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  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Cowboy Diaries 2014: Chad Ferley, in it for the Adrenaline

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Cowboy Diaries 2014: Jesse Bail, Doing What He Knows Best

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Houston Rodeo Food & Cookie Architecture

    Zagat Houston: There's a lot of food at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; some good, some bad, and some so incredible that you can't miss trying. Zagat Houston's Amber Ambrose lists the five best foods at the Houston Rodeo this year, beginning with the Pickle Dog from Get Pickled; it's a corn dog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Other States Sure Have Hilarious Taste In Music

    See that map above? It knows things. It knows if most of your entire state is sporting permed ponytails and jamming out to horrible '90s rock, like in North Dakota. But it also knows when your state is a bunch of bearded hipsters with collective "outsider" tastes, like Pennsylvania. It even knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Native Americans to Take Last Stand Against the Keystone Pipeline

    It's a gross understatement to note Native Americans haven't done well in the United States, historically speaking. They tend to end up on reservations, on the losing side of history and with the short end of the stick. It's a truth that's hard to ignore these days, but it isn't stopping some of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Rice Seeks To De-Hawk The Jayhawks

    The Rice Owls played valiantly in losing to the Texas Aggies. But losing valiantly just doesn't cut it. Not anymore. The coaches want to win games. The players want to win games. What few fans there are want games won. And the brand new, just named Athletic Director wants the football team to play a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 5: South Dakota to Wyoming

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your head just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. SOUTH DAKOTA Magic Man, "South Dakota" Magic Man is par ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit.

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane... until you see his videos.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane. Not at first. He speaks clearly and eloquently about being a storm chaser, and as you're talking with him, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing. Hank Schyma, front man for Houston band the Southern Backtones, has been chasing storms for more than a deca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Tribal Chiefs Walk Out of Keystone Talks, Demand Presidential Meeting

    If you're the leader of a sovereign nation meeting with another sovereign nation to discuss a pipeline that will tote thick, sticky tar sands oil through your land if the project is approved, you might be just a little put out when the head of the other nation doesn't make time to sit down and talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Weather Sucks: Thank God We Only Have Hurricanes to Deal with in Houston

    "It's already here!" -- Twister Overnight in north Texas, a rash of tornadoes killed at least six people and injured many more. There could be another outbreak of twisters tonight as dry, cool air from the north slams into warm Gulf air over Texas. It's unfortunately a common occurrence for an area ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Porn Proves Texas Is Not Southern: We Prefer "Teen," They Prefer "Ebony"

    The question of whether Texas is part of the South or the Southwest has long been debated. Now we can answer that question, thanks to porn. (Is there anything porn can't do?) PornMD, porn-searching website that apparently tries to wrap itself in the aura of the health industry, has put together ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Weekly Weather: Heat and Rain Followed by More Beautiful Weather

    If you have been wondering if it was hotter than normal lately, it was, but like much of last year, it didn't come in the form of high temperatures. Sure, it's been in the 70s the last few days, but what is really odd is the extremely warm low temperatures. Monday, the official minimum temperature w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Living on the Edge: 10 More Onstage Oopsies

    Rock stars are just like the rest of us. They eat, love, poop, age, and sometimes they just embarrassingly go ass over tea kettle. Rewind: When Gravity Attacks: 13 Memorable Onstage Stumbles The difference between them and us, besides, you know, money, fame, security, and the like, is that when w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Cowboy Diaries: Nikki Steffes -- Future Dentist?

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Luck: "You Don't Know Your Own Depth"

    When word came out that David Milch was working on another series for HBO, the inevitable question arose: Would we be getting the David Milch that created the densely lyrical, critically acclaimed Deadwood? Or the David Milch responsible for the incoherent John from Cincinnati? As it turns out, Luck ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 27, 2011

    Let It Bleed

    Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, A Salute To TV Season Premieres

    DWTS = this week's Philly-Giants game?​Television fascinates me. It seems like a new station pops up onto my channel grid every day to the point where I'm actually a little disappointed I haven't been approached by anyone to televise the Sean Network. I mean, doesn't everyone have their own ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    James Vernon McVay: Obama Assassination Plot Foiled After One Murder in Planned Spree

    South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud Houstonian​James Vernon McVay wanted to kill President Obama. After his arrest in Wisconsin earlier this month, he told police that he believed the best way to do that was to stalk the commander-in-chief while he was playing golf and pick him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    The Abortion Debate Part 2: Five Pro-Choice Songs​Yesterday Rocks Off allowed five musicians to voice their opposition to legalized abortion in this country through song. Today, we allow rebuttal from the pro-choice camp in order to give everyone their say. As a note, a conversation between writer an editor brought up Ben Fol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst U.S. State Flags

