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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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    March 4, 2014

    A Few Other Recent Oscar-Worthy Music Films

    On film's biggest night this past Sunday, music nudged onto Oscar's center stage and stole the show. Jared Leto's incredibly moving Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech was a beautiful way to start the night. Music-video directing legend Spike Jonze won the Best Original Screenplay award. Karen O ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Why the Everly Brothers Still Matter

    The first thought that came to mind when word got out that Phil Everly had passed away Friday was just how long it's been since the Everly Brothers' harmonies topped the charts -- more than half a century now. The second was just how easy it is to spot their influence in a wealth of music right here ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    What the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got Wrong This Year

    You can never get a Hall of Fame induction class exactly right. Every single year near the Super Bowl, the NFL's inductees have plenty of detractors. But there may not be a cattier Hall of Fame process than the one employed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Monday night, the Hall revealed its 201 ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Knocking at Your Back Door: A Deeper Shade of Purple In the '80s

    Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live Eagle Vision, 141 mins., Various CD/DVD formats It's something of an intellectual parlor game for Deep Purple fans to debate the ultimate question: Which lineup was the best? Commercially and song popularity/longevity wise, it's clear DP 2.0 -- the band responsi ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Halftime Hero: Why Bruno Mars Is The Right Choice for Super Bowl XLVIII

    Less than a month into the new NFL season, we already know who will be playing at the Super Bowl. We may not know which teams will line up for football's biggest game. As the sports cliché goes, there's a lot of football yet to be played; but, no prognostication is required when the subject is the ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    "Like Four Sticks of Dynamite" - Clash Compadre Don Letts on Band's Videos

    Even among music listeners used to lavish box sets, The Clash - Sound System (Sony) is something to behold. The 11 CDs include every studio album the group released (save for, oddly, last gasp Cut the Crap), along with dozens of rarities, live cuts, B-sides, and remixes. A remastered DVD offers ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Heart, Bruno Mars, The Leavers, Bill Kirchen, etc.

    Tianna Hall Sambuca, August 12 You could argue that Tianna Hall is the best jazz singer in all of Houston. I mean, you could argue against it, too, but it's like arguing that the moon landing was faked. Her smoky voice is a fine mix of skill and improvised magic, and it's landed her on the Grammy n ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Big Wheel Keep on Turning: Arena Theatre's Strange Staying Power

    Rocks Off recently ran a blog recalling some of the numerous music venues which have come and gone in our fair (albeit fickle) city. We listed more than two dozen and readers offered many, many more. By the time we wiped away our collective tears, it was clear how much we miss and love our departed ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: J. Cole, Leon Russell, NKOTB, Mac Miller, etc.

    J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Jailhouse Rock: When Artists Face Hard Time

    Nothing earns an musician instant street cred quite like a night or two in the pokey. It's basically a rite of passage -- a guarantee that if you sign up for the public eye, you will, indeed, screw it up at least once in order to delight us with your antics. From the likes of good ol' boys like Mer ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    An Animal Roars Again: The Eric Burdon Interview, Part 1

    As lead vocalist for the '60s British Invasion band the Animals, Eric Burdon fronted what was perhaps the toughest R&B-influenced group from the era (sorry, Stones fans), and had a second incarnation exploring psychedelic music. In his collaborations with War, Burdon pushed the boundaries of impro ... 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 26, 2012

    5 Guitarists Who Got Started on Christmas Presents

    Odds are those of you reading this are music fans, and if not, congratulations on having been driven here by reading everything else online! It's also possible that you're musicians yourselves, and since any instrument besides your voice, hand claps, and armpit farts is generally a major purchase, I ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    10 Songs Still Missing From Spotify & What You Can Listen to Instead

    As recently mentioned, I'm a pretty big fan of Spotify. Speaking as someone who never got over getting burned by my purchase of Stroke 9's Nasty Little Thoughts I'm a big fan of having the chance to listen to a record all the way through before making a purchase. In their advertising the company i ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Saturday Night: ZZ Top at Constellation Field

    ZZ Top Constellation Field October 20, 2012 ZZ Top has been writing and performing music for nearly 45 years. Now, granted, there are a handful of other artists that have been around that long too, but most of them have a lot of baggage, the stuff of VH1 documentaries and that Oprah loves to talk a ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Shape Shifter: A Conversation With Icon of Style Carlos Santana

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually between September 15t and October 15 as a celebration of the positive cultural impact Hispanic and Latino Americans contribute to this country. This year, guitarist Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana was honored by Macy's as the Hispanic ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Potbelly

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up with the other showcase nominees and see the rest of our HPMA coverage Rocks Off: When and where was your firs ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    The End of the Road: Digital Mourning in 2012

    At the Houston Press office, I am usually the first person who finds out when a celebrity or musician dies, usually from a wire or, these days, the fine folks at TMZ. Hell, sometimes even when I am away from my desk I have to be the bearer of bad tidings, like when Adam Yauch passed on a few weeks a ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn: 5 Other Great Label Bassists

    See Also: "Support Staff: 10 of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands" Donald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist for Memphis soul band Booker T & the MGs - the house band at seminal '60s Stax Records - passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning, according to his friend and longtime bandmate Steve Cropper. ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    They're Ba-a-ack!: The Six Best Coachella Reunion Performances

    Over the weekend, we experienced one of the most exciting musical events of the year: The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. One of the main features of the festival is the reunion aspect. For most of Coachella's lifespan, it has featured at least one classic band back together for the first ti ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Aerosmith & Cheap Trick Rock Toyota Center July 30

