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    September 26, 2014

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Toyota Center, 9/25/2014

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood Toyota Center September 25, 2014 Anyone curious what might motivate Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to continue making records could do worse than starting with "Shadow People," a song from the band's new album Hypnotic Eye. Like its neighbor "American Dre ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    Copycats

    Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.

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    October 31, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: John Salinas, the Beat Beast of Only Beast

    Who? I stumbled across Only Beast simply because of their name and instantly became enamored of their dynamic and incredible front woman Danielle Renee and the sheer raw power of the rock and roll that comes pouring out of her throat. Let's turn our attention now to another key ingredient in the duo ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Get Over It: Five Rocker Muses Who Totally Suck

    We've all been there: with a crush so big and bad that it completely muddies your ability to think clearly and infects your brain like an earwig, in love with someone who realistically is kind of a crapbag, pining after someone who, plainly, just sucks. We all know that this thick veil of fantasy ca ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Acts You Shouldn't Miss at iFest's First Weekend

    Rocks Off asked our staff members who will be covering the Houston International Festival for us this weekend to give us one or two choices for artists they don't want to miss. Forro In the Dark Bud Light World Music Stage, 2:30 p.m. Saturday/Center Stage, 6:30 p.m. Saturday As one of the first ac ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 3-6

    Of Montreal, Wild Moccasins, French Horn Rebellion Warehouse Live, December 3 Of Montreal's sunny psych-pop brims with such starry-eyed youthful bliss that it might be a little sobering for aging hipsters to remember that Kevin Barnes' crew was once peers with Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control and T ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    So This Is 5 Years of Listening to Sunny 99.1's Christmas?

    2008: An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell Every year, Sunny starts playing non-stop, 24/7 Christmas tunes by the end of November. You can pretty much bet that by the time you hop in the car after Thanksgiving dinner that Perry Como will be riding shotgun with you up to the gas station for smokes ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Sex Expert Rachel Khona's Steamy Road-Sex Soundtrack

    Nevermind the bushes, the parking garage, the vacant tollbooth, the Wendy's bathroom, the Walmart gardening center. I guess we've all been there, when the urge and vapors and blood flow gets to be so troublesome that we just gotta have sex in the car. It has to happen in the car. No exceptions. Th ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Pinot Grigio Nation

    "Soon as we walk through the door," sang Mariah Carey in her 2008 hit, "Migrate," "Fellas be grabbin' at us like yo / Tryin' to get us going off the Patron / We sippin' Grigio... slow." These lines came to mind last night when the day's umpteenth press release caught my eye from an over-saturated i ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    10 One-Hit Wonders Who Should Have Had More Success

    One-hit wonders, in some ways, are more innovative than their legendary counterparts. Sometimes -- such as is the case with the Buggles -- they are too innovative. People are not ready for them, and musical trends may not be in their favor, whether they are innovative or passe. Anyway, here are te ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Texas Guitar Great David Grissom Digs Way Down Deep

    David Grissom has a résumé that most guitarists can only dream of. From his early days with Hank III in Killbilly, Grissom went on to playing, along with Jimmy Pettit and Davis McLarty, for Joe Ely from 1985 to 1991. A hell-for-leather band that could hang with the Clash or just about anyone else, ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Here's The Pitch: Top 10 Commercials Starring Musicians

    Madonna's infamous "Like a Prayer" Pepsi ad, 1989​Every now and then, name-brand companies need a little extra pizzazz when it comes to advertising, and often they turn to the music world to do this. Either way, it's a win-win situation for both the artist and the company because the artist us ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Looking Back at A Very Special Christmas Track by Track

    In the late 1980's, music empresario Jimmy Iovine cobbled together quite a collection of pop and rock artists to record songs for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics. In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released and rapidly became an instant holiday classic thanks to the star powere ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Billy Joel Safe At Home In Final Play At Shea

    ​Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert Sony Legacy, $13.98 While not a Queens-bred boy, what better choice for a musical performer to close out Shea before its demolition than Billy Joel? Filmed over two nights in July 2008, this 2-CD/1-DVD package offers a great overview of Joel's car ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Eight Songs For James Dean's 80th Birthday

