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    July 14, 2014

    Lionel Richie & Cee-Lo Green at The Woodlands, 7/13/2014

    Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 13, 2014 It's not a stretch to say that many of my peers could have possibly been conceived thanks to Lionel Richie's body of work. The legendary R&B singer's sexy-meets-soulful approach, both with the Commodores in the '60s and '70s ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    The Astrodome: From Elvis to Evel Knievel ... to Green Space?

    Anybody surprised that Astrodome is going to be demolished and turned into green space hasn't really been paying attention the past 25-plus years. The Dome has been a doomed property ever since Harris County gave into Bud Adams' demands to destroy the heart and soul for the building so that he coul ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Five Sample-Using Songs That Deserve Grammys Now

    Recently the Grammy Awards announced changes to the annual music awards' criteria and categories, the most notable being now permitting songs that utilize samples in the songwriting categories, specifically Song of the Year. This is huge news for many electronic artists and rappers, obviously. But ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Flash Gordon Parks, DJ as Funky Professor

    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? If you see Flash Gordon P ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Josh Groban at Toyota Center, 11/12/2013

    Josh Groban Toyota Center November 12, 2013 The scent of mothballs wafted over Josh Groban's concert Wednesday night at Toyota Center: not from the music, just all the clothing returned from winter storage on Houston's first truly cold evening since, what, February? The 32-year-old L.A. native may ... More >>

  • Music

    September 19, 2013

    Sibling Revelry

    A few local bands keep it in the family.

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    September 11, 2013

    Sibling Revelry: Houston's Bands of Brothers and Sisters

    It's not unusual for siblings to be in bands together. The Beach Boys, Jackson Five, Heart, Radiohead... the list goes on and on. Brothers and sisters have regularly joined forces to create incredible music. One kid finds a musical niche and his or her siblings voluntarily follow. Or, the group is o ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: DJ Remix, Genre-Hopping Mix Maniac

    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. Last year, at the Houston Press Music Awa ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Eight Houston Musicians Who Deserve More Love

    Bassist, organist, composer, member of the infamous Homopolice, one of the Rocks Off 100, self-avowed electronic music geek, flanger aficianado, and suave Poison Girl drink slinger, Beau Beasley has been broadly immersed in the Houston music scene all his adult life. Not long ago over a cold one at ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    I Tried to Explain CDs to My Three-Year-Old Daughter

    I was strapping my daughter into her carseat when she said, "Daddy, I want my favorite book." She was pointing at the floorboards in the back, where a stratified layer of various toys, books and random objects she has demanded to entertain her during car rides and abandoned after 15 minutes contin ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Rodeo Touches Every Corner of Pop Universe, Almost Misses Texas

    I live too far away from the coasts to care about Coachella all that much, and have done far too much time in both the ACL and SXSW trenches to get too excited about anything that happens in far west Houston anymore. So instead, I have started looking forward to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: DJ Afterparty at Jet Lounge

    HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012 HPMA Showcase: Rocks Off's Top 7 Discoveries HPMA Showcase: Sunday's 11 Best Random Moments SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Bands SLIDESHOW: HPMA Showcase -- The Crowds "After the show it's the afterparty..." -- Jay-Z Another year, another successful ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Justin Bieber's Believe: Dubstep, Dick Talk, Nicki Minaj & Exactly One Good Song

    I listened to the new Justin Bieber album, Believe, twice this afternoon so I could write this. I am not looking for sympathy because I took it upon myself. I did this so you wouldn't have to, though if you are cool enough to read our blog, the thought of listening to Justin Bieber's Believe wasn't ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    The Jacksons Reunion Tour Set To Hit Houston July 14

    Since their brother Michael passed away in June 2009, there has been persistent talk of a full-scale Jacksons tour, with the surviving Jackson brothers on board performing their collective hits and the hits of brother Jermaine. Today the iconic sibling group -- Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Baseballs, Wieners and Ketchup

    Spring training is just around the corner. The players are oiling up their gloves, creasing their brims and preparing to chew, spit and rearrange themselves through another 162 games. I love baseball. I don't care that it is the slowest and most idiosyncratic of all professional sports. The on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Taking Apart Yesterday's Facebook Music Screed

    ​Yesterday, about a half-dozen of my Facebook friends forwarded a gloom-and-doom listicle from a site called Buzzfeed entitled "12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music." Now up to over one million hits, the doom-and-gloom piece is subtitled "This is the saddest thing you'll read a ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Last Night: Mac Miller at Warehouse Live

    Photographer were not allowed to shoot the Mac Miller show last night.​9:55 p.m.: Mac Miller concert. Let's just get them all out of the way now: Asher Roth, Eminem, Yelawolf, Machine Gun Kelly, Paul Wall, Rich Hill, Aesop Rock, Bubba Sparxxx, El-P, MC Serch, R.A. the Rugged Man... He's whit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    The X Factor: "Stop Messin' With My Mom"

    I admit that I am amazed the ratings for The X Factor started off low and have continued to drop. While the show has its share of product placement, campy/terrible auditions, and judges' table drama, they stick mostly to talented singers and have limited the audition rounds to a very do-able, very w ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    15 Songs That Changed My Life: The Intern's Tale

    The less antisocial among you know that talking about music is one of the best icebreakers there is. To get to know our staff a little better, Rocks Off will periodically be asking them to share a few songs that helped to shape their musical tastes - and character. We start with our youngest member, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    Hangin' Tough

    A New Kids on the Block crush leads to a lifelong obsession with music.

