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Houston

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Wine Me Up: Houston's Top 5 Cougar Dens

    ​There are few things in this life that young Rocks Off loves more than a gang of cougars on the town spilling wine on the ground and trying to light the wrong end of a borrowed cigarette whilst slurring in our direction that she likes our tattoos before drunkenly pawing at us. We think it's a men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Low-G: From E.S.L. Mockery to Historic Spanish Hip-Hop

    "When I'm on my last line I'm gonna let ya'll know." "Yo, yo I want to welcome... welcome everybody to Hustle Town. Are we recording? Alright, let's do this, fellas." True Houston Latino rap fans don't need us to cite the opening lines of this track or what album it appeared on, but maybe you need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Why Do Houstonians Hate Beagles?

    ​The American Kennel Club has put out its annual report listing the most popular breeds nationwide and in specific cities. As in most years, Houston generally mirrors the national trends.The nation's most popular dogs:1. Labrador Retriever2. German Shepherd Dog3. Yorkshire Terrier4. Golden Retriev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    1992 Redo: DJ Flea and Dat Boi T Give Underground Artists (and Listener) a Free Weekly Music Platform

    ​ It's something we haven't addressed yet, but it's been brought up numerous times in our talks with Houston's underground Latino rappers. When Univision's hip-hop stations in Houston went away this last decade, so did those artists' airwave platform. But sometimes you have to look back in order t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Closed-Minded Bigots Have Decided To Boycott Boycott Houston

    ​Earlier this week Hair Balls talked to Pastor David Grisham, a man of the cloth who was proclaiming the utterly reasonable, open-hearted and accepting gospel that the world should boycott Houston because we have a gay mayor. Oh, and there's a Planned Parenthood outlet mall here, or something.Sadl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Five Spot: In Which We Needlessly Prolong Our "Feud" With the GRIT Boys... and Post 5 New MP3s

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. ​Count the GRIT Boys, a trio of Houston rappers who've been bubbling around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Get Funky at Aurora Picture Show's "Soul Nite" at the Eldorado Ballroom

    ​ The Eldorado Ballroom, the boxy Deco warehouse on the corner of Elgin and Dowling, will once again be filled with the sounds of soul thanks to Aurora PIcture Show and film curator Peter Lucas, who are presenting Soul Nite Saturday at 7 p.m. The ballroom, the epicenter of Houston's black musical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Unidentified Woman, Bayou Body Count No. 22

    It's well established that Houston has more than its fair share of murders. Most often, they involve a bunch of guys at a colorful bar early in the morning, or a drug deal gone awry. But so far this January, there have been a remarkably high number of dead bodies just turning up, with no known witne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    No "Hesitation"... Just Watch Peekaboo Theory's New Video

    All right, this is what we have been waiting for: cool videos from Houston artists. Hell, we have enough cats here with state-of-the-art equipment and skills, it seems silly to let it all go to waste on insurance company commercials and that dude who will pay you in $2 bills. A few weeks back we br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    HISD Crossing Guards Will Get Their Due!

    ​The city of Houston is supposed to pick up the tab for Houston ISD's school crossing guards. The state decided this a few years back; in fact, for a while the city operated the program itself, but in a spirit of cooperation (and common sense) it ceded that duty to the school district and then rei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    The Life Of One Of "Houston's Craziest," Caught On Video

    During the reporting of "Houston's Craziest," a Houston Press cover story from a few weeks back about a new Houston Police Department program that identified the 30 craziest people in Houston, we noticed a trend among the people on the list: Almost all of them used drugs. Not psychotropic drugs, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Another Anonymous Male, Bayou Body Count No. 16

    ​The list of anonymous bodies and unknown killers continues to grow, as Houston homicide detectives opened another case over the weekend.On Friday at about 10:30 p.m., the cops got a call from a resident along the 3400 block of Tampa, a little east of Hermann Park, about a dead body in a nearby ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Houston Chevron Marathon: Where To Watch and How To Do It

    Photos by euthman​Sunday morning, 22,000 runners will depart from the George R. Brown Convention Center to traverse Houston on foot as part of the 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon. This year will be the largest and most popular marathon in Houston history. In 2009, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    What's In a Name? Thrashers Owl Witch Explain the Messed-Up Mythology Behind Their Moniker

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. ​ The best way to listen to thrash metal is to turn it up to full volume and then place your hands over your ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Becky Hamilton, 52, Bayou Body Count No. 9

    ​It's the kind of thing that sounds like it could be a mob hit ... or possible a pissed-off athlete.But whatever the case, Houston police are trying to figure out who and why someone stuffed a dead body into a locker that was found in a field just south of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.Ride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 10

    ​Houston police are investigating the death of a woman found dead inside a business building on Friday night.At about 10:45 p.m., police were dispatched to 3029 Broadway, which houses both a skin care and a construction business, phone records show. There, police found the woman's body. She appear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Magnolia City Mixtape: Nameless Sound Kids' Classes, Runaway Sun to NYC, '59 Nash for Sale, etc.

