Adam Lambert

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    July 10, 2014

    Queen Adam Lambert Doesn't Add Up for Either Party

    Queen Adam Lambert Toyota Center July 9, 2014 Put yourself in these two situations: A. You're a member of a Hall of Fame-level band who wrote some of the most famous, popular songs in rock music. Your lead singer was perhaps the greatest of all time, but he's no longer with us. You can still pla ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Queen Minus Freddie Mercury? No Thank You

    Friends have urged me unsuccessfully to attend tonight's Queen concert with them. As the band and guest singer Adam Lambert tour, I imagine this scene unfolding for others elsewhere. Some are excited to see Brian May, a we're-not-worthy, guitar-playing legend. Others are interested in Lambert, who ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Queen & Adam Lambert, New Edition, etc.

    Free Radicals AvantGarden, July 7 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz, Latin funk or brass-band music, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Concerts Between Now and Labor Day

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Blake Shelton

    The Rocks Off Rodeo Concert Guide is our annual helpful(?) primer for those of you unsure about your HLSR music choices for the big event at Reliant Stadium.Date: March 15 Name: Blake Shelton AKA: "Mr. Miranda Lambert"

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    April 9, 2012

    Sonisphere UK Cancelled: Are Music Festivals in Trouble?

    News emerged late last month that the U.K. date of Sonishphere, the traveling European hard-rock festival, has been canceled. It's a pretty big blow for music fans across the pond -- the headliners scheduled for the event included Queen with Adam Lambert, KISS and Faith No More, and reunited Swedish ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Pop Rocks: So Who's Going to Perform at Next Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    If Janet Jackson's nip slip in 2004 threw ice water on the practice of using current entertainers for Super Bowl halftimes, M.I.A.'s middle finger salute dumped it in the Bering Sea. Finally, after eight years of K. Billy's Sounds of the '70s and Pete Townshend's belly (which somehow didn't draw *an ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Adam Lambert To Join Queen: All Is Right In The World

    Photo By Faith SilvaAdam Lambert at the Hobby Center in September 2010​No shit, right? Can we all agree that American Idol alum and modern glam-popper Adam Lambert is the best choice to front Queen in 2012? Good. No more discussion. Just lay back, close your eyes, and think warm thoughts, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Idol Beat: The First Of The Fallen

    Fox​American Idol, the show that dares answer the question: "Who or what the hell is 'Diddy Dirty-Money?'" Ryan Seacrest kicks the show off by introducing our "beloved finalists," and I couldn't help but think of Rick's line from Casablanca ("They're not particularly my beloved finalists"). T ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Idol Beat: I'm About To Have A Nervous Breakdown

    ​My head really hurts...sorry, after last night's shenanigans, I couldn't help breaking out the Black Flag. Have you ever had one of those really bad nightmares, the kind that is so horrifying it wakes you up multiple times during the night? And even though your subconscious is trying to offe ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Rocks Off's Most-Viewed Slideshows of 2010

    Faith Silva10. Adam Lambert at Hobby Center​Rocks Off will be pulling together a collection of our favorite concert shots from the past year shortly, including some pics of you all in the audience. But right now we've decided to take a look at your favorite music slideshows of 2010 -- that is, ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Which Rockers Are Best Suited For Autumn?

    ​What season are you? It's a question that doesn't get asked often enough in the world of rock and roll, but if the half dozen fashion and beauty Web sites Rocks Off consulted while writing this are any indication, seasonal color analysis is big. The phenomenon took off in the 1980s, which as ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Top Five Most Irritating Types Of Music Fans

    hypeful.comAvoid "hipsteritis": See No. 2.​Rocks Off will assume that we're all music fans here, m'kay? We just like the way the more melodic molecules feel when they gutter-ball into our eardrums. That's peachy, but there are those among us who take being a fan into the realm of douchebaggery ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Eight Halloween Ideas For Today's Hottest Pop Stars

    Photo Illustrations by Monica FuentesJohn Mayer as Justin Bieber​Halloween is only a little over a week away, and the spirit of the season is in the air. Rocks Off knows everyone has already picked out their costumes: Girls are starving themselves to fit into that slutty nurse or cop uniform, ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Rocky Horror Turns 35...Who Cares?

    Don't worry, Bat Out Of Hell will be released soon.​Last Sunday wasn't just an unpleasant day for Houston Texans fans, it also marked a largely unheralded anniversary. Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show mark a big milestone today - they've been doing the "Time Warp" for 35 years. The cult ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    All About Adam

    Glamberts react to our review of The Idol.

