Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 13, 2014 It's not a stretch to say that many of my peers could have possibly been conceived thanks to Lionel Richie's body of work. The legendary R&B singer's sexy-meets-soulful approach, both with the Commodores in the '60s and '70s ... More >>
Another school year has passed, and now all that's left for departing students to cherish are the sweet memories of Friday night football, prom and the loin-burning, unrequited, forbidden lust for their smoking-hot teachers. I know, it sounds kind of creepy. But, admit it, you once had a fantasy te ... More >>
Angry Samoans: With Swingin' Dicks, Die Rottz., Fri., April 12, 10 p.m., $12. Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, Houston. Bang Bangz: Sat., April 13, 1 p.m., Free. Cactus Music & Video, 2110 Portsmouth St., Houston. Barry Manilow: Sun., May 19, 8 p.m., $29.99-$139.99. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lak ... More >>
All week we've been exposing the song titles that don't check out when put against the test of truth. Thus far you've learned: 1. George Harrison's guitar did not gently weep. It was actually Eric Clapton's. 2. Kiss said we got the best when we wanted it, but mostly we got session musicians and ... More >>
This week it's all about exposing song titles that are complete and outright blatant lies. So far the Beatles have let us down. George Harrison's guitar wasn't gently weeping, it was breathing easy in a corner while Eric Clapton's rig wailed like a broken-hearted banshee all over the "White Album." ... More >>
The music world truly lost one of the greats when songwriter Hal David passed away at age 91 following a stroke this past Saturday in Los Angeles. To borrow an old joke, the lyricist wasn't from the old school, he was from the school they tore down to build the old school: The artists who covered hi ... More >>
So, Coachella tickets sold out a few weeks ago. Evidently, the lineup is killer, accommodating to most tastes. Last year, the festival sold out in a week. This year, even with two weekends available, tickets sold out within a couple of hours. Don't have tickets to the show? Don't fret! What if ... More >>
66 years ago five U.S. torpedo bombers dubbed Flight 19 disappeared during a navigation training exercise in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle, claiming the lives of 14 airmen. It is commonly assumed that the flight became disoriented and lost, ran out of fuel, and then ditched in the oc ... More >>
If you're a struggling writer, musician or filmmaker trying to work up the nerve to kill yourself, have we ever got good news for you! Your morale may have been damaged or even crippled by seeing bad music, bad movies and bad stories dominating the upper echelons of their respective fields, b ... More >>
gutenberg.orgAs many of you probably already know, Alabama publisher NewSouth Inc. plans to release censored versions of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, replacing the words "nigger" and "Injun" with "slave" and "Indian," respectively. That's ... More >>
Rocks Off recently got invited to cover something known as Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which works a lot like baseball fantasy camp, except none of the participants can field a line-drive grounder. Among the idols rock campers will meet include 3 Doors Down, Mark Farner, the drummer from the Hooters a ... More >>
Fluff reality show Dancing With the Stars is (shockingly) in its 11th season, which wraps up with tonight's finale. While browsing this season's "celebrity" dancers - Bristol Palin, Kurt Warner, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, etc. - we couldn't help but fantasize about out ideal musical ve ... More >>
[Note: Because a lot of people are apparently into American Idol, Rocks Off asked contributor Ray Cummings to keep track of this season for us. This is his first report.] "Hollywood Week" marks the point in American Idol's grist-mill rigamorole calendar where the kid gloves come off, when being ... More >>
Igor Stravinsky, born 126 years ago today in Oranienbaum, Russia (near St. Petersburg), was punk rock before his time. At the 1913 Paris premiere of his infamous Rite of Spring ballet – a depiction of Russian pagan rituals Stravinsky conceived as a maiden literally dancing herself to death – the ... More >>
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