Frank Sinatra

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Five Killer Musical Moments On The Sopranos

    People are still in shock at the news of actor James Gandolfini's passing Wednesday night, no doubt even those without HBO, Italian ancestry or pretensions of an angst-ridden suburban-Jersey gangster lifestyle. Many cultural tastemakers believe at least parts of The Sopranos -- and especially Gandol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Paul Anka, Ladies' Man and Sinatra Worshipper, Tells It His Way

    My Way: An Autobiography By Paul Anka with David Dalton St. Martin's Press, 384 pp., $29.99 Currently celebrating his 55th year in show business with this autobiography and the new CD Duets -- which finds him singing with artists like Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and (through the magic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: The Lost Sinatra Group Christmas Episode

    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 December 22, 2010. Through the magic of Christmas, Rocks Off has received a copy of the transcript ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Terminal Confusion: Why Are These the UK's Most Popular Funeral Songs?

    Recently, a survey conducted in the UK revealed the most popular songs played at funerals. The big news everyone seems to be talking about is that Adele's "Someone Like You -- a song all about how replaceable a person is -- made it to No. 22. But we here at Rocks Off find the Top 5 equally confoundi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Fiskadoro's Richard Kimball

    Who: Richard Kimball plays guitar and sings in one of Houston's finest noise bands, Fiskadoro. Over the years they've released a series of free EPs that have only gotten better and better, including the very dance-worthy Dubai earlier this year. The album dealt with a dystopian future where oil comp ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    10 Things Musicians Have Been Buried With

    Everyone dies eventually, even rock stars, and when they go it's not uncommon for them to take beloved personal items with them, or to have such things placed there by grieving friends and family. That is of course unless they're cremated and have their ashes snorted or smoked. For those who went th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Double Duds: The 10 Worst Duets Since "Ebony and Ivory"

    Thirty years ago this week, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 on the charts with their duet, "Ebony and Ivory." The song spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the past three decades as a joke. Perhaps history's most hackneyed call for racial harmony (which, admittedly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Big Boss E's Favorite Boss Songs

    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 T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Your 33 Black Angels Pick 10 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

    ​Sunday night, Notsuoh plays host to Your 33 Black Angels, a manic garage-psych group from Brooklyn, N. Y. The band sometimes boasts eight members, and reminds us of a less-pretentious Brian Jonestown Massacre or trance-driven Black Lips. And there's the "96 Tears" organ that chimes in here a ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012

    Nice 'n' Easy

    Downtown supper club The Capitol at St. Germain has arrived.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: I don't care for Mannheim Steamroller. I think their music is odd and a little creepy. But, that doesn't mean 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Bing Crosby's White Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Bing Crobsy was the first crossover pop star. He made movies, music, appeared in both radio and television programs and did all of it successfully and, more important ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Classic Christmas: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

    ​There are many arguments to be made about music, but one that I doubt anyone could actually win is the one that goes, "There was someone in music at some point cooler than Frank Sinatra." Trying to make that argument is like trying to say Kobe was better than Michael. Sure, you can say it, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Top 5 Songs About Coffee To Celebrate National Coffee Day!

    National Coffee Day is September 29. Most of us can't function without our morning cup, whether it's black, loaded with sugar and cream, or one of those $10 fancy-pants 20-ouncejobs. It's part of our morning routine, it's a ritual, it warms our souls and gets us moving. It's a social custom and a h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011
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    June 13, 2011

    Saturday Night: Luis Miguel At Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​Luis Miguel Toyota Center June 12, 2011 It's 9:10 p.m. and Luis Miguel struts onstage, all smiles and ego. He's 40 minutes late but nobody, including him, seems to notice. He launches into "Te Propongo Esta Noche" backed by a band that's got a full horn section of three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Jonathan Barnes: Friend of Houston Socialite Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

    Ol' Blue Eyes weeps at what became of his Cadillac​Jonathan Barnes, the Bellaire oil trader whose ill-gotten gains include Frank Sinatra's 1957 Caddy, pleaded guilty today to fraud and money-laundering charges, the U.S. Attorney's office announced. Now very worried: The two other defendants w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Jonathan Barnes & Pals: How to Spend Those Ill-Gotten Gains? Buy Frank Sinatra's 1957 Caddy

    The first time Frank Sinatra's name has been associated with criminal activity​The U.S. Attorney's office today announced the indictment of three oil traders accused of running an $80 million scam against LyondellBasell, and the most entertaining part was what the trio spent their alleged ill- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    The Lost Sinatra Group Christmas Episode

    ​Through the magic of Christmas, Rocks Off has received a copy of the transcript of the "Sinatra Group" sketch that was filmed in an alternate reality last weekend, one in which Phil Hartman never died, and Saturday Night Live is currently in one of its funniest seasons to date. What else cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    When Frank Sinatra Played Juarez... And Galveston

