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  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Six Great Covers of TV Theme Songs

    Television's influence on our musical vocabulary is vast. These days, singing shows are determining new pop stars. A great TV theme can become iconic -- Sanford and Son, Friends, The Sopranos -- and shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and Scrubs have become legendary for their in-show musical perfor ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Cashing In On Christmas: Five Shameless Holiday Songs

    I love watching people whine and moan about how commercial Christmas has become. Become? It's been this way for longer than anyone now has been alive! Sure, there's church, and family, and great movies with warm lessons, and stuff like that. There are also presents. Loads of them! There's big piles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Josh Groban at Toyota Center, 11/12/2013

    Josh Groban Toyota Center November 12, 2013 The scent of mothballs wafted over Josh Groban's concert Wednesday night at Toyota Center: not from the music, just all the clothing returned from winter storage on Houston's first truly cold evening since, what, February? The 32-year-old L.A. native may ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2013

    The Fine Finger Food at Batanga Is Full of Surprises

    Batanga offers up delicious tapas and other surprises, not the least of which is its eggplant fries.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Five Acts You Didn't Know Have New Albums Out This Month

    So far 2013 has been marked by a considerable amount of comebacks. Some have made a bigger splash than others; we saw a new Black Sabbath album LP explode while the new Deep Purple floundered. We saw pop explosions from Fall Out Boy and Justin Timberlake, while while a new Kanye West album met with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    The Cosby Show's Five Greatest Musical Guests

    I'm not sure if you're aware, especially if you're younger and only know him from Family Guy jokes, but Bill Cosby is one of the funniest comedians ever to tell a joke. His 1983 special Bill Cosby: Himself is one of the all-time great and influential stand-up comedy films, and his '80s NBC show is r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide for "Bros":
    Mary J. Blige

    Date: March 1 Name: Mary J. Blige AKA: "Damn, we sure have a lot of white men on the concert calendar this year."

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Macklemore's Terrifying Secret: He's Not Really That Good

    When I first heard about Macklemore, it was through the word of mouth surrounding the craze over his video for the song "Thrift Shop." Memes make stars these days, and the kitschy, comedic video and song about wearing clothes from Goodwill really struck a chord with my young, hipster peers. I was f ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2013

    Street Knowledge

    The Geto Boys MC is also Rocks Off's brand-new advice columnist.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Five Songs You Should Be Evicted for Playing

    Here's a news story you may have missed recently: a man in the UK was so utterly obsessed with the Spice Girls song "Viva Forever" that he played it over and over and over again, until he pissed off his neighbors and landlord so much that they kicked him out of his apartment. I've heard of people lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Robert Plant: Former Honeydrippers Front Man, Current Texan Is 64 Today

    Today is Robert Plant's 64th birthday, and hopefully the adopted Texan -- he lives near Austin with maybe-sorta-"wife" Patty Griffin -- is spending it the way a good Texan should, covered in barbecue sauce, listening to Lightnin' Hopkins on his turntable and wearing nothing but a pair of cowboy boot ... More >>

  • Film

    June 28, 2012


    Seth McFarlane's new film is stuffed with more of the same.

  • Film

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Bob's Burgers

    Bob's Burgers entered Fox's Sunday evening programming quietly last year, filling the void left by the cancellation of King of the Hill. It looked as bad as Fox's other non-Simpsons/Family Guy animation (see: The PJs and Sit Down, Shut Up). And pun-filled reviews like this one from Entertainment Wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Who Is Paul McCartney?!: Rocks Off Tells You

    So, it's the day after the Grammys, and you may still be wondering who that "hella old" man with the droopy eyes playing the weird left-handed bass was on the telecast last night. You know, the guy next to the guy from Foo Fighters and that one other ancient-looking man in the tight jeans who looks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Five Tweets That Might Get You Busted by the TSA

    Most everyone gets that you can't shout "fire" in a movie theater or crack jokes about bombs on an airplane. This sort of thing will get you in a mess of trouble. But, apparently, jokes made on Twitter can also get you in trouble, particularly if you are a foreigner using slang we don't get in 'Meri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Old Man: A Happy Birthday Randy Newman Playlist

    Photo By Jim BrickerRandy Newman at ACL '11 back in September. ​Mr. Randy Newman, who turns 68 years old today, turned in one of the best and our most most favorite sets of this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. In a festival littered with Kanye West, Coldplay, and Skrillex, Newman's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Why the Eff Are Ringtones So Effing Impossible To Get?

