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Lester Bangs

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Alejandro Escovedo: "Just to Have a Gig Is Pretty Cool"

    Earlier this morning, Alejandro Escovedo talked to Rocks Off about his recent albums Real Animal, Street Songs of Love and Big Station, which have put him in the vanguard of mature rock artists. But those albums are in many ways the culmination of a career that began in San Francisco punk rockers th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Essential Rock and Roll Literature For Budding Music Writers

    Right about now young, budding rock writers and nerds are sitting on gift cards and credit from the holidays, and may need to know what books to pick up at the local bookstore or Amazon to further their education. It's not enough to just read every new music blog or (gasp!) pick up a few music mag ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    The Clash In Houston, 1979: A Case of Legionaire's Disease

    By the time The Clash hit Houston's Cullen Theater on October 5, 1979, Lester Bangs had described their tour-de-force as "desperation uncontrived, unstaged, a fury unleashed on the stage ... real pain that connects with the nerves of the audience." Yet Texans had already been enthralled by the Sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Anthem: It is Indeed Time to "Get Out of Our Heads"

    One of the great, unsung videos of all time is Eve 6's "Promise." It's nothing special in conception I'll admit, just another round of Max Collins playing with nonsequiturs to a catchy alternabeat while a cast of malcontents quit their crappy jobs. It's a party tune, but that's like calling Vincent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Get Lit: Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery

    Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery 584 pp., $29.99, Fantagraphics Books ​It was a scene like out of the hardboiled detective novels that Paul Nelson loved so much when police broke into his New York apartment in 2006. What they found was a dark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    What Is A Music Critic's Life Really Like?

    ​Walter Peck: Because I'm curious. I wanna know more about what you do here! Frankly, I've heard a lot of wild stories in the media and we want to assess any possibility of dangerous and possibly hazardous waste chemicals in your basement. - Ghostbusters Rocks Off can promise you we are not h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Last Night: Alejandro Escovedo At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Alejandro Escovedo House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room March 3, 2011 This never would have happened in Austin. In our fair state capital, Alejandro Escovedo is worshiped like a god, and more people would show up to watch him wash his car than came out to House of Blues' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Apathy For The Devil: Adrift In The Snowblind '70s

    ​Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir By Nick Kent Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $17.95. While Cameron Crowe's wonderful but fictional Almost Famous told a sanitized story of music-journalist-meets-bands in the '70s, Former New Musical Express writer Nick Kent's memoir is a warts/coke spoons/social d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Top Five Musician/Journalist Feuds

    "Like, what is your problem?" Jason Nocito​Hell hath no fury like a spurned musician, but a critic's vengeance doesn't lag far behind. This week in the Houston Press, you can read an interview Noah Bailey at our sister paper the Dallas Observer did with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken, who says he h ... More >>

  • Film

    June 3, 2010

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Apatow

    Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Get Lit: Blues & Chaos: The Music Writings of Robert Palmer

    ​Unfortunately, by the time that Robert Palmer (the writer, not the "Addicted to Love" guy) died from liver failure complications in 1997, his fierce brand of music journalism had been six feet under for years. Palmer was part of a loose cadre of scribes like Cameron Crowe, Greil Marcus, Lester Ba ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009

    In the Pit

    It's easier than ever to take pictures at concerts. Unless that's your job.

  • Film

    November 12, 2009

    Sinking Ship

    Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock and roll.

  • Music

    September 17, 2009

    Life on Mars

    Grammy-winning prog-punks The Mars Volta mellow out on Octahedron.

  • Music

    February 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Eat Your Vegetables: Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music

    Consisting of nothing more than one hour of two overlaid tracks of guitar feedback, Metal Machine Music ranks near the top of music history's shit list in terms of total amount of critical bile received. Houston's own Ramon Medina summed up the album's status succinctly on the NonAlignment Pact blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    R.I.P. John Byrne (Count Five)

    Count Five, "Psychotic Reaction" Here comes sad news that will bring down us dancing drunken fools who make our way up to Boondocks every third Saturday for Reverberation. John Byrne, lead singer of Nuggets mainstays the Count Five, has passed away at the age of 61. The San Jose-based band's bigg ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008

    Almost Famous

    Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe gives insight into his days as a teenage rock writer

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    Uncorking the Truth on Nuwine

    How to go from Christian to crunkster in six short years

  • Calendar

    October 14, 2004

    The Passion of the Cruise

    Me-sci-ah offers truth, celebrity and the Scientology way

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    Blues Lucifers

    San Antonio's Boxcar Satan rumbles in from the west with its punk-roots noise

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Bastard Sons of Brian Eno

    Ambient music lives on in the Bliss Out series

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Georgia Firecrackers

    Don't worry about tomorrow -- lose control with the Woggles

  • Culture

    April 10, 2003

    Made With Love

    Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't

  • News

    March 22, 2001

    Welcome to His Nightmare

    Michael Bruce gave voice to Alice Cooper - until the singer killed the band

  • Film

    September 14, 2000

    People Try to Put Us Down...

    Almost Famous talks about its g-g-generation -- of misguided rock and roll fans

  • Culture

    September 14, 2000

    A Fan's Notes

    After Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe comes of age...finally

  • Music

    July 17, 1997
  • Music

    March 13, 1997

    Lucky Horseshoe

    Are a praised CD and a slot at SXSW enough to make this band happy? Of course not.

  • Music

    February 27, 1997

    A Van for All Seasons

    Van Morrison's getting older, grouchier and, with his latest CD, better again

  • Music

    April 27, 1995
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