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Billy Bragg

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    UPDATED: Stephen King's Five Best Rock and Roll References

    UPDATED (Friday, 11:50 a.m.) to correct the ID in the top photo. This past week saw the release of Stephen King's latest short novel of hard-boiled crime fiction called Joyland, by my count his 70th overall, not counting reprints and compilations. What fuels output like that? By King's own admissio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Titus Andronicus at Walters, 5/10/2013

    Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos, The Caldwell Walters May 10, 2013 Friday night featured a four-band showcase at the new Walters (not on Washington) headlined by New Jersey indie-punk group Titus Andronicus, bringing their Brooklyn friends The So So Glos along on what they are calling the "Bring B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    This Day In History: A Jack Ruby Playlist

    On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot down by Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being driven through the streets of Dallas. Two days later, Oswald himself was killed at the hands of nightclub operator Jack Ruby as he was being transferred to a county jail. There have been dozens of reas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers

    Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded. Rewind: The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: The Go-Go's, 2 Chainz, etc.

    The Go-Go's Monday, House of Blues God bless the Go-Go's. If Monday's House of Blues show is anything like last August's all-killer-no-filler HOB date - and it should be, since the reunited five-piece isn't pushing any new "product" - you're in for a real treat. Listen to "Lust to Love," "How Much M ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    10 Things That Have Happened To Rock Stars' Ashes

    Recently, I explored some of the strange things that musicians have been buried with. In the course of researching that article, I came across a lot of tales about the cremated remains of rock stars. Some very odd things have occurred with famous ashes, so being the resident morbid person on staff, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Tom Morello, A Vigilant And Emphatic Nightwatchman

    Besides Music World Gospel, New West Records is probably the most locally connected sub-major record label, and owner/partial Houstonian George Fontaine has long worn his heart on his sleeve about local music in general and recent New West additions the Wild Moccasins, Robert Ellis, Buxton and Grand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Gothic Council Sings Your Kids to Sleep

    We hate you, Peter Murphy. Well, OK. Not really. Murphy is a good guy who is a joy to interview and who still puts out amazing music. That being said, we are getting thoroughly sick of his trademark voice. Our two-year-old daughter requests his song "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (And That Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Last Night: Old 97's at House of Blues

    Oh, dutiful journalism, the places I will go in your name. Last night, one of those places just had to be House of Blues. It's always a pleasure to watch Old 97's and I would put up that good fight to keep my spirits high in what is arguably my least favorite venue in town. But enough with the pouti ... More >>

  • Film

    December 22, 2011

    Animal House

    Oh, don't be such a cynic. Matt Damon needs your love in We Bought a Zoo.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Four Artists Who Died Before Playing Houston

    theindependent.co.uk​When Amy Winehouse died Saturday, almost everyone noted how the troubled British soul singer had joined the "27 Club," the list of legendary musicians who passed away at that age that also includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Peelander Z's All-Ages Punk Rock Party

    Photos by Brittanie Shey"Mad Tiger"​The best-laid plans of mice and men are no match against SXSW. No matter how bad you want to see, say, Warpaint, who seem to be playing 4 shows a day here, eventually you'll decide to stop following your timetable and start just rolling with the flow. You ca ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2010

    Chatter: All in the Family

    Woody Guthrie's descendants keep the folk flame alive.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Still Not Sold On SXSW? How About Smokey Robinson, High On Fire, She & Him, Band Of Horses, Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Anya Marina, Black Angels, Major Lazer...

    Today the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival announced their showcase schedule for the music portion of the industry fest starting on March 17. This is the news Rocks Off has been looking for, so let's get it on. We are now one month away from Sixth Street and one of the world's biggest conglome ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Aftermath: The Revival Tour at Walter's on Washington

    l-r: Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, Ben Nichols Photos by Craig Hlavaty The Revival Tour is the kind of tour that keeps little beer companies like Texas' own Lone Star in business. And it's no accident that, not even an hour into the show Monday night, the bar at Walter's ran out of bottles of the cheap h ... More >>

  • Music

    September 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Tonight: James Jackson Toth and The Dutchess and the Duke at the Mink

    Quiet is the new loud at the Mink tonight, when two of the more interesting names in under-the-radar folk-pop peddle their tuneful wares. Southern Gothic troubador James Jackson Toth (above), formerly of offbeat acoustic duo Wooden Wand - whose 2007 LP James and the Quiet featured members of Wilco, ... More >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2008
  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

    Coming to Numbers

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Weapons of Mass Construction

    The Coup takes political rap to the next level

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Live for Today

    Metric unleashes its inner Sonic Youth on an incendiary new CD

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

    Shake the Sheets (Lookout!)

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2003

    The Unplugged Menace

    New Model Army's show will have all of punk's power -- at a reasonable volume

  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    Everything Old Is New Again

    What do punks the Dropkick Murphys have in common with soulful Norah Jones? More than you think.

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Music

    March 13, 2003

    Ted Leo

    Hearts of Oak (Lookout)

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    What Would Woody Do?

    Billy Bragg and the Blokes want to know

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    Folk Art

    More than 30 years after opening "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie still packs 'em in

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    Mornings with Woody

    Slaid Cleaves "collaborates" with the father of folk music, while blazing his own trail

  • Film

    June 22, 2000

    Free-Range Chicken

    No secret recipe here: The creators of Wallace & Gromit and Wat's Pig cook up a bucketload of inventive fun

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Sympathy for the Angel

    Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the scourge of great art

  • Music

    June 18, 1998
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    May 7, 1998
  • Music

    January 2, 1997

    Gracious Angel

    A box set doesn't mean Emmylou Harris's career is done; it may mean it's just beginning

  • Music

    February 22, 1996
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