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Chris Gaines

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Music's Five Dumbest Pseudonyms

    Have you ever wanted to change your name? I'm going to guess that almost all of us have at some point wanted to go by some cooler moniker, unless your given name was something like "Max Power," a name that sounds good in your ear. I'm going to also guess that whatever pseudonym you came up with as a ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Country Farewell Tours: How Well Do They Stick?

    Wednesday's noontime announcement by Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait that he would retire from the road after his 2013-14 "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour hit Rocks Off harder than it should have. True, he's 60, has a ranch and grandchildren, and has earned his golden years many, many ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Braving the Boos: Bob Dylan and 10 More Artists Unafraid to Piss Off Their Fans

    Forty-seven years ago this week (wow!), a '60s folk icon by the name of Bob Dylan made his third and final appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. It was a highly anticipated set -- Dylan was the de facto leader of the American folk-music revival at the time, and his folkie flock ex ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Top 7 Promotional Music Gimmicks -- Both Used & Unused

    One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail. When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Garth Brooks In Country Music Fall of Fame: Harbinger Of Doom

    Even though Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we're totally right this time! We'd more or less forgotten about Garth Brooks, who took country ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Screwed Up Eyes And Screwed Down Hairdo: David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Turns Forty

    David Bowie's space-hippie, proto-punk, peace freak, interstellar rock 'n roll ambassador Ziggy Stardust character debuted 40 years ago today in London at a gig at the Toby Jug pub. The rail-thin Bowie, resplendent in dyed red hair, androgynous clothing, and a beat mixing The Velvet Underground, The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    5 Musicians Who Changed Their Names to Inspire Jim Crane and the Astros

    ​This week, the new owner of the Houston Astros Jim Crane opened Pandora's Box of Hearty Suggestions For A Struggling Franchise and discussed changes to the team. Cheap beer (yay!), cheaper seats (double yay!) should be one of the first things but Crane suggested that the Astros do the unthink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Longhorn Network, Unloved & Unneeded

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2011

    Dia de las Tequilas

    El Gran Malo is Houston's first infused-tequila bar, with a side of voodoo.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Happy Birthday Don Was: His Five Best Production Jobs

    Vicky Sapp​Nerds like us - you have to be a music nerd if you're reading a blog on Don Was - have favorite producers, like some sports guys have favorite coaches. Sometimes we listen to an album just because someone we like produced it, or it somehow gives it us extra cred even if we may not l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    "Change Your Name To A Symbol" & Other Dumb Ways To Derail Your Music Career

    brightestyoungthings.comThe sign officially known as "Love Symbol #2"​Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of the date Prince changed his name to that confounded "Love Symbol", and we can't help but wonder if he would have had more success had he waited a decade or two. Like it or not, in toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Your Shameful Musical Secrets Collected: #gotcha!

    ​For the past few days on Twitter, Rocks Off has been imploring our followers, our precious 3,250 friends (and counting), to tell us their shameful musical secrets by using the hashtag #shamefulafternoonsecrets or #shamefulmorningsecrets, the latter which could sound like a sordid booty call h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Top Eight Worst Musician Vanity Film Projects

    ​Rocks Off won't speak for everyone, but if we ever found ourselves a platinum-selling artist, we kinda doubt we'd press our luck by veering off into the world of acting. We mean, it hardly ever works from the opposite direction (right, Don Johnson?), so what good can possibly come from assumi ... More >>

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Phantom of the Opry

    Trying to get to the bottom of the Dr Pepper "Freaky Old Guy" mystery

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