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  • Music

    November 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    10 Totally Played Out Wedding Songs That Will Still Pack the Dance Floor at Your Reception

    Years ago, a wedding planner told me the basis of a successful wedding is remembering that primarily the ceremony is for the bride, the food is for the groom, the photos are for the family and the music is for the friends. While not 100 percent accurate, it does form the basis of a pretty successful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Top 10 Great Guests for Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Beyonce, the queen of all showbiz, is expected to officially be named the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans sometime today after MTV broke the news Tuesday afternoon. The choice seems fairly sensible. There are precious few pop stars of her magnitude out there right now, although ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Hard Knock Life: Jay-Z Then and Now

    This week marks the beginning of a legacy. On October 17, 1998, Jay-Z's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first of Jay-Z's many albums to do so and the start of a streak that continues today. Every Jay-Z album since has hit No. 1, making him the current record holde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    MTV: Beyonce Headlining Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

    Beyonce, native Houstonian, role model, Tumblr-keeper, wife of Jay-Z, friend and favorite of President Obama, supposedly has yet another feather to add to her headdress come February: Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to MTV.com, the 31-year-old HSPVA alumna will be the featured entertainmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Is Adele's "Skyfall" the Worst Bond Theme of All Time?

    Fifty years after the release of the very first Hollywood adaptation of Ian Fleming's superspy, James Bond returns to make his 23rd appearance on the silver screen this month in Skyfall, Daniel Craig's third crack at the character. The media blitz for the film's premiere is already in full effect, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    MTV's Best Year: The Top 5 Videos of 1992

    In 1992, the recording industry was riding high. The compact disc had become a major success, with music lovers purchasing new albums and old releases in astonishing numbers despite the format's comparatively steep price tags. And the music-video juggernaut known as MTV was helping major labels to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Turning 10, American Idol Struggles to Make New Stars -- But Mostly Misses

    It's hard to imagine it now, just a shade less than a decade later, but at one time American Idol was able to crank out star after star in a succession of seasons. Most people couldn't name at least one of the last five winners of Fox's cash-cow pop show, even as ratings have remained healthy (if no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Top 10 Mark Romanek Videos

    Today is the 53rd birthday of Mark Romanek. Though he's a perfectly legit Hollywood director of great films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, he is also responsible for some of the greatest music videos of all time. For 20 years he has worked with top-level performers, and today we celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    10 More Black Stars Who Should Try Country

    Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna Houston Bound

    Rewind: Dear Paul McCartney: Please Come Play Houston Two pretty big concert announcements this Friday morning. First, Rihanna, last seen missing most of her hair at Thursday night's VMAs, is bringing her just-announced Rihanna Diamonds World Tour to Toyota Center April 15, according to Live Nati ... 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 17, 2012

    Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids

    This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Death Be Not, Uh... True: The 8 Most Asinine Musician Death Hoaxes

    Why do people perpetrate death hoaxes? Why would someone deliberately set out to spread rumors of a famous person's demise that they know simply aren't true? Is it some kind of Munchausen-By-Proxy thing, where they hope to absorb some of the residual sympathy and outpouring of goodwill? Is it a mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Switcharoo: 10 Artists Who Tried Other Genres

    Have you ever bought an album of an artist you were familiar with and thought, "wow... that's different?" In fact, many artists try out other genres than the one where they originally became popular as a way for them to grow as artists. But a big question remains: Will the audience grow with them a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    The 10 Best Guest Appearances On Other People's Songs

    Have you ever had one of those moments when, you're listening to a song and hear something familiar, like maybe a familiar voice or wonder, "Okay, who is really playing this particular instrument?" Many times a band or an artist will guest star on a recording. Sometimes it's a well-known fact, such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    ¿Como se dice "Whoops?": 5 Musicians' Romney-esque Blunders In Foreign Lands

    Mitt Romney had a troublesome time during his recent trip abroad, pissing off politicians and citizens in England, Palestine, and Poland (although to be fair, that last one was simply a guy who worked for Romney, not Romney himself). Besides providing a potential future Ted Nugent album name -- "Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Justin Bieber and the Secret War Against Music

