B.J. Rosenberg

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    October 1, 2014

    Rock Songs That Will Creep the Hell Out of You

    There have been popular songs with creepy or spooky lyrics since the beginning of rock music. Sure, entire subgenres are intentionally dark and scary, but when you filter out songs by shock-rockers, heavy metal bands, and gothic groups, we are still left with plenty of songs that seem a little "off" ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Fat Tony: "Ain't No Rest In This Business"

    In the middle of July, during another random rap show at Warehouse Live, Fat Tony emerged with a distinct smile on his face. It's common with Tony, the Houston indie-rap darling whose last two projects -- 2012's Double Dragon with frequent collaborator Tom Cruz and 2013's Smart Ass Black Boy -- were ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    New York Times Publishes Chilling Archive of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane

    Very few, if any, buildings escaped injury. There is hardly a habitable, dry house in the city. When the people who had escaped death went out at daylight to view the work of the tempest and the floods they saw the most horrible sights imaginable. In the three blocks from Avenue N to Avenue P, in Tr ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Check Out Our Los Skarnales Family Tree

    "It was all pretty much an experiment" says John Garcia, the third original member of Desorden, the band that later evolved into Los Skarnales. "We had to borrow instruments and learned to play them as we went along. But hey, were really good at making loud noises!" And so began the desmadre that w ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Baby Roo, Vegetarian Hip-Hop Veteran

    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 the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. DJ Baby Roo, who grew up mostly on Houst ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Curren$y at Warehouse Live, 4/20/2014

    Curren$y, Young Roddy, Corner Boy P Warehouse Live April 20, 2014 There were no egg hunts going on at Sunday night's Curren$y show. Instead, fans were all about the Easter grass. Celebrating a double-stack of holy days (Easter and 4/20, stoners' very own Hallmark holiday), the young hip-hoppers who ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Devin the Dude's 10 Best Weed Songs

    If the guy in front of you on Interstate 69 is driving a little slower than usual this weekend, feel free to blame it on 4/20, the international stoner holiday that gives smokers a ready-made excuse to wake up late and do what they were almost certainly going to do anyway on Easter Sunday. Try not t ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 13, 2014
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    February 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Renée Jonard, Princess of Noise Pollution

    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? Houston native Renée Jon ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Crvnes, a Free-For-All DJ Palace, Rises at the Old Meridian

    Along a dimly lit street, inside of a dark and aging building, at the top of a haunted stairway, sits a shadowy and cavernous room. With a simple donation bar at one end, and a hard-hitting combination of CD-Js and speakers at the other, this is no velvet-rope club or posh cocktail lounge. There's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Wild Moccasins Pack Numbers For 88 92 Release Party

    Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Young Girls & DJ Bagheera Numbers February 8, 2014 "This is a really, really good song...kinda." Those were the words of singer/guitarist Pete Tijerina of Young Girls, the night's opening band. That statement would not only ring true for the openers, but also for ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    A New, Down-Home Festival Houston Can Be Proud of

    Houston is justifiably proud of its reputation as an international city, a reputation as hard-earned as the millions of dollars that change hands here each day and one that seems to be growing as quickly as the city itself. But if there's any kind of downside to that reputation (even if it's a small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Dâm-Funk at MFAH Mixed Media, 1/31/2014

    Dâm-Funk Museum of Fine Arts, Houston January 31, 2014 A museum by its very definition is a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest are stored and exhibited. Our very own Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has an impressive track record of doing just that, comb ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    The 10 Most Epic Moments On the Holy Ship!!! EDM Cruise

    Note: this article was written by Kat Bein of Rocks Off's Miami New Times sister blog Crossfade. After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course we enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Murder City Devils, Kelcy Mae, etc.

    Murder City Devils Fitzgerald's, January 3 Seattle's Murder City Devils drenched some pretty grisly post-Misfits horror-punk with all kinds of sinister organ on albums such as 1998's Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts and 2000's In Name and Blood. Eventually the lineup splintered into other groups includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Three Little Birds: Songs for New Families and a New Year

    In 2013, some friends of ours shared with us the good news they'd be having their first child. They are excellent people, so we were very happy for them and the kid they'd soon welcome. I've been a dad nearly half my life now (yikes), but the only bit of wisdom I shared with them was to listen to ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    FPH NYE With Girl Talk, George Clinton, etc. at Sam Houston Park, 12/31/2013

    Free Press Houston New Years Eve Sam Houston Park December 31, 2013 When gates opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday, it felt a bit early to start partying on New Years Eve. That's still hours later than any festival normally begins, true, but Tuesday the Free Press Summer Fest team turned New Year's Eve into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Unveiling the King of Content 2013: The Honorable Mentions

    Relevance. It can be measured any number of ways, it just depends on the medium. In television, it's measured by viewership. In radio, it's measured by listenership. In stripping, it's measured in one dollar bills. Quantity might not necessarily mean quality (except in stripping), but typically it ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: The Excitable Boys of Another Run

    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? On the Rocks Off 200, we ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 10, 2013

    Houston Haunts: The 2013 Houston Halloween Guide

    No matter who you are this year, one of these events will fityour needs.

