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    September 17, 2014

    Leonard Cohen's Five Best Collaborations

    In honor of his 80th birthday this year, Leonard Cohen will release a new record of original material entitled Popular Problems next week. Both the album's title and its first single, "Almost Like the Blues," show the Canadian maestro firmly in his comfort zone, exactly where he should be. Nobody is ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Bob Dorough: Jazzman Reflects on Miles Davis, "Devil May Care" & More

    Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.) Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devi ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Bob Dorough: The Story Behind "Schoolhouse Rock"

    By the late '60s, despite a long and varied career that included the albums Devil May Care and Yardbird Suite, associations with Miles Davis and Allen Ginsberg, and perfecting the art of "vocalese" - assigning lyrics to the melodies of instrumental jazz solos - Bob Dorough could see the writing on t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 29, 2012

    Doctors Who Rock: 9 Musicians With Their Ph.Ds

    Alice Cooper recently received an Honorary Doctorate from The Musician's Institute in Los Angeles. After receiving the award, he said, "One more of these and I can write prescriptions." Now you know that Alice Cooper could one day write you a prescription... to rock. You're welcome. Out of sheer c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Will You Be Watching the New James Franco Movie The Broken Tower?

    James Franco has written, directed and starred in a new biopic, The Broken Tower, which was released on Video on Demand and digital download on Tuesday. The man behind the mustache is Hart Crane, a homosexual Jazz Age poet who committed suicide at sea after a turbulent life full of love affairs, den ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Uncovering Peter Case: The Rocks Off Interview

    Julie EnsmingerPeter Case at Cactus Music last year​"I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land, surrounded by car dealerships, business ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Music Videos Of All Time

    ​It's hard to fathom a time before music videos, and it's even sadder to remember when channels like MTV and VH1 were wall-to-wall music videos. In between there was a golden age, when with every clip that you watched could spark a revolution in you, or at least change your fashion sense. It's ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Sgt. Pepper & Three Other Bum Albums By Rock Icons

    ​It was 40 (four) years ago today - in the UK, and tomorrow in the U.S. - that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, history stopped, the Summer of Love began, and critics freaked the fuck out. When the Beatles released their LSD-soaked counterpunch to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds in June 1967, K ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    The 31 Best Music Documentaries Of All Time

    ​Hands down, above all of these following music documentaries, Craig's Hlist's two favorite of all-time are The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years, and The Beatles Anthology. We can watch both on repeat for days and not complain. That will probably all change once we see ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    December 14, 2010

    10 Music Stories We Wish We'd Ignored This Year

    ​We in the alternative media - not necessarily the Houston Press and/or Rocks Off, not all the time - enjoy calling out our mainstream brethren. Whether it's ten books that didn't make The New York Times' "Best of 2010" list, or "10 Stories Our Print Version Accidentally Overlooked," us "under ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Bob Dylan Rolls With The Thunder In Shelter From The Storm

    Shelter from the Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years By Sid Griffin ​Of the many different periods in the career of Bob Dylan, the years 1975-76 were particularly productive on a variety of fronts: the recording of Desire, two Rolling Thunder Revue tours, filming of Renaldo & Clara, and ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Aftermath: Patti Smith, Not Quite As Mythic As Her Music, At U of H

    Eric Hester/ photos courtesy of Voices Breaking Boundaries​Have you ever gone to see an artist, but then wished you hadn't? Not because of a bad performance, but just because the real-life person didn't fit so neatly into the tiny box you'd made for them in your brain? That's how Aftermath felt ab ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Dream of Life Offers An Intimate Look At The Newly Widowed Patti Smith

    ​Dream of Life, the 2008 documentary about Patti Smith, opens with Smith's own narration of the many loved ones she's outlived over the years. Among those names are her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith; her brother Todd; and controversial photographer and close friend Robert Mapplethorpe. ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Amiri Baraka

    With more than 50 years as an artist and activist, this writer continues to bring readers new work

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    November 12, 2009

    Naked Lunch

    William Burroughs's writings made for a difficult, though not entirely inaccessible, film

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    February 12, 2009

    Brentano String Quartet

    Baritone Leon Williams adds his voice to the mix

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    10 Records for the Thinking Hardcore Fan

    The 2008 release The Chemistry of Common Life, by the shadowy experimental punk band Fucked Up, took the indie rock world by storm, prompting some critics to call it a breath of fresh air from the moribund depths of hardcore. This Friday, Super Unison brings Fucked Up to Houston, and in celebration ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    The First George Bush, A Houston Stud Muffin

    There's a process under way to pick someone to be vice-president of the US.One candidate is "very attractive," but is young and doesn't have much experience.A rival to that candidate moans that he would never "win a personality contest" with the young foe.Who's the sparkling but inexperienced veep p ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    Eyeballin': Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

    A shy and awkward Iowan prairie boy sits down in front of the camera somewhere in late 1970s New York, and out comes one of the most enigmatic and genre-confounding voices of our time. Recently released DVD Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is less of a documentary and more of a deeply ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 11, 2008
  • Film

    November 29, 2007

    Like a Complete Unknown

    I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film

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    July 19, 2007
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    October 12, 2006

    Hometown Legend

    Coming of age and stayin' alive on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Eric Taylor

    Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.

  • Culture

    December 2, 2004

    Poster Child

    Rice Gallery revamps the hippie aesthetic without selling out

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    December 2, 2004
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    November 11, 2004
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    May 6, 2004
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    June 19, 2003

    Take His Word

    Jerome Vielman brings spoken word to Industry Cafe

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    June 5, 2003
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    January 16, 2003

    Slanguage Arts

    It's not your father's English class

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Silent Type

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

  • Dining

    September 28, 2000

    A Mojito? Ya Betcha!

    The Latin fusion restaurant Bossa sports a Minnesota accent

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Accidental Sexologist

    When he was young, William Simon wanted to change the world. The late University of Houston sociology professor changed the way we view sex instead.

  • Film

    October 14, 1999

    Back to the Beat

    Source pays homage to Kerouac and company

  • News

    December 31, 1998

    Virgin Rebirth

    The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe. But its appearance is just the start of the

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    June 25, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 25 - July 1, 1998

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    May 14, 1998
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    January 29, 1998

    Pillow Talk

    Cornershop's East/West diplomacy is as soothing as it is sophisticated

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    October 23, 1997
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    May 22, 1997
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    June 16, 1994