    When people start going on about a hip hop illuminati or the secret messages in Lady Gaga videos we tend to laugh at them, call them kooks, and suggest they spend their free time in more productive ways. Jay-Z is powerful but only a crazy person would believe that Blue Ivy Carter was some sort of hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Top 10 Musical Moments on The Arsenio Hall Show

    One of the greatest late-night talk show hosts of all time was Arsenio Hall. He was the quintessential Ed Sullivan for the '80s and early '90s. He featured all kinds of musical artists, but most importantly, he helped introduce rap music into the mainstream. Hall, who won Donald Trump's most recent ... More >>

  • Film

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Burn! Music's 12 Best Insults & Jabs

    One of the not-so-fun things in the world is to get insulted or, in the words of Kelso from That 70's Show, get "burned." Now, let's imagine what it would be like to be insulted by some musician on one of their albums -- that "burn" I can only imagine was magnified by a million. Nevertheless, som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Unscripted: Top 10 Actor/Musician Collaborations

    Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson have been hanging out a lot lately. The actor joined the antichrist onstage a couple of weeks ago at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in L.A., and played guitar on "Sweet Dreams" and "Beautiful People." Depp also collaborated with Manson on a cover of Carly Simon' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Double Duds: The 10 Worst Duets Since "Ebony and Ivory"

    Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke. Perhaps history's most hackneyed call for racial harmony (which, admittedly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Girl Gone Wild: Madonna's Top 10 Dance/Club Chart-Toppers

    For the past two weeks, Madonna's latest single, "Girl Gone Wild," has been sitting pretty at the top of Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. That's the chart that tabulates which songs are getting the most spins in discos and dance clubs. It's a cool, upbeat track about losing control of your de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Missed Opportunities: 10 Musicians Who Turned Down Big Hits

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you thought to yourself, "Why did I do that?" or "Why did I turn that down?" Those kinds of moments happen to all of us. It's part of life, unfortunately. This happens all the time in the movie world, but you never seem to hear about it in the music worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    A Very Special Message: The 10 Best Rock-Star Public Service Announcements

    Ever since the Ad Council introduced the "Rosie the Riveter" poster, public service announcements have either warned us of the dangers of such risky behaviors as having unsafe sex, as well as reasons you should vote, or even to spay and neuter your pets. As rock and roll became more popular, artists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Madonna's New MDNA Is Quality Dangerous Grandmother Monster

    Today Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, is in stores and on iTunes. It's her first since 2008's Hard Candy, and the album title is already bringing the ire of electronic artist deadmau5, who took exception with what he saw as her excessive use of drug references in tandem with her new sound. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" And The Death Of The Word "Swag"

    Sunday night, when Justin Bieber's new song "Boyfriend" dropped, the social-media landscape at large began comparing it to the work of Justin Timberlake, the music industry's somewhat dormant leading man. I was sad, because I like the Timberlake. Justin Bieber, I bought Justin Timberlake records, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Law and Order: Top 10 Best (Or Worst) Musicians' Arrests

    Nobody is above the law - not even musicians even though some of them may think they are. However, some of their outrageous behavior has become legendary. Others have spawned rumors, killed their careers and/or made them the butt of many jokes. In fact, this makes me wonder why there is not a cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Rumor: Eminem To Perform At Tonight's Shady Records SXSW Party

    Most of the world's biggest rappers - Jay-Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, T.I., 50 Cent - have performed in Austin within the past week, are about to perform, or are at least in the city partaking in the SXSW festivities. Rocks Off was leaving Stubb's late Thursday night and heard Snoop Dogg performing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Pulling A Cee-Lo: 11 More Contemporary Artists Who Need Their Own Vegas Residency

    ​Cee-Lo Green raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago when he announced that he was settling down -- in Las Vegas. The Grammy-winning "Fuck You" singer says that his new semi-permanent show, "Loberace," will launch Aug. 29 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Vegas Strip and run at least throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead -- 50 Cent And Much More

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Top 10 Possible Future RodeoHouston Performers

    The hardest thing about making a list of possible future RodeoHouston performers is making sure to color inside the lines, which means the things that I want probably wouldn't work. Sure, the Black Keys on opening night and the Rolling Stones doing an-all country set to close out the season would be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Here's The Pitch: Top 10 Commercials Starring Musicians

