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Sam Cooke

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    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts to See at iFest's Second Weekend

    Asleep at the Wheel Ray Benson's Wheel has been rolling for more than 40 years now, quietly becoming quite a finishing school for many of the state's top country and swing musicians. Meanwhile, their impossibly tall front man has developed into the leading ambassador of Lone Star culture around the ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Karmin, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, etc.

    Karmin House of Blues, April 8 Almost the anti-Sleigh Bells, Karmin are still attempting to pull off the Pinocchio-like transition from viral sensation to offline pop success. The Boston-based duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan let the genie out of the bottle in April 2011, when their cover of Ch ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Shemekia Copeland's Blues Journey: "It Changed Who I Am"

    Blues chanteuse Shemekia Copeland may have never actually lived in Houston, but as the daughter of legendary Bayou City bluesman Johnny "Clyde" Copeland (1937-1997), she heard a lot about it growing up. "My daddy was from Houston, and Texans love being from Texas!" she laughs. "So it's a wonderful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    One Band, One Local Bar, All Night Long. What'll It Be?

    This one's pretty simple: Recently Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us if they could choose any artist, living or dead, active or defunct, to perform all night long at one local bar or club, who would that be and where? Sam Cooke at the Continental Club I would love to see tons of musicians live ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Get Up, Stand Up: Six Protest Songs That Haven't Lost Their Teeth

    America was founded on the protest, and we've been fighting like hell ever since. From civil rights, voting rights and equal rights, America knows a thing or two about protesting. And lately, with unrest in Egypt, the protests in Austin over Texas' new abortion regulation, and people on both sides o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: K-Rino, South Park Coalition's Southside Maven

    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? K-Rino has been such a longtime fixtu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    How the Mafia Helped Your Mama Do the Twist

    Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s By Joel Selvin & John Johnson, Jr. with Dick Cami Thomas Dunne Books, 304 pp., $24.99 As far as dance crazes go, the Twist might go down (swiveling, of course) as the best known of all time. In 1961 and 1962, the sligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    ZZ Top: A Double-Sided Take On The New Texicali EP

    Craig Hlavaty: What a way to tease your first album of original material in nine years, ZZ Top. You managed to record three songs and one ballad that instantly fit into your canon alongside the rest of your ballbusters without sounding like a classic-rock act reaching for straws. This is no weak, m ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2012

    Grady Gaines, the Upsetter

    Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."

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    April 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Rev. Al Green At Arena Theatre

    Rev. Al Green Arena Theatre April 27th, 2012 Mark my words. If you check the local hospitals exactly nine months from now, you will surely see a spike in activity in the maternity wards. Al Green gets everyone and anyone into the baby-making mood. Even the comedian who opened the show alluded to th ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Playing for Keeps: Vinyl Essentials

    Here's our must-haves if you're kick-starting a record collection.

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    March 8, 2012
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    January 27, 2012

    The Lion Of The Blues: Happy Birthday Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Today marks the 82nd birthday of Hall of Fame blues man Robert Calvin Bland, better known as Bobby "Blue". In a case of being "in the right place at the right time", Mr. Bland was born in Rosemark, Tennessee in 1930, then moved to Memphis at eighteen to begin his career. He became an original member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Friday Night: The Gourds & Doyle Bramhall Sr. At Miller Outdoor Theatre

    Photos courtesy of Miler Outdoor Theatre Advisory BoardDoyle Bramhall Sr.​The Gourds, Doyle Bramhall Sr. Miller Outdoor Theatre July 22, 2011 It was all Texas big beat Friday night as old-school Austin blues-rocker Doyle Bramhall Sr. and those funny, funny Gourds cut a groove in the Miller Ou ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011
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    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Steve Earle At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Steve Earle & the Dukes and Duchesses House of Blues July 6, 2011 During her sublime set at Verizon a couple of weeks ago, Emmylou Harris mentioned how she thought Barack Obama was pretty okay, and how she hoped his election meant our society had evolved beyond the even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Hippie Hour Scene: Last Concert Cafe

    Knock, knock.​The Place: Last Concert Café 1403 Nance 713-226-8563 The Deals: $2 draft beers, $3 margaritas The Hours: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays The Scene: This Monday, Houston's (alleged) longest happy featured one kind of draft beer (Shiner, ran out about 10:30 p.m.) and some mix-heavy ma ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Last Night: Fitz & The Tantrums At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Fitz & the Tantrums House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room April 18, 2011 Soul music is about power, yoking that gospel id to the pursuit of more worldly affairs, but it's also about subtlety. Grunt all you want, but smooth and steady wins the race (and wins over the ladies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Out Today: Glee Warbles, Gorillaz Fall, Kinks Ride Again

