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    September 26, 2014

    What $1,500 in Rent Gets You in 5 Houston Neighborhoods

    If you're in New York or Boston, $1,500 in rent might get you a studio apartment that more closely resembles a glorified dorm room than an actual adult's living space. On the other end of the spectrum, you can basically rent a mansion in Omaha, Nebraska, or Missoula, Montana, for $1.5k a month. In ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Hair Balls Viral Video Box Set, Early June Edition

    Monday morning is a time for two things -- assessing what you accomplished (or didn't) over the weekend, and commencing time wasting by watching viral videos. Before we get to the latter, I decided to do a little bit of the former. I knew that I watched a LOT of sports this weekend (nothing new), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. Massachusetts: Dropkick Murphys, "State of Massachuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Houston-based Phillips 66 Pipeline Spills 25,000 Gallons of Gasoline On Crow Reservation

    Spills happen. Pipes rupture and the stuff being transported inside the pipes comes out, generally making a mess. Whether it's your water pipes ( or, heaven forbid, the ones that move your sewage) at home, or the pipes toting oil and gas in the pipelines that crisscross the country, pipes break, stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Cowboy Diaries 2013: Molly Powell, A Family Affair

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his or her boots to c ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Want Love? Live in Texas? Then I'll See You at Walmart

    Walmart has anything you could need. Ninety-eight-inch televisions. Formica bookshelves. Palettes of alcohols. Piles of strollers. All for under $50, and all available just down the interstate. The Waltons have perfected the pursuit of capitalism, 102.7 billion times over. They've timed their sales ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 12, 2012

    Track Your Bud Lets You Find Out Where Your Brew Was Born

    There are many things about food and drink that I will readily admit confound me. How did salty, slimy fish eggs become a delicacy an ounce of which cost more than my monthly rent? What is the obsession with food so spicy, it literally hurts to eat it? If Anthony Bourdain weren't famous, would he be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Speed Limit: 10 Songs About Fast Driving That Aren't By Sammy Haggar

    ​On this day in 1974 Richard Nixon signed into law that mandated lowering the speed limit to 55 mph. Now, the reason for this was to make the country preserve gasoline in the middle of an OPEC embargo (which it did), but they also sold the bill to us as a march towards safety. After all, speed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Darren Aronofsky's Meth Ads: Anti-Drug PSAs That Actually Might Work

    ​Last week, we posted a list of anti-drug commercials that not only didn't stop any children from doing drugs, but potentially encouraged such abusing behavior. The famed PSA one-liner, "I learned it from watching you," probably made more kids of the '80s wish they were rolling doobies with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Heights' Wire Road Studios Celebrates Grand Opening

    Photos courtesy of HDJames Kelley (far right) entertains at Wire Road's grand opening Sunday.​James Kelley is a musician and an engineer. He's also a madman. And ambitious to the point of delirium. And a fanatic. How else to explain his new music studio, Wire Road Studios, a 5,000-square-foot, ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    "New Houston" Rappers Release Bumper Crop Of New Videos

    Nan Sea via Flickr​There's this manmade pond near the entrance of the Houston Zoo. It's a great big rectangle that connects to nothing else. There are some statues in it, and some of that nasty vegetation that grows on top of pond water. And there are fish in it too. A shitload of fish. The w ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Saturday: Jack Freeman & Radio Galaxy At The Breakfast Klub

    Photos by Shea SerranoJack Freeman (left) and Montana​Jack Freeman (feat. Montana), Radio Galaxy The Breakfast Klub May 28, 2011 12:30 p.m.: Jack Freeman, local R&B wunderkind, attained "I Need To Listen To Whatever This Guy Sends Me As Soon As He Sends It To Me" status* last year when he rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Deluge Of Underground Rap Releases Keeps On Coming

    Leaving Flo' from Zo Rill on Vimeo. Apparently, the City of Houston has enacted some sort of bill stating that everybody release new rap music every single day of the goddamn year. How else to explain the abundance of emails received these past few weeks with music? It very nearly surpassed the num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The United States Of Women In Music

    ​Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Atoning for the [Cinematic] Sins of the Father

    A poor *black* kid? They'll never buy it.​That rumbling you heard yesterday was the muted "harrumph"-ing of thousands of American film journalists after news of the Will Smith/Jay-Z Annie reboot was confirmed: Overbrook Entertainment has formally announced a partnership with Jay-Z for future ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Food Safety Modernization Act Passes, But at What Cost?