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    June 16, 2011
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    May 19, 2011

    Last Night: Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae At Reliant Arena

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae Reliant Arena May 18, 2011 See Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae and their fans, just the way they are, in our slideshow. Somewhere, Michael Jackson is smiling again. At last. The King of Pop may be gone, but he was very much there in spirit Wednesd ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Rocks Off's Fantasy RodeoHouston Lineup

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoGeorge Strait in 1996​If you walk through Reliant Center, hanging from the ceiling are banners listing almost every musical performer RodeoHouston has hosted since the '60s. The names reflect the hallowed history of country and fleeting fancies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Soul City: The Amazing Jazz Crusaders

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. "Hey, let's get back to that down-and-dirty old-school chicken-shack sound" mosaicrecords.com​While Houston ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    The Top 15 Cartoon Bands (Sorry, Gorillaz)

    ​Gorillaz makes a stop in Houston tonight (Toyota Center, 7:30 p.m.) on their "Escape to Plastic Beach" world tour. Damon Albarn's "virtual band" is by now far better-known on this side of the pond than his original group, Blur, and is as famous for its inventive music videos as for the songs ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Friday Night: Sheryl Crow At The Woodlands

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Sheryl Crow Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 27, 2010 There is a mile-wide disparity between what Sheryl Crow is doing now and what her fanbase wants her to do, which was evident on Friday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Touring behind a Memphis-sty ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010
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    July 15, 2010

    18 Successful Musicians Under Age 18

    Dan Klores CommunicationsTommy, can you hear me?​Tonight House Of Blues welcomes the traveling underage rock revue School Of Rock as they re-create highlights from 1985's Live Aid concerts. SOR features three bands or teens and preteens rocking out and learning the ropes of touring and rock. ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Meet The Rhodes Kids, Houston's Mobbed-Up '70s Family Band

    ​The early 70's was a glorious time for the "family showband." The Cowsills started it all a few years earlier, and the lifestyle was soon immortalized on the screen by the fictionalized Partridge Family. But for every group like the Osmonds or the Jackson 5, there were dozens of others, perha ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Can't Forget The Motor City: Our Favorite Motown Jams

    ​ She Said has always been a fan of Stax Records, the gritty Southern label started by a white brother-sister team in a movie theater in Memphis. Something about Stax' organic sound and integrated musical influences (this is the same city that gave us Sun Records) had always felt so raw and real. ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Dancing the Dozens

    Yo' mama's feet so big, they each got their own zip code

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    October 30, 2009

    "MMMBro": Hanson And Other Rock And Roll Bands Of Brothers

    Back in the summer of1997, one couldn't walk out of their house without hearing someone humming, blaring, or damning to Hell that juicy nugget of pop rock that was Hanson's "MMMBop". Depending on your age and gender, you either understood the hooky genius of the song or you were just in love with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Halloween Countdown Part 1: The Seven Most Cliched Costumes

    Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. It seems that every year Halloween becomes less and less about scaring othe ... More >>

  • Music

    July 2, 2009

    State of Shock

    How Michael Jackson (sort of) introduced me to the Rolling Stones.

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    May 21, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    WTF Island: Jackson Five, Kid Rock, Glenn Danzig, Rock Camp and Assteroids

    Even as our economy continued to go up in flames like the Toyota Center, the carnival of WTF kept trolling along this week. It seemed that every day we saw something so asinine and foolish that we couldn't keep up. Jackson Family slavery museums, rock and roll fantasy camps, Kid Rock's new beer, "As ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Idol Beat: Hollywood Week, Part 1

    [Note: Because a lot of people are apparently into American Idol, Rocks Off asked contributor Ray Cummings to keep track of this season for us. This is his first report.] "Hollywood Week" marks the point in American Idol's grist-mill rigamorole calendar where the kid gloves come off, when being ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    Band Aid: Do they know it's Christmastime at all? Most people I know hate Sunny 99.1, but not me. And I should really hate it. Any radio station supported by the American Dental Association has to suck. But every time I listen to it, I either hear something so corny and half-baked that I can't turn ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Five Spot: Jackson Five Reuniting; Certainly This Will Not End Badly

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. The beacon of credibility that is Jermaine Jackson confirmed rumors Thursday that the Jackson Five would indee ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2008

    The Science of Pop

    Do we really need a formula for perfect music?

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    April 14, 2008

    Q&A: Little Steven Van Zandt

    NBC Photo / Heidi Gutman With James Brown no longer around, Steven Van Zandt might just have the title of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. In addition to hosting/producing the syndicated 2-hour weekly “Underground Garage” radio program (heard locally on Sunday nights on KKRW, 93.7 FM) ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Texas Zydeco Hits the Big Screen

    Since the late 1950s, zydeco has fueled one of Houston’s most vibrant and fertile music scenes, and also one of its most insular and least understood. Most people still believe this accordion-fired, rubboard-embellished, upbeat and remarkably resilient Creole dance music, which down the years has ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Yo La Tengo in Hoboken

    A Hanukkah pilgrimage

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    November 1, 2007
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    August 27, 2007
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    January 19, 2006
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    September 8, 2005

    Fountain of Youth

    The kids in Shulton's Youth have talent, ambition and a record deal. But is that enough?

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    RodeoHouston: Some 'Splainin to Do

    Secret correspondence from the rodeo

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    October 30, 1997
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