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  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    App of the Week: Anonymously Rant to Your Heart's Content with Speakle

    App: Speakle Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Cost: Free (requires registration) There was a time when the Internet was almost entirely anonymous. If you wanted to keep yourself hidden from the masses, you could. You can still do that, but with social networking it is increasingly ... More >>

  • Film

    June 26, 2014

    E.T. Update Earth to Echo Makes Everything a Device

    At least the alien feels at home in this digital world.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Is the New BeatsMusic Worth It?

    A year ago, Beats by Dre headphone giants Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine announced the next step for their brand was to launch a digital-subscription music service. The news was not met with the greatest approval. After all, the existing marketplace -- crowded with streaming leaders such as Pandora and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    6 Websites to Use for Researching a New Vehicle Purchase

    Say you've decided to buy a new car. Say you haven't done this in a REALLY long time. Say you have NO idea what you are going to buy or even what to look for. Welcome to my world about a month ago. My truck was totaled by a driver who ran a red light. I had been driving that Toyota truck for 14 year ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Alt-J at Bayou Music Center, 9/26/2013

    Alt-J Bayou Music Center September 26, 2013 The fall music season is in full swing, and Bayou Music Center was alive and kicking with a sold-out crowd of young adults for a showcase of talents by the likes of English indie-rockers Alt-J, with their folkier friends Lord Huron as support. Alt-J have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: Traffic, Hotels and Streaming Audio

    Day one of my cross-country road trip was dramatically improved by three apps that helped me pass the time, figure out the traffic and land cheap lodging. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I had a number of apps I was planning on utilizing for my travels and Maps was at the top of the list. As you might ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Fat Tony, "Regular Customer at Whataburger In Her Jacuzzi"

    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

    June 19, 2013

    I Tried to Explain Transgender Doom Metal to My Three-Year-Old

    I wasn't really in a very good mood on Sunday. Taking the Daughter With One F out of the house so the wife can study for nursing school is my task every weekend, and though my daughter is an angel, I would remind you that so was Lucifer. It's too hot to play outside except to swim, and the rain der ... 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 >>

  • 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 23, 2013

    500px Mobile App Pulled from Apple Store Over Boobs, Victim of Apple's Bizarre Double Standard When It Comes to Nudie Pics

    The Apple App store has an incredibly byzantine set of rules that make it almost impossible for app developers to navigate. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the approval process is often random and unevenly applied. Take for instance the case of 500px, a mobile photo-sharing app not that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    A Local Venue With an App? Mucky Duck Has One... and It's Good

    Survival in the hospitality business is rough. The vast majority of restaurants fail. Bars are an even tougher go, and nightclub success is even slimmer. That puts live music venues on the lowest rung of the success ladder. So, it is understandable when a live music venue, struggling to get by, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    The Five Scariest Moments in Your Computer Life

    There are plenty of good reasons to be scared this Halloween, be it Hurricane Sandy or the economy or JJ Watt (assuming you are an opposing team quarterback), but just in case none of these things hits home with you, geek, I'd like to offer some items that will. Every person who has owned a comput ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Baby Chino, World's Youngest DJ: "I Have Haters"

    Austin-born Ri-yan Dolan is only eight years old -- he turns a ripe nine on August 25 -- and holds the title of the world's youngest DJ, spinning under the name DJ Baby Chino. At a time when kids half his age can operate iPads and iPhones with ease, it should be no surprise that Dolan was only five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    App of the Week: Get Ready for the Season with the Houston Texans App

    App: Houston Texans Platform: iPhone, Android, Blackberry Website: Houston Texans Download Site Cost: Free If there is one thing we love in Texas, it's football. There are quite a number of sports apps out there to help you keep track of your favorite teams, football or otherwise, but when it comes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Five Ways the Cell Phone Camera Has Changed the Way We Live

    When I was a kid, I used to follow my dad around with a Kodak Instamatic he got me from a drugstore. He was the pro in the family, shooting photos for magazines and for himself. Like most shutterbugs, he had an ample collection of lenses and camera bodies. When I turned 12, he bought me my first rea ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    App of the Week: Get in Shape with Nike Training Club

