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Church of Scientology

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Snoop Lion and Five More Weird Religious Conversions That Need to Happen

    A funny thing happened to our old buddy Snoop Dogg last year: he got religion. And not just any old religion, either. In a move that we probably should have seen coming, the Doggfather formally embraced the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican spiritual ideology with fewer than a million adherents worldwi ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Five Musicians You Probably Didn't Know Are Straight-Edge

    Here at Rocks Off we talk a lot about alcohol. We've celebrated the great drunken moments of rock stars and taken a look at those who sell their own brands of booze. There's a reason for that old sex, drugs, and rock and roll cliché. It doesn't apply universally. though. The straight-edge genre of ... More >>

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    After Earth: Smith Family Robinson

    The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film

  • News

    November 8, 2012

    What's Behind Gary Douglas's Scientology Knockoff?

    Access Consciousness promises to help you reach a higher plane. For a price.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Cover Story: Are You Human or Humanoid?

    You may not know this, but nearly half the world's population isn't human: they may look human, but they're another species called "humanoid." Humanoids don't have DNA like the rest of us; they have a Mobius strip that can create DNA. At least that's what a self-help organization called Access Consc ... More >>

  • Film

    September 20, 2012

    Meet The Monsters of TIFF

    A glimpse of this year's most bracing films.

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    September 20, 2012

    The Master: From the Window to the Wall

    You aren't expecting what Paul Thomas Anderson is giving.

  • Film

    September 6, 2012

    Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master's Master

    Talking 70mm, Joaquin Phoenix, and researching Scientology for his sixth and most anticipated film

  • Articles

    September 6, 2012
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    June 1, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: What About Next Year?

    Assuming we all survive this weekend, and then the supposed Mayan apocalypse, Free Press Summer Fest will return to Eleanor Tinsley Park in June 2013. Pegstar's Jagi Katial and Jason Petzold told the Houston Press this week that they'll start booking next year's acts in about a month, so Rocks Off p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Texas Sons The Mars Volta Strip Down To Progress With New Album, Movie

    El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta have long been known for their bombast and progressive-rock self-indulgence. Ever since they departed the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, they've spent their time making what can only be described as "epics." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Ten Musicians Who Played Other People on TV

    Sebastian Bach on Gilmore Girls​Fictional television shows are full of gimmickry. Some of it is good and some of falls flat. Others are subtle in-jokes. However, it can be interesting when a popular artist appears on a television show because it gives the audience a glimpse into another side o ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Oh Jesus! Rock's Top 5 Religious Conversions

    Rocks Off understands the need for a good detox now and then, as most of our evening antics often leave us feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed come morning. We also imagine the damage inflicted by lifetime of hard partying and endless touring in the company of morally compromised music-in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Five People You Should Never Invite To A Concert

    wallpaperbase.com"The Tinderbox"​For music lovers, few experiences outrank the transcendent nature of witnessing a great live music performance. And most avid fans have a tried and trusted circle of friends they take along for the ride, knowing that even the most righteous rock show can be can ... More >>

  • News

    March 3, 2011

    Advertisements for Herself

    Jolanda Jones says never talk to HPD

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Tubby Chubcakes' Lyrics Will Melt Your Brain

    Tubby Chubcakes: The great beef hunter strikes again.​Rocks Off was going to write a review of the new Tubby Chubcakes album, Tubby vs. The Musical Brain-Eating Disease, but honestly it's kind of like trying to explain Scientology to a blind water snake. Remember Tubby's video "Destroy Nickel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Five Oprah Secrets That Would Have Been More Interesting

    ​Last week we started hearing rumors of a bombshell revelation coming on Monday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, a discovery Winfrey made late last year which she described as a "miracle" that she said "shook me to my core." Speculation ran rampant, from the predictable "lesbian relationsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Island Of Misfit Albums: A Star Wars Christmas

    ​One thing that always bothered Rocks Off growing up as a born-again Christian child who was into the apparently godless world of Star Wars was whether or not they celebrated Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ and stuff. Santa Claus, crap that matters. We can only assume under Empire rule th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Top 10 Hottest Jewish Musicians

    ​The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Backmasking Bieber, Black Keys, Kanye, Etc.: What Do You Hear?

