• Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Comment of the Day: CVS & The Morning-After Pill

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Last Night: Mastodon At Fitzgerald's

    Photo by Marco TorresMastodon gets the devil horns.​Mastodon, Black Tusk, Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's October 27, 2011 Mastodon on the stage upstairs at Fitzgerald's is like a bull in a china closet, an anaconda in a cage full of mice, or at least John Travolta in a room full of handsome me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Five Vices That Need Celebrity Endorsements

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off does not advocate trying any of the products mentioned in this article (even if they exist) or, really, following any of Jef With One F's advice about anything at all. ​When Marilyn Manson put out Mansinthe, that was cute. Then David Lynch put out his own brand of coffee, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Remember Z-Ro's Crack?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​Z-Ro Crack (Rap-a-Lot, 2008) Crack was the first of Rother Vandross's drug-themed albums, foll ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    ILLEGAL from Terry Greene Sterling

    Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone.

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Artist Of The Week: Saxophonist Stephen Richard Debunks 5 Jazz Stereotypes

    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 ​ There are two reasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Griswold Holiday Gift Guide

    Texas Pepper Jelly of the Month Club​Many Americans may be expecting a lump of coal in their hanging folders at work instead of holiday bonuses, but if Clark Griswold has taught us anything, it's that an undying devotion to holiday spirit can get you through the most well-earned of psychotic b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    The Chronicle's Columnist, Buying BARC's Spin

    Photo by elvissaToday's Chron column by Lisa Falkenberg, headlined "Finally, a bit of good news out of BARC," might have been more accurately titled "When Public Relations Attacks!" What the column lacks in actual news value and insight, it makes up for by highlighting what might be one of BARC's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    TDCJ Death Sparks A Lawsuit

    Remember Larry Cox, the former Texas prison inmate who graced the pages of national papers like USA Today after having a run-in with guards about a year ago and was hospitalized with injuries, only to die because of alleged prison medical staff shortages? Well, Cox’s family recently filed a detai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    What’s That Dirt on Your Head? Oh Yeah, It’s Ash Wednesday

    “Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” Can I get a hellz yeah? Can I get a what what? Seriously, all the Catholics in the house, just wave your hands in the air, and wave `em like you recognize the Lord Jesus Christ has died for you sins and you are marking the beginning of ... More >>

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    Versus the Mirror, with Boy Sets Fire, the Fully Down and My Last War

    Wednesday, May 17, at Java Jazz Coffeehouse, 2502 FM 1960 East, 281-528-8129

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Who Cares?

    Celester Hall went to Afghanistan to help the troops and make his fortune. He came back deaf, in diapers and looking for benefits.

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005

    Fly Ballas

    T-Mac and fellow all-star hoopsters trade the court for the diamond

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    The Fix Is In

    UTMB is under fire in Dallas for its jail health care. So why is Houston ready to install it here?

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2003

    Truth Hurts

    Two University of Texas graduate students record small-town Texas life in Truth I Ever Told

  • News

    January 31, 2002

    Foul Out

    A benched player's mom battles FBISD

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Sick Kids

    For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Face To Face

    The murder of their loved one haunted Amy and Linda White until a Texas prison mediation program brought them together with the killer. Now they've all got their answers -- and unique justice.

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    In the (O)Zone

    What's the fuss, TNRCC? We've got air to die for.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Riding to Win

    Business partners, employers and lovers have come and gone. Darolyn Butler-Dial and her horses not only endure but are victorious.

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Real Life

    Migraine Mills. All-consuming paths converge at Katy's megamall

  • News

    October 28, 1999


    Survival Skills. The Star of Hope women's shelter puts on a new face in the wake of a shooting attack

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    A Bitter Pill

    A Houston inventor says alcohol-free medicines aren't alcohol-free at all, and could harm you

  • News

    March 19, 1998

    Absolutely for Sale

    Dear jaded consumer: These two Houston artists are now competing for your attention. They sell ads, they're making a vodka billboard, and their client list includes Budweiser and Target. They call it art, but what advertisers want to know is, will it work

  • Music

    January 1, 1998

    Highway Lunacy

    Hip-hop, bad hair and bad jokes steer I-45 on a twisted joy ride

  • News

    July 17, 1997
  • News

    May 16, 1996

    Soles on Ice

    For 20 years, prima ballerina Janie Parker's feet have been harnessed to the Houston Ballet. In one more month, she plans to set them free.

  • Culture

    December 16, 1993

    Gray Matter of Concern

    Both a bang and a whimper? The CAM's long-awaited Texas show may burn bright, but it doesn't burn deep