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  • Hello, Nurses!

    published January 19, 2012

    We became utterly engrossed in indie art rock band Nurses when our prime music video dealer, Mick Cullen over at Subterranean Radio, sent along... More >>

  • Gary Gilmore: 5 Songs For A Famous Executionee

    published Jan 17, 2012

    Even in the bizarre world of famous murderers, Gary Gilmore is an interesting case. He grew up in an abusive household, and committed two murders in Utah in 1976 at the age of 22. Despite complying w... More >>

  • ''Every Day Use: The Origins of African-American Quilt Making''

    published January 5, 2012

    Quilts have played an important role in the lives of African-Americans. During slavery, most blacks were unable to read or write, so quilts became... More >>

  • 5 Most Needless Song Updates
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    5 Most Needless Song Updates

    published Jan 16, 2012

    We got into rock journalism from being a local musician, so we understand both sides of the industry pretty well. We've recorded songs that later-on we wish we'd done very differently, and the temptat... More >>

  • 5 Things the Right Doesn't Understand About <em>Atlas Shrugged</em>
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    5 Things the Right Doesn't Understand About Atlas Shrugged

    published Jan 16, 2012

    Despite the fact that we lean pretty left, one of our favorite books of all time is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. We must've read it at least seven times, and we still find new and brilliant things in ev... More >>

  • Snoop Arrested for Pot, Sign of End Times

    published Jan 13, 2012

    Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," but Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. We were wrong last time, but we'r... More >>

  • 100 Creatives 2012: Camella Clements

    published Jan 13, 2012

    What She Does: Camella Clements is a local puppeteer with the always excellent Bobbindoctrin troupe. Her latest work was a play called No Soy Marinero, her take on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of th... More >>

  • Gothic Council Praises Lyrics, Bowie's Penis

    published Jan 12, 2012

    Really there are two kinds of music fans. Those who are there for the music as a whole and those who are there to hear the words. Make no mistake, we're not saying that one side is better than the oth... More >>

  • Trite Wedding: 5 Ceremony Song Suggestions That Aren't Your Usual Crap
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    Trite Wedding: 5 Ceremony Song Suggestions That Aren't Your Usual Crap

    published Jan 11, 2012

    Rocks Offs day job is as a clerk in a sheet music store, and this is the time of year when a lot of people start coming in to buy sheet music for their weddings. Frankly, it's one of the most monotono... More >>

  • Hear Them Roar

    published January 12, 2012

    If any punk band from Houston was going to make it out into the big, bad world of mainstream success, it was the Latch Key Kids. Their hardcore... More >>

  • 4 Fictional Rainstorms That Royally !@#$-ed Someone's Day
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    4 Fictional Rainstorms That Royally !@#$-ed Someone's Day

    published Jan 10, 2012

    If you're like us you woke up yesterday thinking that you'd set your alarm for the wrong time because the sky outside was as black as Satan's colonoscopy. The clouds had that look your drunken uncle g... More >>

  • 10 Bands We'd Rather See in 3D Than Metallica
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    10 Bands We'd Rather See in 3D Than Metallica

    published Jan 10, 2012

    Metallica recently announced that they would be releasing a film in 3D. Whether or not we're talking a concert film, something more along the lines of Some Kind of Monster, or a different approach ent... More >>

  • Rocks Off Picks The GOP Theme Songs

    published Jan 09, 2012

    Now that the Iowa Caucus has narrowed down the field a bit, we would like to take this opportunity to offer some advice to the remaining candidates for the Republican nomination to vie with president ... More >>

  • Your Guide to Gothic Drinking

    published Jan 09, 2012

    As Houston Press's resident goth, back-cracker, and hydroponist, we remain the expert on all things dark and spooky. Also, as a writer we can assure you that we know a thing or three about drinking. T... More >>

  • Top 5 Video Game Elvises... Elvi... Whatever
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    Top 5 Video Game Elvises... Elvi... Whatever

    published Jan 06, 2012

    A bit back we brought you a parade of the finest Hitlers in video game history, and you guys seemed to like that pretty well. Still, in the end we were sort of celebrating the pop culture embrace of h... More >>

  • Alexander Scriabin Attempted to Cause/Score Armageddon

    published Jan 06, 2012

    We here at Rocks Off are fascinated not only with the end of the world, but with the people who are convinced that they're going to see it. We spend quite a bit of time playfully using the light-heart... More >>

  • 100 Creatives 2012: Carl Williams

    published Jan 06, 2012

    What He Does: The most famous work of award-winning playwright Carl Williams is a comedy called When Bullfrogs Sing Opera. The play centers on two sisters, one of whom left her little hometown of Bull... More >>

  • Houston Bands Vie in SafeAuto Jingle Contest

    published Jan 05, 2012

    In September of last year Rocks Off alerted Houston musicians to $5,000 that could be won if they participated in the annual SafeAuto jingle contest, and at least three of them have recorded noteworth... More >>

  • Top 5 Pop Literary Lexicons
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    Top 5 Pop Literary Lexicons

    published Jan 05, 2012

    When you get right down to it, the concept of books about books is a little weird. After all, if you'd read the book in question, what could you have possibly missed that required another book to expl... More >>

  • The Fall of Sputnik: 6 Songs for a Satellite

    published Jan 04, 2012

    On this day in 1958 Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be put into orbit, fell to Earth after completing 1,440 orbits. The launch of Sputnik was seen as a major blow to the American quest fo... More >>

  • Amplified Heat

    published January 5, 2012

    We have a theory, can't prove it or anything, but here it goes: If you're going to be involved in the blues in any way, shape or form, you must be... More >>

  • Gothic Council Trims the DJ's Set List

    published Jan 03, 2012

    Every goth has a song that is a club staple that they simply cannot stand. We don't know if it's some type of gothic hipsteritis, or if we just all have that breaking point that a DJ insists on poking... More >>

  • Speed Limit: 10 Songs About Fast Driving That Aren't By Sammy Haggar

    published Jan 02, 2012

    On this day in 1974 Richard Nixon signed into law that mandated lowering the speed limit to 55 mph. Now, the reason for this was to make the country preserve gasoline in the middle of an OPEC embargo ... More >>

  • 5 Franchises You Didn't Know Had Video Game Adaptations
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    5 Franchises You Didn't Know Had Video Game Adaptations

    published Jan 02, 2012

    To be clear, turning franchises into video games is a scam to get people to buy them as presents. "Oh, you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Here's the game they made about it. Happy Christmas." That so... More >>

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