Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. YouTube had its music video awards just recently, and if you saw that then you know that the same out-of-touch mainstream crap ideals that ruined popular music videos starting a decade ago is still going strong in the minds of the money men. That's why here ... More >>
When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads this week, just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. Alabama: Phosphorescent, "It's Hard to Be H ... More >>
Note: Elvis Presley would be 78 years old today, if he had not (supposedly) died in Memphis in August 1977. This article originally appeared as part of Rocks Off's "Elvis Week" in January 2011, and still seems plausible two years later. Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who w ... More >>
Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. They have been around as long as there were celebrities and companies willing to pay them to say they smoked Kool's or drove Chevy, or force us to explain to children and the elderly why we would giggle every time we saw the milk-stained upper lip of a famous ... More >>
Don't believe the hype.Being a parent is tough, especially when the kids are toddler age or thereabouts. You're basically on 24-7 suicide watch while the little hobgoblins cram everything they find into their mouths and clamber to the top of the bookshelves, while at the same time you try to ... More >>
It sounds like heresy to most older folks, this writer included, but for about the past decade, a lot of younger gamers have been discovering punk rock, ska, and classic and indie hip-hop through the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding video games. The idea may be repellent to those of us who r ... More >>
Do you realize that Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, the dude who was in the Darth Vader suit, and Ron Paul are all the same age as Elvis Presley would be on Saturday? Look at Woody Allen next time you see him on TMZ and just think, he's as old as Elvis. In order to get in the frame of mind to t ... More >>
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 email@example.com. If we were forced by thr ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty As Aftermath was cradling his camera, taking pictures of Buddy Guy on Friday night at the House of Blues, he got a bittersweet twinge in his music-loving soul. Once he and B.B. King shuffle off this mortal coil and join the big blues jam in the sky, there wil ... More >>
As video games go indie, Wack imagines a few likely pairings
Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti's early years
Who was responsible for the best music of the 1980s? Nintendo. Who's finally discovering it? Everyone.
It's an all-day skate-apalooza at the Texas Skate Jam
The Z-Boys roll into Dogtown again, and truth is cooler than fiction
Alterna-god Perry Farrell's been caught spinning
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.
WorldFest celebrates the obscure
Top skateboarders, BMXers and motocrossers do trippy tricks
Sleepy Waller wrestles over rights for skateboarders
Vans Skate Park
Meet The New Guy, same as the old guy
In the 1970s, the Z-Boys were hell on wheels. Today, they're shredding the big screen.
Or: How Tony Hawk turned skateboarding into a multimillion-dollar international obsession
Clearing the desk for the New Year, and other excuses for a column