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Stevie Wonder

  • Music

    March 20, 2014

    Copycats

    Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.

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    March 10, 2014

    Bob Dylan's Star-Studded "Halftime Show" Gets Deluxe Treatment

    "Thanks Bob! Thanks for having Bob Fest!" Neil Young enthuses at one point during his set at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. And though methinks that the October 1992 show at Madison Square Garden paying tribute to the Bard of Hibbing was due more to the planning of Columbia Records than t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Dear Grammys, We Can Be Friends Again

    Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally. So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: we can still forgive your i ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    September 9, 2013

    Dr. John at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 9/7/2013

    Dr. John Miller Outdoor Theatre September 7, 2013 Happy birthday, Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year the Hermann Park amphitheater marks its 90th year of providing all manner of cultural offerings for the low cost of absolutely free, said to be the largest program of its kind in the nation. But mun ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Crystal Tolliver, Source of That Yello Echo You Hear

    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? There is no voice in Houston like that ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: K-Rino, South Park Coalition's Southside Maven

    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? K-Rino has been such a longtime fixtu ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    10 Great Hal David Lyrics: "Enough Germs to Catch Pneumonia"

    The music world truly lost one of the greats when songwriter Hal David passed away at age 91 following a stroke this past Saturday in Los Angeles. To borrow an old joke, the lyricist wasn't from the old school, he was from the school they tore down to build the old school: The artists who covered hi ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    The Beats Go On As Grammys Take Care Of Their Own

    Hands up, everyone who is surprised.​The Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night could have easily turned into a wake - or worse, a funeral. After Whitney Houston's death Saturday, the mood was appropriately somber until a dance party broke out, or perhaps a coming-out party for dance music. Foreve ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Rap Round Table: If You Could Only Listen To One Musician For All Of Time, Who Would It Be?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Killa Kyleon, Zavey, kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Mac, Doughbeezy, A.D.D., Medicine Girl, more. Not Invited: The guy at our sons' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Feast of Charles Borromeo: A Saint's Playlist

    ​Though we have no desire to live by the teachings of Cathol and his popular ism, we are huge fans of the saints. To us, saints represent God's Avengers, and yeah, some of them are in charge of stupid things like equestrians, but there are also plenty of them with real-life superpowers. Today ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    ACL: Arcade Fire, Big As The Great Outdoors

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Check out all our ACL 2011 coverage, including our hottest crowd shots and slideshow from Sunday featuring Randy Newman, Arcade Fire and The Walkmen. Arcade Fire Bud Light Stage, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park September 18, 2011 Sunday night in a serene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Five ACL Acts We're Totally Not Making Up

    Aloha, Susan... Stevie Wonder Coldplay Arcade Fire Kanye Kanye Kanye blah blah blah yada yada yada. Rocks Off could write about this year's ACL headliners until we're blue in the face - and we probably will this weekend - but what's the point? The real fun of the festival is on the back roads of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    10 Things We're Probably Doing At ACL This Year

    villagevoice.comBjork at ACL '07, when part of her staging caught fire.​This is the Rocks Off team's (well, Craig Hlavaty and Chris Gray) fifth year covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The first year this smart guy wore black jeans and a black shirt to try to look cool, which made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    No Smoking At ACL: Five Ways To Still Get Your Nic Fix

    ​That heavy sigh and occasional sniffles you heard on Monday was the Rocks Off team finding out the Austin Parks Department has banned smoking at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, for which we will all be leaving tomorrow evening. The team of smokers on this crew nearly canc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    13 Lucky Songs For Friday The 13th

    ​Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Unlike most Fridays, this one has gone pretty smoothly here at Rocks Off HQ, which means we must be in for a hellacious Monday. But hey, that's next week. Our luck may be holding up - for now - but we couldn't let the occasion go by unremarked (plus a couple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Idol Beat: Male Fraud

    ​Steve Tyler wore a shirt with lips all over it. I couldn't decide if he was being knowingly self-referential or it was the work of the same costume designer who put him in that leotard in the "Love in an Elevator" video.neither way, it fulfilled its purpose of distracting me from the show for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Top 10 Double Albums That Should Have Stayed Single

    ​Not all double albums should have been double albums, just as some albums had to be double albums in order for their point to be made. Each case is different with each band or artist. The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia had to be double albums to tell their stories of teenage wastelands and po ... More >>

  • News

    November 11, 2010

    Loco for Loko

    Readers doubt our rapid-consumption story.

