or when she points out someone in the crowd ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Only Google Knows Musicians' Darkest Secrets

    Have you ever Googled something only to find that their autofill feature suggests some really strange stuff? This has been the source of Tumblr blogs and memes alike. It has also been the reason many a person has lost faith in humanity, seeing ridiculous questions on obvious subjects. Just type "why ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week we explore some coinage history while watching a headless organ player, trip balls with Eternal Lips, and watch a touching tribute to a family member that is so sweet that even my jaded heart doesn't want to mock it. Music video-ing is a-happening r ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    The Five Most Important Ways Emo Changed Popular Music

    Some things never change. For a few years when I was younger, "fuck emos" was a battle cry among fans of "real punk" or "real music," who hated the wave of emo in popular music and as a lifestyle of teenagers across America. Now, in some ways, that sentiment seems to be back again. Not only was I a ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The 10 Best Songs for Jilted Lovers

    Let's be honest here: Valentine's Day is the most annoying, garbage holiday ever invented. It's such cloying BS, a day where corporations literally victimize the entire population of U.S. single people into feeling bad for being single, and scare the hell out of those who are in relationships lest t ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Here's the Free Press Summer Fest 2014 Lineup

    Never mind Robin Thicke, those blurred lines at the top are... Jack White Vampire Weekend Zedd Ms. Lauryn Hill

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    February 6, 2014

    Soul Stars Charles Bradley, Laura Mvula Lead Early iFest 2014 Names

    The Houston International Festival has announced the first confirmed acts for this year's festival, which returns to the freshly renovated Sam Houston Park downtown April 26-27 and May 3-4. This year's spotlight country is Australia, but the first round has a heavy deep-soul tint. The one single ac ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    23 Things You Won't See at Shows In the Suburbs

    I have a love-hate relationship with my suburban lifestyle. For instance, I love sitting in my backyard, drinking cold beer and tending to something sizzling on the smoker. I hate getting threatening letters from the hypercritical HOA doofuses who apparently have nothing better to do than measure ho ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIF!!!

    Note: this article was written by Kat Bein of Rocks Off's Miami New Times sister blog Crossfade. Have you ever seen a gingerbread man with no arms do the shimmy? What about two sharks going at it in shallow water? Seriously, who doesn't want to see a drunk dude having the time of his life, only to ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. It's a slow time for music videos right at the moment, but that means we just had to dig a little deeper in order to find the one that were really going to knock your socks off. Strap in and take your pills because once again we're going to do bad sexy things ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    10 Perfect Cover Songs For 10 Houston Bands

    Every one of the acts listed here writes fine, original music. They're too busy creating Houston's sound to be bothered with cover songs. That's a good thing. Still, a man can dream, right? In fact, this whole exercise began when I fell asleep listening to a song and dreamed a local band performi ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    93.7 FM Now Marching to a New Beat

    As many of you now know, around noon today 93.7 FM ceased to become a classic-rock station -- good riddance, some say -- and flipped formats to hip-hop and R&B, rechristening itself "The Beat." Thus far, according to 937thebeathouston.com, songs have included Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown's "It Wo ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    The 25 Best Music Videos of 2013, Nos. 25-21

    It was another exceptional year for music videos, and Rocks Off scoured literally hundreds to track down the 25 that really broke the mold and showed the world the art of the music video is alive and well. From now until New Year's Eve, we'll be counting down the absolute best, so tune in every day ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    The 12 Bars of Christmas and Then Some

    "I'm too pretty to look like a devil!" -- the gentleman in the photo above Christmas is only two days away. Another year full of laughs and cries and cheers and tears. A year spent with family and friends is never a bad one. And when the time for visiting family is done, once the dishes are in the ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Hey, Millennials: You're Partying All Wrong. Here's How.

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    10 Reasons the Door Guy Hates You

    Few career paths garner the kind of uncanny respect and even fear allotted to the nightclub doorman. He's the first (and sometimes last) thing that you see when out for a night on the town and has the ability to make or break your evening (and possibly, arm) -- well before you've had the chance to d ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Save the Date: Houston Gets a Postcard From One Direction

    Amid the promotional blitz surrounding their new album Midnight Memories, Britain's One Direction -- currently the biggest band on the planet, boy or otherwise -- announced a summer 2014 stadium tour that includes an August 22 show at Reliant Stadium. The group's biggest tour to date, "Where We Are ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. The music video as an art form is as unique and brilliant as it is now once again underground. To perfectly mesh music with a film director's vision is to empower both of those forms beyond the sum of their parts. If you can't see the live show, then at least ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    The Not So Fun Side of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

    Comedy = Good, Comedy Tent = Tragic It's nice to see the festival taking comedy seriously and booking big names like Tenacious D, but the area they've designated for comedy performances is far too small and does a disservice to those names. Either give the big names time on a real stage or ditch the ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Five Things to Avoid at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The annual Voodoo Festival is starts today, bringing people from all over the gulf coast region to the New Orleans event. Taking place in the gorgeous City Park in the north part of the city, this years event is set to feature the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure as we'll as a smatte ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top 5 Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. It's another week seeking high and low, in and out and in an out throughout the world for the last vestiges of truly groundbreaking and amazing music videos. Which of the five this week shall stalk the night as the invincible sprit of vengeance and triumph, a ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

    In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the ban ... More >>

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    October 5, 2013

    The People of ACL 2013: Who Let the Breaking Bad Guys In?

    Another year, another ACL Music Festival. This is a magical time in Texas, when the blazing summer makes way for a pleasant autumn. The weather and the promise of world-class musical wonders draws thousands to Zilker Park, ready to let loose and jam over the three day weekend. Here are some of the n ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    The Last VJ's Top Five Music Videos of the Week

    Today we're starting a new segment here on Rocks Off I'm calling The Last VJ. Each week we'll look at five new music videos and allow you (the readers) to judge which ones deserve to be called the absolute best, and which ones deserve to be left to rot underneath the Internet's pixilated sky. The a ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Five Totally Original Music-Inspired Halloween Costumes

    Halloween costumes used to be about novelty and flexing your creative muscles. I distinctly remember the simple pleasure of spray-painting a couple of boxes silver, slapping some bicycle reflectors on the front and calling myself a robot. Who cares if I was five and inexplicably being allowed to pla ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Alt-J at Bayou Music Center, 9/26/2013

    Alt-J Bayou Music Center September 26, 2013 The fall music season is in full swing, and Bayou Music Center was alive and kicking with a sold-out crowd of young adults for a showcase of talents by the likes of English indie-rockers Alt-J, with their folkier friends Lord Huron as support. Alt-J have ... More >>

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