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James McMurtry

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    June 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: H-Town Beat Down, Derailers, Morris Day, etc.

    H-Town Beat Down BBVA Compass Stadium, June 20 What better way to christen concerts at BBVA Compass Stadium than an insane hop-hop/R&B show with four top stars? BBVA may want to take out some extra coverage on natural disasters, because Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, J. Cole and Future performing toge ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Cover Story: Two Cozy Alternatives to Bothersome Nightclub Concerts

    Houston audiences who grow weary of their concert neighbors' incessant chatter and smartphone camerawork should absolutely check out this week's Houston Press cover story that takes a look inside the cozy world of living-room concerts. Inspired by a favorite musician who would be passing through th ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Emeli Sande, Jimbo Mathus, Fitz & the Tantrums, etc.

    Emeli Sande House of Blues, July 8 A few years ago, it was Corinne Bailey-Rae, now here comes Emeli Sande to claim the title of the the British Isles' reigning soul starlet. The piano-trained Scottish native, now 26, notched the UK's top-selling debut of last year with Our Version of Events, a nigh ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Houston Bands Prepare to Invade SXSW

    Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals. Rec ... 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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    April 24, 2012

    Upcoming: Roky Erickson, Gucci Mane, Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Daniel Johnston, Etc.

    40 oz. to Freedom (Sublime Tribute): Fri., July 27, 8 p.m., $7/$10. Scout Bar Clear Lake, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. Aesthetic Perfection: Sat., June 16, 9 p.m., $15. Numbers, 300 Westheimer, Houston. Alpha Rev: Sat., May 19, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Jet Lounge, 1515 Pease St., Houston. America: Thu ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Moonshining On The Rise in East Texas

    For the second time this month, East Texas cops have broken up a moonshining operation. The latest case took place near Tyler, in tiny New Chapel Hill. Smith County Constables seized two stills belonging to one man whom they have charged with a misdemeanor, with more charges possibly pending. Cops ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    6 Musicians Who Messed With Texas

    Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day a bunch of old white politicians and landowners declared this part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas to be its own sovereign republic in a cabin near Washington-on-the-Brazos. For some inexplicable reason, Rocks Off does not have the day off ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Some Questions About the Texas Music Awards 2012 Ballot

    If you think we were flabbergasted by songwriter Bob Cheevers touting his election as 2011 Songwriter of the Year in the Texas Music Awards sponsored by mytexasmusic.com and "sanctioned" (a hedge word that appears frequently in relation to the Texas Music Awards) by the Texas Academy of Music (high ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    First Look at the Band Lineup for Chris Gray Day January 14

    Chris Gray Day will be held in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at The Continental Club complex, at 3701 Main, affectionately known to locals that live near and haunt the grounds as "The Island". Today Rocks Off gets to announce the first round of bands playing that day's festivities, be ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Saturday Night: James McMurtry, Jason Isbell at Firehouse Saloon

    Photos by Jason WolterJason Isbell (left) with Amanda Shires on violin.​Wow, Rocks Off is a huge fan of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, but Saturday night this hard-charging band from Muscle Shoals, Alabama got a lesson in Texas big beat. Isbell himself was sitting in the backstage area while J ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Survival Skills

    Jason Isbell sees a glimmer of hope in his true-to-life melancholy story-songs.

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    November 3, 2011

    James McMurtry Can Make It Here

    ​One of the truly gifted Texas songsmiths, James McMurtry has carved a nice, viable career out of great lyrics, stellar playing, hard touring, a good work ethic, and common sense. His last two studio albums, Childish Things (2005) and Just Us Kids (2008), established McMurtry as one of the mos ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    10 American Anthems That Tell It Like It Is

    ​Captain America, Marvel's newest superhero movie, comes out today. We'll pause until the excitement passes. ... Rocks Off likes Captain America. The three comic books we read with any regularity as a scupper were Cap, Batman (Detective Comics), and Spider-Man. But we love America. The land ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Upcoming: The Blow, Incubus, Kyuss Lives, Opeth, Etc.

    ​The Blow: Fri., July 8. Fitzgerald's. Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace: Sun., July 10. Warehouse Live. CJ Ramone: Sun., July 17. Warehouse Live. The Dear Hunter, Wild Orchid Children: Mon., Aug. 22. Warehouse Live. Dwight Yoakam: Fri., July 8. Arena Theatre. Filter, Saliva: Wed., Aug. ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Five East Texans Charged After Firing Weapons Near Oil Rig, Mocking Police

    (Your reading enjoyment of the following story will be greatly enhanced if you play the video below at the same time.) In our second Only in East Texas story in as many days, we bring you what sounds very much like a true-life scene from James McMurtry's "Chocktaw Bingo"... At 1:45 in the wee ho ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Rocks Off Open For Bidness On Memorial Day

    someecards.com​James McMurtry, "Memorial Day": Rocks Off has no idea what we're going to be doing on Memorial Day; we just know we're not going to be here, as in the office. We suspect Leon's Lounge will be involved somehow, because it usually is. But you should be here, as in on this very ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Last Night: Hayes Carll At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Hayes Carll Warehouse Live December 28, 2010 It was almost New Year's Eve, just not cold as hell for Houston. For the third year in a row, Woodlands native Hayes Carll shambled back from Austin for his post-Christmas show at Warehouse Live, which might explain why the ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    The Moonshine's A Harsh Mistress, East Texas (Of Course) Man Learns

