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    August 14, 2014

    Day of Joy: Remembering Houston's First Outdoor Music Fest

    "It was definitely a labor of love. It cost me $5,000, I'll put it that way; and, looking back on it, I'm not sure I didn't get my money's worth." -- Jim Tucker We're living in the festival era of popular music. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 200 major music festivals annually. Some, like B ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Bad Company's Paul Rodgers Is All Right Now

    It is an interesting bit of cultural exchange that many English teenagers of the early '60s were simply mad for American R&B and blues music -- even moreso than their similarly-aged former colonists. And in a pre-iTunes time, finding said vinyl imports from Across the Pond was not easy. The more in ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    True Believers at Warehouse Live, 5/25/2013

    True Believers Warehouse Live May 25, 2013 "We were a gang," espoused the True Believers' Alejandro Escovedo in a recent interview about the band's heyday in the mid 1980s. The band's home turf was the hotly contested streets of the former Cosmic Cowboy utopia of Austin, but their range extended to ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 24, 2012

    Houston's Island of Misfit Bands Briefly Resurfaces

    While the hallowed ground of Fitzgerald's has remained steadfast, becoming a seemingly permanent fixture in Houston's indie, punk and metal communities, other clubs have receded into the dustbins of history. Fortunately, the fecund eras of two - the Axiom and the Island - are being celebrated during ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Col. St. James on the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and Naked Strippers on the KLOL Console

    Getting into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame is a big deal when you consider the company includes Wolfman Jack and George Carlin among others. One local dee jay, Colonel St. James of 93.7 the Arrow, is among them. He has been on air since the 1970s and has worked at just about every rock and roll stati ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Hates Front Man Turns DJ in New Radio Show

    It's been a hard year thus far for Houston's pre-eminent punk-rock institution, the Hates. Former drummer and co-founder Glenn Sorvisto lost a long, hard battle with cancer last month, and if the Craigslist ads are any indication, the band is still searching for a full-time percussionist. Nonethele ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Bang A Gong: Duran Duran Guitarist Turned Rocker Andy Taylor Is 51

    In the summer of 1987, the day before driving to Austin for freshmen orientation at the University of Texas, I went to see Andy Taylor at Fitzgerald's. The former Duran Duran guitarist had done a near-180 in his career, opting for T. Rex-inspired hard rock over the glamorous Britpop of Rio. After ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011

    Doctor Doctor

    Billy Cohn wanted to be a rock star, and he is — as a trombone-toting heart surgeon and medical inventor.

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    August 17, 2011

    Top Five Cannibal Country Songs

    ​Songs about singers and other songs has long been one of Rocks Off's favorite fields of study within the wide-ranging curriculum of popular music. Off the very tippy-top of our heads, ABC's "When Smokey Sings," the Replacements' "Alex Chilton" and the Pogues' "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    10 Songs For Pissed-Off Travelers

    This spring, Austin honky-tonker and Pasadena native Dale Watson had some dates in Australia and made the mistake of booking a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, not only did the airline charge Watson a $500 exce ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx: The Rocks Off Interview

    "I'm dying for rock and roll to become exciting again" ​Tonight, the grand rock and roll triumvirate of Motley Crue, Poison, and the New York Dolls pulls into the Toyota Center. Each band comes armed with decades of experience, great songs, and a boatload of modern influence, including the Do ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Listology: Chase Hamblin Chooses His Favorite One-Hit Wonders

    Chase Hamblin performs with Robert Ellis and the Small Sounds, 8 p.m. tonight at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513 or Easybeats, "Friday on My Mind" Anxious changes, solid backbeat and sweet harmonies, this is a killer track. Amazing Australian '60s hit w ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    The Angry Mob at U of H Was Not After "Informer" Rapper Snow's Autograph

    Courtesy Justin Crane What it is, bro: Snow (left) and U of H Park Party organizer Justin Crane​Welcome to another installment of our still-unnamed, in-their-own-words series on musical goings-on in Houston that perhaps could have turned out better for some of the parties involved - coming ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Jesse Winchester and Ian Hunter Prove 70 Is the New 30

    Those of us who read Tom Friedman's July 28 New York Times column about 59 being the new 30 like it was a lost edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls should be cheered by the musical efforts of two 70-year-olds who just keep on keepin' on. So far this year, both Jesse Winchester and Ian Hunter have issued ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009
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    December 24, 2008

    Lost Tuneage: Spooky Tooth

    Who Dat? Spooky Tooth was formed in 1967 out of the ashes of a band called Art, which featured Mike Harrison (vocals/keyboards), Luther Grosvenor (guitar), Greg Ridley (bass), and Mike Kellie (drums). Signed to Chris Blackwell's Island label, Art's debut album went nowhere. Blackwell spotted vocal ... More >>

  • Music

    February 1, 2007

    The Small Stars

    Small Stars perform Friday, February 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main Street, 713-529-9899. Scott Biram also performs.

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    December 21, 2006

    O Christmas Song, O Christmas Song

    Slampo's Place has finally gotten into the swing of the season with a discussion of the greatest Christmas songs ever, so it's time we did over here at HouStoned too. Slampo stole some of our thunder, as we agree that Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas," Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christ ... More >>

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    March 23, 2006


    Tuesday, March 28, Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1666

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    December 16, 2004
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    June 17, 2004

    Text Hook

    Words unite three very different artists at Mixture

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    September 9, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

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    February 5, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    September 4, 1997
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    April 3, 1997
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    May 2, 1996

    What Invasion?

    Spacehog comes in peace, but finds success anyway

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    December 30, 1993

    Rock Death in l993

    How cool are you when you're dead? Here's the ultimate sick scorecard of musical hipness.