    As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The United States Of Women In Music

    ​Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Cowgirl Diaries: Jill Moody -- Horse Once Skewered By Barbed-Wire Fence, But the Show Goes On

    Jill Moody, barrel racer​​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    The United States of Beer

    Illustration by Monica FuentesFull-size image below.​You asked for it, we delivered. Last week, while many of you were enjoying our map of the United States of Soft Drinks, just as many of you alcoholics were demanding a United States of Beer map instead. And so we hunkered down all weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Houston Texans - Jobber To The Stars

    Just call him Gary "Special Delivery" Kubiak​"You just keep playin', you work hard in this business...keep workin', believe in what you're doin', keep your chin up, and keep pluggin', somethin' good will go our way." -- Gary Kubiak, 11/21/10 (but truth be told, he's said some variation of thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Bugs: There Are Two States Actually Buggier Than Texas

    It's a bug's life in Texas​Houston, as you slap your arms, face and neck while trying to enjoy a sunset, reassure yourself that things could be worse: You could be in Florida or Louisiana.Those two states are officially and somewhat scientifically more bug-infested than Texas, according to an indu ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Down on the Farm

    The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Ted Poe Decides He Likes Drunk Drivers After All

    ​Congressman Ted Poe was, for a long time, a Harris County district judge. And he displayed special venom for people convicted of DWI.Once he went to Washington things didn't change. Here's part of a floor speech he gave two years ago about a police chief killed by a drunken driver: He took th ... More >>

  • Music

    February 18, 2010
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    September 15, 2009

    Not Everything's Bigger In Texas. Take Penises, For Example

    ​All you gay guys in Texas, you have let us down.Manhunt, a website designed to encourage hook-ups between consenting male adults, has done an utterly scientific survey of dick size based on its ads. "Now that we have cock size as a feature on Manhunt profiles, we couldn't resist getting a fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Sobriety-Checkpoint Bill Advances; Some Legislators Should Start Worrying

    The American Beverage Institute is still keeping up its noble fight to stop the Texas legislature from passing a bill that would allow sobriety checkpoints on the roads.SB298 has been passed by the Senate and now goes to the House."By calling for sobriety checkpoints, this proposal ignores the root ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Life On The Rodeo Road: Smoking Brakes In The Middle Of Nowhere

    Name: Annesa SelfHometown: Valley View, TexasEvent: Barrel RacingI got into rodeo because my mother and my father both did it. My dad roped, so I just kind of followed in his footsteps. I was five years old when I started winning ribbons, and when I got a little older, I was like, 'I want money.' Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Texas Leads The "Filthy 15"!! Ummm, Yay?

    In case you were worrying that the air in Texas was getting too clean and all, you can rest assured it's not.Now it's coal ash that has the greenies up in arms.The National Resources Defense Council has released a list of states that are proposing to build enough new coal plants to produce 14 millio ... More >>

  • Music

    February 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Kirbyjon Caldwell Loves Bush, Hates McCain

    Kirbyjon Caldwell, the Houston pastor who presided over Jenna Bush's wedding, has made it clear his love of Republicans doesn't extend to presumptive GOP nominee John McCain. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Caldwell let it rip, breaking out the hate just because McCain attended a biker rally in So ... More >>

  • News

    February 14, 2008

    Mescaline on the Mexican Border

    Texas is the only state in the country where peyote is sold legally. Really.

  • News

    July 27, 2006

    Bishop Is Back

    The former kingmaker is back, sort of

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Costly Advances

    Payday lenders take care of you till your check comes in, and for a long time after

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2004

    Get Your Kicks

    A Texas filmmaker looks at small-town life through a windshield

  • News

    July 10, 2003

    Ghost Dance

    Activists still wonder if Standing Deer died in a plot by the feds or Indian foes or for no reason at all

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Cinema 2002 counterbalanced a treacherous world

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Paying for It

    Stung by critics, KPRC dials up escort services

  • Music

    April 26, 2001

    Reservation Blues

    Indigenous's rock springs from the deepest roots in North America

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    The Improviser

    In a city that doesn't support jazz, Paul English still finds ways to make the music happen

  • News

    December 30, 1999
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    July 22, 1999
  • Film

    April 9, 1998
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    January 6, 1994
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    December 9, 1993

    Arming Peggy MacGregor

    Why is this winsome public sculpture, created by Mount Rushmore's sculptor, languishing in disrepair? And where is her arm?

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