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  • Music

    April 5, 2012

    Getting Thumped

    The bass line is everything in dubstep, whose core moves like robo-elephants, stomping and booming along.

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Saturday Night: LMFAO At House Of Blues

    Photos by Todd Brooks/Courtesy of Hot 95.7​LMFAO 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Houston Musicians Explain Their Facebook Cartoon Pics

    ​For the last week or so, Facebook campaign has asked users to change their profile pictures to a beloved cartoon character from their youth. Some claim it's to bring attention to the plight of abused children. Others - like your humble reporter, who is currently sporting Link from the old Leg ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010

    The Fireman's Wife

    Nikki Araguz, formerly Justin Purdue, clashes with family over her late husband's legacy.

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    Toy Story

    How Transformers led to underground MC Mic Skills's rap career.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Indie-Rock Video-Game Savants Days Drive - Russians Love 'Em!

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ‚Äč If we may be candid fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    The Final Fantasy: An Inside Look at Anime and Cosplay Conventions

    Photos by Jeff BalkeWe don't know who this character is supposed to be, but she was killing some Japanese opera.​The costumes are expected. The fanciful, the extraordinary, the bizarre, the obscurely referenced, the painstakingly planned and the larger than life weren't surprising -- after all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Straight from the Sole: Houston's Best Metal Bands

    You know Soledad. He's the vocalist from controversial Houston rap-metal act Daylight Coma. He's got a lot to say. Sometimes it's insightful, sometimes less so, but it's almost always said with conviction. This week, in honor of the fast-approaching HPMA, we asked him who he thinks are Houston's fiv ... More >>

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  • Film

    July 5, 2007


    As giant robots transform all around us (!), it's good to know Michael Bay won't ever change