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  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    PETA Asks For Roadside Tombstone to Honor Dead Chickens

    Passing a roadside memorial down a barren stretch of road can be a brief, somber reminder of how fragile life is. How in an instant, a distracted or drunk driver can take away someone's mother, father, or daughter forever. Naturally, the folks at PETA want you remember the dead chickens. Among o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Tucson Riot Police Spray Bro With Pellets, Use Excessive Violence on Coed

    Man, what a weekend of college basketball, huh?! It had a little bit of everything. The good -- anything having to do with the Kentucky-Michigan game, the emergence of Julius Randle as a viable number one pick in the NBA Draft, the emergence of Shabazz Napier as a sneaky back end of the lottery gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Jameis Winston Wins The Heisman, Now Where Will He Put It?

    For a Heisman Trophy race that was about as lopsided as, well, many of the recent ones, the 2013 Heisman race had its fair share of storylines. You had last season's winner, Johnny Manziel, no stranger to storylines of his own, as one of the finalists, the fourth former winner to make a repeat app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Soul Brother Lee Fields: Singing "Brings On the Sweats"

    Whatever you may be doing right now, Lee Fields is having more fun than you are. In January the sixtysomething New Jersey-based soul singer will perform in Australia, meaning his high-energy delivery (now backed by his airtight band the Expressions) will have thrilled audiences on every continent ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Repeat After Me: Gerrymandering Is Not to Blame

    Pundits and talking heads really like to blame gerrymandering -- here's a short history of the term -- as a/the reason for political polarization. This CNN news report blames gerrymandering for some of our political ills. Liberal media watch-dog Media Matters partially blames gerrymandering for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    (Updated) Jesus FTW: God-Lovin' Kountze Cheerleaders Trounce Heathens in Court Battle

    Updated with statements from Governor Rick Perry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In a high-profile battle based on small-town football, the cheerleaders in the little East Texas burg of Kuntze have won a court battle to praise Jesus during football games. The Kountze case drew national a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    thelastplaceyoulook Turn To Their Fans To Help Kickstart Their First National Tour

    To make the most out of the chance of a lifetime, you may have to make some sacrifices. For thelastplaceyoulook that means quitting their day jobs, looking for more affordable housing, and leaving their families behind for six weeks. Having built a dedicated fan base here at home the band now find ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 16, 2012

    Maggie Rita's Takes Over Ninfa's

    Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Ten of the Stranger Words on the Homeland Security Watch List

    The Internet is buzzing today over the story from the UK Daily Mail revealing a long list of words that the Department of Homeland Security monitors on social media and online media for signs of terrorist activity. As you might expect, the list contains words that are not surprising -- bomb, hostage ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Not Your Kind of People

    Reborn alt-rockers Garbage escape the major-label machinery.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Taped Live Brit Plays Come to Sundance Houston in High Def

    It's like a tour of the British theater scene on the cheap. Sundance Cinemas is bringing four taped performances of the National Theatre of London to downtown Houston starting in January and running through April. And even in a city like Houston with its extensive theater scene, Sundance Cinemas ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    James Vernon McVay: Obama Assassination Plot Foiled After One Murder in Planned Spree

    South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud Houstonian​James Vernon McVay wanted to kill President Obama. After his arrest in Wisconsin earlier this month, he told police that he believed the best way to do that was to stalk the commander-in-chief while he was playing golf and pick him ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2011

    Our HAUS

    Houston gets its first co-op — decades after other cities took the plunge.

  • 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

    November 17, 2010

    Dancing With The Stars: Ready... Aim... Fire!

    getreligion.orgElvis' shot-up TV wound up in a museum. Steven Cowan's probably won't.​As someone who is both left-handed and left-footed, and has carried a bizarre taffeta-related phobia with us since childhood, Rocks Off generally goes out of our way to avoid Dancing With the Stars at all cos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    R.I.P, David Thompson Of Murder By The Book

    Photo courtesy Murder by the BookDavid Thompson, 1975-2010​For avid fans of the murder mystery genre, you'd think death was commonplace. But not when it snatches away one of our own. So we loyal patrons of Murder by the Book, Houston's go-to place for all things murder and mystery, are devastated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Melissa Gilbert in Little House Musical Weighed Down by Pioneer Garb

    Photo by Margaret DowningGilbert, in a dress considerably lighter than her costumes, with JoJo​"I'm losing my voice on opening night," a raspy sounding but energetic Melissa Gilbert said in a whirlwind interview with Hair Balls this morning. (Hey, we were allotted five minutes and think we stretch ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Telling New Orleans

    The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Anna Garza Reports Back From The Girls Rock Camp Alliance Annual Conference

    ​Last fall, Rocks Off's Gina Miller interviewed Anna Maria Garza, founder of Girls Rock Camp Houston, about what it took to get the local chapter of the organization, which organizes a weeklong camp teaching girls the ins and outs of rock and roll - from playing their instruments to silk-screening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Not Eating Out in New York: While this isn't a local blog, we've quickly fallen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Houston Actually Does Well On An EPA List

    Oh, crap. The Environmental Protection Agency has put out another list.This can't be good for is?Yes, apparently so: Houston is the top city in Texas -- and the third in the entire country, behind two frou-frou California cities -- when it comes to the number of "green" buildings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Tonight: Pat MacDonald and Melanie Jane at the Continental Club

    The only thing more disheartening than being a one-hit wonder is having your one hit's lyrical intentions misconstrued from here to eternity. Bruce Springsteen didn't write "Born in the USA" as patriotic anthem, but Ronald Reagan sure thought he did. Pat MacDonald, formerly of Austin's Timbuk 3, kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    The Return of Mail Call

    It's been a while, but let's see what's been lurking in the bin... *Kenton & Hill (Houston): "A side project from Last Soul Descendents producer Darren Roberts, this masterpiece brings together live jazzy, funky, hip-hop grooves with heavy dance beats to create a unique sound." D-Fu-J-Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Liz Dannemiller

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to For some reason, our wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Get Lit: Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History, by Harvey Pekar

    I don’t know much about Harvey Pekar. I’ve never seen American Splendor. I never read his comic book. I know him primarily as a nut job who used to go on David Letterman and make Crispin Glover look sane. So maybe I’m not the best person in the world to be reviewing his newest book. But ... More >>

  • Music

    February 22, 2007
  • Music

    September 15, 2005


    Friday, September 16, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.

  • Dining

    December 2, 2004

    Grande Plans

    Houston's most famous chef talks about prostate cancer, turning 50 and what's next for Cafe Annie

  • Dining

    March 15, 2001

    House of the Rising Sun

    The stars align at Scott Tycer's Aries

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Hands On

    When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again

  • Music

    May 25, 2000

    Road Rage

    Squint has traveled many a highway to spread its punk-pop laments

  • Culture

    April 13, 2000

    Midwestern Dialect

    With Madison, John Jasperse images a place where people move in mysterious ways

  • Music

    December 23, 1999


    Outta Sight

  • Dining

    January 14, 1999
  • Music

    February 22, 1996

    A Girl and Her Garbage

    Shirley Manson supplies the fire to fuel some musical waste from Wisconsin

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    Station Break

    Beset by budget problems, bereft of substantive local programming, Channel 8 finds itself at a crossroads. Perhaps it's time to put the "public" back into Houston Public Television.

  • Music

    June 22, 1995

    It's Still Timbuk Time

    A decade after their fluke hit, Timbuk 3 is doing just fine, thank you

  • Music

    December 9, 1993

    Grunge Puppy

    Paw from Lawrence, Kansas: modest Midwest guitar desperation