Note: this article was written by Kat Bein of Rocks Off's Miami New Times sister blog Crossfade. Crazy costumes have always been a big part of the electronic-music party scene. But these days, you're nobody unless you're pretending to be somebody you're really not. Perhaps it's the sense of anonym ... More >>
In the long train of abuses and usurpations -- to borrow a phrase -- that is pro football in Houston, Texas, Sunday night's loss to the Colts probably isn't in the top 10, but it did have one thing in common with all the others, it was seriously heartbreaking. Fortunately, one of the hearts that wa ... More >>
Under The Influence Tour feat. Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, and Trinidad James Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 26, 2013 When I tell people that I shoot and review rap shows for a living, the overwhelming response is hate, as in "I HATE RAP SHOWS!" The feeling is understandable. Headliners a ... More >>
LaToya Ruby Frazier's photographs detail the personal loss when a city falls apart.
Some readers were understandably miffed that I ragged on HEB's Whataburger "Fries" without actually conducting a taste test. (The product description provided more than enough material for extended sarcasm.) And while I'm very willing to ridicule HEB for selling Whataburger mustard and ketchup, cu ... More >>
J. Cole Venue TBD, June 24 J. Cole knew his new album Born Sinner was going to be one of 2013's hottest rap albums no matter what, so he had no problems releasing in on the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. He even said as much on its track "Forbidden Fruit": ""I'ma drop the album the same day as Ka ... More >>
Qvtaive Harris is 20 years old. He's slender, with knobby elbows and a small afro, wearing sharp white pants and a teal shirt from the Texas Organizing Project. He's sitting, surrounded by a half-dozen mothers, another half-dozen reporters, and a small woman from the Department of Labor. The women ... More >>
This past Monday night, I had the privilege of attending the BCS Title Game in person in Miami. I say "privilege" because, despite my Notre Dame background, the trip itself and the magnitude of the event were amazing. Yes, my team lost, but it the vibe in the building before kickoff was surreal. As ... More >>
With 2012 coming to an end, let's kiss this lost year of the Astros goodbye and take a look at what's coming in 2013. The key word is "new," as in new uniforms, new logos, new TV network, new broadcasters, new players, new manager and coaches, and on, and on, and on. 5. Welcome to the American Lea ... More >>
Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Mastersons Stafford Centre for the Performing Arts April 25, 2012 After three decades of music, mischief and critical accolades, it might come as a surprise to some to find Steve Earle performing at the relatively out-of-the-way (by Inner Loop standards) Centre for the ... More >>
There is a great illusion at work in Lia Cook's work. Her massive, black and white photographs of human faces -- children gazing calmly at the camera, or extreme close-ups of lips and noses -- are not photographs at all. Rather, they're comprised of intricately woven cotton that, when viewed from af ... More >>
The Cougars are going to have a new home starting in 2013.The expansion of the Big East has been a long-expected announcement, especially seeing as how several members of the conference are on the verge of departure. And one of the long-rumored names of this expansion has been the University ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresSee pics of Wiz Khalifa and friends in our slideshow. Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean feat. Trae Tha Truth & Bun B Reliant Arena July 6, 2011 Wiz Khalifa can smile now. The Pittsburgh rapper had a minor hit in 2007's "Say Yeah," a breezy dance cut laced all over Dutch trance ac ... More >>
Photo by davyninInside a Trader Joe's store in Pittsburgh.The Dallas Morning News roused a lot of food-lovers across the state with some happy news this morning: Trader Joe's, the specialty grocery chain based in California, is coming to Texas. Hot on the heels of another California import, I ... More >>
It's not nature's way, it's Houston'sIf we were to list all the great, terrific things Texas, Our Texas has given to civilization, we would be here all day. (Two words: Jessica Simpson.) Unfortunately, Texas has also gifted America and the world with some things the world and America would n ... More >>
Paris Hilton: Another overriding interest of this dudeIt's only April, but thanks to KHOU, we became aware of a top contender for the Alleged Creep of the Year Award: Imran Mynuddin has been charged in Harris County on suspicion of stalking his former psychiatrist, who's now on the faculty of ... More >>
Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.
Sarah Oppenheimer's impressive D-17 breaks out of Rice Gallery.
Mystery fans mourn the passing of a Houston bookseller
Talk about a Cinderella story. At 17 years old, Tommy James of Michigan was a high-school senior, already married with a baby, working in a record store, and failing miserably to get his band, The Shondells, off the ground after a recording a single. Two years later, a Pittsburgh club promote ... More >>
The art of smoke, ten years later, at Bobbie Que's Rib Shack.
Lola, the modern diner on Yale, is the subject of this week's Café review. Lola's exceptional burger is made with a certified Angus beef patty, tomato, a pickle and cheddar. The sandwich is served on a moist sweet bun that has been toasted. For a dollar, you can add some applewood bacon. It ... More >>
Internet content is the "found object" of the 21st century.
Poster by Uncle CharlieDear Eric, Steve, Jenny and Heartless Bastards (and all your band members), First of all, Rocks Off would like to welcome you back to Houston. We'd apologize about the heat, but hey, it's Texas in June. Just be glad you weren't routed through here six or eight weeks from now. ... More >>
Last night the Austin school board squelched, at least for now, any consideration of a partnership with Community Education Partners, the Nashville-based, for-profit operator of alternative schools that has two facilities in Houston. CEP would have operated an alternative center for students in the ... More >>
It looks like Austin ISD is ready to take the Houston ISD route and dump some of its troubled kids into the hands of Community Education Partners, the for-profit operator of alternative schools throughout the country. CEP operates two facilities here in Houston and as we've noted before, seems to be ... More >>
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