• Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Here's Some Gay Sex To Prepare You For Tonight's Glee (NSFW)

    Those aren't pillows...​A Very Special Episode of the oft-vilified television variety show Glee airs tonight. Titled "The First Time," it promises to be quite the, uh, humdinger: Television watchdog groups have not been kind to Glee in the past, often taking aim at the show and its stars. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Free Food, Free Beer, Great Music, No Audience At Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest

    Austin's Spells Videos by Matthew Keever On Sunday night at a sleepy Super Happy Fun Land, the SXSW overflow concerts went relatively unnoticed. Although the fans were scarce, the talent wasn't. In front of less than 20 people - five or so of whom were sleeping - the likes of Girls at Dawn, Wizzard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    It's Already Broughten -- California Trash Talk Over That Loose Bull At The Rodeo

    ​Earlier this week the big news out of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was a bull who got loose.One of the cowboys competing in the rodeo roped him; unfortunately he headed home to California before the local media could talk to him (The cowboy, not the bull, that is.)But a Sacamento televi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Because We Haven't Written About 10th Grade Cutie In What? Two Weeks?

    Craig Hlavaty​ In news that is sure to send shockwaves of joy, relief and fear through most Montrose-area bars, Rocks Off's favorite minors 10th Grade Cutie are turning legal drinking age this winter. Last night we stopped by Super Happy Fun Land to give special salutations to the birthday boy, 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Previewing the Year Ahead In Local Releases

    ​ 2010 looks like it's going to be a banner year for music in general. We can look forward to a new Arcade Fire opus, another Spoon outing, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a Beach House record that is already getting Animal Collective-like buzz. Rocks Off is chomping a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    God Help Ye Merry Gentlemen: 10th Grade Cutie's Christmas Album

    ​Christmas came early for Rocks Off this weekend in the form of Dr. Feelgood, a vaguely holiday-themed album from our favorite little brothers in the increasingly prolific 10th Grade Cutie. You guys can now cancel the order for the black Yamaha V-Star 1100 and the lock of Lemmy's hair, because we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Aftermath: Puppet Shows, Neo-Rastas, Freddie Gonorrhea, Black Congress and an Impromptu Nap Saturday at Westheimer Block Party

    Marc Brubaker​ Saturday's Westheimer Block Party began on a wobbly note, as most music festivals do with fans and staff still trying to find their bearings, aided by alcohol or otherwise. The scene on the ground seemed chaotic just an hour into the first day of the event. Organizer and Free Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party News and Notes

    ​This weekend's Westheimer Block Party is already going through some minor scheduling changes, just less than twenty-hours away from the time Bryan Jackson cracks open his first Modelo on Taft. Facebook and MySpace (yeah, we know) have been awash the past two days with changes to the lineup and se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    What's In a Name? Hey, Look, It's 10th Gräde Cütie Again!

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. We mean this with affection and sincerity: 10th Gräde Cütie destroys everything they touch and should be booked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Pizza Dude vs. Jerky Guy and 10th Grade Cutie vs. Everyone

    ​In this episode of Houston Music Fight Club, we yet again pit some of Houston's skuzziest and rocking local musicians and personalities together for a fight to the death. Or at least to the sore hand, bloody lip, and maybe a few tears. Some dudes fight when they cry; we've seen it firsthand. We d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: My Son, the Guitar-Slinger

    William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson​ LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Artist of the Week: 10th Grade Cutie

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to 10th Grade CutieSm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Aftermath: "Beatdown" at Baybrook

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty "These aren't the droids we're looking for."Friday, Aftermath ran over to Baybrook Mall after work to catch the guerilla acoustic show in front of the Hot Topic, pitting Friendswood's own "Christian death metal" band Hematidrosis and scum-punkers 10th Grade Cutie. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Feuding Friendswood Bands to Throw Down at Baybrook Mall

    Rocks Off been so far removed from mall culture that we had almost forgot that Hot Topic existed. Not that we ever meditated on where on 14-year old girls get their "Twilight" shirts and metal gauntlets from or anything... Apparently local Hot Topic locations have been hosting acoustic shows by loc ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

  • Dining

    December 2, 1999

    Clucking and Trilling

    Bryan's Messina Hof winery is a feast for the senses. Just be sure to confirm your reservations.