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Sting (Musician)

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    February 10, 2014

    Sting & Paul Simon at Toyota Center, 2/8/2014

    Sting & Paul Simon Toyota Center February 8, 2014 If politics makes for strange bedfellows, consider two aging Rock and Roll Hall of Famers trying to figure out what to do next. On paper the idea of Sting and Paul Simon on tour together might seem strange, a random pairing driven by some unknowable ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Superchunk, Sting & Paul Simon, QOTSA, etc.

    Superchunk Fitzgerald's, February 7 Among the handful of '80s/'90s college-rock acts who have found equal if not greater success on the reunion circuit -- Pixies and Sebadoh come to mind, both due here later this month -- Chapel Hill's Superchunk melded the melodic roar of Husker Du with the quirks ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014

    10 More Aging Pop-Star Tours We'd Like to See

    This Saturday night, Houston will be greeted by two very familiar faces: Sting and Paul Simon. The two are legends in their respective fields, and although their music doesn't quite sound similar, the tour is welcome all the same. It's sort of like Elton John and Billy Joel, only a little less obvio ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Don't Stand So Close to Her: Kristine Mills Does Sting

    On the list of post-punk and New Wave bands that borrowed from jazz, the Police are right at the very top. Their songs are full of unconventional time signatures, complex chord arrangements and plenty of improvisational moments. Instrumentally, Gordon Sumner (aka Sting), Andy Summers and Stewart Cop ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    The 10 Greatest Rock Bassists in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Geddy Lee Edition

    I could sit here and write paragraphs about my appreciation of Geddy Lee. He was the first true influence I had as a bass player when I was in high school. For years after, I admired not just his talent as a musician, but his ability to improve and grow. He is also underrated for how great a "rock" ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Friends In High Places: 5 Weird Actor/Musician Friendships

    You or I may not be a fan of Justin Bieber, but you know who is? Mike Tyson, that's who. As Iron Mike explained a little while ago, he thinks Bieber is "pretty awesome." Apparently the ex-heavyweight champ got turned into a Belieber through his wife, who hooks Tyson up with most of his music. This ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    A Playlist for Tonight's Hurricane Sandy Telethon

    The music business was hardly spared the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As reported by our New York sister blog, Sound of the City, dozens of shows in the New York-New Jersey area were postponed or canceled; the resulting travel snafu has scuttled touring plans as far away as tonight's (former) Houston ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Gatsby-Mania: 5 Songs for the New Great Gatsby Soundtrack

    F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is the greatest novel ever written that everyone had to read in high school. And now it's going to be the greatest movie ever made that everyone will have to watch, supposedly out in May, because Leonardo DiCaprio is in it. It's in 3D for some reason too, even ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Years of Refusal: 8 More '80s Icons Who Should Follow Morrissey Into Retirement

    Morrissey announced this week that he plans to retire in two years. That's tragic news in some circles, but we think it's a good move. In 2014, he'll turn 55, and the Smiths thing is never happening. How much longer is he supposed to do this? Another ten years 'til he's 65? He's Morrissey, not a Chi ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Last Night: Sting At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Sting Verizon Wireless Theater November 17, 2011 Photos by Jason Wolter​Sting gets a lot of shit that Rocks Off has frankly never really understood. Is it the myriad social causes? The way he expected you to know who Chaucer was? The tantric sex thing? We're not going to sit here and defend a ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    August 4, 2011
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    July 27, 2011

    Comment of the Day: An American Psycho

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Grant Haze: Guy Who Allegedly Dismembered Ex-Wife Talks of Being Inspired By Sting & Lionel Richie

    Grant Haze wants to be an inspiration to his kids​Last week, Grant Haze was just another bland singer-songwriter with a tremendous ego and hoop earrings. Now he's charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, dismembering her corpse, stuffing the body parts in ice chests, and driving them from his N ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks on Sting: "Rock Stars...Is There Anything They Don't Know?"

