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  • Film

    June 26, 2014

    Not Even Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton Can Keep Snowpiercer on the Rails

    After the crash, grim Snowpiercer and its trains keep grinding along.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    The 10 Best Music-Oriented Secrets on Whisper

    Remember when the prospect of Big Brother was frightening? This was back in ancient times, when people shuddered at the thought of anyone being able to watch their each and every move any time of the day. That was before the Internet, before Facebook, before apps that track your mobile device so yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Megadeth's Dave Mustaine's Hopes You're Still Buying

    When Megadeth founder/singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine was growing up, the troubled teen -- like a lot of his own fans would later -- found an escape from a shitty life and comforting solace in hard rock and heavy-metal music. "It was the one thing I could always count on to make me happy," he refle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Negative Utopia Gets All Self-Determinist Up In Here

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're working hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Negative Utopia is only six months old as a band, so I'm not sure exactly what they'll be when they grow up. Their sound has some cowpunk influe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: How Many Moons Does Your Favorite Pub Have?

    Eater Houston: I've been enjoying Eater's recent series "Front and Center," in which front-of-house industry professionals are spotlighted for their vital efforts in making a dining experience special. The last two entries in the series have been some of my favorites: Sabin Shk, a Nepalese immigrant ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012
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    August 14, 2012

    A&M Shooter Thomas Caffall's Disturbing Facebook Page: Yoda, Emily Dickinson, Commie Guns

    Thomas Caffall's mother told the media yesterday that she had been worried about her son's mental state, and from looking at his Facebook page, it's easy to see why. Having a right-wing gun nut in the family is one thing. Having one who goes around quoting Yoda and Emily Dickinson is another. Caffa ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010

    Talk of the Nation

    How therapy saved the monarchy in The King's Speech.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Inside "American Pie," Pop Music's Longest Allegory

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Aftermath: Muse On The March At Toyota Center

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​Who does Muse think they are?Big Rock Stars, with a Big Stage Set to go along with their Big Ideas. A Big Stage Set that can, apparently, only be photographed from 100 yards away - any closer and the British trio's synapse-taxing lasers and jackbooted rock might have fract ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009


    2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.

  • Music

    November 12, 2009

    Loose Change

    It's dystopia you can dance to in House of Blues' lavish Foundation Room.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Swine To Watch Out For: Five Bad Movie Pigs

    News about the potential swine flu outbreak has veered from grim to cautiously optimistic and back again over the last few days, with much emphasis given to the pigs themselves. Should massive reprisals against our bacon-generating friends be necessary, here's some movie material to get you in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    For Good Friday: The Five Best Torture Scenes

    Today is Good Friday, so named because it's the day they finally offed that pompous windbag from Nazareth who would just not shut up about all his "Love your brother" crap. Have you met any of my brothers?Of course, the powers-that-be decided they wouldn't just kill Jesus, they had to torture him a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Room 101

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Here at Rocks Off we’ ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 2, 2008
  • Film

    July 31, 2008

    Brideshead Revisited Goes Back to the Book

    The movie is shorter and truer to the novel than the TV mini-series

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2007

    “Residential Architecture 1948-1966”

    Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr.’s work survives in demolition-happy Houston

  • Music

    April 19, 2007
  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005

    Big-Brother Ballet

    Break-dancing Nazis populate Freneticore's 1984

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2004

    Flashy Dance

    Get some style with substance at Suchu Dance's Roseburn

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Go, Baby, Go

    Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    David Lee's Froth

    Diamond Dave rants on fashion, being a digital gigolo, his rival/tourmate Sammy Hagar, a pending lawsuit and a bunch of other stuff

  • Film

    January 6, 2000

    Tragic Sap

    Neil Jordan's adaptation of Affair buries all subtlety under a mountain of melodrama

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    No Secrets

    Health providers, insurance companies, researchers and government agencies all want your medical records. And it doesn't matter whether you want them released or not.

  • Film

    October 28, 1999

    Blunt Object

    A not-subtle but unsettling Joe the King exposes child abuse

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    Monkey Business

    Who needs a product when you can sell stock? The mind-boggling success of

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    Fighting the Power

    Alex Golubitsky was a high school revolutionary in search of a cause. Then he became his own cause.

  • News

    July 30, 1998
  • News

    October 9, 1997
  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Cozy Ties

    In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help

  • Music

    January 4, 1996

    His Generation

    The Hates' leader may be the last of Houston's original punks