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  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Damien Randle, K-OTIX Man of Action

    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? Damien Randle describes h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Soul Screamer Barrence Whitfield Will Make You "Bleed From the Eyeballs"

    Attention, those of you planning to go the Barrence Whitfield and the Savages show tomorrow. Want to visit backstage or get in good with the screaming fireball of a soul man? All you need to do is cater to his sweet tooth. "There was this club we used to play right outside of Houston and there was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift Guide: $15 and Under Stocking Stuffers For Lucky Friends

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive, ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Record Stores

    Record Store Day ( is six weeks away, but a good Houstonian should never need an excuse to visit one of our city's many record stores. These fine brick-and-mortar shops have been doling out music for years and even decades in some instances. Run by some of the finest music lovers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Joel Osteen & Lakewood Mostly Win Copyright Suit Filed by Indie Duo

    A federal judge has ruled in favor of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen, dismissing many of the copyright claims filed against them by an indie-music duo who said the church using their music would alienate their listeners. Richard Cupolo and John Emanuele, who perform as The American Dollar, had sai ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Bowling for Chumps

    How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities.

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    TxDOT Sues Over Steamy Novel

    It's titled Don't Mess With Texas.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    The Wrong Ones Are Just Right On Deceiver

    ​The end of the world has been on people's minds lately, what with the Mayans apparently penciling in the apocalypse next year and the Rapture rain-checked for October of this 'un. That preoccupation with the end of the world is why we skipped straight to 'Doomsday Transmission" on the Wrongs ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 10, 2011

    Fine Fellows

    This year's Core Exhibition brings good and not-so-good work.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Houston Rockets -- Screwed City

    Daniel KramerDaryl Morey needs to go big time​It's no surprise that Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has a Facebook page. And it's not one of those aloof "Fan" pages, either, where all you can do is click "Like." Morey has one of those "regular guy" Facebook pages where you can send him me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Wanted: Creed Tribute Band

    Courtesy of Codi RoweCodi Rowe (right) with Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti​Rocks Off is not generally a fan of tribute bands, and even less so of Creed. We did have one guy hear who was a fan, but we left his body in the lobby as a warning to others who would embrace Stapp and Co. with arms wid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Last Night: Kesha At House of Blues

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Kesha House of Blues July 26, 2010 If Lady Gaga is Chipotle, arguably the trendiest gourmet fast-food burrito on Earth, then Kesha is a frozen gas-station burrito. The kind that you buy drunk while you have gas on your hands, and ends up burning your mouth and you tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Rocks Off Blogger Writes Book. Seriously. For Real.

    ​From the sometimes (check that - always) demented mind of Jef with One F, Rocks Off blogger and co-lead vocalist of "Houston's most notorious band" Black Math Experiment, comes The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change The Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette - a book at once musical me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    LaBricia Scyrus: Almost Evicted Put on the Road to Eviction For Not Paying One Dollar Of Rent

    The rent is due....all one dollar of it​LaBricia Scyrus has lived on public assistance at the Victory Apartments in the Fourth Ward area for over three years. Thanks to the Houston Housing Authority, the terms of her rent were such that the HHA actually paid her a buck a month. But in April, she s ... More >>

  • News

    May 13, 2010

    Blowing Smoke

    Could Valero empty the coffers of Texas schools?

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Sharp-Dressed Fans

    Billy Gibbons and other Houstonians share their favorite Astros memories.

  • News

    March 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    I'm A Salon Inspector, And I Take Cash

    ​The deviousness of the criminal mind is unbounded, as can be seen from the latest alert from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.Someone is walking into the hair and nail salons of Houston, announcing himself as a state inspector, and then takes products or demands money for looking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    How To Help Wall Street Bankers In Haiti's Time Of Need

    ​We Americans are a generous people. In the days after the devastating Haitian earthquake, we whipped out our credit cards and donated millions to relieve that stricken, jinxed nation.But until Thursday, when the Huffington Post got wind of the practices, the major credit companies (including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Idol Beat: Tryouts Burn Atlanta All Over Again

    We're all in our happy places... Keep smiling.... The day is almost over...​Going into the second audition episode of American Idol, I worried that it might not be any different from the first one. And while the bottom line is that I was right on a technical level -- it was 90 minutes of good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    American Idol: Pants On The Ground

    We're all in our happy places... Keep smiling.... The day is almost over...​Going into the second audition episode of American Idol, I worried that it might not be any different from the first one. And while the bottom line is that I was right on a technical level -- it was 90 minutes of good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Questions Bellaire High's Whiz Kids Will Have To Answer

    Hair Balls got that warm fuzzy feeling (don't worry, it's not swine flu) when a publicist called to tell us that students from Bellaire High will be competing in the 2009 National Economics Challenge, to be held in New York City May 18. The Challenge is done in a "college bowl tournament" style, fea ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008
  • Dining

    March 27, 2008

    La Nouvelle Recession Cuisine at Au Petit Paris

    Your dollar buys a little less at this new French restaurant on Colquitt