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  • Film

    May 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Where To Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

    Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Your Local Black Friday/Record Store Day Shopper's Guide

    Historically speaking, Black Friday is a phrase synonymous with discount hand-mixers and 5 a.m. tramplings at the local Walmart. By definition alone -- so not hip. And while all of you normal folks -- who would rather pay the extra $50 for a PS4 over pitching a tent in the shantytown that accumulate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Fat Tony Remains Houston's Smart Ass Black Boy On New Album

    On Monday, Houston's affable, not-really-overweight rap superfriend Fat Tony gave his Smart Ass Black Boy album (out next Tuesday, June 11) to National Public Radio and thus the rest of the world's open consumption and pre-purchase perusal. (Stream it here.) The last part of that statement is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Fan Direction: 5 Great Music-Video Contest Winners

    One of the latest trends I've observed in music is that almost everyone is outsourcing their videos these days, even top artists. It's much easier and cheaper to hold a fan contest, asking your fans to create videos for you, than it is to go out and shoot the video yourself on your (or your record l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    What Is the Springboard South Music Festival Anyway?

    The 2012 Springboard South Music Festival makes its debut this weekend, starting today and running through Sunday at CityCentre Houston. The event, boasting three days of music from 45 bands on two stages, is being touted by organizers as an opportunity for independent artists and musicians and educ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Black Market Syndicate: Punk Believers Rejoice With Peasants

    Black Market Syndicate are true believers. Besides releasing second album And the Peasants Rejoiced at Fitzgerald's Saturday, the Houston punk quartet is streaming it all weekend on their ReverbNation page. For the people. Produced by Street Dogs' Johnny Rioux, Peasants stands up for the powerless ... 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

    December 2, 2011

    Rocks Off Lists Our Favorite Downloads of 2011

    It's getting to be that time of year, when the temperature drops and the lists start rolling in. Read any blog, magazine or newspaper and you're bound to run across at least a handfull of year-end lists, particularly when it comes to music. We all like to talk about the stuff we like. It's just what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Top 5 Reasons Cyber Monday Is Better Than Black Friday

    To bastardize a line from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's Black Friday...again." It's that oh-so-magical time of year when the strong walk away from predawn shopping trips with armfuls of electronic goodies while the weak get treated by EMS for boot marks left by shoppers stampeding into Best Buy. Since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Musicians Can Wait: Black Friday More About Flat Screens Than Instruments

    Back in college -- yes, in the stone age -- I worked for a musical instrument store on the north side of Houston. Over the years, there were busy days where I just stood behind the counter while a line of people handed me guitars to buy without the hint of a sales push and there were days we sat in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    10 Things You Need To Grab At Black Friday Record Store Day

    While your other shopping contemporaries are slashing each others' throats at Walmart and Best Buy for $20 plasma televisions and six Blu-Ray players for $5 on Black Friday next week, why not sleep in and head up to your favorite local record store and fight other music nerds for limited edition vin ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    10 Albums Guaranteed To Blow Your Car Speakers

    G N' R: Keeping Best Buy In Business Since 1987​It started innocently enough, leaving a friend's house in the Heights, when during one of our epic air-drum solos to the Foo Fighters' "Bridge Burning," we heard the speakers on the left side of our car, a hearse-like HHR, just pop and die, reduc ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    Montrose Muffled

    Residents take sides on bar noise issue.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV: Livebloggin' the Commercials!

    Betty White enjoys a Snickers.​For someone who watches the biggest television event in America strictly for the breaks, last year was a bummer. Betty White's Snicker's ad, and the Kia commercial featuring a posse of partying toys were two standouts in a year of boring, sexist and outright dumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Musicians Will Shill Literally Anything For A Buck​This Sunday, the Super (Marketing) Bowl will enlist the help of the Prince of Darkness to target a new demographic: The Glee-ber market. With Glee's season premiere directly following the game, advertisers hope to seduce younger spectators into watching through bait like Justi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    What Is The Best Album Cover Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. ​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, Hollywood FLOSS, hasHBrown, Kyle Hubbard, Renzo, Brad Gilmore and Nash White Not Invited: Kanye, bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Space Shuttle Discovery: Five Notable Missions, For Better Or Worse