    ​"It's my sweet Satan ... Oh I will sing because I live with Satan." "Turn me on, dead man." "Turned out nice again." "Eat donkey crap." Every since the beginning of rock and roll, listeners and disgruntled parents alike have been searching for hidden meanings in music. Was Paul dead, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Post KTRU/KUHF, Possible Houston Mergers & Acquisitions To Come

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayGozer has designs on the Galleria.​Rice University and the University of Houston have reached a deal to convert KTRU into a 24-hour white-noise station to help our city's insomniacs. Fitzgerald's was just bought out by the guys who made Mango's a viable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Frequently Asked Questions

    When you see things like this every week, how can you not have questions?​ You wouldn't think a column as simple, straightforward and, let's be honest, stupid as mine would get a whole lot of questions, but you'd be wrong. In the - holy hell - almost a year I've been doing this, I've been aske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Pop Rocks: John Travolta, Humanitarian

    ​The tragedy of the earthquake in Haiti has, as expected, brought out both the best and worst of humanity. As an example of the former, we've seen the nations of the world send supplies and relief workers to help the stricken Caribbean nation. As for the latter, well, the comments of extraordinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Win Passes To 2012, And See What Other Religious Buildings They Wimped Out On Destroying

    Roland Emmerich, who never met a plot hole he couldn't fill with explosions and shitty dialogue, tells us there's one place we won't see bite the big one in his upcoming movie 2012:  [T]he 53-year-old director had wanted to demolish the Kaaba, the iconic cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    For St. Patrick's Day: The Five Least Convincing Irishmen In Movies

    St. Patrick's Day is more than just an opportunity for amateur drunks to get in fights after drinking since noon, it's also when all of us claim (usually bogus) Irish heritage. I can personally trace my Irish ancestry back to the 17th century. Of course, they were Ulster Huguenots and probably not v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    As You Get Ready For South Padre: The Five Best Spring Break Movies

    Spring Break! Since time immemorial (or the mid-20th century, anyway) it's been a rite of passage for college students to spend their days on the beach, presenting their hindquarters to potential suitors, and their nights crammed into structurally unsound firetraps alongside hundreds of potential da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    The Dome As Movie Studio -- Now On The Web

    The folks who are trying to turn the Astrodome into a movie studio have taken a giant, important step -- they've gotten themselves a web site. If that doesn't make them legitimate, we don't know what will. The site, debuting today, is properly slick and explains how the Dome can be turned into a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Last Night: Negativland at Rice University

    Negativland Herring Hall, Rice University April 17, 2008 Better Than: Someone leaping out of a van Old School-style, kidnapping and blindfolding you, then reading Scientology for Dummies through a megaphone. I guess. Download: Negativland's all-time classic "U2," profane outtakes of American Top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Seven Deadly Sins: Celebrity Edition

    In an effort to stay hip with the times (always the Vatican’s primary objective, right?), the Catholic Church has decreed that there are seven new deadly sins (now, even deadlier!) that will accompany the old-fashioned original seven we’ve all come to know and love so well. The new ones inclu ... More >>

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    February 24, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks Loves (the First Half of) the Oscars

    As I type this, my belly is swollen with Star Pizza and my dearest pal Tamarie is eating raw cookie dough…yeah, it’s that night. The Oscars. The Super Bowl for girls. The freaking show hasn’t even started yet, and we’ve already eaten too much. So here we go with the running commentary… ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008
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    January 24, 2008
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    January 2, 2008

    Resolutions of the Rich and Famous

    While the rest of us are trying to drop ten pounds, stop living at Target, and cut back to just drinking in the evening (or maybe that’s just yours truly), it seems to me that a certain number of celebrities out there need to make some resolutions as well. So here are my suggestions for the ric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2007

    Over the Weekend: Texas Hip-Hop, Drinking, Billy Joel and Sage Rosenfels

    It’s Monday, definitely not to be confused with Funday. This past weekend, on the other hand… Texas Hip-Hop at Fitzgerald’s Shea Serrano headed up to Fitz on Saturday night for Heroes, SuperROOT, H.I.S.D and Lower Life Form. He brought back tales of sloppy hipsters, wacky homeless people and ... More >>

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    March 23, 2006
  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Maybe This Time

    These famous (and not so famous) musicians share their hopes for 2006

  • Culture

    February 24, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2005

    Dressing the Part

    Michelle Ellsworth's ED will save your id

  • News

    January 6, 2005
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    December 16, 2004

    Between the Lines

    A Scientology-backed tutoring program looks to expand in the Houston area

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2004

    Tree's Company

    The tannenbaum gets a makeover at Buffalo Bayou ArtPark

  • Culture

    November 4, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Culture

    October 28, 2004

    Gender Splendor

    Old-fashioned Leading Ladies -- a surprise hit

  • Calendar

    October 14, 2004

    The Passion of the Cruise

    Me-sci-ah offers truth, celebrity and the Scientology way

  • Film

    January 30, 2003

    Dead Again

    There's fresh meat for the reaper in Final Destination 2

  • Film

    December 5, 2002

    Funeral Rights

    A Texas family confronts death, homosexuality and repression

  • Film

    July 19, 2001

    Fully Realized Fantasy

    At last, a summer movie with brains, aliens, action and...spirituality?

  • News

    April 11, 1996

    Archer's Way

    Don't like the IRS? Neither does Bill Archer. And now the mild-mannered Houston congressman is pushing a radical plan to shut it down.

  • News

    January 4, 1996

    Ritalin on Trial

    While some Houston parents fight what they charge is "a river of Ritalin" running through the schools, one father has gone to court to try to prove that, for his son, Ritalin use is Ritalin abuse.

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