I have lived in Houston a long time and it a lot of different neighborhoods around town. As a result, I have shopped at more than my fair share of grocery stores. From the Randall's that used to exist on the North Freeway as a kid to the Kroger where I worked all through high school to a Food Town o ... More >>
For decades, the area between Houston Avenue, Studemont, Interstate 10 and Washington Avenue was a tangle of warehouse, industrial plants and a smattering of wood frame homes. It has only been in the last 10 or 15 years that the area began to see significant development as there became more of a des ... More >>
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 >>
Joe V's Smart Shop is a Houston-based offshoot of one of the state's most successful brands, H.E.B., aka the H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Or, as it's known in my home, The Butt. If you're a fan of The Butt -- and really, who isn't? -- you know why it's an awesome place to shop. I don't know about you, ... More >>
Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>
We know we'd all like to be super duper planners, but just in case you aren't perfect and you're cooking dinner at home on Thanksgiving and you forgot something like the butter or the Cool Whip or the stuffing, or maybe you're trying that once-in-a-lifetime recipe and who knew it needed crushed fres ... More >>
Slim Thug is riding around the city in a $100K cream-colored Bentley. In the trunk, he has multiple boxes full of "that work." Earlier in the week, Slim released his newest mixtape, Boss Life, and a week before that, he introduced the designs from his new clothing line. So "that work" consists of CD ... More >>
The Internet has made our lives easier in so many ways, not the least of which is that it makes it a million times easier and more efficient to try and move merchandise, whether it's a car, a boat, perhaps an old playground set, or your stepdaughter.... Wait, what? Yeah, that's right, your stepdau ... More >>
When Campbell's announced earlier this summer they were rolling out a new flavor of SpaghettiOs (something they've only done three times in their 50-year history), I was intrigued. At this point in my life, I do not regularly consume canned pasta products, but there was a period (fifth and six grad ... More >>
If you were a child in the '80s or '90s, you probably have vivid memories of throwing temper tantrums in the cereal aisle, begging your parents for Count Chocula, Boo Berry or Franken Berry for breakfast while they mumbled about the sugar content and lack of nutritional value in a blueish-gray ghost ... More >>
During the afternoon of Friday, June 28, Paula Deen's upcoming cookbook, Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, to be available in October, was No. 1 on Amazon.com in the Best Sellers in Books section, followed by her previous cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible ... More >>
Somehow I became an expert in messed-up offerings on Etsy at this job, and today I'm hear to show you what dedicated, and slightly lunatic, fans of the Thin White Duke are handmaking just for you. Necklace It's not that this necklace is bad, necessarily. The setting is nice and the quote from Labyr ... More >>
Who is Bon Iver? The name originally referred to a band, I guess in the same way Nine Inch Nails referred to a "band," but since hitting it big, it's mostly just a nickname for frontman and songwriter Justin Vernon, who, depending on who you ask, may either be Jesus or the antichrist. Consulting my ... More >>
For all you gumshoes out there, the FBI just made your job exactly no easier than it was before. Yesterday, the agency released photographs of the top 10 most wanted bank thieves, most of their faces hooded, masked, or behind sunglasses. The hunt is on for, it seems, people who wear hooded sweatshir ... More >>
From reading his most recent arrest affidavit, it looks like Darren Patrick Scheper had a good thing going there for a while. As his friends would later tell police, Scheper's hustle was to break into cars, steal whatever valuables he could find inside, and if he was lucky enough to find a wallet st ... More >>
Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.
We couldn't wait to see how the Jason Wu for Target event on Sunday stacked up against the insane frenzy of the Missoni event last October. We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning and went to the Target on Sawyer, off of Washington Avenue, where about 30 women -- and a few men -- were lined up ... More >>
All good questions.Randomly typing the start to questions into Google launches a whole host of weirdness that changes depending upon the searches people type into the search engine giant. Not only are they often interesting, but down right strange? I've been sampling this phenomenon lately a ... More >>
With every gossip site on the planet reporting that Beyonce has given birth to Blue Ivy Carter just yesterday, Rocks Off suddenly realized that we haven't gotten her a thing! While we make a quick Target run, we thought it might be fun to ponder what sort of gifts Beyonce and Jay's rich celebrity p ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
In a classic bit of stand up comedy, Steve Martin described his obsessive search for the best stereo system of the day. He kept adding more and more speakers until he finally reached the "google-phonic" stereo with the closest number of speakers to infinity, which, like all the rest, sounded like sh ... More >>
Mark C. AustinPearl Jam at ACL '09Amongst all the Nevermind love running rampant this week, people seem to forget that Nirvana contemporaries Pearl Jam are also celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Obviously the Nirvana tributes are different since one member is not living and the we ... More >>
Tom Hanks ages into mid-life obsolescence in the middling Larry Crowne.
