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Pete Townshend

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    March 26, 2014

    Dirty Dancing's Eric Carmen: "I Wanted to Find Where the Magic Was"

    Very few articles about Eric Carmen (including, sadly, this one) do not include the term "power pop" somewhere to describe the music he's made with the Raspberries and in his lengthy solo career. But according to the singer/guitarist, if you gotta have a musical label, you could do much worse. "'Po ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Ever Wonder How Eric Clapton Got So Laid-Back?

    In the fall of 1974, Jamie Oldaker was a 22-year-old drummer riding in the backseat of a car with a girl he met at a club. And he wanted to get to know her a little bit, uh, better. While the couple was tooling down the streets of his native Tulsa, Okla., a song came on the radio with a lazy, sync ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Last Night: Eddie Vedder at Jones Hall

    Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard Jones Hall November 12, 2012 Aging grungers are the new aging hippies. When the first wave of grunge hit in the late '80s and early '90s, the world was still rife with greybeards and their old ladies just two decades removed from cultural nirvana. Before the other, bigger ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Music World Stands Up for Embattled Russian Punks Pussy Riot

    Above: A burka-clad Madonna talks about Pussy Riot to her Moscow audience Rewind: Vladimir Putin: No Pussy Riot on His Watch Free speech is a valued thing in this country. It's why journalists, writers, musicians and artists exist and are able to do what they do. However, in Russia, it seems to be ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    The 10 Greatest Summer Concerts I Never Saw

    Well, kids, summer has arrived. If you have ever noticed, all the good concerts seem to come during the summer -- with May being more like a pre-show. My parents, when I was younger, took me to many concerts at some of these venues, mainly Contemporary Christian concerts. I myself had only been to ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Here's The Pitch: Top 10 Commercials Starring Musicians

    Madonna's infamous "Like a Prayer" Pepsi ad, 1989​Every now and then, name-brand companies need a little extra pizzazz when it comes to advertising, and often they turn to the music world to do this. Either way, it's a win-win situation for both the artist and the company because the artist us ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Happy Birthday David Knopfler: 7 Lesser Known Rock Music Siblings

    In the holiday movie Fred Claus, Vince Vaughn plays Fred, the bitter older brother of Santa Claus. In one scene, he goes to a group counseling session with the brothers of Sylvester Stallone, Bill Clinton, Alec Baldwin and others to vent his frustration. Today is the 60th birthday of David Knopfler. ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Cover Story: Uncle Charlie Is Houston's Poster Boy

    ​Uncle Charlie isn't just a Houston legend. Ask anyone in the poster-art scene the world over, and they'll know his work. Charlie Hardwick, the subject of this week's cover story, designs posters advertising some of the biggest names in music - from Wilco to Green Day to The Decemberists. But ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Hickoids Indulge Deviant UK Fetish On Twits

    hickoids.com​At least for Lonesome, Onry and Mean, a good cover is one that takes an old chestnut in a new direction. And if about halfway through the chorus a light bulb flashes on in the brain: "Eureka, Batman, I know this song." The Hickoids' new album of all British-rock covers album Kicki ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    10 Beatles Urban Legends: True Or False?

    ​When you're a band like the Beatles - who first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, 47 years ago today - tall tales and urban legends spring up all around... mostly because when a band is a worldwide cultural phenomenon, anything can seem possible or even plausible. Some of th ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Congratulations to Our Live Nation Club Passport Winners, and More Background on That John Entwistle Photo

    ​ We finally have a winner in Rocks Off's photo contest for those Live Nation Club Passports we started giving away back when George W. was president. Not really, but it seems like it. Congratulations to Houston's Mitsy Parsons, whose shot of her with NYC up-and-comer Ryan Star at September's Coll ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Les Paul Is Shredding Axes With Jesus and GG Allin Now (Wait, That Can't Be Right...)

    Thanks to Mr. Jesse Dayton for showing us this clip Les Paul, the musician who literally created the definitive sound of rock 'n roll with his slew of equipment inventions, has passed away at the rockin' age of 94. Seriously if you make it that far after spending your life in smoky halls and reco ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Lost Tuneage: Sweet (Formerly The Sweet)

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_(band)Who 'Dat? From the land of England in 1968 came a band called The Sweetshop, featuring singer Brian Connolly, bassist Steve Priest, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey slogging it out on the pub circuit. By 1970, Andy Scott had replaced Torpey, and the band ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    Spain Colored Orange

    Gilbert Alfaro and Eric Jackson sound off.

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    January 22, 2009
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    January 16, 2009

    Eat Your Vegetables: Zappa for Beginners

    [Eat Your Vegetables is a new Rocks Off column exploring experimental, improvised and other generally odd music.] Express disinterest in Frank Zappa to one of his fans, and they're likely to insist you hear Hot Rats - or at least, so I read somewhere once; Zappa devotees becoming steadily less nume ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
  • Film

    October 25, 2007

    Dan in Real Life

    Cobbled together from better movies, Steve Carell's latest is strike two

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    August 29, 2007
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    December 8, 2005

    Sisters Are Punking It for Themselves

    Mel Hell and Alice Sin lead the charge of the misfit boy-toys

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Winning Ugly

    Don't ask how, but the city made a good move

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    Play It Pretty for Cabaret Voltaire

    A Rice grad stakes his claim as the inventor of the ironic "Freebird" request; also: there's a Lanky new kid on H-town's burgeoning pop-rock scene

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    Link Wray

    Monday, April 25, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

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    October 21, 2004

    Divide and Convolute

    The Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat has indie rockers confused: Are the brother and sister hacks, geniuses or somehow both?

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Hail to the Freak

    Interesting times call for an interesting man of the year. We nominate Michael Jackson.

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Godspell

    Three hundred people from Austin quit their jobs, sold their homes and moved 175 miles to Alvin to start a new church called by the Holy Spirit in the form of the Reverend Dana Carson

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Faux Strummer, Bogus Buzzcocks and Phony Ramones

    Never mind the bollocks, here's Rudyard's punk karaoke night

  • Film

    December 13, 2001

    Eyes Half Open

    Cameron Crowe takes Jerry Maguire on a dizzy trip through dreamland

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Story Teller

    Ray Davies wants to tell you a tale

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Jailhouse Rock

    Clifford Antone looks to diva Barbara Lynn and others to help him regain some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

  • Music

    April 30, 1998

    Dream So Real

    Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing

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    February 5, 1998
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    December 4, 1997
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    August 28, 1997
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    June 5, 1997

    Never Too Old to Rock and Roll

    From the Malibus to the Natives to on his own, Herschel Berry has haunted -- and been haunted by -- Houston music for three decades. So is he ready to give it up? You've gotta be kidding

  • Music

    April 10, 1997

    Jungle Beat

    Hip-hop's great lost act is ready to give it another try

  • Music

    November 28, 1996

    Messing Up in Public

    Ray Davies gets the kinks (if not the Kinks) out of his career

  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Irish Ambassadors

    The Chieftains may flirt with rock, but they always come home to Ireland

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