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  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar at Reliant Arena, 6/11/2013

    Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock Reliant Arena June 11, 2013 SLIDESHOW: Good Kid, Space City: Kendrick Lamar (And Fans) at Reliant Arena, 6/11/2013 "I'll always have love for Houston." Those were among the last words Kendrick Lamar told a raucous crowd inside Reliant Arena on Tuesd ... More >>

  • Film

    April 18, 2013

    Django Unchained: The Most Moving Scene Quentin Tarantino Has Yet Filmed

    Django is Like “Accidental Racist,” Except Not Godawful.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Buffalo Bills Fans Tweet Their Hatred For Mario Williams

    Hard to believe now, but there was a time not too long ago when Texan fans openly debated the appropriate amount for the Texans to allocate this past offseason to re-sign defensive end/outside linebacker/chronic underachiever Mario Williams. Sure, the Texans defense was just fine without Mario for t ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Grand Incubator

    Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Southern-Fried Dim Sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie's Burger Bus

    Austin King is a nervous ball of energy. He hops around the small kitchen at the rear of Grand Prize Bar like a character in Super Mario Brothers, head down and face fixed in a grimace of determined concentration. He pulls dumplings from a fryer with one hand, sprinkles Tabasco-infused scallions ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Video Game Sheet-Music Availability Rising, But Still Fairly Rare

    Despite the enduring popularity of video games and the increasing amount of recognition that they receive as art, sheet music for their iconic scores remain very rare. Some of the most popular themes have recently become available, but publishers have been slow to tap this market. Super Mario Bros. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    4/20 Day: 14 Bongs Based on Movies That Should Not Have Bongs Based on Them

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2012

    The Dante Higgins Story

    The winner of last year's Houston Press Best Lyricist award preps his first album.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Nintendo: 6 Awesome Retro Game Covers

    ​Today is the 122nd anniversary of the founding of Nintendo. Yes, you read that right. Nintendo is older than the automobile, Dracula, and the country of Iraq. In a just world, we would brave an abandoned warehouse haunted by tentacle monsters in order to win a cache of steampunk video-game ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Last Night: A Day To Remember, Etc. At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Travis HensleyA Day to Remember​A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, Pierce the Veil Warehouse Live April 13, 2011 Wednesday night can be described in three words: Confetti, balloons and rage. Aftermath felt like we were at a B L A C K I E show or something, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    "Because I'm afraid of WORMS, Roxanne, WORMS!"​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're starting to think that Aspartame is a pretty cool name for a baby. True story: A girl with whom we once shared an office with whose name was Cyndi used to go by Cyn, and when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    8-Bits Ain't Nothin' But Hos And Tricks

    ​Rocks Off got Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii for Christmas. Big deal, right? We're willing to bet there are less than a thousand 29-year-old American males who didn't receive some kind of video game as a gift, but it's a big deal for us. See, we actually kind of did grow out of video ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    We have no words for how cool this is.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the holistic headache cure of choice is gravy and lots of it. To the surprise of no one, we started the week off with some marijuana-laced soda. After that, we were really, really excited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Erasure, Robot Unicorns Bring Happiness To All

    Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. ​If you have the kind of job where you can play flash games on Adult Swim's Web site like your daily V ... More >>

  • Film

    August 12, 2010

    Precious Little Life

    Scott Pilgrim and Michael Cera get soul.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Cyndi Lauper Vs. Pat Benatar: An '80s Lady Grudge Match

    ​Honestly, if Rocks Off had been around in the early '80s, we would have been the biggest damned Cyndi Lauper fan in this city. Our second favorite female artist would have been Pat Benatar, because gruff chicks who snap their fingers menacingly at the camera are foxy. Also, Lauper sang about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Confessions Of A Sheet Music Salesman​Readers may be surprised to learn this, but searching for YouTube videos to mock and talking about Goth bands does not exactly pay for the finer things in life. So six days a week, Rocks Off - or at least the Rocks Off writer with only one "f" in his name - sells sheet music to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Finally, Some Important Movie News

    ​Now that the dust has cleared (and the blood has been spilled, thanks to a stabbing before the...Cowboys and Aliens panel) at Comic-Con, we can finally move forward, away from the overwrought announcements about the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds is better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Top 5 Bizarre But Lovable Video-Game Theme-Song Covers

