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    April 28, 2014

    The Ten Weirdest Terms That Use "Texas" on the Urban Dictionary

    The Urban Dictionary, the great crowd-sourced primer of modern language, has so many disgusting entries that include the word "Texas" it would make your drunken uncle blush. Yet, it's surprising when parsing through the entries how many are just downright strange and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Is Your Chevy on Some Drug Gang's Radar?

    When the Houston Police Department releases its monthly list of the most stolen vehicles, the makes and models rarely change. What does move the needle a bit, however, is the total number of vehicles stolen each year. According to police, there were just over 13,500 thefts last year, a 4 percent inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    CEO Beauty Contest: The Most Popular Head Honchos in America

    As income inequality has loomed larger in Americans' minds -- especially since the Great Recession -- CEOs and their pay has been a central example of what is wrong with our economy. But not everyone hates CEOs, some of them are quite popular . . . with their own employees. Here's a list of those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    The Six Most Iconic Station Wagons of All Time

    The 2010s will forever be known as the decade of the crossover. But what is a crossover, exactly? It's a car that's trying its hardest to look like an SUV. Crossovers are the poseurs of the automotive world. My friend's car got totaled last week, and she called to ask me for used car advice. "What' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Top 10 Sexiest Cars of the Houston Auto Show (with Photos)

    Concept cars are what auto shows are all about. With their nuclear hybrid propulsion systems, bamboo radio control knobs, and intergalactic navigation displays, concept cars give us a chance to look into the unlikely future of the automobile. Weren't we supposed to have flying cars by now? This yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Man Murdered for Playing Loud Music in His Truck, Perpetrators on the Loose

    On December 3 around 3:30 a.m., Silas Armando Najera-Hernandez and three other men were driving around the parking lot at Bar Uno, located at 5829 South Gessner Drive in southwest Houston. As Najera-Hernandez navigated the silver Ford F-150 pickup through the crowded lot, loud music screamed out o ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Billy Wayne Ebarb: Short Jail Term for Latest Chapter in 30-Year Brotherly Feud

    "He and his brother have been fighting for 30 years. They don't talk to each other. They just act irrational." So said an Angelina County cop to KTRE. "He" in this case is 50-year-old Billy Wayne Ebarb, and the latest manifestation of that decades-long irrationality was a doozy. In March of 2011, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Saturday Night: Toby Keith at The Woodlands

    Toby Keith Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 8, 2012 Toby Keith is America writ small: beholden to corporate interests, often hypocritical, prone to pursuing his baser urges while exhorting others to hold themselves to a higher standard. He is, in many ways, our exemplary artist for these m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Enrique Alvaraez-Soria: Had 14 Gallons Of Liquid Meth In Truck's Fuel Tank

    Those Ford truck ads with Denis Leary schticking his way through the vehicle's high points so far have not included one enticement: "Great for carrying LIQUID METH." (We see the "LIQUID METH" as the words emblazoned on screen as he growls them.) Enrique Alvaraez-Soria, an undocumented immigrant fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Magic Bus: Ford Discontinuing Econoline, the Van of Choice for Bands

    Stryper and their custom Econoline... we call it the "God-mobile"​We learned today about this unfortunate development: This week Ford Motor Co. said it is ramping up development and production of its Transit commercial van to make it into a truly global vehicle. The plan includes building the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Marcos Juarez's Killers Drove This Truck

    Photo by HPD​The killers of 18-year-old Marcos Juarez in a drive-by shooting November 20 were in the truck pictured above, Houston police say. The suspects -- "described only as three Hispanic males and one white or Hispanic female with curly blond or brown hair" -- were "last seen in a 2002 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    What The "Top 10 Stolen Vehicles" List Says About Houston

    Stolen, by manly men​Every month Houston police put out a list of the most-often stolen vehicles, a list that defines what are either the most vulnerable or most desirable members of our automotive society. This month's is out....what does it tell us about Houston? 3. Our car thieves want yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Broke Down: A Playlist From The Middle Of Nowhere​There are eight spark plugs in the Eddie Bauer edition of Ford's 2001 Expedition. Eight. And if one of them isn't working properly - if it becomes loose or stripped or a gremlin sneaks under the hood and gobbles it up (a common problem in Fords) - the whole car is pretty much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Drayton McLane: Where He Ranks Among Astro Owners

    You won't have Uncle Drayton to kick around anymore.​Today's the day: The official announcement that Drayton McLane has found a buyer for the Houston Astros. McLane has been owner of the Astros for 18 years. In that time they've moved to a downtown ballpark (thanks, taxpayers!!), gone to a Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Idol Beat: My Faith In A Just Universe Is Restored

    You're paying for that suit now, kid.​60 million votes. That's how many it took to ensure karmic balance in the universe and send Jacob Lusk to the American Idol equivalent of hell... which is probably an alternate dimension where Simon Cowell never existed. Last night was so chock-full of en ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011

    Betting Their Lives

    It's easy for a three-time felon to get $20 million for his investment company, as long as no one asks any questions.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Theodore Mitsakos, 49, Bayou Body Count No. 252

    Killed in a road rage incident, police say​A road rage incident on the southwest sideleft a 49-year-old man dead Tuesday afternoon, police say.Theodore Mitsakos, 49, had gotten into a traffic altercation about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday while driving on the Southwest Freeway, the Houston Chronicle reported ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Ford Jumping On Houston's Electric-Car Trend

