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    August 25, 2014

    Will Astros Games Soon Be Viewable On Your IPad? Maybe

    The Associated Press reported last week that Major League Baseball may be close to ending parts of its idiotic blackout policy that prevents people living in a team's home market from seeing that team's games. Calling it an incremental step, the head of MLB's online business, Bob Bowman, stated that ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014
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    March 28, 2014

    Five Things That Are Weird and Surreal About Rodeo Houston

    In the decades since it started, our annual rodeo has rolled along and become, quite frankly, a rather weird amalgamation of our country past, our cosmopolitan present, all things Texas with some solid love for giant American flags and shout-outs to the armed forces. The Houston Livestock Show and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    App of the Week: WunderMap Makes Weather Simple

    App: WunderMap Platforms: iPhone, Android, iPad, Kindle Fire Web site: Cost: Free We southerners don't often have to deal in degrees when it comes to the weather. A high temperature of 90 is just as uncomfortable as 92. But, when the weather is near fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: Molly Dunn's Top 10 Presents For Foodies

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Hey, Millennials: You're Partying All Wrong. Here's How.

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    A First Look at Fielding's Wood Grill in The Woodlands

    The area where The Woodlands and Shenandoah meet on Research Forest Dr. has transformed from small strip centers and rows and rows of trees to a completely new area for residents and those passing through on I-45 to stop and grab a bite to eat. While many of the restaurants in this area are chains, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    iOS7 for iPad First Look: Apple's Fancy, Smooth New Update

    The much-anticipated update to the Apple operating system was made available for download on Wednesday. Given that I have an iPhone 4 that hasn't even been updated to OS 6 yet, I declined to bother with OS 7 for it, but my iPad is relatively new and seemed like the best way to give this new, streaml ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Google Wallet Takes on PayPal with Send Money Function

    Remember checks? Some of us still use them on occasion. They are those paper things we have to fill out by hand and use to pay for stuff, mostly rent and maybe a birthday gift for the nephew. Just like the U.S. Postal Service is rapidly being replaced by e-mail, checks (and, in some cases, cash) are ... More >>

  • News

    April 11, 2013

    Eyes on Texas

    North Korea Is Aiming Nukes at...Austin?

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    April 4, 2013

    Cops Get Assist from HCC Students in Nabbing Robbery Suspect

    The day after Valentine's was apparently a pretty crazy one for a pair of Houston Community College students, who also happen to be former members of the armed forces. According to a report, on Friday morning, February 15, a robbery suspect stole a laptop computer from a sleeping student and then sn ... More >>

  • Music

    March 28, 2013

    Goodbye, George?

    Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour closes out this year's rodeo.

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    March 19, 2013

    Don't Bring Your iPad or Tablet to a Woodlands Pavilion Show

    Here comes some venue news that most everybody will be able to get behind this coming summer concert season. While updating the Houston Press's online concert calendar with new listings for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, I discovered that the venue now bans the use of iPads and other tablet ... 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

    January 4, 2013

    Thieves Stealing UPS Packages: Five Things They Won't Want When They Open Them

    According to a report from KHOU, neighbors in midtown caught two men stealing UPS packages and called police, who arrested them. By the looks of the video -- and knowing the area -- these were probably homeless men looking for something they could pawn. Given the time of year, it's not uncommon to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Louis Vuitton Obsession: Domain Seizure Reminds Us of Five Things You Shouldn't Buy Online from Random Websites

    As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Waze, Echofon, Chrome: My 12 Favorite Apps of 2012

    It's been a crazy year in apps. Apple released the iPhone 6, complete with larger screen and new OS, as well as the iPad mini, aka Jumbo iPhone. There were scores of updates from manufacturers and, as usual, thousands of new apps on the market. I wrote about my favorite 10 apps of 2011 last year ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    App of the Week: Dark Sky, the Most Beautiful Weather App You'll Ever Use

    App: Dark Sky Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: Cost: $3.99 I am a huge weather nerd, so naturally I have a bunch of weather apps. I've reviewed quite a few and ranked them on occasion. Whenever I come across a new one that gets good reviews, I immediately take a look. Unfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    5 Simple iPhone Apps Often Used, but Easily Taken for Granted

