It's a late morning in August as Verenice Lopez leans against the passenger seat window of her boyfriend's pickup truck, watching the leafy residential streets of Houston's Fifth Ward speed by. They're on their way to Riverside General Hospital's drug treatment center on Lyons Avenue, which had been ... More >>
Alongside fellow contenders like Johnny Ramone, Cheetah Chrome became one of the titanic, blistering guitarists launching the first wave of CBGB-era punk into the stratosphere of American culture. Yet, his origins erupted a few years earlier in down-and-out Cleveland. As an authentic, no-bullshit ro ... More >>
Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as she talks. There are no physical indicators that signal the start of a seizure, but Faith's mother can tell one is on its way. Everything about raising Faith involves watchi ... More >>
Note: this past weekend our colleagues at St. Louis' Riverfront Times risked life and limb to cover the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos outside Thornville, Ohio. Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the ... More >>
"Collard Greens," Schoolboy Q If you enjoy beats that conjure images of huddled, bouncing basketball teams moments before tip-off, you'll enjoy "Collard Greens." If you also enjoy raps about having game, money and weed, you'll return for a second helping. And, if you want to hear Schoolboy Q's Black ... More >>
The line between rock star and cranky toddler can be a fine one; deny them their candy and you've got tears welling up and naughty words being shrieked at ear-bursting decibels. Every once in a blue moon, though, a rational thought will pipe up from said rock star, and it deserves a little bit of no ... More >>
In Part 2 of Rocks Off's interview with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Burdon, he talks about a surprise call from Bruce Springsteen at last year's SXSW, how he feels about ever reuniting with The Animals and War, and how he braved a post-hurricane Houston to score some pot. Rewind: An Animal Ro ... More >>
Rocks Off never thought we'd say this, but the country eye candy behind "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," Billy Currington, turned out to be pretty wise. He was smart enough to record the song "Bad Day of Fishin'" anyway, which contains the sage advice "a bad day of fishing beats a good day of anythin ... More >>
Sad kitten is sadA veterinarian who left the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care after he was caught dispensing controlled substances without proper registration is now accused of botching routine surgeries on four kittens last week at his new job at a low-cost clinic. Marie Melancon told H ... More >>
We in the alternative media - not necessarily the Houston Press and/or Rocks Off, not all the time - enjoy calling out our mainstream brethren. Whether it's ten books that didn't make The New York Times' "Best of 2010" list, or "10 Stories Our Print Version Accidentally Overlooked," us "under ... More >>
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
James Baker: Not related to Velvet RevolverFinally, there will be a reason to visit downtown Houston: A statue honoring former Secretary of State James Baker will be unveiled Tuesday.Why Baker? As the monument's official website so modestly puts it, he's "A Magnificent American."Some people might ... More >>
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
It's called Southern Point, retails for $2.99, and you can only get it at Walgreens. Oh, and it's as good as any $10 to $12 wine in recent memory. Yes, Walgreens. America's largest retail drugstore brought wine and beer back to its shelves earlier this year, ending a nearly 15-year sales b ... More >>
It was just six years ago that the world was in love with Lindsay Lohan, the grown-up child star of The Parent Trap and that year's Mean Girls. At the time, Craig's Hlist was dating a girl who forbade her visage at every turn - we were a Hilary Duff couple, and in her mind Lohan and Duff were ... More >>
Houston's Allen Stanford has told a federal judge here he's not guilty of a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme; he's also asking to be let out on bail.Stanford's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told federal magistrate that his client has has a bad week, what with all the transferring between jails.He also, accord ... More >>
Veterinarian David Rundell resigned today from the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, spokeswoman Kathy Barton confirmed. Nicole Sica at the Houston Examiner was the first on the story. Rundell was suspended with pay three weeks ago for allegedly treating a sick dog with Valium he brou ... More >>
The Houston activist says he's dumped the hate
Band Aid: Do they know it's Christmastime at all? Most people I know hate Sunny 99.1, but not me. And I should really hate it. Any radio station supported by the American Dental Association has to suck. But every time I listen to it, I either hear something so corny and half-baked that I can't turn ... More >>
A hero of the Hong Kong new wave returns the compliment
LCD Soundsystem's brain trust happily loses his edge
The Silent Majority (Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits)
Cyberonics has implanted its pacemaker in thousands of epileptics. It wants to expand to the depression market. Still needed: an accounting of those who died or were injured after receiving its implant.
Klein students are on a fast track to expulsion, thanks to a district that's figured a way to get someone else to pick up the tab for alternative education
The government says Clayton Jones shouldn't smoke marijuana. He says it's the only thing that keeps him from blowing his brains out.
Hang with the scantily clad at the No Pants Party
Drag It Up (New West)
Get involved at "Participate"
Enema of the Mental State: Notes from the Battle on Irritable Blink-182 Syndrome
Was Jeffery Prible the cold-blooded murderer of an entire family? Or the gullible target of an opportunistic jailhouse informant?
An infant with two fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain. A teenage single mom with no high school diploma. Grandparents with a business to keep afloat. Can CPS find a stable home for Angela Delacourt?
When Kilgore College staged a gay play, administrators learned there were limits to a liberal education in East Texas
A dark comedy takes a compelling look at lonely heartbreak
High-powered attorney Earle Lilly was Linda Sarofim Lowe's divorce lawyer, then her lover. Now he's left her, and she wants her $6 million in attorney fees and her Mercedes back.
Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there
Traffic-ticket lawyer David Sprecher is a master at beating the system. But the system may need him more than his clients do.
A new label and energy return Canada's moaners to the spotlight
Is Steve Stockman a committed crackpot, or just a hapless goofball?
Part two of Angels may not match part one, but it's brilliant still
Angels in America arrives buoyed by hype, but rises on its own power
Susan White complained to friends and authorities about Deputy Joseph Kent McGowen, but nobody listened. Then he killed her.