Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. Some local love managed to make its way into the selection of most triumphant videos this week. Also, get ready for evil dancing, mad science, and heroin. You like heroin, right? No? Well, that's OK. Even without heroin it's a great round-up this week. Vot ... More >>
The 11 best Houston records of 2013.
Bun B, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue At this point, Bun B's influence stretches far beyond music, but that doesn't mean he can't still churn out a great album. Trill O.G. The Epilogue, the finale in his Trill album series, has everything we've come to both expect and love from a Bun album. It begins wit ... More >>
How in the name of all things Holy and Un do you prepare for Lydia Lunch? Pinning a genre on her is harder than getting a ferret in a tube sock. She is by definition the antithesis of all definition, spouting pop music, No Wave, spoken word, and just in general making a spectacle of herself. And sh ... More >>
Over our extended weekend, we celebrated the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But one other eventful birthday I'd like to bring to your attention is one on January 20, this past Sunday. That's the birthday of acclaimed director David Lynch. The visionary filmmaker turned 67 years old. I ... More >>
Today is the 51st birthday of Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, and here's to hoping he's around for another 51 years because he remains an amazingly talented songwriter and performer. You simply can't say anything bad about the man who gave us "Personal Jesus," unless you want to gently whack him for tha ... More >>
My Top Ten Local Albums of 2011
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. It seems so rare that in the world of True Blood we get to f ... More >>
Better start off by telling you that Duran Duran is huge in the House With One F. The wife has an immense collection of rare singles on vinyl and CD, and bassist John Taylor is referred to only as "Happy Birthday Sweetheart" after wishing her just that when they met at the Four Seasons in Aus ... More >>
Last year, Rocks Off was completely caught off guard by the sheer, unholy awesomness of The Irrepressibles. Director Roy Raz set their then-unreleased song "In This Shirt" to one of the most amazing and innovative music videos ever in a short film he called The Lady is Dead. The video, in add ... More >>
The things we at Rocks Off won't do for work. Craig Hlavaty has gone undercover as a guido for a look into the Washington Avenue scene. Chris Gray trolls Craiglist for the most... interesting... entries. And we, as the token Rocks Off lady, are the one who gets to go to the pole-dan ... More >>
A band apart, Houston's Balaclavas explores some dark places indeed on new LP Roman Holiday.
A French auteur makes a Hollywood-style epic about love and war
David Lynch crashes on Mulholland Drive, but the wreckage is smashing
David Lynch barrels down the Lost Highway and crashes into twisted brilliance