Murray goes for the laughs at least for a little bit.
Murray goes for the laughs at least for a little bit.
Traffic sucks. Public transportation is a joke. Heat plus humidity is stifling. Hurricanes threaten to wipe out life as we know it. When it floods, freeways turn into rivers. The lack of zoning and historic preservation ensure our cityscape (beyond downtown) remains a massive sprawl of strip malls ( ... More >>
Rapper MC Chris has a significant and sometimes intensely personal relationship with his fans. How personal? He's been known to crash fans' house parties or just stop by to play video games. He includes them in T-shirt design and remix competitions on his Web site. He reaches out to them to help f ... More >>
I've never been a fan of the beach. My family is about it though, so sometime this summer I'll be sitting someplace that smells worse than a Red Lobster dumpster introducing new grains of sand to my ass crack. My parents were from Galveston, but they hated the beach. We never went as kids. So, I ne ... More >>
Frustrated. Nervous. Tired. Anxious. Wired. Those are pretty much the only words to describe the numerous Record Store Day lines throughout town Saturday. Nope, tax day was four days prior so these lines were certainly not at your local H&R Block. These were the emotions of a quickly growing group o ... More >>
One of my favorite things about looking back on the past is how things that were perhaps state-of-the-art at the time are now so cheesy and dated removed from their original contexts. It should probably come as no surprise that I'm a massive fan of the slasher genre, especially the later films in th ... More >>
Michel Gondry on Noam Chomsky and a brainy new doc.
Patty Griffin Warehouse Live, October 25 Patty Griffin's voice has a tendency to bring on a churchlike hush over any room the she's singing in -- Texas Monthly recently dubbed it the "Patty Griffin effect" -- which could make for an interesting evening Friday, when the Austinite goes up against a b ... More >>
Halloween music sucks. We can all agree on that, right? Every year at every party, it's the same crap: "Thriller," "Monster Mash" and the "Ghostbusters" theme. Actually, that last one is pretty great, but you get the point: people blast tunes in October that they'd rather deafen themselves with cann ... More >>
Blondie, X Warehouse Live, September 27 Arguably the two best American bands to come out of the punk era, Blondie and X each personified the late'70s/early-80s rock scenes of New York and L.A, respectively. Fronted by impossibly glamorous Debbie Harry, Blondie mingled downtown CBGB cool with Studio ... More >>
First off, we want you to know that we think Houston has a killer restaurant scene. We have some truly top-notch eateries in this town, and we're damn proud of them. That said, everyone messes up from time to time. Chefs, waiters and restaurateurs all do stupid things. And we totally forgive them, ... More >>
Maggie Carey's debut is full of promise.
Funny but unlovable, the "wolf pack" returns for round 3.
Today Ray Parker Jr. turns 55 years old, and many happy returns to the man. Likely the only thing most of us know about him is that he penned the ever-catchy theme to Ghostbusters... though Huey Lewis claims Parker just ripped off "I Want a New Drug" with the tune. You can certainly hear the similar ... More >>
Recently, I spent more than a little time at the Harrah's casino smack in the middle of downtown New Orleans, which was unfortunately the only place besides my hotel room floor where I could get some sort level of sanity away from football. If you have ever been to a casino, you know it is built l ... More >>
Free Press Houston New Year's Eve Cataclysm Feat. Buxton, Infinite Apaches, Robert Ellis, Ben Godfrey Fitzgerald's December 31, 2012 Devil, your name be "Michelada." Who else could I blame for a New Year's Eve that seems to exist only as flashes and sounds and 11 pages of barely legible notes? Let' ... More >>
If there were some kind of Ghostbusters-style aura-meter that could measure the feelings certain songs evoke in people, KC & the Sunshine Band's readings would be greener than the fields of Ireland. The Miami-based group dominated the charts in the mid- and late '70s with a string of singles -- "Boo ... More >>
The last shipment of Hostess Twinkies was supposedly delivered last Tuesday, as Hostess indeed filed for bankruptcy. Twinkies were also linked to great destructive forces in the movie Ghostbusters. This all falls very close to December 21, which marks the end of the Mayan Mesoamerican Long Count C ... More >>
Rumors of a Ghostbusters actor's "party crashing" tour touch off a night of revelry.
