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  • Hayes Carll Leaving Lost Highway After Declining Option

    published Sep 30, 2011

    As if we haven't heard enough news about what trouble the major labels are having and the changing business model for labels and artists, Rocks Off learned over the weekend that Hayes Carll is leaving... More >>

  • Josefus, Houston's First Metal Band, Reuniting Saturday
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    Josefus, Houston's First Metal Band, Reuniting Saturday

    published Sep 29, 2011

    When Lonesome, Onry and Mean moved to the Bayou City in 1968, it wasn't long before we stumbled upon what would become our favorite local band of that period: Josefus. They were known for playing free... More >>

  • A "Classic Cool" Start To BestFest Weekend

    published Sep 23, 2011

    Kicking off with a swanky media preview party this evening, the area surrounding the "superblock" at Main and McGowen should be a beehive of activity the next 48 hours. Tonight Lonesome Onry and Mea... More >>

  • Richard Julian: Norah Jones Mate Makes Midtown Stopover

    published Sep 20, 2011

    Richard Julian, Norah Jones sideman and leader of Jones' side project The Little Willies, plays Midtown's Leon's Lounge this evening. Julian's 2010 Compass Records release Girls Need Attention made... More >>

  • Archie Bell Sues Legendary Philly Soul Duo Gamble & Huff
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    Archie Bell Sues Legendary "Philly Soul" Duo Gamble & Huff

    published Sep 13, 2011

    In certainly one of the more interesting local items to come in over courthouse.com, a Web site that reports on notable, unusual or legally significant filings in the federal courts, Houston songwrite... More >>

  • The Last Boy Scout

    published September 15, 2011

    With a monumental career that spans more than 40 years with hundreds of recordings and scores, jazz giant Stanley Clarke doesn't have many... More >>

  • Tramps On Your Street

    published September 8, 2011

    "Lock all your windows Lock all your doors He stole all my money And he's comin' back for more He's on the needle again He's on the needle... More >>

  • The Blues Is Alive & Well - And Young - At Big Easy Monthly Jam

    published Aug 31, 2011

    In this week's cover story, "Old School," Rocks Off Sr. and Lonesome Onry and Mean highlight some of the personalities that have kept Houston's traditional blues scene strong even as the music's popul... More >>

  • Old School: Class of 2011

    published September 1, 2011

    I'm known as a battle-hardened, dour curmudgeon around the office, but I actually came close to crying a couple of times during our photo shoot... More >>

  • William Michael Smith
    COVER STORY

    Old School

    published September 1, 2011

    Midnight, The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, cover charge is five bucks. A blast of heat from the gaggle of horns onstage rushes out of the... More >>

  • William Michael Smith
    COVER STORY

    Doctor Doctor

    published August 25, 2011

    Dr. Billy Cohn is running late to our interview. He texts: "I'm standing by for a LASER lead extraction. They need me another 20... More >>

  • The Beat Goes On

    published August 25, 2011

    For parents of a certain mind-set, the Go-Go's were the band they wanted their musically inclined daughters to aspire toward. The first all-female... More >>

  • RIP Jerry Leiber, Who Told The Truth Until It Bled

    published Aug 22, 2011

    Ed. Note: Jerry Leiber, with Mike Stoller half of one of the most talented and prolific songwriting duos of the rock and roll era ("Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "Poison Ivy"), passed away earlier this a... More >>

  • Jon Cleary, New Orleans R&B Piano Master, Makes Rare Visit

    published Aug 18, 2011

    The last time Rocks Off saw Jon Cleary, he was hammering his piano like a blacksmith at the Big Easy, totally surrounded by adoring blues fans - so many, in fact, that it was difficult to even get a g... More >>

  • Buddy Holly Raves On Into 21st Century

    published Aug 11, 2011

    Lonesome Onry and Mean's buddy doesn't like the new tribute to Buddy Holly, Rave On, which features a major-league lineup of artists ranging from Sir Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Graham ... More >>

  • R.I.P. Marshall Grant, Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two Bassist

    published Aug 08, 2011

    Marshall Grant, the Memphis bassist who along with guitarist Luther Perkins, were the members of Johnny Cash's seminal band the Tennessee Two, died early Sunday in Jonesboro, Ark. Cash's daughter ... More >>

  • Johnny Winter's New Orbit: Roots, William Shatner & Sly Stone

    published Aug 02, 2011

    Beaumont-born bluesman Johnny Winter is having a very busy year for a man who is 67. Not only is he set to release his first album of newly recorded material in eight years, Winter is also featured on... More >>

  • Two Star Symphony

    published August 4, 2011

    It hardly seems possible, but Houston's classical music rock stars Two Star Symphony have been together ten years. Comprised of Margaret Lejeune,... More >>

  • Hayes Carll's <em>KMAG</em> Catches On With Jazzercise Set
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    Hayes Carll's KMAG Catches On With Jazzercise Set

    published Jul 29, 2011

    Woodlands native and Lost Highway recording artist Hayes Carll, whose latest album KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) will certainly make many year-end best-of lists, may just have another career al... More >>

  • Best Riffs Only: Krayolas Going For Tex-Mex Rock & Roll Master's

    published Jul 27, 2011

    The Krayolas play a free in-store at Cactus Music at 5:30 p.m. Krayolas drummer David Saldana is not your average power-pop rock and roller. While his resuscitated band continues to draw gobs of pres... More >>

  • Friday Night: The Gourds & Doyle Bramhall Sr. At Miller Outdoor Theatre

    published Jul 25, 2011

    The Gourds, Doyle Bramhall Sr. Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22, 2011 It was all Texas big beat Friday night as old-school Austin blues-rocker Doyle Bramhall Sr. and those funny, funny Gourds cut a gro... More >>

  • Gourds Unleash <em>Old Mad Joy</em> On Unsuspecting Public
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    Gourds Unleash Old Mad Joy On Unsuspecting Public

    published Jul 22, 2011

    As an album title, Old Mad Joy sounds like redundancy when placed in the context of Austin roots rock gonzos the Gourds. As anyone who has ever been in earshot of the band or its records, if the Gourd... More >>

  • Little Joe Washington Could Use A Hand, Perhaps A Home

    published Jul 21, 2011

    Treasured Houston bluesman Little Joe Washington, who will play a happy-hour set at the Continental Friday, may be on the verge of becoming homeless again. Washington, who was in the hospital for a... More >>

  • Peter Cooper: Nashville Scholar, Fake Hillbilly Hater
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    Peter Cooper: Nashville Scholar, Fake Hillbilly Hater

    published Jul 21, 2011

    The senior music writer and columnist for Nashville daily The Tennesseean and a professor of country music history at Vanderbilt University, Peter Cooper also steps out as a performing songwriter when... More >>

  • Publicists Reject New Claim That Best PR Is None At All
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    Publicists Reject New Claim That Best PR Is None At All

    published Jul 19, 2011

    A recent headline in The Atlantic - "For Indie Bands, the New Publicity Is No Publicity" - seemed to scream "music blog." Since we Rocks Offers spend a goodly portion of our day weeding through email... More >>

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