Bo Diddley

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    June 11, 2014

    Happy 90th Birthday George Bush Sr.: A Rousing R&B Salute

    A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Dick Dale at Continental Club, 4/17/2014

    Dick Dale Continental Club April 17, 2014 Walking into the Continental Club, I had the thought: "Can Dick Dale still do it at 76 years old?" I mean, I know folks younger that can't even send an email, let alone rip a guitar like it's going out of style. But I would soon find out that not only can h ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Soul Screamer Barrence Whitfield Will Make You "Bleed From the Eyeballs"

    Attention, those of you planning to go the Barrence Whitfield and the Savages show tomorrow. Want to visit backstage or get in good with the screaming fireball of a soul man? All you need to do is cater to his sweet tooth. "There was this club we used to play right outside of Houston and there was ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Richard Griesser, Vintage Camera Hound With Enviable Archive

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Rocks Off "met" Richard Griesser a couple o ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Not Fade Away Soundtrack Offers Up a Fistful of Blues, Stones

    Not Fade Away, Director David Chase's period piece about a burgeoning rock band in the '60s, is still playing on limited screens in New York and Los Angeles, but this week preview copies of the soundtrack hit mailboxes. It is a sprawling double-disc, double-LP collection featuring vintage Rolling St ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Saturday Night: Roky Erickson at the Continental Club

    Roky Erickson Continental Club July 14, 2012 With the arid summer of 2011 fresh in our memories, it's easy to forget that Houston's often a sweaty, swampy mess. Saturday night it was no different, having rained for a week straight. Though the rain was done by evening, the air was thick and balmy t ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Roger Rouland: Creepy Ex-Baylor Lecturer Cops to Kiddy Porn Charges, Awaits Sentencing

    As Bo Diddley once famously sang, you can't judge a book by lookin' at the cover. Except when you can, we would add, which certainly seems the case with Roger Rouland. The former Baylor lecturer pleaded guilty this week to possession of child porn two-and-a-half years after janitorial workers fou ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    30 Seconds With Astronautalis

    Rocks Off hitched a ride on a space whale in order to hook up with Andy Bothwell, also known as Astronautalis to see what we could learn about our biggest hope for rap in 30 seconds. paperocean​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Astronautalis: "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith. ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Top 5 Musical Ed Sullivan Show Controversies"You want me to sing WHAT now?"​To the right-wing conservatives, religious groups, and self-proclaimed family organizations raising hell over Chaz Bono's "assault on family values" as the first transgender contestant on Dancing With the Stars, Rocks Off asks the q ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Last Night: George Thorogood At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​George Thorogood & the Destroyers House of Blues April 26, 2011 George Thorogood is an odd sort of working-class hero. Like many of his bluesy forefathers, the Delaware-born rocker is as modest and self-deprecating in person (or at least on the phone) as his songs are s ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Rocks Off's Fantasy RodeoHouston Lineup

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoGeorge Strait in 1996​If you walk through Reliant Center, hanging from the ceiling are banners listing almost every musical performer RodeoHouston has hosted since the '60s. The names reflect the hallowed history of country and fleeting fancies ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    September 16, 2010
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    September 13, 2010

    A Long Night Of The Harmonicas At Minute Maid Park

    Photos by Groovehouse​ For more photos from Friday's Harmonica Night, see our slideshow here. Rocks Off spent a lot of time last week wondering what Minute Maid Park was going to sound like this past Friday. In cooperation with the Astros, the people behind last year's harmonica documentary ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Ten Thousand Harmonicas Coming To Minute Maid Next Friday

    Courtesy Pocket Full of SoulHarmonicas can multiply like cockroaches if you're not careful.​If you're going to try to break a world record by having 10,000 people play the same instrument at the same time, Rocks Off supposes the harmonica is a pretty good way to go, and a ballpark is a pretty ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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    March 12, 2010

    Leon's Lounge Needs Some Soul. Brett "Dirty Honey" Koshkin Has The Platters.

    ​ Leon's Lounge, the venerable Midtown throwback dive, is currently closed for renovations as new owner Pete Mitchell (Under the Volcano) gives it a good scrubbing, but it should be back open before too much longer. Maybe as soon as next month. Earlier this week, Rocks Off heard some equally good ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: An Hour With The Red Krayola Mastermind Mayo Thompson

    Chris Strong/ Drag City​ Last Friday, Rocks Off had the distinct pleasure of talking to Mayo Thompson, the man behind psychedelic (or not) art-rockers The Red Krayola, whose career spans the early days of Houston label International Artists, the art worlds of New York and Europe in the '70s, a sti ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Fast As You: Rocks Off's Playlist for Sunday's Houston Marathon

    anythingaboutcars.comThe 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. Please keep your drooling to a minimum.​ The drinking stops tonight. Rocks Off is joining 30,000 other crazy, hardy souls to run the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon this Sunday. (We're running the half - it's only our second race ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    The Man Comes Around: Top Ten Big-Deal Musical Deaths of the Decade

