Star Wars

  • Film

    October 9, 2014
  • Film

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    10 Things We Are Sick of Seeing on Houston Cars and Trucks

    Sitting in traffic, particularly during morning rush hour, life feels tedious. Your mind wanders. Your faith in humanity wanes. You glance around at your fellow drivers hoping for a glimmer of hope in what feels like a cruel, unforgiving world. Then you see it, out of the corner of your eye. It's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    This Weekend's Best Bets: College Football Is Here

    207 days. That's how long I've been waiting. When the piece of cheese sitting at the end of the summer-long maze is redemption, the clock ticks slowly. The pages get ripped off the calendar at a glacial speed. August couldn't get here soon enough. Because here's the thing -- I sucked at giving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Five "Nights" The Astros Can Use To Sell TIckets In September

    When it comes to the standings, Major League Baseball (or any team sport, for that matter) is a zero sum game. One team wins, one team loses, and in baseball, by the time August rolls around, from a business standpoint, you just hope that the teams that lose regularly are in cities where the fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    MC Chris Is In Town; Maybe He'll Come Over

    Rapper MC Chris has a significant and sometimes intensely personal relationship with his fans. How personal? He's been known to crash fans' house parties or just stop by to play video games. He includes them in T-shirt design and remix competitions on his Web site. He reaches out to them to help f ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    May the Force Be With You at Neil's Bahr

    "Eat, sleep, game, repeat." A tall, slick-haired guy whose black T-shirt is emblazoned with that very slogan pushes his way through this packed EaDo bar, but no one seems to mind. Most folks are giving him the thumbs-up, which seems strange given the density of the room. But he's earned a pass to ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Geek Culture Meets Houston Nightlife at Neil's Bahr

    The new geek's paradise is in EaDo.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Former Yes Man Jon Anderson Gets Close to the Edge...and the Audience

    Classic-rock fans might not see the connection between intricate, musically adventurous progressive rock and all-you-can-eat shrimp and shuffleboard tournaments. But increasingly, fans of this genre -- or Southern rock, or blues, or country, and even Rick Springfield or KISS -- have gathered on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Weather Week: Snowpocalypse Part Two. Could It Be Worse Than Part One?

    Not all sequels are terrible. Many believe Godfather II was the best of that series and I am much more fond of Empire Strikes Back than I am of Star Wars (episode IV as it were). When it comes to the sequel to the winter weather we experienced less than a week ago, it is beginning to look like what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Christmas PSA: Zapruder Of A Jillion Car Pile Up In Snowy Wisconsin

    It's Christmas time, a time of giving, and as much as I would love to give all of you an actual, tangible gift for your loyal readership, I am but a humble radio host and cannot afford to do so. I can, however, give you my sage advice on all things Christmas. That is free (to me), and yet still qui ... More >>

  • Film

    September 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Five Musicians Who Should Be In the New Star Wars Films

    The last few weeks, Internet rumors about Florence Welch being cast in the newest Star Wars film have exploded like the Death Star. The film is in its earliest creative stages, and won't have geeks lining up at theaters until 2015. Still, it's natural to start getting itchier than Chewbacca's flea-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Last Night: Sigur Ros at Bayou Music Center

    Sigur Ros Bayou Music Center April 9, 2013 If you ever want to feel like you've completely taken leave of Planet Earth for a couple of hours, might I recommend a ticket to a Sigur Ros show? The Icelandic group has amassed a considerable following, enough to almost fill Bayou Music Center Tuesday, ... More >>

  • Film

    October 11, 2012

    Hearts and Minds

    With Argo, Ben Affleck asks us to love Hollywood again.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Star Wars Day: Recasting The Movie With '70s Rock Stars

    Today is Star Wars Day, or "May the 4th be with you." Something less than a national holiday but more than a horrific pun, it's evidence that we still very much live in a Star Wars world 35 years after the movie was released, as well as that once the Internet gets ahold of an idea, the rest of us mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Rap Round Table: What's The Scariest Movie You've Ever Seen?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Doughbeezy, B L A C K I E, Chane, Willie D, ESG, Kyle Hubbard, Propain Not Invited: Tom Six, director of Human Centipede and Hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Science Fixins': A Dream Meal Made of Fictional Foods

    What's the greatest science fiction film of all time? If you didn't just go, "Oh, Blade Runner," I want you now to imagine me shooting you the bird as I walk away. As I was re-watching it for the ump-teenth time the other afternoon, I couldn't help but get hungry when Deckard was eating at the noo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    The 10 Most Iconic John Williams Scores Ever

    Today John Williams turns 80 years old, and the prolific composer has packed in a lot of work in the past five decades as one of the most iconic movie music makers to lead an orchestra. No doubt you have been enthralled, enraptured and enfrightened (not a word) by his collaborations with George Luca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Pop Rocks: George, We'll Always Have The Star Wars Holiday Special

    After much soul searching and agonizing (and in no way an attempt to drum up publicity in advance of his new movie), George Lucas has decided to retire from big budget movies: George Lucas's cinematic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, opens in theaters on Friday, and it might be the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Happy Mauro Hamza Day! 5 Great Sword Fighting Themes

    We do love our obscure holidays here at Rocks Off, as well as setting up playlists for them, but this is the first time we've gotten to tackle a holiday exclusive to our own city. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mauro Hamza. Hamza, is the coach for the 2012 United States Olympic fencing team, which has ... More >>

