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Albert King

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    September 17, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample: 1976

    If 1975 was a whirlwind year for Joe Sample, the Crusader who passed away last Friday, 1976 was a full-blown hurricane. The newer, funkier Crusaders were increasingly popular, so much so that United Artists began to repackage and reissue some of the early 1960s Jazz Crusaders tracks the group made f ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Even at 80, British Blues Legend John Mayall Is "Always On Tour"

    At 80 years old, the "Godfather of British Blues" has certainly earned the opportunity to relax. Or slow down. Or stop performing all over the world at all. But when asked as to what his plans are after his current tour, John Mayall seems perplexed, as if it signals the end of one thing and the cons ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Acts to Watch From the Springboard South Festival

    Someone suggested "Music Is Life," which is a nice slogan but simply isn't true. Life includes mowing grass, getting oil changes and scrubbing toilets, all things that kept me from the Springboard South Music Festival on Saturday. So, with apologies to those who performed on my honey-do day, I trie ... More >>

  • Music

    February 6, 2014

    A Houston Icon Passes

    Rest in peace Don Luis, the "Old Violin Man" of southeast Houston.

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    January 29, 2014

    The Shakespearian Story of Soulsville, U.S.A. Focus of New Book

    Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion By Robert Gordon 384 pp. $30 Bloomsbury It's a story that any novelist or screenwriter would find fantastical. A white, middle-aged banker and part time country music fiddler with a hankering to get into the music business convinces his older ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    John Fogerty at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 10/20/2013

    John Fogerty Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 20, 2013 John Fogerty made an odd song choice about two hours into his set Cynthia Woods Sunday night: "Oh, Pretty Woman." No disrespect to the 1964 Roy Orbison standard, but come on. Who really needs to hear "Pretty Woman" again, even if it's Jo ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    David Grissom at Under the Volcano, 10/9/2013

    David Grissom Band Under the Volcano October 9, 2013 These days fans want their music to say something, preferably something stupid. From what I've heard recently it holds true across rock, pop, hip-hop, but here I'm going to pick on country because of this appalling timeline Entertainment Weekly p ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    The 10 Best Rock Bands of the '80s

    Whether you lived through them or not, we can all admit that the '80s were a long time ago. Even a kid born on New Year's Eve 1989 could be most of his or her way through medical school by now. And although that decade refuses to go away in all sorts of ways, one concept that does feel like has been ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    For Once, the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got It Right

    Despite being sick and hacking up more different colors of phlegm than there are Power Rangers, I needed to certify that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn't completely mad for its incoming inductees. Rewind: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Set To Induct Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, and Public Enemy Y ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Set To Induct Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, And Public Enemy

    Today the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2013 class of inductees. Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, and longtime jilted proggers Rush have all made the cut. The star-studded ceremony is set for April 18 in Los Angeles. REWIND: Last Night: Rush ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Understanding the Rock Hall's 2013 Nominees: Chic? Kraftwerk? Butterfield?

    Wednesday night The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced their 2013 nominees for induction next year. These names will be voted on by a committee of guys in bad weaves, rich people who know the right people, and tenured music writers with axes to grind. The names are as follows: The Pa ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    RIP Leo Aston: Local Guitarist, Leo Trio Leader Passes Away

    Local blues guitarist Leo Aston has passed away. According to posts on the Houston Blues Society and Houston Blues Museum Facebook sites, Aston finally succumbed to cancer in the early hours this morning. The leader of the Leo Trio, Alston was one of the good guys in the Houston blues scene. He had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    RIP Leo Aston: Local Guitarist, Leo Trio Leader Passes Away

    Local blues guitarist Leo Aston has passed away. According to posts on the Houston Blues Society and Houston Blues Museum Facebook sites, Aston finally succumbed to cancer in the early hours this morning. The leader of the Leo Trio, Alston was one of the good guys in the Houston blues scene. He had ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    True Blood: Of Wolf and Anton Newcombe

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This is going to be a brief look into True Blood, because I frankl ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    A Soulful Christmas In July

    I didn't think I would succumb to sharing with the world how freaking hot I think it is because every time I see one of you complaining about it on Facebook, I envision your head between a Foreman grill. That might be pregnancy hormones speaking, but seriously; it's July, we're in Houston, it's ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Michael Martin Murphey: The Cosmic Cowboy Years

    Texas singer-songwriter and real by-god cowboy Michael Martin Murphey has already walked Rocks Off through a healthy bit of the past 100 years of American folk music this morning, as well as a good bit of his own. But dissatisfied with the folk scene he found out in late-'60s Southern California, he ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2012

    A God-Fearing Boogie Man

    Reverend K.M. Williams says the blues aren't the devil's music.

