Jeff Smith

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    April 25, 2014

    Strap In For The Cowpunk Ballad of T. Tex Edwards

    The gig is flying a bit under the radar, but Saturday the Big Top hosts T. Tex Edwards, one of the legends of early Texas punk. Known as one of the earliest cowpunks, Edwards was butchering George Jones songs when Jason and the Scorchers were still sloppin' hogs in Iowa. He has always specialized ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Main Street's Macbeth Hits the Highlights, But Is Missing Some of the Fire.

    There's no sleeping through this version of the Scottish play.

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    August 23, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Hickoids, Fat Tony, Houston Global Jam, etc.

    The Hickoids Rudyard's, August 23 To borrow the song's title, the Hickoids followed the style of drug-ridden, disheveled rock and roll the Rolling Stones perfected on Exile on Main Street all down the line. Formed in the mid-'80s by fellow Ramones fans Jeff Smith and Davy Jones, the San Antonio ban ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    The Beaumonts Love the Lord, Just Not Nashville Autotune Pop Cowboys

    Troy Wayne Delco, fearless leader of the Beaumonts, is not your average alt-country fool. Or tool. No, Mr. Delco is an extraordinary alt-country fool, a buffoon of Country Dick Montana stature, a bard of Mojo Nixonesque talent careening about as far into the bar ditch as he can take his band of sla ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Hans Frank: Not Safe For Work

    After several weeks of semi-classical, jazz, and folk music, Leon's Lounge takes a major swerve tonight with spiky haired Hans Frank. The front man of cow-thrash punkers Glambilly, Frank looks like he just stepped out of a bad Roxy Music video, and it's just possible that Bryan Ferry may be a major ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Yoko Ono Just Wants to Be Liked...on Facebook

    ​OK, Facebook finally went too far last night when it casually offered me a chance to "like" Yoko Ono. Six others I'm somehow connected with via F-book (and I'm starting to wonder why I'm connected to them at all) "like" the 78-year old Mrs. Lennon. So when does an "artist" of Yoko's fame and ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Publicists Reject New Claim That Best PR Is None At All

    theatlantic.comThe Weeknd: Don't call him, he won't call you.​A recent headline in The Atlantic - "For Indie Bands, the New Publicity Is No Publicity" - seemed to scream "music blog." Since we Rocks Offers spend a goodly portion of our day weeding through emails and phone calls from publicist ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Muhammadali Seeking Funds For Ride To Awesome Fest

    ​Muhammadali needs a magic tour bus... not just to pick up school children and drive them around "inside the human body," they're also trying to get to a DIY punk festival called Awesome Fest 5 in San Diego. There will be a big benefit show with free food to raise money for the guys' prospect ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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    April 1, 2011

    Hickoids Indulge Deviant UK Fetish On Twits​At least for Lonesome, Onry and Mean, a good cover is one that takes an old chestnut in a new direction. And if about halfway through the chorus a light bulb flashes on in the brain: "Eureka, Batman, I know this song." The Hickoids' new album of all British-rock covers album Kicki ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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    February 9, 2010

    The Basics: Cookbooks

    ​We recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on Alton Brown's top five favorite cookbooks. You remember Brown. He's the quirky chemistry geek on Good Eats and one of the commentators on Iron Chef. If you're one of the few non-Food Network junkies, you might recognize him from Welch' ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Michael Berry vs. Outlaw Dave, Don Walsh vs. Dirty Jeff Smith, Notsuoh vs. Mango's

    ​Another week and yet another clash of the sorta-titans, wherein we pit some of Houston's best and brightest music luminaries against each other in brutal mortal combat. This week we will briefly take a step away from the burgeoning Bayou City indie scene to spotlight two of the town's radio perso ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Muhammadali Checks In from Tour

    Photos courtesy MuhammadaliSee what happened to those towels a little later on here (NSFW). Since January, Rocks Off has been a fan of Muhammadali. From the first house shows and split tape with Black Congress, we have been hooked to their Melvins and Jesus Lizard stomp. A few weeks ago at ali's fin ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Aftermath: Double Dagger at Super Happy Fun Land

    Craig HlavatyWallet, keys, lighter, cellphone, camera(s). We had it all last night as we walked into the arty confines of the East End's Super Happy Fun Land. But one thing we didn't have was a pair of earplugs, and right about now we feel kinda silly not dishing out the extra buck for the ones sitt ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Poodie and the Hickoids

    We've received quite a few rememberances of Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson's stage manager who passed away Wednesday in Austin of a heart attack. But none of the rememberances quite have the zing of Saustex Media label honcho Jeff Smith's. Smith, singer of the Hickoids and former owner of Austin's Hole ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Tonight: Muhammad Ali at White Swan

    With a helluva live show and already garnering a devoted following, Muhammad Ali is knocking 'em dead left and right. (OK, we had to get the boxing reference out of the way, because as much as we tried to sidestep it, we couldn't resist.) Since releasing a split cassette with party boys Black Congre ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The In and Outlaws

    Head Hickoid and longtime Austin scenester Jeff Smith has forwarded some MP3s of San Antonio's In and Outlaws, whose upcoming album marks Smith's first foray into producing and engineering. Smith, owner of the Saustex and Sauspop record labels in San Antonio, has long been known for deconstructing c ... More >>

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    March 10, 2008
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    January 25, 2007

    Singing with Giants

    Fun and games with Austin's Hickoids

  • News

    April 1, 2004

    Cry of the Wolves

    These rescued animals needed protection -- from their own sanctuary

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    October 9, 2003
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    July 10, 2003

    Back Door to History

    Thank J.R. Quinn for the gay celebrations

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    January 20, 2000

    Doug's Deals

    Real estate consultant Williams continues to serve two masters

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    January 13, 2000

    Slow Turning

    It has been a year of little change since Houston Renaissance gave up control of the Fourth Ward redevelopment

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    February 19, 1998

    Smells Like Holy Spirit

    At some of Houston's biggest churches, twentysomethings' faith is built on solid rock. And roll.

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    September 26, 1996

    Mr. Stevens' Neighborhood

    Dollar-a-year mayoral assistant Michael Stevens has been given unprecedented power and funding to transform the inner city. And he answers to just one man.

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    September 5, 1996

    Pretty Babies

    Inside the Miss American Rodeo Pageant: A tale of big hair, big money and little girls

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    September 15, 1994

    Life in Black & White

    Houston's Terry Moore draws a comic success