For years, daily news publications have struggled. As the market flooded with broadcast outlets and the Internet rendered news essentially free to anyone who wanted to read, many newspapers simply became unsustainable. But the real killer was Craigslist, which destroyed classified advertising, the b ... More >>
Last month, Almita Flores of Houston found a gorgeous yellow lab. She says she posted flyers in her neighborhood, as well as a notice on Craigslist, but never heard from anyone claiming to be the owner. After two weeks, she says, the dog -- who she decided to call Max -- got out of her gate, only to ... More >>
Thursday Rocks Off brought you our list of ten favorite one-hit wonders, an endearing assortment of underdogs and left-field flukes that hit our collective Top 40 sweet spot, if only for one brief shining moment. Now the real fun starts. But for every great song that becomes a one-hit wonder, there ... More >>
No one who understands the Internet is going to tell you that it doesn't have its dark places. Hell, there is even a "darknet" that is apparently home to kiddie porn and every manner of disgusting thing a human mind can dream up. But most of it is hidden from public consumption. But on a road trip o ... More >>
Dynamic Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals, who only recently returned to active duty after a lengthy college-induced hiatus, are recovering from the theft of nearly all of guitarist Cley Miller's equipment just as the group was ready to begin work on its first album in nearly three years. Accordi ... More >>
Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha freak on! We all know that there are lots of ways to become immortalized at a massive outdoor music gathering like Ultra Music Festival. Say, humping a tree. Or dancing naked while getting arrested. But yo' momma would probably prefer if you lived forever ... More >>
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis McGonigel's Mucky Duck, March 8 Spouses tempting fate by naming their new record Cheater's Game? Nah, just the "First Couple of Texas Country Music" rewarding fans with the couple's first-ever full-album collaboration, to go with any number of guest spots on each other' ... More >>
The craft beer community in Houston doesn't let much slip past them. Growlers Beer and Wine owner Doug Bunze found that out late last year when a few eagle eyed craft beer fans tracked down the store's website and Twitter account after he posted a Craigslist ad about job openings at the upcoming cra ... More >>
I've had the privilege to work in a number of creative fields over the years including photography, graphic design, music and, obviously, writing. I've also spent the last decade running a technology company. Surprisingly, they have a lot in common when it comes to business. Both are mostly young fi ... More >>
A Florida man with a lengthy rap sheet ran afoul of two powerful forces yesterday: the long arm of Texas law and the mystical might of Justin Bieber. Forty-year-old Robert C. Grusczynski pleaded guilty in Montgomery County district court to one count of second-degree felony forgery. Judge Fred Edwa ... More >>
No so revealing.
The things you find on Craigslist. Rocks Off photographer and contributor Marc Brubaker passed this our way: Free ticket for JESUS AND MARY CHAIN concert March 13 in House of Blues Houston. ONLY for a sexy, adventurous, sensual woman for an evening of good music and hot fun. you need to be able to ... More >>
A response from Village Voice MediaToday 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in The New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds ... More >>
Rocks Off likes to troll the musicians' section of Craigslist in an effort to catch interesting acts at their very inception. Usually we get the same old thing day in and day out: Need FOC (Friend of Christ) bass player for worship band. Must have ride. 18 SERIOUS singer looking for band. M ... More >>
This could be your new bandmate.Rocks Off likes to troll the musicians section of Craigslist in an effort to catch interesting acts at their very inception. Usually we get the same old thing day in and day out: Need FOC (Friend of Christ) bass player for worship band. Must have ride. 18 SER ... More >>
Readers rant about strict Texas food laws.
Monday, Slim Thug tweeted about his ad in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist. Thugga is known for being notoriously entertaining on Twitter, as evinced by his Houston Press Music award for Best Twitter Personality. But he's hardly the only funny rapper on Twitter. We found six more. ... More >>
Carlos Honore and his wife Tatum started up a youth football league out of nothing in an area of Houston not much known for opportunity or hope.
