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Robert Johnson

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    November 22, 2013

    UH Design Students Show Off Their Unique "Guitarchetecture"

    Shop class was never like this in high school. This past semester, 12 students in Prof. Mark Kimbrough's industrial-design class in UH's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture have been working on a pretty hip class project: creating their own custom electric guitar to rock, blues or jazz specifica ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Where Have All the Haters Gone?

    From Tupac and Biggie to Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, established rivalries have played a major role in hip-hop's history. As local legend Bun B once said, "This is rap; we've had beef in rap since the beginning of rap." But today's local scene may be dawning on an age of enlightenment, largely define ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Living Colour at Warehouse Live, 7/28/13

    Living Colour Warehouse Live July 28, 2013 You could see the looks of shock on the faces of the audience when, for just the second song of the night, guitarist Vernon Reid ripped into the recognizable intro for "Cult of Personality," Living Colour's most recognizable and arguably most powerful trac ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Don't Call Living Colour a "Cult" Band, Please

    Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover knows it. He knows that, despite putting out five studio albums of criminally underrated rock, mention their name and the first (and maybe only) thing that comes to mind for many is, "Oh, that's the band that does 'Cult of Personality." And even on their current ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Dwight Taylor Lee, the Wandering Bufalero

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. Who Are You? "I'm Dwight Taylor Lee, singer/songwriter/producer," Lee introduces himse ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Fresh Cream and the Top 10 Power Trios of All Time

    Forty-six years ago this week, British blues-rockers Cream unveiled their debut album, Fresh Cream, one of the most deeply influential rock and roll records of all time. The original supergroup, the band was intended to unite the "cream" of the late-'60s British blues scene, featuring Eric Clapton ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Not Fade Away Soundtrack Offers Up a Fistful of Blues, Stones

    Not Fade Away, Director David Chase's period piece about a burgeoning rock band in the '60s, is still playing on limited screens in New York and Los Angeles, but this week preview copies of the soundtrack hit mailboxes. It is a sprawling double-disc, double-LP collection featuring vintage Rolling St ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Coog Radio Celebrates a Year On the Street With Free Mango's Show Thursday

    This Thursday night Coog Radio, the University of Houston's first-ever student-run radio outpost, will be celebrating a year of existence with a free and very killer show at Mango's. Last year our fall intern Charne Graham covered the station's rise here on Rocks Off. This past June, the station w ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    April 16, 2012

    The Best & Worst-Case Scenarios For The Future Of Musical Holograms

    Like most night owls, I spent early Monday morning watching YouTube clips of a holographic Tupac Shakur playing Coachella with his friends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg nearly 16 years after his death. It was at once creepy and crass, but altogether interesting no matter how you sliced it, and not just bec ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    November 15, 2011

    The 10 Most Real Artists of All Time; The Anti-Milli Vanillis

    Milli Vanilli​On this day in 1990, the manager for recent Grammy winners for Best New Group Milli Vanilli held a press conference to tell everyone his act was a fraud. They did not do any of the singing on their best-selling record and they lip synced their shows. It was a startling revelation ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    HPMA Preview: Nobody Leaves Without Singing The Blues Edition

    Photo by Brittanie SheyLittle Joe Washington​In the movie Adventures in Babysitting, Houston native bluesman Albert Collins inadvertently assists the getaway of young Elizabeth Shue (meow) and her charges from a gang of thugs, but only after she sings. Collins blocks the attackers with the sam ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Four Artists Who Died Before Playing Houston

    theindependent.co.uk​When Amy Winehouse died Saturday, almost everyone noted how the troubled British soul singer had joined the "27 Club," the list of legendary musicians who passed away at that age that also includes Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    True Blood: Selling Your Soul in a Buyer's Market

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​What is a soul and, more importantly in this rough economic ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Lemmy & HeadCat Mates Walk The Rockabilly Walk

    ​You could say that the members of roots-rock trio HeadCat got together to pay tribute to the King. But instead of the baby Jesus of Bethlehem, these three wise men -bassist/singer Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), drummer Slim Jim Phantom (ex-Stray Cats), and guitarist/pianist Danny B. Harvey (ex ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011

    Beautiful Chaos

    Psychedelic Fur Richard Butler talks Talk Talk Talk redux.