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    June 22, 2010

    Blogging Bonnaroo: GWAR, DJ Deadmaus And Cheesy Fries

    Photo by Meghan Hendley/See the slideshowGWAR performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, keyboardist/ ... 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 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 >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    Chatter: Say Hey

    Spearhead leader Michael Franti's Middle Eastern trip inspires an unlikely Top 40 hit.

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Aftermath: Everclear's Perfect Soundtrack to Imperfection at House of Blues

    Photos by Jody Perry​While heading out of the House of Blues for some air, Aftermath and Mrs. Aftermath shared an elevator with Saturday's opener, Clayton Senne. Previously, we sat through his electric organ driven pop/soul act with annoyance and irritation. At the time, we found his banter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Most Downloaded "Hope For Haiti" Texan? Although She Killed, Not Beyonce

    Between fighting crime, reducing global warming, mending our socks and, you know, everything else Rocks Off does when we're away from the office, we caught a good bit of Friday evening's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. We didn't have much choice, because the George Clooney-organized, celebrity-packed fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    On Its 40th Birthday, the Top 10 Sesame Street Musical Guests

    Sing the blues, Kermit... or greens. We know how you feel. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Grover have something to celebrate. Sesame Street, their fictional New York borough, and the television show probably responsible for everything you knew as a kid, turns 40 today. Created ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Aftermath: More Drums and Drummers Than We Ever Thought We'd See at an Intercontinental Airport Hangar

    Videos by Craig Hlavaty Any drummer jokes, say the one about Ginger Baker and coffee both sucking without Cream, pretty much have to go out the window when you enter an expansive warehouse that includes over 100 boys and girls, and men and women, pounding on their respective kits. Sometimes in tand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson Funeral Coverage Coming Tomorrow

    Somehow the folks at West Coast Sound, Rocks Off's sister music blog over at L.A. Weekly, have scored the hottest ticket in show business in years: a ticket to Michael Jackson's funeral Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far Stevie Wonder, Jackson's old Motown boss Berry Gordy, Brooke Shiel ... More >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009
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    April 3, 2009

    (Another) Local Album of the Week: Spain Colored Orange's Sneaky Like a Villain

    Spain Colored Orange Sneaky Like a Villain www.myspace.com/spaincolouredorange Thanks to differences with Spain Colored Orange's former label Lucid Records, the songs on the local psych-pop quintet's brand-new disc Sneaky Like a Villain are already old hat to the band members. For the rest of u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    U2 Lace Up Their Dirty "Boots"

    Among, you know, a few other things, the past 24 hours have been the start of a very, very big year for the band Rocks Off affectionately refers to as the Best Band Ever. U2 appeared alongside Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, "One" pal Mary J. Blige and many more as Barack Obama's opening acts at y ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2009
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    December 5, 2008

    Aftermath: Spain Colored Orange at the Continental Club

    Photos by Chris Gray Is Spain Colored Orange the Badfinger of Texas? Why not? Thursday at the Continental Club, the local quintet's heavy, lush pop was dense and intricate, but never at the expense of melody. Its members have also heard at least one jazz album in their lifetimes, evident in their f ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    MySpaced Out: European Discotheque

    Goldfrapp inspires a cyber-search for the perfect beat

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    August 23, 2007
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    May 24, 2007

    Night School

    DVD review

  • Home Entertainment

    February 8, 2007
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    May 25, 2006

    DJ Chicken George

    Monday, May 29, at The Flat, 1701 Commonwealth, 713-521-FLAT

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Donny Hathaway

    These Songs For You, Live! (Rhino)

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Van Hunt

    Van Hunt (Capitol)

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2003

    Hip-hop Honky-Tonk

    Local MCs make the scene on the Almeda drag

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Citizen Arcane

    Broadcast mines Czech vampire films and French library music to create lush electronica

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Super Mario Brother

    The youngest Escovedo rides his sin-breathing Dragons into town

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    May 10, 2001

    Eric Clapton

    Reptile (Reprise)

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