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    August 20, 2014

    12 Highly Entertaining Indie Artists On Twitter

    Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to see what our favorite m ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Only Google Knows Musicians' Darkest Secrets

    Have you ever Googled something only to find that their autofill feature suggests some really strange stuff? This has been the source of Tumblr blogs and memes alike. It has also been the reason many a person has lost faith in humanity, seeing ridiculous questions on obvious subjects. Just type "why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Should Bands Play What We Want to Hear?

    This question comes up time and time again when talking about live concerts, and it seems like it's going to come up again now. Recently post-hardcore/indie-rock band Brand New played some shows on the East and West Coasts performing their full-length records in their entirety. It was a bold move by ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    The Worst Music Fans of 2013

    It seems like one of the biggest things music fans hate is music fandom. Is it that fanboy antics are just really that insufferable? Is it that we hate people who like things we don't like? I don't know, but since the dawning of time, fan wars have existed and will continue. That's why this year I ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Top Five Bands You Need to Get Over Already

    Thanks to social media, our culture now moves at the speed of light. Your 15 minutes of fame is now closer to fifteen seconds. Look at all the internet memes you loved last year that are completely played out now. Hell, even a hit song only has about a month of mileage; notice how quickly we all got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Meeting of the Minds: Morrissey and Charlie Brown

    Morrissey always seemed like a rather gloomy chap, on that we can all agree. But how does he stack up against the all-time glum heavyweight, Charlie Brown? In case you never wondered that before, go ahead and kick yourself just like we did. That's the germ of an idea behind This Charming Charlie, a ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Summer Means Okra, Grilling and A Toast to the Royal Baby

    Gastronaut: It's all about the big O at Pondicheri this time of year...Okra, that is. Chef and owner Anita Jaisinghani has created a "Summer Okra Menu" that is available Sunday through Wednesday as long as the okra lasts. The okra specials are written on a blackboard so they can be changed often. Ho ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 27, 2013

    The 2013 Houston Web Awards: The Best Of Online Houston

    Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.

  • Film

    June 13, 2013

    To Actresses on the Brink of 40: Go Bad or Go Home

    Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Houston Not Very Racist, Homophobic Based on Twitter "Geography of Hate" Map

    Since Twitter feeds were able to be aggregated on Google Maps, there have been Web sites that published all sorts of geographic representations of the things we say. But one of the more recent goes to greater length to determine just how racist and homophobic parts of the country are. Not surprising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Seal Turning 50 Gives Us An Excuse To Use This Picture On A Blog

    Today British singer Seal turns 50 years old, which is a perfect excuse for me to finally use the above picture and for you all to bask in its glory. Look at it. It's Seal's head on an actual seals head! I mean when I first saw it years ago I thought, "Internet, just when I think you can't get any b ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013

    Survival Skills

    Calling your boss a dick on Facebook might no longer be a fireable offense (but I wouldn't test it).

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    January 24, 2013

    Calling Your Boss a Dick on Facebook Might No Longer Be a Fireable Offense (But I Wouldn't Test It)

    The National Labor Relations Board, through a series of new rules governing small business and social media, has provided greater protections for employees who speak out against employers online. Expanding existing rules, the NLRB said, "workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    How Beyoncé Microwaved The News This Week

    Here's how a major announcement would roll in the life of Brando: short, quick, brief moments of celebration, smug congratulations and thank-yous from people before the realization that only douches do that sort of thing and I'd be captain of their army. And nobody wants to hitch a ride on that tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Serrano's Rap Coloring Book to Become Actual Book

    Some weeks ago, Rocks Off told you that one of our writers, Shea Serrano, had constructed a Tumblr featuring his drawings of various rappers and curated by the King of the Trill, Bun B, called the "Rap Coloring Book." We were proud of him then (we always are), but we're even more proud of Shea now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Look at What One of Our Writers Has Gone and Done

    Provided they're not making us wish them bodily harm (kidding), Rocks Off is proud of each and every one of our writers. But sometimes one of them up and does something that makes us give them an extra pat on the head and a biscuit to go along with it. Like right now. The writer in question is our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Lady Gaga's New Little Monsters Site Mashes Up Pinterest & Tumblr

    Fans of pop star Lady Gaga now have a social network to call their own with Little Monsters going live this week in beta. The site mashes up elements of Pinterest, Tumblr, and old-school chat room culture to create a place for Gaga's little monsters to hang out online, trade gossip, fan art, and pro ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Nominate Your Favorites for the 2012 Houston Web Awards

    If you love food and you live in Houston, chances are you follow at least one food truck on Twitter, one restaurant on Facebook or one beer blog (remember blogging? People still do it, and in more than 140-character bursts). The 2012 Houston Web Awards are fast approaching, which means now is the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Strait Bonin' Turns Our Beloved Icon Into King Of Porn Country

