I'm one of those people who grew up thinking David Bowie was a genius from beyond the realm of human evolution, but the older I get the more I tend to believe that Iggy Pop is the true wizard within the Big Three of Glam. Though he's never going to be accused of having the greatest range in the worl ... More >>
Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>
Silly, deeply serious and maybe the director's finest work.
Jarmusch’s undead know how to live.
Well, either the CBS decision makers have a hell of a sense of humor or they're the biggest trolls in television administration, because less than a year after one of the most tweeted about broadcast performances of the Texans' 2012 season, Dan Dierdorf's Week 7 slurp-fest of a returning-from-Achill ... More >>
Del Toro's Pacific Rim offers monster/robot glory.
BY JEFF ROCHE, LA WEEKLY Halloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step insi ... More >>
Four of the spookiest true tales in our city's history
Photos by David EnsmingerTSOL Walter's on Washington May 7, 2011 In the dramatic, razor-sharpened lens of TSOL songs, suburbia is far from a sleepy wonderland bedecked with slick malls and coiffeured lawns. Those tracts of same-samey homes are chock-full of demons such as singer Grisham hims ... More >>
Photos by David EnsmingerJack Grisham, singer of beach boys gone berserk TSOL, is a tour de force of American punk history still operating in full-bore form. His new memoir, An American Demon, which surveys his cataclysmic youth and early career, is not for the timid and meek. Like a meld of ... More >>
Today we celebrate the birthday of one Edgar Allan Poe, a man whose influence on music simply cannot be overstated. In fact, Rocks Off is going to go on record and say that Poe's writings have influenced more music than any other written work except the Bible, and when you're second place to ... More >>
Rocks Off has always been a fan of symbolism, hidden meanings and puzzles in general, so besides Raymond Chandler, Stephen King and Larry McMurtry, our favorite form of "lit-rah-chah" is allegorical stuff like George Orwell's Animal Farm, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Edgar Allan Po ... More >>
Midnight Theatre opens its doors with a rewrite of The Raven
myspace.com/thekrayolas San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single "1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexica ... More >>
Kicking the bucket at the age of 40 is bad enough, especially when, to this day, nobody's really sure how you died (everything from syphillis to rabies to political "cooping" has been thrown out there as a possible cause). But getting buried in an unmarked grave after a three minute "service" is ... More >>
Note: Lost in all the inaugural hoopla this week was the fact that Monday was Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday. No better time, then, to debut Rocks Off's new Goth column... Recently, my wife and I made our way down to the Houston Public Library to hear a talk with Charlaine Harris, author of ... More >>
Since the late 1950s, zydeco has fueled one of Houston’s most vibrant and fertile music scenes, and also one of its most insular and least understood. Most people still believe this accordion-fired, rubboard-embellished, upbeat and remarkably resilient Creole dance music, which down the years has ... More >>
How does the new Bissonnet Grill compare to the old Bissonnet grills?
It's hard to make vampires boring, but Susan Hubbard manages to do exactly that. The Society of S follows Ariella Montero, a thirteen-year-old girl who discovers she's a vampire. Her father is a vampire. Her mother is a vampire. It seems everyone she knows either is or wants to be a vampire. Not muc ... More >>
Jolie Holland takes it to the river
Local musicians regale us with more tales of woe, joy and debauchery
Jordan Blilie and Johnny Whitney of the Blood Brothers are mighty pleased to ensanguine you
Jim Carrey is in fine form, but the rest of Snicket is less fortunate
We chronicle the greatest moments of Ol' Dirty Bastard
Carlton Stowers plumbs the depths of depravity in the Lone Star State in Death in a Texas Desert
Edgar Allan Poe Elementary School
UT's Harry Ransom Center has it all
DJ Dana Dark shepherds Houston's goths to blacker pastures
Monkeybone drops you into a surreal world overrun by your worst simian nightmares
The Raven Grill
The gunman moved methodically, killing cowering churchgoers, before one of them stood up for the final confrontation. Then came the last shot.
Dear Railcar Killer...
Droll and in drag, Irma Vep comes to the Alley
Dinosaurs Run Amuck Again, This Time B-Movie Style