    I recently bought an iPad and as I was going through the apps on my phone to see what I might want to download for the iPad, I noticed a number of apps that would have thumb wear marks on them if that were possible. These were small, simple apps I use often, but never really think of when it comes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    App of the Week: Camera Awesome, the Most...Um...Awesome Photo App Ever

    App: Camera Awesome Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: Cost: Free I've reviewed a number of camera/photography apps in this space. It comes with being a photographer who appreciates technology. I wanted a digital SLR camera as soon as one hit the market and I enjoy shooting photos with m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Prydz & Prejudice: Top 5 Remixes for Saturday's IDentity Festival

    Saturday the IDentify Fest returns to town to once again take EDM out of the dark of the club and into the light of day. Your humble blog writer missed last year's show, so I'm curious to see how well glowsticks work during the daylight. While this year may not feature big names like Pretty Lights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Hi, How Is Daniel Johnston?

    Rocks Off is very proud to present Daniel Johnston's in-store performance 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cactus Music. As always, it's absolutely free, including the St. Arnold's. Thinking about the in-store, we realized we hadn't heard much about Johnston lately, which is good in the "no news is good news" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Life in the Cloud: The Complications and Conveniences of a Connected World

    Over the last year or so, I've grown increasingly aware of and interested in the idea of life without a hard drive. My existence is, admittedly, a bit unique. I spend a lot of time on my laptop; in fact, it is my main computer. When I'm in my office, it is connected to a big monitor for convenience, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Top 5 Most Anticipated Electric Forest Artists

    Tomorrow I set off to another music festival, although this time it's the farthest north I've ever been. Michigan. Yeah, I know, I need to travel more. Rothbury, Michigan will host Electric Forest from June 28 to July 1. The festival has local philanthropic initiatives this year such as a Food D ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 4, 2012

    Cover Story: The Rise of Dubstep in America and How Houston Was Involved

    A couple of months ago, I received a text from a 40-something-year old man named Icey Hott. Icey, a member of Houston's near-legendary group Street Military, was a seminal figure in the development of gangster rap in the southern United States. He is an altogether terrifying gent, a glassy-eyed ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Cover Story: Dubstep's Rise In America & How Houston Was Involved

    A couple of months ago, I received a text from a 40-something-year old man named Icey Hott. Icey, a member of Houston's near-legendary group Street Military, was a seminal figure in the development of gangster rap in the Southern United States. He is an altogether terrifying gent, a glassy-eyed ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    App of the Week: Badge

    App: Badge Platform: iPhone, iPad Web site: Cost: $0.99 I think most of us have, at one time or another, left our phone behind somewhere. On occasion, that somewhere happens to be a public place. I know I have left my phone at a couple different restaurants over the years and had to ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    iCan't: 4 Reasons Why Even the iPad 3 Won't Cause Me to Buy One

    In April of last year, I wrote about whether I should buy an iPad. After a few musing paragraphs, I came to the begrudging conclusion that the iPad was likely part of my technological future. Well, it's nearly a year later and still no iPad for me. With the release of the iPad 3 tomorrow (and a prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012 Goes Mobile to Help You Find Deals on Beer Nearby

    I'm going to start this entire post by saying something that might cause you to stop reading: I'm not a big beer drinker. In fact, I rarely drink the stuff. But, what I am is someone who buys a ton of apps for my iPhone, and this isn't really so much a story about beer as it is about a website tryin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Unfollow: The Five Fastest Ways to Get Spammed on Twitter

    Oh, I BET you want me to click that link!​Over the past week or two, I've conducted a kind of experiment to see who will spam me when I post things on Twitter. I have been baiting spammers into sending me replies to my blatant requests for information about iPads or sex. It's really kind of hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Abel Martinez: Just Another Dude Who Steals Panties and Dogs, Cops Say

    Women: Your panties are safe now.​Cops say Abel Martinez was a busy guy, what with all the stealing of panties and, um, dogs. Martinez, 32, apparently made a habit of breaking into women's apartments, leaving notes like "I'm watching you," and taking their panties, according to KPRC. The sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Older Is Better: The Five Best Antique Malls in Houston

