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James Taylor

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    September 15, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample's Album Credits: 1964-75

    Anyone who follows jazz or has much sense of Houston's music history knows that Joseph Leslie Sample, who passed away Friday night after a losing battle with lung cancer, is a giant. But Sample was not simply a virtuoso pianist, a prolific composer and one of the inventors of jazz-funk via the Crusa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    James Taylor at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 6/14/2014

    James Taylor and His All-Star Band June 14, 2014 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The cougars were on the prowl at the Woodlands on Saturday night, where James Taylor and His All-Star Band played to an almost sold-out crowd, and JT did not let them down. His resume highlights include being inducted ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Uncle Kracker, MxPx, James Taylor, etc.

    Uncle Kracker Firehouse Saloon, June 13 For an artist who started his career as Kid Rock's DJ, Uncle Kracker has managed to find his country niche. That got going with the laid-back "Drift Away," the Dobie Gray tune Kracker turned into a throwback hit as a duet with the original artist back in 2003 ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog

    Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Five Great Musical Duos-In-Waiting

    Last month at Starbucks, waiting on my Grande Pike, I spied on the sales counter a curious item. It was a CD featuring duets by the dude from Green Day and Norah Jones. "Weird combo," I thought, took my coffee and went on with my day. Then, maybe a week later, Phil Everly passed away and the boss ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    April 11, 2013

    Ask Willie D: Sexually Active Teen; White Man, Black Woman

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M 15: I SMOKE, I DRINK AND I'M SEXUALLY ACTIVE Willie D: I have had sex with five differen ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Walter Suhr, the Straw That Stirs Mango Punch!

    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. With his signature panama hat and a wide sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    A Few Things You Didn't Know About "Oh! Susanna"

    On this day in 1847, legendary American songwriter Stephen Foster debuted the song "Oh! Susanna" to a crowd at the Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Who gives a tin Enchirito about something we sang in grade school?" you're shouting because you're a weird shouty person wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Contessa Andrea Von Schmidt, Dwayne Gator Liggins: It's the Quarterly Strange (Accused) Criminal Name Report

    As we head into what passes for fall down here, it's high time we came up with another list of the strangest, funniest and most awesome names to pass through the Harris County Criminal Justice Center over the last few months. (Or years. We stumbled on some older ones.) As always, some of these peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    The Beatles' Rotted Apple Records Ripe for Rediscovery

    Strange Fruit: The Beatles' Apple Records Chrome Dreams, 162 mins., $19.95. While the Beatles' formation of their Apple company had roots in a tax dodge, the foursome really did (at least originally) seek to create a haven where creative types across different genres from art and film and design to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Rock Me... Gently: How the Singer-Songwriters of the Mellow '70s Ruled

    Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter By Dave Thompson www.backbeatbooks.com, 336 pp., $27.99 Whether you love their deep introspective, often angst-filled lyrics and laid-back strumming or despise them as weak-ass, spoiled, gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    The 5 Most Tense Decisions to Be Made in a Heat Wave

    Summer is here in full force, with record days of triple-digit temperatures sapping your energy and baking your hide. Hot temperatures bring with them a series of tense decisions that must be made, decisions where if you guess wrong, the circumstances can be dire. (Note: These do not include the ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Are SNL's Divisive Musical Guests Making It Relevant Again??

    Even as sketch comedy tastes have changed, and a segment of the population has sadly written it off as an unfunny relic, NBC's Saturday Night Live is still pulling in cutting-edge, marquee musical guests each week, in the process creating national stars or pariahs. Or sometimes both. Case in point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Top 10 Carole King Songs Written for Other Artists

    Carole King is a woman who has played a major part in creating numerous classic hit songs. She has helped to shape popular music since she and then-husband Gerry Goffin (they divorced in 1968) wrote "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1961. Her songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Smokey Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Simpsons' Top 11 Musical Guests

    ​When The Simpsons completes its last (contracted) season in 2014, it will have set staggering new broadcast records for longest running sitcom (over 550 episodes) and longest running prime time scripted TV series (25 seasons). These are all American records, of course, because the Japanese co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Southwest's Pilot Apologizes For Misogynist, Anti-Gay Rant

    Sorry about that.​KPRC, which first broke the story, has an update: The pilot caught on an open cockpit microphone denigrating gays and flight attendants has sent out a company-wide apology letter. Captain James Taylor said he "deeply regret[s]" the remarks. "Please know that this event has ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011
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    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    More Like "Hall Of Lame," Am I Right?

