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  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    In Defense of the Amazon.com Prime Rate Hike

    No one wants to pay more for anything. That's been true since the dawn of commerce. I'm pretty sure some caveman grunted his begrudging dissatisfaction when the guy who sold sticks of fire raised his price from one dead rat to two, but if he wanted fire, he ponied up the critter. The fact is, anyon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Is David Guetta's "Play Hard" the Best (and Most Racist) Video On YouTube?!

    Earlier this week, as I was working/editing/writing/procrastinating after a long weekend on the road, I came across the new video for "Play Hard" by David Guetta. Now, I'm not much of a Guetta fan, but I don't dislike him either. He makes radio-friendly pop songs disguised as house music (or is it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Spotify Launches Traditional Television Ad Campaign This Week

    Spotify is launching its first-ever advertising campaign this week, with an ad debuting tonight during NBC's premiere of its new season of The Voice, hoping to capitalize on music fans who haven't yet made the leap to streaming music services. The three initial ads are heavy on emotion and slow-mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Frankie MacDonald, YouTube Weatherman from Canada, Warns of Severe Weather in HOUUUUUSTON, Texas Today (with Video)

    As I mentioned on Monday, the Houston area is in for some wet, potentially severe weather, today and Wednesday thanks to a cool front moving into the area and stirring up showers and thunderstorms ahead of it. The rain should persist all day today and into Wednesday afternoon, with the worst of it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever

    It's the thought that counts, right? Because they had the common decency to make original garbage, this list pardons holiday atrocities like New Kids on the Block's "Funky Funky Christmas" and "Last Christmas" by Wham! The ten "artists" on this list couldn't even be bothered to wrap their own turds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Your Marilyn Manson YouTube Contest Winner Announced

    Last week we announced a Marilyn Manson YouTube contest for a pair of guest list spots for the The Manson and Rob Zombie co-headlining show here in Houston, set for tomorrow night at Reliant Arena. REWIND: Rocks Off's Marilyn Manson YouTube Video Contest The contest was fun, but most of the ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Rocks Off's Marilyn Manson YouTube Video Contest

    OK, the big Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie "Twins of Evil" tour hits Houston and Reliant Arena on October 30, just one short week from now. No doubt if you are a big fan of the boys, you have already got your tickets in your paws in sweaty anticipation. That's awesome, because the show looks like it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Kidney Trouble Forces Rapper P.O.S. to Cancel Tour

    Rapper P.O.S. -- real name Stefon Alexander -- has canceled his anticipated fall tour because of health reasons; namely, he says, his need for a new kidney. In a YouTube video released this past week, the Minneapolis-bred artist got fans up to speed on his trials, saying he's been on dialysis for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    John Shango: 14 Quotes From A Certifiably Insane Dallas Cowboys Fanboy Video

    Since the advent of the internet, more specifically YouTube and social media, as a means for virtually anyone with a laptop and a nearby wi-fi connection to convey his or her thoughts, it seems as though the best way to get noticed is to perform the following sequence: 1. Scream your thoughts as l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Top 5 Musical Tributes to Doctor Who on YouTube

    The new season of the indescribably awesome Doctor Who returns this month, with another year of the Eleventh Doctor, the departure of Amy and Rory, the return of the Daleks, a new companion and dinosaurs. With the 50th anniversary of the show looming, rumors abound about surprises to come, including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Dubstep DJ Doorly: "Everyone Goes Mental"

    If he isn't too busy running his own record label as well as heading his own underground radio station in the UK, Doorly can be found creating his classic beats and touring. Now he's back in the U.S. on tour for the first time in half a year, and performs Saturday night at new downtown spot Krypton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Isiah Carey on YouTube Celebrity, Homebodies and How the Devil Is Busy

    Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Isiah Carey Employer: KRIV Fox 26 Title: Investigative Reporter Fox 26 investigative reporter Isiah Carey is a YouTube celebrity, an often dubious distinction and a source of em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Summer Fest Ticket Prices Go Up At 10 p.m.; More Talent "Soon-Ish"

    Free Press Summer Fest is increasing ticket prices tonight, with a promise to compensate by adding more talent to the two-day music festival on the banks of Buffalo Bayou. According to FPSF's email blast this morning, the price of passes will go up at 10 p.m. tonight, and the festival will announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    David Sadof Returns to Radio