    This morning Aerosmith, the band that wouldn't die (or refuses to go away), announced a Houston stop on this summer's "Global Warming" tour at Toyota Center Monday, July 30. Taking a break from the casino/state-fair circuit, Illinois power-pop heroes Cheap Trick open. Aerosmith is still be rumored ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Women On Top: 10 Female Artists We're Way Into Right Now

    March is Women's History Month, and Rocks Off has been thinking a lot lately about the indelible contributions to popular music made by women over the last few decades. After all, where would Elvis Presley be if it weren't for Big Mama Thornton? Probably still dead, we guess, but you get the point. ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Top 10 Carole King Songs Written for Other Artists

    Carole King is a woman who has played a major part in creating numerous classic hit songs. She has helped to shape popular music since she and then-husband Gerry Goffin (they divorced in 1968) wrote "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in 1961. Her songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Smokey Ro ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Predicting Your Future Half Time Show Performers

    Photo By Marco Torres​All of the Super Bowl talk this week has given me a chance to ponder one of my favorite pop culture questions: how big do you have to be to perform at the Super Bowl half time show? When you consider the acts that have performed since the 2005 move to one act performances ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    G N' R, The Cure & Chili Peppers Could Be Hall Of Famers Next Year

    Oh, this will be a fun induction ceremony...​This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Bl ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Last Night: The Doobie Brothers At House Of Blues

    Photos by Bob Ruggiero​They are one of the classic American rock bands of the '70s and '80s, boast nearly a double CD's worth of hits from three distinct eras, always play with incredible musicianship, and still feature original singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons. So why was A ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Joe Ely, Bobby Womack Top Early 2011 Concert Picks

    Jason WolterJoe Ely (left) and David Grissom at iFest 2010​Lonesome Onry and Mean got a Facebook event invitation Monday that caused us to panic and pull our credit card out so we could be sure we had a ticket. And in doing so, we realized that 2011 is upon us and we have some planning ahead t ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Island Of Misfit Christmas Albums: Teen Pop Meltdown

    ​It happens like this: You are in charge of a major teen-pop act who can sell anything with their face or voice on it, be it training bras, shaving cream, or caskets. You have a week off in the summer from touring. Do you let the talent go home and sleep in their own beds or do you shove the ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    FAIL: ABBA, Animal Collective, Diddy, Pete Doherty

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Hooray! Now Your Feet Are Boring, Too!: A clothing designer called Keep took a whole bunch of ecstasy (probably) and then invited Animal Collective's Avery Tare to design some shoes for them. By "design," we of course mean "scribble on some plain beige ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Mavis Staples Will Take You There - Conroe - Friday Night

    ​Apparently there are still plenty of tickets for Mavis Staples in Conroe Friday night. Part of the Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theater, the show also includes gospel-rocker Mike Farris. Staples, a recent Best Contemporary Blues Grammy nominee for her Live: Hope At The Hideout, is ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    The Musical Minds That Made Booker T The Soul Man He Is Today

    ​How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    The Great Green Room In the Sky: The Grim Reaper's 2009 Musical Roll Call

    ​Thankfully, 2009 was a sorry year for the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter. Aside from the not terribly unexpected (but still weird) demise of the King of Pop, few bona fide legends went on to the Great Green Room Beyond the Sky. The Rock Death Meter rates rock deaths on a ten-point scale in three c ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    October 29, 2009

    Get Lit: Three More for That Already Groaning Springsteen Bookshelf

    Daniel KramerThe Big Man, the Boss and Mighty Max Weinberg at Toyota Center, April 2009​ Just as Bruce Springsteen winds down a frenzied period of back-to-back album and tour marathon - despite the death of Springsteen's cousin/assistant tour manager earlier this week in Kansas City, he and the E ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Tres Hombres

    Discovering why ZZ Top is "critic-proof"

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    January 26, 2009

    Mail Call: Diagonals, Fountains of Wayne, Jason Isbell, Chess Records, Sally Crewe and More

    After a hot minute, Mail Call returns in a slightly revamped format... Pick of the Litter Diagonals (Austin), Valley of the Cyclops (Monofonus Press) They Say: "A sweet-and-sour dark-pop soundtrack for the dawn of the post-Bush era." Rocks Off Says: Loose-fitting, lo-fi melodic garage ... More >>

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    January 29, 2008
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    August 14, 2007
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    January 25, 2007

    Lindsey Buckingham

    Lindsey Buckingham will perform Friday, January 26, at the Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1600.

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    November 15, 2006
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    October 13, 2005

    Art, Music and Crap

    It's all there -- in a neat little package -- at WestFest Compressed

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    November 20, 2003

    Oh, Won't You Stay

    ZZ Top brings down the curtain at a venerable venue

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    September 11, 2003

    2 Filthy, 2 Furious

    The Sex Pistols have re-formed (again), and Johnny Rotten is spewing pure vitriol (still)

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    April 11, 2002

    Motivational Motörhead

    Lemmy: Heavy metal's F-bomb-dropping answer to Anthony Robbins

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    December 27, 2001

    Tuesday Night Music Club

    Racket takes his judging skills to Paesanos Lounge

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    October 4, 2001

    Story Teller

    Ray Davies wants to tell you a tale

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    May 6, 1999

    Dumb or Dumber?

    Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick

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    December 24, 1998
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    June 5, 1997
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