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Curtis Mayfield

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Optimo Ram, Online Radio Jefe

    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? "If it ain't local, it ai ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Wrestlers, John Legend, Rock Baby Rock It, etc.

    DJ Sun The Flat, July 21 On last year's One Hundred -- amazingly, his first-ever full-length release -- DJ Sun pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout. Its intricately ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, etc.

    High on Fire House of Blues, November 25 Wrenching Motorhead's classic speed-thrash into new dimensions of brutality and doom, High on Fire also packs its songs with nasty imagery like pestilence, plague, vermin and "Bastard Samurai" to go with the spectacular album art. Across five albums, the Oak ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Electric Attitude, Renegades of Funk

    Who? Sitting at The Harp on Richmond with Jordan Bell, Kwesi Sackey and Blake Shepard, founding members of funk/soul group Electric Attitude, it's easy to understand why Electric is so eclectic. Of the three, Shepard is the more straightforward, serious one. Sackey, on the other hand, gives off a mo ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Fall Out Boy, El Ten Eleven, Journey Agents, etc.

    Fall Out Boy Bayou Music Center, June 7 Fall Out Boy, the emo-pop band that took the airwaves by storm in the early '00s, is back and apparently ready to save rock and roll, according to the title of their new album. They've taken the past few years off to pursue other endeavors, but now that they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Last Night: Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Fitzgerald's

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen Fitzgerald's February 22, 2013 It took a good twenty minutes, but finally the lights went red (just like last time they were here) and Unknown Mortal Orchestra slithered to the stage. Frontman Ruban Nielson was ominous in a black leather skullcap and what I believe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Frank Zweback, Funkmaster General

    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. Who? Frank Zweback has a lot of Houston Pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    The Journey Agents: Flamboyance, Chops & Soul At Summer Fest

    The Journey Agents can be described in one word: Funky. When we say funky, we mean like early Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you listen to their 2011 release, All Up In It!, you will either want to dance or turn the bass up to the max level. Rocks Off caught up with St. Clair and Brandon Miles of the Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Mo' Better Tunes: The Ultimate Spike Lee Soundtrack

    ​When Spike Lee puts out a new film, I always make a point to check it out, even if I hated his last one. He's directed more hits than misses, and even his duds have been quality duds. The first Spike Lee joint that I saw as a kid was Malcolm X, which I definitely did not understand at all beyond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Saturday Night: Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald At Verizon

    Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald Verizon Wireless Theater October 1, 2011 Now, Classic Rock Bob doesn't want to come off as some sort of out-of-touch curmudgeon ("What do you mean you don't sell cassettes anymore? Hey! You kids get off my lawn!"), but one of the reasons to love classic rock is very si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Top 10 Hip-Hop Album Intro Tracks

    ​Before iTunes and Amazon gave us the luxury of picking and choosing which tracks we want off an album, we had to buy the entire CD or cassette tape to listen to everything we paid for. The intro tracks are usually what help us decide if the album is something we were going to love start to fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Your Weekly Heat Wave Music Blog: Hotter Than Hell Edition

    Ed. Note: Remember that "songs about Hell" blog we mentioned a couple of days ago? It's still hot, and here it is. maximumwage.wordpress.comThe Southwest Freeway and Loop 610, 4 p.m.​There's an old saying in Botswana: "Shitfire is it hot!" Wait, maybe that was Bandera. Anyway, whatever hemisp ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    The Top 10 Rock-Musician Film Scores

    ​David Fincher's Facebook creation tale The Social Network has been the No. 1 film in America the past two weekends, and no doubt it will continue that streak this weekend, barring an assault by Jackass 3-D which comes out today. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone is already hailing Network as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Last Night: The Black Keys At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​The Black Keys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 20, 2010 "Howlin' at midnight, winter creepin' in/ Feel like I've gone and lost my best friend" - Lucinda Williams, "Howlin' At Midnight" Did you see the moon Wednesday night? The "Super Harvest Moon" that, acco ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    The Top Five Bank-Robbery Scene Soundtracks

    ​It's been quite a summer for bank robberies in the Bayou City. It seems like more banks are being plundered than ever before by a rogue's gallery that includes the XXXL Bandit, the "Master of Disguise" and the Bicycle Brigands. Whether coincidence or felonious response to a dismal economy, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Ceviche is always best when served on a salt puck.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where there can never be enough varieties of the Newton. We're working on a Boston Cream Pie Newton that should be ready before the end of the year, assuming we can get our taste tes ... More >>

  • Film

    May 13, 2010

    Brown, Out

    Macho meets homo in the laudable but terrible La Mission.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Jeff Beck, Speaking Without Words

    Photos by Jason Wolter​ Aftermath supposes that, when it comes to music, poetry is where you find it. But unlike the evergreen Beatles vs. Stones debate, or the even more pronounced vinyl/CD/MP3 back-and-forth, the line between those who prefer their music with lyrics and those who can take it str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Listology: Lucas Gorham Of Grandfather Child's Favorite Voices

    Brittanie SheyGrandfather Child's Lucas Gorham at Walter's, opening for Black Joe Lewis last Friday​ Grandfather Child is ridiculous. Seriously, the band's lineup is like some sort of musical Fantastic Four, banding together to demolish all comers. They all have their own spin-off books too in for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 24, 2008
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    April 24, 2008

    David Beebe's Matagorda Island Discs

    (In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)

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    March 16, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Future Shock: the iTaser

    Listen to tunes while you tase

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    October 18, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Electroma

    Daft Punk duo make their big-screen debut

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Superbad Tracks

    If you were any of the people who contributed to the $31 million haul that Superbad took in this weekend, you were treated to one of the best funk and soul soundtracks since Jackie Brown. Funk comes from a place that is confident and smooth, unlike any of us in high school. Which makes this collecti ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    The Gospel According to Gnarls

    Cee-Lo breaks down the genius behind St. Elsewhere

  • Music

    December 28, 2006

    The Gourds

    The Gourds perform Saturday, December 30, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2006

    Oh, Henry

    OnlineAthens.com His stuff really is Overrated... Tired of reading tepid, flack-driven reviews of subpar records wherein everything is a-ok and hunky-dory? Are you sick of the chin-scratching pontifications of Pitchfork scribes, and the herd mentality of the Internet hipster generation? If you ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 29, 2006

    Shine It Up

    With its sluggish pace and fuzzy focus, Sparkle lacks luster

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Irie iFest

    Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival

  • Music

    April 6, 2006

    Scarface

    My Homies Part 2

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Bun B

    Trill

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    The Derek Trucks Band

    Friday, April 22, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.

  • Music

    October 28, 2004

    Rockin' in the Free World

    Soundtracks for your Election Night shindigs

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Van Hunt

    Van Hunt (Capitol)

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    March 25, 2004

    The Gift of Gab

    Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (Quannum)

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2003

    Barfin' Green

    Hangover planning for St. Patrick's Day

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Jenny Toomey

    Friday, November 2

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Bowing to Pop

    A Muslim by choice, Jawad couldn't deny the will of his music

  • Music

    August 5, 1999

    Rotation

    Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Verbena

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    January 29, 1998
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    January 22, 1998
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    December 18, 1997
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    February 13, 1997
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    May 30, 1996
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