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    September 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: We Were Wolves, Howlers at the Moon Tower

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? This here digital chat wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Melissa Lonchambon Ryan, Omotai's Mistress of Metal

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Melissa Lonchambon Ryan i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Handsomebeast, Silver Jeans Starchildren

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Handsomebeast, who have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Squincy Jones, "If It Jams, I Play It!"

    Who? Shane Rector is Houston born and raised, and has been DJing under the name of Squincy Jones in the city for about 14 years. "I came up playing Aerosol Warfare parties, RockBox, Speakerboxx, Raise It Up, and Gritsy," he says. "If it jams, I play it!" Home Base? The Arcade, aka his "sad" apart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Dave Callier, Grindcore Guitar God

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you're at all interest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nick Greer, a G Among G's

    Who? Nick Greer, the bespectacled, shaggy-haired front man of Nick Greer and the G's describes himself as a self-taught keyboard player who genuinely loves his instrument and is always ready and willing to learn more. As a kid, the brand-new multiple 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominee suffered w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chingo Bling, H-Town's Own Versace Mariachi

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? His birth name is Pedro H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Stacy Hartoon, Rudz's Punk-Rock Heir Apparent

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. We've wanted Stacy Hartoon in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chris Gore, Electronica Guru of BLSHS

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? BLSHS (Pronounced "blushe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Reko Trill, of the Almighty Trill Brothers

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Reko Trill of the Almight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Nosaprise, Hurrah! For the Blushing Bridegroom

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Searching across the city, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Leslie Krafka, Onward Through the Fog

    Who? Leslie Krafka came late to the songwriting game; the bug didn't bite her until about four years ago. She spent a year making her first album, The White Cat Sessions, at Jack Saunders' studio. But she found a bit of success with the album, being nominated as a best emerging artist in the annual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Michael Anthony Shanks, Houston's Merry Shankster

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Michael Anthony Shanks fancies himse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Rachel Bays, Filming Them Softly

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the original Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Recently, the Houston Press took a g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Piam, Poison Girl's Bacon-Fat Funk Specialist

    Who? DJ Piam is one of those Houston treasures that is hard to translate to outsiders. A bike mechanic by day, Piam slips into DJ mode when the sun goes down and lays down a mighty smorgasbord of late-'60s/early-'70s old-school funk that would tie even a music critic's head in a knot. He started co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Dayta, Keeper of That Good Good

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Trent Icaza is a DJ and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200 Noon, Rapper With a Lot On His Mind

    Who? The Houston rapper who goes by Noon, or Noonston, has a pretty compelling tale to tell and an easy flow, so we'll just let him take it from the top, as unfiltered as one of his rhymes. Here he is: Who I am is a question I think I just figured out. My whole life has been one big ball of confusi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Penetrate, All Lit Up In "Neon Lights"

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? DJ Penetrate is a profess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Catch Fever Is Catching On

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. It's always a good sign to mee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: DJ Good Grief Knows How to Have Fun

    Who? This local vinyl junkie is known as DJ Good Grief. He has been involved in mixing & producing live music since around 11 years of age. He is M\mostly known for catering to Houston's hip-hop audience and DJing behind local celebrity and upcoming rap artists. "I dabble in all styles of music and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    10 Tech Resolutions for an App-y New Year

    Every year beginning January 2, people start with resolutions they can't or won't possibly stick with, as if the arbitrary start to a new calendar year is going to be the impetus we all need to be better, skinnier, healthier, smarter and less drunk. By February, it's all over and we try to figure ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Beanz N Kornbread, Gmail-Loving Production Duo

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Range and versatility. Those a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Isn't It Time for Google to Declare Google a Bust and Move On?

    How often do you visit Google ? I'll give you a second to think about it. So, if you are anything like me or essentially the rest of society, the answer is: not often. That's because, despite Google's determination to get you to use Plus, it's just not that good and, if we are being completely hones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Five Reasons Why Your Internet Passwords Should Not Be "Password1"

    With so many social networking sites, online banks and a myriad number of other websites that require login authentication, creating secure but useable passwords is a near impossibility. Sure, there are services like for storing your passwords, but some worry those could be compromised. There are al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Google Wallet Takes on PayPal with Send Money Function

    Remember checks? Some of us still use them on occasion. They are those paper things we have to fill out by hand and use to pay for stuff, mostly rent and maybe a birthday gift for the nephew. Just like the U.S. Postal Service is rapidly being replaced by e-mail, checks (and, in some cases, cash) are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    R.I.P. Hotmail: Five Classic E-Mail Addresses to Honor a Fallen Comrade

    As of last week, Microsoft migrated all Hotmail accounts to their new Outlook.com platform ending a run that has lasted nearly 16 years. It was a classic. Yes, it was abandoned by most years ago. Sure, when the box wasn't filled with spam, it was filled with semi-lurid requests from porn sites and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Seven Things You Should Never, Ever, EVER Send Via E-Mail

    Recently, the IRS has made a broad claim that communications via e-mail are not directly protected under privacy laws. This would seem to be counter to many of the discussions Congress has had over the past few years about tightening up those same privacy concerns. Whatever the outcome of these on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Internetocalypse! Facebook and Gmail Go Down in the Same Afternoon

    When I read yesterday that Facebook was down, only hours after Gmail servers had gone dark, I actually laughed a bit to myself because I realized I was reading it on Twitter. I began to imagine what would happen if it also had server issues. What would the world do...go back to MySpace? Then, it da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Google Discontinues Free Version of Google Apps for Business

    Most people could care less about Gmail outside of the free e-mail accounts so many of us use on a daily basis, but one of the best kept secrets of Gmail was the fact that Google provided a free version of its Google Apps for business that allowed small businesses to create up to seven users under a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Some Real World Techie Advice for Petraeus, His Wife, His Mistress and Cheaters in General

