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  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The NFC

    Recently we wrote about the ramifications of KISS and Vince Neil buying their own Arena Football League teams and what it would be like if NFL teams were also themed around bands and musicians. We started by running down the AFC, including our hometown Houston Texans. This time we're going to exami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Toyota Center Preps For a December to Remember

    For a venue celebrating its 10th year of operation, Toyota Center may have never experienced such high-caliber occupancy as it will this month. In late autumn, the murmurs from inside the venue's marketing department could be heard all the way across the street at the George R. Brown Convention Cen ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    2013 Turkeys of the Year — Looking Back at the Best of the Worst

    From politics to sports to education and food, the Texas gobblers provided pure gravy.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Five Musicians Who Should Be In the New Star Wars Films

    The last few weeks, Internet rumors about Florence Welch being cast in the newest Star Wars film have exploded like the Death Star. The film is in its earliest creative stages, and won't have geeks lining up at theaters until 2015. Still, it's natural to start getting itchier than Chewbacca's flea-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    A Gallery of Awesome Taylor Swift Memes

    When I think of Taylor Swift, my mind immediately goes to the category it has labeled as "sheer hilarity." From the Kanye incident to the bleating goat videos, the poor girl has become synonymous with accidental antics, and those are the best kind in my opinion. Taylor, who has skyrocketed to fame ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2012
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    September 18, 2012

    Say No to Cee Lo: 5 Musicians Who Should Get Sitcoms Instead

    This past week, it was announced that Cee Lo Green and NBC are working together to develop a new autobiographical sitcom based on and starring the soul singer. This is, of course, a terrible idea. Sure, Cee Lo is a great singer and he's done some acting, but would his life really make a great sitcom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The 10 Silliest Headlines In Rap News This Week

    You are a human and you have eyeballs and you also have the Internet, so you've likely read some things. That's sort of what this is, except sort of not too. We went through a ton of headlines of hip-hop "stories" from the past week, picked out the ten most egregious one, pasted them below, then ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    30 Seconds With John Mills-McCoin

    There is no one in Houston like John Mills-McCoin. The Rock 'N' Roll Circus that is scheduled to raise the bar on Houston shows this weekend was birthed from the depth of his brain's wackiness. We waded into to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is worst song in the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    From Fan Clubs To Militarys: 40 Years In The Evolution Of Fandom

    The Beatles had a problem. They were getting up to 400 pieces of fan mail every day. Not a bad problem to have, but consider the math: That's 2,800 letters a week, 12,000 letters in a short month, and up to 146,000 letters in a year. Even with four members answering their share of the letters, that' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Beats Go On As Grammys Take Care Of Their Own

    Hands up, everyone who is surprised.​The Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night could have easily turned into a wake - or worse, a funeral. After Whitney Houston's death Saturday, the mood was appropriately somber until a dance party broke out, or perhaps a coming-out party for dance music. Foreve ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
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    January 18, 2012

    Ten Cruises We'd Rather Take Than the KISS Kruise

    ​Imagine a vacation where made-up members of your favorite glam rock band wander the decks of a cruise ship. Does that sound like heaven on earth? Well, glam boy, you're in luck as the second annual (yes, they've done one before this) KISS Kruise sets sail this October featuring that cuddly '7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Beyonce's Baby Shower: Celebrity Gift Suggestions

    With every gossip site on the planet reporting that Beyonce has given birth to Blue Ivy Carter just yesterday, Rocks Off suddenly realized that we haven't gotten her a thing! While we make a quick Target run, we thought it might be fun to ponder what sort of gifts Beyonce and Jay's rich celebrity p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    On the Rocks: Cocktails Named After Musicians for New Year's Eve

    Have a G.G. Allin and bring in the New Year indecently!​Everything is more exciting, sometimes even redeeming, when it has a cool name: Sexual acts, alcoholic beverages, movies, albums, etc. OK, maybe just sexual acts and drinks. Since there are thousands of sites that have the former covere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Rocks Off Lists Our Favorite Downloads of 2011

    It's getting to be that time of year, when the temperature drops and the lists start rolling in. Read any blog, magazine or newspaper and you're bound to run across at least a handfull of year-end lists, particularly when it comes to music. We all like to talk about the stuff we like. It's just what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    10 Rappers As Movie Villains

    ​Cunning criminals, violent geniuses, charismatic characters. Villains give us chills and keep us on the edge of our seats. With more rappers now dabbling in acting, we decided to cast some of your favorite hip-hoppers as movie villains. Here are ten rappers and their evil alter-egos.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    7 Musician Exes (Or Daughters) Who Should Write Tell-All Books

    7. Dita Von Teese (Marilyn Manson): Famed burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (above) met Marilyn Manson in 2001. He proposed in 2004, and the couple wed a year later. Von Teese filed for divorce when she couldn't deal with Manson's alcohol abuse and his extramarital affair with actress Evan Rachel W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles

    Lady Gaga kept a poker face after her Montreal fall.​Concert performances and award shows can sometimes really put the pressure on artists, who often get so nervous or excited that they may just faceplant the stage. We've complied you tube clips of some of the best mid-performance stumbles. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Tumblrin' Dice: Kanye West Does Like White People

    West with Kelly Osbourne, white daughter of noted white musician Ozzy Osbourne.​This morning in our daily Tumblr stroll for skull and Katy Perry pics, we found Kanye West With White People, a site dedicated to pictures of Der Fuhrer West with various white folks who are in natural poses, even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Five '60s Soul Stars Jay-Z & Kanye West Should Hit Next

    thelocal478.comWelcome back to Billboard, Otis.​Say what you will about Watch the Throne - and people, including several members of Team Rocks Off, have said a lot - but it's all anyone in music seems to be talking about these days. Which makes sense; it's not every day that two megastars (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Jay-Z & Kanye's Throne Tour Stop Delayed To December 5

