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Berry Gordy

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Maya Angelou Won't Be at Astros Civil Rights Game, But Her Spirit Will

    The Houston Astros will play in Major League Baseball's annual Civil Rights Game Friday, honoring Dr. Maya Angelou in the process. Angelou, who passed away Wednesday, was scheduled to receive the 2014 Beacon of Life award. She was 86. "Today we have lost one of our greatest voices, but Dr. Angelou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Andre Williams, Black Godfather, Is Still Slick as "Bacon Fat"

    Andre Williams is a true musical journeyman. Now a most ripe 76 years old, he's had the kind of career that seems like it could hardly be real to us 21st-century folk. He came of age in a time of segregated lunch counters and when musicians -- particularly ribald ones like him -- couldn't even title ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    To Be Truly Great, Houston Needs Another Motown

    Recently Rocks Off asked our writers if Houston could ever have a "great" music scene,whatever that means. The answers were so wide-ranging we had to divide them among several posts. My suggestion to take Houston's music scene to greater heights is this: create a record company here. Not a label, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: 5 Musicians Who Had to File for Bankruptcy

    Recently it was revealed that Cat Power was not only suffering from a serious illness called angiodema that was threatening to stop her European tour, but also that she has filed for bankruptcy. That tour has indeed been postponed, but Cat Power is hardly the first musician to be running low on cash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    After LMFAO, Is Motown Gone Too?

    Rejoice, rejoice, LMFAO is dead! Rewind: RIP LMFAO FWIW :( All right, maybe not, but LMFAO did in fact do parts of the world a favor by breaking up or, in the "chic" term, "take a break" from making music together. But sadly, LMFAO has killed plenty of things -- shot glasses, making a trip to Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    True Blood: Flailing Blindly

    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. If I had to describe last night's episode in one word it would be ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012

    Oklahoma Dust Storm

    Jimmy Webb, songwriting legend, is still on the line.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Christmas Crunch Time: Five (Kind Of) Shopping (And Thieving) Related Songs

    ​So, did you get all your Christmas shopping done? Oh, uhh...you haven't started? You're not alone. Tons of us procrastinate and leave it all until the last possible weekend (or if you're really ballsy, Christmas Eve) and then we're super screwed, forced to brave Memorial City, Katy Mills or e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Saturday Night: LMFAO At House Of Blues

    Photos by Todd Brooks/Courtesy of Hot 95.7​LMFAO House of Blues October 22, 2011 9:11 p.m.: Generally, this would be too early to get a show. But tonight, Kreayshawn, one of hip-hop's most incendiary acts, is performing. We did not want to risk missing it. 9:15: Oh, hey, a woman wearing a g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Detroit Leanin': Who Is The Best Motor City Artist Ever?

    detroitrockcity.altervista.org​Some places breed music. Due to sheer size, any big city will produce its fair share of talented musicians, and some - Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago - seem to have music in the water supply. But none, arguably, more than Detroit: John Lee Hooker, the Motown dias ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Idol Beat: Detroit, Shlock City

    ​In spite of Idol Beat's absence last week (I was undergoing treatment for nose hemorrhoids), Fox's karaoke juggernaut steamrollered on, topping the ratings once again for Wednesday and Thursday night. Last week's casualty, MySpace's Karen Rodriguez, wasn't much of a surprise. I mean, the bili ... More >>

  • Music

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Idol Beat: Idol Worship

    Fox​The Daily Beast had a story up yesterday about how this season of American Idol might be the best ever: This year, the contenders have already proven energetic, and the audience is responding, with half a dozen developing breakout followings across the Internet, even before the finals hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Can't Forget The Motor City: Our Favorite Motown Jams

    ​ She Said has always been a fan of Stax Records, the gritty Southern label started by a white brother-sister team in a movie theater in Memphis. Something about Stax' organic sound and integrated musical influences (this is the same city that gave us Sun Records) had always felt so raw and real. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    A Quick and Easy Guide to Distinguishing Maxwell from Samwell from Rockwell

    [Ed. Note: Maxwell's pianist and bandleader, Missouri City native Robert Glasper, plays the official afterparty with his trio at Meridian, 1503 Chartres.] Maxwell is headlining Tuesday's R&B feature at the Toyota Center with support from Common and newcomer Chrisette Michele. But Rocks Off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Breakup Songs to Help You Bawl, Part 2

    Ever since men and women set eyes upon each other at the beginning of time, there have been break-ups, and painful dissolutions of romantic escapades have made the best art in the world. Hell, somewhere in the world there is a probably a cave painting of a pretty young Neanderthal girl with devil h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Beyonce Scheduled to Perform at Michael Jackson Memorial

    Daniel Kramer ABC News is reporting that Beyonce, who sang tributes to Michael Jackson at her Toyota Center concert and at New Orleans' Essence Music Festival over the weekend, will perform at Jackson's funeral in Los Angeles this afternoon. Also expected to attend are Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    A Few Final Thoughts, Tweets on Michael's Memorial

    Courtesy L.A. Weekly Well, Michael Jackson's funeral is over, and according to L.A. Weekly, the crowds in downtown L.A. are filing toward various overpasses to catch a glimpse of Jackson's hearse as the funeral procession winds its way toward the cemetery. Rocks Off doesn't want to use the word "ant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson Funeral Coverage Coming Tomorrow

    Somehow the folks at West Coast Sound, Rocks Off's sister music blog over at L.A. Weekly, have scored the hottest ticket in show business in years: a ticket to Michael Jackson's funeral Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far Stevie Wonder, Jackson's old Motown boss Berry Gordy, Brooke Shiel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson, You Will Be Honored...And Twittered

    The Most Important Event Ever....Will Be Twittered!!!!Our colleagues at West Coast Sound, the music blog of our sister paper L.A. Weekly, will be in attendance when The Nation Stops at noon tomorrow (Houston time) to give a final send-off to Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    Rotation: Smokey Johnson, It Ain’t My Fault

    Smokey Johnson It Ain’t My Fault Tuff City Int’l You often hear band people say a variation of this: “You’ll really like his drumming. He’s a very musical drummer.” It’s one of those seldom-defined, shorthand phrases like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famed definition of ... More >>

  • Film

    December 28, 2006

    Dream Works

    But it's not perfect. Jennifer Hudson nails it as a well-worn tale struggles to transcend the Ray model

  • Film

    December 14, 2006

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Rags-to-riches flick declares: Money does indeed buy happi(y)ness

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2006
  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    The Black Godfather

    The wit and wisdom of Andre Williams

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    Angie Stone

    Stone Love (J Records)

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Frozen Margarita

    Azteca's Margarita Bar & Grill

  • Film

    November 28, 2002

    What Was Going On

    At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    Rooting Interest

    The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head

  • Music

    March 27, 1997
  • Music

    March 14, 1996

    La Mafia, Redux?

    Fama wants to be Houston's next Spanish-language breakthrough

  • Music

    February 2, 1995
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