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Alex Chilton

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    March 22, 2012

    Top 5 Old Musicians Actually Using Twitter

    Like youth itself, Twitter is wasted on the young. But not everyone over 35 has completely tuned it out -- after a recent upgrade to a smartphone, even I'm using it now after years of Twitterphobia. (Hit me up at @ThePhantomTX.) Since I've been on, I've learned that most musicians have handed off t ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Tennessee Time

    Bluesy Memphis singer-songwriter Valerie June already has a Black Key in her corner.

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    August 17, 2011

    Top Five Cannibal Country Songs

    ​Songs about singers and other songs has long been one of Rocks Off's favorite fields of study within the wide-ranging curriculum of popular music. Off the very tippy-top of our heads, ABC's "When Smokey Sings," the Replacements' "Alex Chilton" and the Pogues' "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    New Music Releases April 5: Leon Russell, Robbie Robertson, The Ravonettes, The Kills, Etc.

    ​Last week brought new releases from Britney Spears, Radiohead, and a few Pearl Jam re-issues hitting store shelves amid reports that the industry was finally starting to see some improvement. Spears' Femme Fatale is currently projected to enter the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart with sal ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Last Night: The Strokes At Auditorium Shores

    Craig Hlavaty​Of all the free shows going on around Austin this week, the biggest ones can be found over at Auditorium Shores. They may not have free finger foods and booze galore, but they do have some pretty stellar acts most of the time. Case in point, last night's sundown set from The Stro ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    R.I.P.: Notable Passings Of 2010

    ​Editor's Pick: Dio, man. Neph Basedow: 2010 commenced on a sad note with the passing of Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard (aka Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.). I'd seen him play a tiny show at Chicago's Empty Bottle in 2008 and still consider it one of the best shows I've ever seen. It was definitive ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    More Like "Hall Of Lame," Am I Right?

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday. With the exception of Wai ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Saturday Night: The Posies And Brendan Benson At Groundhall

    Photos by Jason Wolter​The Posies, Brendan Benson Groundhall November 27, 2010 "Do you guys remember the '90s?" queried Posies guitarist Jon Auer to Saturday's Groundhall crowd. A moderate cheer proved the audience not only remembered the decade, but also eagerly supported its recent revival ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Happy 32nd Anniversary, Rudyard's

    Mark C. AustinJandek (right) at Rudyard's, April 2009​Sunday, Rudyard's celebrates its 32nd anniversary with an afternoon barbecue buffet and night of free music with sharp-witted singer-songwriter Teresa Kolo, holy terrors the Hell City Kings and the stuff Rocks Off's dreams are made of, an a ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Katy Perry -- Boob Job

    ​There are a lot of musicians with the surname "Perry." There's Joe Perry, venerable (and occasionally addled) guitarist for venerable rock group Aerosmith; Steve Perry, still the only vocalist of any distinction for Journey; Lee "Scratch" Perry, the possibly insane creator of dub music; Linda ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Top 5 Daniel Lanois Productions

    ​This past Saturday in Los Angeles, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, known for his trademark echo-heavy sound and work with the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Lanois was slated to soon begin work on Brandon Flowers of the Killers' solo debut and the u ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Further On Up the Road

    Excerpts from the Press's copious online coverage of SXSW.

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    March 22, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Roll Call At Saturday Night's Alex Chilton Tribute

    Philippe Brizard/ WikipediaAlex Chilton in France, 2004​Which big names played the Big Star tribute? In the wake of turmoil of the death of Alex Chilton, local media bandied names including Cheap Trick, fresh off a sterling SXSW show at Auditorium Shores, and Paul Westerberg - who had his say-so i ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Alex Chilton Haunts A Festival Full Of His Musical Children

    Dan OkoThe line for the Black Keys outside the Mohawk Saturday afternoon... we have no idea about the pinata truck, either​ After the mega-shows last SXSW with Metallica and Kanye West, the 2010 version of SXSW launched struck your humble badgeholder as busier than last year, just on a smaller ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Wild Moccasins Strike, Ray Davies Quakes, Deer Tick Boogie

    Photos by Craig HlavatyWild Moccasins​Aftermath roused ourselves from our quick hour-long vegetative session after Thursday's day-party frolicking to venture into another night of SXSW music, that would include a local band's breakthrough, a legend reconnecting with his base and two indie-twang ba ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: A Spry Wanda Jackson And Our Friends Mariachi El Bronx

    Photos by Craig HlavatyWanda Jackson​ As the first night of SXSW 2010 got underway a pall came over the crowd, at least from those who had been glued to their smart phones by the news of the passing of Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton in New Orleans. The influential power-pop band was due to clos ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    SXSW As It Happens: Missing Alex Chilton, German Dubstep DJs, J Mascis Stuffing His Face...

    Craig Hlavaty12:25 p.m.: Alex Chilton 1950-2010: Memphis misses its native son.​ Welcome back to Rocks Off's minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour breakdown of SXSW's afternoon parties and activites as they happen (almost). Today we've got human Energizer bunny Craig Hlavaty back for more abuse, and ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Breaking News: Alex Chilton Of Big Star Dies In New Orleans

    ​Alex Chilton, the influential and undeniably odd yet talented musician who fronted the Box Tops and later Big Star, has died in New Orleans at the age of 59. Originally from Memphis, Chilton was wildly prolific from his initial days as a 1960s teen idol and through the 1970s while he fronted ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    He Said She Said: 10 Artists Who Never Got Their Due

    In the course of music history, some bands get that extra push by pop culture and become uber-iconic, while others, though just as deserving, go largely unnoticed except by those who choose to dig even deeper. For every Elvis Presley, there is a seedier Carl Perkins off to the side. David Bowie get ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring! Doesn't Disappoint

    "American man in the laundry pile/ With the rain check claims and the skateboard child" - Chuck Prophet, "American Man"​We admit to being full-fledged, card-carrying members of the Chuck Prophet Party, but it still took Lonesome, Onry and Mean longer than usual to get the ears and head wrapped aro ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    October 9, 2008
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    May 28, 2008

    Reverberations: Bellrays, Power-Pop and Chevelles

    Categorization is one of the realities of widespread music/art consumption, and despite how much energy and time is spent trying to avoid labels, no one is above that sort of thing. And amongst those admittedly simplistic designations are several problematic cristenings: punk, garage, classic rock. ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Yo La Tengo in Hoboken

    A Hanukkah pilgrimage

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    November 10, 2007

    Q&A: Linus Pauling Quartet

    Rosa Guerrero Editor’s note: this is an expanded version of Nicholas L. Hall’s interview with the Linus Pauling Quartet that appears as this week’s Music feature. The band releases their LP All Things are Light tonight at Proletariat with Mathletes, the Jonx and Jenny Westbury. Houston Pre ... More >>

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    October 7, 2004

    Wigged Gigs

    A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history

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    January 15, 1998
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    December 11, 1997

    Hail to the '80s

    A rash of new compilations makes a case for the Me Decade's place in rock history

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    May 22, 1997

    Lip Service

    Cowboy Mouth has learned about responsibility, but not forgotten about fun

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    May 22, 1997
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    November 21, 1996
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    May 30, 1996

    Lesson in Survival

    Seattle's Posies go their own soft way, no matter who likes it

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    May 9, 1996
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    December 21, 1995
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    December 7, 1995

    Ardent Idea

    Can a Spot from Dallas do better than a Big Star from Memphis?

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    June 15, 1995
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    April 6, 1995
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