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    January 6, 2012

    Flying High Again: Five-ish Guys That Made the Flying V Famous

    There are few instruments more distinctive than the Flying V. It's odd that a guitar this funky looking has been commonly used by a wide range of guitar players from country and blues to rock, but it has. Over the years, particularly in the '80s when "the weirder the shape the better" and "splotched ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The Funky Chicken: Good Stuff in the Mailbox

    Yeah, it's like that.​Once again our mailbox has filled to overflowing with CDs (and zip files). The desk looks like a Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of jewel cases, and the entire room is littered with (largely unread) piles of hype-and-tout. And while much of what comes over the transom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    The 15 Best Bill Graham Presents Posters And Artwork

    Photo By Tony MorelliBill Graham in 1974​Twenty years ago this week, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham went to the big backstage party in the sky after the helicopter he was riding in flew into a high-voltage tower in Vallejo, Calif. Also killed in the crash was Graham's girlfriend, Melis ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Bobby Whitlock: Derek's Main Domino Dishes On Layla & More

    Derek & the Dominos​It's been an active, and retroactive, time for singer-songwriter/keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, best known as one of the playing pieces in the Eric Clapton-led group Derek and the Dominos, along with bassist Carl Radle (who died in 1980) and drummer Jim Gordon, currently in pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    13 Lucky Songs For Friday The 13th

    ​Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Unlike most Fridays, this one has gone pretty smoothly here at Rocks Off HQ, which means we must be in for a hellacious Monday. But hey, that's next week. Our luck may be holding up - for now - but we couldn't let the occasion go by unremarked (plus a couple ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Flying V Hall Of Fame: Saluting One Rockin' Guitar

    thestoneband.com​Today is the 53rd birthday of the Gibson Flying V, which since its debut has become synonymous with metal and hard rock of all stripes. The image of that V-shape is as iconic as the power chords it generates. Rocks Off has seen reverse V's and even bass V's in our time, and ha ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Last Night: The Black Keys At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​The Black Keys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 20, 2010 "Howlin' at midnight, winter creepin' in/ Feel like I've gone and lost my best friend" - Lucinda Williams, "Howlin' At Midnight" Did you see the moon Wednesday night? The "Super Harvest Moon" that, acco ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Howlin' Wolf Hits 100; Did He Ever Hit Houston?

    ​Like Tom Petty - heard the new album yet? - once sang, it's good to be king. While Rocks Off No. 2 is saddled with justifying his tendency to sing "Over the Rainbow" in the car when (he says) no one else is around, we've been looking into the local connections of someone else with a birthday toda ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010

    Beyond His Years

    A bluesman since age ten, Bernard Allison has learned his lessons well.

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    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: Booker T's Rock-Solid Soul And Farm-Fresh "Onions" At Wired Live

    Photos by Brittanie SheyThat's right, Booker T also plays guitar.​ Booker T has had a hand (well, two hands) in crafting so many pop, soul and R&B staples that the hardest part of his pre-concert routine must be making out his set list. Where do you put "Green Onions"? How many of the dozens o ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    The Musical Minds That Made Booker T The Soul Man He Is Today

    ​How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>

  • Music

    November 19, 2009

    The Way He Sees It

    To Raphael Saadiq, music is music and Yeasayer is all right with him.

  • Music

    October 22, 2009

    Season of the Witch

    U2's awe-inspiring Reliant Stadium show prompts a search for the unknown — and unknowable — in music.

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    September 10, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Lying Liars and the Songs Written About Them

    ​After South Carolina representative Joe Wilson's bush-league grandstander heckling of the President last night - imagine the hue and cry if Nancy Pelosi had done the same thing during one of W's inane lie-filled speeches! - what Lonesome, Onry and Mean needs is some songs about lies and liars. On ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Get Lit: Skydog: The Duane Allman Story, by Randy Poe

    While the Allman Brothers Band will be celebrating their 40th anniversary next year with special projects and a tour, it’s hard to fathom that 37 of those years have gone by without one of the very siblings in the band’s name, lead guitarist Duane Allman. When he died in October 1971 in a motor ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    Juneteenth Revisited

    Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event

  • Music

    February 1, 2007

    The H-Town Blues Festival

    The H-Town Blues Festival will be held Saturday, February 3, at the Reliant Arena, 8400 Kirby Drive, 713-667-1400.

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    James Hunter

    ames Hunter appears Friday, May 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

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    June 23, 2005
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    January 27, 2005

    Jammin' on the Sabbath

    If the Sunday-afternoon concert series isn't enough, there are still 10,000 free reasons to go to the Space Place

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2004

    Teenage Wasteland

    Two artists ask how boys become men in a videocracy

  • Music

    November 28, 2002
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    July 11, 2002

    The Anti-Clapton

    Rocky Hill hopes to find a smooth patch on his rocky road

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Smoke and Steel

    The Kinsey Report's findings: Blues, rock, funk and reggae can coexist in one band, but the blend won't make you famous

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Aim to Please

    Luther and his Healers know the cure for what ails most local bands

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Sacred Blues

    Blues 2 Joy writes a new testament for the devil's music

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Bowing to Pop

    A Muslim by choice, Jawad couldn't deny the will of his music

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Blues Brothers

    The Kinsey Report and its familial blues-funk

  • Music

    October 17, 1996

    Memories of the Blues

    Antone's celebrates 20 years of music with -- what else? -- more music

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    July 4, 1996
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    November 3, 1994
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    March 10, 1994

    Takin' the Lead

    Quintessential backup man (and Stevie Ray mentor) Doyle Bramhall steps out in front

  • Music

    December 2, 1993

    New Blues

    Alternative rock robs pop's cradle

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