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    October 22, 2014

    10 Signs You Went to the University of Houston

    No matter when you attended the University of Houston, there are some things nearly all students have in common.

  • Film

    September 25, 2014
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    June 6, 2014

    We Could All Use a Bit of Borgore In Our Lives, Even You Grown Folks

    Borgore Stereo Live June 5, 2014 It was right about the time that Borgore dropped the modern brostep classic that is Skrillex's remix of Nero's "Promises" that I found myself on the second level of Stereo Live thinking about young-adult novels. I realize this is a weird thing to be thinking about w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: DJ Sun, Eli Young Band, Lorde, Reba, etc.

    DJ Sun The Flat, March 3 On last year's One Hundred -- amazingly, his first-ever full-length release -- DJ Sun pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout. Its intricately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    An Indiscriminate List of Top Bandcamp Downloads

    Anything with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier legally has no owner and is in the public domain. If you're a musician, cover that song. If you're a paid blogger, plaster that picture wherever you'd like in your work. For the most part, that is. This is something we bloggers have to work with here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Forgotten Houston for Kids: Castle Golf and Games

    Miniature golf has seemed to hold a fascination with kids since it was invented, which is remarkable considering how freaking boring the grown-up version of the game is for those same children. From the early 1970s through the early part of this millennium, the place to get your putt-putt on was Cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Norwegian Duo's Pop Sendup = Funniest Song of the Year

    Hey, remember how hard you laughed at "Gangnam Style" the first time you heard it? Before it got played into the ground and somehow became a legitimate radio hit, separate from the video that made it funny in the first place? Yeah, well, feast your eyes on the successor to the "Gangnam" throne. It' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Free Press Summer Fest: The Festival's Biggest WTF Moments

    Know Your City During Matt & Kim, Kim had the crowd in her pocket... until she accidentally called them "Dallas." She immediately recognized her terrible faux pas and recovered by telling a story about how once she was having sex with Matt and called him by the wrong name. She said that afterwards " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    NASA Video Reveals Telescope Near Miss with Soviet Satellite and How Much Crap There Is In Orbit

    You have to hand it to the folks at NASA. In an effort to educate -- no doubt in part to remind people that, "Hey, people who think science is the devil, it is actually really important -- they produce tons of videos, blog posts and other educational materials that are often times pretty damn fascin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Randy Moss' And Chris Culliver's Nuclear Trolling Of San Francisco

    As an NFL player playing in the biggest football game known to the free world, the last thing you want to do during Super Bowl week is give your opponent any bulletin board material. Trash talk is not highly recommended. This year, perhaps because (more likely, in spite of) the two head coaches are ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    The Dan Marino Restaurants

    The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.

  • Music

    November 8, 2012
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    July 9, 2012

    True Blood: The World of Dark, the World of Tomorrow

    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. On its surface, the fifth episode of this season of True Blood was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The More You Know: 5 Music Web Sites To Add To Your Bookmarks

    The true power of the Internet is information. Don't get me wrong; free music, photos of kitties, Ryan Gosling memes, and pornography are all wonderful, but it's information that's the real star even if we take it for granted. It's changed the way people do reports in school, made us think we're sma ... More >>

  • Film

    May 17, 2012


    Because every generation needs an Armageddon.

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    February 17, 2012

    One Pho the Money at Pho Saigon

    This past weekend I was sick as a dog. I had to leave work early on Friday to go home and curl into the fetal position, a pitiful display which was broken only by frequent bouts of hydration and moaning. Being sick is the worst, but with the powers of modern science and medicine on my side (Z-pack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Ten Bands From the '00s Underground That Should Consider Reuniting

    All right, so they haven't been broken up as long as the bands in April's excellent look at '90s underground bands who should get back together. We still miss 'em. You know how it is: you get to remembering that album you loved from a few years back and think to yourself "Huh, I wonder when The So-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    The 10 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Business Names in Houston

    Gained in translation​Legend has it that back in that glorious half-season when Randy Johnson was mowing 'em down for the red-hot Astros, Drayton McLane thought up what he believed was a brilliant way to part Astros fans from still more money had one of his famous food-service brainstorms. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Top 5 Food-Inspired Holiday Games

    Photo by Neighborhood CentersThese kids wouldn't last a second in our egg hunt.​Raise your hand if you are obsessed with holidays. I think I've spent a good $50 on mini pumpkins this month. I like hiding them around the apartment and surprising my fiancé with them; next to the alarm clock whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Five Oddly Timed or Just Plain Odd Texas License Plate Offerings from

