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Tom Waits

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    June 27, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Pride Festival, Whiskey Myers, John Egan, etc.

    Shoulders Continental Club, June 27 Shoulders are a thinking man's party band, mostly because "thinking" is an excellent word to rhyme with "drinking." Long before Gogol Bordello, the Tom Waits-besotted rockers all but had the gypsy-alternative market cornered back in the early '90s, when albums li ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Jeff Bridges & the Abiders at Warehouse Live, 4/12/2014

    Jeff Bridges & the Abiders Warehouse Live April 12, 2014 Sometime during Jeff Bridges' headlining set at Warehouse Live on Saturday night, things just seemed to click. It took a little bit for the band to warm up to the room, and more specifically the room to warm up to the band, but after that hap ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Do Musicians Have Any Business Starring In Ads?

    It's a real testament to our consumerist culture that one of the biggest events of the year for many people is seeing a series of high-budget adverts in the midst of a sports game. A significant amount of people tune in to the Super Bowl every year not because they care about football or even the ha ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Five Singers Who Totally Changed Their Styles Over the Years

    As someone who likes to sing along to my favorite songs a lot despite my limited vocal capabilities, I think a lot about people's voices. After you listen to particular singers for a long enough time, I find you start to get a real feel for their cadences, tics, quirks, and inflections. You also st ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    The 10 Most Hilariously Awful Wrestling Entrance Themes

    Last Friday was the 46th birthday of one of my absolute favorite wrestlers, William Regal aka Steve Regal before the WWE instituted its rather bizarre No-More-Steves rule. Not that it matters, his real name is Darren Matthews. "Regal" is an amazing man, rising to hold more than 60 titles in various ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    EPIC: The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some years there are random ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Imagine Dragons, fun., etc.

    Imagine Dragons House of Blues, February 12 You've seen the name all over, from Blog A to Blog B, and the haircuts should look mighty familiar. This Las Vegas act has a sound in the same vein as Passion Pit and AWOLNATION, two acts with a veritable stranglehold on the rock dollar these days. Their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    When the Voice Goes: 5 Rock Singers Who Have Lost It Live

    Last week, this video of Guns n' Roses playing at the Bridge School Benefit in California surfaced on YouTube, raising a lot of eyebrows among music fans. It was an acoustic performance of "Welcome to the Jungle" which might sound like a confusing prospect in and of itself, but what has everyone tal ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Top 5 New Rules for Internet Jukeboxes

    Used to be, you'd have to hit bar after bar until you found one with just the right jukebox, and then that was your own personal lair of alcohol consumption from then on. The people demanded more freedom of choice, however, so most bars have already switched over to Internet jukeboxes, where one can ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Last Night: Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks at Toyota Center

    Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks Toyota Center August 9, 2012 I really wish that Rod Stewart is recording the past few years of tours he's had under his belt, because he's in essence setting the bar for how to grow old in rock and roll without looking like a granny doofus or a stuttering clown. At 67 year ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Last Night: Delta Spirit At Fitzgerald's

    Delta Spirit Fitzgerald's April 12, 2012 I am concerned that younger bands these days are not learning the proper value of restraint. It's not even a generational thing, really. I had very little appreciation for or understanding of restraint myself until fairly recently, but a heart attack at age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    State Sues to Close Midtown Convenience Store; Is City Trying to De-Funk Midtown?

    Acting through the Harris County Attorney's Office, the State of Texas is suing the Fannin Food Mart and the property's landlord, Jae Kim. The state claims that the property is a public nuisance and neither Fannin Food Mart's registered agent Azeem Ali Noorani nor Kim have done anything to abate t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Nathan Wells of Beaver's

    ​This week, we paid a visit to Beaver's to meet bartender Nathan, or "Dollar Wells," as he's called. It was pretty dead at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday as I sat at the bar, beautifully littered with several rocks glasses filled with different-colored concoctions. Nathan tells me they're making some la ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Friday Night: Sideshow Tramps CD Release At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jason WolterHayes Carll (left) and Craig Kinsey go down the road.​Sideshow Tramps Fitzgerald's September 9, 2011 If Aftermath doesn't have to be at the office first thing in the morning, sometimes we let our personal hygiene slide a little. Some days stretch well into the afternoon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Hank3 & 7 Other Country Bloodlines