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    September 13, 2010

    Adam Lambert: Reviewing Our Review

    Photos by Faith Silva​Rocks Off would like to take this opportunity to address the hundreds of comments that Brandon Hernsberger's review of Adam Lambert's performance last Wednesday at the Hobby Center provoked. First of all, Rocks Off is not homophobic, nor would we allow anyone we even sus ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Last Night: Adam Lambert At Hobby Center

    Photos by Faith Silva​Adam Lambert Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center September 8, 2010 For more images from the show, see our slideshow here. It doesn't matter that Adam Lambert is gay. You might think it does, but it doesn't. What matters is that he's not straight. Because we Americans understand ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Cage Match: Bare Wires Vs. Adam Lambert

    Bare Bare Wires' new LP Seeking Love is out now on Castle Face Records.​Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle for your musical soul will be waged here in Houston. In this corner, wearing the failure-colored trunks and sporting a haircut worthy of a wedgie, Adam Lambert at the Hobby Center. A ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010
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    July 22, 2010

    The Internet's Freakiest Fan-Drawn Musical Art

    Lady Gaga​Rocks Off scoured the Interwebs for at least an hour Thursday looking for the worst musical fan art we could find. Aside from being mildly sidetracked by pictures of Katy Perry and Britney Spears, we also found plenty of ghastly fan-made visages of their favorite rock and pop stars. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010

    Bare Bones

    Lo-fi crushers Woven Bones would remake Pink Floyd's The Wall if they could.

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    May 27, 2010

    Whoa! 21 Famous Musicians' High-School Yearbook Photos

    Willie Nelson, the LAST time he had his hair short.​While Rocks Off was seeking out the best rock star yearbook photos for this blog, we came to a conclusion: Everyone was ugly in their yearbook photos, except Gwen Stefani and Beyonce Knowles. Everyone else looks weird as hell, or nothing like the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Where Are We Peeing, And Talking About Freddy Fender, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand And Adam Lambert?

    Craig Hlavaty​So Tuesday night, we found ourselves all by our lonesome at this small bar, coming down off our birthday weekend. It's a cozy little spot with an ample jukebox, plenty of character, and way too much Lone Star. We sat next to the bar's video poker machine, mainly to rest our head. Pro ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Idol Beat: The King Is Dead; Long Live The King

    ​Last week's American Idol featured the only judges' save of the season, when they wisely opted to keep Michael Lynche around for a while. Ryan wasted no time reminding us of this at the top of last night's episode, since this week's elimination round promises to be equally contentious: To sta ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    American Idol: The King Is Dead; Long Live The King

    ​Last week's American Idol featured the only judges' save of the season, when they wisely opted to keep Michael Lynche around for a while. Ryan wasted no time reminding us of this at the top of last night's episode, since this week's elimination round promises to be equally contentious: To sta ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    This Week In TV: Horrible, Horrible People

    I'm recovered from the snow, I'm trying to convince people that "Dick in a Box" qualifies as Christmas music, and I've got a hole in my heart from eating batteries. This was the week in TV Land: • 30 Rock was cute this week, though the bit about Frank turning into Liz was a little lifeless. But ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    5 Real-Life Rock-Star Stereotypes More, Well, Flaming Than Adam Lambert

    ​We hate to be those people, but it's true: stereotypes exist for a reason. Our theory is that stereotypes propagate themselves from the insecurities of people who believe they're "supposed" to be some kind of archetype, whether it's the toughest gangsta, the punkest punk rocker or the hick with t ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    For Your Entertainment? Nice Try, Adam Lambert, But These Music-Awards Moments Were Even Creepier

    ​The best news that Jennifer Lopez could possibly have heard this morning was that America is still more interested in clucking about public displays of gayness than in pointing and laughing when a diva falls on her ass. We imagine there's already one of those jumbo-sized Harry & David fruit b ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Does Anyone Care About Super Tuesdays Anymore? Besides Us?

    ​Time was that Tuesdays used to be the best day of the week for your average recorded-music consumer. Since Rocks Off was just a wee music nerd, Tuesdays were his favorite days of the week because it was always the universal day for all new releases to hit the stores. It started with begging our p ... More >>

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    October 4, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Three: Mud!

    Photo by Craig HlavatyNo, that is not Rocks Off.​At this point Rocks Off is so jaded from mud, rain, bro-dudes, and janky taxi-cab politics that Eddie Vedder himself could be standing before us and we wouldn't know him from Adam Lambert. As Willem Dafoe said in Platoon "The worm has turned for you ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Drop Those Panties, It's My Own I

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to​ We've been handed CDs b ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Idol Beat: The One

    Mea culpa: Yi. I typed this entire post - then accidentally closed the Mozilla Firefox window and lost everything. Let this be a lesson to every blogger out there: compose in Word. For real.Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxAmerican Idol winner Kris Allen practices his "Who, me?" showbiz face. Let's not be ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Three Results

