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    September 26, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Mary Sarah, David Gray, Marc Anthony, etc.

    Mary Sarah Firehouse Saloon, September 26 On her remarkable album Bridges, 18-year-old Houston singer Mary Sarah goes well beyond holding her own against some of the greatest talents in country-music history, from Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson on down. This is no stunt record. Just about anyone wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    New Houston Rap: Travis $cott Rides In Another Rodeo

    So...who wants new music? MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo A year ago, Travi$ Scott emerged from Houston obscurity, Tumblr fanfare and the tutelage of Kanye West, T.I. and others to release his Owl Pharaoh EP. For much of the tape, Scott felt like he was doing more of a solid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Houston's Top 5 Extreme Piercers

    If you ever find yourself sitting in a surgical chair, sweating a little bit because you're about to have a 10 gauge needle shoved through your penis, it might help to know that the piercer has a bottle of sugar tablets in his drawer just in case you get light-headed. The difference between a prof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Justin Melkmann's Punk-Rock Comics: Life Irritates Art

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    The Five Most Important Ways Emo Changed Popular Music

    Some things never change. For a few years when I was younger, "fuck emos" was a battle cry among fans of "real punk" or "real music," who hated the wave of emo in popular music and as a lifestyle of teenagers across America. Now, in some ways, that sentiment seems to be back again. Not only was I a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Morrissey Delighted With Parody Charlie Brown Tumblr, Apparently

    If you haven't had an opportunity to check out the Tumblr "This Charming Charlie" -- seriously, it should have been "You're a Charming Man, Charlie Brown! -- then do yourself a favor and head on over there to waste a couple of hours. The site posts classic Peanuts comic strips, but with all the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Yes, My Musician Kids Have Jobs. They're Musicians.

    Recently someone I kinda-sorta know asked about my son. He's doing great, I said. He and his band are on a 30-city tour. No sooner than I'd answered this fellow, I regretted it as simple math scribbled itself onto his brain's chalkboard. Thirty shows minus my son being at home, where he lives, equ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Before Drake-ing Bad, Our Man Wrote a Rap Coloring Book

    If you've spent any kind of time on the Internet, chances are something Shea Serrano has written, drawn or created has made you smile. The 32-year-old South Houston middle-school teacher writes and illustrates for several different outposts -- our sister papers Village Voice and LA Weekly, Grant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Online Racism on Display on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

    While reading the story on Chron.com about the Anniversary of the March on Washington, I glanced at the comments, something I rarely do because of how hateful and ridiculous they often are. Not surprisingly there were quite a few that had been censored and some responses indicating those posts were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Some Things That Happen After 5 a.m. at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    Note: this past weekend, the folks at our sister paper Riverfront Times ventured into the breach that is the Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, Illinois. Rocks Off is amazed they made it out in one piece, but apparently they did. Festivities here at the Gathering of the Juggalos run every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    I Don't Get the Controversy Over Marc Anthony's "God Bless America"

    I have to admit that when I saw the words "Marc Anthony," "God Bless America" and "controversy" in the same sentence, I wondered for a moment if Pit Bull showed up with J Lo and it threw Anthony into a tizzy. Anthony sung the song before the MLB All-Star game Wednesday night in New York City, but it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Five Musicians Who Sued Companies for Using Their Image

    I'm going to guess the average Hot Topic shopper doesn't know who Joan Jett is. In fact, they may think she was a fictional character created for that Runaways movie with Kristen Stewart. They may, however, know all about her Blackheart brand, because Jett alleges in a new lawsuit that Hot Topic has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    The Unsent Letter to Art Garfunkel I Found In a Record Sleeve

    This past weekend I went digging for records at some thrift stores near my parent's house in Pearland. Yes, the fella who wrote a blog about needing to pare down his record collection went looking for more to add to his pile. Rewind: Liquidating Your Record Collection Is Harder Than You Would Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Bow Down to Beyonce's Potty Mouth, Bitches

    Ooh, Beyonce! I see your potty mouth, and I kinda like it. Sunday evening, Queen B released a new song last night on Tumblr, "Bow Down/I Been Down," and there's a mass hysteria a-flowin' from the general public over it, as one would expect. It's freakin' Beyonce. I mean, who doesn't love thems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Match the Anticipated Crowds For Selected RodeoHouston Concerts

    This week's RodeoHouston lineup announcement officially kicked off 2013 for Houston's party people and rodeo fans. The lineup is dependable as always, with your standard country acts, classic-rockers, kiddie-pop acts, R&B, and norteño offerings making up the month of music. Sadly, once again this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Riff Raff and the Year of the White Rapper

    Riff Raff is misunderstood, and that's completely understandable. His stream of consciousness is more like a river of codeine, and floating in it are fragments of screw-tape freestyles and designer brands. Neverthelless, Raff had a great 2012 and has put out a final mixtape, called Hologram Panda, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Crappy Ringtone Tumblr Makes Indie-Someone's Music More Crappy

