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Prince (Musician)

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    July 30, 2014

    A Long-Overdue Trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    While it's true that my Bucket List could be contained in a fairly small bucket, a big one got checked off recently when I was able to finally stroll into that big ass glass pyramid on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland: I had arrived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Though i ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Freedom Over Texas, Tony! Toni! Tone!, etc.

    Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park & Sam Houston Park, July 4 Now in its 28th year as the City of Houston's official star-spangled salute to the good ol' U.S. of A., Freedom Over Texas is speaking with a noticeable country twang this year. Featuring four stages and numerous other "zones" sprea ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Five More Musicians Who Need Emojis

    Last week a new app launched called Hi-Art that birthed unto the world a new round of emojis, including musician-based ones. The most notable name was Ghostface Killah because, well, I think we can all agree that we'd rather text a Ghostface emoji than one of Jason Derulo. This is only the first ro ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Lana Del Rey: A Fine Line Between Serious and Boring

    It seems like these days everyone is in a rush to be taken seriously as an artist. You can hardly bat an eye before the next pop star is making their "serious, artistic leap." Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Kesha have all done this in their own way in the past few years, but one particular example ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    What If Stevie Had Been a One-Hit Wonder?

    If hit songs were eggs, flour and frosting, Stevie Wonder would be a Cake Boss. He'd be able to bake one of those huge, rectangular monstrosities they roll out at corporate functions, and it would taste damn good. Down deep, there'd be the belly-filling substance of songs like "Front Line" and "Hi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Pack Numbers For 88 92 Release Party

    Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Young Girls & DJ Bagheera Numbers February 8, 2014 "This is a really, really good song...kinda." Those were the words of singer/guitarist Pete Tijerina of Young Girls, the night's opening band. That statement would not only ring true for the openers, but also for ever ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    That Girl: An Engagement Story In Four Songs

    One recent Sunday, I watched my best friend propose to his longtime girlfriend of more than a year. I know how much weight that particular statement makes, but considering all the factors here, this was a big damn deal for all parties involved. Never in our natural lives did we completely think the ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    A First Look at Mr. Peeples

    Stepping into Mr. Peeples for the first time, it's inevitable that you'll have a strong reaction. Bright neon pinks and purples, royal blues and golds dominate everywhere you look, from the ornate crystal chandeliers above the billiard table in the restaurant's main landing, to the hostess stand sha ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Halftime Hero: Why Bruno Mars Is The Right Choice for Super Bowl XLVIII

    Less than a month into the new NFL season, we already know who will be playing at the Super Bowl. We may not know which teams will line up for football's biggest game. As the sports cliché goes, there's a lot of football yet to be played; but, no prognostication is required when the subject is the ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: David DeLaGarza, Don of Tejano Stars La Mafia

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Any conversation about Tejano music is inco ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Last Night: Solange at Fitzgerald's

    Solange Fitzgerald's March 12, 2013 Solange has a famous sister. You've probably heard of her; both women grew up around here. And now let that be the last time we mention the elder Knowles sibling, because her younger sister is definitely on some different shit. In her half-decade and change as ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    Saturday Night: Red Bull Thre3style Regional Qualifier at Fitzgerald's

    Red Bull Thre3Style DJ Competition Regional Qualifier Fitzgerald's January 19th, 2013 The illustrious Fitzgerald's was once again the center of the city's rich music scene Saturday night, as it hosted the Red Bull Thre3Style Houston qualifier. Five of Houston's brightest and most talented DJ stars ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: The Vocal Force That Is Kam Franklin

    This Saturday night, Houston's The Suffers play the Continental Club with the Bandulus and Wilroy Black and The Boss on board as support. Widescreen ska/rocksteady act The Bandulus is also releasing a new album, The Times We Had, that night as well. You can give it a listen right here over on Band ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Top 10 Great Guests for Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Beyonce, the queen of all showbiz, is expected to officially be named the halftime headliner at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans sometime today after MTV broke the news Tuesday afternoon. The choice seems fairly sensible. There are precious few pop stars of her magnitude out there right now, although ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The Top 10 Weirdest U.S. No. 1 Hits

