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Whitney Houston

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Jess Walker, the Pride of Pride Houston

    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? Since 2012 Jess Walker ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Tamar Braxton, Juneteenth, Springboard South, etc.

    Tamar Braxton House of Blues, June 16 Tamar Braxton is a thoroughly diversified modern R&B diva. Besides music, her portfolio includes a clothing line, book (last year's Love and War, which she co-wrote with husband Vince Herbert), two reality shows (Braxton Family Values and Tamar and Vince) and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Dolly Parton's 10 Best Songs of All Time

    We really couldn't adore Dolly more. As a songwriter, performer and even an actor, she's proven herself worthy time and again. She holds a number of career milestones -- 25 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum awards, 41 career Top 10 country albums, and eight Grammys, just to name a few -- but more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    The 8 Best Soundtrack Exclusive Tracks

    Soundtracks were a huge deal in the '90s. It was a chance for us to get all our favorite bands together in one place, like a high class, far more expensive mixtape. They were such an affair that bands would release their best songs and greatest hits on these records, oftentimes sending a soundtrack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27 For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- backed as always by that smooth-a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2013

    Started From the Bottom

    Rap superstar Drake performs in his spiritual hometown.

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Drake, Miguel & Future at Toyota Center, 11/13/2013

    Drake, Miguel, Future Toyota Center November 13, 2013 "I been waiting for this motherfucker the entire tour!" a more than jovial Drake announced to a near-capacity crowd at Toyota Center Wednesday night. "Everybody knows Drizzy Drake was born here in Houston." He doesn't attempt to keep his distan ... More >>

  • Music

    October 24, 2013

    Ghosts In the Machine

    Are some popular Houston music venues actually haunted?

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Maxo Kream: Houston's Hottest Young Rapper Strikes Quicc

    Maxo Kream understands both the light and dark within him, the duality in his rap: "I know I'm Christ but I know I got the devil in me." It makes perfect sense; all over Quicc Strikes, his sophomore mixtape following Retro Card, Maxo not only relishes robbing people to further his sneaker fascina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    The Nine Worst Live Acts We've Ever Seen

    Rocks Off is not going to lie. The prospect of getting into concerts for free is what leads many people to become music writers/reviewers in the first place. Though it's not true of everyone, we've generally found that with experience comes plenty of practice in the art of grading on a curve. But n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Summer Break: The Best Houston Rap Songs of 2013, Part 2

    Remember back in mid-May where we broke down the Best Houston Rap Songs of the Year (So Far)? It was a small sample, only five, knowing good and damn well there was an avalanche of tracks just waiting to be either heard, jammed in a large setting preferably at high volume or mimicked and pantomimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Houston Bows Down to Conquering Beyonce

    Beyonce Toyota Center July 15, 2013 Last night, amid the glitter cannons, wobbling, half-naked backup dancers, and umpteen costume changes, Beyonce did the unthinkable: she willingly wobbled her underarm. That's right; sporting a wicked little grin, Queen Bey reached up -- while belting out lyrics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Saturday Night: The Band Perry at Reliant Stadium

    The Band Perry Reliant Stadium March 13, 2013 Was anyone else as confused as I was on Saturday night with the Band Perry's concert at RodeoHouston? On paper, the Band Perry should be a fantastic live act to see. They're a wholesome, family-friendly group, perfect for what the rodeo tries to achie ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    The New Crusaders

    TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Beyonce vs. Whitney: Battle of the "Banner"

    "The Star-Spangled Banner," our nation's national anthem, is a notoriously difficult song to sing. Often arranged in an unforgiving key for vocalists, composer Francis Scott Key's melody is full of tricky intervals that make it even more precarious. This is a major reason most of the people around y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Those Are People Who Died, Died: Musical Passings of 2012

    Rocks Off put it off as long as we could, because December has been a pretty rough month. It always is for music. (Hollywood, too.) But it's time to call the roll of people who played or sang their last note in 2012, plus a few who were just as instrumental offstage. Precious few corners of the mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2012

    Whitney Houston, Actress

    Surveying the great diva's checkered film career.

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Susan Alcorn, Steel Lounge Underground, Etc.

    This ain't honky-tonk: Presented by They, Who Sound and Signal To Noise, Baltimore-based composer and avant-garde steel guitarist Susan Alcorn performs three sets starting 8 p.m. tonight at 14 Pews (800 Aurora): One solo, and two in trios with David Dove (trombone) and Damon Smith (bass), and Jo Bir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Top 10 Musical Moments on The Arsenio Hall Show

    One of the greatest late-night talk show hosts of all time was Arsenio Hall. He was the quintessential Ed Sullivan for the '80s and early '90s. He featured all kinds of musical artists, but most importantly, he helped introduce rap music into the mainstream. Hall, who won Donald Trump's most recent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: Jack Freeman Nerds Out With R&B Hits

    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. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail sheaserrano@gmail.com. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    10 Things Musicians Have Been Buried With

