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Carlos Santana

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    October 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographers: Marco Torres

    Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at The Woodlands, 10/10/2014

    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 10, 2014 Ever wonder what Todd Rundgren would sound like playing guitar for Santana? Or Gregg Rolie offering Hammond B-3 organ flourishes for Toto? Or Ringo Starr pounding drums for...Mr. Mister? Probably not. But in the musi ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Santana at Bayou Music Center, 10/1/2014

    ¡Con el corazon, se hace todos los milagros! (With heart, one can make miracles) -- Carlos Santana Carlos Santana "Corazón" tour Bayou Music Center October 1, 2014 As I was watching the documentary B.B. King: The Life of Riley last week, I saw a familiar face on screen. It was rock legend and gu ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Santana, Paul Collins, Kacey Musgraves, etc.

    Santana Bayou Music Center, October 1 Carlos Santana has been a treasure of American music for more than 40 years and as many albums. Combining blues and rock with Latin-American rhythms, the fiery soul of his guitar enthralls listeners to open both heart and mind to his thrilling sonic experience. ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Café Tacvba at Arena Theatre, 9/8/2013

    Café Tacvba Arena Theatre September 8, 2013 My friend Chapy, percussionist for Los Skarnales and the Suffers, is a hardcore Café Tacvba fan. This past weekend was his 25th birthday, and he celebrated by attending both the Austin and Houston shows of the band's current U.S. tour. If anyone knows g ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Sofar Houston Feat. The Suffers, 8/23/2013

    Sofar Houston (Songs From A Room) The Suffers, The Caldwell, Arthur Yoria Secret Location August 23, 2013 The premise is intriguing and creative: hold an exclusive, invitation only concert in a non-traditional venue (like a living room), without charging a cover at the door, specify BYOB, and acce ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

    Chris Gray's write-up of the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks" show at the Arena Theatre a couple of weeks ago got me thinking. These days, the swing maestro seems to be comfortably settled into his own little niche in the music industry, playing swingin' Christmas carols to grown folks. Bu ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    The Texas 30: Texas' 6 Best Latin Albums of the Past 30 Years

    As I was reviewing the list of The Texas 30, in the back of my mind I kept thinking one thing... "Where my brown people at?!" Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album covers Listen To Our Texas 30 Picks On Rdio and Spotify Right Now Sure, Queen Selena rightfully made t ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Shape Shifter: A Conversation With Icon of Style Carlos Santana

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually between September 15t and October 15 as a celebration of the positive cultural impact Hispanic and Latino Americans contribute to this country. This year, guitarist Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana was honored by Macy's as the Hispanic ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Macy's, Houston Celebrate Carlos Santana's Style

    Twenty years ago, while digging through my father's music collection, I found an album that I still regard as one of my all-time favorites. The crying guitar notes and inspired Latin rhythms I heard that afternoon were a vast departure from the corridos and cumbias I was almost exclusively listening ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Jay-Z, Obama & G.O.O.D. Music Close Out Day 1

    Rewind: #MadeInAmerica: The Heat, Crowds & Fireworks of Day 1 The setting was grand: One of the most iconic set of stairs in the world, in one of the most historical cities in the country, showcasing one of the most successful people in the entertainment business. The very same steps that Rocky Bal ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Pulling A Cee-Lo: 11 More Contemporary Artists Who Need Their Own Vegas Residency

    ​Cee-Lo Green raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago when he announced that he was settling down -- in Las Vegas. The Grammy-winning "Fuck You" singer says that his new semi-permanent show, "Loberace," will launch Aug. 29 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Vegas Strip and run at least throu ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Last Night: Los Lobos At Dosey Doe

    It all seemed very dream-like: a band from East Los Angeles, playing rock and roll classics and Mexican corridos, inside of a 150-year-old barn in The Woodlands, all while I ate my dinner. Yet I wasn't dreaming, I was just at the Dosey Doe (25911 I-45 North). The intimate dining and music hall made ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Five on Five: Fender vs. Gibson, Who Had the Better Players?

    ​For guitar players, it's an age old question: are you a Fender guy or a Gibson guy? Over the years since both companies became popular in rock music, many other guitar manufacturers have made inroads, but none have been able to surpass the power and tradition of these two giants in the guitar ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Singing "Souleros" - A Conversation with Santana Band Frontman Andy Vargas

    Photos by Marco Torres​Andy Vargas wears many hats. He is one of two lead singers for the The Carlos Santana Band. He is the son who followed in his father's footsteps by choosing music as a career. He is a dedicated dad to his 16-year-old son. He is part of an effort to replace music equipmen ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Y'all Musta Forgot: Le$'s Luminescent Settle 4 Le$ Vol. 2

