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Patti Smith

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    January 31, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Aaron Lewis, Creole Festival, Skinny Puppy, etc.

    The Black & White Years Fitzgerald's, January 31 The Black and White Years were blessed with good luck almost from the get-go. No less than Jerry Harrison, the former Talking Heads guitarist, took a shine to the Austin indie-rockers at their 2007 SXSW show and produced the eponymous album that foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Forget the Acting, Songs Tell CBGB's Cinematic Story

    CBGB, the movie about the iconic club, opens in theaters in a week; but, in an exclusive arrangement with DirecTV Cinema, it's been playing on demand for the last month. So, I rented the movie because it's cheaper to pay 11 bucks and drink PBR at home than take the family to the theater and pay 11 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 4: New Mexico to South Carolina

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. New Mexico: Heather Nova, "Out in New Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    I Tried to Explain Transgender Doom Metal to My Three-Year-Old

    I wasn't really in a very good mood on Sunday. Taking the Daughter With One F out of the house so the wife can study for nursing school is my task every weekend, and though my daughter is an angel, I would remind you that so was Lucifer. It's too hot to play outside except to swim, and the rain der ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Versklaven: "A Cornered Animal That Lunges at Its Assailant"

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are gobbledygook, but here at the Houston Press we're doing our best to find meaning in the oddest monikers. In general I try to avoid delving into the message in metal band's names as it always leads some place weird and horrifying. I still twitch when s ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Last Night: Lady Antebellum at Reliant Stadium

    Lady Antebellum Reliant Stadium March 6, 2013 No doubt other critics do all sorts of mental gymnastics to rationalize listening to Lady Antebellum. This one decided the relentlessly sunny Nashville trio must function as some sort of control group, a way for folks like us to say of other pop-country ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    It Came From the Bowery: Punk Magazine Returns

    The Best of Punk Magazine Edited by John Holstrom It Books. 372 pp., $30. While the thought of a hardcover, slick-papered, coffee-table book anthologizing the decidedly low-rent, ragtag Punk magazine might seem the antithesis of punk, even a curmudgeon like Johnny Rotten would have to spit a gob in ... 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

    April 13, 2012

    Dear Fox Sports Houston: Your Astros Broadcast Suck

    Dear Fox Sports Houston: I realize this is your last season with the cable rights to the Houston Astros. I realize that at this time next year you'll probably be losing cable systems while justifying that Little League game you're putting on in primetime. I also realize that you're tied into Fox S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Jim Morrison: Top 5 Songs About the Lizard King

    ​We've always felt a deep connection with Jim Morrison, so much so that we'd rather read No One Here gets Out Alive than listen to any one Doors song. The poet and legendary front man left us far too soon, and in his wake is a wealth of stories and music that continues to echo down and find an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women

    David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus Music​Women are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Intergalactic: A Playlist For The Space Shuttle's Last Flight Home

    NASA/Hair BallsNo more cool pictures like this for a long time :(​If you're an astronaut, you recently might have awoken you from a sound night's rest on the space shuttle to the sounds of U2, Beyonce, Electric Light Orchestra, Aaron Copeland, or even some old Coldplay. On those more unlucky d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Top Five Songs About Horses

    ​Rocks Off's regular readers presumably know by now that we love few things more than offbeat anniversaries, and recently we came across one of the oddest yet. Thirty-two years ago Monday, on Feb. 28, 1979, the "actor" who played the original Mr. Ed in the 1960s TV show passed away. Yes, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Slutwave: Pop Phenomenon Or Feminist Scourge?

    "Every generation needs a new revolution." - Thomas Jefferson Marc BrubakerKe(Dollar Sign)ha at House of Blues, July 2010​As one of the few women on the Rocks Off writing team, we were fervently proud to take an introspective stab at the new, curiously named micro-genre that 2010 bestowed upo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Top 10 Rock Tell-All Autobiographies

    ​Craig's Hlist just cracked into his copy of Life, by Keith Richards. It's the first time that the Rolling Stones guitarist and god among men has taken time to document his rock and roll journey for anyone. Sure there have been Stones oral histories from the band, but this is Richards' chance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Is Ex-Velvet Moe Tucker A Tea Partier Or Not?

