SXSW is rapidly fading in the rearview mirror, but this was too good to pass up. Emerald McLaughlin, daughter of Houston Press Publisher Stuart Folb, happened to be down front at Justin Timberlake's not-so-secret appearance last Sunday night at Austin's Coppertank Events Center, which was merely a h ... More >>
Justin Bieber is coming back.
The 18-year-old singer, who is as much a social-media phenomenon and cultural meme as old-fashioned pop star, will bring his Believe tour to Houston October 30 at Toyota Center, the venue announced Wednesday morning. Canadian tween phenom Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me May ... More >>
One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail.
When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>
Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson have been hanging out a lot lately. The actor joined the antichrist onstage a couple of weeks ago at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in L.A., and played guitar on "Sweet Dreams" and "Beautiful People."
Depp also collaborated with Manson on a cover of Carly Simon' ... More >>
March is Women's History Month, and Rocks Off has been thinking a lot lately about the indelible contributions to popular music made by women over the last few decades. After all, where would Elvis Presley be if it weren't for Big Mama Thornton? Probably still dead, we guess, but you get the point.
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The B-52's are the quintessential alternative/New Wave/jam band. They can be both metaphorical and fun at the same time. However, what makes them different from other New Wave bands is that lead singer Fred Schneider provides a unique sprechgesang style to the genre.
The band met after having a few ... More >>
This week in 1968, The Beatles inaugurated their Apple Records label in a most auspicious fashion, releasing "Hey Jude" as a 45. The B-side was "Revolution." Written by Paul McCartney and employing a 36-piece orchestra, "Jude" did nothing to dispel the perception that Paul was the "soft" Beat ... More >>
Photo by aznviolaguyOkay, Ed, if you insist.
We've been lax in our examinations of Ed Shane's monthly Flack Fest, Best in Texas, lately. Let's rectify that.
In the January issue, publisher Shane led off with this sterling bit of advice as the national and world economies fell apart.
"Be careful. ... More >>
A periodic look at how Lone Star natives are faring in the national music biz...Hot 100 (singles)
10. Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You"
12. Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, "Blame It"
16. Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"
21. Beyonce, "Diva"
41. Beyonce, "Halo"
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Plies, Florida's 32-year-old snarl with a rapper hidden underneath, is nothing if not a work horse. Over the last 16 months he's released three(!) full-length albums: The Real Testament ("Shawty" feat T-Pain), Definition of Real ("Bust it Baby Pt. 2"), and, most recently, Da REAList. (That's three ... More >>