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  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Houston's Worst Places to Get Put On Hold

    Joe V's Smart Shop is a Houston-based offshoot of one of the state's most successful brands, H.E.B., aka the H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Or, as it's known in my home, The Butt. If you're a fan of The Butt -- and really, who isn't? -- you know why it's an awesome place to shop. I don't know about you, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Weather Week: Beautiful Turkey Day on Tap as Temperatures Slowly Warm Up

    If you feel like Christmas shopping just doesn't feel right unless the weather outside is rather nippy, well you're in luck as Black Friday approaches. For the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area has seen some extremely cold weather for November. Days with highs in the 40s have pushed ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Slim Thug Takes That #BossLife to His People

    Slim Thug is riding around the city in a $100K cream-colored Bentley. In the trunk, he has multiple boxes full of "that work." Earlier in the week, Slim released his newest mixtape, Boss Life, and a week before that, he introduced the designs from his new clothing line. So "that work" consists of CD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: American Fangs, "Relentless. Mouthy. Gypsies. Dollar Menu."

    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

    December 13, 2012

    Great Savings on Turkish Fare at Nazif's, Plus FREE Bernie's Burgers

    There are too many delicious deals on the menu for us to deliver just one deals roundup this week, plus with the holidays coming we're probably all a bit overextended. So save a few bucks but impress your taste buds with today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal, good for half-off yummy Turkish fare ($ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    What Was Your Favorite Concert at The Summit?

    It must be music-venue day today. Rocks Off would like to thank Jon Harvey of Houston (@oompahead) for alerting us via Twitter to the fact that on this day in 1975, when I was a few weeks away from turning one year old, the sports and entertainment arena then known as the Summit opened in Greenway P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    For Cold and Flu Season: Which Cough Syrup Tastes Best?

    Nature Fusion had points docked for being ridiculously, outlandishly difficult to open.​General holiday stress, wildly schizophrenic weather and two weekends in a row of driving to Dallas-Fort Worth has taken its toll on me: I have a cold. It happens once a year, despite my best efforts. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    For Savvy Shoppers, Black Friday Started Last Tuesday

    If you missed out on a great deal for a humongous flat-screen television at Best Buy today, you can only blame yourself. Some folks, like Becky H., put a lot of effort into making sure they got door buster prices for televisions, computers and other big-ticket electronics. "Tuesday night we were l ... More >>

  • 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

    October 24, 2011

    Marcus Manchild: NYC Flips For UGK

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marcu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    David Allen Smith: Busted for Kiddy Porn after Wife Turns Geek Squad Loose on Computer

    He doesn't look like he'd have kiddie porn at ALL.​Marriage and a weakness for child porn. It's a combo that doesn't mix. The latest area man to find that out the hard way is 67-year-old David Allen Smith of Lufkin. Police there say Smith's vile stash came to light after his wife took thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Christmas Eve Store Hours, For All You Procrastinators

    The doors!! They are closing!!​Maybe you've got today off and are planning to do your Christmas shopping. Maybe you don't have today off, or maybe you just like putting things off to the last minute. A Friday Christmas Eve shopping trip sounds like hell to us, but if you're determined to go t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Walmart vs Best Buy: Rice Studies Why Walmart's Kicking Butt

    Best Buy might become the next Blockbuster, Rice researchers say​Walmart is going to kick Best Buy's ass this holiday shopping season, and researchers at Rice say they know why. And the stunning answer is.....prices. Though they maintained equivalent levels of overall customer satisfaction ( ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    Lamar's eLibrary

    Goodbye paper books, hello Facebook.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    The Five Most Annoying Christmas Ads

    Anyone who's watched football (or What Not to Wear, we guess) recently knows that the onslaught has begun: The horror of Christmas commercials. These heinous 30-second bits of torture can abuse viewers in several ways. Here are five of the worst. 5. Jewelry for the Meek, Submissive Weaker Sex Whet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Shop 'Til You Drop: People Already Lined Up for Black Friday

    Like Blair Witch Project, but without the death and black and white photography.​If you're wondering if it's too early to get in Black-Friday mode, no, it's not. Customers are already lining up in front of Best Buys, Targets and other popular stores for those early Friday morning openings. (Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Rockin' His Life Away, Jerry Lee Lewis Shows Signs Of Age

    ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean waited anxiously as the appointed hour neared. We'd had this feeling around this time last year as we awaited the appearance of Shane MacGowan and the Pogues. Would MacGowan die onstage, spilling his drink? Would he be so drunk he'd make a pathetic fool of himself? We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Houston Slammed By European Travel Blog: We're Boooorrring

    But...but...there's the Kemah Boardwalk!!​Among world cities, in which category does Houston rank second only to Brussels, the capital of the European Union? Tedium, at least according to the European Union-funded wiki blog OpenTravel. According to "Chili," an English-language challenged scr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Magnolia City Mixtape: Nameless Sound Kids' Classes, Runaway Sun to NYC, '59 Nash for Sale, etc.