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    April 20, 2011

    R.I.P.: Remembering The 27 Club - Jimi, Jim, Janis, Kurt...

    ​As a student of rock music since he was born and sat in front of MTV and VH1, Craig's Hlist has grown up hearing constant aching throb of the number 27, the end-marker for a collection of rockers who died at that hallowed age, due mostly to their own chemical and/or personal misadventures. ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    February 9, 2011

    Six Things The White Stripes Leave In Their Wake

    ​In the wake of the White Stripes' official breakup last week, the music world reeled with the loss of one of the defining bands of the past decade. Some applauded the end of a band they saw as too simplistic, buoyed by a sub-par drummer and warbling attention-addict. Different strokes, y'all. ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010

    Los Skarnales

    The punk/ska band adds New Orleans funk.

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    July 6, 2010

    Going Platinum: Artists We'd Pay $10,000 To See - And When

    ​It started one night on the patio of Big Star Bar in the Heights; over Lone Star and cigarettes, a handful of Houston music wags debated the shows they would pay top dollar to see from lartists, iving or dead. We argued the aspects of an At the Drive-In reformation, seeing Sam Cooke in 1963, ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Musical Theology With John Coltrane, Robert Johnson

    ​Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie). Not a straight biographical doc or even a chronological one about his album releases, The Wo ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Aftermath: George Thorogood's Raucous Rock Party Destroys House of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​ Since we have long since moved into a digital age of music journalism, Aftermath now takes notes on his cellphone or loads his thoughts onto Twitter. Sifting through our pecking from last night's George Thorogood and the Destroyers show at the House of Blues, we noticed that ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Get Lit: Delta Blues by Ted Gioia

    Raw and untamed in its sound, performed by larger-than-life characters who might have popped out of fiction, and shrouded in a (often self-mythologizing) mystery, it's no wonder that the Delta blues attract such interest and scholarship, and is lauded as the most "true" distillation of the genre. Co ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    November 20, 2008

    The Collector: The Hoodoo Curse

    Bluesman Robert Johnson's shadow stretches long and large

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    November 12, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

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    April 6, 2006
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    February 2, 2006
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    September 29, 2005

    Hurricane Mixtape

    Music to drown by

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    February 10, 2005

    Deep in The Throes

    Tired of guitar-and-drums blues duos? You haven't heard Two Gallants yet.

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    The Real Deal

    Who is the more "authentic" bluesman -- Bobby Bland or T-Model Ford?

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2004

    The Way We Wore

    Vintage Vogue shows how fashion went from pillbox hats to pantsuits

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    The Boob Scotch Tour

    Staying abreast of modern trends in blues with Bob Log III

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Elephants Versus RINOs

    Party veterans sound alarms at the proposed GOP political-purity rules

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Racket

    Cedric Turner ventures into an abyss far deeper than ones traveled by most bluesmen

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Racket

    Tejano musicians aren't getting the same cut as their Anglo counterparts

  • Film

    January 11, 2001

    Road Outrageous

    The Coens take Homer on a Southern-fried odyssey in O Brother

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Brother from Another Planet

    Harlem Slim is what happens when a talented white guy with sales experience jumps into the blues

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Down the Drain

    Downsizing may not be treating city water workers -- or what we drink-- safely

  • Music

    July 15, 1999

    Mo' Better Blues

    Art imitates life in the music of Keb' Mo'

  • Culture

    April 29, 1999
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    December 5, 1996
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    July 11, 1996
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    January 27, 1994

    Pretty Ugly

    Brooklyn's Barkmarket tries to hack off every oppressively prettified, mass-market notion of music

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    December 2, 1993

    New Blues

    Alternative rock robs pop's cradle

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