Third Ward history plays major role in two shows.
Note: This article originally appeared in December 2010. Rocks Off brought it back for all you grinches out there. Happy Festivus! 5. Steve Earle & Emmylou Harris, "Christmas In Washington" Steve Earle recounts how he felt while we were gearing up to (sort of, almost, kind of, not really) elect Geo ... More >>
Despite our best efforts, it seems Islamism has finally managed to worm its way into East Texas. These small towns dotting the eastern forests, lands heretofore known simply for Friday Night Lights and Christian piety -- the kinds of places that comprise Real America, don'tcha know -- have finally t ... More >>
Carlton Berry and Quanell X hold a dumb press conference asking Sheriff Garcia for an apology.
Artist displays her witty, eclectic and free-ranging brain at DiverseWorks.
We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but lets take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric. 10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a whi ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. T ... More >>
Dudes, it the day after Thanksgiving. You shouldn't be reading junk on the computer. You should be celebrating with your family, talking about how awesome life is and how Rocks Off is just about the best place on the Internet and yeah, yeah, yeah. But since you're here though, let's run through som ... More >>
RizohTuesday's panel (l-r): Tre9, Malice, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Trae Tha Truth, Bun BThere was a time when everyone either wanted to be hip-hop or sleep with her. Hip-hop, in her nascent days, was akin to that hot chick everyone wanted to take to the dance. But now that hip-hop is old and ... More >>
Marco TorresSome rivalries are beyond repair. You'll never catch Kobe and Shaq trading smiles at a joint family picnic. 50 Cent and The Game will still be mugging at each other at the 2021 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors. Batman will always despise that sonamabitch The Joker. Truth be told, hip-hop is a ... More >>
Rocks Off sat down with one of Houston's foremost rappers, B L A C K I E, to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? B L A C K I E: "Heart of The Heartland." The last song on Songs In The Key Of Z, Vol. 2. Love Love Love it. RO: Wh ... More >>
This week's Houston Press cover feature is about Twitter and its implications, for better or worse, within the social-media world. For "The Twitterverse," we spoke with Twitter stars from Houston and Dallas, asking them how they use the site daily and what could be different about their experienc ... More >>
The CAMH features a fascinating, talented and not easily categorized artist.
There was a time not so many years ago when we would immediately turn to the Urban Dictionary when we wanted to find out what, say, a Cleveland Steamer was, or maybe the definition of a Hot Karl (the two are not entirely unrelated). Practices we did not engage in, and which our friends would not ... More >>
It's a red-letter day in our journalistic career. For the first time in our career, we are being called out in print by a former presidential candidate.Under the headline "The Eternal Life of a Lie," the would-be president and former state representative begins thusly: Sometimes when I read all ... More >>
The works in Lawndale's Studio Program exhibit depict everything from eyelashes to James Byrd
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 email@example.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: “Break of Dawn,” Hueston Independent Spit District Wire To Wire We’re not sure how w ... More >>
Ba Cissoko and their koras, perhaps the most phallic instruments on earth: Malcolm X look-alike dances to the New Birth Brass Band: Trombonist Glen David Andrews and trumpeter Kenny Terry, aka “the most disgusting man on earth”:
The CAMH showcases a group of highly individual Houston artists
The New World boldly reclaims the Pocahontas tale from Disney
A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history
The Star Spangles regurgitate the best of a punky rock stew
Party with purpose at "Illume"
Plus: Movie Props, Blame the Magnets, Crossed Out
Julie Taymor and Salma Hayek paint a spectacular portrait of Frida Kahlo
Spike Lee's scathing satire of network television goes out with a bang
Jerry Bruckheimer wants to be taken seriously with Remember the Titans. You can stop laughing now.
Burning Spear's gimmick-free reggae has all the earmarks of home
Council candidate presides over a rather unique substance abuse program
The Ensemble puts Two Trains Running on the right track
Is Quanell X the new Malcolm? Or does he just want you to think so?
At the Avenue Grill, all things are created equal, and tasty
Spike Lee works the phone-sex lines, but loses his connection
With Clockers, Spike Lee givesa touching, and harrowing, view of inner-city life
Panther is a sincere, but self-defeating, exercise
Kevin Costner makes a mess of a cowboy legend
Fear of a Black Hat is no Spinal Tap -- but it comes close
Two black filmmakers try new territories, with mixed results