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    June 20, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The First Half

    In further efforts to reassure us that it is still relevant, Rolling Stone magazine recently started a country clickbait section called most cleverly (drum roll, maestro) RS Country. I know, the heart pitter-patters in anticipation. A brief perusal of the site finds basically the same crap, errr... ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The Five Best Ways to See George Strait This Weekend

    George Strait trivia time: do you know the second-to-last place King George will have ever played as a regular touring artist? If you had the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo Thursday night, you win, but sadly we still can't help you get tickets to the grand finale tomorrow night in Arlington's AT&T Stadium. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Has Largest 20-Day Record

    Despite the strange weather we've been seeing, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo did pretty darn good this year. First, the overall attendance hit 2,485,721 visitors. Rodeo officials won't be able to look back on 2014 as the biggest attendance year ever -- that distinction belongs to 2013 when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Blake Shelton at Reliant Stadium, 3/20/2014

    Blake Shelton Reliant Stadium March 20, 2014 "We wanna get our swerve on; whatever the hell that means, man." Huh. So it's like that, Shelton. Thursday night at RodeoHouston, the 37-year-old Oklahoma-born country star and Voice personality took the stage before one very packed house of 75,054 fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Florida Georgia Line at Reliant Stadium, 3/19/2014

    Florida Georgia Line Reliant Stadium March 19, 2014 Florida Georgia Line are easy to mistake for "bro country": they rhyme "Bocephus" with "Jesus" and would sooner walk as drive around in anything other than a candy-painted Silverado. But "bro-country" implies some sort of douchiness at its core, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Usher at Reliant Stadium, 3/7/2014

    Usher Reliant Stadium March 7, 2014 Usher's first trip to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will likely remain one of the most memorable of his career. It was a show that started with big-budget excitement, continued on through a whole bunch of dirty dancing, teetered on the edge of disaster and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Dear Grammys, We Can Be Friends Again

    Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally. So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: we can still forgive your i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2014

    The Great Divide

    Why Coachella and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are more alike than you think.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Why the Rodeo Is Houston's Coachella

    The past week or so, music news has been dominated by two big announcements: first the 2014 lineup of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert about three months from now, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's entertainers for its 83rd season this coming March. On the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    RodeoHouston 2014 Lineup: Reba, Usher, Robin Thicke, Selena Gomez, FGL, etc.

    Moments ago the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo released its scheduled entertainers for its three-week 2014 run March 4-23 at Reliant Stadium. Heading up the lineup are country A-listers Florida Georgia Line, Reba, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    10 Things Country Music Should Write About Besides Trucks

    Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Is Texas Country as Appalling as Nashville's Brand?

    If you grew up loving country music at all (like us), you may well have turned on a country station in the past year or two and been appalled. But between the rise of Taylor Swift, the collapse of rock radio, and the general dumbing down of our social-media-mad culture, country music has emerged as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Imperial Sugar Sure Is Sweet On Blake Shelton, Houston's Reginald Adams

    Rocks Off has made no secret that we're not the biggest Blake Shelton fan who ever lived. He knows that. So it's not like we lie awake at night wondering what he's going to do next. Still, we didn't expect this. Houston artist Reginald Adams, founder of the Museum of Cultural Arts and a 2010 Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    "Hick-Hop" Is Garbage. Jesus. It's Utter Garbage.

    I'm blaming you for this blog, Kid Rock. You and that damned "Cowboy" song. It's all your fault. Let's talk about "hick-hop," shall we? So I was under the foolish impression that hick-hop was shit like Limp Bizkit and Bubba Sparxxx. You know, that mashed-up, metal-ish/hip-hop-ish/country garbage th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Five Waylon Jennings Albums You Should Own

    "Ladies love outlaws," Waylon Jennings once sang, and well knew. Yes they do, and so do plenty of fellers, who may love the late Littlefield-born musician -- who was a losing coin flip away from being on Buddy Holly's doomed plane in February 1959 -- even more. Jennings would have been 76 this past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Now Blake Shelton Doesn't Like the Chronicle Too

