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Tom Waits

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    True Blood: Jesus, Take the Wheel

    Note: Welcome back one of Rocks Off's longest-running recurring columns, our seasonal summations of the music featured on HBO's True Blood. I predicted that this season of True Blood would be a messed-up mix of chaos, and thus far I have been proven right. That said...the music gives me hope. Allow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The Five Funniest Onstage Banterers

    Being a front person of a band is a lot like being a stand-up comedian or a radio-show host. The worst thing is dead air. Yes, you want your music to breathe, but you also can't leave the crowd hanging for too long before they get restless. Some fill those gaps between songs by thanking the audienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Disney Goes Goth: The Mouse House's Five Spookiest Songs

    Netflix recently added a ton of older Disney films to its streaming service, so me and the Kid With One F have been making our way through them. While I am enjoying it, I have discovered that many films I loved as a child myself are dark as hell. The Fox and the Hound is absolutely brutal, though I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Five Musicians Who Sued Companies for Using Their Image

    I'm going to guess the average Hot Topic shopper doesn't know who Joan Jett is. In fact, they may think she was a fictional character created for that Runaways movie with Kristen Stewart. They may, however, know all about her Blackheart brand, because Jett alleges in a new lawsuit that Hot Topic has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Top Five Most Disastrous Musician Interviews Ever

    At Rocks Off, we know a thing or two about interviews, for better or worse. Most of them go pretty good, alright, nothing special. Someone has something to promote and we want to talk to them and then it goes up, people read and enjoy it, and we all go about our lives. It's a pretty rare and special ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    10 Songs That Influenced Shovels & Rope

    Tonight Shovels & Rope plays two sets at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, a venue that is quickly becoming their natural habitat here in Houston. The duo, made up of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, is currently touring behind O' Be Joyful, released this past summer. Obviously, the group is gaining mucho s ... More >>

  • Film

    October 4, 2012

    Waits Variations

    Six ways of looking at Tom Waits, character actor.

  • Music

    June 28, 2012

    If This Is It

    Poor Pilate's keyboard man David Lascoe doesn't hide his love of Huey Lewis.

  • Music

    November 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Last Night: Ben Sollee At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jessica Perry​Ben Sollee, Thousands Fitzgerald's July 21, 2011 "I don't know anything about cello or classical arrangements but I like this stuff," Aftermath said to our classical-music teacher, great friend and sometime colleague Meghan Hendley, keyboardist for local group Tyagaraj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    The Five Best Shows Bob Schneider Has Ever Seen

    Jeff Swensen/Bob Schneider on Facebook​It's been said that if you have lived in Texas for at least a decade and haven't at least been in the vicinity of a Bob Schneider show, you are probably lying. Our introduction to the Austin-based Schneider was kind of heartbreaking, but that's another st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Saturday Night: Bob Seger At Toyota Center

    Photos by Jay Lee​Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Toyota Center April 30, 2011 If Saturday night was supposed to be Bob Seger's final farewell to Houston on what is reported to be his last go-round through the country as a performer, then he picked a stellar set list: 25 songs full of hist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Bob Schneider's Five Favorite Albums Of All Time

    Jeff Swensen/ Bob Schneider on Facebook​It's been said that if you have lived in Texas for at least a decade and you haven't at least been in the vicinity of a Bob Schneider show, you are probably lying. Our introduction to Schneider was kind of heartbreaking, but that's another story for anot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Musician Movie Cameos

    Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.​Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    December 16, 2010

    More Like "Hall Of Lame," Am I Right?

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John have all been inducted for 2011, the foundation announced Wednesday. With the exception of Wai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Bon Jovi, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers? It Could Happen...

    Stay classy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...​This morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's ballot of nominees, with the winners to be announced in December and inducted next March in New York. Fifteen names are on this year's ballot, ranging from hip-hoppers, proto-metal icons, ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Big Easy's Origo Malum

    Photo by Troy Fields​Sitting at the bar on a quiet night at the Big Easy (5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999), it feels like you're a one-armed dwarf and an exotic dancer away from being in a Tom Waits song. Something about the music, empty space and Mardi Gras lights gives it that shore-leave-gone-wron ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Happy Birthday to the Would-Be Bard of "Fannin Street," Tom Waits

    Rocks Off would like to wish happy birthday to that hero of barflies, beatniks and gravel-garglers everywhere, Tom Waits. Waits turns the big 6-0 today, and released Glitter and Doom, a live account of the Southern U.S. tour that brought him to Jones Hall in June of last year, a couple of days befo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Next Time You're Bored at a Party, Amuse Yourself With Some "Musical Profiling"

    ‚Äč Recently, Rocks Off found ourselves skulking around the edges of a birthday party wondering what the hell we were doing there. The week had brutally kicked our ass, and the only place we really wanted to be at that juncture was sitting on our couch watching the Syfy channel with a very strong dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Ten Cover Songs So Bad They'll Shrivel Your Soul

    Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation". Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters? ​ You sure you're not being too harsh? ​ Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009
  • News

    May 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Tonight: Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at Walter's on Washington

    Th' Legendary Shack Shakers are not typical Southern-fried fare, no insipid Nashville muzak served up safe and soft. Think demented Dixieland instead. Imagine vaudevillians, carnies, punks and Tom Waits producing whisky-drizzled psychobilly. The sizzling Shakers are such a mongrel. Bursting wit ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 4

    Tom Waits, Jones Hall, June 22: "Us Rain Dogs fans had to make do with a spastic "Cemetery Polka" that was a fair representation of Waits' cross-pollination of beatnik jazz and guttural blues; whether or not he's your cup of bourbon, the man does have a unique sound." Peter Murphy, Meridian, July ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Tonight: James Jackson Toth and The Dutchess and the Duke at the Mink

    Quiet is the new loud at the Mink tonight, when two of the more interesting names in under-the-radar folk-pop peddle their tuneful wares. Southern Gothic troubador James Jackson Toth (above), formerly of offbeat acoustic duo Wooden Wand - whose 2007 LP James and the Quiet featured members of Wilco, ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2008
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    June 24, 2008
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    June 13, 2008
  • Calendar

    June 12, 2008

    “Moments in a Decade”

    The Psophonia Dance Company is as old as the Euro and going just as strong

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    The Blog of Lists: 20 Teetotaling Musicians other than Ian Mackaye

    Last week we gave you the vegans. This week, the designated drivers: David Bowie Eric Dolphy Davey Havok (also a vegan) Elton John Chris Martin Ted Nugent Donny Osmond Jade Puget Henry Rollins Gene Simmons

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Born to Bruise

    Jolie Holland takes it to the river

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Get Busy Living

    The moans on Dylan's latest aren't exactly of the morbid death-rattle variety

  • Calendar

    July 6, 2006
  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Sam Winch

    The Lullabadeer

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Hidden Treasures

    Introducing some of the best discs you've never heard

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Tom Waits

    Real Gone (Anti)

  • Music

    September 9, 2004

    Lhasa

    The Living Road (Nettwerk)

  • Music

    August 19, 2004

    Blackbird Fly

    Jolie Holland returns to her old hometown with the Tom Waits seal of approval

  • Film

    May 20, 2004

    A Good Buzz

    Jim Jarmusch serves the perfect blend: Coffee and Cigarettes

  • Music

    July 31, 2003
  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Voodoo Organist brings his Beelzebub blues to town

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Skeleton Key

    Saturday, October 12

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Go Ask Alice

    With two new releases, Tom Waits travels ever farther down the rabbit hole of his imagination -- and our American past

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