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  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Sweet Semantics: Jam vs. Jelly vs. Preserves

    A few weeks ago I made the mistake of dismissing a friend's insistence on referring to that chicken broth-flavored bread crumb holiday favorite as "dressing." "Stuffing, dressing, same thing. Regional synonyms," I said, carelessly. I think her head exploded. Our conversation made me realize that ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012
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    November 15, 2012

    Royce White's Twitter Rant: 10 Ignorant Replies

    "Is he worth it?" In the sports world, it's the answer to that one simple question that ultimately determines the length of a player's shelf life in whatever league he plays in. Extrapolated in more detail and reworded, is the combination of a player's skill set, salary, and performance worth whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Monday Night Football Cavalcade Of Errors, Starring Rick Reilly!

    Something amazing happened last night during ESPN's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime atrocity win over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It wasn't the Chiefs' miraculously hanging well within the 12 point spread on this game (obliterating degenerate teaser bets every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Texans-Bills: The 10 Best Rapper(ish) Tweets From Sunday's Game

    Houston has a professional football team, called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them; some are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media; one is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of them are rappers. Like we've done in the past, we perused Twitter during Sunday's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Rocks Off's Something Wicked Mini-Guide: The Experiment

    BY CHRIS GRAY AND CORY GARCIA Of the dozens of electronic-music artists from all over the world playing Saturday's Something Wicked Festival at Sam Houston Race Park, the ones at "The Experiment" area bear should not be overlooked for one simple reason: They live here. Rewind: Rocks Off's Somethi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Rocks Off's Something Wicked Mini-Guide: Shadow Field

    Cooler temperatures? Check. Loud music? Check. Crazy outfits? Check. If my scientific calculations are correct, those three things are a recipe for a great fall day. And while the pubs will be crawling and the houses will be haunted the best place to get all three of those this weekend is going to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Whaaat!?!?! Big Tex Burns! Apocalypse Sign Number Four!

    Dramatic photos are coming in from the scene in Dallas where Big Tex, the 52-foot-tall mascot of the State Fair, has done gone ahead and caught himself on fire. The blaze, which left just a skeleton frame on the dude, began this morning at about 10:30, KHOU reports and our sister paper the Dallas O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Texans-Packers: The 10 Unhappiest Rapper Tweets From Sunday's Loss

    Houston has a professional football team. They are called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them. Some of those people are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media. One is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of those people are rappers. Rocks Off perused Twitter duri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The Bizarre Ride of Kickback Sundays, Pt. 3

    For being a boutique that happens to aid others with ticket sales for bigger shows, the owner of SF2 looked at the bottom line for sales for its own show, dubbed Raw Talent, and scoffed. Rewind: The Bizarre Ride of Kickback Sundays, Part 1 "We only sold two tickets," Suzie Rivera explained. "The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Texans-Jets: The 10 Best Rapper Tweets From Monday Night Football

    Houston has a professional football team, called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them; some are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media; one is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of them are rappers. Like last week, we perused Twitter during Monday night's game a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Texans-Titans: The 10 Best Rapper Tweets From Sunday's Game

    Houston has a professional football team. They are called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them. Some of those people are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media. One of them is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of those people are rappers. We perused Twitter d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Six Custom License Plates For UH's Horrendous 2012 Start

    The 2012 football season promised to be a tough one for the UH Cougars -- their coach had moved on to greener pastures, their record-setting quarterback graduated to the NFL, a lot of adjustments had to be made -- but we're not sure anyone thought it would be this tough. An opening-day loss to a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    My Mom's Broccoli Salad

    Going from enjoying wonderful meals made by my mom all summer to microwaving frozen dinners to fit the hectic schedule of being a college student has been difficult. I miss coming home to a kitchen filled with comforting smells. So, whenever I get homesick, I make something that reminds me of home. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    My First Taste of Bernie's Burger Bus

    What's bright-yellow, has four wheels, and could be mistaken for a school bus at a quick glance? In Houston, that would be the ultra-gourmet burger joint by the name of Bernie's Burger Bus. And if you haven't yet tried it, you're seriously missing out. I'd heard great things about Bernie's, but wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Drunk Melon Balls: The Labor Day Party Must-Have

    Although it'll stay hot here through at least the "fall," Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last big pool party and/or barbecuing weekend of the year. And nothing goes better with swimsuits and/or smoked meats than cool, refreshing, healthy fruit. That's been saturated with booze. Drunk waterm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    5 Sports Figures Who Follow Absolutely Nobody On Twitter And Why

    Someday, if they ever come up with a graduate degree in social-media forensics, I'm going to back to school and get my Ph.D, because I am of a firm belief that you can learn a lot about a person by the way they utilize and conduct themselves on Twitter. For example, if you have, say, 4,359 follower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    How To: Ice Cream Cupcakes

