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    September 4, 2014

    Joe Ely Apple: A Love Story

    Improbably, Joe Ely is learning to ease up on the gas pedal a little. The Lubbock-bred performer has long been known for live sets and a work ethic both so intense he's often likened to a Lone Star counterpart of his friend Bruce Springsteen. But Ely, a force in Texas music since his days with cosmi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Beyond Iced Tea: 5 Best Drinks Traditionally Served Hot Just As Good Cold

    The sweaty season is upon us and when rehydrating I can't stand anything warmer than room temperature (of your average apartment during winter in Siberia). Just because the weather calls for chilled drinks doesn't mean certain beverages are off-limits; here are five beverages usually served hot tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    I Mourn These Top 5 Discontinued Cookies

    In a world in which we have shelf space for Berry Burst Oreos it's a mystery to me as to why any decentt-asting cookie is discontinued. I guess it's a fact of life that some of the most delicious baked goods go the way of all flesh while far crappier ones enjoy an interminable existence. Sigh. Here ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    Five Bizarre Titles On Ye Olde Beatles Bookshelf

    Hi. My name is Bob, and I am a Beatles fanatic. This won't come as any surprise to my friends and family, for whom I am a very, very easy mark for a Christmas or birthday gift: "Just get him something Beatles-related." The first 33 rpm LP I ever bought in 1978 was -- I'm pretty sure -- Meet the Bea ... More >>

  • 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 23, 2013

    Chris Gray's 10 Favorite Houston Records of 2013

    10. Born Liars, Show Some Couth Show Some Couth has yet to make its way to iTunes, no doubt because those Apple prudes are still trying to figure out what to do with its filthy cover. The garagers' first (and loudest) album since 2010's Fast Songs Is All We Know, Couth is rude, lewd and anything but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Selling Sex: Women React Differently Than Men

    Many of us like to think we're not persuaded by advertising. Not me, I'm far too sophisticated for those marketers facile manipulations, you say on your way to buy the new iPhone 5S. (Apple sold over 9 million phones the weekend the iPhone 5 was released). Sorry, you too, have been co-opted. And on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    CEO Beauty Contest: The Most Popular Head Honchos in America

    As income inequality has loomed larger in Americans' minds -- especially since the Great Recession -- CEOs and their pay has been a central example of what is wrong with our economy. But not everyone hates CEOs, some of them are quite popular . . . with their own employees. Here's a list of those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Top 5 Dunkin' Donuts Dozen Combinations

    Picking up a dozen donuts for some houseguests, the office crew, or, um, just yourself on that lonely weekend night seems initially like a simple favor and easy act of generosity...that is, until you're standing at the counter of Dunkin' Donuts and find yourself completely flummoxed as to which and ... More >>

  • Film

    August 15, 2013

    Jobs Report

    Ashton Kutcher almost reveals the man beyond the devices.

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    April 17, 2013

    5 Hard Cider Cocktails To Try

    By itself a good hard cider is a wonderfully refreshing, mildly intoxicating beverage that is a terrific summer brew alternative for non-lovers of beer (me). Add a little this, a little that, and you have a cocktail with some extra zing, more flavor dimensions, and enough volume for multiple large ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Google Glass: Are Companies Serious with Digital Glasses?

    Who remembers the computer on a watch? No, not the iWatch, which Apple is marketing that will probably bomb, but the terrible little Texas Instruments or IBM computer in a wristwatch that was popular with nerds, geeks, dorks and all the doughy math freaks of the 80s. Not ringing a bell? That's beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Apple Maps is Not Ready to Let Go of Astroworld

    Our friend Alex Luster, who was the subject of a cover story in 2011, posted something intriguing to his Facebook page on Monday. According to him, Apple Maps, the app that took the place of Google Maps in the iPhone's OS 6 upgrade and has been much maligned, apparently still believes Six Flags Astr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Twitter for Video App Vine Loaded Down with Porn Videos in First Week of Launch

    Twitter finally released its much anticipated video companion app, Vine, last week. The video sharing network allows users to post very short video clips and share them with other users both on their own network and on Twitter. Like Twitter, hashtags help define videos and make them more easily sear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Evernote Food 2.0 App: Your Digital Cookbook

