Subject:

Mary J. Blige

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Hark! Your 2013 Holiday-Album Roundup

    Happy Halloween, everyone. Who's ready for Christmas? Must be quite a few of you, because the music biz rolled out many of its major 2013 holiday LPs this week. Those that don't arrive next week, that is, or else got a head start like Mary J. Blige. Her A Mary Christmas arrived two weeks ago and n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Tales of an Instagram Nothing: Surviving a fun. Concert With Teenage Girls

    If one were to ever ask me what was the joy of being a personal driver for others, it's dealing with people. Particularly teenagers. You see, teenagers are pretty much the greatest middle ground you have in pop culture. Either they like something or they don't, and their observations on life are abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Friday Night: Mary J. Blige at Reliant Stadium

    Mary J. Blige Reliant Stadium March 1, 2013 Watching Mary J. Blige's bravura Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo performance Friday night brought to mind the old, old Hollywood saying about Ginger Rogers doing everything Fred Astaire did, except in high heels and backwards. (Kids, ask grandma or just Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide for "Bros":
    Mary J. Blige

    Date: March 1 Name: Mary J. Blige AKA: "Damn, we sure have a lot of white men on the concert calendar this year."

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Rodeo Touches Every Corner of Pop Universe, Almost Misses Texas

    I live too far away from the coasts to care about Coachella all that much, and have done far too much time in both the ACL and SXSW trenches to get too excited about anything that happens in far west Houston anymore. So instead, I have started looking forward to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Rockin' the Rodeo: Pitbull, Bruno Mars, The Band Perry, Mary J. Blige Lead 2013 Names

    Pop stars of both the R&B and Latin persuasions, Bruno Mars and Pitbull, join new country favorites Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2013 entertainer lineup, the rodeo announced this morning. Rodeo veterans Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Dier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Who Should Play RodeoHouston In 2013?

    On October 30, just a few days from now, RodeoHouston will announce its first round of performers for the 2013 edition of the star-studded, yeehawin', nearly three-week event at Reliant Park. The booking the last few years has been getting more adventurous, with the likes of Kid Rock, KISS, Mary J. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Friday Night: The Weeknd at Bayou Music Center

    Note: Due to computer difficulties, the photos from Friday were lost. Also, After Friday night's show, The Weeknd canceled his scheduled performance Sunday at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, issuing this statement on his Web site: I'm really disappointed and embarrassed that I can't make it 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    The Tontons Are Deemed Buzzworthy By MTV, Playing PopMontreal

    Just this morning, MTV's Buzzworthy site decided to show the world the Tontons and their track "Golden", which was easily one of the best things about 2011. Bun B and myself decided it one night at a food truck. That's how things happen in Houston. Great, now these guys and girl will never play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Burger King: The Prince of Ad Campaigns

    Burger King recently announced a new ad campaign supporting the chain's "Fresh Offers" menu items. The ads feature celebrity spokespeople ordering off of the new, supposedly fresher and healthier menu. One of the ads featuring Mary J. Blige singing about fried chicken was quickly pulled because so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    20 Years of Hip-Hop Soul Hits: Happy Birthday, Mary J. Blige

    Photo by Marco Torres​Every time we hear a new Mary J. Blige single on the radio, we ask ourselves, "REALLY, MJB? Again? OK, girl." We literally said that in the car last week when we heard her new single "Mr. Wrong." Of course, the proclaimed "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" has never given us reaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Father Figures: 100 Famous Musicians' Paternal Professions

    If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    What's The Best Rap Song About A Girlfriend, Wife Or Side Chick?

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​For shame. Generally, the way Rap Round Table works is Rocks Off sends out a question of varying importance each week to rappers for them to discuss. About two years of doing this column has taught us that the best way to get responses is to do it on T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    The 2011 BET Awards, Or The Vindication Of Chris Brown

    ​6:58: High-five to the Houston Press for flying us out to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. Cool move. Thus far, it's been extra fun. We ran into Kobe and, um, saw some people filming a movie, and... uh... there were some angels or something, and... there... there was... eh, shit. We're n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    KISS, Kid Rock, Janet Jackson Head 2011 Rodeo Lineup

    ​KISS, Janet Jackson and Kid Rock head the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2011 concert schedule, which the rodeo announced earlier Monday morning. Among the other 13 entertainers rounding out this year's lineup are recent rodeo stalwarts Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Shows Of 2010

    Marco Torres​Editor's Picks: Mary J. Blige, Reliant Stadium (RodeoHouston), March: Exquisite. Beach House, Walter's on Washington, April: Can't hate on this one either. Magical. Wu-Tang Clan, Numbers, December: Against all odds, they brought the motherfuckin' ruckus.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    American Idol: The Tumor is Removed...Eventually

    ​This is my first season of American Idol, and thus my first brush with the behemoth that is "Idol Gives Back." This is the third time the show has staged its charity event, and there were far fewer celebrities this year. The goal was ostensibly to educate viewers about the plight of the needy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    American Idol: The Tumor is Removed... Eventually

