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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.
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 >>
Reborn alt-rockers Garbage escape the major-label machinery.
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 >>
South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud HoustonianJames 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 >>
Houston gets its first co-op — decades after other cities took the plunge.
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 >>
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 >>
Photo courtesy Murder by the BookDavid Thompson, 1975-2010For 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 >>
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 >>
The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.
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 >>
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 >>
Oh, crap. The Environmental Protection Agency has put out another list.This can't be good for Houston.But.....it 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 email@example.com. For some reason, our wi ... More >>
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 >>
Friday, September 16, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.
Houston's most famous chef talks about prostate cancer, turning 50 and what's next for Cafe Annie
The stars align at Scott Tycer's Aries
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
Squint has traveled many a highway to spread its punk-pop laments
With Madison, John Jasperse images a place where people move in mysterious ways
Shirley Manson supplies the fire to fuel some musical waste from Wisconsin
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.
A decade after their fluke hit, Timbuk 3 is doing just fine, thank you
Paw from Lawrence, Kansas: modest Midwest guitar desperation