    It's not often that the pop charts will surprise you. After all, the average consumer in most countries doesn't have time to delve too deep into an artist's catalogue. They don't often pick up on songs that will stand the test of time. They like the ephemera record labels tell them is hot right now. ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Reader's Poll: The Compact Disc Turns 30

    This week the compact disc turned 30 years old, and will no doubt spend it drinking with friends and wondering where the time went and lamenting the fact that they haven't gotten married yet. Few people know that the first commercial CD produced was Billy Joel's 1978 release 52nd Street, an album ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    The 20 Best YouTube Rock Docs You Can Watch Free (For Now)

    **The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time So you don't have NetFlix, you hate the video stores (if you can even find one), you don't like going to the little red box next to the liquor store, but you do have an Internet connection, plenty of time on your hands, and an insatiable thirst for rock ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 6 Karaoke Bars

    Here's something maybe you didn't know about karaoke culture: It's considerably more involved and nuanced than most anyone outside of it knows. For example, were you aware that, same as there are karaoke bars that aim to attract laughably bad singers, there are some that draw stunningly good, as w ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    7 Songs Produced By Birthday Dude Jerry Harrison

    If you know the name Jerry Harrison at all, it's most likely from his work as guitarist/keyboardist for Talking Heads. But he's had just as prolific a career as the owner of Sausalito Sound as he has had creating music with one of my favorite bands. After leaving Talking Heads and releasing a handf ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Overlooked and Underrated: Finding Bonnie's in South Houston

    ​It spent nearly 25 years in the hands of a woman who started as a bar owner when she was only a few years short of senior discounts, and upon her death, it was passed on to her beautician because she didn't have any blood family, though she seemed to have the other kind in spades. Bonnie's ha ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    On the Rocks: Cocktails Named After Musicians for New Year's Eve

    Have a G.G. Allin and bring in the New Year indecently!​Everything is more exciting, sometimes even redeeming, when it has a cool name: Sexual acts, alcoholic beverages, movies, albums, etc. OK, maybe just sexual acts and drinks. Since there are thousands of sites that have the former covere ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Jeremiah Clarke: Why You Shouldn't Play "Trumpet Voluntary" at Your Wedding

    Today is the 337th birthday of composer and organist Jeremiah Clarke. You have heard his most famous work dozens of times in your life and never really thought about it. Clarke composed the "Prince of Denmark March," which is usually called "Trumpet Voluntary." Due to a mix up in a famous songbook, ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    14 Notable Female Rock Drummers

    girlscantwhat.com​Last week, we rounded up a list of our favorite female rock bassists. We'd like to continue the trend of honoring rock's finest females, by next recognizing 14 notable female rock drummers. As usual, we will focus on the live-performing, touring drummers over time, rather tha ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Nothing's Shocking: Thank You, Iggy Pop

    singinglamb.caA young Iggy Pop has his way with a microphone stand c. 1968​Cyberspace was all abuzz on Monday, thanks to Lady Gaga's "shocking" VMA performance of "You and I" dressed as a young Ralph Macchio, or at least that's what it looked like from here. It was creative and bold, and defin ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Forrest Gump & Other "Generation-Defining" Soundtracks

    ​The Forrest Gump soundtrack debuted on June 28, 1994, a week ahead of the film itself, which would go on to smash box-office records, win numerous awards and become one of the most beloved movies of the past 20 years. It is still endlessly quotable, emotional, and entertaining, and the soundt ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    1991: Best Music Year Ever?

