• Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    The Serious Message Within Face-Melting Comedians Psychostick's "Humorcore"

    Who better to discuss the nuances of songwriting and the decline of the traditional music industry than a man who wears a crown of duct-taped spikes on his head? That man is Rob Kersey, affectionately known as "Rawrb" to legions of fans that follow his band, Psychostick. The group returns to Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: The List Is Live

    Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you. *** Read it yet? Are you sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Michelle Warner, 31, Buried By Ex-Boyfriend In Oilfield, Bayou Body Count No. 170

    A man who has admitted burying his ex-girlfriend in an Odessa oilfield after killing her here has been charged with murder, Houston police say. Mark Augustin Castellano, 37, faces charges in the September 22 murder of Michelle Warner, 31, who was last seen in the 7200 Bellerieve on that day. Fami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Anyone See Halliburton's Missing Radioactive Rod Lying Around?

    Hair Balls has lost car keys, wallets, cats, and once even a rare Monet, but we'd like to think that we'd never lose a "potentially lethal" radioactive rod. But that's exactly what some Halliburton truck drivers did in the desert around Odessa last week, according to news reports. The "seven-inch l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    The First Alt-Country Record? Flatlanders Rediscover The Odessa Tapes

    A lot of stellar music came out of that flat land known as West Texas. Bob Wills, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, and the Sparkles are just a few artists who found something in the wind, the dust, the heat, the cactus, the mesquite, the sandstorms, the blizzards, t ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012
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    January 4, 2012

    The 2nd Annual Main Street Block Party Announces Lineup

    The Main Street Block Party is returning on January 28 to the The Continental Club, The Big Top, and The Mink's front and backrooms, armed with another great lineup, this time featuring Austin's What Made Milwaukee Famous and Dallas' hardcore cataclysm, Power Trip. The day-long festival was highly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Clouds Are Ghosts: What Is Dark Is Also Uplifting

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​The music of Clouds are Ghosts is hard to quantify. At first we were comparing the Austin group to the Legendary Pink Dots except that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Guerdwich Montimer: Bogus HS Freshman Hoop Star Heads to Prison

    Guerdwich Mortimer just wanted to play ball​Guerdwich Montimer's reheated hoop dreams have been thrown in the trash. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old accepted three years in prison in a plea deal. Had he taken his case to trial next week, he might have wound behind bars for two decades. It had s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Upcoming: Blue October, Guitar Shorty, Weird Al Yankovic, Etc.

    ​Asleep At The Wheel: Sat., Aug. 20. The Firehouse Saloon. Blue October, Iamdynamite: Sun., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. House of Blues. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: Wed., Oct. 12. House of Blues. "Dharmageddon" With B L A C K I E, Roky Moon & BOLT, Fat Tony, Tyagaraja, ListenLis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    West Texas Teardrops: Earmuffs, But No Sellout, In Austin

    Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. See links for Part 1 and Part 2. credTLPYL give it their all at Emo's.​After two nights in a row of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    West Texas Teardrops: Incident In Odessa

    Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. Here is Part 1. The Last Place You Look on FacebookThe Last Place You Look's Justin Nava at Emo's in Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    West Texas Teardrops: On Tour With The Last Place You Look

    Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. This is his first of three reports. The Last Place You Look on FacebookCasa Oh No: The Last Place You Look' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Abandoned Theaters: 75 Beautiful Pictures, Including Seven From Texas

    ​Buzzfeed has scoured the net and come up with 75 great photographs of abandoned theaters across the country. Some feature amazing interiors that look ready to house a play or movie immediately; others look like forlorn abandoned warehouses. Texas is mightily represented, with seven locations ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011

    He's Only a Perv

    Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Alan Ray Steen: Just a Perv, Not a Child Pornographer

    A tanning bed is not sexy, court rules​The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has formally ruled: Alan Ray Steen is a pervert, he's not a child pornographer. Steen liked to go to tanning salons and stick a video camera over the cubicle wall to tape women; one day the person he taped turned out ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    Come and Bake It

    Local movement fights for cottage food bill.