    With the summer heat at its peak, we are all trying to find ways to keep cool. Ice cream is my go-to treat to fight the heat. While making a whole ice cream cake can be a tedious and, many times, unsuccessful task, decorating cupcakes with ice cream is so much easier. Here is a simple guide to asse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Please To Kindly Eff Off: Texans Apparently Both Polite and Potty-Mouthed on Twitter

    One side effect of social networking that is rarely discussed by the public at large is the massive amounts of data gathered every day about our habits online. Every time you publish something on Twitter or Facebook or, God help you, MySpace, it is cataloged, not by some evil secret government (that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Digital Endorsement: 10 Artists Who Will Gladly Mention Your Business On Twitter

    As a culture it appears that we've stopped caring about the idea of selling out. Whether it's because we've learned that record sales don't always pay the bills, have started seeing artists as humans instead of paragons of creative integrity, or simply stopped caring, artists saddling up with corpor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Death Be Not, Uh... True: The 8 Most Asinine Musician Death Hoaxes

    Why do people perpetrate death hoaxes? Why would someone deliberately set out to spread rumors of a famous person's demise that they know simply aren't true? Is it some kind of Munchausen-By-Proxy thing, where they hope to absorb some of the residual sympathy and outpouring of goodwill? Is it a mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Without a Face's New Video Is Not Without Awesome

    8:53: The lead singer is extremely entertaining. At one point he removes his shirt to expose his frail white body and angrily hollers into the mic, "Are you ready to rock, Chicago?!" That's from a review I wrote more than four years ago. It was the very first thing I ever did for the Houston Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Ground Is Broken On The City's New Sobriety Center; Should Be Open In Time For New Year's Rush

    Ground has been broken on the grandly named Houston Center for Sobriety, the alternative drunk tank for partyers who'd rather not get tossed in with the general jail population after a night on the town. The new facility, located near the Star of Hope mission downtown, is a renovation of an existin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    A (Very Nearly) Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Trucks

    Last week, one of our Twitter followers made a special request: a guide to all the nearly 50 food trucks currently roaming around town that use Twitter -- along with their Twitter handles. So @sarahnoid, this list is for you. Food trucks are sorted alphabetically, along with their primary type of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    B(r)and Awareness: 5 Easy Tips to Maintain Your Web Presence

    Doing research on famous bands is easy. If you're famous enough to have your own Wikipedia entry, then you're big enough to have dozens of pages on the Internet about you filled with the most interesting and boring bits of minutia. Anything a blogger needs to know to interview, write about, or make ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 2, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    A Quiet Moment With the Very Loud B L A C K I E

    See also Craig Hlavaty's review of B L A C K I E's new album GEN. To go with the Houston Press Music Awards issue, this week's feature story is a profile of B L A C K I E (all caps, with spaces), a noise musician that's a little too rap to be classified as a noise musician and way noisy to be class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Houston Music Showcase: A Semi-Talk With B L A C K I E

    See also Craig Hlavaty's review of B L A C K I E's new album GEN. This week brings us the Houston Press Music Awards and the feature story is a profile of B L A C K I E (all caps, with spaces), a noise musician that's a little too rap to be classified as a noise musician and way noisy to be classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Pitt Fans Hijack #AskASU Hashtag To Express Their Hatred For Todd Graham

    There aren't many things that college football fans can universally agree on, but one immutable truth unequivocally unifies all of us -- everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, hates Arizona State for now head football coach Todd Graham. That's because Graham's act leaves scorched earth and jilted players ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Follow This: 5 Brutally Honest Reviews For 5 Bands Who Did

    Up until recently I've remained fairly indifferent to the number of followers I have on Twitter. After all, if my ego was dependent on the number of people following me I would just drop the $5 necessary to buy a few thousand and call it a night. Ever since I started writing here at Rocks Off I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Flaming Young: 10 Food-Related Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

    We've already covered 20 food words you need to stop mispronouncing. And then 20 more words after that, since apparently people still stumble over the fact that there is no "x" in espresso. And espresso is definitely one of those words that people -- even people who work in coffee shops -- misspell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Michael Jordan's Son Smiles Pretty For His Mugshot

    Michael Jordan was having a pretty good week. The owner of the Charlotte Bobcats stayed out of the way of his team's draft just long enough for them to actually make the correct pick with the number two overall selection (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist), the first step on the long road to mediocrity (a HUGE ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Wild Game Burger Friday at Rainbow Lodge

    What goes into an eight-ounce burger? At the Rainbow Lodge, every Friday yields a new mix. One week it may be antelope, venison, wild boar and pork belly. Another week, it may be nilgai, lamb, venison and lamb belly. Forrest Gump's mama would say that it's like a box of chocolates: "You never know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Last Night: One Direction at The Woodlands