    Of course you all know that today is George Strait's 60th birthday, and the King Of Country just announced that he is coming back to RodeoHouston next spring for a March 17th date with Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band. What a great end that will be to a torrid week at SXSW in Austin. This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Star Wars Day: Recasting The Movie With '70s Rock Stars

    Today is Star Wars Day, or "May the 4th be with you." Something less than a national holiday but more than a horrific pun, it's evidence that we still very much live in a Star Wars world 35 years after the movie was released, as well as that once the Internet gets ahold of an idea, the rest of us mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Not A List: Your Favorite Musicians As Food

    Sometimes an idea comes from the basest regions of your brain. Sometimes you think of something so stupid that you need to share it with your art director. Sometimes the snow comes down in June, and sometimes the Sun goes 'round the Moon, right? Anyone with a Tumblr who isn't addicted to free porn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Clueless -- Not Old -- People Writing on a Restaurant's Facebook Page

    Tumblr has given us some great food-related bits of fascination recently. Locally, it's home to Fat City Houston, which keeps our 100 Favorite Dishes list honest. Nationally, it's given us gems like Fuck You, Yelper, showcasing frenzied Yelp reviews as beat-style poetry. This week, it's Old People ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Fat City Tackles Every Entry on Our 100 Favorite Dishes List

    Because I'm getting to be an oldster, I'm still not as hip to newer sites like Pinterest and Tumblr as I once would have been to, say, Blogger or Wordpress. Tumblr sites in particular sort of confuse me -- aren't they just blogs? With more pictures and less writing? And no vicious comment sections? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    The Best Downton Abbey-Themed Tumblrs

    If you like him/her you should put a ring on it, and if you like a celebrity/TV show you should make a Tumblr about it. Officially four episodes into the second season of Downton Abbey, we Yankees have become passionately dedicated to this upstairs-downstairs highbrow soap about early twentieth-cent ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    If the Wikipedia Boycott of SOPA Spread: Seven Examples of Horror

    ​With Wikipedia boycotting the Stop Online Piracy Act today by shutting itself down for 24 hours, the powers that be at the crowdsourced information giant hope we all get freaked out enough by their absence that we tell Congress we think SOPA should not be passed. If you don't know what SOPA i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    The 10 Most Popular Art Attack Posts of 2011

    Looking back at the most popular posts this year on Art Attack is almost like looking back at the memes and pop culture memories that shaped 2011. A cultural zeitgeist, if you will. We'll always remember the time we found out Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't the good guy action hero we grew up with, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Tumblrin' Dice: Clipart Covers Hurt Your Eyeballs

    "Dazed and Confused" indeed...​Today I discovered Clipart Covers, a Tumblr site dedicated to remaking classic album covers with just clipart and comic sans, turning them into nightmarish, though amusing, affairs. Random urban-looking folks and what looks like a Wii avatar make up the cover of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    RIP Kim Jong-il: Memes For The Departed Dear Leader

    ​Last night the Western world found out that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had passed away at the age of 69, on a train, closing a strange chapter in history while also beginning a new one mired in confusion and worry over how his son will take the reins of North Korea. Kim Jong-un's young a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2011

    Baby Goose On The Loose: Ryan Gosling At Fun Fun Fun Fest, Catches A Fat Tony Set

    Photo By Craig Hlavaty​Ryan Gosling, current Hollywood it boy and probable Oscar nominee for this year's Drive, is here in Austin with director Terence Malick filming scenes for the upcoming feature Lawless. You may remember that at Austin City Limits Festival in September that Christian Bale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Land Of Confusion: A Google Playlist

    Join my circle, won't you? ​About a week ago, we finally took up a friend's Google invite offer, and immediately starting tooling around the search engine's new social-media outlet. In Google's words, the new site "makes sharing on the Web feel like sharing in real life." That sounds cool, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Our Ten Favorite Glenn Danzig Pictures

    Marc Brubaker​Today is Glenn Danzig's 56th birthday, and the former Misfits and Samhain frontman is as evil and cantankerous as ever as he stalks this cursed Earth, darkly reaping the senior discounts of the innocent. For a year now he has been able to buy black jeans and black shirts from Ros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Dry Creeks In Texas

    It's time for another fabulous installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. We took last week off, as we were still recovering from the whirlwind of Free Press Summer Fest. Call us lazy if you will, but this week we've got a double dose of local music news to make up for it. If you're into rap videos, this ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    Calling All Sluts

    Time to fight back

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    App of the Week: MySocialMania

