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  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 14, 2010. No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers

    Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded. Rewind: The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 5 local music venues.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    So This Is 5 Years of Listening to Sunny 99.1's Christmas?

    2008: An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell Every year, Sunny starts playing non-stop, 24/7 Christmas tunes by the end of November. You can pretty much bet that by the time you hop in the car after Thanksgiving dinner that Perry Como will be riding shotgun with you up to the gas station for smokes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Best-Selling Single Of All Time "Candle In The Wind 1997" Turns 15 Years Old

    Re-written in the wake of his friend Princess Diana's car accident death on August 31, 1997, Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" was merely a maudlin tribute to Marilyn Monroe before tragedy struck. Diana died from her wounds in a Paris road tunnel crash, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Fetal Disgorge Endorses Albino Race Hunting

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Soooooo... a while back I delved into the meaning of a metal band called Dying Fetus, an encounter from which I barely escaped alive. Since I ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Bill & Ted's Alex Winter Examines Napster's Fall In SXSW Doc Downloaded

    Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Idiot Box) has spent the last decade trying to make a movie about Napster, the revolutionary peer-to-peer filesharing site that changed the music industry forever. Winter met Napster founder Shawn Fanning in 2002 and was instantly energized by the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: I don't care for Mannheim Steamroller. I think their music is odd and a little creepy. But, that doesn't mean 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Originally titled The Magic of Christmas, when it was released in 1963, this collection of Christmas songs was basically cobbled together in support of what many -- m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Elvis' Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In 1957 at the near peak of his early success, Elvis Presley did what many artists did: He made a Christmas record. The result was what would become one of the best s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Perry Como Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​When we think back now about the 1950's, we tend to idealize them as the birth of rock and roll, when kids were wearing leather jackets and rebelling against their pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Remember Max Headroom?: Creepy And Stupid Christmas Videos From Holidays Past And Present

    ​Yeah! It's almost Christmas! With each minute we are all one step closer to the day when we can stop posting lists about things pertaining to the holiday. Seriously, by the second week in December you almost type "Christmas" instead of your own name sometimes, and your brain atrophies wheneve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Houston's thelastplaceyoulook Gets Into The Christmas Spirit With "Do You Hear?"

    Photo by Groovehouse​Rocks Off is getting into the Christmas spirit, slowly but surely, and now that it's finally December, all your Facebook posts concerning your holiday plans have become much more tolerable. The music, classic though it may be, has needed an update for quite some time. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Classic Christmas: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

    ​There are many arguments to be made about music, but one that I doubt anyone could actually win is the one that goes, "There was someone in music at some point cooler than Frank Sinatra." Trying to make that argument is like trying to say Kobe was better than Michael. Sure, you can say it, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Carpenters' Christmas Portrait

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In the '70s, there was a smoothness to the music. It was cool and mellow and as sensitive as a bear skin rug and a glass of Burgundy. And nothing epitomized that time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Rocks Off's Annual Descent Into Sunny 99.1's Christmas Music K-Hole

    Since 2008, I have spent an hour listening to Sunny 99.1 FM's Christmas music for the Rocks Off blog. Right after Thanksgiving, it's the first thing on my checklist, right next to finding new, weird holiday music for you and trying not to gain 20 pounds in merriment by January. Most of the time on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Looking Back at A Very Special Christmas Track by Track

    In the late 1980's, music empresario Jimmy Iovine cobbled together quite a collection of pop and rock artists to record songs for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics. In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released and rapidly became an instant holiday classic thanks to the star powere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Happy Biebermas: 2011's Bumper Crop Of Holiday Albums

    Wishing You An Adorkable Christmas...​The Christmas season started back in the late summer for Rocks Off when we began getting PR e-mails about so and so's new Christmas album, and then in October they started showing up in our stacks of snail mail. This year the biggest complaint amongst ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    A Smiling/Grimacing Scott Weiland Takes You To His "Winter Wonderland"

    Scott Weiland is just a patsy...​A few weeks back I applauded Scott Weiland's Christmas album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, for it's charming weirdness. It had his signature raspy Stone Temple Pilots baritone, a modern Bing Crosby vibe, and just the right amount of creep to at least wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Xmas Type Thing: Scott Weiland's Holiday Album Doesn't Suck

    ​One of the most unwholesome things Rocks Off can think of is a Scott Weiland Christmas album, so when it was announced a few months back with the promo photo of a dapper Weiland - skull ring, tattoos, blue eyes, roguish grin - we were worried. Today, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year droppe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Justin Bieber's Voice Changes Just In Time For Christmas Album

    "Say shawty, Merry Christmas, or whatever year-end holiday greeting that makes you happy." ​Children and adults alike are getting their holiday wish granted early this year, and they don't have to wait until Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or even Christmas morning to receive it. Justin Bieber's v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Confidential, The Classic Gossip Mag: Eight Of its Most Baffling Headlines

