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    August 18, 2014

    Miss Texas And Mo'ne Davis Establish The Two Ends Of The "Throws Like A Girl" Scale

    For decades now, right or wrong, the phrase "throws like a girl" has been part of the American lexicon. I am not here to say that it's okay to use that phrase (lest I somehow alienate all of my female readers and listeners out there -- I love you all), but I'm not here to say that the phrase should ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    UT System Won't Raise In-State Tuition, So Now What?

    Students in the University of Texas system can get their education and keep (some of) their money, too. The UT System Board of Regents unanimously voted Tuesday not to raise in-state tuition at any of the system's nine institutions. According to UT spokesperson Karen Adler, the proposed tuition h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Kid at Rangers Game Pulls Smoothest Foul Ball Trick Ever (VIDEO)

    Like many of you reading this, I have a teenage daughter. She's 16, so she's slowly gaining wisdom, and is slightly cagier than her junior high years where life basically kicks you into the deep end of the emotional swimming pool and says "Here ya' go," so I'm not as concerned as I may have been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Bank Robbery Breakdown: Fresh, CT, Mikey Poo, Little Kevin, Crybaby & Nine Others Headed To Prison

    How many people does it take to rob a series of Houston-area banks? More than 14, apparently, because 14 couldn't get the job in 2010 without getting caught. Yesterday the last two defendants of that ring, who had rejected plea-bargain offers in order to go to trial, got their sentences, the U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Coltivare Trying to Cultivate Community Support

    Two new establishments looking to make a positive impact in the Heights have been stymied by the same foe in the last few months: variance request issues. Both the upcoming Coltivare from Revival Market team Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera as well as the under-construction brewery Town in City Brewing wa ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    The Chicken Fried Steak of My Dreams at Tom's Burgers and Grill in Arlington

    Weirdly, there's nothing about Tom's Burgers & Grill anywhere on the Dallas Observer's website. Perhaps that's because Tom's and its charming, chrome-covered diner are in Arlington -- a bit far outside the normal expanse of coverage for our sister paper -- but considering that we routinely cover spo ... More >>

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    October 27, 2012

    Taylor Swift Visiting Houston May 16

    Now that Taylor Swift's new album Red is out, you may have noticed the recent media blitz that has brought her to the cover of Rolling Stone and a prime-time TV appearance on ABC's All Access Nashville Friday. So she might as well tour, right? The country-pop star, now one of the nation's biggest r ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    5 Most Overrated Players in College Football

    College football's media days are done, the preseason picks for top teams and players in. "And why did you pick him?" we sit here scratching our heads. A majority of these guys on this list made either Athlon Sports's first, second or third All-American teams. Please try again if you guessed M ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Playing Reliant Stadium August 4

    Rocks Off is used to seeing these kinds of announcements only around the Rodeo or at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. But two of country music's top alpha males, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, will bring their "Brothers of the Sun" tour to Reliant Stadium Saturday, August 4, promoter AEG announced today ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Texas Rangers Unveil Two-Foot Long Hot Dog Covered In Everything (w/ "Making Of" VIDEO)

    Whether it's the television show Man vs Food or our fascination with the competitive eating circuit, never has the American public been more hell bent on trying to eat its collective self into a collective coma. As new and exciting food challenges at bars and restaurants drive cholesterol and heart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Roberto Castre of Latin Bites Cafe

    Today, Latin Bites Cafe, the tiny seven-table Peruvian restaurant that received critical acclaim during its one year, five month reign in Houston's warehouse district, is having its grand re-opening to the public in its brand spanking new Memorial location (5709 Woodway Dr.). At the helm of the bri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Seven People Nearly Killed by Runaway Cart at Cowboys Stadium (w/ CRAZY Video)

    Rise of the machine.​There are certain buildings in sports that are seemingly jinxed. Since the Red Sox finally got off the World Series schneid a few years back, Wrigley Field immediately comes to mind as the current titleholder for "bad luck mecca" as the Cubs haven't made a World Series in ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Nolan Ryan Out of Hospital