    Uncle Slaton's got his Texan prideBack in the thickets with his Asian brideHe's got an Airstream trailer and a Holstein cowStill makes whiskey 'cause he still knows how -- James McMurtry, "Chocktaw Bingo" Thanks to an informant's tip, a real-life Uncle Slaton was busted earlier this month in Smith C ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "New Texas"

    In the third in our continuing series on the music of the five states of Texas, we examine the fictional state of New Texas, comprising Austin and the Hill Country. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. New Texas Capital: Austin Patron Saint: Willie Nelson ‚ÄčLesser Icons: Roky Erickson/Thirteenth Floor ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "Palo Duro"

    View Five States of Texas in a larger map As any proud Texan can tell you, the Lone Star State is entitled constitutionally to split into five states if it so wishes. The scenario has rarely been more in the news than it has relatively recently, when Gov. Rick Perry played to the wingnut gallery in ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Matt Harlan

    Each Wednesday, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. It's hard to explain ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Annual Pazz & Jop Results Released

    Congrats, TV on the Radio! This morning our sister paper in Manhattan's Cooper Square, the Village Voice, released the results of its annual Pazz & Jop poll, where hundreds of music writers and editors rank their favorite albums of the past year in what has to be an absolute nightmare for the ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Miss Leslie Takes Top Honors in Freeform Americana Radio Awards

    Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, "Yes Ma'am" Houston's own Miss Leslie Sloan of Miss Leslie and Her Jukejointers was tipped for a slew of honors in the most recent Best of 2008 voting by FAR (Freeform Americana Radio) members. She was voted Female Artist of the Year over Eliza Gilkyson and C ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    October 2, 2008
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    September 19, 2008

    Weekend Music: (Just Like) Starting Over

    John Lennon, "Starting Over" Call Rocks Off crazy, but last week about this time - when I was frantically posting as many Ike & Tina Turner videos as I could find as the wind ominously picked up speed outside - seems about, as the Plimsouls said, a million miles away. It may be a little too soon ye ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008

    Tonight: Dustin Welch at Under the Volcano

    Anyone who caught Dustin Welch opening for Mark Germino last month at Anderson Fair, or for James McMurtry at the Continental earlier this year, is already aware of a singular talent rising through the ranks of Americana music. Welch, the son of Oklahoma songcrafter Kevin Welch, brings a new level o ... More >>

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    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007

    Joe Ely

    One of the original kings of alt-country is experiencing a renaissance

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    October 18, 2007
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    March 1, 2007

    Big Chris Gates and Gatesville

    Big Chris Gates and Gatesville perform Friday, March 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899. James McMurtry also performs.

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    February 27, 2007

    This Just In: Music World Acquires Compadre

    At first it seems a hard circle to square — the same local label group serving as the home of both Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry and Beyonce/Destiny's Child and the Dreamgirls soundtrack, but that's just what has happened. Earlier this morning, the following announcement came in over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007

    This Just In: Music World Acquires Compadre

    At first it seems a hard circle to square — the same local label group serving as the home of both Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry and Beyonce/Destiny's Child and the Dreamgirls soundtrack, but that's just what has happened. Earlier this morning, the following announcement came in over the ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006

    Bored with Apathy

    Houston's old-school punks reunite to aid a stricken legend

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    December 7, 2006

    Playbill: Randy Weeks

    Randy Weeks Despite living in LA, Randy Weeks has determinedly returned to Texas every couple of months since the 2006 SXSW. Bent on creating something like his loyal following at The Cinema Bar in Culver City, where his twice a month residency has become a must for fans of roots music, in the past ... More >>

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    December 29, 2005

    Farewell to the Twenty Nickel

    Looking back on the '05 and dreaming in the '06

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    November 10, 2005
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    August 25, 2005

    Camp Death

    The site of Cindy Sheehan's war protest is crowded with opinions and ghosts

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    August 18, 2005

    "I Raq and Roll" vs. "We Can't Make It Here"

    Two Houston-connected musicians offer up different takes on the war. One veteran tells Racket which he thinks is better and why.

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    May 26, 2005

    Take Me Out...

    ...to the ball game. Lauding baseball-in-rock's finest moments.

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    March 24, 2005
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    November 11, 2004
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    April 15, 2004

    James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards

    Live in Aught-Three (Compadre Records)

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    July 10, 2003

    Reckless Kelly

    Saturday, July 12

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    May 30, 2002

    Townes Van Zandt

    Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings and The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)

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    May 2, 2002

    James McMurtry

    Saturday, May 4

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    April 22, 1999

    The Book of James

    Colorful characters fill James McMurtry's Tex-rock sound

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    August 21, 1997
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    March 28, 1996
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