Daniel KramerBeyonce at Toyota Center, July 2009Following the lackluster response to Beyonce's 4, which leaked onto the Internet wholesale earlier this month, the singer's label has gone into crisis mode and is even considering another Destiny's Child reunion, The New York Post reported today ... More >>
The doors!! They are closing!!Maybe you've got today off and are planning to do your Christmas shopping. Maybe you don't have today off, or maybe you just like putting things off to the last minute. A Friday Christmas Eve shopping trip sounds like hell to us, but if you're determined to go t ... More >>
Like Blair Witch Project, but without the death and black and white photography.If you're wondering if it's too early to get in Black-Friday mode, no, it's not. Customers are already lining up in front of Best Buys, Targets and other popular stores for those early Friday morning openings. (Ta ... More >>
Photo by Groovehouse. Photo illustrations by Monica Fuentes and Brittanie SheyYao Ming, contemplating his retirement and the existential quandries of life.Like manna from the Meme Gods, we give you Sad Yao. This picture, taken during last night's fourth-straight Rockets loss, conveys all the ... More >>
Growing up in Pearland, Craig's Hlist didn't know anything was inherently wrong with Walmart. We didn't see it as trashy. How could a place where we got baseball cards and metal magazines every Saturday be trashy? But when we got older and heard the tales of Walmart's wrongful business prac ... More >>
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to email@example.com. Photos by Brad GilmoreTwenty E ... More >>
No Walmart, no peaceMembers of the "Stop Heights Walmart" group came out in force to the City Hall meeting Tuesday to let officials get a glimpse of a small part of the opposition that has grown to more than 4,000 members in the past few weeks.Meanwhile, Houston officials told Hair Balls they are ... More >>
Walmart: concerns about crime, infrastructure and transparencyEven though it's not yet been signed and delivered, Heights residents are already trying to figure out how to deal with the possibility that a big-box monster might be moving in next door.Residents spoke at the Greater Heights Super Ne ... More >>
Readers respond to "Walmart vs. the Heights."
Walmart brings out the passion.
Trouble in QuirkytownThe Heights may soon be dealing with an unwanted resident, and they're going to have to put up a strong fight to keep them out. The possibility that Houston's seventh Super Walmart could land in the historic area has residents squirming, and a strong reaction for and against ... More >>
We recently headed over to Sam's Club to pick up some provisions. After our customary Polish Hot Dog Combo for $1.50 plus tax, we headed over to the beer aisle. This place always has a limited beer selection, with a few standards like the 24-pack of Corona 7-ounce bottles or the Shiner Fami ... More >>
The sounds of Christmas 2009 from Bob Dylan, Sting, Tori Amos, Rob Halford and more.
Rocks Off spoke with songwriter/pianist Jim Brickman recently. True, the AC piano king isn't the type of musician we usually focus on, but talent is talent and oh, yeah, a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Age Album for his CD Faith doesn't hurt. Rocks Off: First, congratulations o ... More >>
It's no secret that Lonesome Onry and Mean usually thinks of Christmas music at about the same moment the concept of suicide pops into our head. But a few days ago we were pleasantly surprised to receive a Christmas album that actually doesn't suck. Along with 2002's excellent 'Tis The Season for L ... More >>
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 >>
Take a stroll down any aisle in Target. Pirouette through the airy walkways at the Houston Zoo. Squint your eyes in disbelief at a nearly abandoned Discovery Green. Go ahead; try it. There's something markedly different in the world today, isn't there?Oh, helloooooo, ... More >>
Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod
Universal hopes to JumpSTART flagging CD sales with aggressive price cuts. Who benefits the most?
Cactus Music and Video battles to keep its marquee and to get the Eagles on its shelves
Thrill to the battle of the boardwalk brawlers of Kemah versus the maulers of Clear Lake Shores. Sales-tax slugfests, counterpunches to kayo streets and a flurry of jabs have jolted city services in a municipal grudge match yet to end.
And All That Could Have Been (Nothing)