    Nolan Ryan is a free man again.​Baseball great Nolan Ryan has been released from the hospital after a health scare, the Texas Rangers have announced. Ryan, 64, entered a Houston hospital yesterday after experiencing discomfort in areas that a man who has had heart bypass surgery doesn't want ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Texas High School Hockey Fight: Cheap Shots, Bloodthirsty Parents and a Broken Jaw

    The Hansen Brothers, Texas high school version​See it while you still can -- video of the incredible ending of the Texas high school hockey championship up in Dallas. (Yes, they have high school hockey here. It's a club sport, not part of the UIL.) Keller beat a team from Arlington 9-3, and ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    State Rep Introduces Antidiscrimination Legislation for Intelligent Design Proponents

    The glowing state rep Bill Zedler​A Dallas-area state representative has introduced legislation aimed at preventing anyone from discriminating against those who want to research intelligent design in Texas. Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington sponsored House Bill HB2454 because he believes that coll ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011

    Black Eyed Pleeease!: Fergie & The Gang At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Earlier this week we chronicled for you our favorite Super Bowl halftime shows, from Petty and the Who, to the Boss and the Stones. Tonight we will be live-blogging all the musical attractions from Super Bowl XLV from Dallas, er, Arlington. ​ Lined up in the next few minutes we will see Christina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Believe It Or Not, It's Time For College Basketball

    John Royal Cougars prepare to play basketball​They were just exhibition games, and they tell us that exhibition games are meaningless. They don't count in the standings. They're a chance to test game conditioning. To see how well everyone understands the offense. To see what improvements ne ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Texas Rangers: World Series Tips From A Town That's Been There

    Let a veteran city help you out, Metroplex​Tonight begins what -- to fans of the Peter Sellers movie The Mouse That Roared -- will always be known as the "so-called World Series."It (the Series, not the movie) features the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. If you wanted a Red State/Blue ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Texas Rangers vs Yankees: Who The Hell Can You Root For?

    W vs. Rudy? That's no help​The American League Championship Series, also known as the Reminder That Some Texas MLB Teams Are Still Playing, continues on.We've tried, but we can't figure out who to root for in this thing. We know who to root against -- the Rangers, and the Yankees -- but that seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    F**k You Very Much, Austin

    • Talk about buzzkill. During All Time Low's Bamboozle Roadshow performance at Six Flags in Arlington last week, amusement park security pepper-sprayed a handful of preteens who rushed the stage in a surge of prepubescent hormonal musical bliss. The band gave the security an earful of Fuck You! a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Pedicab Drivers Pedal The Lawless Downtown Frontier

    Photos by Brittanie Shey Space City Bike Cabs has the largest fleet of pedicabs in the Houston area.​Pedicab driving is a job for shisters. That much became clear to Rocks Off after just a 10-minute conversation with a driver. And during our two-hour ride along with Houston bike cabs workin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    American Idol: The "Big D" Stands For Dull

    ​Last night's American Idol took the auditions to Dallas (or, more accurately, Arlington) for the sixth open-call episode of the season to date. The show seemed to be hold Dallas in high regard: It's where Kelly Clarkson was discovered in the first season back in 2002, so there's a sense that ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Idol Beat: Goin' Through the Big D, and Don't Mean Dallas

    ​Last night's American Idol took the auditions to Dallas (or, more accurately, Arlington) for the sixth open-call episode of the season to date. The show seemed to be hold Dallas in high regard: It's where Kelly Clarkson was discovered in the first season back in 2002, so there's a sense that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Five Guys Burgers and Fries: New Location

    ​Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which started out in Arlington, Va. more than 20 years ago, is opening another restaurant in Houston today.   The latest is at 1150 Fry Road, another one of 50 stores its parent company, TCH Restaurant Group, has planned for Houston. This one will be open 11 ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    U2 and Muse Set Lists from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Monday

    Pete Freedman/ DC-9 at NightIndependence Day in Arlington? Nah, just U2's ginormous 360 "Claw" stage.​ It's a little less than 36 hours and counting until U2's 360 Tour stops at Reliant Stadium, and Rocks Off is starting to get excited. Really excited. Bono and the boys were in Arlington at Cowboy ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Obama Causes Kids To Miss Lifetime Dream Of Meeting Cowboys

    Photo courtesy White House Flickr group​Last week we told you about the Arlington school district, which refused to show President Obama's "stay in school" speech but was fine with busing hundreds of students to Cowboys Stadium to hear George W. Bush.It sounded odd to us, but then again we don't l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Obama, No Way. W And Some Dallas Cowboys? You Bet!

