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  • Very Merry Pops

    published December 11, 2014

    One of our favorite holiday traditions (along with wearing shorts on Christmas day and binge-eating holiday tamales) has to be the Houston... More >>

  • Very Merry Pops

    published December 11, 2014

    One of our favorite holiday traditions (along with wearing shorts on Christmas day and binge-eating holiday tamales) has to be the Houston... More >>

  • Fleetwood Mac Thrills Toyota Center for Two-Plus Hours
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    Fleetwood Mac Thrills Toyota Center for Two-Plus Hours

    published Dec 16, 2014

    Fleetwood Mac Toyota Center December 15, 2014 The Mac Attack is Back! And with the Songbird back in the nest, the Chain has been reforged, and seems stronger than ever. Okay, that may be a little he... More >>

  • Unsilent Night

    published December 11, 2014

    If you’ve ever wanted to be part of an orchestra but can’t read music and don’t know your trumpet from your flugelhorn, you can... More >>

  • Casting Doubt on Eric Clapton's "Retirement" Tour

    published Dec 10, 2014

    Planes, Trains and Eric Directed by David Maxwell Eagle Rock Entertainment, 156 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray Guitar God Eric Clapton surprised some English fans earlier this year when he announced... More >>

  • Jim Morrison's Long-Lost Adventures Now Revealed

    published Dec 09, 2014

    The Doors: Feast of Friends Eagle Rock Entertainment; 144 mins.; $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray While definitely not for the casual fan, Feast of Friends offers hardcore Doors aficionados a treasure trove... More >>

  • This Is Your Life, Billy Joel

    published Dec 04, 2014

    Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography By Fred Schruers Crown Archetype, 400 pp. $29. Hardcore fans of the Piano Man (including this writer) were severely bummed in 2011 when he decided to pull the plu... More >>

  • New Books Explore Fleetwood Mac's Vast Appetites

    published Dec 03, 2014

    Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac By Mick Fleetwood with Anthony Bozza Little, Brown; 352 pp.; $30. Before the Beginning: A Personal and Opinionated History of Fleetwood Mac By Sam Graham eBook (i... More >>

  • An Embattled President, Immigration Reform, Religious Fervor and New Technology Marks America of...1844

    published Dec 01, 2014

    America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion, and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation By John Bicknell 320 pp. Chicago Review Press $26.95 It was a tumultuous year for the U... More >>

  • Neil Young Firmly in the Driver's Seat on Special Deluxe

    published Nov 25, 2014

    Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars By Neil Young Blue Rider Press, 384 pp., $32. Fans of Canada's Greatest Musical Export were happy to hear that he would be delivering a second, meaty memoir ju... More >>

  • Dancing With Himself, as Only Billy Idol Can

    published Nov 19, 2014

    Dancing with Myself By Billy Idol Touchstone Books, 336 pp., $28 When a young, snotty, peroxide-headed English punk rocker needed a moniker more in touch with his current life than what his birth cer... More >>

  • Robert Plant Is Ever the Sensational Space Shifter

    published Nov 13, 2014

    Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin By Dave Thompson Backbeat Books, 280 pp., $27.99. He's been in a laundry list of bands: The Crawling King Snakes. The Honeydrippers. Strange Sensation... More >>

  • Derek Trucks Keeps It All in the Family Band

    published Nov 12, 2014

    For many a bluesman, standing at the Crossroads is a mostly apocryphal experience, the stuff of myth and legends. But when Rocks Off reached Derek Trucks at his New York hotel room last month, the myt... More >>

  • Anthrax's Scott Ian Spins Tales From the Thrash Side

    published Nov 05, 2014

    Like many men currently in their mid-to-late forties, Anthrax co-founder/rhythm guitarist Scott Ian was a huge, practically obsessive KISS fan growing up. "My KISS window was about '75-'78, when I wa... More >>

  • Jim Peterik Still Has That Eye of the Tiger

    Jim Peterik Still Has That Eye of the Tiger

    published Oct 28, 2014

    An answering-machine message not only changed Jim Peterik's life forever, but led to the creation of one of the '80s biggest anthems that can still be heard all over the place some three decades later... More >>

  • Remembering Jack Bruce, Cream's Gentleman Bassist

    published Oct 27, 2014

    Note: Cream bassist and lead vocalist Jack Bruce, universally recognized among his peers as one of the greatest instrumental talents in rock history, passed away last Saturday at age 71. Rocks Off's B... More >>

  • When the U.S. Caught Beatlemania, Larry Kane Was There

    published Oct 21, 2014

    Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour That Changed the World By Larry Kane Backbeat Books, 272 pp. (w/CD), $24.99 "What's your problem, man? Why are you dressed like a fag-ass?" It was an in... More >>

  • The Eagles at Toyota Center, 10/14/2014
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    The Eagles at Toyota Center, 10/14/2014

    published Oct 15, 2014

    The Eagles Toyota Center October 14, 2014 At this point in their career -- which, as singer/guitarist Glenn Frey noted, has lasted 43 years -- any Eagles concert is essentially bulletproof. The have ... More >>

  • Dream Weaver Gary Wright Was Best Friends With a Beatle

    published Oct 15, 2014

    There aren't many more concrete instances of one singer being so clearly connected to one song in the classic rock canon than Gary Wright with "Dream Weaver." The 1976 single, recorded with all synthe... More >>

  • Joe Perry Walks His Way in New Memoir
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    Joe Perry Walks His Way in New Memoir

    published Oct 14, 2014

    While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be for the relationship they've had for more than 45 years. It's a lo... More >>

  • Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at The Woodlands, 10/10/2014
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    Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at The Woodlands, 10/10/2014

    published Oct 13, 2014

    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 10, 2014 Ever wonder what Todd Rundgren would sound like playing guitar for Santana? Or Gregg Rolie offering Hammond B-3 organ... More >>

  • Mulan: The Warrior Princess

    published October 2, 2014

    Long before she was a Disney Princess and cavorted with the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel the Mermaid and Snow White, the young... More >>

  • Living Colour Brings a New Shade to Houston

    published Oct 10, 2014

    Though one of the best hard-rock bands of the '80s has also held that distinction in the ensuing decades, for a wide swath of people they are unfairly thought of as a one-hit wonder. Dating from 198... More >>

  • Damon Wayans

    published October 2, 2014

    While there are two generations of comics and actors in his family, Damon Wayans is arguably the best known in this family affair. On TV (In... More >>

  • Newspaper Writers Whipping Each Other in the Street? Just Another Day for the Media in Lincoln's Time

    published Oct 09, 2014

    "He who moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions." - Abraham Lincoln, August 21, 1858 Many journalists today may think they are dedicated to the professi... More >>

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