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    March 20, 2014
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    December 2, 2013

    DEFCON Dinner and a Movie: Hash Browns Require Etiquette, and a Glass of Water

    My first summer in Houston was pretty much spent at the Dollar Cinema. We moved in July, and hadn't had the chance to make any friends yet, and our mom was scandalized by the price of, well, pretty much everything. Moving from a small city to a large one can have that effect. Everything we would nor ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    On-Line Dating and Politics: Opposites Do Not Attract

    Political scientists have long-established that there is a strong link between a parent's political views and their off-spring: if you're conservative, your kids(s) are more likely to be as well; the same holds true for those with liberal political views. Moreover, political scientists have document ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    5 Easy Ways to Spruce Up American Idol

    You may not have noticed, but American Idol started a new season last week. If you're like most people, you apparently didn't watch because the ratings are way down. This could be for any number of reasons. Idol has been on the air for what feels like forever, with pretty much the same formula all ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Hearing Garth Brooks' No Fences for the Very First Time

    Twenty-two years ago this week, Garth Brooks' second album, No Fences entered the charts and made itself comfortable. It was a titanic, monumental record for country music, eventually going platinum 17 times over on its way to becoming a global smash. No Fences is often credited with ushering in a ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    In Search of Spring Break: Then and Now

    How Spring Break '89 stayed with me

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    February 22, 2012

    Here's The Pitch: Top 10 Commercials Starring Musicians

    Madonna's infamous "Like a Prayer" Pepsi ad, 1989​Every now and then, name-brand companies need a little extra pizzazz when it comes to advertising, and often they turn to the music world to do this. Either way, it's a win-win situation for both the artist and the company because the artist us ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    The X Factor: Judges' Deadlock! America Decides

    Last night on The X Factor we got a taste of what it means when America's votes have a direct impact on determining which contestant goes home. After performances by Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars, and The Big Ensemble Number performed by The Remaining Contestants, we get right down to business. At t ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Your Biggest Fan: When Rockers Get Stalkers

    cinemafestival/shutterstock.com​This past week a statement by pop institution Madonna helped put away one of her newest stalkers, Polish citizen Grzegorz Matlok, who broke into Madge's London home and the residence of her ex-hubby Guy Ritchie. Madonna submitted the statement to Southwark Crown ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    The X Factor: Learning To Let Go

    Photo by FOX​Wednesday night The X Factor extended its two-hour format to two and a half hours, allowing us to see each team - Boys, Girls, Over 30s, and Groups - perform, as well as the judges' elimination decisions. While 2.5 hours is quite long, the fact that the show didn't get crazy and m ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    The X Factor: Rain Delay and Judges' Houses

    Photo by FOXJust wait until the "Judges' moms' houses" round!​First, this recap was delayed because the Wednesday night baseball playoff game was rain delayed, canceling that night's X Factor episode--yet another reason for me to hate baseball. Second, naming the latest round of competition "t ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    The X Factor: Mentoring, Mentoring & More Mentoring

    Last night I was officially annoyed with The X Factor. To be fair, the show suffered from my having to wait until the Yankees lost, and my husband was done swearing and stomping around the living room, so I had to stay up really late (for me) to watch. And then I realized that the show went from 90 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    The X Factor: Boot Camp, Minus Sgt. Hartman

    The pace of the audition rounds was so fast, I didn't realize the judges put through 162 people in the first two weeks of The X Factor. When the field arrives in Los Angeles for "boot camp," they are informed that they will be shaved down to a field of 100, which will ultimately be reduced by two-th ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, A Salute To TV Season Premieres

    DWTS = this week's Philly-Giants game?​Television fascinates me. It seems like a new station pops up onto my channel grid every day to the point where I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't been approached by anyone to televise the Sean Network. I mean, doesn't everyone have their own ne ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    The X Factor: Simon Cowell's Softer Side

    Fox​Wednesday night, Fox's highly-anticipated The X Factor debuted, and though as of this writing I was unable to find any ratings numbers I have to imagine they were stellar. Not too good - Ed. Simon Cowell has massive appeal, and even if numbers continue to decline throughout the season, I ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Las Puertas: 10 Things You May Not Know About The Doors

