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Boyz II Men

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    April 3, 2014

    Arcade Fire's Bad Covers, Radiator Hospital's Thrifty Ideals

    Arcade Fire is pretentious enough already — why do they have to butcher these beloved songs, too?

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    March 27, 2014

    Dear Arcade Fire: No More Covers On This Tour, Please

    Folks, I have made it no secret over the years that I am no fan of what Arcade Fire does. The Woodlands expats make lightweight pretentious rock for hipsters and bored suburban kids. That's fine, because it's a market that apparently Jason Mraz wasn't quite cornering well enough. But now they have ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Football Music: Looking Back on NFL Jams

    Super Bowl XLVIII is this weekend and though it's probably still stinging for many Texans fans that their Super Bowl dreams went up in smoke sometime around week three of the regular season, most of them will still be tuning in to see the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks go head to head. In the ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    You're Fired! Five Songs Based On a True Story

    The woman who was seconds away from becoming my ex-boss looked at me like a math problem she'd never fucking figure out. She asked for my security badge. Why not have me lop off a finger and toss it over? That's how much the badge and all it led to had become a part of me. Then we green-miled i ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 28, 2013

    NKOTB, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men at Toyota Center, 6/27/13

    New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men Toyota Center June 27th, 2013 So I can now cross "touch a boy band member" off of my bucket list, thanks to last night's ridiculously girly boy band mash-up known as The Package Tour -- a triple threat concert consisting of '90s the boy bands Boyz II ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Portugal. The Man Talk Texas, Danger Mouse, and What Their Name Means

    Portugal. The Man are coming into town tonight, hot on the heels of their newest Danger-Mouse produced LP, Evil Friends. With positive reviews coming in from all over the interwebs, P.TM are enjoying bigger venues and larger crowds as a result. Just the other day, Rocks Off had the opportunity to ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: J. Cole, Leon Russell, NKOTB, Mac Miller, etc.

    J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    10 Awesome '90s Boy Bands You Probably Forgot Existed

    The '90's produced the best stuff known to man. I mean, who doesn't wax nostalgic over Girbaud jeans, color-blocked windbreakers, and old episodes of Saved By the Bell? That shit was so awesome. You know who else thinks '90's nostalgia is awesome? The boys -- rather, real live men -- from the lat ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Vladimir Putin's Boyz II Men Sex Plan Is Phenomenal

    It seems that Russian president Vladimir Putin has finally figured out what every middle-school boy has known since the '90's: if you play Boyz II Men for your date, it all but guarantees that her clothes are comin' off. In a bid to astronomically increase the Russian birth rate, president Putin ha ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Upcoming: Grizzly Bear, Bad Religion, NKOTB, R. Kelly, Dillon Francis, Gaslight Anthem, etc.

    Adnan Sami: Sat., March 23, 8 p.m., $35.00-$250.00. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys: Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m., $18. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Bad Religion: With Against Me!, Polar Bear Club., Wed., March 13, 7 p.m., $25-$35. House of Blue ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

    Chris Gray's write-up of the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks" show at the Arena Theatre a couple of weeks ago got me thinking. These days, the swing maestro seems to be comfortably settled into his own little niche in the music industry, playing swingin' Christmas carols to grown folks. Bu ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    10 Reasons to Hate Boyz II Men's "End of the Road"

    Twenty years ago this week, a slick R&B ballad appeared at the top of the charts and simply refused to go away. One of the most successful songs of the '90s, Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks, setting a new record. The soundtrack single was a major triumph not ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Saturday Night: Maze, Patti LaBelle, O'Jays, Babyface, etc. at Toyota Center

    "Summer Music Fest" feat. Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti LaBelle, the O'Jays, Babyface & Tank Toyota Center August 4, 2012 Like a good neighbor, we can always count on soul/funk band Maze and its front man, the eternally white-clad Frankie Beverly, to be here each summer. Cognizant of the fact that ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Ain't Nobody Better: The LL Cool J Valentine's Day Playlist

    ​ Once upon a time, LL Cool J was merely a Kangol wearing rapper who aimed for the ladies long before urban radio knew of such things from rappers. Now, he's on CBS Tuesdays on an NCIS spinoff and is hosting The Grammys this year. Not bad for someone I thought would shrink into musical obscurity a ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Distant Early Warning: Cults, VNV Nation, Childish Gambino, King's X, Village People, Etc.

