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Digital Music Players

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    September 19, 2014

    Requiem For the iPod

    The year was 2002, and I was in the back of my mom's Chevy high-top. She was driving my brother to Sam's Club to pick up his new blue iPod 1st Generation. For months, I watched him listen to Papa Roach and moody pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne as he sat in his bedroom lifting his 8-pound dumbbells -- t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Twinkle-Toes, Won a "Dick-Measuring Vinyl Orgy" With Two iPods

    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? Rogelio Gutierrez Jr is k ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    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 November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Gen. Petraeus: A Possible Glimpse at the Spymaster's iPod

    Nuge the Stooge knows what CIA director needed. Enough already about Gen. David Petraeus and his private harem ... err, his embedded biographer with the flashy wardrobe and bad vision. Petraeus is a patriot, a winner of wars, a brilliant strategerizer, a man dedicated to little beyond his own caree ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Stormy Christopher Smith: Splendora Dandy Is a Skyperv, Police Say

    In June, after the 15-year-old Humble girl at the center of these alleged crimes ran away from home to be with her secret boyfriend, 23-year-old Stormy Christopher Smith of Splendora, the girl's father confiscated all her electronic devices. He thought that would bring the age-inappropriate relation ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    For Even "Failed" Musicians: Influence Is Success

    Welcome to Ask a Failed Musician, in which I will help struggling musicians make sense of their careers and even offer some advice. Whether or not it will work, who knows? It obviously didn't work for me. But then again, I was on Kimmel once, so there's that.BY DANIEL HOPKINS A musician responded t ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Insane Clown Posse Incites Spiritual Debate, Asks "Where's God?"

    Here's a Video of the Entire Geto Boys Show From Saturday's Juggalo Gathering We've all asked the question, believers or non-believers alike: "Where's God?" In times of personal trial, family strife, financial disaster, or just sailing the choppy seas of relationships, when we need some sort of sup ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: DJ Afterparty at Jet Lounge

    HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012 HPMA Showcase: Rocks Off's Top 7 Discoveries HPMA Showcase: Sunday's 11 Best Random Moments SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Crowds "After the show it's the afterparty..." -- Jay-Z Another year, another successful ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    5 Ways Apple Revolutionized the Music Industry

    No other company has changed the music industry as much as Apple. For the better part of the last decade, the late Steve Jobs and his co-conspirators have empowered music consumers in ways no one would have ever imagined. The monstrous iTunes store made it possible for anybody to buy music without ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Hot Stuff: Will The Texas Heat Melt Your Vinyl LPs?

    Note: All temperatures in the following article are given in degrees Fahrenheit. Here is a helpful Celsius conversion calculator. ​You might not have noticed it lately, but outdoors, rays of this thing called "sunshine" are hitting the Earth like the planet didn't bring the Sun a sandwich wh ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Five Spot: Dwane Sweazie's The Remix Vol. 1

    ​Dwane (pronounced Dwane) Sweazie (pronounced Sway-zee) is a new guy, but he's an old guy too. He's been rapping for about six years and ghostwriting for an untold number of those. He's fairly secretive about the ghostwriting process, responding to most queries with a politely short, "Ehhh, ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    November 29, 2010

    Lonesome Onry And Mean Plays "Spin The iPod" (Almost)

    ​Facebook, that great time-waster, is always a source of mindless brain candy. Just a few moments ago, Lonesome, Onry and Mean was tagged in a note titled "15 Random iPod Songs." The rules were fairly straightforward: Put your unit on "random" and list the first 15 songs that play. This sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    iPod: Happy Anniversary, You Little Devil

    Can somebody please tell us what the hell Firewire is? Nine years ago today - November 10, 2001 - Apple unveiled a new kind of MP3 player known as an iPod. About the size of a deck of cards, the device contained five gigabytes of memory, enough for about 1,000 songs, and cost $400. Four. Hundred. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2010
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    TPWD Says "Great Outdoors Day" Is Coming: How To Celebrate It With Your Teen-Ager

    Photo by marxchivistYou knew this, of course, but June 13 is National "Get Outdoors" Day. We knew this because the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department just sent out the news."As a part of the second annual GO Day, more than two dozen Texas state parks are joining federal agencies, nonprofit organi ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009
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    March 19, 2009
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    January 29, 2009
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    January 19, 2009

    Houston: Come for the Renovations, Stay for the Electric Cabs

    While trolling the nether regions of the UK press, we came upon this, touting the wonders of Houston as a luxury vacation spot. It's all enough to make Hair Balls wish it didn't live here already so it could start making travel plans now!We cannot help but imagine how impressed our luxury-seeking Li ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2008
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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Phillip from Sharks and Sailors

