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True Blood

  • Film

    April 3, 2014

    Bon Vivamps

    Jarmusch’s undead know how to live.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Vote or Die: The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

    Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. When it comes to the art of the music video, 2014 is already starting out well. We're leaving behind the holidays and starting to work our way into the coming year of out-there cinemaudio expression. If this week's crop is any indication, it's going to be a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Justin Timberlake at Toyota Center, 12/5/2013

    Justin Timberlake Toyota Center December 5, 2013 In a few years, people will write about pop music between the years 2007 and 2012 and talk about how worse off it was because Justin Timberlake wasn't an full-time musical force. This will be revisionist history -- pop music is ultimately bigger than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 4: New Mexico to South Carolina

    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 just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. New Mexico: Heather Nova, "Out in New Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    We Are Wombat: Try Pooping In Cubes

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're doing our best to find meaning in the oddest monikers. My absolute favorite kind of music is stuff that isn't in any way goth, but sounds like it should be. Especially if it leans towards the coun ... More >>

  • Film

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Lydia Lunch Returns to Houston to Whisper and Scream

    How in the name of all things Holy and Un do you prepare for Lydia Lunch? Pinning a genre on her is harder than getting a ferret in a tube sock. She is by definition the antithesis of all definition, spouting pop music, No Wave, spoken word, and just in general making a spectacle of herself. And sh ... More >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2013

    Once Bitten, Twice Shy

    Members of local rockers American Fangs battle a self-proclaimed vampire on tour.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Fanged: Houston Rockers Brawl With Self-Proclaimed Vampire On Tour

    Maybe the band should have expected strange things to happen when they headed out on tour with Hollywood Undead. Considering their own name, American Fangs, this couldn't have come as a complete shock. Because it sounds more like something that would happen in an episode of HBO's True Blood. Last w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Come See My Dead Person LP Whistles Past the Boneyard

    Come See My Dead Person is one of those bands people have constantly tried to get me into over the years, but the time never seemed right. Well, the release of their new self-titled album should be a good enough place to begin, I thought, and I'm very glad I did. The sound is a mix of pretty much ... More >>

  • Music

    October 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Happy Birthday Anne Rice! 6 Songs For a Horror Icon

    Anne Rice, the author of horror classics like Interview With The Vampire and the Witching Hour, turns 71 today. She's a talented and complicated lady that all goths owe a debt to for recreating the vampire as a lonely, Miltonian figure that was at home in seats of elegance or on a rock and roll stag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Top 10 Steampunk Songs

    It's a big week for steampunk enthusiasts. First of all, today is the 287th birthday of Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, the man who built the first self-propelled, steam-powered vehicle. He invented his three-wheeled fardier à vapeur in 1769, and went on to build progressively more complex and better model ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    True Blood: John Lee Hooker and the Home-School Blues

    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. We're down to the last two episodes of True Blood this season. Wit ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    HPMA 2012 Showcase

    One night. 11 venues. 55 minutes.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    True Blood: Of Wolf and Anton Newcombe

    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 is going to be a brief look into True Blood, because I frankl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    True Blood: Steampunk and Strippers

    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 you came to the column this week expecting me to offer an in-d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    True Blood: I Think White Wolf Is Gonna Sue Somebody

    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 fifth season of True Blood continues to underwhelm as a whole, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 7 Downtown Bars

    Life is about perspective and so is Houston's downtown. Perhaps some look at it as a commercial district and once wannabe party king who lost its luster with the emergence of its cousin Midtown. Or you can see it as a beautiful skyline -- the best in Texas -- that's lightly peppered with a magnifice ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Greg Laswell Needs a Landline

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

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Pop Rocks: Everything's Coming Up Tyrion in the New Game of Thrones Season 2 Teaser

    "Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick, a shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very long shadow." HBO didn't waste any time capitalizing on Peter Dinklage's Emmy win for Best Supporting Actor. The character of Tyrion figures prominently in this latest preview for s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Taylor Swift Continues Goth Transformation in Hunger Games Track

    It started out as a joke, you know? Chris Gray threw us a curve ball and said, "Taylor Swift is coming to town. Do something with that, you little eyeliner-wearing fangster." Well we did sit down and listen to the young country superstar, and to our surprise we discovered that somewhere in what we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Being Human: The Vampire Show You Should Be Watching

