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Carole King

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rachael Yamagata, The Weeks, DFA 1979, etc.

    Rachael Yamagata Fitzgerald's, November 3 Rachael Yamagata's thoughtful, well-bred take on adult pop clearly marks her as one of Carole King's spiritual godchildren. Since her debut LP Happenstance appeared a decade ago, the 37-year-old Arlington, Va. native has landed her songs on scores of prime- ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample's Album Credits: 1964-75

    Anyone who follows jazz or has much sense of Houston's music history knows that Joseph Leslie Sample, who passed away Friday night after a losing battle with lung cancer, is a giant. But Sample was not simply a virtuoso pianist, a prolific composer and one of the inventors of jazz-funk via the Crusa ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Uncle Kracker, MxPx, James Taylor, etc.

    Uncle Kracker Firehouse Saloon, June 13 For an artist who started his career as Kid Rock's DJ, Uncle Kracker has managed to find his country niche. That got going with the laid-back "Drift Away," the Dobie Gray tune Kracker turned into a throwback hit as a duet with the original artist back in 2003 ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Wolfmother, Band of Skulls, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, May 12 Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers strutting their stuff for one ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Baby Roo, Vegetarian Hip-Hop Veteran

    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 the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. DJ Baby Roo, who grew up mostly on Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    August 1, 2013

    Monkees' Return Has Some Houston Fans Going Ape

    Houston gets its first shot of Monkee-mania in at least a generation tonight, when surviving members Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith visit the Arena Theatre. Judging by informal talk among friends, around the office and the social-media water-cooler, it's no exaggeration to say this mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Sugar, We're Going Down: Songs For the Candy Crush Craze

    Two weeks ago, I was a normal, well-adjusted American man. Now, I'm a fiend in need of repeated fixes. I'm a junkie who can't get enough of that sweet stuff. I'm addicted to Candy Crush Saga. Let's say your mail's addressed to the rock you live under. In that case, you may never have heard of C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Tobin Harvell, Fitzgerald's Unflappable Floor Manager

    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. If you spend any time at Fitzgerald's, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Wins a Grammy

    It took the Texas Historical Society long enough to appropriately recognize Houston bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, but not as long as the Grammys. As part of the run-up to Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards, its governing body the Recording Academy announced that Hopkins, who died in 1982, will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    10 Surprising Things About This Year's Grammy Nominations

    This year music has been dominated by viral pop like "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style," songs that initially became "hits" from outside the music business' traditional delivery system, usually YouTube. Thursday, the Grammys recognized that by nominating "Maybe," by 17-year-old Justin Bieber proteg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Who On Earth Is Searching for "Hipster John Denver"?

    Here at Houston Press HQ, Rocks Off has a program where we can see every search someone types into that window with the magnifying glass in the top right-hand corner of our home page and any of the four Houston Press blogs. That's right, we're watching you. Be careful. It's fascinating, the things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Rock Me... Gently: How the Singer-Songwriters of the Mellow '70s Ruled

    Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter By Dave Thompson www.backbeatbooks.com, 336 pp., $27.99 Whether you love their deep introspective, often angst-filled lyrics and laid-back strumming or despise them as weak-ass, spoiled, gr ... 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 21, 2012

    Who Should Induct Axl Rose And Guns N' Roses Into The Rock Hall?

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is coming up quick on April 14, and the presenters for the event have been announced, except for one artist. Just who will speak about and induct Guns N' Roses? Who is even qualified? Rapper Chuck D will induct the Beastie Boys, while funnyman Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Top 10 Carole King Songs Written for Other Artists

    Carole King is a woman who has played a major part in creating numerous classic hit songs. She has helped to shape popular music since she and then-husband Gerry Goffin (they divorced in 1968) wrote "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1961. Her songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Smokey Ro ... More >>

  • Music

    July 21, 2011
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Idol Beat: Last Call For Beardo

    Buck up pal, maybe My Morning Jacket needs a backup bassist.​This just in: the American Idol finals will be sans facial hair. Jesus, *two* "Walk this Way" signs? I'd sacrifice David Archuleta to the god of skinny punks just to see a "Steven, Show Me Your Big 10"" placard. Just once. You knew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Idol Beat: Fail To The King, Baby

