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    February 5, 2014

    Five Bizarre Titles On Ye Olde Beatles Bookshelf

    Hi. My name is Bob, and I am a Beatles fanatic. This won't come as any surprise to my friends and family, for whom I am a very, very easy mark for a Christmas or birthday gift: "Just get him something Beatles-related." The first 33 rpm LP I ever bought in 1978 was -- I'm pretty sure -- Meet the Bea ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck at Bayou Music Center, 10/1/2013

    Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Bayou Music Center October 1, 2013 God only knows the kind of byzantine William Morris-type negotiations that led to Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson hitting America's large-theater circuit this fall. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting. Sure, Beck supposedly loves those ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Is Danger Mouse Ruining Rock?

    Okay, let's get this out of the way right off the bat. That headline is hyperbole. I don't think one man could possibly ruin the entirety of rock and roll. That takes the combined effort of a movement, such as hair metal in the '80s or nu-metal in the late '90s. Danger Mouse isn't a movement. He is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    5 Bands Who Pioneered Modern Indie-Rock... Besides the Smiths

    Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr is set to release his first ever solo record next month after years of being a sideman for other bands, some rather important. In anticipation, he's had some choice words to say that one would have expected more from his less level-headed ex-Smiths compatriot Morrisse ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Rocket Man: Elton John's 5 Greatest Characters

    Great songwriters create great characters. Elton John has a plethora in his songs some real like Princess Diana, and others purely fictional. The stories he tells in his songs are what makes him one of the greatest artists ever to come from Great Britain. His characterizations have even been celebr ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012
  • Culture

    May 31, 2012

    Lawndale's Stellar Studio Show

    Three resident artists put on a strong group show.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Originally titled The Magic of Christmas, when it was released in 1963, this collection of Christmas songs was basically cobbled together in support of what many -- m ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Elvis' Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In 1957 at the near peak of his early success, Elvis Presley did what many artists did: He made a Christmas record. The result was what would become one of the best s ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Perry Como Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​When we think back now about the 1950's, we tend to idealize them as the birth of rock and roll, when kids were wearing leather jackets and rebelling against their pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Charles Brown & Friends' Merry Christmas Baby

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Blues musician Charles Brown released and re-released Christmas songs numerous times throughout his career. The Texas City native got a lot of mileage out of Christma ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Johnny Mathis' Merry Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​On the popular '70s and '80s sitcom The Jeffersons whenever George wanted to get Weezie in the mood, all he had to do was mimic the voice of Johnny Mathis while singi ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Andy Williams Christmas Album

    ​There are two reasons we think of Andy Williams fondly. First, there is the classic episode of The Simpsons when Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Martin travel to Branson where they see Williams perform. A teary-eyed Nelson said, "I didn't think he'd do "Moon River," but then -- bam! -- second enco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    John Lennon's Imagine Turns 40: Ten Facts About The Album

    ​Forty years ago this past week, John Lennon's second solo LP away from the Beatles, Imagine, hit number one on the UK album charts. The album was released on October 8, 1971 in England and September 9, 1971 here in the States. The album was seen as a commercial answer to his previous outing ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Glen Campbell's 15 Greatest Hits - As A Guitarist

    Yet another reason to love Pet Sounds.​In a few hours, Rocks Off will be down at the Stafford Centre, watching the sold-out first Houston-area stop on Glen Campbell's extended "Farewell Tour." It might be the only one, but the tour is booked well into 2012, so we figure there's got to be a Dos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    The Worst Hairpieces In Rock & Roll (And We Mean Bad)

    Photo manipulations by John Seaborn Gray​Getting older is no fun. Your body starts to hurt for no reason, you lose all your energy, you stop being able to digest certain foods, you realize just about everyone in the world is an asshole (including yourself), you get cranky and curmudgeonly and ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Something Fierce Rolls Out Don't Be So Cruel

    ​Tomorrow night at Mango's, Something Fierce releases their new LP, Don't Be So Cruel, their follow-up to 2009 full-length There Are No Answers, and the band's first release since last year's 7" "Where You Goin Man." The trio of Steven Garcia, Niki Sevven, and Andrew Keith has made one of the ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Ghosts of SXSWs Past: Justice, Glasvegas, Monotonix...

