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Alejandro Escovedo

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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Less Than Jake, Alejandro Escovedo, Kanye, etc.

    Less Than Jake Scout Bar, December 6 Any band cool enough to admit an obsession with that chalk-like candy Pez has our devotion. Less Than Jake's "Pezcore" focus, along with their enduring ska-punk style, makes it worth the lame five-year hiatus between albums. We're stoked that they've finally put ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Rancid, Scout Niblett, Marc Anthony, etc.

    Rancid House of Blues, September 4 Although Rancid was one of the major players on the punk-revival scene of the '90s, they never saw the same kind of mainstream success of peers like Green Day - and honestly, thank God for that. Even to this day, they've stayed true to those ska-heavy, socially-aw ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    True Believers at Warehouse Live, 5/25/2013

    True Believers Warehouse Live May 25, 2013 "We were a gang," espoused the True Believers' Alejandro Escovedo in a recent interview about the band's heyday in the mid 1980s. The band's home turf was the hotly contested streets of the former Cosmic Cowboy utopia of Austin, but their range extended to ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Saturday Night: Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club

    Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys Continental Club February 9, 2013 It always makes me a little nervous when an artist opens with a true favorite right out of the gate, something you were expecting them to save until the encore. Like, "Well, that was the song I came to hear. Now what?" As a ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Alejandro Escovedo: "Getting Older Every Day, But I'm Digging It"

    Alejandro Escovedo is one of Texas' most gifted and versatile singer-songwriters, with the soul and background of a punk rocker, the work ethic of a tradesman, and the undying faith in rock and roll of two of his closest contemporaries -- also men of uncommon emotional range and teeth-gritting tenac ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Alejandro Escovedo: "Just to Have a Gig Is Pretty Cool"

    Earlier this morning, Alejandro Escovedo talked to Rocks Off about his recent albums Real Animal, Street Songs of Love and Big Station, which have put him in the vanguard of mature rock artists. But those albums are in many ways the culmination of a career that began in San Francisco punk rockers th ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: December 21-23

    Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson Arena Theatre, December 21 Hard to believe it's been more than a quarter-century since Dwight Yoakam turned Nashville on its ear with the hard-charging Hillbilly Deluxe. You have to hand it to him: He's not one to rush things. It had been seven years since 2005's Blame t ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    September 20, 2012
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    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Rock ACL Live

    Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce". The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If you weren't there ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Skarnales, Escovedo, Gaines Make Rockin' Nightlife Tour

    Photos by Lisa RosatoLos Skarnales​Friday was one of those nights when Rocks Off wished we operated one of those "show you the nightlife" tour buses filled with people from Omaha, Chicago, Des Moines, and Berlin. When's the last time Houston had a gentle north wind cooling the evening in mid-M ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Street Soul

    Alejandro Escovedo puts strings on ice for the penetrating rock of his past two albums.

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    April 27, 2011

    Friday The 13th Escovedo, Skarnales Fans' Lucky Day

    Jason WolterAlejandro Escovedo, Sensitive Boy​While Friday the 13th is universally considered a day of bad luck, in fact it just turned out to be Houston's lucky day. This afternoon Miller Outdoor Theatre announced a free show for that date starring none other than Alejandro Escovedo and the S ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Last Night: Alejandro Escovedo At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Alejandro Escovedo House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room March 3, 2011 This never would have happened in Austin. In our fair state capital, Alejandro Escovedo is worshiped like a god, and more people would show up to watch him wash his car than came out to House of Blues' ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Roots-Rocker Chuck Prophet Heads Under the Volcano For St. Patrick's Day

    myspace.com/chuckprophetofficialAlejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet​Chuck Prophet won't be skipping Houston on his upcoming tour as he makes his way toward Austin and South By Southwest. Under the Volcano announced yesterday that Prophet will play there Wednesday, March 17. The Bissonnet bar has ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Happy Anniversary Texas Music Magazine, or "Austin and (Maybe) Everything After"

    ​Towards the end of last week, Rocks Off got the latest issue of Texas Music magazine in the mail, which just happens to mark the quarterly periodical's tenth anniversary. Naturally, as just about every publication does when it reaches such an august milestone - no mean feat for a magazine in this ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Monday MP3s: Two from LL Cooper's Tucson

    When it comes to salt-of-the-earth working-class roots-rock, groups (especially around Houston) don't come much more solid than LL Cooper, the semi-eponymous band led by Houston/Austin roots vet Larry Cooper. "For my money, very few acts sound better accompanying a round of Lone Stars in a smoky bar ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Aftermath: The Krayolas at Cactus Music

