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John Lee Hooker

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    May 5, 2014

    Tom Jones at House of Blues, 5/4/2014

    Tom Jones House of Blues May 4, 2014 If, as Lord Nelson once remarked, our reputation precedes us, then Tom Jones' rep must enter the room a couple hours in advance. It would at least partially explain the 90 wait time between the doors opening at the House of Blues and his eventual entrance. What ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    True Blood: John Lee Hooker and the Home-School Blues

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. We're down to the last two episodes of True Blood this season. Wit ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 22, 2012

    Promised Land

    SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Top 5 Songs About Whiskey

    Whether it's rye or bourbon, straight or blended, Irish, Scotch or Canadian, rock, country or classical, whiskey and warblers go way back. Even Stravinsky was quoted as saying "My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey." In whiskey-related weird news ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    May 13, 2011

    13 Lucky Songs For Friday The 13th

    ​Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Unlike most Fridays, this one has gone pretty smoothly here at Rocks Off HQ, which means we must be in for a hellacious Monday. But hey, that's next week. Our luck may be holding up - for now - but we couldn't let the occasion go by unremarked (plus a couple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Five Essential Boogie-Rock Albums

    ​Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    You Talkin' to Me? Seven Musical Moments in Martin Scorsese Films

    ​We scoured the Internet, like we do for at least nine hours a day, for an excuse to embed Scorsese clips into one, organized blog post. Lucky for us, we found that timeliness was applicable: the 35th anniversary edition of Taxi Driver is out on Blu-Ray! We'll probably stick to our used copy t ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    March 29, 2010

    Picnic, Phoenicia-Style

    ​Every trip I take to Phoenicia (12141 Westheimer) for basic grocery shopping somehow culminates in a giant picnic at my house afterwards, owing to the bounty of ready-to-eat food in Phoenicia's deli section (which is getting ready to move out of the store itself and into its own, adjoining sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    No, We Didn't Realize There Were This Many Songs About Groundhog Day, Either

    ​Today is Groundhog Day, and it's easy to forget - after listening to your co-workers droning "Phil? Phil Connors!?" all day - the reason for this special season. After all, isn't this day supposed to be about the groundhogs? Trouble is, there's not a lot of musical material out there about Marmo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

  • Music

    April 23, 2009

    Hello, Houston!

    Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead

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    April 15, 2009

    For April 15: Five Movies About Taxes

    April 15 each year brings with it the journalistic challenge of covering yet another "last-rush filers" story, or some clever way to say that it's the deadline for getting your return in. (We still wonder if anyone's ever been prosecuted because their return had an April 16 postmark.)The subject of ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Get Lit: Delta Blues by Ted Gioia

    Raw and untamed in its sound, performed by larger-than-life characters who might have popped out of fiction, and shrouded in a (often self-mythologizing) mystery, it's no wonder that the Delta blues attract such interest and scholarship, and is lauded as the most "true" distillation of the genre. Co ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    "The Sounds I See: Photographs of Musicians"

    This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    Juneteenth Revisited

    Two arts organizations attempt a new spin on an old event

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Boogie Chillun

    Perhaps inspired by Miss Pop Rocks’s ill-fated trips through Wikipedia’s labyrinths of information, I set out this morning to round up a few of the worst tribute bands on YouTube and wound up sidetracked with this little video treatise on the boogie. So, y’all ready to boogie? I don’t mean ... More >>

  • Music

    January 24, 2008
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    November 22, 2007

    Alan Haynes

    Even in Austin, this blues guitarist stands out

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    Get Lit: Rock & Roll Heaven, by Robert Dimery and Bruno MacDonald

    A compendium of dead rock stars and the tales of their demises is hardly an original idea. Nor are there many original, overarching ideas in this book. The vast bulk of the book’s 250 pages is taken up with a chronology of rock demises, from Robert Johnson’s murk-shrouded Mississippi Delta murde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Charles Brown to Sippie Wallace

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 81-90 and 91-100. 80. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Charles Brown, 1960. A minor hit for Texas City’s Brown, the song has endured for decades to become the second of his Yuletide staples. Think you’re miserable at Christmas? ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007

    Grady

    Grady performs Saturday, July 28, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899. Studio Magick Black is also on the bill.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    Taking Liberty's at Fitzgerald’s

    This week’s big local music news (besides Jana Hunter’s last show before moving to Baltimore) is of course Fitzgerald’s 30th anniversary, starting Thursday with local folksinger supreme Shake Russell, Friday with Fort Worth percussion amoeba Spoonfed Tribe, and Saturday with Denton polka kings ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    James "Blood" Ulmer

    Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions

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    January 25, 2007
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    October 5, 2006

    Bonnie Raitt

    Bonnie Raitt appears Saturday, October 7, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. Call 281-363-3300 for more info.

  • Calendar

    June 8, 2006
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    April 6, 2006
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    November 17, 2005

    Hidden Treasures

    Introducing some of the best discs you've never heard

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Hurricane Mixtape

    Music to drown by

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Canned Heat, with Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy and the Daddylongnecks

    Saturday, April 9, at the Hawg Stop, 11335 Sheldon, 281-456-7867

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Money Waters

    The Porch (Soullsys Music/Noir Sound)

  • Film

    November 28, 2002

    What Was Going On

    At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Racket

    "The Big E" isn't your typical DJ

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Jukebox

    Warren's Inn

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    December 3, 1998
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    August 27, 1998
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    December 5, 1996
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    July 4, 1996
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    June 6, 1996

    Happy Trails

    A cowboy's name hasn't kept bluesman Roy Rogers off his chosen range

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    December 14, 1995
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    April 13, 1995
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    November 3, 1994
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    December 2, 1993

    New Blues

    Alternative rock robs pop's cradle

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