Michael Jackson

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The 20 Best Songs We Heard In June

    "Big Blue Hole," David Olney "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, all them saints are dead and gone / Amy Winehouse and Curt Cobain, they ain't comin' back here again." David Olney is like the black sheep rounder uncle the family wanted you to stay away from. A former running bud of Townes van Zandt, Oln ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Why Can't We Let Dead Musicians Be Dead?

    Recently you may have seen Michael Jackson on television, despite the fact that Michael Jackson has been dead for five years now. Through the use of hologram technology, his corpse has essentially been dug up and plastered on our TV screens, with herky-jerky movements and backing music crafted posth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    What's With All the Naked People Doing Crazy Stuff This Week?

    It might be part of some pagan annual right of spring or something like that, but this week there were three incidents that involved people doing naked stuff in public. While you should be able to let your bits hang in these balmy days leading up to the heat, we don't make the laws and we have to ad ... More >>

  • Music

    April 24, 2014
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    April 16, 2014

    Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

    No one was more disappointed than I was with the fact that producers were deciding to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it. They're doing it again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Should We Love Music Made By Awful People?

    Recently I was walking through the grocery store, wearing headphones that blasted music, and I saw something that disturbed me. It was a young male, who couldn't have been any older than I am, wearing long hair and jeans like any good metalhead should. But what I saw across his chest on his black ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Top Five Most Disastrous Musician Interviews Ever

    At Rocks Off, we know a thing or two about interviews, for better or worse. Most of them go pretty good, alright, nothing special. Someone has something to promote and we want to talk to them and then it goes up, people read and enjoy it, and we all go about our lives. It's a pretty rare and special ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Notable Recluses: Five Musicians Who Almost Never Tour

    Some musicians are just road rats. They can't get enough of life on tour. For others, it wears down on them to a breaking point. Many have been very vocal about how much they despise touring, especially as they've gotten older. Some, like Trent Reznor, have expressed fears of being a KISS-esque nos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Michael Jackson's Thriller at 30: The 10 Best Album-Cover Homages & Parodies

    Thirty years ago today, on November 30, 1982, Michael Jackson released Thriller, the follow-up to 1979's Off the Wall. It's obviously one of the biggest albums ever released on Earth, in terms of sales (possibly close to 100 million by some figures) and cultural influence. Thriller has also been wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    MTV's Best Year: The Top 5 Videos of 1992

    In 1992, the recording industry was riding high. The compact disc had become a major success, with music lovers purchasing new albums and old releases in astonishing numbers despite the format's comparatively steep price tags. And the music-video juggernaut known as MTV was helping major labels to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    7 Disney Characters Based On Pop Musicians

    One of the interesting things about Walt Disney films is the way they borrow from or hold up a mirror to popular culture. Along with great storytelling and good songs, this is quite possibly why people like them in the first place. In fact, it's how some of us get introduced to great artists such a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    The 10 Best Guest Appearances On Other People's Songs

    Have you ever had one of those moments when, you're listening to a song and hear something familiar, like maybe a familiar voice or wonder, "Okay, who is really playing this particular instrument?" Many times a band or an artist will guest star on a recording. Sometimes it's a well-known fact, such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Wait a Minute! Who Is That? Top 10 Videos With Famous Actor Cameos

    When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous. Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Idaho Man Forces Friend to Moonwalk at Gunpoint While High on Drugs

    I have to admit that when I read this headline around 3 a.m. on Friday night, I couldn't stop laughing for a good 30 minutes. I may have even laughed myself to sleep. I may never feel that much joy for the rest of my life, and I wish that I could replay that hour of my life in perpetuity. Last wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 9, 2012
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    January 2, 2012

    Speed Limit: 10 Songs About Fast Driving That Aren't By Sammy Haggar

    ​On this day in 1974 Richard Nixon signed into law that mandated lowering the speed limit to 55 mph. Now, the reason for this was to make the country preserve gasoline in the middle of an OPEC embargo (which it did), but they also sold the bill to us as a march towards safety. After all, speed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Thriller Turns 29: Five Reasons It Rocked

    Yesterday marked the twenty-nine-year anniversary of the release of Thriller, which broke basically every record in the book. It remains the best selling album of all time with over 10 million in total sales. It not only solidified Michael Jackson as one of the biggest pop stars of all time, it deli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Michael Jackson Memories: 28 Years And Counting

    ​Saturday, Michael Jackson will have been dead for two years. Already. The King of Pop succumbed to a drug addiction on June 25, 2009, helped along by a crooked Houston doctor, a team of enablers, and public that had grown largely indifferent to the man (but not his music) by two summers ago. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Pre-Bieber, Five Memorable Musician Interview Gaffes

    ​Remember in the days before "Bi-winning," when Twitter was all up in arms about Justin Beiber's interview with Rolling Stone? Was it really a surprise that some of the pop star's opinions, as told to the magazine last month, would be half-baked and maybe even a bit ignorant? Put aside for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    1991: Best Music Year Ever?

