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    March 31, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Debonair Lounge, Merle Haggard, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, March 31 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 -- this week's "Ladies Nigh ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Junior Gordon, Big Man With a Big Sound

    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? Junior Gordon first came ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    We Are Wombat: Try Pooping In Cubes

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're doing our best to find meaning in the oddest monikers. My absolute favorite kind of music is stuff that isn't in any way goth, but sounds like it should be. Especially if it leans towards the coun ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones: Texas-Born Country Legend Dies at Age 81

    George Jones, the Southeast Texas-born Country Music Hall of Famer whom most agree would be a face on Nashville's Mount Rushmore, has died at age 82. According to Fox News, repeating information from Jones' longtime publicist Kirt Webster, the singer died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center late ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    RIP George Jones: Texas-Born Country Legend Dies at Age 81

    George Jones, the Southeast Texas-born Country Music Hall of Famer whom most agree would be a face on Nashville's Mount Rushmore, has died at age 81. According to Fox News, repeating information from Jones' longtime publicist Kirt Webster, the singer died early Friday at Vanderbilt University Medica ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Last Night: Gary Allan at Reliant Stadium

    Gary Allan Reliant Stadium February 26, 2013 Gary Allan is a complicated man. If no one understands him but his woman, it doesn't matter because she's already 30,000 feet above him, on an airplane bound somewhere far away from his ass. That's the premise of "Watching Airplanes," the 2007 hit that ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    2012: The Year In Zapruder, A Recap Of My Detailed Video Recaps

    I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line in 2012, the Zapruder-style analysis of viral videos became my thing. Much like you'd go to Clay Travis on SEC football or to Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback for the weekend that was in the NFL, when you the reader needed hardcore ... 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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    May 18, 2012

    Strait Bonin' Turns Our Beloved Icon Into King Of Porn Country

    Of course you all know that today is George Strait's 60th birthday, and the King Of Country just announced that he is coming back to RodeoHouston next spring for a March 17th date with Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band. What a great end that will be to a torrid week at SXSW in Austin. This w ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Jason Cassidy's 10 Country Songs You Should Hear Before You Die

    Tonight traditional country upstart Jason Cassidy headlines Big Texas Dance Hall & Saloon out in Clear Lake. The strip-center venue, known for it's pretty girls with painted-on jeans and copious amounts of trucks in the parking lot and a Bud Light in every hand, has been host to Cassidy many times b ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Predicting Your Future Half Time Show Performers

    Photo By Marco Torres​All of the Super Bowl talk this week has given me a chance to ponder one of my favorite pop culture questions: how big do you have to be to perform at the Super Bowl half time show? When you consider the acts that have performed since the 2005 move to one act performances ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Dia de las Tequilas

    El Gran Malo is Houston's first infused-tequila bar, with a side of voodoo.

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    March 24, 2011

    Tony Arata: The Dirt On "The Dance" And Four Other Hits

    ​This weekend, Conroe's Crighton Theater hosts another big-time writers in the round song-swap with Lee Roy Parnell, Tony Arata and J.D. Souther. Looking at their songwriting credits, which include "Love Without Mercy," "We All Get Lucky Sometimes," "On the Road," "Best of My Love," "New Kid i ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Rocks Off's Fantasy RodeoHouston Lineup

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoGeorge Strait in 1996​If you walk through Reliant Center, hanging from the ceiling are banners listing almost every musical performer RodeoHouston has hosted since the '60s. The names reflect the hallowed history of country and fleeting fancies ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Batusis Is No Throwback

    Cheetah Chrome and Sylvain Sylvain make rock and roll new again.

