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    December 31, 2013

    10 Albums From 2013 You Should Have Heard

    Terry Allen, Bottom of the World You can yack on all day about Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott or some other artless, vacant, party-popular, Texas good-ole-boy bands, but the old salts know that Terry Allen's music is that real Texas deal. On his first new material in 14 years, Allen touches all the bases ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Gunfights and Ragtime

    A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.

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    October 30, 2013

    Covering Townes Van Zandt Can Be a Tricky Proposition

    Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Billy Ocean, Jason Isbell, Wild Child, etc.

    Billy Ocean Warehouse Live, October 11 We weren't sure it was possible for '80s hitmaker Billy Ocean to get any cooler than he was in his "Caribbean Queen" video, where the Trinidad native dances around in a dapper suit surrounded by a puppet saxophone player. These days he's sporting dreadlocks th ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Meet Memphis Ambassador John Paul Keith, Sharpest Pen Around

    Writer, rocker, and raconteur John Paul Keith swings into Houston Saturday night after a long absence. He's touring behind his latest release on Big Legal Mess Records, Memphis Circa 3AM. American Songwriter has been streaming the album for several weeks, and Rocks Off can't get it off our daily lis ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Upcoming: Billy Ocean, Kid Cudi, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.

    AFI: Thu., October 17, 6 p.m., $25. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. BC Presents HeArt: With Saturn Will Not Sleep, CB Kings., Thu., September 19, 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. Billy Ocean: Fri., October 11, 7:30 p. ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013

    Houston's not getting any colder, so Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us which recently released songs are helping them beat the heat this summer. Alt-J, Dissolve Me" A strong, danceable beat coupled with such serenity. It's the sound of floating in the ocean with friends while just a little bit ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    John Fullbright Growls Like Hayes Carll, Or Vice Versa

    At last, the promise we've always seen in John Fullbright is signed, sealed, delivered, and certified in his first full-length studio album, From the Ground Up. Having seen Fullbright solo and duo the last two years and loving the starkness of his windblown Leon Russell Okie plaint, hearing him with ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Americana Music Association Nominates Robert Ellis As Emerging Artist Of The Year

    Houston's own globe-trekking Robert Ellis received an Emerging Artist of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association Thursday afternoon. The ceremony was officiated by actor and musician John C. Reilly, and featured performances by Ellis and a few other big names like Lucinda Williams a ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Sunday: iFest in Downtown Houston -- Galactic, Jason Isbell, Etc.

    Houston International Festival Downtown Houston April 22, 2012 With a slight north breeze keeping festival-goers from broiling under a cloudless sky, Sunday's iFest turned into a perfect laid-back Houston day of rest and entertainment excess. It didn't hurt that the music lineup was both diverse an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend: 4/20, Record Store Day, iFest, Etc.

    Today is 4/20, and you know what that means. (Or do you? We always forget.) One thing it means is that Art Inst., Ese, Big Gerb & the Bearded Bandidos and Secret Society are playing a show tonight at Walter's. Come hungry. Houston House of Creeps is trying to raise enough money to buy a new PA, so ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    February 28, 2012

    iFest 2012 Heavy On Latin Rock, Funk, South Americans

    The Houston International Festival officially announced its 2012 lineup this morning. The music is heavy on Latin-flavored rock, reggae and funk, with Texas well-represented as always and an exceedingly rare Houston appearance by Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat giant Fela, and his group Egypt 80. Among ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Ten Albums That Should Be Grammy Nominated Over Linda Chorney's

    Photo by Jason WolterJason Isbell (left) and Amanda Shires (right) are both more deserving than Chorney.​The small world of Americana music is all a-twitter over New Jersey woman Linda Chorney's nomination for a Grammy in the Americana category. In case you haven't been following the story, Ch ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Grammy Sham: Americana Artist Gets Nominated Through the Web

    The subtle front page of Chorney's website.​As if the Grammys didn't have enough credibility issues, NARAS, the organization that controls the process, has left a loophole large enough for a complete unknown to manipulate her way onto the final ballot in the Americana category. The news broke ... 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
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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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    October 21, 2011

    Buxton: "Not Everyone Is Going To Love You"

    Photos by Marc BrubakerBuxton at Rudz in August​Lonesome Onry and Mean has been spinning local sensation Buxton's upcoming release Nothing Here Seems Strange for almost two weeks now. And we're sorry, but we still don't get it. Maybe we are old and jaded and out of it, but to us it sounds l ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    June 6, 2011

    Summer Fest Sunday: Peak Fun With B L A C K I E, Hayes Carll, Guitar Wolf, Yeasayer, Robert Ellis & More