    App: Nike Training Club Platform: iPhone Web site: App Store Cost: Free "My doctor said I swallowed a lot of aggression...along with a lot of pizzas." -- Dewey Oxburger, Stripes I'll be honest, I don't like working out. I see people who just love "feeling the burn" and I'm perplexed, a little jea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Coachella: The Worst Of Weekend 2

    It couldn't all be great performances, decent recreational drugs, and pleasant weather at Coachella. Here are our writers' picks for their least favorite things from the festival's second weekend. People Not Here for the Music: If you're paying $300-$800 for a festival ticket, one might think you w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    App of the Week: Houston, Texas Emergency Radio

    App: Houston, Texas Emergency Radio Platform: iPhone, iPad Web site: Facebook Page Cost: Free Monday night, after Kentucky had dispatched Kansas in the NCAA national championship game, there was a surge of posts on Twitter about the riots taking place in Lexington, mainly because the firefighters' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    February 15, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Robb Walsh: In case you hadn't heard... Texas oyster season is now open! Look for Texas appellation oysters this year, especially from purveyors like Louisiana Foods and at the Saturday by-catch market from PJ Stoops. Blog of an Aspiring Foodie: After a long absence, Chris is back with a fierce pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Evernote Food: An App That Helps You Record Your Meals

    ​Note-taking smart phone app Evernote is widely considered one of the best productivity apps on the market, particularly if you do a lot of note taking. I ranked it as my number one app of the year and find it indispensable for keeping track of everyday tasks. The company that produced Everno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    The 10 Best Songs of 2011 You Didn't Hear

    ​I have absolutely no clue what is going on out there. I know that Beyoncé had that song with the counting, Adele had a song that was maybe about doing ecstasy in a pool, and some guy with a beard got nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy even though For Emma, Forever Ago came out literally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Best Of... App Gets a High-Five From iTunes

    ​It's the end of the year, which means lots of best-of lists, and we're happy to announce that our own Best Of... app made the iTunes 2011 Rewind's list off best travel apps. The app, which was released in March, contains all of the Best of Houston winners, as well as winners from our sister ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Tunnel Explorer: Howdy Burger

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallA perfect example of the iPhone's ability to take inexplicably good photos.​I probably should have known better. In fact, my better instincts were telling me to keep moving when I stumbled on Howdy Burger while exploring the tunnel section stretching underneath the Esp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    WhoMadeWho: It's Time To Get Some Real Problems

    ​The latest video on our exchange program with Mick Cullen at Subterranean Radio brings us a Danish band called WhoMadeWho. Hopefully the picture up there has already eliminated any AC/DC reference points your brain might have been attempting, because WhoMadeWho is so far on the other side of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    KTRU Has One More Week On The FM Dial (UPDATED)

    UPDATE (3:06 p.m.): A reader just emailed Rocks Off and says KTRU staff was just informed the station is going off the FM airwaves at 6 a.m. next Thursday, April 28.​A little earlier, Rocks Off started hearing rumors that this evening would be Rice University studen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Why We Read Previews (A Prelude to My Astros 2011 Preview)

    ​Thanks to the Internet -- specifically blogs, YouTube, chat rooms and porn -- the competition for the few spare minutes that you have in your day to consume items not related to work, family, or sleep has never been fiercer. So why would you spend the next several minutes reading my previe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Death Penalty: Your Newest App

    Yeah, there's an app for that​Have your Angry Birds gone postal? You might need the newest app, from the Death Penalty Information Center. Today's on-the-go death-penalty activist is now only a touch away from "our Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty, our Execution Database, and the most recent d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    App of the Week: SeamlessWeb

    List pulled from the 77027 area code.​App: SeamlessWeb Platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, plus a mobile friendly Web site Web site: Cost: Free As long as there have been restaurants and lazy people, there have been food delivery services. From the milk man to the pizza de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Comments of the Day: On Wine with Lunch, and Hipstamatic

    ​Today we're doing two comments of the day, because we so wholeheartedly agree with them both. First, in response to Katharine Shilcutt's post "Stretch that Dining Dollar: Eat Fancy at Lunch," commenter Francesca gave an over-the-top thumbs up to wine with lunch: Oh, the wisdom encapsulated ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2010

    Houston Poetry Festival

    Roses are red, violets are blue, listeners are happy and you will be too

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Rocky Horror Turns 35...Who Cares?

