Bela Lugosi

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    October 16, 2014
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    October 2, 2014
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    July 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Doughbeezy, Peter Murphy, Steve Martin, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 28 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    10 Frightfully Festive Goth Christmas Carols

    Note: In a new holiday tradition, Rocks Off would like to re-present to our readers this 2011 blog of the blackest Christmas songs we would find. Dude, religious Christmas is pretty macabre. All kinds of scandal, sex with a ghost, strangers bringing mystical gifts, and everyone predicting this youn ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    A James Byrd Jr. Memorial Playlist

    We all know the reason Jasper, Texas is famous... Butterflies! Oh wait, no, sorry. That's from Bizarro World, where the answer isn't "hate crimes and murder." It's one of those East Texas towns, like Vidor, that the rest of the state keeps waiting for someone to make a horror movie about. Barring th ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    A Bloody Good Show: Theatre Southwest Takes on Dracula

    Theatre Southwest's Dracula is an English neo-Gothic trip compete with mystery, sex and, of course, blood.

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    May 15, 2013

    The Five Most Disappointing Goth Albums: Bauhaus, Go Away White

    All this week we're going to look back over albums from undeniable goth icons and talk about their failures. Thus far I've been focusing on endings, what with Siouxsie and the Banshees' last album and another that made Robert Smith seriously consider ending The Cure. Now I'd like to bring up somet ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Friday Night: Peter Murphy at Numbers

    Peter Murphy Numbers April 25, 2013 Maybe Peter Murphy should get arrested more often. That may be a horrible thing to say, but if you had seen him at Numbers, you'd understand. This tour had been previously announced, but whether his March arrest in California for DUI and alleged drug possession ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Gangster Squad

    retelling the stories of better movies.

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    January 14, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Years In Goth Music: 1979

    All this week, Rocks Off will be looking at the biggest years for goth music, and exactly what they meant for the genre. Like any good structure, goth is built on the foundations of other previous cultures. You can walk back through David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and all the way ... More >>

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    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: Happy Gothmas! Top 10 Goth Christmas Songs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 23, 2011. "Dude, religious Christmas is pretty macabre. All kinds of scandal, sex with a ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Your Halloween Playlist: Don't Play That, Play This

    Recently Rocks Off told you how to put together a solid party playlist. We're coming up on the time of year when people start throwing Halloween parties, so now it's time to get a little more specific. Don't be content to throw on the old 30 Spookiest Halloween Hits album and walk away, because gue ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Town Monster Releases Horrifying Short Film to Promote New Album

    You remember Town Monster, right? I brought them up a while to celebrate the legacy of Bela Lugosi in song, then ended up doing a feature on one of the most brilliant independently produced music videos I've ever seen. It made No. 8 on our Best Music Videos list last year, beating out some pretty i ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    The Top 20 Greatest Goth Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-1

    BY CHRIS GRAY AND JEF WITH ONE F Rewind: The Top 20 Greatest Goth Albums of All Time, Nos. 20-11 10. Rosetta Stone The Tyranny of Inaction (Cleopatra, 1995) In 1995, Porl Young used a nice-sized record advance to purchase a multitrack digital recorder that changed Rosetta Stone's sound considera ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 1, 2012

    Grave Babies Want You To "F*ck Off"

    Making a low-budget gothic music video is a double-edged sword. Sometimes you get stuck with the soul-crushing awfulness of Candy Apple Blue's "Graveyard," which was so bad that its very existence birthed the Gothic Council just to mock it. Other times you get Town Monster's "Bela Lugosi," which wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Gothic Council Praises Lyrics, Bowie's Penis

    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 other, but we are definitely in the latter category. Being a melodramatic lot, most goths are. So we t ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Happy Gothmas! Top 10 Goth Christmas Songs

    ​"Dude, religious Christmas is pretty macabre. All kinds of scandal, sex with a ghost, strangers bringing mystical gifts, and everyone predicting this young couple's baby's death like its glorious wonderful thing. Oh and a decree to slaughter all male babies the next day... what could be more ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Great Gothic Album Cover Art

    ​Gothtopia would like to firmly bitch-slap an old adage, that being the warning about judging a book by its cover. The lesson we are supposed to draw from that is that we should look deeper inside than just the surface in order to better appreciate the true character of whatever the subject is ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Our Top 10 Music Videos of 2011

    ​Our obsession with the medium of music videos remains as strong as its ever been, and we've done our best to bring as many of the best of the newest releases to you in the digital pages of Rocks Off over the course of the year. We're pleased to round up the cream of the crop as we did this ti ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Gothic Council Mutinies Over "This Corrosion" Cover

