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Jim James

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans! Gone forever are the days where we vote for winners and losers, and instead we'll just focus on the best finds to be found. This week we see ducks dancing, J-Rock J-Rocking, and one of the best pure performance videos I've ever seen in terms of raw emotions. ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Rocks Off's 25 Favorite Songs of 2013

    "All That Matters," Justin Bieber No R&B or pop singer decided to reinvent themselves musically and be taken seriously as the Biebs has in the past month or so. So sue me, Biebervelli might get tatted across my belly. BRANDO "Berzerk," Eminem All the old-school song samplings layered with Eminem's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Warren Haynes: This Mule is a Real Workhorse

    In another era, James Brown was the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Today, that title crown might just fall upon the hirsute head of Warren Haynes, simply based on the sheer amount of musical projects currently on his plate. The 53-year-old is a singer/guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes Has Plenty to Shout! About

    According to Warren Haynes, singer-guitarist-songwriter for Gov't Mule, it is the first time something like this ever been done by any band -- and he's probably right. Shout!, The group's first studio album in four years and debut for a new label (Blue Note), is a two-CD set. The first contains 11 ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. It's another week of plumbing through the depths of the Internet trying to find the true art of the music video hidden under the mainstream and ignored by the once-proud MTV. Your votes count, so let us know which of these five videos deserves to have their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Futurebirds at Fitzgerald's, 8/2/2013

    Futurebirds Fitzgerald's August 2, 2013 Friday night, Athens, Georgia-based alt-country rockers Futurebirds made their way to a crowded Fitzgerald's for a rambunctious showcase of their tunes. The Washington Avenue crowd found itself a bit north of its normal destinations, as people crowded the ups ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Tedeschi Trucks Band at House of Blues, 7/12/2013

    Tedeschi Trucks Band House of Blues July 12, 2013 At its best, live music can be a life-affirming, soul-nourishing, and joy-inducing experience. Those may sound like empty platitudes, the kind of catch-all catchphrases that might be printed on a plaque at the Hallmark store of spew from the mouth o ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Transcribing Is a Bitch: The Collected Craig Hlavaty Interviews

    My last official day at the Houston Press is tomorrow, so these past two weeks I have been sifting through my body of work here at Rocks Off, almost seven years of words. I've been gleefully overdosing on nostalgia here at my desk, and I have (almost) no regrets. I'll have some more words on my depa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Son Volt's Travel Guide to Five Bizarre Tour Stops

    Son Volt is heading down the highway with a new album in tow, Honky Tonk, but instead of lamenting still waters and beatnik poets, Jay Farrar and company have gone strictly Bakersfield, even naming a track after the legendary country-music mecca. Yep, Farrar has gone back to his roots mixing steel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rihanna, Suzanna Choffel, Wavves, etc.

    Rihanna Toyota Center, April 15 Rihanna has combined her athletic stature, formidable vocals, down-for-whatever attitude and some alarming life choices to become a flashpoint pop star, a lightning rod for controversy that even Lady Gaga would have trouble rivaling these days. Musically, the Barbado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    ACL 2013 Predictions & Rumors: Is This Jimmy Buffett's Year?

    2013 marks the first year that the Austin City Limits Music Festival -- Texas' other large outdoor music festival, never to be confused with Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest -- expands to two consecutive weekends with identical lineups. At this point the lineup for the festival, scheduled for Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Best Shows at SXSW This Year

    This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The 10 Worst Things at SXSW This Year

    This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the most unfortunate moments from last week's SXSW madness. Security and Cops Gettin' Wild: Look, I get it. Every drunken dickhead in town "knows someone" or thinks he has pull at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Top 20 Things We Need to See at SXSW Next Week

    Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Flaming Lips And Their Fwends Set To Weird Up Record Store Day

    In a few weeks on April 21, Record Store Day is yet again set to obliterate the wallets of record collectors around the country, and the Flaming Lips will have quite a release for fans on that day. What would you think if I said that they have been recording with none other than Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nic ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011

    Towering Townes

    Fifteen years after the death of a legend, there are a few stories left untold.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Where Did Matisyahu's Beard Go? We Found It!

    ​Rapper Matthew Paul Miller, stage name Matisyahu, made waves this week by tweeting a picture of his face, shorn of the trademark Chassidic beard, along with a message promising "an amazing year filled with music of rebirth." The message on his personal site also mentioned "rules" in his chose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Last Night: My Morning Jacket At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos By Marc Brubaker​Check out our slideshow of photos from the show. My Morning Jacket, at least to me, are a festival band. It's their natural habitat. Their records are built to be projected across city parks. Out of the half dozen times we have settled in front of Jim James and company ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2011
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    September 22, 2011

    Touch the Sky

    The 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival in exactly 12 paragraphs.

