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Gary Clark

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    May 29, 2014

    Where's the Blues In the Black Community?

    "For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression. In high school I had a friend who asked me why I played the blues, that black people don't play blues." -- Gary Clark Jr. Blues was once a very popular and influential musical genre.Its artists were a common sight at lo ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Making Magic on the Beach at Hangout Music Festival 2014

    "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity, for all to sing, dance and clap their hands." -- Stevie Wonder There is something absolutely incredible about music. The way it acts as a conduit of expression and celebration, attracting multitudes of pe ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Latter-Day Bluesman Tommy Castro Introduces Us to The Devil You Know

    If you had to find a CD by Tommy Castro, chances are you'd find one (or all) of them in the "Blues" section. But with his most recent release, The Devil You Know (Alligator Records), the 59-year-old California native who has been making records for 20 years consciously wanted to do something differe ... More >>

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    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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    November 27, 2013

    Gary Clark Jr. at Warehouse Live, 11/26/2013

    Gary Clark Jr. Warehouse Live November 26, 2013 Gary Clark Jr. is a stealthy kind of guitar hero. He won't dazzle you with his fretwork very often (though he certainly could), but his subtle, brooding brand of blues doesn't have to try very hard to loosen inhibitions. I witnessed behavior Tuesday n ... 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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    October 15, 2013

    Shemekia Copeland's Blues Journey: "It Changed Who I Am"

    Blues chanteuse Shemekia Copeland may have never actually lived in Houston, but as the daughter of legendary Bayou City bluesman Johnny "Clyde" Copeland (1937-1997), she heard a lot about it growing up. "My daddy was from Houston, and Texans love being from Texas!" she laughs. "So it's a wonderful ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Mudhoney, Delorean, Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck, etc.

    Mudhoney Fitzgerald's, September 30 Mudhoney didn't invent grunge, or maybe they did, but either way, Mark Arm's crew has been making some of the gnarliest noise Seattle has to offer for a solid 25 years. Landmark debut single "Touch Me, I'm Sick" and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP introduced rock to new ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: "Reflektor" Party, Rhett Miller, Raekwon, etc.

    "Reflektor" Listening Party Cactus Music, September 9 According to early reports, Arcade Fire's first album in three years sounds more "contemparary" than the band's previous work, which can be a little on the furrowed-brow side. (Though not always, as in "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) fro ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Black Flag, Paul Ramirez Band, Alice In Chains, etc.

    Black Flag Walters, August 26 Just to be clear, this is the Black Flag fronted by Greg Ginn, the transplanted Central Texan who in late-'70s L.A. founded one of the most aggressive, influential bands American rock has ever seen. It's not a stretch to say that within the punk world, Black Flag were ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Free Radicals, Dirty River Boys, the Monkees, etc.

    Free Radicals AvantGarden, March 25 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at th ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Beyonce, Brandon Rhyder, Mando Saenz, etc.

    Beyonce Toyota Center, July 15 How close to the center of pop culture is Beyonce these days? Here's a sample MTV.com headline, which took us all of about ten seconds to find one recent morning: "Beyonce Wore a Balloon Hat While Eating an Ice Cream Cone, and Our Summer Is Officially Made." Tongue in ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    From the Back of the Band: Six Musical Instruments on the Cusp of Rock Stardom

    Some musical eras are defined by the instruments that moved from the backing band to center stage as they unfolded. Electric-guitar sales boomed in the 1960s, thanks to Clapton and Hendrix. In the 1980s, synthesizers were popular enough to make one-hit wonders out of groups like A-ha and A Flock of ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Houston Artists Up For Some Big Blues Awards Tonight

    Blues artists -- like real, legitimate rhythm-and-blues players -- aren't in the headlines very often these days. But whenever they are, Rocks Off is both happy and proud to point out that unlike most other places, Houston still has quite a few of them, many of whom continue to do excellent work. T ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: All Local Edition (No Foolin')

    DJ Sun The Flat, April 1 Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Housto ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Texas Blues Hero Jimmie Vaughan Recovering After Heart Attack

    Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and one of the nation's leading solo blues artists, has been discharged from a California hospital after being treated for a heart attack, according to a statement from his management Thursday morning. Gretchen Barber, Executi ... More >>

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    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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    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

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    November 15, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Business as Usual at Music Town CDs & Records, Since 1979

    When James May unlocks the doors to Music Town each day at noon, his little shop on Stuebner Airline across from Klein High School is mainly filled with CDs, new and used vinyl and an enormous amount of cassettes. When he first opened the shop in 1979, the sign actually said "Music Town Records and ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    ACL 2012: Sunday's 10 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    5 Bands to Avoid & 5 Bands to See at This Year's ACL

    If you are lucky enough to be going to ACL this weekend, you have no doubt been sitting in front of your concert schedule plotting your movements for this coming weekend. Alternately if you are missing out on ACL, a lot of the bands playing have been through Houston lately, or will be in town this ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    10 More Things I'll Be Doing at ACL Festival This Weekend

    That's right folks, it's ACL Music Festival time again in Texas, and Rocks Off will be flying to Austin on the private Rocks Off jet this weekend to cover the fest from Friday until the last notes of "Give It Away" at the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers set on Sunday night. That's my way of telli ... More >>

