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Jim Croce

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Barney the Dinosaur: More Influential Than Nirvana?

    One question I've tried to avoid asking musicians I get to chat with is, "Who are your musical influences?" It's trite. And if you really love music, you can figure out the answer to this question at least eight out of ten times. But the biggest reason I don't ask is because I know the answer wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    South Side Roller Derby Seeks Local Bands to Rock the Track

    "She was five-foot-six and 215, a bleached-blonde mama with a streak of mean And the roller derby program said that she was built like a 'fridgerator with a head." That's how singer-storyteller Jim Croce described his "Roller Derby Queen" 40 years ago, but times have changed. Today's player is a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2013

    My Christmas Gift To You: Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (w/ VIDEO)

    When you work in media for a living, how do you properly thank thousands of people that you can't see or don't know personally? The thousands of people (we hope) who listen to your show, read your blog, follow you on Twitter, what's an appropriate show of gratitude? Sure, a general tweet of thanks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Film

    April 18, 2013

    Django Unchained: The Most Moving Scene Quentin Tarantino Has Yet Filmed

    Django is Like “Accidental Racist,” Except Not Godawful.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    I Got a Name: Jim Croce's Story In a Bottle

    I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story by Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock Da Capo Press, 336 pp., $25 That it's taken nearly four decades since his 1973 plane crash death at the young age of 30 for a biography of singer-songwriter Jim Croce to come out is a shame. However, while I Got A Name is an insightfu ... 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

    July 26, 2011

    Four Artists Who Died Before Playing Houston

    theindependent.co.uk​When Amy Winehouse died Saturday, almost everyone noted how the troubled British soul singer had joined the "27 Club," the list of legendary musicians who passed away at that age that also includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Mellow Gold: Our Favorite Lite-Rock Hits Ever

    ...and so are your moustaches.​A few months ago, we did an extensive blog, maybe too extensive, on those made-for-TV compilations like Jock Jams, Monster Ballads, and AM Gold. What started out as a larky exercise in how to rag out the search engine on YouTube, turned into another chapter in ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    A Rock in a Hard Place

    The sweet smell of secession​In five years, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest war in U.S. history, and yet a stupefying number of people still don't comprehend how flying a flag associated with treason and -- more to the point -- racism might not be the best idea: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Bluefinger: Rock & Roll Tragedy, One Comic Moment At A Time

    Pnotos by Anthony Rathbun/ Courtesy of Catastrophic TheatreMatt Kelly (prone) and Troy Schulze as Herman Brood and Koos​Plenty of rock stars have shown that there's a fine line between fuck-up and folk hero. Herman Brood, the central figure of Catastrophic Theatre's Bluefinger, doesn't bother ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    ​It's one thing to enjoy music as the kind of casual background noise to a car ride, jog in the park or commercial extolling the incredible mileage of the new Honda. Fiction writer, memoirist and former Miami New Times music writer Steve Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal, Candyfreak) is not that kind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2010

    Back To The Future: The Path Of Joe Pug

    ​ As the Houston SXSW spillover begins to permeate our bars and clubs, we find ourselves inundated with talent. Sunday, Joe Pug and Horse Feathers set up shop at Mango's for a show that is sure to quench anyone's Americana thirst. ​We first got hipped to Joe Pug while we were interviewing Justin ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010
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    December 22, 2009

    American Central Dust: The Americana Class of 2009, Part 1

    ​We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hype behind the Avett Brothers in the process. While a year of listening brought no shortage of pleasant surprises, our hands-down favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Fool Hearted Memory: Music That Chooses You, Not the Other Way Around

    ​ Someone once observed wryly that the only member of your family you'll ever actually choose is your spouse, and perhaps a whole lot of that observation is equally applicable to the music of our lives. A couple of years back we were sitting at Prince's Hamburgers off the Southwest Freeway in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    He Said, She Said: Gone Too Soon

    A rash of recent musical deaths (Michael Jackson and DJ AM among others) have led us here at Rocks Off to do some speculating of our own: Which musicians do we feel were taken from us too soon? Obvious answers like the Famous Js (John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin) or the dual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    August 1, 2008
  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Slamburgers

    The care and feeding of reporters

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Wading for Godot

    Allison arrived in a flood of thoughts -- mattress rafts, murky thigh-deep water and the sudden flotsam of family life rushing out the back door

  • Music

    June 11, 1998
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    February 12, 1998
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