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  • ZZ Top To Receive Texas Medal Of Arts

    published Feb 17, 2011

    While they take their sweet time getting around to record that long-anticipated, Rick Rubin-produced next album - which, at this point, could well come out a solid decade after their last, 2003's Mesc... More >>

  • Jesse Dayton's Fans: Singer Is Faggy, Douchebag
    FEATURED STORY

    Jesse Dayton's "Fans": Singer Is "Faggy," "Douchebag"

    published Feb 16, 2011

    Jesse Dayton is learning the joys of Facebook. The ex-Houston honky-tonker and Rob Zombie rockabilly muse, who plays the Armadillo Palace February 26 and Conroe's Texas Independence Day Festival March... More >>

  • Carrie Rodriguez

    published February 17, 2011

    After years of touring with Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo, then a fruitful partnership with songwriter emeritus Chip Taylor ("Wild... More >>

  • Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones, Bun B Head Summer Fest Lineup
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    Weezer, Ween, Sharon Jones, Bun B Head Summer Fest Lineup

    published Feb 14, 2011

    UPDATE: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears have been added to the lineup. "I'm gonna pull out some shit on stage that will make the Flaming Lips cry and possibly retire in awe." - Hayes Carll, via @hp... More >>

  • Friday Night: Joe Ely Band At Rockefeller Hall
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    Friday Night: Joe Ely Band At Rockefeller Hall

    published Feb 14, 2011

    Joe Ely Band Rockefeller Hall February 11, 2011 Saturday night, almost exactly 24 hours after the Joe Ely Band's triumphant return to Rockefeller's Rockefeller Hall, Aftermath and a friend were chatt... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams, Spearhead, Kronos Quartet Headed To iFest
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    Lucinda Williams, Spearhead, Kronos Quartet Headed To iFest

    published Feb 11, 2011

    The Houston International Festival, better known as iFest, announced its 2011 lineup late Thursday night. Here are some of the highlights: FRIDAY, APRIL 29 World Stage: Kronos Quartet feat. Homayun ... More >>

  • 25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    published Feb 09, 2011

    As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? ... More >>

  • Match These Bands With Their Awful Original Names

    published Feb 08, 2011

    Provided they didn't take the easy way out and name themselves after a song (Rolling Stones), their hometown (Boston) or each other (Hall & Oates), almost every band that went on to sell millions of r... More >>

  • Chris Gray
    COVER STORY

    Getting Past the Bouncer

    published February 10, 2011

    Imani Rose is a seasoned party and event planner and general Houston nightlife veteran. She's worked as a personal assistant for famous people and... More >>

  • Joe Ely Band, Mike Stinson

    published February 10, 2011

    It's been said over and over and over and over, so what's one more time? If Joe Ely is Texas's own Bruce Springsteen, seeing him at Rockefeller... More >>

  • Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

    published February 10, 2011

    For only three men, Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble brings a wealth of history, variety and versatility to the stage. Founder and percussion... More >>

  • Christina Aguilera's National Anthem: Better Than Carl Lewis', Anyway

    published Feb 07, 2011

    Today, Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are presumably on their way to Disney World, the Pittsburgh Steelers are praying Ben Roethlisberger did not do anything in the many, many ... More >>

  • Houstonians Place High In International Blues Contest
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    Houstonians Place High In International Blues Contest

    published Feb 07, 2011

    Updated at 5:25 p.m. with Orq's account of the weekend. This past week, Ezra Charles & the Works and The Mighty Orq, both long-running pillars of the local blues scene, each represented Houston and t... More >>

  • Willie Nelson Show Postponed Until April 28

    published Feb 04, 2011

    Well, shit. Willie Nelson just announced via Twitter that tonight's show at Verizon Wireless Theater, which had sold out, has been postponed until April 28 due to the treacherous driving conditions br... More >>

  • Z-Ro Actually Smiles, Laughs - We Have Proof!

    published Feb 02, 2011

    This morning, one of Rocks Off's readers in Dallas sent us an email. In fact, that sentence was almost the headline of this blog - apparently we actually have readers up there, so maybe those North Te... More >>

  • Rory Miggins Irish Stew Cook-off

    published February 3, 2011

    Elsewhere on this page, you can read about Flogging Molly's local stop on the Celtic Californians' annual "Green 17" tour. With all due respect to... More >>

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    published February 3, 2011

    Since they only appeared on a couple of songs, it wouldn't be entirely accurate to say Ladysmith Black Mambazo stole Paul Simon's 1986 album... More >>

  • H-Town Blues Festival

    published February 3, 2011

    In a recent issue of Spin, music editor Charles Aaron did something the big-city bicoastal music media almost never does: paid some... More >>

  • When We Ruled H-Town

    published February 3, 2011

    It looks like the wheel of musical nostalgia has finally spun all the way around to the '90s. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's... More >>

  • Joe Ely's Top Five Live Shots, By iFest's Rick Mitchell

    published Jan 31, 2011

    Next Friday, Feb. 11, the Joe Ely Band returns to Rockefeller Hall for the first time in more than a decade, since the legendary Washington Avenue showcase club stopped presenting live music to focus ... More >>

  • Texas Watchdog Unearths More KTRU Sale Documents

    published Jan 28, 2011

    We're all still waiting to see if the Federal Communications Commission will approve the proposed sale of Rice University's student-staffed station KTRU to the University of Houston, which (among othe... More >>

  • Play A Bad Solo, Get Smacked Upside The Head

    published Jan 27, 2011

    If you're like Rocks Off, you could probably use a good laugh this afternoon. Judging by the number of times this video has been shared on break.com, you may have already seen this, but just in case... More >>

  • Surprise... Houston Is Sending Some People To SXSW

    published Jan 26, 2011

    In the past couple of weeks, Rocks Off's already-groaning email inbox has begun sagging even further with pings from random Australian bands looking for "coverage" for their SXSW appearances - we reco... More >>

  • Barrie Hall Jr., Famed Trumpeter, TSU And Duke Ellington Alum, Dies At 61
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    Barrie Hall Jr., Famed Trumpeter, TSU And Duke Ellington Alum, Dies At 61

    published Jan 25, 2011

    Today the jazz world is mourning the loss of one of its greats...and one of Houston's. Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and late... More >>

  • Barrie Hall Jr., TSU And Duke Ellington Alum, Dies At 61

    published Jan 25, 2011

    UPDATED at 4:49 p.m. with more information. Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and later became its leader, passed away Monday at ... More >>

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