    It doesn't get much easier than this.​App: MySocialMania Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $0.99 Mania seems to be an appropriate word when discussing the crazed use of social media by millions worldwide. From Twitter to Facebook to Flickr to MySpace (God help us), millions of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Record Store Day Exclusives

    Welcome once again to another installment of our smash hit series, Magnolia City Mixtape. This week is just like all the rest, with a bumper crop of local music news for your eyes and ears. ​We'll start off with our soundtrack, which happens to be an EP from local rock outfit Rivers, entitled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Why We Can't Be Friends on Facebook

    Why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends.....​Something interesting happened when social media started bearing down on us a few years back. We began to yearn for friends, and not the kind that you can call up on a Tuesday night for a bull session at the bar, or someone to watch your pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Friday Night: Acro-Cats At Super Happy Fun Land

    Photos by Allison Wagoner​Acro-Cats Super Happy Fun Land February 25, 2011 When Aftermath initially saw the event invitation for the "Cat Circus" at Super Happy Fun Land on Friday, we didn't know how to react. We thought to ourselves, "This could be an actualization of one of our reoccurring ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Is All Hospital Food Bad?

    A meal from Vall Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain: consomme, vol-au-vent of shellfish with prawns and a filet with mushrooms and potatoes.​That's the question posed by a Tumblr page called merely "Hospital Food," where patients are invited to submit photos of their hospital meals from acros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Birthday Boy Kim Jong-Il Looks at Things: The Ten Best Examples

    Kim Jong-Il looking at you​Happy Birthday greetings are in order for Kim Jong-Il, who is either 69 or 70 years old today, depending on what foreign superpower you choose to believe. Soviet records say that he was born on February 16, 1941, while for some reason the North Koreans have him being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    10 Uncool Artists Primed For Hipster Rediscovery

    Tumblr"Aw, dammit, I grabbed Dad's iPod by mistake. Paul Simon... is that one guy, or two Beatles?" ​Remember emo kids? Only a few short years ago, the nation's venues of the nation were filled with kids in all black, wearing ultra-skinny jeans, eyeliner, white belts, and identical chopped-mea ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    11 Musical New Year's Resolutions For 2011

    ​Craig's Hlist stopped making New Year's Eve resolutions the older and more stubborn we got. We normally don't quit or change things forever unless we are forced to do so. ('Sup, ladies?) This makes it hard for us to keep any New Year's Eve resolutions. If anything, it's easier to change organ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Commenters, We Have A New System For You

    We mean you, of course​It's been a lot of fun dealing with the Hair Balls' Captcha comment system, the one that makes you try to decipher random scribblings before allowing you to share your wisdom with the world. (Hey, it works in this video.) Those halcyon days are over. But days that are w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Commenters, We Have a New System For You

    We mean you, of course​It's been a lot of fun dealing with the Eating Our Words' Captcha comment system, the one that makes you try to decipher random scribblings before allowing you to share your wisdom with the world. (Hey, it works in this video.) Those halcyon days are over. But days that ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    The Social Network, Now Starring Lady Gaga, Drake, ZZ Top...

    ​The Social Network was finally toppled at the box office this past weekend by the new Jackass 3-D, but that doesn't mean Rocks Off is done with the story chronicling the beginnings of Facebook and the rise of founder Mark Zuckerberg. You remember our film-score blog, right? When it was rele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Meat Dress: Top 10 Kinds Of Food To Wear Other Than Beef

    But did she have meat heels?​Among Lady Gaga's costume changes Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, which numbered three or four by our count, one was a dress made of raw beef. Not unlike the meat suit she donned for her Terry Richardson-shot cover of the Japanese Vogue, this one allowe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Summerfest Volunteers Now Full, Afterparties Finalized

    Jermaine Rogers​ • Summerfest approacheth. We can almost taste it. Or maybe that's just the Brooklyn Zoos at Boondocks, which will be hosting the official unofficial afterparty, featuring Roky Moon & BOLT and a super-secret special guest. • Dean's Downtown is also hosting an afterparty wit ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Top 5 Animated Album Covers

    Animate!​The farther down the Tumblr rabbit hole Rocks Off goes, the more and more we find that it's chockfull of musical amazing. This link gives you a good run down of sites to get you started, with every site leading you to a whole plethora of others that will suit your proverbial fancy. The th ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Magnolia City Mixtape: All The Scoop In One Fell Swoop... ACL Starts Us Off

    Mark C. AustinWe sure hope this doesn't happen two years in a row at ACL.​ Austin City Limits will be October 8-10 this year, and MCM expects the line-up to be released in the next month or so. You can sign up for the e-list to get first notice of who's playing. If your profile is updated by today ... More >>

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