    ​ New Year, new feature for Rocks Off. Each week we'll digest the Houston music scene's subtle notes you might not have caught in your online travels. We call it Magnolia City Mixtape. Like to hear it? Here it go. Starting today, Nameless Sound is offering free creative music classes for youths, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Rocks Off Has Some Issues This Morning, But Not as Many as This Guy

    ​Rocks Off came into the office this morning to discover we had been beset by a bad case of the gremlins. One of our photographers' Web site was down, there was another mix-up with the Willie Nelson photos from Saturday night (which has since been fixed) and... well, it's just a Monday. However, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Aftermath: Willie Nelson and an Arena Theatre Audience Apparently Raised In a Barn

    Photos by Jason Wolter​ Congratulations, Houston music fans! We are barely a week into the new year, and you already proven to Aftermath that our dreams and hopes for a new decade of change and decorum during live shows was just that: A wish that will never come to fruition, right up there with ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Houston To Become Another Detroit, Expert Says

    ​If the Ike cat story was the feel-good item of the morning, here's your Debbie Downer special. Houston, and it's energy industry, is doomed, and we just might become a new Detroit, one expert says."So could Houston be replaced by Japanese consumer electronics firms? Yes, easily," says Dana Blanke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 17: Bayou Body Count No. 8

    ​Houston can be a dangerous city. You can get shot just walking down the street.On Saturday afternoon, two guys, ages 21 and 17, were ambling down the sidewalk at 9000 Long Point Road in northwest Houston when suddenly a pair of men sidled up next to them and starting shooting, police say.As the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Swiss Chard

    ​"Bright lights" is a variety of Swiss chard that grows exceptionally well in Houston. You encounter this stuff all the time if know any gardeners. You can substitute it for spinach or tender greens in lots of recipes, but it doesn't do well with long cooking. In fact, you can eat the younge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Baby, It's Cold Outside

    Congratulations, Houston! After many years of moaning about our city having only two seasons -- summer and a slightly less hot summer -- you're finally getting that "winter" you always complained about never having. Those days of 90 percent humidity and 90 degree temperatures don't look so bad now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    God, there could be anything in there. You first. No, please, we insist. Let us know if it's filled with spiders, because that means we're having that stupid nightmare again.​ Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we've built a little fort out of our vast stockpil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: The World Of Ghost Mountain

    ​Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, three Houston bands throw down their first gigs of 2010. For Roky Moon & Bolt they have a new album in the offing and the future seems pretty clear cut. They are riding into this new year with quite an amount of steam behind them from most all the mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown: We Interrupt This Countdown to Bring You Some Basketball/Rap Metaphors

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to sheaserrano@gmail.com.​You know how at the end of each American Idol season they drag the fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Lord, Throw Me In A Green Plastic Tub And Drag Me To The Curbside

    Photo by John Nova Lomax​It's official -- Houston is a green city, and the rest of Texas is now catching on. So while the EPA may or may not have "castrated" the Clean Air Act in Houston, at Pastor Ezell Simmons's Eighth Street Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ, the Green Gospel is ringing o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Everybody's Invited to Bluesman Earl Gilliam's 80th Birthday Party

    ​Tomorrow night at the Big Easy, come out to help Houston blues legend Earl Gilliam celebrate joining the octogenarian club with what is sure to be a packed crowd. The blues pianist has been laying waste to crowds since the New Waverly native fell into the Houston scene in 1950. He helped guitaris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Top 9 Houston Restaurant Closings of the Decade

    Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.​1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The EPA: "Castrating," Maybe, But Also Getting Tougher

    ​The EPA may giveth, but it can also taketh away -- the agency is toughening guidelines in the fight against smog pollution, lowering the national ozone limit for the eight-hour standard.A federal Environmental Protection Agency spokesman says the agency will announce today that it is lowering the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Ask a Rapper: New Houstonian EX-L Eazy on How HAM! His New Hometown Is

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducinglisto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Live Coverage of Annise Parker's Public Inauguration

    While she privately took the oath of office on Saturday afternoon, today is the day that Houstonians will get to cheer alongside Annise Parker as she is publicly inaugurated as Houston's 61st mayor amidst day-long festivities and celebrations. Stay tuned to Hair Balls as we cover all the action belo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Urban Harvest's 10th Annual Fruit Tree Sale

    Photo by chotda​I had a hard time choosing between kumquat, grapefruit and Meyer lemon when I decided to plant a citrus tree last month. I guess I should have taken a class or something. Houston is a great place to grow citrus trees, and this week is a great time to plant one. Tomorrow (Tuesd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    We've Got Flatline. Clear! Houston Can Jump-Start the Heart of a Music Career

    Flatline feat. Trae, "Fuckin With Texas" @ Yahoo! Video Back in 2007, we came across a hip-hop video on YouTube that featured Trae, so naturally, we eagerly clicked on it. The track starts off with a sick Bun B sample. "You fuckin with Texas, you fuckin' with the best/ I ain't hard to find/ I'm in T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Previewing the Year Ahead In Local Releases

    ​ 2010 looks like it's going to be a banner year for music in general. We can look forward to a new Arcade Fire opus, another Spoon outing, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and a Beach House record that is already getting Animal Collective-like buzz. Rocks Off is chomping a ... More >>

  • News

    December 31, 2009

    Houston's Craziest

    In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.

