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    January 27, 2014

    Dear Grammys, We Can Be Friends Again

    Hey there, Grammys -- remember when we broke up with you last year? Well, it seems we've made a mistake. We take it all back. We are back on professionally. So LL Cool J hosted again last night, same as last year, and it turns out he's still boring. But here's the thing: we can still forgive your i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Bee Gees: A Band of Brothers More Than Just White Suits and Disco Balls

    Bee Gees: The Biography By David Meyer Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $27.50 "The Bee Gees are everywhere and in everyone's heads, and still - outside their legion of diehard fans -- don't get the respect they deserve." This is the theory that author Meyer, who penned the well-regarded Gram Parsons bio T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    NBA All Star Weekend: 5 Observations And A Plea For More Barkley

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I feel like I should tell you that I chose not to stick around Houston for the NBA All Star Game and it's peripheral festivities (up to and including the transformation of the Galleria into some kind of three-story clown car on Saturday) this past weekend. As a br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Saturday Night: Rakim at Fitzgerald's

    Rakim Fitzgerald's February 16, 2013 In the beginning, The God MC, legally known as William Michael Griffin, Jr., best known as Rakim, became one-half of one of hip-hop's very first groups, Eric B. and Rakim. The pair recorded a series of classic albums (Paid in Full, Follow the Leader) that have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The 10 Silliest Headlines In Rap News This Week

    You are a human and you have eyeballs and you also have the Internet, so you've likely read some things. That's sort of what this is, except sort of not too. We went through a ton of headlines of hip-hop "stories" from the past week, picked out the ten most egregious one, pasted them below, then ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Rap Round Table: The Best Female Rapper Of All Time Is...

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Zavey, hasHBrown, Scooby, Medicine Girl, Nicki Minaj, Renzo, Rob Gullatte, more. Not Invited: Hologram Tupac This Week's Promp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Forget Blue-Eyed Butcher: Casting Lifetime Movies About Felicia Moon, Victoria Osteen & 3 Others

    Blue-Eyed Butcher was Lifetime's take on the Susan Wright case. It certainly wasn't the first TV movie to be based on a Houston case, and it won't be the last. In fact there are plenty of Houston stories just begging to be made into Lifetime movies. Like these five: 5. Trail Ridin' Dirty: The Feli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    10 Rom-Coms Even Guys Will Watch

    Can you smell it? Either love is in the air or the Chick-fil-A has started using chicken-scented billboards. Yes, Valentine's Day is coming to give all men night sweats over what to do on the most romantic of the Hallmark holidays. As we were searching around for entertainment suggestions, we were t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Last Night: Dolly Parton At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Dolly Parton Verizon Wireless Theater October 11, 2011 Dolly Parton seems like the kind of person so determined to make sure her audience has a good time, she's not above putting them to the thumbscrews to make sure that happens. Luckily, it didn't come to that Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    The Five Best - And Two Worst - Rapper Actors

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introducingliston@gmai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Oprah Vs. Bob Dylan: A Side-By-Side Showdown

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​In case you've been under a complete self-imposed total media blackout - how do those work, by the way? - you no doubt know this week is a pretty important milestone in the lives of two of America's most important cultural figureheads. Maybe the two most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Das Racist: Deconstructing The Rappers' References

    ​Over the past two years, Das Racist has been a Pitchfork favorite and highly revered for their witty, perhaps smarmy delivery of mostly historical and pop-culture references. The duo - trio if you include their hypeman, Dap, and quartet if you include their hypeman's hypeman, Lakutis - is com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Black Queen Speaks Checkmates Other Funk-Rockers

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essential gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're working to find some meaning in the monikers. ​Black Queen Speaks' own description of itself is better than any other we could possibly come up: They sound like Jane's Addiction and Soundgar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Chalie Boy Is Here... All Year Long

    Last year, Chalie Boy enacted a promo campaign called "52 Weeks of Chalie Boy," wherein he released one flow a week for the entire year. It was an auspicious bit of market saturation. This year, he's upped the stakes a bit and adapted the premise into "12 Months of Chalie Boy Videos." We're certai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Day Of The Dead: Music In Memoriam 2009-10

    itscactus.com​Rocks Off doesn't mean to be morbid, but today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday and festival honoring those who have gone before. So instead of waiting until the end of the year, the more traditional time for such things, we wanted to compile a list of the notable name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Does Being An Actor Compromise Your Rap Career?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Damien Randle, Sam Sneed Not Invited: Freekey Zeekey, for getting Dipset back together ... More >>

  • Music

    June 24, 2010

    La Gran Senora

    Jenni Rivera flirts with pop crossovers but remains true to regional Mexican music.

