John Williams

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    July 31, 2014
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    November 15, 2013

    Bun B & the Houston Symphony's "Concert Against Hate" at Jones Hall, 11/14/2013

    "Concert Against Hate" Houston Symphony feat. Bun B Jones Hall November 14, 2013 Thursday afternoon, Bernard Freeman paces nervously backstage at Jones Hall during rehearsals for the evening's program. "This isn't your normal House of Blues show," he proclaims. The scope of this performance is ind ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Abandon All Hope: Your Guide to the 2013 Grammy Award Underdogs

    There are certain truths we all accept about the Grammy awards, including but not limited to: no matter how many times she's won Taylor Swift will always make that "ohmygod people like me?!?!?!" face; that NARAS president Neil Portnow will show up to make a speech that no one will remember; someone ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    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 14, 2010. No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your b ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    Lincoln: A Tall, Tall Film

    Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg ably fill the hat.

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    August 8, 2012

    10 Gloriously Terrible Lesser-Known Motivational '80s Songs to Pump! You Up!

    If my gym is any indication, Olympics Fever is spurring folks into action. There used to be plenty of elliptical machines, barbells, and room in the pool available during the time of day I would go. Now it seems like every elliptical machine is taken except the one in front of the wonky TV that only ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Muse Releases a New Queen-errific Track: What Ya Think?

    Well, Muse's new song is not quite the dubstep massacre that we all thought it be indicated from the album teaser. But it's also the official song for the upcoming Summer Olympics in London, so it had to be palatable for the masses. No molly is needed to enjoy this cut. And whoa, is there a whole ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 17, 2012
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    May 4, 2012

    Star Wars Day: Recasting The Movie With '70s Rock Stars

    Today is Star Wars Day, or "May the 4th be with you." Something less than a national holiday but more than a horrific pun, it's evidence that we still very much live in a Star Wars world 35 years after the movie was released, as well as that once the Internet gets ahold of an idea, the rest of us mi ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Happy Birthday Nobuo Uematsu! Top 5 Boss Battle Themes

    The man who was responsible for the soundtrack of our youth, Nobuo Uematsu, turns 53 years old today. In 1985, Uematsu was an amateur musician working in a Tokyo instrument-rental shop in when an employee with the video-game company Square asked him if he would be interested in composing some songs ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    For President's Day: The Best Movie Portrayals of 15 Presidents

    Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    The 10 Most Iconic John Williams Scores Ever

    Today John Williams turns 80 years old, and the prolific composer has packed in a lot of work in the past five decades as one of the most iconic movie music makers to lead an orchestra. No doubt you have been enthralled, enraptured and enfrightened (not a word) by his collaborations with George Luca ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Reviews For The Easily Distracted:
    War Horse

    Title: War Horse What Is It Good For? Almost absolutely nothing, unless you're desperate for a terribly clichéd, family-friendly movie about one of the bloodiest wars in human history. Rating Using Random Objects Relevant To The Film: One Big Bertha out of five. Tagline: "Separated by war. Tes ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Merry Christmas From Rocks Off

    Rocks Off polled our staff for their favorite Christmas songs to create a playlist for you to enjoy while you open presents, drink egg nog, or however else you celebrate. Enjoy. Ahh, the gift that keeps on giving...​Editor's Pick: U2, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": Neph Basedow: Ped ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Top 10 Christmas Movie Soundtracks

    ​No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your belt on Thanksgiving evening. Rocks Off made sure to steal a copy of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation from our folks' house before the calendar even hit December. Unlike other blogs, we don't hate all Christm ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    The Top 10 Horror-Movie Scores Of All Time

    Not on the list...ha-ha!​The art of the instrumental horror-film score is quickly being lost. All too often now, filmmakers are using heavy metal and pop music to soundtrack their films. Hearing Slipknot or HIM during a stabbing scene just doesn't hold the same weight to us as some tubular bel ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Two Star Symphony Talks KTRU, Silent Films, Dr. Dre And Minor Threat

    Two Star Symphony on Facebook​This week Rocks Off got a hot tip from our pal Jason that the venerable Two Star Symphony would be playing an evening gig out in Houston's western territories. It had been a good while since we'd seen the local string quartet, and with our Spidey Sense tingling ab ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Saturday Night: The Houston Symphony Does Final Fantasy At Jones Hall

    Photos courtesy of Houston SymphonySaturday's cast (from left): Alan Halverson as Kefka , Rachel Smith as Yuffie, Amanda Ayr as Tifa​The Houston Symphony Jones Hall July 24, 2010 While everyone else in Houston was going gaga for Gaga, Aftermath headed down to Jones Hall to hear the Houston Sy ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    The Planets- An HD Odyssey

    This is a galactic voyage of the musical kind

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    May 31, 2010

    For Memorial Day: Five Best Graveside Scenes

    Memoral Day is the time we honor those who gave their lives for their country, and families everywhere will be going to graves to leave something for the young boys who "never saw gray hair."Hollywood has always been fond of graveside scenes, of course, especially for war movies. The web is full of ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Cirque de la Symphony

    Why are there acrobats in the violin section?

