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    November 19, 2014

    The 10 Funkiest Chicken Songs Ever Recorded

    Lonesome Onry and Mean was hanging with some folks the other night when Rufus Thomas' classic Memphis dance tune "Do the Funky Chicken" came on the jukebox. The owner happened to be standing near the volume control and cranked it; the energy level in the place went off the meter, smiles broke out, s ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Upcoming: Above & Beyond, Chris Brown, Gang of Four, Hozier, The Lacs, Sarah McLachlan, etc.

    5 Seconds Of Summer: Sat., August 8, 7:30 p.m., $25 to $69.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, 281-363-3300. Above & Beyond: Sat., March 7, 8:30 p.m., $30. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. Alan Haynes: Sat., November 29, 8 p.m., $5. The B ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Austin Weirdos The Hard Pans Know From "Mount Bullshit"

    The Hard Pans do just about what their quizzical name implies. To quote Mike Stinson, "they scratch and cuss and fight and moan," hoping to get by in this crazy, confusing, mixed-up maze people call a business. In the eternal quest for gas money and beer, they'll bring a new album, Budget Cuts, to ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Tony Vega, the Big Easy's Barnburner

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. A guitar-playing older brother ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Is It a Quesadilla or a Sincronizada? How to Tell, In Theory

    Hoagies vs. Grinders vs. Subs vs. Po'boys? Only in America do we have such esoteric nomenclature for sandwiches that are often virtually indistinguishable. Or not. It recently came to my attention that it's not just we Yankees who insist on distinction without a difference with regards to our cuis ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Head Nightcat Rick Estrin: "Sometimes I Just Want to Chill"

    As one of the most dapper dudes in blues music (or any other genre), vocalist/harp player Rick Estrin has certain panache when it comes to his trademark hirsute upper lip. "I don't groom it daily, I just shave around it. But yeah, just try to keep it from getting too long," he says. "I used to see ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Last Night: The Gourds at Discovery Green

    The Gourds Discovery Green June 14, 2012 I have lost count of how many Gourds shows I have seen over the years. I doubt I have seen any other band live more times than this one. But I never realized how much children loved the Gourds until Thursday at Discovery Green. Man, these kids loved the Gou ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    RIP Levon Helm: The Band Drummer And Americana Icon Dies At 71

    Levon Helm doing what he loved in Woodstock, N.Y., in 2004Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born icon of Americana music, passed away Thursday afternoon after a long battle with throat cancer, his family said on Helm's Web site. "He has loved nothing more than to play, to fill up the room with music, lay do ... 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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    October 19, 2011

    Houston "Doghouse" Blues Pianist Earl Gilliam Dead At 81

    ​Rocks Off contributor William Michael Smith just called in to regretfully inform us that Houston blues musician Earl Gilliam has passed away. Gilliam's manager, Sheri Goodman, told Smith that Gilliam died at his home near Tomball of advanced lung disease. The piano player was famous for host ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Friday Night: The Gourds & Doyle Bramhall Sr. At Miller Outdoor Theatre

    Photos courtesy of Miler Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardDoyle Bramhall Sr.​The Gourds, Doyle Bramhall Sr. Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22, 2011 It was all Texas big beat Friday night as old-school Austin blues-rocker Doyle Bramhall Sr. and those funny, funny Gourds cut a groove in the Miller Ou ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Gourds Unleash Old Mad Joy On Unsuspecting Public

    Joe Ryan​As an album title, Old Mad Joy sounds like redundancy when placed in the context of Austin roots rock gonzos the Gourds. As anyone who has ever been in earshot of the band or its records, if the Gourds could bottle the music and sell it at the drug store, the corporations who manufact ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Last Night: Foals At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Foals Fitzgerald's April 19, 2011 Just minutes after Fitzgerald's opened its doors for last night's Foals show, tickets were gone. The sold-out venue was packed before second opener Freelance Whales even hit the stage, and it's no wonder - Oxford quintet Foals, fresh off ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Last Night: Fitz & The Tantrums At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Fitz & the Tantrums House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room April 18, 2011 Soul music is about power, yoking that gospel id to the pursuit of more worldly affairs, but it's also about subtlety. Grunt all you want, but smooth and steady wins the race (and wins over the ladies ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Gourds Drummer Lives The Dream At Levon Helm's Studio

