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Leonard Cohen

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    September 17, 2014

    Leonard Cohen's Five Best Collaborations

    In honor of his 80th birthday this year, Leonard Cohen will release a new record of original material entitled Popular Problems next week. Both the album's title and its first single, "Almost Like the Blues," show the Canadian maestro firmly in his comfort zone, exactly where he should be. Nobody is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    10 Acts to Watch at Yes, Indeed! Fest 2014

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever Weekends that go by without another multi-stage festival setting up shop somewhere in Houston are getting pretty scarce, but Yes, Indeed~ has a definite leg up due to its track record and homegrown appeal. For its third edition, the nine-hour event relocates to mid- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Jeff Bridges Abides, In or Out of Character

    When it comes to music, Jeff Bridges is not some dilettantish actor noodling around with a guitar. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, he and a friend would play hootenannys at L.A. clubs like Ledbetter's while still in high school. Years later, while filming the infamous 1980 western Heaven's Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. The music video as an art form is as unique and brilliant as it is now once again underground. To perfectly mesh music with a film director's vision is to empower both of those forms beyond the sum of their parts. If you can't see the live show, then at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Justice Tirapelli-Jamail, The Manichean's "Quiet One"

    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? The Manichean? Easily one of the top b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    The Five Weirdest, Worst Production Choices Famous Musicians Have Made

    When it comes to production, the general heuristic would be that the more money you have, the better production you can buy. That, oddly enough, is not necessarily true. While a lot of the richest and most famous musicians do buy some pretty stellar production from the hottest names in the business, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    The 20 Best Album Cover Homages and Parodies

    One of music's most tried and true traditions is the album-cover homage. The sheer amount of album covers patterned after the Beatles, for instance, is utterly staggering. That isn't even counting straight ripoffs or two artists who just happened to use the same photograph or piece of art, which has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Seven Recent Albums By '60s Artists That Don't Suck

    Age gets us all eventually. I'm only in my early twenties and already I'm having to do stupid things like eating healthier, quitting the smokes, and watching my blood pressure. So it really shouldn't come as any surprise that musicians start to slow down in their old age, especially if they've been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Rock's Best Fiction Novelists and Poets

    We writers are a masturbatory bunch, if you don't mind me saying so. We love to talk about our own work, the works of others, and generally just get into a huge hubbub over the art of the written word. So I don't think it should come as any surprise that some of our favorite musicians are also accla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Notable Recluses: Five Musicians Who Almost Never Tour

    Some musicians are just road rats. They can't get enough of life on tour. For others, it wears down on them to a breaking point. Many have been very vocal about how much they despise touring, especially as they've gotten older. Some, like Trent Reznor, have expressed fears of being a KISS-esque nos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: 5 Musicians Who Had to File for Bankruptcy

    Recently it was revealed that Cat Power was not only suffering from a serious illness called angiodema that was threatening to stop her European tour, but also that she has filed for bankruptcy. That tour has indeed been postponed, but Cat Power is hardly the first musician to be running low on cash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Grey Victory: A Playlist for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

    In 1945, the Japanese city of Hiroshima became the first target of a nuclear weapon ever. The United States called for the unconditional surrender of the country at the end of World War II, an ultimatum that was ignored. In response, we deployed a weapon that killed between 90,000 and 166,000 Japane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    The 4 Best Cocktails Named For Rock Stars

    I played rock star for a few years here in town, loading in equipment at 7 p.m. to go on around midnight. You know what you do in the interim? You drink, heavily, because you're in a bar and you're bored off your ass. I even ended up writing the Black Math Experiment song "Alcohol" about it. Alcoh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Defying Ambiguity: Jandek & 5 Other Curious Cult Musicians

    As a musician, there are many reasons behind choosing to remain an ambiguous character in the public eye as opposed to taking in all of the public attention one can. Choosing to remain ambiguous or elusive is sometimes a decidedly defiant statement, sometimes even a backwards-marketing tool, or is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    30 Seconds With John Mills-McCoin

    There is no one in Houston like John Mills-McCoin. The Rock 'N' Roll Circus that is scheduled to raise the bar on Houston shows this weekend was birthed from the depth of his brain's wackiness. We waded into to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is worst song in the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Sugarland Says It Will Play New BBVA Compass Stadium

    Updated with comments from BBVA Compass Stadium Director of Marketing, PR & Booking Gina Rotolo -- 12:24 p.m. Pop-country duo Sugarland will be playing the Houston Dynamo's new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, the band announced in a set of tour dates on its Web site. The show, scheduled for Aug. 26, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Top 10 Local Covers Of Famous Songs

    A good cover song must reach a perfect balance between innovation and preserving the original's appeal. There have been some really great covers from Houston's music scene, and we wanted to pay tribute to them.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Friday Night: The Civil Wars at The Wortham Center

    The Civil Wars Wortham Center January 20, 2012 Check out our slideshow of Civil Wars playing to a packed house. Strolling up Wortham Center's grand staircase in advance of The Civil Wars show on Friday night, several thoughts went tumbling through Aftermath's head. We weren't certain what to expec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Great Gothic Album Cover Art

    ​Gothtopia would like to firmly bitch-slap an old adage, that being the warning about judging a book by its cover. The lesson we are supposed to draw from that is that we should look deeper inside than just the surface in order to better appreciate the true character of whatever the subject is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    30 Seconds With Miles Zuniga

