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Townes Van Zandt

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Justin Townes Earle at Fitzgerald's, 5/15/14

    You never know what you're going to get when you walk into a Justin Townes Earle show. It could be a rowdy get-together or a laid back evening of sleepy numbers. No matter what, though, it's always good. Fitzgerald's, which has been Earle's stomping grounds his last few trips to Houston, paid h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Liberty Hall Founder Michael Condray Recuperating After Brain Surgery

    I last saw Michael Condray five years ago at his home outside Porter. I was working on a story about his legendary Houston venue, Liberty Hall, where Bruce Springsteen found his first success in Texas and where a budding guitarist named Billy Gibbons would occasionally work out. Condray loaned us so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    25 More Legendary Houston Music Venues

    When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2012

    When the Sh*t Hits the Fan

    Whether it's a coupon-clipping, back-to-nature guy escaping the rat race, or someone certain we're on the brink of war or a future in which Barack Obama has taken away our guns, preppers are ready. The rest of us, maybe not so much.

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Playing for Keeps: Vinyl Essentials

    Here's our must-haves if you're kick-starting a record collection.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Lord Lordy, Look Who's Forty: The Best Albums Of 1972

    Last week I told you about the best debut albums of 1992, making a lot of us feel old in the process. Hell, I was only nine when those came out and I felt feeble making the list. This week we look at the best albums of 1972, now four decades in the hole, but no less fulfilling and influential. Wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Hootenanny 101: Folk Songs to Help You Study for Finals

    Lead Belly​It's the last week of classes for most of us who are still in school, which means that next week is finals time. We here at Rocks Off feel your pain -- it's hard trying to cram for five finals on only 60 milligrams of Adderall. Hell, we have two projects due tonight by 7 p.m. and we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Vintage Pics Of Destiny's Child, ZZ Top, Blue October & More

    Photo by Steve Harris/Compadre RecordsHayes Carll before he was old enough to shave... not that he ever has.​The other day, one of the Rocks Off Crew was rummaging around in the Houston Press office and came across a bunch of publicity stills for various musicians. Allow us to explain what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Leslie Newman, Last Concert Cafe Fixture, Passes Away

    ​Word has reached Rocks Off that veteran Houston singer-songwriter Leslie Newman has succumbed to leukemia. According to sources at Last Concert Café, Newman died around 8 a.m. Monday morning. Apparently Newman's condition worsened considerably three days ago and he had been unable to eat si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    iFest's Second Weekend Brings It All Back Home

    Jason WolterTexas Connection: Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt (not pictured)​See lots more iFest pictures from Saturday and Sunday (and some food) in our slideshows. Yes, it was hot at iFest this weekend. Houston hot. Sunday afternoon, partway through Lucinda Williams' surprisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Going Platinum: Artists We'd Pay $10,000 To See - And When

    ​It started one night on the patio of Big Star Bar in the Heights; over Lone Star and cigarettes, a handful of Houston music wags debated the shows they would pay top dollar to see from lartists, iving or dead. We argued the aspects of an At the Drive-In reformation, seeing Sam Cooke in 1963, ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 10, 2010
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    June 9, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Salt's Tequila Twilight

    ​It was a slow Tuesday at Salt (4216 Washington Avenue, 713-868-5155), so I didn't feel too guilty asking Sonali to invent a tequila drink for me. It took her a couple minutes to balance the equation, but the result was fine -- a little like a Tequila Sunrise, though better in both the taste d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Pop Rocks: How The Marriage Ref Almost Ruined My Marriage

    ​My wife and I have been married for almost 14 years. In that time, we've had to come to a certain...understanding about each others' tastes.We agree mostly on the big stuff, like politics (pinko), finances (slightly more free-spending than Ebenezer Scrooge), and child-rearing (sleep in a drawer a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Guitar Zero: Played It 'Til My Fingers Bled...