    HPMA Must-see's: The Born Liars, Spain Colored Orange Category Favorites (that aren't your band): The Wild Moccasins for Best Indie Rock Hearts of Animals for Best Experimental Fatal Flying Guilloteens for Best punk "Most Played" Albums in Your iPod: Massive Attack's Mezzanine and Radiohead's I ... More >>

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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Ben Murphy

    Ben Murphy just sat in the Hot Seat and informed us Bring Back the Guns might not be able to make it. "Apparently, they're having difficulty getting into their practice space." HPMA Must-see's: The free drinks in the VIP. Hearts of Animals, Spain Colored Orange, Sharks and Sailors and Scattered Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Chris Ryan from Black Congress, Dead City Sound Studio

    Chris says: "This is awesome I've never live blogged before!" HPMA Must-See's: Born Liars, Wild Mocassins (saw them), Sharks and Sailors (He better say that his girlfriend is the bassist.), Hearts of Animals Your Votes (that aren't your band): Wild Moccasins for Best New Act Sharks and Sailors for ... More >>

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    July 27, 2008
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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Tyler from Balaclavas

    HPMA Must-See's: The Wiggins, Born Liars, Indian Jewelry, Ceeplus Your Votes (that aren't your band): Born Liars should win something The Wiggins for Best Experimental Nosaprise for Best Underground Hip Hop "Most Played" Tunes Your iPod: I don't have one. Most played record on your turntable ... More >>

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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Ryan (ADR) from The Skyline Network

    HPMA Must-See's: Born Liars, Buxton, Young Mammals, The Wiggins, Bring Back the Guns, Scattered Pages, Arthur Yoria, Indian Jewelry, Spain Colored Orange, SkyBlue72, Two Star Symphony, Wild Moccasins, Full Release, Hearts of Animals, Black Math Experiment, Sharks and Sailors and Whorehound Your ... More >>

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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Levi aka Levitcus, The Mayor of Music (read: Guitar Center Hook-up)

    HPMA Must-See's: Small Sounds, Two Star Symphony, Wild Moccasins, Scattered Pages, The Tons Tons, Hearts of Animals, Young Mammals (I love Iram Guerrero) Your Votes: The Tons Tons for Best Local Album, Best New Act, Best Female Singer Eric Bogle for Best Guitarist Andy McWilliams for Best Drummer ... More >>

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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Tomas from Sig's Lagoon, Clouseaux, El Orbits, The Suspects

    Tomas says: "The Suspects are reforming." Look out! HPMA Must-See's: Two Star Symphony, Sharks and Sailors, Umbrella Man Your Votes: Molly and the Ringwalds for Best Cover Band -They should call it Molly and the Ringwald Memorial Cover Band Award. Geoffrey Mueller for Best Instrumentalist Pete Go ... More >>

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    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Eric C. Hughes from El Orbits, Freddy Steady Five, Allen Oldies Band

    Eric says he's "married with dogs." HPMA Must-See's: The Mighty Orq, Miss Leslie, Espantapajaros Your Votes: Lady D for Best Zydeco -- never heard of her. Flamin' Hellcats for Best Roots Rock Earl Gilliam for Best Blues "Most Played" Tunes in Your iPod: Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet

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    July 24, 2008
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    April 8, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    November 15, 2007

    J Dilla and Lupus

    Power-walking tracks to remember the beatsmith by

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    October 19, 2007

    Hittin' the Note with Gregg Allman

    "Hi Greg. It's Gregg." I felt a rush and a little bit of a chill. Gregg Allman, the man who was my gateway drug into the world of blues and soul, was on the line. I asked him where he was calling from, and he told me he was in New Orleans and that it was raining. I told him it was raining here as ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007
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    July 27, 2007
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    April 13, 2007

    Did you hear it? The quiet little pop that happened when Apple sold the 100 millionth iPod last week? One hundred million of the high-tech mini-jukeboxes are now out there, each jammed with legally downloaded and, more importantly, supposedly illegally copied music. Along with all those iPods (most ... More >>

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    January 29, 2007
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    January 4, 2007

    In with the New

    Despite doom-and-gloom predictions, 2006 wasn't at all bad

  • News

    January 4, 2007

    DISConnect

    Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2006

    Hey Drunks, We've Got Your BAC

    BACtrak/KHN Solutions, LLC. "I played a little switcheroo with Mike -- he's outside trying to breathe into his iPod!" Thanks to today's Houston Press editorial holiday party and my boss's potent rum ball treats, I'm currently preoccupied with the whole idea of DWI. And what serendipitously sh ... More >>

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Loony Zunes

    Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Not That We Don't Love the Classics...

    Think of all the money you'd save on DJs and koozies... Blame it on the train, but this weekend I was stopped in front of a lumbering mechanical beast of burden when I flipped the station and caught a throaty DJ on The Arrow spouting a promo blurb I hadn't heard before: "Like a giant iPod filled ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2005

    Podnography

    And you thought those audio files were only used for music

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    November 29, 2001
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    November 19, 1998
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