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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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    UPDATED: Free Press Summer Fest Wants Longer Hours, Possibly Another Day

    UPDATE (Monday, 1:15 p.m.:): adds comments from FPSF's Omar Afra. Free Press Summer Festival has decided it wants to grow. Earlier today, the popular Houston outdoor music festival -- which drew an estimated 81,000 people to Eleanor Tinsley Park this past June, the first sellout in its five-year h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 College Bars

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Forget the Acting, Songs Tell CBGB's Cinematic Story

    CBGB, the movie about the iconic club, opens in theaters in a week; but, in an exclusive arrangement with DirecTV Cinema, it's been playing on demand for the last month. So, I rented the movie because it's cheaper to pay 11 bucks and drink PBR at home than take the family to the theater and pay 11 b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Roosh Williams Gives His Sound a 24-Hour Reboot

    A few weeks ago Roosh Williams still, more or less, hadn't crossed over the mainstream line. His March LP had created a sizable dent through mentions by Complex and highly touted features with New York story-weaver Action Bronson and peerless Geto Boy Scarface himself. But seemingly nothing else had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    This Fall's Five Most Anticipated Houston Rap Releases

    Is it Fall already? Considering that Houston rap doesn't seem to recognize dates on the calendar, we're here pretty much anticipating rappers and musicians to say they're releasing something like gifts on Christmas. So far, here's what we do know is on the horizon: the most anticipated rap releases ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Bun B, Houston Symphony Join Forces to Fight the Haters

    When last we saw Bun B, the Buddha of Gulf Coast rap also dubbed "Houston's unofficial mayor" - by us, yes, but it fits, don't it? - was all smiles as usual. Saturday afternoon the ever-trill UGK rapper's countenance beamed as he shook hands, posed for pictures, and signed autographs at Cactus Music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Writing a Rap Coloring Book Is Not That Easy

    Earlier this week, Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, a book that I wrote and illustrated and that was curated by the superhero Bun B, went on sale. The day that it officially released, I sent an untold number of texts, letting people know that it was out. I watched it move online, refreshing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    10 Reasons You Should Go to UtopiaFest This Weekend

    Fall is upon us, and while it might not feel like it outside just yet, it is closer than you think. With the onset of autumn comes the Great State of Texas' busiest season for music, one that finds festival after festival hitting almost every weekend. One event that I look forward to most every year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Austra at Fitzgerald's, 9/14/2013

    Austra Fitzgerald's September 14, 2012 With the joint easily packed out, Canadian synth-pop group Austra played to a crowd of about 150 sweaty souls downstairs at Fitzgerald's Saturday night. Having caught the band once before, a standout set to a decent-sized crowd a few years ago at Austin's Fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Midtown

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    She Likes Rough Sex and It Scares Me. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M A MAKEUP JUNKIE Dear Willie D: I started wearing makeup when I was 12 years old and have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Top 10 Bands For Oogles, Gutterpunks and "Travel Kids"

    My mother-in-law was a Depression-era kid, and she shared stories of the rail-riders who would pass through her small Louisiana hometown looking for work. They carried all they owned from place to place, stopping here and there to do odd jobs for dinner and a place to sleep. Those travelers became k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013

    Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Rancid, Scout Niblett, Marc Anthony, etc.

    Rancid House of Blues, September 4 Although Rancid was one of the major players on the punk-revival scene of the '90s, they never saw the same kind of mainstream success of peers like Green Day - and honestly, thank God for that. Even to this day, they've stayed true to those ska-heavy, socially-aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    I Allow My 8-Year-Old To Drink Alcohol. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I ALLOW MY 8-YEAR OLD TO DRINK ALCOHOL I hosted dinner at my house to celebrate my 8-year ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Rocks Off 100: Melane Gutierrez, The Coffin Queen

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who: 13 Black Coffins is a band that has al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The Top Five Stunt Queen Antics From Last Night's MTV VMAs

    Can we just rename last night's MTV VMAs the MTV JTMAs? Cause really, now. Mr. Justin Timberlake dominated that stage the entire night, even with Lady Gaga warbling off-key and Miley Cyrus grabbing at her crotch every two seconds. It was teh impressive. JT performed a medley of what seemed to be ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Icona Pop at Fitzgerald's, 8/21/2013

    Icona Pop, K.Flay, Sirah Fitzgerald's August 21, 2013 Twice this year I have gone to major music shows where someone has thrown on Icona Pop's breakthrough single "I Love It" and thousands of people have lost their minds. It's one of those infectious tracks that a lot of people just can't resist, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Adam Ant, Brad Paisley, etc.

    Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 26 Rapper and brand-spankin'-new father Wiz Khalifa may be one of the most likable characters on the hip-hop scene. Not only is he responsible for that super-catchy "Black and Yellow" earworm -- an homage to his hometown team, the Pittsb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Pleased to Meet You: Eight Song Characters I'd Like to Know

    A trademark of a well-written novel is a complex, engaging central character. It's the author's most important and difficult job to create someone readers will be interested in and have strong feelings about. Same thing with a captivating movie. Did you see Silver Linings Playbook? That was a gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Paul Anka, Ladies' Man and Sinatra Worshipper, Tells It His Way

    My Way: An Autobiography By Paul Anka with David Dalton St. Martin's Press, 384 pp., $29.99 Currently celebrating his 55th year in show business with this autobiography and the new CD Duets -- which finds him singing with artists like Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and (through the magic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Here Come the Trishas, Texas' 4-Part Harmony Queens

    Does anyone else miss the Dixie Chicks? Is it even OK to say that in Texas? We hope so, because a week or two ago Rocks Off stumbled across "Tonight the Heartache's On Me" again and have been on a serious Chicks kick ever since. But as the song says, that trio is a long time gone at this point. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Verizon Wireless Theater Now Known As Bayou Music Center

    Verizon Wireless Theater will no longer be known under that name, because owner Live Nation's sponsorship deal with the communication provider has expired. The venue, which holds about 3,000 people within downtown entertainment complex Bayou Place, will now be known as Bayou Music Center. Rocks Off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Last Night: Miranda Lambert At Reliant Stadium

    Miranda Lambert RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 13, 2012 Miranda Lambert has been "doing this music thing for 10 years now," and her mantra is simple: She's all about girl power and being a sassy southern belle. A Texas-born blonde with attitude up to her ears, she doesn't apologize for being c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What Was Whitney Houston's Best Song?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: TroubleSum, O.N.E., Medicine Girl, D-Risha, Young Sensation, Kyle Hubbard, Zavey, B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    10 Rom-Coms Even Guys Will Watch

    Can you smell it? Either love is in the air or the Chick-fil-A has started using chicken-scented billboards. Yes, Valentine's Day is coming to give all men night sweats over what to do on the most romantic of the Hallmark holidays. As we were searching around for entertainment suggestions, we were t ... More >>

  • 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

    June 21, 2011

    Out Today: Bon Iver's Bandwagon Bait, Weird Al Goes Gaga

    Greetings From Bon Iver Land! Now, grab a rifle. It's almost dinner time.​In the next few weeks, you may be reading about the new Robert Ellis album, Photographs, so we are just giving you fair warning. It's a stunner through and through, and goes nicely with early morning traffic. Have you ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Fifteen Of Our Favorite Cheating Songs

    zazzle.com​Songwriters find inspiration many of life's varied realms: Joy, grief, sex, drugs, anger and, evidently, two-timing. Some are sad, some cheeky, some violent and revengeful, but we've collected a sad-sack grab-bag of cheating-related songs. Here is our Top 15, along with their lyric ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Rocks Off's Fantasy RodeoHouston Lineup

    Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & RodeoGeorge Strait in 1996​If you walk through Reliant Center, hanging from the ceiling are banners listing almost every musical performer RodeoHouston has hosted since the '60s. The names reflect the hallowed history of country and fleeting fancies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Six Things The White Stripes Leave In Their Wake

    ​In the wake of the White Stripes' official breakup last week, the music world reeled with the loss of one of the defining bands of the past decade. Some applauded the end of a band they saw as too simplistic, buoyed by a sub-par drummer and warbling attention-addict. Different strokes, y'all. ... More >>

  • Music

    February 3, 2011
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    January 21, 2010

    He Said She Said: Songs That Make Us Feel Like a Natural Woman

    ​ Despite what Shania Twain may think, feelin' like a woman isn't always about going totally crazy in men's shirts and short skirts. The life of a modern woman is often more about balancing work and social obligations, maybe even with motherhood, while still trying to look good (if you even care a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Aftermath: Puscifer at Jones Hall, the First Show We've Walked Out On In Years

    Photos by Groovehouse​Aftermath considers himself a reasonably tolerant sort of fellow - you pretty much have to be to do this job. And we know for a fact we have a sense of humor, and a pretty off-color sense of humor at that, because it's gotten us in hot water more than once. ​Which is why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    More Musical Medocrity For Houston's Private Party Of The Year

    ​For those folks out there wondering if superlawyer Mark Lanier had suddenly -- after all these years -- finally developed good musical taste, you can rest assured: He hasn't.Tort King Lanier is famous for his Christmas parties, elaborate (if liquor-free) bacchanals that feature kiddie rides, top- ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers

     It seems for every great female country singer, there's a man who has invented a new way to break her heart, be it by leaving or simply not returning her desires. The latter is the case on Miss Leslie's HPMA-nominated "Between the Whiskey and the Wine." This song will make your heart ache. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Aftermath: Reba McEntire at RodeoHouston

    Photos by Mark C. AustinReba McEntire is the closest modern country will ever get to the artistic heights of its pioneering female vocalists. Sure Tanya Tucker had her run but the booze, powders and Glen Campbell took their toll. Shania Twain was just a Nashville/Pat Benatar Frankenstein proje ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    February 12, 2009
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    August 10, 2007
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    January 19, 2006

    'Bout Time

    Give it up for soul survivor Bettye LaVette

  • Dining

    November 17, 2005

    Piece of Ass

    The Red Hog Saloon

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Sonny Landreth

    Saturday, April 17

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Money Waters

    The Porch (Soullsys Music/Noir Sound)

  • Film

    May 31, 2001

    Yes, It Can-Can

    The delightfully eccentric Moulin Rouge giddily juggles eras

  • Music

    April 27, 2000

    Big Country

    Buddy and Julie Miller --

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    January 30, 1997
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