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  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nosaprise, Hurrah! For the Blushing Bridegroom

    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. Searching across the city, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alice In Chains, Tycho, Chaka Khan, etc.

    Alice In Chains Bayou Music Center, April 29 After reappearing from a solid decade in the wilderness on 2009's Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice In Chains is rolling in 2014. William DuVall, who came up through Atlanta's hardcore scene, is now fully installed as front man; he shares the tormented howl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly

    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 the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Recently, the Houston Press took a g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor

    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? If you see Flash Gordon P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Billy Currington Christens a New Mega-Honky-Tonk, Stampede Houston

    "God is great, beer is good... And people are crazy!" Billy Currington Club Escapade 2001 October 23, 2013 There's something about country music that polarizes people: they either love it or hate it. But when you sit down and think about it, most of the hate is a result of the culture of the music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Andre Williams, Black Godfather, Is Still Slick as "Bacon Fat"

    Andre Williams is a true musical journeyman. Now a most ripe 76 years old, he's had the kind of career that seems like it could hardly be real to us 21st-century folk. He came of age in a time of segregated lunch counters and when musicians -- particularly ribald ones like him -- couldn't even title ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    School's Out: Seven R-Rated "Hot For Teacher" Songs

    Another school year has passed, and now all that's left for departing students to cherish are the sweet memories of Friday night football, prom and the loin-burning, unrequited, forbidden lust for their smoking-hot teachers. I know, it sounds kind of creepy. But, admit it, you once had a fantasy te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    UPDATED: Is ACL Festival Ignoring Houston? Does It Even Matter?

    UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: David DeLaGarza, Don of Tejano Stars La Mafia

    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. Any conversation about Tejano music is inco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Angela Jae, Renaissance Artist

    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? Angela Jae is someone you could refer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Friday Night: Smokey Robinson at Jones Hall

    Smokey Robinson Jones Hall February 1, 2013 "You short circuit all my nerves/ Promising electric things/ You touch me, and suddenly there's rainbow rings/ Quiet storm" -- Smokey Robinson, "Quiet Storm" Legends do it better. Only Smokey Robinson -- singer, septuagenarian, shaper of the equally lege ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Ramblin' Chase Hamblin, the Man Who Will Be Paid

    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. Who? Who? The very idea that I even have to tell you who Chase Hamblin is makes me fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    So This Is 5 Years of Listening to Sunny 99.1's Christmas?

    2008: An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell Every year, Sunny starts playing non-stop, 24/7 Christmas tunes by the end of November. You can pretty much bet that by the time you hop in the car after Thanksgiving dinner that Perry Como will be riding shotgun with you up to the gas station for smokes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Two Great Tastes? Five Reasons Pallilo and Zierlein Will Succeed on 790

    In a very funny Saturday Night Live skit from the `80s, Frank Sinatra played by Joe Piscopo was singing a duet with Stevie Wonder played by Eddie Murphy. Since Wonder had recently had a hit with Paul McCartney ("Ebony and Ivory"), it was theorized by Sinatra that they could have a hit as well, but a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2012
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    February 3, 2012

    Predicting Your Future Half Time Show Performers

    Photo By Marco Torres​All of the Super Bowl talk this week has given me a chance to ponder one of my favorite pop culture questions: how big do you have to be to perform at the Super Bowl half time show? When you consider the acts that have performed since the 2005 move to one act performances ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Taking Apart Yesterday's Facebook Music Screed

    ​Yesterday, about a half-dozen of my Facebook friends forwarded a gloom-and-doom listicle from a site called Buzzfeed entitled "12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music." Now up to over one million hits, the doom-and-gloom piece is subtitled "This is the saddest thing you'll read a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    A Dream Austin City Limits Weekend For Houston

    Craig HlavatyColdplay at The Woodlands, July 2009​Summer is creeping in, which means the fall concert calendars are filling up fast, and we should know which Austin City Limits Music Festival artists will book side dates in our area sooner rather than later. The standard disclaimer: Rocks Off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Idol Beat: Idol Worship

    Fox​The Daily Beast had a story up yesterday about how this season of American Idol might be the best ever: This year, the contenders have already proven energetic, and the audience is responding, with half a dozen developing breakout followings across the Internet, even before the finals hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Erykah Badu, Hotter Than July At Verizon

    Photos by Jody Perry / Click here for a slideshow​Erykah Badu is a vanishing specimen, a pop star who courts controversy - see the "Window Seat" video, coming soon to a Dallas courtroom near you - not out of some narcissistic need to be in the headlines, but because she is legitimately differe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Glee: Faking The "Funk"

    ​"Daddy?" "Yes, son?" "What does regret mean?" "Well son, the funny thing about regret is that it's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done. And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend, will you be sure and tell her SATAN! SATAN! SATAN!" - Butth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    National Teacher's Day, Celebrated In Video And Song

    Today is National Teacher's Day, a feast which ranks right up there with whatever they're calling National Secretary's Day in these modern times.Which is a shame, of course, since good teachers are some of the most indispensable people around.To celebrate their day, such as it is, we offer five piec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Sentury Is Going To "Lose Control" All Over Your Ass

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​ First, a qualifier: When we talk about Mo'Nique, same as when we t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Rocks Off's Brother Once Stepped in Human Shit at a U2 Show... Got a Better Astrodome Story?

