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Michael Bolton

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    March 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Bad Music Videos of the '90s

    Last month we talked about all the kitschy bad music videos that came out in the '80s and now tickle the fancy of pop-culture geeks like myself. This time, let's focus in on the '90s, which were great because everyone thought they had figured out how to make music videos into art. Videos of the '90 ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Is This the Michael Bolton Renaissance We've All Been Waiting For?

    Soft-rock seems to be making a comeback. Just recently Phil Collins announced his glorious return to music, and now Michael Bolton has been plastered all over our TV screens. That's right, Michael Bolton. That balding dude your mom used to listen to. It's tough defending Bolton, but hey, I'm up to ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Slip Slidin' Away: My Life as a Rock Journalist With the Houston Press

    I had a hernia operation in the early summer of 2006, and had nothing to do all day but hobble around with cool cane a borrowed from Grandpa Hlavaty and play on the Internets for two months or so. I had developed the injury while working at Domino's, but it was cool because their insurance helped ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Time-Trippin': Great Houston Radio TV Ads From Yesterday

    If I have learned anything over the past year at Rocks Off, it's that you guys really, really get heated when it comes to FM radio in Houston. From format changes, myopic classic-rock playlists, and controversial morning hosts, Houstonians care about their terrestrial radio choices. Hell, you do spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Dear Houston, Kindly Shut the Hell Up at Eddie Vedder

    Pearl Jam lead singer and everything advocate Eddie Vedder pulls into Houston today for a two-night stand at Jones Hall, making up two shows he had to cancel back in the spring due to injury. Singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will also be on hand to open both shows, and he even helps out Vedder on a fe ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Top 5 Weirdest & Worst Musical Collaborations

    In the history of music, there have been many meetings of the mind between people with similar attitudes, styles, and ideas. Some of these just felt right from the very beginning and you knew they were destined to produce greatness. That's what happened when Brian Eno met David Bowie and later when ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Top 5 New Rules for Internet Jukeboxes

    Used to be, you'd have to hit bar after bar until you found one with just the right jukebox, and then that was your own personal lair of alcohol consumption from then on. The people demanded more freedom of choice, however, so most bars have already switched over to Internet jukeboxes, where one can ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Who On Earth Is Searching for "Hipster John Denver"?

    Here at Houston Press HQ, Rocks Off has a program where we can see every search someone types into that window with the magnifying glass in the top right-hand corner of our home page and any of the four Houston Press blogs. That's right, we're watching you. Be careful. It's fascinating, the things ... 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 17, 2012

    Readers' Poll: Does Music In The Workplace Make You More Productive?

    A recent blog on the Bloomberg Businessweek site detailed a UK study that was done dealing with music in the workplace and its effect on worker productivity. 77 percent of surveyed businesses said that it boosted morale and made output soar. The rest of the 33 percent probably own sweatshops. Now I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Other "Coachella" Festivals We'd Like To See

    So, Coachella tickets sold out a few weeks ago. Evidently, the lineup is killer, accommodating to most tastes. Last year, the festival sold out in a week. This year, even with two weekends available, tickets sold out within a couple of hours. Don't have tickets to the show? Don't fret! What if ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    La La Love You: Top Ten Cheesiest Love Songs For Valentine's Day

    It's that time of year again. Everything is red and full of hearts. Chocolates and roses are marked up. Couples are showing off and singles are desperately searching online dating services for a quick set-up to give them their own special day. That's right, it's about to be Valentine's Day! Some are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Tony Iommi: Music's Other Man In Black Proves His Heavy Mettle

    ​Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Toni Iommi with T.J. Lammers Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $26. Imagine this passage being read in your best "Behind the Music" narration: It was in the center of a dirty, grimy sheet-metal factory in Birmingham, England, when a 1 ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    The Five Worst Music Movies Ever*

    * That aren't actual musicals *eye roll*​It would be easy to pick out a bunch of terrible musicals to make fun of. First off, most musicals seem stuck in the 1930s, when every song everywhere sounded like a show tune, and therefore stank. Second, we're afraid of polarizing our audience. You ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Best Riffs Only: Krayolas Going For Tex-Mex Rock & Roll Master's

    ​Krayolas drummer David Saldana is not your average power pop rock and roller. While his resuscitated band continues to draw gobs of press and is grabbing some high profile gigs, Saldana's life is taking him in another direction. "I'm actually getting my Masters in education so I can be a pri ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Top 10 Texas Movie Soundtracks

    ​This weekend, as the rest of the world catches Harry Potter mania for (perhaps) the final time, Houston gets a serious dose of Urban Cowboy nostalgia. Theater Under the Stars' production of the Tony-nominated 2003 musical - which The New York Times called "a conclusive demonstration that it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Out Today: Tyler, The Creator's Goblin, The Cars Restarted...

