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Donna Summer

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Lionel Richie & Cee-Lo Green at The Woodlands, 7/13/2014

    Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 13, 2014 It's not a stretch to say that many of my peers could have possibly been conceived thanks to Lionel Richie's body of work. The legendary R&B singer's sexy-meets-soulful approach, both with the Commodores in the '60s and '70s ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Human Trafficking Sting Named After Disco Hit Nets 18 Arrests at Houston Cantinas

    In all likelihood, it was ranchera music playing, and not a Donna Summer classic when a squad of law enforcement officials stormed a cantina called Lolita's Bar, an alleged front for prostitution, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The sting was dubbed "Operation Last Dance," in a vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Knocking at Your Back Door: A Deeper Shade of Purple In the '80s

    Deep Purple Perfect Strangers Live Eagle Vision, 141 mins., Various CD/DVD formats It's something of an intellectual parlor game for Deep Purple fans to debate the ultimate question: Which lineup was the best? Commercially and song popularity/longevity wise, it's clear DP 2.0 -- the band responsi ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Dance Music and DJ's: Meet the Pride Festival Performers

    It's officially Pride Weekend in Houston, which means it's time for some of the most fabulous parties, music, and dancing that will happen all year. It also means it's time for the Pride Festival, which will only be better thanks to the awesome folks at the Supreme Court and the whole, oh, obliterat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Pleased to Meet You: Eight Song Characters I'd Like to Know

    A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Boogie Nights: How Surviving Disco Helped Me Understand EDM

    Some kid I know asked me if I ever plan to write an article about electronic dance music. I told him yeah, probably I would. I guess that seemed too cavalier an answer. He wanted to know if I had something against EDM. Naw, it's all right, I told him. What was I, he wanted to know, some kind of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Five Disco Songs That Make Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" Blush

    Hey 2013. We need to talk. You've already produced a number of good albums, some even by new bands. But I've got a bone to pick with you, and it's about this new song by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams. It's called "Get Lucky" and it's making waves with its disco revival sound that I'm guessin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Cavern and the Top 10 Iconic Rock Clubs In History

    Last week back in 1957, the most famous rock club in England opened in Liverpool. There was absolutely no rock and roll on the bill that night. The Cavern Club was originally opened to mimic the cellar jazz bars that owner Alan Synter visited in Paris. There was a strict jazz-only policy in place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Those Are People Who Died, Died: Musical Passings of 2012

    Rocks Off put it off as long as we could, because December has been a pretty rough month. It always is for music. (Hollywood, too.) But it's time to call the roll of people who played or sang their last note in 2012, plus a few who were just as instrumental offstage. Precious few corners of the mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    KC, of the Sunshine Band: "We're the Party Band"

    If there were some kind of Ghostbusters-style aura-meter that could measure the feelings certain songs evoke in people, KC & the Sunshine Band's readings would be greener than the fields of Ireland. The Miami-based group dominated the charts in the mid- and late '70s with a string of singles -- "Boo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    For Once, the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Got It Right

    Despite being sick and hacking up more different colors of phlegm than there are Power Rangers, I needed to certify that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn't completely mad for its incoming inductees. Rewind: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Set To Induct Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, and Public Enemy Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Set To Induct Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, And Public Enemy

    Today the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2013 class of inductees. Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, and longtime jilted proggers Rush have all made the cut. The star-studded ceremony is set for April 18 in Los Angeles. REWIND: Last Night: Rush ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Understanding the Rock Hall's 2013 Nominees: Chic? Kraftwerk? Butterfield?

    Wednesday night The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced their 2013 nominees for induction next year. These names will be voted on by a committee of guys in bad weaves, rich people who know the right people, and tenured music writers with axes to grind. The names are as follows: The Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Yes, Gary Kubiak Is In Mid-Season "Battling" Form

    With Texans' training camp in full swing, there's one thing fans want to know -- is head coach Gary Kubiak in mid-season quote-machine form? The answer is decidedly yes. Odd circumlocutions? You bet: Former New Orleans Saint, current Texan Mitch King? "He's a try-hard player." Of Houston Cougars' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Yello Echo: Complicated Instigators Keep Disco Torch Lit

    Each week, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? E-mail their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Here's what you're about to walk in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    The End of the Road: Digital Mourning in 2012

    At the Houston Press office, I am usually the first person who finds out when a celebrity or musician dies, usually from a wire or, these days, the fine folks at TMZ. Hell, sometimes even when I am away from my desk I have to be the bearer of bad tidings, like when Adam Yauch passed on a few weeks a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Disco Sucks, Long Live Disco: Your Essential Disco Playlist

    Disco, that uniquely '70s, coke-laden, soulful, brash and flamboyant genre, was Public Enemy #1 for rockers and punks in the latter half of the Me Decade. Hippies and suburbanites cut their hair, stuffed their noses and took to the dance floors, tripping the light fantastic in their best polyester u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Prom Night, Rocky Hill, Yann Tiersen, Etc.

