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Aretha Franklin

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    July 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Donnie Houston, Halftime Entertainment

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Donnie Houston is a produ ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Reba at Reliant Stadium, 3/6/2014

    Reba (McEntire) Reliant Stadium March 6, 2014 Country stars facing a certain age inevitably come to a point where they can either continue chasing chart success or consolidate their style into a brand, using the showbiz capital they've accumulated to explore other interests and opportunities. For R ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27 For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- backed as always by that smooth-a ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    From the Back of the Band: Six Musical Instruments on the Cusp of Rock Stardom

    Some musical eras are defined by the instruments that moved from the backing band to center stage as they unfolded. Electric-guitar sales boomed in the 1960s, thanks to Clapton and Hendrix. In the 1980s, synthesizers were popular enough to make one-hit wonders out of groups like A-ha and A Flock of ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    The New Crusaders

    TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.

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    January 31, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Alphonso "Fonz" Lovelace, Righteous Drummer

    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? All of the greats start out in church ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Miss Leslie, Queen of the Honky-Tonks

    Who? Miss Leslie if you're country, Leslie Anne Sloane has played fiddle/violin in both the classical and country/bluegrass styles since age 5. In 2004, she started Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, which can usually be found once or twice a month at finer roadhouses and honky-tonks in the greater ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Friday Night: Train at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Train Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 14, 2012 Train's music isn't going to win an award for composition anytime soon; it's far too generic for that. But the San Francisco band has found a number of other ways to be creative and prove their worth to even someone like me, who doesn't drive ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Ooh La La, Grace Potter

    Country's biggest summer tour an alt-pop blond bombshell.

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    July 12, 2012
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    June 18, 2012

    Comin' Up: Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney

    By now you all know that today is Sir Paul McCartney's 70th birthday. Over on chron.com, there is a wire story on the milestone with a curious headline: "Say It Ain't So: Mop Top Paul McCartney Turns 70." Now does this mean that it's a shame he made it seven decades of service, or does it suck that ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 16, 2012

    Women On Top: 10 Female Artists We're Way Into Right Now

    March is Women's History Month, and Rocks Off has been thinking a lot lately about the indelible contributions to popular music made by women over the last few decades. After all, where would Elvis Presley be if it weren't for Big Mama Thornton? Probably still dead, we guess, but you get the point. ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Whitney & Me: One Fan's Recollections

    Saturday I got a text from a close friend saying that Whitney Houston had passed away. Needless to say, I was a bit shocked. I honestly thought she would be around for years to come so that she could could keep blessing us all with her terrific voice.. I grew up listening to Contemporary Christian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    "Dude, You're Getting Adele." Better Late Than Never...

    The best joke in the music business right now is, according to Cactus Music's Quinn Bishop, something frequently heard recently at his cash register: "Dude, you're getting Adele." Even I bought 21 yesterday, the swiping of a credit card that completed a cycle that began several months ago. One nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Revisiting Alicia Keys' 'Songs In A Minor'

    There's a reason why we lauded Alicia Keys when her debut album Songs In A Minor dropped a little more than a decade ago. The young piano prodigy had the look of a new age starlet, Billie Holiday with a fedora and braids and on her 31st birthday, revisiting her classic debut album is a necessity. K ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Alabama Shakes at Continental Club

    Alabama Shakes doesn't like the "retro soul" label that often is attached to their brand of music. But, if their raucous set at Continental Club on Friday night is any indication, they should embrace it because they certainly owned it. "Y'all gon' be alright," singer Brittany Howard told the packed ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2012

    All Shook Up

    The Alabama Shakes ride their momentum right into Houston.

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    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Top 10 Healing Songs, From One Who Knows

    Chris Nelson/FacebookClint Broussard in his natural habitat.​Rocks Off was happy to run into our friend and Blues In Hi-Fi DJ Clint Broussard the other day at Leon's Lounge (where else?). We were a little surprised too, because it was the first time we'd seen him with two shoes on in months. ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 30, 2011

    Summer Blues

    A jukebox musical entrances audiences at the Ensemble.