    ​30 Foot Fall: Sun., Dec. 25. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Amplified Heat, Dixie Witch: Sat., Jan. 7. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Bang Bangz, Hello Chief, New York City Queens: Sat., Feb. 4. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Band Of Heathens: Wed., Feb. 1. Main Stre ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    The X Factor Gets Grateful

    Last night's episode of The X Factor was all about gratitude. Contestants dedicated their performances to someone special in their lives, telling heartwarming tales designed to maximize viewer empathy and increase voting by tugging on the ol' heartstrings. And you know what? It worked. The theme res ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 29, 2011

    The X Factor: A Host, A Pussycat Doll & A "Creep"

    As I settled in to watch The X Factor last night, my husband asked me, "Who is that British guy?" and I said, "Um, that's Simon Cowell, honey. From American Idol? A show we watched for like, five years?" And my husband said, "Um, no, the other British guy - the host." And then I was all, "The host!? ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Upcoming: Chromeo, Dawes, Kaiser Chiefs, M83, Etc.

    ​"The 94.5 The Buzz/Bud Light Weenie Roast" With Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd, Crossfade, P.O.D: Sun., Aug. 28. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Aggrolites: Sat., Sept. 24. Warehouse Live. Better Than Ezra: Thu., Dec. 29. House of Blues. Big D & The Kids Table: Sun., Oct. 16. ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Idol Beat: Movies Is Magic

    ​It's time for American Idol, the show that dares ask the question, "What the f*ck is will.i.am still doing here?" Seriously, when do they make him a judge? In case you hadn't heard, Jennifer Lopez was selected World's Most Beautiful Woman by...Cat Fancy or something. This provided a brief re ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    The Stories Behind Five H-Town Rap Anthems

    ​You know the song as soon as the beat drops. You rap them better than the artists themselves do at concerts. You'll slap your little brother for butchering the lyrics. But do you know the real life stories behind these five H-town rap anthems? Pull up a chair, grab a bag of popcorn, and a co ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    BP: 11 Songs We Found On The Executive iPod

    annamatic3000 via Flickr​British Petroleum (BP) officials announced Thursday that they had successfully capped the largest and most devastating oil spill in U.S. history. You know, a mere 85 days, 11 casualties, 184 million gallons and thousands of dead or oil-covered animals later. A tense 4 ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Five '90s Musical Fads We Remember Well, But Don't Really Miss

    ​A little over a decade ago, swing music made a strange comeback. You may remember seeing people all over dressing like '40s hipsters, jumping and jiving in Gap commercials and most every club or bar was offering swing lessons. It started with the release of the film Swingers, which still mi ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Sentury Is Going To "Lose Control" All Over Your Ass

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​ First, a qualifier: When we talk about Mo'Nique, same as when we t ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Can't Forget The Motor City: Our Favorite Motown Jams, Part 2

    ​ Rocks Off - sorry, He Said; we're still getting used to this whole identity-shift thing - is sure some of our readers think we do nothing except sit around and listen to the Drive-By Truckers all day. To which we say: Have you heard Bettye LaVette's The Scene of the Crime or Booker T's Potato Ho ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009

    Old Faithful

    Neighborhood bars like Bill Hicks's old haunt Cecil's Tavern never go out of style.

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    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009
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    July 1, 2009

    Bayou Beat: B L A C K I E on Tour, Michael Jackson Tribute at Discovery Green, Ticket Deals and More

    Above is some video from B L A C K I E's performance Monday night at New Orleans' Dragon's Den, the first show of his mini-tour. The feedback-loving local rapper visits Baltimore Friday and Brooklyn's Afro!!Punk!!Fest!! Sunday. Rocks Off has heard through the proverbial grapevine that there's a Mic ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Hello, Houston!

    Noise breaks down the months of live music ahead

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    January 23, 2009

    Five Spot: Smoove Up In Ya

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Michael Keith, formerly one-fourth of R&B man-band 112, has released a solo album. (He's not the guy tha ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Coline

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to introducingliston@gmail.com. How else to say this tha ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    October 12, 2006

    Tech? No!

    An imaginary history of electronic music

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    April 7, 2005

    Where's the Beef? Right here in H-town

    T.I. and Lil' Flip rumble in Cloverland, bringing one of the great rap feuds of recent years to a head

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    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

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    July 1, 1999

    Superflies

    R&B royalty roll out for Budweiser Superfest

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    February 11, 1999

    That's the Breaks

    Houston rap labels and their artists look for that big deal

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    December 17, 1998
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    August 13, 1998
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    March 12, 1998
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    March 12, 1998
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    December 4, 1997
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    May 22, 1997
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    March 27, 1997
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    February 15, 1996
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    December 15, 1994

    Bill-bored

    At least Tom Jones left the mesh shirt at home

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    November 3, 1994
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