The above image is a screenshot of an e-mail that appeared in my inbox recently. It's from Classmates.com. If you have never heard of it, well, it's not surprising. Just as certain inventions like the car killed off horse-drawn carriages, Classmates has been rendered almost entirely useless by Faceb ... More >>
Childish Gambino House of Blues March 8, 2014 We used to adore cops and cowboys; now we love scientists and engineers. We used to want to be John Wayne, but now we'd prefer to be Mark Zuckerberg. It was only so long before our computerized generation of tech-savvy youngsters would start to look up ... More >>
As income inequality has loomed larger in Americans' minds -- especially since the Great Recession -- CEOs and their pay has been a central example of what is wrong with our economy. But not everyone hates CEOs, some of them are quite popular . . . with their own employees. Here's a list of those wh ... More >>
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 >>
According to a lawsuit filed on April 25, Houston restaurant chain Timmy Chan's lost 80 percent of its business after a photo of a rat fetus in a dish of fried rice was posted to Houston Hip Hop News's Facebook page. Although Houston Hip Hop News claimed that the rat was found in a Timmy Chan's ord ... More >>
Well, it's SXSW time again, friends, and you know what that means: dashing around Austin all day, drinking until our eyebrows fall out and doing our best to stick to pre-planned schedules intended to maximize the amount of live music that we can cram into our ear canals before passing out on the flo ... More >>
The 10 most overhyped stories of 2012.
Journalists are really fond of writing about stories that went underreported every year. Too often, however, they forget to remind us all that those critical stories that went without needed coverage did so because stories with little merit wound up filling the airwaves and pages of newspapers. Unf ... More >>
In case you hadn't noticed, the world is becoming increasingly connected and it's not because of some powerful government or corporate entity forcing us to share. We do it voluntarily. From online diaries to the deluge of personal photos and videos we post online every day, we are rendering any argu ... More >>
Almost four months ago, my musician-filled newsfeed on Facebook was inundated with the picture you see on the right as outraged artists called Mark Zuckerberg every foul name under the sun for "hiding" their posts from fans. It was malarkey, as Uncle Joe says, but since Ogilvy reported that Facebook ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.
Mark Zuckerberg and his minions team at Facebook have never been ones to follow the trends, and that, in some ways, has led to the unprecedented success they have had since the monolithic social network came online. But as their bottom line has increased, they have often confused the living hell out ... More >>
A few things fell and swooped in from last Friday's giant Facebok IPO announcement. The first being Mark Zuckerberg changing his relationship status from "in a relationship" to "married, but with a prenup the size of that screen Roger Waters is using for The Wall," second being the stock didn't jump ... More >>
Here's a scoop: Facebook is having an IPO today. This under-the-radar stock sale will make billions for investors. Although everyone is keeping things on the down-low, the IPO means -- I'm guessing here, Wall Street is really not my forte -- that you can buy a share of Facebook stock, currently tra ... More >>
Facebook is great for a lot of things. It helps us keep in touch with family and friends without having to actually call them, allows us to play games in our browsers when we should be working, and helps us remember birthdays we'd forget. It allows me to be a hermit while giving the illusion that I ... More >>
One place where music differs from other media is its relationship with the truth. Movies might be "based on a true story." Episodes of a television show might be "ripped from the headlines". If you're Mike Daisey you might refer to your monologues as an "exaggerat[ion of] my own experiences". Rar ... More >>
While they have notoriously barred the use of their songs in advertising campaigns and initially resisted selling their music on iTunes, Radiohead has been more than willing to lend their vast brooding catalog to filmmakers, exposing mainstream culture to what might have otherwise remained a margina ... More >>
Over the past month, I've gotten multiple notices from Google about an update to their privacy documentation and, apparently, it's caused quite a little furor. As usual with any large tech company that commands so much of our data, any change is viewed with skepticism. When Facebook has a pol ... More >>
We all know that certain people just overshare. These are people for whom the acronym "TMI" was invented. They walk into a party and immediately begin telling anyone who will listen about their violent ex or their bowel issues. The good thing about these people is that you can walk away from ... More >>
Rooney Mara takes control of the Stieg Larsson juggernaut in Dragon Tattoo.
