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Louis Armstrong

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    November 26, 2014

    The Smart Music Fan's Guide to Black Friday

    If you had to navigate a dense Christmas tree forest just to buy Halloween candy or recognized "Holly Jolly Christmas" slowly seeping into the store like a poisonous gas weeks ago, then you know the horror of the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Like any good slasher flick, there's an ape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Our 11th Time Around, the Best HPMA Ceremony Yet

    Tuesday was my eleventh foray to the Houston Press Music Awards, and it was certainly my favorite ever -- excepting maybe the time Molly of Molly and Ringwalds called me out from the stage to insist that her band was "not lame." What made Tuesday night so special? Well, it started like this: I was ... More >>

  • Music

    August 1, 2013

    Ten the Hard Way: Introducing the Houston Music Hall of Fame

    In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Free Radicals, "Soundtrack For the Revolution"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    30 Seconds With Los Amigos Invisibles

    Rocks Off: What is worst song in the world, and why? Julio Briceño (lead singer): It is hard to name just one because most of the time,what may seem to be the worst song for some people, is the best song for other people because it gets really famous. Lately, I could mention Gangnam Style. It does ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    7 Disney Characters Based On Pop Musicians

    One of the interesting things about Walt Disney films is the way they borrow from or hold up a mirror to popular culture. Along with great storytelling and good songs, this is quite possibly why people like them in the first place. In fact, it's how some of us get introduced to great artists such a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Music

    June 7, 2012

    Satin Doll

    Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Third Ward Treasure Jewel Brown: "I've Seen 'Em All"

    Along with Lightnin' Hopkins's cousin Milton Hopkins, Houston jazz diva Jewel Brown heads north to Chicago this weekend, where she and Hopkins will entertain folks with their new album, Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown. The festival is paying tribute to Lightnin' Hopkins since this would have been hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    The Roots Of Jimbo Mathus: From Charley Patton To Charlie Parker

    Jimbo Mathus's latest work, Confederate Buddha, was easily one of the most overlooked roots albums of 2011. Don't worry, we sort of slept through it too, but that just means you can make up for that with us by checking him out Saturday night at the Continental Club, with opening act Shinyribs. You ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 5, 2012
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    November 29, 2011

    Elvis Costello to Fans: "Don't Buy My Overpriced Record"

    In a recession, particularly one as deep and annoyingly persistent as the one we currently find ourselves in, it is tough to justify larger purchases, particularly for things that aren't necessities. As much as we love music here at Rocks Off, we too are often shocked at the price of boxed sets and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011
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    March 30, 2011

    ESPN Headlines -- Sex, Lies, And Shrunken Testicles

    It's a bad news day when you're hoping for stories on barry Bonds' shrunken balls​"I see trees of green ... red roses too I see em bloom ... for me and you And I think to myself ... what a wonderful world." -- Louis Armstrong Clearly, Louis Armstrong would have never made it as a sports fan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Saturday Night: Los Amigos Invisibles & Trombone Shorty At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Los Amigos Invisibles, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue House of Blues February 19, 2011 When Aftermath first learned that Los Amigos Invisibles and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews would be playing the same concert, we were a little confused. We had no idea what would re ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2011
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    January 13, 2011
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    January 6, 2011

    Ella Fitzgerald, Jailed in Houston for Shooting Dice: Photo of the Day

    Photo by Pete Vazquez/via Houston ChronicleElla: Shooting dice will get you arrested.​Is this a great picture or what? It's the inestimable Ella Fitzgerald sitting forlornly in a Houston jail, arrested for shooting dice in her Music Hall dressing room with -- get this lineup -- Dizzy Gillespi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Answers To Rocks Off's Musical Nickname Quiz

    ​Rocks Off hopes you enjoyed our musical nickname quiz earlier today. We have had a few nicknames ourselves over the years - our dad called us "Boog" after former Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, and we were known for years around the Austin Chronicle offices as "Weezer," which we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Beaming Musical Ambassador

    ​Many people say that going to New Orleans feels like being in another time. In fact, the city's current slogan for its tourism TV spots, which Rocks Off caught just this morning, is "you're different here." Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Happy Hour Scene - Boheme

    ​If you blink, you might miss Boheme. The coffee shop-by-day, cocktails-by-night hideaway is tucked away on Fairview between Morgan and Taft. On Thursday nights, Boheme gives you the perfect excuse to drink - Spacetaker's Cultured Cocktails Happy Hour. Each week from 5 to 10 p.m., a portion of ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009
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    February 18, 2009

    The Nickel: A Musical History of the Fifth Ward, Part 2

    [Note: Part 1 is here, and the Eating Our Words entry that inspired this series is here.] To tell the story of music in the Fifth Ward with anything like the sweep it deserves, we will have to go way back to the 19th century. On a November day in 1898, Beulah Thomas was born to Fanny Bradley an ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
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    November 6, 2008

    Eyeballin': Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis' Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center New York City

    Associated Press Willie Nelson has had some odd musical partners over the years: Snoop Dogg, Gonzo the Muppet, Julio Iglesias. But the Red Headed Stranger's live-recorded CD collaboration with Wynton Marsalis, Two Men with the Blues, and now this unwieldy-titled concert DVD, is not only seamless, i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    Glenn Gould, The Russian Journey

    This documentary film captures the Canadian pianist's visit to Leningrad and Moscow

  • Music

    September 4, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    This Just In: Get Ready for iFest

    The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 21, 2008

    Hello Dolly!

    Now how does that song go again?

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    February 21, 2008

    Black History Month Retrospective

    Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans with the Sandra Organ Dance Company

  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    Woodbelly

    Woodbelly performs Friday, March 30, at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 East 24th, 713-862-8707.

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Irie iFest

    Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Big Boss Man

    Jimmy T99 Nelson predated and outlived Elvis P. and has won the affections of Elvis C.

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2005
  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Jammin' on the Sabbath

    If the Sunday-afternoon concert series isn't enough, there are still 10,000 free reasons to go to the Space Place

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    May 1, 2003

    Get Some

    On the Green Records

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    Cindy Scott

    Major to Minor (Self-released)

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Wham, Bam, Thank You MAMH

    The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Louis Armstrong

    The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Columbia/Legacy)

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    Various Artists

    Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (Columbia Legacy)

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Jukebox

    Warren's Inn

  • Dining

    October 7, 1999
  • Music

    May 5, 1994

    Big Band Bayou?

    Blue thoughts for BCT, and the Karankawas are hungry again

  • Music

    March 24, 1994
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