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    November 21, 2014

    The Flu Is on the Rise in Texas, Just in Time for the Holidays

    Should you want to avoid some Thanksgiving awkwardness with the family, well, just go out into the general public and touch a bunch of stuff. Flu cases are up in Texas, a bit earlier than normal, according to the CDC, which means there's still hope for a valid excuse for skipping out on the turkey t ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014
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    October 2, 2014
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    August 13, 2014

    If Bands Sponsored NFL Teams: The AFC

    Recently Vince Neil got approval to start his own Arena Football League franchise in Las Vegas. No word yet on the branding, but we here at Rocks Off are obviously hoping that, like the L.A. KISS, it will be themed around Neil's band Motley Crue. For those not in the know, the L.A. KISS is KISS' ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Houston Ranks Low in Health, Fitness Survey (But We're Better Than Dallas!)

    It might be all that BBQ, the late-night bar hopping, or the fact it just makes more sense to drive wherever you have to go (we really wish we had the adventurous spirit of you daily bicycle riders), but Houston recently ranked not too far from the bottom of the American Fitness Index. The report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    The Old Fashioned Cocktail Gets A Make-Under

    The Old Fashioned cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the present.

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    January 16, 2014
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    December 17, 2013

    "Joy to the World, Our Teacher's Dead": What the Hell Is That All About?

    A couple of years back I got obsessed with finding out the origin of "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells." Believe it or not I was actually able to track it down to pretty definitively to a single 5th-grade classroom in Dunkirk, Indiana. It's made we wonder what other interesting Christmas parodies I could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    No Beard? No Problem. Rockets Beat Clippers for 40th W of the Season

    At the beginning of this season, I was talking to my friend David Hardisty over at At the beginning of every season, we'll usually talk about what we expect from the season. The team had just traded for James Harden, but neither of us were optimistic. I pegged the Rockets' win total ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    The Most Incredible, Heartbreaking Buzzer Beater You'll Ever See (w/ VIDEO)

    Reason number 3,142 that living in the internet age is awesome: Whereas back in the day, basketball fans were largely privy only to buzzer beaters during March Madness, NBA games, and a random hand-filmed highlight from one of their local high school teams on the evening news, thanks to the intern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Five Reasons the Young Rockets Will Make the Playoffs This Year

    Last year, the Rockets were in the driver's seat with just a few weeks left in the season. They were in the sixth spot in the Western Conference seeding and virtual lock to make the playoffs. Then all hell broke loose. They lost six straight games and found themselves out of the playoffs for the thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Want Love? Live in Texas? Then I'll See You at Walmart

    Walmart has anything you could need. Ninety-eight-inch televisions. Formica bookshelves. Palettes of alcohols. Piles of strollers. All for under $50, and all available just down the interstate. The Waltons have perfected the pursuit of capitalism, 102.7 billion times over. They've timed their sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Scooter Brown Band Firehouse Saloon, January 4 Few bands on the Texas country circuit -- a scene largely made up of affable college dropouts -- can say that they have a true-blue U.S. Marine up front, but the Scooter Brown Band can. Lead singer-songwriter/Iraq war combat veteran Scott Brown chose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Notre Dame-Alabama: Jimmy Clausen Fires The First Salvo And Shows Why The World Hates Him

    I have to say that for a potentially historical battle between two behemoth football programs with the two most bruising, physically pounding defenses in the country, the lead up thus far to the January 7 BCS Title Game between Notre Dame and Alabama has been proceeding rather softly. The captains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Murder by Death at Fitzgerald's

    Murder by Death, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons Fitzgerald's July 27, 2012 When I discovered that Murder by Death was set up to play the smaller downstairs room at Fitzgerald's Friday night, I was a little surprised. The Indiana-based y'allternative act may hail from a small town, but they've got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Pollstar: Woodlands Pavilion Now World's No. 3 Amphitheater

    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, site of Sunday night's aromatic 311 show, has long been one of the country's busiest concert venues, usually ranking at or near the top in annual attendance. Now it's officially one of the busiest in the world. In concert trade publication Pollstar's new survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    The 10 Funniest Lines In Recent Extreme-Music Press Releases

    Most days, Rocks Off's email inbox is swamped with dozens of messages from industrious publicists eager for us to write something about their artists. That's their job. Hitting the "save" or "delete" button is ours. We certainly have our own lapses sometimes, but we have also been writing (and readi ... More >>

  • News

    February 16, 2012

    Blood Money

    More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Declassified KBR Contract Shows How It Gets a Free Pass for Willful Misconduct

    These dudes know how to write a sweet contract.​A KBR government contract protected the company from liability for injuries or deaths caused by willful misconduct, according to recently declassified Army documents. Although the existence of the clause was revealed as a part of a lawsuit file ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    10 Things You May Not Know About G N' R's Use Your Illusion Albums

    For the past few weeks, the music world has been firmly entrenched in Nirvana nostalgia. Hell, even Rocks Off took a crack at it, looking up all the expensive memorabilia on eBay related to the band. But in September 1991, another album hit the store shelves that had a lot of impact too, for better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Grilled Corn on the Cob

    ​Corn on the cob was a favorite, until the Germans came. Before them, summertime guests relished the crisp Indiana sweet corn, fresh from the field, hot and buttered. But our Teutonic cousins refused the golden ears, and were giggling like brats at the end of the long table, while the Americ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    2011 NBA Draft -- The Live Blog

