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  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    FLCON FCKER: Because Obscenity Should Be Symmetrical

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. You know what I love the best about Houston lately? We have all these really excellent electronica bands that are just byte-fucking our heads at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Song is a Lie: Billy Idol, Cyberposeur

    All week we've been exposing the song titles that don't check out when put against the test of truth. Thus far you've learned: 1. George Harrison's guitar did not gently weep. It was actually Eric Clapton's. 2. Kiss said we got the best when we wanted it, but mostly we got session musicians and ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Lightning Bolt, Stoney LaRue, Etc.

    Stampeding Providence, R.I. noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt, a two-piece as loud as it is heavy, destroys an otherwise quiet Monday night at Fitzgerald's behind its forthcoming Load Records release, Oblivion Hunter, which the label describes as "amped-up and free, with an ear on the railroad tracks to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    9 Rock Stars & Their Favorite Books

    Musicians like to read as much as the next person and being a creative lot they tend to draw inspiration from their favorite books. Which pieces of literature have struck a chord in the hearts of our favorite rock stars? 9. Billie Joe Armstrong, Catcher in the Rye: This probably isn't a surprise si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention: Inside the World of Wank-Craft

    Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention, porn's first ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Mission Accomplished: Your Buzzword Is My Band Name, Part 2

    ​We're getting closer to a midterm election that, more and more, is coming to resemble two dachshunds we had as a kid who would lose their little doggy minds over a chew toy and attack each other in a weiner-dog whirlwind of until separated by a garden hose. The attack ads are a-flying, and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Bono, Gaga And ZZ Top Write Like Raymond Chandler? Who Knew?

    ​Ask anyone who really knows Rocks Off, and they'll probably tell you we can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes. We proved this once again earlier this week, when we updated our Facebook status with a plea for someone to explain to us what in tarnation a "meme" is. We should have waited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Houston: From Moron Metropolis to Genius City In Two Short Months

    ​Two months ago, the Daily Beast ranked all American cities according to their estimation of each place's municipal IQ.They measured how many residents had bachelor's and graduate degrees, nonfiction book sales, the ration of institutions of higher education, and political engagement, as measured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    The Sister Cities Of Houston: A Critical Appraisal, Part 1

    With the recent addition of Karachi, Pakistan, Houston now is a sister to 18 other cities around the world. Hair Balls is on the case - we studied all of them so you wouldn't have to. In the interest of brevity, though, we are parceling out our findings over the next couple of days. Here are the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    10 Records for the Thinking Hardcore Fan

    The 2008 release The Chemistry of Common Life, by the shadowy experimental punk band Fucked Up, took the indie rock world by storm, prompting some critics to call it a breath of fresh air from the moribund depths of hardcore. This Friday, Super Unison brings Fucked Up to Houston, and in celebration ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2007

    The Year In Film

    Judd Apatow's pretty good year and much more

  • Culture

    April 6, 2006

    Portrait of an "Old Lady"

    And one of the most intriguing personalities of the 20th century

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Reconsider Him

    At the end, Warren Zevon's past is finally unearthed

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    A Punk Looks at 50

    Billy Idol's mind is still the devil's workshop

  • Calendar

    December 3, 1998
  • News

    July 18, 1996

    One's a Goner

    Not even 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week can last forever

  • News

    December 1, 1994

    Cyberdreams

    A ragtag group of Houston filmmakers eye the future, and make a hit in Dallas

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