Southern Culture on the Skids Continental Club, March 28 & 29 Taking a 30th-anniversary victory lap this year, Southern Culture on the Skids has parlayed their image as overalled, chicken-flingin' hillbillies into a virtual empire of lowbrow kitsch and randy "toe-suckin' geek rock." On the Chapel H ... More >>
We did a spit take Tuesday when we saw pretty new renderings for a long-dormant mega-amusement-park called EarthQuest prominently displayed in the Chron. We first wrote about the eco-friendly "ClusterQuest" in 2012, after two writers for a Montgomery County paper called The Tribune exposed the dub ... More >>
Of course the main theme of Doctor Who has reached the same status as Star Wars and Star Trek when it comes to fame and recognizability. That's all well and good and as it should be, but from almost the very beginning the show has also snuck in original song pop-song compositions into episodes that ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here on Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. At my day job I have a coworker who makes fun of me because I like what he calls "primitive minimalist" music. By that he means that doesn't see ... More >>
Hey, it's 4/20 day! Be glad you don't live in Boulder, where the University of Colorado is trying to end the annual massive on-campus celebration of the day by barring any visitors and spraying the quad where it's held with "a foul-smelling fish-based fertilizer on the grass." Bummer. Here in Hou ... More >>
Just when we threw up our hands in despair over the dearth of worthwhile presidential candidates, a federal prisoner in Texas has made it onto the ballot in West Virginia. Keith Russell Judd, who's serving 210 months in a decidedly un-oval office in Texarkana for making threats while on the Univer ... More >>
A year ago today, Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy of Ontario became the first person in the world to earn a master's degree in The Beatles. I'm not quite sure what she's doing now, but I do know she could probably kick anyone's ass in Beatles trivia. This little anniversary of her graduation got me think ... More >>
There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch all of them, one at a time. There comes a point in reviewing shows showcasing the embarrassing antics of tattooed subhumans (Jersey Shore) or the plasticine über-rich (Real Housewives of X) where you start realizing th ... More >>
Before I had cable, I invested in Netflix's streaming video service. It continues to be the best $7 I spend each month, despite the service's recent, public misadventures. And anyway, Netflix is where the new episodes of Arrested Development will eventually air, and that news more or less made up fo ... More >>
Robert Pruitt, Gabriel Dawe and Tierney Malone are killing it in their respective local shows.
And do matanzas only happen in New Mexico?
O RLY, Kevin McHale?There is a classic Internet meme characterized by a photo of a silly-looking bird with the phrase "O RLY?" written across it. The meme was designed to signify someone's response to an outrageous statement, usually posted on a bulletin board. For example, Nerd One might say ... More >>
In keeping with Rocks Off's latest obsession, compiling soundtracks for oddball holidays, we were tickled pink as a chorus girl's nipple to learn that this Friday is Pi Approximation Day. The holiday was first in 1988 by a physicist named Larry Shaw, who made everyone march in a circle then ... More >>
Photos by Troy FieldsCheck out our pictures of the final round of space shuttle simulation training at NASA's Mission Control. Space. If you are anything like me, you've probably started to take it for granted. Save for disasters like the Columbia explosion in 2003, the country as a whole no ... More >>
Still the only crossover I'd pay to see.Anyone watch the MTV Movie Awards? Anyone? I didn't think so, mostly because I suspect the majority of Hair Balls/Art Attack readers are over the age of 12. And while I have no intention of revisiting the whole "'Music?"Television line of jokes, I did ... More >>
The Brisket House rules their brisket with an actual iron fist.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we kind of want our old pizza delivery job back just so we can hang out in the walk-in freezer. Yes, it's hot as balls here in Houston, and that's why we started t ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe grouper crudo photographed beautifully. If only it tasted that way, too.Before my wine or food (or even my dinner date) had arrived at The Tasting Room at CityCentre last night, I thought that I'd already had the place mostly figured out. The shiny new space sa ... More >>
If someone woke Rocks Off up at 2:30 in the morning with a Big Head Todd & the Monsters song, even the band themselves, we might have a few choice words for them. But we suppose it's a little different when you're 220 miles above the Earth. That's what happened earlier today (way earlier tod ... More >>
The Actors from the London Stage believe less is more...than enough
Enter Lawndale's otherworldly realm.
There's plenty of places to go this Halloween. Check out our updated listings.
Lois BernsteinSkateboarding Twinkies, ninja squirrels and space hamsters are making their way to Houston, with Commander Mark leading the way. Things might get a little weird. Mark Kistler, the self-styled Bob Ross of children's art, will be holding drawing camps in the area over the next two we ... More >>
That thud you heard last weekend was Will Ferrell's career settling noisily back to earth. With a budget estimated at over $100 million, Land of the Lost was supposed to propagate the 2009 summer blockbuster season (handily inaugurated by the new Star Trek) and continue Ferrell's successful box-offi ... More >>
The end of the world as conceived by Harlan Ellison, the most contentious person on earth
Everyones favorite Vulcan brings his logic to full-figured women
Sequels, prequels and threequels headline Hollywood 2007
The fourth Harry Potter rushes through its paces
A '60s British TV series gets an extreme makeover
The Alley Theatre mixes it up
No obvious joke goes untouched in this so-so TV show remake
Revolutions runs a playful joyride through a nifty vision of hell
Eddie Murphy plays Daddy, once more, just be "Cos"
More and more, science fiction writers are using the Force to survive
In Ice Age, three mammals and a baby get warmed over
A racist Billy Bob gets funky in Monster's Ball
Tim Burton monkeys around with the original Planet of the Apes, but is it evolution?
Disney's old-school Atlantis strikes gold under the ocean
A pumped-up U-571 recalls Wolfgang Petersen's famous German submarine drama
The nice Jewish boy of my mom's dreams-for a hundred bucks?
August 27 - September 2, 1998