    Country star and no fan of Rocks Off Blake Shelton has now made it two for two in voicing his displeasure with members of the Houston music media. Late Tuesday night the "Honeybee" singer went after Chronicle critic Joey Guerra on Twitter, reacting in a most unsportsmanlike manner to Guerra's effect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Red, White, and Rehab: Country Music's 10 Douchiest Moments

    It might be hard to believe, but the same musicians responsible for singing lyrics about big green tractors and diggin' up bones are also responsible for a lot of my Internet entertainment. You see, when famous people do douchey things, it makes me giggle. When those acts are committed by people t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Friday Night: Blake Shelton at Reliant Stadium

    Blake Shelton Reliant Stadium March 15, 2013 I want to like Blake Shelton. I really do. But damned if he doesn't make it nearly impossible. Shelton might make a decent country singer if he didn't look so pleased with himself, and if his music pushed the needle on the give-a-damn ometer even into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Blake Shelton, Tegan & Sara, etc.

    Blake Shelton Reliant Stadium, March 15 After more than a decade of climbing country music's ranks to become one of its most successful and charismatic male vocalists, Blake Shelton found himself taking a little heat not long ago when comments he made about certain "old farts" clinging to country's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Blake Shelton

    The Rocks Off Rodeo Concert Guide is our annual helpful(?) primer for those of you unsure about your HLSR music choices for the big event at Reliant Stadium.Date: March 15 Name: Blake Shelton AKA: "Mr. Miranda Lambert"

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    March 12, 2013

    Blake Shelton Has Helped Country's "Old Farts" More Than They Seem to Know

    "Can't they just shut up?" That's the question many country music fans proffer when musicians publicly express opinions that dare venture outside of benign Q&A quicksand and into the murky waters of relevant social issues. Country consumers from both sides of the political aisle can get riled up i ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 21, 2013

    Rodeo Houston Fun

    Go Texan with this guide.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    13 Houston Chefs Who Have Celebrity Doppelgangers

    Check out which local chef sure looks a lot like a Spice Girl, who might be hosting a game show in his spare time, and who we think is a long-lost triplet: See also: - 12 Celebrity Chefs Who Have Cartoon Doppelgangers - 13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers 13. Kaz Edwards vs. Joshua Jackson We could s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    The Cowboy Prepares to Ride Away: George Strait Announces His Touring Retirement

    Today country legend George Strait -- King George around these parts -- announced during a live YouTube broadcast from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame that he is hanging up his touring boots and saddle after decades on the road. Strait is still slated to close out RodeoHouston's 2013 seaso ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Eric Church: Meet the New Boss

    Country's reigning bad boy is now a star thanks to "Springsteen."

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    "Pontoon": Most Insidious Song of the Summer, or the Best

    I had a bit of medical trouble late last year, so I spent the entire first six or seven months of 2012 immersed in '80s alternative rock. I suppose it was a sort of cocoon of some kind. I was in a rotten mood most of the time, so anything by the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen or the Smiths was perfect. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    RodeoHouston Wants To Send You To Vegas

    The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is well on its way to drawing a couple of million more (mostly) country-music fans to Reliant Stadium again this year. Now the rodeo and Reliant Energy want to send one lucky fan to the Academy of County Music Awards in Vegas April 1. No foolin'. All the couple hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Last Night: Miranda Lambert At Reliant Stadium

    Miranda Lambert RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 13, 2012 Miranda Lambert has been "doing this music thing for 10 years now," and her mantra is simple: She's all about girl power and being a sassy southern belle. A Texas-born blonde with attitude up to her ears, she doesn't apologize for being c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Last Night: Blake Shelton At Reliant Stadium

    Blake Shelton RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 7, 2012 See more pictures from Wednesday's rodeo in our . Blake Shelton could very well be the Vince Vaughn of modern country music. Or is that Brad Paisley? No, I think Brad Paisley is the Paul Rudd and that would make someone like Jason Aldean th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: Blake Shelton

    Date: March 7 Name: Blake Shelton AKA: "Mr. Miranda Lambert" Genre: Cheatin' country