    This...probably won't happen to your friendly local farm. Geez, Alex Jones...​Yesterday afternoon, President Obama signed what's being called "one of the most expansive food regulation bills in living memory," the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA), effectively creating a new arm of the Food ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Nasty Nique EP Has The Heart Of A Champion

    ​This year, the New Houston Collective has really become a force. In no particular order, their attendance sheet: Fat Tony, Propain, B L A C K I E, Hollywood FLOSS, Preemo, Eskabel, Hubbard, Nosaprise, hasHBrown, Thuro, H-Kane, Delo, Les, Roderick, The Niceguys, John Dew, Montana, Virgo, Dirty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    What Is The Best TV Show Of All Time? Martin? Really?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday (that isn't a national holiday) Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Fat Tony, Montana, Kyle Hubbard, Thurogoo ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    What Is The Best Album Cover Ever?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. ​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, Hollywood FLOSS, hasHBrown, Kyle Hubbard, Renzo, Brad Gilmore and Nash White Not Invited: Kanye, bec ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And UT Won't, 2010 Edition: Part 3

    Montana: He's back!! Kinda​Time for another of our weekly efforts at explaining to you benighted Longhorn fans why UT won't win the BCS this year, but Notre Dame will.It's going to be difficult to limit the discussion to just the traditional five reasons, but ND fans are all about tradition. So le ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 19, 2010

    Wanna Be a Cowboy

    Charles M. Russell masterworks at the MFAH

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    July 29, 2010

    Come as You Are

    Pop muses help break the bond to Plush Lounge's previous ­occupant.

  • Film

    June 10, 2010

    Silence of the Lambs

    Up the mountain one last time with Sweetgrass. Anthropomorphized sheep need not apply.

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2010

    FotoFest 2010: "An American Journey"

    Filmmaker Philippe Séclier follows in photographer Robert Frank's footsteps

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    March 11, 2010

    Cowboy Tales From The Rodeo: It's In The Genes

    Team roper Clay Tryan. ​Rodeo cowboys basically live on the road, traveling with men and women crazy enough to ride, rope and wrestle live animals for a paycheck. Each day, Hair Balls is asking a different cowboy to tell us a little bit about himself and his wildest story from a life of rodeo. Nam ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Turning The Screw: Guerilla Foco Clan, Z-Ro, Devin, Lots Of Bun, Kid Cudi, Juvenile And More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Reflection," Guerilla Foco Clan Wire to Wire Of course, the universe spun out of control this week. De ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Turning The Screw: All the Way, Z-Ro, Devin, Lil' O, UGK, Nicki Minaj, Ras Kass, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Dre, Aziz Ansari, Wu-Massacre and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Bring The Kush Back Freestyle," ATW Attn: Houston's Underground Rappers: You are on notice. These two ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    No Reservations: Montana

    Photo by gaby53mt​Usually Anthony Bourdain is a hedonist. He indulges in food, alcohol and not a few off-color sex jokes, no matter what city or what audience. But this week while visiting Montana, he exits out of the fast lane. Maybe it's the mountains, but in the first 20 minutes of the epis ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Joey Harris & the Mentals

    ​From the first bars of ripping blaster "Little Boy," Joey Harris and his Mentals explode like Elvis's heart after a fried banana sandwich. The Mentals don't even bother with a title for this one. It's clear from the Rolling-Stones-in-a-barroom stomp of the opening track that the ethic and spirit ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Houston 101: Hail, Freedonia (Except For The Part About The Killings)

    When you think alternative societies, you may imagine the New Mexican or Californian semi-wilderness in the late '60s, NYC squats in 1990s or the Montana backcountry, um, probably now. Try this one: The Galleria area, 1992. That's when then-high schooler John Kyle and friends began a "new nation ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    Anne Appleby and Maddy Rosenberg

    One artist delves into “concrete painting” while the other shows off good old abstract stuff

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    September 21, 2007
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    September 4, 2007
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    May 4, 2007

    Rotation: Dueling DJs

    Okay, they're not exactly dueling. Actually they're not dueling at all, we just liked the title. Two Houston area DJs, DJ Mo Phatt and DJ Josh Dupont, gave us their top ten list and we thought we'd pass them on to you. Compare, contrast, discuss. DJ Mo Phatt 1. "Errday" - J-Nicks 2. "Co ... More >>

  • Film

    May 4, 2006

    Welcome to Hooters

    Jimmy Buffett inexplicably leads a kid movie to the big screen

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    April 6, 2006


    A German new waver resorts to tired old tricks

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    March 16, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    March 9, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    March 2, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    September 22, 2005

    Between Is and Was

    A New Orleans boy in Houston ponders what nevermore may be

  • Film

    July 31, 2003

    Higher Ground

    Northfork is the work of angels, real and imagined

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    January 30, 2003

    Judy Blunt

    Wednesday, February 5

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    February 18, 1999
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    January 21, 1999
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    October 8, 1998
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    October 1, 1998

    Backwoods Bin of Sin

    Powerful Clay Pigeons scores with country-style noir

  • Dining

    May 28, 1998

    Bliss at Bayou City

    The seafood-and-pasta joint doesn't put on airs. And doesn't need to.

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    September 5, 1996
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    October 27, 1994
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