James Brown

  • Film

    July 31, 2014

    Get on Up Is an Inspired James Brown Biopic

    Life and legend collide on the big screen.

  • Film

    July 24, 2014

    Get on Up is an Inspired James Brown Biopic

    Life and legend collide on the big screen.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Five Artists Cameron Crowe Should Base His TV Show On

    Director Cameron Crowe has never made a TV show before, but he's currently at work developing one for Showtime, treading some familiar territory for him: rock bands. Specifically, he'll be turning his attention onto roadies, and the trials and tribulations they go through while working for famous ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    A Timeline of a Failed Attempt to Witness Carmelo Anthony's Historic Visit to Houston

    I awoke Wednesday morning to an email from my editor about a giant, shiny sign. And not just any sign, a photoshopped sign of Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets jersey lit on the screen outside of Toyota Center. The Rockets have rolled out the welcome mat for free agent Carmelo Anthony ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    The 10 Best '70s Throwback Jamz

    Hey, does anyone feel like gettin' on up like a sex machine? Well, we do, and we think you should join us. The music that emerged during the '70s is some of the very best, even now. Artists like Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson were taking over the scene, oiled-up Jheri curls were all the rage, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Living Colour at Warehouse Live, 7/28/13

    Living Colour Warehouse Live July 28, 2013 You could see the looks of shock on the faces of the audience when, for just the second song of the night, guitarist Vernon Reid ripped into the recognizable intro for "Cult of Personality," Living Colour's most recognizable and arguably most powerful trac ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Top 10 Musical Moments on The Arsenio Hall Show

    One of the greatest late-night talk show hosts of all time was Arsenio Hall. He was the quintessential Ed Sullivan for the '80s and early '90s. He featured all kinds of musical artists, but most importantly, he helped introduce rap music into the mainstream. Hall, who won Donald Trump's most recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    The X Factor Does Dallas (And Miami)

    Fox​Audition round two of The X Factor is held in Miami and Dallas, and they tell a different story than Los Angeles. In my first recap, I was impressed with the consistently great talent The X Factor delivered, keeping the freak-show acts to a minimum. When the judges hit Miami, the dearth of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Friday Night: Junior Brown At The Mucky Duck

    Brittanie Shey​Junior Brown McGonigel's Mucky Duck September 9, 2011 Aftermath has absolutely no excuse for not having seen Junior Brown before, at least not in a nightclub setting. The man is one of the biggest workhorses of Texas swing, coming to Houston at least every few months and plays ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    Minister of Funk

    Bass god Bootsy Collins is back as mayor of The Funk Capital of the World.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    How Bootsy Collins Became A Bass Player

    ​Recently Rocks Off had the great pleasure of speaking with one William Collins, known around the world by his platform-heeled nickname, Bootsy. The man with the mellow voice and star glasses is on any short list of best bass players in the world, thanks to his long years with James Brown, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Summer Fest Saturday: A Sizzler With Beirut, Big Boi, Black Joe, Fucked Up, Sharon Jones, Ween & More

    Ed. Note: We're not done yet... Chris GrayRusted Shut​Chris Gray: I think the quickest way to sum up Summer Fest, environmentally, is in fact biologically: In eight hours at the festival Saturday, hydrating continuously with mostly water, I made my own water once, shortly before Beirut. Sunda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    The United States Of Music

    Monica FuentesFull-size image below​Rocks Off's sister blog Hair Balls did it with murderers and serial killers. Food blog Eating Our Words, riled the beer snobs with one about the best beers from each state in the union, and a teetotaling follow-up chronicling the best soda pops. For the pas ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010

    The Thunder Rolls

    Doc revitalizes Kashmere Stage Band.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Sunday: Girls Rock Camp Showcase At Walter's On Washington

    Photos by Brittanie SheyHouston's Girls Rock Camp 2010 alumni join together to close out Sunday's showcase with their self-penned anthem, "Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird."​Girls Rock Camp Houston 2010 Showcase Walter's on Washington August 15, 2010 Sunday evening, Walter's on Washington was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Eyeballin: James Brown Cape-Walks Away With The T.A.M.I. Show

