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One Direction

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Maybe It's Time to Retire the Term "Boy Band"

    One week ago today, tens of thousands of Houston's biggest One Direction fans -- most of them accompanied by their parents -- flocked to the gates of NRG Stadium, toting signs, glow sticks, and homemade T-shirts. It was strange to realize that only 13 years ago, I was on my way to watch 'NSYNC perfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2014

    One Direction at NRG Stadium, 8/22/2014

    One Direction, Five Seconds of Summer NRG Stadium August 22, 2014 To thrive, boy bands need the right combination of personality and passion. Good songs help too, but you can get away with decent music (at best) if the members of the group have enough charisma. Personality goes a long way, and wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Bottle Rockets, Rudz 36, Garfunkel & Oates, etc.

    Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw Continental Club, August 22 The pride of Festus, Mo., the Bottle Rockets would be the best band you've never heard of except, if you've ever subscribed to either No Depression magazine or the Bloodshot Records mailing list, you've absolutely heard of them and know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Prepare Yourself: One Direction Comes to Houston Tomorrow

    The world is an often dark and ugly place. Ferguson. James Foley. Ebola: things that we'd all like to avoid, but things we can't (and shouldn't) ignore, at least not in this hypermedia age that we live in. That's not to say that the times we live in are worse than any other times, just that we've n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Facts & Fiction About a Wild Houston Appreciation Weekend

    Someday, when I'm old and pretty much still a sarcastic short man, I'll explain to my kids why Drake, a guy from Toronto who at every single walking turn gives out praise and love for Houston -- got a day named in his honor. How he came to Houston, threw a free concert, almost got their father kille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Media Members, Former Players, Bloggers All Weigh In on Texans' First Overall Pick

    Texan fans, NFL Draft fans, it's almost here, I promise.... Being almost 30 years removed from my childhood, I don't recall all that well what it was like to be sitting in the back seat of the car on a long trip, wondering when the hell we would arrive at our destination. I now live it through my t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Record Store Day In Grand Style

    Frustrated. Nervous. Tired. Anxious. Wired. Those are pretty much the only words to describe the numerous Record Store Day lines throughout town Saturday. Nope, tax day was four days prior so these lines were certainly not at your local H&R Block. These were the emotions of a quickly growing group o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day's Rising Tide Has No End In Sight

    Record Store Day returns to the nation's music retailers tomorrow, so if you're the sort of person who only buys a handful of LPs or CDs a year -- assuming you still buy physical music product at all -- you may want to hold off until sometime next week. In just six short years, this unofficial holid ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    The Worst Music Fans of 2013

    It seems like one of the biggest things music fans hate is music fandom. Is it that fanboy antics are just really that insufferable? Is it that we hate people who like things we don't like? I don't know, but since the dawning of time, fan wars have existed and will continue. That's why this year I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Three Arkansas Fans' Creepy Courting Of Jon Gruden

    Pre-techonology, paying tribute use to be so much more difficult to pull off. However, now with an iPhone, a YouTube account, and a cursory knowledge of some editing software, any ol' country bumpkin can tell their college football coach in song that they think he's the next big thing. The mercu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Upcoming: 30FootFALL, Grouplove, One Direction, Neko Case, Those Darlins, Y&T, etc.

    30FootFALL: Wed., December 25, 7 p.m., $12. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. '80s New Years Eve featuring Christopher Anton: With DJ Hans 242, Debora Gaynor., Tue., December 31, 8:30 p.m., $15 to $35. Concert Pub (North), 2470 F.M. 1960, Houston, 281-583-8111. Bastille: Wed., A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Lady Gaga Throwing a Houston artRAVE July 16

    Another week, another ginormous pop tour. Actually this one doesn't look quite as epic as One Direction's Reliant Stadium takeover in August, but we can almost guarantee you the costumes will be way better. This morning Live Nation announced that Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, will bring her ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Save the Date: Houston Gets a Postcard From One Direction

    Amid the promotional blitz surrounding their new album Midnight Memories, Britain's One Direction -- currently the biggest band on the planet, boy or otherwise -- announced a summer 2014 stadium tour that includes an August 22 show at Reliant Stadium. The group's biggest tour to date, "Where We Are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Boy Did We Piss Off This One Directioner

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning scribe and all-around goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Last week, I wrote about why One Direction's "This Is My Story" sucks. Usually, whenever one of these pieces goes up (and they go up often), I get a handful of twe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    One Direction's "Story of My Life" Has No Reason to Exist

    Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Song: One Direction, "Story of My Life" History: A long time ago there were barber shop quartets and then after that the New Kids On The Block, and more recently five UK dudes were li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Tales of an Instagram Nothing: Surviving a fun. Concert With Teenage Girls

    If one were to ever ask me what was the joy of being a personal driver for others, it's dealing with people. Particularly teenagers. You see, teenagers are pretty much the greatest middle ground you have in pop culture. Either they like something or they don't, and their observations on life are abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    48: Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini's Two Days From Hell

    It's hard to believe it's been four years since 24 closed up shop. For eight seasons, Jack Bauer (played with by the comically over-the-top Kiefer Sutherland) graced our television screens screaming catchphrases like "WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME" while trying to catch bad guys. Like really, really b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    We Were the Creepy Childless Adults at the One Direction Movie

    Last week, when we were totally researching for work and not wasting time as the clock wound down at all, we came across this utterly hilarious Jezebel article about what happens when two grown people watch the One Direction: This Is Us movie with a room full of screaming fans. As we read on (agai ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2013

