• Calendar

    September 25, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    10 Big Changes at the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos

    Note: this weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times are risking life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio. This article was written by Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes. After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos ... More >>

  • Film

    May 22, 2014

    Visitor From Another Time

    James Gray’s The Immigrant is more movie than 2014’s prepared for.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    The Johnny Manziel Dunk Show (w/ VIDEO)

    When Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles conducted his Pro Day last week in Orlando for virtually every NFL team, it was on the heels of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's less than stellar Pro Day the week before. So when Bortles went out and tore it up (he was reportedly pretty damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    UH Basketball Slinking Toward Oblivion

    The Shasta mascot showed up for Tuesday's Houston Cougar basketball against the visiting USF Bulls. It roamed the sidelines, did a half-assed imitation of mascots for other schools, and really didn't do much of anything. And then there's one other minor detail: the mascot showed up for the basketbal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Mixed Emotions: When CD Compilations Create "Feelings"

    I recently received an e-mail from my nephew, Orlando, inviting me to join something called the "Mix of the Month" club. The correspondence detailed how 12 members of this group would each have an assigned month to create a mix CD to send to the others. Original, creative cover art was encouraged. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Rancid, Scout Niblett, Marc Anthony, etc.

    Rancid House of Blues, September 4 Although Rancid was one of the major players on the punk-revival scene of the '90s, they never saw the same kind of mainstream success of peers like Green Day - and honestly, thank God for that. Even to this day, they've stayed true to those ska-heavy, socially-aw ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 8, 2013

    Lovers and Warriors Hit the Stage for the Houston Shakespeare Festival

    Comedy fares a bit better than drama at this year's Houston Shakespeare Festival.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Kirk Franklin Puts Dynamic Stamp On House of Blues' Gospel Brunch

    Even talking to Kirk Franklin makes you want to straighten up and fly right, not to mention feel a little lazy. The 43-year-old Fort Worth native is arguably the most decorated gospel performer of his generation, winner of close to 100 music awards across a wide variety of platforms: Grammys (nine), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    No Beard? No Problem. Rockets Beat Clippers for 40th W of the Season

    At the beginning of this season, I was talking to my friend David Hardisty over at At the beginning of every season, we'll usually talk about what we expect from the season. The team had just traded for James Harden, but neither of us were optimistic. I pegged the Rockets' win total ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Wanted In Houston: An Old-School, Over-the-Top Ice Cream Parlor

    While there are certainly a few glaring gaps in Houston's restaurant scene (Burmese?), I am and continue to be pleasantly gobsmacked by the diversity of our city's food options. Which makes the absence of one particular thing all the more painful Are you there, God? It's me, Joanna. Please bring Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Why Electric Daisy Carnival Texas Should Be In Houston

    The largest music festival in the United States in terms of attendance is not Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, or Austin City Limits. While each sees thousands of music fans pass through the gates every year, the real attendance champ is Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. The 2012 version of the e ... More >>

  • Film

    November 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Owls Baseball Fighting the Expectations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Picking Rockets Team of the 2000s Not an Easy Task

    Throughout the course of this frustrating season, the Houston Rockets have been allowing fans to pick their choices for the starting team of the decade beginning with the 1970s and continuing with the '80s, '90s and 2000s. They had all but one of their starting five for the 2000s on had for their wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    City of Houston to Vote on Charitable Feeding Ordinance

    Every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., volunteers for Noah's Kitchen gather at Jenni's Noodle House in the Heights and begin prepping for their day ahead. Since 2010, the charity's mission has been to feed Houston's homeless one meal at a time. In their first year, Noah's Kitchen volunteers fed 5,000 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Top 5 Most Awesomely Insane Things Done By Nick Cave

    Nick Cave remains in a class by himself. On one hand, he's the most gothic person alive, but on the other he's so unique in his contributions that when we sat down to make a list of all the different eras of goth music, we simply had to leave him out because he doesn't fit anywhere. He's a statistic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Video Proof That Chase Budinger Can Dunk With Flair

    Maybe I'm in the minority on this one, but I'll put it out there -- I enjoy the Saturday festivities at the NBA All-Star weekend even more than the game on Sunday night. The slam dunk contest, the three-point shooting contest, the "whatever-they're-calling-the-game-with-rookies-and-sophomores-this- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Top 5 Musical NBA Players

