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    July 21, 2014

    Up All Night: The Energy Drink Taste Test

    It's not that I have a death wish or am a glutton for punishment. I'd been intending to taste test energy drinks for nearly a month now, but I kept putting it off because, quite frankly, I didn't want to do it. Then this past weekend, two people on two separate occasions asked me my thoughts on ene ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2014

    Ride at Your Own Risk

    Cycling remains dangerous in car-centric Houston.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    These Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving in the Houston Area For the Non-Perfect Planners Among Us

    We know we'd all like to be super duper planners, but just in case you aren't perfect and you're cooking dinner at home on Thanksgiving and you forgot something like the butter or the Cool Whip or the stuffing, or maybe you're trying that once-in-a-lifetime recipe and who knew it needed crushed fres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    10 Texas Acts We Totally Want to Smell Like

    Last week, pop goddess Katy Perry unveiled her brand-new perfume, Killer Queen -- a fruity, intoxicating scent named after some old Beatles song or something. The fragrance's official Web site claims it features top notes of dark plum, wild berries and bergamot with subtle hints of cashmeron, natura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Cassette Store Day is the Dumbest Thing Ever

    Record Store Day is quite possibly one of the greatest things young music fans have ever come up with. Every third Saturday in April, music fans around the world flock to real deal music stores and purchase sweet, beautiful vinyl records from all of their favorite musicians. There are exclusives, re ... More >>

  • News

    June 20, 2013

    Unleashing Houston's Pride: Events

    Looking for where you can unleash your pride this year? Look no further; the Houston Press has got your complete guide to the wheres and whats of Houston Pride Week.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    5 Ways Bands Could Make Compilations Actually Interesting

    Recently my colleague Nathan Smith cobbled together the Destiny Child's compilation Beyonce doesn't want you to see and it gave me an idea. Compilations are both the most necessary and aggravating albums in an artist's catalogue. One the one hand, it's always nice to have a good, definitive greatest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    5 Bands Studies Show Make You a Bad Person

    We've been hearing for years that rock music makes us bad people. We've heard it from our parents, from teachers, from those goody-goody kids at school. AC/DC has probably written at least 100 songs about the subject. But what if I told you that scientists in the Netherlands have proved definitively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    What Is Houston Cowboy?

    I spend too much time on the Internet, but occasionally get rewarded for my rabbit-holing with stuff like Houston Cowboy. (And this GIF of a kitten getting slapped by a cat for wearing a dumb bowler hat.) I saw Houston Cowboy floating around in a few places yesterday and decided to figure out what t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared October 26, 2011. Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    5 Ridiculous/Offensive Memorial Day Commercials

    Some businesses are jerks for pimping a junk heap on wheels on Memorial Day. Others are silly for trying to sell sexual innuendo-heavy mattresses ("firm," "spread out," "not squishy") on a day that's supposed to be all about giving it up to American servicemen and women. Then there are these super- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Friday Night: Rev. Al Green At Arena Theatre

    Rev. Al Green Arena Theatre April 27th, 2012 Mark my words. If you check the local hospitals exactly nine months from now, you will surely see a spike in activity in the maternity wards. Al Green gets everyone and anyone into the baby-making mood. Even the comedian who opened the show alluded to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Save Yourself: The 10 Worst Online Retailers

    Ads like this are the only reason to visit you like that sort of thing​It's frustrating enough to shop for friends and family members during the holidays. Do I get my 80-year-old aunt a gift card to Kroger or H-E-B? Decisions, decisions. Unfortunately, some online mer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Corpus Man Steals Beer Twice, Gets Beaten Up, All in One Evening

    Beer: the cause of and solution to 99 percent of life's problems since 5000 BC.​For most people, a single day in which you were beaten badly enough by a group of men at a bus station to require a hospital visit and were caught (allegedly) swiping beer not once but twice would qualify as rock b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    The Great Escape: 8 Ways to Ditch Your Family This Thanksgiving

    The holiday of plenty is finally here. The house smells of cranberries and fried delights. Your home is a bustle of relatives, cousins, aunts... neighbors? All of a sudden a severe panic envelops your body: it's only 8 a.m. You have an entire day to spend with these people - and they just keep comin ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2011