    For the past two months, New York City-based composer/songwriter David Nyman has been turning back the clock and making MIDI versions of popular and current indie-rock and hip-hop jams. His Tumblr page, where he unloads his Soundcloud clips of these tiny wonders, is getting very popular, and was s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Meet Travis $cott, The Biggest Houston Rapper You've Never Heard Of

    Asking your typical Houston rap nerd about artists on the verge or in the national spotlight usually circles the same cliched wagon. Normally they'd list off your usual suspects, sprinkle off a couple indie darlings who hang in different sects of the city, all while being very political and not want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Rice Epicurean Markets Closing Four Locations; The Fresh Market Moving In

    A long-running joke with many Houstonians is that no one quite knew how Rice Epicurean Markets stayed in business. Despite a history in our city spanning 75 years, the family-run grocery stores -- which were the biggest thing going for grocery shopping when I was a kid, 20 years ago -- were almost a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    MTV: Beyonce Headlining Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

    Beyonce, native Houstonian, role model, Tumblr-keeper, wife of Jay-Z, friend and favorite of President Obama, supposedly has yet another feather to add to her headdress come February: Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to MTV.com, the 31-year-old HSPVA alumna will be the featured entertainmen ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2012
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    October 4, 2012
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    September 7, 2012

    Summing Up the 2012 VMAs In One Awkward Photo

    By the time you finish this sentence, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will have been over for more than 12 hours (unless they're still killing you with that damn endless loop). Your brain will have turned to mush, your Twitter and dFacebook timelines slowly rebuilding themselves from ash and your co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Paws Up! Lady Gaga Announces January 31 Houston Date

    Houston gets another dose of Lady Gaga on January 31, 2013, when the diminutive pop star and budding media mogul comes back to Toyota Center. Gaga has been touring overseas since the release of last year's Born This Way disc and only made scattered U.S. appearances. Mother Monster released this ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Who On Earth Is Searching for "Hipster John Denver"?

    Here at Houston Press HQ, Rocks Off has a program where we can see every search someone types into that window with the magnifying glass in the top right-hand corner of our home page and any of the four Houston Press blogs. That's right, we're watching you. Be careful. It's fascinating, the things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Kevin McStravick Will Listen To Every SXSW Artist This Year... Why?

    Kevin McStravick has vowed to listen to every act performing at SXSW this year - more than 2,000 artists, by our last count - and review them all for his Web site. Yes, you read that correctly. Each and every one. You can track McStravick's progress at operationeveryband.com. Rocks Off emailed him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Sheila Jackson Lee: Smartest Person In Congress, Vocabulary Study Says

    Because (we guess) someone had to do it, a guy named Dan Kozikowski took to his Tumblr account to announce the results of a massive study of the vocabulary used in floor speeches by current members of Congress. He judged them by the "word diversity," which he defined as "how frequently a rep uses S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    New for the Night: Champagne Dresses on a Beer Budget

    Men have been renting tuxedos for years, so it's about time that women get equal access to high-end clothing rental. Not all of us can afford to splurge on an evening gown or a cocktail dress we will only wear once a year (or less) and that's where Houston's newest haute couture concept store comes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Know Your Subgenre: The Bros(tep)

    Photo by Matthew KeeverThe Doom That Came To Dubstep?​Subgenre: Brostep Parent Genre: Dubstep Imagine that you're a genre of music. You've been on the underground for a few years taking the sounds of your parents and evolving in to something new. For a long time few noticed but the last fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The 10 Dumbest Meat-Related Crimes

    Last week, we brought you a short compendium of the dumbest fast food-related crimes, eventually reaching the conclusion that McDonald's Chicken Nuggets make people do crazy, crazy things. (Don't tell me that correlation doesn't imply causation!) This week, we take a look at the dumb things that me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Manipulate And Control A Captive Katy Perry (As A New Sim Character That Is)

    Huh-huh-huh-huh ​Today the makers of The Sims 3: Showtime announced that Katy Perry will be a playable character on this expansion pack off of The Sims 3, coming in March for whatever it is you play The Sims on. We haven't played the game in years, becuase all we did was build houses for avata ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Beats By Dre, Monster Headphones To Split

    ​Well time to pass the tissue to those of you who love walking through IAH or Hobby with $200 headphones around your head like a fashion statement. In news more likely to occur than Dr. Dre's Detox album, Monster has announced that it will no longer be making Beats By Dre headphones. Chalk up an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Kim Jong-il Dropping The Bass: In Memoriam

    REEEERRRRR WUB WUB WUB WUB REEEEEEERRRRRRR WUBBBBBBBBBBBBB​Maybe all along, the Dear Leader's starvation and darkness deal with his oppressed people was just his way of keeping them slim and hot, for fun in the dark, because we all know only fun things happen in the dark right? Like that Lady ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Kanye West Saved By The Bell = Kanye'd By The Bell

