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The Beatles

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    When the U.S. Caught Beatlemania, Larry Kane Was There

    Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour That Changed the World By Larry Kane Backbeat Books, 272 pp. (w/CD), $24.99 "What's your problem, man? Why are you dressed like a fag-ass?" It was an inauspicious and unexpected question/accusation directed at Larry Kane, a fresh-faced 21-year-old radi ... More >>

  • Film

    June 26, 2014

    Fifty Years on, A Hard Day's Night Is Still Revelatory.

    A look at the eternal freshness of the film.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    10 Fun Facts About the Beatles' Ed Sullivan Debut

    Fifty years ago this Sunday, the Beatles ushered in a new era in pop music and youth culture when they made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. While the four lads from Liverpool were still mostly unknown to Americans in 1964, they were already the most hyped rock and roll band in U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Big Sis Louise Harrison on George's Fab Friends: "I Felt Like I Had Gotten Three More Brothers"

    For Beatles fans, the sight of the septuagenarian Louise Harrison is usually a welcome one. A familiar visitor to Beatles conventions and gatherings, she's usually got a warm smile, a quick laugh, and an anecdote about her younger brother, George. But she was wholly unprepared to face one woman, ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Top Five Artists You Need to Stop Hating

    Recently I addressed a subject close to my heart: bands I wish everybody would stop talking about for even five minutes. I even liked some of those bands, but I just can't stand to listen to them anymore because of overexposure. Thanks, social media! Well folks, it's time for another intervention, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    The History of The Beatles In Doctor Who

    Perhaps no band in the real world has had quite as much of an impact on the world of Doctor Who as the Beatles did. Both were of course fantastic products of England in the '60s, but some of the connections go far deeper than a contemporary complementary pop-culture acknowledgment. Almost every si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Rocker Tony Sheridan, One-Time Beatles "Frontman", Dead At 72

    In the realm of mainstream Beatles lore, Tony Sheridan gets largely forgotten. The British singer in fact lead an early incarnation of the band in their Hamburg days, when they were the Silver Beatles, a boozy club act. He played on the same circuit as the boys, and they acted as his backing group a ... 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

    November 5, 2012

    The Song Is a Lie: The White (Lie) Album

    Song titles should speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Take it from me, I'm the guy who co-wrote "You Cannot Kill David Arquette" and he's still completely undeniably alive despite multiple ninja attacks. That's called credibility, children, and you might want to take notes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    The 5 Stupidest Things Musicians Want You to Have In the Kitchen

    Earlier this week, we talked about all the stupid cookbooks that are out there either written or endorsed by celebrity musicians. For the most part, they were just endorsed because, and this gets down to the heart of the problem, musicians are musicians, not chefs. They don't know anything about coo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    10 Iconic Final Concerts Plus The End Of Beatlemania

    The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together. It w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    1965: Remembering Houston's Summer of Beatlemania

    Forty-seven years ago this week, full-scale Beatlemania descended upon Houston in all its glory. On August 19, 1965, the Fab Four played their only Houston concerts--one in the afternoon and one in the evening--at the Sam Houston Coliseum downtown. The completely hysterical response to the Beatles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Seriously: Are the Beatles More Popular Than Jesus?

    Saturday marks the 46th anniversary of one of the more surreal press conferences in the Beatles' career. One the eve of the band's '66 American tour, John, Paul, George and Ringo met with a group of reporters who only wanted to ask one question: Where the Beatles really more popular than Jesus? It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    The 20 Best YouTube Rock Docs You Can Watch Free (For Now)

    **The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time So you don't have NetFlix, you hate the video stores (if you can even find one), you don't like going to the little red box next to the liquor store, but you do have an Internet connection, plenty of time on your hands, and an insatiable thirst for rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    6 Non-Yank Bands Who Wrote American Anthems

    Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our beloved country, which gave us the freedom to rock? "The Boys Are Back In Town" "We Are The Champions ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    February 28, 2012

    Please Please Me: Rock's Top 10 Greatest Double Entendres

    ​Almost half a century ago this month, the Beatles released their first U.S. single, "Please Please Me." Though a fine example of the group's early pop sound, it wasn't an immediate smash in the States. After being issued in England on the EMI-owned Parlophone label on Jan. 12, 1963, Capitol ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    10 Awesome, Awful & Odd "Hey Jude" Covers

    ​This week in 1968, The Beatles inaugurated their Apple Records label in a most auspicious fashion, releasing "Hey Jude" as a 45. The B-side was "Revolution." Written by Paul McCartney and employing a 36-piece orchestra, "Jude" did nothing to dispel the perception that Paul was the "soft" Beat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    10 Songs For Pissed-Off Travelers