  • Music

    December 31, 2009

    2010 Musical Resolutions

    In which we advise our favorite people in the Houston scene on their goals for the coming year.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Cut Your Tax Bill And Help An Arts Organization Via Last-Minute Donations

    Support a local arts organization and knock a few bucks off your IRS bill while you still have time -- make a tax deductible donation today. Dozens of museums, theater and dance companies have online options to make donations or are happy to take your credit card number over the phone. Funds are use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Jinxed Restaurant Locations of the Decade

    ​Is there really such a thing as a jinxed restaurant location? Some say it is just a myth. But we beg to differ. In July, Eating Our Words featured its first list of jinxed restaurant locations. We are happy to see that some of these restaurants have beaten the curse. Feast even made it into B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    We Unrepentantly Love Hot Chicks. And So Do You.

    ​Admit it. And we can't help but notice when we're culling photos for our slideshows from weekend events, club nights, bikini car washes, burlesque shows (yes, we have a terribly difficult duty to perform here), etc. that Houston is home to some absolutely gorgeous women. And in honor of thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Beignets at The Big Mamou

    ​On a basic level, beignets are French doughnuts, pastries of deep-fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar and served piping hot with a side of coffee. Much like free drinks and lottery tickets, they are impossible to turn down -- warm, sweet and crisp-golden. Yet despite their splendor, few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Pop Rocks: The Year In Houston Movies

    Like most years, 2009 wasn't hugely eventful for Houston as a movie town. There wasn't a big, locally filmed tentpole release like Armageddon, and most news revolved around the death of one of the city's biggest celebrities or, to a much lesser extent, the inaugural Cinema Arts Festival.Some movies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    It Was Hard Out Here For A Pimp. Latino Rap Made It Easier to Deal with the Decade.

    ​If we had to pick one song to define the decade, we'd have to choose "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," by Three 6 Mafia. It was a hard decade for the people of this country. You had September 11, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis. We even think Obama might want to thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Do's & Don'ts For The (Alleged, ALLEGED) "High-Priced" Hooker Getting A Mugshot

    Houston cops recently arrested a group of what the media described as "high-priced call girls" at a private event at a Midtown club."This is a party that was organized on a Web site that caters to mainly prostitution," said Lt. C. Vasquez with HPD's vice division. Police said they managed to infilt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Giant Watermelon Radishes

    ​Here's a radish that you could snack on for a few days. It's called a watermelon radish. The first time I recall seeing one was at Soma, the upscale sushi restaurant on Washington. Here's what I said about it in the review: "The salad came on a glass plate with one cobalt-blue edge. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Houston Gets Three Spots In The Decade's Pantheon Of Great New York Post Headlines

    ​Even if you have no idea what Phil Mushnick and Andrea Peyser have in common (answer: they're both New York Post columnists), you're probably aware of the great and noble tradition of tasteless, eye-grabbing headlines written by the New York tabloid. "Headless Body in Topless Bar" and all that. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Low Points Dominate the Decade for Houston's Latino Rappers

    ​ Sunday, Rocks Off crept down Little York on the "Nawf" side of H-Town to scope out Northside rider Big Cease's video production of "So Off the Chain," featuring Dat Boy X of Dallas and Houston's Lucky Luciano (above). Sure enough, Houston's underground scene was in full effect to provide support ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Aftermath: The Jonbenet Goes Out In a Fine Frenzy at Walter's

    Photos by Jason Allen​ Saturday night saw the last show from Houston via Sugar Land's The Jonbenet, who quite nearly tore apart Walter's on Washington with a 15-song set covering the band's history from 2003 on. Lead singer Michael Murland whipped the crowd into a fine frenzy, with the pit churnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Week in Photos

    Christmas is nearly here, which means Houston has wound down for the holidays. But the talented photographers in our Flickr pool have been as busy as ever, capturing our winter scenes and the holiday cheer. For more information about a picture, including its subject and photographer, simply click o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Rob G: Houston's Great Brown Hope

    Step into the hip-hop elevator of the Dirty South with Rocks Off. We're going on a field trip. Don't worry. We'll let you "press the button." ​Right now we are on floor "B," which stands for basement...more like rap basement, where Houston's Latino rap underground is bubbling with heat ready to v ... More >>

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