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Otis Redding

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland: I had arrived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Though i ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    One Writer's Most Profound Musical Man-Crushes

    The Man Crush. It's what made John Wayne an American icon. When The Duke was riding, it wasn't entirely acceptable for another man to admit an overwhelming fondness for him or his true grit. But, c'mon -- those movie theaters screening his films weren't exactly teeming with women. Nowadays we men ... More >>

  • Music

    February 6, 2014

    A Houston Icon Passes

    Rest in peace Don Luis, the "Old Violin Man" of southeast Houston.

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    January 29, 2014

    The Shakespearian Story of Soulsville, U.S.A. Focus of New Book

    Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion By Robert Gordon 384 pp. $30 Bloomsbury It's a story that any novelist or screenwriter would find fantastical. A white, middle-aged banker and part time country music fiddler with a hankering to get into the music business convinces his older ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Hark! Your 2013 Holiday-Album Roundup

    Happy Halloween, everyone. Who's ready for Christmas? Must be quite a few of you, because the music biz rolled out many of its major 2013 holiday LPs this week. Those that don't arrive next week, that is, or else got a head start like Mary J. Blige. Her A Mary Christmas arrived two weeks ago and n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    10 Songs In the National Recording Registry That Might Surprise You

    Here's something you may not have realized. The U.S. government passed a law to preserve important films in the Library of Congress back in 1988, but it took them until 2000 to get around to doing so for recordings. We music lovers get no respect. Luckily, Congress did finally get around to archivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Black Mountain, the Black Crowes, BRMC, etc.

    Black Mountain Rudyard's, April 26 On their way to this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, Canadian drone-pop act Black Mountain are swinging by Houston for a spell at Rudyard's. The band's last release was 2012's soundtrack for the "post-apocalyptic" surfing flick Year Zero, which itself was partially a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers

    Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded. Rewind: The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012
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    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Rev. Al Green At Arena Theatre

    Rev. Al Green Arena Theatre April 27th, 2012 Mark my words. If you check the local hospitals exactly nine months from now, you will surely see a spike in activity in the maternity wards. Al Green gets everyone and anyone into the baby-making mood. Even the comedian who opened the show alluded to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Lee Fields & The Expressions At The Continental Club

    Lee Fields & the Expressions Continental Club April 27, 2010 A very few singers who missed out on being Al Green and Otis Redding when soul music first got big in the '60s and early '70s, people like Charles Bradley and Bettye LaVette, have been lucky enough to enjoy good second-act careers later i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Alabama Shakes at Continental Club

    Alabama Shakes doesn't like the "retro soul" label that often is attached to their brand of music. But, if their raucous set at Continental Club on Friday night is any indication, they should embrace it because they certainly owned it. "Y'all gon' be alright," singer Brittany Howard told the packed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Top 5 Songs About Coffee To Celebrate National Coffee Day!

    National Coffee Day is September 29. Most of us can't function without our morning cup, whether it's black, loaded with sugar and cream, or one of those $10 fancy-pants 20-ouncejobs. It's part of our morning routine, it's a ritual, it warms our souls and gets us moving. It's a social custom and a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Jay-Z & Kanye West Bringing The Throne To Houston October 26

    ​This morning Live Nation announced that Jay-Z and Kanye West, two rappers you may have heard of, will bring their brand-new group The Throne's "Watch The Throne" tour to Toyota Center October 26. Rocks Off applauds the duo for reigniting mass interest in Otis Redding via their single, "Otis, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Fifteen Of Our Favorite Cheating Songs

    zazzle.com​Songwriters find inspiration many of life's varied realms: Joy, grief, sex, drugs, anger and, evidently, two-timing. Some are sad, some cheeky, some violent and revengeful, but we've collected a sad-sack grab-bag of cheating-related songs. Here is our Top 15, along with their lyric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Dead People We Wish We'd Seen

    ​Regrets, sang Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Sid Vicious, I've had a few. (Or, for Sid, a feee-yooouuu.) So have we all. But if you review concerts for a living, there's nothing worse than someone you like dying before you get the chance to see them live. So for this week's Round Table, Rocks Off ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011
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    January 21, 2011

    Some Can Whistle: A Playlist To Don't Worry, Be Happy

    ​It's often the little things that make our favorite songs our favorites - the curious, unforeseen additions of small touches like an understated bit of whistling. For those who like to categorize their playlists into themes, we present you with the Rocks Off approved Whistle Playlist. The S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The Ladies Strike Back, Actually

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Top 10 Recent TV-Show Soundtracks

    ​A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Otis Redding, Jayhawks Help Us Overcome The Mailbox Cringe

    ​Sometimes we cringe when we go to the mailbox, but the past few days have brought Lonesome, Onry and Mean an eclectic trove of cool stuff. New Mystery Girl is Austinite Chrissy Flatt's new project with longtime collaborators Eric Hisaw and Ron Flynt. Twist City is a no-frills roots-rock disc - li ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2010

    Too Beaucoup

    An unassuming bar and grill turns out some damn good Cajun food.

