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  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    The Boss Works His Magic for Houston Once Again

    Bruce Springsteen and a slightly different E Street Band played The Woodlands May 6.

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    May 5, 2014

    The Five Best Shows In Houston This Week: Bruce Springsteen, Gene Loves Jezebel, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, May 5 Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Flamin' Groovies, John Legend, Tom Jones, etc.

    El Dorado Ballroom Dedication El Dorado Ballroom May 2 & 3 (dedication) It seems like Houston has remembered it even has a history only very recently, so it must be making up for lost time now. Less than five years since the Lightnin' Hopkins Texas Historical Marker was erected on the grounds of Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen Finally Coming Back to Houston

    See that photo up there? That's the last decent live photo Rocks Off ran of Bruce Springsteen, and it's from SXSW 2012. Our photos from his Houston shows are so old we don't even want to use them anymore. We were starting to think he didn't like us anymore. Never mind. According to the Boss' offici ... More >>

  • Music

    June 27, 2013

    Good Neighbors

    A look inside the local house-show circuit.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Five Killer Musical Moments On The Sopranos

    People are still in shock at the news of actor James Gandolfini's passing Wednesday night, no doubt even those without HBO, Italian ancestry or pretensions of an angst-ridden suburban-Jersey gangster lifestyle. Many cultural tastemakers believe at least parts of The Sopranos -- and especially Gandol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Not Fade Away Soundtrack Offers Up a Fistful of Blues, Stones

    Not Fade Away, Director David Chase's period piece about a burgeoning rock band in the '60s, is still playing on limited screens in New York and Los Angeles, but this week preview copies of the soundtrack hit mailboxes. It is a sprawling double-disc, double-LP collection featuring vintage Rolling St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Another HPMA Deal, We Were Wolves, Ceremony, Etc.

    For the next few days, general-admission tickets for the Houston Press Music Awards showcase -- perhaps you may have heard us mention it recently -- are available at the two-for-one price of $10 through the Living Social network. Just thought we'd mention that. DJs Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Casti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    The FBI's Most Wanted List Turns 62 Today: Songs About Eight People Who Made It

    Today marks the 62 birthday of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, a gimmick cooked up by J. Edgar Hoover and a friendly newspaperman. Through the years the list has mostly been filled with criminals no one has ever heard of, but there have been some famous names on it. Some famous enough to get songs ... 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

    January 31, 2011

    UC Radio's Mike Yusi: How To Succeed In Podcasting

    "Traditional radio is as dead as Joey Ramone." ​Last year, Rocks Off's editor - who will be played by upcoming Celebrity Apprentice contestant Gary Busey for the duration of this article - hauled us into his office and said, "Dammit, With One F! This radio on the Internet thing is blowing up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Ten Bizarro Christmas-Carol Covers

    ​Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for those who are tired of forcing Mariah Carey's eight-octave "All I Want For Christmas" on their f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    The Top 10 Music-Video Riots

    From Agnostic Front's "Riot, Riot Upstart"​Just like the Stones said, "Summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy." Only the best social insurrections and riots happen in the heat of the summer. It makes us wonder why Houston hasn't had more angry, heat-stoked street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    5 Rock Deaths That Shook Us Down

    ​It was sometime this past Saturday night that we first heard that Ronnie James Dio was dead. It was after midnight and we had just bellied up to the Mink's front bar when we checked our Twitter feed and saw that Dio had passed on. Our body froze every metal bone in our body ached for a few minute ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    9 Places We'd Send The New York Times

    Mark C. AustinJandek (right) and trio at Rudyard's... who says we're not hip?​ As we may have mentioned, Rocks Off was none too pleased when we read The New York Times' most recent article on Houston in this past Sunday's travel section and found exactly zero mentions of anything music-related. Th ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Krayolas Attack Arizona Immigration Law On "I'm Your Dirty Mexican"

    myspace.com/thekrayolas​ San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single "1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexica ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    April 15, 2010
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    March 16, 2010

    Magnolia City Mixtape: Buxton, Wild Moccasins, Fight Pretty, Fat Tony, Fiskadoro And Still More SXSW Stuff

    MCM doesn't really understand this Ford Fiesta Movement clown-car nonsense, but we do know Buxton - as lensed by sometime Rocks Off shutterbug Mark C. Austin - manages to sound awesome even packed into the back of a tiny sedan. The Wild Moccasins' tour kickoff will be April Fool's Day at Walte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets, Part 3: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's Last (and Final?) Four Houston Shows

    [Ed. Note: This is the final installment of our series reminiscing on Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's long history in Houston. See here for the '70s, and here for the '80s and '90s.] April 18, 2000: E Street Band Reunion Tour, Compaq Center (the Summit) Daniel Kramer​"It was on this to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets, Part 2: Bruce Springsteen Brings The River, Born In the U.S.A., Tunnel of Love and Tom Joad to Town