    Rocks Off Sr.'s choice for 1991's best album.​1991 was one of the biggest years in modern music. It was when metal went pop, radio country ruled, grunge went mainstream, and rap began its climb to chart dominance, even if it was spearheaded by a white candy rapper from Dallas. There were man ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    "Auld Lang Syne," In All Its Many Colors

    ​Harry: What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. "Should old acquaintance be forgot" - does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or if we happen to forget them, that we should remember them, which is not possible because we've already forgotten them? ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    11 Songs You Shouldn't Sing At The Office Holiday Party

    ​'Tis the season for office Christmas holiday parties. No doubt you have already had yours at work, or are getting ready for one. They all include copious drinking, great food, stolen glances, slurry conversations, "Can ah bum ah cigarette?" and intentional accidental groping. No bonus this ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Top Eight Worst Musician Vanity Film Projects

    ​Rocks Off won't speak for everyone, but if we ever found ourselves a platinum-selling artist, we kinda doubt we'd press our luck by veering off into the world of acting. We mean, it hardly ever works from the opposite direction (right, Don Johnson?), so what good can possibly come from assumi ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Start Wearing Purple: No Bullies Allowed

    ​Bullies suck. Growing up, Craig's Hlist watched a lot of kids in school getting the brunt of the, quote-unquote, "cooler" people giving them hell for being big, gay, handicapped or just smart. They would start fights, make up songs or stories about them, or find ways to embarrass them in fr ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Crystal Sierra: Galveston Woman Jumps Gun On Birthday, Ends Up In Jail

    Photo courtesy GCSOCrystal Sierra​Another week, and another Crystal gets in trouble in a kind of awesome way.This time it's now-23-year-old Crystal Angelita Sierra's turn.Seems last Sunday was her 23rd birthday, and apparently Sierra found the very prospect of that occasion so exciting she started ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Musicians Do More In Bed Than Just... Sleep

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound protests (or, if you prefer, media stunts); the couple folded ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Mavis Staples Will Take You There - Conroe - Friday Night

    ​Apparently there are still plenty of tickets for Mavis Staples in Conroe Friday night. Part of the Sounds of Texas Music Series at the Crighton Theater, the show also includes gospel-rocker Mike Farris. Staples, a recent Best Contemporary Blues Grammy nominee for her Live: Hope At The Hideout, is ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: "Dear Penis" And Other Country Comedy Classics

    ​ Aside from all the epic cheating, drinking and fighting songs country music has given us, one of the best things it does is make us laugh. Apart from all the crying and cussing, there is a whole deal of laughing going on. This year at RodeoHouston, there aren't many performers on the humorous si ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Spermy Night In Georgia: Sexed-Up Songs To Set The Mood For Blowfly

    Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Blowfly is the original dirty rapper. Before anyone in 2 Live Crew was old enough to set foot into a peepshow stall or buy a pack of cigarettes, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid was spewing forth raucous raps like "Spermy Night In Georgia" and "What a Difference a Lay Mak ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs for Your New Year's Eve Party

    You know when you're at a bar or a party and everything seems über-subdued, then suddenly someone pops a dollar in the jukebox or a CD in the player and it's just the right song for the moment? And then everyone hops up and does this synchronized line -ance perfectly choreographed for the song just ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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    January 13, 2009

    Flannel File: "Girl Bros." Wendy & Lisa

    [Note: Flannel File is an offshoot of Retro Active, focusing on the new hot nostalgia decade - the '90s, of course.] As Retro Active expands its purview from the '80s to the '90s, it's somewhat appropriate that this post remarks on some folks who became massively popular in the '80s but who, oddly ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Prince AJ

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. [Ed. note: due to MP3 difficulties, we're posting it Thursday this week.] Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email th ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    Tom Petty Day, Part 2: TP&HB Videos

    More Tom Petty. Lots more Tom Petty. 'Nuff said. "I Won't Back Down" "Here Comes My Girl" Oh yes. Click on...

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    July 3, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Prince Fielder Sued in Houston Federal Court for Allegedly Helping Pops Hide Assets

    Milwaukee Brewer All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder may have learned how to hit the long-ball from his famous baseball father Cecil Fielder, but he has also inherited his dad’s long-standing legal troubles. When Prince was 18 years old, playing A-league ball in the minors, a process server tra ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2007

    The Music Critics Dictionary

    Translating critic-speak

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    October 12, 2006

    Silk

    Always and Forever

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Texas Burger Binge

    Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Boobs Versus Prudes

    Only Prince can walk the tightrope between sensuality and artistry

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