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Bette Midler

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    April 24, 2014

    The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I show you the most disturbing thing I have ever run across. It makes Grinderman's "Heathen Child" look like a Bieber video, and no, I'm not joking at all. Plus, Jason Voorhees tries to turn his life around and we go to outer space in a cardboard r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Upcoming: Nine Inch Nails, Bette Midler, Gilby Clarke, Kool & the Gang, Goo Goo Dolls, etc.

    Abigail Williams: With Cardinal, Nephilim Terror, Irreconcilable Suffering, Sleep Labs., Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679. All That Bleeds: With Gods of Death Screw, Tue., April 8, 7 p.m., $10. Walters, 1120 Naylor, Houston, 713-222-2679. Allvaret: With Keno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    A Few Other Recent Oscar-Worthy Music Films

    On film's biggest night this past Sunday, music nudged onto Oscar's center stage and stole the show. Jared Leto's incredibly moving Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech was a beautiful way to start the night. Music-video directing legend Spike Jonze won the Best Original Screenplay award. Karen O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    New Doc Tunes Into "The Greatest Ears in Town"

    What do Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Norah Jones, the Rascals, Willie Nelson, Phil Collins, Dr. John, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, the Average White Band, and Hall & Oates have in common? Not much, musically. But they all made records, and some of their most memorable, in the studio with Arif M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Terminal Confusion: Why Are These the UK's Most Popular Funeral Songs?

    Recently, a survey conducted in the UK revealed the most popular songs played at funerals. The big news everyone seems to be talking about is that Adele's "Someone Like You -- a song all about how replaceable a person is -- made it to No. 22. But we here at Rocks Off find the Top 5 equally confoundi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    7 Disney Characters Based On Pop Musicians

    One of the interesting things about Walt Disney films is the way they borrow from or hold up a mirror to popular culture. Along with great storytelling and good songs, this is quite possibly why people like them in the first place. In fact, it's how some of us get introduced to great artists such a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Lou Ann Barton: Austin Blues Queen Is Working Her Butt Off

    It's 2 p.m. and Austin blues diva Lou Ann Barton is just downing her first cup of coffee of the day. Rocks Off admitted to her he was only on his second. "We were recording last night, so I'm a little sluggish," says the Fort Worth native in her gravelly voice. One of the masters of ceremony at t ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 21, 2012

    Living Loud and Proud

    Celebrating Houston’s Gay Pride 2012—The celebrity grand marshal, local GLBT history, where to watch the parade — and the parties

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Bassman Cometh: Jerry Scheff On Working With Elvis, Dylan & The Doors

    Way Down: Playing Bass with Elvis, Dylan, The Doors & More By Jerry Scheff Backbeat Books, 240 pp., $19.95 Bassist Jerry Scheff had a bird's -eye view of a lot of musical greats in the '60s through the '80s, and in this memoir, the easygoing, affable storyteller tells about his experiences and how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Denise Vivaldo Talks Food Styling, Sandra Lee and Tips for Better Food Photos

    Denise Vivaldo is scooping fluffy spoonfuls of mashed potatoes atop a mountain of cotton balls. She tamps them down a bit with the edge of her spoon, securing them to the cotton mound underneath, then smiles and moves on to her next task: using a pair of tweezers to apply pieces of parsley so small, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Bang A Gong: Duran Duran Guitarist Turned Rocker Andy Taylor Is 51

    In the summer of 1987, the day before driving to Austin for freshmen orientation at the University of Texas, I went to see Andy Taylor at Fitzgerald's. The former Duran Duran guitarist had done a near-180 in his career, opting for T. Rex-inspired hard rock over the glamorous Britpop of Rio. After ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Gay Mermaid Ornaments: Why the Hell Not?

