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    November 24, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Leon Russell, Hell City Kings, The 1975, etc.

    Leon Russell House of Blues, November 24 Though he's not quite a household name, Leon Russell's gospel-soaked style has infiltrated so much rock and pop of the past 40 years it's practically a genre of its own. The Lawton, Okla. native has been a go-to keyboardist, songwriter and partner in crime f ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014
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    February 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Delbert McClinton, Manowar, Young the Giant, etc.

    Delbert McClinton & Leon Russell Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 15 Even into their seventies, both ends of this barrelhouse duo live up to the title of Delbert McClinton's 1992 album Never Been Rocked Enough, and should make superb Saturday-night fare at one of Southeast Texas' biggest dancehalls ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Remembering J.J. Cale, Architect of Laid-Back "Tulsa Sound"

    In his 2007 memoir Clapton: The Autobiography, Eric Clapton wrote that John Weldon "J.J." Cale "is one of the most important artists in the history of rock, quietly representing the greatest asset his country has ever had." Cale, who was 74, died last Friday night in La Jolla, Calif. after sufferin ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: J. Cole, Leon Russell, NKOTB, Mac Miller, etc.

    J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    George Flynn, Who Worked for the Houston Press and Both Dailies, Dies at 65

    George Flynn, a veteran newspaperman who worked for the Houston Press, the Post and the Chronicle, died of a heart attack at age 65 Saturday. Flynn experienced chest pains and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died about 4 a.m. April 20. Flynn grew up in Dallas, graduated from wha ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Blues Control, Loretta Lynn, The xx, etc.

    Blues Control Mango's, February 8 Blues Control's Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse make a tremendous clatter with keyboards, guitars and synths. The Queens, N.Y., duo started grabbing cool-kid support way before last year's Drag City effort Valley Tangents, which built on their already kaleidoscopic bod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Freakish Practice Injury Nearly Kills Houston Cougars' D.J. Hayden

    Football is a violent, dangerous sport. But when watching a running back break free of the line of scrimmage and bust into the open and sprint 40 yards for a touchdown, the violence and danger can be forgotten. The perfect spiral into the outstretched arms of a receiver sprinting down the sideline b ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Yeah, That's Right, The Cougars Lose Again

    Here's a suggestion for the Houston Cougars. Don't play any more games on the road. Because when the Cougars play football games on the road, the Cougars lose, like Saturday where they went to East Carolina and lost to 48-28 to the Pirates. Head coach Tony Levine likes to talk about wins and losses ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012
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    October 12, 2012

    Yes, The Rice Owls Will Play Basketball This Season

    Ben Braun's tone is weary. His expression is resigned. His body language is tired. He's aware of the questions that he's about to face in the long day ahead of him, and he knows that if he's ever going to get a chance to talk about the future, he's going to have to first talk about the past. Braun, ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Eat It: Restaurants Owned by Musicians

    ​Hotlanta is so hot that they can even turn their airport into a club. Stay with us. A few days ago, Ludacris announced that he will close his Asian/Singaporean restaurant, Straits, and embark on a new "restaurateur" opportunity: opening a "Chicken and Beer" restaurant inside of Atlanta's Hart ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    No Swag: Paul Wall's Rumored Young Money Deal, Falling Stages

    Despite what you may have heard, swag isn't dead yet; at least not in Houston. Have any swagged-out projects or general ideas? E-mail images.blastro.comRemember this?​Paul Wall Signs to Young Money? People have been saying that The People's Champ has decided to sign wi ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Best Riffs Only: Krayolas Going For Tex-Mex Rock & Roll Master's

    ​Krayolas drummer David Saldana is not your average power pop rock and roller. While his resuscitated band continues to draw gobs of press and is grabbing some high profile gigs, Saldana's life is taking him in another direction. "I'm actually getting my Masters in education so I can be a pri ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Last Night: Emmylou Harris At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys Verizon Wireless Theater June 22, 2011 The song about the Italian painter wasn't in the set, and at the end it seemed like it was the only song not in the set, but watching Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys paint the curtained-off V ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Last Night: Jamey Johnson At Warehouse Live

    dirtymitten.comJamey Johnson also doesn't approve photo requests, but he still looks like this.​Jamey Johnson Warehouse Live May 11, 2011 Ladies and gentlemen, the feel-good show of the year. Aftermath had never seen Jamey Johnson live before Wednesday, so we don't know if what happened is h ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    SXSW: A Tale Of Two Cities

    ​Monday night, as SXSW Interactive was beginning to wind down, Rocks Off headed to Republic Live for the HoustonTXSW meet-up. Often at SXSW one is spoiled for choice, and the abundance of options when it comes to which panels to attend, where to score free food and what bands to see can be par ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Houston and Rice Pray for a Miracle As C-USA Tournament Starts Today

    John RoyalHouston Cougars coach James Dickey​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls men's basketball teams take to the court again today. Possibly for the last time. Possibly for the start of a miracle run. And while the Owls eagerly look for such a run to happen, using the Cougars of last year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Are Houston Chefs Cooking This Thanksgiving?