Photos by Todd Brooks/Courtesy of Hot 95.7LMFAO House of Blues October 22, 2011 9:11 p.m.: Generally, this would be too early to get a show. But tonight, Kreayshawn, one of hip-hop's most incendiary acts, is performing. We did not want to risk missing it. 9:15: Oh, hey, a woman wearing a g ... More >>
Jason611 via FlickrNo one's willing to confirm anything, but all indications point to the same scoop: Facebook is planning to launch a new music service this fall. Here's what we know so far. CNBC's John Fortt broke the news Kanye West-style - in ALL CAPS: "YES INDEED NEXT MONTH IS GOING TO ... More >>
Photos by Jim BrickerRoky Moon & BOLT! CD release Fitzgerald's July 30, 2011 11:54 p.m.: Question: What the fuck good is a smartphone if it dies every 14 minutes? 11:54:15: Oh, sorry. Some info: We're here at the album release party for American Honey, the second album from Houston's brilli ... More >>
Photo illustrations by Monica FuentesScream louder; the clown says your parents will never hear you.Last week, assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty amused the entire office by forwarding a link to Filmdrunk's recent post, "Ideas for Movie-Themed Food Trucks." On the front page was the Photosh ... More >>
It could be worse...The Internet is always being blamed for something. It seems like everyday, someone somewhere is complaining about how the web is distracting, easily addictive and a replacement for "real" life and friends. The reality is, it's true. Much like the "real world," the virtual ... More >>
Photos by Jae Tovar/The Hive SocietyBlack Keys (left) and Space City Beat Battle organizer T. PiperSpace City Beat Battle Warehouse Live Green Room February 26, 2011 7:36 p.m.: Earlier this morning, our sons played their very first t-ball game. T-ball teams for 3-year-olds are six kids deep, ... More >>
Dude even knows how to hack his profile photos!Last week, we ran across Charlie Sheen on Facebook. We realize many of you were shocked he would be on the mega social networking site while others were skeptical or even angry. We understand. Sheen is a controversial figure. As we continue to ... More >>
I realize the actual Academy Awards aren't set to be broadcast until Sunday night, when millions of people will watch -- for the first hour, at least -- as co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway lob Nerfball zingers at their fellow actors, make passively tasteless jokes about speech impedime ... More >>
Dear Mark, please improve the Facebook app. Sincerely, Everyone.App: Facebook Platforms: All Smart Phones Web site: Facebook.com Cost: Free Facebook has become such a part of the way most people connect online, it's hard to imagine that the app Mark Zuckerberg and company produce coul ... More >>
Steve Jobs takes a leave from AppleSteve Jobs has once again rocked the tech world, albeit this time with his announcement that he is taking another medical leave of absence. It's huge because, to most people, Jobs is Apple, and Apple is the most hip, flexible, intuitive provider of gizmos t ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (or thereabouts) that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Z-Ro, Slim Thug, hasHBrown, Kirk ... More >>
It started as a whim on Twitter, asking friends what songs would soundtrack the trailer of the movie of their life. Would their life's tale be a rollicking drug-fueled, love-filled adventure backed by the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash", or would it be a morose and somber drifting story ... More >>
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
The Social Network was finally toppled at the box office this past weekend by the new Jackass 3-D, but that doesn't mean Rocks Off is done with the story chronicling the beginnings of Facebook and the rise of founder Mark Zuckerberg. You remember our film-score blog, right? When it was rele ... More >>
David Fincher commented on Mark Zuckerberg's status. With The Social Network, he invites you to join him.
The Social Network, David Fincher's movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg, AKA "The Discount Michael Cera"), opens in October. Virtual fur is already flying, however, over alleged liberties taken by Fincher and author Ben Mezrich (the movie is based on his bo ... More >>