    Apple released Evernote Food last year, as an application for you to remember the food you recently ate. Rather than just snapping a quick picture of your gorgeous meal you either created at home or enjoyed at a restaurant, and vowing you would blog about it but really ended up never looking at it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Pumpkins and Pumpkins, But No Pumpkins: Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bière

    I'll just forewarn you right now: the next several installments of Brew Blog will feature beer you can't have. Or, more specifically, beer you can't get in Texas. Or even more specifically, beer not currently carried by any of the licensed distributors in our area. Don't like that? Open The Taps is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Top 5 Special Edition Halloween Candies

    As the fall holiday season approaches, Halloween-themed candies are popping up on grocery shelves and fueling my addiction to limited/special-edition products. Here are five that deserve some space in your trick-or-treat sack. 5. Ghost DOTS. While regular DOTS never really made me kick up my heels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Moving Day: 5 Albums I Just Can't Quit

    Reconsidering a lifetime of musical choices is a funny business. My first musical purchase? The Maxi Single for Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). First proper album purchase? Amy Grant's 1991 classic, Heart In Motion. Before I lose any degree of credibility, let's move on. For the past m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Happy Apple Week: Day Three -- Crock-Pot Apple Butter

    Apple butter has always held a special place in my heart. I love putting this cool, smooth and sweet spread on toast, bagels, English muffins or even just eating it by the spoonful. It's technically not a true butter because it has no cream, fat or dairy -- it's just apples, sugar and spices. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Apples vs. Bananas: A Showdown for the Ages

    When I was in college, my roommates and I had an ongoing debate about which would win in a fight: a fully grown male African lion or a fully grown male grizzly bear. Obviously, if you say "lion" you are an idiot unworthy of continuing to breathe air. The grizzly bear can take a bipedal, upright bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    5 Easy Ways To Stream Music From A Smartphone

    Radio has always been one of the best ways to discover new music. A song would play on the radio and you would wait for the song title. But the advent of Internet radio aided the discovery of new music a lot more, with song titles and background information immediately at your disposal, and all kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Top 5 Old Musicians Actually Using Twitter

    Like youth itself, Twitter is wasted on the young. But not everyone over 35 has completely tuned it out -- after a recent upgrade to a smartphone, even I'm using it now after years of Twitterphobia. (Hit me up at @ThePhantomTX.) Since I've been on, I've learned that most musicians have handed off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    App of the Week: SugarSync and DropBox, Two Great iCloud Alternatives

    App: Dropbox Platform: Most smart phones Website: Cost: Free (includes 2GB storage) App: SugarSync Platform: Most smart phones Website: Cost: Free (includes 5GB storage) There has been an awful lot of talk about cloud computing over the last couple years, particularly sin ... 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 >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2011

    Kung Fu Hustle

    Video games are only part of this Washington corridor adult arcade's appeal.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Three Ways Steve Jobs Made Technology Cool, Stylish and Accessible

    This morning I was scheduled for a conference call with one of my clients and I knew I was running a few minutes late. My laptop was not with me and I didn't know the client's email address by heart. Fortunately, I had my iPhone. I opened it up, found a recent e-mail exchange between myself and my c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    What Google & Motorola's Marriage Means To The Music Industry

    The Daily Beast​Google stunned the tech world last week when it tied the knot with Motorola for $12.5 billion. But it's the music business that should be raising its brows at the union. Like any typical suitor, Google weighed Motorola's considerably large assets in its decision to get in bed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Biophilia: Bjork Releasing The First App-Based Album

    ​Your humble narrator is being dragged kicking and screaming into a future of iPhones and whatnot, both by being married to a loyal Apple convert and the innovations of the music industry. Though Rocks Off still tracks down local acts and releases the old-fashioned way - online concert listing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    App of the Week: Five Things Google Will Need to Best Facebook

    ​Google began allowing invites into its allegedly cool social network (simply named Google ) last week to fairly glowing reviews. The site aims to capitalize on the wildly popular Gmail e-mail platform and other integrated services already offered by Google including its cloud music service an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Super Bowl Sunday: Live-Blogging the Commercials

