Hey, need a ride-share? The City of Houston has used Zipcar's technology of electronically loaning and reserving cars for a little more than year. A total of 13 city departments use this technology which promotes clean air and has city employees whipping around in electric and hybrid vehicles. How ... More >>
Childish Gambino House of Blues March 8, 2014 We used to adore cops and cowboys; now we love scientists and engineers. We used to want to be John Wayne, but now we'd prefer to be Mark Zuckerberg. It was only so long before our computerized generation of tech-savvy youngsters would start to look up ... More >>
Ice cube plays a nobly abusive police officer — for laughs.
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
It's time again to shine up the saddle shoes and hose down the hot rods for Rock Baby Rock It's lucky No. 13, brought to you by Houston's own hound dog Edgar "Big E" Salazar. Party like it's 1955 where The Continental Club will boast enough pomade to grease down the dance floor for a three-night ex ... More >>
A few years ago, my kids were visiting from Chicago in the summertime, and we decided to head up to Dallas, for two reasons: 1. Eat lunch at the new-to-Dallas-but-an-old-friend-to-my-digestive-tract In-N-Out Burger 2. Take a tour of the still-fairly-new Cowboys Stadium, a/k/a "Jerry World" After ... More >>
As often as I've been complemented on my taste in music, I've been ridiculed for the horrible television programs I sometimes watch. Case in point: my DVR's arteries were recently clogged with episodes of the ABC celebrity competition, Splash. For those who may have missed it, Splash was a taped an ... More >>
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today that Texans will be part of a $29 settlement with Toyota over its actions after claims that various models had sudden, unexplained accelerations that endangered drivers. Texas and 27 other states "investigated whether Toyota adequately and promptly ... More >>
Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.
The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.
Les featuring Slim Thug, Killa Kyleon, Mug, Doughbeezy, Propain, Amber London, Roosh Williams, DJ Mr. Rogers Fitzgerald's June 27, 2012 Twice this year already, Les, one of the new rap generation's most interesting performers, has released mixtapes. Neither of them were anything less than Absolutel ... More >>
I listened to the new Justin Bieber album, Believe, twice this afternoon so I could write this. I am not looking for sympathy because I took it upon myself. I did this so you wouldn't have to, though if you are cool enough to read our blog, the thought of listening to Justin Bieber's Believe wasn't ... More >>
Will you turn into a hoarder? Let's see what astrology says, courtesy of our favorite local astrologer, Figgy Jones. Here's what she told us: On June 11, the big ol' jolly planet of abundance and goodies, Jupiter, moves into the sign of Gemini -- the most garrulous sign. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, ... More >>
Photo by Robert BejilWhere were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.
We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>
Must love Jon Stewart.The proposed new map of city council districts includes one carved out of the Heights, Montrose and the Museum District, uniting the richest, hippest, proud to be Inner Looper bunch of white people possible. If you're planning to run for the seat, here are some things y ... More >>
Tomorrow night Lady Gaga returns to the Toyota Center for her third packed show at the venue in less than a year. Last July, she held all the Little Monsters and pop fans hostage at TC for two blood-smeared, fiery, glittered, and hit-filled shows. Rocks Off was there for the first night, th ... More >>
Find cheap gas with GasBuddy.App: GasBuddy Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: GasBuddy.com Cost: Free People love their cars in Houston. More specifically, people love their enormous, gas-guzzling, monster-mobiles. With the turmoil in the Middle East driving gas prices ... More >>
Photos courtesy HLS&RLook closerRodeo excitement is here, as our version of the State Fair ramps up with the trail riders nearing the city and Go Texan Day Friday. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo people were nice enough to let us rifle through their archive of pictures, and we've presente ... More >>
Paul Haggis shows no improvement.
Ben Affleck as a conflicted bank robber
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay re-team, with decreasing returns.
A Facebook page for the victims
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay re-team, with decreasing returns.
