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Elton John

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    May 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog

    Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I show you the most disturbing thing I have ever run across. It makes Grinderman's "Heathen Child" look like a Bieber video, and no, I'm not joking at all. Plus, Jason Voorhees tries to turn his life around and we go to outer space in a cardboard r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Sir Elton John at Ford Arena, Beaumont, 3/12/2014

    Sir Elton John Ford Arena, Beaumont March 12, 2014 "My first show was in 1974, and the tickets were $7.50 then. A lot has changed since then." The man sitting next to me, Jeff Young, has now seen Elton John play 165 times, and is beaming as he recalls his encounters with the artist. On the other h ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    10 More Aging Pop-Star Tours We'd Like to See

    This Saturday night, Houston will be greeted by two very familiar faces: Sting and Paul Simon. The two are legends in their respective fields, and although their music doesn't quite sound similar, the tour is welcome all the same. It's sort of like Elton John and Billy Joel, only a little less obvio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    10 Things In Music More Exciting Than Miley Cyrus

    Hey everyone, can I ask a question? Are we sick of Miley Cyrus yet? No? Oh, okay. The fact is that for some reason people can't seem to get enough of this girl shaking her ass on TV. That's fine and all, but it's a shame for all the true artists out there who are pouring their hearts into real, cre ... 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 >>

  • Music

    April 4, 2013

    Madman Across the Water

    Sir Elton John piano-pounded Toyota Center March 28.

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    March 29, 2013

    Last Night: Elton John At Toyota Center

    Elton John has become the best-case scenario of the future life of a troubled character in one of his songs. Albeit a song that he has been writing since he and collaborator Bernie Taupin decided to forge a songwriting partnership nearly 45 years ago. He's now a seasoned sage, deeper in voice, ric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Free Radicals, Scott Weiland, Elton John, etc.

    Free Radicals AvantGarden, March 25 Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Songs I Didn't Want to Hear at a Casino While Losing Money

    Recently, I spent more than a little time at the Harrah's casino smack in the middle of downtown New Orleans, which was unfortunately the only place besides my hotel room floor where I could get some sort level of sanity away from football. If you have ever been to a casino, you know it is built l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Dear Grammys, I'm Breaking Up With You

    Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Yellow Brick Road Brings Elton John to Toyota Center March 28

    Wednesday morning, Live Nation announced that British superstar Elton John and his band will perform at Toyota Center on Thursday, March 28. This is good news, because Rocks Off has been in a Tumbleweed Connection phase anyhow, not that we're all that likely to hear "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun," "C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Rocket Man: Elton John's 5 Greatest Characters

    Great songwriters create great characters. Elton John has a plethora in his songs some real like Princess Diana, and others purely fictional. The stories he tells in his songs are what makes him one of the greatest artists ever to come from Great Britain. His characterizations have even been celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Best-Selling Single Of All Time "Candle In The Wind 1997" Turns 15 Years Old

    Re-written in the wake of his friend Princess Diana's car accident death on August 31, 1997, Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" was merely a maudlin tribute to Marilyn Monroe before tragedy struck. Diana died from her wounds in a Paris road tunnel crash, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, and the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Frog Eyes! The 10 Greatest Glasses-Wearing Musicians

    If you were like me growing up, you had glasses. You got ridiculed for it with names like "frog eyes," "nerd" (sadly children didn't equate that with smart, just weird), "ugly" and "geek." Even worse was the fact that, as a result of my wearing glasses, I couldn't wear sunglasses because the good o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Who's Got the Power?: The Musicians On Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrities List

    Fame and fortune might not be the ultimate goal for every person to ever write a song or learn an instrument, but it is for a lot of people out there. It would be lovely to believe that music is done 100% of the time for the "right" reasons, but most of us are cynical enough to know otherwise. Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Tears In Heaven: The 10 Best Songs To Come Out Of Tragedy

    Since the dawn of time, great art has been birthed out of great tragedy, happening numerous times with playwrights, artists, and musicians. In many ways, expressing grief through music serves as a healing agent that gets the artist through tough things such as the loss of a loved one. It also helps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Scruncha Roo Picks The Worst Rap Album/Song Names

