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  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Lawsuit: Houston Man Blind in One Eye After CVS Gives Him Eardrops Instead of Eyedrops

    A Houston man is suing CVS Caremark for allegedly screwing up his prescription, giving him eardrops instead of eyedrops, causing him to go blind in one eye. Claudis Alston picked up the prescription from a CVS pharmacy at 12601 Tomball Parkway in 2012. But instead of the eyedrops meant for treatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Record Store Day In Grand Style

    Frustrated. Nervous. Tired. Anxious. Wired. Those are pretty much the only words to describe the numerous Record Store Day lines throughout town Saturday. Nope, tax day was four days prior so these lines were certainly not at your local H&R Block. These were the emotions of a quickly growing group o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Record Store Day's Rising Tide Has No End In Sight

    Record Store Day returns to the nation's music retailers tomorrow, so if you're the sort of person who only buys a handful of LPs or CDs a year -- assuming you still buy physical music product at all -- you may want to hold off until sometime next week. In just six short years, this unofficial holid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Places You Didn't Think You'd Miss Until They Were Gone: RadioShack Shuttering 1,100 Stores

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Food Truck Parks Face Obstacles in Bringing Booze to the Masses

    You know what would go perfect with that Shorty Mac from H-Town StrEATS? Or with that Kimchi Koagie from Koagie Hots or something spicy and Cajun from St. John's Fire? Beer. Beer would go great with food truck fare. I imagine cocktails probably would too. And I know I want wine with my cupcakes and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Five Reasons Cyber Monday is Greater Than Black Friday

    Each year since the advent of e-commerce, online sales have slowly grown and begun to outpace in-store purchases at the holidays. Some people prefer the hectic nature of buying at a store on Black Friday. I've known people who actually enjoy getting up at 4 a.m. and standing in line. There is also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Your 2013 Houston Record Store Day Rundown

    Your financial situation be damned, Record Store Day 2013 is coming this Saturday, April 20, to drain your wallet of life and those little green pieces of paper. This Saturday your dance card should be full with all the major indie record stores in Houston and the surrounding areas offering up giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Exploring Sweet Spot Audio And Records In Webster

    A few weeks back, our own Marc Brubaker detailed ten of the best record stores in the Houston area. This past weekend I finally visited another one to add to your list of must-visit shops in Houston, and it is worthy of the drive if you live inside the Inner Loop. Sweet Spot Audio and Records is l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Promoter Sues Owners of Club Where Jay-Z, Beyonce, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade Celebrated All-Star Weekend

    A group called All Pro Management is suing the owners of Rich's, where Jay-Z (aka Mr. Beyonce Knowles) hosted an NBA All-Star par-tay, accusing them of cheating All Pro out of proceeds from liquor sales. The promoters claimed to have paid $25,000 to host the event, according to the Courthouse News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Louis Vuitton Obsession: Domain Seizure Reminds Us of Five Things You Shouldn't Buy Online from Random Websites

    As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 1, 2012

    Long-Time Car Salesman Rocky McCullough: Dealership Fired Me Because I Have Cancer

    You might recognize Rocky McCullough from his Goodson Honda TV spots, where he guaranteed low prices while standing next to a buxom model or two. But now McCullough is playing a different role: the plaintiff in an employment discrimination lawsuit against Southern Ford in Pearland. McCullough claim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Record Store Day: 8 Ways To Annoy A Record-Store Worker

    Tomorrow is Record Store Day, which is a little bit like the Super Bowl of music shopping: People who have no interest in the sport the rest of the year will be front and center. Rocks Off would never, ever tell anyone not to go to a record store, but people not already planning to make a beeline fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Bill & Ted's Alex Winter Examines Napster's Fall In SXSW Doc Downloaded

    Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Idiot Box) has spent the last decade trying to make a movie about Napster, the revolutionary peer-to-peer filesharing site that changed the music industry forever. Winter met Napster founder Shawn Fanning in 2002 and was instantly energized by the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Last Minute Shopping: The 10 Best Online Retailers (Not Named

    ​For a decade now, online retailers have increasingly grown their sales to the point they now rival traditional brick and mortar establishments. Let's face it, it's just easier to shop online if you have a computer, an internet connection and a desire to avoid crowds. You can sit there with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Material World: Music to Rock Your Cyber Monday with Video

    In the late '70s, there was a movie spoof on Friday the 13th called Saturday the 14th. It was about as dumb as you imagine it would be. Well, insert punchline here because Black Friday is over, but we are still smack dab in the middle of Cyber Monday, where instead of being stampeded by rampaging sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Top 5 Reasons Cyber Monday Is Better Than Black Friday

    To bastardize a line from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's Black Friday...again." It's that oh-so-magical time of year when the strong walk away from predawn shopping trips with armfuls of electronic goodies while the weak get treated by EMS for boot marks left by shoppers stampeding into Best Buy. Since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    5 Reasons You Should Skip Black Friday for Cyber Monday

    Well, it's Black Friday again. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones remain un-trampled and filled with holiday spirit or, if retailers got their wish, with carloads of merchandise. Since 2005, the nerdy cousin to Black Friday has been Cyber Monday. Traditionally, and I hesitate to even use that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Record Store Day Contest Coming This Afternoon

    ​When so many Americans will be camping out at Best Buys and fighting over big screen televisions at Walmart, music fans will be sleeping soundly in anticipation of Record Store Day's Black Friday events. The now annual day celebrating the stores that once carried the weight of music sales is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Tequila Coleman: Loves Fancy SUVs, Hates Paying For Them

