My wife is pregnant. It's our third time in the barrel, and as unexpected a ride as the prior two. We (think we) know what in for we're this time, though, so it should be smooth sailing. To help ensure pacific waters, I'm (mostly) teetotaling in sympathy with my wife for the next 40 weeks or so. Tha ... More >>
Government shutdown gets personal for one Houston kid.
For most of us the government shutdown is a bad joke that seems like it will never end, but for 12-year-old Justin Clark and his family, the shutdown that has frozen the works of federal government is a lot closer to a very unfunny hostage situation. Two months ago Justin was diagnosed with Giant A ... More >>
You know how this works: a snarky writer starts off with a few high-minded paragraphs about subcultures and having an open mind and cultural anthropology. The goal is to make it seem like they started watching whatever video they're about to tear apart with the best intentions, instead of admitting ... More >>
Major League Baseball decided to delay announcing the 2013 Hall of Fame induction class until Wednesday this week so as not to have the news buried by coverage of the historic clash between Alabama and Notre Dame for the BCS title. For Major League Baseball, it's a refreshing dose of self awareness ... More >>
Acccording to court documents, "Jessica," a 36-year-old Houston-area woman was creeped out by an acquaintance of hers, 26-year-old Daniel Riekstins of Webster. Jessica had heard that Riekstins's behavior with underage teen girls was suspicious and that his relationships with some of them had been ... More >>
Thanksgiving is in ten days, and then we'll all be fully immersed in the holiday season. While shopping recently, I noticed that Taylor Swift now has her own greeting-card line featuring her photography and sweet words. If you were to receive one such card from a loved one, would you swell with fuz ... More >>
When the opportunity to interview a fast-rising 16-year-old pop star named Ryan Beatty, I initially wrote him off as a Bieber clone, which would be like aural equivalent of Xeroxing the act of stepping on a LEGO. When I did finally sit down and give a listen to Beatty though, I have to admit there r ... More >>
Aesop Rock, Edison, Dark Time Sunshine Fitzgerald's August 10, 2012 It was a characteristically hot August night in the H on Friday, but I'd wager that no place was hotter than the upstairs room at Fitzgerald's. The club was crowded with sweating hip-hop heads anticipating hot rhymes, hot beats and ... More >>
Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age. UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan ... More >>
Bro, how times have changed: 21 Jump Street now a buddy comedy.
Photos by Rachel BohananThe Alabama Theater, complete with tiny, edible movie posters, was one of the most heartfelt entries in Saturday's competition.For David Stagg, Caitlin Kaluza and the rest of their team from Schipul, their gingerbread house was meant to evoke emotions: a vintage Alabam ... More >>
The current volume of local music is staggering. New Houston bands are born daily, and all too often pass away just as quickly. Rocks Off wants to help you (and ourselves) keep up. Houston may have gotten colder, but that's just an excuse to hunker down with those headphones, discover some local m ... More >>
Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.
When in doubt, let Justin Bieber be a living cautionary tale: If he takes his girlfriend to a place, don't take your date there.Looking for a great place to take a first date? There are plenty of lists out there. Hell, we've even got a few of our own. Looking for a great place to break up? We ... More >>
Ed. Note: Jef With One F does not distinguish fiction from reality from video games. We let it slide because he accepts checks from the "Bank of Mordor"... we just hope it's not rubbing off on us. teecraze.comMusic is a weapon. That's what angry political bands will tell you. They'll bend yo ... More >>
Recently, Rocks Off was rolling the List o'Craig like we do when an all caps entry screamed at us that for only $50 they would gain us thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook friends. $50? That's less than a the price of a good Lego set! However, is it a good deal? Rocks Off firmly belie ... More >>
Steve JansenRocks Off doesn't know where you went to school, but Robert Ellis & the Boys' final Whiskey Wednesday at Fitzgerald's last night felt a lot like the prom/graduation party we always wanted to have. With maybe just a little more beer. 'Tis the season. As the ceiling sagged from th ... More >>
Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. Here is Part 1. The Last Place You Look on FacebookThe Last Place You Look's Justin Nava at Emo's in Austin ... More >>
What Texans would do for a Lincoln
For sale, cheap: Critiques of your dating profileHair Balls has five bucks burning a hole in our pocket, and we're thinking about spending it on a postcard from a Houston-based model no one's ever heard of. Or possibly a Texas State Fair award-winning pecan pie recipe.The problem is, there are ju ... More >>
Every day Rocks Off trolls the tubes of you in search of videos to share. If you have something that you think deserves to be video of the day, send a link to jef_rouner at yahoo dot com. If there are two things that Rocks Off is certain we loved as children in the late '80s and early '90s, ... More >>
A mission to recover diamonds, at Mom's houseI wanted to write about Luis Scola today, I really did. I wanted to talk about how good Daryl Morey has to feel that he was able to lock in Scola for an annual number below $10 million per year in a goofy free agent market that has seen $6 million and ... More >>
cybertoadYou can still get the fish at Luby's...Twenty-five years ago I was a wee elementary school lass who liked to watch Goonies, play Legos, and eat raw gelatin off my finger at swim meets. Life was easy back then - We got our sloppy joes from the cafeteria lunch lady and our Frito pies a ... More >>
Rick Perry is getting a lot of Internet play today for manfully admitting to the Associated Press that he used a laser-sighted pistol with hollow-point bullets to kill a coyote that was threatening his dog while he was out jogging.Take that, dog predator. You should have known our governor never jog ... More >>
Tomorrow night at Khon's, Rocks Off lets you open up your first Christmas present of the season, our brand new copy of Lego Rock Band. We promise that you won't have to kiss any of us on the cheek afterwards or write a detailed thank-you note like your Mom would make you do back in the day when you ... More >>
Photo courtesy of SwamplotThe HISD Central Services building, a.k.a. the Taj MahalThe old HISD Central Services building on Richmond -- called the Taj Mahal by HISD employees, both for its massive size and the massive budget that went into building it -- was torn down in 2007. One of the few ... More >>
Did you know that ZZ Top's "Pearl Necklace" is essentially about a man ejaculating onto a woman's neck? No? Well, neither did I when I was 12. That is just disgusting. It is a disgusting, insanely catchy song, and I had no idea what it was about until I was an adult. I thought it was about a wo ... More >>
Video games linked to obsessive, Tony Shalhoub-type behavior
Together, architects and artists design dwellings
LEGO tourney pits block against block
Repeat after us: The Dirtbombs are not a garage rock band
A "routine" shuttle descent winds up stunning Space City
A "routine" shuttle descent winds up stunning Space City
Allison arrived in a flood of thoughts -- mattress rafts, murky thigh-deep water and the sudden flotsam of family life rushing out the back door
Stoppard's Night and Day places journalism under a high-powered microscope
Brooke Stroud repackages consumer goods into minimalist works of art
Forget the usual construction materials. Two German artists built a dream home out of plastic boxes.
Unfortunately, Mallorca doesn't offer much else
If you rearrange the furniture, do you become someone else?
Both a bang and a whimper? The CAM's long-awaited Texas show may burn bright, but it doesn't burn deep