On this day in 1981, the video-game juggernaut that was Donkey Kong first saw release. It was a game that broke new ground and keeps finding an audience today. It was the first game to feature Mario (who, by the by, was cast as an abusive pet owner seeking to re-capture his poor gorilla), the first ... More >>
It was another exceptional year for music videos, and Rocks Off scoured literally hundreds to track down the 25 that really broke the mold and showed the world the art of the music video is alive and well. From now until New Year's Eve, we'll be counting down the absolute best, so tune in every day ... More >>
A few weeks ago Roosh Williams still, more or less, hadn't crossed over the mainstream line. His March LP had created a sizable dent through mentions by Complex and highly touted features with New York story-weaver Action Bronson and peerless Geto Boy Scarface himself. But seemingly nothing else had ... More >>
Recently Green Day have been trying to promote their latest album by infiltrating all forms of mainstream media and somebody in the band must have realized that Angry Birds is a thing so why should it be left out? That is, presumably, how the world came to see Green Day members immortalized as gree ... More >>
When the opportunity to interview a fast-rising 16-year-old pop star named Ryan Beatty, I initially wrote him off as a Bieber clone, which would be like aural equivalent of Xeroxing the act of stepping on a LEGO. When I did finally sit down and give a listen to Beatty though, I have to admit there r ... More >>
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The Internet was abuzz this past weekend over the video that a 32-year-old man made in which he "interviewed" his 12-year-old self. It was cute, clever and perfectly edited to make it seem as if the 32-year-old Jeremiah McDonald was actually conversing with the 12-year-old Jeremiah, who was mostly c ... More >>
When December rolls around, of all the days of the year, I imagine I will remember last Friday pretty well. I have not felt the kind of sadness I felt when Craig called from New Orleans to make sure I knew that Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, had died in a while. (I didn't know.) Losing Levon ... More >>
The winner of last year's Houston Press Best Lyricist award preps his first album.
Everyone farts. Even that virginal cheerleader you had the crush on in high school began her day with a triumphant blast of her trumpet. It's a fact of life as stinky and socially irrelevant as The Facts of Life, and to us modern hepcats we can't see anyone making a big deal out of it. But (ha ha) ... More >>
We talk a lot about video games here because they'll pay us to do so and holy crap that sentence gets more awesome every single time we type it. Even though we've finally grown up and embraced the complete awesomeness of seventh-gen systems and the photorealistic magic and being of Batman, a part of ... More >>
Hush, little Mega Matahari.Every so often we furnish you with a list of some of the strangest, funniest and most awesome names we find in our daily trollings of Harris County records. Usually, we do this roughly once a quarter, but this month has been fertile, so much so that we are now bring ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find the meaning in some of the odder monikers. We know of Kenny Khaos and his band Cronophage through the orifices of Justin Whitney and his band Church ov Melkarth. Cronopha ... More >>
Austin MillerFat Tony at the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards showcaseFor the past three years, Fat Tony has reigned over his section of Houston's underground rap scene like goddamn Pol Pot (minus the dead Cambodians, duh; read a book, suckas). This, of course, is a curious situation, because ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayEarlier this week, Katharine Shilcutt took a look at 8 foods notable for containing trace amounts of radiation. She carefully pointed out that the radiation in those foods was so negligible, there's no real threat to you or me unless we were to ingest m ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Houston SymphonySaturday's cast (from left): Alan Halverson as Kefka , Rachel Smith as Yuffie, Amanda Ayr as TifaThe Houston Symphony Jones Hall July 24, 2010 While everyone else in Houston was going gaga for Gaga, Aftermath headed down to Jones Hall to hear the Houston Sy ... More >>
Rocks Off has seen some strange stuff in our time, but this ranks pretty high up there. Evidently, a routing error caused several emails intended for longtime syndicated advice columnist Dear Abby to wind up in the inbox of costumed SoCal rap-rockers Hollywood Undead, who appear at Verizon Wirele ... More >>
www.myspace.com/aerosith"If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador?": Aerosith Since the release of the first Star Wars in 1977, through the subsequent sequels and disappointing prequels, pop culture has been awash in Force-related mania. People name their children Luke and Leia, family ... More >>
Neighborhood bars like Bill Hicks's old haunt Cecil's Tavern never go out of style.
In this episode of Houston Music Fight Club, we yet again pit some of Houston's skuzziest and rocking local musicians and personalities together for a fight to the death. Or at least to the sore hand, bloody lip, and maybe a few tears. Some dudes fight when they cry; we've seen it firsthand. We d ... More >>
St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.
In this latest round of effects vs. storytelling, effects win. Big.
Welcome back to The Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to email@example.com. So, earlier this week we heard the new Wu-Tang greatest-hits, Wu: The Story Of The Wu-Tang Clan, whose rel ... More >>
Fake-instrument overload offers plenty to fret about
Okay, so I am officially no longer cool or in touch with what is the hip and the now because I think you look like a freak when you play with your Wii. Let me state that again very clearly: YOU LOOK LIKE A FREAK WHEN YOU PLAY WITH YOUR WII. The terminology alone (“playing my Wii” or “playing ... More >>
Fathers, sons and "Mustang Sally"
Status Update: Vlogged to Death
All the beer in the world can't save Mario Party 8.
My favorite rapper's favorite rapper
Super Paper Mario is flat-out fun.
The Houston Symphony sure is
New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas
Nintendogs' charm will win over the most jaded of gamers.
Robert Rodriguez and his kids conjure up a charming 3-D fantasy
The second act of Squeeze Plays redeems the evening
Please come see Shonen Knife's powerful activity!
Game soundtracks struggle for legitimacy in an industry obsessed with killing machines, not killer tunes
La Vista's cheap patio furniture and outdoor ambience set the mood for its home-style fare
Plastic and the past melt together in a field of schemes
Ambitious Totally Weird puts the blame for violence on the media
On the big screen, Spawn is as flat as a comic book page
Four years after his daughter's murder, Bob Carreiro crusades to bring criminals to justice and peace to lives wrecked by crime. But to the family who shared his tragedy, he shows no mercy.
In Gulfton, soccer is much more than a game
The return of Hollywood's most famous dog and pony show
Swinging and swaying at the Forties Follies