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The Lord of the Rings

  • Film

    February 13, 2014
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    February 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Six Other Crazy Places Metallica Should Play Now

    2013 was a big year for Metallica, featuring performances in IMAX 3D and in Antarctica of all places. Let's face it, there's not a whole let left for the biggest rock band in the world to accomplish. I mean, when you're forced to start playing in Antarctica just to do something new, you've really hi ... More >>

  • Film

    December 12, 2013

    The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't

    This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Lee Harvey Oswald's Wedding Ring on the Auction Block

    As we roll up to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, a lot of weird stuff keeps getting brought up and it seems like everything that was ever even slightly related to the president, Jackie, or his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is up on the auction block. The frenzy of merchandising and tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Music's Five Dumbest Pseudonyms

    Have you ever wanted to change your name? I'm going to guess that almost all of us have at some point wanted to go by some cooler moniker, unless your given name was something like "Max Power," a name that sounds good in your ear. I'm going to also guess that whatever pseudonym you came up with as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Your Guide to This Year's Mayhem Fest

    Last week, I told you all about the Summer Slaughter Tour which blew through the House of Blues this past Saturday, and alluded to the numerous metal tours still to come up. Well, you may have just had your ass kicked last weekend, but it's already time for another one. This weekend's fest is the Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Top Five Video-Game Concept Albums

    Video games are art now. The president said it and everything, so you know it's legit. That makes me very happy, because I do believe that games represent a specific medium of artistic expression. Anyone that argues hasn't played BioShock Infinite yet. Art Attack: Reviews for the Lazy Gamer: BioSh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    7 Songs About Hobbits NOT By Leonard Nimoy

    I'm keen to catch The Hobbit soon. If nothing else, the Seventh Doctor apparently goes full-on wizard battle against the Witch-King in it, and I would have paid just to see that scene alone. The rest of it looks cool too, though. In the meantime, I have to wait for an overnight babysitter to free u ... More >>

  • Film

    December 13, 2012

    Slouching Toward Erebor

    The Hobbit gets neither there nor back again.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Big Wins for Chris Shepherd and Bobby Heugel at the 2012 My Table Houston Culinary Awards

    It wasn't quite a Lord of the Rings-style Oscars sweep for Underbelly last night at the 2012 Houston Culinary Awards -- the restaurant didn't win in every category in which it was nominated -- but chef Chris Shepherd and mixologist/bar owner/restaurateur Bobby Heugel took home four awards between th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Free WiFi at Houston's Airports But Grab It Quick, Ends Soon

    Both George Bush International and William P. Hobby airports will have free wi-fi thanks to Google Play (yay!) but only through the end of September (boo). As we reported in July, Houston airports don't have the extended free wi-fi amenities that many others in the country do. As part of a multim ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    iCan't: 4 Reasons Why Even the iPad 3 Won't Cause Me to Buy One

    In April of last year, I wrote about whether I should buy an iPad. After a few musing paragraphs, I came to the begrudging conclusion that the iPad was likely part of my technological future. Well, it's nearly a year later and still no iPad for me. With the release of the iPad 3 tomorrow (and a prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    15 Inferior Best Picture Oscar Winners (And the Enduring Classics They Beat)

    Last Wednesday, Craiggers hit on some forgotten Best Picture Academy Award winners, films which have slipped through the cracks of society's consciousness for one reason or another; either for being too of-the-moment, not having enough quotable lines, or for simply not having held up very well -- hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    John Paul Jones' Six Coolest Led Zeppelin Bass Lines on His 66th Birthday

    Growing up listening to rock music and being a bass players wasn't always a super exciting proposition. Most of the great bassists of all time are jazz musicians. Being a rock bass player means holding down the low end and keeping the groove intact. While this can still be challenging -- I've seen s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Anyone Else Underwhelmed By The Hobbit Trailer?