    John Carrico​Hanging out with the Band's legendary drummer Levon Helm would be a dream for almost any other timekeeper. The Gourds have just returned to Austin from two weeks of recording at Helm's studio in Woodstock, N.Y, where drummer Keith Langford got to live the dream. The untitled albu ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Gourds, Bramhall Play Miller Outdoor Free Show July 22

    Patrick McGown/thegourdsnews.blogspot.comThe Gourds' Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith at the Houston Continental Club, December 11, 2010​Austin roots band the Gourds just announced via their Facebook fan page that they will play Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22. The band last played at Miller July ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Foals: The Beat Goes On For These Oxford Dance-Rock Scholars

    Sub Pop Records​Hailing from Oxford, England, the five-piece group known as Foals have danced their way into acclaim with their second album, Total Life Forever. Musically, dance is where their rhythms lie, imitating beats from techno to funk to hip-hop. Instead of using conventional electroni ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Country Cool

    A Gourd goes gospel

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    March 26, 2010

    The Musical Minds That Made Booker T The Soul Man He Is Today

    ​How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    New DVDs: Che, Henry Lee Lucas And A Boring Kate Beckinsale

    ​There's one thing you should remember about Che, being released today: this is a movie, not a documentary. Keep that in mind and you should be okay. History and director Steven Soderbergh have both been kind to Che, the revolutionary, some might say too kind. But politics aside, Che the fil ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Everybody Knows What Black Joe Lewis' Name Is Now

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​It was almost like being back in Houston: Sunday was sticky and steamy as Rocks Off arrived at Zilker Park around noon, and the only way we knew we could make it through was with a stiff straight shot of Southern soul. Luckily, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Gourds, Part 3

    [Note: This is the final installment of Lonesome Onry and Mean's interview with the Gourds' Kevin Russell. Don't miss Part 1 and Part 2.] John Carrico Lonesome Onry and Mean: To a lot of critics, "Steeple Full of Swallows" on Heavy Ornamentals was singled out as a new quieter, serious sound for th ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    May 1, 2008

    Ramon Medina's Matagorda Island Discs

    (In which locals sound off on the ten records they would take to Matagorda Island, the nearest major unpopulated sandbar to Houston.)

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    August 9, 2007

    The Gourds

    concert preview

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    February 14, 2007
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    February 14, 2007

    Catfish Reef: Truckin' With Albert Collins

    Welcome to the inaugural installment of Catfish Reef, Houstoned Rocks's ongoing exploration of Houston's rich musical history. Once a week, we'll rifle through the crates in the Bayou City's collective trash can and dust off a record you really ought to hear and why you ought to hear it. We'll beg ... More >>

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    February 2, 2006

    The Gourds, with Last Train Home

    Saturday, February 4, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666.

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    December 15, 2005

    Stairway to Heaven

    Gauging 2005's rock deaths with the Greil Marcus Death Meter

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    September 8, 2005

    Welcome, Neighbors

    Houston's music community responds to an unprecedented influx of talent

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    August 4, 2005

    Houston's Gone Gaaga for Haaga

    A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards

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    April 21, 2005

    Earl Gilliam

    Texas Doghouse Blues

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    August 21, 2003

    Drop Trio

    Big Dipper, Self-Released

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    May 1, 2003

    Bring Back the Funk

    Lee Fields and the Sugarman 3 prove it's all about the groove

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    August 29, 2002

    Barnyard Boogie

    Former Houstonian Kev Russell talks about Snoop Dogg and Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

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    May 31, 2001

    Hammond of the Gods

    Eugene Hawthorne ditches his bass and goes barefootin' with soul-jazz

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    May 3, 2001

    Playbill

    Medeski, Martin and Wood

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    January 25, 2001

    Various Artists

    Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)

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    October 28, 1999

    Utility Bassist

    Christian McBride can do it all, and do it well

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    September 30, 1999

    Jazz Warrior

    Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values

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    February 4, 1999
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    February 4, 1999
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    November 19, 1998
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    September 3, 1998
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    October 24, 1996
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