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    December 30, 2013

    Bob McNair Rushing To Repeat The Mistakes of the Past

    The saying goes that he who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. And with the Texans supposedly on the verge of hiring Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, it's more than evident that Bob McNair has wiped the past from his mind. O'Brien is the current IT boy of the coaching world. A Bill Belichi ... More >>

  • Music

    November 7, 2013

    Gunfights and Ragtime

    A look at the Houston "music scene" of the early 20th century.

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    October 30, 2013

    Covering Townes Van Zandt Can Be a Tricky Proposition

    Not all that long ago, Rocks Off saw some comment on a Facebook thread where a guy claiming to be a poet said he didn't think Townes van Zandt was the great poet/lyricist so many seem to think. His complaint: he felt like in every Townes song there was some flaw, some line that shouldn't have been a ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    UH Quarterback's Career Over Due To Concussions

    PBS aired a pretty damning and devastating documentary Tuesday night dealing with the NFL, concussions, and the impact of those concussions on the players. The NFL didn't want this documentary seen. It refused to cooperate with the reporters and producers, and strong armed ESPN into backing out of i ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Arian Foster's Television Acting Debut On Hawaii Five-O (w/ VIDEO)

    The annual Pro Bowl is generally viewed by NFL players as, in this order, 1) a reward for a job well done, 2) an opportunity to get some much needed rest and relaxation, and 3) a chance to play a glorified sandlot football game another football game. Well, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Super Bowl Beat: Geeking Out At Radio Row, Running Into Bob McNair

    On Thursday afternoon I shook Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's hand here near Radio Row inside the convention center. I sorta remember saying something about being here from Houston and thanking him for everything. What "everything" means I do not know. Later on during an interview with local Hou ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Monday Night Football Cavalcade Of Errors, Starring Rick Reilly!

    Something amazing happened last night during ESPN's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime atrocity win over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It wasn't the Chiefs' miraculously hanging well within the 12 point spread on this game (obliterating degenerate teaser bets every ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Texans-Jets: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, The World Learns About J.J. Watt Edition

    Well, it wasn't sexy, it wasn't pretty, and it was actually a whole lot closer than most people thought it would be, but the Texans escaped northern New Jersey with a 23-17 win over the New York Jets. After the game, most Texan fans on Twitter were more interested in breaking down what went wrong ( ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 6

    Mickey Newbury paved the road from Houston to Nashville for a Hells Angels-ish, hard-drinking, hard-drugging gaggle of songwriters who, like Newbury, would go on to make a serious mark on Music City. Ornery, belligerent, cocky, literary, opinionated, and super-talented, this group of Houston transp ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    The Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die

    "You may have tried only 20 or so" of the items on the "100 things to eat before you die" list that's been making the rounds on Facebook, wrote The Sun earlier this week. And while that may be true for a majority of typical eaters, I found that I'd eaten 92 out of the 100 items on the list -- many ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    NFL Draft WARNING Label: JaMarcus Russell 2007 Draft Footage

    The day is finally here. Tonight at 7 p.m. all of the analysis, evaluation and conjecture will end (temporarily) and the hopes and dreams of 32 young men will come true. It is the first round of the NFL Draft, and for fans of everyone except the Jets it is another day of hope that your team is trend ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Houston Texans -- Five Things to Watch Tonight Against the Vikings

    At least this shouldn't happen tonight.​It's the final game of the 2011 preseason tonight with the Texans' backups taking on the Minnesota Vikings' backups in the newly inflatable-roofed Metrodome. If you're the Texans, I suppose the good news is that you're traveling to Minnesota in September ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Houston Texans Game A -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Yes, we are indeed ready for some football.​Photos by Marco Torres There are certain things in life that even when they're bad by their standards, they're still pretty decent by society's standards. Pizza, sex with an attractive partner, the last couple seasons of The Office, to name a few e ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Texans 2010 Preview: Not So Fast With The High Hopes

    Photo by Aaron M. SprecherRemember, optimists, Gary Kubiak is still coaching​It's not bad enough that the Texans are starting this season with what is projected to be the toughest schedule in the NFL. Or that the Texans are starting out with Brian Cushing on the suspended list for the first four g ... More >>

  • Music

    August 5, 2010

    Died and Gone to Houston

    City is ready for another honky-tonk close-up.