    Rocks Off can name at least ten local rock stars off the top of our heads who owe their good taste and love of music almost exclusively to the radio work done by David Sadof. Now he is finally returning to the medium in order to bring some light to the darkness of Houston radio as part of NASA's Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Early Warning: Coldplay Bringing Mylo Xyloto To Houston On June 25

    Photo By Craig HlavatyColdplay's Chris Martin at the Woodlands in July 2009. ​Coldplay is bringing their Mylo Xyloto tour to Houston next summer on June 25 at the Toyota Center. The band was last in Houston on July 22, 2009 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on the down-slope of the Viva La Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Internet Radio Gives Goth A Sanctuary

    ​Due to a boo-boo during the installation of XM radio in Rocks Off's car, we know longer have a terrestrial radio antenna in our Matrix. Due to the fact that XM became about as empty and mindless as terrestrial radio shortly after the merger with Sirius, we no longer have satellite radio eithe ... More >>

  • Music

    June 2, 2011

    Sick Puppies

    With Cult To Follow and Dmitri's Rail, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483 or www.warehouselive.com.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Wes Blak: Houston Rapper, 17, Is No Odd Future Clone

    ​Joshua Roach, better known as Wes Blak, is a 17-year old Houston rapper. You've probably never heard of Wes Blak, but you've definitely heard of Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future crew. That might explain why Wes has spent the last ten days posting and promoting YouTube clips that bear an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    30 Seconds With David Choi

    Rocks Off sat down with Youtube sensation David Choi to see what we could learn about the man who gave us "YouTube, A Love Song" in 30 seconds. davidchoi.com​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? David Choi: It just came out on YouTube recently, and I dread even thinking about it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Television in the `70s & `80s: Long, Long Attention Span Theater

    YouTube goodness stumbled upon: The opening of a new campus for Alvin Community College. Note how much airtime is expended on this. Note the fashions. Note Dave Ward. Of course, it's not like you didn't have a choice back then. As this pitch for advertisers from Channel 67(Huh?) shows, you could w ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011

    The Pomplamoose Revolution

    How a band with no CDs or record deal is changing the music industry

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Ally ASL, "Mad Drummer" Discuss Internet Stardom

    ​Rocks Off has been lucky enough to be the first to report on two people whose viral videos propelled them into that strangest of 21st century clubs; that of internet star. The term is still used with some derision today. After all, for every Ask a Ninja there's an Afro Ninja, but we'd argue t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Ally ASL Goes National Via ABC News, Yahoo!

    ​Rocks Off is a modest sort of music blog. We generally need both of our arms for typing, so we don't want to risk breaking one of them patting ourselves on the back. But once in a while, through hard work, dumb luck or (most often) some combination of the two, we push over the first domino in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Frustrated NASA Fan Takes Job Into His Own Commercial-Making Hands

    Check out the gorgeous NASA video promo above. Gives you warm, fuzzy feelings about the space program, doesn't it? The only problem? The video isn't actually from NASA. It was created by YouTube user damewse, who expressed frustration with the space exploration agency's lack of media savvy, espec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Austin's Hilah Cooking!

    Isn't it funny what you can discover when you're dicking around on YouTube? For example, we came across a clip of a blond-haired, Lisa Kudrow-looking woman ranting about how her roommate has been stealing her ketchup from their refrigerator. This is particularly hilarious not only because it appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Ally ASL Keeps Fighting Corporate Ignorance

    Courtesy of Allyson Townshend​One of the most delightful acquaintances Rocks Off has made this year is Allyson Townsend also known as Ally ASL. A Baylor graduate of now teaching deaf children in Dallas, Townsend carved quite a bit of fame for herself after she began her quest to translate mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    The Most Awesomely Bad Pink Floyd Cover Ever

    A few weeks back, Rocks Off was utterly enthralled with Roger Waters' rendition of The Wall, the masterpiece he created with his former band, Pink Floyd. Every note was pitch-perfect and the wall was strategically built onstage while the band behind Waters performed the album note for note. In fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Radio Is Dead, MySpace Too. How Do We Find New Music?