    ​We now live in a world where Adele is a chart-topping artist, placing at number one slot the past few weeks, rubbing shoulders with the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, and Britney Spears. If Adele's 21 isn't on the top of everyone's best-of 2011 lists, there is no justice in the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Top 20 Despised, Yet Wildly Popular, Bands And Musicians

    Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed (above), stops at House of Blues tonight on his current acoustic tour. More than likely you have already clicked off this blog, or at least already gone on auto-pilot to call him a fuck-ass in the comments section. We'll wait a sec for you to come back. OK, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Photo by Dennis J.This arrangement of lemons symbolizes the New Year. If you don't get how, you're just not hip enough, man.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our Christmas leftovers are starting to get a little ripe. The week or so leading up to Christmas this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Vote Quimby Bristol

    ​Is it really almost over? Why, it seems like only yesterday we were bidding farewell to "The Hoff" and Michael Bolton was taking offense at Judge Bruno's harsh comments about his "jive" dancing (while remaining curiously unaffected by similar criticisms of his music). But it's true: tonight s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Last Night: Michael Bolton At Jones Hall

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Michael Bolton with the Houston Symphony Jones Hall September 8, 2010 It was a little over a year ago that Aftermath saw Yanni, and just a few months back that we saw Kenny G. Wednesday night we saw Michael Bolton, forming a power-trio of artists that you're not suppos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Our Eight Favorite Musical Moments From Texas-Shot Films

    ​If Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids sounds like a titillating title for a book, it's only because the book itself deals with some of the most provocative indie films in recent cinematic history - many of them made by Texas-born filmmakers. The book is the work of Alison Macor, former film cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Twilight: Eclipse And Other Promising Summer Soundtracks

    ​Summer isn't just the time to look forward to astronomically budgeted, noisy, overproduced blockbuster films, it's also the time to look forward to astronomically budgeted, noisy, overproduced blockbuster soundtracks. Is Graeme Revell still dicking around with ProTools? He is? Oh, super! Anyway, ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Aftermath: Never Mind The Hipsters, Kenny G Blows Us Away

    Photos by Craig HlavatyEd. Note: This is merch from the show and not a poster from Craig's room... we think.​ Aftermath shook hands Thursday night with Kenny G, a man who has arguably been one of the most reviled men in pop music now nearly 30 years. Why are we bringing this up? It's not to name-d ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Yes, We're Going To Kenny G. Got A Problem With That?

    ​Yes, tomorrow night Craig's Hlist will be at Kenny G with your mother and your weird aunt who likes to buy you fertility crystals for the summer solstice. Kenny G intrigues us to the no end. Along with Michael Bolton, he was a part of a tag-team duo of pop culture musical dregs in the '90s. But t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    For Opening Day: The Worst Pregame Renditions Of The National Anthem Ever

    What so proudly we hailed... Can you pass the earplugs, please?​ You can be forgiven for not realizing Opening Day for baseball season was here already (yesterday, in fact). Maybe you've been too busy cursing the guy in your NCAA tournament pool that filled out his brackets using the coin-flip met ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Distant Early Warning: Al Green, Clint Black, Don McLean, Lightning Bolt, Ludacris, Miranda Lambert, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Tony Joe White, Etc.

    ​Female Demand, American Sharks, Satin Hooks, Tow The Line: Sun., March 28, 8 p.m. Walter's on Washington. Al Green: Sun., May 16. Arena Theatre. Chuck Allen Floyd Band: Sat., June 12. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, Magical Beautiful: Sat., April 17. Khon's. Clint Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Ten Cover Songs So Bad They'll Shrivel Your Soul

    Two nights ago, while carelessly patrolling the back alleys of the internet, Rocks Off stumbled across Hilary Duff's execrable cover of The Who's "My Generation". Well, what did you think, YouTube commenters? ​ You sure you're not being too harsh? ​ Yeah... ours too. Someday, when we ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    WTF Island: Jackson Five, Kid Rock, Glenn Danzig, Rock Camp and Assteroids

    Even as our economy continued to go up in flames like the Toyota Center, the carnival of WTF kept trolling along this week. It seemed that every day we saw something so asinine and foolish that we couldn't keep up. Jackson Family slavery museums, rock and roll fantasy camps, Kid Rock's new beer, "As ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008
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    August 25, 2008

    Is It True That Pandora Is Dying?

    As an ex-hipster, I simply don’t have the time or energy to follow any music trends or pay attention to what’s happening in music. My music knowledge comes from watching the VMAs on MTV once a year to see if anyone does anything incredibly humiliating. (“Gimme gimme more, gimme more…”) ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo’s…Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly recommended readers to go see Jason Nodler’s play ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

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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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    June 15, 2006

    Double Vision

    Jess and Lisa Origliasso give teen pop a harmonic jolt as the Veronicas

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    May 25, 2006

    James Hunter

    ames Hunter appears Friday, May 26, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    The Hanukkah Songs

    Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jewpergroup

  • Film

    October 14, 2004

    USA-holes

    Team America takes no prisoners and spares no swear words

  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    A Thin Line...

    Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)

  • Film

    January 30, 2003

    Dead Again

    There's fresh meat for the reaper in Final Destination 2

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    July 20, 2000

    James Pineapple Esq. Is Dead!

    But his creator, comic James Ladmirault, lives on

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    March 4, 1999
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    September 17, 1998
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    February 12, 1998

    Quadruple Weird

    "Experimental" doesn't quite describe Flaming Lips' Zaireeka

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    February 5, 1998
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