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Yoko Ono

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Five Bizarre Titles On Ye Olde Beatles Bookshelf

    Hi. My name is Bob, and I am a Beatles fanatic. This won't come as any surprise to my friends and family, for whom I am a very, very easy mark for a Christmas or birthday gift: "Just get him something Beatles-related." The first 33 rpm LP I ever bought in 1978 was -- I'm pretty sure -- Meet the Bea ... More >>

  • Music

    October 31, 2013

    Tone Deaf

    A new song seeking to build support for the Astrodome referendum may do just the opposite.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Top Five Artists You Need to Stop Hating

    Recently I addressed a subject close to my heart: bands I wish everybody would stop talking about for even five minutes. I even liked some of those bands, but I just can't stand to listen to them anymore because of overexposure. Thanks, social media! Well folks, it's time for another intervention, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Back In the U.S.S.R.: The Obsolete Beatles

    The next time someone who's too "cool" to "get" the Beatles asks what makes them so important, ask that person what's so great about his or her nose. First, if you're lucky, you'll be treated to an entertaining look of befuddlement. Then, when you're done being amused by that, avoid launching into a ... More >>

  • Music

    February 28, 2013

    Molly Flogs Houston

    Flogging Molly makes the walls sweat at the House of Blues.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Yoko Ono Turns 80, Still Weird as Hell

    Yoko Ono, never one to bend to the rules of societal convention, has got this old-age shit down to a science. Screw bridge club and Metamucil; this soon-to-be octogenarian is putting your grandma's ideas about the twilight years to shame. True to form, the famed conceptual artist/musician/fashion- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Dum Dum Girls "Coming Down," Out of Their Clothes

    I have a deep place in my heart for Dum Dum Girls. Their music is a kind of aching, empty light that is like being shot with some sort of experimental anesthesia before a doctor restructures a deformation. Think of it as Adele, but produced in an alley where crime and art are not mutually exclusive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Frog Eyes! The 10 Greatest Glasses-Wearing Musicians

    If you were like me growing up, you had glasses. You got ridiculed for it with names like "frog eyes," "nerd" (sadly children didn't equate that with smart, just weird), "ugly" and "geek." Even worse was the fact that, as a result of my wearing glasses, I couldn't wear sunglasses because the good o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    10 Things That Have Happened To Rock Stars' Ashes

    Recently, I explored some of the strange things that musicians have been buried with. In the course of researching that article, I came across a lot of tales about the cremated remains of rock stars. Some very odd things have occurred with famous ashes, so being the resident morbid person on staff, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Flaming Lips And Their Fwends Set To Weird Up Record Store Day

    In a few weeks on April 21, Record Store Day is yet again set to obliterate the wallets of record collectors around the country, and the Flaming Lips will have quite a release for fans on that day. What would you think if I said that they have been recording with none other than Ke$ha, Bon Iver, Nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Lord Lordy, Look Who's Forty: The Best Albums Of 1972

    Last week I told you about the best debut albums of 1992, making a lot of us feel old in the process. Hell, I was only nine when those came out and I felt feeble making the list. This week we look at the best albums of 1972, now four decades in the hole, but no less fulfilling and influential. Wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    A Single Plum, Floating in Perfume, Served in a Men's Hat: Fake Yoko Ono Tweets

    We've razzed Yoko Ono on Rocks Off a bit this past year. This week we poked fun at her Facebook presence, and we even did an analysis of how some feel she continues to matter in the art and pop worlds. We made the argument that she helped usher in the avant-garde into the mainstream, but her treatme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    2011 Rewind: Concert Tickets From An Alternate Universe

    This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months. One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Yoko Ono Just Wants to Be Liked...on Facebook

    ​OK, Facebook finally went too far last night when it casually offered me a chance to "like" Yoko Ono. Six others I'm somehow connected with via F-book (and I'm starting to wonder why I'm connected to them at all) "like" the 78-year old Mrs. Lennon. So when does an "artist" of Yoko's fame and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    John Lennon's Imagine Turns 40: Ten Facts About The Album

    ​Forty years ago this past week, John Lennon's second solo LP away from the Beatles, Imagine, hit number one on the UK album charts. The album was released on October 8, 1971 in England and September 9, 1971 here in the States. The album was seen as a commercial answer to his previous outing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Purple, Possessed & Pervy: Rock's Top 10 Houses

    harleyslist.blogspot.comJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).​Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Four Musicians Roth Vs. U.S. Would Have Jailed (NSFW)

    AP/Life.comSamuel Roth​Standing up for the First Amendement is a hard row to hoe sometimes. Sure, it's fun when you can defend someone like Marilyn Manson, but it's a lot less fun when you realize you also have to defend people like the Westboro Baptist Church. Thems the breaks, though. If you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    WHIP YOUR HAIR: Best Singles By The Children Of Rock & Rap Royalty

    ​Today is Julian Lennon's 48th birthday, born April 8, 1963, just as his father John was beginning the meteoric rise to godhead status with the Beatles. He wouldn't see his dad too terribly much as Beatlemania took over the world, something that both men struggled with as the years went on. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Yoko Ono: Five Reasons She Still Matters