    ​Houston, whenever you worry the right-wing loons are making you look bad, take solace in this: There's always Dallas.North Texas was perhaps the country's capital of the awe-inspiring movement that kept schoolkids from hearing a president speak about staying in school. And the Dallas area played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Oklahoma Football Gets A Houston Radio Outlet; Aggies Still Out Of Luck

    ​As you'll remember from our post on 1560 The Game a few weeks ago, it was mentioned that the station was in negotiations with a Big 12 Conference school to air its football games this season. Now there was some speculation (and hope) in the comments that this team would be the Aggies. But just as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Lone Star Scorecard: "God Blessed Texas," "Dracula From Houston" and "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)"

    ​ You know the drill: every week we sift through several thousand songs (mostly) extolling the virtues of the Great State of Texas to bring you three that still manage to screw it up. And whether written by native sons or godless Yankee heathens, mistakes abound. Little Texas, "God Blessed Texas" ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    The British Isles: Texas Haggis

    Photo by Robb Walsh​In photos, canned haggis looks alarmingly like dog food. It is traditionally eaten as part of a full Scottish breakfast or as an entrée on a bed of mashed rutabagas and potatoes, which go by the cutesy names of "neeps and tatties" in Scotland. I bought a can of Caledonian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Houston Stays Alive In Bid To Host Some World Cup Games

    ​A few years ago, Houston memorably (and hilariously) pushed hard to host a Summer Olympics. It had as much chance of landing one as it did a Winter Olympics, but the effort persevered nonetheless.We seem to have a better shot, however, at seeing some World Cup (that's soccer, you xenophobes) acti ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
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    April 8, 2009

    Rumors Are Always True: U2 Hits Reliant Stadium October 14

    Just as Rocks Off suspected, U2 and Live Nation announced Tuesday evening that the Irish band's record-smashing 360 tour will stop at Reliant Stadium Wednesday, October 14, with "Supermassive Black Hole" UK space-rock trio Muse opening. Tickets for the Houston show - and, if you must, the October 12 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    If There's No Money for Textbooks in Texas Next Year Can We At Least Do Away With the State Board of Education and Its Fights?

    In Texas, the Permanent School Fund is used to pay for new textbooks each year. With the economy in the dumpster, the fund's reserves are too low to pay for new textbooks, it has been concluded by those charged with such things. This is especially a shame since the State Board of Education puts a lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Chronicle Hops On The Obama Bandwagon

    Eyebrows were raised all around Houston -- really!! We saw one!! -- when the Houston Chronicle endorsed Barack Obama for president, their first Democratic-presidential endorsement since LBJ (What, Dukakis didn't excite them?) Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith predicted that all five of the state's to ... More >>

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    March 28, 2008
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    December 13, 2007
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    September 27, 2007

    A Paean to Texas Blues in Arlington?

    Some cities are famous for their unique cultural contributions: Philly and cheesesteak. New Orleans and jazz. Arlington and…the blues. Yup, developers in Arlington want to turn some vacant land by the Rangers ballpark into a $300 million paean to Texas blues. The complex, which right now is just ... More >>

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    April 23, 2007
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    February 16, 2006
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    October 6, 2005

    Funtime Is Over

    It's the end of the road for AstroWorld

  • Film

    August 11, 2005

    Swamp Thing

    The Skeleton Key unlocks a house that's haunted by camp

  • Music

    October 28, 2004
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    September 4, 2003

    Hell on Earth

    Both sides in a Houston fight worship the same god: publicity

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    The Revelation of Jana

    Ex-Matty & Mossy singer Jana Hunter chases elusive obscurity

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

    Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Learning Curves

    Charter school scandals are teaching Texas a hard lesson -- one the state should have known fouryears and $77 million ago

  • News

    January 29, 1998

    Bush's Big Score

    Bank on it: The Rangers sale will haunt the governor's run for president in 2000

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    April 18, 1996
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