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    September 10, 2014

    Pop's History In 624 Pages, Plus One Very Loud Who Book

    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé By Bob Stanley W.W. Norton, 624 pp. $29.95 Well, that's not an ambitious title or anything, now is it? Especially when music journo Stanley (also the co-founder and keyboardist of Saint Etienne) has such a broad definition of "po ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    New Book Explores Houston Hip-Hop's Fertile Roots

    Ed. note: Before now, the history of Houston hip-hop has existed in the archives at Rice University (Swishahouse) and the University of Houston, as well as the songs themselves. But someone has finally written it all down in book form. Maco L. Faniel is a Houston native, hip-hop fan and graduate of ... More >>

  • Music

    August 8, 2013

    R.I.P. Robot

    Houston mourns the passing of Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw.

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    July 30, 2013

    Big Wheel Keep on Turning: Arena Theatre's Strange Staying Power

    Rocks Off recently ran a blog recalling some of the numerous music venues which have come and gone in our fair (albeit fickle) city. We listed more than two dozen and readers offered many, many more. By the time we wiped away our collective tears, it was clear how much we miss and love our departed ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 25, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Umbrella Man, Robert Cray, Etc.

    A short one this week, for the long holiday weekend. But worthwhile. Outside-the-Loop gig of the weekend: The Mighty Orq at Main Street Crossing in Tomball tonight at 8 p.m.. Ask Orq about the band's European tour last month. Soulful Space City spokesman Nick Gaitan celebrates the release of his ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Rev. Al Green At Arena Theatre

    Rev. Al Green Arena Theatre April 27th, 2012 Mark my words. If you check the local hospitals exactly nine months from now, you will surely see a spike in activity in the maternity wards. Al Green gets everyone and anyone into the baby-making mood. Even the comedian who opened the show alluded to th ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Friday Night: John Legend At Reliant Stadium

    John Legend RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 2, 2012 With a soft smile, seducing glare, and smooth voice, John Legend hit the Rodeo Friday night with his brand of neo-soul, hip-hop and R&B for HLSR's Annual Black Heritage Day. The Springfield, Ohio native, nee John Roger Stephens, looked very co ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Temptations Musical Heralds End Of The World

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! Zoran Veselinovic​ The Temptations have been in the music business ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Not A Drop Of Rain: 10 Modern-Day Dust Bowl Songs

    Barry Sigman​Rocks Off just walked outside and saw something we almost didn't recognize: Rain clouds that look like they might, you know, rain. We'll believe it when we see it. Even if we do get some relief in the next couple of days, it won't be enough. Rocks Off forgets the exact number - w ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011
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    May 16, 2011

    Friday Night: Smokey Robinson At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Rizoh​Smokey Robinson Arena Theatre May 13, 2011 If William "Smokey" Robinson wasn't America's poet laureate of love, he would have thrived in a number of other fields. Smokey would make a solid con man, for instance. Friday night at Arena Theatre, he kicked off his show with a dec ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Something Fierce Rolls Out Don't Be So Cruel

    ​Tomorrow night at Mango's, Something Fierce releases their new LP, Don't Be So Cruel, their follow-up to 2009 full-length There Are No Answers, and the band's first release since last year's 7" "Where You Goin Man." The trio of Steven Garcia, Niki Sevven, and Andrew Keith has made one of the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Listening Back: KTSU DJ Marks 30 Years On The Air

    Photos courtesy of Myron Anderson/KTSU​Friday marks Houston radio personality Myron Anderson's 30th anniversary at KTSU (90.9 FM). Best known for his Friday-morning show, "Listening Back With Myron Anderson," Anderson joined the Texas Southern University station as a student in 1981. That sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    25 Famous Bands' Less Famous Previous Names

    ​As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    Match These Bands With Their Awful Original Names

    ​Provided they didn't take the easy way out and name themselves after a song (Rolling Stones), their hometown (Boston) or each other (Hall & Oates), almost every band that went on to sell millions of records, get tons of radio play and sell out arenas has had some form of the following convers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    FAIL: The Temptations, Roger Waters, Fred Schneider

