Houston mourns the passing of Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw.
Monday morning the official Numbers Facebook page changed its profile and cover pic to flat black images as rumors of a tragedy began to swirl among the goth and club scenes in Houston. In the initial silence a sad story began to take form. Owner Robert Burtenshaw, better known as Robot to the folks ... More >>
Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 19, 2013 I really never did think that I'd ever find myself at a Kid Rock show. I still am not sure what I got myself into Friday night -- aurally, visually or emotionally. What I do know is that somewhere among all of the craziness, Ki ... More >>
Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"
It's no secret that we're being sold a product constantly. Even the TV shows we enjoy are nothing more than someone else's attempt to make some money at their heart. They live and die by how much revenue they generate, not typically their artistic value. Like it or not, they're a product and, oftent ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.
Have you ever noticed this: Men and women have different musical tastes. At times, they do. Why? Because men and women have different interests, for the most part. Think about it, boys: while you may want to play some Metallica, your girlfriend (or mom) may want listen to Sheryl Crow or Madonna. A ... More >>
93Q's "A Day In the Country" Featuring Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Jana Kramer, Wade Bowen, Ronnie Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Lost Trailers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, June 16, 2012 For the most part, 93Q's "A Day In the Country" was one Texas-sized pleasant surprise Saturd ... More >>
The last time Rocks Off caught up with Jesse Dayton, he was up to his eyeballs in alligators with his film project Zombex, working on an album of Kinky Friedman cover songs, and playing Kinky for a bunch of New York art types in Marfa. One of the hustling-est hustlers in show business, Dayton has pl ... More >>
Music festivals have played an indefinite part of pop culture history. From the various Woodstock festivals, Us Festivals, and even Lollapalooza - they have played a part in defining their generations. Unfortunately some of these amazing festivals have only seen the light of day in the form of eit ... More >>
As the 2012 presidential race begins to heat up in earnest, Rocks Off can't help but feel that the front-runners for the Republican nomination are lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. Call it star power. Call it sex appeal. Whatever it is, these guys ain't got it. If the GOP is serious about wresti ... More >>
If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>
Free of the constricting trappings of his former label Curb Records, Hank Williams III is wasting no time getting new product to his fans. "They didn't care for my thinking," says the artist, performing these days as Hank3. This week he officially busted loose from the clutches of Curb, rele ... More >>
Marc BrubakerArcade Fire in the glorious days of May, when temperatures only reached the low 90s.Is the heat getting to you yet? Rocks Off is not going to say this week or two of consecutive 100-plus-degree days is affecting our judgment, but earlier today we approved one of our writers' pitc ... More >>
It's back to the usual grind for Rocks Off after last night's late-night Austin City Limits Festival lineup announcement. Sadly, we will not be seeing the Foo Fighters play songs from Wasting Light in Austin come September. And yes, still playing it, along with a steady diet of Guns N' Roses. ... More >>
Rocks Off almost never gets a bad recording out of the Red Tree Recording Studio, so when producer Harold Reubens sent us his latest project, he had to jump a bar he'd already set pretty high. Little did we know that not only would Alyssa Rubich's C'est La Vie clear the hurdle, she would kee ... More >>
The sweet smell of secessionIn five years, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest war in U.S. history, and yet a stupefying number of people still don't comprehend how flying a flag associated with treason and -- more to the point -- racism might not be the best idea: ... More >>
Today is Thursday, and Thursday is playing tonight at Warehouse Live. The few times Craig's Hlist has said this to co-workers and friends in passing, at least the ones who don't live with their heads shoved up a concert calendar's ass, they have looked at us like we are insane. The band Thu ... More >>
The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C., leaves our correspondent hoping for true activism from the alleged silent majority.
Preaching to the choir?What's the point?It was a question I asked myself more than once in the last month: while I was booking the hotel room, then sitting on the flight from Houston to Washington, DC, and finally walking with tens of thousands of others down Pennsylvania Avenue to attend the Ral ... More >>
Bun B For Lafayette - ATLiens Freestyle from Decatur Dan on Vimeo. • Dave Bry at the witty pop-culture blog The Awl writes about rap music's eternal embrace of consumerism, using Bun B's most recent release, a rap written in honor of Japanese clothing company Lafayette, as an example. It's a great ... More >>
With its recent hugely successful reissue and - depending on how much extra cash you want to shell out - bonus tracks, limited-edition postcards and a 10cc sample of genuine Mick Jagger semen (OK, maybe not), deservedly or not Exile on Main Street continues to be the most lauded and discussed ... More >>
Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring!: Political songs for nonpolitical people.
Sean Avery of the NHL's Dallas Stars was suspended for an indefinite period by the NHL on Tuesday for comments he made in Calgary on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, he made a comment about several players dating his "sloppy seconds." And I know most of you in Houston would rather talk high school fo ... More >>
Thursday, July 5, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.
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