    Don't worry, Bat Out Of Hell will be released soon.​Last Sunday wasn't just an unpleasant day for Houston Texans fans, it also marked a largely unheralded anniversary. Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show mark a big milestone today - they've been doing the "Time Warp" for 35 years. The cult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    The 5 Best Houston Restaurant Websites

    These websites definitely did NOT suck.​Last week, we gave you our list of the ten reasons why your restaurant website sucks. Apparently, you agreed with us, so we set out to make a list of the best and worst restaurant websites in Houston. Today, the best of the best. For our list, we made a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Post KTRU/KUHF, Possible Houston Mergers & Acquisitions To Come

    Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayGozer has designs on the Galleria.​Rice University and the University of Houston have reached a deal to convert KTRU into a 24-hour white-noise station to help our city's insomniacs. Fitzgerald's was just bought out by the guys who made Mango's a viable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Sole of Houston: Bicycles Enable Lomax And Beebe To Cover 30-Plus Miles Of Hood

    Murder, tacos and Perpetual Help​Man, there has been a lot of water under the bridge since David Beebe and I last undertook a Sole of Houston stroll in December of 2008.For my part, there was a divorce, massive weight loss, and the ditching of pretty much all my vices. As for Beebe, the supe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Roger Ebert's Descent Into Twitter Madness

    Tweet addiction -- a growing problem ​Let it be established for the record that Roger Ebert is a gift to America.Whether you agree with his opinions all the time or not, his movie reviews are gracious, insightful, funny and erudite. His profiles are equally terrific.But we think the guy's go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Breakfast at Whole Foods

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Creamy, delicious cheese grits on a breakfast buffet? From Whole Foods, no less? The answer is a resounding YES. The grocery store at 2955 Kirby already has my favorite salad bar in town (who else offers things like spelt and no-oil balsamic vinaigrette so good it ... More >>

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    It's Five O'clock Somewhere: We're So App-App-Appy

    The Houston Press partners with in the quest for cheap drinks.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    While You Weren't Tweeting: Tigers, Wires and Pairs, Oh My!

    What was life like before the Internet? Does anyone really remember, anyway? 'Cause, you know, some kids've been choking the cyberchicken since birth, we hear. Even we fogeys certainly don't recall much before the Invasion of the Interwebs, but we'll posit a guess that we were thinner, friendle ... More >>

  • News

    February 11, 2010

    Wild on Washington

    The three-mile stretch of avenue is Houston's place to be if you're young, white, single and ready to party. At least for now.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Beer Nerds Rejoice

    ​Typically we would never celebrate a prominent distributor of Anheuser-Busch beers (or even mention that dreaded name), but we can make an exception for something this cool. Fort Worth-based Ben E. Keith Beverage, the nation's third-largest beer wholesaler, has partnered with other distribut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    The Indictment Comes Down For Willie D

    We noted yesterday that Houston's own Willie D had finally gotten out of jail, bonding out under an agreement that limited his travel and internet use.If that was considered good news for the Geto Boys rapper, today brought more bad news -- he has been formally indicted on the iPhone scam charges th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Rapper Willie D Arrested Over Alleged iPhone Scam

    Rapper Willie D has been arrested and charged with wire fraud, US Attorney Tim Johnson has announced.William James Dennis, as he's more formally known, was arrested last night at Bush Intercontinental after an indictment was unsealed charging him in connection "with his purported sales of iPhones th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Southwest Getting Ready To Offer On-Board Wi-Fi (Porn Users Rejoice)

    Some Southwest passengers flying through Houston yesterday were among the first to test the airline's new wi-fi system.There's no word on how well it went, Southwest spokesman Paul Flaningan tells Hair Balls, but the testing is expected to continue on at least four planes by MarchPassengers can, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Five ( 3) Spot: Christmas With Weezer!

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to Because God loves us: Weezer, one of our all-time favorite bands, has recorded six Christmas covers, the greatest ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Music

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