Bay City

  • Culture

    April 24, 2014

    MFAH and the Menil Are Depriving Us of Local Art

    Houston museums should display some Houston art.

  • Music

    May 16, 2013

    Lights, Camera, Headaches

    The quickest way to ruin a music festival? Get actors to show up.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    UPDATED: Is ACL Festival Ignoring Houston? Does It Even Matter?

    UPDATED (Thursday, 2:50 p.m.) to reflect the Houston-area roots of a few ACL performers this year, as pointed out by reader comments. We stand by our original point, though. As most of our readers no doubt know by now, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its 2013 lineup at the stroke of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Kaylan Goodman: Her Company's Owner, Who Has a Warrant Out for His Arrest, Says 18-Year-Old Girl Is Just Fine!

    Photo Courtesy Crime StoppersKevin Davis: The company he works for is totally legit and non-sleazy, so you don't have to worry.​Although an Oklahoma woman who suddenly vanished after joining a traveling magazine sales crew was located in Illinois Wednesday night and was allowed to call family, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kaylan Goodman: Houston Area Family Looking For Woman Who Disappeared With a Magazine Sales Crew

    An Update to our Update: Kaylan is back in Bay City with her family. UPDATE: Goodman was located late Wednesday night by Fairmont City, Illinois, police, according to the Kingfisher Police Department. "We have verified her well being" through a phone conversation, the department stated. We hope to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Taking Apart Yesterday's Facebook Music Screed

    ​Yesterday, about a half-dozen of my Facebook friends forwarded a gloom-and-doom listicle from a site called Buzzfeed entitled "12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music." Now up to over one million hits, the doom-and-gloom piece is subtitled "This is the saddest thing you'll read a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Football! The Weekend's Best Bets (w/ Token Palin & Brown Hand Guy Videos)

    Still dreaming of Glen?​In the quest to have my posts appear in the list of most viewed, certain weekly topics that I do have a ceiling. For example, this Friday post during football season where I give my best bets likely only appeals to a certain degenerate segment of society (despite how am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Detroit Leanin': Who Is The Best Motor City Artist Ever?​Some places breed music. Due to sheer size, any big city will produce its fair share of talented musicians, and some - Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago - seem to have music in the water supply. But none, arguably, more than Detroit: John Lee Hooker, the Motown dias ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Expansion of Bay City Nuke Plant Abandoned

    Josh HarkinsonNo expansion at Bay City.​The ambitious plan to double the size of the South Texas Nuclear Project, already in trouble over cost concerns, has been abandoned "as a result of the ongoing nuclear incident in Japan," its owner announced today. NRG Energy, owner of the plant, said " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Japanese Nuke Disaster Might Stop Texas Expansion

    STNP, with a rainbow​Financial analysts are predicting that the series of nuclear accidents resulting from the Japanese earthquake will put an end to plans to expand the South Texas Nuclear Plant in Bay City, 90 miles southwest of town. The energy company NRG had ambitious plans to double STN ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Paul Nolen May: Now It's the Teacher Calling in Threats to the School

    Matagorda County SOPaul Nolen May: He doesn't like Mondays?​The life of a substitute teacher is difficult, as anyone who remembers torturing subs in school can well imagine. But perhaps -- just perhaps -- students pulled one "Mike Hunt" or "Dick Hertz" roll-call prank too many with Paul Nolen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    KTRU Color Chart Shows Local Radio's Dull Future

    Brittanie Shey​Every time it seems like the story of the controversial Rice-University of Houston deal to sell Rice student station KTRU's over-the-air facilities to U of H is slowing down a little, it always gets a little more interesting. Most recently, the activist group Friends of KTRU fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    (No) Surprise: White Stallion Coal Plant Approved By Texas' Air Watchdog

    TCEQ says "Great!!" to controversial coal plant​Matagorda County elected officials didn't want it. Local citizens vigorously protested against it. Clean-air advocated spent gobs of time and money trying to fight it, warning that the proposed While Stallion coal-fired plant would cripple Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Texans-Cowboys Isn't Until Sunday, Spend Your Saturday Morning Cleaning The Beaches

    Do it for the crabs.​Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, thousands of Texans across the 367 miles of state coastline will take to the sand, gloves on and plastic bags in hand. Call it a goodbye and thank you to summer, and hello fall.Groups will be gathering at 28 sites at 9 a.m. for the annual Adopt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    ACL Fest Releases Schedule; Adds Black Lips, Silversun Pickups via FlickrBrand-new ACL 2010 adds The Black Lips​The Austin City Limits Music Festival released the schedule grid for this year's gathering in Zilker Park Oct. 7-9. The festival also added several bands, including Atlanta garage-punks (and recovering exhibitionists) the Black Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    A Weird Pop Heaven Via Bay City's "Happy Radio"

