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TV Dramas

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    True Blood: Life in the Corpse

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again; I expect True Blood to go out harder than a train crash in the third Atlas Shrugged movie. This show exists to justify the phrase "Get out while the getting's good." And yet. AAANNNDDD yet...this week was honestly one of my favorite episodes in the show' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    True Blood: Jesus, Take the Wheel

    Note: Welcome back one of Rocks Off's longest-running recurring columns, our seasonal summations of the music featured on HBO's True Blood. I predicted that this season of True Blood would be a messed-up mix of chaos, and thus far I have been proven right. That said...the music gives me hope. Allow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Law & Order: Houston Rap/R&B Edition

    Normally television on the weekends is a drag, a malaise of programs you find yourself absorbed in but would easily skip during the week. But come Saturday and Sunday, you're glued to the couch, and no show pulls this off more consistently than Law & Order. Doesn't matter, the show could use the ol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    True Blood: Imagine Dragons... I Don't Get It

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with trac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    True Blood: Zeppelin Take the Wheel

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with trac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    True Blood: Music For Sookie's Stupid Fairy Vagina

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music inSix Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with trac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    True Blood: At Last We're Getting Somewhere

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Much thanks to True-Blood.net, who has offered to help us with trac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    True Blood: The Naked, The Famous, The God, and The Devil (NSFW)

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood-- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. The sixth season of True Blood gets better with each episode, and h ... More >>

  • Film

    June 6, 2013
  • Film

    December 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    True Blood: Flailing Blindly

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. If I had to describe last night's episode in one word it would be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    True Blood: Care Bears on Fire & Some New Wallflowers

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Have I mentioned that Tina Marjorino is running around True Blood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    True Blood: K'naan and the New Testament

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    True Blood: The Monsters We Make, We Own

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. There's a very interesting metaphor going on right now in True Blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    True Blood: Season 5 Opens With Tired Classic Rock

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. I did not have high hopes for this season of True Blood, and frank ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2012
  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Greg Laswell Needs a Landline

    Rising singer-songwriter not as dark, but still wounded on new album.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Ten Musicians Who Played Other People on TV

    Sebastian Bach on Gilmore Girls​Fictional television shows are full of gimmickry. Some of it is good and some of falls flat. Others are subtle in-jokes. However, it can be interesting when a popular artist appears on a television show because it gives the audience a glimpse into another side o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2012

    Golden Bozos: Your "Official" Live Blog For The 69th Golden Globes

    I know, we're all bummed out the Texans lost. But since you've been drinking anyway, you might as well crack open another one and sit through the one awards show even the People's Choice Awards can look down its nose at. I'll be updating this entry throughout the broadcast, so refresh often and try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    True Blood: A Couple Of Things We Missed

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series,True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​Listen, Gothtopia makes mistakes... mostly mistakes named Amy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    This Year's Banned Books of Texas

    Don't read that, kids.​The ACLU of Texas has released their annual report on books banned by the state's school districts. Among the usual suspects this time around: R.L. Stine, a Gossip Girl novel and the ever-popular gay penguins tale And Tango Makes Three. Another highlight: An elementary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    True Blood: Best. Episode. Ever. Song Ain't Bad, Either.

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​For some reason, Gothtopia has spent the last decade complet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    True Blood: Selling Your Soul in a Buyer's Market

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​What is a soul and, more importantly in this rough economic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    True Blood: Nick Cave & Neko Case Ditch Faeries For Zombies

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​Expectation. That's the word of the day, gentle readers, of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Gothic Council Debates Sookie Stackhouse, Yeti Porn

    ​Gothtopia was born as a Rocks Off staple when your humble narrator took it upon himself to seek out the ultimate vampire anthem after attending a book signing/Q&A by Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Since then we have spent every season of True Blood exploring the fan ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    NFL & College Football Best Bets -- It's Crime Time

    Lennie knows all, eventually​To some of you this may sound obvious, to some it may sound weird, and to some it may sound deplorable -- I wish I had time to watch more television. With the advent of episodic television on cable channels like HBO and Showtime, the ante has been upped and the ne ... More >>

  • Music

    December 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    True Blood: "Flesh Blood," Eels And Hostages

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Episode 11: "Flesh Blood" ​"We can start again." ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2010

    Bend It Like Beckham

    Reignite your soccer passion with 2002's scoring dramedy

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    True Blood: Looking For "Trouble" With Suzi Quatro

    ​Well folks, it's finally happened. The world of Suzi Quatro and the world of vampires have collided. Gothtopia hopes you've enjoyed his writings here at Rocks Off, and regrets leaving you at the mid-season mark of True Blood. For you see, there is now simply nothing left to live for, and we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    True Blood: Massive Attack At A Strip Club!

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Episode 4: "9 Crimes" ​When Gothtopia was just a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    An Evening of Original Plays

    Aside Productions mounts The Male Alphabet, All the Wrong Pieces and more

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    True Blood: Elmore James, Vampire Grudge Sex Hurt Us Too

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Episode 3: "It Hurts Me Too" ​Being able to fo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010

    Linda Castillo: Pray for Silence

    There's more to this Amish community than meets the eye

  • Calendar

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.10: Cowboy Junkies and a Brief Lesson In Murder Balladry

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. With Season 2 just completed, Rocks Off is now working our way backw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.10: Dr. John Don't Wanna Know About Evil, But We Sure Do

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. With Season 2 just completed, Rocks Off is now working our way backw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    The Music of True Blood, Episode 1.7: Getting Crispy With Johnny Cash's "The Fourth Man In the Fire"

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. With Season 2 just completed, Rocks Off is now working our way backw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    True Blood, Episode 8: Lyle Lovett's Prison Song and Redemption on a Dallas Hotel Roof

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Though we're picking up midway through Season 2, from here on out as ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 28, 2009

    Magical Gardens

    The Edies mesmerize all at Stages Repertory Theatre in Grey Gardens.

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009

    Charlaine Harris

    The author of Living Dead in Dallas comes to Houston, where the living ain’t dead (at least not that we know of)

  • Music

    September 13, 2007
  • Calendar

    August 10, 2006
  • Calendar

    April 27, 2006
  • Calendar

    September 30, 2004

    In a Wad

    dos chicas theater commune trots out Little Fascist Panties

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2003

    Mini-Investigators

    Court TV gives kids a lesson in solving crimes

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Custard

    Kohr Brothers, Marq*E Entertainment Center

  • Culture

    April 27, 2000

    Geek love

    The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis

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