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Natalie Maines

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Country Songs of the '90s

    Remember when there was no such thing as "bro-country" or "hick-hop?" We do, and it was a little time called the '90s. That was basically the best decade ever for country music. Garth Brooks was at his best, and artists like George Strait and Clint Black were killing it with every single move. Oh, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    12 Houston Chefs With Celebrity Doppelgangers: Restaurant Weeks Edition

    It's Doppelganger time! See which Houston local chef tried to steal a kiss from Natalie Portman and who plays for the MLB in his spare time. And don't forget to support Houston Restaurant Week by visiting the chef's restaurants all month long (special bonus: if you sneak into the kitchen without ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Two Tons of Steel Unafraid to Cuss While Coming Unraveled

    Two decades and 11 albums later, Two Tons of Steel is still out tearing up the Texas blacktop with a hefty touring schedule that currently includes road-testing some new material from their soon-to-be released album, Unraveled. "It's really the best thing Two Tons has ever done and Lloyd Maines pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Red, White, and Rehab: Country Music's 10 Douchiest Moments

    It might be hard to believe, but the same musicians responsible for singing lyrics about big green tractors and diggin' up bones are also responsible for a lot of my Internet entertainment. You see, when famous people do douchey things, it makes me giggle. When those acts are committed by people t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Best Shows at SXSW This Year

    This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Blake Shelton Has Helped Country's "Old Farts" More Than They Seem to Know

    "Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Speak Out: How Far Is Too Far When Musicians Talk Politics?

    Imagine this: You go to a concert to see one of your favorite artists. Suddenly, mid-show, they start spewing political rhetoric. You disagree with their ideas, so you and many others leave. Free speech is something we claim to value in this country, but we are biased against opposing viewpoints. R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    ¿Como se dice "Whoops?": 5 Musicians' Romney-esque Blunders In Foreign Lands

    Mitt Romney had a troublesome time during his recent trip abroad, pissing off politicians and citizens in England, Palestine, and Poland (although to be fair, that last one was simply a guy who worked for Romney, not Romney himself). Besides providing a potential future Ted Nugent album name -- "Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Wait a Minute! Who Is That? Top 10 Videos With Famous Actor Cameos

    When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous. Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Don't Tread on Me: The Top 10 Musical Celebrations of American Might

    Rock and pop music in the United States has earned a distinguished reputation for quality protest anthems and anti-war songs, from Country Joe and the Fish all the way up to friggin' Green Day. And that's great; it really is. Not only are many of the tunes timeless, but criticism of our society's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Burn! Music's 12 Best Insults & Jabs

    One of the not-so-fun things in the world is to get insulted or, in the words of Kelso from That 70's Show, get "burned." Now, let's imagine what it would be like to be insulted by some musician on one of their albums -- that "burn" I can only imagine was magnified by a million. Nevertheless, som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    6 Musicians Who Messed With Texas

    Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day a bunch of old white politicians and landowners declared this part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas to be its own sovereign republic in a cabin near Washington-on-the-Brazos. For some inexplicable reason, Rocks Off does not have the day off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks on Sting: "Rock Stars...Is There Anything They Don't Know?"

    You rotten flexible bastard.​ Sting. He's the artist we love to hate: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova--herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha and daughter of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Music Fans Love Their A-Holes

    You rotten flexible bastard.​Sting. He's the artist we love to hate. From The Atlantic: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova - herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    ​Think of Tony Bennett and you'll probably picture the kindly older gentleman crooning "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and any number of other pop standards, or perhaps the guy who upstaged Alec Baldwin as "Anthony Benedetto" (his birth name) on a 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, turnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Top 8 Post-2000 Soldier Songs

    ​Like many of you, Rocks Off has friends and family members who have served (or are serving) in our armed forces. Memorial Day is when we honor the sacrifice so many of them have made - and are still making - fighting America's wars. Songs about the hardships suffered by soldiers and their familie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    G.I. Blues: A Soldiers' Playlist

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the truly momentous occasions in popular music: On March 23, 1958, Elvis Presley reported for induction into the U.S. Army, thus opening up a thousand alternate timelines for musical historians to formulate "What if he hadn't?" scenarios. For the next few years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Toby Keith, Ever The Angry American

    Date: March 12 Name: Toby Keith AKA: "Mr. Boot in Your Ass" Genre: [This is our] country Best Known Song(s): "Beer for My Horses," "How Do You Like Me Now?", "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Ugly Angry American)" Key Demographic: Dick Cheney, ex-boyfriends of Natalie Maines, that surviva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    "We're Ashamed The President Is From Texas" And Other Acts Of Career Suicide

    Seven years ago this week, the Dixie Chicks had the No. 1 country single in the U.S. with Bruce Robison's lump-raising "Travelin' Soldier." Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Bush Administration was putting the finishing touches on its Iraqi invasion strategy, which prompted Chicks lead singer Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "Palo Duro"

    View Five States of Texas in a larger map As any proud Texan can tell you, the Lone Star State is entitled constitutionally to split into five states if it so wishes. The scenario has rarely been more in the news than it has relatively recently, when Gov. Rick Perry played to the wingnut gallery in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: My Son, the Guitar-Slinger

    William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson​ LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008

    Bartender, Pour the Wine: Ten Great Country Breakup Songs

    The late, great Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind “Heartaches by the Number,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Streets of Baltimore” and “Why Not Me” (among countless others), once famously said country music is “three chords and the truth.” And the truth is that many relationships – mo ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    February 22, 2007
  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Bruce Cockburn

    Bruce Cockburn performs Saturday, November 18, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006

    Dixie Doc

    15 little words changed everything for the Dixie Chicks. In an instant, the Dixie Chicks went from country darlings to America's scape goats, and two filmmakers caught it all. Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck were not in London in March 2003, when Dixie Chick Natalie Maines told a Shepherd's Bu ... More >>

  • Film

    November 9, 2006

    Radical Chick

    You can't tell Natalie Maines to Shut Up & Sing

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    blacktopGYPSY

    blacktopGYPSY appears Thursday, September 28, at Mojo Risin' Coffeehouse, 1600 Shepherd, 713-426-1505.

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Dixie Chicks

    Taking the Long Way

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Hellish Houston

    A summer selection of the Bayou City's most miserable music and depressing songs

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

  • Calendar

    August 5, 2004
  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

  • News

    April 17, 2003
  • Culture

    April 10, 2003

    Made With Love

    Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't

  • Music

    March 27, 2003

    Hissin' Dixie.

    Country stars battle it out on the eve of war

  • Music

    March 20, 2003

    Battle Cries

    SXSW finds itself covered in thoughts of war

  • Music

    March 14, 2002

    Age-Old Axiom

    The Axiom can't seem to shake its past

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Ruffled Feathers

    The Dixie Chicks and other musicians are fighting for their rights -- and a bigger check

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    The Gift Of Music

    2001s top ten picks

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Racket

    Pinpointing when Texas music jumped the shark

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Minibill

    Stevie Nicks

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Hear Them Tweet

    The Dixie Chicks get spunky

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Rotation

    New Releases Reviewed

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