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Bob Ruggiero

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    July 30, 2014

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland: I had arrived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Though i ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    The 5 Best Onstage Band Pranks

    You might think that it's a little bit early for April Fool's, but pranks go on between musicians and bands year-round. Given that musicians are an immature, jocular sort, tied inherently to an adolescent dream of being a rock star, it should be no surprise that they get into all kinds of crazy insi ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    October 13, 2011

    Last Night: Joe Walsh at the Verizon Wireless Theatre

    Photo By Bob Ruggiero​Like an eccentric, loopy uncle freed from the shackles of his now-stifling longtime marriage (in this case, the recent Eagles), it was a jaunty and loose Joe Walsh who charmed the Houston crowd with his off-kilter stories, jokes, and musical travelogue of more than four d ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Last Night: The Doobie Brothers At House Of Blues

    Photos by Bob Ruggiero​They are one of the classic American rock bands of the '70s and '80s, boast nearly a double CD's worth of hits from three distinct eras, always play with incredible musicianship, and still feature original singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons. So why was A ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Friday Night: Rick Springfield & Spin Doctors At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Bob Ruggiero​Rick Springfield, Spin Doctors Arena Theatre May 27, 2011 Looking around at the Arena Theatre audience Friday - heavily populated by forty- and fiftysomething women on a little Girls Night Out - it would be easy to dismiss them as estrogen bombs just waiting to detonat ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Five Essential Boogie-Rock Albums

    ​Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Last Call For Art: Circuses And Murderous Old Ladies

     Who knew Houston was such a big circus town? Along with a couple of plays closing this weekend, a trio of circuses are folding their tents (so to speak). If you can only see one show this weekend, make it Rêver by Sol y Luna Dance Company. Speaking with us, Soly y Luna's Artistic Direc ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    H-Town Hangman Addendum: Blaggards Prize Still Unclaimed

    Well, despite being so easy Bob Ruggiero a caveman could do it, it appears as if the world premiere of H-Town Hangman still couldn't manage to deliver on the prize front. Or, rather, the first Hangman winner didn't stick around long enough to claim his(?) spoils. Rocks Off is a good sport, though, a ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 9

    [Note: This is the final installment of Aftermath's survey of memorable 2008 concerts - the ones he attended and reviewed (mostly, but not always, by him) anyway; kudos to Valient Thorr, Ice Cube, Dr. Dog, Son Volt, Journey/Heart, Wilderness, the HPMA showcase and many other ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 2

    Gram Rabbit, Super Happy Fun Land, January 31: "Gram Rabbit is the face of 21st century glam; denser than Scissor Sisters and more fun than Ladytron. If everyone who heard Roxy Music got these sorts of ideas, the world would be a vastly better place." (Chris Henderson) Over the Rhine, McGonigel' ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    Merry Christmas from the Rocks Off Family

    ...and so say all of us! - Chris Gray, Craig Hlavaty, Dusti Rhodes, Keith Plocek, William Michael Smith, Bob Ruggiero, John Nova Lomax, Ernest Barteldes, Brandon K. Hernsberger, Jef With One F, Michael Arceneaux, Linda Leseman, kris ex, Kathy F. Mahdoubi, Rosa Guerrero, Nick DiFonzo, Jason Ferguson ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Eyeballin': A Technicolor Dream

    This documentary, originally broadcast on BBC television, traces the coalition of the "underground" movement in swinging '60s London. Beginning with a groundbreaking 1965 gathering/reading of the Beat poets at the Royal Albert Hall and following with the opening of the Indica bookstore and gallery, ... More >>

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    July 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Art of Can, Afterburner Party, Rich’s and Astros

    Welcome to our brand-new news blog. Don’t worry, the inimitable Miss Pop Rocks isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and we’ll still keep posting plenty of Over the Weekend action. On that note… Red Bull Art of Can at the Galleria Taurine freaks created works of art far removed from those ... More >>

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    July 13, 2008

    Slideshow: Red Bull Art of Can at the Galleria

    Instead of blogging, sprucing up their Facebook pages or attempting to reach a higher level on Grand Theft Auto IV, some dedicated Red Bull quaffers put all of those empties to better use. They created works of art far removed from those wooden guys with the Budweiser can torsos of the ‘70s. On di ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008

    Get Lit: Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life, by Shirley Halperin & Steve Bloom

    In the beginning, God populated the planet with lush foliage. Then he gave us the sweet leaf and it was good…real good. And thus the weed of wonder begat Louis Armstrong…who begat Cheech and Chong…who begat Jeff Spicoli…who begat Snoop Dogg…and, well, uh, man, who’s got the Twinkies? In ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008
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    February 12, 2008

    Grateful Coogs

    The Grateful Dead’s seemingly bottomless music vault will ensure live releases long after the band actually resembles their skeletal doppelgangers in the “Touch of Grey” video. But their most recent issue has an H-town connection sure to spur memories of packed seats (and packed bowls) all acr ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007

    Rotation: The Derailers, Under the Influence of Buck

    The Derailers Under the Influence of Buck Austin’s Derailers have never kept their love for the late Buck Owens a secret; in fact, the man himself dug their “Beatles-meets-Bakersfield” sound so much he asked them to be house band at his 70th birthday party. Thus the idea of a tribute record m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 15, 2005

    Surls's World

    A seminal local arts icon and teacher shows his work at Blaffer Gallery

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    May 5, 2005

    Orient Express

    Buffalo Bayou goes Beijing at the Houston Dragon Boat Festival

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    February 10, 2005

    Farb-ulous Parties

    Houston's queen of high society shares her philanthropic secrets

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    December 30, 2004

    Flat Fee

    Employee relations get sticky in Promises, Promises

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    November 25, 2004

    "Temporary" Insanity

    Artists invade the Orange Show's hallowed grounds

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    October 7, 2004

    Getting Kinky

    The Friedman-of-all-trades whips out a new book

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    July 15, 2004

    Good Fellows

    A snake and a lady in a bikini take up residence at Space 125 Gallery

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    July 1, 2004
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    June 24, 2004

    What Was That?

    Horton hears a Who in Seussical

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    June 17, 2004

    Sexy Seventy-Something

    A documentary looks under the skirt of Wendy Chicago

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    April 1, 2004

    Flickering into the Future

    A new exhibition redefines "art house"

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    March 18, 2004
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    March 11, 2004

    Grammy Shammy

    Sugar Bayou's bad review spotlights a shady Houston trend

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    March 11, 2004

    Teenage Wasteland

    Two artists ask how boys become men in a videocracy

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    October 30, 2003

    Dead Can Dance

    And so can you on Día de los Muertos at Mango's Cantina

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    September 11, 2003

    A Grizzly Show

    Bear travels from TV to stage teaching the cha-cha

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    August 21, 2003

    Serious Cinema

    Set in 1948, Kedma explores a present-day problem

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    August 7, 2003

    Racket

    Great moments at the Press's Music Awards Showcase

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    July 17, 2003

    The Breeders

    Pooches swarm Reliant Center

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    June 19, 2003

    Sleepy Muggles

    The Blue Willow Bookshop hosts a Harry Potter read-a-thon

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    April 3, 2003
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    July 1, 1999
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    January 7, 1999
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    January 7, 1999
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    December 24, 1998
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    December 10, 1998
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    December 10, 1998
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    August 13, 1998
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    April 23, 1998
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    January 8, 1998
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