    We still haven't gotten around to setting up our iTunes account on the new phone yet. Since we mostly listen to the NPR live stream in the car anyway it's not a big deal, but every once and a while we get a sudden urge for a certain tune. Usually YouTube solves the trick nicely, and it was during a ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    A Very Goth Council Thanksgiving

    ​The great feast is almost upon us, America, and as usual we're looking forward to a lot of home cooking and a carbohydrate overdose induced coma in the papasan chair while old Bela Lugosi flicks play on the TV... or maybe it's Texas Tech football. It's getting hard to tell the difference betw ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    "Bela Lugosi": Town Monster's Unapologetic Festival Of Sin

    ​Rocks Off has done lot of playlists over the course of our writing career, but last week's birthday tribute to the one and only Bela Lugosi may be our favorite. Finding songs about the beloved horror icon not written by Bauhaus wasn't easy, and one of the deeper tracks we uncovered was an Ohi ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    7 Songs About Bela Lugosi Not By Bauhaus

    ​Today is Bela Lugosi's 129th birthday. The man who will probably always be remembered as the definitive Count Dracula starred in dozens of plays and hundreds of movies, mostly horror and thrillers. Typecasting, his heavy accent, and a drug dependency on morphine to treat sciatica from a milit ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Gothic Council Remembers Their First Dance

    ​Gothtopia has spent the better part of our free weekends over the last decade hanging out at Numbers whenever DJ Mina hosts Underworld. It remains the hub of all things goth in Houston, and Mina's dedication to the institution doesn't earn her nearly the praise it deserves. We'd like to take ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    The 25 Most Influential Music Videos Of All Time

    ​It's hard to fathom a time before music videos, and it's even sadder to remember when channels like MTV and VH1 were wall-to-wall music videos. In between there was a golden age, when with every clip that you watched could spark a revolution in you, or at least change your fashion sense. It's ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates How To Rule Our New Planet

    ​After years of searching, scientists have finally discovered a planet that may be able to support human life. Gliese 581d, as it is known is 20 light years from Earth, and though it's just a bit on the cool side for comfortable human habitation, it looks like a pretty good bet that he planet ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Saturday Night: Peter Murphy At Numbers

    Photos by Jef With One F​Peter Murphy Numbers March 19, 2011 The way the main man of a solo act walks out onto the stage says a lot about the kind of show you're going to get. Some beg for accolades, some are utterly indifferent. The word that came to mind as Murphy took center stage, flanke ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    The Cold One

    Godfather of goth Peter Murphy helps Underworld celebrate 12 years.

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    January 20, 2011

    The Seven Ages Of Goth

    ​This is not meant as a complete history of goth, as that would be a huge book. Instead, we're aiming to give a simple overview of the musicians, songs and albums that have most defined the genre. Many deserving artists have been left out, and some that we're sure some people feel are not wor ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Bands Named After Movies, Characters & Other Film Stuff

    ​Ever wonder which of your favorite bands are named after movies? So have we. So we went out and did a little bit of research. BANDS NAMED AFTER ACTUAL MOVIES My Bloody Valentine: The seminal shoegaze act took their name from a low-budget 1981 horror movie about a guy who really, really hat ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    January 22, 2009

    Gothtopia: Searching for the Perfect Vampire Anthem

    Note: Lost in all the inaugural hoopla this week was the fact that Monday was Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday. No better time, then, to debut Rocks Off's new Goth column... Recently, my wife and I made our way down to the Houston Public Library to hear a talk with Charlaine Harris, author of ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    August 28, 2008
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    July 11, 2008

    Aftermath: Peter Murphy at Meridian

    Photos by Chris Gray David Bowie will always be the Thin White Duke, so maybe Peter Murphy can be the Thin White Count. He doesn't make a bad Bowie either, closing Thursday's encore with a plodding cover of "Be My Wife" from Low. Murphy's voice is so deep it almost penetrates your brain subliminall ... More >>

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    September 8, 2005
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    November 25, 2004

    Call Him Al

    An epic story turns human -- and fallible -- in Oliver Stone's Alexander

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    October 16, 2003
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    September 25, 2003
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    May 30, 2002

    Peter Murphy

    Thursday, May 30

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    June 14, 2001

    No Storybook Ending

    A ballet from the past hints at the company's future

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    March 29, 2001



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    November 2, 2000

    Vampire Music

    The Kronos Quartet presents a Philip Glass score for the 1931 movie classic Dracula

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    September 17, 1998
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    September 17, 1998

    Going Batty

    Ballet's sensual Dracula is deep, dark and a bit clotted

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