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Bono (Musician)

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The Five Best Things to Know When Choosing a Stage Name

    Hello, my name is Jef Rouner, but I've been going by the name of Jef With One F on various Houston stages and in publications since I was 14 years old. It's a pretty good handle that I was happy enough with until a freakin' Bachelorette contestant starting using it too, but for the most part I like ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    The Seven Toughest Pop Songs to Understand

    Recently, Rocks Off looked at the most difficult song lyrics to understand in all of music, period. While that was fun, my editor brought it to my attention that virtually all of modern death-metal could qualify for that list. Since the advent of screaming, including metal in a list like that is lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Last Night: Muse at Toyota Center

    Muse Toyota Center March 12, 2013 There are certain types of bands you expect to pack arenas: bands who have figured out the power of pop hooks (Maroon 5), bands who play the most populist modern rock imaginable (Nickelback), and the dinosaurs of classic rock (Fleetwood Mac). Muse could have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    The 5 Worst Disasters In Benefit Concert History

    Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Living on the Edge: 10 More Onstage Oopsies

    Rock stars are just like the rest of us. They eat, love, poop, age, and sometimes they just embarrassingly go ass over tea kettle. Rewind: When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles The difference between them and us, besides, you know, money, fame, security, and the like, is that when w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    True Blood: K'naan and the New Testament

    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. This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Drops In the Bucket List: 5 Venues To See a Show In Before You Die

    I'm not much of a traveler. Outside of a few trips to Vegas, I've never been on a real grownup-type vacation. Every year it's a struggle to think of something to do with my vacation days, one that eventually leads to a few four-day weeks and a couple of midweek shows. Now that I'm getting older, I' ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2012
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    March 9, 2012

    Joshua Tree: 7 Musicians Who Have Felt The High Desert's Pull

    Twenty-five years ago today, U2 released their paramount record, The Joshua Tree. The record was intended to be a spiritual quest for Bono: A meditative dissection of the "spoiled child" he saw in American culture. Before Bono blessed the area with his humanitarian spirit, however, many other musici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Chris Gray Day Finalized Schedule

    The lineup is finally set for this Saturday's concert benefitting Houston Press music editor Chris Gray and it's a doozy. Tomorrow, we'll give you a rundown of all the silent auction items and you'll be even more impressed. For now, let's focus on the bands. The bonanza of bands gets started at 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Chris Gray Day Tentative Schedule Released

    ​Chris Gray Day will be held in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at The Continental Club complex, at 3701 Main, affectionately known to locals that live near and haunt the grounds as "The Island". Today Rocks Off gets to announce the first round of bands playing that day's festivit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    10 Things Rock Music Should Do This Year to Regain Former Glory

    When I saw School of Rock for the first time, I was struck by just how accurate Jack Black's character was when teaching kids the meaning behind rock music. Telling the one girl with the great voice to listen to "Great Gig in the Sky" or letting his students know that "one great rock show can change ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    World AIDS Day: Artists Who Have Contributed to the Cause

    ​Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... 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

    July 18, 2011

    Five Questionable Musical Tributes To Nelson Mandela

    White House Photographic Office, Clinton Administration​As recognized by the United Nations, today is Mandela Day, honoring the birthday of the beloved South African president, humanitarian, and all-around badass Nelson Mandela, who turns 93. Mandela is a living legend, leader, hero and inspir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    Four Comic Books That Would Make Better Musicals Than Spider-Man

    superpunch.blogspot.com​Rocks Off has gotten through our lives so far without watching a single episode of American Idol, and we are justly proud of that fact. However, even we had to view the clip of the show after we heard that the most murderous musical of the modern era was going to be fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Creepy Crawlies: Medical Conference Looks into Morgellons Disease

    Comin' to getcha.​If you're one of the thousands of people, mostly from Texas, who believe weird, freaky fibers are wiggling out from under their skin, then you may want to check out the fourth annual medical conference on Morgellons Disease in Austin April 2. Our sister paper in Dallas wrot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Top 10 Musical U.S. Presidents

    "The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." - Gerald Ford gwu.eduWhen else are we going to use this picture?​Today is President's Day, and if you'll think back to high-school U.S. History, you'll remember that potential Commande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    idontlikeyouinthatway.com​This Sunday, Rocks Off will be live-blogging and tweeting this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature noted scholars The Black Eyed Peas. We are diligently studying the entire BEP canon and that of all of their solo members, like the dedicated pop histori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Top Eight Freedom Songs For MLK Day

    ​Rocks Off sincerely prays that those of you with today off are at least peripherally aware of why you have today off. For our annual MLK Day reflection this year, we thought we'd leave the songs about Dr. King to Bono, and instead share a few of our favorite songs that set his dream to music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Pocket Rockers: Ten Musicians 5'5" And Under