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    September 2, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Heat, Crowds & Fireworks of Day 1

    Rewind: #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution "If you put on a festival full of good music, people will find you". That was advertising executive and Jay-Z inner circle member Steve Stoute's answer to my question regarding the who/what/why ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution

    This Labor Day holiday weekend in Philadelphia, Jay-Z is teaming up with Budweiser and Live Nation to curate the initial and inaugural Made In America Music Festival, a two-day, multi-genre event featuring acts such as Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Santigold, and Gary Clark Jr, and features the return of D'A ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's 2012 ACL Festival Houston Spillover Sweepstakes

    This week has seen a temporary lull in festival season, after Bonnaroo and Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend. Wait. Never mind. According to musicfestivaljunkies.com (who are these people?), three of them start today: BamaJam in Enterprise, Ala.; The Friendly Gathering in Windham, Vt.; and ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Top 10 Things to Expect at ACL Fest This Year

    The Austin City Limits Music Festival burned the midnight oil overnight, announcing the 2012 lineup at precisely 12:01 a.m. Mercifully, all the rumor-spreading and speculation is now at an end and people can either go about the business of buying $200 three-day passes or shutting the hell up about R ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    ACL 2012 Rumors: 10 Bands That Could Make the Cut (No, Not Radiohead)

    Before we begin, Radiohead is in Europe for the duration of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. They will not fly 12 hours to play a field in Austin. Ah, it just wouldn't be May without ACL rumors running rampant. Rocks Off is guilty every year of stoking the fire, sometimes just one day ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    A Texican In New Orleans: Lessons Learned From Jazz Fest

    This past weekend was the last for this year's edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which started way back on April 27. The festival runs over two weekends, usually Thursday through Sunday. Obviously since it is a uniquely Nawlins institution going back to 1970, it's not a festival t ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Promised Land

    SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Distant Early Warning: Social Distortion, Gary Clark Jr., Melvins, Girls, ManĂ¡, De La Soul

    Photo By Jim BrickerBobby Womack onstage with Gorillaz in October 2010 at Toyota Center​2 Chainz, Paul Wall, Propain: Thu., March 1. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Anvil, Rotting Corpse, Metavenge, Fallacy: Thu., Feb. 9. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. Asleep At The Whee ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Touch the Sky

    The 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival in exactly 12 paragraphs.

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    September 17, 2011

    ACL: Molly's Revenge & Other Encounters

    Jim BrickerColdplay: Also with the pretty lights.​A Zilker field. As Friday's shadows lengthened, a young woman - tall, pale, boots - approached Rocks Off. "Are you going to Pretty Lights?" "I don't think so." "Why not?" "I don't know." "Do you know where I can get some Molly?" "Uhhh... ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Five ACL '11 Bands That Could Headline In 2012

    Jim BrickerSmith Westerns at Fitz in February​This Thursday night, Rocks Off leaves for the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Austin's Zilker Park. This year promises to be a hot one, from the killer temperatures, the constant wildfires just miles from the venue, and the mouth of Frida ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Upcoming: Black Angels, Dolly Parton, J. Cole, Mates Of State, Etc.

    ​Aaron Neville: Sun., Dec. 11. House of Blues. Carbon Leaf, Alpha Rev: Wed., Oct. 26. Fitzgerald's. Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders: Thu., Nov. 17. House of Blues. Gunslinger, Black Queen Speaks, Sheila Swift, Tyburn Jig, Tyranny Of Bella: VIP ROOM., Sat., Sept. 10. Verizon W ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Discovery Green Lands Roots-Rock Royalty For Free Fall Concerts

    Jason WolterTexas Tornados at Discovery Green, September 2010​A return engagement from Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados, reunited (after a fashion) roots-rock polymaths NRBQ - now featuring a former Houstonian on drums - and the honky-tonk hero who told Tiger Airways a thing or two highli ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    June 16, 2011

    The Bourgeois Gospels Preach To The Congregation

    Each Wednesday (or thereabouts), 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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​General ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    A Dream Austin City Limits Weekend For Houston

    Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009​Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Upcoming: Aretha Franklin, Blink-182, Kyuss Lives!, Etc.

    ​Agnostic Front, The Mongoloids: Mon., Sept. 19. Walter's On Washington. Amon Amarth: Fri., Aug. 26. House of Blues. Aretha Franklin: Tue., June 14. Arena Theatre. blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Matt & Kim: Mon., Sept. 26. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Buxton: Fri., July 8. McGonigel' ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Aftermath: Derek Trucks Band at House of Blues

    At its best, music has a deeply spiritual quality, an ability to create some connection on a higher level between performer and audience that even someone with a bust of Madalyn Murray O'Hair on their mantle can get on board with. Thursday night at House of Blues, Derek Trucks was able to coax more ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    October 17, 2008

    Wanna Go to Reverend Horton Heat Tonight?

    [Update: The Press office closes at 6 p.m., so the tickets will be at Sig's Lagoon, 3710 Main, after then.] Funny you should ask. The Press just stumbled across a motherlode of 50 tickets for the Reverend's show tonight at House of Blues with Asleep at the Wheel and Houston's Whiskey River Revival, ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
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    March 13, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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