• Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Houston's LGBT Equality Score is Mediocre, While Dallas is Awesome, According to HRC Report

    So, it seems that the city of Houston rates right around "pretty darn mediocre" when it comes to supporting LGBT folks, according to a new report by the The Human Rights Campaign. HRC, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Luke Bryan at The Woodlands, 9/19/2014

    Luke Bryan, Lee Brice Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 19, 2014 Among the various forms of popular music, country seems to age the most gracefully. An old rapper can keep trying to put out new music, but it's often just kind of embarrassing. Old rockers stay out on the road playing the hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Easton Corbin at Reliant Stadium, 3/21/2014

    Easton Corbin Reliant Stadium March 21, 2014 Perhaps in the future the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo can line up one shameless throwback entertainer per season, not some old veteran whose days of heavy airplay are long behind him or her, but a commercially viable younger artist who demonstrates th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Your Two-Steppin' Guide to the Rodeo Cookoff Bands

    As one of the biggest entertainment-based enterprises on the planet, not just in Texas, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is one of the few local events that people halfway across the country and around the world travel to see. As such, its concert calendar has become increasingly crowded with pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Texas Concert For Conservation at Sam Houston Race Park, 5/18/2013

    Texas Concert For Conservation Featuring Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll & Ray Wylie Hubbard Sam Houston Race Park May 18, 2013 If I wanted to make a dopey analogy, which I'm going to do anyway, I'd say Texas' coastal waters and our wry but soulful singer-songwriters are two of this s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Last Night: George Strait at Reliant Stadium

    George Strait Reliant Stadium March 17, 2013 Sunday night, George Strait wrangled 80,020 fans into Reliant Stadium for what is surely to be just one of his first "farewell" shows here in Houston. This glut of country fans -- only few thousand short of the total population of Santa Monica, Californi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Last Night: Jason Aldean at Reliant Stadium

    Jason Aldean Reliant Stadium March 11, 2013 Somewhere along the way Jason Aldean rubbed me the wrong way, and whenever I did have a stray thought about him, the words "massive tool" weren't far behind. I spent most of his RodeoHouston concert Monday night at (a packed) Reliant Stadium trying to fig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Eli Young Band: "We Like to Stay Busy"

    Now more than a decade old, the Eli Young Band is the rare Texas country act whose lyrics are not dominated by their home state and its musical heroes. Their music is largely fiddle-free, rather cut from the same cloth as pop-rockers like Tom Petty, Matchbox 20 and the Wallflowers, and if someone in ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Fair Play

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wii do whatever it takes to keep its revolving stage from going dark.

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Texas Crimes of the Year, 2012

    As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

  • News

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Demi Mishel Muniz: Immigrant Smuggler Left Diabetic to Die in Ditch

    The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged two people with conspiring to transport and harbor illegal aliens, but their case is more serious than that. Prosecutors say Demi Mishel Muniz, 33, and Luis Aceituno, 26, were tranporting illegal immigrants in a van from Houston to Los Angeles when one of the ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    Rap Boom Reload

    In 2005, rappers put Houston on the map. Then the spotlight moved on. Some musicians are working hard to turn it back this way.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    George Strait: No Unflattering Photos, Please

    Marc BrubakerEvidently shooting George Strait from this angle and distance is OK.​Rocks Off does our best to shield our readers from all the red tape we have to go through in order to bring you a steady stream of concert reviews. For one thing, it's pretty boring - a bunch of emails and relea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Mario Gallegos Wants Terry Grier to Leave HISD

    Mario Gallegos opens up with both barrels on Terry Grier‚ÄčTexas State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr. has gone on the attack against Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier and his reform efforts, sending out letters to the school board and state legislators, in which he says his office has been investi ... More >>

  • News

    September 3, 2009

    The Burmese Come to Houston

    Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas, Part 2: "Trinity"

    [Note: This week Rocks Off is looking at the musical heritage, highs and lows, for each of the five possible states that might result should Texas secede from the U.S. like Gov. Rick Perry wants it to. Yesterday we began with the Panhandle/West Texas "Palo Duro" territory; today it's northeastern qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    George Strait Week, Part 5: Texas George

    Like the man himself said, easy come, easy go. Happy as we are that it's Friday, and almost quitting time to boot, Rocks Off a little sad too, because that means George Strait Week is almost over. But not quite. We're putting it to bed the only way we know how - with the King's five best Texas song ... More >>

  • News

    June 25, 2009

    ID Theft

    Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.

  • Music

    June 4, 2009

    Fight for Your Right

    Does the U.S. belong with the Axis of Evil?

  • Film

    November 6, 2008
  • Music

    February 21, 2008

    A New Official State Song for Texas?

    A case for a new — or different, anyway — state song

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Doug Supernaw

    Former country superstar. Now starring in a courtroom near you.

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Buzz Killer

    It's 1995 all over again...and again

  • Culture

    June 8, 2006

    Junkyard Love

    The CAMH remembers the work of a late Houston sculptor

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Horse Flesh

    Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Texas Burger Binge

    Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Owed to Billy Joe

    Today all the best poets are singers. That's why a singer should be Texas's next poet laureate.

  • News

    July 22, 2004

    Got It, Flaunt It

    Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets

  • News

    May 29, 2003

    Film Buff

    The naked truth about why Houston isnít the third coast

  • Music

    August 29, 2002

    Barnyard Boogie

    Former Houstonian Kev Russell talks about Snoop Dogg and Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2001

    Talk's Back

    Storytellers practice their craft in a concert for all ages

  • News

    May 3, 2001


    Davy and Mike, ExCEPtion to the Rule, Heat's On

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    In His Own Write

    Jesse Dayton knows a great many words - and how to sell them

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Texas Thunder

    Stay true to Pantera. They're true to you.

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Party Lines

    A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Smoke and Mirrors

    As part of the Bush legacy, a special law can hide polluting industries

  • News

    October 5, 2000


    Ant Farm explores the fine art of... waiting

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    2001: A Bell Mayoral Odyssey?

    Councilman Chris tests the waters against Brown

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Back to the Futurist

    The guy who designed Cadillac Ranch wants to build a dolphin space station. Is it any wonder UH is divided over the return of Doug Michels?

  • Music

    May 20, 1999

    Rise Up, Texas

    Robert Earl Keen leadsTexas acts on tour

  • News

    April 8, 1999

    Preparing for the Millennium

    Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously

  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Alley Fighting

    A midlevel city attorney's ruling causes months of angst in the Heights over who has the rights to that land behind the back fences

  • Music

    January 22, 1998

    No Fooling Around

    Success has been anything but a cinch for Atticus Finch

  • Dining

    December 5, 1996

    South of the Sabine

    The Sunset Tea Room gives way to some new ideas about old-fashioned food

  • Music

    July 11, 1996
  • Music

    January 18, 1996

    Rock & Roller Coaster

    Funland's learned the art of getting up after falling down

  • News

    September 1, 1994

    Diamond in the Rough

    Need a baseball fix? Hop over to Beaumont for Kerfeld's Frogs

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