    Photo illustration by Monica Fuentes; click image to enlargeThe Tall Guys, l-r: Ric Ocasek (The Cars), John Mayer, Joey Ramone​Saturday night, closet cat lover and reigning Dark Lord Glenn Danzig will be in town for a headlining gig over at Warehouse Live. The diminutive, but no less awesome, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: Louis C.K. vs. Mississippi

    The same face we made when trying to comprehend why people would voluntarily live in Mississippi.​The weather's terrible, I'm living off DVR'd episodes of Community, and it's possible this is all just a dream. This was the week in TV Land: • AT&T reached a deal with Rainbow Media last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Top 5 Bands That Should Relax For A Bit

    Craig Hlavaty​Wednesday, Rocks Off got an e-mail from the Dave Matthews Band PR team saying that the group would be taking 2011 off so they could come back in 2012. Whether or not this is to hasten the coming Apocalypse that year or just to live a normal life for a bit remains to be seen. God ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010
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    March 16, 2010

    For St. Patrick's Day: Five Irish Movies You Need To See

    Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, when everyone's Irish, yadda yadda yadda.How best to get ready for it? Watching a movie tonight would be one way. Unfortunately, a lot of the "great" Irish movies suck. The Quiet Man? Oy vey. Maureen O'Hara is nicely feisty, but John Wayne is as wooden as ever and the ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Blow Out

    Yes, the harmonica is a real instrument, insists Pocket Full of Soul director Marc Lempert.

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    Uprising

    2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Smallpox vaccination scars are sexy as hell.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup at Eating Our Words, where we never roll less than three sous-chefs deep, y'all. Paul Knight started off the week by attending the Grand Opening of Lucky Strike Lanes and sampling their grub. We'll spare you the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Texas Spider-Man Fans: You Could Be A Broadway Star! (Or, Maybe Not)

    Spider-Man geeks, rejoice!! You may not only get to live out your fantasy -- being Peter Parker and his alter ego -- but you can be a Broadway star!! Or, on the other hand, you can participate in a huge publicity stunt. They're making a musical out of Spiderman, complete with a new (to us, anyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Gazing Ahead into 2009, Part 2

    [Note: see here for Rocks Off's previous prognostications.]   U2 (March) Best Case Scenario: Armed with the backing of Live Nation, they release their best album in over a decade and Bono shuts his face as they sell out Reliant Stadium in two minutes. Worst Case Scenario: The recession (fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Aftermath: Coldplay at Toyota Center

    Photos by Mark C. Austin The problem with Chris Martin isn’t the fact that the Coldplay frontman writes lyrics that resemble something that might come from the diary of a seventh grader who sniffs magic markers (snow, it turns out, is white after all). No, it’s the fact that he almost forces p ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008
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    May 30, 2008
  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Being There

    The Sixth Annual Austin City Limits Festival feels like home...almost

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Bob Dylan, Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver, Wilco and My Morning Jacket Round Out the Weekend

    Click here for a slideshow of Sunday's action. The last day of Austin City Limits Festival, we began to see the sun’s toll on the mass of the great unwashed. Lots of three-day old beards, starving children running naked in puddles, hippies eating barbeque out of desperation. Humanity was holding ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2007
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    August 10, 2007

    Fuck-off Friday: It’s Too Hot to Work Anyway

    Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta The countdown to happy hour is well underway, assuming you even observe such formalities. Here on Upper Milam, things are moving a little slow today thanks to the Detroit Cobras and Willowz, who sent a packed house at Rudz last night home sweaty, happy and not at ... More >>

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    The Killers

    Sam's Town

  • News

    August 10, 2006

    The Orange Show

    Spain Colored Orange takes home four Press Music Awards

  • Home Entertainment

    June 1, 2006
  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Year of the Concept

    Green Day opens the Idiot-ic floodgates

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Karachi Rock

    Haven't heard of Junoon? They've sold 20 million albums, and they're at the Meridian this week.

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2004
  • Music

    March 11, 2004

    The Walkmen

    Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Nine Inch Nails

    And All That Could Have Been (Nothing)

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Reach for the Sky

    The selfishness of Hands Up Houston nourishes Space City's beleaguered indie scene

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Playbill

    Cowboy Mouth

  • Dining

    May 8, 1997

    Rich Stuff

    Regine's may not be light on the pocketbook, but it's lovely on the tongue

  • Music

    May 26, 1994

    Ethnical Questions

    Plus: Shimmying with Mary Jane on the Washington Avenue shuttle

  • Music

    March 3, 1994

    Celting Point

    Plus: Less Donna McK., archiving Texas folk music, and Iggy's eats Jelly

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