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Brian Wilson (Musician)

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    February 27, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jason Smith, Alkari's Space City Rocker

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? This Friday is a good day ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck at Bayou Music Center, 10/1/2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Bayou Music Center October 1, 2013 God only knows the kind of byzantine William Morris-type negotiations that led to Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson hitting America's large-theater circuit this fall. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting. Sure, Beck supposedly loves those ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    For Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Life's a (Busy) Beach

    He may be 71 years old, but Head Beach Boy Brian Wilson might be busier today than at any point in his career. Having already completed the band's 50th anniversary reunion tour and new studio record last year, he's now on the road with two of the Boys (Al Jardine and David Marks) and guitar virtuoso ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Mudhoney, Delorean, Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck, etc.

    Mudhoney Fitzgerald's, September 30 Mudhoney didn't invent grunge, or maybe they did, but either way, Mark Arm's crew has been making some of the gnarliest noise Seattle has to offer for a solid 25 years. Landmark debut single "Touch Me, I'm Sick" and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP introduced rock to new ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck On Tour: Where Cars Meet Guitars

    On paper, it seems like at odd pairing for a joint tour: Brian Wilson, Head Beach Boy and pop-music chronicler of sunny California life, with Jeff Beck, fiery and restless hard-rock English guitarist whose work helped lay the groundwork for heavy metal. Not to mention inspire Nigel Tufnel's haircut ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Transcribing Is a Bitch: The Collected Craig Hlavaty Interviews

    My last official day at the Houston Press is tomorrow, so these past two weeks I have been sifting through my body of work here at Rocks Off, almost seven years of words. I've been gleefully overdosing on nostalgia here at my desk, and I have (almost) no regrets. I'll have some more words on my depa ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    15 Notable Houston Concerts of 2012

    As we look back over 2012 this week, it is now time to revisit some of this year's memorable shows. It wasn't easy narrowing the list down to 15. Concerts are in chronological order. CHRIS GRAY DAY, The Continental Club So much local talent and so much love. Uh, if I'm maybe a little too biased on ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    The 10 Best Houston Concerts of the Summer

    How awesome was that cool front that blew through this past Saturday? Finally, your average Houston afternoon has gone from being a blast furnace to mildly toasty, while the mornings and evenings have become sublime. Hey, we'll take it. This must be what they call "fall," so it seemed like the perfe ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    The Beach Boys Coming to Nutty Jerry's In Winnie October 6

    If you missed the reunited and augmented Beach Boys a few weeks back in the Woodlands, you will have a second chance to see the band on October 6 out at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie. Yes, it's a long drive, but this tour is worth seeing. As Rocks Off confirmed from Nutty Jerry's PR, this will in fact b ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Comin' Up: Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney

    By now you all know that today is Sir Paul McCartney's 70th birthday. Over on chron.com, there is a wire story on the milestone with a curious headline: "Say It Ain't So: Mop Top Paul McCartney Turns 70." Now does this mean that it's a shame he made it seven decades of service, or does it suck that ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Friday Night: The Beach Boys at The Woodlands

    The Beach Boys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 8, 2012 The Beach Boys taught a generation of American kids how to be teenagers. With songs about the perils of love, the magic of cars, school ties, faceless authority, and depression and isolation, they wrote the book on high-octane hormonal roc ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    When The Beach Boys Went To The Movies

    The Beach Boys have embarked on a 50th-anniversary reunion tour this year, kicking off the media blitz with a Grammy performance featuring everybody from Maroon 5 to Foster the People. As one of the pioneering rock bands of their era, the Beach Boys made a return to the spotlight that was met with ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    New Beach Boys Book Digs Deep Under The Sand

    The Beach Boys FAQ: All That's Left to Know About America's Band By Jon Stebbins Backbeat Books, 400 pp., $19.99. Backbeat's FAQ series of books are the perfect addendum for those who are already familiar with a band's basic origin and career. Part biography, part compendium of trivia and odd fact ... More >>

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    April 24, 2012

    Hipster Lessons: 5 Ways To Make Indie Bands Less Annoying

    My girlfriend got a new car recently and it has satellite radio. The result has been a lot of channel-surfing and among the more regular selections is Alt Nation. Though there are certainly some God awful songs that get played on there, on the whole, it isn't bad and has even led me to some interes ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    The '90s Dream Is Alive In The Woodlands This Summer

    Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and Cracker are heading to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 20. The "Last Summer on Earth" will take the crew on over 30 stops through the United States, celebrating the last summer on Earth with some of the best bands who pu ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Pete Townshend's Operatic Highs... And Lows

    Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia By Richie Unterberger Jawbone Press, 300 pp., $19.95 Following the release of The Who's ambitious rock opera, Tommy, Pete Townshend was faced with the inevitable question of any band cresting on a massive success: What's next? As ambiti ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Beach Boys Reunion Tour Hits Woodlands June 8

    Dave Matthews Band opens new tour at Pavilion May 18 The Beach Boys, one of the most popular and celebrated bands to come out of America in the past century, announced a reunion tour this week, with Houston getting a set from Brian Wilson and the gang Friday, June 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pa ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    The Beats Go On As Grammys Take Care Of Their Own

    Hands up, everyone who is surprised.​The Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night could have easily turned into a wake - or worse, a funeral. After Whitney Houston's death Saturday, the mood was appropriately somber until a dance party broke out, or perhaps a coming-out party for dance music. Foreve ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Beach Boys Reunite for New Album, Ensure Armageddon.