    Photo by Carbon NYC​Thanksgiving: A day to gather with your loved ones and give thanks? Or a day to display your culinary prowess to friends and family? Increasingly, the emphasis has been on the latter in the past few years, as people try to dress up the traditional Thanksgiving spread and im ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Texas A&M Aggies: Care To Make The Rest Of The Season Interesting?

    Headed for a life of disappointment​I had other things I wanted to get to today, other anecdotes and information I wanted to share with all of you. Really, I did. But this one is time sensitive.If I wait even 48 more hours, the impact is lost because by then Notre Dame will have beaten Boston Co ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Dave Chappelle and Other Memorable Celebrity Airplane Freak-Outs

    Victoria Osteen: No Dave Chappelle​Because celebrities are better than regular people and therefore fly a lot, it's only natural that the friendly skies are occasionally subjected to the inexplicable fame-fueled freakout.The latest famous person to go bananas at 30,000 feet was comedian Dave ... More >>

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    July 5, 2010

    Friday Night: Wild Moccasins, The Eastern Sea And The Wiggins At Walter's

    Photos by Kendra BerglundWild Moccasins Zahira Gutierrez (left) and Cody Swann​Wild Moccasins, The Eastern Sea, The Wiggins Walter's on Washington July 2, 2010 The Wiggins​Friday night at a packed Walter's on Washington, the Wild Moccasins hosted a party to kick off their summer West Co ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Aftermath: The Swingfield Playboys' Goofy "Martini And Western" And A Lap-Steel Legend At The Mucky Duck

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​ Ron Crick, rhythm guitarist for the Swingfield Playboys, calls the band martini country -- "Martini and Western music for the refined redneck." The septet, who performed Sunday night as part of their semi-regular gig at Mucky Duck, incorporates influences from Bob Wills t ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Coogs Off To Good Start In The C-USA Tournament

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars won their first game in the C-USA men's basketball tournament yesterday, defeating ECU 93-80.The game was close for most of the first half, but the Cougars went on a spurt at the end to take the 50-37 halftime lead. The Cougars continued that spurt in the se ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Rice Proves To Be Cure For Struggling Coogs

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars didn't see the old year out in the fashion they wanted, and they sure haven't seen the new year in in the fashion they desired. Coming into last night's battle with the Rice Owls at Tudor Fieldhouse, the Cougars had lost three straight, including a stunning N ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    Upstairs, Downstairs: Drive-By Truckers, "The Living Bubba" and the Steep Price of Radioactive Ice Water

    ​After many, many years, Rocks Off is beginning to realize that it's possible to have a worthwhile musical experience nowhere near a stage. Ironically, the band responsible is Drive-By Truckers, whom we've seen live more often than probably any other save Wilco, Rev. Horton Heat and a handful of o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    "If The Real Thing Don't Do The Trick" -- A Barracuda, Elvis & San Antone

    Photo courtesy Leake Auction CompanyFor a moment there, it seemed like a lost piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia was rediscovered.No, not the mason jar where they kept his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon, but something almost as cool - a Plymouth Barracuda thought to have been bought by the King ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Classic Rock Corner: Neil Young's Sugar Mountain

    Neil Young Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 Forget Chinese Democracy. The real will-he-ever-release-it story of this decade (and the last...and the last...) is Neil Young's Archives Vol. 1, 1963-72. The (so far) massive 10-DVD set will include music, video, photos and interactive media ... 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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    November 16, 2007
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    October 25, 2007
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    October 23, 2007

    Solidarity, Baby

    Last week we told you how Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, was tossed in jail along with Jim Larkin, the chairman and chief executive officer. The case against them has been dropped. Completely. You can get the nitty-gritty here. In a show of solidar ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    Carlton Pearson

    Houston's Unity Church hosts the former megachurch preacher who wrote, "God Is Not a Christian"

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    February 28, 2007

    Cowboy Up

    The rodeo opened yesterday, which we guess is proof that enough people survived the Barbecue Cookoff. You can pick up the Press this week for our take on the scene, but here's one thing that didn't make it in: Leroy Shafer's picks for the five best rodeo concerts he's seen. Shafer, a 34-year rod ... More >>

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    January 12, 2007
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    January 12, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    The annual return of the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter

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    November 2, 2006

    Out on a Limb

    Taz Bentley explains the Burden Brothers

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    September 8, 2005
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    September 30, 2004
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    February 26, 2004

    Spring Thaw

    There's actual good news for CITGO's battling refinery union

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    January 15, 2004

    Moving Target

    The city is rolling out the welcome mat for CITGO. But many workers want the company to get lost.

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    December 12, 2002

    Hell on Wheels

    Breanna Brand rides out the legacy of Frog Town and family splits in her feisty race toward the BMX finish line

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    December 20, 2001

    Before the Fall

    The Chron plays catch-up on the biggest local business story of the year

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    February 15, 2001


    What a Circus!, Border Nazis?, Maxine's Postmortem

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    June 17, 1999

    The World Made Visible

    Amy Blakemore pays attention. It's high time she got some.

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    June 29, 1995

    Echo Chamber

    Talk radio talks to itself for argument's sake

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