Subject: Inc.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Amazon Taking on Square, PayPal with New Local Register Card Swiping Service

    Twenty years ago, it was a safe bet that some small stores and vendors at craft markets would not have the ability to accept credit cards. It just wasn't practical. Now, most everyone has used one at a coffee shop or farmers market. Hell, people have them at garage sales. And we've all learned how t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Ebay Hacked: If You Aren't Routinely Changing Passwords, a Reminder Why You Should

    I work with people everyday who entrust me with their passwords so I can assist them with their tech issues and I am constantly amazed at the overly simplistic nature of passwords for tremendously important data. It is reminiscent of the scene in Spaceballs where Dark Helmet says of the code to a pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    In Defense of the Prime Rate Hike

    No one wants to pay more for anything. That's been true since the dawn of commerce. I'm pretty sure some caveman grunted his begrudging dissatisfaction when the guy who sold sticks of fire raised his price from one dead rat to two, but if he wanted fire, he ponied up the critter. The fact is, anyon ... More >>

  • News

    January 9, 2014

    It's a Wrap

    Our Top 10 favorite Houston news stories of 2013.

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    10 Tech Resolutions for an App-y New Year

    Every year beginning January 2, people start with resolutions they can't or won't possibly stick with, as if the arbitrary start to a new calendar year is going to be the impetus we all need to be better, skinnier, healthier, smarter and less drunk. By February, it's all over and we try to figure ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    UPS Christmas Delays Hit Home in Houston

    At about 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I could wait no longer. With family members set to descend on my house within two hours, it was time to get the final gifts wrapped, especially those for my mom and that side of the family as we would be exchanging those before dinner. Unfortunately, my mom's gift - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Caretta Bell, "Soulful, Sultry, Sexy, Sassy *wink*"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Fans Still Support Paula Deen, Bringing Her Cookbooks to No. 1 on

    During the afternoon of Friday, June 28, Paula Deen's upcoming cookbook, Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, to be available in October, was No. 1 on in the Best Sellers in Books section, followed by her previous cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Amazon's AutoRip Features Delivers MP3s to Vinyl Shoppers

    If you have been shopping for vinyl on the Amazon site, you may have noticed the AutoRip logo. No, it is not Amazon making light of late-night purchases splitting your wallet at the seams. It's actually something very cool. The digital retailer is touting the further expansion of its music-deliver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Julie & Julia Redux: Top 5 Cookbooks I'd Work My Way Through Besides MtAoFC

    I admit, I've got a bit of a copycat streak in me. When I first read Julie and Julia , I was so intrigued with the project I wanted to try it myself. (Me and one million other foodies. Here's hoping Powell believes imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). But I would repeat with a difference: ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Is Funding Your Album on Kickstarter Insulting and Wrong?

    I do a monthly Kickstarter round-up on Art Attack because I really do think that crowdsourcing is a great way to get projects off of the ground that might otherwise never see the light of day. Some wonderful independent video games, for example, exist because of crowd-funding, and it is certainly th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Gifts For Kids Who Cook

    Every week this holiday season, we'll be posting our favorite food-centric gift ideas. We've looked at 5 Gifts Under $30 That Every Kitchen Needs and attempted to avoid that awkward re-gifting moment with the 5 Useless Gifts That Nobody Actually Wants. This time, we're focusing on the kiddies. Chec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Top 10 Kitschy Pop-Related Gift Items to Give This Year

    Thanksgiving is in ten days, and then we'll all be fully immersed in the holiday season. While shopping recently, I noticed that Taylor Swift now has her own greeting-card line featuring her photography and sweet words. If you were to receive one such card from a loved one, would you swell with fuz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    You Won't Get Into Heaven Listening to Christian Dubstep

    Driving home the other night, I thought I had come up with the perfect get-rich-quick scheme: Christian dubstep. Roll your eyes if you'd like, but one thing I've noticed is that going to an EDM show is a lot like going to church: They both feature music, alcohol, and standing on your feet for long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Black Market Syndicate: Punk Believers Rejoice With Peasants

    Black Market Syndicate are true believers. Besides releasing second album And the Peasants Rejoiced at Fitzgerald's Saturday, the Houston punk quartet is streaming it all weekend on their ReverbNation page. For the people. Produced by Street Dogs' Johnny Rioux, Peasants stands up for the powerless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Save Yourself: The 10 Worst Online Retailers

    Ads like this are the only reason to visit you like that sort of thing​It's frustrating enough to shop for friends and family members during the holidays. Do I get my 80-year-old aunt a gift card to Kroger or H-E-B? Decisions, decisions. Unfortunately, some online mer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    What Google Music Means To The Music Industry​Google is finally launching its own music service. Google Music is a full-scale music service/store designed to compete with Amazon and Apple. Android boss Andy Rubin says they're very close to launch. About a dozen independent labels are have already joined forces with Google and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    My Five Most Indispensable Music Technologies

