Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Tommy Grindle is one of t ... More >>
Photo by Mai PhamJean-Philippe Gaston of Cove Cold Bar This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Parts two and three will run Thursday and Friday. There is nothing in town at the moment quite like Cove Cold Bar. The tiny little restaurant within a restaurant (it is literally located ... More >>
Figuring that the pen is mightier than the, uh, firearm, the National Rifle Association's legislative director has sent an open letter to the U.S. Senate, stating the association's stance against a Senate bill that would regulate private gun transfers and expand background checks. Senate Bill 649, ... More >>
Spring HIGH fights dude with prom dress.
When using a U-Haul sized truck, most of the time you're transporting big and heavy things, like luggage, furniture, plants or people. Wait, people? For one dude, yes, people. On Thursday night, a truck was found on the Sam Houston Parkway in southwest Houston. Naturally, Harris County Toll Road A ... More >>
When the Houston Dynamo look back at the 2012 calendar year, they look back with their heads held high. Yes, head coach Dominic Kinnear and company are still reeling from the disappointment of falling short a second straight year at MLS Cup. But, as a franchise, they make the argument that it was ... More >>
The modus operandi of Voncil Felder, 23, and Netfa Lowe, 34, in their scheme to use debit cards to defraud Chase banks was simple enough, but it required some good timing. The two -- along with other defendants -- would recruit and pay people to apply for debit cards. They then, prosecutors say: i ... More >>
Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is now, among other things, a columnist for Rocks Off's sister music blog in Seattle, Reverb. This month Touchstone Books will publish Duff's memoir, It's So Easy: And Other Lies, and he agreed to publish an excerpt on Reverb. In turn, Reverb agreed to share ... More >>
Jeramie Robison, Executive Chef of Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe d'Or, Photo Courtesy of Restaurant CinqLast year, Chef Jeramie Robison had his bags packed. He was leaving the Houston area, and along with it, a bumpy road during his stint at Tesar's in the Woodlands, when he received a call f ... More >>
Houston gets its first co-op — decades after other cities took the plunge.
Monica FuentesRocks Off and the Houston Press are having a little party on Washington Avenue tomorrow afternoon called the Houston Press Music Awards showcase. We may have mentioned it before. If you'd like to come, we'd love to have you. Click here to vote in this year's awards and showcase ... More >>
Toni Rouse and his crew on the missing pit, all of which he's had to lay off since the theft.Toni Rouse is a soft-spoken man, a barbecue connoisseur with a heart of gold. Rouse, who runs Toni's Cafe at 5270 Griggs Road, was -- up until June 26 -- the proud owner of a 16-foot, bright red and g ... More >>
Houston is the top U.S. city for people relocating with U-Hauls, the company announced today.Last year we were second to Atlanta, but that city has dropped off the face of the earth, probably because it has too many Braves fans, coming in only seventh this year.More than 1 million U-Haul transact ... More >>
We got word early this afternoon through Punknews.org and our Twitter page that local indie-punkers O Pioneers!!! got into a van accident yesterday. The van rolled a few times on Interstate 80, which runs through the northern half of the US. No life-threatening or serious injuries were repo ... More >>
Houston's grindcore provocateurs (and HPMA nemises) Insect Warfare reunite for a brief U.K. tour.
West Coast honky-tonker Mike Stinson shocks his peers by moving to Houston.
Michael Stadther's Treasure's Trove is a real gem
The Social gets an NYC spin
Stone Love (J Records)
The city is rolling out the welcome mat for CITGO. But many workers want the company to get lost.
Houston-based Sex Addicts Anonymous knows the lesson well: For those caught in the Bubble, lust has no limits
Texas's greatest living songwriter signs with a Houston indie label
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
A mobile after-hours nightclub alights on the Lotus after twice thriving elsewhere
The Flying Fish Sailors hoist anchor on a sea of Irish ballads and salty songs
Dear tenants: If you must stay, better hold your breath!
In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.
Mundane objects make for "Out of the Ordinary" works
David Mullane wanted to express sympathy for a rape victim. But the police wanted an arrest.
Two teens are shuttled back and forth across the country as their mother and father (belatedly) fight over who gets to keep them
Marc Kajs repeatedly asked the police for protection. They said theycouldn't do anything until his stalker physically harmed him. Eight bulletslater it was too late.
Hoopla. Will the Rockets relocate? Don't bet on it.
Gay domestic violence is a dirty little secret that traps victims with nowhere to turn
Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right
How Rick Lowe fought the power, led the people and came to despair of the younger generation
Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously
Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing
David Rice finally throws the switch on greenelectric
New micro-galleries may go for the small and the stupid, but hey, they're still a breath of fresh air