    One Direction Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 24, 2012 Ahh! OMG... Eek! I love you guys! Now repeat that a million times and it will somewhat sum up Sunday night's show. Along with my little sister, I arrived to the sold-out show in astonishment. I did not expect to witness what I saw: Handma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Last Night: Santigold at House Of Blues

    Santigold, Charli XCX House of Blues June 7, 2012 Watching Santigold onstage, you'd have almost no idea that the 35-year-old former punk singer had a hand in developing the careers of some of the biggest pop starlets in the last decade. That is until you break down that her costume changes, the way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Isiah Carey on YouTube Celebrity, Homebodies and How the Devil Is Busy

    Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Isiah Carey Employer: KRIV Fox 26 Title: Investigative Reporter Fox 26 investigative reporter Isiah Carey is a YouTube celebrity, an often dubious distinction and a source of em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Celtics-Heat Postgame Fun-Fest: Crazy KG, D-Wade's Hipster-ish Fake Glasses, and "Good Job, Good Effort!" Kid (w/ VIDEO)

    I love NBA basketball, but I'll be the first to admit that I am oftentimes more compelled by what goes on after the games -- in the press conferences, in the locker room, on the set of TNT -- than I am in the games themselves. I'm the guy who is rooting against LeBron not because I hate him, but be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Nominate Your Favorites for the 2012 Houston Web Awards

    If you love food and you live in Houston, chances are you follow at least one food truck on Twitter, one restaurant on Facebook or one beer blog (remember blogging? People still do it, and in more than 140-character bursts). The 2012 Houston Web Awards are fast approaching, which means now is the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Five Dumb Reasons to Hate Social Media: Stand Up For Twitter & Facebook!

    There are lots of annoying things about the various social networks that exist and plenty of reasons to think they are stupid. I've enumerated a number of those reasons on this very blog. But, with all things, there are people who will hate just to hate and sites like Twitter and Facebook often make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    2012 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I made an analogy on my radio show this morning on 1560 The Game that the NFL Draft tonight is like Christmas Day for many NFL fans. Air of anticipation, excitement of the unknown, food, it's all there. (My co-host, John Granato, compared it to Hanukkah because it's played out over several days, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    App of the Week: Houston, Texas Emergency Radio

    App: Houston, Texas Emergency Radio Platform: iPhone, iPad Web site: Facebook Page Cost: Free Monday night, after Kentucky had dispatched Kansas in the NCAA national championship game, there was a surge of posts on Twitter about the riots taking place in Lexington, mainly because the firefighters' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Top 5 Old Musicians Actually Using Twitter

    Like youth itself, Twitter is wasted on the young. But not everyone over 35 has completely tuned it out -- after a recent upgrade to a smartphone, even I'm using it now after years of Twitterphobia. (Hit me up at @ThePhantomTX.) Since I've been on, I've learned that most musicians have handed off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Your HISD Condom Poster of the Year

    The Sharpstown International School is a magnet for grades 6-12 that prides itself on its worldly view. That would naturellement include sex, mais oui? In the heart of abstinence-only-lovin' Texas, SIS has been sporting a hallway poster that tells teens that condoms are cheaper than squalling babi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2012

    SXSW: Shitty Is Not Here -- For Real

    Shades of Cheech & Chong. Rocks Off saw this sign posted outside the Dirty Dog bar Friday afternoon and knew we had to post it. We have no idea who "Shitty" is, but he was definitely not in the building. But why?

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Who Are You? The Weird World of Twitter Bios Reveals Politics, Marital Status and Justin Bieber Love

    It's a very odd thing to have a 140-character bio. Any person in marketing will tell you that good ideas require an "elevator pitch," meaning you could pitch your idea in the time it takes to travel a few floors on an elevator. Really great ideas, some say, can be boiled down into a few words. But w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Hubcap Grill's Ricky Craig on Twitter Outbursts and Axl Rose Rants

    This past Tuesday around 10 p.m., anyone who follows Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig on Twitter could tell that he was having a bad night. Craig is well-known for voicing his opinions -- often stridently -- on Twitter, but Tuesday was different. "Ewan MacDonald get out of Houston and GO BACK TO DALL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    To Ke$ha, With Love: A Plea For Sanity At Age 25

    Dear Ke$ha: Happy birthday. If 18 and 21 are the "good" birthdays, and 30 and 40 are the "bad" birthdays, what do we make of turning 25? I like to look at the positive side of things: You're old enough to have grown up responsibilities, but young enough to still party hard and get away with it. Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Keep on Truckin': Kurbside Eatz

    Houston's mobile food scene is still going strong, as evidenced by the crop of new trucks like Ladybird, Pad Thai Box, Happy Endings , and my new favorite, Kurbside Eatz. You can find every type of cuisine on wheels now, but Kurbside Eatz fills a void for what they like to call comfort food with an ... More >>

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