    Can Peter Jackson top this? I doubt it.​The trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey dropped like Boromir after taking a few Uruk-hai arrows yesterday. The first of Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy doesn't hit theaters until ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2011
  • Film

    August 18, 2011

    Barbarianism's Underrated

    Conan reboot, bloody good.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Boobylicious: Music's 20 Most Memorable Breasts (Semi-NSFW)

    ztams.comWendy O. Williams, seen here with Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister​It may sound silly, but boobs are powerful things. Men are fascinated and entranced by them, while women constantly obsess over their size and shape. In a way, they're not unlike the ring in Lord of the Rings: Capab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Last Night: Emmylou Harris At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys Verizon Wireless Theater June 22, 2011 The song about the Italian painter wasn't in the set, and at the end it seemed like it was the only song not in the set, but watching Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys paint the curtained-off V ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    May 26, 2011

    Game of Thrones: 7 Observations from a Newbie (and Pop Rocks Pinch-Hitter)

    Yeah, he's my brother, so what?​Pete Vonder Haar couldn't file a Pop Rocks today, so it falls to me to do so. Since he is also our chronicler of all things Game of Thrones, I will pick up that mantle too. I'm not much of a fantasy person at all, but I find myself getting into this HBO minise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Idol Beat: Male Fraud

    ​Steve Tyler wore a shirt with lips all over it. I couldn't decide if he was being knowingly self-referential or it was the work of the same costume designer who put him in that leotard in the "Love in an Elevator" video.neither way, it fulfilled its purpose of distracting me from the show for ... More >>

  • Film

    December 9, 2010

    Life on Narnia

    An ailing franchise gets another chance.

  • Music

    October 21, 2010

    Teflon Don

    Rick Ross writes rhymes for gangsta lifestyle

  • 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

    September 3, 2010

    5 Things I Learned Photographing 100 Houston Restaurants

    Photo by Jeff BalkeOne of my more successful shots at Olives Martini Bar & Grille in Sugar Land​George Carlin once described the phrase "fussy eater" as a euphemism for "big pain in the ass." When I was young, I was a big pain in the ass. Don't get me wrong, I have always loved food. I just di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Saturday Night: The Houston Symphony Does Final Fantasy At Jones Hall

    Photos courtesy of Houston SymphonySaturday's cast (from left): Alan Halverson as Kefka , Rachel Smith as Yuffie, Amanda Ayr as Tifa​The Houston Symphony Jones Hall July 24, 2010 While everyone else in Houston was going gaga for Gaga, Aftermath headed down to Jones Hall to hear the Houston Sy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    FAIL - Billy Corgan, Courtney Love, Justin Bieber, Celene Dion, Apple

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

  • Film

    January 14, 2010

    My Blue (Screen) Heaven

    Thanks to the magic of 3-D CGI, Peter Jackson makes a one-dimensional Lovely Bones.

  • 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-washing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Artist of the Week: The Sans-Bayonet

    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 introducingliston@gmail.com. It was recently menti ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008

    Dead Alive

    Web exclusive!

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    October 11, 2007

    The Houston Record Convention

    Calling all collectors!

  • Calendar

    August 9, 2007

    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson’s fantasy film features a RUSH look-alike

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2007

    Harry Hallowed Potter

    It took Pradnya Bhawalkar an hour to put together the gloves, robe and rest of the witch costume the 18 year old wore to the midnight Harry Potter party at the Barnes and Noble at First Colony Mall in Sugar Land last night. The parking lot was so full, I’d had to park in another one and hike over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2006

    We Like Patrice Pike

    Courtesy of CBS/Rockstar: Supernova The sultry Pike, who regularly wowed audiences on Rockstar: Supernova, hits Houston tomorrow. Austin singer/songwriter/siren Patrice Pike is known to many nationally as the contestant on the reality show Rockstar: Supernova who gained a legion of fans with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2006

    We Like Patrice Pike

    Courtesy of CBS/Rockstar: Supernova The sultry Pike, who regularly wowed audiences on Rockstar: Supernova, hits Houston tomorrow. Austin singer/songwriter/siren Patrice Pike is known to many nationally as the contestant on the reality show Rockstar: Supernova who gained a legion of fans with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2006

    Where My Pirates At?

    Lloyd Lively "Yar, let's find us a movie critic!" I think it's a beauty that media outlets, both local and national, have jumped on the whole pirate bandwagon, what with the juggernaut that is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The Today Show had a segment that showed viewers how to dres ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 23, 2005

    Tunnel of Love

    Houstonians go wild for the Art League's Inversion

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2003

    Puffy Shirts, Turkey Legs and Thee

    Dust off your chain mail and head out to the Texas Renaissance Festival

  • Film

    February 27, 2003

    Rockin' the Cradle

    DMX and Jet Li get down 2 Grave business

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