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    October 11, 2010

    ACL Day 3 Recap: Flaming Lips, The National, And We're Out!

    Photos by Marco Torres​If there was one band this member of Aftermath was most looking forward to seeing at ACL this weekend, it was the Flaming Lips. But explaining why requires a bit of a backstory. From 1980 to 2003 (the first 23 years of our life) we lived in Oklahoma City. In the early-' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Remembering Our Friends, The Mujahideen

    ​Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward's new book about the President's management of the Afghanistan War, exposes some pretty significant divisions between Obama's civilian advisers and the U.S. military on strategy concerning what is now America's longest war: Book excerpts published yesterday sugges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    KTRU: Is U Of H About To Buy Rice Student Station?

    ​Could the end of KTRU as Houston knows it be upon us? Rocks Off has heard that Rice student station at 91.7 FM, long one of Houston radio's few outlets for underground, avant-garde and local music, may about to be acquired by the University of Houston for use as a sister station to KUHF. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: Louis C.K. vs. Mississippi

    The same face we made when trying to comprehend why people would voluntarily live in Mississippi.​The weather's terrible, I'm living off DVR'd episodes of Community, and it's possible this is all just a dream. This was the week in TV Land: • AT&T reached a deal with Rainbow Media last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Steve Earle Emmy-Nominated For Treme Song

    ​Steve Earle, one of Houston's favorite musical sons, was nominated for an Emmy today for his song "This City," featured in the recent season finale of the HBO series Treme. Earle, who recently touted Houston's rich history and musical assets on an episode of NPR's World Cafe, wrote "This Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett Praise Houston On NPR​Monday around lunchtime, local singer-songwriter and multiple 2010 HPMA nominee Lee Alexander emailed us that Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett were being interviewed together on NPR's World Cafe. Not only that, he added, both men were saying lots of nice things about Houston, where - in cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Margo Timmins On Bono And Her Torontonian Music Recommendations

    ​Margo Timmins and Cowboy Junkies slide into town tonight for their first Houston gig in quite a while. It seems everyone Lonesome, Onry and Mean has talked to about them remembers their gig at Numbers back in the day. We recently had a wide-ranging, one-hour-plus interview with Timmins, most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    F**k You Very Much, Austin

    • Talk about buzzkill. During All Time Low's Bamboozle Roadshow performance at Six Flags in Arlington last week, amusement park security pepper-sprayed a handful of preteens who rushed the stage in a surge of prepubescent hormonal musical bliss. The band gave the security an earful of Fuck You! a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Hollywood Ain't No Sunshine in Bill Withers Documentary

    Still Bill, the documentary about soul legend Bill Withers (not the Tarantino movie), was released on DVD this week. The filmmakers spent eight years documenting the life of the Thoreau-quoting, piano-playing, philosophizing bluesman, who had immense success with a string of R&B and pop hits bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Aftermath: Three (Count 'Em) Takes On SXSW Heroes Local Natives At Mango's

    Ed. Note: As anyone who followed our SXSW coverage would know, perhaps no band got as much critical love thrown its way as L.A.'s Local Natives. So much so that, when the Natives returned to Mango's this past Saturday, somehow Rocks Off wound up with three reviewers at the show. It might have been f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    More With Esperanza Spalding: "So Much More I Can Do With A Live Band"

    Ed. Note: See Part 1 of Rocks Off's interview with Spalding here. Johann Sauty​Rocks Off: You compose, arrange, perform, sing, record and teach. Which is the easiest for you? Which is the most expressive? Esperanza Spalding: No way to really answer that. Each one has its context and moment when i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Sailing Away With Songs Of The Caribbean

    ​A couple of years ago She Said was in Oslo, Norway, where she saw an exhibit by artist Tacita Dean chronicling the mysterious voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Dean found and photographed the Teignmouth Electron, the boat Crowhurst apparently abandoned, and collected newspaper articles from the circum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    West Texas Town Runs On Batteries. Actually, Just One Very, Very Big Battery

    ​Outside of changing them in our car or our Fleshlight, Hair Balls never spent much time thinking about batteries. But the folks in the tiny west Texas town of Presidio owe their lives, more or less, to a gigantic, house-sized battery.Until the advent of BOB (Big Old Battery) the only thing linkin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Discount iFest Tickets Through KPFT; GaGa On Sale Next Friday; Husk Blows Away; Free Ani D Tickets & Poster Show

    Courtesy of​The 40th anniversary of iFest is coming up next weekend, and this year music from the Caribbean will be spotlighted, with headliner and President of Funkadelia George Clinton (right; no relation to that other President). KPFT is also turning 40 this year, and for a limited ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Hollywood Shuffle: Thunder Soul Director Mark Landsman On His Kashmere Stage Band Documentary