    ​Friday, Yoko Ono Lennon, widow of John Lennon, turns 78 years old. She's still as vibrant and prolific as ever, staying in the spotlight, not only as the keeper of Lennon's flame but also as an influential artist and public figure. Here is where Beatles fans will scoff and say her art was g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    John Lennon's Top 10 Solo Songs

    Cactus Music is hosting a Beatles & John Lennon DJ session featuring DJ Black Slacks from 5-7 p.m. today in the Record Ranch, 2110 Portsmouth. ​Today marks 30 years since humanity lost John Lennon. The man has haunted Craig's Hlist since he was very little, when the man broke out from being t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Five Great Moments In Indecent Exposure

    ​Recently, Florida's lame-duck governor Charlie Crist has said he's considering pardoning Jim Morrison for his 1969 indecent exposure charge, stemming from The Doors' notorious Miami concert in which a drunken Lizard King swore numerous times and proceeded to whip it out onstage. Of course, Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    John Lennon Bus: Making Music With Houston Kids And The Black Eyed Peas

    Photo by Chasen MarshallThe sidewalk at Discovery Green is currently for bus parking.​The dark blue bus parked on the sidewalk at Discovery Green downtown looks like something that might show up outside House of Blues on the night of a show, but it has more going on then one would think.Beyond bei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Musicians Do More In Bed Than Just... Sleep

    ​Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound protests (or, if you prefer, media stunts); the couple folded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    FAIL: Nashville Weather, Liam Gallagher, Meat Loaf, Warrant's Jani Lane

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    More SXSW Speculation: Perhaps a Visit from the Plastic Ono Band?

    ​We haven't even passed MLK Day, and already Rocks Off is spinning our collective wheels about SXSW. Hell, we haven't even covered RodeoHouston, and we have already begun talking about where we are going to crash every morning at dawn. Rocks Off would like to admit that even on the way home from A ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 9, 2009

    Domy Movie Nights: Holy Mountain

    Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film never became a cult classic – but it’s hard to see why not

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Eyeballin': John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto '69

    It's a story well-told in Beatles lore. Reeling from the Fab Four's unraveling, a bored John Lennon accepted an invitation to perform at the Toronto Rock 'n Roll Revival show in September 1969. He quickly formed an ad hoc group of friends (wife Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Remembering 1969, Part 3: The Beginning of the End for the Beatles

    Note: see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. For most of 1969, the Beatles were pretty much comatose - after the disastrous Get Back sessions (which would later spawn the Phil Spector-produced Let It Be), they reconvened to the studio that spring to record the music for what would become their final reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2008

    Post-1990 Holiday Songs That Don't Blow

    This list was damn near impossible to compile. The criteria: original holiday songs recorded after 1990. There aren't many tunes that qualify, and of the ones that do, few of them are worth listening to. Like fake marshmallow froth atop a cup of instant cocoa, here's the crème de la crème of the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Eyeballin': A Technicolor Dream

    This documentary, originally broadcast on BBC television, traces the coalition of the "underground" movement in swinging '60s London. Beginning with a groundbreaking 1965 gathering/reading of the Beat poets at the Royal Albert Hall and following with the opening of the Indica bookstore and gallery, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    “what we want is too late”

    Lawndale’s studio artists explore collaborative efforts separately

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2008

    Get Lit: Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon, by May Pang

    In Beatles lore, a woman named May Pang is forever linked to the phrase “Lost Weekend.” That 1973 “weekend,” which lasted 18 months, is when John Lennon left Yoko Ono and, according to legend, wandered drunkenly in a haze until she took him back. (He was thrown out of LA’s Troubador nightc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2008

    The U.S. vs. John Lennon

    David Leaf’s documentary shows the giant steps the feds took against a cultural icon

  • Music

    January 24, 2008
  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    Top 10 Most Hated Rappers

    Who made the shit list

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    Rotation - The Walkmen

    The Walkmen Pussy Cats Starring the Walkmen Record Collection Evidently, the Walkmen recorded Pussy Cats Starring the Walkmen as a spontaneous send-off to their Brooklyn studio, the building having been slated for demolition. To that we say, Who cares? With the exception of a few songs off its pa ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 12, 2006

    Text Messages

    A Deborah Colton Gallery exhibition plays with words

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Tech? No!

    An imaginary history of electronic music

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2006

    Oh, Yes

    Deborah Colton Gallery Thanks. Now we're going to have that song in our heads all day. Or maybe that was your plan all along, you sly devil, you. Drivers merging from I-10 onto I-45 can expect to see one less Lakewood, Ron Carter or Mattress Mac billboard. (Yeah, we're pretty bummed about it, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2005

    Meet the Beatle

    John Lennon's other art takes center stage in "When I'm Sixty Four"

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Mates of State

    Team Boo (Polyvinyl)

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Show

    "YES YOKO ONO"

  • Culture

    June 27, 2002

    Down 'n' Dirty

    Wood searches for the naked truth with Suchu Dance

  • Culture

    August 30, 2001

    Oh, Yoko!

    The "widow of John Lennon" deserves a spotlight of her own

  • Calendar

    March 25, 1999

    Night & Day

    March 25 - 31, 1999

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    February 20, 1997
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    August 29, 1996
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