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    May 11, 2010

    Game Time: Cush-Watch Day 5: AP Voters Get Their Sanctimony On

    You talking to me? ​I'm not sure what it says about your franchise when the most highly anticipated Monday is not a Monday following a big game nor the Monday after the NFL Draft, but instead it's the first Monday of "organized team activities" (OTA's for those into acronyms) in May, and it's ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Blaggards Do Ireland: A 400-Year-Old Galway Pub And Reunion In Waterford

    Houston Celtic rockers - "stout" Celtic rockers - the Blaggards are back on Texas soil after a weeklong tour of Ireland, where the band mixed sightseeing with a few gigs here and there. Rocks Off asked bassist Chad Smalley if he'd share a few Blaggards experiences on the Emerald Isle with us and our ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Blaggards Do Ireland: The Old Dublin Neighborhood, Free Drinks In Killarney

    Houston Celtic rockers - "stout" Celtic rockers - the Blaggards are back on Texas soil after a weeklong tour of Ireland, where the band mixed sightseeing with a few gigs here and there. Rocks Off asked bassist Chad Smalley if he'd share a few of the band's experiences on the Emerald Isle with us and ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Songwriting Scholar Steve Young Blasts Nashville's "Yuppa-billys"

    For Lonesome, Onry and Mean, they don't come much taller or wiser than Steve Young. Young has been in a love/hate relationship with Nashville and the major labels since he came to town in the early Seventies. Along with Billy Joe Shaver, Young wrote the major anthems of the Outlaw movement that tip ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Drive-By Truckers or the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe?

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean is torn as to his whereabouts this evening. Drive-by Truckers will be knocking down walls and eardrums at House of Blues, and that's where we'll probably end up. But if Galveston was 70 miles closer - it's not the drive down, it's the drive back! - we would certainly be hea ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Remembering The Houston Gamblers, Thanks To ESPN

    ​To celebrate its 30th anniversary, ESPN is in the midst of airing what it calls 30 on 30, which is a series of 30 one-hour documentaries on sports-related matters that have occurred within the network's 30 years on the air. And one of the documentaries, one that aired on Tuesday is on a subject n ... More >>

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    October 17, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Steve Young Adds Pasadena House Concert Tonight

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean's buddy Kenny Pipes has been hosting a very cool house concert series at his home in Pasadena for a number of years now. Pipes' "Almost Austin" series has not only featured numerous local players, but also stellar left-of-Nashville acts like David Olney, Sergio Webb and (mos ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009
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    October 9, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Previewing Saturday's Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean has to hand it to those people in Conroe: they know how to book a cool festival lineup. In fact, the list of performers for the Go Texan! Wine & Food stage at Saturday's Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival is downright scary from the standpoint of cutting-edge, less-than-high ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    25 Key Things To Watch For In The Texans' Pre-Season Opener

    ​With the Houston Texans kicking off pre-season play tomorrow night, I thought I would throw out a list of 25 things to watch or listen for during the game.1. Does Matt Schaub make it through two series of plays without any type of injury?2. What kind of stupid catchphrase is radio voice Marc Vand ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Comment on This One, We Dare You

    Back in the Near Dark Ages when LOM was in grad-school journalism, one of the things that stuck with me was a lecture on "the lunatic fringe." These are the people who call in to radio talk shows or send long, vitriolic letters to newspapers, magazines and blogs. Negative reviews always bring out th ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Tonight: Jubal Lee Young at Pappasito's Sugar Land

    Pappasito's Cantina in Sugar Land begins a two-month long Thursday music series tonight with Jubal Lee Young. Young has been in the area a week now, having opened for Carrie Rodriguez last week at Conroe's First Thursday series. He'll do an instore at Cactus Records on Friday at 5:30 before opening ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Really? That Good?

    "That's as good a win as I've ever been around," Gary Kubiak said Sunday after the Texans 24-21 win over the Green Bay Packers. This probably explains why the Texans are a crappy team. Gary Kubiak was John Elway's backup on the day of The Drive, one of the greatest games in NFL playoff histor ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    October 11, 2008
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    July 31, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Introducing…Lonesome Onry and Mean

    My first inclination was to name this column “Lonesome Onry and Mean on the Heartworn Highway of Dust That Lefty Bit Down South.” In spite of its unwieldy length, that reference to two famous songs by godfathers of the Texas music movement plus the 1981 documentary on the infant Texas singer-son ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    MySpaced Out: A MySpace Mixtape

    Clicking through MySpace, one comes across tons of dreck, but every once in a while a diamond gleams in the pile of trash, some virtually anonymous flash of brilliance blinds the brain with humor, underdog sass or gumption. If I were one to make mixtapes (or CDs), here’s a handful of songs that wo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    David Olney

    Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy

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    April 18, 2007
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    October 5, 2006

    The Other Man in Black

    Waylon Jennings, Nashville Rebel

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    April 27, 2006

    Various Artists

    Heartworn Highways

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    January 29, 2004

    Scoring the Super Bowl

    NFL Films' music may be stirring, but these songs tell the real story of the big games

  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    Everything Old Is New Again

    What do punks the Dropkick Murphys have in common with soulful Norah Jones? More than you think.

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    June 21, 2001


    Steve Young

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    December 31, 1998

    Slipping Under the Bar Radar

    Will a less-than-Frank Reyes cloud O'Quinn's win?

  • Music

    February 8, 1996

    Loose Gravel

    Pavement walks the tongue-in-cheek line between genius and junk

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    January 12, 1995
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    June 23, 1994

    Pure-D Purty

    Don Walser's yodeling can bring tears, even to the eyes of a Nashville record exec