Toyota launches its Prius Facebook competition; we launch our Prius Facebook page.To celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Prius, Toyota is launching a Facebook competition to find "the most passionate Prius fan in the United States." From Toyota's press release:As a result, this car with the si ... More >>
Readers respond to "Trash Talk"
Toyota announced today that it would pay the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration $16 million to settle allegations that it kept quiet about safety defects on its cars. The penalty is the largest that the federal government has collected from a car company."Toyota could have contested t ... More >>
Readers are gearing up for the Astros' 2010 season.
The Press reported on the Prius long ago.
Plus: Why are Mormons annoyed with Houston?
Photos by Marco Torres / Click here for a slideshowAftermath tuned up for Flogging Molly Wednesday night with a Jameson on the rocks and Steve Earle's "The Galway Girl" on our iPod. One of those should be obvious. As for the other, we needed the whiskey because it was kind of a long day at ... More >>
Toyota has announced during the last several months a series of recalls to fix the problem of its cars accelerating out of control. Last week, in perhaps the most dramatic move, the company said it would stop selling eight models of cars and trucks. Each of those fixes involved floor mats or gas ... More >>
That noise you hear is Florida coach Urban Meyer laughing his ass off. In case you missed it, news broke this morning that three University of Tennessee Volunteer football players -- freshman defensive backs Janzen Jackson and Mike Edwards, as well as freshman running back Nu'Keese Richardson -- ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times published a lengthy story this weekend about unintended acceleration in Toyotas, something the Houston Press and Hair Balls have written about from time to time, starting with a cover story in April.The Times wrote the story in response to a highly publicized crash this summ ... More >>
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement yesterday indicating that problems of unintended acceleration in Toyotas might be caused by something more than faulty floor mats. The statement from the federal agency was a response to Toyota's claims, released on Tuesday, ... More >>
First they came for the driver's licenses. Then they came for the license plates.Now, the DPS's March to Mediocrity continues with...inspection stickers.Texas inspection stickers have been pretty low-key since they've been invented, but no more. Now they will feature a cowboy on a bucking bronco, ... More >>
Readers respond to "Wild Ride"
Ah, the joys of replying to forwarded e-mail.You get an e-mail forwarded to you from someone, you think you're replying to the guy who forwarded it but instead you're replying to the original sender. So your e-mail that says something like "This is the single most idiotic pitch from a PR person ever ... More >>
Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.
The Prius, which is the subject of our cover story this week, is not the first compact car to cause a stir. Lots of unlikely automobiles have come and gone, leaving fans wishing for a return and non-fans wondering how anyone ever drove the things. Click here for a slideshow taking you back to the gl ... More >>
Claiming environmental superiority, low gas mileage and the quietest ride outside of a bicycle, the Toyota Prius is a car that inspires rabid, cult-like legions of fans. They create websites, message boards and even Facebook pages to celebrate their love of a car. Not since the original Ford Musta ... More >>
Peggy's new Prius had less than 600 miles on the odometer when she tried merging into traffic one day. The car accelerated on its own instead, and even though she pumped the brakes over and over, she was half a mile down the freeway before it shut down. Peggy didn't trust her Prius after that. It's ... More >>
Zipcar is a green-ish, Yankee-land concept that actually makes sense for a lot of people -- you can rent a eco-friendly car for a couple of hours, relatively cheaply. It's a concept that now has come to Houston. If you're a Rice student. Rice has signed on with Zipcar, and as of today students, fa ... More >>
Don’t understand the 14-year-old daughter / niece / cousin in your life who shops at Hot Topic and won’t get that dyed black hair out of her face? Not enough to tell her you were punk rock too, once? Try sharing some of these poems with her…instant connection, Miss Pop Rocks guarantees it. ... More >>
Pump pains constrain some musicians and inspire others
The brilliant, confounding Syriana digs for a necessary truth
How much more can you cut?
The pressure is on the Chron's sports columnists
Like little Energizer bunnies, electric-car proponents keep going and going and going