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  • Music

    October 3, 2013

    The New Sasha Fierce

    Houston is "Crazy In Love" with drag performer Tyoncé Moore.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Houston's Best Internet Radio Stations

    Much like newspapers, radio has been irrevocably changed by the rise of the Internet. With broadband broadly available, there are fewer and fewer reasons to flip on the dial, so even giants like Clear Channel have added Web-based platforms like IHeartRadio to replace lost terrestrial listeners, offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Jealous Creatures, "Professional Goofballs Who Make Rock Music"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Electric Attitude, "Funky Dance-Rock With Crispy Horns"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Spotify Launches Traditional Television Ad Campaign This Week

    Spotify is launching its first-ever advertising campaign this week, with an ad debuting tonight during NBC's premiere of its new season of The Voice, hoping to capitalize on music fans who haven't yet made the leap to streaming music services. The three initial ads are heavy on emotion and slow-mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Find Your Next Meal with the New Version of the Houston Press Mobile App

    If you're one of the many Houstonians who have already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy to announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Brand New Version Of The Houston Press Mobile App Available Now

    If you're one of the many Houstonians that has already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobile ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Get Your Mobile Concert Listings With the New Version of the Houston Press Mobile App

    If you're one of the many Houstonians that has already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobile ap ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 27, 2012
  • Music

    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Is One Halfway Decent Thanksgiving Pop Song Too Much to Ask For?

    Not so long ago, Rocks Off was wondering why there has never been a decent pop song about Thanksgiving. Not despairing, just wondering. Apart from all the complete shite, you could fill an entire wing of your iTunes library with quality tunes about Thankgiving's yuletide neighbor, but Turkey Day its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    A Quiet Moment With the Very Loud B L A C K I E

    See also Craig Hlavaty's review of B L A C K I E's new album GEN. To go with the Houston Press Music Awards issue, this week's feature story is a profile of B L A C K I E (all caps, with spaces), a noise musician that's a little too rap to be classified as a noise musician and way noisy to be class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Houston Music Showcase: A Semi-Talk With B L A C K I E

    See also Craig Hlavaty's review of B L A C K I E's new album GEN. This week brings us the Houston Press Music Awards and the feature story is a profile of B L A C K I E (all caps, with spaces), a noise musician that's a little too rap to be classified as a noise musician and way noisy to be classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    App of the Week: NOAA Hi-Def Radar's Tracks Rain, Hurricanes and More

    App: NOAA Hi-Def Radar Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store Cost: $1.99 Anyone who knows me or reads my posts on this blog (thanks, mom!) knows I am a bit of a weather nerd and by that I mean I am a serious weather nerd. I've ranked and reviewed numerous weather apps and have an entire folder on m ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    App of the Week: Use Your iPhone Camera to Scan Documents with TurboScan

    App: TurboScan Platform: iPhone Website: Pixoft Support Cost: $1.99 I think I've said in this column 100 times that something every app should focus on when it came to features is simplicity. It's one thing to have software filled with options and complications when it is on a computer sitting on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    A Slew Of New Houston Rap MP3s That Don't Suck

    Here's a story. Back in late April, early May I had to fight through the most unwanted thing to anyone who owns a Macbook: A hard-drive fail. I'm sure we can curse Steve Jobs, Siri and the rest for making those short-ass chargers, but there's more headache than need be with a hard drive fail. So I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    The CD-R Turns 15 Years Old: A Blessing Or A Curse?

    This year marks 15 years since recordable compact disc technology trickled down to the public at large. Before this, cassette tapes were all the rage for dubbing, recording, and other at-home use. The MiniDisc format made a go of it previously in the '90s, but it wasn't until companies like Memorex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    The Death Of The Greatest-Hits Album: Should We Be Sad?

    There was a time when platinum albums didn't exist. An album might sell a million units, but there was no name for that accomplishment. It wasn't until 1976 that they gave that honor a label. The first album to be awarded platinum status? Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the Eagles. That ended up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    12 Music Business Predictions for 2012

    Photo by Robert Bejil​Where were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Best Of... App Gets a High-Five From iTunes

    ​It's the end of the year, which means lots of best-of lists, and we're happy to announce that our own Best Of... app made the iTunes 2011 Rewind's list off best travel apps. The app, which was released in March, contains all of the Best of Houston winners, as well as winners from our sister ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Is Spotify Ripping off Artists?

    ​Spotify made one hell of an entrance in July. Swedish-founded and U.K.-headquartered, Spotify arrived the States three months ago to adoring fans. Like a new bride, glowing in the light, flashing that pizza smile logo at us. Everyone wanted a piece of the sexy digital jukebox. Now that the ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    5 Ways Apple Revolutionized the Music Industry

    No other company has changed the music industry as much as Apple. For the better part of the last decade, the late Steve Jobs and his co-conspirators have empowered music consumers in ways no one would have ever imagined. The monstrous iTunes store made it possible for anybody to buy music without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Jay-Z & Kanye West Bringing The Throne To Houston October 26

    ​This morning Live Nation announced that Jay-Z and Kanye West, two rappers you may have heard of, will bring their brand-new group The Throne's "Watch The Throne" tour to Toyota Center October 26. Rocks Off applauds the duo for reigniting mass interest in Otis Redding via their single, "Otis, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Apple's iCloud and Cloud Computing: 10 Key Questions Answered

    Apple's iCloud service was introduced June 6​The Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote address -- the way Steve Jobs and crew announce new initiatives to fanboys (and girls) -- was even more anticipated than usual this year, so much so that Jobs made a special appearance despite ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    The Beatles: Are They Too Late For iTunes?