    Madonna's infamous "Like a Prayer" Pepsi ad, 1989​Every now and then, name-brand companies need a little extra pizzazz when it comes to advertising, and often they turn to the music world to do this. Either way, it's a win-win situation for both the artist and the company because the artist us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Shanti: Music's Top 10 Yoga Enthusiasts

    This weekend, the Texas Yoga Conference hits town at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center. It's like a big party where everyone practices yoga and learns or improves yoga techniques. At the end of the weekend, there will be musical performances by the Desert Dwellers, Tyagaraja, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Beats Go On As Grammys Take Care Of Their Own

    Hands up, everyone who is surprised.​The Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night could have easily turned into a wake - or worse, a funeral. After Whitney Houston's death Saturday, the mood was appropriately somber until a dance party broke out, or perhaps a coming-out party for dance music. Foreve ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    We Get It, Twitter: (Not) All The Tweets About Tom Brady Having Sex With Gisele Bundchen

    The twitter world blew up when Gisele Bundchen, supermodel wife of not-so-super QB Tom Brady, endearingly defended her man to boorish Giant fans, throwing his teammates under the bus in the process. But that is apparently not the most important thing to know about Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Bedtime Stories: The Naughtiest Madonna Videos Ever (Semi-NSFW)

    This weekend, the grand dame of American pop music, Madonna, will grace the halftime stage at Super Bowl XLVI. This is a major improvement from last year's more-inhuman-than-human Black Eyed Peas performance, which tested the resolve our country, and even the world. But we all survived. Who won the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Enjoy Your Lunar New Year With Some Of Music's Greatest Butts

    According to Chinese reckoning, today marks the lunar new year. It's the Year of the Dragon. Specifically, the Year of the Water Dragon, which I'm told will bestow a peaceful energy on the coming year, favoring the ideals of negotiation and forward thinking. I know, right? BOOORING. We Americans kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    10 Rock Stars the GOP Should Nominate for President

    As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    DVDs & Blu-rays: The Ides of March

    The Ides of March stars George Clooney and Ryan Gosling; George Clooney directs. The Setup: George Clooney just took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in The Descendants, so expect to see lots of coverage of him as the Oscars approach. This review, just to be clear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2012

    Golden Bozos: Your "Official" Live Blog For The 69th Golden Globes

    I know, we're all bummed out the Texans lost. But since you've been drinking anyway, you might as well crack open another one and sit through the one awards show even the People's Choice Awards can look down its nose at. I'll be updating this entry throughout the broadcast, so refresh often and try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Lord Lordy, Look Who's Forty: The Best Albums Of 1972

    Last week I told you about the best debut albums of 1992, making a lot of us feel old in the process. Hell, I was only nine when those came out and I felt feeble making the list. This week we look at the best albums of 1972, now four decades in the hole, but no less fulfilling and influential. Wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Beyonce's Baby Shower: Celebrity Gift Suggestions

    With every gossip site on the planet reporting that Beyonce has given birth to Blue Ivy Carter just yesterday, Rocks Off suddenly realized that we haven't gotten her a thing! While we make a quick Target run, we thought it might be fun to ponder what sort of gifts Beyonce and Jay's rich celebrity p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    2012 RodeoHouston Lineup Features ZZ Top, Train, Kid Rock, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias

    The Houston Livestock And Rodeo continues it's march it's non-country waters with today's musical announcement, with Houston's own ZZ Top (March 8), Train (March 16), Kid Rock (February 29), John Legend (March 2), and Enrique Iglesias (March 6) topping the pop and rock segment of this year's bill. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    DVDs & Blu-rays: The I Don't Care How She Does It Edition

    I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan; Douglas McGrath directs. The Setup: Sarah Jessica Parker plays Kate Reddy, a woman trying to juggle a demanding job and busy home life, pleasing her boss, husband and two kids all at the same time. Pierce Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Pop Rocks: Is No Celebrity Marriage Sacred?

    Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. Russell Brand stands to land $20 million or more from his divorce from wife Katy Perry, reports said Monday. The British actor and comedian told New York magazine last year that he and Perry did not sign a prenuptial agreement. And since the two were marr ... More >>

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