    You rotten flexible bastard.​ Sting. He's the artist we love to hate: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova--herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha and daughter of ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: Music Fans Love Their A-Holes

    You rotten flexible bastard.​Sting. He's the artist we love to hate. From The Atlantic: Sting, everyone's favorite somnambulant acoustic pop star, has developed a somewhat checkered experience in Central Asia. In 2009, Gulnara Karimova - herself a fledgling pop singer under the name GooGooSha ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Four Comic-Book Characters Inspired By Musicians

    ​Rocks off just can't seem to get comic books out of our blood. Between being fully immersed in Comicpalooza last weekend and trying to point out to Broadway how many other comic characters would make better and safer musicals than Spider-Man, we've regressed to being 15 with ink-stained figur ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Top 10 Musician WTF Hobbies

    Zazzle.com​Musicians are weird. Well, the good ones, at least. It's a little-known, beloved factoid. While artists' news, drama, and private lives are sometimes aired to the point of over-saturation, it becomes more interesting when we learn relatively kept insight into their rockers' offstage ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Stone Deaf Forever: Rockers With Hearing Loss

    ​The wages we pay to rock and roll aren't always of the sinful and hungover variety. Some of us pay, dearly, with our hearing, one of the best gifts that God has given humanity. Besides Kate Upton that is. Today is Pete Townshend's 66th birthday, and The Who guitarist is just one of countles ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Mark Lanier's 2010 Desperate Christmas Party Performer: Sting

    Nah, you're not invited​Mega-lawyer Mark Lanier each year throws an outrageous Christmas party, because there's nothing better to do with money than throw an opulent, look-at-me event that doesn't even serve liquor for all the dads who've had to drag their kids out to ride the rides.The event also ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    The Top Five Saturday Night Live Musician Impressions

    ​In the wake of the recent news that feted comedian/actor/YouTube sensation Jay Pharoah - above, known for his spoofs of A-list bait like Drake, Chris Tucker, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, and President Obama - will join the cast of Saturday Night Live when its 36th season premieres September ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Friday Night: Sting At The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Groovehouse​Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 25, 2010 "If you love somebody," Sting once sang, "set them free." Friday night at the Woodlands, he set a good two dozen of his songs free from their original arrangements, and set ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    FAIL: Weezer, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, ASCAP

    ​Weezer to Team Up with Ryan Adams: Set Expectations Bar to "Low": Remember when Bryan Adams teamed up with Rod Stewart and Sting on that song "All For Love" on the Three Musketeers soundtrack? We bring it up not to once again give Ryan Adams shit about his name, but to point out that all thre ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 2, 2010

    Mods Vs. Rockers: Five Mock Battles

    ​Fresh off our trip to AmeriVespa 2010, Rocks Off has come to this conclusion: we are neither a Mod nor a Rocker. We're a Mocker. When you drive around a town as large and car-centric as Houston on a small scooter you get a lot of comments from people, mostly in allusion to Quadrophenia, which ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Most Downloaded "Hope For Haiti" Texan? Although She Killed, Not Beyonce

    Between fighting crime, reducing global warming, mending our socks and, you know, everything else Rocks Off does when we're away from the office, we caught a good bit of Friday evening's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. We didn't have much choice, because the George Clooney-organized, celebrity-packed fu ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Kick 'em While They're Down: The Worst Songs Ever Recorded For Charity

    Please take this thing away from me. Please.​ When Rocks Off received an email touting Sting's new MySpace charity video for the Prince of Wales' Rainforest Project, we almost chipped a fingernail hurriedly clicking on the link, which promised oodles of celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John, Rich ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009

    Pay for Play

    Superstar session drummer and Dadaist marketing genius Josh Freese (Devo, A Perfect Circle, the Vandals) sells himself, his famous friends and all-you-can-eat shrimp at Sizzler to promote his new album.

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    January 19, 2006
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    February 19, 2004

    Belly of the Beat

    Clopping heels have got nothing on gyrating hips

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    January 29, 2004

    Pop It, Lock It, Yo

    You Got Served exhumes something suspiciously akin to break dancing

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    November 6, 2003

    U.K. Subs

    Thursday, November 6

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    July 10, 2003

    Potty Mouths

    Tamales overhead, beer cans underfoot, drug references and cussing from the stage it's the return of the Westheimer Street Festival to its old home

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    February 13, 2003

    West Virginia Wild Man

    Though he loves to salute them in songs, chickens aren't all that's on the Hasil Adkins diet

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    September 6, 2001

    Simon Shaheen & Qantara

    Blue Flame (Ark 21)

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    May 31, 2001

    Yes, It Can-Can

    The delightfully eccentric Moulin Rouge giddily juggles eras

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    June 10, 1999
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    May 13, 1999

    Checkout Time at Hotel Six

    Michael and the two Johns face the music

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    January 7, 1999
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    April 11, 1996
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    May 4, 1995

    Heeeeere's Branford!

    The Tonight show behind him, Branford Marsalis moves to "de-ghettoize" music

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    December 15, 1994
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