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Sticky Fingers Inc.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    The 10 Best '70s Monster Rock Riffs

    What? No Stairway? Denied! Nah, we're totally lying. There's plenty of "Stairway" below, because bitchin' rock riffs are precisely what we're looking for. Ladies and gentlemen, whip out the Ben-Gay and prepare yourselves for some injuries to your air-guitar arm, because with Deep Purple and Nazar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Ryan James, Putting Up a Good Fight

    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. Who? In all likelihood you haven't heard much about Ryan James, but that's why we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Album-Cover "Controversy" Bores Me

    The release of the "controversial" cover art for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' forthcoming album, Mosquito, has managed to stir up quite a bit of buzz. (Leave me alone. I like puns.) If you've somehow managed to escape the album-cover hype, I'll let you in on a little secret: you're not missing much in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Rolling Stones Let Psych Flag Fly On '67's Their Satanic Majesties Request

    The Rolling Stones' 1967 album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, turns 45 today. The album's subject matter and oddity make it a strange holiday release, but hey it was the '60s. Best-known for the saccharine "She's a Rainbow" and oft-covered "2000 Man," the album gets lost in the Stones' greater l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Bill Fool, Punk Lifer, Dad, Good Guy to Know

    "Bill Fool was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent his entire youth living near Wrigley Field and really never left that particular area as a kid, ever..." says local luminary and punk lifer Bill Fool in an email. What follows is a short primer on this beloved curmudgeon. Mr. Fool has been a part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Secret History of "You Are So Beautiful"

    Six years ago today, on June 6, 2006, the world lost Houston-born musician Billy Preston. The session man, kind soul and all-around secret weapon was in the mix for some of the best and brightest moments of rock's heyday. The man backed up Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and as a child prodigy he play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Sticky Fingers: 10 Musicians Who Deserve Their Own Ice Cream

    Ice cream is good -- especially in the summer and of course today. With the advent of the deliciously yummy Ben and Jerry's ice cream, among others, ice-cream companies have been naming their flavors after artists for years. Ben and Jerry's especially has been at the forefront of naming their ice ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Playing for Keeps: Vinyl Essentials

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

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Cover Story: Cleaning & Caring For Your Vinyl Collection

    This week's feature, "Playing for Keeps," takes a look at the resurgence of the vinyl record. When you think about it, vinyl is probably the most enduring musical format in the history of home audio. How many people's record collections were started with hand-me-downs from their parents? But it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    20 Albums To Leave Your Children Plus Five To Grow On...

    It started as a simple question: What albums would you leave your unborn children, if you knew you were on borrowed time and may not be around to show them the way. At first I asked for albums for sons, but then it grew broader, not out of needing to pacify the PC-thug in me, but to make sure everyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Staying Sane at Owl Bar

    ​The best thing about Owl Bar is that it doesn't feel like it belongs. A couple of years ago, when Mugsy's occupied the same space, it would have been a little more at home in its neighborhood. Upper Kirby has since come up in the world, though. Standing on Owl Bar's narrow patio on a Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Lordy Lordy, T. Rex's Electric Warrior Is 40

    ​A few months back, we had this to say about T. Rex on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of their single "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" reaching the top of the UK charts. This Saturday, parent album, Electric Warrior, turns 40 years old. It bears repeating, not because we are too lazy to com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Bobby Keys: iFest Nabs Rolling Stones Sax Maniac

    The Rolling StonesBobby Keys takes an Exile on Main Street breather, Nellcote, France, 1971​Born in Lubbock and raised just east in Slaton, Joe Ely's home town, saxophonist Bobby Keys left Lubbock in 1960 looking for kicks. At 14, he was playing with Bob Dylan influence, Bobby Vee, before movi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Last Night: Hayes Carll At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Hayes Carll Warehouse Live December 28, 2010 It was almost New Year's Eve, just not cold as hell for Houston. For the third year in a row, Woodlands native Hayes Carll shambled back from Austin for his post-Christmas show at Warehouse Live, which might explain why the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Rap's Top Ten Lyrical Blunders

    ​Most rap boasts revolve around three things: cash, chicks and anus - as it turns out, rappers love to brag about their ass a lot. But after years of bragging about the same three things, redundancy blurs the line between braggart and ridiculous. Even the best of the best MCs have succumbed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Top 5 Daniel Lanois Productions