    "Hey Robby, don't try to look too not-stoned in our press still. Thanks, buddy."​On this day in 1965, The Doors began recording demos together, laying down some songs set to Jim Morrison's freaky poems. Nearly 50 years later, the band is an exalted classic-rock group, firmly implanted in that ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Our Favorite Music-Video Dances of All Time

    Hipster Scum​This Saturday morning, the Houston Press and our sister blog Art Attack will be hosting a dance party, starting at 10 a.m., to celebrate National Dance Day. They even made a few videos to get Houston ready for the event, featuring yours truly in the only dance get-up that matters, ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Fifteen Of Our Favorite Cheating Songs

    zazzle.com​Songwriters find inspiration many of life's varied realms: Joy, grief, sex, drugs, anger and, evidently, two-timing. Some are sad, some cheeky, some violent and revengeful, but we've collected a sad-sack grab-bag of cheating-related songs. Here is our Top 15, along with their lyric ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    "Careless Stripper" Introduces Phootlong To The World

    Rocks Off just found the video for the debut single by Houston duo Phootlong, for their song "Careless Stripper," directed by Maurice Edward, the pseudonym of rapper Cornbreadd. We just got off the phone with the director and did a sort of play-by-play of the video over the line, like a director's ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    10 Music Stories We Wish We'd Ignored This Year

    ​We in the alternative media - not necessarily the Houston Press and/or Rocks Off, not all the time - enjoy calling out our mainstream brethren. Whether it's ten books that didn't make The New York Times' "Best of 2010" list, or "10 Stories Our Print Version Accidentally Overlooked," us "under ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    The Five Best American Spinoffs From British TV....And Win An Invention Of Lying DVD

    ​If you saw the Golden Globes -- or, more likely, if you surfed the net the next day for highlights (because Lord, those speeches were as long and pointless as the drawn-out walks to the stage) -- then you saw Ricky Gervais tear into the American version of The Office. All in good fun, of course.( ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Pop Rocks: American Idol -- What The Hell Is Wrong With You People?

    ​The ninth season of America's national karaoke showcase -- also known as American Idol -- premiered last Tuesday. The show that has contributed such legends as Jordin Sparks and Taylor Hicks to the world of music continues to chug along in spite of the absence of original judge Paula Abdul and th ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Idol Beat: Here We Go Again...

    Last night's guest judge: a bobblehead doll Victoria Beckham​I've never watched a whole season of American Idol before, but that's a minor detail. Actually watching this show doesn't seem to be necessary to know as much about it as the most devoted fans: Amateur singers judges = quasi-drama. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    American Idol: It Begins

    Last night's guest judge: a bobblehead doll Victoria Beckham​I've never watched a whole season of American Idol before, but that's a minor detail. Actually watching this show doesn't seem to be necessary to know as much about it as the most devoted fans: Amateur singers judges = quasi-drama. ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 Fiesta Bowl....Thanks For Coming, TCU

    ​The winner and NEEEWWWW Intercontinental Champion...the Boise StateBRONCOS!!!-- me on Twitter last night after the Fiesta BowlFor those of you who don't get the analogy, I'll give you the back story. In professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment (known better by the acronym WWE) has th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Dazzle Me Steamy

    ​"Tonight is Latin night, and things are about to get steamy," Tom Bergeron intoned over the opening montage of last night's Dancing With the Stars. Half of that statement is true. This is week three, when the contestants sack up and start showing some real fire, or in the case of Tom "Dazzle ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Dazzle Me Steamy

    ​"Tonight is Latin night, and things are about to get steamy," Tom Bergeron intoned over the opening montage of last night's Dancing With the Stars. Half of that statement is true. This is week three, when the contestants sack up and start showing some real fire, or in the case of Tom "Dazzle ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    For Rosh Hashanah: Musical Mystery Jews

    There are sure to be many Rosh Hashanah celebrations this weekend, but here at Rocks Off, we'd like to suggest you "think outside the box," as the kids say, and shake up your holiday musical selection by considering a few acts that you might not have realized were composed (in some part, anywway) of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Maybe Miley Would Be Better Off Dead Like Selena, Kurt and These Others...

