Eminent Hipsters By Donald Fagen Viking Adult, 176 pp., $26.95 Fans of Steely Dan know that singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen usually dips a wry, sardonic, sarcastic, and sometimes poison pen into the pitch-black inkwell with his lyrics. And they cherish it. Many of his songs have become singalong ... More >>
Hungry in Houston: Last week, Adam Brower checked out the newly opened Hurricane Grill and Wings located in Spring on FM 1960. He has been disappointed with Houston's wing offerings; however, Hurricane Grill and Wings met his criteria of good wings. With more than 30 choices of sauces, and the oppor ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Mac, Kiotti, D-Risha, Brad Gilmore Not Invited: The guys behind those World's Dumbest Criminals TV shows. This Week's Prompt: ... More >>
The pace of the audition rounds was so fast, I didn't realize the judges put through 162 people in the first two weeks of The X Factor. When the field arrives in Los Angeles for "boot camp," they are informed that they will be shaved down to a field of 100, which will ultimately be reduced by two-th ... More >>
Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Juicy J & Project Pat feat. Slim Thug & New Genesis, "Ike Turner Pimpin'" "I'm a motherfuckin' ... More >>
See the rest of Rihanna's 20/20 interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer here. Chris Brown brings his "Fan Appreciation Tour" to town this weekend, leading to several questions. Not the least of which are, "Who the hell is still a fan of this guy?" And, "Will his 'appreciation' of same take some form ... More >>
There are sure to be many Rosh Hashanah celebrations this weekend, but here at Rocks Off, we'd like to suggest you "think outside the box," as the kids say, and shake up your holiday musical selection by considering a few acts that you might not have realized were composed (in some part, anywway) of ... More >>
A Long, Strange Trip
Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Sans Bayonet feat. Rob Prophetik, "Evolution" Wire To Wire ESG is talking about his forth ... More >>
Every "Atomic Dog" has his day: You(genious) and George Clinton. Woof! Photos by anotherlevelphotography.com There were rumors floating around this week that You(genious), Houston's parenthetical Misfit of R&B, had died during Hurricane Ike. We gave him a call and he took a few minutes to address ... More >>
For whatever reason, I seemed to forget that MySpace offers the opportunity for actual downloads, in addition to streaming music. This revelation was thrilling, despite its embarrassing belatedness, and I’ve decided to make the MySpace Mixtape a regular practice on Reverberations. The rules ar ... More >>
The Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter returns
So the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Ike Turner has died. To me, every day he’s been walking among us on the planet since, oh, about 1973, seemed like a miracle. That dude, at least to hear Andre Williams tell it, made Keith Richards seem like Neddy Flanders. Here’s what Williams said a ... More >>
Ten of the best coke anthems, plus a shortlist for the Cocaine Hall of Fame
Blues music releases
Houston's indie/reggae/soul/punk/rock/pop band
Jimmy T99 Nelson predated and outlived Elvis P. and has won the affections of Elvis C.
The wit and wisdom of Andre Williams
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
Saturday, July 20
Searching for the First Rock Song
In which our man in Dallas joins Sofia Staks, Kayla Kleevage and other noted First Amendment activists on a mission to rescue Houston from the pashas of prudery. Or something like that.
Blues, soul, rock, country? Who cares? To Little Milton, it's just music.