    ​Today on Tumblr we found Kanye'd By The Bell, a site that links evocative Kanye West lyrics with screenshots from everyone's favorite high school saga Saved By the Bell. The site has five pages and counting of the adventures of Screech, Slater, Zack, Kelly and the rest matched with the most p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Awful `70s Halloween Costumes: One Incredible Old Ad Reveals The Horror

    Horrors, indeed​The blog Retrospace, an assiduous curator of all things kitsch, has a Tumblr page that recently gave us a Woolworth's Halloween-costume ad from the early `70s or so. Costumes were $1.99 or $2.99, the candy was cheaper than today, but still a price was paid. This ad -- this one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Goodtime Moonshine: 8 Brands Of Musician-Backed Booze

    warmingglow.uproxx.comShirtless hillbillies, backyard stills, and Cletus from the Simpson = things we normally associate with moonshine.​Tuesday, representatives for Colt Ford announced the Georgia-born singer best known for 2010's Chicken and Biscuits would be the first country music star wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Tumblrin' Dice: Kanye West Does Like White People

    West with Kelly Osbourne, white daughter of noted white musician Ozzy Osbourne.​This morning in our daily Tumblr stroll for skull and Katy Perry pics, we found Kanye West With White People, a site dedicated to pictures of Der Fuhrer West with various white folks who are in natural poses, even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    F*** You, Yelper: Yelp Reviews as Beat-Style Poetry

    ​Perhaps it wasn't the intention of the person who started Fuck You, Yelper to frame random snippets of sadly hysterical Yelp reviews for comparison to anti-intellectual Beatnik poetry. But I can't help seeing each post -- a few lines plucked, sometimes but not always, from a longer review -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Last Night: Trae Tha Truth At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​See Pimp C's mom, Lupe Fiasco and more take the stage with Trae Tha Truth in our slideshow. Trae Tha Truth Street King CD release feat. Jadakiss, Waka Flocka, Yung Joc, Yung Quis, Lupe Fiasco & Pimp C's mom House of Blues June 28, 2011 10:16 p.m.: So here we are again. ... More >>

  • Film

    June 16, 2011

    The Whitest Kids U Don't Want to Know

    Dull teens, timid movie give adolescence a bad name, in Art.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Instant Crunk: All The Local Music News You Can Handle

    ​It's that time again! We've slogged through Twitter streams and RSS feeds just to bring everyone up to speed on Houston's prolific music scene. So let's get down to the business of getting down, starting with our soundtrack for the week: a 49-minute mix from DJ Sun, performing at The Flat. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ladies And Gentlemen, Brochella 2011

    Some wicked genius on Tumblr​ You can stop freaking out. The real Coachella lineup is below. But you might freak out anyway.

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    December 17, 2010

    Goodbye To That Annoying Captcha Comment System

    ​Rocks Off knows how much you guys love the Captcha commenting system. Who doesn't enjoy struggling to read the nonsensical phrases, and sharing the odd combinations it generates to prove that you aren't an evil robot. We hate to break it to you, but the Captcha is going away. The Houston Pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Bread People

    ​ If you want a quick tutorial in the breads and pastries of the world, look no further than Bread People on Tumblr. If you have ever wanted to sound cultured about chewy and flaky carbs at the next food event, just picture some of these famous faces in your head. Bread People is an online pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Happy National Taco Day From ZZ Top, Moby, Arcade Fire...

    ​Today, October 4, is National Taco Day, and no doubt our friend Jay is somewhere bathing in tacos. Dude has made a healthy sideline just tweeting about tacos. Tacos don't have much to do with music in our minds, unless you count the inside sleeve to ZZ Top's Tres Hombres and its Leo's Mexican ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga: Other Foods To Wear Onstage Besides Raw Meat

    ​Rocks Off is pretty Lady Gaga-friendly, what with our covering July's concerts at Toyota Center like she was the goddamned Pope or something. For a few weeks there we managed to invoke her name at least once a day somehow. Maybe comparing her to Little Joe Washington was a stretch. Unfortun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Open Tab: Feed Your Belly And Your Head

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com. Craig HlavatyUnder the Volcano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Post-Gaga Depression Rears Its Sad, Ugly Head

    Marco Torres​PostGaga Depression (PGD), sometimes referred to as post-monster depression, is a form of clinical depression which can affect women, young girls and, less frequently, dudes who claim to be men after finally seeing Lady Gaga and getting their faces melted off. ​Rocks Off ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    F**k You Very Much, Austin

    • Talk about buzzkill. During All Time Low's Bamboozle Roadshow performance at Six Flags in Arlington last week, amusement park security pepper-sprayed a handful of preteens who rushed the stage in a surge of prepubescent hormonal musical bliss. The band gave the security an earful of Fuck You! a ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2010

    The Twitterverse

    More than just cyberspace, the tweet life inspires people to make friends and adopt causes in person. It has a few problems, too.

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