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    October 13, 2014

    Texas is Terrible at Energy Efficiency, According to Study

    Houston is the energy capital of the world. We practically bathe in oil around here. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that a recent study from Wallethub found Texas to be near the bottom of the list of states in energy efficiency. According to the study, Texas ranks 45th out of the 48 sta ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014
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    April 24, 2014

    The Best Taiwanese Dessert You've Probably Never Heard Of: Snow Ice

    Snow has hit Houston for the summer. Snow ice, that is. It's a Taiwanese dessert that's been gaining popularity here in the Bayou City for the past few years, but in spite of its increasing adoration, many Houstonians still don't know much about it. The ice cream--for even though it looks like som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    UPS Christmas Delays Hit Home in Houston

    At about 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I could wait no longer. With family members set to descend on my house within two hours, it was time to get the final gifts wrapped, especially those for my mom and that side of the family as we would be exchanging those before dinner. Unfortunately, my mom's gift - ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    15 Odd Christmas Gifts For Musicians

    Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Where You Live Might Determine Your Personality Type & Texas: We're Ornery

    According to some new research by psychologists, where you live might help explain your personality. (Or the relationship might run the other way, always a problem with "big" social science studies). But let's not get bogged down in T-scores and Cohen's kappa -- this is a blog post, not a statistics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 5: South Dakota to Wyoming

    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 head just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. SOUTH DAKOTA Magic Man, "South Dakota" Magic Man is par ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    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 just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2013

    No Requests

    Five reasons EDM shows are better than rock concerts.

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 19, 2012

    10 Great Autumn Bikinis Not On St. Baart's

    Our list of 25 Best Reasons to Love Texas in the Autumn was, we were told, a little skimpy on the babes. Not that there's anything inherently sexy about fall (although some dudes go nuts over the boots-with-dresses look), it's just that some folks think any listicle must include skimpily clad femal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Real Ale Gone Wild and Firkins Everywhere: A Talk with Stewart Martin of Hay Merchant

    The name seems almost inescapable this year: Hay Merchant. The eight-month-old bar, seated on the curve of Westheimer just West of Montrose, has been described as everything from a new trend in bars to Houston's Mecca for beer to snobbish and inaccessible. It's strange that a place specializing in ... More >>

  • Film

    May 17, 2012


    Because every generation needs an Armageddon.

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    April 23, 2012

    Coachella: The Worst Of Weekend 2

    It couldn't all be great performances, decent recreational drugs, and pleasant weather at Coachella. Here are our writers' picks for their least favorite things from the festival's second weekend. People Not Here for the Music: If you're paying $300-$800 for a festival ticket, one might think you w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Top Five Fantasy Lunch Mates

    Driving home from work the other day, I found myself making a mental list. I wondered: Who would I have lunch with if time, money and social standing got thrown out the window? Would I pick an actor, singer, artist, politician? I established a few rules: 1- It can be anyone in history (no fictio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Rap Round Table: The Red Beast Is Nearing. Are You Prepared?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Fat Tony, KAB, Kyle Hubbard, Zavey, Medicine Girl, Mac, Eskabel, Delo, D-Risha, RoderickVonn, A.D.D. Not Invited: Mario O., who, ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2012
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    November 17, 2011

    Fantasy Island

    Alexander Payne's Hawaiian excursion might be the feel-good movie of the year. Uh oh.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Darren Aronofsky's Meth Ads: Anti-Drug PSAs That Actually Might Work

    ​Last week, we posted a list of anti-drug commercials that not only didn't stop any children from doing drugs, but potentially encouraged such abusing behavior. The famed PSA one-liner, "I learned it from watching you," probably made more kids of the '80s wish they were rolling doobies with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    March 10, 2011

    The United States Of Music

    Monica FuentesFull-size image below​Rocks Off's sister blog Hair Balls did it with murderers and serial killers. Food blog Eating Our Words, riled the beer snobs with one about the best beers from each state in the union, and a teetotaling follow-up chronicling the best soda pops. For the pas ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Patio Perfection at Brenner's Blue Bar​A college roommate once theorized that the best times are often had near bodies of water. It's not surprising that she went on to live for many years in Hawaii. I, on the other hand, moved to Houston. In the land of freeways, strip malls and suburban sprawl, it's easy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Five Signs A Rapper May Be In Jail

    ​When Scarface went vacationing in the iron city last October, no one seemed to notice. Everyone was stunned to later learn that Face had been in jail for three months. It got us thinking, what are some tell-tale signs that a rapper may be in the clink? 5. Static Twitter Page If a prominent ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays

    Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    10 Trivia Pursuit Questions Whose Answers Have Changed Since 1982: Can You Get Them?

