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Dolly Parton

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    July 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Musician-Based Pinball Tables

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn alm ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    The Mystery of Mary Sarah: Country Music's Next Star?

    Many critics believe that for the past few years, country music has been experiencing the kind of artistic bankruptcy that comes along once in a generation. But now something odd is happening, and the unlikely catalyst is a teenager from Fort Bend County who once confessed her "MAJOR" crush on Justi ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The First Half

    In further efforts to reassure us that it is still relevant, Rolling Stone magazine recently started a country clickbait section called most cleverly (drum roll, maestro) RS Country. I know, the heart pitter-patters in anticipation. A brief perusal of the site finds basically the same crap, errr... ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Dolly Parton's 10 Best Songs of All Time

    We really couldn't adore Dolly more. As a songwriter, performer and even an actor, she's proven herself worthy time and again. She holds a number of career milestones -- 25 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum awards, 41 career Top 10 country albums, and eight Grammys, just to name a few -- but more th ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In April

    "A House Is a Home," Ben & Ellen Harper Grammy winner Ben Harper teams up with his mother, Ellen, for Childhood Home, which releases this week. This is the first single from the album. Their tender harmonies and reflections here are like flipping through a family photo album, reminding us of every t ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    10 Things Country Music Should Write About Besides Trucks

    Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013
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    October 7, 2013

    10 Albums Any True Urban Cowboy Should Own

    There's no telling the reasoning that caused Kings of Leon to call their sixth album, released late last month, Mechanical Bull. But to venture a wild guess, could be the Nashville-via-Oklahoma rockers are trying to put across a general image of toughness after a difficult few years, or perhaps sugg ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    The Last VJ's Top Five Music Videos of the Week

    Today we're starting a new segment here on Rocks Off I'm calling The Last VJ. Each week we'll look at five new music videos and allow you (the readers) to judge which ones deserve to be called the absolute best, and which ones deserve to be left to rot underneath the Internet's pixilated sky. The a ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Alt-J at Bayou Music Center, 9/26/2013

    Alt-J Bayou Music Center September 26, 2013 The fall music season is in full swing, and Bayou Music Center was alive and kicking with a sold-out crowd of young adults for a showcase of talents by the likes of English indie-rockers Alt-J, with their folkier friends Lord Huron as support. Alt-J have ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Houston Elementary Schoolers Tell Us Their Favorite Songs

    Tonight, Australian children's band The Wiggles premiere their "Taking Off!" world tour at Bayou Music Center. The group has been performing together for more than 20 years, and tonight reveals a brand-new cast, as well as their first female member, Emma Watkins. That's a waste of time, as a recent ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    Krewella at Stereo Live, 9/6/2013

    Krewella Stereo Live September 6, 2013 Oh how things can change in just under a year. The last time Krewella came to town they were in the opening slot with a single EP under their belt, but it was clear at the time that there were big things ahead for the trio. They managed to reach those big thi ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Pepper at House of Blues, 9/5/2013

    Pepper House of Blues September 5, 2013 Sixteen years into their career, the members of Pepper still possess a youthful energy onstage. Despite being in their mid-thirties, guitarist Kaleo Wassman, bassist Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams have the stage presence of spry teenagers. They s ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    The Best-Named Rolling Stones Book of All Time

    Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones By Bill Janovitz St. Martin's Press, 404 pp., $25.99 OK, we're not biased about this book since it also happens to share a title with this very music blog. But it's an interesting concept, as Janovitz takes 50 Stones tracks and details ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Houston's 10 Hottest Female Singers

    Lately I have had the pleasure of reporting on a lot of our city's female front women, and let me tell you something; they are a good-looking bunch. We don't just grow good sets of pipes in Houston, we make sure the packaging is first rate as well. Today we look at a few of the best looking girls on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    10 More Reasons Dolly Parton Is Badass

    So, the 9th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is just around the corner, and you should care because it involves the ever-illustrious Country Barbie known as Ms. Dolly Parton. She's my favorite, and just saying her name makes me want to adopt a Southern accent and wear rhinestones. If you're a ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Top 10 Musicians Who Have Written Children's Books

    Today is International Children's Book Day, celebrated every April 2 on the birthday of Little Mermaid author Hans Christian Andersen. It's a day to honor the joy of reading to your children (which I do with Lovecraft because, well, I'm kind of a bad person), and some wonderful musicians have gotten ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Bizarre Acting Roles by 20 Famous Musicians

    It's a toss-up whether actors or musicians will go to greater lengths to make rent, but some musicians have even found themselves so hard up they've been forced to take an acting gig. Such is the case with the haystack-sized Sleepy LaBeef, who in 1968's The Exotic Ones appeared as the "Swamp Monster ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 23, 2012

    Cracker Barrel Is iTunes For Old People

    If you have been paying attention to obscure press releases, you would know by now that Cracker Barrel, that folksy restaurant chain with all the rocking chairs out front that your grandparents love, is now a music retailer to boot. Yes, in addition to all those cool wooden toys and puppets, you c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Look Who Showed Up At The Rodeo Cookoff

    Country stars Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton both dropped by the World's Championship BBQ Contest at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Thursday night, reports KHOU. Rocks Off has no idea what they were doing in town, besides both of them probably love good barbecue. That we know of, neither of the ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012
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    December 15, 2011