If my gym is any indication, Olympics Fever is spurring folks into action. There used to be plenty of elliptical machines, barbells, and room in the pool available during the time of day I would go. Now it seems like every elliptical machine is taken except the one in front of the wonky TV that only ... More >>
What's worse: A movie geared towards kids and teens or the soundtrack to a movie geared towards kids and teens? It's a tough call because both can be pretty awful and uninspired. Sure, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is great and had an excellent soundtrack but let's not fool ourselves: We all sat through ... More >>
We've been taking a look at foods we miss dearly and crave back in our lives. So far, we've decided we can't stand a life without snacks like O'boisies Potato Chips and Fast Food Chicken Dishes like KFC's $.39 Chicken Littles. But all of that junk food has made us thirsty, so this time, we're remini ... More >>
To be clear, turning franchises into video games is a scam to get people to buy them as presents. "Oh, you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Here's the game they made about it. Happy Christmas." That sort of thing. For the most part the game designers are on a rushed deadline, and they generally resen ... More >>
Jeez, when are they going to stop casting ugly actors in these Bond movies?So it turns out Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Vicky Cristy Barcelona) is going up against 007 in Bond 23: After months of speculation about who would play the villain in the next James Bond installment, we fi ... More >>
One of the many things we love about Houston is the diversity of its music. For instance, on Tuesday night we went to Mango's to see Psychic Palms and Mikey & The Drags, two of our favorite local garage-rock bands. After The Drags performed their cover for "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals, the du ... More >>
thelocal478.comWelcome back to Billboard, Otis.Say what you will about Watch the Throne - and people, including several members of Team Rocks Off, have said a lot - but it's all anyone in music seems to be talking about these days. Which makes sense; it's not every day that two megastars (the ... More >>
Walter Peck: Because I'm curious. I wanna know more about what you do here! Frankly, I've heard a lot of wild stories in the media and we want to assess any possibility of dangerous and possibly hazardous waste chemicals in your basement. - Ghostbusters Rocks Off can promise you we are not h ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... More >>
Pluto is effin' Goofy, is all we know.Frankly, we don't keep up much with Pluto and its status as a planet or non-planet. It's kind of like when, as a young altar boy, the Catholic Church demoted a bunch of saints. We just rolled with the flow. So if Pluto's not a planet, it doesn't really b ... More >>
When Lady Gaga released her new single, "Born This Way," in February, it took less than a minute of the title track from her upcoming disc for fans and detractors alike to scream "Express Yourself!" in unison. Yes, it does sound like an amped-up version of the 1989 Madonna track. A lot. Thi ... More >>
Shock! Outrage! Shenanigans! Casey Abrams voted off! Last night, American Idol had all the signs of the Apocalypse rolled into one (all the Ghostbusters ones, anyway). Dogs and cats living together? Well, James Durbin is like a big puppy dog, and Pia has a certain cattiness about her. Check. ... More >>
Steve Tyler wore a shirt with lips all over it. I couldn't decide if he was being knowingly self-referential or it was the work of the same costume designer who put him in that leotard in the "Love in an Elevator" video.neither way, it fulfilled its purpose of distracting me from the show for ... More >>
Natalie Portman follows up with — surprise — an awfully good romantic comedy.
Marco TorresLady Gaga at Toyota Center, July 25Conceivably, today's announcement that the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority has agreed to act as landlord for the proposed Houston Dynamo stadium in downtown's East End could present a serious challenge to the Houston area's reigning concer ... More >>
Rocks Off sat down with Peelander Yellow of Japanese action-comic punk super-posse Peelander-Z to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world and why? Peelander Yellow: "Ghostbusters." If I hear the song, I can't stop dancing, singing loo ... More >>
Sideshow Tramps on FacebookThink of Houston barnburners the Sideshow Tramps and naturally the first thought that comes to mind is "wholesome family enterainment," right? The band themselves admitted as much in an email they sent to Rocks Off HQ Wednesday afternoon, calling themselves "known f ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerBilly Idol House of Blues August 25, 2010 See a slideshow of snarls and sweat from last night's show. Hot in the city. Tonight. Billy Idol, that ever-grinning Dorian Gray of rock and roll, didn't really need to yell "Sweat! Sweat! Sweat!" during "Dancing With Myself" ... More >>
boost ventilatorBasically an entire goddamn Grand Slam Breakfast between two slices of bread.In the recent kerfluffle regarding Denny's new sandwich, the Fried Cheese Melt, we seem to have forgotten that it's far from the only reason to be afraid of the 24-hour restaurant chain. Allow us to r ... More >>
Michael Cera: What are we missing here?‚ÄčMaybe it's just a low tolerance for indie-movie tweeness, but we have to admit the charms of Michael Cera largely escape us.Now we freely admit we haven't seen Year One, so there's a chance that our admiration for his subtle comedic skills might yet be awake ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayA middle-aged man wakes up bleary-eyed and groggy to the sounds of the neighbor's lawn mower. Why do people insist on doing their yard work so early on the weekend? It's a Saturday morning in Pearland, Texas, and for Bud Davis, a senior plant manager ... More >>
This and every Christmas season the most important person is the baby Jesus, with a bearded, white-haired toy factory owner coming in a close second. Every year we flock to the malls to sit in our kids down on Santa's lap. Sometimes they run off screaming, while others take to the old guy just like ... More >>
Hola, Edouard. I hope you won't mind, but we Houstonians are still a little fatigued from taking 12 hours to drive from The Woodlands to Conroe during Hurricane Rita to get too worked up over the "threat" of a [*snicker*] Category 1 storm. And to cheer you up, we've compiled a list of the top five h ... More >>
Just another fishing show, until that music kicks in. A woman runs through a forest and trips on a fallen branch. Cue ominous music. She attempts to get up, but her shoe is entangled in a tree limb. As she tries to rip off her shoe, the pounding sound of violins begins to get louder. She finally bre ... More >>
Experimental thrashers sing odes to Slimer, porn and things that suck
A few weeks ago, because my XM radio unit and my heart are both perpetually stuck on the Eighties channel (XM 8), I started to notice how many of the seemingly innocuous pop songs from those pastel-tinged years had much heavier concerns. Perhaps those erudite Englishmen Duran Duran put it best in ‚Ä ... More >>
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