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Archie Bell

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    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts to See at iFest's Second Weekend

    Asleep at the Wheel Ray Benson's Wheel has been rolling for more than 40 years now, quietly becoming quite a finishing school for many of the state's top country and swing musicians. Meanwhile, their impossibly tall front man has developed into the leading ambassador of Lone Star culture around the ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    A Fistful of Soul's Top 25 Solid Gold Tracks

    If you're seeking a scene, maaaaaaaaaan, you could do a hell of a lot worse than A Fistful of Soul, the monthly where some of Houston's grooviest DJs drip rare (and not-so-rare) vintage wax all over Midtown. Now steered by Joe Ross, Stewart Anderson and Alex LaRotta, Fistful dates back to the Mink i ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    DJ Jason Puffer, Psychedelic Sex Panther, Moves On After Devastating Fire

    If you're a popular local DJ with thousands of records at your disposal, many of them difficult or near-impossible to find with just a mouse click or two, you might think losing them all would be about the worst thing that could ever happen. For Jason Puffer, known as Psychedelic Sex Panther, that t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    North Mississippi Allstars Last Concert Cafe, February 1 Sons of the late Jim Dickinson, the legendary Memphis producer and sometime Rolling Stones sideman, Luther and Cody Dickinson grew up on punk but couldn't help absorbing the abundant rootsy sounds around them. Logically, their band North Miss ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Happy Birthday to Archie Bell, Houston's Multi-Hit Wonder

    Sixty-eight must be a pretty significant number to Archie Bell these days. Not only was 1968 the year that "Tighten Up" -- his million-selling single with Archie Bell and the Drells -- was released, but the man himself turns 68 years old tomorrow. A seminal piece of endlessly danceable proto-funk, ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Top 5 Condiments You Should Make at Home

    My wife is a recovering ketchup junkie. When we first got married, she would break my heart every night around 6 p.m. As soon as dinner hit the table, it was doused in ketchup. Wild mushroom risotto? Ketchup. Red beans and rice? Ketchup. Meatloaf with a ketchup glaze? Actually, she ate that with app ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

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

    Marc BrubakerArchie Bell at the Continental Club, September 3​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 songwriter and performer Archie Bell has ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Last Night: Black Star At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Black Star feat. Mos Def & Talib Kweli House of Blues September 8, 2011 Mos Def knows how to make an exit. With the lights dimmed and the curtains dancing toward the middle, Mos Def stayed on stage and shimmied to the beat of Archie Bell & The Drells' "Tighten Up." The ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Saturday Night: Wild Men Of Rock At The Continental Club

    Photos by Marc BrubakerThree Mustangs & A Stallion (clockwise from top left): Andre Williams, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Little Joe Washington​Wild Men of Rock feat. Andre Williams, Archie Bell, Roy Head, Little Joe Washington, the Allen Oldies Band & special guest Sundance Head Continental Club S ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011
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    June 21, 2011

    Upcoming: Andre Williams, Boz Scaggs, Erasure, Supersuckers, Etc.

    ​Anarchitex, The Energy, Black Congress, Delta Block: Fri., July 1. Fitzgerald's. Andre Williams, Roy Head, Archie Bell: Sat., Sept. 3. Continental Club. Bassnectar: Fri., Oct. 28. Verizon Wireless Theater. Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald: Sat., Oct. 1. Verizon Wireless Theater. "Canned Acou ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Last Night: Fitz & The Tantrums At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Fitz & the Tantrums House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room April 18, 2011 Soul music is about power, yoking that gospel id to the pursuit of more worldly affairs, but it's also about subtlety. Grunt all you want, but smooth and steady wins the race (and wins over the ladies ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Something Fierce Rolls Out Don't Be So Cruel

    ​Tomorrow night at Mango's, Something Fierce releases their new LP, Don't Be So Cruel, their follow-up to 2009 full-length There Are No Answers, and the band's first release since last year's 7" "Where You Goin Man." The trio of Steven Garcia, Niki Sevven, and Andrew Keith has made one of the ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Museum Of The Gulf Coast's Musical Treasure Trove

    Photos by Craig HlavatyJanis Joplin's car​Rocks Off visited the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur this past Friday while on the the way to Louisiana for a quick vacation. The downstairs area is full of artifacts pertaining to the founding of the land around Port A, like military and anim ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Friday Night: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears And The Relatives At The Continental Club

    Photos by Jay LeeBlack Joe Lewis​Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, The Relatives Continental Club August 27, 2010 A few times a year, the Continental Club hosts shows that can be legitimately described as "soul happenings," usually featuring venerable Gulf Coast stars such as Archie Bell, Roy ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Shakira, Tool, Kings Of Leon, Roger Waters All On Sale Within A Week

    ​This morning, Live Nation announced more huge roadshows hitting Houston soon (enough), adding Shakira and prog-rockers Tool to Toyota Center's 2010 roster. On-sale information for Kings Of Leon and Roger Water's in-concert production of Pink Floyd's The Wall was also released; see the end of this ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Leon's Lounge Needs Some Soul. Brett "Dirty Honey" Koshkin Has The Platters.

