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Bakersfield

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    April 2, 2014

    Merle Haggard at Stafford Centre, 4/1/2014

    Merle Haggard Stafford Centre April 1, 2014 Bet you 20 bucks that Keith Richards really digs Merle Haggard. He is one cool cat. The Hag doesn't say much onstage at first, and barely moves apart from gesturing to one band member or another when it's time for a solo. His low-key style has been both ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Buck Owens: The Country Cad Who Couldn't Quite Escape Hee Haw

    Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens By Buck Owens with Randy Poe Backbeat Books, 360 pp., $29.99 Music legend says that bluesman Robert Johnson made his deal with the Devil at the Crossroads. If that's the case, then country legend Buck Owens must have booked his date with Ol' Scratch in the ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Easton Corbin at Reliant Stadium, 3/21/2014

    Easton Corbin Reliant Stadium March 21, 2014 Perhaps in the future the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo can line up one shameless throwback entertainer per season, not some old veteran whose days of heavy airplay are long behind him or her, but a commercially viable younger artist who demonstrates th ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis: WAC Post-Game Fight

    There's a scene in the Tom Cruise movie Far and Away (Yes, I know, I know...on the list of Cruise movies, this one is a tad obscure. It's like talking about the 2009 NBA Draft and bringing up Eric Maynor instead of James Harden or Blake Griffin.) when the home of the wealthy Irish landlord is burnt ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Son Volt's Travel Guide to Five Bizarre Tour Stops

    Son Volt is heading down the highway with a new album in tow, Honky Tonk, but instead of lamenting still waters and beatnik poets, Jay Farrar and company have gone strictly Bakersfield, even naming a track after the legendary country-music mecca. Yep, Farrar has gone back to his roots mixing steel ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rihanna, Suzanna Choffel, Wavves, etc.

    Rihanna Toyota Center, April 15 Rihanna has combined her athletic stature, formidable vocals, down-for-whatever attitude and some alarming life choices to become a flashpoint pop star, a lightning rod for controversy that even Lady Gaga would have trouble rivaling these days. Musically, the Barbado ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Mama Tried: Backwoods Electric Country From the Wilds of South Houston

    With a name like Mama Tried, you'd expect nothing less than the most quintessential sounds of Merle Haggard in his prime, but this South Houston five-piece is a scruffier, much faster version of the Hag. One look at Blake Plsek (banjo/harmonica) and Jason "J-Bone" White (dobro/guitar) and you'd ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Friday Night: Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre

    Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson Arena Theatre December 21, 2012 When most of us are sick and fighting seasonal flu and cold systems, we retreat to a warm bed with cold pillows and Netflix. Few of us could go onstage in skintight blue jeans and shake our asses for two hours, but that's what Dwight Yoa ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Together Always: Country Duets for Valentine's Day

    Maybe it's because I'm a Libra, but I believe that everything in life should be as harmonious as possible-love, especially. Duets might be the ultimate musical testament to such a theory. I'm not talking about the resonance that's created when a woman is vacuuming while her man watches television. I ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Derek Boogaard: Ex-Aero Afflicted With Concussion-Related Disease

    ​Derek "Boogeyman" Boogaard, a former Houston Aero enforcer who we got to know before his NHL career took off, has been found to have suffered with a neurodegenerative disease that medical experts have linked to concussions. Boogaard, once one of the league's most feared brawlers, died on Ma ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Wednesday Open Mike at Blanco's

    The seating area next to the dance floor and stage. ​Guitarist Chet Akins, the Country Gentleman, would describe the Nashville sound by jingling some the change in his pocket and saying, "It's the sound of money." Mainstream country's lucrative turn toward pop in the late 1950s eventually blos ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Duff McKagan Remembers Guns N' Roses' First Tour

    Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is now, among other things, a columnist for Rocks Off's sister music blog in Seattle, Reverb. This month Touchstone Books will publish Duff's memoir, It's So Easy: And Other Lies, and he agreed to publish an excerpt on Reverb. In turn, Reverb agreed to share ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    The Best and Worst Celebrity Endorsements

    What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?​A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Knocked Out

    Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.

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    August 17, 2011

    Cover Story: Concussions in Youth Sports: Is The Risk Worth It?

