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  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Houston Roller Derby Lands Spot in International Division 1 Playoffs

    If you've never seen a Houston Roller Derby match, you are missing a spectacle. It is one of the more intense and fun events you could attend. And now the all stars of Houston Roller Derby will get to test their skills against the best flat track competitors in the world at the Women's Flat Track De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Houston Increasing its Walkability

    By now you know all about Houston's branding as a walkable city. Yes, we mean humid, cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk-in-the-summer Houston. We walk here, well, "tentatively" at least. According to a recent study by the coalition Smart Growth America (Houston Tomorrow's David Crossley is the president o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Houston Ranks Low in Health, Fitness Survey (But We're Better Than Dallas!)

    It might be all that BBQ, the late-night bar hopping, or the fact it just makes more sense to drive wherever you have to go (we really wish we had the adventurous spirit of you daily bicycle riders), but Houston recently ranked not too far from the bottom of the American Fitness Index. The report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    The Reckless Abandon of "New Age Flake" Lydia Loveless

    Lydia Loveless is animalistic. She's fickle and she's wild. Sometimes, the Ohio-bred farm girl is charming and almost vulnerable -- but that "purr" is almost always closely trailed by a razor-sharp hiss. Her contradictions don't end there; Loveless' powerhouse voice and lyrical insight also defy he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Report Puts Houston Among Big Cities Closing Schools Serving Communities of Color

    A coalition of grass-roots community groups has included the Houston Independent School District in its report this month about school closings that disproportionately affect communities of color. While Houston among the cities with triple digit closings like Detroit, New York and Chicago, it did m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Texans Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar Once Wrestled a Bear

    When Bill O'Brien was assembling his staff that would lead the Houston Texans into the new post-Kubiak frontier, it was widely assumed he would bring in entirely his own staff, and truth be told, he would've been completely justified in doing so. I mean, 2-14 is 2-14. Clean house. Nobody would've h ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Reckless Kelly: "You Don't Want to Play the Same Songs"

    If you're one of the people jumping on that "Austin isn't cool anymore" bandwagon, you probably don't want to mention that to brothers Willy and Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly. The band will be roaring into Houston Friday night to push their latest album, Long Night Moon, which dropped last week. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Dynamo's Home Touch Fading with Loss To Red Bulls

    The Dynamo have seen some cold spells in their time in Houston, but their current situation is ridiculous. They are 0-3-1 in their last four matches, and have been outscored 12-2. Now as bad as that last figure looks, it could be much worse. If you don't include Sunday's home loss to the New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    For Valentine's Day: A Few Musical Bone-Zone Bummers

    Today the Internet is awash with song suggestions to help you get your honeys into a sexin' mood, but I've collected some stories from completely real people that I in no way made up to serve as a warning that your Valentine's playlist has got to be foolproof. I've chosen four to prove that with on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Top 10 Most Outrageous Onstage Incidents, Antics & Meltdowns

    Everyone has their meltdown moments, no doubt about it. We make mistakes and, most of the time, we try to correct them. We have them because we are all human. Unfortunately, though, when you are in the spotlight, your hurts, tantrums, mistakes and meltdowns are all magnified for all the world to se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Houston Led Nation in Population Growth in Last Decade, Rice Finds

    Rice U video No city in America grew more in population in the last decade than Houston, a Rice study said today. And if you don't believe it, they put out the slick video above to erase any doubt. Houston added 1,231,393 residents between 2000 and 2012, the study of census figures said; the next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    For Vancouver: The Top 10 Sports Riots

    twitpic/Chris WaltsNot bad, Vancouver, but you got some work to do​Oh, behave, Vancouver. Last night, a number of poor sports, distraught by the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, went all kung fu on the British Columbia city. By past standards, Van ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Bedbugs in Houston: Hey, We Ain't Too Bad

    Probably from Dallas.​Anytime there's a list involving annoying bugs or pests, you expect Houston to be making a bold bid for the title. But exterminator giant Terminix has just released its list of the worst bedbug-infested cities in America, and Houston isn't on it. We don't make the top 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Houston Dogs Worst In Country For Attacking Mail Carriers

    Probably lives in Houston​It's hard out there for a Houston mail carrier -- if the heat doesn't get you, the dogs probably will. The United States Postal Service has put out its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for dog attacks, and coming in at the top USPS says 62 Houston lett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    The End Of The Ocean: No Singers, No Fear Of Caligula

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. The End of the Ocean on Facebook​Let's be very clear about something. As a singer Rocks Off is not in favor of instrumental rock music. Reb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Fried Chicken from Kroger

    ​It is one of life's truly great pleasures to find something delicious in an unexpected place. The best meal of my life was found a few years back at a small Japanese restaurant in a non-descript strip mall on the edge of the Columbus, Ohio suburbs. It was wonderful food, beautifully prepared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Brew Blog: Great Lakes Brewery's Dortmunder Gold

    ​Listening to Wait, Wait ...Don't Tell Me on NPR a few weeks ago, a caller from Cleveland was challenged to come up with something positive about his city. After a long silence that drew plenty of laughs, he said, "Great Lakes beer." The Cleveland-based brewery is definitely one of many reaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Cowboy From Hell: Dimebag Darrell's Best Guitar Solos​This blog is stupid, because Rocks Off - this member at least - loves everything that Pantera did. In turn, that means we like everything that the Texas metal gods' late guitarist, Metroplex-bred "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, did. But still, let's look back and some of the best solo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Sarah Palin's New Show: Houston Blessed Enough To Get Sneak Preview

    Saah Palin having some "flippin' fun"​If you've been moping around saying you have nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, relax. You now officially have a reason to offer gratitude. There are a whole bunch of cities in the United States, right? (Yes, right.) Well, there are only eight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Columbus: Five Little-Known, And Possibly Inaccurate Facts About Him