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! White House Photo OfficeThe Beach Boys with Ronald and Nancy Reagan̴ ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Classic Christmas: A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Christmas music comes in all shapes and sizes. From jazz and blues to hip hop and heavy metal, everybody thinks they have an interesting take on holiday classics, but ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Music's Top 5 Dubious "Dr. Feelgoods"

    ibtimes.com​To say that Dr. Conrad Murray had a bad day in court yesterday is probably something of an understatement. In addition to veiwing graphic pictures of Michael Jackson's autopsy, jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the King of Pop's former physician heard damaging testimo ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Happy Birthday Don Was: His Five Best Production Jobs

    Vicky Sapp​Nerds like us - you have to be a music nerd if you're reading a blog on Don Was - have favorite producers, like some sports guys have favorite coaches. Sometimes we listen to an album just because someone we like produced it, or it somehow gives it us extra cred even if we may not l ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Happy Birthday Leon Theremin: His Invention's Greatest Hits

    You wish.​Today marks the 115th birthday of Russian inventor Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, one of the eeriest and ookiest instruments created in this past century. Mr. Theremin celebrated quietly with family and friends in his native Russia. Just kidding, he died in 1993. The ther ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    The 10 Most Horrible Music-Biz Bosses

    ​The movie Horrible Bosses comes out today, and while the heinous supervisors in question all work in areas unrelated to entertainment, this shouldn't be taken to mean the music industry is free of bad managers and executives. Rocks Off knows if anything, the music biz has had more than its fa ... More >>

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    June 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday Brian Wilson: His Modern Indie-Rock Offspring

    Brian Wilson in watery repose​Today, ace pop-music architect and Beach Boys talisman Brian Wilson turns 69. In his nearly 50-year (!) wake of music he has helped give rise to generations of shameless copycats and other reverent rockers who find inspiration in his musical style. Obviously, th ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    Pet Sounds: Still Blowing Minds 45 Years Later

    ​Today is the 45th anniversary of the Beach Boys releasing the sonic and social landmark Pet Sounds The album influenced not only generations of bedroom producers and sad-eyed romantics, but also pushed the Beatles to create their own headphone masterpiece in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club B ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    20 Musician Biopics Currently In Development Hell

    Happy birthday, Janis.​News came down last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will be stepping into the rhinestones and glitter as Queen icon Freddie Mercury. It's been a long time coming for Cohen, the Borat and Bruno star who is slowly becoming his generation's Peter Sellers and has been rumored to ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Our Annual Hour In Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    ​The day before Thanksgiving, Sunny 99.1, "Houston's Official At-Work Station" did its yearly change-over to all holiday music. It's now a Houston tradition to turn over the dial at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve to snort your first line of Burl Ives or Brenda Lee of the season, before you have ev ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    What If The Beatles Broke Up After Revolver?

    ​Thursday is the 44th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' pivotal Revolver, an album that continued their growth away from their boy-band roots and into something stranger, better and far more complex. 1965's Rubber Soul had started the transformation with its multiple psychedelic influ ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    5 Songs That Are No Day At The Beach

    This past weekend, Craig's Hlist spent a good solid two days at the beach playing in the surf down off Mustang Island just south of Corpus Christi. It was one of those mental-health weekends that if we hadn't have taken, we would have ended up throwing beer bottles against the wall at an old folks' ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Summertime Blues: Songs As Sad As The Season

    "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to the place where he arose..." ​So reads the prologue to Ernest Hemingway's 1926 treatise on the horrors of existential dread. In the book, Jake Barnes and a band of entirely unlikeable expat misfits flit around the globe, from Paris to P ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    At 4:20 On 4/20, Music's Biggest Burnouts

    ​ You should all know what today is. Today is the day pot-smoking amateurs giggle to one another about how high they're going to be all day, while the real potheads simply wait with stoic stoner patience for the magic hour to roll around. Yeah, you'll know the real burnouts when you see them. Not ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Buyer Beware: Bands With Different Lead Singers Are Almost Never Up to the Original Standards

    A few Saturdays ago, Rocks Off was in the grocery store a few blocks from our house, slumming around Oak Forest wearing sandals and an old Misfits T-shirt when a group of junior-high punk rockers approached and applauded us for our good taste. We got to talking about the band, and they remarked tha ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Slide Show and Bonus MP3: Albums Influenced by the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

    Sgt. Pepper's was only the beginning... To celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Beach Boys' sonically revolutionary album Pet Sounds - released May 16, 1966 - Rocks Off is featuring a cavalcade of albums which have, according to critics, fans, friends of the artist or even the artists themselves, b ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    September 18, 2008
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    June 14, 2007

    Lost Albums

    CDs that deserve another listen

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    October 21, 2004

    Half Smile

    Brian Wilson's long-delayed magnum opus fails to topple Pet Sounds from its pedestal

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    November 13, 2003

    Cody ChesnuTT

    Wednesday, November 19

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    June 28, 2001

    The Beach Boys

    Hawthorne, CA: Birthplace of a Musical Legacy (Capitol)

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    July 20, 2000

    Shored Up

    Brian Wilson returns from hell to inhabit a self he hasn't seen since the '60s

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    April 15, 1999

    Beach Gents

    Good ole vibrations from the Beach Boys this summer

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    November 26, 1998
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    July 23, 1998

    Reconstructing Brian

    The troubled creative light behind the Beach Boys salvages himself and -- to an extent -- his music

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    July 9, 1998
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    November 13, 1997
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    February 20, 1997

    Odd Man Out

    Van Dyke Parks, the invisible legend of L.A. music, finally goes live

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    June 27, 1996
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