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    September 9, 2013

    Café Tacvba at Arena Theatre, 9/8/2013

    Café Tacvba Arena Theatre September 8, 2013 My friend Chapy, percussionist for Los Skarnales and the Suffers, is a hardcore Café Tacvba fan. This past weekend was his 25th birthday, and he celebrated by attending both the Austin and Houston shows of the band's current U.S. tour. If anyone knows g ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 16, 2013

    Cool Spreads at The Hot Bagel Shop

    There was a period in my life when I had unlimited access to wonderful bagels and I did not appreciate it. I was living in Brookline, Massachusetts and within a stone's throw of my apartment were at least three top-notch bagel bakeries, including one that offered the best dill cream cheese I've ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    There Goes the Blues: Tributes Pour In For Texas Johnny Brown

    Even for an 85-year-old bluesman who wrote his best-known song during the JFK administration, Monday night social media was full of love for Texas Johnny Brown, the soft-spoken, sharp-dressed guitarist who passed away earlier in the day after a relatively brief battle with liver cancer. "It is with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    A Rebuilt Giant Battle Monster Takes Aim for Japan

    It's the eleventh hour and you've got a Japanese tour on the horizon. It's your first time taking your band out of the country and you're pretty damn excited. Suddenly, everyone else in the band decides they don't want to do it and quit. Now you've got all the dates scheduled, plane ticket in hand, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Portugal. The Man Talk Texas, Danger Mouse, and What Their Name Means

    Portugal. The Man are coming into town tonight, hot on the heels of their newest Danger-Mouse produced LP, Evil Friends. With positive reviews coming in from all over the interwebs, P.TM are enjoying bigger venues and larger crowds as a result. Just the other day, Rocks Off had the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar at Reliant Arena, 6/11/2013

    Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock Reliant Arena June 11, 2013 SLIDESHOW: Good Kid, Space City: Kendrick Lamar (And Fans) at Reliant Arena, 6/11/2013 "I'll always have love for Houston." Those were among the last words Kendrick Lamar told a raucous crowd inside Reliant Arena on Tuesd ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Top 5 Most Obnoxious Food Portmanteaux

    I have no objection to a clever and useful portmanteau. Tween, hazmat and Spanglish come to mind, not to mention less obvious ones embedded in everyday parlance such as dumbfound (dumb confound) and goodbye (God be(with) ye). In the food world, however, there are many, many portmanteaux that a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    School's Out: Seven R-Rated "Hot For Teacher" Songs

    Another school year has passed, and now all that's left for departing students to cherish are the sweet memories of Friday night football, prom and the loin-burning, unrequited, forbidden lust for their smoking-hot teachers. I know, it sounds kind of creepy. But, admit it, you once had a fantasy te ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 27, 2009

    Bill White: Mayor, Senate Candidate, NBA Tweeter

    The Rockets won a thriller last night, and as always our Ben DuBose was there to cover it and Twitter it.But he wasn't the only Twittering fool -- also giving us deep insight 140 characters at a time was Mayor Bill White.His actual game tweets (and our occasional comments):1. Get ready it is tip off ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    A Few Songs to Help You, Cough, "Fight Glaucoma"

    Bored with all the usual pot songs? We can't blame you. Even if you're completely baked out of your gourd, you can only hear Sublime's "Smoke Two Joints" or Dash Rip Rock's "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot" so many times before the novelty wears off and you crave something a little more original. After all, ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    The Best Wrestler Theme Songs of All Time

    With Wrestlemania in town for its 25th anniversary, Rocks Off thought we could take a little stroll down memory lane and relive some of the WWE's best wrestling theme songs. Nowadays, the WWE can afford to purchase the rights to slick, well-produced songs by popular music acts such as Saliva, Our L ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Five Spot: 25 Lighters for Fat Pat

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to February 3 marked the 11th anniversary of the legendary Screwed Up Click MC Fat Pat's passing ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Downtown Has A Green Skyscraper

    There's something new in Downtown -- a building that can officially be called "green."The 33-story tower at 717 Texas (you know, the block with the Longhorn Cafe) has won LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.It received a Silver Certificate for existing buildings for doing such th ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Tapes 'N' Tapes: A Cassette-Only Label?