    ​ New Year, new feature for Rocks Off. Each week we'll digest the Houston music scene's subtle notes you might not have caught in your online travels. We call it Magnolia City Mixtape. Like to hear it? Here it go. Starting today, Nameless Sound is offering free creative music classes for youths, t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 17, 2009

    I Hate the Holidays Cabaret

    Phoenix, INC. musically explores the horrendousness of the holidays

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    For Black Friday, The Top 5 Videos Set In Shopping Malls

    "Are you off your fucking meds or something?"​We at Rocks Off are a bit puzzled by the continued practice of cramming ourselves into local malls on "Black Friday," or whatever we're calling the day after Thanksgiving this year (we perfer to remember it as a Megadeth song). Wasn't online shoppi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Does Anyone Care About Super Tuesdays Anymore? Besides Us?

    ​Time was that Tuesdays used to be the best day of the week for your average recorded-music consumer. Since Rocks Off was just a wee music nerd, Tuesdays were his favorite days of the week because it was always the universal day for all new releases to hit the stores. It started with begging our p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Branch Water Tavern: The Best New Restaurant Not Open Yet?

    ​Branch Water Tavern at 510 Shepherd will be a new American tavern with outstanding whiskeys, microbrewery beers and one of the hottest chefs in the city behind the stove. CIA grad David Grossman used to cook at Gravitas and Reef. Before that, he worked with the legendary Alfred Portale at Got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Turning the Screw: J-Dawg, DMX, Birdman/Weezy, Kelis/Nas, Weezy/Obama, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Geto Boys 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. Single of the Week: J-Dawg, "Never" Wire To Wire Did you know that it costs $240,000 to impersonate an FBI agent? DMX does. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Hightower High Broadcast Academy Scores Another Grant

    This past January, when the Houston Press awarded its first-ever MasterMinds Awards to three local groups showing cutting edge creativity and determination, one of the recipients of a $2,000 check from us was the Hightower High School's Broadcast Academy, headed up by Ted Irving, the media academy c ... More >>

  • Music

    March 5, 2009
  • News

    January 1, 2009

    The Stars of HISD

    "Prominent" takes on new meaning

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Gazing Ahead into 2009, Part 1

    Can 50 Cent come back? Find out in February... As another year closes, our thoughts turn to the next 12 months and the musical treasures they stand to offer. Who knows if a small band from Cleveland playing a gig in the back of a pool hall tonight will be selling out Warehouse Live this ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Houston's Child-Porn-Lovin' Attorney Arrested Again

    Man, the Christmas season really blows for disbarred attorney Tom Zaratti.First, on Christmas Eve 2003, he was arrested for possession of child pornography, which ultimately led to a ten-year, $10,000 sentence. But while fortune smiled in the form of early parole, the anti-Christmas spirit came back ... More >>

  • Music

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Chinese Democracy Not Exactly Flying Off the Shelves

      Photos by Craig Hlavaty For curiosity's sake, Rocks Off drove over to the Galleria-area Best Buy at 5133 Richmond yesterday afternoon to see if Guns 'N' Roses' new album, Chinese Democracy, was flying off the shelves. This record has taken over thirteen years to come out. Thirteen years ago ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Slideshow: Things that Took Less Time than Chinese Democracy

          As many of you no doubt know by now, what passes for Guns 'N' Roses these days did the unthinkable Sunday and released Chinese Democracy (available exclusively at Best Buy), disappointing thousands of critics who are going to have to think of some other metaphor for something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Maxim Magazine Readers: The Uncoolest Boys Around

    So…it’s come to my attention that Maxim decided to come up with a list of the unsexiest women alive, and this list included Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Winehouse and Sandra Oh (because of her supposedly “boyish” figure…yeah, that’s right). This list came out five months ago, so it’s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Nickelback DVD Collection! Yeah!!

    Don't know what to do with all those unused Best Buy and Circuit City gift cards left over from the holidays? Why not pick up Nickelback’s new Ultimate Video Collection DVD, in stores today? Not only will you get 12 videos of some sort of mentally challenged Jesus impersonator belting out lyrics a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2007

    Fighting Tech with Tech: Red-light Camera Detectors Soon Available in Houston

    Yo, leadfoot! Listen up, if you’re one of the 111,000 numbskulls who got nailed in the last year by Houston’s increasingly ubiquitous red-light cameras. You can go on paying those $75 tickets, or you can make an investment. Next month, Best Buy and Circuit City are slated to begin stocking the ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2007


    Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod

  • News

    November 23, 2006

    Midnight in the Garden of PS3

    Camping out at Best Buy with gamers -- and entrepreneurs

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2006
  • News

    September 14, 2006
  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Reliantly Unhelpful

    The abyss of customer service gets deeper

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Told You So

    Racket gets his gloat on

  • Music

    May 5, 2005

    Cowboy Mouth

    Friday, May 6, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak Drive, 713-862-3838.

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Video Selection

    Cactus Music and Video

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Drastic Unilateral Action

    Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?

  • Music

    June 19, 2003

    A Prickly Pair of Problems

    Cactus Music and Video battles to keep its marquee and to get the Eagles on its shelves

  • Music

    November 21, 2002

    The Wreck of the Record Rack

    Another local music institution bites the dust

  • Music

    February 12, 1998

    Quadruple Weird

    "Experimental" doesn't quite describe Flaming Lips' Zaireeka

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