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Weird Al Yankovic

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    October 21, 2014

    Six Great Covers of TV Theme Songs

    Television's influence on our musical vocabulary is vast. These days, singing shows are determining new pop stars. A great TV theme can become iconic -- Sanford and Son, Friends, The Sopranos -- and shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and Scrubs have become legendary for their in-show musical perfor ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Five Appropriately Profound Weird Al Haikus

    Some of us are counting the days until Weird Al Yankovic receives his much-deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom or Kennedy Center award, whichever comes with a gold-plated accordion. Until that happens we'll have to make do with Mandatory Fun, his astounding 13th album that is in stores and online ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Weird Al's 10 Best Forgotten Parodies

    It's hard to remember sometimes that "Weird Al" Yankovic has been honing his craft for more than 30 years now, bringing us masterful parodies of pop music for so long that he's outlived many of his onetime subjects. He has a new album called Mandatory Fun due today and is in the midst of releasing e ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    From the Back of the Band: Six Musical Instruments on the Cusp of Rock Stardom

    Some musical eras are defined by the instruments that moved from the backing band to center stage as they unfolded. Electric-guitar sales boomed in the 1960s, thanks to Clapton and Hendrix. In the 1980s, synthesizers were popular enough to make one-hit wonders out of groups like A-ha and A Flock of ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    A Musical Celebration of the Oreo Cookie

    Do you like cookies? No? Well at least now we know who the hidden aliens are and can send Roddy Piper to deliver fisticuffs and quips about the surplus of ass-kickings inversely proportionate to the scarcity of bubble gum. Seriously, though, cookies are awesome, and it was on this day 101 years ago ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Here's Elton John In an Astros Jersey In 1986

    Today, Houston Astros pitchers and catchers started returning to Kissimmee, Florida, for spring training in anticipation (and somewhat fright) of the 2013 season and their debut in the American League. Rewind: Rockin' Houston Site Is a Glorious Monument to Local Concerts Past In honor of baseba ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared October 26, 2011. Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start ... 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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    July 12, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012: A$AP Rocky, De La Soul, PiL, Santigold, X, Turbonegro, Etc.

    This morning Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, the best music festival in Texas that isn't Free Press Summer Fest, announced their full 2012 lineup after months of teasing us and leaking a handful of names at a time -- and then hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C Tuesday morning. Scheduled for November 2-4 at Audit ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Top 7 Promotional Music Gimmicks -- Both Used & Unused

    One of the most interesting things in the music business is how managers and record companies promote and market their artists. Sometimes they do a great job, and other times they fail. When they do fail, their like that hickey you got three weeks ago -- still there. But, like a hickey, people even ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Turn The Radio On: Top 10 Musicians Who Should Be DJs

    A few years ago, Van Halen front man David Lee Roth filled in for Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show. Roth also served a stint as a deejay for New York's 92.3 Free FM. This is nothing new, because many artists have at some point served as DJs, such as Greg Kihn of the Greg Kihn ba ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    20 Great Versions Of "Bohemian Rhapsody" That Aren't By Queen

    This week in 1976, Queen were at the top of the UK singles chart with the epic - taking that word back - operatic, glammy cut "Bohemian Rhapsody" from their November 1975 album, A Night At The Opera. The single is still one of the best-selling releases in the UK, and it even had a resurgence 1991 in ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    memecenter.comMerry fuckin' Christmas, mang.​Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start making a list and checking it twice. Bourbon, gin, scotch, vodka, Xanax, painkillers... Walgreen's and CVS have already stocked their shelves with wrapping paper, plas ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011
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    September 5, 2011

    The Top 25 Comedy Rap Songs Of All Time: Nos. 5-1

    ​Here we are at long last, folks. Here are the top 5 hilarious rap tunes of all time. It was tough to decide who would rule the roost. Seriously, we thought harder about this than we did over naming our daughter. In the end, we think we've saved the best for last. If you've missed the rest o ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    The Top 25 Comedy Rap Songs Of All Time: Nos. 15-11

    ​The countdown continues (Click here for Nos. 25-21, and here for 20-16). So far we've seen everything from Star Wars raps to Irish street beats to towering mainstream figures like Eddie Murphy, MC Hammer, and Afroman. Today's playlist should be triumph for the nerdcore crowd, and features som ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Out Today: Bon Iver's Bandwagon Bait, Weird Al Goes Gaga

    Greetings From Bon Iver Land! Now, grab a rifle. It's almost dinner time.​In the next few weeks, you may be reading about the new Robert Ellis album, Photographs, so we are just giving you fair warning. It's a stunner through and through, and goes nicely with early morning traffic. Have you ev ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Get Your Tinfoil Hat, Consortium of Genius Is Coming

    Artwork courtesy of consortiumofgenius.com​Rocks Off loves extreme personalities. Whether it's the serene, spiritual symphony that is Tyagaraja, or the pre-frontal lobe melting experience that is Tubby Chubcakes we just can't get enough of people who go screaming over the edge of normalcy like ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Friday Night: Devo At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jay Lee​Devo Warehouse Live March 25, 2011 See more peek-a-boo pics of Devo, openers Octopus Project and their fans in our slideshow. When Aftermath first heard Devo's latest album, Something for Everybody, we listened with a cringe. It had been 20 years since the band had released ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba!'s Greatest Hits

