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Stephen King

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    February 21, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Eagles, Omotai, Nikki Hill, G-Eazy, etc.

    The Eagles Toyota Center, February 21 Arguably the most successful American rock band of all time, the Eagles have lost little of their drawing power for only having released one all-original album since 1980. Of course that one, 2007's The Long Hard Road Out of Eden, sold some 7 million copies dom ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Saint Genevieve's Party Brunch: Like a Club, With Mimosas

    Frida Kahlo once said, "I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling." If those sorrows are going to learn to swim, they're going to have to do so in the pitchers of bottomless mimosas flying past our heads at record spee ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Saturday, El Birthday Metal Fest III Crushes Christmas

    Looking for an eggnog-free outlet for your holiday frustrations? You're in luck! Local doomsayers Sanctus Bellum unwrap Houston's headbangin'-est birthday party tomorrow at the third annual El Birthday Metal Festival at Fitzgerald's, and you're invited! But be warned: the now-traditional heavy-met ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Five Musicians You Probably Didn't Know Are Straight-Edge

    Here at Rocks Off we talk a lot about alcohol. We've celebrated the great drunken moments of rock stars and taken a look at those who sell their own brands of booze. There's a reason for that old sex, drugs, and rock and roll cliché. It doesn't apply universally. though. The straight-edge genre of ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 College Bars

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Is Texas Country as Appalling as Nashville's Brand?

    If you grew up loving country music at all (like us), you may well have turned on a country station in the past year or two and been appalled. But between the rise of Taylor Swift, the collapse of rock radio, and the general dumbing down of our social-media-mad culture, country music has emerged as ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Cover-Band Venues

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    How Many Building Temples From Death Fest Band Logos Can You Decipher?

    Despite punishing eardrums for more than three decades, death metal remains a decidedly underground movement. That's mostly by design, obviously -- the genre's bloody and extreme artwork, cruelly downtuned guitars and horrific, indecipherable lyrics are intended to provoke as much as they captivate. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    UtopiaFest: Freaks Abound, Festival Jams In Hill Country Paradise

    The fifth annual UtopiaFest wrapped up in the early hours of Sunday morning, and after a super successful weekend of music and revelry, we have all made it back to society ready -- actually, not so ready -- to take on the week. Four Sisters Ranch, the beautifully wooded Texas Hill Country venue just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Midtown

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Our 11 Favorite Drinking Songs. Cheers!

    Many drinkers have a dialogue in their heads that also plays out in great drinking songs throughout the ages. "Why do you drink?" asks the great prophet Bocephus. "It's five o'clock somewhere," reply the equally sage Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. Rocks Off wanted to know our writers' favorite dri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    A Fistful of Soul's Top 25 Solid Gold Tracks

    If you're seeking a scene, maaaaaaaaaan, you could do a hell of a lot worse than A Fistful of Soul, the monthly where some of Houston's grooviest DJs drip rare (and not-so-rare) vintage wax all over Midtown. Now steered by Joe Ross, Stewart Anderson and Alex LaRotta, Fistful dates back to the Mink i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    JAMerica: Scene Reveals More Than Just Hippies and Noodling

    JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene By Peter Conners Da Capo Press, 320 pp., $25.99 "Hippies and noodling are lazy signifiers tossed up to fill the vacuum of word-count deadlines," Peter Conners writes about the perceptions of "jam" bands in his new book JAMerica. And it's true ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Five Unexpected Cover Songs That Actually Worked

    Covers are a tricky business. Any time a musician starts trying to do his or her own version of someone else's song, they instantly take on some pretty hefty expectations. First, they have to satisfy their own fanbase, which may not like the artist being covered to begin with. Then they may even wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Six More Weird Bands to Watch In 2013

    Back in February, I told you about five weird bands that adventurous music listeners might want to watch out for if they happened to be looking for something outside the mainstream. As the year has plugged on, all five have done some exciting things, but even more noteworthy experimental bands have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    UPDATED: Stephen King's Five Best Rock and Roll References

    UPDATED (Friday, 11:50 a.m.) to correct the ID in the top photo. This past week saw the release of Stephen King's latest short novel of hard-boiled crime fiction called Joyland, by my count his 70th overall, not counting reprints and compilations. What fuels output like that? By King's own admissio ... More >>

  • Film

    January 24, 2013

    George Stark's Parker

    Rough guide to a rough guy

  • Film

    December 27, 2012

    10 Movies to Watch in 2013

    In theaters, on demand or wherever.