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    April 13, 2010

    New On DVD: This Is A Radio Clash, From Pirate Satellite

    ​Out on DVD today is Pirate Radio, staring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy. So, walk right by Woody Harrelson's Defendor, Lauren Holly's The Final Storm and unless you're just a die-hard fan, Robert Englund's Nightmare on Elm Street collection. If you've got kids (or fond childhood memories) ... More >>

  • Music

    April 1, 2010

    The Domino Effect

    Britain's The Big Pink fuses soul, drum machines and shoegaze on A Brief History of Love.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: Booker T's Rock-Solid Soul And Farm-Fresh "Onions" At Wired Live

    Photos by Brittanie SheyThat's right, Booker T also plays guitar.​ Booker T has had a hand (well, two hands) in crafting so many pop, soul and R&B staples that the hardest part of his pre-concert routine must be making out his set list. Where do you put "Green Onions"? How many of the dozens o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    The Musical Minds That Made Booker T The Soul Man He Is Today

    ​How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010
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    February 19, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes On Billy Gibbons, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ray LaMontagne And More

    Shore Fire Media​ In this week's print edition of the Press, Warren Haynes talks about juggling his membership in the Alpha and Omega of jam bands, the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead, with the musclebound blues-rock engine he started in 1994, Gov't Mule. The Mule pulls into House of Blues Satur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    He Said She Said: 10 Artists Who Never Got Their Due, Part Deux

    It's the plight of every musician. You struggle and struggle to make it big in the business, only to find that even the most modest margin of fame barely comes with a modicum of respect. Even artists with a lot of influence on later, more popular musicians fall by the wayside in the annals of rock ... More >>

  • Film

    November 12, 2009

    Sinking Ship

    Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock and roll.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Ten Cover Songs So Bad They'll Shrivel Your Soul

    Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation". Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters? ​ You sure you're not being too harsh? ​ Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Soul Nite

    From Motown to the Orange Show, that’s quite a trip

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Lady Antebellum at RodeoHouston

    From one-night stands to missing the one that got away, love and country music go hand in hand. Monday night, fresh pop-country faces Lady Antebellum - reigning ACM Top New Duo or Group and CMA New Artist of the Year - rocked out to all of love's in-betweens. Kicking off the show was the trio's rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    SXSW Update: Sonics, Bar-Kays, Black Lips, Young Mammals, Wild Moccasins Added

    The Sonics, "Psycho a Go-Go" Another week goes by, with yet gigantic list of SXSW performers coming to Austin in March. The final list comes out January 30, so be prepared for maximum bloggage. We're still crossing our fingers and polishing up the nondescript white van in the hopes that Katy Perry w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    The Best Local Songs of 2008, Part 1

    "Song About My Mom," Jenny Westbury: This song likely encompasses all of Westbury's tunes. It's silly, serious and most of all lyrics meet instrumentation in perfect harmony. Westbury's lyrical phrasing makes it seem as though rhyming couplets pour as effortlessly out of her mouth as water does from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Songs Not To Play At Intercontinental Airport's New Karaoke Booth

    So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    Band Aid: Do they know it's Christmastime at all? Most people I know hate Sunny 99.1, but not me. And I should really hate it. Any radio station supported by the American Dental Association has to suck. But every time I listen to it, I either hear something so corny and half-baked that I can't turn ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008
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    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008
  • Dining

    April 17, 2008
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    March 16, 2006

    Tommy Castro

    Saturday, March 18, the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Various Artists

    The Kings of Hip Hop, Compiled and Mixed by DJ Premier and Mr. Thing

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Greg Trooper

    Saturday, April 30, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Music

    July 18, 2002

    Detroit Cobras

    Saturday, July 20

  • Music

    April 23, 1998

    Feel for the Real

    Burning Spear's gimmick-free reggae has all the earmarks of home

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