Joni Mitchell

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    September 16, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample: 1975

    With the wild, platinum-selling commercial success of Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark in 1974, Joe Sample's studio-session career went into warp drive. Throughout the remainder of the decade, he would sprint from one important project to the next. Sample's Crusaders dropped Those Southern Nights in ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample's Album Credits: 1964-75

    Anyone who follows jazz or has much sense of Houston's music history knows that Joseph Leslie Sample, who passed away Friday night after a losing battle with lung cancer, is a giant. But Sample was not simply a virtuoso pianist, a prolific composer and one of the inventors of jazz-funk via the Crusa ... More >>

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    September 13, 2014

    RIP Joe Sample: Houston Music Icon Dies at 75

    Joe Sample, the Houston native whose masterful keyboard playing made him a leading figure in the jazz fusion movement of the '60s and '70s and a top session musician in jazz, R&B and pop for several decades, passed away Friday night, according to his Facebook page. His family announced his death wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    September 25, 2013

    Graham Nash: CSNY's "Mellow One" Spins Some Wild Tales

    Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life By Graham Nash Crown Archetype, 368 pp., $28 When David Crosby walked out of the gates of Texas' Huntsville State Prison on August 8, 1986 after serving nine months for drugs and weapons charges, two people were waiting to greet him: Crosby's Manager Bill Siddons, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Kathryn Hallberg, Little Girl Gone

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, 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 entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? I have followed Kathryn Hallberg's sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    10 Songs In the National Recording Registry That Might Surprise You

    Here's something you may not have realized. The U.S. government passed a law to preserve important films in the Library of Congress back in 1988, but it took them until 2000 to get around to doing so for recordings. We music lovers get no respect. Luckily, Congress did finally get around to archivi ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Badass Weekend, Tift Merritt, etc.

    Badass Weekend Walters/Houston House of Creeps, February 15 and 16 The first annual Badass Weekend is spread out over two days and three stages at Walters, Houston House of Creeps, and the adjoining Ballistic Skate House, and is sure to give you lonely and wild hearts something to do over Valentine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Top 5 Old Songs Ripe for Hipster Updates

    After having grown up in a pop-music culture that every day grows more adept at rehashing, re-imagining and (let's be frank) flat-out stealing sounds from those who came before, today's indie bands are no strangers to aping their influences. And unlike post-punk and grunge before them, this class do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Moving Day: 5 Albums I Just Can't Quit

    Reconsidering a lifetime of musical choices is a funny business. My first musical purchase? The Maxi Single for Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). First proper album purchase? Amy Grant's 1991 classic, Heart In Motion. Before I lose any degree of credibility, let's move on. For the past m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Weird Fest 2012, The Suffers, Etc.

    Houston House of Creeps (807 Williams), now near Last Concert Cafe, is hosting Weird Fest 2012 starting at 7 p.m. The lineup, as per the Facebook event page: Driver Friendly (Tour kickoff show in Houston), Fingers Crossed (Houston Assholes), Deep Cuts (Scored every Disney Classic soundtrack), Chemis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Big Yellow Taxi: Six Songs About Taxicabs

    For poor kids, like myself growing up, a ride in a taxicab is a foreign adventure, particularly in Houston where it's not an especially necessary form of transportation like some other large cities such as New York. For us, it's the closest we could probably ever get to having a chauffeur, other th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Missed Opportunities: 10 Musicians Who Turned Down Big Hits

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you thought to yourself, "Why did I do that?" or "Why did I turn that down?" Those kinds of moments happen to all of us. It's part of life, unfortunately. This happens all the time in the movie world, but you never seem to hear about it in the music worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    5 Treehugging Tunes By Conservative Country Artists

    ​Today is the Girl Scouts of America's annual World Thinking Day, which they celebrate each year by dedicating 24 hours of contemplation on the world and the people in it. Now, Rocks Off isn't a Girl Scout, but we keep a close eye on them because we've proven in the past they are in fact our o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Berlin Wall at 50: Five Iconic Moments

    Just another brick in the wall​Fifty years ago today, East German construction crews were in the last stages of preparation for building the Berlin Wall. On August 13, they began, instantly giving an incredible propaganda tool to the free world. The Wall has been down for 22 years and will so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Canada Day: Top 10 Artists From Way Up Yonder

    ​Hello? Is this thing on? Rocks Off has a feeling that a lot of folks are nowhere near their computers today. Must be some sort of holiday. It is, actually. Today, not Monday. It's Canada Day, or as it's known in the U.S., "What Is Princess Kate Wearing?" Day. (Also, Friday.) Honestly, Rocks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The Ladies Strike Back, Actually

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 2

    Brittanie Shey: When you go to a festival lit this, you're always looking for the discovery. The one band that either blows you away or causes you to alter all your expectations. Today it was Dan Black, a performer we caught only because there was nothing else going on. As soon as we get home, we' ... More >>

  • Film

    May 13, 2010

    Flagrant Foul

    Just Wright is just wrong.

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    July 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Maria Taylor's LadyLuck

    During his Fourth of July road trip to San Antonio, Lonesome Onry and Mean found himself listening to Maria Taylor's excellent LadyLuck and wondering how he could have been so remiss in not reporting on such a fine record. Producer, singer, writer, arranger, Taylor is a huge multi-threat talent who ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    April 24, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    Cat Power


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    October 4, 2007
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    September 24, 2007

    Last Night: The Sea and Cake, with Meg Baird, at Warehouse Live

    Meg Baird The Sea and Cake, with Meg Baird September 22, 2007 Warehouse Live Better Than: Watching your math teacher's band play the Abyss Download: Unfortunately, the Sea and Cake don't seem to have any free downloads available. There's a YouTube video of "Crossing Line" embedded below. Guitari ... More >>

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Tristan Prettyman

    Friday, June 30, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Brave New World

    A Heights family is targeted in the name of progress

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Vagina Music Roundup

    A scintillating survey

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2004
  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Azita and Carina Round

    Life on the Fly (Drag City) and The Disconnection (Weapons of Mass Entertainment / Interscope)

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    February 13, 2003

    Karrin Allyson

    February 18 and 19

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    February 14, 2002

    Alice Peacock

    Thursday, February 14

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    August 24, 2000
  • Dining

    February 4, 1999

    Class of '98

    A reluctant retrospective

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Herbie's World

    What does Herbie Hancock think of his own work? His take may surprise you.

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    October 22, 1998
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    July 23, 1998
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    May 7, 1998

    Night & Day

    May 7 - 13, 1998

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    January 1, 1998
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    December 26, 1996
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    September 5, 1996
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    June 20, 1996
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    December 15, 1994

    Milla in 3-D

    Supermodel Milla Jovovich proves she's more than just another pretty face

  • Music

    November 24, 1994

    Ray Stevens Lives!!!

    Todd Snider's novelty tunes will tickle your jaded fancy

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    September 29, 1994
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