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    June 16, 2014

    Houston's Net Domestic Migration Data Show a Lot of High School Dropouts

    Among the big cities that grew the most in Texas, it seems like Houston's still safe for the people who aren't really into college. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had a total net domestic migration of 19,178 in 2012, according to a demographic analysis of Census data done in conjunction with ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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    May 26, 2014

    Houston Second in Population Growth, Census Says

    Humidity, hurricanes and no zoning laws weren't enough to keep people away. According to US Census data, from 2012 to 2013, Houston was second in population growth behind New York. H-Town added an estimated 35,202 residents from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013. New York was far ahead, adding an esti ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Paul Petronella of Paulie's Talks Family, Longevity, And Good Coffee

    This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Check back with us tomorrow to read Part 2. When we talk about neighborhood restaurants around town, Paulie's on Westheimer has been a Montrose staple for years. Celebrating its 15th year in business this year, the casual Italian restaurant ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Wet, Wet Day For Houston; HISD Cancels After-School Activities

    Nothing says "Houston" like a wet, sloppy morning commute, or a day maneuvering your way around street flooding, but today could have been worse. The Houston school district has cancelled all after-school activities, however. "All after-school activities, including athletic events, are canceled to ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Congrats To The University Of Texas On An 8th Straight National Title In...

    ....merchandise royalties! Indeed, while the on the field product for football has regressed to "decidedly average with hope this season" and the on the court product for basketball has devolved to "just plain bad," one thing the University of Texas does really well -- TWO things, actually -- cash ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Trial Connected to June 2012 Trae Tha Truth Shooting Underway

    A civil trial is underway in Harris County District Court, with county attorneys seeking an injuction that would forbid 16 alleged gang members --including a man who was later arrested and charged for the June 2012 shooting that killed three people and wounded popular Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth - ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Dereon Kelley: Convicted, Faces 10 Years For Calling In Bomb Threat To Texas State University

    A 22-year-old Bryan man has been found guilty of calling in bomb threats to Texas State University last year, around the same time he was suspected of calling in a bomb threat that evacuated Texas A&M. A Houston federal jury took about an hour to convict Dereon Tayronne Kelley after a two-day trial ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

    Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Could You Get All of Your Christmas Shopping Done at Buc-ee's? Probably

    If you travel anywhere in Texas, you have no doubt been to a Buc-ee's super gas station, home of clean restrooms, cheap gas, crack-like Beaver Nuggets, cutesy Texas trinkets, hunting gear and, at peak traveling hours during weekends and holidays, groggy and zombie-like humans hungry for beef jerky a ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Albums 60-51

    Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Does Dallas-Fort Worth Have the Worst Tippers in the State?

    Last week, Eater alerted the great foodie masses to a website called Lousy Tippers that contains a pretty scary database of the nation's worst tippers. "There is a consequence," the site preaches ominously from its header. Call it the ultimate form of societal pressure to make sure you leave a grat ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    May 3, 2012
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    April 6, 2012

    Sig's Lagoon Keeping Sundance, Beloved San Marcos Store, Alive

    A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Houston connection, part of its legacy - in fact, a large part of its inventory - is coming here. Sig's Lagoon, the Midtown re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Fast Times: Fajitas Puebla Tacos At Taco Cabana

    Don't gotta tell me twice. ​Oh, Taco C, how I love thee. Maybe it's because I lived off Taco Cabana tortillas and queso in college; every great night at the square or float down the river in San Marcos ended with a trip to TC. Drunk, sober or hungover, it hits the spot. So when I saw an ad f ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Top 6 Ways To Piss Off A Musician At A Gig

    Brian Jackson/Bloodshot RecordsDoes this look like someone YOU'D want to antagonize?​Rocks Off first stumbled onto Scott H. Biram about 10 years ago at the Parlor, Austin's recently closed, extremely cramped "punk rock pizza" joint on North Loop, where patrons scarfed their pies while murals o ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Eirin Hicks: Misdemeanor Charges Filed In Death of Texas State Woman Who Fell to Death

    TABCEirin Hicks: Dead from a fall out a window​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Texas State University police announced a handful of charges stemming from the death of Eirin Ann Hicks, a student who fell to her death from an elevated first-story dorm room last month. The charges ar ... More >>

  • Music

    June 9, 2011

    Little Smoke

    Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You take a dark turn

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    June 2, 2011

    Broken System

    A lawsuit alleges that 12,000 kids trapped in foster care with little chance of getting out are being exposed to abuse and neglect, shuttled around the state and denied health services.

