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Katy Perry

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    February 10, 2014

    The Toughest SOB at the Skating-Rink Party Is Right Here

    Note: Houston's Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book and writes a this weekly column about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-olds sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Carry That Weight: Musicians, Fitness & Body Image

    So, February is here and it's time to reflect back on your recent promise to eat less, exercise more and lose weight. The first month of 2014 was filled with hope for a lighter and brighter tomorrow. How did you do? If you shed even a few L-Bs, congratulations to you, friend. You're one out of ev ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    10 Silly Predictions For Sunday's Grammy Awards

    This Sunday the music business will celebrate its equivalent of Oscar night when the 56th annual Grammy Awards are handed out at L.A.'s Staples Center. Basically it combines two high-school traditions, the prom and the talent show, but the Grammys are always worth watching -- if nothing else, the ou ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    One Grumpy Editor. Houston's No. 1 Hit Music Station. All Damn Day.

    Generally I become more and more skeptical about what's "hot." This is also known as "getting older" or, to paraphrase Chris Rock, not wanting to be the old guy in the club. But for me that skepticism has always come with a certain morbid curiosity about what makes some songs so popular and why. Thi ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The Top Five Stunt Queen Antics From Last Night's MTV VMAs

    Can we just rename last night's MTV VMAs the MTV JTMAs? Cause really, now. Mr. Justin Timberlake dominated that stage the entire night, even with Lady Gaga warbling off-key and Miley Cyrus grabbing at her crotch every two seconds. It was teh impressive. JT performed a medley of what seemed to be ev ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Has Lady Gaga Jumped the Shark, or Is This One Strange Comeback?

    Maybe other than rap and rock, pop music is the land of hypothetical questions, a big fun bag of "what if" moments and Monday-morning quarterbacking. We'll forever wonder about that Britney Spears period where she went gonzo, why Christina thought her "Dirrty" days circa Stripped made for a good c ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Transcribing Is a Bitch: The Collected Craig Hlavaty Interviews

    My last official day at the Houston Press is tomorrow, so these past two weeks I have been sifting through my body of work here at Rocks Off, almost seven years of words. I've been gleefully overdosing on nostalgia here at my desk, and I have (almost) no regrets. I'll have some more words on my depa ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Oh, God: John Mayer Playing Woodlands Pavilion July 12

    Lock up your "Daughters": John Mayer, the soft-rock singer-songwriter and self-styled bluesman, has reportedly split with squeeze Katy Perry, and now -- surely not by coincidence -- he'll be on tour this summer. This morning Live Nation announced that Mr. Room for Squares will stop by the Cynthia W ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 17-20

    Marina & the Diamonds, Icona Pop Warehouse Live, December 17 Somewhere between Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey on the 2012 girl-pop scale, the Welsh-bred Marina & the Diamonds make big-budget icy synth-pop that you can afford, without the candy-coated gimmickry. Perry comparisons will abound, but singe ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    5 More Sudden Awful Musical Marriages We'd Like to See

    Rewind: So Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne Are Engaged: How Should You Feel? Boy, that Avril Lavigne/Chad Kroeger engagement announcement came out of left field, huh? Who knows which other terrible music makers are secretly seeing one another right now? Why, it could be anyone! Even... Ke$ha and Sc ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    The 10 Best Guest Appearances On Other People's Songs

    Have you ever had one of those moments when, you're listening to a song and hear something familiar, like maybe a familiar voice or wonder, "Okay, who is really playing this particular instrument?" Many times a band or an artist will guest star on a recording. Sometimes it's a well-known fact, such ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Hey Ladies! The 10 Most She-Tastic Artists of All Time

    Have you ever noticed this: Men and women have different musical tastes. At times, they do. Why? Because men and women have different interests, for the most part. Think about it, boys: while you may want to play some Metallica, your girlfriend (or mom) may want listen to Sheryl Crow or Madonna. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Last VJ's Guide to Making a Good Music Video

    It appears -- and every record label, manager, and publicist that I ask agrees -- that I am petty much the only mainstream journalist who dedicates himself to covering music videos as a regular, in-depth beat. I try to focus on at least one a week, though it obviously depends on what kind of product ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Gothic Council Wants Katy Perry To Go Away

    It was noon, the gothic 3 a.m., when the alarm went off. Not the alarm clock, but the big, black one that alerts me to clear and present dangers to goth. I stumbled to the Internet where my custom-designed goth-defense system presented me with this link. If you don't want to click on the link, I u ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Skits: This Week In Music-Biz WTFery -- Katy Perry, B.o.B., Etc.

    The music business fuckery continues. A game so destructive it only benefits the top dogs (and even so, temporarily), while the actual players continue to eat sand out of peanuts. Who's winning? Who's losing? Dig in for this week's music-bidness shenanigans.

