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    October 10, 2014

    A Dozen Houston Highlights From Austin City Limits

    Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Covering Townes Van Zandt Can Be a Tricky Proposition

    Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    Songwriting Great Eric Taylor: "Houston Is Still a Real Music Town"

    Rocks Off hadn't seen Eric Taylor, once a contemporary of Townes Van Zandt, since his last Houston date at 14 Pews in January 2012. But with the release party for Taylor's latest CD, Studio 10, this Sunday at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, we caught up with the veteran Texas singer-songwriter behind "Shoes ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Albums 60-51

    Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Houston's Top 10 Unsung Music Venues

    There's no other way to say this except to say it: Houston has a lot of music venues, a lot of music venues, but most of the high-profile shows around here get routed into a handful of places. This happens for any number of reasons, most of them financial: Very few promoters in town can afford to pu ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Which Texas Musicians Would Get Page 1 New York Times Obits?

    Like it or not, death is an inevitable part of the news cycle. A big part of the news cycle, most of the time. Look at Tony Scott, Phyllis Diller and... wait, what time is it now? Rocks Off is not trying to be flippant at all here, because we had our own brush with the reaper less than a year ago: ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Crusty Texan Bounces Watch The Throne From Amazon's Top MP3 Album Spot

    Now Kanye has something else to cry about.​Proving once again that old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time, grizzled Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Guy Clark has knocked Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch the Throne from the top MP3 albums sales spot on Employing the same ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    For the Sake of the Song: Sanitized, Still Essential

    ​No discussion of Houston music history is complete without mentioning Montrose folk venue Anderson Fair. The list of performers alone is staggering, but there's more to the old spaghetti restaurant than just the people who've graced the stage, and that's what documentary For the Sake of the S ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Died And Gone To Houston: A Honky-Tonk Jukebox

    ​Besides the whomping pullout section with brief thumbnail sketches of every artist playing Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Washington Avenue, in this week's print issue of the Press you'll find a feature story Rocks Off was proud to co-write called "Died and Gone to Houston. ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Documentary On Anderson Fair Gets Thumbs-Up From Hollywood Reporter

    ​For the Sake of the Song , the documentary on Montrose's legendary Anderson Fair, is about to make the festival rounds; this week it had its world premiere at SXSW.The influential trade publication Hollywood Reporter reviewed the Austin showing and was enthusiastic, which is always a good thing.T ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Pop Rocks: How The Marriage Ref Almost Ruined My Marriage

    ​My wife and I have been married for almost 14 years. In that time, we've had to come to a certain...understanding about each others' tastes.We agree mostly on the big stuff, like politics (pinko), finances (slightly more free-spending than Ebenezer Scrooge), and child-rearing (sleep in a drawer a ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Attention Houston: What To Do When a Beloved Music Venue Says It's Shutting Down

    ​Rocks Off is here to help. That's why we keep an eye out for stories that, while they may not have anything to do with Houston per se, can still provide a valuable lesson. So as much as we delight in poking fun at Austin, the recent plight of the Cactus Cafe - the on-campus acoustic venue that ha ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Old Home Weekend at Anderson Fair

    Two alumni of Houston's fabled folk scene return to Anderson Fair this weekend. Vince Bell lives in Santa Fe, N.M., these days, but he will always be associated with the heyday of the Houston folk scene and Anderson Fair. Mentored by Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark, Bell had a major influence on Lyl ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Another Rock Mag Bites The Dust: Performing Songwriter Says Goodbye

    Print publications focusing on music continue to fall like pine trees in a hurricane. The latest to close its doors is 16-year-old Performing Songwriter. Editor/publisher Lydia Hutchison announced Wednesday that the June issue would be the last. The magazine joins No Depression, Blender and Count ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    May 7, 2009

    Return to Radartown

    "Credibility Scare" alumnus Mark Germino plugs in after seven years.

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    March 12, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: A Brief Chat With Mickey Clark

    Unless you were around here almost 30 years ago and traveling in the music scene, Mickey Clark probably means nothing to you. But the inside liner sleeve on Clark's new album, Winding Highways, is the Anderson Fair music calendar for March 1980. Nanci Griffith and John Grimaudo both had two-day ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    September 18, 2008
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    September 16, 2008
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    September 11, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Introducing…Lonesome Onry and Mean

    My first inclination was to name this column “Lonesome Onry and Mean on the Heartworn Highway of Dust That Lefty Bit Down South.” In spite of its unwieldy length, that reference to two famous songs by godfathers of the Texas music movement plus the 1981 documentary on the infant Texas singer-son ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Harry Choates to Johnny Preston

    The Houston 100 continues. Click here for numbers 91 to 100. 90. “Jole Blon,” Harry Choates, 1946. The unofficial Cajun national anthem was first recorded in Houston, by Choates, a Port Arthur-raised hellraiser who would die in a fit of delirium tremens in the Austin jail at 29 five years ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007

    Darden Smith

    Darden Smith performs on Tuesday, April 24, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

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    March 1, 2007

    Mark Germino

    In the span of four weeks back in 1984, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, and Mark Germino were all signed to major label record deals. Historically this watershed event was a reaction to the Urban Cowboy phase running out of steam and has been humorously dubbed "the Great Nashville Credibil ... More >>

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    February 20, 2007

    Catfish Reef: Happy Woman Blues

    Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues Smithsonian-Folkways Way back in 1980, long before she was on all those magazine covers, long before the Grammys and all the other accolades and her status among the NPR set, the woman who would be the Queen of Americana made this gentle, rootsy and unassuming li ... More >>

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    May 25, 2006
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    March 9, 2006

    Buddy Mondlock

    Friday, March 10, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576

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    December 1, 2005

    Dana Cooper

    Made of Mud

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    November 10, 2005

    Carrie Newcomer

    Thursday, November 10, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

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    January 30, 2003

    Lucy Kaplansky

    Thursday, February 6

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    October 10, 2002

    Lise Liddell

    Lovers' Moon (Self-released)

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    June 7, 2001

    Scene But Not Heard

    Houston's student shortage forces the indie scene to go the blue-collar route

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    February 22, 2001

    Denice Franke


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    December 16, 1999

    Have Voice, Will Travel

    Austin's Kelly Willis gets to see a lot of country as she plays it

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    September 30, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

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    December 31, 1998
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    December 3, 1998
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    August 6, 1998
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    May 14, 1998
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    April 9, 1998

    Night & Day

    April 9 - 15, 1998

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    February 26, 1998
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    May 15, 1997
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    January 2, 1997

    Gracious Angel

    A box set doesn't mean Emmylou Harris's career is done; it may mean it's just beginning

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    February 8, 1996
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    May 11, 1995
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    March 2, 1995
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    February 16, 1995
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