Neil Young

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    November 25, 2014

    Neil Young Firmly In the Driver's Seat on Special Deluxe

    Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars By Neil Young Blue Rider Press, 384 pp., $32. Fans of Canada's Greatest Musical Export were happy to hear that he would be delivering a second, meaty memoir just two years after the well-received Waging Heavy Peace. Take that, Dylan! We've been waiting over a ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Visionary Old Man Neil Young's New Trick: Pono

    Rolling Stone once described Neil Young in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" issue as a "restless experimenter... who transform[s] the most obvious music into something revelatory." Admittedly, I don't know much of Neil Young's musical catalog, and there's something about that high-pitched ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Five Songs That Are Surprisingly Awesome When Dubstepped

    So I'm not sure how this blog came to fruition, but it did, and I can honestly tell you that I never expected to be writing about dubstep. I don't mind the whole electronic-music craze, but you would be hard-pressed to find me making the trek to Ultra Fest or something. (Not to mention I had to Goog ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    The Five Greatest Daniel Lanois Productions

    Late to the party as ever, I recently caught up with the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, Push the Sky Away, in light of the hype over their SXSW showcase last week. The album is fantastic, of course, but one thing that immediately jumped out at me upon listening to it was the interesting choi ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    5 Folk Acts Who Wandered Down the Synth Road

    Mandolin enthusiasts Mumford and Sons have been on top of the world the past couple of years, dominating rock-driven radio with a folk sound that apparently touches the hearts of hard-rock bros around the world. Given that they have an apparently winning formula, one wouldn't expect them to change i ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012
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    October 14, 2012

    ACL Last Night: Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Zilker Park

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse Bud Light Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park October 13, 2012 Rewind: SLIDESHOW: Neil Young, Jack White, The Roots: ACL 2012 Saturday Bands SLIDESHOW: Rainy Saturday at ACL 2012: Crowd Shots ACL 2012: Friday's 12 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker With ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    5 Bands to Avoid & 5 Bands to See at This Year's ACL

    If you are lucky enough to be going to ACL this weekend, you have no doubt been sitting in front of your concert schedule plotting your movements for this coming weekend. Alternately if you are missing out on ACL, a lot of the bands playing have been through Houston lately, or will be in town this ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    5 More Great 9/11 Songs

    Rewind: The Top 5 Best & Worst Songs About 9/11 Looking at it now, 11 years to the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the al-Qaeda-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, it's still difficult to underestimate how much the world changed that day. The real ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Friday Night: Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Outside Lands Festival

    The following is a dispatch from San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival from our VVM Bay Area sister paper, SF Weekly. -- ed. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: Flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    July 24, 2012

    Neil Young's Heart of Gold and (Musical) Balls of Steel

    Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker By Glen Boyd 400 pp., $19.99, While the title certainly gives you an indication as to the personality and whims of Canada's greatest musical export (sorry, Triumph fans), author Boyd wastes no time i ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Neil Young's Ragged Glories

    Jonathan Demme directs Journeys, a documentary aboout the Canadian singer-songwriter.

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 9, 2012

    5 Intentionally Bad Albums By Geniuses That Really Aren't So Bad

    If there's one thing artists hate, it's record labels. Like managers, they were a necessary evil for the music business throughout much of the previous century, at least until piracy and digital uploading became a thing. The way it worked in the olden days, though, was that a record label would giv ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Tryptophanatics: Thanksgiving Lullabies For Your Post-Meal Snooze

    You've finished your Thanksgiving feast and endured a few hours of awkward conversation with the extended family you never see and now it's finally time for a holiday hibernation. You deserve it, it's the third most important part of Thanksgiving, after overeating and overdrinking. No one really k ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Misty Mountain Blog: Led Zeppelin IV Turns Forty

    ​Today one of the greatest rock albums of all-time, Led Zeppelin IV, turns 40 years old, and it's still a vital, nasty, stanky, and heavy LP. Released on November 8, 1971, it cemented the Zeppelin legacy with cuts like, well, the whole damned thing. It's all good, and no doubt you can hear at ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    The Best Episodes Of MTV's Unplugged

    ​MTV Unplugged was like health food for your soul during its heyday on the music channel, which was full of junk food. When artists stuck to the template and went untethered to electronic instruments and really dug into their music with new eyes it was amazing. Debuting in 1989 with Squeeze ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    The Sour Notes Are Not Going To Save The World, It Seems

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Photos via thesournotes.comR ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Neil's Nephews: Indie-Rock's Brightest Young Acolytes

    ​Neil Young has spawned many children in the indie/folk-rock community, many of whom have directly constructed their style based on the Canadian humanitarian's more acoustic oeurve rather than the ragged-glory feedback cues that goosed grunge gods like Pearl Jam a generation ago. In the tradi ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    September 10, 2010

    Dave Matthews Band's Seven Best Covers

    Craig Hlavaty​Tonight the Dave Matthews Band hits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Austin's Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears as their supporting act. Now into their second decade of massive touring schedules, the DMB is now a cash machine on wheels - a sort of cleaner and less hairy Gr ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Neil Young, Old Man, Loudly Looks Back At His Life