    This spring, Austin honky-tonker and Pasadena native Dale Watson had some dates in Australia and made the mistake of booking a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, not only did the airline charge Watson a $500 exce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dear Paul McCartney: Please Come Play Houston

    connect.in.com​Dear Paul McCartney, Hi. This is Craig Hlavaty and I write about the musics for the Houston Press Rocks Off blog here in the Bayou City. Lately I have been seeing on Twitter and the greater Internet that you are slowly piecing together a concert tour of baseball stadiums. Which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Museum Of Fine Arts Screening Rare Beatles And Bob Dylan Footage This Weekend

    ​It's an odd thing to think about, but imagine seeing the Beatles on American television for the very first time. Imagine how different they looked from any other musician making popular music in the early 1960s. Or think about Bob Dylan, going electric at Newport, how scandalous it would have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Idol Beat: Lennon-McCartney, Weak

    "Paul, I'm starting to wish we'd never written these songs."​There was no mentor this week on American Idol, though I find myself pining for one when I realized that that meant this week's taped bits would be the kind of cheesy and unfeeling montages in which the contestants talk about how muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    American Idol: Lennon-McCartney, Weak

    "Paul, I'm starting to wish we'd never written these songs."​There was no mentor this week on American Idol, though I find myself pining for one when I realized that that meant this week's taped bits would be the kind of cheesy and unfeeling montages in which the contestants talk about how muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: The Live Lights Choose 10 Albums to Take Into Space

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. It's not too late for your band to be up here, either; just email chris.gray@houstonpress.com by noon Thursday if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Meet the Beatles... Again: Live From the Sam Houston Coliseum, August 1965

    ​ More Beatles for you (and more to come). While researching the group's Texas history, Rocks Off stumbled across this gem: a live recording of the Beatles' one and only Houston appearance - though they played a matinee and evening show - at the Sam Houston Coliseum on August 19, 1965. Listen to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Get Lit: Beatles for Sale by John Blaney

    Another Beatles book? Doesn't the world already know everything it possibly can about the Fab Four, from the nickname of their favorite Hamburg pill dealer to the mustache style of the cab driver who took George through the streets of Rishikesh? Well... no. And as long as interest in the band c ... More >>

  • Music

    June 5, 2008
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    March 26, 2008

    Reverberations: Beatles, Stones, Dirtbombs and Fleshtones

    The Fleshtones I’m about to tell you about two shows that are anything except garage rock, but due to their roots, spirit and aesthetic are precisely garage rock. But first, some history: Early garage bands owe a massive debt to the Stones, primarily the early recordings, which were mired in R&B ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008
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    November 20, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Seeking Help! from the Beatles

    You wanna know what I’m doing tomorrow night? Other than attending my various narcotics and mopery* support group meetings? Watching the new release of the Beatles Help! on DVD. Yeah, Apple, Inc. (not the iPhone people, mind you) is releasing this new deluxe edition of J-Len and the boys’ 1965 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Stove Blow

    Locals lean on video games for instrumental inspiration

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    Rotation: Ringo Starr, Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo

    Confession: I don’t really like the Beatles. Exception: Ringo Starr. Why, you ask? With three other brilliant Beatles, why Ringo? Why, indeed. The answer is complicated, and does not lie in the songs of Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo. In the history of the earth, only four people have claim ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Paris Falls

    Paris Falls Vol. I

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    This Just In: We Are Doomed

    So Rascall Flatts has recorded the Beatles “Revolution.” It’s available as an iTunes exclusive – I read that it was supposed to be free, which is much too expensive, but I could only find it for sale there for the normal price of 99 cents.

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Pete Best

    Pete Best performs Friday, June 29, at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707. Kozmic Pearl opens.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Yoko Not Included

    Local artist David Adickes, a.k.a. that dude who makes those gigantic presidential heads, will christen a new sculpture of the Beatles at his studio (2500 Summer Street) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Fab Four will eventually be placed on I-10 for all cross-country travelers to see. Take that, Phoenix! T ... More >>

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Primary Season

    Check out some of the new candidates for this year's Houston Press Music Awards

  • News

    April 6, 2006
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    March 23, 2006
  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Oscar Pimpin'

    Dirty South rappers make the Academy Awards their bitch

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    Old Folks Rock

    McCartney doesn't pretend to be anything but a sap. And Jagger still acts like he's God's gift to sexdom.

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Paul McCartney

    Saturday, November 19, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 713-758-7200.

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Various Artists

    This Bird Has Flown

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Color Me Impressed

    Houston's Spain Colored Orange drops the Charade and inks an indie record deal

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Jet

    Get Born (Elektra)

  • Music

    October 30, 1997
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    June 26, 1997
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    November 7, 1996
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