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Ben Kweller

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    August 1, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Total Abuse, Lil Boosie, Ray LaMontagne, etc.

    Total Abuse, Rusted Shut Mango's, August 1 Modern hardcore a tad too cute for you? You certainly wouldn't be alone in that sentiment, but take care that you're ready for the alternative. From the all-too-safe environs of Austin, punk terrorists Total Abuse have been savagely battering audiences wit ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    The Five Best Acts of the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival, Weekend 2

    Ben Kweller Though Ben Kweller only lives a short distance up 290 in Austin, it feels like he's never here enough to satisfy the demand for his music. Performing as a trio on Saturday night, Kweller's set was composed of hits from every album in his discography with the exception of one, Changing ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    The Strange Case of Shakey Graves

    Background to center stage. Support to headliner. Shadow to light. Everything about Alejandro Rose-Garcia's current life suggests an emergence, even his name. Every exciting opportunity that's come his way -- and there have been many of late -- is a step away from his given name and one closer to ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    One Festival Turns the Page While Another Flies Under the Radar

    A look at iFest and the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival.

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    April 28, 2014

    Charlie Daniels Band, Shinyribs Rule Over Three Tons of Crawfish

    As I snapped one little guy in half and pinched all the sweet meat from his tail, all I could think was there must be an infinite number of crawfish in our area waterways. Not all that far away, they had to be eating their share at Weekend 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Here, in Old ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    25 Shows In Houston You Should See This Spring

    Waxahatchee Mango's, April 4 Right now acoustic folk is a sleeping giant within the music industry, but Katie Crutchfield (who works under the stage name Waxahatchee) is one name to have on your radar. If you're a fan of acts like Screaming Females, Hop Along and Laura Stevenson, you'll likely find ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Billy Ocean, Jason Isbell, Wild Child, etc.

    Billy Ocean Warehouse Live, October 11 We weren't sure it was possible for '80s hitmaker Billy Ocean to get any cooler than he was in his "Caribbean Queen" video, where the Trinidad native dances around in a dapper suit surrounded by a puppet saxophone player. These days he's sporting dreadlocks th ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Sara Bareilles at House of Blues, 6/29/2013

    Sara Bareilles House of Blues June 29, 2013 When I first arrived at House of Blues for Sara Bareilles, I wasn't sure how to process the fact that the show was sold out. For one, it was the same night as Houston Pride, and by the looks of it, half of the city was down in Montrose to watch the parad ... More >>

  • Music

    May 16, 2013

    Lights, Camera, Headaches

    The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.

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    May 8, 2013

    UPDATED: Is ACL Festival Ignoring Houston? Does It Even Matter?

    UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rosie Flores, Otep, Mission of Burma, Etc.

    Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Back then, ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Brent Grulke, SXSW Music Creative Director, Dies of Heart Attack

    Brent Grulke, a former Austin Chronicle music writer and editor who rose to the head of SXSW's Music division, died Monday in Austin. The cause of death was a heart attack following oral surgery, wrote Raoul Hernandez, one of Grulke's successor as the paper's Music Editor, on the Chronicle's Web si ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Last Night: Ben Kweller At Fitzgerald's

    Ben Kweller Fitzgerald's April 19, 2012 While I can't tell you that Ben Kweller is a polarizing, avant-garde, demiurgic artist, I can tell you that while finding a way to rhyme sexy with spaghetti he remains an excellent musician. Kweller, now 30, has been playing music for years, starting out in ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    December 20, 2011

    Distant Early Warning: Al Green, Balaclavas, Built To Spill, Gladys Knight, Los Campesinos!

    ​Al Green: Fri., April 27. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Balaclavas, Black Congress, Psychic Palms: Fri., Jan. 13. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. Ben Kweller: Thu., April 19. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Brandi Carlile: Wed., Feb. 8. House of Blues, 1204 Carolin ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Bands Of The '90s

    Trent Reznor, you know, before the Oscar and all the weightlifting. ​As a music writer, we are asked constantly to compare the new with the old, to decipher the periphery where modern bands' influences come from to understand where we are going and what we are seeing. We can hear everything Ke ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    10 Great Instances Of Rappers Honoring Other Rappers

    ​People often forget that hip-hoppers are humans, too. They breathe, sleep, eat, and salivate at the sight of buttermilk donuts just like us. And, every now and then, they'll geek over other rappers, just like us. It would have been so much easier to compile a list of rappers dissing other ra ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Last Night: Brett Dennen & Dawes At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Liana Lopez​Brett Dennen, Dawes Fitzgerald's May 5, 2011 While many celebrated Cinco de Mayo last night with margaritas and sombreros, Aftermath was at Fitzgerald's watching a folk-rock band and a pale, red-haired dude wearing a Golden State Warriors T-shirt. Nevertheless, we're use ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Last Night: Pete Yorn & Ben Kweller At House Of Blues

    Photos by Matthew KeeverPete Yorn​Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller House of Blues April 14, 2011 By the time Pete Yorn and his band were onstage, House of Blues was comfortably packed, as the crowd enjoyed the jovial and upbeat melodies that sounded as though they could have been theme songs to new-age ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Upcoming: Girl Talk, Kesha, Styx, Walkmen, Etc.

    ​Bad Boy Bill: Fri., Nov. 26. Rich's Houston. The Batusis, Zipperneck, Blower, Chelsea Hotel: Fri., Dec. 10. Mango's. Girl Talk: Thu., Jan. 13. House of Blues.

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    July 15, 2010

    18 Successful Musicians Under Age 18

    Dan Klores CommunicationsTommy, can you hear me?​Tonight House Of Blues welcomes the traveling underage rock revue School Of Rock as they re-create highlights from 1985's Live Aid concerts. SOR features three bands or teens and preteens rocking out and learning the ropes of touring and rock. ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "New Texas"

    In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. New Texas Capital: Austin Patron Saint: Willie Nelson ​Lesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Ben Kweller Remembers Michael Jackson at House of Blues

    Rocks Off just found this video of Dallas-born, Austin-dwelling indie-cum-roots-rocker Ben Kweller dedicating a melancholy piano ballad to the late King of Pop at Thursday night's House of Blues show. Those of you who cheered when Kweller announced "Michael Jackson is gone" can rest assured you're ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 17, 2007
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    August 20, 2007

    Last Night: Ben Kweller at Walter’s on Washington

    Ben KwellerWalter’s on WashingtonAugust 17 Better Than: Trying to understand why anyone takes dating advice from Mystery on VH1’s The Pick Up Artist. Download: The super catchy “Penny on a Train Track” or, for more lovin’-touchin’-squeezin’ types, “Sundress” Even though I knew ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    Tim Fite

    Singer/songwriter jumps from rock to country to hip-hop

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    September 28, 2006

    Ben Kweller

    Ben Kweller

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    June 8, 2006

    Gooooaaaal!

    A few locals are afflicted with World Cup mania; also: Chango Jackson, KPFT and what touring bands really think of Houston

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    November 17, 2005

    Various Artists

    This Bird Has Flown

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    May 26, 2005

    Take Me Out...

    ...to the ball game. Lauding baseball-in-rock's finest moments.

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    July 22, 2004
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    January 16, 2003

    The Queen Bee

    Pam Kelly hopes to get a Buzz going about local music

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    July 11, 2002
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    February 28, 2002

    Ben Kweller

    Saturday, March 2

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    June 26, 1997

    Young Punks

    Peach-fuzzed trashers Pure Rubbish are Houston's anti-Hanson

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    June 12, 1997
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