    Freeway View

    The scenery ain't much, but Azul Lounge is a bubbling little Southside R&B cauldron.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Feds Bring Down Hammer on Lufkin Meth Trade

    In two distinct actions, federal authorities have indicted 17 East Texans on over 200 counts of crimes related to the crystal methamphetamine trade in and around Lufkin. You just might be hearing this song all over town this week: In the first action, the Lufkin Daily News has reported that a fed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Walgreen's Electric-Car Charging Stations: The Rest Of the U.S. Is Catching Up To Houston

    Charge it up​We can't say we've exactly seen the electric-car charging stations at various Walgreen's around the town, but we'll take the company's word that they exist. And now the rest of the nation will be following in Houston's footsteps, as the drug giant expands the concept to more than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Prog-Rock Bassist Enters Stupid Criminal Hall Of Fame

    GroovehouseCoheed's Claudio Sanchez: Now auditioning bassists.​Sometimes when Rocks Off interviews this musician or that one, we'll ask them what they do to kill time on the road. Some of them read, others take in the local sights if they have time, obviously a lot of them listen to music. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Free HIV Testing at Walgreens: Five Reasons To Get Tested

    Drop and give us twenty...minutes to test you​Walgreens is all kinds of sexy lately. In March, it became the first pharmacy to carry the female condom, a plastic pouch that gives females the power of putting up their own STI-barrier. Now for the first time ever, Walgreens is offering free HIV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Five Texas Sluts Worth Admiring

    SlutWalk Houston is right around the corner, and we've decided to celebrate, (Hair) Balls out. In case you're not familiar with the march, SlutWalk was born of a Toronto police officer's comment that women should avoid "dressing like sluts" in order not to be raped. It's a chance to stop the cycle o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Food Fight: Vanilla Malt

    The Burger Guys.​Way back in 2009, Katharine Shilcutt wrote in considerable detail about exactly what sort of drink could properly be called a milkshake. I have no intention of fighting that battle again, primarily because there's nothing to debate. A milkshake means milk and ice cream, and it sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Which Houston Rappers Deserve Their Own Streets?

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Brew Blog: Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale

    ​I needed a break after last week's Brew Blog. It's not that I don't love darker, heavier beer, it's just that I drank quite a bit of the stuff last week. So I went in search of the lightest, most easy-drinking beer I thought I could swing without earning eternal derision from you fine folk. J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    This Week in (Unrestrained) Deliciousness

    Here at Eating Our Words, we all like the green ones. ​In true Mardi Gras fashion, this week Eating Our Words was a celebration of excess. After all, we kicked it off with a gallon of butter and a call to judge our Burger Brackets. Your enthusiasm for beef is overwhelming (and I want one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Ten Charmingly Strange Old Postcards from Galveston, Beaumont and Baytown

    Last month we shared with you ten charmingly strange old postcards from Houston. Now it's time to give equal love to the places that surround Houston. As always, Card Cow is the place to go for your vintage-postcard needs. 10. Beaumont: Plenty of Parking! The Beaumont Village Shopping Center featu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    First Look at Piola

    Photos courtesy of Piola because I also managed to forget my camera last night on top of everything else.​Between a dead car battery and an inhaler emergency (thanks for nothing, Walgreen's) last night, I didn't make it to Piola (3201 Louisiana, 713-524-8222) either on time or in my typical ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Darrell Craig Vogel: Beaumont Prosecutor Picked Up Twice In 24 Hours For DWI

    The prosecution rests, excessively​Darrell Craig Vogel, 50, is an assistant prosecutor for the city of Beaumont, meaning he deals with municipal court stuff. The pressures of holding in your hands the Sophie's Choice of whether or not to prosecute that 41-in-a-35 mph-zone case may have been t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Houston Slammed By European Travel Blog: We're Boooorrring

    But...but...there's the Kemah Boardwalk!!​Among world cities, in which category does Houston rank second only to Brussels, the capital of the European Union? Tedium, at least according to the European Union-funded wiki blog OpenTravel. According to "Chili," an English-language challenged scr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    $2.99 Southern Point Wine from...Walgreens