    ​As both a music journalist and an actual musician, one of the things Rocks Off is always interested in is finding out how you people are finding out about the music worth finding out about. When you work for a major music blog, new music is hurled at your head at an astounding rate by both t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    The Amazing Raving Dog

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. ​Raves are not Rocks Off's thing. We tend to make glowstickers cry, Ecstasy sounds more like a punishment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Confessions Of A Sheet Music Salesman

    rbcmusic.com​Readers may be surprised to learn this, but searching for YouTube videos to mock and talking about Goth bands does not exactly pay for the finer things in life. So six days a week, Rocks Off - or at least the Rocks Off writer with only one "f" in his name - sells sheet music to th ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2010
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    July 1, 2010
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    June 18, 2010
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    April 21, 2010

    Yes, We're Going To Kenny G. Got A Problem With That?

    ​Yes, tomorrow night Craig's Hlist will be at Kenny G with your mother and your weird aunt who likes to buy you fertility crystals for the summer solstice. Kenny G intrigues us to the no end. Along with Michael Bolton, he was a part of a tag-team duo of pop culture musical dregs in the '90s. But t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Yes, We Are Sick Of SXSW Too, But We Did Find (And Shoot) These Videos...

    Bun B x Motion Family x SXSW from Motion Family on Vimeo. Bun B wrecks it at SXSW; video by Motion Family As the dust settles from SXSW 2010, we began scouring YouTube for clips of some of our favorite performances. We managed to capture a handful on our own, but the internet video site is awash wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    The White House Wasn't Pleased Obama's Call To The Mayor Went Public

    Photo courtesy White House Flickr Group​Ever leave an extremely personal voicemail for someone, only to have what you thought was a private message broadcast to complete strangers -- or even worse, your friends? You know, maybe something about a burning sensation when you pee, or that you thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Aggies and the Ding Dong Song

    ​The code of conduct at Texas A&M is hard to keep straight, but here's the latest: It's okay to be an Aggie yell leader and sing the Ding Dong Song on video, but it's not okay to be a yell leader adviser and sing the Ding Dong Song on the same video.Because of these antics, Rusty Thompson, ... More >>

  • Music

    October 29, 2009
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    September 3, 2009

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    You've heard the podcast, now see the screening

  • News

    July 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Ron Paul Aide Is Too Sexy For The Net, Too Sexy For The Net

    Question: How sexy are Ron Paul-style Republicans? We intended to post a YouTube video that might have addressed the above question, but before we did so, we decided to place a call to the Washington office of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the Republican from Brazosport and one-time presidential candidate.W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Semi-Houstonian Trying To Be America's Susan Boyle

    He's an old guy with a dream.Dump E. Hatter was sitting around one Sunday flipping through the newspaper when he spotted an ad for the "Star-Spangled Banner" singing contest, sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It said that whomever sings the best version of the Nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    The Ongoing Saga of the Mac Haik Ford Deposition

    Here's some good news for people who just can't get enough of videotaped depositions in civil lawsuits: The depo of Mac Haik Ford's chief financial officer is back on YouTube. Some history: In 2007, a woman named Elizabeth Harper sued the auto dealership for fraud after she learned it didn't disc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 21, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    Cover Story: The Judy’s Come Back

    In honor of Chris Gray’s feature on the return of The Judy’s, we rounded up some greatest hits from YouTube. Just like with any other search of that site, we found the good, the bad and the fairly weird. We’ll start things off with “Guyana Punch,” the 15th greatest Houston song of all ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Web Extra: The TSU Toronadoes

    To accompany this week's feature on the TSU Toronadoes and the twisted history of "Tighten Up," we've loaded up some audio over at Houstoned Rocks. You can check out a YouTube video of "Tighten Up" below. But be warned: Once that guitar riff gets in your head, it almost has to be surgically removed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Pearland Represent!

    Earlier this week, the guys from venerable Pearland New Wavers the Judy’s released a series of remastered reissues of their catalog. YouTube is awash in clips from their heyday, including a short documentary film. P.S. I'm pretty sure my Mom made out with one of these dudes back in the day. I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2007

    Raise Your Hand

    Wild man Ron Paul was on The Colbert Report last night. Here's the YouTube. Be sure to watch it quick, before Viacom brings out the lawyers. -- Keith Plocek

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