    Sorry we're late this week, but the good ol' Allen Oldies Band wants to help you start your weekend by rocking your socks off this evening at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Also, it's Prom Night down the street at the Continental Club. Boondocks is promising "Nu Disco, Italo, Cosmic Synth, Nu No Wave, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    RIP Donna Summer: Disco Queen Dies At 63

    Donna Summer, the disco queen whose salacious songs sometimes clashed with her traditional values, has died of cancer at age 63, TMZ is reporting. Boston native Summer, born LaDonna Andre Gaines, sang in her church choir as a teenager before winning five Grammys and becoming one of the top-selling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Play It Again, Sam: 10 Artists & Comedians Signed To Casablanca Records

    Casablanca Records was a record company started by Neil Bogart -- no relation to the late legendary actor Humphrey Bogart, although Neil was a big Bogie enthusiast and admirer. In the 1970s, Casablanca Records was the go-to label for disco much like Death Row was the go-to place for gangsta rap in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The American Bandstand (Extended) Hot 100

    Somehow it's hard to believe that Dick Clark was only 82 years old when he died after suffering a "massive heart attack" Wednesday morning in Santa Monica, Calif. (Since I managed to survive one myself, I've noticed that anytime someone dies of a heart attack, it's always "massive."). Despite his yo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
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    December 7, 2011

    No Surprises: Rock Hall Set To Induct Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    Photo By Marco TorresGuns N' Roses are Rock Hall bound, but which version of GNR will show up? ​This morning (well, it leaked last night) the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced their 2012 class of inductees. Included on the list are Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    The End is Nigh: 2012 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Edition

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but 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! Once again the time has come to select the most excellent musicians in o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    G N' R, The Cure & Chili Peppers Could Be Hall Of Famers Next Year

    Oh, this will be a fun induction ceremony...​This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Gloria Gaynor, Disco's Ultimate Survivor, Discusses That Song

    ​You know "I Will Survive." Everybody knows "I Will Survive." Aliens know "I Will Survive." Dogs know "I Will Survive." Dogs who are aliens know "I Will Survive." Gloria Gaynor's 1979 disco anthem, written by the same producers who wrote "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "Reunited," has l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Five Great 2010 Albums Lonesome Onry And Mean Forgot

    ​Other than it just being a form of lazy journalism, one reason LOM hates making best-of lists is that there are always items that we forgot about, or considered but felt like they just barely didn't make it somehow. Then we wish we had included them. Here are a few more obscure 2010 albums th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    "Rape Gaze": Worst Genre Name Ever? Not Quite...

    myspace.com/wearecreep​Let's take a moment to think about labels and what they mean to us. Why do people feel the need to label things? The obvious answer is: It's the only way we know what stuff is. To anyone who automatically dismisses the very idea of labeling, just imagine what it would b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Bon Jovi, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers? It Could Happen...

    Stay classy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...​This morning the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's ballot of nominees, with the winners to be announced in December and inducted next March in New York. Fifteen names are on this year's ballot, ranging from hip-hoppers, proto-metal icons, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Bollywood's Greatest Western Hits: Beatles, Elvis, "Thriller"...

    ​Tonight, prolific Indian film composer/choreographer A.R. Rahman comes to Toyota Center to make up a July date he had to cancel after his tour was plagued with set malfunctions. In the wake of a near-disaster in Detroit back in June, Rahman and his company postponed dates in order to get thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Friday Night: Sheryl Crow At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Sheryl Crow Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 27, 2010 There is a mile-wide disparity between what Sheryl Crow is doing now and what her fanbase wants her to do, which was evident on Friday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Touring behind a Memphis-sty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring! Doesn't Disappoint

    "American man in the laundry pile/ With the rain check claims and the skateboard child" - Chuck Prophet, "American Man"​We admit to being full-fledged, card-carrying members of the Chuck Prophet Party, but it still took Lonesome, Onry and Mean longer than usual to get the ears and head wrapped aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    This Week in Beyonce: Bjork, BET Awards, "I Saw Beyonce at Burger King" and A Two-Year Break?

    TWIB may be folding up shop soon: B says she's considering taking a two-year break. Gay New York rapper Cazwell, self-described as "imagine if Biggie Smalls ate Donna Summer for breakfast, has a song called "I Seen Beyonce at Burger King" (see video above) on next month's album Watch My Mouth. Cat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2007
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    October 9, 2007

    Give Us a Hand

    If there’s one thing we learned from the Press’ recent H-Town 100 list, it’s that Houston has produced a lot of great songs. If there’s another thing we learned, it’s that lists – of anything, but since this is the music blog we’ll stick with songs – can sure draw a lot of comments v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Hall of Fame Nominations a Big Cleveland Steamer

    Late Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their nominees for its class of 2008: Madonna, John Mellencamp, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Leonard Cohen and Afrika Bambaataa are the heavyweights. Mind you, these are just nominees. Oh, I forgot to mention that Chic somehow rates a nomination, ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Aaron Loesch Vies to Become the Guitar Center King of the Blues

    A dying Houston scene suddenly might have new life

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Grammar Rock

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs break a few rules

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Nouvelle Vague

    Nouvelle Vague

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    February 3, 2005
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    July 29, 2004

    Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment

    By the looks of Wayne Static's hair, somebody already has

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Kelis

    Tasty (StarTrak/Arista)

  • Music

    August 7, 2003

    Beyoncé

    Dangerously in Love (Columbia)

  • Film

    July 1, 1999
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    March 18, 1999
  • Dining

    December 31, 1998

    Urbana Renewal

    The chef has changed, but the party rolls on

  • Dining

    June 18, 1998

    Dining a la Disco

    Sempers has great food. Marvelous decor. And, alas, a Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

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    September 11, 1997
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    December 2, 1993
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