Rocks Off is not going to lie. The prospect of getting into concerts for free is what leads many people to become music writers/reviewers in the first place. Though it's not true of everyone, we've generally found that with experience comes plenty of practice in the art of grading on a curve. But n ... More >>
At Rocks Off, we know a thing or two about interviews, for better or worse. Most of them go pretty good, alright, nothing special. Someone has something to promote and we want to talk to them and then it goes up, people read and enjoy it, and we all go about our lives. It's a pretty rare and special ... More >>
It's back to the usual grind for Rocks Off after last night's late-night Austin City Limits Festival lineup announcement. Sadly, we will not be seeing the Foo Fighters play songs from Wasting Light in Austin come September. And yes, still playing it, along with a steady diet of Guns N' Roses. ... More >>
Craig HlavatyBillys Gibbons (left) and Bob Thornton at Fitzgerald's, December 2009How how how how will this not be Rocks Off's favorite movie of all time after it comes out? If the rumors coming out of Hollywood and last month's SXSW conference are true, the story of that Lil' Ol' Band from T ... More >>
In which we advise our favorite people in the Houston scene on their goals for the coming year.
Christmas, Christmas time is here. Time for ulcers to bleed freely and the roughly 22 percent of the U.S. population who identify themselves as "other than Christian" to smile through clenched jaws and wait for the adult contemporary stations to stop playing Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Comin ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyA sad part of being a major celebrity and starting a rock band on the side is that inherently people will show up out of nowhere to see your band and ignore your music because they just want to see "you." Sometimes the music somehow ends up overshadowing the celebrity ... More >>
As Rocks Off has noted in our periodic Mail Call entries, even though the tide of promo CDs has been greatly reduced by the digital revolution - Rocks Off can count on one finger (the middle one) the times he's actually used the streaming/download email link publicists are ever more fond of these d ... More >>
We caught Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters set last night at Smokin' Music, a venue appropriately sponsored by American Spirit cigarettes. His brand of "mod-country" is ridiculously catchy. It's like rockabilly through a British Invasion filter. He must have smoked about five cigs within the ... More >>
Craig HlavatyThe star of such films as Sahara and Fool's Gold was spotted at the Billy Bob Thornton show last night.
Vanguard Records (Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters, Kim Richey, the Watson Twins) announced today it will release Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm, a 14-song disc honoring the late musican known as Sir Doug, March 24. Artists include Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, Da ... More >>
The holidays are upon us, and whether you're dealing with 8-hour layovers at O'Hare or sleeping on your aunt's rollout bed with the bar that lays right across your sacroiliac joint or "entertaining" your brother and his brood of monstrous offspring, chances are you're going to drink. A lot. To help ... More >>
Astronaut Farmer dares to dream
Mike Stinson, Nashville and an eight-minute bottle of wine
Bad Santa meets Napoleon Dynamite in tepid man-child comedy
Stringin' up horrifying honky-tonk
Another chance to test your knowledge of local lore
Let's join Madonna for a friendly round of Celebrity Breach of Confidentiality
One more awful remake strikes out
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.
A worthy actor rides the bench in the listless Coach Carter
Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis have started bands. Come on, you know you're curious.
Friday Night Lights goes deep -- a rare route for football movies
The Alamo gets what it always needed: a happy ending
Hip-hop notables get together to rap about responsibility
A stuntman is mightily impressed by Houston's rail crashes
These Saint Nicks can be real pricks
Lloyd Kaufman's gross-out Troma Studios has a long history of setting the pace for mainstream movies
Bad Santa is crude and rude and the jolliest Christmas movie ever
A superbad shindig at Dean's
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
Bandits holds out for a hero and gets two: Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob's adaptation of Pretty Horses mixes together too many ingredients, all of them undercooked
Princess Mononoke struggles with evil and English adaptation
Quality acting overcomes a thin plot in Pushing Tin
A Simple Plan spins gold from stark greed
Feeling is forgotten in hard-sell Armageddon
Primary Colors gets the libido, misses the idealism
The Apostle's road to hell is paved with good intentions
Can Oliver Stone leave his obsessions behind?
Thornton's haunting, droll Sling Blade draws rich blood