    You may be asking yourself WTF is going on in that wacky 1970s Laugh-In-esque commercial above, starring Joe Namath and one incredibly frightening woman. Well, that commercial is the one that started it all, the era of billion-dollar Super Bowl spots, the most coveted 30 seconds of advertising on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Top 5 Local Ideas: The Gift of Lone Star Deliciousness

    Looking to spread Texas-size cheer to friends and family out of state? Need a universally appealing present for employees or clients? Below are five suggestions for food gifts chock full of local flavor and appeal. The "DJ Special." Original BBQ Sauce, Jalapeño Garlic BBQ Sauce, Heavy Garlic BBQ Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    $19 Lunch at Samba Grille

    When is it not sangria weather in Houston?​I know that Eating Our Words isn't meant to be a weather report, but bear with me here, as we've been experiencing some unseasonably shitty weather... By Wednesday, it's supposed to be sunny and cold once again, with a low of 43 degrees. That's more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    iPod: Happy Anniversary, You Little Devil

    Can somebody please tell us what the hell Firewire is? Nine years ago today - November 10, 2001 - Apple unveiled a new kind of MP3 player known as an iPod. About the size of a deck of cards, the device contained five gigabytes of memory, enough for about 1,000 songs, and cost $400. Four. Hundred. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    FAIL: Wyclef Jean, Richard Ashcroft, Mark Wahlberg, iTunes

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray​Wyclef Jean's Latest Vanity Project: President of Haiti: Wyclef Jean is best known for being the member of the Fugees who quite improbably enjoyed the most solo success. We would have bet on Lauryn Hill, but unfortunately, she went crazy. Crazy may be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    New Devin, Scarface And Big Pokey Product, The Kanye Abides, Snoop <3s Justin Bieber, Akon Vs. Sri Lanka, Etc.

    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. Unexpected Fubu Advertisement Featuring Slim Thug That Bites Apple Commercials of the Week Wire to Wire Here's that Devin t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Now the iPhone Has a Non-Vegetarian Friendly Stylus

    ​For a moment, forget our northerly neighbors and their backyard games. Forget slush, forget fog, forget medals, forget that anything else matters but your life and your world ('cause what does, really?). In the face of the latest round of Arctic cold snaps mercilessly pummeling our little sli ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 2, 2009

    David Brown: “20/40”

    David Brown makes art with his iPhone

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Bun B and Q-Tip Team Up, Jennifer Hudson, Ludacris, T-Pain, G-Unit, MF Doom, Cypress Hill 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. (Video) Single of the Week: Hurricane Chris, Knaan, Bun B and Q-Tip, "Cypher Round 1": The first two guys are rather un ... More >>

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    August 3, 2008
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    July 14, 2008

    Lindsay, Britney, Obama and Hello

    You are looking LIVE! at the Houston Press’ new Hair Balls blog. Take a second to luxuriate in the subtle, distinctive logo. One of the ways we hope to get things going here is by interacting with you. Feel free to comment, drop me a line at or call me at 713-280-24 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2007

    Rap-a-Lot’s J. Prince Sues Apple, BET

    We would just like to make one thing clear upfront: To the best of our knowledge, Rap-A-Lot Records owner J. Prince is neither a murderer nor a member of a Chicago gang called The Gangster Disciples. Now then: J. Prince has filed suit against Apple, Black Entertainment Television and parent company ... More >>

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    December 14, 2007
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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2006

    UH Filmmakers: Such Cheeky Monkeys!

    Courtesy of Joseph Ross, Maria Rivas, Nicolas Galan, Jennifer Roasa, V. Angelo Mazzei A three-minute Alien Affair, eh? There's a punchline in there somewheres... There's a general nightmare that plagues just about every guy in any kind of relationship: Dude comes home, girlfriend or wife is out ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    August 3, 2006
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    August 19, 2004

    Cool Front

    Things get chill when DJ Icey spins into town

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Soul Machine

    The Apple II computer: Some still consider it the wizard of Woz

  • Calendar

    May 13, 1999

    Night & Day

    May 13-19, 1999

  • Music

    January 9, 1997

    The Good with the Badfinger

    A Houston producer pays loving tribute to an enduring -- if cursed -- band

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