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    May 4, 2011

    Eirin Ann Hicks: Texas State Student Killed by One-Story Jump

    Texas StateEirin Ann Hicks: Killed by first-floor jump​If you're a parent who wonders why you worry about your kid, fresh evidence today that you need to: A Texas State student has died by jumping out of a first-floor window. Eirin Ann Hicks, 24 and from Temple, was taken off life support ye ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010


    An indie legend's Texas-filmed first feature

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    June 15, 2010

    Houston Locals Musicians Film Video With Dallas Native, Head to Austin for Release

    • Fat Tony, Tom Nguyen from The Ton Tons and Kyle Vento from Simple Success teamed up with director Tedric Huff to play the backing band for Dallas artist Angela Carter in the new video for her song "Love Anymore." It looks like they had tons of fun. • Roky Erickson spent about 30 minutes las ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2010

    Nothing's Wrong

    Scott H. Biram cuts back on the craziness...just not in his music.

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    January 6, 2010

    Road Trippin': A West Texas/Big Bend Playlist

    ​ Right after Christmas, Rocks Off hopped into our car and headed straight for the bowels of West Texas. It's a long drive to Big Bend, mostly through the middle of nowhere, huge swaths of land where even AM radio can't reach. Twelve hours in the car demands a certain kind of playlist that, like a ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Texas Blind Salamander Blues

    Photo by Robb Walsh​The Texas blind salamander lives in a dark cave in San Marcos and doesn't see very well, hence the blues-guitarist moniker. It's also an endangered species. Blind Salamander Pale Ale from Rahr Brewery in Fort Worth is the first of a new series called "Rare Breed" beers. Eac ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009
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    June 4, 2009

    Armadillo World Headquarters

    The Goode family's shrine to all things Texas could use a shootout or two.

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    February 13, 2009

    Terrible News For Lovers Of Texas History, Or Just Biography In General

    Anyone who considers themselves a Texan -- one that likes to read, at any rate -- should be federally mandated to read the three volumes in which Robert Caro traces the life of Lyndon Johnson.The first book, Path to Power, is a fascinating primer on the Hill Country, on Sam Rayburn, on farm life in ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    As All Eyes Turn To Austin, We Present The Five Best Austin Movies

    "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe when the Legislature is in session." -- Former New York Secretary of State Gideon TuckerSeeing as the Texas Lege is all set to convene for the 81st Regular Session, we at Hair Balls thought we'd take this opportunity to remind you that not everything tha ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Slideshow: Snakes on an Album

    One of the songs slithering around Rocks Off's head lately is "Snake Farm," the title track to grizzled Hill Country troubador Ray Wylie Hubbard's 2006 album, where the singer and a comely employee of the ramshackle reptile house between San Marcos and New Braunfels get it on amongst the other  ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008
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    February 15, 2008

    Weekend Music: Skyrocket!’s in Flight

    Promising “if Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon started a cover band, this would be it,” Austin’s Skyrocket! has been a sensation in the Capital City since forming in 2003 as K-Tel Hit Machine. Consisting of several seasoned Austin music veterans – Ben Hotchkiss, Kyle Crusham and Paul English of t ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    This Will Destroy You, Unwed Sailor

    Ambient and/or progressive fans will find plenty to like with these two instrumental groups

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    July 30, 2007

    Last Night: The Houston Press Music Awards Showcase

    "I Don't Get Around Much Anymore." The Ellington tune is bouncing around my head as I take the train downtown (the A-Train?) for the 2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. I just can't stay out ‘til two and work the next day like I used to. I was pretty sure this would never happen to me. Ya li ... More >>

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Screw October

    Justin Furstenfeld orders us to hate him. We obey.

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    June 23, 2005

    A Wunderkind Looks at 40

    Todd Snider is still talking the blues after all these years

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    November 20, 2003
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    July 3, 2003

    Scar Wars

    Austin's Vallejo performs at Whiskey Blues

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    May 22, 2003

    Kung Fu Fighting

    Catfish shares his arsenal

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    June 7, 2001

    A River Ran Through It

    A historic Hill Country road brought Texans to the Blanco. Then came John O'Quinn.

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    Wandering Son

    Carlton Pride, son of Charley, opted not to take any country roads

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Street-Fighting Man

    Roy Head used to love to mix it up. Now the blue-eyed soul man fights to keep his career alive.

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    July 1, 1999

    Full Contact Paddling

    Safari tests brains, strength, endurance and the willpower to persevere when you're puking out of your boat. And pissing in it.

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    December 17, 1998
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    February 19, 1998

    Well-Raised and Confused

    Mood rockers Blue October struggle after life's answers

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    July 4, 1996


    How softball coach Holly Nuber won the state championship -- and lost her job

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    March 21, 1996

    Family Style

    Breedlove fishes in the Vaughan gene pool for a little added talent

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    December 15, 1994
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