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2010 Stories by Bob Ruggiero

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  • An Oboist's Life

    published August 26, 2010

    It may not be as sexy as the saxophone or as elegant as the flute, but we must give some props to the workhorse of woodwinds, the oboe, which... More >>

  • "Secrets of the Silk Road"

    published August 26, 2010

    Beginning in 138 B.C., the legendary Silk Road linking Xian, China, to cities west of Asia, including Rome and Baghdad, was a route of transport... More >>

  • Beatles Mockumentary Revisits "Paul Is Dead" Myth

    published Aug 06, 2010

    Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison Highway 61 Entertainment 95 mins., $14.95. ROCKS OFF WORLD EXCLUSIVE: At last, the truth can be told about one of rock and roll's ... More >>

  • Bob Marley: Think You Know Him, Mon?

    published Jul 29, 2010

    Bob Marley: The Untold Story By Chris Salewicz Music journalist Chris Salewicz hasn't been afraid to tackle the big names in print. In addition to his work as a features writer at NME from 1974-81 an... More >>

  • Johnny Depp Narrates <em>When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors</em>

    Johnny Depp Narrates When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors

    published Jul 20, 2010

    Featuring stage and studio footage (much of it rare) as well as home movies and photos, When You're Strange tells the history of the Doors and their music with fan/narrator Johnny Depp. But with all ... More >>

  • Kid Flix Mix

    published July 15, 2010

    Kids can get pretty animated - especially during the summer with all that time on their hands. So if seeing Toy Story 3 and Despicable... More >>

  • The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows

    published July 15, 2010

    There will be yipping, yapping, barking and the occasionally out-and-out growl as canines from around the country put their best paws forward at... More >>

  • The Planets- An HD Odyssey

    published July 15, 2010

    British composer Gustav Holst's space opera The Planets was written almost 100 years ago (between 1914 and 1916). A bit ahead of its time,... More >>

  • Colin Hay Is Still A Man At Work

    Colin Hay Is Still A Man At Work

    published Jul 09, 2010

    Though best known as the frontman of iconic and infectious '80s group Men at Work ("Who Can It Be Now?" "Down Under," "Overkill," "It's a Mistake"), for over 20 years Colin Hay has forged a newer iden... More >>

  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

    published July 8, 2010

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town with its current touring effort, Zing Zang Zoom. Perhaps taking a cue from... More >>

  • Rahul Mitra: "Dialogues from Disparate Worlds"

    published July 8, 2010

    The stark black-and-white linocut prints are striking: hungry people in the street, barefoot boys with livestock juxtaposed with a man driving a... More >>

  • Best in Show

    published July 1, 2010

    If they ever award an Oscar for the "Best Mockumentary about a Dog Show Competition," 2000's Best in Show would win hands down. Then... More >>

  • Stones In Exile Still Stuck In 1972

    published Jun 29, 2010

    With its recent hugely successful reissue and - depending on how much extra cash you want to shell out - bonus tracks, limited-edition postcards and a 10cc sample of genuine Mick Jagger semen (OK, may... More >>

  • Saturday Night: Chicago & The Doobie Brothers At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    published Jun 28, 2010

    Chicago/The Doobie Brothers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 26, 2010 At many classic rock shows, there's no phrase more guaranteed to start a run on bathroom and beer lines than "And now here's ... More >>

  • Jeremy Messersmith, Obsessed With Death In A Cheerful Way

    Jeremy Messersmith, Obsessed With Death In A Cheerful Way

    published Jun 25, 2010

    With The Reluctant Graveyard, indie-pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has crafted the most gorgeous, lush, and sunny record ever about death and dying. Corpses, organ donors, coffin salesmen, ... More >>

  • Tiger Weekend

    published June 24, 2010

    While most of the animal attractions at the Downtown Aquarium are decidedly, well, aquatic, the furry charms of the attraction's stable of white... More >>

  • Here Come The Nice: British Boxsets Invade DVD Players

    published Jun 16, 2010

    The new British Invasion collection are the latest DVDs from Reelin' in the Years, featuring long-lost performances with bandmember interviews. Wisely eschewing the over-anthologized bigger-named pe... More >>

  • Kinks DVD Shorts UK Celluloid Heroes

    published Jun 11, 2010

    ​The story of this most quintessentially English (and sadly underrated) of the British Invasion bands makes for a fascinating tale: The music, the stylistic changes, the concept albums, and the batt... More >>

  • Wine & Food Week 2010

    published June 10, 2010

    It might seem the difference between a wine connoisseur and a wino is the amount said drinker will shell out for his vino. If that's true, then... More >>

  • CIrque du Soleil: Alegría

    published June 10, 2010

    Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil has dramatically evolved the circus art, replacing elephants, lions and bombastic ringmasters with performances more... More >>

  • Musical Theology With John Coltrane, Robert Johnson

    published Jun 08, 2010

    ​Naxos continues to release episodes from the Masters of American Music documentary series from the '90s, and here are two from the latest releases (the two others profiling Sarah Vaughan and Count ... More >>

  • Win Two Neil Young Tickets At 4 p.m. Today

    published Jun 02, 2010

    Ed. Note: Please check out Rocks Off's Facebook page at 4 p.m. SHARP today to find out how to win the two Neil Young tickets we're giving away. Remember, you must "like" us to win (hint hint). But for... More >>

  • Throwing The Devil Horns For Dio One More Time

    Throwing The Devil Horns For Dio One More Time

    published May 17, 2010

    Ed. Note: This article first appeared in the Houston Press in August 2003, when Dio (the man and the band) played the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. ​It's a ubiquitous sign for the ages. Whether t... More >>

  • Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    published May 13, 2010

    ​It's one thing to enjoy music as the kind of casual background noise to a car ride, jog in the park or commercial extolling the incredible mileage of the new Honda. Fiction writer, memoirist and fo... More >>

  • Jamie Kennedy

    published May 13, 2010

    Actor and comedian Jamie Kennedy knows a chunk of his fan base may not be able to purchase tickets for his show. "I know I have a lot of... More >>

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