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Come See My Dead Person Gives Rocks Off A Spelling Lesson

    Come See My Dead Person​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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Stuck On You: Farmville Fanatic Arrested In String Of Bizarre Summertime Adhesive Attacks

    ​One of the more bizarre Houston-area crimes of the past year has apparently been solved.Back in July, Pasadena police were seeking a man described as an "older teenager" who they believed attacked random women in retail outlets. His assaults took a peculiar form: he would squirt a tube of what w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs We Are Least Thankful For

    ​ She Said heard her first holiday song Monday, at around 9 p.m. in the Montrose Walgreens, and suddenly she was transported to her own personal hell - one filled solely with late-night pharmacy shoppers and Mariah Carey's

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    If Halloween Is Coming, So Are Offensive Costumes

    ​The "Illegal Alien" costume causing uproar amongst immigrant rights activists, anti-immigrant supporters and free speech advocates is the first major faux pas of this Halloween season. While anti-immigrant supporters are scrambling to find the costume, immigrant rights activists are calling for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Inept Pregnant Woman Spoils Motorcylist's Getaway From The Cops

    ​You know what you just hate when you're on a motorcycle trying to get away from a DPS trooper because you're wanted on a burglary charge?Pregnant women who slam their cars into drug stores.The sad tale of 18-year-old Daniel Nuno of League City proves the point. Nuno was on his motorcycle in F ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009


    Generation DIY turns to self-diagnosing to save money.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    I Have a Problem With The Hills. Like a Drug Problem.

    Photo courtesy of VlastulaSeriously.  Why do I torture myself?  Why do I find myself creating an appointment television relationship with MTV's reality show, The Hills?  And by reality I mean as real as Heidi Montag's tits.  Frankly, I think it's pretty much basically sick to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Enough With the Crazy-Ass Huge Families Already!

    Jon & Kate Plus 8 (a.k.a. Look at the Man With the Dead Eyes as His Angry Wife Castrates Him In Front of America). 18 Kids and Counting (a.k.a. Making Babies for Jesus). And now, Table for 12, yet another reality show that follows people who apparently were too embarrassed to buy condoms at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige, Lupe Fiasco, Katy Perry/Travis McCoy, Dr. Dre, DJ AM, Lil' Kim, Damon Dash/Jay-Z, Talib Kweli and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Funny Valentine," Dustin Prestige Wire To Wire Lupe Fiasco, whom you'll remember recently announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Places That Are Open -- Constantly Updated

    We've heard these places are open for business. We'll update the list as info comes in. Note: We're posting these as we get them. Some places, like supermarkets, may run out of stuff after we post. So check by phone if you can (yeah, we know), and don't hold it against us if things have changed. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2008
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    April 4, 2008

    Emo Poems About Adult Every Day Life

    Don’t understand the 14-year-old daughter / niece / cousin in your life who shops at Hot Topic and won’t get that dyed black hair out of her face? Not enough to tell her you were punk rock too, once? Try sharing some of these poems with her…instant connection, Miss Pop Rocks guarantees it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    David Wildbur's Sage Decision

    David Wildbur, the owner of the just-opened Sage (2221 Alabama), originally wanted to call the romantic restaurant The Garden Inn. But when he went down to the TABC to obtain his liquor license, he discovered that the name "was taken, so, on the spur of the moment I decided to call it Sage." Why Sag ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 28, 2006


    This hamburger joint -- and its chocolate malted -- make a comeback

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2006

    Wild on TSU!

    Jack London couldn't drop this kind of smack. If you can't get enough of the continuing saga at Texas Southern University (we mean more than just dish on ousted prez Priscilla Slade), there's a site for you. And it ain't for the easily offended, especially if you can't handle a liberal use of the ... More >>

  • Resolutions

    January 20, 2005

    I Resolve to Get Laid

    Houston is crawling with opportunities to get off

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Fringe Characters

    This summer the PC Cowboys trade KILT for kilts

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Rave Rules

    No one over 25 should be in attendance, but if you are, here's the game plan

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