Still Rubbernecking after all those years.
Some albums don't grow old gracefully, because they were never graceful to begin with. The Toadies' Rubberneck is rude, blasphemous, unstable, cathartic and possibly murderous, but graceful it is not. One of the angriest rock albums to be released by a Texas artist in the '90s, it is also (arguably) ... More >>
This is a story about the sometimes roundabout ways we encounter new music. It's also about expectations: why we make them and how we adapt, often for the better, when they aren't fully realized. I'll start there. TMI alert: I like to read in the restroom. I planned to spend a few minutes "reading" ... More >>
Rolling Stone once described Neil Young in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" issue as a "restless experimenter... who transform[s] the most obvious music into something revelatory." Admittedly, I don't know much of Neil Young's musical catalog, and there's something about that high-pitched ... More >>
The news media has been rapt lately with stories of an alleged game by young men called the "Knockout Game," in which participants choose an unwitting victim on the street and attempt to knock him out with a single punch. Jon Stewart summed up the media frenzy with his usual deft touch on the Daily ... More >>
I had no idea Louie Gohmert once lived in the Soviet Union. Apparently, during the 1970s, the man headed to the USSR on some form of exchange program -- the details remain murky -- and had a chance to experience all of the lag and stagnation brought through the Brezhnev years. How he kept that secre ... More >>
Burt Wonderstone vanishes what Steve Carell's best at.
Houston's top 5 local music venues.
Over the weekend, the State Department shocked uptight old white people around the United States by announcing that expert on partying Andrew WK would be bringing the party to Bahrain as a cultural ambassador. In the world we live in, this shouldn't be all that shocking. President Obama is practica ... More >>
Swamplot v. Condo head gets ugly.
Let us be clear from the very beginning -- this member of the Rocks Off Aftermath team isn't the most storied fan of The Mountain Goats. Though we'd heard of the legendary John Darnielle before, out first actual exposure to his music was in 2007 with Heretic Pride, and we were so struck by the power ... More >>
Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.
mysanantonio.comGig 'em!Once again, Texas is front and center on the national political stage, our spokesman an almost cartoon-like embodiment of every Lone Star stereotype: Fast-talkin', gun-lovin', bible-thumpin', boot-wearin', oil-worshipping, death penalty happy, larger-than-life right-wi ... More >>
Jeff Swensen/ Bob Schneider on FacebookIt's been said that if you have lived in Texas for at least a decade and you haven't at least been in the vicinity of a Bob Schneider show, you are probably lying. Our introduction to Schneider was kind of heartbreaking, but that's another story for anot ... More >>
Metro chief Frank Wilson is our biggest gobbler.
OTOH, maybe the fix isn't inAs hard as it might be to believe, every Super Bowl since 1996 has been fixed. No, not fixed by gamblers or players trying to throw the game. But instead fixed by the NFL. Sure it sounds a bit far-fetched, but that's the allegation made by Brian Tuohy in his book, The ... More >>
Something about the idea of Sarah Vowell, that This American Life star, regular NPR contributor, droll historian, frequent Jon Stewart foil, voice of Violet of The Incredibles and all around Person Who White People Like coming to Beaumont was utterly irresistible.It seemed like the exact inverse ... More >>
Michelle Obama appeared on Iron Chef America last Sunday to promote healthy eating. Ever since she planted that organic garden last year, she has become a spokesperson for eating your vegetables and therefore a lightning rod for controversy. The White House communications office reached out t ... More >>
Ricky Gervais sees dead people. And they bring him to life
The angriest comedian in show biz thinks Houston is tops
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
Author of Blackwater: The Rise of the Worlds Most Powerful Mercenary Army heads to Houston
John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career
Will Ferrell's umpteenth sports comedy is only half bad. His half.
Fans of Chappelle’s Show and Best Week Ever will recognize Christian Finnegan — if not by name, by face. The comedian played the “crazy” white roommate on the Chappelle’s Show parody skit “The Mad Real World,” and always has a clever quip about celebrities on Best Week Ever. Finnegan i ... More >>
Texas may okay creationism degrees
Barry Levinson wags the dog again, but his bark is worse than his bite
Bewitched delivers just what you'd expect: absolutely nothing
Michelle Ellsworth's ED will save your id
Silver City plants a shrub where it wants to dig up a Bush
Warriors of the right take their battle against the left to the streets of New York
A SXSW film takes a look at Karl Rove, a.k.a. Bush's Brain
From Mr. Show to Mr. Movie
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him
Ohmigod! Five seasons in, South Park's the funniest show on TV.
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
Basic Instinct author crawls up Bill Clinton's pants and hangs on tight
Sci Fi's brilliant good vs. evil is a corpse in search of a burial
Quiet, intellectual John Bloom transformed himself through his alter ego, Joe Bob Briggs, into a drive-in-movie critic on TV. Now a new character is emerging: John Bloom himself.