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    June 20, 2011

    Clarence Clemons' Top 7 E Street Sax Solos

    ​As most of our readers know by now, E Street has lost its most prominent resident and Block Captain with the death of Clarence Clemons. In poor physical health for years due to various ailments, he died on Saturday night from complications due to a stroke less than a week earlier. The Big Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Upcoming: Aretha Franklin, Blink-182, Kyuss Lives!, Etc.

    ​Agnostic Front, The Mongoloids: Mon., Sept. 19. Walter's On Washington. Amon Amarth: Fri., Aug. 26. House of Blues. Aretha Franklin: Tue., June 14. Arena Theatre. blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Matt & Kim: Mon., Sept. 26. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Buxton: Fri., July 8. McGonigel' ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Last Night: Diana Ross At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Groovehouse​ Diana Ross Verizon Wireless Theater March 1, 2011 Wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Blame it on David Bowie, but Aftermath couldn't help thinking that while settling into our balcony seat at Verizon Tuesday. Diana Ross and her deluxe band were pounding out "I'm Comin' Out" a ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Top Eight Freedom Songs For MLK Day

    ​Rocks Off sincerely prays that those of you with today off are at least peripherally aware of why you have today off. For our annual MLK Day reflection this year, we thought we'd leave the songs about Dr. King to Bono, and instead share a few of our favorite songs that set his dream to music ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    A Fistful of Soul

    One righteous vintage vinyl party.

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    June 4, 2010

    Mary McBride Finds Home In Prisons, Shelters, Nightclubs

    ​ On her current tour in support of her new CD The Way Home, soul/folk singer-songwriter Mary McBride - best known for the touching "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me" from the of the movie Brokeback Mountain soundtrack - has given herself a challenge: in addition to each club date she will be makin ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010
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    December 29, 2009

    The Great Green Room In the Sky: The Grim Reaper's 2009 Musical Roll Call

    ​Thankfully, 2009 was a sorry year for the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter. Aside from the not terribly unexpected (but still weird) demise of the King of Pop, few bona fide legends went on to the Great Green Room Beyond the Sky. The Rock Death Meter rates rock deaths on a ten-point scale in three c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Aftermath: iFest in Downtown Houston

    Photos by Chris Gray Quebec's Chic Gamine: a cappella gospel with percussion and soul.iFest needed a breezy, not-too-hot, sunny Sunday to get back on track after Saturday's torrential festival-cancelling rains. The festival got great weather; as I drove down Allen Parkway toward downtown, it ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    February 13, 2009

    Album of the Day: Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel's Willie and the Wheel

    Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel Willie and the Wheel www.willieandthewheel.com The late Jerry Wexler, who passed away last August at age 91, was best known as an advocate and producer for top R&B and soul artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. But Wexler was a ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    “Mustang Sally”: White People’s Mating Call

    Mr. Pop Rocks and I headed over to The Big Easy last weekend to listen to the stylings of Houston’s own Trudy Lynn, a fabulous blues singer and genuine kick-ass lady. During Trudy’s breaks, her (excellent) back up band played several numbers. As I just said, they were excellent, but as they st ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007
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    July 26, 2007

    Tori Amos

    American Doll Posse

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    May 3, 2007

    Red Hog Saloon

    When the jukebox is an art form

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    February 15, 2007

    The Essence of Gordon Chambers

    From journalist to songwriter to singer

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Greg Trooper

    Saturday, April 30, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word ³alternative² again

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again

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    February 20, 2003

    Shemekia Copeland

    Talking to Strangers (Alligator Records)

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    March 21, 2002

    Norah Jones

    Wednesday, March 27

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    January 28, 1999
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    September 24, 1998
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    September 29, 1994

    Just Bitchin'

    7 Year Bitch does it faster and harder

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