    ​This morning the Beatles and Apple announced, rather quietly, that the band was officially on the iTunes roster of artists, joining millions of others with their thirteen albums. In a statement to the press this morning, Apple chief Steve Jobs said, "We love the Beatles and are honored and ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    The Eight Stupidest iPhone Music Apps

    ​Apple's foray into the social-network field failed big-time last month with the release of Ping, the iTunes-linked program that promised to connect you to your favorite artists, as long as your favorite artist is Justin Bieber. When it comes to iTunes, we at Rocks Off are a discerning sort. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Grum's "Through The Night" Is One Rad Buddy-Cop Bromance

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. ​Your daily VJ has been using the phrase "homoerotic undertones" since the fourth grade, and we have the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Whoa, Whoa: The Situation Releases New Single In Time For Rich's Gig

    Truly a thing of beauty.​Remember when you were a kid and you would mix all the fountain sodas together into one monstrosity of a drink called a "Suicide" (or whatever it was called where you're from). As an adult you probably realize that the end result was something less-than-greater than th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Our Decade In iTunes, Ol' Dirty Bastard Through the Fleshtones and Good Ol' Morrissey

    ​Maybe the biggest evolution in music this decade has been the availability of online downloads, starting with Napster and ending with half a dozen legitimately - licensed venues for purchasing music over the tubes. Rocks Off will admit it. Back in the day, we were illegal downloaders. Waiting 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Friday Night Noise: Dangerous Live Tracks from Richard Ramirez and Dead Machines

    Richard Ramirez, "Removal Off...(Live)" ​Now this is the sort of noise that plasters a big dumb 'ol smile on Friday Night Noise's normally dour mug. How can you hate this sort of stuff, this all-over-the-place, sliding-around-in-oil roar where the crud flies here and there with absolutely no s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Are MP3s and Downloading Eroding Music's Communal Properties?

    ​ Although Rocks Off had every intention of rambling about something different this week, we thought it would be a lost opportunity to not examine an issue that seems to have been revealed by readers' responses last week. Although many fantastic points were made, we were fascinated to detect that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Straight from the Sole: Houston's Best Metal Bands

    You know Soledad. He's the vocalist from controversial Houston rap-metal act Daylight Coma. He's got a lot to say. Sometimes it's insightful, sometimes less so, but it's almost always said with conviction. This week, in honor of the fast-approaching HPMA, we asked him who he thinks are Houston's fiv ... More >>

  • Music

    June 18, 2009

    Byte This

    Consumers try hawking "old" digital music files through new Web sites.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Post-Valentine's Day Relationship Rescue Songs

    So Valentine's Day is over, and you spent all your dough on Cupid swag for that special sweetie, which hopefully bought your way out of the doghouse for the time being. But if not, Casanova, your Rocks Off homies still have your back - provided you have an iTunes account. Sentimentally speaking, wha ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Digitalia: iTunes' Top Holiday Songs

    The holiday season is a time to enjoy favorite pastimes like expanding your credit-card debt, eating way too much food, and arguing with your relatives. And of course, there's the best staple of them all: butchering holiday jingles. Never finding a song they didn't want to shill, iTunes offers an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Download: Pimp C, 1973-2007

    A quick note: This isn't by any means a definitive Pimp C playlist. Over on the XXL blogs, Noz is doing an amazing job unearthing all manner of Pimp-related rarities, and you owe it to yourself to dig a little deeper and check it out. 1. Solomon Burke: "Got to Get You Off of My Mind." Preview/Buy f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Pop Numerology: How High Can You Go?

    Futzing around with my iTunes, I discovered I have a song with every number in it up through the number 25. I stall out at 26. Anybody know one with that number in it? Here’s my list: “Splash 1,” Thirteenth Floor Elevators “Two Girls,” Townes Van Zandt “Three Sixteens,” U.G.K. “Fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    This Just In: We Are Doomed

    So Rascall Flatts has recorded the Beatles “Revolution.” It’s available as an iTunes exclusive – I read that it was supposed to be free, which is much too expensive, but I could only find it for sale there for the normal price of 99 cents.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    I Want My MP3

    If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose right now in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market. Two weeks ago, after much hand-wringing anticipation, Apple d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    DISConnect

    Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod

  • Music

    December 28, 2006

    Phat Promises for 2007

    New Year's resolutions of the stars

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Hip-hop as She Is Rapped

    Translating the German Wikipedia entries of Houston's top MCs

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2006
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