    Daniel KramerBruce Springsteen and Miami Steve van Zandt at Toyota Center, April 2009​ As Bruce Springsteen fans come to grips with the unfortunate reality that this past weekend's show in Buffalo, N.Y., may well have been the final offical tour date - although surely not the final show - from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets: Remembering Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band In Houston

    Daniel KramerThe Boss at Toyota Center, April 2009​This past weekend's show in Buffalo, N.Y., was the last date on a nearly two-year (and two-album-supporting) trek by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which found them criss-crossing the country and the globe several times to rapt audiences ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    August 5, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Crown of Thorns' and the Plasmatics' Jean Beauvoir

    ​ With his distinctive blonde mohawk, Jean Beauvoir struck not just a memorable visual presence in the '80s, as his hard-charging singing and playing shone first as a member of notorious punks the Plasmatics, then Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul and finally a solo effort, 1986's Drums Al ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Progress Report

    Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.

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    July 8, 2009

    Aftermath: The McKenzies, the Howlies and Springfield Riots at the Mink

    Photos by Chris GrayThe McKenzies To Aftermath, the Mink's Backroom has always seemed more like a house than a music venue - especially inside, with the dark floors, corner bars and abundant, comfortable seating, it's like one of those cozy but spacious multi-resident dwellings where we all went to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Aftermath: The Krayolas at Cactus Music

    Photos by Chris Gray The coolest band in Houston this weekend couldn't find a club or venue to play. Not at night, anyway - San Antonio's the Krayolas did manage to play Dan Electro's during Saturday afternoon's live broadcast of KPFT's Joe's Roadhouse, and Cactus Music an hour or two thereafter. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Another Record Store Day at Cactus Music

    Cactus Music and the Record Ranch is having another Record Store Day Saturday, with a lineup of events that borders on serious party happening. The highlight of the day will be a live appearance by red-hot San Antonio band The Krayolas (above). San Antonio's oldest and most respected rockero outfit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    The Eagle Has Landed

    Rocks Off only listens to Houston rock radio in small doses, but when we do it's usually of the classic variety. When our usual diet of AM talk radio veers into the right-wing ditch and becomes annoying instead of amusing, we pretty much shuffle between Country Legends 97.1 or the 93.7 the Arrow. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Listening Room: What's Been Tickling Our Earholes Lately

    As Rocks Off has noted in our periodic Mail Call entries, even though the tide of promo CDs has been greatly reduced by the digital revolution - Rocks Off can count on one finger (the middle one) the times he's actually used the streaming/download email link publicists are ever more fond of these da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Don't Forget Record Store Day is Saturday

    Well, it looks like the weather gods are laughing at Houston again, and have decided to ring in iFest with a good round of drenching rain. So if you'd prefer to remain indoors, don't forget Saturday is Record Store Day - there's even a Web site. Be a good consumer and help out your neighborhood musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen missed the Great Depression - which no doubt bugs him every time he thinks about what a wealth of material those years provided for one of his idols, Woody Guthrie - but he seems determined to make up for it during these days of massive job-shedding, frozen credit an ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Nils Lofgren, Sideman, Sideburns and Solo

    Guy AcetoIt's certainly an accomplishment for any rock musician to have a long and fruitful career either solo or with a band. Then it's icing on the cake to be further associated with a genuine icon. But to have two icons in your story? Just an embarrassment of riches. In the case with ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Aftermath: Robert Earl Keen at House of Blues; Dash Rip Rock at the Continental Club; Hayes Carll at Warehouse Live

    Photos: Hayes Carll/ Craig Hlavaty; Dash Rip Rock, Robert Earl Keen/ Chris Gray On their 1996 self-titled debut LP, Hee Haw-loving Nashville ironists BR5-49 cut a song called "Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)." Anyone who has read either the paper or this site in the past few weeks will ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    December 11, 2008

    Album of the Week: Christmas a Go-Go

    One thing about Christmas songs, every single artist to ever pick up a guitar or drumstick seems to have recorded at least one, a company that apparently includes Joe Pesci, Soupy Sales (kids, ask your grandparents) and garage gods the Electric Prunes. Guaranteed, Christmas a Go-Go is the only place ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008

    Music's Ickiest of the Icky, Circa 2008

    Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

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    September 30, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk – accurately Download: “Candy’s Room,” “She’s the One,” “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” “Badlands,” “American Land” For two and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008

    Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    NBC Photo / Heidi Gutman With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2-hour weekly “Underground Garage” radio program (heard locally on Sunday nights on KKRW, 93.7 FM) ... More >>

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Various Artists

    Uptight Tonight! The Ultimate '60s Garage Collection

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    Jewels on the Box

    Getting past the radio gaga on Houston's airwaves

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    August 15, 2002

    Bruce Springsteen

    The Rising (Columbia)

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    April 11, 2002

    Back To Basics

    Steven Van Zandt is dedicated to garage rock

  • Film

    April 26, 2001

    Object of Desire

    Liv Tyler toys with the tongue-hanging boys in One Night at McCool's

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    November 27, 1997
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