    Previously the pinnacle of music technology...and pure awesomeness.​I started listening to music on vinyl way back in biblical times and things seemed just fine. CDs came along and made hauling around music somewhat easier and, once you got past the crispy clarity, the music sounded pretty dam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Amazon Crash Hits Reddit, Others: Social Media Armageddon

    Now get some work done.​The spinning of the earth has nearly come to a standstill thanks to major server problems with's Web Services, a cloud-computing platform used by dozens of very popular social networking sites. "The cloud," for you luddites, means stuff that's saved in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Vermicomposting: Trash and Worms Are an All-Star Team

    ​A few weekends ago, I helped my mother set up an indoor vermicomposting bin. By "helped," of course, I mean that I watched and bothered her with questions. She finally sat me down with a DVD she'd purchased on the subject (the woman is serious about her gardening) and was left in peace with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Black Queen Speaks: The Perfect Band Web Site

    ​Not too long ago, we did a name dissection of Black Queen Speaks. As we prepared for the article, we did something we rarely do anymore, and that's go to the band's actual Web site rather than just sampling them on Facebook or (ugh) MySpace. For some reason, we decided to go straight to the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    All I Want for Christmas Is a KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer

    rd.comForget the Red Ryder BB Gun. We're asking Santa for Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender. ​Still using your grandmother's split-pea-green handheld mixer (the one that smells like burning and shoots the attachments across the room when you hit eject)? Kitchen appliances have come a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Vintage Cocktails: The Fine Art of the Daiquiri

    It's a fine art indeed.​The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks is a hard-to-find but indispensable cocktail manual first published in 1948. My barstained copy (it was stained before I got to it) came from a southside Houston thrift store and was marked down to $9.95. The out-of-print book now goes on A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The World's Hottest Weapon

    ​The world's hottest pepper is now a weapon? Yep! According to today's Houston Chronicle, the Indian military in now using what we know as the ghost pepper to make a type of tear-gas hand grenade. We've seen enough Man vs. Food episodes to know that this will be an effective weapon. Just the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums Almost as Old as We Are

    The other day, the Rocks Off brain trust was sitting around talking, and one of us happened to mention whatever album it was we were talking about - it might have been Duran Duran's Rio - came out the year one of us was born. That got us thinking, "How much have albums released within 12 months aft ... More >>

  • Music

    June 18, 2009

    Byte This

    Consumers try hawking "old" digital music files through new Web sites.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Living Colour's The Paris Concert

    Living Colour The Paris Concert To order on, click here of the most criminally underrated rock bands of the '80s and '90s - remembered by too many just for their Day-Glo outfits, painted guitars and big hit "Cult of Personality" - Living Colour has be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Soulbrotha

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Sitting in the ornate ... More >>

  • Music

    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Small Sounds

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to It seems contradictory, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Chamillionaire, Immortal Technique, 50 Cent, Damon Dash, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Raekwon, South Park Mexican and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: Chamillionaire, “Swagger Like Us Freestyle” We normally reserve this section for unknown local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Turning The Screw: Crew54, DJ AM & Travis Barker, G- Unit, Pharrell, Eminem, Nate Dogg, Kanye, Wu-Tang vs. UFC and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Lil Miss Sunshine,” Crew54 feat. Rochelle Terrell Wire To Wire Sadly, DJ AM and Travis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., LL Cool J, The Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Russell Crowe (!?), MF Doom, Beyonce and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week "I'm Bout My Paper," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S. Wire To Wire LL Cool J, talking to the Associated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Turning the Screw: TxHustla, Beanie Sigel, Lil' Wayne, Ciara, Kanye, Tupac, Akon, Usher and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week “Paper Planes RMX,” TxHustla Wire To Wire This isn’t so much interesting news as jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008
  • Calendar

    June 5, 2008

    Poi Dog Pondering

    The Chicago band visits the Continental Club

  • Music

    May 22, 2008
  • Music

    November 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    I Want My MP3

    If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose right now in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market. Two weeks ago, after much hand-wringing anticipation, Apple d ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 26, 2007

    Mexican-American Culture

    Ask a Mexican! hits the stalls

  • Music

    August 10, 2006

    Hope Springs Eternal

    A northern suburb tops our third installment of rating greater Houston's taste in music

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Tough Crowd

    The Nightfly croons "Come On Eileen" to the roughest women in Montrose

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    The Return of the Band of Rhythm and Pleasure

    The Hollisters reunite to rock the East Texas pines

  • Music

    January 22, 2004
  • Music

    April 18, 2002

    Sacré Bleu Bayou!

    France takes center stage at the Houston International Festival

  • Culture

    May 3, 2001

    Full Steam Ahead

    HGO's riverboat adventure Florencia navigates through some rough waters

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    Monkey Business

    Who needs a product when you can sell stock? The mind-boggling success of

  • More >>