    R.I.P. Elroy Boogie

    Popular member of the Kracker Nuttz DJ team was only 27.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Top Five Stunt Queen Antics From Last Night's MTV VMAs

    Can we just rename last night's MTV VMAs the MTV JTMAs? Cause really, now. Mr. Justin Timberlake dominated that stage the entire night, even with Lady Gaga warbling off-key and Miley Cyrus grabbing at her crotch every two seconds. It was teh impressive. JT performed a medley of what seemed to be ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    At Age 15, Watching 50 Cent Upstage Jay Z In Houston

    When I went back to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion last month, escorting two women to see Kid Rock, nostalgia had begun to set in. I work as a chauffeur, and have driven plenty of driving people to concerts over the years; taking kids to see Ke$ha felt like I was committing a sin. On the way to One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Monkees' Return Has Some Houston Fans Going Ape

    Houston gets its first shot of Monkee-mania in at least a generation tonight, when surviving members Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith visit the Arena Theatre. Judging by informal talk among friends, around the office and the social-media water-cooler, it's no exaggeration to say this mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    One Direction at Toyota Center, 7/21/13

    One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer Toyota Center July 21, 2K13 One of the great and terrible truths of pop music is that every trend comes back again. Knowing that, the current interest in boy bands past and present should come as no surprise. If you can get four or five good-looking guys who can h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Rodrigo y Gabriela at House of Blues, 7/21/2013

    Rodrigo y Gabriela House of Blues July 21, 2013 I've never been huge on the metal genre, always appreciative of what those musicians do, but never adapting my ears to the music's volume and intensity. Strap two acoustic guitars on some serious metal players, though, and the story changes. Rodrigo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Psychedelic Furs, 30FootFALL, Gritsy, etc.

    Psychedelic Furs House of Blues, July 19 Thanks to albums like sensual eponymous 1980 debut and 1981's poppier Talk Talk Talk, Psychedelic Furs helped define alternative rock in MTV's early days even before John Hughes named his 1986 film Pretty In Pink for one of their best-known songs. Front man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    "Hey, Girl, I'm Waiting On You...": One Direction's Five Best Pick-Up Lines

    British video blogger Jack Harries and his pal, Caspar Lee, recently threw a little something together that racked up 1.5 million YouTube hits in a couple of weeks. They squirmed into their best skinny jeans, went off to the park and tried some "chat-up lines" on the ladies. Humor-wise, these kids ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Hey There, Feuding Musicians: Let's Play the Twitter Quiet Game

    Hey there, Twitter-feuding musicians. It's time we take it old-school with a kindergarten version of the quiet game. Don't know the rules? Here's a crash course: whoever shuts up the longest, wins. I know you love the media attention, and you've got a sub-par album to promote, but there's nothing h ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2013

    Street Knowledge

    The Geto Boys MC is also Rocks Off's brand-new advice columnist.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bands Your Girlfriend Cannot Stand

    A shared taste in music can be a critical part of any couple's relationship, from going to a concert on their first date to narrowing down that one special song for their first wedding dance. But what if that's not the case? Just from a bit of casual Googling, it's not difficult to find divorce atto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    5 Bands Studies Show Make You a Bad Person

    We've been hearing for years that rock music makes us bad people. We've heard it from our parents, from teachers, from those goody-goody kids at school. AC/DC has probably written at least 100 songs about the subject. But what if I told you that scientists in the Netherlands have proved definitively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Woodlands Pavilion Moves Up to World's No. 2 Amphitheatre, Says Pollstar

    Houston's edgy restaurants and diverse museums may have drawn the attention of The New York Times, but both alternative and classic rockers, plus brawny country stars, scattered boy bands and Latin lovers, drew enough people through the turnstiles of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion that concert- ... 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

    December 30, 2012

    So How Were Those Kendrick Lamar Shows Anyway?

    Marco Torres texted Rocks Off shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday evening to say that a line was already forming around Warehouse Live for Kendrick Lamar, who was scheduled to perform at 10 p.m. The scene appears to have been the same at House of Blues, where he went on a couple of hours later. The 25-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    10 Odd Musical Gift Ideas for the Last Christmas on Earth

    Back in the day, Christmas shopping for music lovers couldn't have been simpler: just head on down to the record store, pick up the latest hot release or a rare collector's item, wrap it up with a Warehouse Music gift certificate and you were golden. Now that the music business has evolved into a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    10 Surprising Things About This Year's Grammy Nominations

    This year music has been dominated by viral pop like "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style," songs that initially became "hits" from outside the music business' traditional delivery system, usually YouTube. Thursday, the Grammys recognized that by nominating "Maybe," by 17-year-old Justin Bieber proteg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Here Are 10 Free Beatles & Paul McCartney Flicks to Watch On YouTube

    The day is finally here. The stage is set inside Minute Maid Park. The ticket scalpers are getting ready. The oldsters are reminiscing. The youngsters are getting excited. The critics, bloggers, and nerds are brushing up on their Beatlease, and crossing their fingers for their faves. That's rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Top 10 Kitschy Pop-Related Gift Items to Give This Year

    Thanksgiving is in ten days, and then we'll all be fully immersed in the holiday season. While shopping recently, I noticed that Taylor Swift now has her own greeting-card line featuring her photography and sweet words. If you were to receive one such card from a loved one, would you swell with fuz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Did Usher Deserve Special Voting Treatment?

    The wire services and social media are abuzz this morning because the manager of Usher's Atlanta-area polling place is taking some heat for allowing the R&B superstar/Bieber mentor to skip the line on Election Day. Rewind: Last Night: Usher at Toyota Center (November 23, 2010) According to the As ... More >>

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