    Your old answers are WRONG, grandpa​You may be playing board games as a way to ease through the holidays with family and friends. Back in 1982, everyone was playing Trivia Pursuit. Everyone. Some of the answers back then, of course, are no longer valid. And there are people who track this. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Fruitcake and 4 Other Foods with a Bad Reputation

    jeleneDiscouraged by its bad reputation: the fruitcake. ​How does a food item get a bad reputation? Does it cut class to smoke with trans-fats in the parking lot? Sleep around with carbohydrates? Often it's an association with a particular era in history or social class that gets a food placed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    DJ Premier: A Pillar Of Hip-Hop History

    ​Maybe it's leaving behind our twenties and embracing our thirties, but we've been so concerned with the past lately... history, that is. We've been talking to our grandmother in the last few months about her life as a young child growing up on the Texas border. You truly don't know someone b ... More >>

  • Music

    October 21, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    Five Things We're Not Looking Forward To In The Upcoming Fall TV Season

    ​Just when you were afraid the lack of fresh content on your television might finally force you to get up off your couches and engage in some meaningful interaction with your loved ones, here comes the 2010 fall season and its annual helping of canned laughter, reality shenanigans, and FCC-app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Just Create A Sex-Tape Channel Already

    ​The celebrity world was rocked yesterday by news that country singer Mindy McCready's sex tape was about to hit the streets. Okay, maybe "rocked" is the wrong word. How about "briefly distracted from Kate Gosselin's behavior on Dancing with the Stars?" Time was, a sex-tape scandal was cause for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Game Time: National Signing Day, The Creepiest Day In Sports...And I'm Part Of The Problem

    ​It's all a matter of how you look at it -- if you're a diehard college football fan, then today is December 25. You woke up this morning and ran over to your computer to pull up ESPN's Recruit Tracker the same way you ran downstairs to see what was under the Christmas tree when you were a kid. (" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Game Time: Weekend Review

    ​I hope everyone had a great weekend, and that you were all able to enjoy the nice weather by moving your television and recliner into your driveway to watch football on TV.  I'd like to start off by welcoming the Texans to this new thing for them called "November".  Boys, I know in ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009
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    September 3, 2009

    Five Artists Motel 6 Would Rather Not Give Free Rooms, Including John Mayer​In a move sure to boost occupancy among skinny jeans-wearing hipsters while simultaneously driving regular families away by the family truckster-load, Motel 6 is running a promotion to give free rooms to up-and-coming bands: "Here's how it works: Motel 6 will give free rooms to developi ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Houston's Tea Party: Yes, There Was One

    You probably didn't realize it, because the Left-Wing Socialist/Fascist Mainstream Media chose to ignore it, but there was yet another "Tea Party" in Houston over the weekend, which means another wacky, fun-loving combination of a) very odd people, and b) wildly overstated crowd estimates.Organizers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    For the Fourth Of July: Worst Cinematic Attempts At Patriotism

    This weekend, as we come together to celebrate Independence Day, let's do our best to remember what this holiday is all about. It's more than merely dodging DWI checkpoints on your way home from backyard barbecues and trying to decide between the Jon & Kate 8 or Deadliest Catch marathons on TV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Westheimer Block Party Preview: Updates from Woozyhelmet, Hell City Kings, Gold Sounds, Heptic Skeptic and More

    Woozyhelmet: "Woozyhelmet is one word. We've been spreading the love of our new album, Get Down, for the last several months and are working on a follow-up EP that will only feature Brandi singing with the working title "Crop Brandi Out." It may end up being a 7" on Soda Pop Sounds. Jay recently got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Local Guitarist's Wife Dies in Hawaii Swimming Accident

    Tragedy has struck a long-standing member of Houston's musical community. Elizabeth Danheim, 43-year old wife of Eric Danheim, died Jan.30 while swimming in Hawaii. Eric Danheim, who also worked under the alias Eddie Lee Dale, has been a fixture on the Houston roots-music scene for over  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Tragedy Strikes; Notre Dame Somehow Chooses Honolulu Over Houston

    The commenters have had a lot of fun dismissing the euphoria that we felt at the idea that the storied and awesome Notre Dame football team might actually come to Houston for the first time in 35 years, to play in the Texas Bowl.Some people think a 6-6 ND team is not very good; what they fail to rea ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008
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    November 30, 2007
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    November 21, 2007
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    September 10, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Arrest Me, Dog Chapman

    How I love the Dog. Oh my word, how I love the Dog. I’m talking, of course, about Duane Lee “Dog” Chapman, The Bounty Hunter, whose adventures are captured on A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter” show. For those of you who don’t know, the Dog is a felon-turned-bail bondsman who operates ... More >>

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    July 8, 2004
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    April 29, 2004
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    July 27, 2000

    Fungus Alert

    In search of "wild mushrooms"

  • Dining

    June 8, 2000

    Cowboy in the Kitchen

    Welcome The Houston Press's new food critic, Robb Walsh

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    May 11, 2000
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