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John Cale

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Punk-Rock "Newcomers" Screech of Death

    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 the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? The annual Sk8 & Rock concert serie ... More >>

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    October 27, 2013

    RIP Lou Reed: Streetwise Rock and Roll Icon Dies at 71

    Lou Reed, the tragically hip, eternally cool songwriter and musician whose friendships, collaborations and rivalries with the likes of John Cale, David Bowie and Iggy Pop helped define, expand and elevate rock music from the mid-'60s to the present, has died. Reed's death was confirmed to The New Yo ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    One and Done: 10 Great Bands With Only One Album

    In today's society of more, more, more, it's becoming a bit of a rarity, especially with all those reunion albums that keep coming out, but sometimes legends have been made from just one big hit. Ever so often one album comes along that is so monumental, we all fall in love with it, and then the ban ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    The Five Most Disappointing Goth Albums: Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Rapture

    All this week we're going to look back over albums from undeniable goth icons and talk about their failures. By the time Siouxsie and the Banshees released The Rapture in 1995, they had been together for almost two decades. They'd blazed a path with a dark and daring sound that still had just enoug ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Eight Houston Musicians Who Deserve More Love

    Bassist, organist, composer, member of the infamous Homopolice, one of the Rocks Off 100, self-avowed electronic music geek, flanger aficianado, and suave Poison Girl drink slinger, Beau Beasley has been broadly immersed in the Houston music scene all his adult life. Not long ago over a cold one at ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012

    Garland Jeffreys, The Contortionist

    Friend of the Boss, reflects on his well-lived rock-and-roll life.

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    June 18, 2012

    Comin' Up: Happy 70th Birthday, Paul McCartney

    By now you all know that today is Sir Paul McCartney's 70th birthday. Over on chron.com, there is a wire story on the milestone with a curious headline: "Say It Ain't So: Mop Top Paul McCartney Turns 70." Now does this mean that it's a shame he made it seven decades of service, or does it suck that ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Nine Covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" on Its 58th Birthday

    Exactly 58 years ago, Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel on RCA Records, which had just bought his contract from Sun Records for a measly $35,000. Heartbreak sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually become the King's first certified gold record. Also, it's worth noting that, ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    2011 Rewind: Concert Tickets From An Alternate Universe

    This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months. One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Garland Jeffreys: NYC Rock Hero Still Wild In The Streets

    As vapid as television has become, if you're a fan of great live music you might want to check The Late Show With David Letterman Friday night, when Dave welcomes the incomparable Garland Jeffreys. Unless you're a serious music nerd, you've probably never heard of Jeffreys, although you most surel ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Your Musical Word Of The Day: Wainwright

    John Constable's "The Hay Wain"​Definition: A person who either builds or repairs wagons. It's from two old English words, "waen" meaning "wagon," and "whryta" meaning "worker." You see similar words like playwright, shipwright, and cartwright. Now it's usually a last name. Use in a sentence: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Soul City: The Amazing Jazz Crusaders

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. "Hey, let's get back to that down-and-dirty old-school chicken-shack sound" mosaicrecords.com​While Houston ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Tax The Wolf Agrees: Velvet Underground > The Strokes

    Michelle Tovar/ Tax the Wolf on Facebook​For the night before Thanksgiving, there is a lot going on in Houston tomorrow. But with all due respect to Robert Ellis & the Boys at Fitzgerald's and the LAX/Young Girls show at Groundhall - not to mention, on an entirely different scale, both Bruno M ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    ​The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk rock to shoegaze, its members went on to very different lives: Lou Reed to street-life classi ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010
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    November 12, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: Flowers to Hide Chooses the Saddest Songs In the World

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. Next up, Jesus and Mary Chain-y alt-rockers Flowers to Hide tell us the saddest songs in the world. claudiabelle†... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra Coming to Volcano

    Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra with John Cale (third from left) As usually happens just after New Year's, bands and venues are scrambling to line up Houston gigs during South By Southwest. Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet) owner Pete Mitchell has scored an early coup, lining up Chicago powerhouse the ... More >>

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    March 14, 2008

    SXSW: Lou Reed. Live. For One Song. Lou Freakin’ Reed.

    Every damn year, the people who put on SXSW play the same old game. For some reason, there always seems to be a certain amazing musician in town to give a lecture, screen a film or do something else all together that doesn’t involve them performing live. The game is finding out exactly where and w ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2008

    Tired of the Hype, But That's All There Is

    Next month, Houston gets to be a cool kid. But only for a week.

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    June 1, 2006

    The Examined Life

    After a brush with death, Alejandro Escovedo cleans up, digs deep and resurfaces with a gem

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    April 6, 2006

    Number of the Beeyotch

    The Iron Maidens encourage you to bring your daughter to the slaughter

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    September 15, 2005

    The Stooges

    The Stooges (Deluxe Edition)

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    January 30, 2003

    New Bands from Old

    Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Audioslave"

  • Film

    May 17, 2001

    Mouse Bait

    Shrek plunders the Magic Kingdom for empty laughs

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    January 27, 2000

    Raw Power

    Stooges add to punk lore with the release of a seven-CD box

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    October 7, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

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    July 1, 1999

    Unexpected Success

    Just when he thought fame had passed him by, Austinite Jon Dee Graham gets rediscovered

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Rum Punk

    Though Alejandro Escovedo has kicked the booze, he still churns out symphonic hardcore

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    August 21, 1997
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    August 7, 1997
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    April 3, 1997
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    October 10, 1996
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    October 3, 1996
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    October 20, 1994

    A Promise Fulfilled

    Vince Bell returns from the brink with hard-won songs of love and loss

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    August 25, 1994
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