    Horseless carriages that run on electricity?​Houston has been getting a lot of attention for its seeming devotion to the electric car -- or at least its demonstrated devotion to issuing plans about using electric cars -- and now Ford is jumping on the bandwagon.The company announced today it would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Reduxion: Talking Kinks With Young Girls' Pete Tijerina

    Find Young Girls on Facebook hereYoung Girls, dedicated followers of fashion.​When it comes to the Big Three of the British Invasion, the Kinks were always the Chrysler to the Beatles and Stones' Ford and GM - up there, but not quite that far up there. Nevertheless, among Anglophiles and songw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Game Time: Tennessee Whiskey -- Jack Daniel vs Willie Wonka

    caption goes here​Having just returned from vacation literally about eight minutes ago, today's pearls of wisdom will not be sports-related (sports resumes in this space tomorrow). In my best efforts to derive some sort of synergy out of the 18-hour odyssey I just endured (Elkhart, IN to Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Houston Leading "Ford Fiesta Movement" Bonnaroo Contest Queen Speaks​ For what seems like months now, Rocks Off has been seeing emails and posts about Team Houston, Ford Fiesta, Backseat Jukeboxes, and the battle of the bands this Saturday at Warehouse Live. To clear up any confusion, Rocks Off recently asked local pho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Aftermath: Justin Bieber And Selena Gomez's Calculated Preteen Pop Shuts Down RodeoHouston's 2010 Go-Round

    Photos by Mark C. AustinJustin Bieber​ What kind of blog crew follows a five-day SXSW music binge with a double shot of power-pop built for those born in the second Clinton administration? Why Rocks Off, of course. Think of it as a preemptive inoculation for the two minutes or so of post-SXSW, pre ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2009


    Joshua Paul Calhoun likes to take things...BIG things

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Never Trust A Man With A Hatchet

    ​Throughout history, the term "hatchet man" has meant different things. In the 1880s, it was slang for a Chinese hired assassin. In the mid-1900s, it was used to describe a journalist who assassinated the character of a public figure.Today in Houston, it means something much simpler: someone who a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Songs Slightly Less Inappropriate Than R. Kelly's Latest Single, "Number One"

    So R. Kelly's newest single is called "Number One." Seriously? Okay, we know Kelly was found innocent of all child-related golden-shower charges by a jury of 12 idiots, but when the subject of Dave Chappelle's "(I Wanna) Piss On You" releases a single called "Number One"... sorry, but we have to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Big Prostitution Ring Busted In Houston

    ​Four years ago, Ronnie Presley jammed a gun in the face of a teen-aged girl walking down the street in Kansas, pulled her into his car and drove her to Houston. There, he forced her to have sex for money. Every dime she earned went into Presley's pocket. As time went by, Presley threatened to hur ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    October 18, 2007
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    August 3, 2007
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    April 26, 2007

    Notes from the Road: Opie Hendrix

    Opie Hendrix and the Tall Boys Opie Hendrix sent us this missive, and we thought we'd pass it on to you: It was Thursday morning coming down, 17 hours & four states later, I am sailing the rented Ford Taurus across the Ohio river into Jeffersonville, IN. . My good friend Rick has booked the Opi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    Truth in Advertising

    There's something crooked going on here. Ford really is the best in Texas — when it comes to getting jacked, at least. Ford pickups topped the Texas Department of Public Safety's list of stolen vehicles for 2006, followed by Chevy (drivin' Texas!) and Dodge (born on the Llano Estacado!). Ap ... More >>

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    Millionaire Mindsetters

    No skeptics need apply to this get-rich-quick proposition

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Playin' Possum

    An elderly gang of seedy Mississippi bluesmen anchors Fat Possum Records and the label's documentary

  • Music

    August 5, 2004

    The Real Deal

    Who is the more "authentic" bluesman -- Bobby Bland or T-Model Ford?

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    The Ballad of the Singing Shuttle Bus Driver

    Ellen Trevathan finds her own brand of salvation driving people to and from the city economy lot at the airport

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Rubber Fetish

    Glory days for KHOU and Anna Werner

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Revolution in Chrome

    In the '70s, Jim Harithas's radical chic collided with the CAM. Twenty-five years later, he's back, gunning his engines at the Art Car Museum.

  • News

    April 13, 2000

    Art Car Outs

    There's some fury over a jury deciding who gets in the parade

  • Dining

    March 11, 1999
  • Music

    January 21, 1999
  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Art Car Macho

    Mike Scranton's creations are the evilest looking things in the parade. And he'll wrassle anyone who says otherwise.

  • Film

    December 25, 1997

    Return to Sender

    With The Postman, Kevin Costner fails to deliver

  • News

    May 16, 1996

    Adams Family Values

    Why do we hate Bud so? Maybe we never understood him, or those... Adams Family Values

  • Music

    April 27, 1995
  • News

    March 23, 1995

    Winners and Losers

    Lottery operator Gtech was especially kind to the political friends of Texas Comptroller John Sharp. But when supervision of the company was moved from Sharp's office, the party was over.

  • News

    January 19, 1995

    The Curriculum Question

    Businessman John Privett thought he had a solution to the problems of some of Houston's troubled schools. The parents wanted to try it. The teachers wanted to try it. But HISD administrators said no.

  • Calendar

    November 17, 1994
  • News

    June 9, 1994

    Open Mouths, Closed Hearts

    The Feds created a program to feed the hungry. In Harris County, it became a program to feed the greedy.