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Van Morrison

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Steely Dan's Fagen: Houston Hotel Was "Old and Ailing, Just Like Me"

    Eminent Hipsters By Donald Fagen Viking Adult, 176 pp., $26.95 Fans of Steely Dan know that singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen usually dips a wry, sardonic, sarcastic, and sometimes poison pen into the pitch-black inkwell with his lyrics. And they cherish it. Many of his songs have become singalong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    The Reissue Van Morrison Doesn't Want You to Buy

    What happens when a hotly anticipated new release comes out by an artist... and the artist encourages you not to buy it? On the rare occurrence this happens, it's usually because the artist feels the material is either inferior, not in final form, bootlegged, or somehow fallen into the orbit of an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Last Night: Zac Brown Band at Reliant Stadium

    Zac Brown Band Reliant Stadium February 28, 2013 I knew I was going to be a fan of the Zac Brown Band back in May 2012, when just hours after the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch succumbed to cancer, the group came onstage at New Orleans' Jazz Fest to the strains of a Beasties song. It was that simple to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    The '90s Dream Is Alive In The Woodlands This Summer

    Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and Cracker are heading to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on July 20. The "Last Summer on Earth" will take the crew on over 30 stops through the United States, celebrating the last summer on Earth with some of the best bands who pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Last Night: T-Bird & The Breaks At The Continental Club

    Photos by Jason Wolter​T-Bird & the Breaks Continental Club February 23, 2012 It may be an optical illusion, but some kinds of music just sound better when the band looks nice. Sharp suits and simple choreography, like the way guitarists or horn players sometimes rock back and forth to the be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Berlin Wall at 50: Five Iconic Moments

    Just another brick in the wall​Fifty years ago today, East German construction crews were in the last stages of preparation for building the Berlin Wall. On August 13, they began, instantly giving an incredible propaganda tool to the free world. The Wall has been down for 22 years and will so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    ​'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defiance or flee a venue playing bad songs (I've done all of the above), but one doesn't exactly h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Day Of The Dead: Music In Memoriam 2009-10

    itscactus.com​Rocks Off doesn't mean to be morbid, but today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday and festival honoring those who have gone before. So instead of waiting until the end of the year, the more traditional time for such things, we wanted to compile a list of the notable name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    How Much Does Houston Like Rush? A Lot.

    Photos by Groovehouse/ Click link for a slideshowRush's Geddy Lee: "Hmmm... looks like a sellout to me."​Rush's "Time Machine" tour was well-named in more ways than one. Not only did the Canadian trio perform 1981's Moving Pictures in its entirety, but the tour transported the concert industry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Perez Hilton Strikes Another Houston Rapper

    ​Well, it's Friday afternoon, and at this point Rocks Off is basically just counting down to 5 p.m. and whatever concert announcement for Dave Matthews, John Mayer or someone else we only marginally care about (and occasionally someone we actually do, like Van Morrison) inevitably shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Acts We Think - OK, Hope - Are Playing ACL Fest This Year

    ​By this time Tuesday, we will all know who is playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Damn, it seems like we have speculating about the line-up since, well, we got the last of the "Dillo Dirt" out the middle of our toes after last year's muddy and rainy ACL weekend. Tuesday brig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Five Memorable Artist-Audience Altercations

    Chris GrayWilco's Jeff Tweedy in a much better mood, March 2008There may be a very good reason Van Morrison said practically nothing from the stage Saturday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Judging from the plentiful comments here, here and over at the Chronicle's review, it would have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    The Dead Weather Leaves Us Dumbfounded And Dirty

    Photos by Groovehouse​ For more photos from the concert, see our slideshow here. Sometimes bands come along that burn so hot and bright that words fail you. And sometimes all you can do at their shows is stand there with your hands at your side in utter shock at what you are seeing. If you were at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Van Morrison Does It His Way... Surprised?

    No photography, no problem.​Before we went to Van Morrison Saturday night - yep, we managed to score tickets, basically through dumb luck (thanks, Stuart!) and not Morrison's sudden benevolence toward the media - Aftermath and our dad were talking at dinner about how tedious it must be for veteran ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Concert Etiquette For Dummies: Don't Be A Douche

    Brittanie SheyBlack Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Walter's on Washington, April 2​ The following scenario has happened to Rocks Off three times in the past two months: There we are, waiting patiently in line to get into a crowded general-admission concert. When we finally get in, we make our way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Van Morrison Trying Our, Ticketholders' Patience

    ​Rocks Off was really, really, really looking forward to seeing Van Morrison at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday night. We read the new book by Greil Marcus, perhaps the most erudite rock critic of all time, When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison, cover to cover in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Austin City Limits Festival Tickets On Sale Tomorrow At 10 A.M.