    ​The Velvet Underground has certainly had an interesting second act. After Andy Warhol's favorite NYC "party" band soundtracked countless narcotic jags and laid the foundation for everything from punk rock to shoegaze, its members went on to very different lives: Lou Reed to street-life classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Top Eight Weirdest Saturday Night Live Musical Moments

    ​This past Saturday was Steve Martin's birthday and, if you're old enough, you may remember back to a time when the snow-capped comedian/actor/musician was more than just a comedy archaeologist, exhuming the corpses of classic comic franchises and defiling the shit out of them. No, he actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    6 Ideas: How to Dress Like A Rock Star

    ​This Saturday we'll be Partying Like A Rock Star with Allen Hill and DJ Psychedlic Sex Panther... and maybe Tina Turner, Pink, Zombie Michael Jackson, and probably a few Elvii... or at least some people in attire inspired by famous singers. The event at House of Dereon is a fundraiser benefit ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010
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    April 20, 2010

    Aftermath: Patti Smith, Not Quite As Mythic As Her Music, At U of H

    Eric Hester/ photos courtesy of Voices Breaking Boundaries​Have you ever gone to see an artist, but then wished you hadn't? Not because of a bad performance, but just because the real-life person didn't fit so neatly into the tiny box you'd made for them in your brain? That's how Aftermath felt ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Drink With Mike Stinson, Help Terrible Eagle, Learn How Weed Won The West, Buy Summerfest Tix At Urban Outfitters

    MCM's boss came across the above video of Mike Stinson's "I've Got No One to Drink With Anymore," from the local honky-tonk transplant's brand-new (and excellent) album The Jukebox In Your Heart, while he was waiting for her to turn in this article. As a staunch proponent of Coors Light, he strongl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Patti Smith On KPFT At Noon; At UH Tonight

    ​The iconic photograph of Patti Smith on the cover of her first album, Horses (1976), was taken by her longtime friend and sometime lover Robert Mapplethorpe, the controversial photographer who died in 1989 from AIDS-related complications. Five years later, Smith's husband, MC5 co-founder Fred "So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Magnolia City Mixtape: All The Scoop In One Fell Swoop... ACL Starts Us Off

    Mark C. AustinWe sure hope this doesn't happen two years in a row at ACL.​ Austin City Limits will be October 8-10 this year, and MCM expects the line-up to be released in the next month or so. You can sign up for the e-list to get first notice of who's playing. If your profile is updated by today ... More >>

  • Music

    January 28, 2010

    What About Bob?

    Patti Smith's new book makes good on her 20-year-old promise to Robert Mapplethorpe.

  • Music

    January 14, 2010

    Looking for Trouble

    Jemina Pearl breaks free of Be Your Own Pet on Break It Up.

  • Music

    December 31, 2009

    Live with Me

    The best Houston concerts of 2009: U2, George Strait, Kid Cudi, Jandek, Peaches and even T-Pain.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: The Watermarks (Minus One) Choose Their Favorite Duets

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. Next up, four-fifths of local electro-tinged post-punks the Watermarks choose their favorite duets. Jessica Brand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    On the List: Jonx Drummer Danny Mee's 11 Favorite Female Vocalists

    ​The other day, Houston Press Night & Day editor Olivia Flores Alvarez - whom we're so glad is feeling better and back at work again - handed Rocks Off Lisa Nola's new book called Music Listography: Your Life In (Play)Lists, and the wheels started turning like "Proud Mary." Because we're not q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    10 Ways To Solve the Impending Astros Attendance Crisis

    Photo by Peter Rieke There's a new study out there claiming that there is going to be a big drop in attendance for major league baseball this season. And as we've seen from another such report, our own Houston Astros are expected to have one of the major's biggest attendance drops. So Drayton McLa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    10 Ways To Solve the Impending Astros Attendance Crisis

    Photo by Peter Rieke There's a new study out there claiming that there is going to be a big drop in attendance for major league baseball this season. And as we've seen from another such report, our own Houston Astros are expected to have one of the major's biggest attendance drops. So Drayton McLa ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008
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    August 29, 2008
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    April 24, 2008
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    March 16, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Various Artists

    Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Honor Bound

    A fictional look at the future of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    The Duke Spirit

    Saturday, May 27, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1600

  • Music

    April 6, 2006

    Exene Cervenka & the Original Sinners

    Friday, April 7, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-629-3700

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    Morrissey

    Live at Earl's Court

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    Roadie Royalty

    Houstonian author and Webmaster Karl Kuenning is a prince among road dogs

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Special Delivery

    Punk rock queen Patti Smith finally gets some respect from the art world

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    Patti Smith

    Land (1975-2002) (Arista)

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    September 21, 2000
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    January 1, 1998
  • Culture

    November 7, 1996

    Surrealpolitik

    Stages' Tango dances around a serious subtext

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    September 26, 1996
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    January 19, 1995
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    September 15, 1994
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