Apple iPod

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    September 19, 2014

    Requiem For the iPod

    The year was 2002, and I was in the back of my mom's Chevy high-top. She was driving my brother to Sam's Club to pick up his new blue iPod 1st Generation. For months, I watched him listen to Papa Roach and moody pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne as he sat in his bedroom lifting his 8-pound dumbbells -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    DEFCON Dining: A Bowl of Gumbo and a Protégé

    Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning and prior experience are critical in determining the proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods

    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. Who? Rogelio Gutierrez Jr is k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    5 New Rules For Your Party Playlist

    The keg is on ice, and the snacks are in the party bowls slowly going stale. The streamers are hung and the party hats are sitting on the kitchen table, perhaps ironically, perhaps not. The neighbors have been bribed with invitations or money, and the local police are on full alert. The drug dealers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    For Even "Failed" Musicians: Influence Is Success

    Welcome to Ask a Failed Musician, in which I will help struggling musicians make sense of their careers and even offer some advice. Whether or not it will work, who knows? It obviously didn't work for me. But then again, I was on Kimmel once, so there's that.BY DANIEL HOPKINS A musician responded t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Insane Clown Posse Incites Spiritual Debate, Asks "Where's God?"

    Here's a Video of the Entire Geto Boys Show From Saturday's Juggalo Gathering We've all asked the question, believers or non-believers alike: "Where's God?" In times of personal trial, family strife, financial disaster, or just sailing the choppy seas of relationships, when we need some sort of sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: DJ Afterparty at Jet Lounge

    HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012 HPMA Showcase: Rocks Off's Top 7 Discoveries HPMA Showcase: Sunday's 11 Best Random Moments SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Crowds "After the show it's the afterparty..." -- Jay-Z Another year, another successful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Emily Hynds of Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails 3622 Main 713-874-0096 With leather and bamboo patio seating behind imposing yet beckoning rebar gates, Double Trouble is one of the newest residents of the so-called "Main Street Island." Residing one block south of the HCC/Ensemble light rail stop on Main and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Gothic Council Sings Your Kids to Sleep

    We hate you, Peter Murphy. Well, OK. Not really. Murphy is a good guy who is a joy to interview and who still puts out amazing music. That being said, we are getting thoroughly sick of his trademark voice. Our two-year-old daughter requests his song "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (And That Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Kirko Bangz Poised To Blow Up Big With "Drank In My Cup"

    ​How good was Kirko Bangz' hit "What Yo' Name Iz"? So good that it eventually a) earned him a deal with Warner Bros; b) secured him a DJ Drama hosted mixtape; and c) earned him an untold number of female fans, despite the fact that, in it, he talks to them in a less than respectful manner. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Groovy, Man: The Main Street Art Happening, Circa 1973

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  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Hot Stuff: Will The Texas Heat Melt Your Vinyl LPs?

    Note: All temperatures in the following article are given in degrees Fahrenheit. Here is a helpful Celsius conversion calculator. ​You might not have noticed it lately, but outdoors, rays of this thing called "sunshine" are hitting the Earth like the planet didn't bring the Sun a sandwich wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Lonesome Onry And Mean Plays "Spin The iPod" (Almost)

    ​Facebook, that great time-waster, is always a source of mindless brain candy. Just a few moments ago, Lonesome, Onry and Mean was tagged in a note titled "15 Random iPod Songs." The rules were fairly straightforward: Put your unit on "random" and list the first 15 songs that play. This sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    iPod: Happy Anniversary, You Little Devil

    Can somebody please tell us what the hell Firewire is? Nine years ago today - November 10, 2001 - Apple unveiled a new kind of MP3 player known as an iPod. About the size of a deck of cards, the device contained five gigabytes of memory, enough for about 1,000 songs, and cost $400. Four. Hundred. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2010
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    May 24, 2010

    A Weird Pop Heaven Via Bay City's "Happy Radio"

    ​Along Rocks Off's various Texas travels, we almost never listen to an iPod or compact discs anymore. Anything we could pop in wouldn't match the rhythm of the road; the Stooges or Metallica don't really jive with Highways 59, 71 or 77. In today's world of satellite radios, streaming tunes on your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Godsmacked: 27 Years Of Mouthwash Buzz And Birthday Shame

    ​This coming Monday, Craig's Hlist enters his 27th year of decadence and shame. One year closer to 30, with no signs of getting wiser or smarter. This year we have no clue as to what to do or where to go, other than see live music and drink too much. But that's a typical weekend anyway and will mo ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009


    2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.

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    November 20, 2009

    The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.6: Cobra Verde Helps Sookie "Play With Fire"

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. With Season 2 just completed, Rocks Off is now working our way backw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Artist of the Week: BetterLuck

    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 some reason, back in 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    TPWD Says "Great Outdoors Day" Is Coming: How To Celebrate It With Your Teen-Ager

    Photo by marxchivistYou knew this, of course, but June 13 is National "Get Outdoors" Day. We knew this because the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department just sent out the news."As a part of the second annual GO Day, more than two dozen Texas state parks are joining federal agencies, nonprofit organi ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009

    Going Viral

    The infestation of classic-rock threatens the cultural legacy of an entire generation and must be stopped.

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    April 2, 2009
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    March 19, 2009
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    March 12, 2009
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    March 12, 2009
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    January 29, 2009
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    October 9, 2008
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    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008

    Racket vs Racket Jr

    So lately, my son and I have been going ‘round and ‘round about music. His hormones are starting to kick in, and he’s developing some strident, independent tastes. The little tyke who once listened to Buckwheat Zydeco’s Choo-Choo Boogaloo on a loop for a month and later developed obsessions ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 24, 2008

    “Design Life Now: National Design Triennial”

    A Smithsonian exhibit makes a stop at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

  • Calendar

    January 17, 2008

    Vintage Radio Roadshow

    Get your old-timey radio checked out and (most importantly) price

  • Music

    December 13, 2007
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    September 27, 2007
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    July 27, 2007
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    May 30, 2007

    Explain Your Most Played

    Coming in at Number Seven... There’s a lot of games you can play with iTunes and winamp players and whatever. There’s magic iPod. There are those Myspace-type questionnaires that everybody fills out and forwards but nobody reads. And there are those “What’s on your iPod” features that ar ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Houston Radio Still Sucks

    David Sadof shares his dream station with Racket

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Did you hear it? The quiet little pop that happened when Apple sold the 100 millionth iPod last week? One hundred million of the high-tech mini-jukeboxes are now out there, each jammed with legally downloaded and, more importantly, supposedly illegally copied music. Along with all those iPods (most ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 29, 2007
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    January 29, 2007
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    January 4, 2007

    In with the New

    Despite doom-and-gloom predictions, 2006 wasn't at all bad

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Loony Zunes

    Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Not That We Don't Love the Classics...

    Think of all the money you'd save on DJs and koozies... Blame it on the train, but this weekend I was stopped in front of a lumbering mechanical beast of burden when I flipped the station and caught a throaty DJ on The Arrow spouting a promo blurb I hadn't heard before: "Like a giant iPod filled ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 25, 2006

    Blowing Smokey

    Inexperienced actors can't carry the Great Caruso's latest show

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

  • Music

    September 22, 2005


    Sunday, September 25, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-363-3300.

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