    The NBA All-Star Game is coming up in a couple of weeks. There may not be any Rockets on the roster - even ex-Rocket/Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin didn't blow up in time to be added as a reserve - but musical names such as Kanye West, Rihanna (the halftime entertainment), Lenny Kravitz, Josh Groban, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    We're Rich: Houston Income Growth Tops Nation, Survey Says

    It comes in, but it also goes out​Income in Houston grew faster than any other city in the nation last decade, a new report says. On Numbers studied U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.numbers and found that total income in Houston grew at an annual rate of 5.69 percent between 2000 and 2010. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles

    Lady Gaga kept a poker face after her Montreal fall.​Concert performances and award shows can sometimes really put the pressure on artists, who often get so nervous or excited that they may just faceplant the stage. We've complied you tube clips of some of the best mid-performance stumbles. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Houston Tops Dallas for Dining, Says LivingSocial, But What's In a Survey?

    I mean, look at this survey. What the hell does it even mean?​In the last two weeks, two very different surveys have been released on the dining scenes in cities across the nation: one from Travel Leisure, which placed San Antonio above Austin on its top 20 list -- while failing to recognize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Lyrical Life Lessons: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned​Blame it on the humidity, but there's something about Houston that makes women go off the deep end. In fact, the Bayou City is home to three of the past decade's most notorious female-perpetrated crimes. There was Dr. Clara Harris (2002), who responded to the news of her hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Last Night: Ben Sollee At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jessica Perry​Ben Sollee, Thousands Fitzgerald's July 21, 2011 "I don't know anything about cello or classical arrangements but I like this stuff," Aftermath said to our classical-music teacher, great friend and sometime colleague Meghan Hendley, keyboardist for local group Tyagaraj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Houston One Of Top 20 Environmentally Green Cities In North America, Somehow

    Not top 10 material yet​A new study of environmental practices in major cities in North America finds Houston ranked 16th, which is not that bad considering, you know, our air. The study, sponsored by the Siemens Corporation, used 31 criteria involving air, water supply, recycling and all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Yay? Houston One Of Few Cities To Get The Sarah Palin Movie

    Comin' atcha, Houston!!!!​You've been holding your breath for weeks now, wondering if Houston would be blessed enough to be one of the cities picked for the limited initial release of The Undefeated, the documentary that proves beyond all doubt that Sarah Palin is the heart and soul of America ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Detroit Pistons Mutiny (with Tracy McGrady video)

    Practice?! We're talking about practice?!​If you're keeping score at home, Tracy McGrady has left scorched earth behind every NBA franchise for whom he has played. He left Toronto for Orlando just as his career was finally beginning to blossom, eventually wore out his welcome (amidst copious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Airport Full Body Scanners: Austin GOP Takes a Bold Stand Against Them

    Rosemary Edwards is appalled​If you're a Republican living in Travis County, modesty comes naturally. We just never knew it extended to body issues. Apparently plagued by self-doubt about having their nekkid bodies ogled by airport staffers, the Travis County Republican Party, such as it is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Amtrak's Terrible Sunset Limited May Become A Daily

    Improvements on the way?​Amtrak has a new plan out on how to improve service on the Sunset Limited, the long-distance passenger train that comes through Houston on its way between Los Angeles and New Orleans. Any plan would likely improve service, since the Limited is notorious for long, long ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Low-Cost Virgin America Airline Might Be Coming To Houston

    Another option for Houston fliers?​Another low-cost airline is looking to come to Houston, and that can't be bad. Virgin America, the airline essentially owned by billionaire Richard Branson, is considering renting some gates in Houston to go along with an hoped-for expansion in Chicago, Bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    The Owls Prepare To Slay The Knights

    The Owls are led by their Ray Guy Award nominee punter Kyle Martens​The Rice Owls (2-5) aren't going to out-physical most football teams. They usually don't have the talent of other teams. So for the Rice Owls to win football games, they need outstanding game plans, solid execution, and they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Pink Power Propels Rice Over Houston

