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Soul Music

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Shakespearian Story of Soulsville, U.S.A. Focus of New Book

    Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion By Robert Gordon 384 pp. $30 Bloomsbury It's a story that any novelist or screenwriter would find fantastical. A white, middle-aged banker and part time country music fiddler with a hankering to get into the music business convinces his older ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    After LMFAO, Is Motown Gone Too?

    Rejoice, rejoice, LMFAO is dead! Rewind: RIP LMFAO FWIW :( All right, maybe not, but LMFAO did in fact do parts of the world a favor by breaking up or, in the "chic" term, "take a break" from making music together. But sadly, LMFAO has killed plenty of things -- shot glasses, making a trip to Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Lee Fields & The Expressions At The Continental Club

    Lee Fields & the Expressions Continental Club April 27, 2010 A very few singers who missed out on being Al Green and Otis Redding when soul music first got big in the '60s and early '70s, people like Charles Bradley and Bettye LaVette, have been lucky enough to enjoy good second-act careers later i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    After American Idol And Bad Record Deal, Sundance Head Starts Over

    Rocks Off hadn't thought much about Sundance Head since his 13th-place American Idol finish in 2007 and the momentary ballyhoo that followed. Head, the son of legendary Houston blue-eyed soul man Roy Head, remains the only artist who didn't finish in the Top 5 on Idol to sign a major-label deal. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Beanz N Kornbread Cook Up Good Weather Muzik

    Marco Torres​When Rocks Off ran into the production duo Beanz N Kornbread at SXSW back in March, we were advised to stay tuned for a big project set to drop sometime this summer. Well the summer is here, and that project is the impressive Good Weather Muzik. We caught up with the team to inqui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Detroit Leanin': Who Is The Best Motor City Artist Ever?

    detroitrockcity.altervista.org​Some places breed music. Due to sheer size, any big city will produce its fair share of talented musicians, and some - Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago - seem to have music in the water supply. But none, arguably, more than Detroit: John Lee Hooker, the Motown dias ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Soul Patrol

    Several Houston DJs are discovering it's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod world.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Idol Beat: Detroit, Shlock City

    ​In spite of Idol Beat's absence last week (I was undergoing treatment for nose hemorrhoids), Fox's karaoke juggernaut steamrollered on, topping the ratings once again for Wednesday and Thursday night. Last week's casualty, MySpace's Karen Rodriguez, wasn't much of a surprise. I mean, the bili ... More >>

  • Music

    March 17, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    Listening Back: KTSU DJ Marks 30 Years On The Air

    Photos courtesy of Myron Anderson/KTSU​Friday marks Houston radio personality Myron Anderson's 30th anniversary at KTSU (90.9 FM). Best known for his Friday-morning show, "Listening Back With Myron Anderson," Anderson joined the Texas Southern University station as a student in 1981. That sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Can't Forget The Motor City: Our Favorite Motown Jams

    ​ She Said has always been a fan of Stax Records, the gritty Southern label started by a white brother-sister team in a movie theater in Memphis. Something about Stax' organic sound and integrated musical influences (this is the same city that gave us Sun Records) had always felt so raw and real. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Can't Forget The Motor City: Our Favorite Motown Jams, Part 2

    ​ Rocks Off - sorry, He Said; we're still getting used to this whole identity-shift thing - is sure some of our readers think we do nothing except sit around and listen to the Drive-By Truckers all day. To which we say: Have you heard Bettye LaVette's The Scene of the Crime or Booker T's Potato Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes On Billy Gibbons, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ray LaMontagne And More

    Shore Fire Media​ In this week's print edition of the Press, Warren Haynes talks about juggling his membership in the Alpha and Omega of jam bands, the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead, with the musclebound blues-rock engine he started in 1994, Gov't Mule. The Mule pulls into House of Blues Satur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    A Bizarre, and Sometimes Electrifying, Tribute to Michael Jackson, Luther and Marvin at Miller Outdoor Theater

    ​Saturday Rocks Off and a friend attended Keeping the Music Alive, a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The show was a tribute in honor of the late Michael Jackson, the later Bernie Mac, the even later Gerald Levert, the later still Luther Vandross, and the even yet later still Barry White - ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 21, 2009
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    April 30, 2009

    Soul Nite

    From Motown to the Orange Show, that’s quite a trip

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009
  • Music

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Gwil Owen's Gravy

    Gwil Owen Gravy www.gwilowen.com Here's another good record that fell through my cracks this year but deserves to be mentioned. Gwil Owen lives in Nashville and can write to the country form anytime he wants to - or his checking account tells him he needs to. But on his latest project, Gravy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

  • Music

    September 4, 2008
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    June 18, 2008

    New Life for Soul Train

    The New York Times reported yesterday that production company Madvision Entertainment has bought the rights to television’s long-running R&B franchise Soul Train from the program’s founder and former host Don Cornelius. Soul Train ceased producing new episodes in 2006, but continues to air in sy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008
  • Music

    April 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2008
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    September 13, 2007
  • Music

    April 19, 2007

    George Clinton

    Q&A with the master of funk

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    James Hunter

    James Hunter performs Thursday, October 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main. Call 713-529-9899 for more info.

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2006
  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Tommy Castro

    Saturday, March 18, the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9666

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    February 23, 2006
  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Greg Trooper

    Saturday, April 30, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Al Green

    Thursday, September 18

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

  • Film

    November 28, 2002

    What Was Going On

    At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Isn't He Lovely

    Glenn Lewis waits for the world to see him as more than just a Wonderkind

  • Music

    October 18, 2001

    Wizard of Boz

    Boz Scaggs evolves along with his beloved R&B

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Aim to Please

    Luther and his Healers know the cure for what ails most local bands

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    Billy Cook

    Certified Platinum (Def Souf)

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Besides "Let's Stay Together"

    Ten other reasons to listen to Al Green

  • Music

    April 22, 1999

    Whiggin' Out

    Avant-rock takes shape in the Afghan Whigs and its wild front man

  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    Charles in Charge

    A new collection confirms Ray Charles's position as the architect of soul

  • Music

    October 9, 1997
  • Music

    May 15, 1997

    Soul Survivor

    Four decades after his first record, Solomon Burke is still in the studio -- and still in God's arms

  • Music

    March 27, 1997
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