    Photos by Jay Lee​ Even Neil Young, whose lyrics are generally among the most unironic in rock and roll, has to grasp the irony of singing "Old Man" from the other side of the mirror. But as he's gone from "twenty-four and there's so much more" to "look at how the time goes past," the 64-year-old' ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Neil Young, Fans Will Never Walk Alone

    Photos by Jay Lee​ Neil Young is about to embark on one of the most grizzled and stoic phases of his career, and Houston got its first taste of it on Friday night at Jones Hall. He was loud, he was poignant and every word and note he wrung from his cast of guitars and various plinkers dripped ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    A Few Bits Of Texas-Related Neil Young Trivia

    "Comes a Time," live at Farm Aid 1986 at Manor Downs racetrack near Austin Both Rocks Off Sr. and Jr. are pretty pumped for tomorrow night's Neil Young show at Jones Hall, and have the over/under on the number of guitars he uses at eight. We combed the Internet for a little bit this morning and cam ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Win Two Neil Young Tickets At 4 p.m. Today

    Ed. Note: Please check out Rocks Off's Facebook page at 4 p.m. SHARP today to find out how to win the two Neil Young tickets we're giving away. Remember, you must "like" us to win (hint hint). But for now, enjoy "Classic Rock Bob" Ruggeiro's review of the latest addition to the sagging Shakey booksh ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Musicians Do More In Bed Than Just... Sleep

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound protests (or, if you prefer, media stunts); the couple folded ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Neil Young Said To Be Playing Jones Hall June 4 With Folk Legend Bert Jansch

    UPDATE (12:32 p.m.): Now Rolling Stone is reporting Houston has been added to the tour, so it MUST be true. UPDATE 2 (3:17 p.m.): Confirmed via press release from Young's label, Reprise Records. It's definitely happening. Ticket on-sale date still TBD. ​USA Today's "LifeLine Live" blog reported M ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 5, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Spin the Black Circle

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​It only took one song in to Pearl Jam's Sunday night closing set at the Austin City Limits music festival for it to dawn on Rocks Off that for way too long this band has been forsaken by back-handed hipster discount and radio-influenced apathy. No band from the grunge- ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Bonus MP3 of the Day: Whiskey Boat & the Supersuckers Do Neil Young's "Powderfinger"

    ​"Powderfinger" has always been one of Rocks Off's favorite Neil Young songs, up there with "Cowgirl In the Sand" and "Rockin' In the Free World." You know things are headed for trouble from the first line - "Look out mama, there's a white boat comin' up the river" - as a young man who just turned ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums That Went Darker

    ​ For most rock acts, the traditional way to deal with success is to rework their lyrics, image and sound to become palatable to a larger audience. Usually this means brightening the subject matter, cleaning up the bad words, softening the sharp edges on those power chords and getting haircuts tha ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Listening Room: Neil Young's Fork In the Road

    Neil Young Fork In the Road www.neilyoung.comYa gotta love Ol' Shakey. Even moreso than fellow cantankerous classic rocker Bob Dylan, he goes where his muse leads him, everyone else be damned. Acoustic rock? Heavy rock? Country? Blues? Rockabilly? Unintelligible vocoders and synthesizers? He's done ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Going Viral

    The infestation of classic-rock threatens the cultural legacy of an entire generation and must be stopped.

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    February 9, 2009

    "Sweet Caroline," Complete With 10-Minute Guitar Solo

    Man, we're sorry we missed the Grammys last night.Check out the bit of news in this Associated Press story, via the Beaumont Enterprise: "Neil Young, honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year for his aid to Hurricane Ike victims on Oak Island in Galveston Bay, performed his hit 'Sweet Caroline.'"T ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Classic Rock Corner: Neil Young's Sugar Mountain

    Neil Young Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 Forget Chinese Democracy. The real will-he-ever-release-it story of this decade (and the last...and the last...) is Neil Young's Archives Vol. 1, 1963-72. The (so far) massive 10-DVD set will include music, video, photos and interactive media ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Shakey

    As one of rock's premier songwriters, guitarists and even vocalists - that reedy tenor grows on you, big-time - Neil Young's body of work is second only to Bob Dylan's in terms of quality-to-amount ratio. But Young, who turns 63 today, is and has been many other things: cerebral-palsy activist, Farm ... More >>

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    July 19, 2008
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    July 12, 2007

    Blitzen Trapper

    Quartet delivers classic Southern rock

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    December 28, 2006

    The Drones

    Gala Mill

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    June 15, 2006
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    June 1, 2006

    Rebel with a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings

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    June 1, 2006

    The Examined Life

    After a brush with death, Alejandro Escovedo cleans up, digs deep and resurfaces with a gem

  • Film

    April 22, 2004

    Heart of Gold

    Neil Young charts his Greendale via "a little love and affection"

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    November 20, 2003

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    Greendale (Warner Bros.)

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    July 31, 2003

    Still Young

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse ride into town with Lucinda Williams

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    June 4, 1998
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    July 17, 1997
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    July 13, 1995
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    June 15, 1995

    The Future of Rock and Roll

    We've seen it in a crystal ball and the pictures aren't pretty

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