Some of us are counting the days until Weird Al Yankovic receives his much-deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom or Kennedy Center award, whichever comes with a gold-plated accordion. Until that happens we'll have to make do with Mandatory Fun, his astounding 13th album that is in stores and online ... More >>
Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen. This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>
Tenacious D's self-titled 2001 effort, the album that soundtracked a million bong sessions and made Dio cool all over again, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment on vinyl on March 5. The comedy duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass brought in a star-studded team for their first album, building on the ... More >>
Just because you live in Houston doesn't mean you can't see all these films.
Who? Miss Leslie if you're country, Leslie Anne Sloane has played fiddle/violin in both the classical and country/bluegrass styles since age 5. In 2004, she started Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers, which can usually be found once or twice a month at finer roadhouses and honky-tonks in the greater ... More >>
Score another coup for the newly famous East Texas town of Carthage: the town Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Sonny Carl Davis put on the map for its eccentric views on punishing murderers now has scoreboard on the entire state -- nay, the whole entire world of high school athletics. Literally. W ... More >>
Here's the thing about children's entertainment, it's designed to appeal not only to the lowest common denominator, but the toughest audience known to man. Don't believe me? Try playing your favorite song to a toddler, even something that is an acknowledged classic like the Pretenders' "I'll Stand ... More >>
Murder in a Small Town
Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson have been hanging out a lot lately. The actor joined the antichrist onstage a couple of weeks ago at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in L.A., and played guitar on "Sweet Dreams" and "Beautiful People." Depp also collaborated with Manson on a cover of Carly Simon' ... More >>
Ever since The Real World hit the MTV airwaves in the early '90s, reality television has been all the rage. However, since The Osbournes debuted in 2002, some of that reality programming has catered to music fans. Even such music artists as country artist Tanya Tucker, rapper/minister Reverend Run ... More >>
Ed. Note: This article is about some of the more unusual, but perfectly legal, forms of behavior some people choose to do in the boudoir. Sensitive readers might want to keep that in mind. Everyone's got a fetish. Some are kinkier than others, but everyone has something they like about their partne ... More >>
When I saw School of Rock for the first time, I was struck by just how accurate Jack Black's character was when teaching kids the meaning behind rock music. Telling the one girl with the great voice to listen to "Great Gig in the Sky" or letting his students know that "one great rock show can change ... More >>
Spoiler alert: the smug one wins.Thanks to Shea Serrano for taking the bullet yesterday. After what felt like eons, the 10th season of American Idol lurched to its inevitable anticlimax last night. It was as especially torturous affair, stretching well over two hours and mixing performances ... More >>
Seth Rogen schlubs it up as The Green Hornet's masked man.
It takes a while for kids to warm up to Santa Claus -- usually it takes precisely as long as it takes them to figure out he's the guy bringing presents. But when you're real little, and you tend to get presents randomly anyway, you don't know anything about having to endure the fat old guy in order ... More >>
Now that the dust has cleared (and the blood has been spilled, thanks to a stabbing before the...Cowboys and Aliens panel) at Comic-Con, we can finally move forward, away from the overwrought announcements about the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds is better ... More >>
Ratt, "Round and Round" Thursday night, Ratt hits up Warehouse Live with what passes for their original line-up. At their peak, the band was a gritty and decadent alternative to bands like Poison, skewing closer to Motley Crue in terms of excess and drug abuse. The band managed to ... More >>
The 2010 Academy Award-nominated Shorts screen at the Angelika.
Photo courtesy White House Flickr GroupEver leave an extremely personal voicemail for someone, only to have what you thought was a private message broadcast to complete strangers -- or even worse, your friends? You know, maybe something about a burning sensation when you pee, or that you thi ... More >>
Why is that sometimes the fictional bands in movie and television are cooler than real bands? Sadly, some of He Said's favorite bands don't even have albums or videos to speak of, because they don't even exist. The fun part is imagining how awesome their full-length records and tours would be. Th ... More >>
Ugh! The only interesting thing about the whole damn show was the realization that Goldie Hawn looks like Mickey Rourke. Stop with the work, lady! Seriously. God love Hugh Jackman, but this is not the Tonys. Could that Beyonce "Best of the Musicals" number been any more cheese ball? I have exp ... More >>
So Valentine's Day is over, and you spent all your dough on Cupid swag for that special sweetie, which hopefully bought your way out of the doghouse for the time being. But if not, Casanova, your Rocks Off homies still have your back - provided you have an iTunes account. Sentimentally speaking, wha ... More >>
Ben Stiller's Hollywood send-up lacks firepower
First Come, First Serve
The tattoo is the result of a bet. A dolphin with a tribal tattoo props its fin up on an old La-Z-Boy while it smokes a bong. It’s a meta-tattoo, and it’s hilarious. Or, as the caption in No Regrets: The Best, Worst, & Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever, by Aviva Yael & P.M. Chen, with a forwa ... More >>
Michel Gondry attempts to celebrate DIY filmmaking, but comes up short, stale and flat
Promising “if Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon started a cover band, this would be it,” Austin’s Skyrocket! has been a sensation in the Capital City since forming in 2003 as K-Tel Hit Machine. Consisting of several seasoned Austin music veterans – Ben Hotchkiss, Kyle Crusham and Paul English of t ... More >>
Sending up the biopic, this film sells cheap laughs, lame cameos and lifeless Cox
Tenacious D gets the band back together, and...and... and ?
The Mexican replies
Cartoon kids poke around Spielberg's Monster House
Nacho's funnier than Napoleon, which isn't sayin' much
Nope. But the Arctic Monkeys might be the next Who
Horses and Grasses
Kids at Paul Green's rock school are learning some serious riffs, but at what price?
Ideas that were forgotten but not gone in 2003
Jack Black makes School of Rock rock
Wednesday, April 17
In Ice Age, three mammals and a baby get warmed over
Jack keeps the Farrelly brothers from drowning in the Shallow end
Saving Silverman takes Hollywood's juvenile craze to a new low