    Rocks Off interrogated Miles Zuniga, who just released his solo debut These Ghosts Have Bones, to see what we could find out about the Fastball singer/guitarist and Austin's own acolyte of the Church of John Coltrane 30 seconds.​ Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Miles Zuniga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Behind The Secret Chord David Played To Please The Lord

    ​Lately Rocks Off has two main hobbies. One is predicting the end of the world; you won't believe this, but this week we found absolutely nothing in Revelation that seemed relevant. The second is tying in the simple joy of our word-a-day calendar to different songs. Last week's word was "wainw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Five Vices That Need Celebrity Endorsements

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off does not advocate trying any of the products mentioned in this article (even if they exist) or, really, following any of Jef With One F's advice about anything at all. ​When Marilyn Manson put out Mansinthe, that was cute. Then David Lynch put out his own brand of coffee, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians

    ​The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Ten Rejected Glee Episodes

    Fox​It seems like Glee can make any song, no matter how trite, terrible, or just inappropriate for singing by high-school-age children into a runaway smash pop hit. However, Rocks Off would like to hypothesize that there are artists that are beyond even Fox's ability to mold into mainstream. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Houston's 10 Favorite Rainy-Day Albums

    Hola, Hermine...​Weather like Houston had this past week seems to make everyone "sad panda" and turn to lusher, less upbeat music. snuggle-rock, dad-rock, beard-rock - music you hear in coffee shops seems to be ruling our city's personal airwaves. As Tropical Storm Hermine trampled through H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Confessions Of A Sheet Music Salesman

    rbcmusic.com​Readers may be surprised to learn this, but searching for YouTube videos to mock and talking about Goth bands does not exactly pay for the finer things in life. So six days a week, Rocks Off - or at least the Rocks Off writer with only one "f" in his name - sells sheet music to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Rdio.com Helps Us Get Over Lala

    ​Rocks Off is no longer a grieving widower, bemoaning the loss of his faithful Lala.com with the shades drawn and a glass of wine, constantly clicking a dead link while listening to Leonard Cohen on CD like a caveman. A few days after Lala died, we got a message from a friend that he had the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Aftermath: At The End Of The World As We Know It, Shooter Jennings Feels Fine

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​ "I've seen the future, brother," Leonard Cohen once sang. "It is murder." Maybe that's why there weren't more people at Meridian Wired Live Friday night. Pondering the shape of things to come is bad enough without coughing up a Jackson to have your weekend entertainment ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Most Downloaded "Hope For Haiti" Texan? Although She Killed, Not Beyonce

    Between fighting crime, reducing global warming, mending our socks and, you know, everything else Rocks Off does when we're away from the office, we caught a good bit of Friday evening's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. We didn't have much choice, because the George Clooney-organized, celebrity-packed fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Curse Your Branches: The Top College-Rockish Records of 2009, Part 1

    ​Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten splendid records with an amorphous rock 'n' roll designation, albeit in a perhaps slightly more experim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    American Central Dust: The Americana Class of 2009, Part 2

    ​5. Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels (Nettwerk) Great Lake Swimmers frontman Tony Dekker has written his fair share of heartbreaking, reverb-soaked ballads in the past, but Lost Channels finds him and his band also dabbling in Waterboys-style folk rock. What results is the Swimmers' most varied ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009
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    August 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Breakup Songs to Help You Bawl, Part 2

    Ever since men and women set eyes upon each other at the beginning of time, there have been break-ups, and painful dissolutions of romantic escapades have made the best art in the world. Hell, somewhere in the world there is a probably a cave painting of a pretty young Neanderthal girl with devil h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Even Burt Reynolds In That Black Trans-Am, All Gonna Meet Down At The Lakewood Yacht Club

    Houston is once again proudly claiming its mantle for all things classy. For it is here -- not in Paris, not in Monaco or Palm Springs -- where Burt Reynold's legendary Bandit will be auctioned off next month.What is the Bandit, you ask, obviously putting down your dog-eared copy of Recherche du Tem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2008

    Beck at ACL Fest

    Beck (L.A. Reno) Beck opened up his closing set on Saturday night with 1994 watershed hit “Loser,” the song that was his would-be one-hit wonder. That took some cojones, but when you have a catalog as maniacally diverse and innovative as his, it’s a moot point. As the oppressive sun set and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Um… Hallelujah?

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just announced its Class of 2008. We expected noted rocker Madonna, because she can sell ad space. John Mellencamp gets in for his Middle America appeal. The Ventures and Dave Clark Five show up for all the whining completists begging for some justification in spen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Hall of Fame Nominations a Big Cleveland Steamer

    Late Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for its class of 2008: Madonna, John Mellencamp, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Leonard Cohen and Afrika Bambaataa are the heavyweights. Mind you, these are just nominees. Oh, I forgot to mention that Chic somehow rates a nomination, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2007

    Explain Your Most Played

    Coming in at Number Seven... There’s a lot of games you can play with iTunes and winamp players and whatever. There’s magic iPod. There are those Myspace-type questionnaires that everybody fills out and forwards but nobody reads. And there are those “What’s on your iPod” features that ar ... More >>

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    April 26, 2007

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    June 8, 2006
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    December 22, 2005

    The Hanukkah Songs

    Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jewpergroup

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Girls' Night Out

    Le Tigre and Electrelane bring an evening of transatlantic feminist mayhem to the Engine Room. Don't worry, boys -- you can come too.

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