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E Street Band

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    May 15, 2014

    The Boss Works His Magic for Houston Once Again

    Bruce Springsteen and a slightly different E Street Band played The Woodlands May 6.

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    May 7, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/6/2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 6, 2014 It's fitting that the rooflike shelter hanging above the seats at the Woodlands Pavilion is shaped in a tent spire. Because no one has ever merged the concepts of rock and roll show and religious tent revival like Bru ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Bruce Springsteen, Gene Loves Jezebel, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, May 5 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    A Special Springsteen Preview From New Orleans

    Last month, The New York Times Magazine published an essay decrying "The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism," defined by critic Saul Austerlitz as the trend among rock critics to embrace the shallow lifestyle-reporting aspects of pop culture while disregarding or distrusting "music that is about something ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen Finally Coming Back to Houston

    See that photo up there? That's the last decent live photo Rocks Off ran of Bruce Springsteen, and it's from SXSW 2012. Our photos from his Houston shows are so old we don't even want to use them anymore. We were starting to think he didn't like us anymore. Never mind. According to the Boss' offici ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Five Killer Musical Moments On The Sopranos

    People are still in shock at the news of actor James Gandolfini's passing Wednesday night, no doubt even those without HBO, Italian ancestry or pretensions of an angst-ridden suburban-Jersey gangster lifestyle. Many cultural tastemakers believe at least parts of The Sopranos -- and especially Gandol ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    So, Who Should Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show Next Year?

    This past weekend, I was honored to cover the Super Bowl XLVII festivities and game in New Orleans for the Houston Press and local TV outlet KIAH (Channel 39). Great fun, if not for locals in NOLA, who were ravaged by drunken football fanatics puking onto their 49ers and Ravens jerseys in the street ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Latest Springsteen Book Digs Deep Into Songs

    E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band By Clinton Heylin Viking, 352 pp., $27.95. Capping a trilogy of recent, impressive Springsteen bios that also includes Marc Dolan's Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll and Peter Ames Carlin's semi-authorized Br ... 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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    November 2, 2012

    A Playlist for Tonight's Hurricane Sandy Telethon

    The music business was hardly spared the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As reported by our New York sister blog, Sound of the City, dozens of shows in the New York-New Jersey area were postponed or canceled; the resulting travel snafu has scuttled touring plans as far away as tonight's (former) Houston ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    ACL 2012: Saturday's 9 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Revisiting Gaslight Anthem and Other "Baby Boss Bands"

    This past year and a half was a pretty Springsteen-centric one for me. It was just last summer that we lost The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band's mascot and longtime saxophonist at the age of 69 due to stroke complications. Rewind: Springsteen Stumbles On Pedestrian New Album Wrecking ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    The Saxophone: 8 Songs That Show Off Rock's Underappreciated Horn

    Bruce Springsteen is currently in the middle of a world tour with E Street Band, their first without saxophonist Clarence Clemons. "The Big Man" passed away one year ago today from complications resulting from an earlier stroke. His death was sad for many reasons, but the reasons most relevant to ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Nils Lofgren Goes Old School, Talks E Street Tour

    In a list of phrases that most music journalists would probably like to see banned, hearing that an artist's latest record "is their most personal yet" would rank near the top. But in the case of singer/guitarist Nils Lofgren --who, for the record, did not use that phrase -- it's actually true. Th ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012

    Promised Land

    SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

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    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    In Ten Years, Will Indie Be Remembered Like Nu-Metal?

    ​What exactly do you remember from the summer of 2002? Stop and think -- of the music on the radio, the CDs you were most excited for, who won the Grammy for Best Album, and so on. What exactly stands out from 10 years ago? If you find that your answer is "Not much," then you're probably l ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Bruce Springsteen's New Single and a Preemptive Review of His Upcoming Album

    Like any red-blooded American rock and roll fan, I am looking forward to the next year to be filled with Bruce Springsteen. The man has a new album, Wrecking Ball, coming on March 6, a massive tour in the planning stages, and he's set to be the keynote speaker at this year's South By Southwest in Au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Tori, Tool, TLC And The Other Musical Debuts Of 1992

    1992 was a pretty heady year for music in general, with the masses gobbling up all the gangsta rap, grunge, and pop-country they could. That year would see the release of not only R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People, Peter Gabriel's Us, Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power, but also what is arguably The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Rolled Up Like a Douche: "Blinded by the Light" Explained

    A few years ago, my band took a trip up the east coast to play some shows in and around New York City. One of the stops was in Asbury Park at a club called The Saint. Not more than probably a mile down the road was the Stone Pony, the legendary venue where some great bands got their start including ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Looking Back at A Very Special Christmas Track by Track

    In the late 1980's, music empresario Jimmy Iovine cobbled together quite a collection of pop and rock artists to record songs for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics. In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released and rapidly became an instant holiday classic thanks to the star powere ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    February 1, 2011

    Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    idontlikeyouinthatway.com​This Sunday, Rocks Off will be live-blogging and tweeting this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature noted scholars The Black Eyed Peas. We are diligently studying the entire BEP canon and that of all of their solo members, like the dedicated pop histori ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones, Prince Coming In 2011?

    Sind Axl und Slash wieder Freunde geworden?​Rocks Off is in the concert business for all intents and purposes. We scour Pollstar and other Web sites and almost hourly looking for new shows and tours to tell you about around the clock. In the span of writing this introduction we just listed Luc ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Springsteen Web Site: '78 Summit Show Best Video Ever

    ​ Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, "Fire," live at the Summit 12/8/78 Since one of the extra goodies is a complete video of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's December 1978 concert at the Summit, Rocks Off is sure Houston's Boss fans don't need much more reason to buy the expande ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Springsteen 2.0: Can Baby Bosses Cruise The Backstreets?

