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Earth, Wind & Fire

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    November 12, 2014

    25 Local Concerts to See Before 2015

    Clear out the cobwebs of Halloween and suddenly Old Man 2014 is staring down his nose at you, anxiously looking at his watch -- and you know he's an old man because he's wearing a watch in the first place. Now that the last of the Fun Fun Fun Fest spillover has left town, the tour buses and extended ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Queen's Best Deep Cuts, Album by Album

    Just about this time last year, I wound up reading the article "10 Classic Albums We Happen To Hate" right here on Rocks Off. Being a classic-rock enthusiast and having seen various lists like this before, I looked forward to what my now-colleagues would have to say about some legendary albums. I wa ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor

    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 you see Flash Gordon P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Franz Ferdinand, Ca$h Out, Fidlar, etc.

    Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... 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

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... 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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    June 14, 2012
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    June 1, 2011

    Leroy Franklin, Maker Of First Texas Rap Record, Dies At 58

    Heavy Light Records​Leroy Franklin, who recorded what many believe is the first rap song in the state of Texas, died Monday in Austin, Franklin's label Heavy Light Records said. He was 58. Heavy Light owner Noel Waggener said the cause was cancer, which had just been diagnosed in December and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Distant Early Warning: Britney Spears, Cracker, Eels, The Go-Go's, Ke$ha, Kid Rock, Etc.

    ​Aiden, Eyes Set To Kill, Get Scared, Vampires Everywhere!: Tue., June 7. Warehouse Live. David Bazan: Sat., July 2. Fitzgerald's. Billy Joe Shaver: Fri., May 13. The Firehouse Saloon. Britney Spears: Wed., July 13. Toyota Center. Centro-matic, Sarah Jaffe: Fri., July 8. Fitzgerald's. Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Last Night: Diana Ross At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Groovehouse​ Diana Ross Verizon Wireless Theater March 1, 2011 Wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Blame it on David Bowie, but Aftermath couldn't help thinking that while settling into our balcony seat at Verizon Tuesday. Diana Ross and her deluxe band were pounding out "I'm Comin' Out" a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Match These Bands With Their Awful Original Names

    ​Provided they didn't take the easy way out and name themselves after a song (Rolling Stones), their hometown (Boston) or each other (Hall & Oates), almost every band that went on to sell millions of records, get tons of radio play and sell out arenas has had some form of the following convers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Catfish and Ribs at the Nickel

    Robb Walsh gives these pits his seal of approval.​"That's no Southern Pride cooker," Robb Walsh said, gazing with admiration at the two barbecue pits that sit behind the Nickel Sandwich Grill (5601 Lyons, 713-674-8020), belching fragrant gray smoke into the air. "I know you hate Southern Prid ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009
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    November 24, 2009

    Hustlers Brass Band's Big Top Residency Begins Tonight

    Jay Lee​ Dismal weather getting you down? Short days got you singing the blues? Are you hungry for some free red beans and rice and funk-drenched brass-band jams? Got five bucks? Then get on down to the Big Top tonight and/or every Tuesday through the end of the year for the Hustlers Brass Band's ... More >>

  • News

    October 15, 2009

    Dive Bars

    A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Aftermath: Depeche Mode's Black and Blue Celebration at The Woodlands

    Photos by Eric Sauseda​ Far, far away from the group once known for bubbly synth-pop anthems like "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Everything Counts," Depeche Mode circa 2009 has pressed its small army of keyboards and electronics into the service of primal urges and raw sexuality. Not terribly surpri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Five Ways to Improve 107.5 the Eagle

    Paging the Purple One... the Eagle Needs You!For Houston music commentators, picking on the sorry state of the city's commercial airwaves is even more fun than sportswriters must have making fun of the Astros. But on the rare occasion a new format does come along - even if it's hardly "new" - it sti ... More >>

  • Music

    July 9, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    January 8, 2009

    DRUMline – Live

    Who cares about football? It’s the half-time show that’s the real star

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009

    Lowell Sanders

    Here’s some advice: You should never date girls younger than your socks

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
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    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007
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    July 26, 2007

    Bob Schneider

    One genre isn’t big enough for him

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    H-Town Zydeco

    Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006

    Natalie He Ain't

    NBC/Today Show Felicia and Eric messed around with gender roles. So, I made sure to catch the Today show this morning, where a Houston couple, Felicia and Eric, are competing in "Today Throws a Wedding." Felicia is an assistant district attorney in Galveston, and Eric's a business systems analys ... More >>

  • Music

    July 27, 2006
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    June 29, 2006

    The Essence of Soul

    Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige and more hit H-town

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Black-Ass Fleas

    Are they sellouts -- or just really bad rappers?

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap!

    Wack puts this whole Franz Ferdinand thing into context

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Color Me Impressed

    Houston's Spain Colored Orange drops the Charade and inks an indie record deal

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    Hot Shows

    Summertime concerts that will leave you sweating

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Mouth of the Dirty South

    The Geto Boys showed the nation hip-hop with real staying power

  • Film

    September 23, 2004

    Shallow Pop

    Bernie Mac needs three more hits. He won't likely find one here.

  • News

    August 5, 2004
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    February 26, 2004

    Shake It Up

    An Earthquake in Houston? Watch out

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    November 13, 2003

    The Music The

    If you want poetry, read a book

  • Music

    October 16, 2003

    Destroy All Monsters of Rock!

    Please come see Shonen Knife's powerful activity!

  • Culture

    November 22, 2001

    The Artist's Life

    Tierney Malone turns a few of his favorite things into dramatic graphic images

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    Wizard of Boz

    Boz Scaggs evolves along with his beloved R&B

  • Music

    May 24, 2001

    Trials and Tribu-lations

    Austin-based salsa orchestra marries ghetto funk with barrio spice

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Wyclef Jean

    The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II A Book

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Later, Floyd

    Laser rock shows at the Museum of Natural Science go the way of the dinosaurs

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    The "It" Guy

    It's hard not to dig local saxophonist David Caceres

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    October 28, 1999

    Utility Bassist

    Christian McBride can do it all, and do it well

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    March 18, 1999
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    November 24, 1994
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