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    October 2, 2014

    Santana at Bayou Music Center, 10/1/2014

    ¡Con el corazon, se hace todos los milagros! (With heart, one can make miracles) -- Carlos Santana Carlos Santana "Corazón" tour Bayou Music Center October 1, 2014 As I was watching the documentary B.B. King: The Life of Riley last week, I saw a familiar face on screen. It was rock legend and gu ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Aretha Franklin, Cory Branan, Lyle Lovett, etc.

    Aretha Franklin Arena Theatre, September 9 Through no fault of her own, Aretha Franklin stumbled into 2014's more improbable headlines in July, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (class of '87) stopped off to grab a post-concert burger at a Niagara Falls-area Johnny Rockets and was told her chose ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Doughbeezy, Peter Murphy, Steve Martin, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 28 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Five Appropriately Profound Weird Al Haikus

    Some of us are counting the days until Weird Al Yankovic receives his much-deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom or Kennedy Center award, whichever comes with a gold-plated accordion. Until that happens we'll have to make do with Mandatory Fun, his astounding 13th album that is in stores and online ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Debonair Lounge, Merle Haggard, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, March 31 Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- this week's "Ladies Nigh ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Don't Stand So Close to Her: Kristine Mills Does Sting

    On the list of post-punk and New Wave bands that borrowed from jazz, the Police are right at the very top. Their songs are full of unconventional time signatures, complex chord arrangements and plenty of improvisational moments. Instrumentally, Gordon Sumner (aka Sting), Andy Summers and Stewart Cop ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan at Arena Theatre, 8/30/2013

    Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band Arena Theatre August 30, 2013 By now most Buddy Guy fans know to pack an extra pinch of salt between their cheek and gum before going to see him live. The man does go on sometimes. The Louisiana-born septuagenarian bluesman's credentials extend qui ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    From the Back of the Band: Six Musical Instruments on the Cusp of Rock Stardom

    Some musical eras are defined by the instruments that moved from the backing band to center stage as they unfolded. Electric-guitar sales boomed in the 1960s, thanks to Clapton and Hendrix. In the 1980s, synthesizers were popular enough to make one-hit wonders out of groups like A-ha and A Flock of ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Texas Blues Hero Jimmie Vaughan Recovering After Heart Attack

    Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and one of the nation's leading solo blues artists, has been discharged from a California hospital after being treated for a heart attack, according to a statement from his management Thursday morning. Gretchen Barber, Executi ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    22 Coots and Codgers Making the Rest of Us Look Bad

    While the rest of the music business has been slow to awaken from its holiday slumbers, the biggest shows in Houston this weekend come from two artists who have been up a long, long time -- 87 years, to be exact: Bluesman B.B. King and country crooner Ray Price. (Actually, Price will turn 87 on Satu ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    Clockwork Angels

    Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.

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    December 5, 2012

    RIP Dave Brubeck: "Take Five" Jazz Great Dies at 91

    Dave Brubeck, the professorial jazz pianist and composer whose No. 2 album Time Out was a standard of the Mad Men era, has died at age 91, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning. Brubeck's manager, Russell Gloyd, told the AP that Brubeck died of heart failure on his way to a cardiologist ap ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    December 29, 2011

    Last Night: Robert Earl Keen At House Of Blues

    Robert Earl Keen House of Blues December 28, 2011 It sucks when your college roommate is more successful than you. Heaven knows Rocks Off was pleased as punch to hear ours had ended up blowing merchant marines for salvia in Vladivostok (just kidding, Doug!), but Robert Earl Keen's old front porch p ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    November 8, 2010

    Last Night: Merle Haggard At Mo's Place

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Merle Haggard Mo's Place November 7, 2010 Next month, President Obama will look on while Willie Nelson inducts Merle Haggard into the Kennedy Center ring of honor, our nation's artistic equivalent of a Purple Heart. A glance at the Hag's tour calendar could offer a sma ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Emerson String Quartet

    How can four guys make so much music?

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    February 23, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: Henry Rollins Has A Lot To Say. Surprised?

    ​Since his debut in 1981 as Black Flag's fourth, last and best lead singer, Henry Rollins has been the emissary of intelligent hardcore punk rock and its accompanying ideals. Through his five-year history with the band, from the LPs Damaged to In My Head, he brought an animalistic, poetic spirit t ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Buy One Get Five Free

    Life in a trashy trailer park, Texas-style

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    December 4, 2008
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    September 26, 2008

    Another Gig For Christoph Eschenbach

    Christoph Eschenbach, who headed the Houston Symphony for most of the `90s, has got his own self a new, high-profile job -- leader of the National Symphony in Washington. The Washington Post reports the decision was announced by the Kennedy Center last night. Eschenbach had recently been conductin ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    Joyce Yang

    The Society for the Performing Arts presents a piano prodigy in her Houston recital debut

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    December 4, 2007

    Last Night: Dame Julie Andrews at the Hobby Center

    Dame Julie Andrews Hobby Center December 3, 2007 Better Than: The network TV broadcast of The Sound of Music Download: “Le Jazz Hot” from Victor/Victoria Monday night at the Hobby Center, Dame Julie Andrews gave an inspiring lecture about her experiences on stage and in film, her involvement ... More >>

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Grupo Fantasma

    Grupo Fantasma performs Friday, January 19, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Check out the HouStoned Rocks music blog for an interview with Grupo Fantasma vocalist/songwriter Jose Galeano.

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    November 20, 2003

    Burning Down the House

    Bowfire shows off its hot hands at Hobby

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    September 18, 2003

    Friends FLY Free

    FLY and Sandra Organ Dance Company wing it at Miller

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    August 14, 2003

    Dirty Dancing

    Dancepatheatre courts controversy

  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Full-Fledged Frolics

    The ensemble is the star in Houston Ballet's Spring Repertory Program

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    December 26, 2002

    Roseanna Vitro

    Saturday, December 28

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    April 18, 2002

    Creative Interpretations

    Vindication comes a year after "Agent 307" prevented Mahotella Queens from performing at I-Fest

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    May 17, 2001


    The Austin Lounge Lizards steal hearts and minds by feasting on sacred cows

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    November 16, 2000

    Keeping the Faith

    Don Walser's unwavering belief in traditional western music has attracted some powerful converts

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    November 2, 2000

    Middle-Age Angst

    Webb Wilder is in search of a label and a way to restart his rock 'n' roll career

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    October 7, 1999

    So Be Good

    In Shockheaded Peter, bad boys and girls get what they deserve -- and then some

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    May 27, 1999

    Night & Day

    May 27 - June 2, 1999

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    January 21, 1999

    Night & Day

    January 21 - 27, 1999

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    February 26, 1998
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    September 25, 1997
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    June 19, 1997

    Final Curtain

    Don Quixote returns, as Rachel Beard says good-bye

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    June 12, 1997
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    June 13, 1996
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    May 18, 1995