    Keep coming back for the latest​The overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Kosher Coke: The Real Real Thing

    ​Often I pop into Belden's in Meyerland because it's a throwback supermarket with unique food items, and right now it has "Houston's Largest Selection Kosher for Passover." That matters because it's the short season for Kosher Coca-Cola. I'm not from Sugar Land, but I love sugar in my Coke. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Texas Lousy at Reporting Food Poisoning, Study Says

    You'll never know what gets you in Texas​If you live in Texas and eat food, you will probably die, or at least become violently ill. That's what we're taking away from a study that gives the Lone Star state an "F" in reporting outbreaks of foodborne illness. The Center for Science in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Ben Sills of Barcadia

    ​ Why is Ben Sills of Barcadia nicknamed Ben the Menace? "Kassidy, my girlfriend, calls me that because I'm always creating trouble," he said. "I'm the kid with the slingshot in his back pocket." Considering his sweet, boyish charm and nonconformist attitude, I would have to say that's a pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    What Does Batman Have To Do With "Jingle Bells"?​Jingle Bells! Batman smells Robin laid an egg. Batmobile lost a wheel And the Joker got away. Everyone has heard this parody of "Jingle Bells." In fact, for a couple of years Rocks off had recited this version so many times that when called upon to sing the original ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    National Journal Ranks Rick Perry 11th In The 2012 Stakes

    Answer: Probably not​It's never too early to begin the horse-race punditry on the 2012 presidential race, and National Journal has taken on the job. They've published their rankings of who's likely to get the GOP nod, and -- in what's good news for America but bad for Texas -- Rick Perry come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Sexiest Cities: Don't Get Too Excited, Houston

    Houston;'s hot, but not as hot as....Bakersfield?​Men's Health has found, once again, a surefire way to get mentioned in a bunch of cities who otherwise wouldn't pay it much mind: It's come up with a list of the nation's sexiest cities.How? By, it claims, examining condom sales, birth rates and ST ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Frozen Custard on a Hot Day

    Photos by Robb Walsh​The thermometer in the car said 100 degrees on Saturday afternoon when we stopped for ice cream at Ritter's Frozen Custard on North Fry Road in Katy. Ritter's serves scoops of frozen custard in a variety of flavors. We sampled the rich vanilla and chocolate-flecked strawbe ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues

    Editor's Note: The following article has been updated to clarify some statements made in the original. To clarify, we did not mean to suggest that Levonia Stancil is the owner of Unified Doers Management Group. And we wish to make clear that it is Darrick Stancil who settled a civil fine for $3,600 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: Scott Miller

    Photo by clared23 "I've been drunk all around this town, from the downside up to the upside down...." So sings Scott Miller in "Drunk All Around this Town," which he calls "the most beautiful ballad I have ever written." That might not be true but it is a most apropos song for SXSW, and it never sou ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Houston Dominates True Love, If Essence Magazine Is To Be Believed

    Houston, we are kicking ass once again -- this time in the category of smooth, silky black romancing.Essence magazine, which is sorta like Cosmo for black women (we guess), conducted a nationwide search to find the five most romantic couples who want to get engaged. The winning couple will be reveal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Local Attorneys Help Hit Drugmaker Hard

    $800 million is a ton of money to settle a civil suit, but two Houston attorneys helped win a settlement of that size this morning.Joel Androphy, who specializes in whistleblower suits, worked with Sarah Frazier and won a big one as the drug giant Eli Lilly agreed to pay that whopping amount to sett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    Protests Against ExxonMobil, But Not In Houston

    The Democratic National Committee launched the first web ad for the Exxon-McCain Campaign today, a campaign that protests McCain’s much-too-close ties to big oil. (You can see the ad here.) Along with the web ad, there’s a National Day of Action planned (kinda). Activists across the country are ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    Pro Athlete Musicians

    Athletes step off the field and into the studio

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    August 21, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    Five Times August

    Five Times August performs Saturday, May 5, at Mojo Risin', 1600 Shepherd, 713-426-1505.

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    December 12, 2006

    Playbill: Austin Lucas Tra--oops, Austin. On his MySpace page, singer/songwriter Austin Lucas uses the "Sounds Like" box of his "General Info" section to bitch about being compared to Tracy Chapman: "All I can say is that even though I find this comparison terribly flattering, I also must ... More >>

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    December 12, 2006

    Playbill: Austin Lucas Tra--oops, Austin. On his MySpace page, singer/songwriter Austin Lucas uses the "Sounds Like" box of his "General Info" section to bitch about being compared to Tracy Chapman: "All I can say is that even though I find this comparison terribly flattering, I also must ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 14, 2005

    Proud Marie

    A fiery poet shares her Home Grown flow

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    December 23, 2004

    Hard Time

    Ray Hill's tips for surviving prison

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    June 14, 2001

    Executing the Truth in Ads

    Just who is behind the McVeigh ads is called into question

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    December 21, 2000


    Ministry Magic, Rice Wars, Cross to Bear

  • Film

    October 7, 1999

    Ford Fatigue

    Harrison plods through the flat Pollack mystery Random Hearts

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    January 22, 1998

    Dripping with Irony

    Hard Rain drowns the myth of small-town virtue

  • Culture

    July 18, 1996

    Dumb and Dumber

    The Nerd and Ten by Ten do little to liven up the season

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    March 3, 1994
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    December 9, 1993

    Lost Cyberweekend

    CyberCulture Houston: Three days of art, music, dance and deep thoughts

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