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Little Richard

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    July 23, 2014

    The Houston Music Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    There's an old saying in the music industry that you have your whole life to make your first album but six months to a year for your second. This is almost the reverse. Last year, when we started the Houston Music Hall of Fame to salute the 25th anniversary of the Houston Press Music Awards, the who ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Soul Screamer Barrence Whitfield Will Make You "Bleed From the Eyeballs"

    Attention, those of you planning to go the Barrence Whitfield and the Savages show tomorrow. Want to visit backstage or get in good with the screaming fireball of a soul man? All you need to do is cater to his sweet tooth. "There was this club we used to play right outside of Houston and there was ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Could Elvis Have Been Saved From Himself? One Man Says Yes

    When Elvis Presley came into Memphis' Stax Studios in December 1973 to cut some new material, Norbert Putnam -- the experienced Muscle Shoals-born session bassist -- could tell that something was off about the King. "He had gained a bit of weight, I noticed. And he had gone through the divorce with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Mail Dump: Janis, Little Richard, dBs, Donovan, Etc.

    The mailbox has been truly kind the past several weeks. Sure, there are still piles of useless dreck to wade through/past/over. But those all get to go to the big box in the dark closet and await the apocalypse. But there are standouts and surprises almost daily. Let's begin with three important re ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Grady Gaines, the Upsetter

    Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."

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    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Show Me Your GIFs: Great Classic Rock 'N Roll GIFs Galore

    It seems to me that musical history is made up of fragments of indelible images, good and bad, that inform each person's experience. Then there are the swatches of tunes that grab you by the heart strings or the throat, making you a fan for life. But it's those moving pictures that you first remembe ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    October 27, 2011
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    October 7, 2011

    Oh Jesus! Rock's Top 5 Religious Conversions

    Rocks Off understands the need for a good detox now and then, as most of our evening antics often leave us feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed come morning. We also imagine the damage inflicted by lifetime of hard partying and endless touring in the company of morally compromised music-in ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011
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    May 16, 2011

    Skarnales, Escovedo, Gaines Make Rockin' Nightlife Tour

    Photos by Lisa RosatoLos Skarnales​Friday was one of those nights when Rocks Off wished we operated one of those "show you the nightlife" tour buses filled with people from Omaha, Chicago, Des Moines, and Berlin. When's the last time Houston had a gentle north wind cooling the evening in mid-M ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    SXSW: Bob Geldof, Master Of The F-Bomb

    Photos by Chris Gray​Leave it to Sir Bob Geldof to turn the SXSW keynote address into a 45-plus minute combination elaborate cultural history of the past 60 years with rock and roll at the center, personal narrative of how rock and roll ("pop with a hard-on") shook loose his inner social activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Does Elvis Still Matter?

    As part of our ongoing celebration of Elvis' birthday week, Rocks Off asked our writers the simple question in the headline. ​Chris Gray: Absolutely he still matters. When I was compiling that list of quotes and lyrics about Elvis earlier this week, I wasn't that surprised to see that even Be ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010

    Batusis Is No Throwback

    Cheetah Chrome and Sylvain Sylvain make rock and roll new again.

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    November 22, 2010

    Jimi Hendrix, Before He Was Experienced

    ​Becoming Jimi Hendrix By Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber Da Capo Press, 274 pp., $17.95. While the bulk of most Jimi Hendrix bios detail the post-Are You Experienced? album and Monterey Pop performance era, this is the first to concentrate solely on his pre-fame years. As a result, the autho ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Music's 15 Gnarliest Moustaches

    ​Moustaches are all the rage these days. From shirts to snow globes, rides, wax and tattoos, everyone wants a moustache or at least to support the cause. Rocks Off even has a moustache. When it was longer we combed it while driving or lounging, much to the chagrin of the people around us. Ce ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Five Guys Named Moe

    Louis Jordan is the guy who originally got the joint jumping

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    November 12, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Last Men Standing

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean vaguely remembers someone telling us a couple of years ago that Las Vegas bookies actually had a line on whether Chuck Berry would die that year (we think it was 2007). The macabre factor aside, remembering this Wednesday got LOM to pondering about the Godfathers of Rock an ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    On Its 40th Birthday, the Top 10 Sesame Street Musical Guests

    Sing the blues, Kermit... or greens. We know how you feel. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Grover have something to celebrate. Sesame Street, their fictional New York borough, and the television show probably responsible for everything you knew as a kid, turns 40 today. Created ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Bayou Beat: Method Man on His Pellet-Gun Aim, The Debut of HUSH, Local Bands Vying for ACL Spot, Thee Armada MySpace Finalist, etc.

