The year was 2002, and I was in the back of my mom's Chevy high-top. She was driving my brother to Sam's Club to pick up his new blue iPod 1st Generation. For months, I watched him listen to Papa Roach and moody pop-rock queen Avril Lavigne as he sat in his bedroom lifting his 8-pound dumbbells -- t ... More >>
With pressure from state government and corporate sponsors mounting, the Minnesota Vikings did an about face early Wednesday morning and decided to remove Adrian Peterson from all team activities until his child-abuse case in Montgomery County is resolved, placing the Pro Bowl running back on the ex ... More >>
Nobody wants anything to do with Ray Rice just now. Go figure, beating your significant other to the point she's knocked unconscious will tend to cause public opinion to go sour. Eventually. At least once TMZ gets hold of a tape of the beating and it is plastered all over the media and is so embarra ... More >>
Well, now we at least know something. After months of cryptic interviews, nebulous filibusters by his uncle, and vague implications that he would hopefully-be-coming-back-but-I-don't-think-I'm-coming-back, we at least know something as it pertains to Andre Johnson, his desires, and what's causing a ... More >>
On Tuesday this week, former Houston Texan offensive lineman Chester Pitts had a charity bowling event here in town. Among the celebrity guest lists were several of Pitts' former Texan teammates like Brian Cushing and Duane Brown. Also included in the advertised copy was wide receiver Andre Johnson ... More >>
From the moment I pulled into the parking lot across from BBVA Compass Stadium for the H-Town Beat Down Friday, it was pretty obvious that something was off. It was 7:05 p.m., the earliest and most on-time I'd been for a show in a very long time, and the show slated to start at 7 p.m. had in fact st ... More >>
Geto Boys, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Lil' Keke & Slim Thug Arena Theatre February 28, 2014 So there's a new radio station in town, KQBT 93.7 The Beat. ("Radar Love" can now be heard exclusively on 106.9 The Eagle.) These upstarts claim to be the home of H-Town's real hip-hop and R&B. That tagline remains fa ... More >>
Job interviews are so boring. You spend the entire time answering questions about what animal you would be (and why), while sweating your ass off in a wool suit and trying to make sure your poorly chosen tattoos don't peek out of your sleeves. It's thisclose to water torture, and the only upside is ... More >>
It seems Kanye West has got a bit of a movie boner as of late. He's been promoting the hell out of Yeezus, his new album, by projecting videos on buildings across the nation. He started out innocently enough, by attempting to project the music video for his Yeezus track "New Slaves" across underst ... More >>
Brian Johns suffered chemical burns over 65 percent of his body in a Deer Park plant explosion. A representative of his company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, tried to tell doctors Johns had just encountered some really hot water.
I once had a boss who told me "The only thing worse than being underpaid is being overpaid." Looking back, perhaps he was trying to send a message to me personally, but the general message was this -- making too much money makes one utterly expendable. That's a fine notion, and in most walks of li ... More >>
I fully realize that putting the words "J.J. Watt Wedding Cake!" in the headline of this post probably sent every female reader between the ages of 18 and 95 within 100 miles of Reliant Stadium into a panic attack. "Wait??? WHA'??? J.J. Watt got MARRIED?!? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!" No, no, no, fear not hor ... More >>
Kendrick Lamar Warehouse Live December 29, 2012 Through maturation, adults come to accept that their survival is dependent on mundane workaday rituals of 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; punch in-punch out; all work-no play. Kids, however, and as it pertains to this story, teenagers, still indulge in the luxury of s ... More >>
One thing I've learned in my five years or so of doing radio is that very few (stress VERY) athletes enjoy doing interviews. Most barely tolerate the process and treat it like it's a nuisance, something that's just part of the deal when you sign on the dotted line for seven figures. So when you see ... More >>
The bass line is everything in dubstep, whose core moves like robo-elephants, stomping and booming along.
The Houston Cougars defeated the SMU Mustangs 62-59 on Saturday night. The leading scorer, with 27 points, was Joseph Young, son of UH legend and current director of basketball operations Michael Young. The radio analyst for the game was former Cougar legend, all-time NBA great, and basketbal ... More >>
Even in the bizarre world of famous murderers, Gary Gilmore is an interesting case. He grew up in an abusive household, and committed two murders in Utah in 1976 at the age of 22. Despite complying with Gilmore's demands in the course of his robberies, he killed Max Jensen and Bennie Bushnell in co ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresDJ Brandi Garcia enjoying her new life in Los AngelesDuring Rocks Off's recent trip to Los Angeles, we caught up with radio personality DJ Brandi Garcia, who spent five years in Houston working for 97.9 The Box before being controversially dismissed in the fallout surrou ... More >>
Jim Tressel, tattoo victimBy now, you probably know the story at Ohio State. It's the age-old story of "football players befriend drug trafficking tattoo parlor owner, players swap memorabilia for tattoos (and quite possibly drugs), head coach finds out about scam via e-mail and does nothing ... More >>
Buxton mixing their new album in L.A.The Final Four descends upon Houston this weekend. Oh, if there were only four feeds we had to follow to bring all this lovely Houston music news to everyone. Instead, MCM crawls through more feeds than there are colleges in the NCAA, gathering up every bi ... More >>
Larami SerranoOn January 20 of last year, Rocks Off first discovered an unsigned Houston artist by the name of Preemo. When we stumbled upon him on MySpace, he was an unknown. Amazing what a year will do. For all intents and purposes, Houston's Preemo had seen his better years as a rapper, ... More >>
Will no one leave Brett Favre alone?"[Andy Pettitte is] opting not to play right now but that might change, it might not. I told him, 'Don't Brett Favre us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play.' Do I need him? I need him, but I don't want him to play if his heart's not in it." - ... More >>
With apologies to William Blake:Tiger! Tiger! Feeling lowIn the forests of OrlandoWhat errant hydrant (or 5-wood)Put that dent in your Caddy's hood?That silliness out of the way, here are some thoughts on the whole Eldrick Woods...thing.1. The instantaneous news cycle really is something to behol ... More >>
Finished that tax return yet? Not to worry: you've still got a few hours until midnight, and the post offices are open late. Over the years, these musicians have gotten in hot water with their countries' internal-revenue collectors as well... Bono Forever a proponent of all things charitable, Bono ... More >>
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