    And the Lord said: Let Me be embroidered.​What better way to honor your living relatives than with gifts from someone else's dead relatives? Wait, no, we want you to like antique malls! Let me try again: Shopping for an older relative, who remembers the days before iPads? And Wii? And even ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    15 Odd Christmas Gift Ideas for Musicians

    ​As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Illegal Wiretaps: At Least Their Name Isn't Pregnancy Farts

    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. ​Craig Hlavaty called us into his office, which is little more than a refrigerator box with Lady Gaga lyrics scrawled on the sides and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Thieves Suck: How to Protect Yourself When Your Stuff Is Stolen

    ​Sunday evening while I was out for a jog, my car was broken into and my purse was stolen. By some miracle of paranoia, I happened to have both my cell phone and wallet with me on the run, not for fear of them getting jacked, but because I'm always worried I might get lost, or need my ID if I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    First Look at Brasserie 19

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttEnglish pea soup, lightly chilled, with lump Gulf crab meat: It's not available every day, but it should be.​On a drizzly Thursday night, the warmly glowing interior of Brasserie 19 beckoned the crowds inside its crisp white interior and onto its broad patio. The r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Top 5 Contest Options for Houston Sports Teams

    If you can keep from getting injured, you might walk away with some new kicks.​During halftime of a recent New Orleans Hornets game, a fan participated in a common giveaway contest. He had to make a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a shot from halfcourt under a time limit to win a priz ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    App of the Week: To iPad or Not to iPad

    Bring on the lions app!​As I was looking through my iPhone apps this week and potential new apps worth downloading, it struck me the number of iPad apps coming available. It's not surprising. The iPad, particularly since the release of the 2.0 version, has been nothing short of a sensation in ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    New York Times Launches Subscription Service

    One wonders if they will start charging admission to enter the lobby too.​The New York Times announced the parameters of its much-anticipated digital subscription service to subscribers via e-mail. Beginning March 28 in the United States (Canada gets a ten-day head start to act as guinea pig), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW: Bob Geldof, Master Of The F-Bomb

    Photos by Chris Gray​Leave it to Sir Bob Geldof to turn the SXSW keynote address into a 45-plus minute combination elaborate cultural history of the past 60 years with rock and roll at the center, personal narrative of how rock and roll ("pop with a hard-on") shook loose his inner social activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    iPad 2: The 1971 Version

    In case you hadn't heard, the iPad 2 comes out very, very soon. Geeks are already lining up. We hate to pour cold water on such a momentous event, but frankly, what's the big deal about an iPad 2? As these five examples from a 1971 Sears catalog show, it's all been done before. 5. Watch movies!! Y ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    99-Cent Flat-Screen TVs: What Could Go Wrong?

    No cutting....​If you've got a spare $1.07 (or is it $1.08? We're not sure if they round up or down), then you can get yourself a new flat-screen TV this St. Patrick's Day. Warning: You may have to wait in line for a while. The 99 Cents Only chain -- surely one of the best 99-cent chains out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011 is Digg for Online Recipes

    Fresh-From-The-Oven Naan: Now showing at​Technology is increasingly infiltrating the kitchen. While we may not have robots making our meals like on The Jetsons (yet), all sorts of apps, websites and kitchen gadgets are providing new resources for expanding our cooking repertoire and ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Gorillaz's New Album Includes Song About Houston

    ​ Christmas morning, Rocks Off got to hear the new Gorillaz album, The Fall, recorded entirely on an iPad by leader Damon Albarn as the super-group made their way through the States on tour this past October. Most every city on the run got a song dedicated to it, including Texas towns Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    The Week In TV: The Walking Dead (The New Series, Not Charlie Sheen)

    ​I'm slightly sunburned, spoiled by three-day weekends, and trying to figure out whether I want an iPad. This was the week in TV Land: • So, the iPad came out, as you have heard about from every news outlet imaginable, and several TV apps have already been announced. Yahoo's entertainment ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    "iPad"? Really, Steve? Here We Go Again

    Photo by Alexia TsotsisClick here for a slideshow of iPad photos​Steve, Steve, Steve, Sigh. Stevie - darling, sugar, baby! We hate to say it, but we've had this conversation with you before. Remember your pussy fetish and the resulting "Snow Leopard" fiasco? Cluck, cluck, cluck. So do we. ... More >>

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