    ​Along Rocks Off's various Texas travels, we almost never listen to an iPod or compact discs anymore. Anything we could pop in wouldn't match the rhythm of the road; the Stooges or Metallica don't really jive with Highways 59, 71 or 77. In today's world of satellite radios, streaming tunes on your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    A Nuclear Error, But I Have No Fear

    ​ Things we learned today: There was a "blast" at the South Texas Nuclear Plant in Bay City.Not to worry, though. A nuclear-plant blast can have "no environment impact," is the second thing we learned. Generally, putting the words "nuclear" and "blast" together would indicate to us some type of en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Same Crap, Different County: Another Small Texas Town Overpunishes Another Piddly Drug Offender

    Photo courtesy DEAA lot more crack than Melvin Johnson had​Think 35 years for a brick or so of pot is bad?Try this one on for size... In a case one local defense attorney has said showed "shades of Tulia," a Bay City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing 1.3 grams of crack.Melvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Still Not Sold On SXSW? How About Smokey Robinson, High On Fire, She & Him, Band Of Horses, Drive-By Truckers, Deer Tick, Anya Marina, Black Angels, Major Lazer...

    Today the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival announced their showcase schedule for the music portion of the industry fest starting on March 17. This is the news Rocks Off has been looking for, so let's get it on. We are now one month away from Sixth Street and one of the world's biggest conglome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Matagorda

    The Sunday drive. Sometimes it's more about the trip than the destination, y'know? Texas Traveler needed to get out of town for the day. We didn't know where, just someplace new. Someplace different. We looked at a map and picked a place. Matagorda? Why not.View Larger MapWe took 59 out there, becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Friday Night Lights, Houston Style: The Difference Between High School Football In Texas And Pennsylvania

    Photos by Paul Knight​Hair Balls traveled to a high school football game this weekend with a native Pennsylvanian to see how high school football in that state matches up against high school football in Texas. We went to Rosenberg to watch a Saturday night match up between the B.F. Terry Ran ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Aftermath: The Jones Family Singers at the Rothko Chapel

    Barnett Newman's "Broken Obelisk," dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., outside the Rothko Chapel/ Image by A D Forman Note: Because Monday's performance was a religious service, no photography was allowed. Thanks to Monday's MLK Day and Tuesday's inauguration, among other reasons, Aftermath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Tonight: Still More MLK/Obama Celebrations

    Bishop Fred A. Jones & the Jones Family Singers Rocks Off doesn't mind telling you he's been on a high from MLK Day and the impending inauguration for a while now - since he broke out U2's The Unforgettable Fire and cranked it Saturday morning, pretty much - and the euphoria only seems to be inc ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    A Whole Lot of HEB Stores Are Now Open

    We just got a release from HEB that proudly declares the company "leads retailers in number of stores re-opened in the greater Houston region." Is that smack-talking? We dunno. Sounds a little bit like it. Full list after the jump:

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Hurricane Ike's First Victim Classier Than Edouard's

    When Tropical Storm Edouard threatened Galveston, the Grand 1894 Opera House had to cancel Tuna Does Vegas. With Hurricane Ike now looming in the Gulf, the Opera House has announced it's canceling Saturday night's performance by Steve Tyrell, the jazzy, Texas-born singer. So in terms of losses inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Texas Johnny Brown to Play Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Texas Johnny Brown, the author of Bobby Blue Bland’s hit “Two Steps from the Blues” and one of Houston’s last surviving links to the Duke/Peacock Records era, has been selected to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s “Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food and Wine” program next ... More >>

  • Music

    April 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    This Just In: Get Ready for iFest

    The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008

    Weekend Music: Skyrocket!’s in Flight

    Promising “if Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon started a cover band, this would be it,” Austin’s Skyrocket! has been a sensation in the Capital City since forming in 2003 as K-Tel Hit Machine. Consisting of several seasoned Austin music veterans – Ben Hotchkiss, Kyle Crusham and Paul English of t ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Cold Case

    Woman found dead 17 years ago in Manvel remains unidentified

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Jones Family Singers

    9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899

  • News

    March 9, 2006

    Bring It On

    Why Houston should want a nuclear power plant

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Buck Off

    Bar X feeds the deer - and gets fed up with lawsuit threats

  • Film

    November 11, 1999

    Glossed Over

    Anywhere But Here treats a mother-daugther relationship like kid stuff

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Buffalo Bill

    Legislation would cut citizens out of the process

  • News

    August 13, 1998

    Of Life and Death

    While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome Houston murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers is trying to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry

  • News

    December 5, 1996

    In The Rough

    In its quest for a Municipal golf course, Lake jackson learned a valuable lesson: Never buy land without checking it out first. Unfortunately, the lesson came six years too late.

  • News

    March 28, 1996

    The Brother Graham (Part II)

    Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true

  • Music

    June 8, 1995
  • News

    May 25, 1995

    Do As I Say, Not As I Sue

    HL&P grabs for all the billions it can while it can