Note: This story was written by Kathy Cano-Murillo and comes to us from our sister blog in Phoenix, Up on the Sun. Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high-school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is ... More >>
At least the alien feels at home in this digital world.
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. "I would like to thank all ... More >>
There are 35 RadioShack stores in the Houston. Would you miss them if they were gone? RadioShack, despite a massive re-branding effort over the last year, announced on Tuesday it would be closing 1,100 of its 4,000 retail outlets due to poor earnings. The electronics store has been operating at a l ... More >>
Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. ... More >>
Last week, many were surprised -- some even perplexed -- to see our beloved city on the annual New York Times list of places to visit in 2013. Houston was number seven on a list of 46 that included Rio, Amsterdam, Singapore, Hawaii's Big Island, Oslo, Bangkok and Paris. Yes, we were on a "must visit ... More >>
While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared November 21, 2011. As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater ... More >>
When James May unlocks the doors to Music Town each day at noon, his little shop on Stuebner Airline across from Klein High School is mainly filled with CDs, new and used vinyl and an enormous amount of cassettes. When he first opened the shop in 1979, the sign actually said "Music Town Records and ... More >>
This week the compact disc turned 30 years old, and will no doubt spend it drinking with friends and wondering where the time went and lamenting the fact that they haven't gotten married yet. Few people know that the first commercial CD produced was Billy Joel's 1978 release 52nd Street, an album ... More >>
As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush disco ... More >>
Photo courtesy Angelina County JailRaymond Wilson II Back in December, Hair Balls brought you the story of an East Texas trailer park murder spree that left two women and one man dead. Late last week the accused in the case -- 46-year-old Raymond Wilson II -- took a plea deal granting him three ... More >>
Up the mountain one last time with Sweetgrass. Anthropomorphized sheep need not apply.
Chris Manak's metamorphosis into label boss, benefactor and video-mixing party DJ Peanut Butter Wolf.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has issued its latest rankings of how businesses treat their gay and lesbian employees, and things look a little better than last year.The report gave 305 businesses a top score of 100 this year; that's an increase from last year's 260. Eleven of the top 20 Fo ... More >>
Take It On the Run
Hayes Carll hosts a sandy shindig in a reverse hurricane
Les George Leningrad performs Friday, November 17, at The Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.
Not all Houstonians revel in our God-given right to be loudly obnoxious
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings carry old-school funk into the new millennium
Coming soon to a TV near you: hardbodies in zero-G
The HISD police officer was supposed to be there to protect children. Instead, he raped a 17-year-old and said it was her fault. And HISD says it bears no blame at all.
Like little Energizer bunnies, electric-car proponents keep going and going and going
Contemporary dance stumbles in its sixth annual showcase at Miller
Eating out can be hazardous to your hearing
Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin