Death metal has a genre has a history of doing covers songs, but they're mostly all novelty songs. It's become a played-out gimmick to take any pop song, speed it up, play it on highly distorted guitars, and gutturally scream the lyrics. That's been done. What's less common is a great death metal c ... More >>
Look, I'm a very busy man, and by that I mean that someone put the ENTIRE run of Seventh Doctor stories online for free, and I can't be bothered talking to you people about music all the dingalong day when that's waiting for my rapt attention. Unfortunately, the editor was all like, "Write or you d ... More >>
On Monday, a band calling itself Black Flag is going to set up and play some tunes at Walters Downtown. For some of us, this is a pretty big deal. If you were too young or two fucked-up to remember the legendary L.A. punks' storied early-'80s heyday, this gig likely represents your most legitimate s ... More >>
Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. The meme goes, "Some men just want to watch the world burn." I couldn't agree more, so when you name a song "Hail Destroyer" I am ready to listen ... More >>
The true sounds of liberty since 1978, whether those sounds are Black Flag-ish hardcore or Danzig-like mook-rock, the decidedly gothic T.S.O.L. sprang from the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif., and palled around with the Damned and Dead Kennedys before helping their younger SoCal siblin ... More >>
This past Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Paul Greenberg where the author explained how important the Beatles were to music and pop culture to his five-year old son. The child didn't know that the band had albums, but only knew the Fab Four from iTunes playlists. "When the Beatles record ... More >>
Normally, Rocks Off gets all giddy when we get to put together a playlist to celebrate an obscure holiday. However, today is World Radio Day, as declared by last year by the United Nations (the best source of obscure holidays), and it's put us in a foul mood. The reason is that recent automotive mi ... More >>
Punk Rock EliteThis Friday would have been Z.Z. Hill's 76th birthday, but the popular Texas bluesman passed away in 1984 from a heart attack. Most people only know who the late soul crooner is through his connection to ZZ Top. The moniker of that little ol' band from where we are sitting righ ... More >>
Captain America, Marvel's newest superhero movie, comes out today. We'll pause until the excitement passes. ... Rocks Off likes Captain America. The three comic books we read with any regularity as a scupper were Cap, Batman (Detective Comics), and Spider-Man. But we love America. The land ... More >>
If you go looking for vintage pulp magazine covers, it's easy to end up thinking your father's or grandfather's generation was an S&M-obsessed orgy of kink. Either men are tied up or being dominated by women in the illustrations, or vice versa. "Orgy of Kink!!!!!" would probably be a good headline ... More >>
It sounds like heresy to most older folks, this writer included, but for about the past decade, a lot of younger gamers have been discovering punk rock, ska, and classic and indie hip-hop through the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding video games. The idea may be repellent to those of us who r ... More >>
Often times in our young adult lives, we come across a roommate who initially seems like a good match. They're capable of paying their rent on time and seem nice enough, so the possibility of your living arrangements blossoming into a sitcom looks fair. Then in a month's time, the Friends r ... More >>
James SharrockRocks Off sat down with Cradle of Filth's Dani Filth to see we could find out about the front man and founder of the British goth-metal band, which formed in 1991, in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Dani Filth: The Scissor Sisters' "I Can't Decide." ... More >>
Photos by David EnsmingerAgent Orange Fitzgerald's January 9, 2010 In the 1987 21 Jump Street episode "Mean Streets and Pastel Houses," fresh-faced Johnny Depp goes undercover as a punk to root out vicious gangland teenage thugs lurking in the inner city. He ends up at a rowdy punk concert r ... More >>
All photos courtesy funfunfunfest.comCall us crazy, but we think we may not be seeing Craig after this weekend.Tonight Rocks Off heads to Austin to cover our third festival this year in the capitol city, Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is also our second trip to the festival in Waterloo Park. Think AC ... More >>
50 Cent decides to be a little more selfish on upcoming LP Black Magic.
Today Americans celebrate Memorial Day, honoring the military servicemen and women that have passed while serving our country. The holiday is definitely not as flashy or as popular as Independence Day in July, seeing that there are no Memorial Day fireworks or picnics. It's not stuck in November ... More >>
www.notsuoh.com If you have ever dreamed of being in a punk band, or at least dreamed of embarrassing yourself in front of people you may be trying to sleep with, Notsuoh has you covered tonight, hosting the resurrection of live-band Punk Rock Karaoke. About six years ago, PRK was in full-swing b ... More >>
Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Blowfly is the original dirty rapper. Before anyone in 2 Live Crew was old enough to set foot into a peepshow stall or buy a pack of cigarettes, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid was spewing forth raucous raps like "Spermy Night In Georgia" and "What a Difference a Lay Mak ... More >>
One more sign that Houston don't count for jack: Nouvelle Vague is playing Dallas (Feb. 12) and Austin (13th), but no Houston date. Hmmm...where have I heard this story before? NV have been wildly popular in Europe since their eponymous 2004 debut. We first stumbled upon them when we heard t ... More >>
If you've been keeping up with the business going on between Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno, odds are you've already picked a side. Every team needs its fight songs, and although Team Leno looks a lot smaller than Team Conan - in fact, Rocks Off isn't sure if we've even met anyone on Team Leno - they ... More >>
Yes, we are older than MTV. Shut up.The thing that struck She Said most when researching this list of songs that came out the year we were born (May 1980) was just how much of this music we regularly listen to now. 1980 marked the end of disco, the middle of New Wave and punk, and a damn good tim ... More >>
Good news, all you fans of condensed screen versions of self-indulgent Mormon vampire pseudo-erotic clit-tease fantasies: Twilight: New Moon is being released in only eight days. Rocks Off, accustomed to scorn from literary snobs for his steadfast support of the Harry Potter series, actually pick ... More >>
That's right, we went there. Longtime Massachussetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, better known as Teddy, passed away late Tuesday night at age 77. News media sites have already gone to Defcon 2 - "A Famous Person Not Named Michael Jackson Has Died" - so Rocks Off thought we'd take a different appro ... More >>
Green Day follows their Bush-bashing smash American Idiot with the even more epic 21st Century Breakdown.
Local/Chicago one-man noisenik Room 101 isn't letting a silly thing like the economic crisis stop him from releasing music - he's just decided to give it away. Email him at email@example.com and he'll send you a copy of his brand-new four-song 7", complete with artwork by Winston Smith, who docto ... More >>
U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>
Butthole Surfers live in Philadelphia, 2008 farm4.static.flickr.com After he and Rocks Off talked for more than an hour at West Gray Cafe last week, Tom Bunch, who managed the Butthole Surfers for a decade between the late '80s and late '90s - exact dates are fuzzy; imagine that - summed up the exp ... More >>
"Seattle's last hair band" takes on The Mink
True underground-rock royalty, the Melvins have been soundtracking lung-busting bong marathons for more than two decades. All Music Guide calls the trio's music "one massive, oozing pile of dark slime," but it's some pretty resilient, influential slime. Kurt Cobain's failed audition for the band led ... More >>
The Thermals appear Tuesday, October 10, at Proletariat, 903 Richmond. Call 713-523-1199 for more info.
Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
Wednesday, June 21, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513.
Tuesday, August 30, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.
Sunday, April 17, at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846.
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