    Daniel Kramer​This fall, Houstonians salivating for another touring run by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't have to search to hard to find bands heavily influenced by the man's sound and work ethic. Even though Springsteen and his merry band of musicians may be cooling their road ... 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.

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    December 4, 2009

    Can Rocks Off Withstand an Entire Hour of Sunny 99.1's Holiday Programming?

    ​Since Thanksgiving night, local dentist office-core radio station Sunny 99.1 FM has been pumping out non-stop Christmas tunes as they have been doing now for quite a few years. It's a Houston phenomenon and an ominous bellwether for the coming holiday. You pretty much know when you can hear Vanes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets, Part 3: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's Last (and Final?) Four Houston Shows

    [Ed. Note: This is the final installment of our series reminiscing on Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's long history in Houston. See here for the '70s, and here for the '80s and '90s.] April 18, 2000: E Street Band Reunion Tour, Compaq Center (the Summit) Daniel Kramer​"It was on this to ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets, Part 2: Bruce Springsteen Brings The River, Born In the U.S.A., Tunnel of Love and Tom Joad to Town

    Daniel KramerBruce Springsteen and Miami Steve van Zandt at Toyota Center, April 2009​ As Bruce Springsteen fans come to grips with the unfortunate reality that this past weekend's show in Buffalo, N.Y., may well have been the final offical tour date - although surely not the final show - from the ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets: Remembering Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band In Houston

    Daniel KramerThe Boss at Toyota Center, April 2009​This past weekend's show in Buffalo, N.Y., was the last date on a nearly two-year (and two-album-supporting) trek by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which found them criss-crossing the country and the globe several times to rapt audiences ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Get Lit: Three More for That Already Groaning Springsteen Bookshelf

    Daniel KramerThe Big Man, the Boss and Mighty Max Weinberg at Toyota Center, April 2009​ Just as Bruce Springsteen winds down a frenzied period of back-to-back album and tour marathon - despite the death of Springsteen's cousin/assistant tour manager earlier this week in Kansas City, he and the E ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Rocks Off Succumbs to That Evil Facebook "Bands I've Seen" List

    Chris GrayWilco's Jeff Tweedy at Verizon Wireless Theater, March 2008​If you're reading this at all, Rocks Off will just assume you're fairly familiar with the Internet, and therefore that you more than likely also have a Facebook page. Congratulations - don't you feel special? Rocks Off was recen ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen missed the Great Depression - which no doubt bugs him every time he thinks about what a wealth of material those years provided for one of his idols, Woody Guthrie - but he seems determined to make up for it during these days of massive job-shedding, frozen credit an ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Springsteen Tickets for 20 Bucks

    It's always nice to find something out from the daily, but when it involves Bruce Springsteen, Rocks Off is more than happy to poach, poach away. According to this item on the Chronicle's new entertainment/lifestyle website, 29-95.com - which debuted last week to nary a mention from its print parent ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    February 2, 2009

    Aftermath: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Super Bowl XLIII

    Part 1: "10th Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Born to Run" Score another one for the old folks. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's quarter-hour onstage at Super Bowl XLIII Sunday night may not have been the most contemporary booking the NFL could have landed - but, and we'll get to this in a minut ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009
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    January 27, 2009

    Bruce Springsteen Confirms Second Houston Show in a Year

    Alejandro Escovedo with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band,"Always a Friend," Toyota Center, April 14, 2008 After last year's sold-out show that ended with both Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely duetting with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are headed back to Houston for&n ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    U2 Lace Up Their Dirty "Boots"

    Among, you know, a few other things, the past 24 hours have been the start of a very, very big year for the band Rocks Off affectionately refers to as the Best Band Ever. U2 appeared alongside Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, "One" pal Mary J. Blige and many more as Barack Obama's opening acts at y ... 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 29, 2008

    Classic Rock Corner: In Memoriam 2008

    You know, the Grim Reaper don't care if you're a multiplatinum music legend, a one-hit wonder or studio-only sideman - he's comin' for you someday! And in 2008, he seemed to like keyboardists and drummers most. A number of classic rockers left for "The Great Gig in the Sky," foremost of whom is the ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    New Tape Of A Young Springsteen Remembering His First Houston Gigs

    Someone has put up on YouTube the long audio interview he did with a very young Bruce Springsteen in Phoenix on March 24th, 1974 (Way before the 1978 Phoenix show that included the legendarily filmed "Rosalita").In part two of the six-part interview, Springsteen talks about the reception he's been g ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008

    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk – accurately Download: “Candy’s Room,” “She’s the One,” “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” “Badlands,” “American Land” For two and a ... More >>

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    November 20, 2007

    Boss Fans Take Note: Springsteen Announces First Local Date Since 2002

    This just came across the transom here literally minutes ago, from Live Nation: “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced this morning that Houston, Texas will be a stop on their 2008 spring tour as they return to the Bayou City for the first time in over 5 years.” So far, all we are ... More >>

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    November 20, 2007

    Whither Springsteen?

    As posted on Houstoned Rocks literally moments ago, Live Nation announced today that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will bring their Magic tour to Houston April 14, 2008. No venue is currently listed for Houston or the April 13 Dallas date, but the other dates on the tour are booked in basket ... More >>

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Between the Cracks

    Profiling local bands

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    August 15, 2002

    Bruce Springsteen

    The Rising (Columbia)

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    August 17, 2000
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    April 13, 2000
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