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Stuff You Should Know About: Maddox Brothers And Rose

    "America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band" ​Lonesome, Onry and Mean was watching a YouTube of Merle Haggard's "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" recently and, as he introduced the song, Merle commented that the inspiration for the song was the Maddox Brothers and Rose. According to Hag, "No one rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Yates High: 1985 State Champs and 'Team of the Decade' Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

    Photo by Chasen MarshallYates High '85: the debate continues over whether it was the greatest Texas team ever.Twenty-five years ago, Houston was home to, arguably, the greatest high school football team ever to take the field in Texas. During that season, Yates High was unstoppable on offense and im ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 7, 2010
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    October 6, 2010

    Stirred & Shaken: Grand Prize's Vieux Carre

    Troy Fields​Compared to other big cities, Houston does not have a hipster problem - if you feel otherwise, either your definition is too broad or you just got off a Greyhound from somewhere like Odessa. Still, when neighborhood sports bar Ernie's closed and news broke that slightly more polish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    A Rock & Roll Time Capsule From Friday Night Lights Country's right, that's former Elvis Presley guitar-picker Scotty Moore on the far left.​ As Lonesome, Onry and Mean noted yesterday, even in an age when no one supposedly buys, listens to or reviews albums anymore - three words: Record Store Day - too many albums pour into our ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    Tender Mercies

    Bombing survivor Sam Baker comes to grips with forgiveness on Cotton.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: All Hail the King of Irish Rock and Soul, Van the Man Morrison

    Obviously with U2 and the Pogues alone, the Irish scene has had a huge effect on the pop music of the past half century. But no list of Irish influences on 20th century rock and roll can be complete without Van Morrison. ​In 1968, LOM's senior year in high school, Them played the Ector County Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: "Claudette," Still a Better Song Than a Storm

    It's been so quiet in the tropics lately that even Ike-scarred Houstonians were able to forget that it's hurricane season - until this weekend, that is, when not one but three disturbances showed up "down there." (Better than some other things showing up "down there," Rocks Off can tell you that mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Hoyle Nix and Big Spring's Stampede Club

    Photo courtesy of Jody NixHoyle Nix (left) and Bob Wills, mid-1950sThere's an old saying in West Texas about Midland and Odessa, two oil towns only 20 miles apart in the middle of nowhere: raise your kids in Midland, raise hell in Odessa. True enough, Midland has all the soul of a loaf of Rainbow br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Western Swing Royalty at iFest

    Looking ahead to the Houston International Festival - never mind the SXSW bollocks - I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys will be playing on the Texas Stage at 6 p.m. on April 18. Not long ago in these cyberpages, we examined the gloom and doom that surrounds the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Roy Orbison and Odessa

    Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings Opening the mail the other day, I found a four-disc set of Roy Orbison recordings, Columbia/Legacy's Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock and Roll, going all the way back to his West Texas bands the Teen Kings and the Wink Westerners. Disc 1 is filled with old demos and home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Aftermath: Silver Jews at Walter's on Washington

    Photo by Bill Olive / Click here for a slideshow Under the circumstances, the sight was painfully familiar: a crowd of people in a parking lot, waiting. But instead of water, ice or MREs, this group desperately needed some kind of shared experience that didn’t involve clearing debris or scavengin ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Sam Baker

    Pretty World

  • Culture

    February 22, 2007

    Stage Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • News

    February 1, 2007

    How to Hide Your Weed

    An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Singing with Giants

    Fun and games with Austin's Hickoids

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Lights On or Off?

    The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Joe Ely

    Friday, June 9, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2524 Norfolk, 713-528-5999

  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Got Your Health

    How much more can you cut?

  • News

    May 19, 2005

    Broadway Baby

    Somehow, Odessa will be Woodstock this summer for Sondheim lovers

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2005
  • Film

    October 7, 2004

    Hell of a Catch

    Friday Night Lights goes deep -- a rare route for football movies

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Horrific Haikus

    Death-metal band names make for fun magnetic poetry

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    The Red Elvises

    Friday, November 15

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Bridges II the Bend

    Two tiny publishers from Houston land the sequel to Madison County

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    The Hong Kong Disco's Seven & Seven

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Texas Thunder

    Stay true to Pantera. They're true to you.

  • Film

    October 26, 2000

    Familiar Turf

    The Yards authoritatively walks in the footsteps of some famous filmmakers

  • Music

    December 21, 1995
  • Music

    May 11, 1995

    In Their Own Time

    How deep is your love for the Bee Gees?

  • Film

    April 20, 1995

    The Why of WorldFest

    Houston's film festival returns a "lean, mean movie machine"

  • Music

    June 30, 1994

    Yiddish Yahoos

    The Austin Klezmorim's clamorous eclecticism

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