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. Who? DJ Penetrate is a profess ... More >>
Public Enemy, Phranchyze, Banzil Warehouse Live December 27, 2013 Nearly 30 years after they bum-rushed their first show, there remains nothing quite like a Public Enemy concert. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers bring a dominating live energy to the stage that is, has been and seems likely to remai ... More >>
My mother-in-law was a Depression-era kid, and she shared stories of the rail-riders who would pass through her small Louisiana hometown looking for work. They carried all they owned from place to place, stopping here and there to do odd jobs for dinner and a place to sleep. Those travelers became k ... More >>
Did police entrap gay dudes looking for sex in Memorial Park?
Note: The folks at our sister paper Riverfront Times have ventured into the breach that is the Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, Illinois. Rocks Off will be following their exploits all weekend. During the Gathering of the Juggalos, Cave-In Rock, Illinois becomes a sonic disaster zone. Ev ... More >>
Note: Bless their souls, the folks at our sister paper Riverfront Times have ventured into the breach that is the Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, Illinois. Rocks Off will be following their exploits all weekend, and praying for them. At some point in your life, you may find yourself sit ... More >>
When news broke Sunday about Johnny Manziel and his alleged five figure payday for affixing his signature to 1,600 Aggie football items, the sports world went back into overdrive. Kevin Sumlin prepped for Aggie media day, the university hired attorneys, bloggers wrote, screamers yelled, and Vegas we ... More >>
Know Your City During Matt & Kim, Kim had the crowd in her pocket... until she accidentally called them "Dallas." She immediately recognized her terrible faux pas and recovered by telling a story about how once she was having sex with Matt and called him by the wrong name. She said that afterwards " ... More >>
Spring Break is on the horizon, beginning for some people this weekend. College kids will head to spots in Texas or Florida, cram themselves into motel rooms, hope they don't so drunk they pass out and wake up with their face transformed into a Sharpie piece of art, and just have fun. Which mean ... 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 >>
Those of you fond of criticizing the lack of music on MTV, take note: The network's venerable Unplugged series returns on Sunday with a performance by British indie-poppers Florence and the Machine. It'll be the first of eight shows planned for this year, with The Civil Wars and Dierks Bentley alrea ... More >>
This popular Montrose bar recently hosted a crawfish boil. The picnic tables on its rear patio already bore marks like these from crawfish boils past, and I'm sure at least a few more Sharpie drawings were added that day. Look familiar? Think you know where we're drinking this week? Leave your best ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email email@example.com.Note: ... More >>
SEC football fans, ballin' up.With each day, the pain of Sunday's loss to the Ravens continues to dissipate. However, it still hasn't subsided to the point where we shouldn't be taking pleasure in the acute pain of others. In fact, in the spirit of yesterday's post, the pain hasn't subsided ... More >>
Felony charges could be pending after a Montgomery County Precinct 4 constable uncovered some incriminating and weird items in a large, illegal roadside garbage pile. Acting on a citizen's complaint, deputy Chapa found the 680-pound dump site in a ditch at the corner of White Oak and Vick in a semi ... More >>
And why are cholos always wearing such white shirts, shoes and socks?
The best way for a cheese monger to wrap cheese is with clear plastic. You can see exactly what the cheese looks like, and make sure there's no mold. So what's the worst way to wrap cheese? Clear plastic wrap. It traps evaporating moisture that condenses into tiny pockets of water, provi ... More >>
It's always somethingThe part of me that's not a huge fan of athletes calling attention to themselves, sometimes at the expense of their team, is not a big fan of Terrell Owens. The part of me that needs several hours worth of content each week, the radio host part of me, is a huge fan of Ter ... More >>
Alex "Pr!mo" Luster got himself a documentary from the street art life.
As per previous years, Lonesome Onry and Mean isn't going to bother with running down all this year's major-label releases. Ranking the relative merits of Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert is the Houston Chronicle's job, we suppose. Seeing major players like Robert Plant, Bruce Sp ... More >>
Possibly works for Magnolia High"For the longest time, we just had a few individuals in our golf program. Our previous coach did a nice job of building up the program, but now we are trying to take it to the next level." -- Magnolia High School golf coach Jim Bob Jackson You hear about a lot ... More >>
Katharine ShilcuttCan you spot our mustachioed interloper? Fellow chef Mike Nutt, the Chef de Cuisine at Laurenzo's Grill on Washington, invited me to tag along with him and the other chefs catering the book signing following Anthony Bourdain's sold-out talk at Jones Hall, called Up Close and ... More >>
Craig HlavatyThe Houston Press Music Awards are now just a recent memory. It was only three weeks ago that Grandfather Child got showered with panties onstage, A dream Asleep reminded us how to spell "Tits," and Chris Wise and Cody Swann got their kiss on in front of the Warehouse Live crowd. ... More >>
rbcmusic.comReaders may be surprised to learn this, but searching for YouTube videos to mock and talking about Goth bands does not exactly pay for the finer things in life. So six days a week, Rocks Off - or at least the Rocks Off writer with only one "f" in his name - sells sheet music to th ... More >>
Pizzeria Taqueria (807 Telephone Road, 713-921-9250) is tucked behind a Jack in the Box, in a nondescript building with a red roof. When we walked in, we felt a little awkward -- the only other people there were making out in the middle of the dining area. The menu was written in Sharpie o ... More >>
Dwight McCannSo Valentine's Day is over, and you spent all your dough on Cupid swag for that special sweetie, which hopefully bought your way out of the doghouse for the time being. But if not, Casanova, your Rocks Off homies still have your back - provided you have an iTunes account. Sentime ... More >>
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The Iron Maidens encourage you to bring your daughter to the slaughter
Never pay for a drink in this town again
How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili
And we will follow as local music figures recall tales of U2
Alkaline Trio gets clean on its pristine new LP
The Nightfly tries out an apprentice at Boys and Girls Club's new Montrose home
How The Nightfly learned to stop worrying and love Ashlee Simpson
Which Houston restaurants are swapping pork for veal?
Sunil Thakkar's a plenty cool Indian-American. But he wants his socially pathetic Fresh-Off-the-Boat past to work mainstream cinema magic.
Every house has a story, but Project Row Houses has installations
Third–generation activist Luchita Rodriguez and her friends find the missing rally bus — and a fresh, family-style fight against war in Iraq