    Toyota Center's Web site is now listing the Houston date of rap titans Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint tour to promote their forthcoming album Watch the Throne as Monday, December 5, rather than the previously announced Wednesday, October 26. Promoter Live Nation confirmed the change, but has not se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    5 Great, Utterly Absurd Moments In Diva History

    ​Many performers are referred to, or refer to themselves as "divas." This happens especially when the performer in question has thrown a tantrum for little or no reason. You see, "diva" is actually French for "spoiled pain in the ass." A fine recent example comes from right here in Houston: Th ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Rise Of Lil B And Odd Future Both A Gift And A Curse

    ​So you've written the greatest song the world has never heard. You spent a good two-and-half hours on those brain-melting metaphors, and another three laying them on wax. Every bar requires repeated listening to fully digest. Your ad-libs are on point like Chris Paul. The beat knocks harder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Top Ten Celebrities This Decade Who Overcame Controversy

    The center of all things smarmy and controversial.​Celebrities have money and fame and are constantly surrounded by controversy. Many of them never make it back from a serious legal problem or a major embarrassment. Ask Mel Gibson. Others, however, find their footing and manage to right the s ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2010

    The Rap Renaissance

    Genre's local and national acts came back hard in 2010.

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    November 24, 2010

    Music We're Thankful For This Year

    ​After the turkey comas subside and Black Friday opens the holiday retail floodgates, this year in music will be all but over. Yes, there's another month until the calendar flips over, but from here until early January, the only "new" music coming out will be the tide of reissues, box sets and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Female-Friendly Rap Songs

    streethop.comLadies Love Cool James: LL Cool J on The View​Chris Rock once said that women don't pay attention to rap lyrics. Truth be told, most casual hip-hop fans - male and female - rarely pay attention to lyrics. As long as the beat is catchy, they'll drop down and get their eagle on all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Is Chris Brown Officially Unshunned?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Yung Redd, Fat Tony, Thurogood Wordsmith, Kyle Hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Top 5 Rejected Musician-Licensed Perfumes

    ​The Sex Pistols have their own perfume now. Go ahead and let that marinate for a second. Your brain is probably trying to reject it as fact, so maybe you'd better have a look at the press release. Lemon? Black pepper? Patchouli and leather? Sooo... it smells like someone left a lemon-pepper ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    Toy Story

    How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Slim Thug, Texas Takeover, Bun B, Mack 10 Vs. Ice Cube, Rappers on Twitter, Erykah Badu, Z-Ro, Freck Billionaire, Etc.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. ​ Single of the Week: "Callin' My Phone," Slim Thug feat. Slim Wire to Wire Texas Takeover is doing an NCAA-style bracket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Dear John...Mayer

    ​I'm sorry, but this isn't working out.I think I speak for bloggers everywhere when I say: we had a great thing going. Every so often you'd tweet something borderline repulsive about farts or Miley Cyrus, and we'd dutifully respond. Usually with some sort of mock indignation about "TMI" and then b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Z-Ro, LeBron, Prince, Ice Cube, The Kanye, Aziz Ansari, Omarion, Waka Flocka Flame (Just Read), Ja Rule and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "O.G." C. Loc, Bun B and Z-Ro Wire to Wire Bun B is still leaking tracks from his non-mixtape mixtape i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Turning the Screw: Bertell, Skillz, Diddy, Teddy Riley, Kid Sister, The Kanye, Cudi, Raekwon, Reflection Eternal and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "She Bad," Bertell feat. Bun B Wire to Wire Before we get started with beginning this year's goofiness, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    The 11 Stupidest Events from the World of Music, 2009 Edition

    Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    In the Mix: DJ and Dance Music for the New Malaise, Part 2

    ​5. MSTRKRFT, Fist of God (Downtown) Canadian duo MSTRKRFT gave the cool kids what they want - grinding, "keytar" synths, a punk-rock attitude and plenty of pop references (John Legend, N.O.R.E., and Ghostface Killah make appearances). Despite the pair's hockey-mask appearance and heavy-metal-danc ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    It Was What It Was

    Amid a wash of national phooey, plucking Houston rap's pivotal 2009 moment is easy.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Killa Kyleon, Chamillionaire, Wendy Williams, 50 Best Rap Albums of the '00s, Drake, Weezy, Chris Brown, UGK, etc.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Killa Kyleon, "Ego" (remix) P.S. Kyleon is one of Houston's best remixers. Remember his "A Milli" remix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dead End Alliance, Bun B, DMX, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, The Kanye, Beyonce and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Heart of a Hustler," Dead End Alliance feat. Lil Keke and Mike D Wire To WireHow bad-ass is Bun B that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    The Kanye Is a "Sharp Dressed Man"

    Rocks Off would like to thank Dallas Observer Music Editor Pete Freedman for hipping him to this little nugget: the White Folks Get Crunk blog has chosen DJ Shade's splice job welding Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" and ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" as one of 2008's top five mashups (it's No. 4).&n ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008
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    September 16, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., LL Cool J, The Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Russell Crowe (!?), MF Doom, Beyonce and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week "I'm Bout My Paper," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. Wire To Wire LL Cool J, talking to the Associated ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Warehouse Live Thanksgiving Bash

    Featuring Fat Tony, Nosaprise, The Television Skies, Otenki and D.E.M.O.

  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Get Down with Dave

    Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop

  • Music

    March 11, 1999
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