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Sting (Musician)

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Songs That Were Grossly Misinterpreted

    Songs get misinterpreted all the time. Sometimes it's because they have vague lyrics, others it's because singers can't enunciate properly -- looking at you, Eddie Vedder -- and still others it's just because they're misleading and people don't take the time to think them through all the way. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? For all its strengths as ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 15, 2013
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    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 >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013
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    June 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Dear Grammys, I'm Breaking Up With You

    Dear Stupid Grammys, I have a bone to pick with you. I sat through Taylor Swift's uninspired opening act while she half-sung/half-yodeled at a guy on a spinning bullseye. It was complete with an insulting and transparent Alice in Wonderland costume ripoff (which I'm not getting, by the way... is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Squeezing the Lemon: Led Zeppelin & the 10 Most Shocking Rock and Roll Reunions

    Five years ago this week, Led Zeppelin fans young and old squeezed their pants full of lemon juice when the band's three surviving golden gods -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones - announced that they'd be reuniting for a one-off concert in London. John Bonham's son Jason would man the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    RIP Johnny Perez: Sir Douglas Quintet Drummer Dies at 69

    Johnny Perez, drummer for legendary '60s Texas garage-rockers the Sir Douglas Quintet, has died. Perez passed away in a hospital near Los Angeles due to complications of cirrhosis of the liver, according to the San Antonio Express-News. He was 69. Perez was a Golden Gloves-level amateur boxer and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Gothic Council: I See A Symphony And I Want To Paint it Black

    VNV Nation is coming, and even though we'll have to endure endless bitching about how VNV Nation isn't goth every single goth we know will be there. Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson put on fantastic shows, release brilliant albums, and just all-around enlighten and amaze audiences wherever they go. K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    The 10 Worst Movies Ronald Reagan Watched at Camp David, and the Five Hippest

    During a panel discussion on C-SPAN recently, someone mentioned that the Ronald Reagan Library has a list online of every movie he and Nancy watched at Camp David or the White House. So we checked it out. They watched a lot of movies, including Reagan's old films. There are a lot of Hollywood class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Looking Back at A Very Special Christmas Track by Track

    In the late 1980's, music empresario Jimmy Iovine cobbled together quite a collection of pop and rock artists to record songs for a Christmas album benefitting the Special Olympics. In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released and rapidly became an instant holiday classic thanks to the star powere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The Simpsons' Top 11 Musical Guests

    ​When The Simpsons completes its last (contracted) season in 2014, it will have set staggering new broadcast records for longest running sitcom (over 550 episodes) and longest running prime time scripted TV series (25 seasons). These are all American records, of course, because the Japanese co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Saturday: New West Records Showcase At Cactus Music

    Photos by Jim BrickerRobert Ellis & the Boys​New West Records showcase feat. Buxton, Robert Ellis & the Boys, Wild Moccasins Cactus Music April 16, 2011 Although they had a myriad of opportunities Friday night to make themselves bleary-eyed and drag-tailed - Aftermath chose The Wagoneers, and ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Son of a Preacher Man

    Paul Thorn's life is straight out of a Southern Gothic fairy tale.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Beyonce, Dad No Longer Client, Manager

    ​Beyonce has severed business ties with her father and longtime manager since the days of Destiny's Child, Mathew Knowles, according to a press release from Houston-based Music World Entertainment. "The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual," Mathew Knowles, Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Top 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    idontlikeyouinthatway.com​This Sunday, Rocks Off will be live-blogging and tweeting this year's Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature noted scholars The Black Eyed Peas. We are diligently studying the entire BEP canon and that of all of their solo members, like the dedicated pop histori ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 21, 2010

    Houston Symphony: Chris Botti

    The Grammy Award winner partners with the CWMP Pops

  • 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.

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009

    Jonny Lang

    The artist behind Lie to Me and Turn Around brings his special brand of blues to Houston

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Gothtopia: Searching for the Perfect Vampire Anthem

    Note: Lost in all the inaugural hoopla this week was the fact that Monday was Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday. No better time, then, to debut Rocks Off's new Goth column... Recently, my wife and I made our way down to the Houston Public Library to hear a talk with Charlaine Harris, author of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Aftermath: Scott Weiland at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Mark C. Austin There has to be an unspoken rule from now on that solo albums from the lead singers of big rock bands should be studio-only affairs. These are meant to fulfill record-company contracts, and should never be passed off as an extra insight into the artistic machinations of an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Retro Active: The Five Worst '80s Christmas Songs

    OK, sure, the truly worst '80s Christmas songs are doubtlessly "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" and Band Aid's (above) "Do They Know It's Christmas?" But everyone knows this. However, there were many other holiday songs released during the '80s that nearly reached such heights of crapulence . ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008
  • Music

    July 31, 2008

    The 2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase Is Filled with Talent and Absurdity

    Some of the best rock and roll in town right now is en español

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    Billy Gibbons Tells an Awful Blonde Joke: Video and Pictures from ZZ Top's DVD Release Party

    Last night ZZ Top atoned somewhat for recording their new Live from Texas DVD in Dallas - hometown of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, but it still stings, OK? - by donating the "poodle" guitars from their iconic "Legs" video to the Hard Rock Cafe's memorabilia collection. Billy Gibbons also told one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    Live Shots: The Police

    Daniel Kramer At a little after 8:40, Andy Summers walks onto a darkened stage with Stewart Copeland climbing into his drum kit. Copeland bangs a gong hanging behind him and Summers starts on the guitar. Then from the darkness of stage right, Sting appears and The Police are suddenly rocking T ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2005

    Stay Young and Stupid

    Dear Lord, please stop the Stingification of Beck

  • Film

    February 17, 2005

    Hell to Pay

    Constantine shuns its comic-book roots for real depth as Reeves returns in black

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Cruel Summer

    Are we hearing the death rattle of the sheds?

  • Calendar

    January 8, 2004

    Gettin' Jiggy

    The Chieftains rule with their traditional Irish tunes

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    Greendale (Warner Bros.)

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2003

    Time Warp

    Four bands bring the '70s back to town

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Bowing to Pop

    A Muslim by choice, Jawad couldn't deny the will of his music

  • Film

    January 18, 2001

    Playing Cool

    With Snatch, director Guy Ritchie desperately wants to be the Tarantino of the Thames

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Keb' Mo'

    The Door (Sony 550/Epic)

  • News

    March 30, 2000

    Low and Outside

    Welcome to the ballpark. And brown fields and barren expanses of a still-not-rejuvenated section of downtown.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    He Will Survive

    Houston piano man Ezra Charles has outlasted even his worst enemies

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Jazz Alchemists

    Acoustic Alchemy was soft jazz before soft jazz was soft?

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Sympathy for the Angel

    Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and the scourge of great art

  • Music

    February 25, 1999
  • Music

    November 5, 1998

    Ladies Luck

    Five Barenaked Canadians conquer a fickle America with patience

  • Music

    August 15, 1996
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    June 20, 1996
  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Irish Ambassadors

    The Chieftains may flirt with rock, but they always come home to Ireland

  • Music

    February 16, 1995
  • Music

    May 26, 1994

    Ethnical Questions

    Plus: Shimmying with Mary Jane on the Washington Avenue shuttle

  • Music

    April 7, 1994

    Jazzing the Grass Banjo

    Bela Fleck leads his band in directions most pickers never dream of

  • Music

    February 3, 1994
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