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    February 5, 2014

    Five Bizarre Titles On Ye Olde Beatles Bookshelf

    Hi. My name is Bob, and I am a Beatles fanatic. This won't come as any surprise to my friends and family, for whom I am a very, very easy mark for a Christmas or birthday gift: "Just get him something Beatles-related." The first 33 rpm LP I ever bought in 1978 was -- I'm pretty sure -- Meet the Bea ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Charming Beatles Secretary Breaks Long Silence In Good Ol' Freda

    Good Ol' Freda Directed by Ryan White Magnolia Pictures, 87mins, $26.98. Few people could have gotten the famously flinty John Lennon to literally get down on his knees to beg for something. But he did it backstage at a show to a girl barely out of her teens because he wanted her to change her mind ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Beatles vs. Stones: The '60s Rivalry or PR Stunt?

    Beatles vs. Stones By John McMillian Simon & Schuster, 288 pp., $25 "The Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Stones want to burn down your town" -- Tom Wolfe It was a simple question, really. But one that said (or supposedly said) a lot about your taste in music, sociological outlook, personal ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    How Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits Found "Something Good" in Texas

    Even though in terms of British Invasion band lead singers, he's about as English as English could be, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits has always had a love of Texas music. Once he found out the tunes and performers he liked actually hailed from the Lone Star State, that is. "Guys like Buddy Holly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Let's Not Imagine Cloning John Lennon Just Yet

    I grew up watching those 1950s black-and-white sci-fi movies where man creates some terrifying abomination from his wayward attempts at science. It's a story as old as Mary Shelley, but as science evolved the ways we could totally screw ourselves by playing God expanded and grew more frightening. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Our 10 Favorite One-Hit Wonders

    Where would the world be without one-hit wonders? Well, we really don't like to think about that. One of the purest guilty pleasures in pop music -- and sometimes not even a guilty pleasure but an actual good song -- the one-hit wonder is much safer than its real-life counterpart; the one-night sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Any Beatles Fan's Bucket List, Now In Easy Book Form

    100 Things Beatles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die By Gillian G. Gaar Triumph Books, 256 pp., $14.95 It's a good thing that we are living longer these days as a human species, because given the glut of books about movies to see, music to hear, art to view, books to read, and places to visit w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The History of The Beatles In Doctor Who

    Perhaps no band in the real world has had quite as much of an impact on the world of Doctor Who as the Beatles did. Both were of course fantastic products of England in the '60s, but some of the connections go far deeper than a contemporary complementary pop-culture acknowledgment. Almost every si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Friday Night: Rain, Beatles Tribute Band, at Bayou Music Center

    Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Bayou Music Center April 12, 2013 Apparently the Beatles began when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 -- four fully formed lads from Liverpool in moptops and nifty dark suits. That is the premise behind Rain, whose five-man touring company reache ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best British Pubs: Close Your Eyes and Think of England

    You'll notice several things upon entering a British pub for the first time, especially if your only pub experiences to date have been in the States: The pubs are clean, bright and welcoming. The food is usually quite good. And pubs are family-friendly places -- for the most part -- which makes sens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Cavern and the Top 10 Iconic Rock Clubs In History

    Last week back in 1957, the most famous rock club in England opened in Liverpool. There was absolutely no rock and roll on the bill that night. The Cavern Club was originally opened to mimic the cellar jazz bars that owner Alan Synter visited in Paris. There was a strict jazz-only policy in place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    For The NFL Season: The Overpowering Awfulness Of Houston Oiler Fight Songs, Collected

    Everyone's happy, happy, happy with where the Houston Texans are headed into the 2012 season -- the roster battles are largely confined to low-profile back-up positions, the division's weak and a Super Bowl beckons - but this city has been there before. We've gone through it with the Texans themsel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    The Mean, Evil, Bored & Ashamed Faces on 13 NFL Team Logos, Ready for Their Close-Ups

    Our long national nightmare, otherwise known as the football offseason, is nearing an end. Exhibition Preseason games are in full swing, for better or worse. (If you watched all -- or even most of -- the Cowboys' 3-0 win over Oakland Monday, seek help.) Still, the appearance of the pads and unis i ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    Best in Show

    Sorting out the 2012 HPMA Best CD/LP/EP nominees is easy.