    It's unclear whether humans were capable of sexual feelings before vampire myths came into being, but everyone is surely feeling very sexy these days thanks to all the sharp-toothed shadow dwellers taking over screens big and little in Twilight, the Vampire Diaries and True Blood. Not ones to leave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Pop Rocks: And Now, Your Least Anticipated Movies of 2012

    The end of the year is always a nice time for going to the theater. Studios are desperate to cram anything they want for "awards consideration" into the final two weeks of December, leading to a larger than usual number of thoughtful, well-made films available for your holiday viewing pleasure. Yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Pop Rocks: The Least Anticipated Movies of 2012

    The end of the year is always a nice time for going to the theater. Studios are desperate to cram anything they want for "awards consideration" into the final two weeks of December, leading to a larger than usual number of thoughtful, well-made films available for your holiday viewing pleasure. Yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    True Blood: A Bit Of Houston, A Bit Of Magical Murder

    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. ​Johnny Bush, ladies and gentlemen. Even your resident goth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Wine of the Week: The Other Burgundy

    ​Sunday night at our house means sexy vampires and crochety Jews on television (read "True Blood" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm") -- an odd pair, no doubt! And T.V. night at our house means home cooking (even though we've been eating in most nights since we got pregnant, if not to save money than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Rocks Off Smokes On Fourth Of July

    After you fire up the grill Monday, fire up the computer and head our way for some leisurely Fourth of July reading. We'll have our weekly True Blood recap, a review of Saturday night's Mana show at Toyota Center, a look at one of our favorite musical years ever (we won't tell you which one), and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Last Night: Peter Case At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Photos by David Ensminger​Peter Case McGonigel's Mucky Duck June 28, 2011 Surviving 40 years of rock and roll is not nearly the same as embodying it, preserving artful, poetic, and transcendent song forms that persevere as the world unveils socio-political and cultural shifts, religious uphea ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Literary Greats Cool Houston Down With Black Blizzard

    The Literary Greats on Facebook​We're not going to sit here and try to define the Literary Greats. Instead, we'll tell you why we just had to have their new album Black Blizzard. For three years now your humble narrator has been tracking the music that features on HBO's True Blood. Each episod ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 17, 2011
  • Music

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Becoming Elektra: Stooges, The Doors And Much More

    ​Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label By Mick Houghton Jawbone Press, 304 pp., $29.95 While most of today's major record companies are run by men in suits answering to a corporation rather than men of vision answering to their whims, there was a time in the ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    Let's Get Spooky

    Here's our guide to what's happening this Halloween.

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Let's Get Spooky

    Our guide to Houston's best Halloween haunts.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Radio Is Dead, MySpace Too. How Do We Find New Music?

    ​As both a music journalist and an actual musician, one of the things Rocks Off is always interested in is finding out how you people are finding out about the music worth finding out about. When you work for a major music blog, new music is hurled at your head at an astounding rate by both t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    True Blood: A Sam Merlotte Sad Bastard Mixtape

    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. ​HBO likes to give us a little break the week before the fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Katy Perry's "California Gurls," As Done By Really Old Men

    ​Rocks Off hates Katy Perry with the white-hot burning intensity of a thousand suns. Her songs sound like Pink with a lobotomy, and she looks like Zooey Deschanel playing a really low-cost prostitute. When the video for "California Gurls" came out, we saw something that we never thought we'd s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The Week In TV: What Do You Watch During The Summer?

    With Treme off the air, what are you going to watch the rest of the summer?​Blah blah basketball blah blah soccer blah blah I miss real shows. This was the week in TV Land: • Treme wrapped its first season last night with an episode that was probably among its best so far, though it also hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    The Week In TV: Back For Another Round

    Lost may be gone, but these other shows are returning for another season.​Summer is upon us, television is a rocky wasteland, and you're probably out grilling right now. This was the week in TV Land: • Summer's a weird time for TV viewers and often a terrible one for TV fans: There are lo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    Christopher Farnsworth: Blood Oath

    So the president of the United States has a vampire for a bodyguard - damn, D.C. must be rougher than we thought

  • 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)

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