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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
How therapy saved the monarchy in The King's Speech.
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 >>
Photos by Mark C. AustinWho 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 >>
2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.
It's dystopia you can dance to in House of Blues' lavish Foundation Room.
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 >>
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 >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Here at Rocks Off we’ ... More >>
The movie is shorter and truer to the novel than the TV mini-series
Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr.s work survives in demolition-happy Houston
Break-dancing Nazis populate Freneticore's 1984
Get some style with substance at Suchu Dance's Roseburn
Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures
Diamond Dave rants on fashion, being a digital gigolo, his rival/tourmate Sammy Hagar, a pending lawsuit and a bunch of other stuff
Neil Jordan's adaptation of Affair buries all subtlety under a mountain of melodrama
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.
A not-subtle but unsettling Joe the King exposes child abuse
Who needs a product when you can sell stock? The mind-boggling success of PinkMonkey.com.
Alex Golubitsky was a high school revolutionary in search of a cause. Then he became his own cause.
In the battle to privatize welfare services in Texas, corporate bidders have enlisted some inside help
The Hates' leader may be the last of Houston's original punks