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    November 21, 2014

    The Flu Is on the Rise in Texas, Just in Time for the Holidays

    Should you want to avoid some Thanksgiving awkwardness with the family, well, just go out into the general public and touch a bunch of stuff. Flu cases are up in Texas, a bit earlier than normal, according to the CDC, which means there's still hope for a valid excuse for skipping out on the turkey t ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Newly Discovered Jonestown Remains Include Texas Women

    Officials are seeking relatives of two Texas women whose ashes were among cremains discovered in a Delaware funeral home last month and identified as victims of the 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana, South America. The victims were identified as Victoria native and former Houston resident Katherine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    This Weekends Best Bets: "Cleveland Punter Gets Face Stomped" Edition

    Finally, a safe haven from TMZ videos of domestic violence incidents and replays of Roger Goodell's sweaty face, lying his ass off to America. Actual football! If you're someone who is more the traditionalist, you can say what you want about Thursday Night Football -- the short week dilutes the qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Trafficking in Flesh: New Report on Human Trafficking in Houston and the United States

    Remember when Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, said he was just a banker doing "God's work"? That statement was both false and borderline blasphemous. Some folks who are actually doing the lord's work are the people at Polaris Project, an NGO, which started The National Human Trafficking Resou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Does a Hot Dog By Any Other Name Taste as Good? James Coney Island is Now JCI Grill

    Every restaurant goes through changes at one point or another, and it seems it's James Coney Island's turn to do so. The famous Houston-based hot dog chain will no longer be known as James Coney Island. The restaurant has decided to change its name to JCI Grill in an attempt to re-brand itself. Wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 1: Alabama to Georgia

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads this week, just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. Alabama: Phosphorescent, "It's Hard to Be H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Openings and Closings: Midtown Happenings & a Cupcake ATM!

    We had one major closing to speak of this week and one almost closing, so let's just start there, and then move on to all of the exciting openings, shall we? Zunum restaurant in the Woodlands announced its closing on its Facebook page on Monday, August 5. Many people voiced their disappointment on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The Complete SXSW Overflow Festival 2013 Guide: Week 1, Part 2

    This year Rocks Off would like to help our readers get a handle on all the acts playing Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow Fest, and event that is longer than SXSW itself, with almost as many bands. There are nine nights left to go, and "season passes" are still available. See ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013

    Jonestown's Medicine Man

    A young Houston physician designed a lethal cocktail that killed more than 900 men, women, children and babies at a place that was supposed to be a paradise but is better known as Jonestown.

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    January 3, 2013

    Report: Texas Ranks Near the Bottom in Tobacco Settlement Spending

    Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Goodbye, Goldfish and Hello, Caballo

    As our own Josh Justice hinted at in last week's round-up of jinxed restaurant locations, there is indeed a steakhouse moving into the old La Strada spot on Westheimer. According to a press release that went out this week, La Casa del Caballo -- the second location of "the most internationally popu ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 22, 2012

    Asian American Portraits

    Grouping visual artists by ethnic identity is a tired curatorial tactic, but at least we get to see some great art in this one at the Asia Society Texas Center.

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The Ten Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.

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    September 10, 2012

    10 More Black Stars Who Should Try Country

    Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: Mainstream country. BY MIKE SEELY With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close last week with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    The (Un)United States of Sandwiches: What Do You Call A Sub?

    I grew up calling any sandwich on long French or Italian bread a sub, like any normal human being would. Or so I thought, until I realized my aunt called it a grinder...and my friend called it a hoagie. WTF. This is three people, from three states (New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania), callin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    A Deeper Look at the Best Beers in America for 2012

    Recently, the American Homebrewers Association polled readers of its Zymurgy magazine to ask about their favorite beers. Some 16,000 respondents cast votes used to compile the list. Here's how it breaks down: By the numbers: 36 of the beers are commercially available in Houston 27 different bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    10 of the Most Painful Joe Biden Gaffes

    Yesterday at Houston's NAACP rally, Vice President Joe Biden gave a well-received speech arguing that a Mitt Romney presidency would hurt the black community. As expected, the audience liked him a lot more than Romney, who got booed during his appearance last week for his opposition to Obamacare. Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012

    Rockets Mascot Gets in the Ring

    The man behind Clutch takes up the fight game on the side.

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    March 15, 2012

    SXSW: Five Attractive Strange People Working for Tips

    Ed. Note: This article was written by L.A. Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff. Paying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding hard and employing increas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    TV Dinner: This Week in Food TV

    ​With so many food-related shows on television, it's hard to keep up -- it's not just the Food Network anymore. I don't know what I'd do without my DVR. This week gave us premieres, finales and Liza Minelli. Here's a roundup of some of the shows this week. Spoiler alert! The Great Food Truck ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011

    The Shuttle's Souvenir Load

    20,000 flags and 10,000 patches aboard

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    June 13, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst U.S. State Flags

    As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Texas AG Greg Abbott Grabs The Spotlight In Fight Against EPA's Tailpipe-Emissions Rule

    Greg Abbott leads a mostly southern uprising​Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants everyone to know that he is doing everything he can to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency from trying to implement greenhouse-gas limits on cars and trucks. In the latest of a series of lawsuit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Five Reasons the Drought is Worse Than A Hurricane (i.e., Rick Perry Doesn't Make Us Pray About Hurricanes) (Yet)

