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Mariah Carey

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Our 25 Favorite Summer Jams of 2013

    Houston's not getting any colder, so Rocks Off asked our writers to tell us which recently released songs are helping them beat the heat this summer. Alt-J, Dissolve Me" A strong, danceable beat coupled with such serenity. It's the sound of floating in the ocean with friends while just a little bit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Who Should the New American Idol Judges Be?

    This past week, when American Idol concluded its twelfth season by crowning Candice Glover (who edged out Woodville's Kree Harrison), it was also announced that the show's latest lineup of judges is kaput. Randy Jackson went first, followed by Nicki Minaj. We're guessing that leaves Keith Urban and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    The Voice Is Still Gone: 10 More Singers Who Have Lost It Live

    Per your comments, we here at Rocks Off realized that a whole lot more singers have lost their voices over the years than just Axl Rose and the five included in last week's look at the subject. It's unfortunate, but it seems that many, many pop and rock singers are struggling along in their middle-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Last Night: Mary J. Blige & D'Angelo at Toyota Center

    Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo Toyota Center September 2, 2012 There's a wildly popular scene in comedian/actor Jamie Foxx's hit late 90s television show, The Jamie Foxx Show, in which he dresses up -- or undresses, actually -- as funk singer D'Angelo in penance for some slight done to his girlfriend. In ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 30, 2012

    The Best Beer Labels

    The most iconic and creative on Texas shelves.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Pinot Grigio Nation

    "Soon as we walk through the door," sang Mariah Carey in her 2008 hit, "Migrate," "Fellas be grabbin' at us like yo / Tryin' to get us going off the Patron / We sippin' Grigio... slow." These lines came to mind last night when the day's umpteenth press release caught my eye from an over-saturated i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Movies You Should Watch: Five Oscar Losers That Were Also Worth the Win

    The movies that win the Oscar for Best Picture aren't the only ones that deserve your attention. Here are five films that were nominated, but lost, that we think are worth a screening.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Hail, Santa: The Top 10 Metal Christmas Carol Covers

    ​Rocks Off likes to believe that Christmas is such a merry holiday, even some of Satan's most stalwart servants can't help but get into the act. Of course, it could be that heavy metal musicians record Christmas music for the same reason as Mariah Carey: Because there's a crapload of money to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Looking Back at A Very Special Christmas Track by Track

    In the late 1980's, music empresario Jimmy Iovine cobbled together quite a collection of pop and rock artists to record songs for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics. In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released and rapidly became an instant holiday classic thanks to the star powere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Justin Bieber's Voice Changes Just In Time For Christmas Album

    "Say shawty, Merry Christmas, or whatever year-end holiday greeting that makes you happy." ​Children and adults alike are getting their holiday wish granted early this year, and they don't have to wait until Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or even Christmas morning to receive it. Justin Bieber's v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The X Factor: Rain Delay and Judges' Houses

    Photo by FOXJust wait until the "Judges' moms' houses" round!​First, this recap was delayed because the Wednesday night baseball playoff game was rain delayed, canceling that night's X Factor episode--yet another reason for me to hate baseball. Second, naming the latest round of competition "t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    The X Factor Does Dallas (And Miami)

    Fox​Audition round two of The X Factor is held in Miami and Dallas, and they tell a different story than Los Angeles. In my first recap, I was impressed with the consistently great talent The X Factor delivered, keeping the freak-show acts to a minimum. When the judges hit Miami, the dearth of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    The 10 Most Horrible Music-Biz Bosses

    ​The movie Horrible Bosses comes out today, and while the heinous supervisors in question all work in areas unrelated to entertainment, this shouldn't be taken to mean the music industry is free of bad managers and executives. Rocks Off knows if anything, the music biz has had more than its fa ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2011

    Bikes on Easements

    North-south cycling trails could be a go!

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Idol Beat: Some Girls

    ​I missed most of last night's introduction because I was still trying to get my head around how they're going to milk tonight's selection show for two freaking hours. American Idol is just another example of domestic ineffeciency: take what should be -- at best -- a thirty minute program and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Music's Top Five Hottest Trends For 2011

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Every year-end Rocks Off prognosticates the likeliest trends in music for the upcoming year. So far, we've got a 100 percent success rate, although since the FBI made us take down all of our previous predictions, we have no way to prove it. So you'll j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    "Auld Lang Syne," In All Its Many Colors

    ​Harry: What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. "Should old acquaintance be forgot" - does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or if we happen to forget them, that we should remember them, which is not possible because we've already forgotten them? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Ten Bizarro Christmas-Carol Covers

    ​Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for those who are tired of forcing Mariah Carey's eight-octave "All I Want For Christmas" on their f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The Ladies Strike Back, Actually

    Rocks Off is following our sister Houston Press blogs into the choppy waters of "Comment of the Day," choosing a comment or a handful of comments from the previous day we find especially enlightening, infuriating or just plain hilarious. We're glad our readers have opinions, whatever they are, about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Top Eight Worst Musician Vanity Film Projects

    ​Rocks Off won't speak for everyone, but if we ever found ourselves a platinum-selling artist, we kinda doubt we'd press our luck by veering off into the world of acting. We mean, it hardly ever works from the opposite direction (right, Don Johnson?), so what good can possibly come from assumi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Last Night: Die Antwoord At Stereo Live

    "He is singing into a penis..." Photos by Groovehouse​Die Antwoord, Rye Rye Stereo Live November 1, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here. It was industrial, grating, disorienting, sweaty, funky, hilarious and altogether like nothing we had ever seen in our lives. The w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Rap's Top 10 Heroes Of 2010 So Far, Part 2

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. thepaparazzionline.com (if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Eminem: 6 Ways He Can Still Screw Up His Comeback

