Rufus Wainwright

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    March 14, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Shellee Coley, Voice of the Northern Woods

    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. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who: Shellee Coley is a folk artist former ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    ACL 2012: Saturday's 9 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Upcoming: Andrew Bird, Jandek, Hayes Carll, Café Tacvba, Metric, Rufus Wainwright, Etc.

    Andrew Bird: Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., $32-$42. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. BettySoo: Thu., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., $20/$22. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, Houston. Black Congress, Buildings, Omotai: Fri., July 27, 9 p.m., $6. Mango's, 403 Westheimer Road, Houston. The Blaggards, T ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Top 10 Local Covers Of Famous Songs

    A good cover song must reach a perfect balance between innovation and preserving the original's appeal. There have been some really great covers from Houston's music scene, and we wanted to pay tribute to them.

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    September 9, 2011

    The 20 Best Tribute Albums Of All Time

    Hootie covered Zeppelin!? '90s U So Crazy!​This year alone has seen a multitude of tribute albums, from two Buddy Holly lovefests to the upcoming ZZ Top tribute set from a very motley crew of artists, including Nickelback, Daughtry, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (yum), and Wyclef Jean. Let t ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Behind The Secret Chord David Played To Please The Lord

    ​Lately Rocks Off has two main hobbies. One is predicting the end of the world; you won't believe this, but this week we found absolutely nothing in Revelation that seemed relevant. The second is tying in the simple joy of our word-a-day calendar to different songs. Last week's word was "wainw ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Your Musical Word Of The Day: Wainwright

    John Constable's "The Hay Wain"​Definition: A person who either builds or repairs wagons. It's from two old English words, "waen" meaning "wagon," and "whryta" meaning "worker." You see similar words like playwright, shipwright, and cartwright. Now it's usually a last name. Use in a sentence: ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    WHIP YOUR HAIR: Best Singles By The Children Of Rock & Rap Royalty

    ​Today is Julian Lennon's 48th birthday, born April 8, 1963, just as his father John was beginning the meteoric rise to godhead status with the Beatles. He wouldn't see his dad too terribly much as Beatlemania took over the world, something that both men struggled with as the years went on. ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 11, 2010

    Loudon Wainwright III's Top Five Movie Roles

    ​Aside from being the dad of glam-folkie Rufus Wainwright and similarly talented sister Martha, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the most unsung singer-songwriters still strumming today. With his ex-wife, the late, great Kate McGarrigle, he was a part of a folk power-couple, and songs like "Ruf ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    The Seven Worst Back To School Soundtracks

    Sorry Kanye, Twitter is over capacity.​Going back to school sucks, and Rocks Off feels the pain of students far and wide. We've got another two semesters left before we graduate from college and get to move out of our parents' house. Yay! In the meantime, there are a few songs/albums/artists ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Remembering John Lennon

    On December 8, 1980 - 28 years to the day - John Lennon was shot and killed on the steps of the Dakota Apartments on New York City's Upper West Side by professed fan Mark David Chapman. It was a Monday just like today, and millions of people found out when ABC Sports' Howard Cosell broke the ne ... More >>

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    October 31, 2007

    Last Night: Bukka Allen at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

    Bukka Allen McGonigel’s Mucky Duck October 30, 2007 Better Than: Other Texas Music son acts. Much, much better. Download: “Behold What You Found” or “Confidante” at For the release of new CD Confidante, longtime Jack Ingram sideman Bukka Allen brought his partne ... More >>

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    September 18, 2007

    Last Night: The Killers and Louis XIV at Reliant Arena

    The Killers, with Louis XIV Saturday September 15, 2007 Reliant Arena Better Than: Reruns of Britney at the VMAs. Download: Killers music videos here. Hear Louis XIV here. Saturday night’s concert was an amalgamation of styles. The maddest props of the evening go to 1) the Killers’ producti ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007
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    July 12, 2007

    Irreplaceable? Not So Much

    Beyonc needs a new bodyguard

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    March 15, 2007

    Scissor Sisters

    An interview with the band

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    December 14, 2006

    Best Albums of the Year, 2006 Part II

    Hellogoodbye, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! (Drive-Thru): Few modern emo/punk/whatever whippersnappers capture the essence of the decade when keyboards ruled the world -- largely because their view of the 1980s comes secondhand via VH1 or retro-radio hours. However, an exception to this rule ... More >>

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    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

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

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    January 26, 2006

    The Strokes

    First Impressions of Earth

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    January 5, 2006
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    January 5, 2006
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    September 1, 2005

    Banging with Bang! Bang!

    Chicago's rumpy-pumpiest punks dispense the Dan Savage-style advice

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    March 10, 2005


    Houston's scene sees the release of its second great pop-rock CD in six months; also: March Music Madness hits town on the touring front

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    December 9, 2004


    Handsome Boy Modeling School, Molotov and Rufus Wainwright

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    April 15, 2004

    Nicolai Dunger

    Tranquil Isolation (Overcoat Recordings)

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    March 11, 2004

    Strings Attached

    Operatic popster Rufus Wainwright exits "gay hell" and enters his most fertile period

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    December 19, 2002

    Brady Brock

    Thursday, December 26

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    November 7, 2002

    Miller's Crossing

    Rhett Miller's Instigator isn't the wreck of the Old 97's. It's just what he does.

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    February 1, 2001

    Wandering Son

    Carlton Pride, son of Charley, opted not to take any country roads

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    December 2, 1999


    New Releases Reviewed

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    October 14, 1999

    Bright Melodies

    Blinker The Star's new CD is brooding and beautiful