If this weather's got you interested in curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good book, you're in luck. Sinecure Books has just put out a great one: photographer Peter Beste's Houston Rap, a years-in-the-making picture book detailing the locals and locales that have defined the city's h ... More >>
Note: To go along with this year's "Turkeys of the Year" Houston Press cover story, Rocks Off presents our choice -- the aborted screenings of Kanye West's "New Slaves" video on the sides of several Houston buildings, including the Rothko Chapel. This article was written by Nathan Smith. For the pa ... More >>
Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>
Rare is the Texans home game that I am not in attendance in person at Reliant Stadium. In seven seasons of covering the team, I can count on one hand how many games I've missed and had to watch on television instead, and I believe the most recent one was the Texans 43-13 win over what eventually b ... More >>
Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall and HISD itself got happy, happy news Tuesday when U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison dismissed all claims against them filed by Gil Ramirez Group and Gil Ramirez Jr. in late 2010. In the lawsuit, Ramirez and his firm had alleged that Eva Jackson of RHJ-J ... More >>
Beset by federal budget cuts, no written history and a general lack of recognition, the Alabama-Coushatta try to learn a different way of being indian.
Every year in early October, chef Hugo Ortega begins decorating his restaurant, Hugo's, for one of the most important holidays in Mexico: Dia de los Muertos. Papier maché skeletons hang from the chandeliers in the dining room. Bright, fluffy tissue-paper flowers poke out from behind light fixtures ... More >>
All the events of the spookiest season of the year.
Aokify America Tour Feat. Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka & Borgore Bayou Music Center October 16, 2013 "Is the turn-up real tonight Houston, or what?!" That was the question posed by Israeli DJ/Producer Borgore in the middle of his extensive EDM set Wednesday night in Downtown Houston. For those who atten ... More >>
When someone is involved in a car accident, there is a certain etiquette to how you treat the story. On Saturday night, former Duke/Chicago/New York/Orlando/Laker point guard Chris Duhon was involved in a car accident inside an Orlando parking garage. Well, it wasn't so much an accident as it was a ... More >>
>Man douses self with liquid from a gas can in front of Exxon building.
Over the last couple of days, we've looked at some Houstonians' best concerts and experiences from Numbers over the course of its 35-year history. Its legacy as a center of the excellent local gothic-music scene, as well as a unique size and scope that attracts an impressive array of touring acts, h ... More >>
The fifth annual UtopiaFest wrapped up in the early hours of Sunday morning, and after a super successful weekend of music and revelry, we have all made it back to society ready -- actually, not so ready -- to take on the week. Four Sisters Ranch, the beautifully wooded Texas Hill Country venue just ... More >>
Marc Anthony Toyota Center September 5, 2013 Some call it re-invention. Others label it a mid-life crisis. But whatever it is that Marc Anthony is going through, he's making it look damn good! With a new platinum album and hit single to his credit, and a new girlfriend on his arm, the 44-year-old N ... More >>
Full disclosure: I've never sifted through someone else's garbage, and I've never acquired any piece of my furniture by snagging it from the end of someone's driveway after they've thrown it out. But to each their own, and if you've done this before, hey, as Tony Soprano would say, "Ya do whatcha ... More >>
The story of Tim Samaras and the largest tornado ever documented.
On Tuesday, the Texans made their final set of moves to get down to 75 players before they head up to Dallas on Wednesday for the game Thursday night, placing wide receiver Alec Lemon on the injured reserve list and placing nose tackle David Hunter and wide receiver Mike Smith on waiver/injured rese ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! NO JOB, NO COMMITMENT Dear Willie D: I've been seeing this guy I met through mutual friends ... More >>
In the wake of the unexpected death of longtime Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw at the age of 58, a memorial evening of soft tunes, stories, and food is planned at the landmark Houston nightclub on Saturday. Doors will open at 8 p.m. to soft music and catering from the nearby Michelangelo's. A sho ... More >>
LaToya Ruby Frazier's photographs detail the personal loss when a city falls apart.
