Hot Topic Inc.

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    March 13, 2014
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    February 13, 2014
  • Music

    September 12, 2013

    Grass Roots

    Phil Peterson and Jason Smith look to expand Yes Indeed into more than a microfestival.

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    September 5, 2013

    More and More Rock Stars Are Turning Into Comic-Book Creators

    The idea of rock stars being featured in comics is nothing new. One of the many, many urban legends about KISS is that they used their blood in the red ink of a run featuring the band as part of the Marvel Comics Super Special series that had also done books starring The Beatles. That legend is true ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Five Musicians Who Sued Companies for Using Their Image

    I'm going to guess the average Hot Topic shopper doesn't know who Joan Jett is. In fact, they may think she was a fictional character created for that Runaways movie with Kristen Stewart. They may, however, know all about her Blackheart brand, because Jett alleges in a new lawsuit that Hot Topic has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Years In Goth Music: 2002

    Over the course of the week Rocks Off will be looking at the biggest years for goth music and exactly what they meant for the genre. Arguably the last big goth album by a new band to make a crossover splash was Evanescence's Fallen, released in early 2003. That one band led millions of mall-goths i ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Veronica of Reserve 101 Has Been Featured in Playboy, Is a Sucker for '80s Hair Metal and Wouldn't Mind a Shot of Jack When She's Done with Her Shift

    When you walk into Reserve 101, you're immediately greeted by a wall of whiskey bottles. Like, so many whiskey bottles. I grabbed a spot at the bar and ordered one of their house signature cocktails, the Hemingway, because honestly that wall o' whiskey was kind of intimidating. Behind the bar was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Gothic Council vs. Marilyn Manson

    I was in high school when Marilyn Manson's Antichrist Superstar came out, and yeah, I played it until everyone around me begged me to stop. Though I've grown to appreciate deeper and better artists, Mr. Warner has always had a place in my heart for introducing me to a darker world. I still think he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Last Night: Girls At Fitzgerald's

    Girls, Young Man, Fanfarlo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra Fitzgerald's March 13, 2012 San Francisco's Girls kept it going strong last night, touring in support of their album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Another vaunted acted of the Pitchfork set, they held up even better live than their 9.3 album prepared ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Gothic Council Stages Tim Burton Intervention

    Tim Burton has become something of a trial to the goths of the world. On the one hand, his contribution to the sub-culture simply cannot be overstated. Films like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and The Nightmare Before Christmas served as the gateway into the spooky side for many of us, and for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    In Ten Years, Will Indie Be Remembered Like Nu-Metal?

    ​What exactly do you remember from the summer of 2002? Stop and think -- of the music on the radio, the CDs you were most excited for, who won the Grammy for Best Album, and so on. What exactly stands out from 10 years ago? If you find that your answer is "Not much," then you're probably l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Arcade Fire, Civil Wars, Taylor Swift to Pen Hunger Games Songs

    You may or may not remember a week ago when we told you about how the head of the largest musicians' union in North America ripped into Lionsgate for farming out the score for the upcoming film Hunger Games to Europe despite the film's Appalachian setting and decidedly American style of music. Well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Lyle Monroe Bensley: Galveston Teen Vampire Joins Pantheon of Weird Seawall Criminals

    GCSOLyle Bensley: He's a vampire​Man, what is it about the Seawall? There's just something about that place: nuts on the run from all over Texas wind up there because they just can't run any farther. If we can liken the state of Texas proper to a margarita, Seawall Boulevard is the bath-salt ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    30 Seconds With Breathe Carolina's David Schmitt

    ​Rocks Off sat down with David Schmitt of amazing electronic pop duo Breath Carolina to find out what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? David Schmitt: Ha. I don't know. I know that Kyle [partner Even] personally hates the birthday song. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates How To Rule Our New Planet

    ​After years of searching, scientists have finally discovered a planet that may be able to support human life. Gliese 581d, as it is known is 20 light years from Earth, and though it's just a bit on the cool side for comfortable human habitation, it looks like a pretty good bet that he planet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Girly Pop Songs We're Not Ashamed To Love

    Marc Brubaker​Like CHL's imaginary third uncle always said, "If you gonna eat shit, make sure it's some nice, glitter-covered fancy shit you would buy from one of those kiosks at the mall next to Hot Topic." Truer words were literally never spoken, and it speaks to something that has been foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Unionization, Johnny Cash​In Wisconsin, there's a huge political fight over what form of bargaining state-worker unions will be able to use in the future, and it got us thinking. After all, goths provide many valuable goods and services to the community, such as dark music, disturbing art, and a whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    15 Gets You 20: Rock & Roll Jailbait Through The Years​Friday night, The Pretty Reckless (above) pulls into town for a gig at House of Blues. The band, led by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, is known largely for the 17-year-old singer's penchant for wearing something resembling lingerie, chain-smoking and basically being a te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Seven Ages Of Goth

    ​This is not meant as a complete history of goth, as that would be a huge book. Instead, we're aiming to give a simple overview of the musicians, songs and albums that have most defined the genre. Many deserving artists have been left out, and some that we're sure some people feel are not wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Magic Johnson Takes Over Hotel Icon

    This investment is a slam d-- sorry, we just can't say it​The so-hip-it-hurts Hotel Icon's foreclosure auction has a winner: Magic Johnson, the man who toyed with the Houston Rockets and every NBA team except the Boston Celtics back in the days of tight shorts. Johnson's investment company, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    "In The Dark": The Birthday Massacre's Beautiful Nightmare