    Godspeed, Discovery​The space shuttle Discovery headed to the pad yesterday for its last trip into space.The 26-year-old craft has seen a lot in its career, some good, some bad, some odd. Here are five highlights:5. Being used as an old-folks' tour busIn 1998 Discovery took John Glenn up to space ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    The 11 Stupidest Events from the World of Music, 2009 Edition

    Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>

  • News

    December 24, 2009

    Year in Film: Rent a Wreck

    For a former video store giant, not such a blockbuster decade.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Game Time: Rating The Smack Of Mark Mangino

    ​Less than two years removed from taking home the Bear Bryant Award which goes to college football's top head coach, Kansas coach Mark Mangino's mouth is getting him in trouble. No, I'm not talking about the fifth serving of cheesecake he may or may not have had (ok, DID have) after dinner tonight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): This Edition Has A Cool Theme Song

    Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to alleviate the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's crowded conditions while welcoming a loving, loyal, possibly slobber-ridden companion into your life. Attached are the photos of your primary targets. If you or any team member are caught or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 15: Chamillionaire's Original Mixtape Messiah, or 20-Plus Ways to Dis Mike Jones

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to "You drop one track, he's still alive." - Chamillionaire, on why he ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    A Chat with Reid McGraff of a bar and grille

    Photo by Sarah Rufka​Seeing Reid McGraff at the Alden-Houston's a bar and grille -- an affable and friendly bartender, but with a certain polished bearing -- you'd never guess he'd ever tended a less elegant bar. Asked about his past positions, he mentions Hotel ZaZa, House of Blues, Warren's ... More >>

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Pump Up the Volume

    St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Five Spot: Remembering "Five Star General" Big Hawk

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to's Cribs has to be one of this generation's finest cultural achievements. F ... More >>

  • Music

    April 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Artist of the Week, San Antonio Edition: Audiotap (and Mathew Barker)

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to Like everyone else ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Last Night: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Super Bowl XLII

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers University of Phoenix Stadium February 3, 2008 Better Than: The game itself, except for that last Giants drive. Download: Stream, actually, a sample of Tom Petty’s XM Radio show “Buried Treasure” here For the past several weeks, I have had the distinct suspicio ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 4, 2007

    "Rebecca Ward / Jason Rogenes / Dan Steinhilber"

    Finesilver hosts three gallery-specific installations

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Vinyl Heads

    They're turning to needles, looking for purity

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    LCD Soundsystem, Reverend Horton Heat, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Muse, Wilco and Ghostland Observatory: Chris Gray Closes the Notebook on ACL

    Click here to see a slideshow of the weekend's action. Click here for some catty hatin' on bitches. And click here to see what our pals at the Dallas Observer were doing all weekend. My face is returning to its usual sun-deprived hue, and my legs have finally begun to forgive me, meaning ACL is ove ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    December 7, 2006

    All Dressed Up...

    PlayStation 3 has potential -- but for the moment, little else

  • News

    August 10, 2006

    The Orange Show

    Spain Colored Orange takes home four Press Music Awards

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    A Crying Shame

    RIP, Cactus Music and Video

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Black-Ass Fleas

    Are they sellouts -- or just really bad rappers?

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    Million Dollar Smile

    Paul Wall joins George Foreman in the famous Houston grill club

  • Film

    August 18, 2005

    Cherry on Top

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets a heart-on while telling wonderfully dirty jokes

  • Calendar

    November 18, 2004

    She's Got Game

    Video game vixen Morgan Webb stops by for a little X-Play

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Young Loves

    Tom Zaratti was just a lawyer of modest means, looking out for his boy. Then the revelations began.

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    College Credit

    Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
    Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
    Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Cram Shop

    A-Plus makes the money even if students don't make the grade

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    Human Nature

    Dieselboy saves the world -- or maybe just American drum 'n' bass

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    When In Doubt...

    Classic gifts

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    Will the Real Texas Musician Please Stand Up

    The land of gee-tars and fiddles

  • Dining

    November 18, 1999

    And the Survey Says...

    Local Restaurant News

  • Culture

    August 13, 1998

    Shop Art

    Sculptor Williams has a Monkey on his back

  • News

    August 22, 1996
  • Music

    March 30, 1995
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