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Michael Stipe

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    April 16, 2014

    The Seven Toughest Pop Songs to Understand

    Recently, Rocks Off looked at the most difficult song lyrics to understand in all of music, period. While that was fun, my editor brought it to my attention that virtually all of modern death-metal could qualify for that list. Since the advent of screaming, including metal in a list like that is lik ... More >>

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    April 12, 2014

    Matching Coachella Bands to the Appropriate Drugs

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Adam Lovinus. Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock ... More >>

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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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    February 17, 2014

    Five Great Rock/Country Crossovers

    It's strange, but unless you're a musician, it seems like there's hardly any crossover between fans of country and rock. In fact, if you ask people what kind of music they like, especially if they're mostly rock fans, a lot of the time their answer will be "anything but country." But the musicians ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    10 Songs In the National Recording Registry That Might Surprise You

    Here's something you may not have realized. The U.S. government passed a law to preserve important films in the Library of Congress back in 1988, but it took them until 2000 to get around to doing so for recordings. We music lovers get no respect. Luckily, Congress did finally get around to archivi ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    The 5 Worst Disasters In Benefit Concert History

    Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    5 Songs About Andy Kaufman NOT By R.E.M.

    Today would have been comedian Andy Kaufman's 64th birthday... assuming of course he isn't playing a really long practical joke on us all. Anyone else in the world and such a claim would be rightfully seen as conspiracy theory nuttery, but with Kaufman and his legendary dedication to character and c ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Spike Jonze's Top 9 Music Videos

    There's no doubt that Spike Jonze is an enigma of a director and artist. He's worked in all types of mediums: he filmed bullriders at the Astrodome, changed the world of skateboard videography, and visually recreated the brilliance of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. Plus, he's made us al ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Years of Refusal: 8 More '80s Icons Who Should Follow Morrissey Into Retirement

    Morrissey announced this week that he plans to retire in two years. That's tragic news in some circles, but we think it's a good move. In 2014, he'll turn 55, and the Smiths thing is never happening. How much longer is he supposed to do this? Another ten years 'til he's 65? He's Morrissey, not a Chi ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Last Night: Robert Earl Keen At House Of Blues

    Robert Earl Keen House of Blues December 28, 2011 It sucks when your college roommate is more successful than you. Heaven knows Rocks Off was pleased as punch to hear ours had ended up blowing merchant marines for salvia in Vladivostok (just kidding, Doug!), but Robert Earl Keen's old front porch p ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano On Halloween & The Pressures Of Bloodletting

    Photos by Amber Boggs​Concrete Blonde emerged from the crucible of 1980s post-punk L.A., fueled by Jim Mankey's signature guitar riffs and the introspective lyrics and distinctive wail of singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano. Their early history is well known, down to the oft-repeated story of h ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    All Eyez On Me: Rating The Best/Worst Rock & Rap Sex Tapes (NSFW)

    This week, we found out that a sex tape featuring Tupac Shakur exists, made in 1991 just five years before his fatal shooting in Las Vegas. Shakur's estate is the only entity that can release an item with the late rapper's likeness involved, and his mother Afeni Shakur is unlikely to allow a video o ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Tumblrin' Dice: Kanye West Does Like White People

    West with Kelly Osbourne, white daughter of noted white musician Ozzy Osbourne.​This morning in our daily Tumblr stroll for skull and Katy Perry pics, we found Kanye West With White People, a site dedicated to pictures of Der Fuhrer West with various white folks who are in natural poses, even ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Atlantis Wake-Up Music So Far: Ranking The Good, The Bad & The Ugly On The Last Shuttle Trip

    What's with all the damn Coldplay?​NASA, always on the lookout for good publicity, has made a cottage industry out of the wake-up music it uses to rouse crews orbiting the earth. They recruit artists to record messages that are played after the song, because the first thing you want to hear ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Idol Beat: YouTube Saves The Day