    ​Had he lived, the original angsty hero, James Dean, would have been 80 years old today. Dean died in a violent September 1955 car crash, ending his film career after only three major roles. It only took three movies for the young man to become a brooding, enigmatic legend. Dean died just as ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Obscure 2010 Albums

    ​As per previous years, Lonesome Onry and Mean isn't going to bother with running down all this year's major-label releases. Ranking the relative merits of Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert is the Houston Chronicle's job, we suppose. Seeing major players like Robert Plant, Bruce Sp ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Time Waster Tuesday -- NBA Superstars Videos (via YouTube)

    "'Remember when' is the lowest form of conversation." -- Tony Soprano Tony was right, you never want to be "remember when" guy, and I try my best not to be. But the fact of the matter is, for many of us, what happened between the ages of 16 and 28 constitute the "good times." High school, maybe ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Upcoming: Buzzfestivus, John Mellencamp, Merle Haggard, Etc.

    ​Amplified Heat: Fri., Nov. 26. Rudyard's. Authority Zero: Thu., Dec. 2. Scout Bar Clear Lake. Belanova: Wed., Dec. 1. House of Blues. Born Liars, The Energy, The Mahas, Talk Sick Brats: Wed., Nov. 24. Rudyard's. "Buzzfestivus" with Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World. Sun., Dec. 5. Verizo ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Happy Anniversary, Nirvana's Nevermind

    ​This past Friday, a significant musical anniversary came and went with barely a peep. It was only 19 years to the day the last album to cause a legitimate sea change in popular music - both the industry and the art - was released. Rocks Off knows that was a few days ago, but hey, we had a bus ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Mary Gauthier

    Singer-songwriter revisits painful past .

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    March 30, 2010

    Like James McMurtry? Michigan's Erik Koskinen Will Scratch That Same Itch

    ​ One of the biggest surprises of last week's SXSW fallout was young Erik Koskinen. Koskinen, originally from Michigan, drove down from Minneapolis to play guitar with Randy Weeks, and LOM met him at KPFT's 40th-anniversary soiree at the Mucky Duck. We've been listening to his new EP pretty much n ... More >>

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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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    July 29, 2009

    Big Willie Style: The Red Headed Stranger at the Movies

    Honeysuckle Rose This weekend at the Woodlands comes one of the most prolific trios of artists to ever appear on the same bill. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp converge on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for what looks to be one of those landmark shows people brag about catching, k ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Back to the Dead

    Black Leather Jesus's Richard Ramirez resurrects the Dead Audio Music Festival.

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    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

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    August 7, 2008
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    October 18, 2007
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    June 15, 2006

    Roots Redux

    Dan Colehour's Midwestern musings get their day in the Texas sun

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    September 23, 2004

    A Thin Line...

    Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)

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    August 12, 2004

    Songs Of Freedom

    Perhaps the candidates running in the 2004 election could use some help selecting their campaign music

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    July 22, 2004

    Blame It on Braid

    A reunion tour provides a rare peek at where this emo thing started

  • Film

    July 1, 2004

    Soul Doubt

    Louis Schwartzberg aims for America's Heart, but mostly sticks to the surface

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Coal Miner's Brother

    Chris Knight extracts songs from the same ravaged west Kentucky earth he once rehabilitated

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Lucky Boy's Confusion

    Ignoring hometown neglect, Mando Saenz signs a Nashville publishing deal and ponders his next move

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    The Enforcers

    Unlicensed jukebox music may be the downfall of feisty Sassy's

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    July 1, 1999

    Night & Day

    July 1 - 7, 1999

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    October 15, 1998
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    August 20, 1998
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    May 28, 1998
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    August 7, 1997
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    January 4, 1996
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    August 24, 1995
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    April 20, 1995

    Heavenly Fire

    Jason and the Scorchers reunite, and get hot in the process

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    September 29, 1994

    Somber News from Nashville

    Townes Van Zandt hospitalized with lung problems

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    July 28, 1994

    Hot Sounds in the City

    The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards

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    April 28, 1994
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