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The Big Bopper

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    August 21, 2014

    Graham Nash Can't Stop, Won't Stop

    Now that his production work on the four-years-in-the-making massive CSNY 1974 box set is over and fans have in their hands what they've dreamed about for years, 72-year-old Graham Nash can just lie back and take it easy, right? Not a chance. "I'm busier now than I've ever been in my life, ever," h ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Latin Invasion Takes Over Warehouse Live

    Latin Invasion feat. GT Garza, Dat Boi T, Doeman, Kleva & Coast Warehouse Live May 8, 2014 As he looked out upon Warehouse Live's packed Studio room, a sense of reflection took over the rotund rapper named Cassette Coast. "Why can't we do this more often?!" he asked out loud. "I love this, man! I l ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    GT Garza Sticks to the Script On Legacy of Ritchie Valens

    Maybe it's because they hold down the concept of traditional Houston rap more than anyone else, but today nothing typifies that late-'90s, hazed-out lull of street rhythms combined with Mike Dean-like church organs more than the Hispanic rap crowd. And now we're in the age of the inevitable: the slo ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Edition Of Encyclopedia Of Country Music: Part 6

    Mickey Newbury paved the road from Houston to Nashville for a Hells Angels-ish, hard-drinking, hard-drugging gaggle of songwriters who, like Newbury, would go on to make a serious mark on Music City. Ornery, belligerent, cocky, literary, opinionated, and super-talented, this group of Houston transp ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Houston Scores Big-Time In Latest Encyclopedia Of Country Music

    With 53 related entries, Houston fared well in the second edition of The Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press, $65), released last month, the first revision of the 600-page volume since its initial printing in 1998. Michael McCall, Country Music Hall of Fame archivist and one of t ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 14, 2011
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    April 23, 2011

    Controversial Producer Huey Meaux Dead At 82

    ​Huey P. Meaux, the onetime studio and record-label owner and chart-topping producer who helped define the Gulf Coast sound through hits by the Sir Douglas Quintet, Freddy Fender and Barbara Lynn, died this morning at age 82. Known as the "Crazy Cajun," Meaux died at his home in Winnie, his n ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Houston's Best Gifts To The Music World

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off is still in a holiday frame of mind... actually we meant to post this before Christmas, but they're just as true now. No refunds, no exchanges. ​Here is Craig's Hlist point of view: Houston has given so much to the world, from ZZ Top, Jandek, Beyonce Knowles, and everythin ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Museum Of The Gulf Coast's Musical Treasure Trove

    Photos by Craig HlavatyJanis Joplin's car​Rocks Off visited the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur this past Friday while on the the way to Louisiana for a quick vacation. The downstairs area is full of artifacts pertaining to the founding of the land around Port A, like military and anim ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    "Day of the Dead Rock Stars"

    Carlos Hernandez adds a few new twists to his annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit

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    September 17, 2010

    Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    ​Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical stuff like George Orwell's Animal Farm, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Edgar Allan Po ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Johnette Duff Knows About The Ups And Downs Of The Film Business

    Up & Down: Life in an elevator​Screenwriter/producer Johnette Duff has been dreaming about the premiere of her new film Up & Down -- literally."I dreamt that nobody woke me up in time for the premiere and so I got there late," she laughingly tells Hair Balls. "Then there were all these sce ... More >>

  • Music

    April 8, 2010

    Hitsville, Texas

    A new book documents the shady past and solid-gold singles of Houston's SugarHill Studios.

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    April 7, 2010

    Sarah Vowell Comes To Beaumont (Of All Places)

    ​Something about the idea of Sarah Vowell, that This American Life star, regular NPR contributor, droll historian, frequent Jon Stewart foil, voice of Violet of The Incredibles and all around Person Who White People Like coming to Beaumont was utterly irresistible.It seemed like the exact inverse ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    SugarHill (Actually Gold Star) In the '50s, The Decade It Became A House Of Hits

    [Ed Note: All this week, to celebrate the release of Dr. Roger Wood and Andy Bradley's new book House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios and preview this weekend's related festivities at Sig's Lagoon and the Continental Club, Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Graham Nash Interviewed

    There isn't much mystery to Graham Nash. Not that that's a bad thing at all. In fact, if you want to know how the British expat with the distinctive tenor vocals feels about anything - political and social issues, fellow musicians, his wife and children even religion - it's all right there in his so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    It's Been 50 Years Since the Music Died

    Fifty years ago today - February 3, 1959 - the world lost three of its early pioneering rock and rollers in a fiery plane crash over Clear Lake, Iowa. Texan Buddy Holly, Chicano rock godfather Ritchie Valens, and Sabine Pass-born disc jockey/songwriter J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson all lay dead ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Will the Texan 30 Rock Writer Please Get in Touch?

    This is starting to mess with Rocks Off's head just a little. Last week's Janis-Joplin-movie subplot made him wonder, because it was hardly the first time Southeast Texas was used as a punchline, but now he's sure there's some sort of subversive Lone Star conspiracy afoot behind the scenes  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Songs Not To Play At Intercontinental Airport's New Karaoke Booth

    So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008
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    July 8, 2008

    SugarHill Studios Moves to Caroline Collective

    Temporarily, anyway. The long-running Houston recording studio, normally headquartered at 5626 Brock, is shifting all its operations except for previously scheduled recording sessions to the Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline, between 2 and 6 p.m. this afternoon. SugarHill president Dan Workman will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    I Am Going to Buy New Kids on the Block Tickets

    Donnie Wahlberg is 38 years old. 38. And I think Danny Wood is even older. I don’t know why I should be so shocked. After all, I’m thirtysomething, too. I’m thirtysomething, and I’m going to buy New Kids on the Block tickets and go see them when they come through Houston in October as p ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    The Return of Cactus Music and Video

    A beloved local institution returns from the grave

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    The Scene Is Dead. Long Live the Scene!

    Ideas toward a Houston-style musical Day of the Dead

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    October 4, 2007
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    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Harry Choates to Johnny Preston

    The Houston 100 continues. Click here for numbers 91 to 100. 90. “Jole Blon,” Harry Choates, 1946. The unofficial Cajun national anthem was first recorded in Houston, by Choates, a Port Arthur-raised hellraiser who would die in a fit of delirium tremens in the Austin jail at 29 five years ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007
  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter performs Sunday, November 19, at Fitgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838.

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2005
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    December 5, 2002

    Kenny G.'s Revenge

    Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket

  • Calendar

    August 3, 2000

    Not Fade Away

    Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

  • Music

    May 27, 1999

    Hi Del-Fi

    New sounds from famed label

  • News

    June 25, 1998
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    April 23, 1998
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    March 5, 1998

    Unforgettable?

    The new Bobby Fuller retrospective salutes a questionable legacy

  • Music

    January 8, 1998
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    October 16, 1997
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    October 9, 1997
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    October 17, 1996
  • Music

    June 20, 1996

    Same Old Waylon

    The most rebellious thing Waylon Jennings has done is not change

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