    Yesterday, Bright Men of Learning (right) guitarist and solo performer Ben Murphy (far left), known to everyone on the Hands Up Houston message board as "bdm," announced his intention to start a cassette-only label whose first release would be a tribute tape to pacesetting '90s indie-rockers Sebadoh ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks’ Letter from the Future

    Have you heard about the future according to right-wing freakies Focus on the Family? According to FOF, it will be bleak, full of gays running everything and the Boy Scouts banished from the Earth (along with the Pledge of Allegiance). This is all according to a “Letter from 2012” that Focus p ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    120 HISD Schools To Open Tuesday -- UPDATED

    The Houston school district has announced that 120 schools will be open for students on Tuesday. Other schools will be added Thursday, officials said. Some other schools might need generators or portable buildings. No school was damaged so severely that massive repairs are needed, officials said. ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    Ozone Awards Update: There Were Some Winners, Too

    Despite the pre-show fisticuffs at last night's Ozone Awards, some awards did finally manage to get handed out. (Rick Ross, who later won Best Rap Album for Trilla, and his entourage were reportedly involved in a scuffle with DJ Vlad over the weekend as well.) reports that the highlight of ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Slip Inside This House: MP3s from the Great Believers, Bobby Mabe and the Outcast and the Ninth Street Bridge

    [Ed. Note: This is the companion to Rocks Off's Wax Museum feature, focusing here on Houston's psychedelic and garage-rock legacy.] The Great Believers, "Comin’ Up Fast, Part 1" I figured we might as well start this thing off with a bang, and there could be no better Houston garage 45 for ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    The Kids are Alright: Eighth Grader Reviews My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges

    [Today's Young Writers entries are both reviews of My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges. The view from sixth grade will be posted in a bit.] My Morning Jacket Evil Urges One tends to judge what an entire CD will sound like by the first couple of songs. For My Morning Jacket ... More >>

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    March 24, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: March Madness, Rock-Style

    Look, I know nothing about basketball. When the Rockets were in the middle of that winning streak a few weeks back, I asked where Hakeem was. I'm sorry, but my knowledge of the sport ends in 1996, when a little thing called puberty knocked on my door. I do know that right now is March Madness, beca ... More >>

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    February 22, 2008

    Music, Art Collide in Montrose, Shepherd Plaza

    Tonight Houstonians can see, for free, two exhibits that couldn’t be more different, yet that both testify to how crucial photography and visual art can be to music. Luckily, they’re close by. At Sound Exchange (1846 Richmond), the “Gulf Coast Underground Art” show combines Daniel “Sawbla ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Gold at the End of Radiohead’s Rainbows?

    Just like any other elitist music writer out there, I like Radiohead. I bought OK Computer in ninth grade and listened to it a week straight while I was sick from school. I loved it, as did pretty much all of us. Each album since has been a resounding triumph in the eyes of even the most fickle fans ... More >>

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    August 22, 2007

    “Thunderstruck” on I-45

    Some songs are custom-written for Houston, even if they come from halfway around the world. Just as I exited the Gulf Freeway this morning onto that long flyover leading to downtown, AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” came on the trusty satellite radio. The skyline slowly rose into view as that needly gu ... More >>

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    May 4, 2007

    Rotation: Dueling DJs

    Okay, they're not exactly dueling. Actually they're not dueling at all, we just liked the title. Two Houston area DJs, DJ Mo Phatt and DJ Josh Dupont, gave us their top ten list and we thought we'd pass them on to you. Compare, contrast, discuss. DJ Mo Phatt 1. "Errday" - J-Nicks 2. "Co ... More >>

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    March 28, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    All in all this was one of the most boring weeks ever — what were those songs Blake, Sanjaya, LaKisha and Melinda sang? Broadway or something? The especially delectable guest mentor Gwen Stefani was a saving grace, but man, otherwise that was damn monotonous last night. Although he came on s ... More >>

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    March 14, 2007

    Kinda Gay

    We took note this week of the attempts by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau to capture the wily gay audience for our area. They'll be advertising in gay publications and other stuff like that. We pointed out that the GHCVB Web site wasn't really aiding in the effort — if you ... More >>

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    December 18, 2006

    It's "Tithe" on Sunday, Not "Tag"

    Courtesy of Dirty Third Streets Looks like H.P.D. will need to M.O.N.I.T.O.R. churches in The Heights so stuff like this doesn't happen. Just spoke to Pastor Russell Rodgers of Healing Waters Fellowship church in The Heights. Pastor Rodgers seems a little surprised to be fielding calls about gr ... More >>

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