    ​Rocks Off is an old-school gamer. We relished those days of racing off the school bus in anticipation of milk, cookies, Goomba stomping and sore thumbs. Back before graphics surpassed gameplay on the scale of importance, most of our gaming quandaries could be solved by blowing into cartridges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Dennis Hopper, Tell Us A Tale Before You Go

    King Koopa has gone where Mario and Luigi cannot follow. Dennis Hopper, the Academy Award-nominated actor from films like Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider and yes, Super Mario Bros., passed away Saturday after a long fight with prostate cancer. While Hollywood mourns the death of one of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    The Eastern Sea: TV-Savvy, Wife-Approved

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to ​Summerfest, the mega-music fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Aftermath: Hour After Hour at the Sprite Step Off With Lupe Fiasco, Brooke Valentine, Letoya Luckett, Trae and Sheila Jackson Lee

    Photos by Marco Torres/ See our slideshow here​ 8:20 p.m.: Somehow, without checking in as media or anything, we've found our way backstage. That was a bit too easy; like, "Make You Feel A Little Uncomfortable About The Security Level At This Event" uneasy. 8:24: Yipes. Congresswoman Sheila Jackso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Nintendo Goes Old School For The Holidays: A Review

    ​Ho, Ho, Ho! For this, the most somber of holiday seasons, our dear friends Nintendo have found have their nostalgic side. With their recent release of Super Mario Brothers Wii, and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks -- due out December 3 -- Nintendo has gone back to two originals that helped sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Steam Punks: Baristas Throw Down at Houston's First Latte Art Competition

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttSilence Huang points out good and bad characteristics on a calibration cup of latte.​Judging a latte art competition is deceptively difficult, as we found out on Friday night. Silence Huang, one of our fellow judges and a master barista from Taiwan, drew careful diagram ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Trash-Talking "Booty Truck" Indie-Rockers Giant Princess

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to​ If you could input a bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Tonight: Eugene Chadbourne and Walter Daniels at Rudyard's

    The willfully weird Eugene Chadbourne stops by Rudyard's this evening with Walter Daniels, harmonicist (as far as I can tell that is, in fact, a word) for 1980s Austin punk bands the Hickoids and Jack O'Fire, in tow. Chadbourne's music is a mishmash of folk, blues, bluegrass, country, ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    October 16, 2008

    You Down With OCD? Yeah, You Know Me

    Video games linked to obsessive, Tony Shalhoub-type behavior

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008


    Go inside your favorite golden oldie video game

  • Home Entertainment

    September 4, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    August 28, 2008

    Braid Changes the Game

    Not settling for clever play, Braid reinvents how to tell a story, too

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2008

    Video Games Live

    Maestro, meet Mario

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    June 7, 2007

    Halo 3

    A promising glimpse of the next Halo.

  • Home Entertainment

    May 3, 2007

    Super Paper Mario

    Super Paper Mario is flat-out fun.

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Band on the Run

    A murder confession puts the Jonbent in the news

  • Music

    July 27, 2006
  • Calendar

    July 13, 2006
  • Calendar

    June 15, 2006

    Koopa Loopas

    It's Mario in tha mix

  • Home Entertainment

    June 15, 2006

    Brotherly Love

    New Super Mario Bros. scores by plumbing old ideas

  • Music

    April 13, 2006

    Pretty Girls Make Saves

    As video games go indie, Wack imagines a few likely pairings

  • Home Entertainment

    February 9, 2006

    X-Man Reunited

    There's nothing rusty about Mega Man X's old-school 'bots.

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Eight-Bit Symphonies

    Who was responsible for the best music of the 1980s? Nintendo. Who's finally discovering it? Everyone.

  • Home Entertainment

    December 29, 2005

    This Game Bites

    The new Castlevania is the last nail in the franchise's coffin

  • Film

    June 9, 2005

    Dream Child

    Robert Rodriguez and his kids conjure up a charming 3-D fantasy

  • News

    January 6, 2005

    The Halo Challenge

    Master Chief, a weapons-toting super-enhanced human, is the only being who can save the earth. A video gamer from Texas is the world champion at helping him do just that thousands of times over.

  • Music

    November 11, 2004
  • Culture

    April 26, 2001

    Shearer Delight

    The voice of Flanders is the voice of reason, absatively posilutely

  • Music

    June 24, 1999

    HammingIt Up

    Local blues guitarist Hamilton reaches musical puberty

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