    I'm no Dear Abby (she's shorter than me), but reading the sordid details of the David Petraeus affair and how the whole thing blew up in his face causing him to resign from the CIA helped to confirm the fact that way too many people do not understand technology and need some help. Oh, sure, my first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Alternatives to Five of the Pricier Software Titles

    The Business Software Alliance announced last week that it had come to an agreement with local business Affordable Power, LP, to settle legal claims that the company pirated software titles. According to the release: As part of the settlement, Affordable Power agreed to pay $150,000 to settle legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Life in the Cloud: The Complications and Conveniences of a Connected World

    Over the last year or so, I've grown increasingly aware of and interested in the idea of life without a hard drive. My existence is, admittedly, a bit unique. I spend a lot of time on my laptop; in fact, it is my main computer. When I'm in my office, it is connected to a big monitor for convenience, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    "Reply All" & the Five Other Dumbest/Most Annoying Things People Do with E-Mail

    Hard to believe, but the very first electronic messages were around 50 years ago. It wasn't the sophisticated, snail mail-replacing juggernaut most of us use every day, but it existed. As it has grown, communication has shifted and things none of us ever dreamed were necessary -- emoticons, for exam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    The Good, the Bad and the Spam: The Complexities of Switching to Gmail

    My aunt called me on Tuesday. She just got an iPhone. Admittedly, she is not technically inclined and was in need of a little technical support. Apparently, when she deleted e-mails she received on her computer in Outlook, they still showed up in her inbox on her phone. I diagnosed the problem, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    App of the Week: SugarSync and DropBox, Two Great iCloud Alternatives

    App: Dropbox Platform: Most smart phones Website: Dropbox.com Cost: Free (includes 2GB storage) App: SugarSync Platform: Most smart phones Website: SugarSync.com Cost: Free (includes 5GB storage) There has been an awful lot of talk about cloud computing over the last couple years, particularly sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Collusion: Firefox Extension Tracks Who's Tracking You

    When it comes to online security, most of us want to feel safe in the knowledge that our normal Internet behavior won't sacrifice our privacy. We all want to believe that when we surf the Web, the only person who knows what we are looking at are the people in view of the computer monitor and anyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Google Combines Services and Privacy Documents

    ​Over the past month, I've gotten multiple notices from Google about an update to their privacy documentation and, apparently, it's caused quite a little furor. As usual with any large tech company that commands so much of our data, any change is viewed with skepticism. When Facebook has a pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    If the Wikipedia Boycott of SOPA Spread: Seven Examples of Horror

    ​With Wikipedia boycotting the Stop Online Piracy Act today by shutting itself down for 24 hours, the powers that be at the crowdsourced information giant hope we all get freaked out enough by their absence that we tell Congress we think SOPA should not be passed. If you don't know what SOPA i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Five Hurdles Google Still Faces in the War Between the Social Networks

    ​Google launched to much fanfare in June and there were all sorts of people proclaiming either its superiority to Facebook or what an utter failure it would be. Since June, the social networking platform has added 25 million users, but there isn't a whole lot of buzz about it and using it sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Five Biggest Google Fails and Wins

    ​Google launched with much fanfare recently and, quickly, the reviews poured in. We even wrote about the things we thought Google would need to do to beat Facebook and we have since had a chance to look around inside the social networking platform. It does appear to be easier to use than Fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Can You Spot the Real Meat?

    Here is George Washington demanding shaved meat from a fellow patriot. (No, really.)​What's more patriotic for a red-blooded American to do on the Fourth of July than eat meat? Grill it, barbecue it, broil it, fry it, tie it to the end of a bottle rocket and shoot it in to the sky (don't reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Amazon Crash Hits Reddit, Others: Social Media Armageddon

    Now get some work done.​The spinning of the earth has nearly come to a standstill thanks to major server problems with Amazon.com's Web Services, a cloud-computing platform used by dozens of very popular social networking sites. "The cloud," for you luddites, means stuff that's saved in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Your Worst Kitchen Nightmare: Gordon Ramsay Coming to Houston

    ​The more tolerable (but only by a sliver) of Gordon Ramsay's "reality" television shows, Kitchen Nightmares, is coming to town. Get your earplugs ready now. A casting call went out this week from Jen Apploff, casting producer for the show, in search of Houston restaurants that are in dire ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    A Wealth of Options at Brown Bag Deli

    ​One of the reasons I enjoy Brown Bag Deli so much is having options. Yes, it's a locally owned sandwich shop (brought to you by the same folks as Barnaby's), so you can feel good about supporting the community. Yes, they use all recyclable materials. Yes, the bread is baked fresh in house. Y ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 12, 2010

    An Ancient Impulse

    Portraiture is alive and well.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Lunchwalla Makes Planning a Group Meal Far Less Painful

    ​No, it doesn't cook all the food for you and transport your friends and family to the same place instantaneously. But what Lunchwalla does do -- and do well -- is offer a platform for you, the constant and intrepid planner, to invite a group to lunch (or dinner) with much less hassle than oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Social Distortion: Surf's Up, Go Catch the (Google) Wave

    ​Remember how you once clamored to be one of the first to have a Gmail account, way, way back in the mid-2000s?  Well, dust off your longboard, gremmy, 'cause the Google surf's up once again, dude.  Ever the splash-maker, Google announced this past week that on September 30th, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    Comcast Aside

    Looks like all you folks with houston.rr.com email addresses are SOL. From the Chron: [W]hen Comcast announced last year it was taking over the Time Warner cable franchise in Houston, its broadband Internet customers started to get nervous. A change of Internet providers usually means a change o ... More >>

  • News

    March 8, 2007
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