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University of North Texas

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Stacy Hartoon, Rudz's Punk-Rock Heir Apparent

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We've wanted Stacy Hartoon in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Please Don't Ever Call Parquet Courts Slackers

    In Journalism 101, students are taught to use adjectives sparingly, as their overuse actually weakens a description. Parquet Courts, a band that's been descriptively categorized by critics ad nauseam, might be particularly interested in recalling this oft-forgotten rule of thumb. Since their 2010 d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Don't Call Eli Young Band "Bro-Country," Please

    If you're looking for the most successful act to come out of Texas this decade, you might point your eyes toward Denton. With minimal drama or much attention outside their own rabid fan base, the Eli Young Band has modestly racked up enough record sales and music-biz karma that they're now one of co ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    February 4, 2014

    Textbooks Continue to Burn Holes in College Student's Pockets

    Three years ago while attending Lone Star College I spent about $130 for a Human Relations book and when I was ready to sell it back, I just knew I was going to get back at least $100. They told me they would give me $60. That's it, I thought? I could only imagine they sold the book for $120 as used ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The Charlie Brown Christmas Music Is Still Awesome

    When my kids were young, I didn't force them to play T-ball or try dance class or even go to school regularly. One thing I insisted upon was them sitting with me at holiday time to watch the Peanuts specials I eagerly awaited each year as a boy. I know they found Charlie Brown's blockheadedness bor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Ray Wylie Hubbard, A Day In the Country, etc.

    Ray Wylie Hubbard McGonigel's Mucky Duck, July 5 Musicians do, but far too many people just don't know what an incredible songwriting talent Ray Wylie Hubbard is. One part sage, one part curmudgeon, one part Zen bluesman, Hubbard puts a grizzled Texas-roadhouse spin on some pretty highfalutin philo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Eight Houston Musicians Who Deserve More Love

    Bassist, organist, composer, member of the infamous Homopolice, one of the Rocks Off 100, self-avowed electronic music geek, flanger aficianado, and suave Poison Girl drink slinger, Beau Beasley has been broadly immersed in the Houston music scene all his adult life. Not long ago over a cold one at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Bill Evans Leads UH Students On a Jazz Odyssey

    "Jazz is a language," Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Bill Evans said to a small crowd gathered inside the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House green room Tuesday evening. He and Noe Marmolejo, the band director, were prefacing a night of music performed by the UH Jazz En ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    The New Crusaders

    TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Cover Story: Joe Sample Attempts to Bring TSU Back to Relevancy

    Teaching jazz at Texas Southern University was probably the last thing on the mind of Joe Sample when the Phillis Wheatley High School graduate returned to his native Houston after tearing it up in Los Angeles for 40 years. But Sample, who left TSU in 1958 with members of the Jazz Crusaders -- whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 19-20

    Matt & Kim House of Blues, October 19 Infectious pop, bright-eyed wonder and criminally catchy hooks have made Matt & Kim one of the best live acts to emerge out of the Aughties. The duo -- keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino -- feed off the energy of the crowd, and usually end up in ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2012
  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    The Anarchist Song Book

    Noise musician BLACKIE searches for total freedom in music.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    New Crop of Texas License Plates Design Include State Troopers, UH and Sorority

    The state of Texas has unveiled a new batch of license plate designs and are looking to Texans for guidance on if they should release them. Last year, we goofed on the state with a batch of license plates we didn't think would ever make it onto the list of choices in Texas. Not surprisingly, none of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Bob Dorough: Jazzman Reflects on Miles Davis, "Devil May Care" & More

    Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.) Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    The Journey Agents: Flamboyance, Chops & Soul At Summer Fest

    The Journey Agents can be described in one word: Funky. When we say funky, we mean like early Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you listen to their 2011 release, All Up In It!, you will either want to dance or turn the bass up to the max level. Rocks Off caught up with St. Clair and Brandon Miles of the Jo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
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    March 6, 2012

    Last Night: Eli Young Band At Reliant Stadium

    Eli Young Band RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 5, 2012 Texas country fans ain't your average, run-of-the-mill country fans. We're not referring to country lovers who live in Texas, either. When we speak of Texas country, we're talking about the strain of country music that's reared on the small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Vanessa O'Donnell of Ooh La La Dessert Boutique

    It's amazing what Vanessa O'Donnell, pastry chef and owner of Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, has accomplished in the four short years since she opened her first location. Even more amazing is the fact that she was just 26 years old when she started, and that she did it all by herself. Barely 30 years ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 4, 2011

    Lips First

    Natalie Irish kisses her portraits into life.

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    Come and Bake It

    Local movement fights for cottage food bill.

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2011
  • Music

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Blogging Bonnaroo: Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z

    Photos by Mark C. Austin/See the slideshowStevie Wonder on Bonnaroo's main stage​Houston artist Tyagaraja recently won the Ford Fiesta Team Houston Battle of The Bands, the grand prize of which was a trip to perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. Meghan Hendley, keyboardist/vocal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Beyonce Leads 2010 Grammy Field With 10 Nominations

    Beyonce leads all nominees for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, reaping the benefits of her smash double album I Am... Sasha Fierce and her prominent role on the soundtrack to last year's Chess Records docudrama Cadillac Records, in which she appeared as an R&B diva from an earlier age, Etta Jame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

  • News

    May 14, 2009

    Mind Games

    Meet Ron White, the Texas-born memory champ you'll never forget.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Houston: The Cutting Edge of Fast Food and Obesity Since 1942

    The University of North Texas's Portal to Texas History has put the WPA's 1942 book Houston: A History and Guide online. It turns out that the somewhat enigmatically named chapter "Strangers at the Gates" deals with the history of Houston's hospitality industry. Houston, it seems, not only was on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Houston: The Cutting Edge of Fast Food and Obesity Since 1942

    The University of North Texas's Portal to Texas History has put the WPA's 1942 book Houston: A History and Guide online. It turns out that the somewhat enigmatically named chapter "Strangers at the Gates" deals with the history of Houston's hospitality industry. Houston, it seems, not only was on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    National Non-fiction Writers Conference in Texas

    Non-fiction writers who’d like to improve their long-form narrative style and would-be true-story book writers burning to find an agent might want to look into the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest ’08. Sponsored by the Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism out of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Solstice for Trombone and Orchestra

    Cindy McTee musically turns the lights on and off

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    Talk to Mee

    A dialogue with a local indie punker about the cultural cringe

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    The Anti-drummer Drummer

    VietNam's Michael Foss

  • News

    May 6, 2004

    Lessons to the Left

    Young conservatives start to monitor liberal college profs

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2004

    The Way We Wore

    Vintage Vogue shows how fashion went from pillbox hats to pantsuits

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    Raking In the Chips

    Denton's Riverboat Gamblers know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    Dallas Domination

    The Metroplex schools Houston when it comes to the indie scene

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Finding Her Voice

    Onetime Texan Heather Bennett roams freely in the Big Apple

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    Heart Attack

    The source of Billy Harper's aggressive tenor style lies in a power greater than himself

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Local Rotation

    Local Music Reviewed

  • Music

    September 2, 1999
  • Music

    March 11, 1999
  • Music

    February 11, 1999
  • Culture

    August 20, 1998

    Arias for All

    Ebony Guild excels for diverse opera fans

  • Calendar

    August 20, 1998
  • Music

    January 23, 1997
  • Music

    March 3, 1994

    Celting Point

    Plus: Less Donna McK., archiving Texas folk music, and Iggy's eats Jelly

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