    Above, Method Man talks about his pellet-gun accuracy, which was a little off the night he allegedly shot Houstonian Mary Anderson, who is now suing him on several counts including assault. Besides playing House of Blues Friday with Redman and Ghostface, looks like Meth will spend some time in Hous ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: A Stripper Soundtrack

    Rocks Off has a naked lady fetish. It's shameful to admit. We really like seeing naked chicks. It's been something we have dealt with since we were four years old and started sneaking into the women's dressing room when our Mom would go clothes shopping. It's not so cute today, what with the beard ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Aftermath: Roky Erickson at the Continental Club

    Jay Lee Remember when Little Richard quit rock and roll because he was worried about going to hell? Roky Erickson is what would have happened if he went... and came back. The 61-year-old '60s survivor, fronting a sleek three-piece band whose collective age may have added to 61, played a 75-minute s ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Eyeballin': John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto '69

    It's a story well-told in Beatles lore. Reeling from the Fab Four's unraveling, a bored John Lennon accepted an invitation to perform at the Toronto Rock 'n Roll Revival show in September 1969. He quickly formed an ad hoc group of friends (wife Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass ... More >>

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    March 21, 2009

    SXSW: The Sonics at Emo's

    Last night we stood in line for nearly an hour to catch Seattle garage legends the Sonics at Emo's. The five-piece group were pioneers, ultimately influencing everyone from the Replacements to the Austin's own Big Boys. Their current hold on modern garage rock was evident by seeing members of the Bl ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    The Nickel: A Musical History of the Fifth Ward, Part 4

    [Note: Click on the numbers for parts 1, 2 and 3.] Fifth Ward music mogul Don Robey was so taken with Gatemouth Brown's talents that he built his entire Peacock label around him. Robey already owned the Bronze Peacock night club and various other business interests, but it was his meeting of Br ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Blues/Soul/R&B In Memoriam 2008

    Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Why the Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special Creeps Me Out

    In 1988, few things were as cool or innovative on Saturday mornings as Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Each week, we screamed the secret word, connected dots, watched old weird-ass cartoons and saw Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman play a surly sea captain. The show was something five-year olds and hu ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Aftermath: Eagles of Death Metal at Meridian

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty  It's super-hard to intelligently review a party band. You can't very well sit in one corner of the venue, gently stroking your scholarly beard jotting down notes on each intricate riff and drum fill. In the interest of science, you have to immerse yourself in the atmos ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008
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    October 2, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    "The Sounds I See: Photographs of Musicians"

    This MFAH exhibit features live shots of popular music's greatest contributors

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    August 28, 2008
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    June 2, 2008

    Bo Diddley, RIP

    Of all the 1950s pioneers of rock and roll – Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry – Bo Diddley, who passed away today at 79, has always been my favorite. He was so much more than his trademark rectangular guitar and clave beat.

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    November 8, 2007

    Last Night: King Khan & BBQ at Rudz

    King Khan & BBQ Rudyard’s November 7, 2007 Better Than: Sitting home watching the CMAs. Download: “Treat Me Like a Dog” I’m sure the more sanctimonious members of our little burgh would find King Khan and BBQ another reason why we don’t need gun control, but after an hour of watching t ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007

    Guitar Shorty’s Birthday Party

    The bluesman spends his b-day on stage

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    April 19, 2007

    Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy

    Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy perform Friday, April 20, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

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    January 11, 2007

    Guitar Shorty

    Guitar Shorty performs Saturday, January 13, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999.

  • Culture

    October 27, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    September 15, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    June 30, 2005

    The Black Album

    A new film examines the darker side of rock

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    The Black Godfather

    The wit and wisdom of Andre Williams

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    Master Blaster

    Cody ChesnuTT sees rock and roll, and he wants to repaint it black

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    October 17, 2002

    Various Artists

    La Musica della Mafia -- Il Canto di Malavita (PIAS America)

  • Culture

    May 9, 2002

    Murder in Small Town X

    A cheese maker bites it in Actors Theatre's melodrama

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    July 26, 2001

    Mount Coy

    South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards

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    August 5, 1999

    Houston Honker

    Grady Gaines helped Little Richard create rock and roll. And he's not finished yet

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    December 24, 1998
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    December 24, 1998
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