  • Music

    April 5, 2012
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    October 28, 2011

    Brain-Eating Bands and Songs for the Walking Dead

    ssgmusic.com​Zombies or vampires? It's a classic debate along the line of The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. We're not sure the Fab Four qualifies as either monster, but with The Glimmer Twins' propensity to remain upright and touring despite advanced age, decay, and a million other complicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    SXSW For Dummies: Keep That Beer In Your Pocket

    Photos by Stacy SchwarzYes, that's Superbad's Michael Cera playing bass with Mister Heavenly at Bat Bar (wherever that is) Tuesday.​See more SXSW silliness from Tuesday in our slideshow. It's time: this week, hordes of bands and interlopers will descend upon Austin and do their best to take i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Gerry & The Pacemakers DVD Revisits Classic "Mersey Beat"

    Gerry & the Pacemakers It's Gonna Be All Right, 1963-1965 ​For a while, Gerry & the Pacemakers were the Beatles' main Liverpool rival in terms of popularity with fans and in sweaty clubs like the Cavern. But for the band - singer/guitarist Gerry Marsden, brother Freddie on drums, bassist Les ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 22, 2010

    Lost in Space

    The Blaffer Gallery showcases Tomás Saraceno's eye-popping creations.

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    March 24, 2010

    G.I. Blues: A Soldiers' Playlist

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Slide Show: Day of the Duos

    Today marks the anniversary of the day in 1957 that John Lennon met Paul McCartney, when Paul happened to take in John's pre-Beatles band, the Quarrymen, at a Liverpool church picnic. Exactly seven years later came the London premiere of A Hard Day's Night, the manic movie whose soundtrack cemented ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Nerd Alert: Trailer for "The Beatles: Rock Band" Debuts

    After almost two years of programming and tinkering, the developers of the Beatles edition of the "Rock Band" videogame have released a trailer for the game in advance of its release in the fall. The visuals in the trailer are faithful to the boys from Liverpool, down to every detail. We were as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Free Tickets for Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and G.G. Allin... Sort Of

    It's a veritable tribute band meltdown at the House of Blues this weekend, and we have a handful of free tickets up here at Rocks Off HQ to get you into three sure-to-be drunken shows starting this evening. Come pick 'em up at the front desk at 1621 MIlam, Suite 100, until 6 p.m. On the bill tonight ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2009
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    March 21, 2009

    SXSW: Echo & the Bunnymen at Stubb's

    Photos by Chris GrayBy Friday afternoon, SXSW fatigue has taken hold. You're walking a little slower, less inclined to whip out the notebook to jot down every little observation - Rocks Off has seen many journos just typing notes into their BlackBerries, a trend that both intrigues and dismays him - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    It Was 45 Years Ago Today...

    If you're more than about 50 years old, today is most likely the anniversary of one of your most powerful memories. In the early evening hours of February 9, 1964, more than 73 million people sat glued to their televisions as the course of American pop culture was altered forever. It a ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    June 5, 2008
  • Film

    May 22, 2008
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    April 30, 2008
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    October 4, 2007

    Across the Universe

    Run for your life if you can, little girl: Julie Taymor's '60s-set musical is a bust

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    August 31, 2007
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    May 24, 2007
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    June 15, 2006
  • Culture

    March 23, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Hype of March

    Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldn’t care

  • Culture

    March 9, 2006

    "Girls" Just Want to Have Fun?

    Awkwardness, angst and mental illness take center stage at the Blaffer

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    The Dead 60s

    The Dead 60s appear Sunday, October 30, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717. Social Distortion is also on the bill.

  • News

    May 19, 2005

    Broadway Baby

    Somehow, Odessa will be Woodstock this summer for Sondheim lovers

  • Music

    March 24, 2005
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    January 20, 2005
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    January 13, 2005
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    April 10, 2003
  • Film

    February 13, 2003

    Bearly Necessary

    Jungle fever fails to catch hold again in this routine sequel

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    Wooden Nickleby

    Douglas McGrath adapts a classic -- almost perfectly

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Show

    "YES YOKO ONO"

  • Film

    October 4, 2001

    Cross Ways

    Terrorism invades Liam, a grim English take on early Catholic education

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    News Hostage

    KPRC RSVPs

  • Film

    April 13, 1995

    Not So True Confessions

    The didactic Priest is an overheated but honorable melodrama

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