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    October 2, 2014

    Houston's Surviving Landmarks

    The planned demolition of former Wheatley High School in the Fifth Ward started in September was stalled yet again on Monday, this time after a resident sued Houston ISD over concerns about asbestos. Previously, preservationists had fought the district's plans to replace the historically black, 1929 ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    5 Texas Murderabilia Items: Charles Whitman's Gun Isn't Even the Creepiest Thing on the List

    People are oddly fascinated with horrible happenings. We get it. Some want to see the evidence and make contact with people who perpetrated the crimes. But it's still stunning to see the gun Charles Whitman used at the University of Texas Tower shootings up for auction. That is, until we saw all of ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Five Biting and Stinging Bugs to Watch Out for This Summer in Houston

    Of all the joys that summer in Houston brings -- heat, humidity, hurricanes -- perhaps the most aggravating is the plague of bugs that descends on us like a swamp (which is basically what the city is anyway). As the creepy crawlies come out of hibernation in the spring, they begin to infest what fee ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Know Your Neighborhood Gangbangers by Their Tattoos

    It's a fine line between striking fear into the hearts of your enemies and signing a confession of criminal activity on your face. But in a fast-paced city like Houston with little patience for extensive introductions, some large Gothic letters on your forehead could save everybody a bit of time and ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 97, Mi Quang at Simply Pho

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    The Most Important Person Ever: Hitler, Jesus, Shakespeare Make the List

    Who's the most important person ever? Two computer scientists wanted to figure out who the most historically significant human beings to ever walk the face of the earth were (well, since we decided to start recording things with various forms of writing). So, being computer scientists, they develop ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Conservapedia: The Search for the Truth Ends Here

    You are surely aware of Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia. While sometimes comically inaccurate (but rarely nowadays), Wikipedia is actually a fairly reliable resource for basic facts (How many touchdowns has Tom Brady thrown? Which years was Warren Harding president?). It is almost a ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    10 Minor League Baseball Mascots Where I Have No Goddamn Clue What They Mean

    While its Major League parents continue to struggle to maintain their place on the big league sports landscape, trailing at least perceptually behind the NBA and way behind the NFL, minor league baseball continues to be a solid, growing (albeit slowly in some places, but growing nonetheless) busines ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Five Art Masterworks That Should Be Metal Album Covers

    It's not often that you get the opportunity to combine masterpieces of painting and metal. It's not completely unfounded, considering Guns N' Roses copped from Raphael's School of Athens for the cover of their Use Your Illusion set. But it's rare, like mixing pro wrestling and classical literature. ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    B(r)and Awareness: 5 Easy Tips to Maintain Your Web Presence

    Doing research on famous bands is easy. If you're famous enough to have your own Wikipedia entry, then you're big enough to have dozens of pages on the Internet about you filled with the most interesting and boring bits of minutia. Anything a blogger needs to know to interview, write about, or make ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Ten Television Tech Advances That Have Made Watching Sports More Interesting

    Seeing a sporting event in person is one of the more enjoyable parts of being a sports fan. From the smell of the grass to the roar of the crowd, it can be an exhilarating experience, particularly if you are fairly close to the action. On the other hand, tickets are expensive, sitting in the noseble ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    Houston 101: Will Hogg, Houston's Forgotten, Eccentric and Downright Badass Philanthropist

    What better time than Memorial Day to remember Will Hogg, the man who founded Memorial Park? If that (and the Arboretum) was all Will Hogg gave Houston, that would rank as one of the grandest local legacies anyone has ever achieved. But Will Hogg did so much more. He founded and developed River Oa ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    No Wiki, No Worries: Our Wikipedia Entries for the Osteens, Astros, Michael Brown & Tom DeLay

    As you might have noticed to your consternation, Wikipedia is down today to protest SOPA and attempts to curb Internet privacy. Fear not. We have available for use some Houston-related wiki entries, produced by us with all the care that goes into some of the online encyclopedia's offerings.

