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Dean Martin

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: John Smith, Goodtime Continental Club Manager

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? John Smith is the dapper, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Five Great Texas Tributes from Unlikely Sources

    All month long now, the AV Club has been running a new feature called State Songs featuring performances of famous songs revolving around each of the fifty states, one state per month. This month was Texas, so of course it caught our attention here at Rocks Off. But it made me think about something. ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 14, 2013

    Throw Back

    Catch Me If You Can has loads of action, but the story's a little thin.

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared October 26, 2011. Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    New Book Gives Session Aces the Wrecking Crew Their Past Due

    The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret By Kent Hartman Thomas Dunne Books, 304 pp., $25.99. Motown had the Funk Brothers, Nashville had the A-Team, and Stax/Volt had their Memphis men, but gold-record-for-gold-record, no group played on more hits in the '60s and '70 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    The Coolest and Uncoolest Songs About America's Coolest City (Us)

    Above is Dean Martin doing "Houston" on his television show. Epic fail, but nice outfit. As you may have read, Forbes magazine recently determined that, by their measurement criteria, Houston is now America's coolest/hippest city. Of course, while the rest of the world has looked down its nose for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Rocks Off's Annual Descent Into Sunny 99.1's Christmas Music K-Hole

    Since 2008, I have spent an hour listening to Sunny 99.1 FM's Christmas music for the Rocks Off blog. Right after Thanksgiving, it's the first thing on my checklist, right next to finding new, weird holiday music for you and trying not to gain 20 pounds in merriment by January. Most of the time on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    National Sandwich Day Is Thursday, November 3!

    Photo via karlializa.com​Fact: We love sandwiches. PB&J, BLT, grilled cheese, po-boy, Cuban, Reuben, cheese steak in Philly or muffaletta in New Orleans, single or multi-tiered, we can't get enough. We love them simple and oh so complicated, hot and cold, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    memecenter.comMerry fuckin' Christmas, mang.​Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start making a list and checking it twice. Bourbon, gin, scotch, vodka, Xanax, painkillers... Walgreen's and CVS have already stocked their shelves with wrapping paper, plas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Five Very Bad Father's Day Gifts

    Father's Day: What are you gonna do? You are forced by the powers that be to get something, unless your Dad has passed on to his reward. And if you're a Dad yourself, then you have to resign yourself to books from that one author someone saw on your shelf (never mind that you hated that book), tool ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Top Five Songs About Horses

    ​Rocks Off's regular readers presumably know by now that we love few things more than offbeat anniversaries, and recently we came across one of the oddest yet. Thirty-two years ago Monday, on Feb. 28, 1979, the "actor" who played the original Mr. Ed in the 1960s TV show passed away. Yes, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2010

    ACL Day 1 Recap: Sonic Youth, Spoon, The Strokes, Nice People...

    Brittanie SheySonic Youth​ For lots more pictures from Friday, see our slideshow here. Rocks Off wonders what kind of guitar budget Sonic Youth has. They aren't very gentle with their instruments. This occurred to us as we were standing a few feet from the large screens projecting their exte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Craig's Hlist: Our Grandmother Gave Us Food Poisoning, You Get These Songs

    ​ This is the debut of Craig's Hlist, wherein the Hlavaty side of He Said She Said backs off from his weekly HSSS duties to record a bi-weekly solo blog of sorts. If HSSS was the Velvet Underground, then Craig's Hlist is his Transformer or something. Though at best, it probably just Steve Perry's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: Did We Shave Our Legs For This? More Cornball Country Comedy

    Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    For The Lebowski Bash: Five Dudes Better Than The Dude

    The Big Lebowski has undergone a hell of a transformation since hitting big screens over a decade ago. A (very) mild financial success upon theatrical release, it's gone on to become a bona fide cult phenomenon, spawning "Dudeism" -- an online religion with over 60,000 ordained ministers -- and the ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Digitalia: iTunes' Top Holiday Songs

    The holiday season is a time to enjoy favorite pastimes like expanding your credit-card debt, eating way too much food, and arguing with your relatives. And of course, there's the best staple of them all: butchering holiday jingles. Never finding a song they didn't want to shill, iTunes offers an ex ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008
  • Calendar

    March 6, 2008

    The Rat Pack: Live at the Sands

    It’s Frank, Sammy and Dino — again

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Lee Hazlewood: Stranger in This Land

    The renaissance cowboy cut a wide swath through the West, and inspired a generation of songwriters

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Mack Hayes to Hersal Thomas

    Below are songs 90-100 from our Houston 100, five-score of the best songs ever from Houston. We will be running these lists ten at a time here on Houstoned Rocks, and we'll unveil the Top 20 tomorrow in the print edition and on the Web site. – John Nova Lomax PS: I have decided to bar all songs m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Death Comes Ripping

    Hey Mr. Death, do you have a quota to meet this year? The higher-ups been sweating you? Seriously dude, is there some sort of really cool show in the afterlife that you are trying to book? Because you have been taking all the cool people lately, especially here in Houston. In the past month or so, ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2007

    Austin Lounge Lizards

    Austin Lounge Lizards perform Saturday, July 21, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999. The Black Angels and God's Temple of Family Deliverance are also on the bill.

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    Houston Mixtape Volume III

    More local anthems

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2007
  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

    If singers were cheese, what kind of cheese would they be?

  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2006
  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    The Dean Is Risen

    Some Dean Martin albums we wish existed

  • Home Entertainment

    December 22, 2005
  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    I'll Drink to That

    Fuel your New Year's Eve with these boozy sing-along tunes

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

    Christmas is the weirdest time of the year. Who better to musically document the season than John Waters?

  • Music

    November 27, 2003

    Computer Error

    When it comes to local facts, don't rely on Allmusic.com

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2003
  • Film

    July 24, 2003

    Enough's Enough

    The Spy Kids go 3-D, but where are Mom and Dad?

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003
  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs

  • Calendar

    October 17, 2002

    Pasta, Wine and a Fake Leg

    Wannabes can become mobsters for a night at The Soapranos

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2002

    Bringing Out the Baby

    The premiere of Baby Jane puts local talent in the spotlight

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Value

    Andy's Home Cafe

  • Culture

    November 23, 2000

    The Women's Rooms

    Two local exhibits explore the female psyche without being confined by it

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Men in Black

    Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

  • Dining

    September 23, 1999
  • Dining

    May 14, 1998

    Rao Now

    A new owner drags the River Oaks Grill into the '90s -- or at least the late '70s

  • Calendar

    April 16, 1998

    Night & Day

    April 16 - 22, 1998

  • Music

    January 2, 1997
  • Film

    December 19, 1996

    Doesn't Suck

    Beavis and Butt-head get off the couch and onto the big screen

  • Culture

    November 14, 1996
  • Music

    July 25, 1996
  • Dining

    August 11, 1994
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