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B.B. King

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    February 10, 2014

    James "Boogaloo" Bolden Band at Dan Electro's, 2/7/2014

    James Bolden Blues Band Dan Electro's Guitar Bar February 7, 2014 James "Boogaloo" Bolden has been at B.B. King's side for decades as band director. But with King, 87, slowing down a bit, Bolden is finding new avenues for his talent. For starters, he's just released a new album, No News, Jus' The B ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    The Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: The Beans, Wynonna, B.B. King, Yo Gotti, etc.

    The Beans Fitzgerald's, January 17 Houston natives The Beans have been playing together only since 2010, but their raw, psych-driven blues-rock has made them local standouts. Kick-starting things in a classroom at the University of St Thomas, where drummer Brendan Hall's dad is a professor, they've ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    The Cosby Show's Five Greatest Musical Guests

    I'm not sure if you're aware, especially if you're younger and only know him from Family Guy jokes, but Bill Cosby is one of the funniest comedians ever to tell a joke. His 1983 special Bill Cosby: Himself is one of the all-time great and influential stand-up comedy films, and his '80s NBC show is r ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Friday Night: B.B. King at House of Blues

    B.B. King House of Blues January 11, 2013 "An abbreviated hour with a legend is still very magical, even if it doesn't live up to expectations." -- me, October 2011 There is no dispute, Mr. Riley B. King embodies the blues moreso than anyone has ever embodied anything, ever. He was born in Mississ ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Down Warehouse Live, January 11 Long-running sludge daddies Down are still riding high from last year's six-song EP, Down IV Part I - The Purple EP, and rightfully so. The effort was one of 2012's best releases, making it onto plenty of year-end lists and satisfying Down fans' hunger for new materi ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    October 5, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Dinosaur Jr., Some Stones, Big K.R.I.T., Optimo Radio, etc.

    Dinosaur Jr. Friday, Fitzgerald's Dinosaur Jr. may be one of the most underrated indie-rock acts of the past 25 years. They weren't as sexy as Pearl Jam or as populist as Nirvana, but the music dripping from the instruments of the criminally-unsung J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph has ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Six-String Pawn Stars: Top 10 Famous Stolen Guitars

    Tom Petty got a real kick in the balls late last week when he discovered that his vintage blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTV Junior had been stolen from a California soundstage where the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Three other vintage guitars owned by b ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: ZZ Top

    Date: March 8 Name: ZZ Top AKA: "ZZ Fucking Top" Genre: Tube snake boogie

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    October 10, 2011

    Friday Night: B.B. King at the House of Blues

    The blues is a funny ol' gal. By definition, the musical genre is a projection of the sadness and melancholy caused by a broken heart, or the lament of a "just can't catch a break" life. Yet the sold out crowd at the House of Blues on Friday night exhibited the exact opposite of sadness and downtro ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Say My Name: Bands Named After Actual, Real People

    Punk Rock Elite​This Friday would have been Z.Z. Hill's 76th birthday, but the popular Texas bluesman passed away in 1984 from a heart attack. Most people only know who the late soul crooner is through his connection to ZZ Top. The moniker of that little ol' band from where we are sitting righ ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    What A Houston Blues "Walk Of Fame" Could Look Like

    Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew Keever​It was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Old School

    Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.

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    February 22, 2011

    Top 5 Mother-In-Law Songs Besides "Mother In Law"

    neworleans.comFormer owner Betty Fox at New Orleans' Mother-In-Law Lounge​Q: What is the ideal weight for a mother-in-law? A: About 2.3 pounds, including the urn. Rocks Off has more or less been content with bachelorhood our entire life, so we have no idea what having a mother-in-law is lik ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Non-2010 Music Of 2010

    Editor's Pick: It was probably Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne, same as last year. So how about Nirvana's In Utero, which I dragged out of mothballs when we did our article about Nevermind's anniversary in September. In Utero fried my hair all over again, and then got me thinking about the band's cover of ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians

    West Vita​Right here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Open Tab: Things Are Changing, Holmes

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com. Craig Hlavaty​During our t ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Trade Martin: Stopping The "Mosque At Ground Zero" In Song

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. ​Now, your daily VJ has been told by the nice people whose checks pay for his daughter's daycare that he ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

    The greatest of guitar greats dazzle during a two-hour film documentary

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    April 6, 2010

    Discount iFest Tickets Through KPFT; GaGa On Sale Next Friday; Husk Blows Away; Free Ani D Tickets & Poster Show

    Courtesy of iFest.org​The 40th anniversary of iFest is coming up next weekend, and this year music from the Caribbean will be spotlighted, with headliner and President of Funkadelia George Clinton (right; no relation to that other President). KPFT is also turning 40 this year, and for a limited ti ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    The Musical Minds That Made Booker T The Soul Man He Is Today

    ​How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 5, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 9

    [Note: This is the final installment of Aftermath's survey of memorable 2008 concerts - the ones he attended and reviewed (mostly, but not always, by him) anyway; kudos to Valient Thorr, Ice Cube, Dr. Dog, Son Volt, Journey/Heart, Wilderness, the HPMA showcase and many other ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    November 24, 2008

    Aftermath: B.B. King at House of Blues

    Photos by Mark C. Austin   B.B. King deserves a break. If the genial Buddha of the blues, now 83, would rather spend the bulk of his two-hour set bantering with the sold-out crowd about Viagra (groan) and the wayward ways of womankind instead of, you know, singing and playing, he's earned ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    B.B. King Sure Has a Lot of Friends

    Is there anyone who doesn't love B.B. King? If you're talking about the 83-year-old bluesman's fellow musicians, the answer is a resounding "No!" King has probably sat in with with more players (and vice versa) than anybody else save perhaps Willie Nelson, with whom of course King has teamed up co ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    November 20, 2008
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    February 21, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    November 2, 2007

    Ring in the Holidays at Charles Brown Blues Fest

    Earlier this week, a radio station in Kansas City caused all kinds of red flags to go up by switching to all Christmas music before it was even Halloween. Now two stations in Chicago have followed suit, and if Sunny 99.1 waits all the way until Thanksgiving to make the switch, it will surprise the h ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007

    Diane Schuur

    A jazz diva swings with the University of Houston Jazz Orchestra

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    September 6, 2007

    Guitar Shorty’s Birthday Party

    The bluesman spends his b-day on stage

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    June 20, 2007

    B.B. King, circa 1970-something

    I remember seeing B.B. King a few months after the Hofheinz Pavillion opened on the UH campus (1970?). It was King’s birthday. Blues phenom Johnny Winter opened the show and then King and his band, which included half a dozen Houstonians, roared through a huge set that culminated in his mega-hit ... More >>

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    January 11, 2007

    Guitar Shorty

    Guitar Shorty performs Saturday, January 13, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999.

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    November 13, 2006

    Guitar Shorty

    As a young man, Houston born Guitar Shorty was a sideman on shows with artists like BB King, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. But once he became a solo artist, opening spots became harder for him to land. Guitar Shorty spoke with the Houston Press about his new CD We the People. Houston Pre ... More >>

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    October 6, 2005

    Bringing Home Baby

    Homeboy made good John Rando debuts a charming love tale

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    September 24, 1998
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    June 4, 1998

    Flower Power

    A once-slumbering syndicated radio giant empties its vaults

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    April 9, 1998
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    January 29, 1998
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