    Smash Mouth had just finished playing, and not coincidentally, Rocks Off's brother John had just returned from a trip to the bathroom. It was November 1997, and we were watching the stagehands putting the finishing touches on U2's ginormous set in the Astrodome. The Irish rockers were touring behin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Beyonce Scheduled to Perform at Michael Jackson Memorial

    Daniel Kramer ABC News is reporting that Beyonce, who sang tributes to Michael Jackson at her Toyota Center concert and at New Orleans' Essence Music Festival over the weekend, will perform at Jackson's funeral in Los Angeles this afternoon. Also expected to attend are Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson, You Will Be Honored...And Twittered

    The Most Important Event Ever....Will Be Twittered!!!!Our colleagues at West Coast Sound, the music blog of our sister paper L.A. Weekly, will be in attendance when The Nation Stops at noon tomorrow (Houston time) to give a final send-off to Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Tonight: Rozz Zamorano Jazz Trio at the Big Top

    Big Sir Junior Super Live Zam RecordsRecorded during live sessions at Houston's Jet Lounge in early 2006, Big Sir Junior's debut release shows the power of three accomplished musicians firmly in their element. Local bassist Rozz Zamorano (Fondue Monks, Yoko Mono, Rozz Zamorano Trio) recruited former ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
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    April 17, 2009

    Local Album of the Week: Leela James' Let's Do It Again

    Leela James Let's Do It Again www.leelajames.com To understand what an arresting, puzzling record Leela James' Let's Do It Again really is, look no further than the L.A. native and adopted Houstonian's cover of Foreigner's mid-'80s soft-rock/gospel-lite singalong "I Want to Know What Love Is." ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009

    Spain Colored Orange

    Gilbert Alfaro and Eric Jackson sound off.

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    November 28, 2008

    Five Spot: Axl Rose is Not Impressed by Dr Pepper's Fun and Games

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.   Back in March, Dr Pepper (easily one of our favorite doctors, right behind J., Scholls and Dre) set forth a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Oh My God, Is It Christmas Already?

    Well, not technically, but you'd never guess by all the Yuletide records Rocks Off got in the mail this week. That's right, it's not even Halloween and the first crop of holiday albums is already in stores, with more on the way from studio sax giant Dave Koz, Broadway diva Sarah Brightman, devil-bai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    ACL Dudefest: M. Ward, David Byrne, Bobby Bare Jr. and Ryan Bingham

    Bobby Bare Jr / Photo by Chris Gray Maybe it wasn't such a good idea for Austin City Limits to put acoustic singer-songwriter M. Ward a few hundred yards away from boisterous gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello in the WaMu tent. (On a side not, I guess this year is the WaMu tent's last ACL hurrah. Sponsorsh ... More >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2008
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    April 11, 2008

    Mp3: The Tontons, “Sea and Stars”

    At 19 or 20, Asli Omar, vocalist for local psych-blues-rockers Tontons, might just be the finest young female vocalist in Houston, possessed of pipes that can shift gears between languid breathiness and heretofore undiscovered metal-melting alloys. You can hear elements of Bjork, Billie Holiday, the ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    October 4, 2007

    Pool Party

    The Wii's latest pool game is a cue stick in the mud

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    January 25, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    If there's a sadder commentary on the state of celeb-obsessed, endlessly validated American youth than the deranged Sarah Goldberg, I have had the good fortune to avoid it thus far. You'll remember her as the 20-year-old New York City auditioner in the pink cowboy hat who butchered the Selena song. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Seattle — what happened? I remember there was once a day not too terribly long ago when you heard no more about that rainy northwestern metropolis than any other large American city. It was a city with a decent basketball team and the perpetually mediocre Seahawks and Mariners. Maybe you knew ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    That Was the Year That Was

    Looking back on the local scene in '06

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Chico Hamilton

    Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, Heritage

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2006
  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • Music

    March 25, 2004

    The Gift of Gab

    Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (Quannum)

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    Motor City Mellow Men

    Slum Village plays catch-up to the White Stripes and Eminem

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

    Halfway Tree (Motown)

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Houston Press Music Awards 2000

    Your guide to the Music Awards Showcase

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Utility Bassist

    Christian McBride can do it all, and do it well

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    May 6, 1999
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    May 9, 1996
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