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  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    The Top 10 Car Models in Desperate Need of a Redesign

    Car years are like dog years. They age much faster than we do. The average life cycle of a car is getting shorter and shorter as automakers compete to have the latest and greatest redesign on the block. In between redesigns, many automakers try to trick you into thinking that a car is "all-new" when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Beyonce Stoops to Conquer Toyota Center July 15

    Hot off the heels of her electrifying Super Bowl halftime performance, which some believe had something to do with the mysterious blackout at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome shortly into the game's third quarter, Beyonce announced after the game that she will hit the road later this year for her first w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Surviving The Great Blackout Of Super Bowl XLVII

    Last night's Super Bowl blackout in New Orleans went something like this. At first, the lights dimmed in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Jacoby Jones' 100-something yard kick return. Just like they had done in preparation for Beyonce's pyro-laden halftime show. Then, the screaming scoreboards an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2013

    Beyonce Blows 'Em Away In Wham-Bam Super Bowl Halftime

    An army of Beyonces. Can you handle it? The power circuits of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans might not have been able to. Sticking to a few high-kicking dance moves, bringing out a gaggle of dancers dressed exactly like her -- and then former Destiny's Child mates Kelly Rowland and Mich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    A Private Suite For Super Bowl XLVII Only Costs $136,380 -- Wanna Go Halfsies?

    Yes, with just two days before the big game on Sunday evening, plenty of Super Bowl tickets can be had. For a price. A steep price. A price that few of you reading this can afford. Perhaps your boss can, if you have one of them fancy suit jobs where you can't wear house shoes to work. Right now on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    The Harbowl, Colin Kaepernick, Ray Lewis Dominate Super Bowl Media Day

    On Tuesday morning the sports media world centered itself on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Super Bowl Media Day, with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers diving into the days' orgy of interviews on the stadium floor. Media from all over the world were present to ask players the toug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    New Orleans Braces For Super Bowl XLVII Onslaught As Future Of The Game Is Debated

    Excited tension hung heavy in the air in New Orleans on Monday evening as the coming Super Bowl XLVII super-storm of tourist dollars began to filter into town. Most streets downtown near convention center are already cordoned off. There are NFL banners blanketing the city. The Mercedes-Benz Superd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    MTV: Beyonce Headlining Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

    Beyonce, native Houstonian, role model, Tumblr-keeper, wife of Jay-Z, friend and favorite of President Obama, supposedly has yet another feather to add to her headdress come February: Super Bowl Halftime headliner. According to, the 31-year-old HSPVA alumna will be the featured entertainmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Songs of Luxury & Materialism: Porsche's Place In Popular Music

    Behind every manufactured product there's a human being who designed it. Working alone or as part of group, they create and revise until that product is out in the world available for purchase. In the case of the Porsche 911 that man was Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who passed away recently at the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    JerryBuilt Burgers Are Anything But

    I didn't learn the phrase "jerry-built" until I married [and later divorced] an Englishman. In America, we use the phrase "jerry-rigged" instead, but they mean the same thing: something that's poorly planned, hastily built or just generally thrown together. It's curious that JerryBuilt Homegrown Bur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Be a BestFest VIP: Half-Off Our Fancy Tickets, Today Only

    ​So you held out last week and didn't purchase the $25 tickets to BestFest. Maybe you didn't think $25 was a fair price to see Cake, the Toadies, and a million other great bands at our two-day block party. (I can't really help you there...) But maybe you were waiting for a better deal to come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    BestFest Finalizes Lineup, Releases Schedule

    ​As much as Rocks Off has been talking about it, planning it, and writing about it these past two months or so, it doesn't seem possible that our first-ever Best of Houston® BestFest is only 10 short days away. By the time we finish coughing up all the dust from our trip to the no-smoking Aus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Two Captured for $6 Million Jewel Heist; Third Guy Still on the Loose

    Kelvin O'Brien: On the run.​Houston police are looking for the third man who helped take $6 million in jewels from a Bellaire store in February. They've already arrested Jason Clay Kennedy and John Dewayne O'Brien; Kelvin Lynn O'Brien is still on the loose. (What's with all the Irish? Is it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Keep The Fire Burnin': The Hidden Wisdom Of REO Speedwagon​It hasn't been around for all that long, yet a pre-Internet existence is growing increasingly hard to recall, particularly when it comes to music. In addition to songs, full-length albums, artist bios and videos, the lines to almost every song ever written are just a click awa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Jonathan Barnes & Pals: How to Spend Those Ill-Gotten Gains? Buy Frank Sinatra's 1957 Caddy