    We did not know this, but apparently there's a gay thing about mermaid ornaments. You go on Web sites that sell Christmas stuff to Teh Gheys, and chances are you'll see some mermaids and mermans. Why? Mermaids have always seemed sexless to us. Sure, you've got the boobs, but there seems to be an in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Awesomeness and Hearing Loss at the 2011 Texas BigBeat

    How do a crapload of drums sound when playing in unison in an airplane hangar? Pretty freaking awesome. ​In the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, lead singer Eddie Vedder discusses the detrimental impact of the band's Spinal Tap-like replacement of drummers, equating each ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Texas Big Beat Drums for Charity This Sunday

    Photo by groovehouseDrummers young and old.​Five years ago, drummer Donna Fisher noticed that Seattle had been doing a charity drum gathering each year called Woodstick, and it sparked an idea. "They got over 400 drummers and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, we have to do that in Houston,'" she told Ro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010

    Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent Tour

    She's singing - and still sassy

  • Film

    May 27, 2010
  • Music

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    More SXSW Speculation: Perhaps a Visit from the Plastic Ono Band?

    ​We haven't even passed MLK Day, and already Rocks Off is spinning our collective wheels about SXSW. Hell, we haven't even covered RodeoHouston, and we have already begun talking about where we are going to crash every morning at dawn. Rocks Off would like to admit that even on the way home from A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" and the Tragic Ballad of Kirsty MacColl

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean has never hidden our distaste for Christmas music. So if we were ever called on to choose our favorite Christmas song, the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" would win hands down. We can still remember the day - we were still Pogues virgins - when the lyrics, waffling between a ... More >>

  • Film

    September 11, 2008

    Ladies Light in The Women

    Once grand, this story is now just another chick flick

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Mail Call: What's in the Crate?

    It's one of God's little jokes that no matter how hard we try, we really can only do one thing at a time. Certain tasks always seem to get relegated to the back burner, and for Rocks Off, for some reason, it's the mail. I think it has something to do with believing that as long as you don't open a b ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 19, 2008

    Mindless Fun

    Gilligan's Island is so silly and appealing, you can only enjoy it

  • Home Entertainment

    June 14, 2007
  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Opening day for America's fourth national sport is upon us

  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2006
  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Get Back, Honky Cat

    Barry Manilow whites the songs. Is that so wrong?

  • Calendar

    November 11, 2004

    Pryor Experience

    A comedian's daughter dishes on growing up Jewish and black

  • Calendar

    June 17, 2004

    A Real Doll

    It ain't easy being a sexy rocker

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2004

    The Kings of Queens

    The Kinsey Sicks quartet busts into Houston

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Reelin' In the Years

    A look back at Houston Press Music Awards of yore

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Internal Distress

    To: Jeff Cohen, CC: The entire World Wide Web

  • News

    April 11, 2002

    Les Passé

    A tap-dancing Tony Curtis? Yet another My Fair Lady? The shows may be aging and tired, but TUTS remains Young at heart.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Easter Bunny

    Rick Hurt, a.k.a. Rainbo de Klown

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    One for the Geezers

    Former staffers line up to testify against KHOU

  • Culture

    December 28, 2000

    Blow Up the Box

    TV managed to suck and blow in 2000, but still, we watched...and watched

  • Film

    December 14, 2000

    The Theater Shopping Network

    Apparently What Women Want is a feature-length commercial

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Out of the Closets

    Archiving Houston's queer history, one T-shirt at a time

  • Film

    March 2, 2000

    Redneck Mystery Theater

    Sneeringly funny Drowning Mona sleuths around backwater America

  • Film

    January 27, 2000

    Valley of the Dull

    Susann biopic isn't Great, not by a long shot

  • Film

    December 30, 1999

    Disney Lightens Up

    Fantasia/2000 strikes a better balance between serious and comic elements

  • Music

    January 14, 1999
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    November 26, 1998
  • News

    August 4, 1994

    A Gay Old Time at Fuzzy's

    In a turnabout, homosexuals raid a police bar

  • News

    August 4, 1994
  • Music

    January 13, 1994

    Lady Sings the Pinks

    Self-created disco-diva Pinque: If this is camp, it's camp with a guilelessly straight face

  • Culture

    December 30, 1993

    Celebrity Photographer, Photographer Celebrity

    Talking with Annie Leibovitz about the manufacture of cultural identity and the American dream

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