When picturing Houston hip-hop, most fans are apt to conjure images of hedonistic success: candy paint, gold grills and a cup full of purple stuff. And why not? The good times roll on a set of wire-spoke rims down here. But from its very earliest days, the city's sound of the streets has contained i ... More >>
Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I show you the most disturbing thing I have ever run across. It makes Grinderman's "Heathen Child" look like a Bieber video, and no, I'm not joking at all. Plus, Jason Voorhees tries to turn his life around and we go to outer space in a cardboard r ... More >>
Friends, the greatest time of year is upon us once again. It's getting a little bit chilly outside (for Texas), the nights are getting just a little bit spookier, and the magic of Halloween is in the air! I don't know about you, but I get excited for it every year. One of my favorite parts of all th ... More >>
Rappers are scary. Some of them live in Houston. With Scary Season (aka Halloween) around the corner, we decided to visit some of the most spooktacular rap songs Houston has ever produced. No Halloween party is complete without these seven Houston rap songs.
East Texas is known for many things: the piney woods, beautiful lakes, white supremacists, meth dealers and girls name Crystal immediately come to mind. But, apparently, you may soon be able to add butcher knife to that list. Two separate reports detail the use of butcher knives used in recent crime ... More >>
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. The meme goes, "Some men just want to watch the world burn." I couldn't agree more, so when you name a song "Hail Destroyer" I am ready to listen ... More >>
Why the new scary movies don't look like movies at all.
Why the new scary movies don't look like movies at all.
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Doughbeezy, B L A C K I E, Chane, Willie D, ESG, Kyle Hubbard, Propain Not Invited: Tom Six, director of Human Centipede and Hu ... More >>
Reality-horror gets a questionable upgrade in Silent House.
Rocks Off literally can't remember a time when we couldn't find 30footFall in the concert listings of Houston Press and before that Public News. Like the Hates, the Sinister Sirens, and deadhorse they were always a part of the background of everyday teenage life in Houston. Now, drummer Bria ... More >>
Um...you've got a little something...just...right there on your chin. Yeah. Right there. And...kinda on your shirt, too.Note: This is a repost of a popular Halloween post from last year. Trick or treat... There are a lot of taboos around what we eat as human beings, and even taboos around ho ... More >>
GroovehouseThis one's for the pop-culture junkies. For those who, like us, are tickled by all forms of pop media, whether it be literature, film or music... this list encompasses them all. A surprisingly high quantity of bands have named themselves after books, songs, and films; some are obvi ... More >>
All work and no play make Nicki something something...Hip hop artist Nicki Minaj might be getting an opportunity to use the drama skills she acquired when she was studying acting at the performing arts high school she attended in New York. She's already exhibited her acting skills in two of h ... More >>
Um...you've got a little something...just...right there on your chin. Yeah. Right there. And...kinda on your shirt, too.There are a lot of taboos around what we eat as human beings, and even taboos around how we eat what we do. Eating human flesh to survive because you're trapped in the Andes ... More >>
Not on the list...ha-ha!The art of the instrumental horror-film score is quickly being lost. All too often now, filmmakers are using heavy metal and pop music to soundtrack their films. Hearing Slipknot or HIM during a stabbing scene just doesn't hold the same weight to us as some tubular bel ... More >>
Frequent visitors here will note that Rocks Off is not much of a rap guy... and Halloween is one of the reasons why. See, we grew up as rap and hip-hop grew did, and consequently we got to watch the genre go through an adolescent phase just as awkward and embarrassing as anybody else's. One o ... More >>
If Chainsaws, Slackers and Spy Kids sounds like a titillating title for a book, it's only because the book itself deals with some of the most provocative indie films in recent cinematic history - many of them made by Texas-born filmmakers. The book is the work of Alison Macor, former film cr ... More >>
When it comes to movie remakes, I always think of Die Hard. Specifically, this Alan Rickman line: Sooner or later, I might get to someone you do care about! Granted, he was trying to force McClane to tell him where his detonators were, but the same sentiment applies to "reimagining" our fav ... More >>
Scissor Stix at Ray's Franks n More
Today marks the reboot of the venerated Friday the 13th franchise, and what better way to get up to speed on the history of Jason Voorhees and Camp Crystal Lake than to study this carefully assembled list of the best death scenes from each of the 11 Ft13 flicks?Friday the 13th -- BaconationHappily, ... More >>
So I get the fact that this new movie Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman is really supposed to be about faith and trust and, well, doubt (duh), but am I the only one who is totally and completely freaked out by the trailer / commercials and the image of Meryl as a mean, nasty nun ... More >>
It's Halloween, which means a great deal to people who never outgrew the need to dress like someone else to gain the acceptance of others. It's also the season for watching scary movies, and while everybody is familiar with the scary-ass moments from popular horror movies (Dallas & the alien in the ... More >>
Horror movies walk a chainsaw-thin line between frightening and unintentionally hilarious. In fact, so many inadvertently end up on the wrong side of this boundary it's hard to compile a list of bad horror movies that numbers less than a thousand. For that reason, this list will include categories o ... More >>
This horror spoof survives repeated ketchup jokes
In honor of Halloween, Miss Pop Rocks the Horror Film Fan needs to rant and then give a quick shout out to the best horror films of all time. First, the rant. Call me old-fashioned, but I just cannot get into these modern splattercore torture porn films they call horror movies these days. I’m t ... 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 >>
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Courtesy of The Family Lomax John Henry's back, and this time, it's personal. (Well, not really, but we thought it sounded good.) John Henry Lomax fans (and there are a lot of 'em), rejoice! Everyone's favorite Ten-Year-Old Curmudgeon is back, and this time, he's taking on Family Guy, weird ani ... More >>