Two Harris County teens charged with killing a schoolmate in so-called "occult murder."
Texas is renowned as a gun-lover's paradise, and firearm enthusiasts in Houston are fortunate to have a vast array of gun shops to choose from -- but unfortunately, if you want pork-laced ammunition to fend off a crazed jihadist, you'll have to order it from the clear-minded, level-headed folks at t ... More >>
Maggie Carey's debut is full of promise.
I've been on a chicken kick recently; a chicken sandwich kick, to be more accurate. So when friends and I grabbed brunch at Gratifi (pronounced gratify), the quaint and colorful kitchen and bar formerly known as Ziggy's Healthy Grill, I went with The Bobblehead ($9), their barbecue chicken sandwich, ... More >>
While its Major League parents continue to struggle to maintain their place on the big league sports landscape, trailing at least perceptually behind the NBA and way behind the NFL, minor league baseball continues to be a solid, growing (albeit slowly in some places, but growing nonetheless) busines ... More >>
Note: Once again this year, Rocks Off is proud to share our L.A. sister blog West Coast Sound's coverage of this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Electric Daisy Carnival, which ended early this morning, promotes itself as being "all about the experience," and it's indeed much more th ... More >>
You thought the only action you were going to see at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was from that one airport security guard who always gets a little handsy in the pat-downs, but you've got another think coming. Turns out, if you're looking to get a little lovin', IAH is the place to go, speci ... More >>
True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>
Omar Ibrahim just needed a little help, you know what I mean? Can't a guy get a hand with a honey-do, for crying out loud? For some reason, no one seemed eager to pitch in with his request to move some bedding wrapped in some rugs. Maybe it was the freaking corpse that cops say was stuck in the mi ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and myself, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekly ... More >>
I have to admit that when I read this headline around 3 a.m. on Friday night, I couldn't stop laughing for a good 30 minutes. I may have even laughed myself to sleep. I may never feel that much joy for the rest of my life, and I wish that I could replay that hour of my life in perpetuity. Last wee ... More >>
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 >>
Gnocchi, or potato dumplings, are a traditional Italian staple dating all the way back to Ancient Rome. They can be made with everything from ricotta and spinach to sweet potatoes and breadcrumbs. But no matter how you make them, when done correctly, homemade gnocchi are the perfect light, fluffy an ... More >>
Delta Spirit Fitzgerald's April 12, 2012 I am concerned that younger bands these days are not learning the proper value of restraint. It's not even a generational thing, really. I had very little appreciation for or understanding of restraint myself until fairly recently, but a heart attack at age ... More >>
There are many things about food and drink that I will readily admit confound me. How did salty, slimy fish eggs become a delicacy an ounce of which cost more than my monthly rent? What is the obsession with food so spicy, it literally hurts to eat it? If Anthony Bourdain weren't famous, would he be ... More >>
Baked potatoes at our house are much more than a meal. They are a religion. We don't just do sour cream. We do sour cream-infused with freshly ground horseradish, a kiss of white wine, and kosher salt. We don't do "bacon bits." We do crumbled, crispy, center-cut bacon that's been fried the day bef ... More >>
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 >>
Amanda Kueht: Getting too close, cops sayA West U substance-abuse counselor has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old male patient. Amanda Leann Kueht, 28, and the male were discovered by a West u cop a little after midnight July 25 in the back seat of a car in a church parking lot ... More >>
Bad memories includedIf you've ever wanted to own a prison, now's your chance: The city of Littlefield is auctioning off the Bill Clayton Detention Center, abandoned by the GEO Group, a private prison operator with a troubled history in Texas. The Florida-based GEO pulled out after the son o ... More >>
theatlantic.comThe Weeknd: Don't call him, he won't call you.A recent headline in The Atlantic - "For Indie Bands, the New Publicity Is No Publicity" - seemed to scream "music blog." Since we Rocks Offers spend a goodly portion of our day weeding through emails and phone calls from publicist ... More >>
Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>
It's often the little things that make our favorite songs our favorites - the curious, unforeseen additions of small touches like an understated bit of whistling. For those who like to categorize their playlists into themes, we present you with the Rocks Off approved Whistle Playlist. The S ... More >>
Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
Just imagine it's a smokestack instead of a cannonNew rules designed to limit harmdul greenhouse gas emissions go into effect January 2, and 49 states have taken steps to meet them.Guess which one hasn't. Mississippi? They're usually last in everything, right? WRONG.You probably realize just from ... More >>
A lot of rappers establish street cred by talking about hittin' licks and sellin' rocks. Chingo Bling raps about slangin' tamales and hot sauce -- which is what brought him to the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium last weekend. Known as the Masa Messiah, or the Taquero Vaquero, or ... More >>
All of Houston has been following semi-breathlessly the sage of rapping weatherman Nick Kosir who has either appalled or entertained viewers (in Beaumont and on YouTube) with his white-man-raps schtick.He seemingly rode his talent to the big time -- San Francisco, which is a hell of a lot better TV ... More >>
Popular mystery writer reads from new novel
Reckless Kelly look to an old Idaho mentor on new album Somewhere in Time.
I put the car in reverse and started backing up through the drive-through lane at P. Terry's in Austin. The guy behind me honked his horn. My traveling companions screamed, "Watch out!" But I didn't care. "These fries are cold," I told the guy in the drive-though window, handing him ... More >>
Readers weigh in on the principal at T.H. Rogers
La Lohan elevates -- but can't save -- Georgia Rule
Is Indika the best Indian restaurant in the United States?
Show 'em off at a midnight screening of Napoleon Dynamite
Bands and their fans play rookie ball at Cardi's 2000
This summer the PC Cowboys trade KILT for kilts
Idaho's Built to Spill survives the indie-to-major metamorphosis with its street cred intact
Smoke Signals laughs and cries Native-American style
John Singleton's Higher Learning fails to make the grade