    ​Since the tail end of the last millennium, The Birthday Massacre has quietly, but steadily built themselves a following as one of the pre-eminent goth synth-rock bands in the world. They're like Evanescence without all that nu-metal and Top-40 crap slathered on top to make the Hot Topic set b ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Mullets & More: 17 Signature Musical Hairstyles

    ​If you have hair, Craig's Hlist hates you. Not in a "you shot my whole family" or "you are the serial killer who dissolved my sibling in a vat of acid" way, more in a "you got the last sausage and cheese kolaches at the office" way. Our hair loss began sometime in high school, when we were ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Hot Topic's Music Buyer Tells How He'll Put Your Band In Stock

    ​Gothtopia is almost certain he is the only Houston Press staff member to have an album that was sold in Hot Topic stores. [Ed. Note: Rocks Off No. 2's debut Hlocked and Hloaded should be in stores next year.] That came to be purely through dumb luck. In order to further the careers of Texas ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Jen's Ego Makes Staring At Twilight: Eclipse Less Painful

    ​This Wednesday is the premiere of Eclipse, the third film in the four-part Twilight trilogy. Like many other husbands, boyfriends and the better half of lesbian relationships, Rocks Off will be dragged kicking and sober to the theatre in order to watch exactly how a love triangle between a va ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Aftermath: A Lesson In Emotional Violence With Taking Back Sunday at House of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​ "It's going to be so different without Fred," that's all he kept saying as we entered downtown. "Who?" was the response he got in return. "Fred...I can't pronounce his last name, but he was the lead guitarist, you can totally tell which songs he wrote in comparison to the ot ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Are You a Washington Avenue Douchebag? Read This and Find Out​In the past weeks since word sprung forth that Walter's On Washington would be moving, in no small part due to the influx of upper-crust cats looking for love in all the right places at Washington Avenue's nouveau-trendy bars, the word "douchebag" has made a big resurgence. The ... More >>

  • Film

    August 27, 2009

    (Very) Oldboy

    Park Chan-wook gets positively trendy with his latest: a vampire pic!

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    August 26, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Pizza Dude vs. Jerky Guy and 10th Grade Cutie vs. Everyone

    ​In this episode of Houston Music Fight Club, we yet again pit some of Houston's skuzziest and rocking local musicians and personalities together for a fight to the death. Or at least to the sore hand, bloody lip, and maybe a few tears. Some dudes fight when they cry; we've seen it firsthand. We d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Aftermath: No Doubt, Paramore, and The Sounds at Cynthia Woods

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Any returning mega-band thinking of mounting a huge reunion tour to drain poor folk of their cash (cough Blink-182 cough) need look no further than No Doubt's current tour and sold-out set last night at Cynthia Woods to see how it should be done. For the bands that we ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Idol Beat: The Top Seven Results

    Michael Becker/ Fox Bottom Feeding: Lil Rounds and Matt Giraud will likely be right back here next week.At the beginning of Wednesday's American Idol, I was pretty sure that whoever the week's lowest vote-getter was - Lil Rounds or Matt Giraud - would go home. No save for them. So when Simon ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009
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    March 16, 2009

    Aftermath: "Beatdown" at Baybrook

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty "These aren't the droids we're looking for."Friday, Aftermath ran over to Baybrook Mall after work to catch the guerilla acoustic show in front of the Hot Topic, pitting Friendswood's own "Christian death metal" band Hematidrosis and scum-punkers 10th Grade Cutie. ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Feuding Friendswood Bands to Throw Down at Baybrook Mall

    Rocks Off been so far removed from mall culture that we had almost forgot that Hot Topic existed. Not that we ever meditated on where on 14-year old girls get their "Twilight" shirts and metal gauntlets from or anything... Apparently local Hot Topic locations have been hosting acoustic shows by loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    The Twilight Tour Hits Houston

    The Twilight Tour hit Hot Topic in the Galleria last night, and while there were a few screams and a few tears, the chaos that hit malls in other cities was avoided here. That could be because neither of the movie’s main stars, Kristen Stewart (human Bella) or Robert Pattinson (vampire Edward), wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2008
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    April 4, 2008

    Emo Poems About Adult Every Day Life

    Don’t understand the 14-year-old daughter / niece / cousin in your life who shops at Hot Topic and won’t get that dyed black hair out of her face? Not enough to tell her you were punk rock too, once? Try sharing some of these poems with her…instant connection, Miss Pop Rocks guarantees it. ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008
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    October 11, 2007
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    July 19, 2007

    One Piece at a Time

    Psychobilly at the gates

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    March 1, 2007
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    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Opening day for America's fourth national sport is upon us

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    February 2, 2006
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    December 29, 2005

    This Game Bites

    The new Castlevania is the last nail in the franchise's coffin

  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    Avril Lavigne, with Gavin DeGraw and Butch Walker

    Tuesday, August 16, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2025 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 281-363-3300.

  • Film

    November 25, 2004

    Hip to Be SquarePants

    There's nothing absurd about the appeal of SpongeBob's first movie

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    March 27, 2003

    Living Large

    A trendy clothing line for plus-size girls

  • Music

    January 16, 2003

    Not So Complic8ted

    Our latest pop phenomenon, Avril Lavigne, deconstructed for your convenience

  • News

    September 5, 2002

    Thrown for a Loop

    Plus: Hot Topic, Shooting Fish?, Sympathy - Not

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    December 13, 2001

    Betty Blowtorch

    Saturday, December 15

  • Film

    October 11, 2001

    Herald and Mod

    My First Mister's odd couple transcends the silly stuff.

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