    ​ Leon's Lounge, the venerable Midtown throwback dive, is currently closed for renovations as new owner Pete Mitchell (Under the Volcano) gives it a good scrubbing, but it should be back open before too much longer. Maybe as soon as next month. Earlier this week, Rocks Off heard some equally good ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Which Other Local Musical Landmarks Deserve Historical Markers?

    Chris Gray SugarHill Studios​Monday's announcement that the Texas Historical Commission has approved Eric Davis' proposal for an official state historical marker honoring Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins is wonderful news, but it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of other spots around town, ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Aftermath: Annise Parker's Freezing Inaugural Concert at Discovery Green

    Photos by GroovehouseRoy Head (center) and the Allen Oldies Band's Allen Hill (left) and Jim Henkel​ Annise Parker​The best-laid plans of mice, men and even mayors sometimes go awry. Annise Parker declined a big-ticket inaugural celebration in favor of a free concert on Discovery Green, a genuin ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Unrated Lesbian Action!!! The Inauguration, In Photos (Safe For Work)

    Photo by Dan Kramer​ Annise Parker was officially sworn in as mayor in a private ceremony over the weekend, but today is the public event. This morning featured Joel Osteen; tonight has Archie Bell. You choose which one you'd prefer to be at.Our Dan Kramer was on the scene to record all the the H ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Annise Parker To Tighten Up & Treat Her Right At Inaugural

    ​Mayor-elect Annise Parker's swearing-in ceremony Monday over the weekend will be private, but after that on Monday it's an eclectic mix of events and personalities for the public to share in.It includes a Discovery Green concert featuring two Houston performers who had hits a long while ago: Arch ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

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    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Archie Bell, Cannibal Corpse, Maxwell, Scott H. Biram, Titus Andronicus, etc.

    ​The 69 Eyes, Dommin, The Becoming: Sun., Oct. 11. Meridian. All Time Low, Hey Monday, We The Kings, Friday Night Boys: Wed., Oct. 28. House of Blues. "Oldies Fest" With The Allen Oldies Band, Roy Head, Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn: Sat., Sept. 5. Continental Club. Billy Squier: Sun., Oct. 4. Wareho ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Hello, Houston!

    Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead

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    February 23, 2009

    The Nickel: A Musical History of the Fifth Ward, Part 4

    [Note: Click on the numbers for parts 1, 2 and 3.] Fifth Ward music mogul Don Robey was so taken with Gatemouth Brown's talents that he built his entire Peacock label around him. Robey already owned the Bronze Peacock night club and various other business interests, but it was his meeting of Br ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    June 18, 2008

    New Life for Soul Train

    The New York Times reported yesterday that production company Madvision Entertainment has bought the rights to television’s long-running R&B franchise Soul Train from the program’s founder and former host Don Cornelius. Soul Train ceased producing new episodes in 2006, but continues to air in sy ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    The Most Demanding Songs in Rock History

    ABBA: Not safe for microwave use. While doing some research for an ink-and-paper Press article, I stumbled across the Arrow's song library, which is full of both surprises and songs the station never, ever, ever plays. (That I've heard, anyway.) It's a gold mine of potential lists too, so here's on ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    February 21, 2008
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    December 13, 2007

    The TSU Toronadoes

    The twisted history of "Tighten Up"

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    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

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    September 26, 2007

    Hey, Look Over There

    Our rockin' little brother has compiled a list of the 100 Best Bayou City Songs Ever. Robert Earl Keen? Gatemouth Brown? Lucinda Williams? Guy Clark? Scarface? Willie Nelson? Freddy Fender? Esther Phillips? Archie Bell? Big Moe? Yep, they're all on there. Blue October and Nickelback? Nope. Sorry. ... More >>

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    September 4, 2007

    Slideshow: Good for the Soul

    Friday's Super Stars of Soul show at the Continental killed it. The place was packed to the sweaty brim with an eclectic crowd, all going wild for Barbara Lynn, Archie Bell, Barbara Mason and Roy Head. Click here for a slideshow. Mark C. Austin I especially loved Barbara Lynn - at one point, ... More >>

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    August 30, 2007
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    July 26, 2007
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    November 23, 2006

    H-Town Mixtape Part II

    More Songs About Houston

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    November 21, 2006

    The High Priest Speaketh

    Courtesy of Allen Oldies Band These guys really get up there for an Oldies band.... Allen Hill celebrates a decade of Oldies worship Ten years ago, Allen Hill's Allen Oldies Band played their very first show — at the finish line of the Houston Press Fun Run inside the Astrodome. Since the ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Told You So

    Racket gets his gloat on

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    August 28, 2003
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    December 5, 2002

    Kenny G.'s Revenge

    Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket

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    November 9, 2000

    Like a Virgin

    KPRC kicks off another mind-boggling sweeps month

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    January 6, 2000

    Amplified

    All People Considered

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