Sigh no more, my friends. You, too, can drink like a rock star. Or a banjo player. Mumford and Sons announced Sunday that they're creating their own ale to be served when they stop over in Lewes, England on their Gentlemen of the Road tour later this year. The bandmates put their heads together, n ... More >>
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 11, 2013 While there have been numerous personnel changes over the years for both Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company, the songs were still there Thursday at the Woodlands Pavilion. That's all that mattered. It was a night of drunken sing ... More >>
As a baseball player, history will look back at pitcher Kris Benson as just another overpaid, oft injured blip on the starting pitcher radar screen. With a career record of 70-75 and a career ERA of 4.42, along with career earnings in excess of $39 million, on the field and in the wallet there's v ... More >>
Geto Boys House of Blues July 4, 2013 Just a month ago, the Geto Boys were scheduled to perform at the fifth annual Free Press Summer Festival. Black-and-white billboards had been plastered all over town for months, depicting the Houston-based trio of misfits turned hip-hop icons. Underneath the th ... More >>
The Geto Boys' performance at this year's Free Press Summer Festival was fun and all, but there's no question something was missing. Namely, a sawed-off, fun-loving sociopath by the name of Bushwick Bill, the diminutive, one-eyed rapper and dancer who's been an indelible element of the group's off-k ... More >>
It was a sad day for many when the demolition machines hit Ruggles Grill on Westheimer this past October. The restaurant, a popular destination in the '80s and '90s, had been closed since February 2012, unable to recover after workers staged a walkout on the chef and owner, Bruce Molzan, alleging no ... More >>
To hear others tell it, Houston is the fattest city in America. It's the ugliest. It's the most mosquito-ridden, hellishly hot metropolis in the country. All of these people who don't live here and know nothing about us sure can't keep our name out of their mouths. Where I come from, we call those ... More >>
Aaron Hernandez is now a former New England Patriot, former in every sense of the word having been scrubbed clean from the team's website and having his replica jersey the target of a "free exchange" campaign where Pats fans can swap out their "81 HERNANDEZ" joints for a comparable current Patriot's ... More >>
According to the mother of his 17-month-old son, Houston rapper Preemo is coming around and talking after suffering an abdominal gunshot wound sometime overnight Monday. Robin Aaron, Preemo's girlfriend, told Rocks Off Monday that the rapper is stable and had undergone surgery for a bullet wound fr ... More >>
Hearts are heavy in the Houston blues community tonight as word spreads that 85-year-old Texas Johnny Brown, one of the classiest acts on the scene and the author of Bobby Bland's epic "Two Steps From the Blues," has passed. Brown's son Shawn had been handling his father's care, and he tweeted news ... More >>
J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>
Father's Day Weekend Saint Arnold's Tap Takeover @ The Barrel and Brew Friday-Sunday, 5 p.m. on Friday to 12 a.m. on Sunday 12720 Southwest Freeway, Stafford This weekend, The Barrel & Brew hosts a Father's Day Weekend Saint Arnold's Tap Takeover starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and ending on Sunday at ... More >>
My family and I have been Houston Texans season ticketholders since Game 1, that celebrated and gratifying franchise opener (Texans 19, Cowboys 10), and we've always taken seriously our tailgating privileges. Texans fans tailgate better than most, including the North Texas delusionals who do it u ... More >>
Who? Sama'an Ashrawi is a filmmaker, a documentarian of almost everything UGK and easily one of the few men Bun B trusts more than anything other than his shoe collection and family. Actually, Ashrawi is like family after the two befriended one another. Last fall, Ashrawi released his All Star Tribu ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? I've got to admit, the only reason I, ... More >>
Better than Ezra: Thu., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., $23. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston, 888-402-5837. Blood on the Dance Floor: Thu., Sept. 5, 6 p.m., TBA. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston, 713-862-3838. The Charlie Lucas Band: Sat., July 13, 8 p.m., $10. Cypress Saloon, 12710 Telge, Cypress, 2 ... More >>
For the past couple of weeks, the suddenly punk Kanye West has been promoting his forthcoming album "Yeezus" by projecting the video for the single "New Slaves" on 66 buildings across the globe, from Chicago to Berlin. On Friday, the word came down that Houston was next on the list: "New Slaves" wou ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Giant Battle Monster, we're fairly cer ... More >>
Jeezy Arena Theatre, May 17 A self-proclaimed hustler on the mike, the Atlanta rapper known as Young Jeezy has grown up quite a bit since his 2001 debut album dropped under the name Lil J. Rising through the ranks via his several independently released Dirty South mixtapes, he's now sittin' pretty ... More >>
In the game of "Bucket List," Johnny Manziel is officially running up the score on all of us. Over the weekend, the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback capped off a round at Pebble Beach with his parents by knocking in a birdie on 18 to break 80. About the only surprising thing about that ... More >>
You may have missed it, but no one would blame if you did because you're not alone. In March, legendary indie hip-hop group Cannibal Ox announced they were making a comeback in a big way, launching a new album, their very own record label, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund it all. The last time Ca ... More >>