Christina Aguilera

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Super Bowl Best Bets: The Wagering Bloodbath Finale

    Every week, when I do the "Best Bets" post, part of the process is going back to the previous week's "Best Bets," gathering the data, and cutting and pasting my revised ongoing record for the season. As you can gather, if you've been betting my picks this season, that's been a painful process this ... More >>

  • Film

    January 23, 2014

    Vanessa Hudgens Proves Truer Than the Story in Gimme Shelter

    Hudgens may be the best actor from the Disney teen machine.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Los Lonely Boys, Trombone Shorty, Buxton, etc.

    Hometown Hoedown Walters, November 29 There's no place like home for the holidays, and Walters offers up six bands for a wallet-friendly $7 to beat back those Black Friday blahs. Headlining is Black Market Syndicate, still pogoing from the bounce of 2012 LP ...And the Peasants Rejoiced!, but the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Blurred Lines Turns Tables On Robin Thicke's Old Nemesis Timberlake

    When it comes to pop rivalries, the drama tends to surround the ladies. From Madonna vs. Lady Gaga to Britney Spears competing with Christina Aguilera, there seems to be a never-ending cycle of female pop stars who are fighting for the spotlight. But this year, the biggest competition is coming fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Sara Bareilles at House of Blues, 6/29/2013

    Sara Bareilles House of Blues June 29, 2013 When I first arrived at House of Blues for Sara Bareilles, I wasn't sure how to process the fact that the show was sold out. For one, it was the same night as Houston Pride, and by the looks of it, half of the city was down in Montrose to watch the parad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    The Best Shows at SXSW This Year

    This year Rocks Off and DC-9 at Night, the music blog at our sister paper Dallas Observer, teamed up to bring you only the choicest moments from last week's SXSW madness. John Fogerty: Creedence Clearwater Revival survivor John Fogerty gets overlooked as a riff-happy rocker, with most people concen ... 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 7, 2012

    NBC's Smash Just Might Be a Hit

    Smash, the newest hopeful for an NBC success, premiered last night, and the Peacock network may have a potential hit on their hands. The show attempts to capitalize on America's latest (returned) obsession with the musical genre and has brought in some heavy hitters to assist. That it's produced by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Happy 30th, Amy Lee of Evanescence; Six Reasons We Like You

    ​While Evanescence and their lead singer, Amy Lee, continue to find mainstream success (their most recent album was number one on the charts when it was released in October), they are a band that is maligned in the same way as other polished heavy bands like Creed and Nickelback, though we are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Five Curiosities from the Grammy Nominations List

    The Grammy nominations were officially presented last night. Not surprisingly, Adele, who is considered a front runner in nearly every category she is nominated in, cleaned up with six nominations for her album 21, but was beaten out by Kanye West who had seven, though curiously not among them a nod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    DJ EQUE: "Bad Azz Red Gurl" Etches Her Name In Wax

    Photo by Marco TorresDJ EQUE at the launch party for Pharrell's Qreme liqueur, Las Vilas, September 23, 2011​DJ EQUE has been making her mark in the industry for more than 10 years, but it was never something that came easy for her. The Houston-bred beauty had a lot to prove before she was tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Idol Beat: Brought To You By The Church Of Scientology

    ​I thought I imagined it at first, or was suffering the onset of hallucinations brought upon by sleep deprivation, strong drink, and three consecutive nights of watching Steven Tyler undress the audience with his eyes. But for maybe the first time since Season 10 of Idol began, I actually rewo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    From Bad to Worse: Dallas Gives Michael Vick a Key to the City

    Dallas honors Michael Vick, for some unfathomable reason​It has not been an easy week for the city of Dallas. It started with a "once in twenty years"-ish, weeklong snow and ice storm during the one week that Dallas could least afford a snow and ice storm. It continued with sheets of said ... More >>

  • Music

    August 12, 2010

    Country Cool

    A Gourd goes gospel

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Top 10 "Girls Gone Wild" Music Videos

    ​Saturday night, Girls Gone Wild will be at Scout Bar in Clear Lake looking for the hottest talent the Bay Area has to offer, or something comparable. A camera crew will be out there filming an edition of the video series, looking for "The Hottest Girl In America" at the venerable NASA-area ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Top 10 Pop-Star Bobbleheads We'd Like To See

    ​The good people over at Aggronautix have done it again. The toy company has been releasing bobbleheads of punk-rock luminaries such as GG Allin and the Descendents' Milo Aukerman for the past year. Rocks Off has been lucky enough to snag a few. Sitting a few feet from us right now are the t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010

    Courtney's Revenge

    Nobody's Daughter propels Hole into the 21st century.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Upcoming: Asia, Hawthorne Heights, Natalie Merchant, Silversun Pickups, Etc.

    ​Ana Egge, Michael Kingcaid, Frank Smith: Wed., May 26. Rudyard's. Asia: Sat., Aug. 21. House of Blues. Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., June 26. House of Blues. Benny Benassi: Fri., June 18. Stereo Live. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Fri., June 25. House of Blues. The Burden, Side Arms, Ghost Town Electric, F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Born to Runoff: Playlists for Saturday's Mayoral Election-Night Parties

    ​ Thursday evening Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker, clearly anticipating a weekend of celebration, posted the following message to Twitter asking for playlist suggestions for her election night party. So far the official suggestions are pretty lame, so Rocks Off is coming to the rescue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    B.B. King Sure Has a Lot of Friends

    Is there anyone who doesn't love B.B. King? If you're talking about the 83-year-old bluesman's fellow musicians, the answer is a resounding "No!" King has probably sat in with with more players (and vice versa) than anybody else save perhaps Willie Nelson, with whom of course King has teamed up co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Houstonian Kady Malloy = Early American Idol Front-runner

    Dallas may have hosted the American Idol auditions’ most recent Texas stop back in August, but it looks like a Houstonian stole the show. On last night’s episode, notoriously curt Idol judge Simon Cowell practically flipped his wig over effervescent Katy Taylor alum and Jessica Alba lookalike Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007
  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Some Kind of Wonderful

    Cheyenne James and her "big girl" voice

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    Quack, Quack

    Raquel Serenil on ducks, music and Ronald Reagan

  • Film

    April 20, 2006

    Tube Boobs

    American Dreamz's nation of idiots lands a little close to home

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    Method Rocking

    Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis have started bands. Come on, you know you're curious.

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Feelings, Nothing But Feelings

    The New York Times misses the point in its attack on "rockism"

  • Music

    June 10, 2004

    Monster Mash-up

    DJs Z-Trip and P deliver one of the first album-length mash-ups

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

    No snow and no Bing for Racket

  • Music

    June 19, 2003

    Cheating the Reaper

    Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.

  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Dark Riders

    The good, the bad and the ugly rock-star performance contracts

  • Film

    December 12, 2002

    Hot? Not.

    Rob Schneider jerks around with his feminine side

  • Calendar

    May 2, 2002

    Hoochie Hoochie, Ya-Yas, Ta-Tas

    Less is more in Fanny LaFaye's Blue Burlesque

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Ballads Nuevo

    Corridos get updated with drugs and guns

  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Rap Shoah

    Two Houston rappers use their Jewish heritage to define their toughness