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    The Caribbean At iFest: Pass The Kutchie To Neutral Sister, The Mighty Diamonds And Easy Star All-Stars

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. Today, the Caribb ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Can't Forget The Motor City: Our Favorite Motown Jams

    ​ She Said has always been a fan of Stax Records, the gritty Southern label started by a white brother-sister team in a movie theater in Memphis. Something about Stax' organic sound and integrated musical influences (this is the same city that gave us Sun Records) had always felt so raw and real. ... More >>

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    March 20, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Black Joe Lewis, Raphael Saadiq and Smokey Robinson

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBlack Joe Lewis and the Honeybears​Joe Lewis alternated between sweating profusely into his harmonica and howling into the microphone, doubled over on the stage with the pain and joy of their fourth show of SXSW, as the white-shirted Honeybears -- minus keyboardist ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Texas Johnny Brown, Marcia Ball And An iFest Preview

    Photos by Jody PerryTexas Johnny Brown​ After Friday's benefit for the Houston International Festival's education programs, Aftermath can understand why, in all the recent reminiscing about Rockefeller's we've been doing on Rocks Off, no one has ever had a bad word to say about the place. Never ha ... More >>

  • Music

    October 15, 2009

    Twice-Told Tales

    How Houston's Justice Records came to release a spooky, sexy Love & Rockets tribute album.

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    June 23, 2009

    New Novel Explodes The Lid Off All Those Striking Dockworkers In Houston

    A dockworker's strike in Houston? When was the last time we had a dockworker's strike in Houston?We're not sure, but such an event plays a key role in a new novel that got a big-time review in The New York Times yesterday.Black Water Rising, by an author named Attica Locke, concerns a black man ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Papa Was a Rolling Stone: Songs for Father's Day

    Fathers often get a bad rap. Even though most Dads work every bit as hard as Mom for their families, they get overlooked very easily, because praise and thanks aren't supposed to matter to Dads, they're simply expected to act the way a Dad is supposed to. To help make up for the thanklessness so of ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    January 19, 2009

    U2 Lace Up Their Dirty "Boots"

    Among, you know, a few other things, the past 24 hours have been the start of a very, very big year for the band Rocks Off affectionately refers to as the Best Band Ever. U2 appeared alongside Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, "One" pal Mary J. Blige and many more as Barack Obama's opening acts at y ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Blues/Soul/R&B In Memoriam 2008

    Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songwriter ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Duran Duran at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Chris Gray Alone among its pretty-boy peers in the early and mid-'80s, Duran Duran was the blackest band to regularly hit the pop charts from either side of the pond. Only the Aussies in INXS had anywhere near the same level of interest in funk and disco, and the chops to pull it off. Re ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Gwil Owen's Gravy

    Gwil Owen Gravy www.gwilowen.com Here's another good record that fell through my cracks this year but deserves to be mentioned. Gwil Owen lives in Nashville and can write to the country form anytime he wants to - or his checking account tells him he needs to. But on his latest project, Gravy, ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    May 22, 2008
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    February 8, 2008

    “Mustang Sally”: White People’s Mating Call

    Mr. Pop Rocks and I headed over to The Big Easy last weekend to listen to the stylings of Houston’s own Trudy Lynn, a fabulous blues singer and genuine kick-ass lady. During Trudy’s breaks, her (excellent) back up band played several numbers. As I just said, they were excellent, but as they st ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007
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    April 19, 2007

    George Clinton

    Q&A with the master of funk

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    October 12, 2006

    Tech? No!

    An imaginary history of electronic music

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    May 25, 2006
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    April 29, 2004
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    September 25, 2003
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    September 18, 2003

    Friends FLY Free

    FLY and Sandra Organ Dance Company wing it at Miller

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    March 21, 2002
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    September 2, 1999

    Houston, Humor Hotbed

    Houston Comedy Festival

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    July 1, 1999

    Superflies

    R&B royalty roll out for Budweiser Superfest

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    November 19, 1998
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    September 25, 1997

    Rhythm Kings

    D.R.U.M. not only wants the right sound, it wants the right spirit

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    March 27, 1997
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