    Craig Hlavaty​This year marks the fourth year Craig's Hlist has covered SXSW in Austin for the Houston Press, from the days when we had to shoot all of our own shows, had neither Facebook nor Twitter, and slogged through the day mostly drunk. It's a far cry from now, when we are glued to our p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Elvis: 30 Famous Quotes About The King

    ​Rocks Off is celebrating Elvis week this week - the King would be 76 years old on Saturday. (Or hell, maybe he will be 76 years old on Saturday.) That's more than three-quarters of a century, but it just doesn't seem like a very long time. Maybe that's because whether or not he actually died ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Saturday Night: Best Coast At Fitzgerald's

    Neph Basedow​Best Coast Fitzgerald's November 6, 2010 Considering our prior exposure to Best Coast was at this summer's massive Pitchfork Festival, we were eager to check them out on Saturday, in the considerably cozier confines of Fitzgerald's. It seems much of Houston shared similar enthus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Bon Jovi, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers? It Could Happen...

    Stay classy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...​This morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's ballot of nominees, with the winners to be announced in December and inducted next March in New York. Fifteen names are on this year's ballot, ranging from hip-hoppers, proto-metal icons, ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, July: Beyonce, Coldplay, Aerosmith/ZZ Top, Judas Priest, Rod Stewart... and the Trae Day Gunplay

    Craig Hlavaty​ Wooden Birds, Other Lives, Walter's on Washington, July 2: "This is Andrew Kenny's latest project away from American Analog Set. That band is currently on hold while Kenny and the rest of the group go off to pollinate elsewhere. The Birds don't fall far from the AmAnSet tree at all, ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring! Doesn't Disappoint

    "American man in the laundry pile/ With the rain check claims and the skateboard child" - Chuck Prophet, "American Man"​We admit to being full-fledged, card-carrying members of the Chuck Prophet Party, but it still took Lonesome, Onry and Mean longer than usual to get the ears and head wrapped aro ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: Aftermath

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​Was it something we said or did? Aftermath openly gushed about how great the weather was on Friday and how it seemed that maybe, just maybe, we were going to finally attend an Austin City Limits (ACL) that didn't consist of heat and dust. Well, it seems that the powers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Album of the Week: Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream

    Bruce Springsteen is one prolific motherfucker. After all, he's produced one entire 4 CD box set (Tracks) of songs that he thought weren't good enough to be included on a regular album, and much of it still blew away anything in comparison. In that vein, we have Working on a Dream, coming littl ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
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    September 9, 2008
  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Lee Hazlewood: Stranger in This Land

    The renaissance cowboy cut a wide swath through the West, and inspired a generation of songwriters

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Never Opening Near You

    Music biopics Hollywood won't make

  • Music

    November 24, 2005

    I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls

    Critics might damn Fantasia's music with faint praise, but we say she's keeping up a sacred pop tradition

  • Music

    March 10, 2005
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    December 2, 2004
  • Film

    November 18, 2004

    Gabba Gabba Henh

    The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Hail to the Freak

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

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    City Under Siege

    Musicians provide HPD with plenty of overtime pay

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Garbage

    Thursday, May 16

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Golden Gate Garage

    Reliving the seamy underbelly of the 1970s with the young Richmond Sluts

  • Music

    March 2, 2000

    Rotation

    Music Reviews

  • Music

    February 10, 2000

    Glamour of Glaw

    The leader of the Vulgarians makes a fashion statement

  • Music

    May 27, 1999

    Hi Del-Fi

    New sounds from famed label

  • Music

    June 11, 1998
  • Music

    March 5, 1998

    Unforgettable?

    The new Bobby Fuller retrospective salutes a questionable legacy

  • Music

    October 23, 1997
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    October 9, 1997
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    September 25, 1997
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    July 31, 1997
  • Film

    September 12, 1996
  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    Sounds Like a Winner!

    1996 Houston Press Music Awards

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