    Land Rover: Get one by any means necessary​Apparently, Tequila Antwannette Coleman really, really, really digs luxury SUVs. They are the salt and lime in her life; without them, she is just not complete. The trouble is, she seems to have trouble paying for them, and now the 31-year-old Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Infographic: The Black Friday Experience

    See the whole thing after the jump​Today is "Black Friday", so named because of the hellish throng of shoppers and cars choking the streets, sidewalks, and retail outlets all over the country. Believe it or not, up until a few years ago, "Black Friday" was an urban legend; the shopping crowd w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    $2.99 Grand Slams at Denny's on Black Friday

    We prefer the Moons Over My Hammy​Let's say for the moment you plan on being out early on Black Friday. Let's also say your four hours of sitting in line followed by the frenzied trampling of other humans to buy the hundred-dollar laptop and three-hundred-dollar flat screen television you are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Five Reasons Not to Shop on Black Friday

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Shopping Free-For-All!​Every year around this time in the United States, we celebrate a day so important, so American that it brings people together like no other day can. Around 3 a.m. this Friday, bleary-eyed shopaholics will power into retail outlets all over the country in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Electric Cars In Houston: There Will Be A Charging Station At Spec's!!

    Photo courtesy eVgoeVgo: Jes' juicin' up mah ride​Houston will be home to the nation's first electric vehicle charging ecosystem. Just what is an electric vehicle charging ecosystem? It's a network of charging stations for electric vehicles strategically setup across the Houston area. These c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    A Guide To Record Store Day 2010 In Houston, Cage Dancing And All​ Vinyl fetishists, are you ready to be separated from your mortgage or rent money? Record Store Day is tomorrow, and indie record stores across the whole city will be sticking you up all day Saturday. Rocks Off gets paid today, so you will more than likely see us browsing sw ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2010
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    December 10, 2009

    Top 5 Grocery Store Closings of the Decade

    ​Houston -- like most other cities -- was once home to a broad array of supermarkets and grocery stores like Weingarten's (whose last grocery store closed in 1984 -- the company is now exclusively in the real estate market), Continental Finer Foods, and Lewis & Coker before it gave way to bein ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Murder By The Book Gets Some National Pub

    ​Murder by the Book is a Houston institution, pretty much the place to go for mystery authors on book tours.The Bissonnet store got some national publicity today, as The New York Times looked at plucky independent booksellers importing a hot new novel from England before its U.S. publication date. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Skip Black Friday IRL, And Do It Online

    ​Hark, singing herald angels! Do you hear what we hear? Could it be the carols of pure bliss lyrically carousing through the annals of our fair city this fine Black Friday? Yes, indeed, 'tis the season for joy to our world! It's the sound of freedom, we reckon. Freedom from familial dining ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    When Black Friday Comes, I'll Stand Down By The Door: Tips On Surviving

    ​If the excessive Black Friday advertising has you overwhelmed, don't fret, we're here to help.  We've been scrutinizing the quadrillion press releases and ads that have been bombarding us in e-mails, on TV, in last Sunday's paper and in any other existing media form you can think of to come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    An Exercise In Pain: Six Songs of Radio Phil Collins

    John Seaborn Gray​ Inspired by Seanbaby's wonderful article using Pandora via Phil Collins as musical gaydar, Rocks Off logged on to our account to see where a similar journey with the Genesis drummer and noted Texas history buff might take us. After all, it's not really scientific unless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Don't Forget Record Store Day is Saturday

    Well, it looks like the weather gods are laughing at Houston again, and have decided to ring in iFest with a good round of drenching rain. So if you'd prefer to remain indoors, don't forget Saturday is Record Store Day - there's even a Web site. Be a good consumer and help out your neighborhood musi ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009
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    January 16, 2009

    Circuit City, Don't Let The Doorknob Hit You In The Ass

    So Circuit City is calling it quits, shuttering the remaining 13 stores in the Houston area.Hair Balls had the misfortune of buying the worst TV I have every owned there a couple of years ago. The built-in DVD player broke almost immediately, the picture is weak, the power button has fallen off. Eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Don't Work -- It's Cyber Monday!

    Thought the holiday uber-shopping craze was limited to Black Friday? Welcome to Cyber Monday.Admittedly, the day was first a gimmick by (they coined the term back in 2005), but over the years, more and more stores have jumped on board and as many as 82% of online retailers are offering spec ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    Department Of Bad Timing (Press Release Div.)

    Worried about when you'll actually get electricity? Have a house that's a water-clogged shell? Don't worry! According to the most mis-timed PR release ever, FAO Schwarz is -- today -- announcing it is coming back to the Houston market in four locations, ready to serve all your needs for what it cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008
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    April 19, 2008

    Happy Record Store Day

    Today is Record Store Day, a nationwide promotion where independent music retailers want you to forget that your house is in foreclosure and gasoline is more expensive than champagne and buy some tunes using something other than a mouse. If you've forgotten how, don't bother asking your kids. It's r ... More >>

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    October 2, 2007
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    July 27, 2006
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Napster's Spawn

    File-sharing copycats keep free music alive on the Net. The Big Five labels still call it theft.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Used CDs

    CD Warehouse

  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    Jewels and Justice

    David Yurman yanks a local dealer into court over sales

  • Music

    October 14, 1999


    Stolen Axes

  • News

    March 23, 1995

    Winners and Losers

    Lottery operator Gtech was especially kind to the political friends of Texas Comptroller John Sharp. But when supervision of the company was moved from Sharp's office, the party was over.

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