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Harry Nilsson

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    August 15, 2014

    Chuck Negron: The Oldies Circuit's Sober Companion

    A little over a year ago, former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron stood onstage at the Stafford Centre at the finale of the "Happy Together" tour stop, belting out numbers while shoulder to shoulder with The Turtles, Gary Lewis, Gary Puckett and former Paul Revere and the Raiders vocalist Mark ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    EELS at House of Blues, 5/17/14

    EELS House of Blues May 17, 2014 Those that ascended to House of Blues Saturday night expected a rock show. And while they eventually got a very stripped-down version of one, they definitely left having paid for a differently packaged product than they received. Those that were expecting the prot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Stephen Bishop's Tales of Angry Rastas, Animal House and Debby Boone's Missing Grammy

    In his career of almost four decades, singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephen Bishop has seen and done a lot. In a phone interview, fascinating stories come pouring out of him at such a rapid pace, it's a wonder the man hasn't sat down to write an autobiography yet. We spoke with Bishop about tonight's ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Everybody's Still Talkin' About Harry Nilsson

    Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter By Alyn Shipton Oxford University Press, 544 pp., $27.95 While on a press tour to promote the founding of Apple Corps in 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked to name their favorite singer. "Nilsson," they replied. When next queried as to their fav ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Aimee Mann at House of Blues, 9/30/2013

    Aimee Mann feat. Ted Leo House of Blues September 30, 2013 House of Blues showed off a slightly different side Sunday: coffeehouse style. It was a good look. Sure, the venue has hosted seated concerts before, but last night it was missing something it sees all too often: an inattentive, inconsider ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Monkees' Return Has Some Houston Fans Going Ape

    Houston gets its first shot of Monkee-mania in at least a generation tonight, when surviving members Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith visit the Arena Theatre. Judging by informal talk among friends, around the office and the social-media water-cooler, it's no exaggeration to say this mi ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Rockshow: Paul McCartney's First Marathon, But Not His Last

    Rockshow Paul McCartney and Wings Eagle Vision, 139 mins., $29.98 DVD/$34.98 Blu-ray According to rollingstone.com, the act that owned last weekend's Bonnaroo Festival was not some hirsute jam band, plaintive female singer-songwriter, or preppy indie-rockers, but a guy that much of the world has l ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    The Turtles: The Raunchiest Band of the '60s?

    Even the most voracious reader or rock-music biographies and autobiographies would be hard-pressed to find a better opening sentence than Howard Kaylan, lead vocalist of The Turtles, has in his new memoir Shell Shocked. "I was snorting coke on Abraham Lincoln's desk in the White House," it reads. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: David DeLaGarza, Don of Tejano Stars La Mafia

    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. Any conversation about Tejano music is inco ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012

    Craig's List

    Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.

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    December 13, 2012

    Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012

    It's that time of year -- or at least it has been since, like, November -- for rock writers to show everyone else how cool they think they are with their year-end best-of lists. How obscure can you get? How controversial can you be with your choices? "If only Honey Boo Boo released album that I co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: 5 Musicians Who Had to File for Bankruptcy

    Recently it was revealed that Cat Power was not only suffering from a serious illness called angiodema that was threatening to stop her European tour, but also that she has filed for bankruptcy. That tour has indeed been postponed, but Cat Power is hardly the first musician to be running low on cash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Catching Up With Austin Smith of A Sea Es

    Tonight at 9 p.m., Fitzgerald's begins your torrid, drunken Halloween weekend with a free show featuring A Sea Es, Mystery Flavor, Poor Pilate and Candy Coated Mothership. Free for those of drinking age, that is. There will also be a $500 costume contest, great giveaways and, you know, tacos. Head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Understanding the Rock Hall's 2013 Nominees: Chic? Kraftwerk? Butterfield?

    Wednesday night The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced their 2013 nominees for induction next year. These names will be voted on by a committee of guys in bad weaves, rich people who know the right people, and tenured music writers with axes to grind. The names are as follows: The Pa ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    February 29, 2012

    RIP Davy Jones, Monkees Singer And Pop Idol

    Davy Jones, lead singer of '60s pop sensations and television band The Monkees has died at the age of 66 in his hometown of Indiantown, Florida, according to the Martin County medical examiner's office. He suffered a heart attack. The Monkees were created initially to be a sort of "safe" Beatles b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Verizon Wireless Theater

    When the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band caravan rolled into Houston, it was with the fresh knowledge that Etta James - a musical hero of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi - has passed away earlier in the day. So it wasn't surprising that the group pulled out a tribute. "We've got to do something for E ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    The Tedeschi Trucks Band Keeps in the Family

    Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are married both to each other and their musical careers. She with a busy solo schedule, and he with full-time gigs fronting the Derek Trucks Band, playing guitar with the Allman Brothers Band [Derek's uncle is founding member Butch Trucks], and minor side-jobs with t ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    June 20, 2011