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    May 3, 2012

    Not A List: Your Favorite Musicians As Food

    Sometimes an idea comes from the basest regions of your brain. Sometimes you think of something so stupid that you need to share it with your art director. Sometimes the snow comes down in June, and sometimes the Sun goes 'round the Moon, right? Anyone with a Tumblr who isn't addicted to free porn ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Drafting A New MTV Rock N' Jock Softball Game

    If you mention and explain the concept of MTV's Rock N' Jock to '90s babies, they will look at you glassy-eyed and slowly walk away. But it's true, in the late '80s and early '90s it was possible to gather the best and sexiest celebrities in TV, film and music for a carefree softball match, with pro ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    MTV Unplugged's 10 Strangest Moments

    Those of you fond of criticizing the lack of music on MTV, take note: The network's venerable Unplugged series returns on Sunday with a performance by British indie-poppers Florence and the Machine. It'll be the first of eight shows planned for this year, with The Civil Wars and Dierks Bentley alrea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: The Band Perry

    Date: March 14 Name: The Band Perry AKA: "No, Not Katy Perry" Genre: Nashvegas

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    January 26, 2012

    5 Musicians Who Changed Their Names to Inspire Jim Crane and the Astros

    ​This week, the new owner of the Houston Astros Jim Crane opened Pandora's Box of Hearty Suggestions For A Struggling Franchise and discussed changes to the team. Cheap beer (yay!), cheaper seats (double yay!) should be one of the first things but Crane suggested that the Astros do the unthink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Funny HPMA Nomination Ballot Fails

    ​It does Rocks Off's heart good to see that our Music Award nominations have stirred up so much debate. As we mentioned Tuesday, according to our Web people, there were some 9,000 nominations submitted across our 43 categories. Of course there's no way for us to really know, but as far as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Ask Me Anything: What Would You Ask Your Favorite Artist?

    "What do you love about music?" ​Part of the job here at Rocks Off - this daily Make-A-Wish kid circus - is talking to musicians and people in the musical know. One of the most fun parts of the job is booking an interview with an artist coming to town and cramming for a few days into the nook ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Boobylicious: Music's 20 Most Memorable Breasts (Semi-NSFW)

    ztams.comWendy O. Williams, seen here with Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister​It may sound silly, but boobs are powerful things. Men are fascinated and entranced by them, while women constantly obsess over their size and shape. In a way, they're not unlike the ring in Lord of the Rings: Capab ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Songs About Fireworks (Since They Are Banned)

    ​If you are reading this in Texas, you no doubt know that this year, with the drought the state is experiencing, fireworks are pretty much a no-no for regular folks, with only fire officials being able to handle them, and only for public displays. Sadly, us normal people will not be able to pl ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    ​'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defiance or flee a venue playing bad songs (I've done all of the above), but one doesn't exactly h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Hot Stuff: Will The Texas Heat Melt Your Vinyl LPs?

    Note: All temperatures in the following article are given in degrees Fahrenheit. Here is a helpful Celsius conversion calculator. ​You might not have noticed it lately, but outdoors, rays of this thing called "sunshine" are hitting the Earth like the planet didn't bring the Sun a sandwich wh ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Who Will Write The First "Osama Is Dead" Hit Song?

    ​Now that more details are starting to emerge about Sunday's Navy SEAL helicopter raid that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden and several members of the al-Qaeda jefe's entourage - especially how the months-long planning and 40-minute firefight was planned in total secrecy, and executed ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Out Today: Glee Warbles, Gorillaz Fall, Kinks Ride Again

    ​It's been a week since the Foo Fighters' album, Wasting Light, hit the stores, and Rocks Off has probably averaged at least one or two spins of the solid disc per day. Right now, we are actually on track four. Will anything top Light this week? That remains to be seen. Next week will bring ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Black Hole of Infotainment

    Jesus christ...​I wonder sometimes if we're approaching the singularity in entertainment reporting. A "singularity," as we all know, is the point in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume. If we define "density" as "number of stories and/or article ... More >>

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    February 13, 2011

    The Woodlands, Arcade Fire Win Album Of The Year Grammy

    city-data.com​ Congratulations to The Woodlands, that emotionally icy burb up I-45, for helping Arcade Fire when this year's Album Of The Year Grammy at Sunday night's awards show for their sprawling The Suburbs LP. The band, led by former Woodlands residents Win and William Butler, won over a hi ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011

    Black Eyed Pleeease!: Fergie & The Gang At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Earlier this week we chronicled for you our favorite Super Bowl halftime shows, from Petty and the Who, to the Boss and the Stones. Tonight we will be live-blogging all the musical attractions from Super Bowl XLV from Dallas, er, Arlington. ​ Lined up in the next few minutes we will see Christina ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Music Sales Down 2.5 Percent In 2010

    ​Nielsen SoundScan released its annual report on music sales Monday, and the results were less than surprising. Physical sales continued to decline, digital sales continued to rise, and crap pop continues to reign supreme both at the cash register and on the airwaves. During the period of Jan ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    11 Musical New Year's Resolutions For 2011