    So elusive​It's safe to say I'm not the most tech-savvy guy around. A new iPhone coming out means as little to me as a new Keith Urban album. It's not a "get off my lawn" thing, it's just that tech stuff, to me, is too close to math. And I hate math. And if it's not too math-y, it's filled wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Simpsons Last Stand?

    "Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?" - Troy McClure A salary dispute is threatening to end one of television's most beloved comedies. The actors who provide the voices for the long-running cartoon hit "The Simpsons" are at odds over a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Drain You: The 10 Most Expensive Nirvana Items On eBay

    ​Today officially marks 20 years, yes two decades, since Nirvana's Nevermind hit stores and started a whole new movement in music, er, well at least brought one further above ground. The past month the music world has been awash in articles and blogs about Nevermind, with the three living arch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A (Not Really) Canonical List Of Wardrobe Malfunctions (NSFW)

    Bad idea.​The "wardrobe malfunction" is a phenomenon I confess I wasn't really aware of until Super Bowl XXXVIII. Half of us at the party were watching the actual Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime show, the other half were watching the South Park (or was it Family Guy?) episode running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Pop Rocks: What's Your [Wardrobe] Malfunction? (NSFW)

    Bad idea.​The "wardrobe malfunction" is a phenomenon I confess I wasn't really aware of until Super Bowl XXXVIII. Half of us at the party were watching the actual Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake halftime show, the other half were watching the South Park (or was it Family Guy?) episode running ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Prog-Rock Bassist Enters Stupid Criminal Hall Of Fame

    GroovehouseCoheed's Claudio Sanchez: Now auditioning bassists.​Sometimes when Rocks Off interviews this musician or that one, we'll ask them what they do to kill time on the road. Some of them read, others take in the local sights if they have time, obviously a lot of them listen to music. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Light and Fruity at Tutti Frutti

    ​For a while, I was driving completely out of my way to The Yogurt Spot every time I wanted good frozen yogurt. Yes, it's in Chinatown. But the yogurt is reliably good and it always seems to have Family Guy reruns on the TV. Surrounded by high school kids studying and laughing, I always feel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Danny Elfman's Ten Greatest Soundtracks

    ​Last Tuesday, Warner Bros. music released a 25th anniversary box set commemorating the orchestral soundtrack work Danny Elfman has done for Tim Burton. Elfman, the former front man for the wonderfully weird art-pop band Oingo Boingo, was first recruited by Burton to score his film Pee Wee's B ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Holy Fiction: Thou Shalt Not Mocketh Our Name

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rock's Off we're working hard to find some meaning behind the oddest monikers. ​Rocks Off has one thumb firmly on the pulse of the Houston music scene, and the other hovering above the mouse waiting to Googl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Rush Limbaugh: Ten Great Moments to Remember Him By

    Rush Limbaugh: A reasoned voice in a sea of shrill partisan rhetoric​Happy 60th birthday to the man who helped birth modern right-wing talk radio in the late '80s, and made the world safe for the dozens of like-minded and ratings-hungry guys who would follow in his footsteps, stomping on the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Navy's Lewd Videos: Captain Owen Honors Has One Fan In Houston