Do you like playing music? Do you like drinking alcohol? Then Jess Wilson at Mango's can hook you up. Rocks Off was doing our weekly wade through Craigslist when we stumbled across the following ad: I'm looking for bands to play regular gigs on Thursdays at Mango's on Westheimer. All styles ... More >>
"Officer, check my dope crop to make sure I don't have an alligator skull!!!"An Angleton dude was selling alligator meat illegally online, which triggered a sting by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department authorities.As they negotiated the sale, the guy mentioned he also had an alligator skull he ... More >>
Rocks Off often trolls through Craigslist looking for the very beginnings of some of Houston's next wave of notable musicians. Extremely prevalent throughout the Web site are requests for devout Christians to join together in a mission to glorify the love and word of God through the devil of ... More >>
Courtesy of Codi RoweCodi Rowe (right) with Creed guitarist Mark TremontiRocks Off is not generally a fan of tribute bands, and even less so of Creed. We did have one guy hear who was a fan, but we left his body in the lobby as a warning to others who would embrace Stapp and Co. with arms wid ... More >>
Rocks Off is not responsible for anything that happens should anyone take this woman up on her offer, but we suspect it might be something like this.In addition to trolling around on YouTube looking for the wettest, the weirdest, the wildest, and the wrongest music videos, Rocks Off enjoys a ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterWeird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is Weird Al Yankovic we'r ... More >>
Occasionally we take a look at Craigslist's "Missed Connections" for Houston, an ephemeral limning of the psyche of our town in these desperate days. Five recent highlights:1. I am looking for the kind of person who leaves their kid sweltering in a hot car.
Tickets for the second date of Lady Gaga's Houston stand in July sold out less than an hour ago in just 15 minutes, falling short of the record six-minute record set last week. Way to go, little monsters of Houston. Mama Gaga has to be pretty excited about all the weird love going on. Speaking of ... More >>
Jerks in Your Area is a website that scours the net for postings on Craigslist, Backpages and message boards looking for, as it puts it, "posts written by or about the biggest jerks out there."Today's featured guest: A Houstonian.A once-Jewish Houstonian who's now a "born-again Wiccan." One who w ... More >>
What did we learn?
Police in Friendswood allege that 33-year-old Amanda Anderson got even with her former employer the new-fashioned way: via Craigslist.They allege that she took out what must have been a very generous help-wanted ad for various contractors. Once it hit the 'net, Anderson's old boss was swamped wit ... More >>
You can think of this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin as the indie, metal, and hip-hop little brother of the more staid Austin City Limits Music Festival. The fourth edition of the two-day event held in Waterloo Park in Austin starts tomorrow afternoon. Per our stated life path, Rocks Off will ... More >>
Here at Rocks Off, we do a lot of research for our wildly popular and intellectually enlightening album cover slideshows. As part of that research, we've found many of those albums to be highly concentrated on the male goinrular area. So at long last, and just in time for the weekend, we've compiled ... More >>
Whoever he is (was?), Scooby's iPod wasn't short on R. Kelly.So a couple of weeks ago, after three or four years of increasingly faltering service, Rocks Off's 30 GB iPod finally died. Completely. Out of sheer broke-assedness, we had held on to it for longer than most. By the end, its quirks and ... More >>
In a year when the biggest news stories aren't about war or the environment but a mentally unbalanced woman having a litter of children and the death of a creepy pop singer who hadn't put out a decent album in 25 years, it should come as no surprise that so many people would be up in arms ... More >>
The nation is learning something new about Houston today: We're a bunch of bottoms.Well, we are if we are gay.Gawker has an item citing a report by a website called The Sword that compiled data on Craigslist ads for steamy M2M sex, analyzing which posters were likely to describe themselves as tops o ... More >>
GWAR more important than you might expect.
Photo courtesy HCSO For years, Debbie Turbiville made a living knowing how to recruit prostitutes - or at least that's how the woman referred to a "Houston's Heidi Fleiss" has been painted ever since police shut down her allegedly high-class hooker ring.But recruiting is recruiting is recruiting - t ... More >>
Unarmed 23-year-old black man Robbie Tolan was shot in his own driveway last Wednesday in Bellaire. The bullet pierced his lung and lodged in his liver, where doctors say it will likely remain for the rest of his life.The shooter was Sgt. Joseph Cotton, who evidently thought Tolan's 2004 Nissan Xter ... More >>
Shaken, Not Stirred
A long line of people say they've been stiffed by Rolando Dumagan and company.
Coke is the new weed
KTRK has a "Meet the Rapist!" contest
The soap opera continues