    ​This past Saturday in Los Angeles, legendary producer Daniel Lanois, known for his trademark echo-heavy sound and work with the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Lanois was slated to soon begin work on Brandon Flowers of the Killers' solo debut and the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Rocks Off Is Bleeding, Torn And Frayed

    ​Exile on Main Street is not Rocks Off's favorite Rolling Stones album. Never has been. That honor rests with Let It Bleed, and not for "Gimme Shelter" (OK, that's a lie), "Midnight Rambler" or "You Can't Always Get What You Want." No, for us it's always been the songs sandwiched around "Rambler": ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Exile In Pearland: A Young Rocks Off Gets "Happy"

    The first time Rocks Off the Younger truly heard "Happy," we were loading a case of Dannon yogurt into the display case at the Kroger in Pearland we worked at from 1999 until he first left home. It would have been September 2002, and we had just signed the papers that would mark our entry into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Eyeballin: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - the Rolling Stones In All Their Late-'60s Satanic Majesty

    In late 1969, the Rolling Stones were at a musical crossroads. They were two years away from the deep blues of Sticky Fingers and its follow-up, the majestically scuzzy Exile On Main Street. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were still very much tinkering with their new bluesier direction that would t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    The Dong Show

    Here at Rocks Off, we do a lot of research for our wildly popular and intellectually enlightening album cover slideshows. As part of that research, we've found many of those albums to be highly concentrated on the male goinrular area. So at long last, and just in time for the weekend, we've compiled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Five Direct Beatles Connections to Texas

    Four postcards included in the limited edition of The Beatles: Rock Band​ Looks like Beatlemania 2.0 is in full swing. Rocks Off may have mentioned how excited we are to play The Beatles: Rock Band at Coffee Groundz tonight, with prizes, drink specials and much laughter as we try to gnash our way ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
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    April 15, 2009

    Album of the Week: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

    Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit www.jasonisbell.com Jason Isbell just turned 30 this past February, so calling him an old soul might be soft-pedaling things a bit. You just can't be callow and pen a line like "She left me alone with these pills, and the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    Aftermath: The Magpies and Sideshow Tramps at the Continental Club

    Photos by Chris Gray It didn't look good at the beginning. A few minutes after 9 p.m. Wednesday, the posted start time for visiting Cleveland roots-rockers the Magpies, the "count" at the Continental Club front door was all of 16 paying customers, and the band was nowhere in sight. Two chicken tac ... More >>

  • Music

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Classic Rock Corner: The Greatest Band Logos of All Time, Part 2

    An early example of rock art... We're back to reveal the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the cappo di tutti cappi of classic-rock band logos evah! And when we say "greatest," we look for a combination of things including memorability, longevity, graphic design, influence and appearances. ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008
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    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2008

    Like a Rolling Stone: The Strange Life of a Tribute Band, by Steven Kurutz

    “Tribute bands occupy the lower rungs of the show business ladder,” Steven Kurutz writes in this, his first book. “Somewhere between lounge bands and wedding singers.” And indeed, they are one of the more curious offshoots of the music industry. Why would a group of men—often firmly slid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Sir Mick's Greatest "Hits"

    This week, Sir Mick Jagger, the guy that sings in the Rolling Stones, released a compilation of his solo hits. Calling these songs “hits” is a stretch in the most sincere form. You could call it more of an album of tracks that Keef shot down during sessions. He probably produced a switchblade an ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Retro Active: 1987, Here We Come

    How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    DISConnect: Turntables

    Turns out vinyl wasn't dead after all

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    DISConnect

    Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod

  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

    A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Fly Like an Eagle

    Jesse Hughes proves too sexy for his band, too sexy for his band

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Nicolai Dunger

    Tranquil Isolation (Overcoat Recordings)

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Gilding the Lily

    Studio tricks ruin what could have been for the Dandy Warhols

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Achtung! Stuka!

    Tim Murrah unleashes another blitzkrieg on Houston nightlife

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    Greg Wood

    Ash Wednesday (Stag)

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Rum Punk

    Though Alejandro Escovedo has kicked the booze, he still churns out symphonic hardcore

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    January 21, 1999
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    August 27, 1998
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    July 23, 1998
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    August 31, 1995
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    December 22, 1994
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    April 21, 1994
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