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Jethro Tull

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    July 2, 2014

    The Fast-Moving Mind (and Mouth) of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

    It seems that, Gerald Bostock, the noted writer and lyricist, is at it again. Bostock first came to fame in the early '70s when, as an 8-year-old boy genius, his award-winning epic poem Thick as a Brick was adapted into a concept album by English rockers Jethro Tull. However, his prize was revoked ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Prog-Rock Legends Wishbone Ash: Nostalgia "Not the Whole Story"

    One of the greatest prog-rock albums ever, Wishbone Ash's 1972 epic Argus also remains the English band's best-known and definitive sonic statement. And while other acts in the genre like Yes, Jethro Tull, ELP and Genesis have wider name recognition, Wishbone Ash has cultivated a cult following by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    1973: The Year the Modern Rock Star Was Born

    What You Want is in the Limo By Michael Walker Spiegel and Grau, 256 pp., $26 While many rock histories posit the theory that the '60s "died" with the tragedy of the Altamont Festival in 1969, this gloriousy sleazy but ultimately enlightening tome suggests that the '70s didn't really begin until 19 ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Pleased to Meet You: Eight Song Characters I'd Like to Know

    A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    The 10 Least Subtle Song Titles of All Time

    Now I was a singer in a band, and that band wrote a song called "You Cannot Kill David Arquette." We wrote a lot of other songs, too, and most of them had more esoteric and poetic titles. Still, that's the one I like the best because it's just as bald as you can be. Here's David Arquette, and you ca ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    October 5, 2012

    The Top 10 Weirdest U.S. No. 1 Hits

    It's not often that the pop charts will surprise you. After all, the average consumer in most countries doesn't have time to delve too deep into an artist's catalogue. They don't often pick up on songs that will stand the test of time. They like the ephemera record labels tell them is hot right now. ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Saturday Night: Florence The Machine at The Woodlands

    Florence and the Machine Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 29, 2012 Was it really a mere five months ago that local girl Florence Welch and her band were playing the (then) Verizon Wireless Center? Life moves pretty fast, as Ferris Bueller once said, and F tM's rise has been meteoric indeed ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Yes and Zeppelin? 5 True All-Star Near-Collaborations

    Quick, what's your dream supergroup, living or dead? When I was a big prog nerd, mine was Peter Gabriel on vocals and lyrics, David Gilmour and Robert Fripp on guitar, Geddy Lee on bass, Bill Bruford on drums, Tony Levin on Chapman stick, and Rick Wakeman on keys. Come to think of it, that still sou ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    No Fences: Garth Brooks & the Fuzzy Math of 10 Mega-Concerts

    Fifteen years ago this week, the greatest country music artist of all time, Garth Brooks, made history by playing a free concert to a massive crowd in New York's Central Park. Now, not just anybody gets to play Central Park, but Brooks had the megawatt stroke in the entertainment biz back then to ma ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Crucifying America on a Playlist of Gold

    In addition to the short list of people that we've elected president is an even shorter list of people that by all rights should have been at some point. I'm not talking about Ron Paul or Ralph Nader or Ross Perot but huge figures of statesmanship like Colin Powell or Daniel Webster who seem like th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    When Car Commercials And Rock And Roll Collide

    This weekend is the big Houston Art Car Parade, where children and adults of all ages can gander at their fellow Houstonians' labors of car love. Each car is a marvel to the ingenuity and the insanity of this race known as the modern Texan. The Art Car festivities have cars on our brains. Rock a ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Barbecue and Big Books of Modernist Cuisine on Top Chef: Texas

    We've had a week off, and in that time frame the Top Chef: Texas contestants have moved on from Dallas to Austin. My drug of choice this week is cough syrup, which I've been drinking all day long. I feel like a gangster. (More on this later today.) Nathan Myhrvold is the guest judge this week, and ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Rush...Again

    Photo by Jeff Balke​A couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    The 15 Best Bill Graham Presents Posters And Artwork

    Photo By Tony MorelliBill Graham in 1974​Twenty years ago this week, legendary concert promoter Bill Graham went to the big backstage party in the sky after the helicopter he was riding in flew into a high-voltage tower in Vallejo, Calif. Also killed in the crash was Graham's girlfriend, Melis ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Lordy Lordy, T. Rex's Electric Warrior Is 40

    ​A few months back, we had this to say about T. Rex on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of their single "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" reaching the top of the UK charts. This Saturday, parent album, Electric Warrior, turns 40 years old. It bears repeating, not because we are too lazy to com ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Last Night: Panic! At The Disco At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jessica Perry​Panic! At The Disco House of Blues June 15, 2011 Panic! At The Disco lead singer and main archtiect Brendan Urie comes from the ADHD generation, the one that got meds shoved down their throats. The strange byproduct of that generation, late Generation Yers, is that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Jethro Tull in Space: No Aqualung, Though

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic spaceflight, current space station astronaut and noted flute player Cady Coleman joined in an earth-orbit duet with Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson.