    ​Marshall Mathers III has certainly enjoyed great success, but it hasn't been easy for the guy. He's had difficulty overcoming addiction and depression, and like many of us, he keeps returning to that one bad relationship over and over again. His latest album, Recovery, has brought him back in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    MTV Struggles to Remain Relevant By Naming A Twitter Jockey

    ​This week MTV announced an online campaign looking for the network's first-ever TJ, or Twitter Jockey. Unlike the video jockeys of the cable station's past, these folks would instead live-tweet from MTV events for a year, earning a salary, and live in New York City. In addition to Twitter, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Aftermath: VNV Nation Cry Victory, Not Vengeance, At Wired Live

    Sketches by Bret and Rachel Harmeyer (this one is Rachel)​When two skanks are grinding on each other in the front row, and the audience cares not at all because they can't take their eyes off the band on stage, that's a good show. VNV Nation is an act that has been fermenting a strange and heady v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Big Secrets In Bill White's Tax Returns, Revealed

    ​You know things have gotten off on the wring foot challenging Rick Perry when the state's leading political writer compares your operation to Kay Bailey Hutchison's.Here's how things have gone in the Texas governor's race since the primaries: Rick Perry has been in Patton mode, ostentatiously "ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Aftermath: Rocks Off's Buddy's Bachelor Party at House of Blues, Leon's, the Darkhorse and, Suprisingly, Not Jail

    Craig Hlavaty​ Like we wrote last Friday, Rocks Off attended a bachelor party this past weekend for our friend Brett, who gets hitched this coming Saturday. (It took us a few days for our head to clear.) It was a star-studded event that included a faux Kings of Leon sighting, Luis Scola, a Led Zep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Golden Bozos

    You know awards season is in full swing when all the celebrities converge upon the Beverly Hilton to get drunk and act like receiving an award from the same organization that once honored Pia Zadora is something to be proud of.That's right, it was Golden Globes night last Sunday. And while the just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Suck It, Maxim Model!

    Kelly Osbourne gives her best "suck it, you model bitch" pose.​This is it. The ninth week of Dancing With the Stars has now come and gone. Only now do I understand the bittersweet joy of watching a baby grow up. This week's pointless encore command performance was Mya's salsa, which had earn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Beyonce Scheduled to Perform at Michael Jackson Memorial

    Daniel Kramer ABC News is reporting that Beyonce, who sang tributes to Michael Jackson at her Toyota Center concert and at New Orleans' Essence Music Festival over the weekend, will perform at Jackson's funeral in Los Angeles this afternoon. Also expected to attend are Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson Funeral Coverage Coming Tomorrow

    Somehow the folks at West Coast Sound, Rocks Off's sister music blog over at L.A. Weekly, have scored the hottest ticket in show business in years: a ticket to Michael Jackson's funeral Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far Stevie Wonder, Jackson's old Motown boss Berry Gordy, Brooke Shiel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Michael Jackson, You Will Be Honored...And Twittered

    The Most Important Event Ever....Will Be Twittered!!!!Our colleagues at West Coast Sound, the music blog of our sister paper L.A. Weekly, will be in attendance when The Nation Stops at noon tomorrow (Houston time) to give a final send-off to Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. So far St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Realizing You Don't Have What It Takes To Want To Be A Millionaire

    Photos by Blake WhitakerOn the way to our first ever game-show tryout today, we saw what we took at the time to be cosmic encouragement. Competing for space in Airline Drive's forest of signage was the Moonlight Inn marquee, which spoke to us: "You are awake. Don't dream it -- do it." Of cour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Eight Results

    First things first: in yesterday's Idol Beat, I made reference to how excited I was for Idol Gives Back, a wildly successful annual event/trainwreck wherein the program brings a ton of celebrities on in an effort to raise money for various worthy charaties. I've just learned that Idol Gives Back wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    American Idol Returns Tonight... Yawn

    Come back Kelly Clarkson, all is forgiven... If you've been lucky enough to spend the past several months in a media-deprivation tank - or maybe you just don't read the Houston Chronicle - then you no doubt know Fox's shrill-singing flagship series American Idol returns tonight at 7 p.m. (As o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Digitalia: iTunes' Top Holiday Songs

    The holiday season is a time to enjoy favorite pastimes like expanding your credit-card debt, eating way too much food, and arguing with your relatives. And of course, there's the best staple of them all: butchering holiday jingles. Never finding a song they didn't want to shill, iTunes offers an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008
  • Music

    November 22, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Remembering Ol’ Dirty Bastard

    Today is the third anniversary of the untimely deaths of Ason Unique, The Bebop Specialist, Big Baby Jesus, Dirt Dog, Osirus, the Man of All Rainbows, Prince Delight, the Professor, Rain Man, Super Bastard, Peanut the Kidnapper, RJ tha Mad Specialist, Dirt McGirt, Freeloading Rusty and Joe Bananas. ... More >>

  • Music

    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

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

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Tech? No!

    An imaginary history of electronic music

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    India.Arie

    Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2006

    Blue Monday

    Louise Glück and Franz Wright keep it solemn

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    The Academy Is..., with Panic! At the Disco, Acceptance, Hellogoodbye

    Wednesday, February 22, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-629-3700.

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005

    French Kissed

    Hollywood Frame Gallery goes Gallic with "March de Triomphe"

  • Music

    July 31, 2003

    Exile in Whinerville

    The hostility flung at Liz Phair's new record is senseless, sexist and abominably stupid

  • Music

    July 9, 1998

    Riding the Rap

    A new book chronicles the bloody rise and fall of Death Row Records

  • Music

    October 23, 1997

    Rap Gets Puffy

    Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop

  • Music

    December 15, 1994

    Bill-bored

    At least Tom Jones left the mesh shirt at home

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