    ​Craig's Hlist stopped making New Year's Eve resolutions the older and more stubborn we got. We normally don't quit or change things forever unless we are forced to do so. ('Sup, ladies?) This makes it hard for us to keep any New Year's Eve resolutions. If anything, it's easier to change organ ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Top 10 Lists Of 2010

    ​Now that's a headline, ladies and germs. It has the added benefit of being succinct as well. That's exactly what we're summing up here, the worst Top 10 lists our peers have written this year. Let's get started, as we've got a lot of ground to cover. 10. This One Not really, this is just t ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    10 Music Stories We Wish We'd Ignored This Year

    ​We in the alternative media - not necessarily the Houston Press and/or Rocks Off, not all the time - enjoy calling out our mainstream brethren. Whether it's ten books that didn't make The New York Times' "Best of 2010" list, or "10 Stories Our Print Version Accidentally Overlooked," us "under ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Dancing With the Stars ' Dream Rock-Star Cast

    ​Fluff reality show Dancing With the Stars is (shockingly) in its 11th season, which wraps up with tonight's finale. While browsing this season's "celebrity" dancers - Bristol Palin, Kurt Warner, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, etc. - we couldn't help but fantasize about out ideal musical ve ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga: Other Foods To Wear Onstage Besides Raw Meat

    ​Rocks Off is pretty Lady Gaga-friendly, what with our covering July's concerts at Toyota Center like she was the goddamned Pope or something. For a few weeks there we managed to invoke her name at least once a day somehow. Maybe comparing her to Little Joe Washington was a stretch. Unfortun ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    The Mystery of The "Backwards Music Station"

    ​All around us are radio waves carrying news, music, and whatever the hell you call the sound that comes out of Katy Perry's Summer's Eve-smelling yap. Hidden amongst the programming, though, are mysterious signals of unknown origin. Consider the Backwards Music Station, aka Whalesong. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    What Does Katy Perry Taste Like?

    ​Last week when we gave Kesha a bloggardly shellacking, we compared her and other female pop stars of her ilk to burritos. You may remember we said she was a gas-station burrito and Miley Cyrus was a Big Mac wrap. It was either a stroke of genius or the starved ramblings of a music writer subs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    What Does Katy Perry Taste Like?

    ​Last week when we gave Kesha a bloggardly shellacking, we compared her and other female pop stars of her ilk to burritos. You may remember we said she was a gas-station burrito and Miley Cyrus was a Big Mac wrap. It was either a stroke of genius or the starved ramblings of a music writer subs ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    6 Ideas: How to Dress Like A Rock Star

    ​This Saturday we'll be Partying Like A Rock Star with Allen Hill and DJ Psychedlic Sex Panther... and maybe Tina Turner, Pink, Zombie Michael Jackson, and probably a few Elvii... or at least some people in attire inspired by famous singers. The event at House of Dereon is a fundraiser benefit ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Win Katy Perry-Signed Guitar At Girls Rock Camp Benefit Thursday

    ​Girls Rock Camp Houston recently surpassed its fundraising pledge goal with room to spare, but that doesn't mean the hard work is over. This week the nonprofit, which organizes a musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18, will have two more fundraising events to help buy supplies for the inaugural ... More >>

  • Music

    July 8, 2010

    Bare Bones

    Lo-fi crushers Woven Bones would remake Pink Floyd's The Wall if they could.

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    November 26, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs We Are Least Thankful For

    ​ She Said heard her first holiday song Monday, at around 9 p.m. in the Montrose Walgreens, and suddenly she was transported to her own personal hell - one filled solely with late-night pharmacy shoppers and Mariah Carey's

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    May 14, 2009

    Before We Go: A Thousand Cranes, the Muses, Johnny Bush, the Old Quarter, Katy Perry, a Numbers Documentary and More

    The above cartoon - give it a minute; it'll show up - is somehow tied into Saturday's show at Avant Garden featuring A Thousand Cranes, How I Quit Crack and Metal Rouge. Rocks Off wishes he could tell you how, but he digs the Monty Python and the Holy Grail homage. Colorado traditional Celtic duo t ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Tonight: Kathryn Hallberg at Main Street Crossing

    I hate Kathryn Hallberg. I hate the fact that she is, at just 14 years of age, already a mature songwriter, guitarists, and singer of undeniable skill and exquisite appeal. I hate that her debut EP, No Surprise, produced by Harold Ruben and Kyle Hutton at Red Tree is four songs of perfect acoustic p ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    SXSW Update: Sonics, Bar-Kays, Black Lips, Young Mammals, Wild Moccasins Added

    The Sonics, "Psycho a Go-Go" Another week goes by, with yet gigantic list of SXSW performers coming to Austin in March. The final list comes out January 30, so be prepared for maximum bloggage. We're still crossing our fingers and polishing up the nondescript white van in the hopes that Katy Perry w ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics, technology: All have been dinner-table topics for many Americans. Racial barriers in 2008 were demol ... More >>

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