    Confidential was the most-feared Hollywood magazine back in the day. While still somewhat sedate by 21st-century standards, it was no-holds-barred in classic Hollywood. Famously, it lost a libel suit (in Britain) for saying Liberace was gay. Anyway, looking at covers that are floating around the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    10 Awesome, Awful & Odd "Hey Jude" Covers

    ​This week in 1968, The Beatles inaugurated their Apple Records label in a most auspicious fashion, releasing "Hey Jude" as a 45. The B-side was "Revolution." Written by Paul McCartney and employing a 36-piece orchestra, "Jude" did nothing to dispel the perception that Paul was the "soft" Beat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Featherface: Dreams Of Peacocks And The Great Gatsby

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​Houston's own Featherface is a very interesting little group of indie-rockers. The music is ethereal, atmospheric, but somehow sinister un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Merry Christmas From Rocks Off

    Rocks Off polled our staff for their favorite Christmas songs to create a playlist for you to enjoy while you open presents, drink egg nog, or however else you celebrate. Enjoy. Ahh, the gift that keeps on giving...​Editor's Pick: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": Neph Basedow: Ped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    ​No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your belt on Thanksgiving evening. Rocks Off made sure to steal a copy of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation from our folks' house before the calendar even hit December. Unlike other blogs, we don't hate all Christm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Fiskadoro's Christmas Of The Damned

    ​Peace on Earth and good will towards men? We'll have none of that happy hippie horseshit here, thank you very much. Listening to Fiskadoro is like the cuddle session after a brutal orgy, and we do love every damn minute of music they infect our iPod with. Their latest release is a Christmas E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    FAIL: Morrissey, Scott Weiland, Whitesnake, Conspiracy Theorists

    ​Morrissey Loves Animals So Much It Makes Him Racist: Morrissey has been one of the biggest ambiguously snarky pussies in all of rock music for some years now, popular among 15-year-old bisexuals of all races and creeds. Sometimes, however, the former Smiths frontman likes to make a straightf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Last Night: Jack Johnson At The Woodlands

    Photos by Liana Lopez​Jack Johnson Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 18, 2010 Check out a slideshow from last night's concert. The dirty secret about Jack Johnson is that he may be the closest thing this generation has to the iconic singer-songwriters our parents grew up with in the lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Five Musicians Who Can Help Mel Gibson Reform His Image

    ​Just in case you haven't heard the audio tapes of famed actor/ultra-religious headcase Mel Gibson unleashing slur-filled invective at his wife Oksana Grigorieva, you can listen to them here, but you've got to be warned, it is not even remotely safe for work unless you work in a Neo-Nazi biker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Top 10 Last Words By Famous Musicians

    ​Musicians tend to be a mouthy lot. It takes a certain kind of soul to want and express your own inner world to the outer world at large. So when the time comes for them to shuffle off this mortal coil, they often have some very interesting exit lines... 10. Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Friends a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Our Five Favorite Heavy Metal Christmas Carols

    ​Every year the Christmas gods try to throw us the same old boring and tired holiday music. Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Hall & Oates are just fine, but this member of Rocks Off needs the blood of the innocent and punishing power chords under his dead, decaying tree. We sought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Can Rocks Off Withstand an Entire Hour of Sunny 99.1's Holiday Programming?

    ​Since Thanksgiving night, local dentist office-core radio station Sunny 99.1 FM has been pumping out non-stop Christmas tunes as they have been doing now for quite a few years. It's a Houston phenomenon and an ominous bellwether for the coming holiday. You pretty much know when you can hear Vanes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Creepy, Inappropriate and Otherwise Weird Christmas Albums

    ​ Christmas is 22 days away, so you still have time to put in some online orders for delivery. And, coincidentally enough, we're going to bet that whatever holiday album you've been playing for the past few years is starting to get a little stale. You can only enjoy the velvet crooning of Bing Cro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Stranger Musical Pairings Than Dancing With the Stars' Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke

    ​Dancing With the Stars announced the pairings for its upcoming season Monday - like you care - and while some out there are no doubt crunching the odds of Debi Mazar and that Russian guy squaring off with Chuck Liddell and...that Russian chick in the finals, local interest is still focused on fo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008

    Holiday Inn

    You only think you know this film

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008
  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Various Artists

    Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

    Christmas is the weirdest time of the year. Who better to musically document the season than John Waters?

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

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

  • Film

    November 22, 2001

    Knight Falls

    Everything old is mold again when a brotha from another hood lands in medieval times

  • Calendar

    August 9, 2001

    T-6: The Evolutionalia

    The latest installment of the Tamalalia is more intoxicating than a round of Sauza shots

  • Film

    April 15, 1999

    Lifeless

    A confused prison comedy locks up Eddie Murphy's talent

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    September 17, 1998
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    March 19, 1998
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