I'm going to take a wild guess and assume many Rocks Off readers are probably more rockers, metalheads, and punks than fans of teen pop music, so those folks may have no idea who Ariana Grande is. If that's the case, she's the latest in a long line of disposable pop stars created by record labels an ... More >>
It's not really difficult to make a case for the Houston Dynamo to advance past the Eastern Conference Knockout Round when they square off against the Montreal Impact on Halloween night at BBVA Compass. What you have in this one-game match-up is two opposite ends of the spectrum. On one side are th ... More >>
The film on the momentous event fails to rise to the occasion.
Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 28, 2013 If you think you heard a strange, high-pitched noise being emitted from the Cynthia Woods Pavilion this past Friday night, there's no need to get your hearing checked. It was only the sound of a zillion teen girls screech ... More >>
The Rocks Off Lesson of the Day: You can learn a lot from a boy band-er, if you put your mind to it. If you've never taken life advice from the likes of a guy with a Gold album, a starring role in a sitcom, and a gaggle of Tween fans, here's your chance. Don't blow me off just yet; you might be su ... More >>
As often as I've been complemented on my taste in music, I've been ridiculed for the horrible television programs I sometimes watch. Case in point: my DVR's arteries were recently clogged with episodes of the ABC celebrity competition, Splash. For those who may have missed it, Splash was a taped an ... More >>
Muse Toyota Center, March 12 The prospect of a new Muse album (The 2nd Law) was overshadowed by the band's dalliance with dubstep, which was a shame, but not surprising in the current musical climate. When one of the world's biggest stadium-rock bands' tinkering with electronics becomes a dealbreak ... More >>
The teen comedy that's not bad for you.
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. There's an underlying animal theme to this column you may or may not have noticed. I'm always interested when bands attach themselves to lions, t ... More >>
Three resident artists put on a strong group show.
The death of Davy Jones Wednesday isn't just the end of one man's life. For fans of the Monkees, it means the end of a lot of things. It means no more reunions. It means no more movie and TV cameo appearances. It means no more new music It means no performance to celebrate the Monkees' induction ... More >>
Davy Jones, lead singer of '60s pop sensations and television band The Monkees has died at the age of 66 in his hometown of Indiantown, Florida, according to the Martin County medical examiner's office. He suffered a heart attack. The Monkees were created initially to be a sort of "safe" Beatles b ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings a stellar 2012 lineup.
Despite what you may have heard, swag isn't dead yet; at least not in Houston. Have any swagged-out projects or general ideas? E-mail email@example.com. Ryan GrimesBest. Photo. Ever.Aside from working every day at Girls Rock Camp Houston, this week provided Rocks Off with its usually co ... 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. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... More >>
You'd be smiling, too.It's tough to get a reality show. As you know, TV networks are always looking out for our best interests. And to this point they've been diligent about only distributing these precious program slots to those individuals and groups most likely to make society a better p ... More >>
Paul McAlpine/Wikipedia Today Iggy Pop turns 64, and the current and former James Newell Osterberg, Jr. is still making people a fraction of his age look and sound like croaking senior citizens. Blessed with a tolerance of life that probably rivals only that of Lemmy and Keith Richards, the ... More >>
Marc BrubakerThe early field of contestants at Swaye Bar's Shake Weight Olympics.To see photos of the Shake Weight Games, check out our slideshow. There are scads of ways to get people to come to a bar, and in our experience cheap drinks, entertainment, free food, bands, etc. all work pretty ... More >>
A year ago, in honor of Sesame Street's 40th birthday, Rocks Off brought you a list of the beloved television program's 10 Best Musical Appearances. But 41 years ago, Nickelodeon didn't exist. Now the network is known for its retro-cool vibe, thanks to bringing back shows from the golden age ... More >>
The childish, funny, 3-D delights of Despicable Me.
MB Pictures/ Rex FeaturesDave Chapelle teaches us that the art of "keeping it real" may sometimes go awry. According to urbandictionary.com, this occurs when "in the act of keeping it real, the outcome is unexpected and usually has a negative effect on the individual who decided to keep it re ... More >>
Aside from all the epic cheating, drinking and fighting songs country music has given us, one of the best things it does is make us laugh. Apart from all the crying and cussing, there is a whole deal of laughing going on. This year at RodeoHouston, there aren't many performers on the humorous si ... More >>
Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. While we don't know when or where we'll black out/get sick this Halloween, ... More >>
It always happens: you and your friends toss back a few beers and the talk turns to what celebrities and models you find attractive. At first it starts out innocent enough, arguing the merits of Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Marissa Miller or Paula Deen. Well that last name is actually just our ... More >>
Travis Elementary's swine-flu heyday came just as the topic was losing its national cachet, but the school made the most of it -- closing completely after days of frantic parents keeping their kids home, leaving the school a ghost town.At first HISD said a weekend scrub-down would be enough to set t ... More >>
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 "Poppin'," Famous feat. Trouble Sum Wire To Wire Solange Knowles can single-handedly lower deer popula ... More >>
Kids have a date with the big Bunny
Monday, April 3, Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483
Roll Bounce skates on its '70s vibe
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A short-film series plumbs a dark cultural data bank
A killer cat steals a wonderful movie
Young local playwrights see their works on the big stage
A Latina heroine comes to town
Only band fans need stand in the Drumline
Maybe nutrition isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition
Blue's Clues Live
A talented cast transcends Drive Me Crazy's cheesy formula
Space cadets of Man or Astro-man? go to great depths to maintain a gimmick