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Youth Lagoon: Death By Moon In "July"

    The video for Youth Lagoon's "July" is like one of Stephen King's short stories come to life. Not like one of the ones about giant rats or haunted hotel rooms. We mean his study pieces on the apocalypse. Something like "Night Surf," in which a group of ordinary teenagers survive a deadly plague, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Get cheesy at Urban Harvest on April 30.​If all goes to plan, the "Battle of the Heights" Pie-Eating Contest this Saturday at Pie in the Sky (632 West 19th) will look nothing like Stephen King's Great Tri-County Pie Eat. But wouldn't you rather go watch just in case? Four of the Heights' "civi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 16, 2010

    Amy Tan

    The Chinese-American author muses on her continuing stories

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    June 3, 2010

    Justin Cronin: The Passage

    This Houston author hit paydirt with a story about death row inmates turned into vamps

  • Music

    April 8, 2010

    Dark Tower

    Shooter Jennings enlists the occult and Stephen King on ­ambitious, eerie new album Black Ribbons.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Author Steve Berry: An Evening of Thrills Tonight At The Houston Museum Of Natural Science

    Photo by Kelly Campbell​It's been a good year for author Steve Berry. His new release The Paris Vendetta debuted at Number 9 on The New York Times bestseller list (no little feat since the list was already filled with heavy hitters like John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Stephen King and Sue Grafton) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Creepy, Inappropriate and Otherwise Weird Christmas Albums

    ​ Christmas is 22 days away, so you still have time to put in some online orders for delivery. And, coincidentally enough, we're going to bet that whatever holiday album you've been playing for the past few years is starting to get a little stale. You can only enjoy the velvet crooning of Bing Cro ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!: Rocks Off Presents The Shining Tonight at the Mink

    At tonight's Mink Movie Night, Rocks Off presents what is arguably the greatest psychological horror film ever made, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The film opens our month of Halloween-inflected movies, with the next two selections in the series being The Exorcist and the original Jamie Lee Curtis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Worried About Swine Flu: Here Are Five Virus Movies To Feed Your Fears

    Got flu? Hopefully not, and hopefully all this talk of pandemics and Madagascar closing its borders are just media hysteria. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little self-imposed isolation for you and the family, so here are some timely cinematic selections for you to watch in between hand-washin ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008
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    August 7, 2008
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    July 24, 2008

    Stand by Me

    Domy screens a classic tale about boys, summer and (gulp) leeches

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    The Year In Film

    Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more

  • Film

    November 22, 2007

    The Mist

    Latest Stephen King adaptation all fogged up

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Silver Screams Film Festival

    Get your frightful fill of horror flicks

  • Film

    June 21, 2007

    1408

    Who woulda thunk it: 1408 is a terrifying, touching Stephen King adaptation

  • Culture

    December 21, 2006
  • Home Entertainment

    September 28, 2006
  • Film

    July 20, 2006

    All Wet

    M. Night Shyamalan steps up the lunacy with Lady in the Water

  • Film

    September 27, 2001

    Two Hearts Beat as One

    A boy and his mysterious surrogate father search for security in Atlantis

  • Film

    March 22, 2001

    Mass (Murder) Media

    The satirical Series 7 exposes the black heart of reality TV

  • Film

    October 5, 2000

    Hitting Below the Belt

    Karyn Kusama's Girlfight looks to assume power by emasculating men

  • Film

    December 9, 1999

    E.T. on Death Row

    Director Frank Darabont gets metaphysical in The Green Mile

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    May 7, 1998
  • Music

    February 15, 1996

    State-of-the-Art Ghouls

    White Zombie holds its own with the metal-heads and the punks alike

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    August 31, 1995
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    March 2, 1995
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    November 3, 1994
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    September 29, 1994
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