Loch Ness Monster

  • Music

    January 2, 2014

    It's Impossible to Recap Every Houston Rap Release from 2013, But That Won't Stop Us From Trying

    Can one man mention every 2013 Houston rap release worth mentioning?

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Everything You Needed to Know About Houston Rap In 2013

    Our year-end Houston rap recap (this right here -- oh hi!) is always an exercise in economical efficiency. The amount of words that can fit in this space is about 1/15th of the total amount of local rap artists, so capturing all of the neat things they did in 2013 is basically like winning the lotte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    49ers 34, Texans 3: Mad Matt Beyond Schauberdome

    If anyone thought last week's loss to Seattle was rock bottom, think again. That loss was a mere night in the drunk tank. Sunday night in San Francisco for the Texans was more like having your stomach pumped after being found unconscious covered in your own vomit. In one week, the Texans went from n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Can Silver Snakes Beat Indiana Jones' Ass?

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. There's an underlying animal theme to this column you may or may not have noticed. I'm always interested when bands attach themselves to lions, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    No, George Washington Doesn't Want You Armed Against the Government: E-Mail Debunking Part II

    This little infographic has been making the rounds on Facebook among the more pro-gun people... especially a certain kind of pro-gun people. See, there are hunters, there are people who want to own guns for home protection, and there are people who want to own guns simply because they are adults who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Reality Bites: MonsterQuest

    There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time. Admittedly, the concept of MonsterQuest initially struck me as woefully similar to that of...certain other reality shows, in that I was sure we'd be following around a bunch of yahoos using dubi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    The Works Shine in Box 13's "Luminous"

    ​ "Luminous" at Box 13 is worth sticking around for -- as you navigate the expanse of the main gallery, venture up its winding staircase and explore its upstairs rooms, it keeps getting better. The seven artists in the show are united well by their use of light -- either simply using it as a too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Rural Alberta Advantage: Drowning for Fun and Profit

    ​We get a lot of great music videos from Mick Cullen over at Subterranean Radio because Cullen has the best nose for tracking down incredible underground music in the country. His latest offering to us is a Canadian band called the Rural Alberta Advantage and the video for their song "Muscle R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    True Blood: Jinx Titanic & Super 8 Cum Shot for Dinner

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​The title of this week's column maybe one of the grossest th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Loch Ness Radio: The Wind Cries Nessie

    It's a well-known fact that band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​Well friends and enemies, your faithful name-gamer is back after spending some time locked in a windowless room being questioned by three guys with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Fruitcake and 4 Other Foods with a Bad Reputation

    jeleneDiscouraged by its bad reputation: the fruitcake. ​How does a food item get a bad reputation? Does it cut class to smoke with trans-fats in the parking lot? Sleep around with carbohydrates? Often it's an association with a particular era in history or social class that gets a food placed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Winter Wallace's Gorgeous New Album Was No Holiday​Rocks Off has known Houston singer-songwriter Winter Wallace since at least 2000. We know plenty about her, and she knows plenty of embarrassing things about us. We know that she is scared of the Loch Ness Monster, which isn't so weird. What's worse is that she knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Pop Rocks: The Sublime Genius Of Heidi Montag

    "Are you being ironic, dude?""I don't even know anymore."​So I see Heidi Montag's album dropped a couple of weeks ago.There will be more than a few of you who feel compelled to ask "Who?" when they hear that name. In that case, the first thing I'd like to do is welcome my Chinese readers who ... More >>

  • News

    January 15, 2009

    Quanell X

    The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008
  • Music

    July 24, 2008

    2008 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    A preview of the 60 bands and five DJs that are taking over downtown this weekend

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Re: The Curious Incident of the Frog Head in the Diet Coke

    Last week we hipped you to the tale of Mario Lopez, a Shepherd resident who claimed he'd found a frog head in a bottle of Diet Coke (and who, for the record, is not the same guy as this fellow). We've just received photos of the alleged frog head. As you can see from the, um, quality of these pics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2006
  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Flying Fish Sailors

    Poke You in the Eye (Topmast Productions)

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2003
  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • Music

    October 25, 2001

    Shanty Irish

    The Flying Fish Sailors hoist anchor on a sea of Irish ballads and salty songs

  • Film

    March 9, 2000

    Scotch on the Rocks

    Move over Trainspotting, Orphans balances despair with heart

  • Calendar

    June 3, 1999
  • News

    October 22, 1998
  • Dining

    August 18, 1994

    Beating the Buffet Blues

    At the Ritz-Carlton's Sunday brunch, every man can be a king -- for a price