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Arista Records Inc.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Beyonce vs. Whitney: Battle of the "Banner"

    "The Star-Spangled Banner," our nation's national anthem, is a notoriously difficult song to sing. Often arranged in an unforgiving key for vocalists, composer Francis Scott Key's melody is full of tricky intervals that make it even more precarious. This is a major reason most of the people around y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Country Farewell Tours: How Well Do They Stick?

    Wednesday's noontime announcement by Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait that he would retire from the road after his 2013-14 "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour hit Rocks Off harder than it should have. True, he's 60, has a ranch and grandchildren, and has earned his golden years many, many ... 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 9, 2011

    A Roundup of the 2011 Music Industry Based Strictly on Band Names

    XL/Columbia​Theologians love saying things like "Man is created superior to animals" and "Animals can't be equal with humans." And then we go scouring philosophy books to see if animals have immortal spirits and if this means we'll someday meet our pets in heaven. That's a bunch of horse dung. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Whitney Harper: Song Downloader's Appeal Slapped Down By U.S. Supreme Court

    Faith Hill shall not be denied​Five record labels that sued a 16-year-old San Antonio girl six years ago for illegally downloading a bunch of shitty music the labels vomited upon the listening public can finally exhale: the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the girl's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Fine Dining By The Sea(Brook)

    Chocolate-peanut butter icebox pie.​"Don't get too caught up in it; it's just grape juice," laughed Mark McWilliams, seated to my right. Those are words you don't expect to hear from someone who runs a successful winery for a living, but it set the tone for a refreshing evening. Anyone expecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Butthole Surfers Part 3: Tom Bunch on Signing With Capitol, the Media's Problem with the Name, Babysitting the Buttholes, Gibby vs. Paul and the End of the Affair

    Butthole Surfers live at Stubb's in Austin, September 2008 Photos by Gary Miller Texas psych-punk renegades the Butthole Surfers have temporarily put aside their differences for a handful of shows, including at Meridian tonight (doors 8 p.m.). This is the final installment of Rocks Off's interview ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2007

    The Popcorn King

    Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2007

    Friday Chart Check

    The top ten albums on the Hot/Pop Billboard's 200: 1. Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing RCA 2. Nine Inch Nails Year Zero Nothing For our review of Year Zero, click here. 3. Various Artists NOW 24 EMI/Sony BMG/Universal/Zomba Down from its number one spot last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2006

    Top Ten Country Albums, 2006

    Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music The Nashville way of making music is unlike any other, comparable only to the studio system of Hollywood's golden age— a closed system of songwriters, producers, record labels and artists that creates most of the sounds you don't want to admit you li ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming, and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures

  • Music

    September 2, 2004
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    December 25, 2003

    The Class of '03

    Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas

  • Music

    August 28, 2003
  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Seven Come Eleven

    After crapping out with Arista, Patrice Pike hits the creative jackpot with the Blackbox Rebellion

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Pure Spunk

    Del Rio-bred Radney Foster is a cowpunk both on stage and off

  • Music

    August 23, 2001

    Truth Be Told

    Lee Roy Parnell finds his roots everywhere but Nashville

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    The Art of Getting Broken

    Mary Cutrufello wanted to be a rock star. For a moment she was.

  • Music

    May 4, 2000
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    November 18, 1999

    Mix Master

    Who do we have to thank for Rod Stewart every hour on the hour? This guy, Guy Zapoleon.

  • Music

    May 20, 1999

    Rise Up, Texas

    Robert Earl Keen leadsTexas acts on tour

  • Music

    December 31, 1998
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    November 12, 1998
  • Music

    September 3, 1998

    Catching Up with Gil

    A new series of reissues reaffirms the genius of rap's granddaddy

  • Music

    July 9, 1998

    Riding the Rap

    A new book chronicles the bloody rise and fall of Death Row Records

  • Music

    March 26, 1998

    Tangled Web

    From Mexico to L.A. via Alaska and El Paso, Tito Larriva has seen it all -- and more

  • News

    January 29, 1998
  • Music

    December 4, 1997

    Back in Touch?

    Former arena stars Hall and Oates scale down without incident -- mostly

  • Music

    March 20, 1997

    Revenge of the Nerds

    A Nerf Herder lesson in how to sell yourself as who you are

  • Music

    December 5, 1996

    Right Number

    BR5-49 lives to see the day when Hee Haw is hip

  • Music

    April 25, 1996

    Dilution of Evil

    Has Ministry, at one time the reigning king of bad, lost its edge?

  • Music

    January 18, 1996

    Rock & Roller Coaster

    Funland's learned the art of getting up after falling down

  • News

    July 28, 1994

    Hot Sounds in the City

    The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards

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