    The first time Frank Sinatra's name has been associated with criminal activity​The U.S. Attorney's office today announced the indictment of three oil traders accused of running an $80 million scam against LyondellBasell, and the most entertaining part was what the trio spent their alleged ill- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Last Night: Soul Asylum At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Soul Asylum House of Blues December 30, 2010 '90s alt-rock mainstays Soul Asylum took the House of Blues stage Thursday night, 18 years after their breakthrough release Grave Dancers Union. Front man Dave Pirner is conceivably regarded as one of the era's most colorful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Lindsay Lohan & Demi Lovato: Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Pop Stars

    You said it, Demi.​If you're a parent, one day you'll inevitably come to the sobering realization that your child's ultimate happiness is out of your hands. Naturally you're going to avoid feeding them Red Bull and Cheetos for lunch (that's a man's meal) or letting them juggle steak knives, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    ​If there's one musician whose advice is worth heeding, it ought to be Johnny Cash. But when the Man in Black sang "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," a whole lot of musicians must not have been listening. Perhaps they were tuning in one of Cash's other songs that takes a different point of view - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Jerome Ponette Wrecks Six Cars After Getting 86'd From Strip Club

    Hungover and -- I did WHAT last night?​Wow, helluva night at the strip club for 40-year-old Jerome Ponette. First, he got kicked out of Mirage Cabaret on West 34th Street for allegedly being drunk. Then he got behind the wheel of his Mercedes Benz and went all Mallachi brothers in the parking lot, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Remembering Janis: Port Arthur's Pearl Would Have Been 67 Today

    Today would have been Port Arthur native Janis Joplin's 67th birthday. Rocks Off started his day at the desk with her greatest-hits collection and all her work with Big Brother & the Holding Company that gets overlooked in lieu of her bigger singles. Pearl is still seen by many as the magnum op ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    Living and Dying with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor Over Sundance

    How I turned some newspaper stories into a book which became a movie that caused those two guys to kiss

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Thom Bell and the Sound of Brotherly Love

    While the ubiquitous songs of Detroit's Motown get anthologized and commercialized ad infinitum, and the critics salivate over the gritty southern soul of Memphis' Stax, the third great movement/label of '60s and '70s soul has always gotten short shrift. Until now, that is, with the release of the b ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Houston Couture

    "Looks like they imported some gays for this thing, probably from Dallas," says my buddy, standing next to me at Fashion Week Live, the biggest attempt at runway action I've ever seen in Houston. We're surrounded by glitterati of all sorts, and yes, much to my friend's excitement, there are quite a ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2005

    Taking His Medicine

    Troubled hand surgeon Michael Brown pursues custody of his two children

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    The Last Word

    They've fought for justice for nine years, but time is running out

  • News

    February 19, 2004

    The Freedom Fighter?

    James "Smokie" Phillips is running for constable -- and running from his past

  • News

    January 29, 2004

    Visitors' Guide

    Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • News

    August 21, 2003


    Three hundred people from Austin quit their jobs, sold their homes and moved 175 miles to Alvin to start a new church called by the Holy Spirit in the form of the Reverend Dana Carson

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2003
  • News

    May 29, 2003

    Jailhouse Shock

    Did a Channel 13 reporter sneak her way into an exclusive?

  • News

    May 8, 2003
  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Year of the Yao Woo

    The crazy times in 2002 Kmart raids, Olympian losses, stadium mania and more - now make sense. Houston was just mining Ming.

  • Dining

    December 20, 2001

    Who Stollen Christmas?

    Joe Mannke gives us the dish on German food

  • Film

    October 11, 2001

    Hairy Situation

    Bandits holds out for a hero and gets two: Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton

  • Music

    June 28, 2001


    "The Big E" isn't your typical DJ

  • Film

    May 3, 2001

    French Twists

    All work and no play makes Michel a dull, repressed, homicidal boy in this Gallic thriller

  • News

    January 18, 2001

    Turn The Beat Around

    Long before DJ Screw, Darryl Scott was Houston's mixmaster, spinning records that eventually spun him into the ground. A reformed Scott has a new rap these days - the word of God.

  • Dining

    July 6, 2000

    Miami Spice

    Southern Exposure

  • Film

    June 8, 2000

    Going, Going, Gone

    Someone take the wheel, 'cause the filmmakers don't know where they're headed

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Wareing Thin

    Primary results make a hoax of Hotze

  • Music

    August 5, 1999

    Hot Sauce

    Houston rapper South Park Mexican performs at Watcha Tour '99

  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Tales From the IRS

    Three stories of taxman terror

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    "Boom Boom" Goes Bust

    The founder of the Classical School for Brilliant Children claims to have fallen on hard times

  • News

    August 14, 1997

    The Legend

    Where the games are good, everybody knows the story of Dwayne Rogers, and everybody wonders: Why is he still an amateur?

  • News

    November 14, 1996

    Good Work If You Can Get It

    A New Orleans law firm paid $250,000 to a Houston topless dancer. Now it wants the money back.

  • News

    April 11, 1996

    Fourth and Long

    Dreams of Glory Die Hard in Semipro football

  • Dining

    January 20, 1994
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