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  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Behind the Shades of Rock's "Other" Man in Black

    Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison By John Kruth, 256 pp., $27.99. Dwight Yoakam once likened Roy Orbison's voice to "the cry of an angel falling backward through an open window." Tom Waits called him the "Rockabilly Rigoletto." And Bruce Springsteen, whose own music shows a clear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    10 Albums Any True Urban Cowboy Should Own

    There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Exploring Songza: Four Offbeat Playlists From the Curated Music Service

    We introduced you to Songza -- the service that acts as a "music concierge" -- a few weeks back. Using curated playlists sorted not only by genre and theme, but also by activity, Songza helps you pick the best songs for the occasion. More importantly to me, the playlists are expertly curated, mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Happy E-Day: What If Elvis Had Lived?

    Note: Elvis Presley would be 78 years old today, if he had not (supposedly) died in Memphis in August 1977. This article originally appeared as part of Rocks Off's "Elvis Week" in January 2011, and still seems plausible two years later. Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    The First Alt-Country Record? Flatlanders Rediscover The Odessa Tapes

    A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Austin's New (C)KOKE-FM Can't Beat The Real Thing

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean had been hearing about the new KOKE-FM progressive country station in Austin for a few weeks. One friend in particular kept raving about the station, so today we finally sauntered over to KOKE-FM (99.3) on the world wide web. Back in the day when we were in Radio/Television/ ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Marshall Lytle Rocks This Joint

    Rockabilly pioneer headlines the Continenal's three-day Rock Baby Rock It festival.

  • Music

    June 14, 2012
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    March 30, 2012

    5 Artists Whose Second Acts Surpassed Their First

    Rocks Off has always had a soft spot for Rick Nelson. Although our oldest memory of him is probably hearing about the plane crash outside Texarkana that killed him, his band and his fiancee on New Year's Eve 1985, we're also old enough to remember actually his songs like "Hello, Mary Lou," "Lonesome ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012
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    January 27, 2012

    Nine Covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" on Its 58th Birthday

    Exactly 58 years ago, Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel on RCA Records, which had just bought his contract from Sun Records for a measly $35,000. Heartbreak sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually become the King's first certified gold record. Also, it's worth noting that, ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Portuguese Men of War

    The Walkmen jump-start their momentum on Lisbon.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Future Elvis: What If The King Had Lived?

    ​Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who was in the Darth Vader suit, and Ron Paul are all the same age as Elvis Presley would be on Saturday? Look at Woody Allen next time you see him on TMZ and just think, he's as old as Elvis. In order to get in the frame of mind to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Does Elvis Still Matter?

    As part of our ongoing celebration of Elvis' birthday week, Rocks Off asked our writers the simple question in the headline. ​Chris Gray: Absolutely he still matters. When I was compiling that list of quotes and lyrics about Elvis earlier this week, I wasn't that surprised to see that even Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Last Night: The Pixies At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Groovehouse​The Pixies Verizon Wireless Theater September 20, 2010 For more images from Monday's show, see our slideshow here. The Pixies are Costanza. In one episode of Seinfeld, a woman who had recently made George Costanza's acquaintance remarks to Jerry Seinfeld that there mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Howlin' Wolf Hits 100; Did He Ever Hit Houston?

    ​Like Tom Petty - heard the new album yet? - once sang, it's good to be king. While Rocks Off No. 2 is saddled with justifying his tendency to sing "Over the Rainbow" in the car when (he says) no one else is around, we've been looking into the local connections of someone else with a birthday toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Happy 75th Birthday, Elvis, Wherever You Are

    Remember that scene from Pulp Fiction where Mia Wallace explains to Vince Vega that there are two kinds of people in this world - Elvis people and Beatles people? Well, Rocks Off is an Elvis person. We're not a fanatic or anything, but we have been to Graceland, have a huge hole in our heart for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Our Decade In iTunes, Ol' Dirty Bastard Through the Fleshtones and Good Ol' Morrissey

    ​Maybe the biggest evolution in music this decade has been the availability of online downloads, starting with Napster and ending with half a dozen legitimately - licensed venues for purchasing music over the tubes. Rocks Off will admit it. Back in the day, we were illegal downloaders. Waiting 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    American Central Dust: The Americana Class of 2009, Part 1