    ​Already a poet laureate of Americana before he moved to El Paso about ten years ago, Tom Russell's border tenure has seen him produce some great hardscrabble portraits of sketchy characters and haunting, even deadly landscapes. One of Russell's truly great pieces is the border memoir "When S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Rock Stars' Troublesome Family and Friends

    ​Wednesday, the NAACP released an extensive, in-depth study of the main six groups which provide the lion's share of support for the infamous Tea Party movement, and the results of their study are not encouraging. It chronicles a great deal of cross-pollination between Tea Party and white supr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    The Top Five Saturday Night Live Musician Impressions

    ​In the wake of the recent news that feted comedian/actor/YouTube sensation Jay Pharoah - above, known for his spoofs of A-list bait like Drake, Chris Tucker, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, and President Obama - will join the cast of Saturday Night Live when its 36th season premieres September ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Ten Iconic Musical Nicknames, And 25 You May Never Guess

    ​You know what sucks? Getting saddled with a really awkward family nickname when you are younger and it following you until it takes a frenzied freak-out to stop it. We were once called "Pooter" by our mother until an eight-year-old Rocks Off gave her a terse look right before third grade star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Idol Beat: Adios, Aaron

    What does this have to do with crooning, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr.? Absolutely nothing.​I was amazed, if not exactly surprised, at how much time Idol can kill in a one-hour results show. Now that we're down to just a handful of singers, the producers are really reaching for padding, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    American Idol: Adios, Aaron

    What does this have to do with crooning, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr.? Absolutely nothing.​I was amazed, if not exactly surprised, at how much time Idol can kill in a one-hour results show. Now that we're down to just a handful of singers, the producers are really reaching for padding, ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Bodega's Taco Shop's Hibiscus Margarita on the Rocks

    ​A contractor I knew as Cowboy once told me the margarita was named after singer Peggy Lee in the late '40s at Galveston's storied Balinese Room. (He also told me that Frank Sinatra, a fixture at the former waterfront hotspot, refused to touch his own penis; he had hired hands do the job for h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: We Are Not Ready for Christmas Music in October... or Ever, Really

    ​Let the Madness begin. No, not March Madness, nincompoop - it's October. Christmas Madness. Lonesome Onry and Mean doesn't know who officially decides these things, all we know is that it's the first week of October, Halloween hasn't even come and gone yet, but in the past 24 hours we've received ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009

    Birthday Bash, Alt-Weekly Style

    Epic Press bash will celebrate Best of Houston¨ 2009 issue and the paper's 21st birthday

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Follow Along As Houstonians Hunt WW2 Ghosts...If You Dare!!!

    Photo courtesy ghostshow.usJennifer Parker of SPIHouston will have some local representation when the largest paranormal investigation in the history of paranormal investigations goes down Saturday night in Tampa Bay, Florida.Members of Southern Paranormal Investigators will join a 25-person investi ... More >>

  • Music

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Album of the Day: Frank Sinatra's Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love

    "Witchcraft," live in Genoa, Italy, 1987 Frank Sinatra Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love Ten years after his death, Frank Sinatra's cocksure shadow looms as large as ever over affairs of the heart. Francis Albert was the "world's preeminent Chief Tilted-Hat Attitudinalist, Swingi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2008

    The Rat Pack: Live at the Sands

    It’s Frank, Sammy and Dino — again

  • Music

    January 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007
  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Sinatra Sings Sinatra

    Jr. sings the songs that made Dad famous

  • Music

    August 2, 2007

    Valient Thorr, Riverboat Gamblers

    Valient Thorr and Riverboat Gamblers perform Monday, August 6, at Red Room inside Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717. ASG and Totimoshi are also on the bill.

  • Film

    June 7, 2007

    Ocean's Thirteen

    Ocean's Thirteen is a washed-up threequel. How much you wanna bet Hollywood makes a bundle?

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    The Dean Is Risen

    Some Dean Martin albums we wish existed

  • News

    March 16, 2006


    The Sinatra magic fails, and baffles, in rural Texas

  • Dining

    June 26, 2003

    Forgiving Fertitta

    Is Tilman's awesome new restaurant reason enough?

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Music

    November 12, 1998
  • Music

    May 21, 1998

    The Voice, The Spark, The Image

    Sinatra's genius looms lively and large over multiple media

  • Calendar

    January 29, 1998
  • Music

    December 26, 1996

    Heavy, Man

    An endless drum solo for... the ten worst concept albums of all time

  • Music

    October 13, 1994

    Twilight of the God

    One final round (maybe) for the last romantic, Frank Sinatra

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