Several things separate human beings from the rest of the animals. We can put them in Halloween costumes and they can't put us in ones, we have smartphones, and there's the whole food-chain thing as well. Music, however, is not one of those things unknown to the animal kingdom. Sometimes they turn ... More >>
Royal Blood Warehouse Live, September 23 Britpop is having a moment in the U.S. again, as groups as disparate as Arctic Monkeys and Bastille have been greeted by alt-rock stations and listeners alike with open arms. The latest to make a big noise is Royal Blood, the Brighton duo of Michael Kerr and ... More >>
Movie violence has never been better — or more reckless.
President Obama took UK Prime Minister David Cameron to a play-in game for March Madness last night. As a result, newspapers in the UK had to explain just what the hell was going on. Basketball isn't big there -- it was the first time Cameron had ever seen a game -- so results were, well, scattered ... More >>
Kings of the jungle get the March of the Penguins treatment in African Cats.
Chris RockawayThe hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email introd ... More >>
I'm going to the unrated remake of I Spit On Your Grave next week. The original, I should point out, was rated "R", though I still doubt the new one will pack the same punch the first one did back in 1978 (Roger Ebert described sitting through it as "one of the most depressing experiences of ... More >>
Friday Night Lights: Go LionsOne football season ended, another warmed up, and I am this close to canceling cable and just using the Internet. This was the week in TV Land: • I have never wanted a team to win a game as badly as I wanted the Lions to beat the Panthers in Friday's season fi ... More >>
What if recreational drugs were legally available and, better yet, digitally downloadable? You'd plug in your headphones, hit play, and melt away in digital ecstasy. Welcome to the world of i-Dosing. It's the new musical drug craze fascinating Web-surfing kids these days. Dosing sites claim ... More >>
How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.
Think of Tony Bennett and you'll probably picture the kindly older gentleman crooning "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and any number of other pop standards, or perhaps the guy who upstaged Alec Baldwin as "Anthony Benedetto" (his birth name) on a 2006 episode of Saturday Night Live, turnin ... More >>
Jill Scott returns to the studio after various screen projects and a son.
I wash myself with a rag on a stick.What the hell, let's jump right in: • Conan O'Brien's exit deal with NBC included a number of stipulations about when he could appear on TV again and when he could resume his late-night hosting duties for another outlet. Well, after a few months away, ... More >>
The only DVD released today that earned big bucks at the box office was the Sony Pictures apocalyptic thriller 2012. The year 2012 has long been predicted by various ancient cultures as the year the world will end (or at least end as we now know it). That idea's the basis for director Roland Emme ... More >>
This is the happiest music in the world. This is the best electronic album to come out of Texas since Asmodeus X's Morningstar. This is a like a synthpop version of The Wall. This is a really fucking awesome CD. Hyperbubble is a married keyboard/vocalist duo from San Antonio. They first came to R ... More >>
Not one but two gentlemen with long beards may be sneaking down your chimney today. They will leave memorabilia such as guitar picks and signed drumsticks, and if you've been a good boy or girl all year, may even give you a free guitar lesson. Instead of milk and cookies we're told they prefer Lone ... More >>
There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and growing, ... More >>
Woodlands native turned Austin dweller Hayes Carll had an up-and-down year in 2008. His first Lost Highway release, Trouble In Mind, garnered worldwide attention. As he relaxed in the Ozarks with his in-laws before heading to Warehouse Live for tonight's gig with Band of Heathens and ... More >>
[Note: This is the first in a series of articles that constitute Village Voice Media's year-end music package. The others - pop, indie-rock, dance mixes, Latin, country, alt-country/Americana, metal, rap/hip-hop and special graphics breaking down the year in charts and 2008's worst lyrics - will be ... More >>
There was a time, but a decade ago, when there were roving groups of "rude boys" running the Houston streets. They wore things like creepers, wingtips, high-water slacks and pork-pie hats. They "skanked" in moshpits and drank Red Stripes. They co-existed with the punks and the non-racist skins in ... More >>
On this day 31 years ago, Elvis Presley's heart gave out in the throne room of the King's Memphis mansion, Graceland. A moment of silence, then, for the hips that once shook the world. Thankyaverrahmuch... Elvis has trouble remembering the lyrics... "The Elvis Files" investigates the King's "all ... More >>
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The Alley Theatre's Bad Dates is a shoe-in
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This was the year electronic dance music got its head --
and its ass -- out of the past
This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past
Rent a Segway and roll down the seawall
DJ Jester mixes and mashes up Willie Nelson, Ice-T, the Carpenters and LL Cool J
Austin's Vallejo performs at Whiskey Blues
Gogol Bordello combines Balkan folk traditions with a theater of anarchy
The creators of Chicken Run find a little soul in a lump of clay
Canadian director Patricia Rozema makes a compelling case for her reinterpretation of Jane Austen
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