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  • 5 Movies That Wouldn't Exist Without George Harrison

    published Oct 05, 2011

    After giving the deluxe documentary treatment to Bob Dylan (No Direction Home) and the Rolling Stones (Shine a Light), Martin Scorsese now trains his camera on George Harrison for George Harrison: Liv... More >>

  • Top 5 Musicians Whose Art Trumps Their Politics
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    Top 5 Musicians Whose Art Trumps Their Politics

    published Oct 04, 2011

    Once again we have yet another example that if a musician opens his or her mouth without the benefit of a guitar or piano close by, trouble is usually not far behind. In this case it's Rockin' Randall... More >>

  • Adele Cancels U.S. Tour Due To Bad Vocal Chords (UPDATED)
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    Adele Cancels U.S. Tour Due To Bad Vocal Chords (UPDATED)

    published Oct 04, 2011

    UPDATE (6:56 p.m.): According to Live Nation, the show will "most likely" be rescheduled, so you may not want to cash in on those refunds just yet. Stay tuned. Chart-topping, world-beating British ne... More >>

  • Dolly Parton

    published October 6, 2011

    Dolly Parton once said, "I'm not offended by all the dumb-blond jokes because I know I'm not dumb...and I also know that I'm not blond." There's... More >>

  • Report: Beyonce At U of H RIGHT NOW

    published Oct 03, 2011

    Rocks Off's glitz-tracking colleagues/rivals over at CultureMap are reporting that Beyonce has just dropped in at the University of Houston to watch her mom, designer Tina Knowles, get interviewed for... More >>

  • Music Awards Nomination Ballot Now Online
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    Music Awards Nomination Ballot Now Online

    published Oct 03, 2011

    Get your mouses ready (mice?), because the 2011 Houston Press Music Awards nomination ballot is live, online, and waiting for you fans to fill in your choices. Right now. Before you get started, a fe... More >>

  • BestFest Not, Repeat Not, Passing Bad Checks

    published Sep 30, 2011

    Due to a formatting error, some checks issued to vendors for this past weekend's Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest were rejected by the bank. But they're not bad checks. Although the date on... More >>

  • Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    published Sep 28, 2011

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dall... More >>

  • Jack Daniel's If You Please: A Musical Sour Mash Salute
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    Jack Daniel's If You Please: A Musical Sour Mash Salute

    published Sep 27, 2011

    Q: What do musicians call a diminished fifth? A: An empty bottle of Jack Daniel's. Someone at Dirt Bar thinks today may be Jack Daniel's birthday. The Jack Daniel, inventor of the sour mash whiskey a... More >>

  • Roky Erickson

    published September 29, 2011

    It's Halloween all year round in many of Roky Erickson's songs, which stew imagery ripped straight from the pages of EC Comics ("Two Headed Dog,"... More >>

  • A Band to Save Me

    published September 29, 2011

    Festivals are incredibly complex machines, with hundreds if not thousands of moving parts. Those include everything from stage construction and... More >>

  • Peter, Bjorn & John Giving Away Free Food At 4 p.m.

    published Sep 27, 2011

    If there's anything Houston is known for more than live music, it's food trucks. So leave it to Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn & John to combine the two. What else would you expect from a band named after ... More >>

  • Umbrella Man, Texans On At BestFest

    published Sep 25, 2011

    Day 2 of the Houston Press Best of Houston® BestFest is underway. Nick Gaitain & the Umbrella Man opened with a set of countrified conjunto, steamy barrio ballads and one of our favorite Los Lobos so... More >>

  • BestFest: Don't Be Afraid Of The Bus

    published Sep 24, 2011

    The light-rail shutdown isn't harshing the BestFest buzz. Rocks Off rode the Rail Shuttle earlier today, and we can tell you it was just fine. A little crowded, but not uncomfortably so, and we rode ... More >>

  • BestFest Is Officially Off The Ground

    published Sep 24, 2011

    The Houston Press Best of Houston BestFest® is here. It's happening. The Hell City Kings just finished blasting away on the main stage, and the Texas Brass Band is making it funky right now on The T... More >>

  • Guns N' Roses Tickets On Sale Next Friday

    published Sep 23, 2011

    There's a date and venue for Axl & friends' Houston show now - Friday, November 4 at Toyota Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. next Friday at livenation.com and toyotacentertix.com, or by phone a... More >>

  • Six Ways BestFest Already Beats Austin City Limits
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    Six Ways BestFest Already Beats Austin City Limits

    published Sep 23, 2011

    A decade ago this month, Rocks Off Sr. drove down from Jasper to check out this new event in Zilker Park called the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Back then it was a far cry from what it would bec... More >>

  • Last Night: Glen Campbell At Stafford Centre
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    Last Night: Glen Campbell At Stafford Centre

    published Sep 22, 2011

    Glen Campbell Stafford Centre September 21, 2011 Thursday night may have been the most profoundly uncomfortable Aftermath has ever been watching a live performance. In the past year, we have seen ma... More >>

  • Pics From The BestFest Buildout: Looking Good

    published Sep 22, 2011

    Houston Press Art Director Monica Fuentes took these photos of the Best of Houston® BestFest construction going on down at the Midtown superblock earlier this morning. Rocks Off is impressed. Here's... More >>

  • MetroRail Suspending Service This Weekend: BestFest Plan Bs

    published Sep 22, 2011

    As a frequent and mostly satisfied mass-transit commuter ourselves, Rocks Off has been recommending those of you headed to our Best of Houston® BestFest this weekend take the MetroRail to the McGowen... More >>

  • Glen Campbell's 15 Greatest Hits - As A Guitarist

    published Sep 21, 2011

    In a few hours, Rocks Off will be down at the Stafford Centre, watching the sold-out first Houston-area stop on Glen Campbell's extended "Farewell Tour." It might be the only one, but the tour is book... More >>

  • "Guns N' Roses" Coming To Town In November

    published Sep 21, 2011

    And R.E.M. breaks up on the same day. What did we do to deserve this? Anyhow, the tour, sponsored by Monster Energy, will feature Guns N' Roses Axl Rose & friends playing "all their hits" for two and... More >>

  • R.I.P. R.E.M.: Goodnight To The Men On The Moon
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    R.I.P. R.E.M.: Goodnight To The Men On The Moon

    published Sep 21, 2011

    Sad news out of Athens, Ga. today: To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of grat... More >>

  • BestFest Single-Day Passes Now On Sale For $25
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    BestFest Single-Day Passes Now On Sale For $25

    published Sep 21, 2011

    You asked for it, you got it. Like KISS. Now, right now, you can buy single-day passes for this weekend's Best of Houston® BestFest on the festival's Web site, bestfesthouston.com. If the virtual ti... More >>

  • Rocks Off Giving Away Loads Of BestFest Passes
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    Rocks Off Giving Away Loads Of BestFest Passes

    published Sep 20, 2011

    That's a neat collage of some of the folks playing this weekend's Best of Houston® BestFest, huh? We thought so. But we have a hunch some of you would rather see them in person. Well, you're in luck... More >>

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