    A Houstonian stands up​The big news on a slow post-holiday Monday comes from the Virginia Pilot, which has obtained videos that are being decribed as "lewd" that were shown aboard a U.S. navy aircraft carrier by one of its top officers. Captain Owen Honors, the ship's executive officer, produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Our Annual Hour In Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    ​The day before Thanksgiving, Sunny 99.1, "Houston's Official At-Work Station" did its yearly change-over to all holiday music. It's now a Houston tradition to turn over the dial at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve to snort your first line of Burl Ives or Brenda Lee of the season, before you have ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Ten TV Shows That Need To Go Away Now

    ​We're barely a month into the fall TV season and have already lost three new network shows. My Generation, the show that was to catch us up on a group of high school graduates ten years after the fact (and presumably set to the music of The Who) pulled a Keith Moon after two episodes. Lone St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    The 15 Most Annoying Ringtones You Can Get

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​It's not good enough for a phone to simply ring anymore. Your phone's ring must say something about you, become an expression of your unique individuality, or, failing that, let everyone around you know that you really, really like that OutKast song that ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    The Man Who Sued the Pope

    Houston's Daniel Shea thinks Joseph Ratzinger has a lot to answer for if he'd talk.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Five Fictional Pedophiles Who Could Teach The Vatican A Thing Or Two

    It's hard out here for a priest. The sex-abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church refuse to go away, with more cases coming to light and casting doubt on the actions of those in the highest offices of the Vatican, including Big Pope-a himself: Critics have charged that Pope Benedict XVI, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    This Week in TV: Shatner My Dad Says

    ​I'm confused by curling, ready for spring, and oh yeah: I got engaged. This was the week in TV Land: • There's a guy out there with a blog called "The Final Season of LOST as Seen by Someone Who Has Never Seen." I think it's missing a word at the end, but whatever. The whole gimmick is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Glee: One for the Road

    Last night's Glee was a great way to cap the fall season. Fighting! Kissing! The Rolling Stones! Seriously, if they could all be like this, the show would be unstoppable. The only bad part is having to wait until April to get more. The episode opens with Rachel figuring out that Puck knocked up ... More >>

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    "One of My Least Favorite Cars in the World": Embarrassing Moments in Toyota Prius History

    Claiming environmental superiority, low gas mileage and the quietest ride outside of a bicycle, the Toyota Prius is a car that inspires rabid, cult-like legions of fans. They create websites, message boards and even Facebook pages to celebrate their love of a car. Not since the original Ford Musta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Drinking Pepsi Means You Support Gay Orgies, Totally Reasonable Texan Asserts

    Is Pepsi in bed with the gays? That's what former Texas Republican Party Treasurer and General Counsel Gina Parker Ford believes. Hair Balls knows this because Ford sent us a commentary detailing her outrage over a recent episode of Family Guy that "promote[d] homosexuality, gay orgies and also slan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Famous & Trouble Sum, Solange Knowles, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, The Kanye, Trick Daddy, Bill Clinton, Thom Yorke, J-Dilla, Geto Boys and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week "Poppin'," Famous feat. Trouble Sum Wire To Wire Solange Knowles can single-handedly lower deer popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    No More Family Guy For Star Furniture

    Star Furniture, the third in the Houston triumvirate of ubiquitously advertising furniture stores, has made a bold decision. They've decided to crumble helplessly in the face of some right-wing whiners. Star, along with Dallas-based The Room Store and Corpus Christi's Whataburger, are the latest c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Norm MacDonald

    This former SNL cast member continues his comedy — sans his greatest hits

  • Home Entertainment

    January 17, 2008
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    November 29, 2007
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    September 20, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 13, 2006

    Return of the Ten-Year-Old Curmudgeon

    Courtesy of The Family Lomax John Henry's back, and this time, it's personal. (Well, not really, but we thought it sounded good.) John Henry Lomax fans (and there are a lot of 'em), rejoice! Everyone's favorite Ten-Year-Old Curmudgeon is back, and this time, he's taking on Family Guy, weird ani ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    December 1, 2005
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    September 29, 2005
  • Culture

    September 7, 2000

    School's Out

    When Fox-TV canceled American High, the network hit a new low

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