• Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Pearland Crawfish Festival, Sleigh Bells, etc.

    Quiet Company Warehouse Live, April 4 Quiet Company are quickly becoming Houston's favorite Austin band, which must make Bob Schneider's crew a little nervous. It's was hard not to get swept up in the dapper five-piece's symphonic rock in the grand tradition of The Who or ...Trail of Dead ("You, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Texas Women Keep State Respectable In 2014 Pazz & Jop Poll

    To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., thank God for Texas women. Houston native Beyonce, whose surprise eponymous album was released after many writers had already turned in their 2013 best-of list, and Lindale's Kacey Musgraves -- whose Same Trailer Different Park was a thoughtful and tuneful counterpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Alexis Hollada, Doomistress of Project Armageddon

    Who? Better known as Doomistress Alexis, Hollada plays bass and sings in the excellent doom-metal act Project Armageddon. Tides of Doom was a stripped-down, droning masterpiece that was capable of scorched-Earthing the soul of a listener into a personal wasteland. Though her voice is unforgettable, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Cover Story: Another Cop Molests a Teen Explorer, Central Texas DA Claims

    A month ago, the Houston Press brought you an in-depth story chronicling how cops nationwide have molested dozens of teenage police cadets who had enrolled in the Explorer Program, which is chartered through Boys Scouts of America subsidiary Learning for Life. As if to drive home the veracity of ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Texan Sails Across Atlantic to Mark a U.S. Government "Cover-Up" of the USS Liberty Incident (Update)

    Courtesy of Jean Garst(From L to R) Larry Toenjes, Sherry and Joe Wagner aboard their 39-foot sailboat.​Larry Toenjes was living a pretty nice life in Clear Lake Shores, Texas with his wife Jean Garst. Then, in April, the 74-year-old retiree decided that he would ditch his comfy existence to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Tambreshia Laqua Jackson: HPD Let Alleged Teen Mom-Killer Have Her Baby Before Arresting Her

    Had her baby then turned herself in.​Sixteen-year-old Tambreshia Laqua Jackson shot her mother to death in 2009, but by the time police figured out she'd done it, she was eight months pregnant. "It was agreed by HPD, the Harris County District Attorney's Office and Jackson that she would turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Top 5 Local Ideas: The Gift of Lone Star Deliciousness

    Looking to spread Texas-size cheer to friends and family out of state? Need a universally appealing present for employees or clients? Below are five suggestions for food gifts chock full of local flavor and appeal. The "DJ Special." Original BBQ Sauce, Jalapeño Garlic BBQ Sauce, Heavy Garlic BBQ Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Brian Joseph Bentley: Giant Sex Offender Tries, Fails To Fly Under Radar

    Galveston County SOBrian Joseph Bentley: Single and "flirty"​Brian Joseph "Bubbers" Bentley is a big guy, and perhaps it's because he carries close to 400 pounds on his 6-foot frame that police tracked him down Sunday at Galveston County's Mainland Hospital, where he had gone to seek treatment for ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 2010

    Job Market Blues

    So bad you'd put up with an (allegedly) masturbating boss?

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Texas' Youth Prisons Among The Worst For Sexual Abuse, Study Finds

    ​The Texas Youth Commission can't seem to stop its staff members from raping young inmates locked up at state facilities, according to a recently released federal report that paints the state agency as one of the worst in the country.The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted the investiga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Fruitcake: Doorstop or Delicacy?

    ​If somebody gives you a fruitcake for Christmas, do you use it as a doorstop or save it until next year and re-gift it to someone you don't like? Ever heard the ingredients compared to the population of California? Such are the usual jokes involving the dreaded, fruit-and-nut-studded holiday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Sex, Murder & Land: A Long, Long Court Case May Be Coming To A Close

    On April 7, the 14th Court of Appeals just might have brought closure to one of the longest-running and ugliest land disputes in modern Texas history. The case of Theresa Elizabeth Trojacek and Ronald David Ludwig vs. the Estate of Magnolia Kveton features bigamy, a May-December romance, greed, spou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Unlucky Pasadenans Arrive At The George R. Brown

    Red Cross and FEMA workers seem about ready to be finished with shelter operations at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Earlier this afternoon, officers with the Houston Police Department arrested one man at the site and were on the verge of putting another man – possibly drunk – in handcuf ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    This Charming Man

    The ballad, and ballads, of Billy Joe Shaver

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006

    Dixie Doc

    15 little words changed everything for the Dixie Chicks. In an instant, the Dixie Chicks went from country darlings to America's scape goats, and two filmmakers caught it all. Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck were not in London in March 2003, when Dixie Chick Natalie Maines told a Shepherd's Bu ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Max Stalling

    Sellout -- Live at Dan's Silverleaf

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Owed to Billy Joe

    Today all the best poets are singers. That's why a singer should be Texas's next poet laureate.

  • Music

    March 27, 2003

    Vive le Max!

    French existentialism meets its Texas cousin in the work of Dallas songwriter Max Stalling

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    ¡Viva Compadre!

    Texas's greatest living songwriter signs with a Houston indie label

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Sick Kids

    For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Billy Joe's Blues

    Billy Joe Shaver has known great blessings and great curses

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    The Badge Means You Owe

    A nursing home turns into another target for questionable cop telemarketers

  • Calendar

    May 19, 1994