    ​We spent 2009 sorting through piles of folk and Americana releases, revising this list in our heads till the bitter end and failing repeatedly to understand the hype behind the Avett Brothers in the process. While a year of listening brought no shortage of pleasant surprises, our hands-down favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Last Men Standing

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean vaguely remembers someone telling us a couple of years ago that Las Vegas bookies actually had a line on whether Chuck Berry would die that year (we think it was 2007). The macabre factor aside, remembering this Wednesday got LOM to pondering about the Godfathers of Rock an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Aftermath: Drive-By Truckers' Cathartic, Down-Home Halloween Redemption at House of Blues

    Photos by Jay Lee​ It took Aftermath most of Friday to figure out why we were in such an awful blue funk after Thursday's Pogues show, especially after the band delivered a more brilliant set than even this 20-year fan thought they were capable of. But after leaving work early and relaxing for a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Aftermath: Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at Rudyard's

    Photos by Chris Gray​ Th' Legendary Shack Shakers are a sort of Blue Ridge Parkway answer to Los Skarnales, mining Anglo-American roots music and all things Memphis - Sun Records, Beale Street and the Oblivians - to create a turbo-charged, gypsy-flavored, punk-speed rockabilly dynamo with a metric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Houston 101: Magnolia Gardens -- Houston's Rockin' Little Riverside Beach

    It may not look like much today, but back in the '50s and '60s, Magnolia Gardens was the place to be if you liked country music and rockabilly. The open-air dance hall/bandstand on the banks of the San Jacinto River was in a resort-like setting, with a restaurant or two and a few boat ramps scatter ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    Album of the Week: Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete

    Pretenders Break Up the Concrete www.thepretenders.com Old punk rockers - or, in this case, post-punks - never die, they just go country. On the Pretenders' first album since 2002's barely-registering Loose Screw, Chrissie Hynde confronts middle age by revisiting the musical styles of the mid-2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    [Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Get Lit: Hot Burritos: The True Story of the Flying Burrito Brothers by John Einarson with Chris Hillman

    Texas supergroup the Flatlanders (although it still exists) may have been "more legend than a band" but the same could also be said for the Flying Burrito Brothers (above, with female friends). The pioneers of country-rock were a short-lived act that went though numerous lineup changes, but records ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Aftermath: B.B. King at House of Blues

    Photos by Mark C. Austin   B.B. King deserves a break. If the genial Buddha of the blues, now 83, would rather spend the bulk of his two-hour set bantering with the sold-out crowd about Viagra (groan) and the wayward ways of womankind instead of, you know, singing and playing, he's earned ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    Drive-By Truckers, A to Z

    Alabama Ass Whuppin'

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

    Walk the Line never strays from the dull telling of a tall tale

  • Music

    January 1, 2004

    Rock Death in 2003

    Exhuming and scoring last year's pop-music demises

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Dead, Not Buried

    Townes Van Zandt left behind great songs for people to fight over

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    Keep On Truckin'

    Two Tons of Steel has gone from cover band to kings of the Texas dance hall

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    Subterranean Astrodome Blues

    Bob Dylan drops the mask and comes to town with his happiest album in years

  • Culture

    October 5, 2000

    Rock and a Hard Place

    Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?

  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

  • Music

    October 15, 1998
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    September 17, 1998
  • Music

    May 28, 1998

    Under(ground) Achievers

    Can Nashville's creative underbelly save country from Music Row?

  • Music

    August 28, 1997

    Wanted Man

    Johnny Cash may just be a legend, but he's never sounded better

  • Music

    June 5, 1997

    Quick Study

    Can a middle-class Midwestern white guy play the blues? Yeah, if he's Mark May.

  • Music

    December 12, 1996
  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    Blues Without Blinders

    Blues, soul, rock, country? Who cares? To Little Milton, it's just music.

  • Music

    June 6, 1996
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    February 23, 1995

    Keeping His Cool

    Nick the Knife's regained his edge, and the world's a better place for it

  • Music

    February 16, 1995
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    October 6, 1994

    PSAs for the People

    Fried fish, jazz and Zappa memorabilia: Consume mass quantities

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