  • Film

    May 13, 2010

    Flagrant Foul

    Just Wright is just wrong.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    American Idol: The Tumor is Removed...Eventually

    ​This is my first season of American Idol, and thus my first brush with the behemoth that is "Idol Gives Back." This is the third time the show has staged its charity event, and there were far fewer celebrities this year. The goal was ostensibly to educate viewers about the plight of the needy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    American Idol: The Tumor is Removed... Eventually

    ​This is my first season of American Idol, and thus my first brush with the behemoth that is "Idol Gives Back." This is the third time the show has staged its charity event, and there were far fewer celebrities this year. The goal was ostensibly to educate viewers about the plight of the needy ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Inside the Rappers Studio

    Are you an aging hip-hop performer? Then the Rap Institute of Acting is for you!

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Bidding Dazzle (and Debi) Adieu

    We'll remember the good times, Tom! Or something like that...​News broke yesterday afternoon that the unthinkable had happened: Tom "Dazzle Me Dreamy" DeLay -- former House Majority Leader, money launderer, and friend to the working man -- would be quitting Dancing With the Stars because of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Dancing With the Stars: Bidding Dazzle (and Debi) Adieu

    We'll remember the good times, Tom! Or something like that...​News broke yesterday afternoon that the unthinkable had happened: Tom "Dazzle Me Dreamy" DeLay -- former House Majority Leader, money launderer, and friend to the working man -- would be quitting Dancing With the Stars because of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Cactus Music Second Anniversary, Delbert McClinton, the Marley Brothers, Mindy Smith, Queen Latifah, the Slackers, Vallejo, etc.

    ​"Cactus Music 2nd Anniversary Party" With The Flamin' Hellcats, DJ Joey McKeel: Fri., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Cactus Music and Video. Arthur Yoria, Colin Lake: Wed., Oct. 28. Warehouse Live. Delbert McClinton: Sat., Dec. 26. Verizon Wireless Theater. Dir En Grey: Mon., Nov. 2. Warehouse Live. "ArrowFest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    NASA's Biggest Job On This Shuttle Flight: Milking Publicity

    ​The latest space shuttle mission opens up a new, bold era in NASA history -- the desperate attempt to remain hip and relevant and therefore worthy of federal budget dollars.Commentators have pointed out how the agency seems to be embracing pop culture, but it seems to be getting to the point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire & Z-Ro, UGK, Slim Thug, Trae Day, Chris Brown, Meth & Red, Diddy, MCA, O.G. Style and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Chamillionaire feat. Z-Ro, "Denzel Washington" Wire To Wire Slim Thugga cut off his braids. Not sure ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Bayou Beat: Live Nation Goes All In, ZZ Top Tickets Up for Grabs, Meridian Rocks the Sabbath and More

    Courtesy of Stephen "Rube" Sager Live Nation has outdone itself on its latest "No Service Fee" Wednesday. All day, $29.99 buys a lawn ticket - one lawn ticket, mind you - parking, all those pesky fees, a hot dog and a soda for any participating show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Once they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 15, 2009

    For April 15: Five Movies About Taxes

    April 15 each year brings with it the journalistic challenge of covering yet another "last-rush filers" story, or some clever way to say that it's the deadline for getting your return in. (We still wonder if anyone's ever been prosecuted because their return had an April 16 postmark.)The subject of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Turning the Screw: UGK, DMX, Common, The Kanye, T.I., Ice Cube, Trick Daddy, Lil Keke and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., "Attack of Hollywood" Wire To Wire The new UGK is really good. Buy it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige, Lupe Fiasco, Katy Perry/Travis McCoy, Dr. Dre, DJ AM, Lil' Kim, Damon Dash/Jay-Z, Talib Kweli and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Funny Valentine," Dustin Prestige Wire To Wire Lupe Fiasco, whom you'll remember recently announ ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    February 21, 2008
  • Film

    January 17, 2008

    Chick Flick, Two Ways

    In Keaton v. Heigl, girl power (Mad Money) trumps bridesmaid fashion (27 Dresses)

  • Film

    July 19, 2007

    Hairspray

    Movie musical of the musical of the movie is nowhere near divine

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    June 5, 2007
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    June 29, 2006
  • Film

    January 12, 2006

    God Save the Queen

    A talented rapper narrowly survives another lousy movie

  • Home Entertainment

    December 22, 2005
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    April 21, 2005
  • Film

    March 31, 2005

    Cut and Paste

    Beauty Shop is clipped straight from its predecessors

  • Film

    February 24, 2005

    Summary of a Bad Black Movie

    Tyler Perry's Diary will make audiences mad

  • Film

    February 5, 2004

    Gettin' Windy in the City

    The Chicago clip crew gleefully gabs on in Barbershop 2

  • Film

    June 26, 2003

    Fallen Angels

    Charlies high-flying heroines kick ass, but not the sequel syndrome

  • Film

    March 6, 2003

    Phat Chance

    Steve Martin almost gets Down with Queen Latifah, but they mostly strike out

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    Tango and Cash

    Chicago dances its way through the origins of the celebrity crook

  • Music

    December 17, 1998
  • Film

    February 19, 1998

    All Wet

    In the latest Crichton-based thriller, there's nothing to fear but Sphere itself

  • Music

    December 15, 1994

    Bill-bored

    At least Tom Jones left the mesh shirt at home

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