Kris Allen

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Upcoming: Alesana, Beck, D.R.I., Heart, Junior Brown, King's X, Olivia Newton-John, etc.

    77 Jefferson: With Tydings, DML Cartel. Thu., September 18, 8 p.m., $5. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay, Houston, 281-335-0002. Aaron Behrens & the Midnight Stroll: With Ranch Ghost., Thu., September 11, 7 p.m., $12. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. Alesana: With Megosh, Otenki. ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Locals Grandfather Child, Le$, Tontons, Killa Kyleon Added to SXSW 2013 Roster

    Houston acts Grandfather Child, The Tontons, DJ Buddha, Beat King, Hoodstar Chantz, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Killa Kyleon, Branzil, Le$, Lucky Luciano, and Essay were among the artists added to the SXSW 2013 lineup today. Previously announced were Young Von and The Linus Pauling Quartet. As it stands now, ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Idol Beat: Told You So

    ​Admittedly, I didn't think she'd go this quickly, but I always knew Pia was toast. I said as much last week when discussing the stranglehold pre-adolescent female voters have on the show. Why else have only three females made the top five the last three seasons? Was Lee DeWyze really better t ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Adam Lambert: Reviewing Our Review

    Photos by Faith Silva​Rocks Off would like to take this opportunity to address the hundreds of comments that Brandon Hernsberger's review of Adam Lambert's performance last Wednesday at the Hobby Center provoked. First of all, Rocks Off is not homophobic, nor would we allow anyone we even sus ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Upcoming: Crystal Castles, The Happen-Ins, Jars Of Clay, Pixies, Etc.

    ​AC/Dshe, The Iron Maidens: Fri., Aug. 27. House of Blues. Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, Kittie, Stick To Your Guns, Impending Doom, Evergreen Terrace: Tue., Aug. 3. House of Blues. Baker Hotel: Sat., June 26. Last Concert Cafe. Boyz Noize: Sat., July 3. Stereo Live. Clay Walker: Fri., Sept. ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    Before the Flood

    West Texan Ned Sublette reflects on pre-Katrina New Orleans in a new memoir.

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Absolutely Fabuloco

    East L.A.'s Los Fabulocos have big zapatos to fill — and are up to the challenge.

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    January 14, 2010

    Pop Rocks: American Idol -- What The Hell Is Wrong With You People?

    ​The ninth season of America's national karaoke showcase -- also known as American Idol -- premiered last Tuesday. The show that has contributed such legends as Jordin Sparks and Taylor Hicks to the world of music continues to chug along in spite of the absence of original judge Paula Abdul and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Idol Beat: Here We Go Again...

    Last night's guest judge: a bobblehead doll Victoria Beckham​I've never watched a whole season of American Idol before, but that's a minor detail. Actually watching this show doesn't seem to be necessary to know as much about it as the most devoted fans: Amateur singers judges = quasi-drama. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    American Idol: It Begins

    Last night's guest judge: a bobblehead doll Victoria Beckham​I've never watched a whole season of American Idol before, but that's a minor detail. Actually watching this show doesn't seem to be necessary to know as much about it as the most devoted fans: Amateur singers judges = quasi-drama. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Vote With a Bullet: Songs for an Otherwise Ho-Hum Election Day

    ​ The run-up to the 2009 elections has been quite a letdown compared to the fascinating and occasionally surreal 2008 campaigns. Obviously, there's nothing that can compare to last year's Presidential contests, and the local mayoral race has been less than compelling. We were going to present this ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Idol Beat: The One

    Mea culpa: Yi. I typed this entire post - then accidentally closed the Mozilla Firefox window and lost everything. Let this be a lesson to every blogger out there: compose in Word. For real.Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxAmerican Idol winner Kris Allen practices his "Who, me?" showbiz face. Let's not be ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Three Results

    Photos by Frank Micelotta/ Fox Homeward Bound: Danny Gokey's exit didn't prompt a whole lot of tears."I think we've had enough suspense, enough commercials - let's just get to it." This is what Danny Gokey told Ryan Seacrest, and, by proxy, America. We were in agreeance - Wednesday night's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Three

    Disclaimer: Thanks to technical difficulties brought about by the crap DVR capture feature of our limp-ass new cable box/provider, I missed the first 15-20 minutes of Tuesday's episode of American Idol. Please feel free to attempt to conjecture about whatever you think I would have said - had I been ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Four Results

    Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxNo More Pencils: Slash (right) took American Idol's Final 4 to school Wednesday night. "Who will graduate from the school of rock? And who will just get schooled?" Ryan Seacrest asked, rhetorically, at the beginning of Wednesday night's episode of American Idol. We wondere ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Four

    Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxMan alive! Jamie Foxx mentored last week, and now guitarist-celeb Slash is in the proverbial American Idol house for "Rock and Roll Week"! Okay, sure, these people have projects and albums to promote, but these still feel like coups. Lot to address, so today I'm skipping t ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Five Results

    Photos by Frank Micelotta/ FoxAuto Pilot: Jaime Foxx "performs" on American Idol Wednesday night.Blame it on the vodka, blame it on the Henny, blame it on whatever you wanna, but I'm going to place blame for the hiply generic feel of Jamie Foxx's new single squarely on the shoulders of everybody res ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Five

    That Jamie Foxx, right? A Rennaisance man if there ever was one: the guy's a comedic genius (see In Living Color; tons of flicks), a big-screen leading man, credible action star, R&B champion - plus, as it turns out, he's a natural at mentoring American Idol hopefuls. I wouldn't have figured on ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven Results

    And then there were five. Not the quite the five we expected, either: both Lil Rounds' reign of ineptness and Anoop "Ralph Lauren" Desai's bob-weave hit-or-miss streak have come to an end, cut short by American Idol voters. Justin Timberlake clone Matt Giraud apparently has the kind of luck usually ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven

    Michael Becker/ Fox Somehow Still Hanging Around: The bloom is off Lil Rounds' "Rose."Perhaps delusionally, I nursed a desperate hope that this week's American Idol theme would be "songs used in Quentin Tarantino movies." Seriously, I even worked up a sort of dream list of songs I thought the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Eight

    Long before being voted in as California's current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a popular sci-fi action movie called Predator. The specifics of the plot aren't important, but the underlying schematic is a bunch of characters getting picked off, one by one, by some dangerous, mysterious ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Nine

    Fox Scott McIntyre: Don't go changin'...Remember last week's requiem for the Sarvernator? Turns out that Anoop - Season 8's Great Dork Hope - is in the same damn leaky boat: a phenom before the judges, a lamestain when serenading America. His put-on Usher turn last night cemented his unworthy ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 13

    Ray Mickshaw/ Fox Paula liked the way Scott McIntyre handled his instrument.Tonight's theme? "Michael Jackson Night." Thus, a lot of tears (and no lack of cruel laughter) are pretty much guaranteed - and the King of Pop won't even be there! * Ryan Seacrest outsources announcing duties to som ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 2 Results

    Ah, Brooke White! Willowy, peanut-brittle fragile Brooke White. Wasn't it just yesterday that America witnessed you struggling not to crack under the pressure of being an American Idol finalist: unsuccessfully fighting back tears, begging the judges for do-overs after flubbing introductions, making ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 2

    There were a few seconds during the Rolling Stones' 2006 Super Bowl halftime performance where formaldehyded guitarist Keith Richards let his inner demon peek out. I can't remember for the life of me which song the band was playing, but Richards let loose with a bit of gnarly fret nastiness where he ... More >>