    Houston's Mezzanine Lounge Named Smartest Bar in America

    mezzaninelounge.com​Contrary to what you may have heard up north, Texas isn't a congeries of lazy, narrow-minded, horse-riding, Dolly Parton-blasting moon calves. The truth is, we're just some easygoing folks who happen to kick ass at bar trivia. That's right, bar trivia. And it's official no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on Top Chef: Texas

    ​Thoughts: Is it really a "Healthy Choice" when so many of your frozen dinners are laden with preservatives and other chemicals? With that, we're hitting the road to Dallas, better known these days as a "dining nowhereville." Great choice, Bravo! Enjoy that! "When I think of Dallas, I think of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Last Night: Dolly Parton At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Dolly Parton Verizon Wireless Theater October 11, 2011 Dolly Parton seems like the kind of person so determined to make sure her audience has a good time, she's not above putting them to the thumbscrews to make sure that happens. Luckily, it didn't come to that Tuesday ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    October 4, 2011

    Top 10 Songs About Other Musicians

    When you make music your life, it's only natural that you'd look at the people around you doing the same and find someone who just moistens the muse's panties. What we've tried to put together here is a list of those best efforts. Bear in mind, with one notable exception we've steered clear of fell ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    The Five Worst Music Movies Ever*

    * That aren't actual musicals *eye roll*​It would be easy to pick out a bunch of terrible musicals to make fun of. First off, most musicals seem stuck in the 1930s, when every song everywhere sounded like a show tune, and therefore stank. Second, we're afraid of polarizing our audience. You ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    9 Musical Costumes Couples Should Avoid This Halloween

    Norman See/last.fmNice threads, but... yeah. Don't go there.​The other day, a friend of ours asked us for our opinion on some ideas for "couple costumes," as in Halloween, including Han Solo and Princess Leia. Ugh. Do you happy couples really start this early in September? Rocks Off thinks ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Boobylicious: Music's 20 Most Memorable Breasts (Semi-NSFW)

    ztams.comWendy O. Williams, seen here with Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister​It may sound silly, but boobs are powerful things. Men are fascinated and entranced by them, while women constantly obsess over their size and shape. In a way, they're not unlike the ring in Lord of the Rings: Capab ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Out Today: Beyonce's 4 Is Square, Limp Bizkit Chokes The Cobra

    What is this I don't even....​This week in new releases sees is one of the most varied in months, with new discs by Beyonce, Limp Bizkit, Dolly Parton, and Thievery Corporation hitting shelves and digital outlets today. By far though, the sexiest album cover is the Beyonce art for 4, and the m ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Zoo Station: A Noah's Ark Of 75 Animal Songs

    And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010
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    November 4, 2010
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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Mark Lanier's 2010 Desperate Christmas Party Performer: Sting

    Nah, you're not invited​Mega-lawyer Mark Lanier each year throws an outrageous Christmas party, because there's nothing better to do with money than throw an opulent, look-at-me event that doesn't even serve liquor for all the dads who've had to drag their kids out to ride the rides.The event also ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Enjoy "I Will Always Love You" on key and sans squeaks

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    September 9, 2009

    Lone Star Scorecard: All Tanya Tucker Edition

    ​The history of country music - or any music until recent years, for that matter - is largely represented by men, with female artists popping up more and more frequently as time passed and concert/record promoters realized there was a market for women in the business. In country, you started with ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    The Nine Five Movies You Must See On 9-9-09

    It's September 9, 2009, a date which has absolutely no significance to anyone except those celebrating Shane Battier's 31st birthday and people who regularly say things like, "Well of course you're having communication issues; you have retrograde Saturn in your 5th house." Today also marks the rele ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Post-Valentine's Day Relationship Rescue Songs

    So Valentine's Day is over, and you spent all your dough on Cupid swag for that special sweetie, which hopefully bought your way out of the doghouse for the time being. But if not, Casanova, your Rocks Off homies still have your back - provided you have an iTunes account. Sentimentally speaking, wha ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Vinyl Ranch’s tribute to Urban Cowboy

    Leon’s monthly country-music installment pays tribute to classic country cinema

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    April 18, 2008

    Strange Wikipedia Searches I Have Done

    Like some kind of nefarious street drug, Wikipedia courses through this addict’s veins, sucking up productive time and turning it into Wikipedia Crack time. You know what I mean. You meander over to Wikipedia to innocently look up some information about, say, the woman who wrote the novel “Bri ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
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    February 28, 2008

    Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade

    Watch downtown turn into cowpoke heaven

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    February 14, 2008

    Bartender, Pour the Wine: Ten Great Country Breakup Songs

    The late, great Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind “Heartaches by the Number,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Streets of Baltimore” and “Why Not Me” (among countless others), once famously said country music is “three chords and the truth.” And the truth is that many relationships – mo ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Dolly Parton at SXSW

    Dolly Parton has just been added to March’s SXSW lineup. Over her four-decade career, Parton has defined the role that women play in country music (big boobs), won a few Grammys (big boobs), written timeless love songs (big boobs) and even found time to open her own theme park (big boobs). That's ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    R.I.P. Porter Wagoner

    Wagonmaster: A shoo-in for many year-end Top 10 lists even before Porter Wagoner's death Sunday. Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad host of the Grand Ole Opry for the past 12 years and one of country music’s last surviving links to the time of Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, passed away from lung ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Brennen Leigh

    Thursday, February 16, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

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    December 2, 2004
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    December 7, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Appalachia Calling

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