    Happy Birthday Brian Wilson: His Modern Indie-Rock Offspring

    Brian Wilson in watery repose​Today, ace pop-music architect and Beach Boys talisman Brian Wilson turns 69. In his nearly 50-year (!) wake of music he has helped give rise to generations of shameless copycats and other reverent rockers who find inspiration in his musical style. Obviously, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Five Life Lessons From John Lennon's "Lost Weekend"

    ​Rocks Off would like to wish a very happy 70th birthday to one of the coolest pop cats out there, Harry Nilsson. Four times out of five, whenever we play the jukebox at Warren's, we put on something from his Greatest Hits - like Martin Scorsese, we usually leave the lime in the coconut and ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    As Seen On TV: The 20 Best Made-For-TV Compilations

    ​One of the saddest side effects of the digital music explosion in the late '90s and early '00s was the decline of the made-for-television compilation. Nevertheless, companies like Razor & Tie and Time Life still continue to put out monstrous collections of music for you to order online and by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Bobby Keys: iFest Nabs Rolling Stones Sax Maniac

    The Rolling StonesBobby Keys takes an Exile on Main Street breather, Nellcote, France, 1971​Born in Lubbock and raised just east in Slaton, Joe Ely's home town, saxophonist Bobby Keys left Lubbock in 1960 looking for kicks. At 14, he was playing with Bob Dylan influence, Bobby Vee, before movi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Solo Albums: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    ​Tomorrow night, former Audioslave lead singer and (thankfully) current Soundgarden member Chris Cornell will be at House of Blues for a long-sold-out acoustic show. Recent set lists have included a number of Temple of the Dog songs, some solo work, the usual 'Garden and 'Slave tracks, plus a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    The 10 Best Rock Samples In Hip-Hop

    ​Rocks Off just finished reading Ian Christe's 2007 Van Halen biography, Everybody Wants Some, which chronicles the band's history from the Van Halen boys' entry into the U.S., the upbringing of David Lee Roth, and devastating, fatal 1985 crash into Mount Sammy Hagar. Sad stuff if you're a Rot ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Portuguese Men of War

    The Walkmen jump-start their momentum on Lisbon.

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    January 24, 2011

    Neil Diamond's Top Six Pop-Culture Moments

    ​Happy Birthday to the undisputed "Jewish Elvis," Mr. Neil Diamond, who can make a grown man weep with a few bars of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," swiveling his hips and swaying his hair while wielding a deadly acoustic guitar. Diamond turns 70 years young today, and he seems to only be get ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    May 24, 2010

    A Weird Pop Heaven Via Bay City's "Happy Radio"

    ​Along Rocks Off's various Texas travels, we almost never listen to an iPod or compact discs anymore. Anything we could pop in wouldn't match the rhythm of the road; the Stooges or Metallica don't really jive with Highways 59, 71 or 77. In today's world of satellite radios, streaming tunes on your ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010
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    December 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Your New Year's Eve Party, Part 2

    ​ When it comes time for He Said to make a party mix, you would think he would go for some classic metal or punk rock. But you would be totally wrong. When it's time for single boys and single girls to drink, mingle and start making questionable choices, we can leave the Motorhead and AC/DC for th ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs That Remind Us of Our Exes

    ​One thing that struck He Said while we were making this list was the lack of metal and/or punk rock associated with the women in our past. It's kind of odd that someone so dirty and haggard never dated anyone with a Crass patch on her denim jacket or Misfits tramp stamp. By looking at us, you wou ... More >>

  • Music

    September 3, 2009

    Strange Fruit

    Shins sideman Eric Johnson's Fruit Bats is a side project no longer.

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Music Deaths

    The Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter returns

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Sir Mick's Greatest "Hits"

    This week, Sir Mick Jagger, the guy that sings in the Rolling Stones, released a compilation of his solo hits. Calling these songs “hits” is a stretch in the most sincere form. You could call it more of an album of tracks that Keef shot down during sessions. He probably produced a switchblade an ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    A Legal Matter

    Passing the Bar at Downing Street

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    November 22, 2006

    Rotation - The Walkmen

    The Walkmen Pussy Cats Starring the Walkmen Record Collection Evidently, the Walkmen recorded Pussy Cats Starring the Walkmen as a spontaneous send-off to their Brooklyn studio, the building having been slated for demolition. To that we say, Who cares? With the exception of a few songs off its pa ... More >>

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    The Walkmen

    Tuesday, June 20, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551

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    November 17, 2005

    Neil Diamond; Bobby Bare

    12 Songs; The Moon Was Blue

  • Music

    September 21, 2000

    Stayin' Alive

    Almost Famous writer-director gets by with a little help from Peter Frampton

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    May 11, 1995
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