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Roy Orbison

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Kevin Anthony, 45 Southbound Man

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? It's not even Mardi Gras ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Rice President David Leebron Plays a Painful DJ Set On KTRU

    Disclosure: The author of this piece volunteers for KTRU. On Wednesday afternoon, Rice University president David Leebron pulled up a chair inside of the KTRU Rice Radio studio and played some of those rooty-tooty, groovin' oldies. In other words, music that KTRU has made a point not to play since ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2012
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    September 4, 2012

    The First Alt-Country Record? Flatlanders Rediscover The Odessa Tapes

    A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Last Night: Chris Isaak at Arena Theatre

    Chris Isaak "Beyond the Sun Tour" Arena Theatre August 28, 2012 Chris Isaak is an accomplished singer and actor. He is also, as his performance at Arena Theatre Tuesday night proved, a great dancer, a snazzy dresser and a pretty funny guy. The Houston leg of his "Beyond the Sun" tour just as easi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2012

    RIP Gene Thomas: Swamp-Pop Singer of "Sometimes" Passes Away at 74

    Gene Thomas, the Texas singer and songwriter whose 1961 swamp-pop hit "Sometimes" was recorded at Houston's Gold Star Studios (later SugarHill), and was later covered by Doug Sahm, passed away Sunday morning. Houston musician Buzzy Smith announced Thomas' death on his Facebook page. The Palestine n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Introducing...The Beatles: Celebrating Their First Ed Sullivan Performance

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean didn't get in much trouble in school. So his parents were a little disturbed to find the eighth grader in the principal's office on the afternoon of February 10, 1964. He and his best friends, Mike Clowdus, Brad Rutledge, and Larry "Suitcase" Simpson, had been written up and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

    pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.​Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Portuguese Men of War

    The Walkmen jump-start their momentum on Lisbon.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Last Night: Clay Aiken At Jones Hall

    Photos by Groovehouse​Clay Aiken Jones Hall February 14, 2011 While most people celebrated Valentine's Day last night, we headed to Jones Hall to see former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken. While it wasn't necessarily our ideal way to spend the most romantic of all holidays, we'd by lying ... 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

    October 4, 2010

    Saturday Night: Raul Malo At House Of Blues' Bronze Peacock

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Raul Malo House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) October 2, 2010 Raul Malo torched the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues Saturday night. Faced with a rowdy, lively audience packed with a huge percentage of 40-something ladies (especially up front) and their escorts, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Bollywood's Greatest Western Hits: Beatles, Elvis, "Thriller"...

    ​Tonight, prolific Indian film composer/choreographer A.R. Rahman comes to Toyota Center to make up a July date he had to cancel after his tour was plagued with set malfunctions. In the wake of a near-disaster in Detroit back in June, Rahman and his company postponed dates in order to get thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Dax Riggs Says Goodnight To The World, Hello To Houston

    myspace.com/daxriggs​Tonight Dax Riggs debuts his brand-new LP, Say Goodnight to the World, for Houston ears at Walter's On Washington. The record is his first full-length release since 2007's We Sing of Only Blood or Love and more than worthy follow-up, tempering Love's death rattles with sof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Top 5 Daniel Lanois Productions

    ​This past Saturday in Los Angeles, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, known for his trademark echo-heavy sound and work with the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Lanois was slated to soon begin work on Brandon Flowers of the Killers' solo debut and the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Shelby Lynne Rated Highly By Askmen.com

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean came across this odd little item today when Googling Shelby Lynne prior to  this evening's show in Warehouse Live's studio. Now, LOM makes no pretensions that we are privy to Lynne's private life in any way, but based on what we think we know, finding an item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: A Brief History of "Danny Boy" - Evergreen But Not Exactly Irish

    ​The Pogues are only one week away, so no time like the present to reflect on Irish music. For many Americans, no song epitomizes Irish music like "Danny Boy." Lonesome Onry and Mean was gently prodding my Irish and European friends at the boozer recently regarding their opinions about the top rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "Palo Duro"

    View Five States of Texas in a larger map As any proud Texan can tell you, the Lone Star State is entitled constitutionally to split into five states if it so wishes. The scenario has rarely been more in the news than it has relatively recently, when Gov. Rick Perry played to the wingnut gallery in ... 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

    February 4, 2009

    Chart Check: Texans on Amazon.com

    [Rocks Off scrolled through the various Top Sellers lists on Amazon.com this afternoon to see which albums by Texas artists are moving, and where.] Top Sellers Overall 2. Steve Martin, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo 7. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel, Willie and the Wheel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    [Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>

  • Music

    November 27, 2008
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    November 20, 2008
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    July 22, 2008

    Tonight: Boxmasters at Scout Bar, Part 2

    Billy Bob Thornton (center), flanked by the Boxmasters' touring lineup. “Billy’s reaching for the phone.” With that, Boxmasters guitarist/bassist J.D. Andrew (see here) hands off to his drummer/lead singer Billy Bob Thornton, who won the hearts of miscreants everywhere as Willie, the booze-sw ... More >>

  • Film

    December 20, 2007

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Sending up the biopic, this film sells cheap laughs, lame cameos and lifeless Cox

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Unknown Legend

    Roots renegade Joe Ely never achieved pop stardom, but that's all right by him...sorta

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Leaving the Wolfe Pack

    It's Johnny Falstaff's time to "Shine"

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    The Other Man in Black

    Waylon Jennings, Nashville Rebel

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    Clan Ferdinand

    It takes a true Scotsman to get to the bottom of this whole Franz Ferdinand thing

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Let the Eagle Soar

    Alt-country hero Fred Eaglesmith dumps guitars and makes a pre-Beatles pop record

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Songbird Silenced

    Pioneering singer/songwriter and native Houstonian Mickey Newbury passes away

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    David Lee's Froth

    Diamond Dave rants on fashion, being a digital gigolo, his rival/tourmate Sammy Hagar, a pending lawsuit and a bunch of other stuff

  • Film

    October 18, 2001

    Hollywood Hells

    David Lynch crashes on Mulholland Drive, but the wreckage is smashing

  • Music

    June 15, 2000

    Off the Road Again

    Jesse Dayton sans Road Kings

  • Culture

    November 4, 1999

    The Burbs

    Nic Nicosia's photos aim to prove that bedroom communities aren't always so sleepy

  • Music

    August 14, 1997

    Hats Off

    Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer -- and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

  • Music

    July 3, 1997
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    May 29, 1997
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    May 1, 1997
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    January 16, 1997

    Louvin It Up

    The high, lonesome hardships of country's best duo are getting easier to hear

  • Film

    November 21, 1996

    Boldly Going

    The latest voyage of the Enterprise is a trip worth taking

  • Music

    August 29, 1996

    Leaving the Country

    Jimmie Dale Gilmore broadens his horizons -- and if he's lucky, his listeners'

  • Music

    August 31, 1995

    Postmarked Texas

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

  • Music

    April 13, 1995

    Even the Normal (Get Lucky Sometime)

    Craftsman Tom Petty uses the right tool for the right job

  • Music

    March 23, 1995

    Thriving -- or Simply Surviving?

    After all these years, Alex Van Halen insists his band isn't "D.O.A."

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