    ​It's been a week since the Foo Fighters' album, Wasting Light, hit the stores, and Rocks Off has probably averaged at least one or two spins of the solid disc per day. Right now, we are actually on track four. Will anything top Light this week? That remains to be seen. Next week will bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Idol Beat: The Dirty Two Dozen

    ​The fallout from Jennifer Lopez's Wednesday night freakout only ate up about ten minutes of last night's show. At least, that's how much it looked like as I was fast-forwarding my DVR. You've got to hand that much the producers of American Idol, they can milk even the most trivial of incident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Sam Cooke, Still Bringing It On Home

    death2ur.com​Tomorrow, January 22, would have been R&B singer Sam Cooke's 80th birthday. No doubt he would be celebrating with a massive, star-drenched party with plenty of music and fanfare, and Beyonce Knowles sitting on his lap if he was lucky and Jay-Z was cool with it. Cooke died on Dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    "Summertime" From Beyond The Grave

    ​Today marks the 44th anniversary of Janis Joplin's first gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company. One of rock's most staggering vocalists, Joplin became another star who left us too soon on October 4, 1970, when she overdosed on heroin while recording Pearl. George Gershwin's "Summertime" wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    R&B Legend Ivory Joe Hunter To Get State Historical Marker

    ​Rocks Off's predecessor John Nova Lomax, who normally reports on much more sordid goings-on in East Texas, tipped us off to a story in today's Beaumont Enterprise that reports late Texas R&B legend Ivory Joe Hunter will have an official Texas State Historical Marker erected at his gravesite n ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

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    November 3, 2009

    Vote With a Bullet: Songs for an Otherwise Ho-Hum Election Day

    ​ The run-up to the 2009 elections has been quite a letdown compared to the fascinating and occasionally surreal 2008 campaigns. Obviously, there's nothing that can compare to last year's Presidential contests, and the local mayoral race has been less than compelling. We were going to present this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Getting It On, Part 2

    [Ed. Note: Here's Web Editor Katharine Shilcutt's top 10 picks for baby-makin' music. Now it's the boys' turn.] 1. Ryan Adams, "Come Pick Me Up": This has to work, because it shows vulnerability and warmth. It tells her you are the kind of guy who will be the one to get out of bed to get the Wet On ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    April 10, 2009

    Tonight: Gavin DeGraw at House of Blues

    Since 2003's catchy as hell folk-grunge single "I Don't Want To Be" hit America's ears, Gavin DeGraw has been firmly implanted on pop radio. Routinely lumped in with the John Mayers and Jason Mrazes of the world, DeGraw has a decidedly rougher edge, wielding a soulful R&B inflection in his howl. ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009
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    March 31, 2009

    Local Album of the Week: Little Joe Washington's Texas Fire Line

    Little Joe Washington Texas Fire Line www.dialtonerecords.com One of the easiest jobs in music has to be producer of a Little Joe Washington album. Make sure he shows up at the studio - itself no small feat, though not as difficult as it used to be - turn on the recording equipment and get out ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009
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    March 5, 2009
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    March 3, 2009

    Free Show: Ben Sollee at House of Blues Downstairs

    It's not every day you hear a cellist bust out socially aware, Randy Newman-esque pop yarns. Kentuckian Ben Sollee sings plaintive, soulful slices of song like the kind that made Newman famous and so very influential in the '70s. Sollee is only 24 years old, yet he somehow bridges the generation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    This Week in SXSW: Katy Perry Kisses the "Lake of Fire"

    There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and growing, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008
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    November 4, 2008

    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2008

    Wayne Brady

    Actor/Comedian/Singer fronts Houston Symphony

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    January 3, 2008
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    September 26, 2007
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    September 13, 2007

    James Hunter

    Another overnight success 20 years in the making

  • Calendar

    September 6, 2007

    Guitar Shorty’s Birthday Party

    The bluesman spends his b-day on stage

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    Arthur Alexander

    Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter

  • Music

    January 11, 2007

    Guitar Shorty

    Guitar Shorty performs Saturday, January 13, at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    Guitar Shorty

    As a young man, Houston born Guitar Shorty was a sideman on shows with artists like BB King, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. But once he became a solo artist, opening spots became harder for him to land. Guitar Shorty spoke with the Houston Press about his new CD We the People. Houston Pre ... More >>

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    James Hunter

    ames Hunter appears Friday, May 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

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    March 16, 2006

    Leela James, with Kem

    Friday, March 17, Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-230-1666

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    May 27, 1999

    Hi Del-Fi

    New sounds from famed label

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    March 26, 1998
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