UPDATE: Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have both issued statements about Yeakel's decision and we're shocked to report they're both agin' it. In other news, the world is round! Puppies are cute! There's gambling in Casablanca! Anyways, Perry said he'll continue the fight (or something John Wayne ... More >>
Texans don't screw around when it comes to the Alamo. We're raised to talk about the "13 days of glory" with misty eyes and a defensiveness along the lines of how the Brits talk about the Queen. Once Ozzy Ozbourne was caught urinating near it - he was peeing on the Alamo Cenotaph, legend has it -- ... More >>
The film has it all, but what it ends up with isn't much.
MDC, Verbal Abuse, In Defense, HRA, Some Nerve Walters Downtown June 23, 2013 The Texas hardcore scene that birthed MDC and Verbal Abuse came and went in a flash back in the early '80s, lasting just long enough for both bands to beat feet to the gnarlier climes of California. The blistering sounds ... More >>
Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters Bayou Music Center, June 21 Robert Plant's new project is already on the short list of most awkwardly named bands to visit Houston this year. (Does it have to be "Robert Plant Presents"?) Still, the recent Austin transplant gets a pass because, w ... More >>
Public Image Ltd. Scout Bar November 2, 2012 Not many shows remind you that sound has actual, physical mass, but Public Image Ltd. sure did Friday. Mass, as in something tangible and discernible, with density and volume. Especially volume. But don't count out density. Yes, I'm talking about some ... More >>
Does anyone else miss the Dixie Chicks? Is it even OK to say that in Texas? We hope so, because a week or two ago Rocks Off stumbled across "Tonight the Heartache's On Me" again and have been on a serious Chicks kick ever since. But as the song says, that trio is a long time gone at this point. The ... More >>
Survivors of a nuclear disaster scratch each other's eyes out in The Divide.
Featuring a proto-beatnik jet pilotWith the possible exceptions of horses and ships, no other non-speaking entity has starred in so many motion pictures as the airplane. And we love airplanes. We love them so much we've probably seen every last airplane movie worth watching, and even more tha ... More >>
Yet another reason to love Pet Sounds.In a few hours, Rocks Off will be down at the Stafford Centre, watching the sold-out first Houston-area stop on Glen Campbell's extended "Farewell Tour." It might be the only one, but the tour is booked well into 2012, so we figure there's got to be a Dos ... More >>
Pedro SanchezEntrance music is important. Get the right tune and people will forever have a dual-sensory impression of your character. Most people like to craft original music to help fully embody the characters they create, but some people just lift classical themes to get the job done witho ... More >>
Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>
Father's Day: What are you gonna do? You are forced by the powers that be to get something, unless your Dad has passed on to his reward. And if you're a Dad yourself, then you have to resign yourself to books from that one author someone saw on your shelf (never mind that you hated that book), tool ... More >>
Good thing he wasn't named Sam SchnackenpfefferhausenToday marks the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, the glorious day when a ragtag Texan army surprised a siesta-enjoying Mexican force and won independence for the Lone Star State. The battle, fought near present-day Refinery ... More >>
Photos by Chris GrayLeave it to Sir Bob Geldof to turn the SXSW keynote address into a 45-plus minute combination elaborate cultural history of the past 60 years with rock and roll at the center, personal narrative of how rock and roll ("pop with a hard-on") shook loose his inner social activ ... More >>
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
Thank God Brad Pitt didn't star in thisGreen Zone, by shaky-cam master Paul Greengrass, is the latest movie to try to buck the trend of box-office poison that is the Iraq War.Many have tried, but even the most celebrated of the Iraq War flicks, The Hurt Locker, wasn't a blockbuster. (Maybe ... More >>
Rob Krentz's family talks about the life and death of the murdered Arizona rancher.
Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>
MTV Shows Are you READY for Rocks Off's Washington Shore party this Thursday? If not, this video of Jersey Shore's Snooki interviewing Phoenix on MTV will melt your brain. If you read even one Houston-based music Web site, you probably already know that a petition is circulating to show support for ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyEd. Note: This the first part of a series on heading west to Big Bend and back. Check back next week for our continuing adventures. The very first thing we have to decide is which way to go. We're meeting friends in Big Bend for a New Year's camping trip, but we have several ... More >>
The Big Lebowski has undergone a hell of a transformation since hitting big screens over a decade ago. A (very) mild financial success upon theatrical release, it's gone on to become a bona fide cult phenomenon, spawning "Dudeism" -- an online religion with over 60,000 ordained ministers -- and the ... More >>
Finally -- after what seems a wait of approximately five years -- college football is back.The New York Times, of all people, has picked the UT Longhorns as the Number One team in the nation. A lot of other experts, not to mention Red Bull-swilling, Cheeto-chomping, Mom-avoiding bloggers, pick UT ... More >>
Photo by gaby53mtUsually Anthony Bourdain is a hedonist. He indulges in food, alcohol and not a few off-color sex jokes, no matter what city or what audience. But this week while visiting Montana, he exits out of the fast lane. Maybe it's the mountains, but in the first 20 minutes of the epis ... More >>
Blockbuster has put out an interactive "Road Trip" map for the summer, listing locations where great movies have been shot.Sixteen of the listed films are in Texas. The number of those shot in Houston? Zero.Included are Bonnie & Clyde (Dallas) and Dazed and Confused (Austin), but even the TV sho ... More >>
No matter the run time and budget, Spike Lee's WWII drama is an epic bore
The film paints a historically hazy but kickass picture of everyone's fave emperor, Genghis Khan
This film paints a historically hazy but kickass picture of everyone's fave emperor, Genghis Khan
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The Alamo gets what it always needed: a happy ending
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Troma's Lloyd Kaufman has guts, all over the floor
Jason Lee lies to juggle two women, because, hey, it's A Guy Thing
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Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.
Clint Eastwood's charming Space Cowboys tosses youth demographics out the cargo bay
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Gene Weaver always had a big idea. Selling snail dreams was to have been his last hurrah.