George Carlin

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    March 14, 2014

    Happy Anniversary KPFT: 44 Genres For 44 Years

    Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Federal Government Shutdown And College Sports: The Best Press Release Ever

    As we drink our morning coffee and watch President Obama talk about how avoidable the federal government shutdown is and hear Republicans counter with their arguments, it's important to note that there have actually been several government shutdowns over the last few decades. So while this is more ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013
  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Let's Get Greasy

    The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.

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    December 7, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: December 7-9

    Come See My Dead Person Walters, December 8 The gypsy-punks in Come See My Dead Person have come out of hibernation to release an eponymous new 13-song set of songs. The manic pickin', the boisterous drinking anthems, and strange old-world stank are here in spades, with the proverbial fur really f ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012
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    December 3, 2012

    Why Screw Caps Stink, Why They Rock and a Pinot Grigio I Dig

    "Bartender, bartender! My wine smells like farts!" No, this wasn't a George Carlin routine. It was me (and my not so inner wine nerd) as I sat at a bar at one of Houston's most swank joints, waiting to be seated for dinner. Honestly, I wasn't surprised that my wine smelled like a fart: It came fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Grey Victory: A Playlist for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

    In 1945, the Japanese city of Hiroshima became the first target of a nuclear weapon ever. The United States called for the unconditional surrender of the country at the end of World War II, an ultimatum that was ignored. In response, we deployed a weapon that killed between 90,000 and 166,000 Japane ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    True Blood: God, Gotye, and Why Neither Matters

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. So, the vampires have decided that they are going to try and rule ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Col. St. James on the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and Naked Strippers on the KLOL Console

    Getting into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame is a big deal when you consider the company includes Wolfman Jack and George Carlin among others. One local dee jay, Colonel St. James of 93.7 the Arrow, is among them. He has been on air since the 1970s and has worked at just about every rock and roll stati ... 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 10, 2012

    Top 5 Farts in Video Game History with Video Evidence of He Who Dealt It

    Everyone farts. Even that virginal cheerleader you had the crush on in high school began her day with a triumphant blast of her trumpet. It's a fact of life as stinky and socially irrelevant as The Facts of Life, and to us modern hepcats we can't see anyone making a big deal out of it. But (ha ha) ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Last Night: Concrete Blonde At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Abrahan Garza​Concrete Blonde, Girl In a Coma Fitzgerald's October 30, 2011 Aftermath was as bummed as anyone when Concrete Blonde, after a few fits and starts, apparently called it quits back in 2006. We also kicked ourselves repeatedly when we were unable to make any of the dates ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    ACL Find: The Cave Singers At The Vista Equity Tent

    Craig Hlavaty​ We found ourselves in front the Cave Singers on Friday afternoon with a few hundred folks, escaping the Sun and the cheerfulness and pomp of the other bands going at the same time (Big Boi, Foster The People) for some dark art at the Vista Equity Tent. About halfway through t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The 5 Prayers We Didn't Hear at Perry's Rally

    Rick Perry has forgotten the riddle of steel.​As you may be aware, Governor Rick Perry held a prayer rally last Saturday at Reliant Stadium. Dubbed "The Response" (and redubbed "Prayerapalooza" by some, or "Reliant's Preseason Concession Test Run" by us just now), the event attracted some 30,0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Gloria Gaynor, Disco's Ultimate Survivor, Discusses That Song

    ​You know "I Will Survive." Everybody knows "I Will Survive." Aliens know "I Will Survive." Dogs know "I Will Survive." Dogs who are aliens know "I Will Survive." Gloria Gaynor's 1979 disco anthem, written by the same producers who wrote "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "Reunited," has l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    The 10 Worst Things Texas Has Given To The Modern World

    It's not nature's way, it's Houston's​If we were to list all the great, terrific things Texas, Our Texas has given to civilization, we would be here all day. (Two words: Jessica Simpson.) Unfortunately, Texas has also gifted America and the world with some things the world and America would n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Pop Rocks: One Of Those "Good News/Bad News" Things

