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  • 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

    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

    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

    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 >>

  • Randy Bachman Is Forever Takin' Care of Business

    published Oct 08, 2014

    In his career as a co-vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for not one but two pretty successful classic-rock bands, the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman has sold tens of millions of rec... More >>

  • Monet Gets Rollin' on the River at MFAH Exhibit

    published Oct 06, 2014

    Throughout his lengthy artistic life, Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted a lot of different subject matter. But he had a particular fondness for water. And then for one certain body of water. "I have ... More >>

  • “National Geographic’s Real Pirates”

    published May 22, 2014

    To an entire generation, the word “pirate” brings to mind an effete but basically harmless Johnny Depp with historically inaccurate... More >>

  • Manhattan Short Film Festival

    published September 25, 2014

    Film festivals aren’t usually thought of as examples of democracy in action, but the Manhattan Short Film Festival certainly... More >>

  • St. Lawrence String Quartet

    published September 25, 2014

    Hugely influential in the development of chamber music, Franz Joseph Haydn was known as “the father of the string quartet.” The St.... More >>

  • ROCO Alive in Concert: Once Upon a Time

    published September 25, 2014

    The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra opens its tenth season with ROCO Alive in Concert: Once Upon a Time. The program includes the world... More >>

  • Soul Brother No. 1 Was a Complicated Dad, Says New Book

    published Sep 30, 2014

    James Brown was, of course, the Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. But all that he worked to grab those titles over decades seemed to come crashing down through much of th... More >>

  • The Piano Guys

    published September 18, 2014

    Marketing professionals will tell you that often, simplicity and directness is the key to establishing brand identity. So if you buy a ticket to... More >>

  • John Sebastian & Lightnin' Hopkins: The Odd Couple

    published Sep 25, 2014

    "Houston had a special message for me as a young musician, and it came directly through Lightnin' Hopkins," John Sebastian says from his home in New York. But the former front man of the '60s band t... More >>

  • Revisiting Johnny Winter's Hell-Raising Memoir

    Revisiting Johnny Winter's Hell-Raising Memoir

    published Sep 24, 2014

    Raisin' Cain; The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter By Mary Lou Sullivan Backbeat Books, 384 pp., $24.99 As is the case when any musician dies, widespread interest in his or her career and cata... More >>

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