    ​The folks over at, who bring us just about every custom license plate our Texas hearts could desire, just released a batch of new offerings we didn't even know we needed. The mostly-sports-themed releases provide citizens of our great state the opportunity to show pride in their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Full Swag For Das Racist, No Swag For Astros & Paul Wall

    ​Das Racist is Rocks Off's favorite joke-rap group, ever. It annoys most people we know -including our boss, who is like, "All right, no more Das Racist for everyone's sake, please." That's being nice - Ed. Earlier this year, we traveled to SXSW strictly to catch every show, and we're planning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    September Knows How To Party: Bourbon!

    Anamaris Cousins PriceBourbon - before and after​I don't know how this all got started, these National (fill in the blank) month/day, but if September is celebrating the joys of bourbon, who am I to stand in the way? Well, officially, it is National Bourbon Heritage Month, a time to celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    True Blood : Finally, Some Freakin' Siouxsie

    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. ​Look, we know that True Blood is a goth show only in the se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Debt Ceiling: The 10 Worst Tweets From the Texas GOP Congressional Delegation

    Tweets don't fail me now​As the GOP debates whether it wants the Tea Party to drive it (and the country) off a cliff by playing games with the debt ceiling, we looked to Twitter for the updates from our state's congresssional delegation. Oddly, the Republicans didn't tweet anything like "Yes, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Never Mind Arcade Fire: Bands Who Fit Other Houston 'Burbs

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Tonight's the night. Win and Will Butler of conquering indie heroes Arcade Fire finally return to the town that indirectly won them a Grammy, The Woodlands. On last year's The Suburbs, the Butlers and their Canadian compatriots reflected on the brothers' restless M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    German Measles Break Non-Metal "No Disease Names" Rule

    Todd Purple​ You know, if we had to sum up The German Measles' music, we'd have to just stick with saying, "They're from New York." It's a very, very Velvet Underground, East Coast approach to rocking you and mocking you. They're so obscure they haven't even heard of themselves, you motherlovi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Black Hole of Infotainment

    Jesus christ...​I wonder sometimes if we're approaching the singularity in entertainment reporting. A "singularity," as we all know, is the point in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume. If we define "density" as "number of stories and/or article ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Slap the Bag

    ​In the comments section for Amber Ambrose's Wine of the Week entry, Wine-o pointed out a possible use for the boxed wine called Seven: Looks like I've got another contender for a good game of slap the bag... Don't know this game? Neither did we. But Urban Dictionary does: Slap the Bag: R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Those Crazy Brits

    ​The things you can learn from reading the comments section on EOW. Joanna O'Leary wrote about five fascinating nursery rhyme foods, and commenter Trisch chimed in with the weirdest tidbit we've seen all day: On a recent transpacific flight, I watched a show where blackbird pie was on the men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Common Social Media Mistakes Musicians Make

    Note spelling in poster is different from band's actual name.​As we speak, Rocks Off is going through the concert listings one by one looking for something of interest for which to write amusing articles laced with the finest penis jokes. "What, ho?" says we. "This band Indiginis has a caprici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Five Four Musicians Who Practice Witchcraft

    ​Gerald Gardner founded Wicca in the 1960s, though many claim the idea was originally thought up with assistance by Aleister Crowley. Regardless, the faith has become one of the most prominent neopagan belief systems in the world, and the pentacle symbol used by adherents is even approved for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    In Dreams: 15 Songs For Mr. Sandman

    Rocks Off Sr. is curious why Rocks Off Jr. chose a picture of Christina Hendricks for an article about dreams.​For some reason, Craig's Hlist has been sleeping way too much lately. Blame the booze, fear of the sun, or just plain lack of giving a rat's ass about the daylight. With sleep comes d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring: The Buzzfest Of Its Day

    ​This weekend, the Houston Symphony performs Igor Stravinsky's ballet Rite of Spring, which, before it was featured alongside a bunch of dying dinosaurs in Walt Disney's Fantasia, was probably most famous for sparking a full-blown riot upon its premiere in Paris in May 1913. Seriously - check out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Concert Etiquette For Dummies: Don't Be A Douche

    Brittanie SheyBlack Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Walter's on Washington, April 2​ The following scenario has happened to Rocks Off three times in the past two months: There we are, waiting patiently in line to get into a crowded general-admission concert. When we finally get in, we make our way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    SXSW Aftermath: Roll Call At Saturday Night's Alex Chilton Tribute