    ​A year ago, in honor of Sesame Street's 40th birthday, Rocks Off brought you a list of the beloved television program's 10 Best Musical Appearances. But 41 years ago, Nickelodeon didn't exist. Now the network is known for its retro-cool vibe, thanks to bringing back shows from the golden age ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Top 10 Beatles Parodies And Mashups To Date

    ​The Beatles' entire catalogue is finally on iTunes and racking up the sales, and we're sure everyone involved at Apple, both the software company and the record label, are happy with the results. The Beatles are cracking the Top 40 again in the United States, and "Hey Jude" is currently the N ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Saturday Night: Weird Al Yankovic At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Weird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is Weird Al Yankovic we'r ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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    July 15, 2010

    Weird Al Yankovic Dishes On Gaga, Michael Jackson, McCartney And More

    Seth Olenick​While most comedy artists quickly dissipate into one-hit-wonderdom, Weird Al Yankovic has continued to reign as the accordion-toting king of musical satire for over three decades now. In anticipation of Saturday's show at Verizon Wireless Theatre, Rocks Off chatted with Weird Al a ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Birdemic Shock and Terror

    This film is for the birds

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    March 26, 2010

    Waiting Room: The Brand-New Health-Care Package Needs Its Own Soundtrack

    ​This past week, the health-care reform debate reached an end, as the bill was passed by Congress Sunday night and signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. At stake was the health and well-being of millions of uninsured Americans who now stand to be covered by socialized governmen ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Riff Trax Christmas

    'Tis the season to be snarky

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    October 23, 2009

    Dare to Be Stupid: Weird Al Yankovic Is 50 Today - 50 Years Old!

    ​ Weird Al Yankovic, the accordion-playing satirist who has made mockery of everything from the American diet to gangsta rap - as if he needs any introduction - turns 50 today. As Rocks Off's editor asked, "How can he be only 50?" It's a good question, because if you're anything like us, Weird Al ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Modern-Day Jedis - or Wannabe Jedis - In Pop Music

    ​"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire." - Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? Almost like there somebody had put together a detailed, well thought-out s ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    He Said She Said: A Stripper Soundtrack, Part 2

    You can leave your hat on...but get the rest of that kit off fast. The ladies don't mess around when it comes to superficially hot, oiled-up dudes (of questionable sexuality, but does that really matter?) getting naked on the stage at La Bare. But because the musical content at places like Chippend ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    April 30, 2009

    Aftermath: Cake at Verizon Wireless Theater

    Cake has never sounded like anyone else, and no one that came after has ever come close to sounding like the Sacramento band either. It's not like Nirvana or Green Day, with 1,000 copycat bands immediately coming out of the proverbial woodwork to shove out their own shingle. Even if you think all Ca ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Tonight: Crystal Stilts at Rudyard's

    Crystal Stilts hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., and specializes in the sort of shoegaze-indebted garage rock that's so dangerously laid back it's just short of comatose. I've never caught 'em live, but my guess is that their shows are rapturous, daze-inducing events - religious drone-pop experiences, one ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008
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    August 29, 2008

    Happy Tom Petty Day!

    Well, it's here. Finally. Yay! To get things going, here's a neat little "interview" Weird Al Yankovic did with Tom Petty around the time Al's Off the Deep End LP came out. Much more travelin' Tom to come... - Chris Gray

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    April 25, 2008

    The Blog of Lists: 25 Vegan Musicians

    Bryan Adams Fiona Apple Cedric Bixler Geezer Butler Common Michael Franti Robin Gibb Ben Gibbard (lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie) John S. Hall (frontman for King Missile) Davey Havok (singer for AFI) Chrissie Hynde

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    November 8, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    Weird Wide Web: International Strange Music Day, Oddmusic, Starving Weirdos, Strange Glue and many more

    Ten sites dedicated to offbeat, off-kilter and downright strange music

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    September 25, 2007

    Retro Active: A Nuclear Era, But I Have No Fear

    A few weeks ago, because my XM radio unit and my heart are both perpetually stuck on the Eighties channel (XM 8), I started to notice how many of the seemingly innocuous pop songs from those pastel-tinged years had much heavier concerns. Perhaps those erudite Englishmen Duran Duran put it best in ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    On set with Weird Al Yankovic

    The remaking of "Beautiful Liar"

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    That Was the Year That Was

    Looking back on the local scene in '06

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    August 17, 2006
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    November 6, 2003
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    September 25, 2003

    Best Comedian

    Chingo Bling

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Concert Venue

    Verizon Wireless Theater

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    September 11, 2003

    Client

    Client (Toast Hawaii/Mute)

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    August 7, 2003
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    March 16, 2000
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    November 24, 1994

    Ray Stevens Lives!!!

    Todd Snider's novelty tunes will tickle your jaded fancy

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