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    May 24, 2010

    Symphony, Soloist "Shine" On Rach 3, Rite Of Spring

    ​While watching to the Houston Symphony's performance of "The Rite of Spring" Friday night, Aftermath's mind kept coming back to one image - the story from late last year of the wild white-tail fawn that accidentally found its way into the lion enclosure at the National Zoo. Warning: Some peop ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Houston Symphony's New Year's Eve Concert

    Ring in 2010 with a bit of class

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    December 10, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Houston Symphony Guest Pianist and Classic Rock Fan William Joseph​ William Joseph might not be a familiar name yet, but he also might be the next classical/pop breakout star. The 31-year-old pianist, a native of the Phoenix area, has been playing since age four and has toured with Josh Groban and Il Divo, as well as appearing onstage with ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Please, Kenny Rogers, Just Sing and Spare Us the Pictures of Your Kids

    Photos by Eric Sauseda/ Click here for a slideshow​ Kenny Rogers is now 71 years old. And, as of a few years ago anyway, his boys can still swim. Aftermath knows this because we were treated to a slideshow of Rogers' twin five-year-old sons - even some shots from the delivery room - as he sang the ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Aftermath: John Williams' Score, Crafty Editing Redeem the Prequels - Somewhat - at Star Wars: In Concert

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty/ Click here for a slideshow​ Shortly after the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999 - indeed, about 15 minutes or so into the movie - many (if not most) fans' hearts sank as they realized the 15-something years they had waited for George Lucas to fil ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    More of Rocks Off's Interview With C-3PO Himself, Anthony Daniels

    [Note: Read Part 1 of the interview here.] ​RO: What is your favorite John Williams movement from the soundtracks? AD: Curiously, it's one from The Phantom Menace, and I know some will be surprised by that. There's a wonderful Egyptian-type march before one of Anakin's pod races. It's got a great ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Talking With C-3PO Himself, Anthony Daniels, About Star Wars: In Concert

    A few weeks back, Rocks Off had the pleasure of speaking with actor Anthony Daniels, the man in the golden suit and the physical embodiment of one of the most iconic characters in popular science fiction. Since production began in 1976 on A New Hope, better known of course as Star Wars, Daniels has ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Five Decent Bands Named After Star Wars Terminology"If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador?": Aerosith​ Since the release of the first Star Wars in 1977, through the subsequent sequels and disappointing prequels, pop culture has been awash in Force-related mania. People name their children Luke and Leia, family ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    August 4, 2008

    The World's Most Pompous Real-Estate Video

    John Williams, lay down your head in shame. You may think you've cornered the market on pompous, overblown Spielberg-ian movie music, but it's now obvious that you're just an amateur. The people at real-estate giant Hines Interests have shown just what musical pomposity is. And it's all in celebr ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    August 18, 2005

    Best Laid Plans

    Michael Winterbottom delivers the sex, and not much else

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    August 12, 2004

    Songs Of Freedom

    Perhaps the candidates running in the 2004 election could use some help selecting their campaign music

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    March 4, 2004
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    October 16, 2003

    Putting on Airs

    Modern dance master Paul Taylor brings a program of classics old and new to Jones Hall

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    February 27, 2003

    Too Quiet

    The City Hall press corps ain't what it used to be

  • Film

    December 26, 2002

    Catcher in the Sky

    Spielberg gets caught up in the thrill of the chase

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    November 14, 2002

    Wonder Boy

    Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first

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    March 21, 2002


    E.T. returns to heal our cynical hearts

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    November 29, 2001

    Probing Questions

    TV is less goofy on air, but not on-line

  • Culture

    March 29, 2001

    He Scores

    Ennio Morricone has written great music for good, bad and ugly films

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Toe-Tapping Zapping

    Game soundtracks struggle for legitimacy in an industry obsessed with killing machines, not killer tunes

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    November 4, 1999
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    September 2, 1999
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    August 20, 1998

    Night & Day

    August 20 - 26, 1998

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    August 13, 1998

    Shop Art

    Sculptor Williams has a Monkey on his back

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    June 23, 1994

    Rockets Mania

    As the Rockets fought for the title, Houstonians fought -- and failed -- to keep their sanity

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