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    January 18, 2012

    If the Wikipedia Boycott of SOPA Spread: Seven Examples of Horror

    ​With Wikipedia boycotting the Stop Online Piracy Act today by shutting itself down for 24 hours, the powers that be at the crowdsourced information giant hope we all get freaked out enough by their absence that we tell Congress we think SOPA should not be passed. If you don't know what SOPA i ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    The 10 Most Real Artists of All Time; The Anti-Milli Vanillis

    Milli Vanilli​On this day in 1990, the manager for recent Grammy winners for Best New Group Milli Vanilli held a press conference to tell everyone his act was a fraud. They did not do any of the singing on their best-selling record and they lip synced their shows. It was a startling revelation ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    Numbers Game

    Of hell spawns, dinner theater and a venue actually old enough to have traditions.

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    September 8, 2011

    9 Musical Costumes Couples Should Avoid This Halloween

    Norman See/last.fmNice threads, but... yeah. Don't go there.​The other day, a friend of ours asked us for our opinion on some ideas for "couple costumes," as in Halloween, including Han Solo and Princess Leia. Ugh. Do you happy couples really start this early in September? Rocks Off thinks ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Joanna O'Leary wrote about her favorite retro sodas, inspiring readers to chime in with their own picks. We found one comment, from Bibulb, especially intriguing: While it's not THAT retro (although it's been fifteen years now...) and it never made it to Houston, I enjoyed OK Soda. While I l ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Herbes de Provence

    Kristen MajewskiThe selection of herbes de Provence at HEB.​If I had to pick a favorite ingredient, it would probably be the creamy goodness that is butter. I don't indulge in this obsession too often, opting instead for my second favorite ingredient, dried herbs. Okay, so that's not really on ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    R.I.P Joey Ramone: Top 10 Ramones Songs...

    Besides "I Wanna Be Sedated" And "Blitzkrieg Bop" Dawkeye via Wikipedia​It was ten years ago today that the world lost their first Ramone, when Joey Ramone succumbed to lymphoma in New York City at the age of 49, one month shy of turning 50. The iconic punk frontman would lead the Ramones in ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Steak and a BJ Day: The Male Valentine's Day

    ​Although one of America's newest holidays does not yet have its own Wikipedia page, it does have two separate Web sites as well as an entry on Urban Dictionary. And that's good enough for us. For the uninitiated, Steak and a BJ Day is the "creation" of Tom Birdsey, a radio talk show host ou ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    The Houston Rodeo: Ten Classic Pictures

    Photos courtesy HLS&RLook closer​Rodeo excitement is here, as our version of the State Fair ramps up with the trail riders nearing the city and Go Texan Day Friday. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo people were nice enough to let us rifle through their archive of pictures, and we've presente ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Top 5: Good Food at Bad Restaurants

    Cheddar Bay Biscuits: You know you love them.​I'm not talking about bad restaurants as in "that dumpy place down by the shipping lanes that Uncle Johnnie once saw a rat in" or "that place charges $50 a person and looks down their noses at you while they serve boring hotel food." I'm talking ab ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Which Rockers Are Best Suited For Autumn?

    ​What season are you? It's a question that doesn't get asked often enough in the world of rock and roll, but if the half dozen fashion and beauty Web sites Rocks Off consulted while writing this are any indication, seasonal color analysis is big. The phenomenon took off in the 1980s, which as ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Chilean Miners: The Important News You Have Missed, Some Of Which Involves Lindsay Lohan

    Also, Texas is suing for trademark infringement​Hey there, Chilean miners -- you are climbing from the depths into the world's heart (copyright pending). As you surface, you are busy signing book and movie deals, getting some off your wife, tasting real food and beer, hoping your colleagues keep u ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    Radio Is Dead, MySpace Too. How Do We Find New Music?

    ​As both a music journalist and an actual musician, one of the things Rocks Off is always interested in is finding out how you people are finding out about the music worth finding out about. When you work for a major music blog, new music is hurled at your head at an astounding rate by both t ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010
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    September 8, 2010

    The 10 Most Fun Musical Instruments To Destroy

    ​A company in Japan is making disposable guitars expressly made for smashing. At around $60 a pop, you won't be too terribly sad about hacking up the stage with it or clocking your bastard bassist or dullard drummer over the head at the end of the gig. Hell, at these prices you could open the ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: HiT Lulo

    Yes, that's a Build-A-Bear in the background.​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lies ahead. And so here we are. A Cooler Coke has finally hit (pardon the pun) a roadblock in attempting to disco ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Almdudler

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. Through the course of drinking various soft drinks and reporting back to you on them, I'll occasionally discover beverages like Vimto: something I ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Random Ingredient: Heirloom Tomatoes

    ​What is it? The "heirloom" in heirloom tomatoes refers to the fact that many of the seeds have been passed down through generations of families. Cultivated for any number of characteristics, heirloom tomatoes come in endless shapes, sizes and colors. Another distinct characteristic of these b ... More >>

  • Music

    January 21, 2010

    Giant Steps

    Homey Heights cafe King Biscuit hosts a first-rate jazz jam.