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    March 29, 2011

    Astronaut Plays Jethro Tull Flute In Space

    Rocks Off has been trying to come up with a "space rock" joke all day, but we can't, so we'll just say this is pretty cool. Today we got an email from Austin nonprofit Dart Music International with a link to the above video, which premiered during SXSW. It's astronaut (and musician) Cady Coleman ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Astronaut Catherine Coleman: New Video of Jamming in Space

    Our sister blog Rocks Off was sent the above video, which premiered at SXSW, and we're happy to pass it along in case you missed it over there. Astronaut Catherine Coleman is a flute player; as has been reported, she has flutes from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and two of the Chieftains with her at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Apathy For The Devil: Adrift In The Snowblind '70s

    ​Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir By Nick Kent Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $17.95. While Cameron Crowe's wonderful but fictional Almost Famous told a sanitized story of music-journalist-meets-bands in the '70s, Former New Musical Express writer Nick Kent's memoir is a warts/coke spoons/social d ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    The Houston Culinary Awards Get a Facelift

    Photo courtesy of My TableThe steel awards themselves (no more glass!) weren't the only new things this year.​"You can't help but feel great when you're honored and respected by your peers and Houston diners," said Sean Beck today, after bringing home a stunning two awards at the annual My Tab ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Remember Coast's Thinking Out Loud Vol. 2?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Coast Thinking Out Loud Vol. 2 (Epsom Ent./Street Science, 2008) ​Whether you want to call him ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: A Raviolier Ravioli

    Pictured: NUTRITION​Have you ever slouched out of bed around 1:30 in the afternoon, grunting and snorting, and staggered to the kitchen, opened up a can of ravioli for breakfast, and tossed it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, only to realize "Damn. This ravioli just isn't ravioli-y en ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Edge Of Twilight: The Secret History Of Forgotten UK Proggers Gentle Giant

    ​ Who Dat? Ah yes, the '70s, fertile ground for prog-rockers of mostly English descent like Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. But a cult has grown around the (many would say) even more complex and experimental Gentle Giant - a quintet that, among them, could pla ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Million-Dollar Mud

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL Aftermath, Part 2: Now That That "Dillo Dirt" Unpleasantness Is Out of the Way, How About Some Music?

    Mark C. AustinSeems like we recognize this guy from somewhere...​ More and more, Aftermath uses ACL more than SXSW to see which recent buzz bands are worth their salt, and of course to check on how some old favorites are doing. This year, tops on our new-to-us list were Blitzen Trapper, who manage ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: The Decemberists, Dapper and a Little Dangerous

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​If there's one band Rocks Off didn't envy during Saturday's ACL downpour - seriously, Zilker Park smells like a stable today, moreso because the staff just finished seeding the mud-splattered grounds with hay - it was the Decemberists. The Portland collective closed out Sat ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Eyeballin': The Moody Blues at the Isle of Wight Festival

    Held each year between 1968 and 1970, England's Isle of Wight Festival was the premier outdoor rock party for the British counterculture. The last edition (before its recent revival) proved the largest-attended (600,000!) and best, with a lineup that included Jimi Hendrix in his last major performan ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Going Viral

    The infestation of classic-rock threatens the cultural legacy of an entire generation and must be stopped.

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    May 11, 2009

    Lost Tuneage: Uriah Heep

    www.uriah-heep.com Who 'Dat? The English-bred Uriah Heep sprung from the axis of Mick Box (guitar) and David Byron (vocals). The pair had worked together in both the Stalkers and Spice before hooking up with manager/molder Gerry Bron. A big Vanilla Fudge fan, Box wanted the band to have a prominent ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Tonight: Blacktop Gypsy at the Firehouse Saloon

    Not many acts on MySpace list as their influences Merle Haggard and Fleetwood Mac. Or George Jones and Sheryl Crow. But Dallas outfit Blacktop Gypsy does, and it doesn't take many listens to their music to get the connections. Certainly the template is country but with three women in the mix there's ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Aftermath: Darius Rucker at RodeoHouston

    Photos by Craig HlavatyAftermath always wondered what it was like to not be known to the public by your birth name, but by the name of your band. In the beginning, some club owners thought that David Lee Roth's name was Van Halen. I'm sure somewhere along the line Ian Anderson was called Jethr ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    June 27, 2008

    Remembering Houston's '60s Psych Clubs

    Besides here, here, here and, OK, Stone Temple Pilots - if you're going, at least go early enough to catch opener Black Francis, whose new EP s vn f ng rs is excellent - and a bunch of free instores at Cactus Music, it's kind of a slow weekend for music in the Bayou City. That makes it an ideal wee ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    December 10, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: The Song Remains Lame

    Are you guys serious? At this moment, people are lining up for tonight’s Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 Arena? What’s the big deal? Jesus, you would think Herman’s Hermits are getting back together or something. Look, the band with the guy from the Honeydrippers, one-half of Coverdale ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007

    Rotation: Ringo Starr, Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo

    Confession: I don’t really like the Beatles. Exception: Ringo Starr. Why, you ask? With three other brilliant Beatles, why Ringo? Why, indeed. The answer is complicated, and does not lie in the songs of Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo. In the history of the earth, only four people have claim ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007
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    August 31, 2006

    Hawg Stop Blues Fest

    Sunday, September 3, 11335 Sheldon, 281-456-7867

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    May 11, 2006

    Billy Joel and Goldfish Sandwiches

    Four artists share their guilty, and not-so-guilty, pleasures

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    June 10, 2004
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    October 2, 2003

    Time Warp

    Four bands bring the '70s back to town

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    February 6, 2003

    Iron Men

    Recent releases document the Maiden voyage

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    December 19, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Racket

    Not all pirates are bad

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    December 19, 1996
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    October 17, 1996

    Unpromised Land

    Jolene strives to make sense of life's punches -- and make a living

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    December 7, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Appalachia Calling

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