    ​This is my first season of American Idol, and thus my first brush with the behemoth that is "Idol Gives Back." This is the third time the show has staged its charity event, and there were far fewer celebrities this year. The goal was ostensibly to educate viewers about the plight of the needy ... More >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010

    Communication Breakdown

    Local music writers and online commenters discuss how musicians might draw media attention.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Most Downloaded "Hope For Haiti" Texan? Although She Killed, Not Beyonce

    Between fighting crime, reducing global warming, mending our socks and, you know, everything else Rocks Off does when we're away from the office, we caught a good bit of Friday evening's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. We didn't have much choice, because the George Clooney-organized, celebrity-packed fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Idol Beat: Tryouts Burn Atlanta All Over Again

    We're all in our happy places... Keep smiling.... The day is almost over...​Going into the second audition episode of American Idol, I worried that it might not be any different from the first one. And while the bottom line is that I was right on a technical level -- it was 90 minutes of good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    American Idol: Pants On The Ground

    We're all in our happy places... Keep smiling.... The day is almost over...​Going into the second audition episode of American Idol, I worried that it might not be any different from the first one. And while the bottom line is that I was right on a technical level -- it was 90 minutes of good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    RodeoHouston 2010 Entertainer Lineup Includes Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber and Some Country Folks You Can Probably Guess

    ​Monday morning, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the remainder of its Reliant Stadium entertainment calendar for this year's rodeo, which begins March 2. Debuting on Reliant's revolving stage this year are Jason Aldean (March 6) and Texans the Eli Young Band (March 19). Returning fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Hit the Road, Jack: 10 More Notable Musical Deaths From the Past Decade

    ​ Looking back, this past decade wasn't too kind to rock and roll as a whole. We lost plenty of people who weren't exactly disgustingly huge as Michael Jackson or as monolithic as Johnny Cash. This decade took its share of people who were massively influential and iconic, but not on the grand worl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Slim Thug, KRS-One, Robin Thicke, B.o.B., The Renaldo The Ensemble, Joe Budden, Slaughterhouse, Mary J., Scarface & Tupac, 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: "Thug," Slim Thug Wire To Wire KRS-One is going to be helping out the homeless on Thanksgiving. What's ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top 11

    Traditionally, I've concluded the first Idol Beat of any given week with predictions as to who the American Idol judges or viewing public will send home the next night. This week I'm upending that, and predicting that no one will go home. That's right: all eleven of the remaining finalists are safe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    U2 Lace Up Their Dirty "Boots"

    Among, you know, a few other things, the past 24 hours have been the start of a very, very big year for the band Rocks Off affectionately refers to as the Best Band Ever. U2 appeared alongside Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, "One" pal Mary J. Blige and many more as Barack Obama's opening acts at y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Sans Bayonet, ESG, Dustin Prestige, Diddy, Ghostface, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, Ike Turner 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: Sans Bayonet feat. Rob Prophetik, "Evolution" Wire To Wire ESG is talking about his forth ... More >>

  • Music

    August 7, 2008
  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Last Night: Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige at Toyota Center

    You could literally smell Mary J. Blige from like ten feet away. It was insane. It must have been all the product on her. If I didn't know what "fabulous”smelled like before, I do now. It was amazing, like a separate presence onto itself. She must summon that essence to hit her high notes, like Ca ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: The Head-On People Need to Check Themselves

    Is it just me, or are the Head-On (apply directly to the forehead!) people getting a little too big for their britches? I’m not going to prattle on here about the infamous, incessant repetition of the product name in their television ads, or discuss the low budget quality of said ads that gives t ... More >>

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    Little Brother

    Little Brother performs Friday, June 29, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Orgone and DJ Haul also perform.

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Song Title Scrabble

    Mixed-up monikers

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2006

    The Essence of Soul

    Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige and more hit H-town

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Mary J. Blige

    The Breakthrough

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    Jamie Foxx

    Unpredictable

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    The Chocolate Bayou Festival, Featuring Angie Stone

    Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, at Sunnyside Park, 3502 Bellfort. Step Rideau, Sherman Robertson, Rick Marcel, Kyle Turner, Bridgette Taylor, Michael Ward, Werner Richard, Rayvon Foster, Caliente and Ernest Walkerd are also on the bill.

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    John Legend, with De La Soul and Rahzel

    Saturday, August 13, at HUSH, 15625 Katy Freeway, 713-330-HUSH.

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2005

    Who's Your Diddy?

    It's Cristal and basketball with Coach Combs

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    On Da Lingo

    Tracing Houston roots in three omnipresent hip-hop terms

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Cruel Summer

    Are we hearing the death rattle of the sheds?

  • Music

    May 13, 2004
  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Real & Bold

    Mary J. Blige

  • Music

    August 6, 1998
  • Music

    June 19, 1997
  • More >>
Loading...