    Everyone dies eventually, even rock stars, and when they go it's not uncommon for them to take beloved personal items with them, or to have such things placed there by grieving friends and family. That is of course unless they're cremated and have their ashes snorted or smoked. For those who went th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Top 10 Most Outrageous Onstage Incidents, Antics & Meltdowns

    Everyone has their meltdown moments, no doubt about it. We make mistakes and, most of the time, we try to correct them. We have them because we are all human. Unfortunately, though, when you are in the spotlight, your hurts, tantrums, mistakes and meltdowns are all magnified for all the world to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Coroner: Drowning, Drugs Killed Whitney Houston

    The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has finally released the toxicology report in Whitney Houston's death shortly before the Grammys last month, and it both is and is not a surprise. According to Yahoo, the coroner says Houston, who was found in the bathtub of her fourth-floor room in the Bever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Whitney & Me: One Fan's Recollections

    Saturday I got a text from a close friend saying that Whitney Houston had passed away. Needless to say, I was a bit shocked. I honestly thought she would be around for years to come so that she could could keep blessing us all with her terrific voice.. I grew up listening to Contemporary Christian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Local R&B Singer Talks Opening Whitney Houston's Final Tour

    It's not every day that someone calls our office claiming to being the opening act for Whitney Houston's final tour. But it did Monday morning, when Azaryah Davidson, a Houston R&B singer who goes by Azaryah, rang up and said just that. He's legit; we checked. Azaryah, 36, is a smooth crooner simi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2012

    Whitney Houston In Houston: A Brief Retrospective

    All morning, the world woke up to the shocking, but not altogether surprising, news that troubled pop/R&B superstar Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Houston, 48, was pronounced dead at around 3:55 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, according to Reuters. No cause of ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    The X Factor: Boot Camp, Minus Sgt. Hartman

    The pace of the audition rounds was so fast, I didn't realize the judges put through 162 people in the first two weeks of The X Factor. When the field arrives in Los Angeles for "boot camp," they are informed that they will be shaved down to a field of 100, which will ultimately be reduced by two-th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Top 10 Songs About Other Musicians

    When you make music your life, it's only natural that you'd look at the people around you doing the same and find someone who just moistens the muse's panties. What we've tried to put together here is a list of those best efforts. Bear in mind, with one notable exception we've steered clear of fell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Five Questionable Musical Tributes To Nelson Mandela

    White House Photographic Office, Clinton Administration​As recognized by the United Nations, today is Mandela Day, honoring the birthday of the beloved South African president, humanitarian, and all-around badass Nelson Mandela, who turns 93. Mandela is a living legend, leader, hero and inspir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Bin Laden's Favorite Performers -- Whitney Houston, MacGyver Dude, Etc. -- Offer Twitter Silence On His Death

    Losing a big fan is apparently hard on Richard Dean Anderson​When you're no longer in the absolute prime of your career, it can be disheartening to lose a hardcore fan. That's the only reason we can think of that several specific stars haven't tweeted their thoughts on the death of Osama Bin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Celebrities This Decade Who Crashed and Burned with Video Evidence

    And a partridge in a pear tree...​Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Our Annual Hour In Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    ​The day before Thanksgiving, Sunny 99.1, "Houston's Official At-Work Station" did its yearly change-over to all holiday music. It's now a Houston tradition to turn over the dial at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve to snort your first line of Burl Ives or Brenda Lee of the season, before you have ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    A Few Rejected Inaugural Ball Theme Songs

    Eminem feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent, "Crack A Bottle" The Good: Many bottles will be popped during tonight's festivities, we imagine, if not quite as many models. Also, the ongoing partnerships between this trio of rap titans says something about the present state of race relations in this country, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008
  • Music

    July 5, 2007

    Another Bump

    Ten of the best coke anthems, plus a shortlist for the Cocaine Hall of Fame

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Bjrk

    Middle-aged pixie

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    The Essence of Gordon Chambers

    From journalist to songwriter to singer

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Whitney's Dookie Bubble

    Being Bobby Brown is not all fun and games

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Where's the Beef? Right here in H-town

    T.I. and Lil' Flip rumble in Cloverland, bringing one of the great rap feuds of recent years to a head

  • Music

    August 19, 2004

    Pop-Up Pop Stars

    With the help of city government, Matthew Knowles hopes to find the next Destiny's Child. You got a problem with that?

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2003

    Stoot Session

    Corey Stoot's jazz guitar brings live music back to the club scene

  • Music

    July 19, 2001

    Lucky Star

    The brass ring fell in Kirk Whalum's lap. He's kept it in his pocket ever since.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Where Will They Be?

    A look at the rock scene in 2020

  • Calendar

    April 17, 1997
  • Film

    December 12, 1996

    Oh, God

    The Preacher's Wife is a tepid remake of a tepid original

  • Music

    June 15, 1995

    All the Colors of Jazz

    Kirk Whalum's sax paints with a broad palette of sounds

  • News

    July 28, 1994

    Hot Sounds in the City

    The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards

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