    Jim BrickerGood ole boy done good: Hayes Carll had a productive homecoming.​Chris Gray: Not long after I got to Summer Fest Sunday, I spotted festival honcho Omar Afra finishing up one of local musician/yogi Tyagaraja's yoga workshops in the wooden glade known temporarily as the Budweiser Beer ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Summer Fest Critic's Guide: Who We're Seeing At Tinsley

    Jermaine Rogers​In three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Jason Isbell, Americana Heir Apparent, Won't Run From Country

    Joshua Black Wilkins/All Eyes Media​It seemed a bit odd to be talking to Jason Isbell on Memorial Day. Lonesome, Onry and Mean had just watched a YouTube clip of Isbell doing "Dress Blues," his tribute to a high-school friend who died in Iraq. And with a daughter who did her tour of duty in A ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    The Best Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

    ​The year isn't quite half over, but as of today, "summer" is officially here - even if the calendar needs a few weeks to catch up - and by the time summer is over, so will 2011. Or close enough. So Rocks Off asked our staff to give us their favorite two albums of the year so far, plus one out ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink: Five Songs For A Hangover

    funny.desivalley.com​Every now and then after a night out, Lonesome, Onry and Mean's head feels like it's been in a fight with some guy who owns a nail gun. While we may no longer be on a regular first-name basis with morning - nor, by way of waiver, are we particularly prone to over-serving o ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Summer Fest Releases Stage Schedule, Set Times

    Jermaine Rogers​If Rocks Off learned anything at iFest these past two weekends, it's that we should have started our own bottled-water franchise. And that when you go to a music festival, it's a good idea to know who is playing and when. Running around willy-nilly is all well and good unless i ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Out Today: Paul Simon Resurgent, Foos Get Loud, Isbell Kills

    ​It's New Release Tuesday, and this week's is one of the biggest days of the year, with new discs by the Foo Fighters, a reinvigorated Paul Simon and TV On The Radio leading the pack, plus a few other artists returning to the scene after a few years away from the limelight. Next week (April ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    SXSW: The 10 Best Of The Fest This Year

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​

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    March 14, 2011

    Rocks Off's Must-See Music Picks For SXSW '11

    ​As you may have heard, there's a teeny-tiny little music festival going on in Austin later this week. Some of the early birds on team Rocks Off are either already there or well on their way, as a matter of fact. With more than 2,000 artists playing the official part of SXSW alone, trying to ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Last Night: Drive-By Truckers At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Drive-By Truckers House of Blues September 23, 2010 To be considered "great," a rock group needs to occasionally (at least) spread itself beyond the confines of songs about chasing girls/ditching school to touch on more universal themes. Some acts come to this realizati ... More >>

  • Music

    January 7, 2010

    Love and Theft

    The decade with no name left behind plenty of memorable music.

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    October 29, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

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    April 23, 2009
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    April 15, 2009

    Album of the Week: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit www.jasonisbell.com Jason Isbell just turned 30 this past February, so calling him an old soul might be soft-pedaling things a bit. You just can't be callow and pen a line like "She left me alone with these pills, and the last ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Mail Call: Diagonals, Fountains of Wayne, Jason Isbell, Chess Records, Sally Crewe and More

    After a hot minute, Mail Call returns in a slightly revamped format... Pick of the Litter Diagonals (Austin), Valley of the Cyclops (Monofonus Press) They Say: "A sweet-and-sour dark-pop soundtrack for the dawn of the post-Bush era." Rocks Off Says: Loose-fitting, lo-fi melodic garage ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Tonight: Justin Townes Earle at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Honky-tonk blues youngun Justin Townes Earle, 26, hits McGonigel's Mucky Duck tonight. Rocks Off called him up last week to ask about last year's first round of tours behind debut release The Good Life, his early hip-hop influences, his new record and how he'll handle a venue with no room to dance ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Mick Jagger meets Gilley's

    Some Girls Ride Bulls

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    July 16, 2008

    Whither Southern Rock?

    South by Southwest's daily music-news aggregator The Daily Chord stumbled across an interesting item today on former Houstonian Bill Bentley's new Sonic Boomers blog. Longtime music writer Geoffrey Himes, who penned the Born in the USA entry in the 33 1/3 album-guide series, writes a lengthy essay a ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008
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    December 20, 2007
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    August 31, 2007
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    August 9, 2007

    Dress Blues

    Once a Drive-By Trucker, Jason Isbell strikes out on his own

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    June 29, 2006

    Drive-By Truckers, with the Black Crowes

    Sunday, July 2, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-363-3300

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    March 23, 2006

    South By So Huge

    Austin's little music festival is all grown up

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    November 11, 2004

    Shut Up and Drive

    The Drive-By Truckers ain't just whistling Dixie in their van

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    August 26, 2004

    Drive By Truckers

    The Dirty South (New West)

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    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

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    September 18, 2003

    Drive-By Truckers

    Decoration Day (New West)

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