    ​Last week, Hollywood Shuffle told you about a new documentary, Thunder Soul, featuring Houston's legendary late-'60s/early-'70s funky high schoolers, the Kashmere Stage Band. The director, Mark Landsman, is currently in Austin prepping for the world premier of the movie at SXSW Film. A couple of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    "We're Ashamed The President Is From Texas" And Other Acts Of Career Suicide

    Seven years ago this week, the Dixie Chicks had the No. 1 country single in the U.S. with Bruce Robison's lump-raising "Travelin' Soldier." Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Bush Administration was putting the finishing touches on its Iraqi invasion strategy, which prompted Chicks lead singer Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind: SXSW 09 Revisited, Broken Arm and Everything Else

    ​ Balaclavas: "On the way to see Houston's own Balaclavas at the Independent to debut new stuff off the soon-to-be released Roman Holiday, I abruptly hit a curb with my bicycle. Luckily my elbow took one for the team. Well, it ended up getting fractured and I have all kinds of internal business go ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 19, 2009

    StoryCorps Historias

    Houston's Latinos are invited to tell their own story

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    November 18, 2009

    Vegetarian Thanksgiving

    Photo by Major Clanger There will be no Tofurky on this year's table.​Eating Our Words isn't a vegetarian (or -- perish the thought -- a vegan), but we have a lot of friends who are. And for those folks, Thanksgiving can be a nightmare of avoiding the main show (that dried out or deep-fried ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Dengue Fever's Senon Williams on Scoring The Lost World

    Not content to just make records, Cambodian surf-pop band Dengue Fever's projects have included multiple soundtracks, a documentary film, and now, an original score. Rocks Off can think of few other bands whose music perfectly fits the exotic otherworldliness of the 1925 silent version of The Lost ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    Alamo Heights

    San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.

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    March 20, 2009

    SXSW Journal: Wild Moccasins, Day 2

    [How bassist Nicholas Cody of Houston's Wild Moccasins spent his SXSW Thursday.]Nicholas CodyBig Boi Bumps the Austin Music HallAfter playing three shows in one day, including our official showcase, we all looked forward to being able to relax and having time to watch some free day shows. Thursday b ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Santa Round-Up Part Five: The Crying Game

    This and every Christmas season the most important person is the baby Jesus, with a bearded, white-haired toy factory owner coming in a close second. Every year we flock to the malls to sit in our kids down on Santa's lap. Sometimes they run off screaming, while others take to the old guy just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Meryl Streep Is Pretty Much Scaring the Hell Out of Me Right About Now

    So I get the fact that this new movie Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman is really supposed to be about faith and trust and, well, doubt (duh), but am I the only one who is totally and completely freaked out by the trailer / commercials and the image of Meryl as a mean, nasty nun ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    The Santaland Diaries

    Move Over Scrooge: The Alley Theatre’s Todd Waite is the new humbug in town

  • Music

    September 18, 2008

    In Need: Signal to Noise

    Houston experimental-music journal needs a hand

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    May 1, 2008

    Cokie Roberts

    This award-winning NPR reporter knows all about the first first ladies

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    October 25, 2007

    David Sedaris

    Acclaimed humorist heads to Houston

  • News

    July 12, 2007

    Mail Call

    Just for Sports

  • Music

    January 11, 2007

    Rogue Waves

    A new report cuts through the static on the radio industry

  • Film

    December 28, 2006

    Don't Believe the Hype

    Despite a nonexistent marketing campaign, Cuarn's latest is not to be missed

  • Music

    September 28, 2006


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  • Film

    June 29, 2006

    Letter-Box Edition

    Wordplay explores the cult of the crossword puzzle

  • News

    December 29, 2005


    And you thought those audio files were only used for music

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    On Da Lingo, Part II

    Confused by what all our hometown rappers are talking about? Were here to help.

  • News

    February 24, 2005
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    December 23, 2004

    Leaning Sideways

    In a year when small movies came up big, picking the best was a Payne

  • Film

    November 4, 2004

    Super, Ordinary

    These heroes may be Incredibles, but they're also normal

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Party Animals

    Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003

    Frankly Funny

    Joe Frank comes to life in Jerry's World

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    Lost in Space

    Meet the new radio, XM. It's big. It's bad. It's nationwide.

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Pop Goes the Bastard

    Unlike the UK, Houston resists the urge to commit plagiarhythm

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    September 27, 2001

    Parks's Big Score!

    Gordon Parks paved the way for modern African-American directors

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    May 6, 1999
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    March 4, 1999

    Pop Goes the Quartet

    Quartetto Gelato ain't your father's chamber quartet

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    December 3, 1998
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    March 26, 1998
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    February 29, 1996
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