    Perhaps it had something to do with Rice's pink logo​Saturday was a tale of two halves. The Rice Owls dominated the first, playing easily their best half of football this year. The Houston Cougars came out and took over most of the second half. But for the Cougars, winning the second half wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Rice Faces Improving Baylor, Hoping To Cut Down On Key Mistakes

    Art Briles comes back to Houston with a good QB​The Rice Owls and Baylor Bears used to play each other every season. Then the Southwest Conference imploded. The Bears used some political clout to get into the Big 12, a conference where they've been outclassed every season. The Owls have bounced ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Game Time: Best of the Best -- Top 10 Moments from Clutch City Rockets (w/video)

    Consensus Number One​I am a total sucker for lists.This makes me like roughly 95 percent of society; the fact that I openly admit I'm a sucker for lists makes me a little more unique. There are so many list books, list columns, list blog posts (many by yours truly) that it seems by admitting you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Ex-DJ Brandi Garcia Happy To Move On Beyond The Box

    Photos courtesy of Brandi Garcia​When Rocks Off got DJ Brandi Garcia on the phone a couple of weeks removed from her controversial dismissal from 97.9 The Box for playing a Trae track at an unrelated concert, we were anticipating her to call us from a frigid office full of books with legal jar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Pat Green Or Monkeys Riding Dogs? A July 4 Dilemma Solved

    ​Sunday, the City of Houston will celebrate our fine country's independence from the Redcoats in the same way it does every single other year, with the self-proclaimed "Largest Land-Based Fireworks Show in the Nation," Freedom Over Texas. This year, the festival's blander-than-white-bread head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Rice Romps As It Starts To Make Its Move In C-USA

    ​It's hard to find fault with your baseball team when you win a game 23-1, and that game is called in the seventh-inning because of the so-called travel rule -- it actually appeared to be more of a mercy type thing, but called the game was.Yet leave it to Rice Owls coach Wayne Graham, the coach of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    UH, Rice Football Schedules Offer Some Intrigue, But Will They Attract Fans?

    ​Lost amidst the hoopla of the upcoming NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was the release on Tuesday of the football schedules of the Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls. And knowing Cougar fans the way I do, I'm sure they're already starting to form their excuses for failing to sell out the stadiu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Coogs' Kelvin Lewis Helps Rip The Mustangs

    Photo courtesy UH​The Cougars shot only 32.2 percent from the field on Saturday afternoon while the SMU Mustangs shot 38.2 percent. Usually when the Cougars shooting percentage has been this bad this season, they have lost. But they got the 66-60 win on Saturday because the Cougars did have an inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Aftermath: The Wailers, and Much Gnashing of Teeth from Our Writer, at House of Blues

    Photos by Groovehouse / Click here for a slideshow​Aftermath recently read the following quote on Twitter: "Reggae is actually the only musical genre in which its greatest artist ever is actually its most popular as well." While Aftermath thinks this reveals a major disservice to artists l ... More >>

  • News

    October 29, 2009

    No Justice

    We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Texas Is Doing Great -- In The Hate-Group Rankings

    The count is in, and the number of hate groups in the U.S. exploded to 926 in 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's totally non-fearmongerishly titled "Year in Hate" issue of the Intelligence Report. And Texas can proudly boast the second-highest hate group count, at 66, right behind ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    One-Fifth of the Way In, Whither the Rockets?

    With about 20 percent of the season concluded, the Rockets' 11-7 record appears at first blush to be maddeningly inconsistent. But I think it's a lot easier to explain than it may seem. One way to measure the future success of the team based on its current record is to look at "bad losses" - eith ... More >>

  • Film

    October 2, 2008
  • News

    August 23, 2007

    Mail Call

    Rice and Its Neighbors

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Chingo Bling vs. La Migra

    If you’ve been cruising the area around the South Loop and South Wayside Drive in the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen a billboard with the rather blunt slogan “They Can’t Deport Us All.” That’s popular Houston rapper Chingo Bling’s provocative means of promoting his new Warn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2007

    We Truly Do Live in a Spaced City

    Lisa Marie Nowak Does anything say "story of the year" quite like an astronaut love triangle? This is HouStoned. We're standing live outside Johnson Space Center, more than 900 miles from Orlando, where NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicular bur ... More >>

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