    Rocks Off Sr.'s choice for 1991's best album.​1991 was one of the biggest years in modern music. It was when metal went pop, radio country ruled, grunge went mainstream, and rap began its climb to chart dominance, even if it was spearheaded by a white candy rapper from Dallas. There were man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Friday Night: "Jai Ho: The Journey Home" At Toyota Center

    Photos by Marco Torres​A.R. Rahman "Jai Ho: The Journey Home" Toyota Center September 17, 2010 The Indian film-score composer A.R. Rahman, now widely known as the winner of two 2009 Academy Awards for Slumdog Millionaire, is the master of the movie-musical genre known as Bollywood. He is also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    The Glamour Boyz: Beware Of Found Footage

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. ​One of your daily video guide's favorite people is Rocks Off's own Craig Hlavaty. His articles are well- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    The Day Michael Jackson Died: A Look Back

    ​One year ago tomorrow, one of the strangest, most volatile lives in American pop-culture history came to an end. Michael Jackson left this mortal coil on June 25, 2009, and in his wake we were left to not only deal with all of our conflicted and cherished memories of him, but also the public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Michael Jackson As Scholarly Subject: A Texas Tech Study

    Finally, all the MJ scholarship in one place​When The Journal of Pan African Studies decided to devote an entire volume to Michael Jackson after the Gloved One's passing, Texas Tech librarian Rob Weiner had an idea: why not find out how many times MJ popped up in academic journals, and for what re ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010

    Dancing the Dozens

    Yo' mama's feet so big, they each got their own zip code

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    February 2, 2010

    Great Moments in Douchebaggotry: Michael Jackson Takes Paul McCartney's Advice... In the Douchiest Way Possible

    Great Moments in Douchebaggery is brought to you by Rocks Off's upcoming Washington Shore party, Thursday, February 11, at the Washington Avenue Drinkery. All types of douchebags are encouraged to attend. Sadly, the duo enjoyed only a very brief period of skipping merrily about together.​In the ea ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    DVDs This Week: Michael Jackson & Houston's Je'caryous Johnson

    There's only one DVD release that's getting any attention today: Michael Jackson's This Is It. Culled from 80 hours of footage of Jackson in rehearsal for a series of London concerts, and interviews with associates and friends, This Is It is what fans get instead of a good-bye tour. The document ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    The Top Rock-Star Death Conspiracies: Elvis, Michael, Kurt, Tupac and More

    It seems that the stranger and weirder our world gets by the day, humanity struggles to find reasons behind all this calamity and tragedy. We try our best to find conclusions to why bad things happen, and when we can't fully fathom that the awful truth is just that, instead try to blame the influen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Damn That Michael Irvin!

    ​It's the halfway point of the season! Tom Bergeron said so! I wish he'd said that the night before, when I was glumly pondering how many more episodes this season would foist upon an innocent populace. But there you go: only a few left. Here's hoping someone gets really hurt. The opening cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Coroner Rules Michael Jackson's Death a Homicide​It already looked bad for Houston physician Dr. Conrad Murray, whom just about everyone with a pulse expects to face criminal charges stemming from his client Michael Jackson's June 25 death and is already the subject of a manslaughter probe by the LAPD. Now things look even wors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    "Prison Sex" and Other Songs Jacko's Ex-Doctor Doesn't Want to Hear Right Now

    Well, this is a strange and incongruous turn of events. Normally when a celebrity gets pumped full of pills by a dubious "personal physician" and croaks, there are no repercussions and everyone's free to split up the dead guy's loot like Christmas came early. Not this time, however: Fox News report ... More >>

  • News

    July 9, 2009

    Memories of Michael

    Also: Secessionist Session

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Bayou Beat: Live Nation Goes All In, ZZ Top Tickets Up for Grabs, Meridian Rocks the Sabbath and More

    Courtesy of Stephen "Rube" Sager Live Nation has outdone itself on its latest "No Service Fee" Wednesday. All day, $29.99 buys a lawn ticket - one lawn ticket, mind you - parking, all those pesky fees, a hot dog and a soda for any participating show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Once they ... 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 7, 2009

    Sheila Jackson Lee Honors Michael Jackson, At Incredible Length

    Via The Hill's blog, we've learned of our own Sheila Jackson Lee's epic attempt to immortalize Michael Jackson (who is being celebrated as we speak; check out the twittering/liveblogging at the music blog of our sister paper LA Weekly).Amazingly, Lee's bill declaring the House of Representatives "re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Requiem for Michael: The Last Rock Star

    Amid the past two weeks of Michael Jackson worship, the details of his drug use were slowly leaked out. The man had done enough painkillers and random legal narcotics that would make all-star druggies like Keith Richards and Lemmy Kilmister shudder and cower away. It's funny that this small and spri ... 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 3, 2009

    Houstonians Learn the "Thriller" Dance

    Craig Hlavaty Who would have ever imagined just a little over a week ago that Houstonians would be convening on the lush confines of Discovery Green to learn to do the "Thriller" dance? Or in the sweltering dog days of July for that matter? The dance seems way more like a Halloween affair than anyth ... More >>

  • Music

    July 2, 2009

    State of Shock

    How Michael Jackson (sort of) introduced me to the Rolling Stones.

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    June 26, 2009

    Michael Jackson: Magic Moments With The King Of "Alleged"

    It's a sure bet that when Neil Armstrong dies, coverage will be limited to a two minute retrospective culminating with "One small step for man..." playing over his official NASA photo. Meanwhile, CNBC today is still reporting on the "financial impact of Michael Jackson's death." One walked on the m ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2008

    Remaking Michael Jackson

    Why waste money on (or steal) those bogus Thriller remixes when you can get better ones legally for free?

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    Mike Epps

    The Friday and Def Comedy Jam star takes no prisoners

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2007

    Michael Jackson: The Man (?) In the Mirror

    Have you ever pulled out the old family photo album, looked at yourself through the years, and sat gazing at your lost youth? We all look back and shout, “Shit, if only I had laid off those Toaster Strudels,” or “You know, those ten years being a blackout drunk weren’t called for.” Time in ... More >>

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Fall of Troy

    Monday, April 24, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    The Handsomes

    The Handsomes

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Hail to the Freak

    Interesting times call for an interesting man of the year. We nominate Michael Jackson.

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