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Nick Lowe

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    July 15, 2014

    Weird Al's 10 Best Forgotten Parodies

    It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun due today and is in the midst of releasing e ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Excess of Talent: Meet Austin Super-Ensemble the Eightysixxed

    If Lonesome, Onry and Mean was a betting man, we'd bet our entire bankroll that while Warehouse Live or Fitz are filled to capacity with folks checking out the latest hyped-up, flash-in-the-pan, cover-of-Paste-magazine band that's been in existence, oh, at least a year or two, Austin's worn and weat ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Five Great Rock/Country Crossovers

    It's strange, but unless you're a musician, it seems like there's hardly any crossover between fans of country and rock. In fact, if you ask people what kind of music they like, especially if they're mostly rock fans, a lot of the time their answer will be "anything but country." But the musicians ... More >>

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    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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    October 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.

    J. Cole Reliant Arena, October 18 Perhaps it's the diversity of J. Cole's parental influences -- his mom raised him on folk and classic rock, while his dad added Tupac and Outkast -- that makes his style so diverse and insightful. Or perhaps it's the higher learning that Cole acquired while on full ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Telecaster Master Bill Kirchen Is Down to Seeds and Stems Again

    Bill Kirchen, the warhorse guitar virtuoso behind some of the most familiar licks on the planet, comes to Mucky Duck Thursday to preview his latest album, Seeds and Stems, which was released June 18. Kirchen first made musical waves with his cowboy crazoids band Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Ai ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Not Fade Away Soundtrack Offers Up a Fistful of Blues, Stones

    Not Fade Away, Director David Chase's period piece about a burgeoning rock band in the '60s, is still playing on limited screens in New York and Los Angeles, but this week preview copies of the soundtrack hit mailboxes. It is a sprawling double-disc, double-LP collection featuring vintage Rolling St ... 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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    September 5, 2012

    10 Great Hal David Lyrics: "Enough Germs to Catch Pneumonia"

    The music world truly lost one of the greats when songwriter Hal David passed away at age 91 following a stroke this past Saturday in Los Angeles. To borrow an old joke, the lyricist wasn't from the old school, he was from the school they tore down to build the old school: The artists who covered hi ... More >>

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    May 8, 2012

    Last Night: Nick Lowe At The Continental Club

    Nick Lowe Continental Club May 7, 2012 Nick Lowe learned a lesson Monday night: Houston rocks, and Houston will shut up and listen. Lowe and his band seemed slightly flummoxed by the Continental Club and a beyond-capacity crowd Monday night as they worked through a set that was as carefully laid o ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Nick Lowe Tries to Recapture That Old Magic

    Artist was once the Jesus of cool

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    April 12, 2012
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    March 27, 2012

    Upcoming: Avicii, Buxton, Down, The Knux, Nada Surf, Etc.

    311, Slightly Stoopid: Sun., July 15. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, Spring. .38 Special, Blackberry Smoke, Folk Family Revival: Sat., May 19. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. "3rd Annual Disco Green Electronic Music Festival": Sat., May 5. ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Unchained: The Man In Black's Late-Life Comeback

    The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings By Graeme Thomson 254 pp., $19.95, Jawbone Press In 1993, Johnny Cash may have been a country-music icon, but for all intents and purposes, he was also one in need of some serious restoration. Two decades removed from his la ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    The Funky Chicken: Good Stuff in the Mailbox

    Yeah, it's like that.​Once again our mailbox has filled to overflowing with CDs (and zip files). The desk looks like a Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of jewel cases, and the entire room is littered with (largely unread) piles of hype-and-tout. And while much of what comes over the transom ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Buddy Holly Raves On Into 21st Century

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean's buddy doesn't like the new tribute to Buddy Holly, Rave On, which features a major-league lineup of artists ranging from Sir Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Graham Nash to youngsters like Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Black Keys and the unlikely inclusio ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Best Riffs Only: Krayolas Going For Tex-Mex Rock & Roll Master's

    ​Krayolas drummer David Saldana is not your average power pop rock and roller. While his resuscitated band continues to draw gobs of press and is grabbing some high profile gigs, Saldana's life is taking him in another direction. "I'm actually getting my Masters in education so I can be a pri ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    May 24, 2011

    Out Today: Other Things Besides Born This Way... Seriously

    ​This past weekend was magical, what with Rocks Off finally getting to see Foo Fighters play songs from Wasting Light and all. You may remember that we have been wanking over Light since it came out in April, but it's really good. Best rock album of the year? Maybe, unless Jack White or Josh H ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Eight Songs That Make Us Want To Go Back To School

