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Napster Inc.

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Our 10 Favorite One-Hit Wonders

    Where would the world be without one-hit wonders? Well, we really don't like to think about that. One of the purest guilty pleasures in pop music -- and sometimes not even a guilty pleasure but an actual good song -- the one-hit wonder is much safer than its real-life counterpart; the one-night sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Second Lovers, "Folk Bitches, Get Country"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    The Five Worst Trends In Pop Music Right Now

    If you listen to popular music with even a halfway critical ear, which the men and women of Rocks Off at least try to do (though yes, we know some readers may disagree), this is a very tough time. Both the old-fashioned radio airwaves and newfangled streaming gadgetry are awash in songs that are man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The Five Greatest South Park Musician Cameos

    Last week I looked at some of the worst musical guests on The Simpsons, a show almost as well-known for the appearance of musicians as Saturday Night Live, though with a hit -or-miss success rate since they can't just have the musicians come on and perform their songs. Rewind: The Five Worst Music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    10 Music Films at SXSW That You Don't Wanna Miss

    Well, it's SXSW time again, friends, and you know what that means: dashing around Austin all day, drinking until our eyebrows fall out and doing our best to stick to pre-planned schedules intended to maximize the amount of live music that we can cram into our ear canals before passing out on the flo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    2013: First Year of the Post-CD Era?

    Things haven't been looking good for CDs for years now. Ever since the introduction of Napster and the first portable MP3 players, the format has pretty much felt doomed. Since the turn of the century, the CD has hung on valiantly, but its disappearance has remained a question of when, not if. 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    25 Million Drops In the Bucket: Why Adele's Continued Success Matters For All of Us

    According to @chartnews, last week 27,772 people either visited their local record store or went online to purchase Adele's 21. Even though the album came out here in the states on February 22, 2011 there will still 27,772 people out there who decided last week was the week they were finally going t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Rock vs. Rap: Who Really Ruled H-Town?

    The early to mid-'90s were good times for underground music in Houston. At clubs like the Axiom, the Vatican and Fitzgerald's, an eclectic mix of punk, metal, funk and ska bands like deadhorse, Sprawl and more regularly played packed shows in front of 500 fans. Much has changed since, but those o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    The CD-R Turns 15 Years Old: A Blessing Or A Curse?

    This year marks 15 years since recordable compact disc technology trickled down to the public at large. Before this, cassette tapes were all the rage for dubbing, recording, and other at-home use. The MiniDisc format made a go of it previously in the '90s, but it wasn't until companies like Memorex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    How Bizarre: How the Hell Are These Songs All 15 Years Old?

    "Simple. Fifteen years have gone by." Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John made retu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Houston connection, part of its legacy - in fact, a large part of its inventory - is coming here. Sig's Lagoon, the Midtown re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Bill & Ted's Alex Winter Examines Napster's Fall In SXSW Doc Downloaded

    Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Idiot Box) has spent the last decade trying to make a movie about Napster, the revolutionary peer-to-peer filesharing site that changed the music industry forever. Winter met Napster founder Shawn Fanning in 2002 and was instantly energized by the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Drum Kit From Hell: With Bill Ward Out, 5 Replacement Drummers For Black Sabbath

    Drummer Bill Ward, furthest right, has left the band.​Black Sabbath's big reunion plans seem to be cursed. First, guitarist and the only consistent member of the band Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then they had to drop out of playing Coachella due to Iommi's diagnosis. The latest spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    '90s Soundtrack Battle: Angus & Batman Forever Duke It Out

    ​The movies couldn't be any more different. One is about an obese, kindly high school guy with a heart of gold. The other is about an crime-fighting millionaire orphan inside a cartoonish world full of super-villains, cringe-worthy puns, and Jim Carrey at his muggiest. Obvious Angus is a bette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    In Memoriam: Megaupload (2005 - 2012)

    Yesterday, one of our favorite file sharing sites was struck by a government takedown around the early portions of the morning. It was swift, it was brutal and it could have been blamed on Kim Kardashian. Losing MegaUpload was a giant blow to musicians who love uploading zip or rar files of thei ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011

    Owner's Manual

    E.S.G., never fully praised by history, is watching his legacy grow.

  • Music

    December 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    5 Ways Apple Revolutionized the Music Industry

    No other company has changed the music industry as much as Apple. For the better part of the last decade, the late Steve Jobs and his co-conspirators have empowered music consumers in ways no one would have ever imagined. The monstrous iTunes store made it possible for anybody to buy music without ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Who Are You? Songs Commonly Attributed To The Wrong Artists

    ​Last week, after the tragic, alcohol-fueled passing of Jackass hero Ryan Dunn, Rocks Off at Taco Cabana wearing a promotional shirt for The Hangover II that we stole borrowed from the office here at the Press. As we were loading our hands with condiment containers, a guy came up to us and sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Case For Internet Piracy

    Well, not always.​What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    10 Good Differences Between 2000 and 2010

    ​Note: This was written by Richard Connelly and Craig Hlavaty We take a look in the print edition this week at a decade most of us would just as soon forget, the period from 2000-2010. But we have to admit not everything was bad. Cell phones, for instance, got a hell of a lot better. So loo ... More >>

  • Film

    September 30, 2010

    Who Needs Friends?

    David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. With The Social Network, he invites you to join him.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Tejano Ain't Dead; Chingo Bling Puts On His "Lentes"; Flatline Rides For His Block; And The 210 Mic Pass

    ​How can something be claimed dead when it still has life, when it's still living in speakers, iPods, as well as the hearts and souls of red-blooded American music lovers across the country? When it's still being passed on to younger generations? In the track "Pimpin' Ain't No Illusion," Pimp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Our Decade In iTunes, Ol' Dirty Bastard Through the Fleshtones and Good Ol' Morrissey

    ​Maybe the biggest evolution in music this decade has been the availability of online downloads, starting with Napster and ending with half a dozen legitimately - licensed venues for purchasing music over the tubes. Rocks Off will admit it. Back in the day, we were illegal downloaders. Waiting 20 ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    Digital Domain

    Prolific Houston songwriter Joe Mathlete empties his vaults (almost) onto the Web.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008
  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    Tapes 'N' Tapes

    Bringing strangers together via the International Mixtape Project

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Enter Pissman

    A local musician/DJ tries to give a rock star a golden shower

  • Film

    July 29, 2004

    Head Trip

    Between hard rock and a safe place, Metallica finds itself

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2004

    Wax Fantastic

    Electro-phenom DJ Keoki spins by Numbers

  • Music

    July 1, 2004
  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    The Evolution Control Committee

    Plagiarythm Nation (Creations/Seeland)

  • Film

    May 29, 2003

    Safe, Cracked

    The Italian Job, a remake better than the original, is a steal

  • Culture

    August 8, 2002

    Do the Math

    The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.

  • Music

    July 4, 2002

    Damming the Streams

    The major labels want the Internet to be as arid as the airwaves

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Napster's Spawn

    File-sharing copycats keep free music alive on the Net. The Big Five labels still call it theft.

  • Music

    August 30, 2001

    Racket

    Houston's Toe Jam watches quietly as its 15 minutes tick by

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Revenge of the Nerds

    Rainer Maria's twin solitudes protect and touch and greet each other

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    The Enforcers

    Unlicensed jukebox music may be the downfall of feisty Sassy's

  • Music

    December 21, 2000

    Bagging Its Own

    Groceries doesn't plan to sell its produce to major distributors

  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Dude Raunch

    All-girl quartet Kittie has more balls than the rest of Ozzfest 2000

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