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    November 2, 2009

    Google's New Music-Search Engine Will Be the Death of Us All

    ​ This past week, Internet search-engine giant Google introduced a new music-search tool that immediately opens a pop-up window for people searching for a song, where either the entire song or a snippet will play for them. It's still in the beginning stages, so not all songs are available. We star ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    Houston's Top 5 Macaroons

    The macaroon is a sort of existentially confused food. In France, a macaroon is a colorful cookie sandwich. In the U.S., we generally think of coconut macaroons first, but they are often made with nuts as well. Rumor (or Wikipedia) has it that in Australia, macaroons often have a jam filling - so je ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Slide Show: Albums Almost as Old as We Are

    The other day, the Rocks Off brain trust was sitting around talking, and one of us happened to mention whatever album it was we were talking about - it might have been Duran Duran's Rio - came out the year one of us was born. That got us thinking, "How much have albums released within 12 months aft ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    When the Moon Becomes Round: Songs for the Summer Solstice

    Frederic Vincent/ Wikipedia In Houston, June 21 comes and goes with very little fanfare. While technically it's the first day of summer, anyone can tell you summer around here started about two months ago. Nonetheless, it seems like a shame to leave all the celebrating to the pagans; why, they don't ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009
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    April 1, 2009

    Happy April Fool's Day: Fools in Popular Music

    As you've hopefully been able to tell from our previous two entries (and yes, we were KIDDING about both of them), Rocks Off has been having some fun with April Fool's Day today. According to Wikipedia - unless, you know, they're joking - the day springs from a discrepancy when the measuring of days ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Blog On Blog: The Skyline's Ryan Clark

    Name: Ryan "adr" Clark Blog: The Skyline Network URL: www.theskyline.netStarted: Late 2006, early 2007Typical Topics: Local music - concert reviews, album reviews, gossipDay Job: I do marketing and communication for an oil gas company.Hair Balls: How did The Skyline Network enter the blogosphere? ad ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    December 4, 2008


    This comedian/actor isn’t dead, and neither is his career

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    November 20, 2008
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    November 6, 2008
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    August 13, 2008

    Next Week: Bun B for Free at Warehouse Live

    Fresh off UGK's multiple wins at Monday's Ozone Awards, Bun B is all set to take a victory lap a week from tonight at Warehouse Live. Sponsored by Scion, the hip-hop promoters posing as a car company, the show is free, but first come first serve - follow this link to RSVP. Bun will be performing wit ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Eddie Izzard

    Dressed (Differently) to Kill

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    April 18, 2008

    Strange Wikipedia Searches I Have Done

    Like some kind of nefarious street drug, Wikipedia courses through this addict’s veins, sucking up productive time and turning it into Wikipedia Crack time. You know what I mean. You meander over to Wikipedia to innocently look up some information about, say, the woman who wrote the novel “Bri ... More >>

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    November 9, 2007

    Racists, Pranksters and Copy Cats in High School

    Earlier this week two Pearland High School students were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and sent to alternative school for a month after being caught early Tuesday hanging a noose in the high school parking lot. On the very day that news was announced -- Wednesday -- in the next school ... More >>

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    September 19, 2007

    The Secrets of Houston Radio Station Call Letters, Revealed

    Did you know that most of the call letters for Houston’s radio stations are acronyms for hidden meanings? I knew a few were, but I sure didn’t know all of them. Luckily, Wikipedia does and here’s a sampling of the better ones, along with a couple of the worst. – John Nova Lomax

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    January 3, 2007

    Not-So-Breaking: Residents of Hell Told to Protect Pipes, Plants and Pets

    Courtesy of the GHCVB He's gonna have to do a lot of partying to make up for that $95K pay cut. In case you missed it in all the holiday revelry, Jordy Tollett, the unkillable head of the Greater Houston Convention & Vistors Bureau, announced he is throwing in the towel in the fight to keep his ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006


    Graffiti artists get their moment to shine on camera

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