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  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    Raw Power

    Iggy & the Stooges headline the fifth Free Press Summer Fest.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    10 of Our Favorite Parody Songs to Celebrate the Day They Became Fair Use

    On this day in 1994 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that parodies, commercial or non-commercial, do not violate copyright law. 2 Live Crew had applied for permission to parody Roy Orbinson's "Oh Pretty Woman," but were refused. They made the song anyway, and after a quarter of a million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Lee Greenwood On "God Bless the USA": "I've Sung It at Least 5,000 Times"

    Most people aren't familiar with the album that spawned Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." Released in 1984, You've Got a Good Love Comin' featured cuts written by future Alanis Morrissette hitmaker Glen Ballard, and established country songwriters Wayland Holyfield and Mary Ann Kennedy. The alb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The Blues Is Always No. 1 For Jon Spencer

    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been back preaching the blues gospel and garage wail for over three years now, since reissuing their catalog to rave reviews and excitement from fans young and old. The trio -- Jon Spencer, Judah Bauer and Russell Simins -- has become easily one of the most infl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Talking to James Moody, Co-Captain of HMS Fun Fun Fun Fest

    In Texas, only a few major music festivals cater to the punk and indie subcultures. Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest, Chaos In Tejas, 35 Denton, maybe the free and freaky day parties of SXSW, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, put on by Transmission Entertainment in Austin. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest Releas ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Releases Daily Schedule

    This morning Fun Fun Fun Fest organizers released the daily schedule for November's three-day orgy of booze, denim, and loudness in the middle of Austin's Auditorium Shores. The color-coded stages -- black, yellow, orange, and blue -- are set up according to genre and size of the act. Last year th ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Sproing! 10 Musicians Who Should Have Their Own Comic Books

    Ahhh, comic books! A place where you can escape into another realm. Most artists have somewhat cartoonish onstage personalities, but some have so much that they deserve their own comic book or graphic novel. Like these.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Oreo Turns 100 Years Old: Our Favorite Flavors Through the Years

    If you thought the 500th episode of The Simpsons made you feel old, consider this: The Oreo cookie has been around since before TV even existed -- and back then, it was made with lard. In the 100 years since its invention, Oreo has become the representative cookie of modern American culture. Everyo ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Top 007 James Bond Musical Title Sequences

    59 years ago today, United Artists released Dr. No, the first film adaptation of Ian Feming's James Bond novels. There have since been 21 more movies with another one on the way, and the series is the second-highest grossing film series ever after Harry Potter. One of the things that continue to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    It's Pi Day, Pi Day, Gotta Get Down on Pi Day

    ​In keeping with Rocks Off's latest obsession, compiling soundtracks for oddball holidays, we were tickled pink as a chorus girl's nipple to learn that this Friday is Pi Approximation Day. The holiday was first in 1988 by a physicist named Larry Shaw, who made everyone march in a circle then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Vive La France: 14 French Lessons From English Pop Songs

    Shutterstock/faqs.org​Happy Bastille Day, everybody. Today France celebrates the day in 1789 when an angry mob stormed the eponymous (our new favorite word) prison in central Paris, freed all seven prisoners - they were really after the guns and ammunition, Clash-style - and touched off the Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    25 Essential Eponymous Albums

    ​Eponymous: (of a literary work, film, etc) named after its central character or creator: The Stooges' eponymous debut album. On this day in 1983, a young woman from Michigan who had recently given up on a career as a hard-rock singer released her first album of electronic dance-pop, an album ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    1986: Best Musical Year Ever?

    ​For almost two weeks now, Rocks Off has been obsessed with the year exactly 25 flips of the calendar backward from this one. It started when Steve Earle did one of his "Time Machine" shows, where the singer-songwriter who plays House of Blues Wednesday spotlights a dozen or so of his favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Fat Tony's 10 Favorite Food Songs

    Marco TorresTony does some pre-awards shopping.​Earlier this afternoon, online of course, the Houston Press revealed the winners of our very first ever Houston Web Awards. The awards will be handed out in the flesh tomorrow night at Momentum Audi on Richmond, because it's still very hard to em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Fat Tony's 10 Favorite Food Songs

    Marco TorresTony does some pre-awards shopping.​You can work up quite an appetite pointing, clicking and surfing all day long. Earlier this afternoon, online of course, the Houston Press revealed the winners of our very first ever Houston Web Awards. The awards will be handed out in the flesh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Zachary Byron Helm: Black Leather, Bingo, And Nine Inch Nails

    ​Rocks Off likes to check in on Zachary Byron Helm and SORP Films from time to time just to see what the master of goth, industrial, and other dark music parodies is up to. Whether it's his masterpiece of mockery The League of Extraordinary Industrial Retards or peddling a rockabilly cereal we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Five Murderers' Unreleased Children's Albums

