Guitar Hero

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Chip-Tune Star Perfecting the NESKeytar

    Three years ago I brought to your attention a chip-tune artist from the UK named Greig Stewart. Chip-tune music is works played through retro video-game sound equipment like the sound card on a Game Boy. Stewart was riding high on the Guitar Hero craze like everyone else at the time, but decided tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Hey, Millennials: You're Partying All Wrong. Here's How.

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Swedish Band Amplifetes Releases "Where Is the Light" as a Video Game

    Swedish psychedelic pop band the Amplifetes has taken an innovative approach to releasing a single -- by making it available as a video game, and entering players in a contest to win a trip to the Arctic Circle. A while back we talked about Bjork releasing singles as apps, which is a similar concep ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    The Score: Killa Kyleon 1, Fakes 0

    Ah, Killa Kyleon. He is so Guitar Hero. At the moment, Houston is flush with guys that are underappreciated. And for the admiration his fan base chucks at him (watch his TL after he posts a new song, it's as busy as anybody's), he still has to be considered chief among them. Remember his "Make it ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011

    Metro Etiquette

    Five rules that should be added to light rail.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    RIP Guitar Hero: 10 Songs The Game Gave New Life

    ​Thursday, Activision killed the musical video game Guitar Hero after six years of turning young ears into heshers, glammers, and classic-rock devotees. The debt that older bands like the Ramones, Poison, Black Sabbath and Rush owe to the game is immense. True, the kids (and drunk adults), wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Staffing The Ultimate Evil Record Label

    "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." - Attributed to Hunter S. Thompson ​The evil record label is a staple of the public's perception of the music ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Naked Rock Band = Parenting WIN (Semi-SFW)

    ​You know, as a person who spent ten years performing in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rocks Off never thought he'd live to say this, but, "Put bloody some clothes on!" It's daytime, and your kids are watching. They're dressed! Do you know how hard it is to keep clothes on a 6-year-old? Maybe n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Marisa Miller's Boobies Are Not Rated T For Teens

    Back in 2008, supermodel Marisa Miller filmed this commercial for an edition of Guitar Hero, but it was deemed too sexy for television. Maybe it was the gratuitous cleavage and ass-shaking by a half-naked Victoria's Secret model that pushed the censors over the line or their sworn allegiance to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Top 10 Places to Eat in the Oak Forest (and Inwood Forest) Area

    kshilcuttPetrol Station.​While the Heights boasts some well-known Houston favorites, those of us here outside the North Loop like to eat too. Here are some of the spots we think deserve a little recognition. 10. Petrol Station (985 Wakefield Drive) Good beer, great burgers (try the lamb), fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Rice Getting Plaudits For Teaching Video Game Design

    Photo by Hallie JordanRice senior Giacomo Ferrari with his game Box Wars​Computer gaming--usually a top procrastination activity -- has landed Rice University a spot in the Princeton Review and GamePro magazine's top 50 schools for computer game design.Computer science professor Joe Warren star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Indie-Rock Video-Game Savants Days Drive - Russians Love 'Em!

    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 ​ If we may be candid fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    DJ Hero: A Review

    ​The geniuses that first let you rock 'n' roll with guitar legends in Guitar Hero decided to bring out a new instrument for gamers to party on. This time, Activision brought out the turntables for their newest title, DJ Hero. Available for the Playstations 2 & 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Random Notes from ACL: The Grass Is Always Greener...

    Chris GrayIt's a little more crowded than this at Zilker now, but it was fun while it lasted.​ The grass is especially sweet at this year's ACL festival. The new turf at Zilker Park is nice too.Now we are in the media tent, surrounded by friends and family: Rocks Off's Austin Chronicle mentor (and ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Surreall, Asher & Cudi, Eminem vs. Mariah, Slum Village, Young Jeezy, Ghostface, Nas, DJ Hero, Guerilla Maab, etc.

    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: "#1 Dame in the Game," Surreall Wire To Wire Kid Cudi continues his rapid ascension to stardom, scores ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Aftermath: ZZ Top and Aerosmith at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Make all the Guitar Hero jokes you want. Whatever it is that's kept ZZ Top and Aerosmith in the public eye for almost four decades - video games or beards-n-babes videos, Back to the Future cameos or Michael Bay ballads, bee-stung lips or cheap sunglasses - they've never for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009

    Pasadena Strawberry Festival

    Roses are red…hey, wait a minute — you’re not a rose!

