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Big Mama Thornton

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    August 21, 2014

    Five Insult Songs That Predate Getting "Dissed"

    Some people find insults coarse, base and a sorry excuse for invective from the intellectually feeble. I call those people "bloggers who read the comments section." But seriously, a good insult is a work of art. If you don't believe me, well, "I do desire we be better strangers," (Shakespeare). Yo ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

    I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres For 44 Years

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Houston Blues Museum Pushes For a Place of Its Own

    The Houston Blues Museum is hoping to jump-start its campaign for a permanent home for its growing collection of recordings and other artifacts related to the city's rich blues history, which the foundation behind it hopes will become everything from a community center to a tourist attraction. Thi ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Victor Wooten, Merchandise, etc.

    Victor Wooten San Jacinto College Central Victor Wooten is the kind of musician who leaves other musicians, especially bass players, in awe. One of his four older brothers taught Wooten the four-string arts at age three, and he's gone on to a distinguished career that includes stints with both jazz ... More >>

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    May 24, 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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    January 20, 2012

    RIP Johnny Otis, the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues

    Johnny Otis, one of the creators of rock and roll but primarily remembered as the godfather of rhythm and blues, has passed away at 90. Otis died at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. A consummate band leader and showman who was of Greek descent and changed his actual last name, Veliot ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band Keeps in the Family

    Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are married both to each other and their musical careers. She with a busy solo schedule, and he with full-time gigs fronting the Derek Trucks Band, playing guitar with the Allman Brothers Band [Derek's uncle is founding member Butch Trucks], and minor side-jobs with t ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Earl Gilliam: "A Huge Loss That Can't Be Filled"

    Another of Houston's unique blues treasures, the effusive, ebullient and always stylish pianist Earl Gilliam, has moved on to the big juke joint in the sky. Gilliam, 81, died peacefully this morning at his home in Tomball of advanced lung disease.

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    July 14, 2011

    Half a Paycheck

    Dave Alvin is an inveterate troubadour and staunch advocate for Houston's blues history.

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    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Soul City: Unsung Blues Legend Joe "Guitar" Hughes

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. This is our final installment. ​Great Houston blues guitarists makes a long and storied list indeed, arguably headed up by Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Last Night: Hole At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​Hole House of Blues July 6, 2010 It wasn't a train wreck. And we all had such high hopes. Courtney Love and the four-man retinue she calls Hole these days - mostly distinguishable by their wardrobe (dreadlocked drummer, Scally-capped keyboar ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    News On The March, White Stripes, Guitar Shorty - Rocks Off Will Be At Cactus Music All Saturday Afternoon

    Just when Rocks Off was wondering how we were going to spend one of our last work-free days before SXSW, Cactus Music's weekly email circular showed up in our inbox. So now we know: We're going to be watching music. Shocker, huh? So much for laundry and shit. Here's what's going down: News on the M ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    He Said She Said: 10 Artists Who Never Got Their Due, Part Deux

    It's the plight of every musician. You struggle and struggle to make it big in the business, only to find that even the most modest margin of fame barely comes with a modicum of respect. Even artists with a lot of influence on later, more popular musicians fall by the wayside in the annals of rock ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Listology: Nick Gaitan of the Octanes and The Umbrella Man's Favorite Female Vocalists

    This is a big week for all-everything Houston bassist Nick Gaitan. Not only have his Monday-night Continental Club gigs with atomic-powered rockabilly trio the Octanes been steadily been picking up steam, his other band The Umbrella Man - which just happens to play Tuesday nights at the very same p ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Soul Power

    Houston throwback singer Leela James does it again.

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    April 30, 2009

    Live at Liberty Hall

    The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.

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    February 26, 2009
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    February 23, 2009

    The Nickel: A Musical History of the Fifth Ward, Part 4

    [Note: Click on the numbers for parts 1, 2 and 3.] Fifth Ward music mogul Don Robey was so taken with Gatemouth Brown's talents that he built his entire Peacock label around him. Robey already owned the Bronze Peacock night club and various other business interests, but it was his meeting of Br ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008
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    June 12, 2008

    Juneteenth Revisited

    Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event

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    May 15, 2008

    Vanishing Point

    This 1971 film believes Easy Rider would be better in a Dodge

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    April 22, 2008

    Overnight Express: Simply Red Does Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Another collaboration of sorts between an aging American R&B star and a (much) better-selling British acolyte is in the offing, it seems. Early this morning (when all e-mail blasts go out, apparently), the folks charged with getting the word out about Rhino Records' upcoming releases announced that ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008
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    December 7, 2007

    RIP, Rory Miggins

    Another day, another terrible blow to the Houston music community. We just received word that Rory Miggins, the long-time owner of East End bar Local Charm and grand man about town, has passed away at 50 of melanoma. The Irish (and northern English and Scots too) have a word for what followed in ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007
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    February 20, 2007

    Glory Days

    The Museum of Printing History's "Now Playing Houston: The Liberty Hall Poster Show" features reminders of a lost local treasure. Before it closed in '77, Liberty Hall hosted Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and ot ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Return of Los Vatos Rudos

    Los Skarnales are set to release a new full-length with a new lineup

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    November 8, 2001

    Gypsy Caravan II

    Sunday, November 11

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    August 2, 2001

    Pack Fair & Square

    Bluesman Big Walter celebrates his 87 years with star pupil Jerry Lightfoot

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    July 19, 2001

    Racket

    The Last Concert Cafe has glimpses from its unique history

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    February 1, 2001

    Overblown and Underrated

    So you know Houston's goats, heroes and high points? Think again.

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    September 21, 2000

    Benefit for Pete Mayes and Hamp Simmons

    A concert for under-the-weather bluesmen

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    June 15, 2000

    Downbeat

    Former drummer Ben "Scatman" Turner dies, and the heart of the jazz community skips a beat

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    May 4, 2000

    Legacy of Gristle

    Though Clarence Hollimon has passed, he lives on in his work

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    October 21, 1999

    Love Supreme

    Husband-and-wife R&B team are back in H-town

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    August 12, 1999

    Houston Highwayman

    Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight

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    January 28, 1999
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    January 14, 1999
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    October 8, 1998
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    August 27, 1998
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    October 16, 1997
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    August 7, 1997

    Get It While You Can

    Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

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    July 17, 1997
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    June 6, 1996
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    August 24, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Lovett Again

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    December 8, 1994
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