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Aretha Franklin

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    October 16, 2014

    The 10 Best Girl-Power Songs Ever

    Wanna know who's badass? Women. Know what's equally badass? Girl-power anthems. And no, we're not talking about cheesy power ballads a la Christina Aguilera or Mariah Carey. We mean the songs that encourage women to feel proud of their badassery, while embracing what it is to be a chick. Songs tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Aretha Franklin, Cory Branan, Lyle Lovett, etc.

    Aretha Franklin Arena Theatre, September 9 Through no fault of her own, Aretha Franklin stumbled into 2014's more improbable headlines in July, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (class of '87) stopped off to grab a post-concert burger at a Niagara Falls-area Johnny Rockets and was told her chose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    New Doc Tunes Into "The Greatest Ears in Town"

    What do Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Norah Jones, the Rascals, Willie Nelson, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, the Average White Band, and Hall & Oates have in common? Not much, musically. But they all made records, and some of their most memorable, in the studio with Arif M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Crystal Tolliver, Source of That Yello Echo You Hear

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? There is no voice in Houston like that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Allow Us to Plug One of Our Photographers For a Second

    We've said it before, and will say it again, but one of the things we're proudest of here at Rocks Off are the gifted concert photographers we get to work with. So when one of them puts together an exhibit of work - most of which appeared in these very digital pages - it's the least we can do to thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Slum Village at Fox Hollow, 5/29/2013

    Slum Village, Non Stop Rebels, Noon, All Day, Boi Dru Fox Hollow May 29, 2013 "Baby will you call me... the moment... you get there. Don't forget about me baby!"-- Aretha Franklin Judging from the crowd response at Fox Hollow last night, fans have not forgotten about the Detroit rap crew Slum Vill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    RIP Joe South: "Games People Play" Singer Passes Away at 70

    Joe South, the singer whose gospel-lite anthem "Games People Play" reached No. 12 in 1969 and won a Grammy for Song of the Year, passed away Wednesday after being in "failing health," the country-music Web site musicrow.com reported. He was 70. For a brief time, the Atlanta native (born Joseph Sou ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 19, 2012
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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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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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 >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    Top 10 Carole King Songs Written for Other Artists

    Carole King is a woman who has played a major part in creating numerous classic hit songs. She has helped to shape popular music since she and then-husband Gerry Goffin (they divorced in 1968) wrote "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1961. Her songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Smokey Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Last Night: Aretha Franklin at Arena Theater

    Aretha Franklin Arena Theater November 17th, 2011 Photos by Marc Brubaker​A grown and sexy crowd filled the room at the Arena Theater last night to welcome the undisputed Queen of Soul to Houston, the lovely Miss Aretha Franklin. Her majesty was escorted down the aisle by her team, not so muc ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011
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    August 16, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A (Not Really) Canonical List Of Wardrobe Malfunctions (NSFW)

    Bad idea.​The "wardrobe malfunction" is a phenomenon I confess I wasn't really aware of until Super Bowl XXXVIII. Half of us at the party were watching the actual Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime show, the other half were watching the South Park (or was it Family Guy?) episode running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Pop Rocks: What's Your [Wardrobe] Malfunction? (NSFW)

    Bad idea.​The "wardrobe malfunction" is a phenomenon I confess I wasn't really aware of until Super Bowl XXXVIII. Half of us at the party were watching the actual Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime show, the other half were watching the South Park (or was it Family Guy?) episode running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Detroit Leanin': Who Is The Best Motor City Artist Ever?

    detroitrockcity.altervista.org​Some places breed music. Due to sheer size, any big city will produce its fair share of talented musicians, and some - Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago - seem to have music in the water supply. But none, arguably, more than Detroit: John Lee Hooker, the Motown dias ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The United States Of Women In Music

    ​Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Last Night: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights House of Blues February 17, 2011 For more totally tasteful pictures from Thursday, see our slideshow here. Ooh la la. Aftermath is going to be real up front here. We did not know a whole lot about Grac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    "Auld Lang Syne," In All Its Many Colors

    ​Harry: What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. "Should old acquaintance be forgot" - does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or if we happen to forget them, that we should remember them, which is not possible because we've already forgotten them? ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    Open Up And Say Ahhh: An Oral Surgery Playlist

    ​If you're reading this around the time it's published, Rocks Off will once again be in the dentist's chair. This has been something of a recurring theme for us this summer, as we have been trying to reverse years of neglecting our poor gums by undergoing several surgical procedures that do no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Idol Beat: Hold On, I'm Coming (That's What She Said)

    "Look at your man. Now look at me. Now look at American Idol."​This is the 12th week of the season of American Idol. We're down to the top 10 contestants. We're more than halfway home. In other words, this is when I'm ready for it to be over. This week's mentor and guest star is Usher, who's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    American Idol: Hold On, I'm Coming (That's What She Said)

    "Look at your man. Now look at me. Now look at American Idol."​This is the 12th week of the season of American Idol. We're down to the top 10 contestants. We're more than halfway home. In other words, this is when I'm ready for it to be over. This week's mentor and guest star is Usher, who's ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Soul Night 2

    Get your fill of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner at the Aurora Picture Show's funky flashback

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Rocks Off Exclusive: Things Beyonce Will Be Doing on Her Break from Music

    ​ On top of everything else this week, sadly the news has come out that our beloved Beyonce is taking a break from music. Just when we need her the most, right? We miss B and Ms. Fierce already, and we're already speculating what she might get up to while taking her sabbatical away from the public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Houston Leads The Nation In Young-Teen Moms: A Good Thing?

    ​People are up in arms (Are people ever "down on arms"?) about a new report that shows Houston leads the nation in teen births, at least among women aged 15 or less.Abstinence-only ain't working, we need more abstinence-only, yadda yadda yadda.Sure, having a baby when you're 15 isn't the best choi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009

    Girl Star, Grown Up

    Still proud of her family band, Susan Cowsill does her own thing now.

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Soul Nite

    From Motown to the Orange Show, that’s quite a trip

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Down Payment Blues: Musicians With Tax Trouble

    Finished that tax return yet? Not to worry: you've still got a few hours until midnight, and the post offices are open late. Over the years, these musicians have gotten in hot water with their countries' internal-revenue collectors as well... Bono Forever a proponent of all things charitable, Bono ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    For April 15: Five Movies About Taxes

    April 15 each year brings with it the journalistic challenge of covering yet another "last-rush filers" story, or some clever way to say that it's the deadline for getting your return in. (We still wonder if anyone's ever been prosecuted because their return had an April 16 postmark.)The subject of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Blues/Soul/R&B In Memoriam 2008

    Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Billy D. Washington

    Local comedic force once served on the police force

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    Patti LaBelle

    The woman with a once-in-a-generation voice bares her soul to Houston

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    For What It's Worth

    Anniversaries

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    July 26, 2007
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    February 13, 2007
  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

    Saturday, September 10, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

  • Music

    April 22, 2004

    Joss Stone

    Sunday, April 25

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Joss Stone

    The Soul Sessions (S-Curve)

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Aretha Franklin

    Sunday and Monday, October 27 and October 28

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Jukebox

    Warren's Inn

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    February 11, 1999
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    April 23, 1998
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    July 31, 1997
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    May 16, 1996

    The Name Game

    When Austin's Little Sister found she had too many siblings, she became Sister 7

  • Dining

    May 11, 1995
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