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Rick Nelson

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    October 3, 2014

    Kacey Musgraves at Warehouse Live, 10/2/2014

    Kacey Musgraves Warehouse Live October 2, 2014 Kacey Musgraves feels almost too good to be true. The 26-year-old Texan seems as sweet as can be, both onstage and in her media appearances, and sparks the kind of connection with fans that has them singing her songs back to her without her even asking ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2014

    Second-Guessing Free Press Summer Fest

    The lineup is locked, but fans share their lineup slips.

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    May 21, 2014

    It's a Free Country: Fans Second-Guess Summer Fest Lineup

    The late Rick Nelson once sang, "You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." For sure, there are better credos to live by, but this would be the one I'd hang onto were I tasked with booking talent for Free Press Summer Fest. A week and a half away from the event, the caterwaulin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Travelin' Man: Web Site Helps Dudes Find Vacation Hookups Based on the Books She Is Reading

    I'm a travelin' man I've made a lot of stops all over the world And in every part I own the heart Of at least one lovely girl When Ricky Nelson sang those words, he was a rock star traveling the globe and probably getting all the action he could handle. But for non-rock star types who want to na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 14, 2010. No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    10 One-Hit Wonders Who Should Have Had More Success

    One-hit wonders, in some ways, are more innovative than their legendary counterparts. Sometimes -- such as is the case with the Buggles -- they are too innovative. People are not ready for them, and musical trends may not be in their favor, whether they are innovative or passe. Anyway, here are te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    5 Artists Whose Second Acts Surpassed Their First

    Rocks Off has always had a soft spot for Rick Nelson. Although our oldest memory of him is probably hearing about the plane crash outside Texarkana that killed him, his band and his fiancee on New Year's Eve 1985, we're also old enough to remember actually his songs like "Hello, Mary Lou," "Lonesome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    September 14, 2011

    10 Songs That Helped Make Nick 13's Country Debut

    ​Tiger Army's Nick 13 delivered his self-titled solo debut this year, and the lead singer of one of the past decade's biggest psychobilly bands has made one of the most enjoyable traditional country records of 2011 not called Photographs. Yes, this 10-song set from the man you first met on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    The Best Songs From 1958

    ​This Saturday is Craig's Hlist's father's birthday, and the man turns 53. Sorry to out your age, Dad, but it's for science. This week while doing other research, we found that most people whose art we enjoy were actually born in 1958. People like Alec Baldwin, Prince, Jello Biafra, Jools Holl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Last Night: Twilight Singers At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Twilight Singers Warehouse Live Studio June 1, 2011 The Afghan Whigs are probably one of the most underrated acts to come from the grunge period, but they had all the best lines, a dynamic musical presence, plus one of the most delightfully rusty and eloquent voices in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Solo Albums: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    ​Tomorrow night, former Audioslave lead singer and (thankfully) current Soundgarden member Chris Cornell will be at House of Blues for a long-sold-out acoustic show. Recent set lists have included a number of Temple of the Dog songs, some solo work, the usual 'Garden and 'Slave tracks, plus a ... 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

    December 14, 2010

    Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    ​No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your belt on Thanksgiving evening. Rocks Off made sure to steal a copy of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation from our folks' house before the calendar even hit December. Unlike other blogs, we don't hate all Christm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Plane Crashes And The Fall Of Icarus

    The quicker us pick Icarus to be a stinker of a pilot, but anyone that near the sun ain't no shrinking violet. - Richard O'Brien, Ain't That to Die For ​ Lynyrd Skynyrd, "What's Your Name" Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Last Night: Chris Isaak At House Of Blues

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​Chris Isaak & Silvertone House of Blues October 17, 2010 Aftermath would like to get a look at Chris Isaak's business card sometime. We're assuming he has one. Mostly, we're wondering what it would say underneath his name: "Musician," "Entertainer" or perhaps both. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    When Rock Stars And Movie Stars Reproduce: Five Offspring Bands

    ​No, these aren't Offspring cover bands, which would be gross, since Offspring sucks pretty badly on their own. They aren't as cool as we thought they were in 1994. No, let's talk about what happens when famous folks let their children loose to be rock stars. Some fall while others find fame i ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    For The Lebowski Bash: Five Dudes Better Than The Dude

    The Big Lebowski has undergone a hell of a transformation since hitting big screens over a decade ago. A (very) mild financial success upon theatrical release, it's gone on to become a bona fide cult phenomenon, spawning "Dudeism" -- an online religion with over 60,000 ordained ministers -- and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Aftermath: Har Mar Superstar, My Jerusalem and the TMI Brigade at Super Happy Fun Land

    Photos by Brittanie SheyGive them drugs so they'll shut up (please): Har Mar openers My Jerusalem​ Rocks Off pulled into the parking lot of Super Happy Fun Land fashionably late Saturday night just in time to see Sean Tillmann (a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar, clad in street clothes instead of his usual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Happy Birthday, "Louie Louie"

    Forty-six years ago today, a group of teenagers gathered in a Portland, Oregon, studio to record a ridiculously simple anthem that would go on to become one of the most influential - and most misunderstood - songs in rock history. The group was the Kingsmen - none of whom was over age 17 - and the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Happy April Fool's Day: Fools in Popular Music

    As you've hopefully been able to tell from our previous two entries (and yes, we were KIDDING about both of them), Rocks Off has been having some fun with April Fool's Day today. According to Wikipedia - unless, you know, they're joking - the day springs from a discrepancy when the measuring of days ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    Album of the Week: Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete

    Pretenders Break Up the Concrete www.thepretenders.com Old punk rockers - or, in this case, post-punks - never die, they just go country. On the Pretenders' first album since 2002's barely-registering Loose Screw, Chrissie Hynde confronts middle age by revisiting the musical styles of the mid-2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Get Lit: Hot Burritos: The True Story of the Flying Burrito Brothers by John Einarson with Chris Hillman

    Texas supergroup the Flatlanders (although it still exists) may have been "more legend than a band" but the same could also be said for the Flying Burrito Brothers (above, with female friends). The pioneers of country-rock were a short-lived act that went though numerous lineup changes, but records ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 8, 2008

    Two Hoots and a Holler

    Austin wild man Rick Broussard gets things jumping at the Continental Club

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    May 1, 2008
  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

    A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music

  • News

    October 6, 2005

    Funtime Is Over

    It's the end of the road for AstroWorld

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    September 23, 2004
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    November 12, 1998
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    October 22, 1998

    Making a Killing

    In the '70s, Walter Waldhauser arranged four contract murders. Nearly 20 years later, he has a new name and a new line of work -- but he still generates a profit from death.

  • News

    July 24, 1997

    Death of an Informant

    Donald Chaline died as he had lived: in a tangle of crime, alcohol and mystery.

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