    ​Free of the constricting trappings of his former label Curb Records, Hank Williams III is wasting no time getting new product to his fans. "They didn't care for my thinking," says the artist, performing these days as Hank3. This week he officially busted loose from the clutches of Curb, rele ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Shot In The Dark: The Ones Who Got Away (So Far)

    UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Promotional video by Monica Fuentes added after the jump. Jay LeeLittle Joe Washington at the Continental Club's 10th anniversary, July 2010​Slowly but surely, Rocks Off has been getting ready for our "Shot In the Dark" photo exhibition at Warehouse Live's Studio next Thur ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians

    ​The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Fun Fun Fun Fest: A Pocket Guide To Rocks Off's Picks

    All photos courtesy funfunfunfest.comCall us crazy, but we think we may not be seeing Craig after this weekend.​Tonight Rocks Off heads to Austin to cover our third festival this year in the capitol city, Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is also our second trip to the festival in Waterloo Park. Think AC ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    A Fire, Karaoke Or Ex-Brothel: Where Were We In Drag?

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com. Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Last Night: Mates Of State And Free Energy At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshowFree Energy​Mates of State, Free Energy Warehouse Live July 8, 2010 There's nothing like getting ripped from your lemon grass tofu because there's a magician opening a Mates of State show. Aftermath was sitting down like a real, live human b ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    "Three Records: New Photos by Chrissy Piper"

    The rock photographer polls music fans about their favorite three albums

  • Music

    January 14, 2010

    Looking for Trouble

    Jemina Pearl breaks free of Be Your Own Pet on Break It Up.

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    January 12, 2010

    Who Might Replace Simon Cowell on American Idol? Funny You Should Ask...

    [Ed. Note: Thanks to Craig Hlavaty for sparking this idea with his suggestion that Andy Rooney take over for Mr. Cowell.] As most of you no doubt already know, American Idol returns tonight, which means a return to watching overly processed people performing overly processed versions of overly proc ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    American Central Dust: The Americana Class of 2009, Part 2

    ‚Äč5. Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels (Nettwerk) Great Lake Swimmers frontman Tony Dekker has written his fair share of heartbreaking, reverb-soaked ballads in the past, but Lost Channels finds him and his band also dabbling in Waterboys-style folk rock. What results is the Swimmers' most varied ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    Damaged

    Surly one-man Houston feedback storm Jon Read, a.k.a. The Wiggins, stays solo.

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    April 27, 2009

    Listening Room: What's Been Tickling Our Earholes Lately

    As Rocks Off has noted in our periodic Mail Call entries, even though the tide of promo CDs has been greatly reduced by the digital revolution - Rocks Off can count on one finger (the middle one) the times he's actually used the streaming/download email link publicists are ever more fond of these da ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008
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    May 22, 2008
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    April 13, 2008

    Yesterday Afternoon: Westheimer Block Party at Numbers, Mango's and Avant Garden

    Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheless Needed More Food Vendors), or whatever you want t ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008
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    January 3, 2008
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    July 26, 2007

    Lost in Rotation

    Rounding Up Recordings by HPMA Nominees

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    December 21, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff You Need to Know to Avoid Musical Ostracism

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Kinky's Got His Mojo Workin'

    A Texas wild man enlists his Appalachian counterpart in his crusade

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    February 9, 2006

    Cat Power

    The Greatest

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    March 3, 2005
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    February 17, 2005
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    February 17, 2005

    Blood, Flesh and Gore

    Jordan Blilie and Johnny Whitney of the Blood Brothers are mighty pleased to ensanguine you

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Azita and Carina Round

    Life on the Fly (Drag City) and The Disconnection (Weapons of Mass Entertainment / Interscope)

  • Music

    March 4, 2004

    Blues Lucifers

    San Antonio's Boxcar Satan rumbles in from the west with its punk-roots noise

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    A Clean Brake

    After almost losing his voice, country rocker David Brake starts singing his own songs

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Music Gadfly

    Guy Schwartz

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    March 6, 2003

    The Boob Scotch Tour

    Staying abreast of modern trends in blues with Bob Log III

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    July 25, 2002

    Maura O'Connell

    Saturday, July 27

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    April 25, 2002

    Ozzy Lore

    Several Texans are trying to separate Ozzy the myth from Ozzy the man

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