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    October 13, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 2

    Best 17-Year-Old Who Rocked Oh Lorde! This lovely New Zealand native is the real deal, and stole Weekend 2 with her windpipes, big hair and humility. The crowd at the Retail Me Not Stage was one of the largest of the festival, with everyone in awe of this youngster's performance and singing along. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 1

    Best Act That We Didn't Understand How They Were Making Noise: The Glitch Mob With a battery of touchscreens and drum triggers, The Glitch Mob dropped what was the most impressive set of electronica on the festival, which is saying a lot on a bill that features some of the biggest DJs in the world. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    UPDATED: 4 Children Among Those Killed in Spring Shooting That Leads to Tense Standoff

    Update: 8:33p.m.: This story has been updated with information about the standoff and the deceased. In a Wednesday afternoon shooting in the Spring area, seven people have been shot, including six who died,

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Guys Always Go For Average-Looking Girls. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! BUMPING HEADS WITH STRICT PARENTS Dear Willie D: I'm a 14-year-old boy going to high school ... 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

    March 14, 2014

    Safety and SXSW: Was the Mohawk Tragedy a Tipping Point?

    The last morning of SXSW 2011 was not a pleasant one. Not because of any kind of personal debauchery the previous evening; that had come a few days before. Reprimands had been handed down, wrists had been slapped, and tails were hanging between a few legs, these two included. The specific infraction ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2014

    The First 48 Makes Millions While the Innocent Have Their Lives Ruined

    Once you're charged with murder on A&E's The First 48, you're guilty for life - even if you're innocent.

  • Culture

    January 30, 2014
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    January 10, 2014

    Turning Off Phone Amber Alerts: The Guilt vs. the Terror

    One night this past week, the amber alert signal built into my iPhone went off three times in about 15 minutes after 9 p.m. None of them were alerts I could do anything about, but that really isn't the point. One of them, at some point, could be. Still, the fact they came in rapid succession would h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The Best Acts of ACL Festival's Second Weekend

    BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA If you want to catch an act in the one and only tented stage at ACL, it's recommended to do it early in the day or towards the end of the weekend. It always seems to get pretty packed on Saturday when people realize they can escape the sun and hear some pretty good jams ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Last Night: Yo La Tengo at Fitzgerald's

    Yo La Tengo Fitzgerald's May 2, 2013 It's such a treat to see a band like Yo La Tengo perform at a club the size of Fitzgerald's, and that was clear during their headlining set on Thursday night. Sure, they play to hundreds more people at most of their other gigs, but anyone in attendance - includi ... 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

    October 15, 2012

    ACL 2012: Sunday's 10 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    6 More ACL Acts to Look Out For This Weekend

    I'm what you can call a late bloomer when it comes to music festivals. Before coming to work for Rocks Off, my festival expertise was regulated to the Houston International Festival and that one SXSW that I spent bar hopping on Red River then somehow managing to sneak into Stubbs through the artist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in Houston in August

    Ready to buy a new vehicle? Besides checking out insurance prices and Consumer Reports ratings on certain models, you might want to take a look at the accounting Houston cops keep each month of reported thefts. Ford trucks were the fan favorite among Houston's thieves for the month of August, acco ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2012
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    August 23, 2012

    Jerrell Dwayne Lewis, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 137

    A man was shot to death on the northwest side Wednesday night, police say. Jerrell Dwayne Lewis, 28, was found lying dead from several gunshot wounds in an apartment complex in the 5700 block of Lost Forest about 11:30 p.m. last night, HPD says. Officers responded to "a shots fired" call and found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Shannon Michelle Garcia: Wanted In Fatal Hit & Run That Killed Jeremy Choate

    Police are looking for a 25-year-old woman who they say hit and killed a motorcyclist Saturday and then took off without rendering aid. Shannon Michelle Garcia, 25, has been charged with accident involving injury or death in the incident, which left a 33-year-old man dead. His identity has been wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    HPMA Showcase: Sunday's 12 Best Random Moments

    Besides all the music, Rocks Off asked our writers to keep an eye out for the unusual at Sunday's HPMA showcase -- because it's everywhere -- and let us know if they found anything especially offbeat or otherwise noteworthy. HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012 HPMA Showcase: Rocks Off's Top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Friday Night: The Beach Boys at The Woodlands