    Photos by Chris Gray The coolest band in Houston this weekend couldn't find a club or venue to play. Not at night, anyway - San Antonio's the Krayolas did manage to play Dan Electro's during Saturday afternoon's live broadcast of KPFT's Joe's Roadhouse, and Cactus Music an hour or two thereafter. If ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    March 19, 2009

    SXSW: Austin Music Awards at Austin Music Hall

    Austin is full of ghosts, and not just at the Driskill Hotel. (Say hi to LBJ's mistress for us, though, those of you staying there.) Some of the ghosts aren't even dead. Take the Dicks (above), Austin's early-'80s hardcore trail-blazers who reconvened to play Wednesday night's Austin Music Awards an ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Bruce Springsteen Confirms Second Houston Show in a Year

    Alejandro Escovedo with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band,"Always a Friend," Toyota Center, April 14, 2008 After last year's sold-out show that ended with both Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely duetting with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are headed back to Houston for&n ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Doug Sahm Tribute Album Due March 24

    Vanguard Records (Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters, Kim Richey, the Watson Twins) announced today it will release Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, a 14-song disc honoring the late musican known as Sir Doug, March 24. Artists include Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Dav ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Miss Leslie Takes Top Honors in Freeform Americana Radio Awards

    Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, "Yes Ma'am" Houston's own Miss Leslie Sloan of Miss Leslie and Her Jukejointers was tipped for a slew of honors in the most recent Best of 2008 voting by FAR (Freeform Americana Radio) members. She was voted Female Artist of the Year over Eliza Gilkyson and C ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    November 27, 2008

    Turkey Trot

    Artists choose the songs that rocked their 2008 worlds

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    October 30, 2008

    Oh My God, Is It Christmas Already?

    Well, not technically, but you'd never guess by all the Yuletide records Rocks Off got in the mail this week. That's right, it's not even Halloween and the first crop of holiday albums is already in stores, with more on the way from studio sax giant Dave Koz, Broadway diva Sarah Brightman, devil-bai ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 1: Gentrification, Acid, Obama Shirts and More

    Photo by L.A. Reno Alejando Escovedo brought the DNC to ACL. Thursday, Noise requisitioned a standard-size (4X8 inches) reporter's notebook from the Press supply cache. Sunday night, slumping his worn-out ass into the press camp as Foo Fighters took the "Long Road to Ruin," he had more than 60 page ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    ACL Notebook Dump, Pt. 5: Playlist for the Drive Home

    Last one. Here are a few songs that rocked Rocks Off's world this weekend. Sunny Sweeney, "Drink Myself Single" M. Ward, "Pieces of a Broken Heart" David Byrne, "Life During Wartime" Alejandro Escovedo, "Castanets (I Like Her Better When She Walks Away)"

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    July 30, 2008

    This Just In: Alejandro Escovedo Up Close

    Currently leading the pack for Texas Rock Album of the Year, and not that far off the pace of Rock Album of the Year, period, is Alejandro Escovedo's glam-tastic Real Animal. Produced by David Bowie and T.Rex audio enabler Tony Visconti, Animal is effectively the former Nun and True Believer's music ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Has ACL Festival Jumped the Shark?

    This morning C3 Entertainment unveiled the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, scheduled for September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park, and it's looking more than ever like Coachella on the Colorado. The first name on the card is... Foo Fighters. Seriously. That means everyone hoping for ... More >>

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    April 11, 2008
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    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

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    August 10, 2006
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    June 1, 2006

    The Examined Life

    After a brush with death, Alejandro Escovedo cleans up, digs deep and resurfaces with a gem

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    December 16, 2004
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    September 23, 2004
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    December 11, 2003

    Rallying Round Al

    Houston pitches in to help an ailing Austinite; also: Dennis Kucinich hits the hip-hop hustings

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    January 18, 2001

    Silent Type

    The multitalented Alejandro Escovedo prefers to let the music do the talking

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    June 10, 1999

    Rum Punk

    Though Alejandro Escovedo has kicked the booze, he still churns out symphonic hardcore

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    March 20, 1997
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    August 1, 1996

    Balancing Act

    Alejandro Escovedo teeters between rock and restraint

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    April 11, 1996
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    March 30, 1995
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    June 16, 1994
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    April 21, 1994
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    January 6, 1994
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    December 23, 1993

    End Game

    This is the way the year ends, this is the way the year ends, this is the way the year ends, not with a bang but a ... year-end roundup

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