    ​Last week, when Rocks Off was editing our former intern Matthew Keever's article about the worst back-to-school soundtracks when Jerry Lee Lewis' "High School Confidential" popped into our head out of the blue. Not really out of the blue, we guess, but the next thing we knew we were thinking, ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Bros Before Hos: Tales From The Wedding-Band Front Lines

    Courtesy Allen Hill EntertainmentAllen Hill (left) would rather not play "Take a Letter, Maria" at weddings, but he will.​ Sting once stated in an interview about The Police's trademark song "Every Breath You Take" that he was bewildered by the tune's popularity at weddings. It is, after all, a so ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Aftermath: Taylor Hicks' Supper-Club Soul Patrol at Warehouse Live

    Craig Hlavaty​Monday night's Taylor Hicks show left Aftermath with way more questions than answers, mostly of the existential variety rather than the musical. Our minds were blown, and not in the same "Oh man, I finally got to listen to Zaireeka the other night" kind of way that the Soul Patrol ma ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Aftermath: Mike Stinson at Under the Volcano

    Photos by Chris Gray​ At his first proper gig since relocating to Houston last month, suit-clad Mike Stinson raised the bar for honky-tonk around here a little. Maybe a lot. Joined by guitarist Lance Smith and Winfield Cheek on keyboards, steel and mandolin, Stinson sang his way through a jukebox ... 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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    July 21, 2009

    Five Ways to Improve 107.5 the Eagle

    Paging the Purple One... the Eagle Needs You!For Houston music commentators, picking on the sorry state of the city's commercial airwaves is even more fun than sportswriters must have making fun of the Astros. But on the rare occasion a new format does come along - even if it's hardly "new" - it sti ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Aftermath: The Krayolas at Cactus Music

    Photos by Chris Gray The coolest band in Houston this weekend couldn't find a club or venue to play. Not at night, anyway - San Antonio's the Krayolas did manage to play Dan Electro's during Saturday afternoon's live broadcast of KPFT's Joe's Roadhouse, and Cactus Music an hour or two thereafter. If ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: How Much Does Nick Lowe Rule?

    I first heard Nick Lowe - and Stiff Records mates Dave Edmunds, Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello - when I lived in Europe in 1977. That Live Stiffs album not only saw me through a stint in northern Europe, it stayed with me for seven more years as I criss-crossed Asia with a Sony Walkman ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    November 27, 2008
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    October 10, 2008

    Black October, Set to Music

    As some of you may know, Wall Street has been experiencing some turbulence of late. We know because we’ve been seeing lots of images of depressed dudes on trading floors clasping their heads. In fact, there is a whole blog devoted to these shots, complete with sardonic captions, at Sad Guys on Tr ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Only a Week Until Robert Plant/Allison Krauss

    cmt.com Only a week until the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss/T-Bone Burnett show at the Woodlands Pavilion - which is still on the Ike-damaged facility's books - but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start the hype. Here’s a teaser the ex-Led Zeppelin frontman with one of the great rock bands o ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007
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    July 10, 2007

    Opening Wolfgang’s Vault

    A few weeks ago, a friend who knows I think Bono can do no wrong – so sue me – sent me a link to a concert he and the boyos did at Boston’s Orpheum Theater in May 1983, in the thick of the War tour. It’s almost 90 minutes of fresh, mullety goodness, opening with the best song on Boy, “Out ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007
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    March 10, 2007

    Rotation: Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods

    Bill Kirchen Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods Proper Records Any time Telecasting twangbanger Bill Kirchen gets together with his old boss Nick Lowe, I'm in. Recorded mostly in London with ringers like keyboardist Geraint Watkins, Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods is a tour de force of the Kirchenist ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Bill Kirchen

    Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods

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    June 1, 2006

    The High Score

    We Showed Up to Leave

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    December 8, 2005

    Overlooked in '05

    Ten great discs that were underserved by the media but are more than worthy

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    November 18, 2004

    David Holt

    Perpetual Motion (Blue Corn)

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    April 1, 2004

    Sleepy Labeef

    Friday, April 2

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    February 19, 2004

    The Proclaimers

    Born Innocent (Persevere Records)

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    November 29, 2001

    The Gift Of Music

    2001s top ten picks

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    September 6, 2001

    Pure Spunk

    Del Rio-bred Radney Foster is a cowpunk both on stage and off

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    February 17, 2000

    Fill 'Er Up

    Ten-gallon hats and ten-gallon gas tanks come to mind when BR5-49 plays

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    August 26, 1999
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    May 15, 1997
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    August 1, 1996
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    February 23, 1995

    Keeping His Cool

    Nick the Knife's regained his edge, and the world's a better place for it

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    May 19, 1994
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