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Mark Knopfler

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    February 20, 2014

    A Summer Place

    Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.

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    February 11, 2014

    Texas Guitar God Johnny Winter Is Forever True to the Blues

    A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... 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 >>

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    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    Happy Birthday Raymond Chandler: Five Songs For the Master of Mystery

    Raymond Chandler was responsible for some of the greatest detective stories ever penned by an American writer. That image you have of a hard-boiled, hard-drinking gum shoe in a fedora surrounded my crime, mystery, beautiful women, and danger? That is all Chandler and his most famous creation Philip ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Last Night: The Killers at Bayou Music Center

    The Killers, The Virgins Bayou Music Center May 8, 2013 On a less than steamy May evening, a packed house at Bayou Music Center waited patiently in a temperature more commonly associated with Bonnaroo or Dengue Fever. About 30 minutes later than expected burst another hot entity, Brandon Flowers, a ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Blaggards, Houston's St. Paddy's Day House Band

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Take a little Thin Lizzy and a little ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Flying High Again: Five-ish Guys That Made the Flying V Famous

    There are few instruments more distinctive than the Flying V. It's odd that a guitar this funky looking has been commonly used by a wide range of guitar players from country and blues to rock, but it has. Over the years, particularly in the '80s when "the weirder the shape the better" and "splotched ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Last Night: Emmylou Harris At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys Verizon Wireless Theater June 22, 2011 The song about the Italian painter wasn't in the set, and at the end it seemed like it was the only song not in the set, but watching Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys paint the curtained-off V ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Tracy Nelson, Victim Of The Blues, Embraces Muddy & Lightnin'

    Robert Hakins​Long acclaimed as one of the truly great singers of the modern era, at 66 Tracy Nelson still has the fire for performing great songs. Her latest project, Victim of the Blues, is a loving caress to her original passion: Old-school blues, particularly the Chicago variety. Nelson's ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Pickin' on Nashville

    Vince Gill centers himself through bluegrass and digs Miranda Lambert.

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    November 2, 2010

    Steeldrivers Continue Bluegrass Supremacy On Reckless

    Steeldrivers on Facebook​Expatriate Texas fiddler Tammy Rogers describes the formation of the Steeldrivers as a "dream come true." "I always wanted to be in a killer bluegrass band," says Rogers from her home in Nashville, where the band recently recorded their sophomore release Reckless. "S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Aftermath: Keith Urban, Peculiar Superstar And Musician's Musician

    Photos by Dave Rosales‚Äč Keith Urban is a peculiar superstar. Take away the rugged good looks, and you'd still be left with a talented guitarist who, Tuesday night, gave every impression he'd be just as content jamming in the studio as headlining the rodeo before almost 60,000 adoring, possibly hyp ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Five Days of Giftmas: Music Lovers

    Photo by GroovehouseThe old Cactus Music sign​Sick of corporate Christmas? Try shopping local. Hair Balls presents a 12-part series highlighting ideas for holiday gifts made and sold in Texas. Hair Balls is headed to Cactus Music tonight for another in-store, and it got us thinking -- Cactus ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs from the Year We Were Born That We Still Listen To

    Yes, we are older than MTV. Shut up.‚ÄčThe thing that struck She Said most when researching this list of songs that came out the year we were born (May 1980) was just how much of this music we regularly listen to now. 1980 marked the end of disco, the middle of New Wave and punk, and a damn good tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: Bright Men of Learning Remember Their Parents' Favorite Music

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. It's not too late for your band to be up here, either; just email chris.gray@houstonpress.com by noon Thursday if ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    Alamo Heights

    San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.

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    September 24, 2009

    Long Reach

    Which guitarist do Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Erics Clapton and Johnson look up to? Louisiana's Sonny Landreth.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Slideshow on Demand: You Make the Call

    chemistryland.comRocks Off loves to put together musical slideshows, and if the response to a few of our recent ones is any indication (hi, Digg!), you like them too. Album covers are an almost inexhaustible resource that are always fun to look at and can be grouped together any number of ways. So l ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    From Homelessness to Wine Snobbery

    Weighing In Across the Board

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    September 4, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

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    April 4, 2002
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    January 3, 2002

    Mountain Mohawks

    Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals

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    July 13, 2000

    Union Joan

    England's Joan Armatrading comes to town with her fanciful folk music

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    February 25, 1999
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    July 4, 1996
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    March 14, 1996
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    July 27, 1995

    Irish Ambassadors

    The Chieftains may flirt with rock, but they always come home to Ireland

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    February 16, 1995
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    March 3, 1994

    Celting Point

    Plus: Less Donna McK., archiving Texas folk music, and Iggy's eats Jelly

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