    We're not saying Soundgarden is playing ACL, but you never know...​That's right. Now why would Rocks Off make something like that up? Hope you have $180 lying around and don't have any meetings or classes or anything like that tomorrow morning, because they're going to go quick. Better go ahead an ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    Chatter: Say Hey

    Spearhead leader Michael Franti's Middle Eastern trip inspires an unlikely Top 40 hit.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: The Blasters, Bobby Bare Jr., Chaka Khan, Dead Confederate, Jimmie Vaughan, Julian Casablancas, Etc.

    ​The Blasters: Sat., May 8. Fitzgerald's. Alexisonfire, Trash Talk, La Dispute, Therefore I Am: Mon., May 3. Warehouse Live. Billy Joe Shaver: Fri., April 9. The Firehouse Saloon. Bobby Bare Jr., David Vanderveld: Tue., March 16. Rudyard's. BT, Glint: Wed., March 17. House of Blues. Chaka Khan: F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Mayday, Mayday: Van Morrison Opens Woodlands' 2010 Season May 1

    ​This weekend word came from Live Nation that legendary Irish crooner and songwriter Van Morrison will be open the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion's 2010 season Thursday, May 1, Van the Man's first Houston appearance in more than 30 years. According to songkick.com, Morrison first hit Houston in J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Win A Free Public Enemies DVD; Check Out Five Other "Enemy" Movies

    Johnny Depp is the "sexiest man alive." I know this because it's what I've been told by People magazine, my wife, all my wife's friends, my sister, and that girl I dated in college who used to make me watch 21 Jump Street before she'd allow me to get her clothes off.He's also the star of Public Ene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: All Hail the King of Irish Rock and Soul, Van the Man Morrison

    Obviously with U2 and the Pogues alone, the Irish scene has had a huge effect on the pop music of the past half century. But no list of Irish influences on 20th century rock and roll can be complete without Van Morrison. ​In 1968, LOM's senior year in high school, Them played the Ector County Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Another Rock Mag Bites The Dust: Performing Songwriter Says Goodbye

    Print publications focusing on music continue to fall like pine trees in a hurricane. The latest to close its doors is 16-year-old Performing Songwriter. Editor/publisher Lydia Hutchison announced Wednesday that the June issue would be the last. The magazine joins No Depression, Blender and Count ... More >>

  • News

    June 4, 2009
  • Music

    March 12, 2009

    Bam, It's Kam!

    Houston's genre-hopping indie darling eyes SXSW

  • Music

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Aftermath: DeVotchKa at Warehouse Live

    It's always nice to see a band that respects its elders, and Denver's DeVotchKa has taken Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" promise "I wanna rock your gypsy soul" to heart. Finding the seam between Old World traveler tunes and contemporary indie-rock, the quartet (and a few friends) matched the ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    A World Tour of Honey

    Those who know me know I hate high fructose syrup sweeteners and avoid products that contain them whenever possible. Lately I've been having a lot of fun trying different honeys from around the world. There was the delicious Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) that I enjoyed at the Blue Nile, for example. ... More >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2008
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    September 13, 2007

    James Hunter

    Another overnight success 20 years in the making

  • Music

    July 19, 2007
  • Film

    February 1, 2007

    The Music Men

    Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune.

  • Film

    January 25, 2007

    The Music Men

    Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune.

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    C.J. Chenier

    C.J. Chenier appears as part of the Accordion Music Festival on Saturday, June 3, at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive, 713-284-8350

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Extraordinary Machination

    Sure, Fiona Apple is crazy...like a fox!

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Endangered Songbirds

    The Wrens survived a near-decade of depression, debacle and disaster

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Nicolai Dunger

    Tranquil Isolation (Overcoat Recordings)

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    Jeff Black

    Thursday, September 11

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Nicolai Dunger

    Soul Rush (Lakeshore)

  • Culture

    April 18, 2002

    Do Look Back

    The Band dances The Last Waltz, but can time heal old wounds?

  • Music

    April 29, 1999
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    January 15, 1998
  • Film

    June 19, 1997

    Humblebees

    In Ulee's Gold, Victor Nunez's sticky-sweet direction lacks sting

  • Music

    February 27, 1997

    A Van for All Seasons

    Van Morrison's getting older, grouchier and, with his latest CD, better again

  • Music

    March 7, 1996
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    September 14, 1995
  • Music

    March 3, 1994

    Celting Point

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

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