    Philippe Brizard/ WikipediaAlex Chilton in France, 2004​Which big names played the Big Star tribute? In the wake of turmoil of the death of Alex Chilton, local media bandied names including Cheap Trick, fresh off a sterling SXSW show at Auditorium Shores, and Paul Westerberg - who had his say-so i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Rocks Off Scavenger Hunt: Summerfest Lineup Announced At This Houston Landmark 3 p.m. Sunday

    WhisperToMe, via Wikipedia​If you're following Rocks Off on Twitter (which you should), don't bother guessing since we let that horse out of the barn a little earlier today. If not, here's a clue: It's where an heiress' treasure meets the Heart of Dixie. And here's one more hint straight from Summ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Come On, Avatar: Do Your Aliens Really Have To Be Blue? It's Been Done

    It's hard to escape the ad campaign for James Cameron's Avatar, much as you'd like to. We've seen the trailer in a theater -- even in a 3-D theater -- and we are...whelmed. Certainly not overwhelmed; not yet ready to declare ourselves completely underwhelmed. We're sure it comes off better as a ful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Tonight You Can Be Filmed For A DVD With Chelsea Lately's Josh Wolf

    ​Hair Balls wanted to do a little background checking before talking to comedian Josh Wolf so of course we headed to that fountain of all knowledge, Wikipedia. Imagine our surprise when Wiki identified Wolf as an "American journalist who was jailed by a Federal district court ...for refusing t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Saying Yes to Yelapa

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​It looks like the curse may have been lifted from 2303 Richmond. The location has seen many restaurants come and go over the years, some which have had achingly short lifespans. Most recently, it was the home of The Chimney (for a few short months) and before that, Sau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Impressionistic Clarinet Blatter Arrington de Dionyso​Now that you've had a chance to familiarize yourself with Old Time Relijun front man and solo aural dissembler extraordinaire Arrington de Dionyso, it's time to see what he's got to say for himself. Rocks Off put the screws to de Dionyso in a late-September email ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    ACL Fest Preview: School of Seven Bells and Prescott Curlywolf

    Amanda MertenSchool of Seven Bells​For the next three weeks, Rocks Off will be bringing you two or three short previews a day of artists playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park October 2-4. That's right, ACL is 17 days away - where is this year going? (Same place as all the ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Milkshake

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt The defending champion...the Beck's Prime chocolate milkshake​When putting out the request earlier this week for the best milkshake in town, we were confronted with a curious question from commenter Dr. Ricky: "Forgive me, but what constitutes a milkshake? Vers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Travis Elementary Gets Water

    Photo courtesy of WikipediaWe told you last week that Travis Elementary, the school that was so afflicted with swine flu and/or the fears thereof, was starting its summer session of classes. This morning we heard from Houston ISD spokesman Norm Uhl who tells us the "water samples tested last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    For Yom HaShoah: Five Holocaust Movies To Avoid

    Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Commemoration takes many forms, from synagogue services and the recitation of the Kaddish to candlelight vigils to -- according to Wikipedia -- the "viewing of a Holocaust-themed film." In my opinion, the final cinematic word on the subject is 1985 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Reba Is Taking Up Precious Brain Space

    Have you ever had this experience where you don't exactly watch a show - meaning, you don't sit down to really watch it and enjoy it - yet somehow you end up watching little bits and pieces of a show all the time whenever it's on? Enough so that you sort of feel like you've watched a lot of that s ... More >>

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    October 13, 2008

    Tonight: Margo & the Nuclear So and So's at the Mink

    Quick, name three musicians or bands from Indiana that do not contain the words "John," "Cougar" or "Mellencamp." Still thinking? Well, that list would include jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery, Deniece "Let's Hear It for the Boy" Williams and pop-punk "Boys of Summer" the Ataris. Don't forget that A ... More >>

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    December 21, 2007

    Get Lit: Doo Wop: The Music, The Times, The Era, by "Cousin Brucie" Morrow with Rich Maloof

    Ah yes, doo wop. Perhaps no other genre is so closely identified with a specific era in time than the one that relied on majestic vocal harmonies to alternately offer pleading paeans to love and nonsensical shimmy-shimmy ko-ko-bops, all delivered by immaculately dressed (and mostly black) singers in ... More >>

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Houston Noise Music

    Top five reasons to love it

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    March 6, 2007
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    February 1, 2007

    Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive

    The Houston rock scene and the cultural cringe

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