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    November 19, 2014

    The 10 Funkiest Chicken Songs Ever Recorded

    Lonesome Onry and Mean was hanging with some folks the other night when Rufus Thomas' classic Memphis dance tune "Do the Funky Chicken" came on the jukebox. The owner happened to be standing near the volume control and cranked it; the energy level in the place went off the meter, smiles broke out, s ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    10 Houston Acts to See Before You Can't

    The passing of Texas Johnny Brown last year hit me and a bunch of people pretty hard, so the September 12 death of Crusaders pianist Joe Sample was another slap in the face that many of Houston's musical heroes are closer to the end than the beginning. The latest bad news is that bluesmen I.J. Gosey ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Our 11 Favorite Drinking Songs. Cheers!

    Many drinkers have a dialogue in their heads that also plays out in great drinking songs throughout the ages. "Why do you drink?" asks the great prophet Bocephus. "It's five o'clock somewhere," reply the equally sage Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Rocks Off wanted to know our writers' favorite dri ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Saturday Night: Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks" at Arena Theatre

    Brian Setzer Orchestra Arena Theatre December 15, 2012 Within the taxonomy of rock and roll, rockabilly (bless its hot rod heart) can get dismissed as a one-trick pony with a ducktail for a mane and flames painted on its haunches. At least it can by people who see only kitsch when they should be lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    The Chitlin' Circuit: Road to Rock & Roll Ran Straight Through Houston

    Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2012

    Grady Gaines, the Upsetter

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

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    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 >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Beanz N Kornbread Cook Up Good Weather Muzik

    Marco Torres​When Rocks Off ran into the production duo Beanz N Kornbread at SXSW back in March, we were advised to stay tuned for a big project set to drop sometime this summer. Well the summer is here, and that project is the impressive Good Weather Muzik. We caught up with the team to inqui ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Saturday Night: Psychedelic Furs At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Groovehouse​Psychedelic Furs Warehouse Live April 23, 2010 The Psychedelic Furs are very much a throwback band, but not in the way you might be thinking. Thanks largely to John Hughes, the Butler brothers' UK crew will forever be remembered as one of the premier musical avatars of t ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Rock & Roll: Invented In Houston?

    Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom around the time Ted Williams would have been covering it for the Houston Informer​Rocks Off is pulling double shifts this week - are we ever - so on our "break" that ended a few minutes ago, we repaired to a nearby watering hole for a co ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    A Fistful of Soul

    One righteous vintage vinyl party.

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    July 15, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Five Guys Named Moe

    Louis Jordan is the guy who originally got the joint jumping

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Which Other Local Musical Landmarks Deserve Historical Markers?

    Chris Gray SugarHill Studios​Monday's announcement that the Texas Historical Commission has approved Eric Davis' proposal for an official state historical marker honoring Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins is wonderful news, but it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of other spots around town, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Cutout Bin: Kijana's Scented-Hairspray Soul

    Kijana The Soul of Kijana Unfolds In Music (Mahdi Records, 1976)​One of the coolest DIY album covers in COB's collection is courtesy of a suave California crooner named Kijana. We've had this record for some time, and have always wondered who this guy was. "Kijana" is a Swahili word meaning "youth ... More >>

  • Music

    December 25, 2008

    Santa Baby

    What a few musicians want under their trees this year

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    December 17, 2008

    Another One Done Gone: RIP Pete Mayes

    L-R: Jerry Lightfoot, Texas Johnny Brown, Joe "Guitar" Hughes, "Spare Time" Murray (obscured) and Pete Mayes James Nagel/ Veteran Houston bluesman Pete Mayes, a guitarist and singer whose uptown jump-swing style a la Louis Jordan belied his rural Texas roots, has passed away at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2008

    Is Johnny Guitar Watson’s “Telephone Bill” the First Houston Rap?

    What’s the first rap song by a Houston artist? It’s debatable but most cite a few records that came about between 1985 and 1987. But there’s another much older often forgotten candidate – Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Telephone Bill.” By 1980, when he made “Telephone Bill,” John ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    Carnal Knowledge

    Former Los Skarnales frontman Felipe Galvan resurrects the Pachuca boogie

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Big Boss Man

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

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters / Calvin Owens

    Jump Start (Gulf Coast Records) / The House Is Burnin' (Sawdust Alley)

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    Subterranean Astrodome Blues

    Bob Dylan drops the mask and comes to town with his happiest album in years

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Mount Coy

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

  • News

    July 12, 2001

    Music Awards 2001

    A preview of this year's show

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Fire Breather with a Sax

    Carlos Garnett decides to chill down here after almost 40 years in New York City

  • News

    July 29, 1999
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    June 17, 1999
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    March 25, 1999

    Jazz la King

    Time and time again, Sonny Rollins proves his sax mastery

  • Dining

    March 18, 1999
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    September 17, 1998

    Consummate Gentleman

    Pete Mayes, Houston blues' premier nice guy, finally gets busy

  • Music

    August 6, 1998
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    March 6, 1997

    The Once and Future Dolemite

    Rudy Ray Moore, the brotherman from another land, is still outta sight

  • Music

    December 12, 1996
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    June 16, 1994
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    December 9, 1993

    The Chill is Gone

    Texas guitar legend Albert Collins passes at age 61