    In case you missed it - and if you value your immortal soul, we're sure you did - Hannah Montana star/future tell-all memoir author Miley Cyrus unveiled a newer, more "mature" look last weekend at the only venue appropriate for such things: the Teen Choice Awards. Nothing says "successful transitio ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
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    May 21, 2009

    Idol Beat: The One

    Mea culpa: Yi. I typed this entire post - then accidentally closed the Mozilla Firefox window and lost everything. Let this be a lesson to every blogger out there: compose in Word. For real.Photos by Ray Mickshaw/ FoxAmerican Idol winner Kris Allen practices his "Who, me?" showbiz face. Let's not be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Five

    That Jamie Foxx, right? A Rennaisance man if there ever was one: the guy's a comedic genius (see In Living Color; tons of flicks), a big-screen leading man, credible action star, R&B champion - plus, as it turns out, he's a natural at mentoring American Idol hopefuls. I wouldn't have figured on ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven Results

    And then there were five. Not the quite the five we expected, either: both Lil Rounds' reign of ineptness and Anoop "Ralph Lauren" Desai's bob-weave hit-or-miss streak have come to an end, cut short by American Idol voters. Justin Timberlake clone Matt Giraud apparently has the kind of luck usually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven

    Michael Becker/ Fox Somehow Still Hanging Around: The bloom is off Lil Rounds' "Rose."Perhaps delusionally, I nursed a desperate hope that this week's American Idol theme would be "songs used in Quentin Tarantino movies." Seriously, I even worked up a sort of dream list of songs I thought the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 13 Results

    A new wrinkle in the elimination curve! The return of a prodigal Idol winner! A performance from a self-important pop-rap blowhard! Two more contestants falling under the proverbial sword! The first of the dreaded Ford-sponsored videos-cum-advertisements! Gratuitous decolletage courtesy of Paula Abd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Idol Beat: Wild Card Wildout

    Frank Micelotta/ Fox Lucky 13: the American Idol season 8 finalistsFirst off, I'd like to extend a hearty Idol Beat way-to-go to the Fox minion or technological gremlin responsible for causing last night's episode of American Idol to cut out while Simon Cowell and Tatiana Del Toro were quibb ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Final 36, Group 2

    There were a few seconds during the Rolling Stones' 2006 Super Bowl halftime performance where formaldehyded guitarist Keith Richards let his inner demon peek out. I can't remember for the life of me which song the band was playing, but Richards let loose with a bit of gnarly fret nastiness where he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Idol Beat, Part 1: More Hollywood Week

    You thought the funeral was over? You thought all those tears were dried up? You were wrong, my friends - so very, very wrong. Aye, verily, the bloodletting continued unabated as Hollywood Week wound down. Hey, Ryan Seacrest warned us at the outset: "The stakes are as high as they've ever been, and ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    American Idol Returns Tonight... Yawn

    Come back Kelly Clarkson, all is forgiven... If you've been lucky enough to spend the past several months in a media-deprivation tank - or maybe you just don't read the Houston Chronicle - then you no doubt know Fox's shrill-singing flagship series American Idol returns tonight at 7 p.m. (As o ... More >>

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    May 16, 2008

    Why Don’t I Love Madonna?

    My friend Kyle e-mailed me this past week. The subject line was Oh My God! and the e-mail itself was all about Madonna’s upcoming world tour. I guess he thought I liked Madonna. I mean, why else would he e-mail me about this? Here’s the deal. I have never actually purchased a Madonna album, ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Houstonian Kady Malloy = Early American Idol Front-runner

    Dallas may have hosted the American Idol auditions’ most recent Texas stop back in August, but it looks like a Houstonian stole the show. On last night’s episode, notoriously curt Idol judge Simon Cowell practically flipped his wig over effervescent Katy Taylor alum and Jessica Alba lookalike Ka ... More >>

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    Gong Hits

    Test-screen your video art at the Aurora Picture Show

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    March 27, 2003

    Dream River

    Michael Petroni explores where we go Till Human Voices Wake Us

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    December 12, 2002

    Combat Rock

    Near-brawls, bribery allegations and personal insults -- welcome to battle-of-the-bands land

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    November 28, 1996

    ,,, And Don't Talk to Barkley

    Pinched for fat. Put in their place. The Rockets Power Dancers don't care, just as long as they're given a chance to make their moves.

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