    Columbus: Amerigo Vespucci's a pimp​Why are you at work? It's Columbus Day!!It is only rampant anti-Italianism that prevents Houstonians from getting a three-day weekend to celebrate the guy who was among the first dozen or so people to discover America.Columbus, of course, is a misunderstood figu ... More >>

  • Music

    October 7, 2010
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    September 14, 2010

    Sexiest Cities: Don't Get Too Excited, Houston

    Houston;'s hot, but not as hot as....Bakersfield?​Men's Health has found, once again, a surefire way to get mentioned in a bunch of cities who otherwise wouldn't pay it much mind: It's come up with a list of the nation's sexiest cities.How? By, it claims, examining condom sales, birth rates and ST ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Lower Dens' Jana Hunter On Vulgarity, Exercise And '70s Housing

    Ed. Note: Sometime Press contributor Tex Kerschen of Indian Jewelry spoke with former Houstonian Jana Hunter last week, before her new Baltimore-based band Lower Dens' show at Walter's this Saturday. ​Rocks Off: What is a "lower den"? Jana Hunter: The deeper echelons of the dragon's hovel, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Credit Cards: Houstonians Have Three, And Owe $5,300 On Them

    What about a Costco card? Is that okay?​If you're a Houstonian, you have three credit cards in use, and you have a total debt of $5,328.Many Houstonians right now are going "I wish," we're sure.But the financial firm Experian insists it's so, after a study that looked at credit card use in big cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Wicked: Back Stage Where All Sorts of Things Are Flying About

    The Hobby Center is far better than the Music Hall​An enormous dragon hung over the front of the Hobby Center's stage yesterday -- it took 10 hours of work to reassemble it and place it there on Monday.Below, workers were stringing cable, putting hardware and software into its final places, all pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Top 10 Last Words By Famous Musicians

    ​Musicians tend to be a mouthy lot. It takes a certain kind of soul to want and express your own inner world to the outer world at large. So when the time comes for them to shuffle off this mortal coil, they often have some very interesting exit lines... 10. Ludwig Van Beethoven, "Friends a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    How Many Times Will Otters Delay Houston Flights Before Something Is Done?

    ​If we had a nickel for everytime we had to write an "Otter Delays Flight At Bush Intercontinental" story, we' able to buy whatever costs five cents these days. (Answer: A shiny new nickel. Or an old one.)But believe us -- we are going to be keeping an eye on this disturbing trend. It may no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Man Comes Around: Top Ten Big-Deal Musical Deaths of the Decade

    ​This past decade saw the passing of an innumerable amount of musical icons and pioneering giants. Not only did we lose the second coolest Beatle, but we lost two of the best dancers and performers the world will ever see. Punk rock and metal saw some of their best and brightest lights get snuffed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Our Ten Favorite Performances at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    Photos by Marc Brubaker/ Click here for slideshows from Day 1 and Day 2Times New Viking​ If there's anything that Aftermath truly loves about music (outside of watching talented people create outstanding art), it's the innate propensity the medium possesses to bring people together. There is somet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    SXSW: Working Out At The Music Gym

    At 1 a.m. Thursday (aka this morning), we peddled under IH-35 to the Music Gym to catch some Psychedelic Horseshit inside. Their fractured and jagged lo-fi pop is a schizophrenic mash of freak-folk and electric expanse. The Columbus, Ohio, band played musical instruments, with the bassist going back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Houston Pavilions: the Reviews Are In, And They're Not Good

    The Houston Pavilions, downtown's new, three-block $107 million retail/office project  is being called disappointing and "oddly retrograde" in the new issue of Cite, the quarterly journal of the Rice Design Alliance. Meanwhile, on Cite's blog, another prominent critic is saying the project lack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Aftermath: Rascal Flatts at RodeoHouston

    Anyone who thought that '80s-style power ballads had long gone away with Kurt Cobain's green sweater and Crystal Pepsi is dead wrong. They are kept alive, nightly, by Columbus, Ohio's Rascal Flatts. Bundled-up couples of all ages walked hand-in-hand, and apple-lotion-scented gangs of teen girl ... More >>

  • 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

    August 12, 2008
  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Bow Wow

    Advice from Shad Gregory Moss

  • Calendar

    November 22, 2007

    Psychedelic Horseshit

    Columbus threesome offers up dancey, non-crappy, shoegazer rock

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    Zestfully Lame

    "Houston? Let's name the town Adventure!" H-town and the surrounding areas have been making all kindsa' lists lately, what with Sugar Land being named a Great American Town, and Houston surprisingly nabbing the title of the third skinniest city in the country. But that's all fuzzy math as far as ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005

    He's So Klute

    Tom Withers drops his drum 'n' bass on Clark's

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Chefs Rule!

    If you can't stand the sight of lopped-off digits and the smell of your own flesh burning, get out of the kitchen

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Yin and Yang

    The killing of Dimebag Darrell rains on Michael Haaga's Continental Club Plus and Minus Show parade

  • Dining

    August 12, 2004

    Marinara Monopoly

    Has Amerigo's been resting on its "best restaurant in The Woodlands" laurels too long?

  • News

    May 13, 2004
  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    The Evolution Control Committee

    Plagiarythm Nation (Creations/Seeland)

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    Short Stuff

    Seize your three minutes of fame

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Pop Goes the Bastard

    Unlike the UK, Houston resists the urge to commit plagiarhythm

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Where Will They Be?

    A look at the rock scene in 2020

  • News

    May 7, 1998

    Parting Shot

    Almost 25 years ago, graphics man Alan Berrent took Hustler "into the pink." Before he dies, he wants to make amends.

  • News

    May 15, 1997
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