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    Crash Into Me: Predicting the Economy's Impact on the Music Biz

    GWAR more important than you might expect.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    ZZ Top, Aerosmith Hit Woodlands July 17

    Monday morning, word came down from Aerosmith and ZZ Top's respective camps, via Billboard, that the two boogie-rocking bands are teaming up for a massive world tour. After some digging, Rocks Off found out the tour makes its Houston-area stop Friday, July 17, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 5, 2009
  • Calendar

    February 5, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Happy Epiphany, Everybody

    "We Three Kings," a la Guitar Hero Time to take down that tree, y'all: Today is Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, the official end of the Christmas season. (It actually ended at midnight, so exhale... you made it.) Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the three wise men - or, in later translations of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Lamb to the Slaughter

    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 We headed out to the Pit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Local Rotation: Gold Sounds' Gold Sounds EP

    The Gold Sounds' self-titled, debut EP is not an exercise in showoffery. There's no mind-bending guitar solos, no time signatures questioning standard musical notation and no quirky elements that smack of an effort to deny obvious influences. It's just four solid hard-rock tunes. True, it's easier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Five ( 3) Spot: Christmas With Weezer!

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to Because God loves us: Weezer, one of our all-time favorite bands, has recorded six Christmas covers, the greatest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Welcome Back to Work...

    So, the boss made you come in the day after Thanksgiving, huh? Yeah, and we're guessing there isn't a whole lot to do seeing as how everyone else's boss gave them the day off. (Luckily for us, the news never rests! ... or something.) Well, nod off not, Internet friends. Hair Balls is here with link ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2008

    Metallica's Death Magnetic

    Fade to Plastic via Guitar Hero III

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Tonight: Deerhoof at Numbers

    "Offend Maggie" One more pin in the back of the "all the cool bands skip Houston" hater voodoo doll: because this week hasn't been weird enough already (though in a very, very good way) all-over-the-map San Francisco oddballs Deerhoof drop by Numbers tonight, proffering tunes from the quartet's ne ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    November 6, 2008

    My Guitar Hero Gently Weeps

    They're not yelling "Bruce" this time. They're booing

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Valient Thorr and Early Man at Rudyard's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Because it's been indelibly stereotyped (with some justification) as the soundtrack to working-class wage slaves dropping the hammer on their Z-28s while burning a massive doob, people tend to forget that technically speaking, metal is one of the most difficult styles to pul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    HPMA Showcase Preview: Videos from dUNETX, Bring Back the Guns, D.R.U.M., Katie Stuckey, Deep Ella and LoneStar PornStar

    One more round of videos before this afternoon's festivities. Here we go... Here's dUNETX (Best Guitarist, Chris Sacco) doing "Shine On" from its forthcoming album at the Continental Club last year. Love the outfits And Sacco's rival for Best Guitarist, Erik Bogle, and the rest of Bring Back the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Monday Monday: Gravy Train and Burning Brides tonight

    Apparently, just because it's the Monday after a long, nasty July 4 weekend doesn't mean the music stops anytime soon. Can someone please call Rhianna? So, anyway, tonight we've got crazy South Florida club kids Gravy Train at Walter's, with Bridez, Harlem and PRKL8R. They're endorsed by everyone's ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    June 12, 2008

    Hero We Go Again with Guitar Hero: World Tour

    Fake-instrument overload offers plenty to fret about

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Graveyard BBQ

    Winners of the 2005 “Be a Guitar Hero” contest, this four-piece dirtcore band features twang, sleaze and scantily clad dancers

  • Home Entertainment

    April 3, 2008

    Paging Freaks: Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2008

    Guinness writes the book on gaming, but doesn't shatter any records

  • Music

    March 13, 2008

    What's the Problem Houston?

    The city's skuzzy alt-rock scene thinks it is dying

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Web Extra: Seven Magnificent Moments in Guitar Hero / Rock Band

    In celebration of John Nova Lomax’s feature on the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, we now present seven clips of fake-rockin’ goodness. 1.) Axl Rose’s Chinese Democracy might never be finished, but we’re happy to see Slash still has folks to jam with, most notably Kelly Law-Yone an ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    December 13, 2007

    Rock Band

    It's never been easier to start your own (fake) band

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    The Blank Tapes

    Great Southern rock straight outta San Francisco…no, seriously

  • Home Entertainment

    November 15, 2007

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III

  • Home Entertainment

    November 23, 2006

    Encore Performance

    Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act

  • Home Entertainment

    November 24, 2005

    For Those About to Rock

    Guitar Hero cranks rhythm-gaming up to 11

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