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The Isley Brothers

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    June 13, 2014

    Goooooooal!! A Mostly Musical Guide to Enjoying the World Cup

    When did World Cup soccer start mattering to U.S. fans? I know many of us have doled out orange slices and cursed at volunteer officials at youth league games, but interest in the pro soccer pitch is apparently now at fever pitch. The global football tournament begins this afternoon and won't end u ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/6/2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 6, 2014 It's fitting that the rooflike shelter hanging above the seats at the Woodlands Pavilion is shaped in a tent spire. Because no one has ever merged the concepts of rock and roll show and religious tent revival like Bru ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Five Great Musical Duos-In-Waiting

    Last month at Starbucks, waiting on my Grande Pike, I spied on the sales counter a curious item. It was a CD featuring duets by the dude from Green Day and Norah Jones. "Weird combo," I thought, took my coffee and went on with my day. Then, maybe a week later, Phil Everly passed away and the boss ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2013

    Sibling Revelry

    A few local bands keep it in the family.

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    September 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: You(genious), Party Crasher Turned Musical Auteur

    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. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? He calls himself The Misf ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    A Fistful of Soul's Top 25 Solid Gold Tracks

    If you're seeking a scene, maaaaaaaaaan, you could do a hell of a lot worse than A Fistful of Soul, the monthly where some of Houston's grooviest DJs drip rare (and not-so-rare) vintage wax all over Midtown. Now steered by Joe Ross, Stewart Anderson and Alex LaRotta, Fistful dates back to the Mink i ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly, Isley Brothers & Kem at Toyota Center, 8/16/2013

    Bounce TV Music Festival Feat. Maze w/Frankie Beverly, the Isley Brothers & Kem Toyota Center August 16, 2013 Soulful, upbeat sounds in combination with sultry "baby-making music" combed through the spirits of the reminiscing concertgoers at Friday's Bounce TV Music Festival, a delightful exhibitio ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Robert Glasper Experiment, Little Big Town, the Dead Links, Mike Stinson, Lil Wayne, etc.

    Robert Glasper Experiment Miller Outdoor Theatre, August 16 This should be a real pleasure: a free show under the stars featuring a hometown kid who has gone on to become a Grammy winner. Pianist, HSPVA alum and dedicated J. Dilla fan Robert Glasper was showered with hosannas with his 2012 album Bl ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Ten Bands We Wish Had Their Own Beer

    Sigh no more, my friends. You, too, can drink like a rock star. Or a banjo player. Mumford and Sons announced Sunday that they're creating their own ale to be served when they stop over in Lewes, England on their Gentlemen of the Road tour later this year. The bandmates put their heads together, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Upcoming: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keith Sweat, Shaggy, Fantasia, etc

    Abiotic: With Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil., Wed., August 21, 7 p.m., $10 to $13. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, 281-335-0002. Asleep at the Wheel: Sat., October 5, 8:30 p.m., $88 to $128. Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 N., Spring, 281-367-3774. Band of Heathens: Sat., July 27, 8 p.m., $15 to $20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Jailhouse Rock: When Artists Face Hard Time

    Nothing earns an musician instant street cred quite like a night or two in the pokey. It's basically a rite of passage -- a guarantee that if you sign up for the public eye, you will, indeed, screw it up at least once in order to delight us with your antics. From the likes of good ol' boys like Mer ... More >>

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    Defending Tarantino

    What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss.

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    November 8, 2012
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    November 1, 2012

    10 Totally Played Out Wedding Songs That Will Still Pack the Dance Floor at Your Reception

    Years ago, a wedding planner told me the basis of a successful wedding is remembering that primarily the ceremony is for the bride, the food is for the groom, the photos are for the family and the music is for the friends. While not 100 percent accurate, it does form the basis of a pretty successful ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    March 15, 2012

    SXSW: The Niceguys & ADD Have A Ball, And Throw Some Too

    It's easy to tell the Niceguys really like each other. The three MCs and one DJ seemed to be Houston's more buzzed-about bands coming into the festival. Besides their spot on the SXSW Next Stage at the Austin Convention Center Wednesday afternoon, they were one of three Houston SXSW acts (with Grand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Upcoming: Peelander-Z, Collective Soul, Merle Haggard, Ting Tings, Isley Bros., Etc.