    Some storms are just more fearsome than others.​Hurricane season opens June 1 -- unlike deer season, you don't get to hunt so much as be hunted by nature's version of Bambi on steroids -- and the collective hand-wringing from local news, nervous nellies and weather nerds will soon commence. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Last Night: George Thorogood At House Of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​George Thorogood & the Destroyers House of Blues April 26, 2011 George Thorogood is an odd sort of working-class hero. Like many of his bluesy forefathers, the Delaware-born rocker is as modest and self-deprecating in person (or at least on the phone) as his songs are s ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011
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    March 25, 2011

    The United States Of Women In Music

    ​Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    The Rebecca Black Video (Bad Lip Reading, "Gang Fight" Edition)

    She's no 14-year-old quarterback from Delaware.​Seemingly everyone with a forum to express an opinion has managed to come up with an angle on Rebecca Black, the 13-year-old viral sensation (as long as "sensation" is measured by "eyeballs viewed" and not "ability to carry a tune") whose hit sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Go Vote, Texans...In The Least Competitive State Legislative Races In The Country

    It's nolo contendre in Texas legislative races​Not much action so far on this election day, although we have folks checking out the polling places (and feel free, readers, to pass on any reports of your own).We guess the quiet shouldn't be so surprising because, according to a new study, Texas has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Dustin Dominiak, Christine O'Donnell's Kiss-And-Teller: Get Ready For The Pubes

    Suitable for mailing?​Earlier today we mentioned the latest fracas involing Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell -- some jerk wrote about what he called his "one-night stand" with her three years ago, one in which she refused to have intercourse, which to us kind of stretches the mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Mission Accomplished: Your Buzzword Is My Band Name, Part 2

    ​We're getting closer to a midterm election that, more and more, is coming to resemble two dachshunds we had as a kid who would lose their little doggy minds over a chew toy and attack each other in a weiner-dog whirlwind of until separated by a garden hose. The attack ads are a-flying, and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Sienna Bernal: A Primordial Dwarf, A Bieber-Loving 11-Year-Old

    ​Sienna and Sierra Bernal of Tomball are identical twins, but no one would ever guess it: Sierra looks like most other 11-year-olds, while Sienna is a primordial dwarf.She's three-feet-ten and 27 pounds. She is maybe one of 200 people in the world classified as primordial dwarves.As Craig Malisow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Local Musicians Stump For Rocks Off's "Hell Yeah!" Office​A contentious and cantankerous mid-term election season is upon us, and the AM dial is so full of hot air that Rocks Off is surprised our Matrix hasn't started floating. Without taking a seat on either side of the aisle, it's undeniable that a real current of anti- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Why Aren't There Any Good Conservative Comedians?

    ​It's a valid question, even in light of the specter of Satanism rearing its seven heads over Delaware last week. Actually, maybe that's the quick and dirty answer to my question: the reality of the Tea Party is funnier than any airplane food joke Christine O'Donnell could tell at the Improv. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    License Plate Auction: The Bidding For World's Dumbest Texan Will Open Soon

    Vanity plates, thy name is Texas​Ever since the state privatized its vanity license plate business a while back, the company that's taken it over has gotten more and more creative.They greatly expanded the variety of plates you could grossly overpay for, and offered a groovy online app where you c ... More >>

  • Film

    May 27, 2010
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    May 21, 2010

    NBC's Thursday Night: A Fond Farewell, For Now

    We'll miss you, Mark.​Last night was season-finale night for NBC's comedies, and each show's sendoff matched its overall vibe: Community was strong and mock-conventional; Parks and Recreation was hilarious and engaging; 30 Rock was bittersweet but solid, definitely showing its slight age; and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Aftermath: George Thorogood's Raucous Rock Party Destroys House of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse​ Since we have long since moved into a digital age of music journalism, Aftermath now takes notes on his cellphone or loads his thoughts onto Twitter. Sifting through our pecking from last night's George Thorogood and the Destroyers show at the House of Blues, we noticed that ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    Chatter: Long Ball

    Ex-ballplayer and busker George Thorogood: Now playing in a kid's movie near you.

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    September 17, 2009

    What The Hell? Kemah Is One Of The Top Ten Boardwalks In The U.S.?

    Photo by mhowry​We didn't notice this until KPRC pointed it out recently, but the website Forbes Traveler recently published an article entitled "We Don't Know Anything About Boardwalks."That wasn't the actual headline on the article, but it should have been. Unless you believe that the pre-fab sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Frito Pie

    In theory, Frito pie should be a relatively difficult thing to screw up. It's just a bag of Fritos and some chili with shredded cheese on top (and onions, if you're not one of those obnoxiously fussy eaters). But in reality, the Frito pie is greater than the sum of its parts: It's an ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Child Protective Services: Problems, Reforms and More Problems

    A quick fix may only have created more problems for CPS and the families it serves

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    May 25, 2007
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    November 24, 2005
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    March 21, 2002


    With 140 venues, FotoFest makes you suffer for your art

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    September 21, 2000

    Best Amnesia

    Phillip Lopate

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    March 25, 1999
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    January 6, 1994

    The Poison Connection

    A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston

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