    "I gotta stay paid 'cause I like fly shit." -- Le$, "Gangsta" There was this time where, on Twitter, Le$ remarked that someone -- a street tough, presumably- had told him that his shoes were ugly. He Instagramed the right one. It was an Ice Cream sneaker, an explosion of colors and ideas from prod ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    14 Notable Female Rock Drummers

    girlscantwhat.com​Last week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, we will focus on the live-performing, touring drummers over time, rather tha ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Top 20 Throwback TV Theme Songs Part 1

    ​We grew up on television. Whether it was Saturday morning cartoons, afternoon re-runs, Sunday Disney and Wild Kingdom or Thursday night "must see" TV, we saw it. We noticed that on November 2, 1985, the Miami Vice soundtrack went to number one on the Billboard charts where it would stay for ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Saturday Night: Santana & Spearhead At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marco Torres​Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 10, 2011 Timeless. Classic. Legend. OG - all classifications that tend to be distributed loosely in the music industry these days. Yet for Carlos Santana, the skinny Mexican kid who played at ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    Saturday Night: Maná At Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​Maná Toyota Center July 2, 2011 It takes a special combination of hype and talent to sell out a concert, let alone two in a row. In recent memory, only two other artists have been booked to perform on consecutive nights at Toyota Center: Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Me ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    May 12, 2011
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    April 12, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: The Ones Who Got Away (So Far)

    UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Promotional video by Monica Fuentes added after the jump. Jay LeeLittle Joe Washington at the Continental Club's 10th anniversary, July 2010​Slowly but surely, Rocks Off has been getting ready for our "Shot In the Dark" photo exhibition at Warehouse Live's Studio next Thur ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Everlasting House

    House of Pain reignites Celtic pride that once had nation jumping around.

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    September 24, 2010

    FAIL: Carlos Santana, Anniversary Songs, Skynyrd Covers

    ​That's Enough, Carlos Santana: Carlos Santana has to be one of the most overrated rock artists of all time. Never once has his noodly, choogly brand of boring stoner-rock managed to ignite even the tiniest spark of interest for Fails. Yeah, the guy's got some serious guitar chops. But as any ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Punk en Español

    The heavily Hispanic roots — and present — of Houston's punk scene

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    December 25, 2008
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    November 14, 2008

    Aftermath: Latin Grammys at Toyota Center, Pt. 1

    Carlos Santana backstage at the Latin Grammys/ Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez Is music really the universal language? There was no better place to test that ragged old saw than at Thursday’s Latin Grammys at Toyota Center. As one of the few (if not the only) non-Spanish-speakers in the building, ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Aftermath: Latin Grammys at Toyota Center, Pt. 2

    Gloria Estefan meets the media/ Photo by Olivia Flores Alvarez The woman of the hour Thursday night was unquestionably 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Gloria Estefan, whose “Mi Tierra” was big, brassy, jazzy, horn-heavy and as Cuban as a fine Cohiba cigar. So was “Oye Mi Ca ... More >>

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    November 9, 2007

    Friday Shreds

    From the same surreal corner of the rock and roll psyche that gave us “Hoogie Boogie Land” comes this, the “…Shreds” series, in which rockin’ solos from the world’s rockin’-est guitar heroes are made still more, um, rockin’, through creative overdubbing. That, and the awesome po ... More >>

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    May 1, 2007

    Rotation: Out Today

    Two women with very different styles release CDs today. African singer Angelique Kidjo's Djin Djin features duets with Branford Marsalis, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Carlos Santana and Josh Groban. Kidjo, Santana and Groban perform "Pearls" together - not our favorite. But it's the only mis-step in t ... More >>

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    December 21, 2006

    Making Scents of the Stars

    A buyer's guide to celebrity fragrances

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    December 1, 2005

    Buddy Guy

    Saturday, December 3, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-225-8551.

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    September 22, 2005

    Allman Brothers Band

    Sunday, September 25, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-225-8551.

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    September 22, 2005

    Cre Cuts

    On the phone with the Mtley bunch

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    February 24, 2005

    Last Night at the Alamo

    A Grammy party at a local theater turns into quiz night down at the local pub

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    September 23, 2004

    A Thin Line...

    Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)

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    August 29, 2002

    The Power of Tri

    Mexico City's El Tri gives its all to the fans -- literally

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    January 24, 2002

    Money Mark

    Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton Records)

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    April 26, 2001

    Reservation Blues

    Indigenous's rock springs from the deepest roots in North America

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    September 7, 2000

    Pepper Shakers

    Los Hombres Calientes take jazz into booty-shaking territory

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    September 23, 1999

    Native Talent

    Indigenous Americans blow blues-rock smoke

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    July 30, 1998
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    December 25, 1997
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    April 17, 1997

    Broadcast Power

    What can a little radio play do? It can make you a star. Just ask Vallejo.

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    March 24, 1994
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