  • Articles

    December 22, 2011
  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Por Favor, Nanny

    Houston moms help the help.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    The 10 Dumbest Star Wars Names

    Tey How: Just want you in my Caddy.​What, you haven't gotten your Star Wars Blu-ray yet? We haven't kept up with the news, but we're guessing George Lucas tweaked something somewhere in this latest reissue and sent message boards into apoplexy. Thinking of Star Wars, we took a look at the IM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Comment of the Day: NASA & Star Wars

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    "Tatooine" Discovery: Five Other Times NASA Has Drafted Off Star Wars' Heat

    NASA: If only there was a movie about a two-sun planet....​NASA officials hyped a press conference yesterday about a new discovery via the way they know best: Trot out the Star Wars references. People connected with the movie and SFX gurus Industrial Light & Magic were on the panel to discuss ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Pop Rocks: We Don't Need Another Star Wars

    You ain't seen nothing yet.​If you're one of those wondering what the delay is with the planned live-action Star Wars TV show, wonder no longer: George Lucas has said that he has 50 hours worth of a new Star Wars TV series ready, but is waiting for a new technological breakthrough before it c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    14 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Springfield

    2. Rick Springfield is a stone cold sex fiend... ​In recent years, many musicians have put down their instruments (at least temporarily) and picked up the computer keyboard to produce some pretty revelatory memoirs. And in one case, perhaps too revelatory - Billy Joel recently pulled the plug ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2011

    Play Ball, Baby

    A new season for the Astros, and hopefully a new team.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Cover Story: For Love of the Game

    ​When working on this week's feature story, I was surprised at just how much help my background as a musician would help me, especially since I was writing about a sports radio station. Over the last 25 years, I've spent a lot of time in bars, recording studios and rehearsal spaces with other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Island Of Misfit Albums: A Star Wars Christmas

    ​One thing that always bothered Rocks Off growing up as a born-again Christian child who was into the apparently godless world of Star Wars was whether or not they celebrated Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ and stuff. Santa Claus, crap that matters. We can only assume under Empire rule th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Big 12 Title Game -- Loser Leaves Town

    The Big 12 says goodbye to corn hats​It's probably appropriate that the most recognizable non-player/non-coach on the sidelines at the Big 12 Championship Game Saturday night was WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross because the final Oklahoma-Nebraska matchup (at least for the foreseeable futur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Four Loko: We Investigate Just How Bad It Is (UPDATED With Morning-After Reflections)

    Science!!!!​The latest bit of juvenile delinquency that has the authorities up in arms is Four Loko, a powerful caffeinated beer that's sending kids to hospitals.The "powerful" part -- 12 percent alcohol in a 24-ounce can -- gets you wasted, and the "caffeinated" part keeps you up instead of passi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 16, 2010

    THX 1138

    First there was Viagra, now there's this?

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    "I'm On A Boat" Gets Steampunk Makeover, Boba Fett

    ​Rocks Off is quite keen on steampunk, which is basically when you take a bunch of clockwork technology and shoehorn it into Victorian times. It's a small subset of geekdom, but growing quite a bit in popular literature. So as long as we're transporting modern improvements into the past, why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: Louis C.K. vs. Mississippi

    The same face we made when trying to comprehend why people would voluntarily live in Mississippi.​The weather's terrible, I'm living off DVR'd episodes of Community, and it's possible this is all just a dream. This was the week in TV Land: • AT&T reached a deal with Rainbow Media last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Jeremy Messersmith, Obsessed With Death In A Cheerful Way

    ​With The Reluctant Graveyard, indie-pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has crafted the most gorgeous, lush, and sunny record ever about death and dying. Corpses, organ donors, coffin salesmen, shot-down gangster doppelgangers, and zombies (both literally and the '60s Colin Blunstone va ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

    Space Center Houston puts George Lucas fans through their paces

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    Cirque de la Symphony

    Why are there acrobats in the violin section?

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Annise Parker's Star Wars Choice: She's With The Bad Guys

    City of Houston photosSo that's what Stormtroopers look like when they take off their helmets​ We'll admit freely that we're not the biggest Star Wars fans in the world. Given the fanaticism of some Jedi followers, it's an easy claim to make.But we thought -- and correct us if we're wrong -- that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    To Get You In The Mood For Summer Movie Season, The Worst Blockbusters Of The '00s

    ​For better or worse, the summer movie season kicks off this weekend with the release of Iron Man 2 (which I believe is a Black Sabbath documentary).It's the time of year when temperatures rise and IQs drop as folks looking for relief from the sweltering heat seek shelter in air-conditioned theate ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009

    “The Cinema of George Lucas”

    The creator of Star Wars brings his memorabilia to the Space Center — where else would it go?

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    An Hour in Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    Band Aid: Do they know it's Christmastime at all? Most people I know hate Sunny 99.1, but not me. And I should really hate it. Any radio station supported by the American Dental Association has to suck. But every time I listen to it, I either hear something so corny and half-baked that I can't turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    No More Family Guy For Star Furniture

    Star Furniture, the third in the Houston triumvirate of ubiquitously advertising furniture stores, has made a bold decision. They've decided to crumble helplessly in the face of some right-wing whiners. Star, along with Dallas-based The Room Store and Corpus Christi's Whataburger, are the latest c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2007

    “Star Wars”

    Luke Skywalker and company land their starfighter at NASA

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