Audio and Video Devices

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Requiem For the iPod

    The year was 2002, and I was in the back of my mom's Chevy high-top. She was driving my brother to Sam's Club to pick up his new blue iPod 1st Generation. For months, I watched him listen to Papa Roach and moody pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne as he sat in his bedroom lifting his 8-pound dumbbells -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Your Guide To The Best Sunday Football Specials in Houston

    Football is back and we couldn't be more thrilled! Here's to a great season, especially for the Texans (but also for some other players because at the time of publication we have not yet had our Fantasy Football draft so we really don't know who we want to do well yet). That being said, we plan on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Rap-Metal is Back...and It's Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Comcastic: Having the Xfinity X1 Installed and Living to Tell About It

    I have Comcast at my house. I know, I know. It wasn't my first choice, but it was all I could have at my previous abode and I like CSN Houston. Plus, I'm a masochist. For the most part, my Comcast service has been solid since I bought a new house and moved last summer. I don't complain too much, so ... 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 >>

  • 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 18, 2012

    Is It Time to Ditch Cable for Streaming Digital Video? Six Questions to Help You Decide

    Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Happy 114th Birthday to Waldo Semon, Father of Vinyl

    Yesterday, September 10, marked the 114th birthday of a man who helped introduce more people to music in the 20th Century than perhaps any other person despite never picking up an instrument or plugging in a microphone. Unless you're a serious chemistry geek, you've probably never heard of Waldo Lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Ten Television Tech Advances That Have Made Watching Sports More Interesting

    Seeing a sporting event in person is one of the more enjoyable parts of being a sports fan. From the smell of the grass to the roar of the crowd, it can be an exhilarating experience, particularly if you are fairly close to the action. On the other hand, tickets are expensive, sitting in the noseble ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 6 Live-Music Sound Systems

    It's often difficult enough to hear a great band or solo artist over the yammering of those in attendance, but it is made worse when the sound system sounds like garbage. We music lovers have often lamented the lack of decorum shown by some local music "fans" when it comes to talking during shows, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    App of the Week: U-Verse Gives You Control Over Your DVR

    App: U-Verse Platform: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Website: ATT U-Verse Price: Free I've been a U-Verse user for several years now. I left Comcast for numerous reasons and never looked back. There are certainly benefits to each and neither is perfect, but U-Verse has been great for me and ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Vinyl Gets Another Spin

    Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    7 Gifts for Your Nerdy Little Audiophile

    In a classic bit of stand up comedy, Steve Martin described his obsessive search for the best stereo system of the day. He kept adding more and more speakers until he finally reached the "google-phonic" stereo with the closest number of speakers to infinity, which, like all the rest, sounded like sh ... 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

    August 1, 2011

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Leaking 2011 Lineup On

    ​After leaking artists including Okkervil River, Odd Future, X and - most people believe - Slayer, Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest has officially begun announcing its 2011 lineup via the brand-new file-sharing/social-media hybrid Turntable FM. Fun Fun Fun began streaming songs from this year's arti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Hot Stuff: Will The Texas Heat Melt Your Vinyl LPs?

    Note: All temperatures in the following article are given in degrees Fahrenheit. Here is a helpful Celsius conversion calculator. ​You might not have noticed it lately, but outdoors, rays of this thing called "sunshine" are hitting the Earth like the planet didn't bring the Sun a sandwich wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Comcast Cable Boxes: Are They Notoriously Bad?

    Nothing to see here, move along​The mother of a friend of ours recently had to get her Comcast cable box replaced. It led to an interesting conversation, he said. My mom has been having big problems with Comcast and, apparently, repair guys have admitted that their DVR boxes have a design fla ... 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

    December 3, 2009

    DJ Hero: A Review

    ​The geniuses that first let you rock 'n' roll with guitar legends in Guitar Hero decided to bring out a new instrument for gamers to party on. This time, Activision brought out the turntables for their newest title, DJ Hero. Available for the Playstations 2 & 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, DJ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    A Third Ward Pawnshop iPod and the Mysterious Fate of Previous Owner "Scooby"

    Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.​So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    TPWD Says "Great Outdoors Day" Is Coming: How To Celebrate It With Your Teen-Ager

    Photo by marxchivistYou knew this, of course, but June 13 is National "Get Outdoors" Day. We knew this because the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department just sent out the news."As a part of the second annual GO Day, more than two dozen Texas state parks are joining federal agencies, nonprofit organi ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
  • Music

    March 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: In the Hot Seat with Eric C. Hughes from El Orbits, Freddy Steady Five, Allen Oldies Band

    Eric says he's "married with dogs." HPMA Must-See's: The Mighty Orq, Miss Leslie, Espantapajaros Your Votes: Lady D for Best Zydeco -- never heard of her. Flamin' Hellcats for Best Roots Rock Earl Gilliam for Best Blues "Most Played" Tunes in Your iPod: Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008
  • Music

    March 6, 2008
  • Calendar

    February 21, 2008

    British Television Advertising Awards

    It’s the Super Bowl for hawkers on the small screen

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Drenched In Blog: Car Stereo (Blogs)

    If anyone knows Drenched, you know we love to dance. The moves have been described by bystanders as looking something like Henry Rollins being molested by Mick Jagger, fueled by whiskey, amaretto and denim. Tonight at Boondocks, the official bar of Drenched In Blog, Austin's Car Stereo (Wars) will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    My Music Tastes Suck Now and I Couldn’t Care Less

    I was driving in my car the other day listening to “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles when it struck me that I was driving in my car listening to “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles. And that blew my mind. Back in the early `90s, once I’d grown out of my New Kids phase, I settled in ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007
  • Music

    September 27, 2007
  • News

    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads: Round and Round

    DJ Sun's turntable buying advice

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Did you hear it? The quiet little pop that happened when Apple sold the 100 millionth iPod last week? One hundred million of the high-tech mini-jukeboxes are now out there, each jammed with legally downloaded and, more importantly, supposedly illegally copied music. Along with all those iPods (most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007
  • News

    January 4, 2007


    Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Loony Zunes

    Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Not That We Don't Love the Classics...

    Think of all the money you'd save on DJs and koozies... Blame it on the train, but this weekend I was stopped in front of a lumbering mechanical beast of burden when I flipped the station and caught a throaty DJ on The Arrow spouting a promo blurb I hadn't heard before: "Like a giant iPod filled ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    May 11, 2006

    Beat Down

    This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • Calendar

    March 1, 2001

    Spin Art

    Not just deejaying anymore

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Life in the Slow Lane

    DJ Screw lived mostly for his work, as if he would have time later to celebrate his success. That time would never come.

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    X-ecutioners' Song

    Four New York turntablists redefine the art of deejaying

  • News

    April 22, 1999


    When you can't trust your partners, you're likely to get burned

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Boogie Nights

    Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin

  • Music

    November 19, 1998
  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Spun From the Underground

    How an ex-con, a would-be physicist and a kindergarten teacher helped shape Houston's DJ subculture

  • News

    February 27, 1997
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