• Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    10 Big Changes at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos

    Note: this weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times are risking life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio. This article was written by Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes. After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Go to Moon Tower Inn

    Here are 10 reasons why.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Talking to James Moody, Co-Captain of HMS Fun Fun Fun Fest

    In Texas, only a few major music festivals cater to the punk and indie subcultures. Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest, Chaos In Tejas, 35 Denton, maybe the free and freaky day parties of SXSW, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, put on by Transmission Entertainment in Austin. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest Releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2012

    Last Night: The Flaming Lips at Free Press Summer Fest

    See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage. Be sure to also check out our slideshows: the sexy, sweaty Summer Fest crowds and the bands of Summer Fest 2012. The Flaming Lips Free Press Summer Fest, Eleanor Tinsley Park June 2, 2012 It's the fashion these days for artists to revisit t ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 31, 2012

    Lawndale's Stellar Studio Show

    Three resident artists put on a strong group show.

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Oh My, A List!: 7 Tips For Free Press Summer Fest Newbs

    This will be the Rocks Off team's fourth Free Press Summer Fest outing since the festival began that summer of 2009. I remember it well: The small stages, the blistering August heat, The Sword, rolling in the grass with Hippie Mike, all of it. The main stage headliners were Of Montreal, Explosions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    The Best (Fake) SXSW 2012 Rumors So Far

    It happens every year: an errant rumor turns Austin and SXSW upside down for a few hours or even days, leading to mass hysteria, mild apathy, and sometimes sadness. At my first SXSW in 2001, I got a "hot tip" that the Beastie Boys were going to join Mix Master Mike at La Zona Rosa for a secret show, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    We Have Visited The BestFest Grounds, And It Is Good

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Just minutes ago, Rocks Off returned from the Best of Houston® BestFest grounds at the Midtown superblock off Main and Travis, and we can say with all certainty that this weekend will be huge. We were there shooting a segment to air on Channel 39's NewsFix today at 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    No Smoking At ACL: Five Ways To Still Get Your Nic Fix

    ​That heavy sigh and occasional sniffles you heard on Monday was the Rocks Off team finding out the Austin Parks Department has banned smoking at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, for which we will all be leaving tomorrow evening. The team of smokers on this crew nearly canc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Texans' Tailgating: Where Meat, Booze, Tattoos, Porta-Potty's and Big Ol' Grills Get Together (SLIDESHOW)

    Photo by Chasen MarshallTailgating done right, but not "Best of"-worthy.​"Yo man, why you wearing that Tony 'Homo' jersey?"Texans fans were confident and cocky around the mish-mash of cars, RVs, tents and debauchery that was Tailgate City yesterday morning, outside Reliant Stadium.Riding high on i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: SXSW Rumblins'

    It's kind of like the shocker, but not really... Here it comes. Just two weeks into the year and already the South by Southwest hype machine is churning. In the past week we have learned that Lou Reed will a keynote speaker, R.E.M will be stumbling down Sixth Street like it's 1984 and now Yo La Teng ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    No Beach Party for You, Rumsfeld!

    "We're hoping for a big 'wave' of support here. You have big waves in Galveston, I assume?" We're not normally ones to regurgitate stories at you, but we couldn't help but notice the headline on KHOU's website: Iraq war may jeopardize seawall project. You'll have to read the whole piece -- which ... More >>