    Photos by Frank Micelotta/ Fox Homeward Bound: Danny Gokey's exit didn't prompt a whole lot of tears."I think we've had enough suspense, enough commercials - let's just get to it." This is what Danny Gokey told Ryan Seacrest, and, by proxy, America. We were in agreeance - Wednesday night's s ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Three

    Disclaimer: Thanks to technical difficulties brought about by the crap DVR capture feature of our limp-ass new cable box/provider, I missed the first 15-20 minutes of Tuesday's episode of American Idol. Please feel free to attempt to conjecture about whatever you think I would have said - had I been ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Four

    Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxMan alive! Jamie Foxx mentored last week, and now guitarist-celeb Slash is in the proverbial American Idol house for "Rock and Roll Week"! Okay, sure, these people have projects and albums to promote, but these still feel like coups. Lot to address, so today I'm skipping t ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Five Results

    Photos by Frank Micelotta/ FoxAuto Pilot: Jaime Foxx "performs" on American Idol Wednesday night.Blame it on the vodka, blame it on the Henny, blame it on whatever you wanna, but I'm going to place blame for the hiply generic feel of Jamie Foxx's new single squarely on the shoulders of everybody res ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Five

    That Jamie Foxx, right? A Rennaisance man if there ever was one: the guy's a comedic genius (see In Living Color; tons of flicks), a big-screen leading man, credible action star, R&B champion - plus, as it turns out, he's a natural at mentoring American Idol hopefuls. I wouldn't have figured on ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven Results

    And then there were five. Not the quite the five we expected, either: both Lil Rounds' reign of ineptness and Anoop "Ralph Lauren" Desai's bob-weave hit-or-miss streak have come to an end, cut short by American Idol voters. Justin Timberlake clone Matt Giraud apparently has the kind of luck usually ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven

    Michael Becker/ Fox Somehow Still Hanging Around: The bloom is off Lil Rounds' "Rose."Perhaps delusionally, I nursed a desperate hope that this week's American Idol theme would be "songs used in Quentin Tarantino movies." Seriously, I even worked up a sort of dream list of songs I thought the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Eight

    Long before being voted in as California's current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a popular sci-fi action movie called Predator. The specifics of the plot aren't important, but the underlying schematic is a bunch of characters getting picked off, one by one, by some dangerous, mysterious ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Nine Results

    Photos by Michael Becker/ Fox No joy in Megan's world Wednesday night.Karma's a bitch, ain't it? Megan Joy admits that she doesn't care what Simon Cowell thinks of her performances, and then, when the judges have to decide whether or not to save her from elimination, Simon throws that comment ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Nine

    Fox Scott McIntyre: Don't go changin'...Remember last week's requiem for the Sarvernator? Turns out that Anoop - Season 8's Great Dork Hope - is in the same damn leaky boat: a phenom before the judges, a lamestain when serenading America. His put-on Usher turn last night cemented his unworthy ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Ten

    Man, Sarvernator! What happened? When first we met, you were so dope, flexing serious white-soul chops - minus a soul patch - and you had the sort of blue-collar backstory that seemed to make you a lock for the Top Seven or Top Eight. But it turned out that you had an Achilles heel: the audience. W ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top 11

    Traditionally, I've concluded the first Idol Beat of any given week with predictions as to who the American Idol judges or viewing public will send home the next night. This week I'm upending that, and predicting that no one will go home. That's right: all eleven of the remaining finalists are safe ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 13

    Ray Mickshaw/ Fox Paula liked the way Scott McIntyre handled his instrument.Tonight's theme? "Michael Jackson Night." Thus, a lot of tears (and no lack of cruel laughter) are pretty much guaranteed - and the King of Pop won't even be there! * Ryan Seacrest outsources announcing duties to som ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 2 Results

    Ah, Brooke White! Willowy, peanut-brittle fragile Brooke White. Wasn't it just yesterday that America witnessed you struggling not to crack under the pressure of being an American Idol finalist: unsuccessfully fighting back tears, begging the judges for do-overs after flubbing introductions, making ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 2

    There were a few seconds during the Rolling Stones' 2006 Super Bowl halftime performance where formaldehyded guitarist Keith Richards let his inner demon peek out. I can't remember for the life of me which song the band was playing, but Richards let loose with a bit of gnarly fret nastiness where he ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Idol Beat, Part 2: Still More Hollywood Week

    DAY 5 This new Idol concept - a lushly appointed "judges' mansion" where contestants on thin ice are forced to sing for their survival - was squandered, somewhat, by the producers. I mean, this was a two-hour show, and really, there was time to make it a bit wacky, with mock bits wherein Simon, Kara ... More >>

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    March 25, 2004

    Lost in Translation

    TUTS's Brigadoon tries to pull 1940s charm into the present day

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