    ​Reading this article from our San Francisco sister blog All Shook Down got Rocks Off thinking: If Leadbelly could murder a man in cold blood, yet also excel in the gentle whimsy of children's music, could there have perhaps been other killers who tried to record children's albums that, for on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    The Year In Skank: 2010's Top 7 Skankiest Celebrities

    ​Plenty of famous women exude a healthy, feminine charm, a reserved beauty and refined grace that keeps them respectable even while they titillate. Plenty of celebrity men have a classy demeanor, yet just enough of a rakish-scoundrel glint in their eyes to turn them into the mysterious strange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Open Up And Say Ahhh: An Oral Surgery Playlist

    ​If you're reading this around the time it's published, Rocks Off will once again be in the dentist's chair. This has been something of a recurring theme for us this summer, as we have been trying to reverse years of neglecting our poor gums by undergoing several surgical procedures that do no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Devo, MGMT, Mastodon, Devin, Black Congress Head Fun Fun Fun Lineup

    GroovehouseMGMT at House of Blues in June​The official lineup for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, set for November 5-7 at Waterloo Park in the heart of downtown Austin, was released moments ago. In terms of firepower, this year's Fun Fun Fun roster arguably brings the festival within striking di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Toadies At House of Blues: Twitter Edition

    Photos by Groovehouse​To Rocks Off's eternal anoyance, we can't be everywhere at once, so Saturday we had to fall on our sword and skip the sold-out Toadies show at House of Blues. This time... we won't let them come back without seeing them, promise. Especially since the general opinion among ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Brent Burns: The Gulf Oil Spill Has Found Its Truth-Telling Troubador

    The BP oil spill produces its Dylan‚ÄčThe BP oil spill has found its Dylan. Its Phil Ochs. Its Weird Al Yankovic.Brent Burns has bequeathed upon a grateful nation is epic howl of protest, a trenchant, touching song called "If You Drill, Drill, Drill, Don't Spill, Spill, Spill." Lyrics not by Stephen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    "Weird" and Proud, Preemo Understands the Meaning of "Hustle Town"

    ‚Äč We think "Weird Al" Yankovic screwed it up for everybody. There aren't lots of times you can use the word "weird" in a good way. That's one of those words we need to take back, on the real, because when you put "weird" into the right context it can be a positive thing - a differentiator from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Here's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: you only have to fist a turkey once a year.​ Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we're now voting Republican, because they're the only ones fascist enough to pass this "Everyone Must Now Put Grape-Nuts in T ... More >>

  • Music

    November 12, 2009

    Unmasked and Anonymous

    Houston's Without a Face wins over crowds with songs about MySpace, lactose intolerance and stalking local TV anchors.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    A Few of Music's Biggest Tattoo Enthusiasts - Besides Rocks Off, Of Course

    Don't act so surprised... As we can fatefully attest, rock and roll and tattoos go hand in hand. The first time Rocks Off saw a grizzled punk rocker walk by at Fitzgerald's back in the '90s with two sleeves full of tattoos and a chest full of nautical-themed art, we mentally pointed at him and said ... More >>

  • Music

    June 18, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008
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    July 30, 2007
  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Chingo Bling: They Can't Deport Us All

    Vandalism, gunshots and hate mail mark a local entertainerís transformation from comedian/rapper to rapper/activist

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    Houston's Gone Gaaga for Haaga

    A former king of the Texas metal world unites Houston's warring rock tribes and wins a passel of Music Awards

  • Music

    May 19, 2005

    Mellow, Chilled-Out Fellow

    The wonder that is Devin the Dude

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    How to Dismantle an Atomic Mom

    A critic debates the merits of U2's latest with his mother

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Classics Rock

    Which Greek god is your favorite musician?

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    Pitchfork's Progress

    Will a sassy, hip Web site spell doom for printed rock criticism?

  • Calendar

    November 16, 2000

    Practicing Judyism

    Funny Gay Men

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Tom Lehrer

    The Remains of Tom Lehrer

  • Music

    February 24, 2000

    Siren Songs

    Lords of Acid sells sex to ravers

  • News

    May 6, 1999
  • Music

    January 1, 1998

    Highway Lunacy

    Hip-hop, bad hair and bad jokes steer I-45 on a twisted joy ride

  • Dining

    December 25, 1997

    Roll Out the Barrel

    Hackemack's is a barrel of fun

  • Music

    June 15, 1995

    The Future of Rock and Roll

    We've seen it in a crystal ball and the pictures aren't pretty

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