    Often written about, mythologized, and showing up in clips on rock docs and YouTube, the 1964 concert movie The T.A.M.I. Show has amazingly never been released in uncut format until now. And though it was shot in black and white, the exuberance and energy of the concert overcomes any pigmentation pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: The Sweet, Sweet Sounds of Revenge, Part 2

    ​For someone who wears motorcycle boots and carries a knife, the bald(ing) He Said rightfully looks like he should be one of the most vindictive cats in the world. But in reality, the only revenge we have ever taken has been of the emotional variety, and that's probably much worse than any windows ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    Soul Night 2

    Get your fill of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner at the Aurora Picture Show's funky flashback

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    He Said She Said: Songs That Make Us Feel Like a Natural Woman

    ​ Despite what Shania Twain may think, feelin' like a woman isn't always about going totally crazy in men's shirts and short skirts. The life of a modern woman is often more about balancing work and social obligations, maybe even with motherhood, while still trying to look good (if you even care a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Listology: Nava of The Last Place You Look's Favorite Vocalists

    This weekend Thee Armada gets a proper send-off at the band's supposed final show ever at Warehouse Live Saturday night. Armada singer Josh Caddy is moving on to another band, and his bandmates are calling it a day. Some of Houston's best alt-rock bands are opening, including The Last Place You Loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Man Comes Around: Top Ten Big-Deal Musical Deaths of the Decade

    ​This past decade saw the passing of an innumerable amount of musical icons and pioneering giants. Not only did we lose the second coolest Beatle, but we lost two of the best dancers and performers the world will ever see. Punk rock and metal saw some of their best and brightest lights get snuffed ... More >>

  • Film

    July 30, 2009

    That Other Rumble in the Jungle

    Documenting an epic concert in Zaire, Soul Power puts on quite a show.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    The Whole Wide World: Vieux Farka Touré's

    The son of the late, great Ali Farka Touré definitely does not live under his father's shadow. After his impressive self-titled debut two years ago, he emerges with Fondo (Six Degrees) , a disc that explores and expands Malian blues with a more global perspective. Since his first disc came out, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Miss Pop Rocks: Things I Learned From Television

    Despite being a college graduate and having a wealth of useless knowledge stored away in my brain (Who is Kafka? What is Hegelism? Where is The Bering Strait? Blah blah blah)...anyway, despite my mind being littered with trivia from school days, I must admit that my biggest education has com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    Get Lit: Rock & Roll Heaven, by Robert Dimery and Bruno MacDonald

    A compendium of dead rock stars and the tales of their demises is hardly an original idea. Nor are there many original, overarching ideas in this book. The vast bulk of the book’s 250 pages is taken up with a chronology of rock demises, from Robert Johnson’s murk-shrouded Mississippi Delta murde ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2007
  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Georgian State Dance Company

    James Brown isn’t among these great Georgian dancers

  • Music

    September 13, 2007
  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    How to Be Musically Hip

    A cheat-sheet for the culturally challenged

  • Culture

    January 18, 2007
  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Papa Didn't Take No Mess

    RIP, James Brown

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2006

    RIP, James Brown

    Daniel Kramer Papa didn't take no mess. Spike Lee, in his 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing, managed to examine the whole of black thought on the race question. You had the stuttering savant Smiley, Sweet Dick Willie and his streetcorner sages, the drunken but wise and heroic Mayor, and Buggin ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Everlasting Sounds

    Ten of the year's most timeless records

  • News

    June 1, 2006
  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    James Hunter

    ames Hunter appears Friday, May 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    James Brown

    Tuesday, May 9, at the Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1600

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Hard 'n Phirm

    Horses and Grasses

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    Various Artists

    Love's a Real Thing

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    Mama's Got a Brand-New Bag

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings carry old-school funk into the new millennium

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003

    Cirque du Soul

    UniverSoul Circus puts the funk under the big top

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Free Radicals

    Our Lady of Eternal Sunny Delights (Rastaman Work Ethic)

  • Music

    October 7, 1999


    Coming This Week

  • Music

    May 28, 1998
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    May 18, 1995
  • Music

    October 13, 1994

    What's Bootsy Doin'?

    James Brown is the hardest working man in show business, but Bootsy's the busiest

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