Well, it finally happened! After a week's worth of exhaustively discussing the Seahawks depth on defense, Peyton Manning's wobbly spirals, and Marshawn Lynch's reluctance to use his words, we finally got a nice, juicy hooker story to spice up Super Bowl week! Granted, no NFL players were involved ... More >>
Hey everyone, here's a thing I've noticed: lots of guys seem to "mature" and quit metal and punk to do other stuff. Yeah, yeah, I've pointed out many times that these are genres for youngsters, and once you reach a certain age maybe it is time to find a different career. On the other hand, what's s ... More >>
Company proud of effort that will hit Houston soon.
Green Pharmaceuticals is savvy when it comes to creating buzz -- the California-based maker of a throat-spray for snoring treatment got a lot of attention when it paid a dude in Omaha more than $37K to temporarily tattoo an ad on his forehead. It also paid a Chicago man to run the New York marathon ... More >>
It's hard to believe it's been four years since 24 closed up shop. For eight seasons, Jack Bauer (played with by the comically over-the-top Kiefer Sutherland) graced our television screens screaming catchphrases like "WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME" while trying to catch bad guys. Like really, really b ... More >>
This is not the best baseball team that Wayne Graham's coached in his years at Rice. This isn't the best of the 19 straight Rice teams to advance into the NCAA postseason, or the best Owls team to go to its tenth Super Regional since 1999, the first year of the Super Regionals. And this team definit ... More >>
It's just kind of another ho-hum season for Rice Owl baseball fans. The team won the regular season C-USA title, and the team once again won the C-USA conference tournament. For the 19th consecutive season, the 41-17 Owls are taking part in the NCAA postseason. It's all something to which Rice fans ... More >>
Yesterday, I got an e-mail from my friend R.J. Bell, founder of wagering infotainment website pregame.com. I love getting e-mails from R.J. because they always have the gambling spin on whatever the latest sports news is. You know how some people subscribe to services that send them inspirational e- ... More >>
The illustrious, honorable, and not at all to be taken seriously Gothic Council went on a membership drive this week, seeking the cream of the goth world for their inspiring insights into every day life... Or I just grabbed the first six people I found in my newsfeed. One of those. The reason for ... More >>
Michael Jordan was having a pretty good week. The owner of the Charlotte Bobcats stayed out of the way of his team's draft just long enough for them to actually make the correct pick with the number two overall selection (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), the first step on the long road to mediocrity (a HUGE ... More >>
It's been a tough month or so for Rice Owls pitcher Tyler Duffey. There's the disappointment that comes from the way the season ended, losing in the conference tournament and not making it past the NCAA Regionals this past weekend. And nothing can compare to what happened in late August when his mot ... More >>
The Rice Owls last advanced to Omaha and the College World Series in 2008. They last made the Super Regional in 2009. And after yesterday's 4-1 loss to Sam Houston State, it will be at least another year before the Owls can talk about going to Omaha for the College World Series. It's often said the ... More >>
The expectations for the Rice Owls baseball team are a bit different than the expectations for the rest of Rice Owls sports. Whereas the alumni want the football team to win, they expect the baseball team to win. Whereas they just want the basketball teams to make any tournament, the baseball team's ... More >>
Photo via cursivearmy.comVia Rolling Stone, the Saddle Creek princes Cursive have released, for your free listening pleasure, the first single titled "The Sun and Moon" from their forthcoming seventh album I am Gemini out February 21. The concept album is described on the band's site as "th ... More >>
And the Lord said: Let Me be embroidered.What better way to honor your living relatives than with gifts from someone else's dead relatives? Wait, no, we want you to like antique malls! Let me try again: Shopping for an older relative, who remembers the days before iPads? And Wii? And even ce ... More >>
Alexander Payne's pessimism is good for business.
Rocks Off understands the need for a good detox now and then, as most of our evening antics often leave us feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed come morning. We also imagine the damage inflicted by lifetime of hard partying and endless touring in the company of morally compromised music-in ... More >>
Photos by Lisa RosatoLos SkarnalesFriday was one of those nights when Rocks Off wished we operated one of those "show you the nightlife" tour buses filled with people from Omaha, Chicago, Des Moines, and Berlin. When's the last time Houston had a gentle north wind cooling the evening in mid-M ... More >>
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 >>
Spec's. When you order a Reuben sandwich, you're telling the rest of the world (or at least anyone within 20 feet of you for the rest of the day) that they, too, will be having a Reuben. It's a strong move. I once ordered a Reuben at the legendary Brent's Deli in Northridge, California, but c ... More >>
John RoyalHolt McNair tosses a pitch during practiceIf Rice Owls athletics exceed at any one thing, it's producing an exceptional baseball squad year after year. Things are supposedly no different this year as the Owls are ranked in the top 25 of every one of the seemingly 5,000 college base ... More >>
John RoyalCodey Morehouse throws a pitch during Friday's practiceThe sun was bright and high Friday afternoon. The temperature warm. The breeze slight. It was one of those absolutely beautiful days that make one happy to be alive. It was, quite fittingly, the first practice under a new co ... More >>
Whitting on the basepathsThe University of Houston baseball squad wasn't very good last season.There was some talent on the roster, but too often the team appeared dispirited and just didn't seem to be putting forth a full effort.Though Rayner Noble had been a successful coach, and had won ... More >>
Overconsumption of roasted corn, or elote con crema, is believed to be responsible for a disformity of the cranium known as cornhead. The condition, which is mainly confined to the cornbelt state of Nebraska, can also cause delusions that lead the afflicted to believe they can beat the Texas ... More >>
Photo By Craig Hlavaty Sometimes Aftermath gets so used to covering big venue rock shows that he temporarily forgets about just how small, intimate, and concise a show can actually be. That's why last nights Box Elders show was like a booster shot of reality before he commences a month of huge du ... More >>
Michael Patrick O'Leary Baltimore country songwriter and performer Arty Hill has found Rocks Off to not only be food for thought, but food for songwriting. Readers might recall his previous song "Texas Ganja Man" which was inspired by one of LOM's comments on a blog about Bob Marley. Well, Hill, ... More >>
During his Fourth of July road trip to San Antonio, Lonesome Onry and Mean found himself listening to Maria Taylor's excellent LadyLuck and wondering how he could have been so remiss in not reporting on such a fine record. Producer, singer, writer, arranger, Taylor is a huge multi-threat talent who ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>
Rounding Up Recordings by HPMA Nominees
Everyone's All-American Joe Savery and the top-ranked Rice Owls fight for college baseball glory
Friday, June 30, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199
Saturday, June 11, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.
America is bullish on the Faint. But can the band pick stocks as well as it spots trends?
The story of a doomed relationship makes up Album of the Year, the Good Life's absorbing new record
Sunday, December 21
Tim Kasher of Cursive plays The Ugly Organist. The rest is up to the listener.
From Beverly Hills to Omaha with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis
Savvy Election shows ageless appeal