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday. With the exception of Wai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Last Night: Jack Johnson At The Woodlands

    Photos by Liana Lopez​Jack Johnson Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 18, 2010 Check out a slideshow from last night's concert. The dirty secret about Jack Johnson is that he may be the closest thing this generation has to the iconic singer-songwriters our parents grew up with in the lat ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    The Ultimate Sandal-Rock Mixtape

    ​Tonight Craig's Hlist will drive all the way out the Woodlands to see Jack Johnson, one of sandal-rock's biggest superstars. He's like the Lady the Rolling Stones of sandal-rock. He's like the McDonald's of sandal-rock. He's James Taylor for people who shop at Whole Foods. He's the Sex Pistol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    He Said She Said: Hot, Sweaty, Angry Workout Songs

    ​When it comes to exercise, men and women don't have many different reasons for doing it. Mainly, both genders want to look better naked if perchance they find themselves without clothes on around a stranger they want to sleep with. Life expectancy, general health, and mental well-being are all se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog: Michael Vick's Entrance Music

    Keith Allison​The mystery of whether or not Michael Vick would be picked up by an NFL team was solved pretty handily last week, when the Philadelphia Eagles signed him as a backup for Donovan McNabb. The Eagles were able to look past Vick's history of...questionable behavior because they need a re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Another Rock Mag Bites The Dust: Performing Songwriter Says Goodbye

    Print publications focusing on music continue to fall like pine trees in a hurricane. The latest to close its doors is 16-year-old Performing Songwriter. Editor/publisher Lydia Hutchison announced Wednesday that the June issue would be the last. The magazine joins No Depression, Blender and Count ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009

    1968 with Tom Brokaw

    Web exclusive!

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    December 4, 2008

    Songs Not To Play At Intercontinental Airport's New Karaoke Booth

    So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>

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    June 27, 2008
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    September 6, 2007
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    August 9, 2007

    California Guitar Trio

    Musican threesome go bohemian

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    Dead Rock West

    Honey and Salt

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Houston Rock Scene Woes, Continued

    A tri-ologue with three scene vets about selling out, not being true to yourself and rocking too hard

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

    If singers were cheese, what kind of cheese would they be?

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Vallejo

    Vallejo performs Friday, January 5, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Just Say No Ms

    In which we examine Cancuntry music

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    A Pack of Mutts

    The lone wolves of 2005

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    Dana Cooper

    Made of Mud

  • Home Entertainment

    November 24, 2005

    For Those About to Rock

    Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11

  • Music

    March 17, 2005

    One Tree Hill Tour, with the Wreckers, Tyler Hilton and Bethany Joy Lenz

    Thursday, March 17, at Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551.

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Devin the Dude

    To Tha X-Treme (Rap-A-Lot)

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2004

    Beautiful Music

    The young and the younger flock to John Mayer and Maroon 5

  • Music

    August 28, 2003

    Eric Hisaw, with Greg Wood

    Thursday, August 28

  • Music

    January 23, 2003

    Erasure

    Other People's Songs (Mute)

  • Music

    August 24, 2000
  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Blowing Smoke

    Government and civic boosters know the way to clean up the air in polluted southeast communities: add another chemical plant

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    August 27, 1998
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    February 27, 1997
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    January 11, 1996
  • Music

    April 6, 1995

    Sounding Out Mary

    Mary Karlzen doesn't want to be anyone but herself

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