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    No-Fun Number Ones: The Worst Chart Toppers Since Tiffany

    It's no secret that chart success is no real guarantor of musical quality. Hell, "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" went number one way back in 1952, pissing kids off so badly that they had to invent rock 'n roll. Twenty-five years ago this week, however, Billboard reached a new low when m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    2 Become 1: Musical Match-Ups We'd Like To See

    ​Kanye "Hitler" West and Jay-Z released their (overused music writer word alert) epic Watch the Throne album this week, to mostly great reviews. This fall the first fruits from the recently announced Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration should be on the store shelves, which still sorta weirds us o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Arcade Fire On For ACL; Kanye Expected In Midnight Lineup

    ​Tonight at midnight, the folks at C3 Presents who book the Austin City Limits Music Festival are expected to drop the lineup in full onto the festival's official Web site. And like, duh, Rocks Off will of course be up and about to post it to the blog once it goes live. You are more than welco ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 3, 2011
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    November 16, 2010

    Which Rockers Are Best Suited For Autumn?

    ​What season are you? It's a question that doesn't get asked often enough in the world of rock and roll, but if the half dozen fashion and beauty Web sites Rocks Off consulted while writing this are any indication, seasonal color analysis is big. The phenomenon took off in the 1980s, which as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Tear Me Down: Five Songs About The Berlin Wall

    ​Today is World Freedom Day! The holiday was declared in 2001 by George W. Bush to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and just how awesome he felt Ronald Reagan was. It was 21 years ago today that East and West Berlin were reunited, and the Berlin Wall remains a source of musical inspiratio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    "Monkey With Arthritis": Top 10 Cattiest Musician Insults

    ​Think of Tony Bennett and you'll probably picture the kindly older gentleman crooning "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and any number of other pop standards, or perhaps the guy who upstaged Alec Baldwin as "Anthony Benedetto" (his birth name) on a 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, turnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Aftermath: Elton John and Billy Joel at the Toyota Center

    Let's face it - an Elton John/Billy Joel duo show is critic proof. And as the guy sitting next to me - Dandy Andy Dansby of the Houston Chronicle - said, it's also apparently recession proof. Every ticket in the Toyota Center from the front row mortgage-costing gold seats to the SRO nosebleeds near ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    April 30, 2008

    The Blog of Lists: 20 Teetotaling Musicians other than Ian Mackaye

    Last week we gave you the vegans. This week, the designated drivers: David Bowie Eric Dolphy Davey Havok (also a vegan) Elton John Chris Martin Ted Nugent Donny Osmond Jade Puget Henry Rollins Gene Simmons

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    April 17, 2008
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    October 25, 2007

    Dances for the Seasons of Life

    Ad Deum gets serious

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007

    Life Imitating Art

    We would call it irony, but it's actually the exact opposite. Amy Winehouse is onto her second UK concert cancellation this week. Maybe all the recent praise from super divas like Elton John and Prince has gone to her head, or maybe it really was “exhaustion.” Either way, she was clearly in ne ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    Scissor Sisters

    An interview with the band

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    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

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

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    December 5, 2006

    YuleTube

    The holidays are a special time for family and friends to come together in a show of magical unity and optimism. The whole human race becomes as one with a sense of childlike wonderment and admiration for all fellow men. But for a few musician dirt bags, it's a time to whore out their wares for holi ... More >>

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    August 10, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    July 20, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    February 23, 2006

    Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    The Brave and the Bold

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    September 15, 2005

    ODB

    A Son Unique

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    August 18, 2005

    Geddouddahere

    The Nightfly buzzes away to the Northeast. Luckily, he left an exit interview behind him.

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    March 24, 2005

    Elton John

    Saturday, March 26, at the Toyota Center, 1510 Polk, 713-758-7200

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    March 17, 2005

    Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza

    Here are a bunch of hilarious misheard lyrics. Now send us more.

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    September 21, 2000
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    March 30, 2000

    Road to El Bathhouse

    Animated film puts a gay spin on the old Hope-Crosby comedies

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    December 11, 1997

    Perfect Pitch

    John Axelrod has a plan to make classical music hip--and himself hot

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