    Calle 13: Thu., May 10. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Carrie Rodriguez: Thu., March 29. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. Charlie Wilson: Fri., May 25. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Collective Soul: Fri., June 1. House of Blues Dirty Ghosts: Fri., April 27. Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Before We Cared: 10 Bit Players Who Became Superstars

    On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Beanz N Kornbread Cook Up Good Weather Muzik

    Marco Torres​When Rocks Off ran into the production duo Beanz N Kornbread at SXSW back in March, we were advised to stay tuned for a big project set to drop sometime this summer. Well the summer is here, and that project is the impressive Good Weather Muzik. We caught up with the team to inqui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Remember Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy)'s Inside My Mind?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy) Inside My Mind (Self-released, 2011) Despite having gained some tractio ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Last Night: Devin The Dude At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Rizoh​Devin the Dude Warehouse Live April 20, 2011 Rare is the artist that transcends his purpose as entertainment to become an essential ingredient in a fan's lifestyle. That list is a very short one, and Devin the Dude is on it. For weekend cleaning music, you go to RJD2. For coit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Jimi Hendrix, Before He Was Experienced

    ​Becoming Jimi Hendrix By Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber Da Capo Press, 274 pp., $17.95. While the bulk of most Jimi Hendrix bios detail the post-Are You Experienced? album and Monterey Pop performance era, this is the first to concentrate solely on his pre-fame years. As a result, the autho ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Sammus: The Femme Rapper/Producer's Top Five Remix Tracks

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to sheaserrano@gmai ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    The Dude Abides

    Houston hip-hop's No. 1 pot advocate checks into Suite 420, but there's more than weed smoking going on.

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    August 10, 2009

    Aftermath: Green Day at Toyota Center

    Mark C. Austin​ During "Minority," the motorized 2000 Celtic-thrash mash-up that closed Green Day's main set Saturday night, Toyota Center's video screen became a collage of flyers from the group's early days, before the platinum albums, roadies, Grammys and extra live musicians (there were four S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Sole of Houston: Airport Drive, The Finale (Including Unwanted Puke)

    And here is the final installment of David Beebe and John Lomax's 20-plus mile hike from Intercontinental Airport to Spanish Flowers restaurant. Part one is here and part two is here.David Beebe's accounts of the same hike are here and here.Airline's furthest reaches are lined by sprawling and run-d ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2007

    Closet Case

    R. Kelly's Motley Crew Returns

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    Hot Sounds, Summer in the City

    A few local discs to sizzle with

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    March 2, 2007
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    March 9, 2006

    Feel This Man

    If you think R. Kelly is anything less than the greatest recording artist alive, you're wrong!

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

  • Year End

    December 29, 2005

    New Year's Eve Guide 2005

    Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out

  • 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

    December 11, 2003

    Bacharach Meets Isley

    Here I Am (DreamWorks)

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2003

    The Music The

    If you want poetry, read a book

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2003

    Barfin' Green

    Hangover planning for St. Patrick's Day

  • Music

    November 7, 2002
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    February 28, 2002

    Color-Coded Rodeo

    The livestock show's heritage nights are called "outreach" by some and "de facto segregation" by others

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Besides "Let's Stay Together"

    Ten other reasons to listen to Al Green

  • Music

    July 1, 1999

    Superflies

    R&B royalty roll out for Budweiser Superfest

  • Music

    May 27, 1999

    Who R. You?

    The enigma that is R. Kelly keeps audiences enthralled, guessing

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    December 24, 1998
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    July 31, 1997
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    April 3, 1997
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