    Only this time, no cropped shirts.​Or maybe even "Okay News/Bad News," depending on your feelings regarding San Dimas High School football. That's right, the rumors you've heard may or may not be true in that a third Bill and Ted movie might or might not be getting made: Keanu Reeves has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    5 Things I Learned Photographing 100 Houston Restaurants

    Photo by Jeff BalkeOne of my more successful shots at Olives Martini Bar & Grille in Sugar Land​George Carlin once described the phrase "fussy eater" as a euphemism for "big pain in the ass." When I was young, I was a big pain in the ass. Don't get me wrong, I have always loved food. I just di ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    For The National Day Of Prayer: Five Invocations For (Almost) Any Occasion

    If nothing else, pray for poor shrinking Alaska.‚ÄčThe good news is, President Obama didn't cancel the National Day of Prayer, as was alleged by e-mails sent by a few of my dimmer relations over the last few years. The bad news is, it's still pretty goddamned hard to find an appropriate bit of Scrip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Bill Hicks, Still Dead 15 Years Later

    Wholly influential and ridiculously honest stand-up comic Bill Hicks died fifteen years ago today, succumbing to lung cancer. Ironically he had always opined that that was how he would meet his end. Smoking seemed to be his obsession and he was rarely seen onstage not puffing away. The comedian move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Four Catholic Schools Closing, Robbing Future Generations of Ruler-Wielding Nun Stereotypes

    Maybe it's just the 12 years of Catholic school in me, but it's always sad to see one of these tradition-bound institutions close.And now four of them are to be shut in the Houston area.The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston announced that, on the heels of last year's shutdown of Mt. Carmel High, the ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008

    Houston Turns Back to Tap Water

    That stuff flowing from the faucet is safe, cheap and environmental

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    June 24, 2008
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    June 23, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Mugsy's, Big Easy, SW Foodservice Expo, Tom Waits and Astros

    George Carlin, RIP. We now pause for a moment of seven-word cussing... 12:04 a.m. at Mugsy's Bill Olive hung out on Kirby on Saturday night, starting at Mugsy's... 1 a.m. at the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club ...and working his way down to the Big Easy.

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    George Carlin

    Comedian’s anger still funny after all these years

  • Home Entertainment

    September 27, 2007

    New DVD Releases

    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Funny Business

    Once upon a time Houston was a hot spot for comedy clubs. Now it's anybody's guess on who'll turn out on any given night

  • Home Entertainment

    March 1, 2007
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    July 13, 2006
  • Film

    June 8, 2006

    Kickin' the Tires

    Pixar's latest is no lemon, but it does have that used-Cars smell

  • Film

    December 8, 2005

    Jesus Saves

    Sarah Silverman speaks the unspeakable. And funny? Oh, hell, yes.

  • Calendar

    September 29, 2005

    Carlin the Shots

    Fresh outta rehab, grouchy George is here to spread his vitriol

  • Film

    August 11, 2005

    Working Blue. And Brown.

    Inside the dirtiest joke ever told is a nugget of unadulterated joy

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    February 17, 2005

    Dressing the Part

    Michelle Ellsworth's ED will save your id

  • Film

    March 25, 2004

    Jersey Hurl

    For Kevin Smith, growing up means selling out

  • Music

    August 29, 2002

    Groupie Grooves

    Little Feat can only hope to receive the same "welcome" they got here 31 years ago

  • Film

    August 23, 2001

    Fanboy Theater

    Jay and Silent Bob feeds the addictions of Kevin Smith junkies

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Wading for Godot

    Allison arrived in a flood of thoughts -- mattress rafts, murky thigh-deep water and the sudden flotsam of family life rushing out the back door

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    September 16, 1999
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    June 24, 1999
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    October 8, 1998
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    April 6, 1995