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    ACL Last Night: My Morning Jacket, Loud And Extremely Amplified

    Jim BrickerJim James of My Morning Jacket​While one side of Zilker Park was vibing with godhead Stevie Wonder, the other was being bathed in volume and industrial melodies by My Morning Jacket, who continuously make good on their tag as one of the best, if not the best, live American rock band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Five Can't-Miss Acts At ACL Fest This Year

    Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.​For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    2 Become 1: Musical Match-Ups We'd Like To See

    ​Kanye "Hitler" West and Jay-Z released their (overused music writer word alert) epic Watch the Throne album this week, to mostly great reviews. This fall the first fruits from the recently announced Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration should be on the store shelves, which still sorta weirds us o ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011
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    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Out Today: My Morning Jacket Back In Form, Vedder's Ukulele Slays

    ​This week brings a new My Morning Jacket album, an Eddie Vedder ukulele outing, the umpteenth Dave Matthews Band live collection, and Ozzy's past barks at the moon. We are just now hitting the busy summer release period, so these blogs in the next few weeks will be getting jam-packed. In th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    On The Road Again: Bikinis And Bands At The Hangout Festival

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, duh.​See the bands and bikinis of the Hangout Festival in our slideshows. Imagine the Austin City Limits Music Festival or even the rapidly approaching Free Press Summer Fest on pure, white sand just feet away from a (variably) blue ocea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Out Today: Tyler, The Creator's Goblin, The Cars Restarted...

    ​We now live in a world where Adele is a chart-topping artist, placing at number one slot the past few weeks, rubbing shoulders with the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, and Britney Spears. If Adele's 21 isn't on the top of everyone's best-of 2011 lists, there is no justice in the wor ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011
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    April 1, 2011

    Solo Albums: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    ​Tomorrow night, former Audioslave lead singer and (thankfully) current Soundgarden member Chris Cornell will be at House of Blues for a long-sold-out acoustic show. Recent set lists have included a number of Temple of the Dog songs, some solo work, the usual 'Garden and 'Slave tracks, plus a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Last Night: Iron & Wine At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Iron & Wine Fitzgerald's November 21, 2010 When Hill Country transplant Sam Beam, who played a sold-out pre-Thanksgiving show at Fitzgerald's Sunday night, was still signed with Sub Pop, the Seattle label's founder Jonathan Poneman wanted to see the South Carolina native ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Dr. Dog Warehouse Live November 13, 2010 Fans packed into Warehouse Live Saturday as Houston's temperatures dropped from balmy to brisk in what seemed like minutes. But the crowd had clearly braced themselves for such conditions, breaking out their seldom-used winter acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    SXSW: Dios And The Black Angels Warm Up A Frigid Saturday Night

    Photos by Craig HlavatyDios​ Saturday night was a frigid one for the last full night of SXSW, and Aftermath's musical choices seemed to fall directly in line with the torrid temperament of the weather gods. The night before we found ourselves dabbing sweat of our brows, and exactly 24 hours later ... More >>

  • News

    January 14, 2010

    A&M Assault Case and Abortion Super Center?

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    January 6, 2010

    The Aggie Assault Case Gets A Trial Date, Somewhat To The Surprise Of the Victim's Family

    ​A judge in Brazos County set a date -- June 21, 2010 -- for trial in the case of a Texas A&M student who was allegedly assaulted by two members of the Corps of Cadets, an incident the Houston Press wrote about in a January 2008 cover story, "Rotten to the Corps." The court date might not seem ... More >>

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    December 25, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind: The 2009 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase and Ceremony

    Showcase Sunday, Part 1 Shea SerranoRunaway Sun​ Dominique: "We guess critics would call her style 'neo-soul,' but it didn't seem very 'neo' to me, more like 'jazzy soul.' She fronted a piano-led trio with two backing vocalists and from the first sultry Fender Rhodes groove to the final explosive ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009

    Five Hour Energy

    The 2009 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase in 300 minutes or less.

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    July 27, 2009

    HPMA Aftermath: Ozeal & the Eulypians, Nosaprise, Benjamin Wesley, Tha Fucking Transmissions, Kristine Mills, Peekaboo Theory, Versecity and Spain Colored Orange

    Chris Gray​Five hours is not a long time. It is if you're driving from Houston to Texarkana or Uvalde, maybe. But when hopscotching all over downtown trying to take in as much of the Houston Press Music Awards showcase as you can until your feet and your ears cry uncle, those 300 minutes go by in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

  • Music

    October 16, 2008

    Northern Soul: Portugal. The Man

    Straight outta Sarah Palin country

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Indictments In A&M Assault Case

    Earlier this year, we published "Rotten to the Corps", a story about two members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets who beat up another student, then dodged punishment from the Corps and the university. The students were also charged with a misdemeanor assault charge, which was eventually dismissed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    Five Spot: Rock's Top Flavor Savers

    Welcome back to The Five Spot, another new Rocks Off recurrent. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. It's safe to say that, as of right now, Jim James is cock-diesel. Not ... More >>

  • Music

    June 26, 2008
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    December 20, 2007

    Yo La Tengo in Hoboken

    A Hanukkah pilgrimage

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Bob Dylan, Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver, Wilco and My Morning Jacket Round Out the Weekend

    Click here for a slideshow of Sunday's action. The last day of Austin City Limits Festival, we began to see the sun’s toll on the mass of the great unwashed. Lots of three-day old beards, starving children running naked in puddles, hippies eating barbeque out of desperation. Humanity was holding ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    New Orleans Legend Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and a Guilloteen's Swan Song

    McManus plays his last Houston gig this week, while a Big Easy piano-pounder plays his first

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    My Morning Jacket

    It Still Moves (ATO/RCA/BMG)

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Jana's story

    Everyone in Brenham was shouting about the rape case. Now the victim has her say.

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