    So close to never having to listen to any of you ever again. At least until next year.​Here's the thing, dog: My cable went out about 20 minutes before American Idol started. A lengthy call with a Comcast tech named Edgar yielded the knowledge that there's apparently a weak signal plaguing my ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    American Idol: YouTube Saves The Day

    So close to never having to listen to any of you ever again. At least until next year.​Here's the thing, dog: My cable went out about 20 minutes before American Idol started. A lengthy call with a Comcast tech named Edgar yielded the knowledge that there's apparently a weak signal plaguing my ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Sexual Napalm: Ill-Advised Rock-Star Hookups, Starring Our Boy John Mayer

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayLike this, John?​John Mayer: He is just fantastic. In a disastrous Playboy interview, Mayer opened up about many things. For example, we discovered that, although some white comedians have successfully worked the "N" word into their jokes, Mayer is not one of ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Vic Chesnutt

    The saddest musical news from the Christmas holiday is the overdose suicide of Athens, Ga. singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt. Rumors circulated on the Internet Christmas Eve that Chesnutt had died overnight but, according to a spokesperson from his record label, he remained alive but in a coma. The la ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: The Watermarks (Minus One) Choose Their Favorite Duets

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. Next up, four-fifths of local electro-tinged post-punks the Watermarks choose their favorite duets. Jessica Brand ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Listology: Flowers to Hide Chooses the Saddest Songs In the World

    All this week, Rocks Off is previewing Saturday and Sunday's Westheimer Block Party by asking WBP performers to fill out a list from Lisa Nola's Music Listography book we're so fond of. Next up, Jesus and Mary Chain-y alt-rockers Flowers to Hide tell us the saddest songs in the world. claudiabelle†... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Maria Taylor's LadyLuck

    During his Fourth of July road trip to San Antonio, Lonesome Onry and Mean found himself listening to Maria Taylor's excellent LadyLuck and wondering how he could have been so remiss in not reporting on such a fine record. Producer, singer, writer, arranger, Taylor is a huge multi-threat talent who ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    The Big Tweet: Wild Moccasins Tour Edition

    Kim DouglassIt's now been exactly a week since the Wild Moccasins kicked off their first-ever extended tour with a sweaty show before a packed house at Mango's, and like a lot of people (we imagine), Rocks Off is curious how the H-pop heroes are faring on the road. Luckily, instead of having to rely ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    [Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007
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    September 25, 2007
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    September 15, 2007
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    September 14, 2007
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    February 16, 2006

    Into the Frey

    If you thought A Million Little Pieces was a pack of lies, wait till you check out the Mötley Crüe biography

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    June 23, 2005

    Dubble Trubble

    Troubled Hubble packs a one-two wallop of great music and an even better live show

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    February 24, 2005
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    December 23, 2004

    Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records

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    December 23, 2004

    Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Electric Avenue

    Is MySpace.com the future of the music business, or just another Web site?

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    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

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    June 10, 2004

    Screaming Fidelities

    This fan has her own Dashboard Confessional to give

  • Film

    January 8, 2004

    Chasing Mandy

    A pop-star-turned-actress tries to move into her "mature phase"

  • Music

    August 28, 2003

    Mariah Carey

    Thursday, August 28

  • Music

    June 19, 2003

    Cheating the Reaper

    Vic Chesnutt died 20 years ago. Catch him live this week.

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    March 28, 2002

    Cultural Clash

    SXSW turns a cold shoulder to the Houston music scene

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    June 21, 2001

    R.E.M.

    Reveal (Warner Bros.)

  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Okie Glamour

    Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman as poor white folk? It's best not to question the attraction of Where the Heart Is.

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    November 5, 1998
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    September 24, 1998
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    June 18, 1998
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    March 19, 1998
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    February 5, 1998
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    October 31, 1996

    Splendid Isolation

    For Warren Zevon, it's all about how he looks in the hat

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    September 26, 1996
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    December 7, 1995

    Critic's Choice

    Appalachia Calling

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    October 27, 1994

    Dollars for Discs

    Introducing a shopping guide for sounds

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