    Coming to a county fair near you...​I'm going to hate tonight. For unlike these other liars on Idol who - to a one - claimed to have grown up in a Motown household, I really did grow up on Carole King. I have great fondness for Tapestry, which was in regular rotation when I was a kid, and have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Don Kirshner, Late-Night Rock TV Mogul, Dies At 76

    Don Kirshner, the music-business impresario responsible for hits by the Monkees and the Archies, as well as introducing scores of pre-MTV American youth to rock via his late-night network program Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, died Monday. Kirshner, a songwriter, producer and publisher, was 76 and ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010
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    October 28, 2010

    Taylor Swift's Ten Best Disses On Speak Now

    ​Taylor Swift has just released her third, and angriest, album, Speak Now. It's an alternately aggressive and poppy turn for the country girl, who is quickly shedding any previous genre trappings and very much becoming one of the pop industry's biggest stars. She combines female conviction wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    When Rock Stars And Movie Stars Reproduce: Five Offspring Bands

    ​No, these aren't Offspring cover bands, which would be gross, since Offspring sucks pretty badly on their own. They aren't as cool as we thought they were in 1994. No, let's talk about what happens when famous folks let their children loose to be rock stars. Some fall while others find fame i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Winter Wallace's Gorgeous New Album Was No Holiday

    myspace.com/winterwallace​Rocks Off has known Houston singer-songwriter Winter Wallace since at least 2000. We know plenty about her, and she knows plenty of embarrassing things about us. We know that she is scared of the Loch Ness Monster, which isn't so weird. What's worse is that she knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Last Night: Lady Gaga At Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torrea​Lady Gaga Toyota Center July 25, 2010 For Lady Gaga's show last night at Toyota Center, the first of a two-night sold-out stand in Houston, she managed to meld blood, sacrilege, fire, pain, heavy metal, love, and the power of music into one mass of light and sound. Fr ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009

    Live with Me

    The best Houston concerts of 2009: U2, George Strait, Kid Cudi, Jandek, Peaches and even T-Pain.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Aftermath: Regina Spektor Wins a New Fan at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jody Perry​"This bed is on fire with passionate love..." Aftermath has always loved James' "Laid." It's one of our absolute favorite '90s songs, and there couldn't be a better one to preface Regina Spektor's impending appearance at Verizon. The crowd is young, mixed (but mostly white), w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Saturday: Skyler Stonestreet at Spring Tavern

    Skyler Stonestreet is so cute. She started her singing career at a young age singing along to the Olsen twins. This multi-talented young woman who writes her own lyrics and plays everything from the piano to the drums; she's so damn loveable we're still trying to get the taste of unicorns and rainbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Another Rock Mag Bites The Dust: Performing Songwriter Says Goodbye

    Print publications focusing on music continue to fall like pine trees in a hurricane. The latest to close its doors is 16-year-old Performing Songwriter. Editor/publisher Lydia Hutchison announced Wednesday that the June issue would be the last. The magazine joins No Depression, Blender and Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007
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    May 8, 2007
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    May 25, 2006

    Dixie Chicks

    Taking the Long Way

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls

    Critics might damn Fantasia's music with faint praise, but we say she's keeping up a sacred pop tradition

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    She's Gone (Away from) Country

    But Tift Merritt's latest release, Tambourine, is up for Best Country Album

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Donny Hathaway

    These Songs For You, Live! (Rhino)

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    H-Town Get Down

    Crosby, Texas, hosts some of zydeco's finest

  • Music

    January 7, 1999
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    June 11, 1998
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    December 25, 1997

    Last Man Standing

    Kim Wilson is the sole T-Bird on the band's best release in years. But is anyone listening?

  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Spunk Rock

    The Muffs' Kim Shattuck can't understand why everyone else doesn't write like her

  • Film

    September 12, 1996
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    March 3, 1994

    Celting Point

    Plus: Less Donna McK., archiving Texas folk music, and Iggy's eats Jelly

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