    ​Kayla Meyer was a normal kid growing up on the family farm in New Prague, Minnesota, where she used to ride horses around the property. But now, the 14-year-old can no longer ride or even attend school on a regular basis after receiving two concussions in ice hockey. Ali Champness, too, is ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Friday Night: Social Distortion At House Of Blues

    Photos by GroovehouseFor more photos of Social D and friends, see our slideshow here.​Social Distortion House of Blues November 19, 2010 In its 30-year lifespan, the impact Social Distortion has had on its audience is easy to tell. Friday night at a packed House of Blues (more on that later), ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Sexiest Cities: Don't Get Too Excited, Houston

    Houston;'s hot, but not as hot as....Bakersfield?​Men's Health has found, once again, a surefire way to get mentioned in a bunch of cities who otherwise wouldn't pay it much mind: It's come up with a list of the nation's sexiest cities.How? By, it claims, examining condom sales, birth rates and ST ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010
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    December 21, 2009

    Aftermath: Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters, and Special Guest Billy Gibbons, at Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​A sad part of being a major celebrity and starting a rock band on the side is that inherently people will show up out of nowhere to see your band and ignore your music because they just want to see "you." Sometimes the music somehow ends up overshadowing the celebrity ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Aftermath: Dwight Yoakam at Arena Theatre

    Jason Wolter​Inside the pocket of the Arena Towers, you'll find several hundred very happy Dwight Yoakam fans. Or you would have Saturday night, when the Hollywood hillbilly and his five-piece band entertained (to put it mildly) for two and a half solid hours Saturday night. We lost count - we've ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Dwight Yoakam at the Arena Theatre, Take 2: It Only Hurts When I Cry

    [Ed. note: That's right, this show was so nice we're reviewing it twice.] Photos by Jason Wolter​ Dwight Yoakam may not have sung that particular Ray Price song Saturday night at the Arena Theatre - maybe he forgot; we've never seen a set list in a three-ring binder before - but he's sure got hear ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009
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    October 15, 2009
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    August 6, 2009

    Aftermath: Mike Stinson at Under the Volcano

    Photos by Chris Gray​ At his first proper gig since relocating to Houston last month, suit-clad Mike Stinson raised the bar for honky-tonk around here a little. Maybe a lot. Joined by guitarist Lance Smith and Winfield Cheek on keyboards, steel and mandolin, Stinson sang his way through a jukebox ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009

    Leaving L.A.

    West Coast honky-tonker Mike Stinson shocks his peers by moving to Houston.

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    June 4, 2009
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    December 24, 2008

    The 12 Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time, Part 1

    Mahalia Jackson The 12 days of Christmas begin Thursday and run until Epiphany, January 5. Here is a song for half those days. See what's in the other half tomorrow morning. 12. "Silent Night," Mahalia Jackson. The supreme Christmas melody requires the supreme voice, and if anybody's ever sung i ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008
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    August 18, 2008
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    November 29, 2007
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    October 11, 2007

    Gabriel Iglesias

    “I’m not fat. I’m fluffy.”

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    August 29, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Bill Kirchen

    Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

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    June 22, 2006

    The Derailers

    Friday, June 23, at Blanco's, 3406 West Alabama, 713-439-0072

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    The Return of the Band of Rhythm and Pleasure

    The Hollisters reunite to rock the East Texas pines

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    June 17, 2004
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    April 24, 2003

    The Derailers

    Genuine (Lucky Dog)

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    March 21, 2002

    Mike Barfield

    Friday, March 22

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    August 9, 2001

    Playbill

    Willie Nelson's Family Picnic

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    August 9, 2001

    Choo Choo Ch'boogie

    The Derailers get back on track with a major-label deal

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    March 22, 2001

    Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

    Walk Alone (Ultimatum Music)

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    June 3, 1999
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    May 13, 1999
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    November 19, 1998

    Kontroversy

    Korn ignores critics of its heavy metal attitude

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    May 14, 1998

    Outside Looking In

    Jim Lauderdale is a living lesson in how to profit from Nashville's fringes

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    April 9, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    August 15, 1996

    Great Dwight Hope

    Mum's the word in the Yoakam camp, but the music speaks for itself

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    February 29, 1996

    Master of the Universe

    From presidents to pop stars, Merle Haggard has a song for everyone

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