Soul Music

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    July 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Donnie Houston, Halftime Entertainment

    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? Donnie Houston is a produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, 2/25/2014

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June House of Blues February 25, 2014 Soul music is the alchemy that turns pain into gold, but it takes a proper soul revue to polish that gold until it shines. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings radiate soul with the magnitude of their fearless leader's mirror-ball ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Soul Brother Lee Fields: Singing "Brings On the Sweats"

    Whatever you may be doing right now, Lee Fields is having more fun than you are. In January the sixtysomething New Jersey-based soul singer will perform in Australia, meaning his high-energy delivery (now backed by his airtight band the Expressions) will have thrilled audiences on every continent ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Bootsy Collins, Is That You? Wigged Bandit and Accomplices Rob Credit Union

    There hasn't been much word about Bootsy Collins since his Bonaroo appearance in 2011, his stint selling boots for Old Navy the same year and, of course, the Houston Press interview we know you all read, but it's hard for me to believe the man is so down on his luck, he's forced to rob banks. Then ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Last Night: Dukes of September Rhythm Revue at The Woodlands

    Dukes of September Rhythm Revue Featuring Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs & Donald Fagen Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 17, 2012 This show could have been a punchline waiting to happen. Somebody must have thought "Dukes of September" was a more regal name for this tour than the "Superstars of So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    A Soulful Christmas In July

    I didn't think I would succumb to sharing with the world how freaking hot I think it is because every time I see one of you complaining about it on Facebook, I envision your head between a Foreman grill. That might be pregnancy hormones speaking, but seriously; it's July, we're in Houston, it's ou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Playing for Keeps: Vinyl Essentials

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

  • Music

    March 29, 2012

    Still Treating Em Right

    After 50 years as one of Texas's top powerhouse entertainers, Roy Head calls son Sundance the real star in the family.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Houston's Nine Members of Congress: Net Worth of Almost $400 Million

    ​Welcome to Congress!​The Center for Responsive Politics has put out its list of the net worth of every member of Congress, and the Houston delegation are no slackers. The nine representatives have a net worth estimated to be $392.4 million, which is a pretty impressive figure. Actually, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Warren Haynes, A "Man In Motion"

    ​Warren Haynes has one of the ultimate guitar player resumes, having played for years with the Allman Brothers, many tours with the Grateful Dead and offshoot Bob Weir and Friends as well as his own wildly popular jam band Govt. Mule. He's also toured with Dave Matthews. Haynes comes to town ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Saturday Night: Sade & John Legend At Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​Sade, John Legend Toyota Center July 23, 2011 See more smooth operation from Sade & John Legend in our slideshow. As word of Amy Winehouse's death spread across the Internet Saturday, another British soul singer was preparing to perform in Houston for the first time in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Friday Night: Smokey Robinson At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Rizoh​Smokey Robinson Arena Theatre May 13, 2011 If William "Smokey" Robinson wasn't America's poet laureate of love, he would have thrived in a number of other fields. Smokey would make a solid con man, for instance. Friday night at Arena Theatre, he kicked off his show with a dec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Rel The Chosen Flows With Soul On Beautiful Music

    ​If Houston's Rel The Chosen was trying to make an impression, the single CD he handed us in a plain white cover at DJ Premier's show a few months ago at Numbers wasn't doing the job. The music on the CD, however, made a spectacular impression and certainly made up for any lack of marketing ... More >>

  • Music

    May 13, 2010
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    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Black Joe Lewis, Raphael Saadiq and Smokey Robinson

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBlack Joe Lewis and the Honeybears​Joe Lewis alternated between sweating profusely into his harmonica and howling into the microphone, doubled over on the stage with the pain and joy of their fourth show of SXSW, as the white-shirted Honeybears -- minus keyboardist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Leon's Lounge Needs Some Soul. Brett "Dirty Honey" Koshkin Has The Platters.

    ​ Leon's Lounge, the venerable Midtown throwback dive, is currently closed for renovations as new owner Pete Mitchell (Under the Volcano) gives it a good scrubbing, but it should be back open before too much longer. Maybe as soon as next month. Earlier this week, Rocks Off heard some equally good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    Soul Night 2

    Get your fill of Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner at the Aurora Picture Show's funky flashback

  • Music

    November 19, 2009

    The Way He Sees It

    To Raphael Saadiq, music is music and Yeasayer is all right with him.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Ten

    Man, Sarvernator! What happened? When first we met, you were so dope, flexing serious white-soul chops - minus a soul patch - and you had the sort of blue-collar backstory that seemed to make you a lock for the Top Seven or Top Eight. But it turned out that you had an Achilles heel: the audience. W ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2008

    Wayne Brady

    Actor/Comedian/Singer fronts Houston Symphony

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    Soul and Blues Festival

    Betty Wright, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Willie Clayton headline a mega-jam

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    Review: Rockferry, by Duffy

    Album: Rockferry Artist: Duffy Release Date: 5/13/08 Does the world need another Amy Winehouse? If the answer is yes, then Duffy will suffice. On Rockferry, the Welsh songstress follows the Winehouse trend of mixing neo- soul with glossy production; the outcome is light, ambling, and adult radio-fr ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2008
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    September 17, 2007
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    September 13, 2007

    James Hunter

    Another overnight success 20 years in the making

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007
  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Frank McComb at the Breakfast Klub

    Funky soul jazz comes to Midtown

  • Music

    February 1, 2007

    The H-Town Blues Festival

    The H-Town Blues Festival will be held Saturday, February 3, at the Reliant Arena, 8400 Kirby Drive, 713-667-1400.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    Oh, Slap!

    Fisticuffs? Let's hope they turn around and make up. First Press prom king Ray Hafner spotted it on KPRC. Then it started buzzing around the blogosphere: President Bush slapped Al Green. Whoa — could Dubya have decked the Reverend during a soulful rendition of "Let's Stay Together," perh ... More >>

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    James Hunter

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

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Cat Power

    The Greatest

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Al Green

    Everything's OK

  • Music

    April 29, 2004

    All for One

    A pair of ace session men join up and call forth the Soul of John Black

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Van Hunt

    Van Hunt (Capitol)

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    A Change Gonna Come

    Calvin Richardson steeps deeper in the neo-soul stew on his second album

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Radio Personality

    Paris Eley, KCOH/1430 AM

  • Music

    July 18, 2002

    Detroit Cobras

    Saturday, July 20

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    July 4, 2002
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    November 22, 2001


    Saturday, November 24

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    August 16, 2001

    Sumpin' Filthy

    Local punker/chef Filthy McNasty is the Ginuwine article

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
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    November 25, 1999


    New Releases Reviewed

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    November 19, 1998
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    October 2, 1997

    Super Squeak

    Rick James comes clean on the past, the present -- and the CD he hopes will revive his career

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    August 15, 1996
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    July 13, 1995
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