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Luther Vandross

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    August 2, 2013

    Louisiana Gets a Golden Nugget, So Texas Gets a Casino Concert Roundup

    Soon it will be be easier to drop those dolla-dolla bills at yet another Louisiana casino. This time it comes to us courtesy of a Texas native, the white tiger-loving Landry's captain, Tilman Fertitta. Earlier this month, Fertitta announced that he has brokered a deal to acquire the property of La ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Z-Ro the Emo: His Most Passionate Songs, Part 2

    In the second installment of Z-ro's most emotional songs, we'll take a glance back at some more of his woes with women, money and friends. Who else do we know that can sing so beautifully about feelings and give mean looks that can shake your soul? No one knows the blues like Z-Ro, and his voice si ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 21, 2012

    Disco Sucks, Long Live Disco: Your Essential Disco Playlist

    Disco, that uniquely '70s, coke-laden, soulful, brash and flamboyant genre, was Public Enemy #1 for rockers and punks in the latter half of the Me Decade. Hippies and suburbanites cut their hair, stuffed their noses and took to the dance floors, tripping the light fantastic in their best polyester u ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Tears In Heaven: The 10 Best Songs To Come Out Of Tragedy

    Since the dawn of time, great art has been birthed out of great tragedy, happening numerous times with playwrights, artists, and musicians. In many ways, expressing grief through music serves as a healing agent that gets the artist through tough things such as the loss of a loved one. It also helps ... More >>

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    February 12, 2012

    Whitney Houston In Houston: A Brief Retrospective

    All morning, the world woke up to the shocking, but not altogether surprising, news that troubled pop/R&B superstar Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Houston, 48, was pronounced dead at around 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, according to Reuters. No cause of ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    August 2, 2011

    Beanz N Kornbread Cook Up Good Weather Muzik

    Marco Torres​When Rocks Off ran into the production duo Beanz N Kornbread at SXSW back in March, we were advised to stay tuned for a big project set to drop sometime this summer. Well the summer is here, and that project is the impressive Good Weather Muzik. We caught up with the team to inqui ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Idol Beat: Male Fraud

    ​Steve Tyler wore a shirt with lips all over it. I couldn't decide if he was being knowingly self-referential or it was the work of the same costume designer who put him in that leotard in the "Love in an Elevator" video.neither way, it fulfilled its purpose of distracting me from the show for ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Exclusive: Trae Leaks First Can't Ban Tha Truth Single "Cop A Drop"

    Trae also released a new episode of his online cartoon series The Adventures of Trae Tha Truth Monday.​Here's what you have to appreciate about Trae: He will always let his feelings be known. Always. Always. You've got a better chance of finding someone in Houston to say something nice about ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Glee: Marking Time

    ​At the outset, it looked like another Sue Sylvester-heavy episode. First, she gave Mercedes (and, less emphatically, Kurt) an ultimatum to lose weight or be dropped from the squad, then she commandeered the McKinley High auditorium for an entire week, forcing New Directions to secure a new l ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Glee: Marking Time

    ​At the outset, it looked like another Sue Sylvester-heavy episode. First, she gave Mercedes (and, less emphatically, Kurt) an ultimatum to lose weight or be dropped from the squad, then she commandeered the McKinley High auditorium for an entire week, forcing New Directions to secure a new lo ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 11: Z-Ro's Let the Truth Be Told

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. Z-Ro Let the Truth Be Told (Asylum, 2005)​This is our second entry from Jos ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Kick 'em While They're Down: The Worst Songs Ever Recorded For Charity

    Please take this thing away from me. Please.​ When Rocks Off received an email touting Sting's new MySpace charity video for the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project, we almost chipped a fingernail hurriedly clicking on the link, which promised oodles of celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John, Rich ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    A Bizarre, and Sometimes Electrifying, Tribute to Michael Jackson, Luther and Marvin at Miller Outdoor Theater

    ​Saturday Rocks Off and a friend attended Keeping the Music Alive, a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The show was a tribute in honor of the late Michael Jackson, the later Bernie Mac, the even later Gerald Levert, the later still Luther Vandross, and the even yet later still Barry White - ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    OK, Maybe the Eagle Does Play Some Black People

    As we usually do when we get into work, Rocks Off tuned into Dean & Rog on the Eagle and lo and behold, they were talking about our suggestions to improve the station we posted here Tuesday. D&R especially seemed to enjoy the part where we said it wouldn't kill the Eagle to play some more pe ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    October 30, 2008
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    May 22, 2008
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    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

    If singers were cheese, what kind of cheese would they be?

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    December 14, 2006

    That Was the Year That Was

    Looking back on the local scene in '06

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    November 23, 2006

    Muck a Duck

    Must-see shows at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

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    November 2, 2006

    Dream Girl

    Tasheba Bryan on an open mic

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    December 15, 2005

    Stairway to Heaven

    Gauging 2005's rock deaths with the Greil Marcus Death Meter

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    September 30, 2004

    Hedberg and the Angry Lynch

    The PC and the un-PC make nice at the Verizon

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    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

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    February 26, 2004

    Getting Out

    Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her

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    December 26, 2002

    Black Gold

    A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep

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    August 31, 2000

    Maller, Shot Caller

    CONXTION 2000 is hippin' and hoppin' despite its mall address

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    May 4, 2000
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    March 30, 2000

    [S]hit

    Behind current blaxploitation pulp literature is - surprise! - the music biz

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    May 27, 1999

    Who R. You?

    The enigma that is R. Kelly keeps audiences enthralled, guessing

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    March 18, 1999
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    February 25, 1999
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    February 26, 1998
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    January 8, 1998

    Baby, It's Him

    Burt Bacharach isn't making a comeback -- he never left

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    September 4, 1997
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    July 31, 1997
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    February 27, 1997
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    July 6, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Executive Sax

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    April 20, 1995
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