  • Music

    March 1, 2012
  • Culture

    February 23, 2012

    Rounding It Up

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings a stellar 2012 lineup.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    One More Hour To Vote In First Rodeo Rockstar Contest

    It does not seem possible that the rodeo is almost here, but Rocks Off saw a trail ride on the news this morning, so it must be true. If we were a TV instead of newspaper reporter, we would definitely lobby for the trail-ride assignment. But besides trail rides, cookoffs, mutton-busting, the parade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    We Tell You Who Will Win Grammys So You Don't Have To Watch Them

    SPOILER ALERT​The best thing about the annual Grammy nominations and awards shows is the clamor of anger that rises up when the mere mention of the event even comes up. Immediately people begin calling it a travesty, trotting out all the people who have been snubbed -- Jethro Tull beats Metall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Super Bowl XLVI: M.I.A.'s Bird Is The Word

    On its best day, you can say the musical portion of the Super Bowl ranks somewhere below the fifth time you see the latest Go Daddy commercial and somewhere above that pre-game segment featuring an offensive lineman and his mother. I mean, who really looks forward to a halftime show, post Nipplegate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    The Hair Balls Super Bowl Live Blog: Remember To Piss

    In some alternate universe, the streets of Houston are currently bathed in Miller Lite, Reliant Stadium and every bar in town is a watch party, with even the homeless folks are wearing soiled Texans jerseys. But alas, our Houston Texans only made it into the second round of the playoffs, and here we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Nine Covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" on Its 58th Birthday

    Exactly 58 years ago, Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel on RCA Records, which had just bought his contract from Sun Records for a measly $35,000. Heartbreak sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually become the King's first certified gold record. Also, it's worth noting that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    2 Become 1: Musical Match-Ups We'd Like To See

    ​Kanye "Hitler" West and Jay-Z released their (overused music writer word alert) epic Watch the Throne album this week, to mostly great reviews. This fall the first fruits from the recently announced Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration should be on the store shelves, which still sorta weirds us o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Out Today: Other Things Besides Born This Way... Seriously

    ​This past weekend was magical, what with Rocks Off finally getting to see Foo Fighters play songs from Wasting Light and all. You may remember that we have been wanking over Light since it came out in April, but it's really good. Best rock album of the year? Maybe, unless Jack White or Josh H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Blake Shelton - Could It Be? Country? - At RodeoHouston

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™​It's possible that Blake Shelton, aside from Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn, is the most traditional country act RodeoHouston will have this year. That's either a step in the right direction or a happy accident on the part of the organizer ... More >>

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    March 13, 2010

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Some Guy Named Blake Shelton

    Date: March 13 Name: Blake Shelton AKA: "Drake...Smeldon" Genre: Generi-country Best Known Song(s): "Austin," "Some Beach," "Swervin' in My Lane" Key Demographic: Domestic car aficionados, fellow self-loathing Oklahomans Previous HLSR Appearances: none

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    RodeoHouston 2010 Entertainer Lineup Includes Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber and Some Country Folks You Can Probably Guess

    ​Monday morning, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the remainder of its Reliant Stadium entertainment calendar for this year's rodeo, which begins March 2. Debuting on Reliant's revolving stage this year are Jason Aldean (March 6) and Texans the Eli Young Band (March 19). Returning fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Asher Roth, Dax Riggs, Franz Ferdinand, Peter Frampton and More

    Ace Enders, Person L, The Gay Blades, The Dangerous Summer: Wed., July 15. The Java Jazz. Asher Roth, Kid Cudi: Fri., July 31. House of Blues. "The Battle Of Sam: Battle Of The Bands": Sat., June 6. The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp: Sun., Aug. 2. Cy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Before We Go: Odds and Ends on Mechanical Boy, George Strait, Future Blondes and More

    "SWING LOW AND CARRY ME HOME" By Mechanical Boy from Michael Fodera on Vimeo. It's about time for Rocks Off to head off to the bunkhouse for some much-needed R&R, but first here's a few final tidbits that have recently come to our attention. Mechanical Boy just released its first video, "Swing L ... More >>

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    May 10, 2007
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