    ​This past decade saw the passing of an innumerable amount of musical icons and pioneering giants. Not only did we lose the second coolest Beatle, but we lost two of the best dancers and performers the world will ever see. Punk rock and metal saw some of their best and brightest lights get snuffed ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Please, Kenny Rogers, Just Sing and Spare Us the Pictures of Your Kids

    Photos by Eric Sauseda/ Click here for a slideshow​ Kenny Rogers is now 71 years old. And, as of a few years ago anyway, his boys can still swim. Aftermath knows this because we were treated to a slideshow of Rogers' twin five-year-old sons - even some shots from the delivery room - as he sang the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Million-Dollar Mud

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL Aftermath, Part 2: Now That That "Dillo Dirt" Unpleasantness Is Out of the Way, How About Some Music?

    Mark C. AustinSeems like we recognize this guy from somewhere...​ More and more, Aftermath uses ACL more than SXSW to see which recent buzz bands are worth their salt, and of course to check on how some old favorites are doing. This year, tops on our new-to-us list were Blitzen Trapper, who manage ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Aftermath: Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at Rudyard's

    Photos by Chris Gray​ Th' Legendary Shack Shakers are a sort of Blue Ridge Parkway answer to Los Skarnales, mining Anglo-American roots music and all things Memphis - Sun Records, Beale Street and the Oblivians - to create a turbo-charged, gypsy-flavored, punk-speed rockabilly dynamo with a metric ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Eyeballin': John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto '69

    It's a story well-told in Beatles lore. Reeling from the Fab Four's unraveling, a bored John Lennon accepted an invitation to perform at the Toronto Rock 'n Roll Revival show in September 1969. He quickly formed an ad hoc group of friends (wife Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    New York Dolls, Green Day Headed for Houston

    Good news if you're into punk rock, whether you think it was invented by Iggy Pop or Kurt Cobain. Platform-heeled glamour boys the New York Dolls, a direct and deep influence on everyone from the Ramones to Motley Crue - and, lest we forget, former NYD fan-club president Morrissey - are co ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    The Lemur News You've Been Waiting For -- A Rare One Is Born In Houston

    It turns out that the Houston Zoo is getting national attention for something besides elephant herpes -- they are the home to a newly delivered rare baby lemur.Lemurs aren't exactly the most glamorous species -- they're right up there with sloths in the public mind -- but rare is rare. And it's from ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Blues/Soul/R&B In Memoriam 2008

    Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    November 20, 2008

    “Day of the Dead Rock Stars”

    See Bob Marley, Bo Diddley and others given the DOD treatment by artist Carlos Hernandez

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    September 25, 2008

    "The Sounds I See: Photographs of Musicians"

    This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors

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    August 7, 2008

    Hamilton Loomis

    Don’t miss the chance to see a premiere blues guitarist in a small setting

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    July 17, 2008
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    June 2, 2008

    Bo Diddley, RIP

    Of all the 1950s pioneers of rock and roll – Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry – Bo Diddley, who passed away today at 79, has always been my favorite. He was so much more than his trademark rectangular guitar and clave beat.

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    October 4, 2007
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    August 29, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Bo Knows Hospitals

    Bo Diddley had a heart attack this past weekend, adding to his already long list of recent ailments. He’s in an intensive care unit at the moment, after having a stent installed in his heart. The 78-year-old rock icon, who destroyed audiences with his trademark rectangular guitar, suffered a strok ... More >>

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    February 10, 2005

    Rock Radio (and Rock Romano) Redux

    Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?

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    February 6, 2003

    Hudson Hawked

    Kate gets the hard sell in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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    June 6, 2002

    Hamilton Loomis

    Hamilton Loomis Live: Highlights (Ham-Bone Music)

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    December 13, 2001

    Roy Head

    Head On! (Music Club)

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    November 23, 2000

    Guy Forsyth

    Steak (Texas Music)

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    June 24, 1999

    HammingIt Up

    Local blues guitarist Hamilton reaches musical puberty

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    October 23, 1997
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    May 15, 1997

    Nails in the Coffin

    Five decades of Chess Records lead to a blues stalemate

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    January 16, 1997

    Aw, Twern't Nuthin'

    That's what Mike Henderson says, but his fans disagree

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    August 1, 1996
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    February 1, 1996
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    September 29, 1994
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    December 2, 1993

    New Blues

    Alternative rock robs pop's cradle

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