    No, this song is NOT about the year of Woodstock and the Moon Landing. It was the summer winter of '69 2010. Robert told me to come up with five songs I wanted to learn how to play (on guitar, in case you weren't keeping up). The Wife, seeking to maximize the parental utility of my music lessons, h ... More >>

  • Music

    November 26, 2009

    No Turkeys Allowed

    Our annual holiday shopping guide to recent local releases

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Old Home Weekend at Anderson Fair

    Two alumni of Houston's fabled folk scene return to Anderson Fair this weekend. Vince Bell lives in Santa Fe, N.M., these days, but he will always be associated with the heyday of the Houston folk scene and Anderson Fair. Mentored by Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark, Bell had a major influence on Lyl ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009

    Ghosts of Washington Avenue

    Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.

  • Music

    February 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Good Trouble for Hayes Carll in 2008

    We freely admit we are homers, as big a fans of Hayes Carll as Milo Hamilton is of the Astros, but the Press isn't the only media outlet in the country impressed by Carll's first Lost Highway album, Trouble in Mind. The album, which featured the Americana Music Association's song of the year, "She L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 1

    [Note: Aftermath attended all these shows and reviewed most of them. Even he couldn't see them all.] Six Organs of Admittance, Walter's on Washington, January 18: "[Ben Chasny's] quieter moments reminded me of the softer side of bands like Pavement and Guided by Voices, and the mournful specte ... More >>

  • Music

    October 2, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Last Night: Steve Earle and Allison Moorer at Cactus Music

    Steve Earle, Allison Moorer Cactus Music April 24, 2008 Better Than: "A Night at the Opry, Sponsored by C-SPAN" Download: It was an IN-STORE, for God's sakes. No downloading allowed. For all his prickly politics, Steve Earle deserves credit for knowing exactly what his audience wants to hear. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008
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    February 19, 2008

    No Mas No Depression: The Alt-Country (or Whatever That Is) Journal Shuts Down

    No Depression magazine announced that the May/June issue will be its last. Explaining their decision to shutter, co-owners Peter Blackstock, Grant Alden and Kyla Fairchild issued a statement citing a decline in record company ad revenue, diminished brick and mortar retail space, rising newsprint cos ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    David Olney

    Nashville lifer is nobody's dummy

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Sir Douglas Quintet to Guy Clark

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 61-70, 71-80, 81-90 and 91-100. 60. “The Rains Came,” Sir Douglas Quintet, 1965. The follow-up single to “She’s About a Mover,” this Huey Meaux mainstay of a lament would likewise rank higher were the sound not so indelibly San ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    David Olney

    One Tough Town

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2007

    South By Lomax: Part One

    The Dude. Drove thru intermittent rain to Austin with my dad, who is here in his newish capacity as the manager of country chanteuse Sunny Sweeney. It's great to have him back in the game after his few years of semi-retirement. Over the years, he has managed Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Kasey ... More >>

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Dan Crump

    Truth Is

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    Graham Weber

    Friday, March 24, Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

  • Calendar

    January 5, 2006
  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Townes Van Zandt

    Live at Union Chapel, London, England

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Richard Dobson

    Friday, April 1, at the Old Quarter Acoustic Caf, 413 20th Street in Galveston, 409-762-9199. Dobson also appears Saturday, April 2, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.

  • Music

    February 24, 2005
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    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

    No snow and no Bing for Racket

  • Music

    April 10, 2003
  • Music

    February 6, 2003

    Letter from Uzbekistan

    Spoiled meat, fermented mare's milk and a president who says he'd rip off his kid's head -- such is Wil Wuerdig's life as a musician in Central Asia

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Meet the New Boss

    John Nova Lomax

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Behind the Music (City)

    Is she rock? Is she soul? Jonell Mosser keeps 'em guessing

  • Music

    November 26, 1998
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    October 8, 1998
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    July 23, 1998
  • News

    May 29, 1997
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    May 8, 1997
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    July 18, 1996
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