    The Beach Boys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 8, 2012 The Beach Boys taught a generation of American kids how to be teenagers. With songs about the perils of love, the magic of cars, school ties, faceless authority, and depression and isolation, they wrote the book on high-octane hormonal roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Long-Time Car Salesman Rocky McCullough: Dealership Fired Me Because I Have Cancer

    You might recognize Rocky McCullough from his Goodson Honda TV spots, where he guaranteed low prices while standing next to a buxom model or two. But now McCullough is playing a different role: the plaintiff in an employment discrimination lawsuit against Southern Ford in Pearland. McCullough claim ... More >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    2012 Summer Guide: It's a Scorcher

    A summer concert season to melt your face off.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    This Is the Guy Who Checked His Car for Damage, Not His Victim, in Fatal Hit & Run

    Crime Stoppers has released a composite photo for a leading candidate of Most Skewed Priorities of the Year: The guy who smashed into a pedestrian and knew it, who then drove a couple of blocks before stopping to check his car for damage and then driving blithely on. The incident happened March 14, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    Hit & Run Driver Stops, Checks Damage to His Car, Drives Away from Dying Victim

    Priorities: Some people have them. Not good priorities, but priorities nevertheless. Like the owner of a white Honda sedan, "a black male in his 30s." Police say he hit a pedestrian in the 3400 block of West Fuqua shortly after 2 a.m. today and drove away. He drove away not because he was unaware ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu Loves Race Car Driving

    Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of the new Blu Restaurant and Lounge (2248 Texas Dr; in Sugar Land's Town Square, couldn't stop smiling when I was taking pictures of him in the kitchen. "In New York, the photographers didn't want me to smile," he says, but for me he smil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    5th-Grader Abducted, Sexually "Touched" & Returned to HISD School

    A fifth-grade girl from White Elementary was abducted this morning on her way to school by a man who drove her to an apartment "where he touched her in an inappropriate sexual manner" and then returned her to school, HISD says. The principal of the west side school, at 9001 Triola Lane, sent a lett ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Bayou Cleanup Crew Finds Body of Motorcycle Rider Near Downtown

    Went airborne, with fatal results.​A boat crew cleaning up Buffalo Bayou found, among the usual debris, the body of a dead motorcyclist about 10 a.m. today. Police think the man, 31, whose name has not been released pending verification, might have been in the water for as long as ten hours, ... 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 23, 2011

    We Have Visited The BestFest Grounds, And It Is Good

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Just minutes ago, Rocks Off returned from the Best of Houston® BestFest grounds at the Midtown superblock off Main and Travis, and we can say with all certainty that this weekend will be huge. We were there shooting a segment to air on Channel 39's NewsFix today at 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    ACL: The Sound (Or Lack Thereof) & The Fury

    Photos by Chris GrayYes, that stage is as far away as it looks.​When a bleary Rocks Off arrived at the media area this morning, there was some chatter about Stevie Wonder's supposed sound troubles, and more online, both in our review and the Austin American-Statesman's. (By the way, we've upda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    ACL: Batman's Bale At Bingham, Nick 13 is a 10 On Sunday Afternoon

    Marco Torresoh hai Batman!​The widget on our phone says it's only 91 degrees here at Zilker Park but we don't believe that voodoo. The humidity and heat pounding the park reminds us of Houston. We smell Pasadena and our fair city's taco trucks all the way from Austin. Our day started by walk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    30 Seconds With Chromeo

    ​Rocks Off sat down with Dave1 and P-Thugg of one of the best bands around, Chromeo, to see what we could learn from their royal smoothnesses in just 30 seconds. Note: They wished to be credited for their answers collectively, because My Little Pony is right and friendship really is magic. Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Matthew Mehdi Rouhani, 61, Bayou Body Count No. 139

    A man was found shot to death in his westside business Saturday and his car was stolen, Houston police say. Matthew Mehdi Rouhani, 61, was found dead by employees in the 1600 block of Upland about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, HPD says. "Mr. Rouhani had not been seen since last Tuesday (Aug. 30) and his emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Jeremy Kaelin, Accused 'Roid-Dealer/Woman-Beater, Loses Fancy Breitling Watch to State. What a Pity.

