Counting Crows at Bayou Music Center, 7/29/2014

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Photos by Francisco Montes
Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket
Bayou Music Center
July 29, 2014

It would be easy to assume that a Counting Crows concert featuring Toad the Wet Sprocket would be a nostalgia-laden '90s throwback showcase, but that would be highly inaccurate. There certainly was some pre-millennial love in the air Tuesday night, but the Crows did not come to remind Houstonians that they were a great band two decades ago. They came to remind us that they are a great band, period.

Back in 1993, when his dreadlocks and fame were both considerably smaller, Crows lead singer Adam Duritz told the world (and his pal Mr. Jones) that he wanted to be Bob Dylan. That statement was seemingly based on the desire to write deeply meaningful lyrics that connect with audiences; in this case, Duritz and the Crows have succeeded.

Dylan rarely plays his best-known songs in concert, and the Crows did not play "Mr. Jones" Tuesday. They simply didn't have to, as Bayou Music Center's audience was completely invested in the band's performance, top to bottom.


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How Paul McCartney Spread His Wings In the '70s

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Uncut Magazine
Wings at their peak - the mid '70s lineup: Jimmy McColluch (guitar), Joe English (drums), Linda McCartney (keyboards), Paul McCartney (vocals/bass), and Denny Laine (guitar/vocals)
Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s
By Tom Doyle
Ballantine, 288 pp., $27

While mighty expanses of forests have sacrificed themselves to create all the pages written about Paul McCartney's time as a Beatle, the ensuing post-breakup decade has killed far fewer trees. The 1970s found McCartney both trying to both build on his musical reputation as a Fab and distance himself from the already-looming legend, as both the leader of the ever-shifting lineup of Wings and a solo artist.

Now author Tom Doyle has added a valuable entry into the Beatles Bookshelf with this effort. Fascinating because, as he says, two words summed up Paul in the '70s: struggle and escape. That's illustrated with the book's core sources: several lengthy firsthand interviews Doyle and subject have had over the years for various music publications, plus new talks with band members and associates and research.

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OG Ron C to Host New Chop Not Slop Clinic

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Since its debut a few months ago, DJ Supastar's Spin Academy has hosted plenty of large names in the DJ world, from DJ EQue to DJ Kid Capi. Located right near the Astrodome, it's a hub for any number of aspiring DJs whether old or new to try their hand at moving the crowd, all by timing, record blending, mixing and more. Now the Academy is going to be blessed by a literal OG in the game.

OG Ron C, head of the Chopstars and arguably Houston's most noted DJ not named Premier or Screw, will be hosting a clinic on how to properly chop and not slop records or in other words, become an honorary member of the Chopstars.


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A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Photo courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Part of the original set from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" tour in 1979-80
While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland: I had arrived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Though it was established in 1983 and began inducting members shortly thereafter, the physical building did not open until 1995. The Museum's six levels host thousands of artifacts, interactive displays, video screens and jukeboxes, two theaters, and enough nooks and crannies to keep even the most casual music fan occupied for hours.

I was there for five, and could have easily spent five more. Or just move in there for a week or so. Though I think security might question a guy with a sleeping bag at the foot of Howlin' Wolf's guitar.


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Five Classic Bands Who Need New Names

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Photo by Jack Gorman
"Queen" + Adam Lambert
As we often talk about here on Rocks Off, band names are important. They're a brand for your merry group of music-playing ladies and gentlemen, but problems can arise when the brand ends up superseding important things like quality.

There are a few bands running around today either in shambles due to the deaths of important members, or just embarrassing themselves while thriving off past glories. It's about time they just did away with the name, because they're only shells of what their brand used to represent. Here are five we'd like to see change their names immediately, if at all possible.


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The Rocks Off 200: Meagan Chambers, Don't Gag Her Gorgeous Guitar

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.

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Betsy Baker
Who? Gag Me, I'm Gorgeous is one of those bands that makes me sad I don't run a column on band names anymore because the name alone is thing of beauty. Over and above that, they have a unique sound that is truly difficult to describe -- a mixture of incomprehensible metal growls and progressive changes, mixed with a style of alternative rock almost like the Breeders. It honestly might be a bit too much, even for a city like Houston that breeds musical madmen like others raise dachshunds.

Part of that genius is Meagan Chambers, whose guitar style compares to everyone from Robert Smith to Tom Morello. She started out life as a band nerd playing the trumpet, but picked up the guitar in high school at the behest of a Bible study teacher who taught her hymns on an acoustic.


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Upcoming: August Alsina, BettySoo, Del Castillo, Juvenile, Max Stalling, Ricky Skaggs, Z-Ro, etc.

Categories: This Just In

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Acidic: With North Til' Dawn, Rainchild, A More Perfect Union. Sun., August 3, 8 p.m., $8. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483.

Air Traffic Controller: With The Tragic Thrills. Fri., August 15, 7 p.m., $10. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483.

AJ Jordan: Sun., August 31, 8 p.m., $3 to $7. Super Happy Fun Land, 3801 Polk, Houston, 713-880-2100.

August Alsina: Fri., August 29, 8 p.m., $25. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483.


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New Houston Rap: What if We Had a Bobby Shmurda?

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YouTube
In the span of four months, hip-hop has found its latest winner of the Chief Keef/Trinidad Jame$ Memorial Trophy. You may remember those two, both of whom were signed due to viral hype -- Keef mostly off the strength of what he's accomplished to the teenagers of Chicago and Jame$ solely off "All Gold Everything."

To date, only one of them has released an album, Keef's Finally Rich. Even though it produced one of my favorite hazily remembered songs in "Love Sosa," Keef couldn't promote the thing for being constantly in and out of jail; he's currently in Interscope limbo. Meanwhile, after reaching a plateau with "Gold," James tried to release a second tape called 10 Pc. Mild, but it didn't capture anywhere near the same type of buzz that his previous release Don't Be S.A.F.E. (and to an extent "Gold") had. Like Keef, he's in limbo, albeit over at Def Jam.


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The Who's "Other" Rock Opera Survives in Fine Form

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Towshend on the "Quadrophenia and More" tour.

The Who: Quadrophenia Live in London
Universal CD/DVD, various formats and prices

While it is not their most famous rock opera -- that would be the one with a certain deaf, dumb and blind boy, Pinball Wizard, Acid Queen and good ol' Uncle Ernie -- the Who's Quadrophenia is in many ways the superior work.

In an nutshell, the 1973 double LP told the story of Jimmy, a teen living in mid-'60s London, as he deals with his peers, parents, girlfriend, Mod lifestyle, the cusp of manhood, disillusionment, possible suicide and his future all while suffering from a form of schizophrenia. Composer Pete Townshend imbues Jimmy's condition with personality traits from all four members of the Who, thus the "quadrophenia" of the title.


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The Funniest Things Overheard at the 2014 Juggalo Gathering

Note: this past weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times risked life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio.

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Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith unless indicated
Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio.

While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.


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