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    September 4, 2014

    Joe Ely Apple: A Love Story

    Improbably, Joe Ely is learning to ease up on the gas pedal a little. The Lubbock-bred performer has long been known for live sets and a work ethic both so intense he's often likened to a Lone Star counterpart of his friend Bruce Springsteen. But Ely, a force in Texas music since his days with cosmi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Bruce & Kelly: A Couple That Plays Together, Stays Together

    After spending a majority of the past 12 Decembers singing season's greetings to audiences around Texas and across the nation, how on Earth are Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis not sick to death of holiday music at this point? "Well, I don't know," laughs Willis by phone from the couple's home in Aus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Two Tons of Steel Unafraid to Cuss While Coming Unraveled

    Two decades and 11 albums later, Two Tons of Steel is still out tearing up the Texas blacktop with a hefty touring schedule that currently includes road-testing some new material from their soon-to-be released album, Unraveled. "It's really the best thing Two Tons has ever done and Lloyd Maines pro ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Tobin Harvell, Fitzgerald's Unflappable Floor Manager

    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. If you spend any time at Fitzgerald's, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Surely Galveston Can Do Better Than "Galveston"

    Notwithstanding the recent Galveston-based Carnival cruise liner whose faulty engines landed its passengers in a world of hurt (and national headlines), the island is again throwing its arms open for the upcoming summer season. Last week the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau announced th ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Last Night: George Strait at Reliant Stadium

    George Strait Reliant Stadium March 17, 2013 Sunday night, George Strait wrangled 80,020 fans into Reliant Stadium for what is surely to be just one of his first "farewell" shows here in Houston. This glut of country fans -- only few thousand short of the total population of Santa Monica, Californi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Artists Who Need Their Own Sirius/XM Channel Already

    I've had satellite radio in my life since Christmas. Nothing is better than falling asleep on the couch on a Saturday afternoon after a big fat lunch with Willie's Roadhouse playing; waking up every few hours to piss during a Ray Price cut and then falling back to sleep. What I love the most, besi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Pat Green: "I Don't Feel Like I Needed Rebooting"

    Did Pat Green save country music? That is a contentious question no matter on which side of the Red River you're standing, but it's also a little beside the point. Nurtured by the storytelling culture of legendary Central Texas singer-songwriter rooms like New Braunfels' Gruene Hall and San Marcos' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    iFest's Jesse Dayton: "I'm Ready To Throw Down"

    The last time Rocks Off caught up with Jesse Dayton, he was up to his eyeballs in alligators with his film project Zombex, working on an album of Kinky Friedman cover songs, and playing Kinky for a bunch of New York art types in Marfa. One of the hustling-est hustlers in show business, Dayton has pl ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    The Five Best Shows Bob Schneider Has Ever Seen

    Jeff Swensen/Bob Schneider on Facebook​It's been said that if you have lived in Texas for at least a decade and haven't at least been in the vicinity of a Bob Schneider show, you are probably lying. Our introduction to the Austin-based Schneider was kind of heartbreaking, but that's another st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Krayolas Score Surprise Hit With Bob Dylan Cover

    ​If you follow these pages you may have noticed that Rocks Off recently tabbed Tipsy Topsy Turvy by veteran San Antonio rockers The Krayolas as our choice for best Texas album of the year so far. Yes, we understand that this may be running counter to the other members of the local media and ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    RIP, Bob Guccione: Five Texan Penthouse Pets, In Your Honor

    Teagan Presley, a Texan Penthouse Pet​Hair Balls is wearing sackcloth and ashes today in memory of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, who shuffled off to the Great Stiffie in the Sky Wednesday at age 79.Maybe our sense of loss comes from the fact that we're old enough to remember ye ol ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Happy Anniversary Texas Music Magazine, or "Austin and (Maybe) Everything After"

    ​Towards the end of last week, Rocks Off got the latest issue of Texas Music magazine in the mail, which just happens to mark the quarterly periodical's tenth anniversary. Naturally, as just about every publication does when it reaches such an august milestone - no mean feat for a magazine in this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2006

    It's Time to Get Rogered

    Courtesy of Roger Creager The Aggie accountant croons today. We're not ones to tell you what to do with your personal time. Actually, yeah, we are. And here's why: Show up at the Houston Press Concert Series today at Pub Fiction, and you'll be entertained by one Roger Creager — you may kno ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    A Wunderkind Looks at 40

    Todd Snider is still talking the blues after all these years

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Owed to Billy Joe

    Today all the best poets are singers. That's why a singer should be Texas's next poet laureate.

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Sultan of Swatch?

    Babe's shirt goes in the cards

  • Music

    May 15, 2003

    Opie Hendrix & The Texas Tallboys

    San Jacinto (Def-Texan Records)

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Greg Wood

    Ash Wednesday (Stag)

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    Keep On Truckin'

    Two Tons of Steel has gone from cover band to kings of the Texas dance hall

  • Music

    June 6, 2002

    It Ain't Me, Babe

    When Jack Ingram chose the path of most resistance, he stumbled across himself

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    Racket

    Local music goes unnoticed in the Bayou City

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Birth of a Texas Bar Band

    Named after a beer, Honeybrowne strives to be more

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Racket

    Pinpointing when Texas music jumped the shark

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Keeping Good Company

    Jack Ingram takes his rightful place in the long line of masterful Texas singer-songwriters

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Easy Does It

    Todd Snider returns to folk from a rock experiment gone haywire

  • Music

    June 29, 2000

    Yee-Haw

    He's married to a Dixie Chick and signed to a major label... Charlie Robison is charmed

  • Music

    April 30, 1998

    Dream So Real

    Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing

  • News

    March 16, 1995
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