    Jeremy Kaelin: Probably won't need that watch for a while anyway.​With last Friday's default judgment favoring the plaintiff, the case of The State of Texas vs One (1) Watch with Clear Stones has come to an end. A court found that Jeremy Kaelin's silver-colored Breitling for Bentley watch fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    ACL Fest Schedule Released; Your Guide To The "Death Duels"

    Stevie Wonder on FacebookStevie Wonder: Even My Morning Jacket will be watching.​This morning, the organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced the schedule for the September 16-18 Zilker Park throwdown. We all knew there would be some tough choices, but Rocks Off found that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    "Come On Buick, Light My Fire."

    Not official Nike footwear.​Like most of Western society, I'd figured I was pretty much numb to the use of popular songs in commercials. I don't know how far back the practice dates, exactly, but I remember the anecdote from No One Here Gets Out Alive about Jim Morrison shooting down the sugge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    ACL Day 2 Recap: M.I.A., Gogol Bordello, Deadmau5, Mouse Masks

    credReturn of the Bamboo Banger: M.I.A.​Aftermath was eager to catch Gogol Bordello, only because our companion had missed their last Houston show at Meridian in 2008. We were convinced he'd get a kick out of them so we dragged him over to the AMD stage early in order to get a good view. One ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 1

    Brittanie SheyThe Ettes​Brittanie Shey: Things seem incredibly crowded, and hotter than Houston, if that's even possible. The dust is already flying. Some of us here braved the bro-crowd at the Black Keys (see jump) but some of us, seeing the mile of bodies wobbling before the stage, decided t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Maria Hernandez, 59, Bayou Body Count No. 153

    Killed while sweeping​All Maria Hernandez wanted was to keep the front of her home on Crosstimbers clean. Instead she ended up dead.Hernandez, 57, 59, was slammed by a hit-and-run driver in the 400 block of Crosstimbers a little before 9 a.m. Sunday morning, and was pronounced dead at the scene.Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Tobi Oyedeji: Tragedy Hits Bellaire High

    Photo courtesy FacebookOyedeji had a good academic record at Bellaire​A kid with a shining future, one who worked hard in class, who seemed to have everything before him, died this weekend, and Bellaire High is grieving.Tobi Oyedeji, 17, was set to play basketball for Texas A&M next year, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Rock And Roll Saved Steve Almond's Life - Here's How

    ​It's one thing to enjoy music as the kind of casual background noise to a car ride, jog in the park or commercial extolling the incredible mileage of the new Honda. Fiction writer, memoirist and former Miami New Times music writer Steve Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal, Candyfreak) is not that kind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Unidentified Man, Bayou Body Count No. 90

    ​At 8:20 AM, while the rest of us were downing coffee, dozing over our cereal, or enduring a freeway traffic jam somewhere in this sprawling metropolis, two of our fellow Houstonians were arguing about money in the parking lot of a Hobby Airport-area apartment complex. And that discussion wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Houstonian Going Off-Road In Africa To Fight HIV/AIDS

    ​What are you doing next month to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and poverty in South Africa? Hair Balls admits we didn't get around to scheduling any time for that, but Houstonian Ganesh Krishnan is heading to South Africa to participate in Enduro Africa, an eight-day motorcycle ride through the cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Sometimes The Cases Are Easy, Sometimes Not

    courtesy of HCSOSandra Martinez​It may seem like it sometimes, but not all murders in Houston go unsolved.Take, for instance, a case last Friday inside a home at 10727 Lumber Ridge Trail. Sandra Martinez and her husband, Cesar Barrera, had been arguing most of the night when at about 9:30 p.m. Bar ... More >>

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

  • Film

    February 19, 2009
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    February 13, 2009

    Guy Discovers Months Later His Car Wasn't Stolen, Just Impounded

    On December 1, Jesse Elliot walked out of his apartment and realized his tricked-out Honda Accord - the car he loved - had been stolen. Jesse missed his morning classes at Universal Technical Institute, where he took mechanic classes, to file a report with the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.  Th ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    May 8, 2008

    Still Lapping It Up with Mario Kart Wii

    Nothing you haven't seen, but still a welcome sight

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