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Linda Ronstadt

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Urban Cowboy Soundtrack Holds Up Pretty Well

    Have you watched Urban Cowboy lately? It's actually on Netflix right now if you never have. But the movie that in many ways put Houston on the map in the world's eyes -- how come nobody ever brings up Terms of Endearment, though? -- frankly hasn't aged all that well. Pulpish B-movie fare to begin w ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Eagles at Toyota Center, 2/21/2014

    Eagles Toyota Center February 21, 2014 The Eagles don't do too many interviews with alternative weeklies, but I've always wanted to ask Don Henley if sometimes a song is just a song. Besides one of the sharpest minds in pop music, the northeast Texas native is someone who (to put it mildly) does no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    How Little Feat Savored the Flavors of the "Houston Welcoming Committee"

    Willin': The Story of Little Feat By Ben Fong-Torres Da Capo Press, 296 pp., $26.99. As a band, their music was beloved and respected by a wide array of artists from Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Linda Ronstadt to the Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett. But the musical mad doct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Why the Everly Brothers Still Matter

    The first thought that came to mind when word got out that Phil Everly had passed away Friday was just how long it's been since the Everly Brothers' harmonies topped the charts -- more than half a century now. The second was just how easy it is to spot their influence in a wealth of music right here ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 19, 2013

    Special Navidad Gift Guide Edition: What Books on Mexicans Should I Buy This Christmas?

    A list on the Mexican's favorite books this year—and Suavecito Pomade

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    December 18, 2013

    What the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got Wrong This Year

    You can never get a Hall of Fame induction class exactly right. Every single year near the Super Bowl, the NFL's inductees have plenty of detractors. But there may not be a cattier Hall of Fame process than the one employed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Monday night, the Hall revealed its 201 ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Linda Ronstadt's Bittersweet Book of "Dreams"

    Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir By Linda Ronstadt Simon & Schuster, 256 pp., $26 Linda Ronstadt hasn't made a solo record since 2004, graced a concert stage since 2009, and while doing advance interviews for this book announced that she suffers from Parkinson's Disease. More than likely, she won't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    10 Musicians Who Have Retired and Stayed Retired

    Though it isn't marked by a specific holiday, today is the anniversary of the day that the Social Security Act was enacted, 78 years ago in 1935. That means babies born on the day the bill was signed into law are currently reaping the rewards of the system they paid into for years. For many, this is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    True Blood: Plastiscines Are In Fact Good

    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. Even when a show is having a great season, as True Blood is, you ... 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

    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Here Come the Trishas, Texas' 4-Part Harmony Queens

    Does anyone else miss the Dixie Chicks? Is it even OK to say that in Texas? We hope so, because a week or two ago Rocks Off stumbled across "Tonight the Heartache's On Me" again and have been on a serious Chicks kick ever since. But as the song says, that trio is a long time gone at this point. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Rock Me... Gently: How the Singer-Songwriters of the Mellow '70s Ruled

    Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter By Dave Thompson www.backbeatbooks.com, 336 pp., $27.99 Whether you love their deep introspective, often angst-filled lyrics and laid-back strumming or despise them as weak-ass, spoiled, gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Together Always: Country Duets for Valentine's Day

    Maybe it's because I'm a Libra, but I believe that everything in life should be as harmonious as possible-love, especially. Duets might be the ultimate musical testament to such a theory. I'm not talking about the resonance that's created when a woman is vacuuming while her man watches television. I ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 12, 2012
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    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Rush...Again

    Photo by Jeff Balke​A couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Simpsons' Top 11 Musical Guests

    ​When The Simpsons completes its last (contracted) season in 2014, it will have set staggering new broadcast records for longest running sitcom (over 550 episodes) and longest running prime time scripted TV series (25 seasons). These are all American records, of course, because the Japanese co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    G N' R, The Cure & Chili Peppers Could Be Hall Of Famers Next Year

    Oh, this will be a fun induction ceremony...​This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Bl ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 11, 2010
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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Before Ray & Dave, Noel & Liam, There Was Don & Phil...

    The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall Eagle Vision, 120 minutes, $11.98. ​Long before the professional pairings of the Robinsons, Gallaghers, Davies or even the Righteous, (and just after the Burnettes), there was the early rock and roll fraternal act of the Everl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    He Said She Said: Songs That Make Us Feel Like a Natural Woman

    ​ Despite what Shania Twain may think, feelin' like a woman isn't always about going totally crazy in men's shirts and short skirts. The life of a modern woman is often more about balancing work and social obligations, maybe even with motherhood, while still trying to look good (if you even care a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Talking Christmas Music With Aaron Neville

    ​Even for a stone-cold atheist (which Rocks Off is not), listening to Aaron Neville sing "O Holy Night" has to be one of the true pleasures of the Western world. The best-known voice of New Orleans' No. 1 soul-funk family dynasty thanks to songs like "Tell It Like It Is" and Linda Ronstadt duet "D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Get Lit: Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved by Chris O'Dell with Katherine Ketcham

    ​In one of the most rollicking and enjoyable classic rock memoirs of recent years, Chris O'Dell offers scores of interesting first-hand experiences with a who's who of icons, as well as her own keen observations on their personalities even hardcore fans will find fresh. But just who, you might ask ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 26, 2009
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    July 31, 2009

    Houston 101: You Knew We Would Have To Do This One -- Liberty Hall

    ​Liberty Hall, by the 1970s, had somewhat survived its time as a church and an American Legion hall to become probably the hippest rock club in the city.Comfortably seedy, the Hall hosted legends like the Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons (with Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt sitting in), the Ramones ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Live at Liberty Hall

    The short but storied past of Houston's legendary live music venue.

  • Music

    February 19, 2009
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    December 4, 2008

    Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano: “Fiesta Navidad”

    We wish you a Merry Christmas – Latino style

  • Music

    November 27, 2008

    The Shredder

    One Show, One Sentence

  • Music

    May 22, 2008

    Americans Recording Mexican Songs

    The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008
  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    David Olney

    Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy

  • Music

    October 4, 2007
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    July 12, 2007

    David Olney

    One Tough Town

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    June 5, 2007
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    March 1, 2007

    Playbill: Jimmy Lafave

    (c) 2006 Jimmy Lafave Jimmy Lafave I recently talked with Jimmy Lafave about one of his favorite subjects, Oklahoma songwriting legend Jimmy Webb. The longer the conversation went on — and there are no short conversations with the ebullient Lafave — the more I realized what a stu ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Joy Lynn White

    Tuesday, January 24, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999. White also will appear at 6 p.m. Tuesday for an in-store at Cactus Music & Video, 2930 Shepherd, 713-526-9272.

  • Film

    March 10, 2005

    Deep Impact

    A documentary revisits the moment when porn went mainstream

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Wanted: Moore Rumbles

    You'd think talking crap about Dubya would be enough to get your ass kicked at the Tall Texan. You'd be wrong.

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Strings Attached

    Will Linden move on to become a music mecca or fall beneath the weight of a racist past?

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2003
  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Barandúa / Sisters Morales

    Nuestras Canciones/Our Songs (Self-released) / Para Gloria (Luna Records)

  • Music

    November 15, 2001

    The Good Ol' Days

    The Allen Oldies Band is taking a different route to fame

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    August 6, 1998
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    October 31, 1996

    Splendid Isolation

    For Warren Zevon, it's all about how he looks in the hat

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