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    November 5, 2010

    If Gary Kubiak Had Been Around In Key Historical Moments

    Houston Texans' coach Gary Kubiak is the genius who piloted the team to a big win over the Indianapolis Colts early this year via a punishing running game. He's also the idiot, fans are saying, who piloted the team to a crushing loss against the Colts Monday by trying to throw the ball constantly. ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    ​Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical stuff like George Orwell's Animal Farm, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Edgar Allan Po ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Vince Gill Heads Huge Weekend Of Music In Conroe

    ​This one has sorta snuck up on us, but this weekend Conroe is bulging with top quality Americana and country music. The centerpiece of the weekend is Saturday's writers-in-the-round at the Crighton Theater, which features Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, big-time songwriter Tony Ara ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Aftermath: Keith Urban, Peculiar Superstar And Musician's Musician

    Photos by Dave Rosales​ Keith Urban is a peculiar superstar. Take away the rugged good looks, and you'd still be left with a talented guitarist who, Tuesday night, gave every impression he'd be just as content jamming in the studio as headlining the rodeo before almost 60,000 adoring, possibly hyp ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Vince Gill Confirms for Conroe's Crighton Theater

    Lise Liddell​ Lonesome Onry and Mean has been holding his breath for a few days, keeping a secret. We've been waiting on one last signature on the contracts before announcing one of the biggest shows ever at Conroe's Sounds of Texas music series. But Wednesday night we got an email from Mark Germi ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Shuck Daddy's

    Photos by Paul Knight​Obsolete August, a cover band that plays live music at Shuck Daddy's on Wednesday nights, was in the middle of a rendition of Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" when we walked in. To make matters worse, it was a slow-rolling version, almost like a love ballad. The song se ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Send Lawyers, Guns & Money: Nine Non-Boring Songs About the Work Attorneys Do

    Rocks Off's local watering hole is frequented by a lawyer named Eugene Lawley, whom we always refer to as our Walker Percy. Lawley has more than a small literary bent - we hardly ever mention a book he hasn't read - and has a fine ear for song lyrics. His sister wrote themes for television and movi ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Artist of the Week: D.R.U.M., Who Will Not Be Challenging Moodafaruka to a Texas Death Match

    Each Wednesday Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to introducingliston@gmail.com.Caption TK​ D.R.U.M. is ar ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Taking a Shot at Cold Shot

    www.myspace.com/houstonsbestrockband LOM's significant other got a MySpace friend request from local cover band Cold Shot yesterday. Now I have about as much use for cover bands as I do a dull pocket knife, but everyone has to make a living, I guess, and we aren't all qualified to be pole dancers at ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top 11

    Photo by Ray Mickshaw / FOXPictured: Matt Giraud, exquisite gumline Traditionally, I've concluded the first Idol Beat of any given week with predictions as to who the American Idol judges or viewing public will send home the next night. This week I'm upending that, and predicting that no one will go ... More >>

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    November 8, 2008
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    July 15, 2008
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    March 12, 2008
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    January 29, 2008
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    February 28, 2007
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    September 7, 2006

    Hank III

    Tuesday, September 12, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

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    June 23, 2005

    Jimmy Lafave

    Friday, June 24, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-529-9899.

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    March 17, 2005

    Webb Wilder, with Opie Hendrix and the Texas Tall Boys

    Friday, March 18, at Dan Electro's, 1031 East 24th, 713-862-8707.

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    November 27, 2003

    Computer Error

    When it comes to local facts, don't rely on Allmusic.com

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    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

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    January 30, 2003

    Phantom of the Opry

    Trying to get to the bottom of the Dr Pepper "Freaky Old Guy" mystery

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    January 3, 2002

    Toro! Toro! Toro!

    Home to pop queens and dance hall kings, Texas is still bullish about the music market

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    August 9, 2001

    Letters

    Music Mayhem, Poisoned Pooch, In the John

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    January 25, 2001

    RodeoHouston: Some 'Splainin to Do

    Secret correspondence from the rodeo

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    December 23, 1999

    Silver and Gold (and Green)

    Some artists make holiday records for the beauty, not the bucks

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    October 28, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

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    March 4, 1999

    It Takes One

    Lonestar returns to the Lone Star State in a blaze of glory

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    August 6, 1998
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    June 18, 1998

    "Think" Not

    A Texas housewife/songwriter claims country hunk Collin Raye stole her song

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    August 14, 1997

    Hats Off

    Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer -- and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

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    January 2, 1997
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    July 6, 1995
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