B.J. Rosenberg

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    November 13, 2014
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    November 4, 2014

    Try These 5 Awesomely Outrageous Burgers in Houston

    It's no surprise that we love us some burgers at Eating...Our Words. And while, sure, we could go talk about classic cheeseburgers -- what's the fun in that? Here are 5 Massively Outrageous Burgers to try: See also: Try These Five Monster Sandwiches Try These 5 Absolutely Loaded Pizzas Try These 5 ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Lee-Lonn Pens a Lustful Love Letter On Deprived EP

    MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK: Lee-Lonn, Deprived In order for you to believe Lee-Lonn Walker isn't a charming dude who could take your girl and mine (and probably your best friend's), you'd have to also believe he doesn't exist. Crazy, no? That's him, though. He doesn't have the physically imposing stature o ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Braised Beef Kreplach

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, in honor of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays Rosh Hashanah (beginning this Wednesday) and Yom Kippur (beginning Frid ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Fat Tony's Fall Function Turns Up All the Way

    Does Fat Tony know how to throw a party? The answer will always and forever be "Hell Yeah!" With the help of sponsor Remy Martin, Tony invited his Houston homies DJ Good Grief, Bombón and Rai P to assist him with the kickoff soiree for his upcoming tour. Our own Marco Torres sent in this visual sum ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    George Young's Ventage Taps That '94 Feeling

    Remember 1994? It's arguably the year hip-hop truly decided to grow up and embrace a mix of gangsta attitude and spread-out regionalism. That year, we got Scarface's The Diary, UGK's Super Tight, Nas's Illmatic and the Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to start with. I could go on, but our old Rocks ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Unlimited, Unusual Quesadilla Creations To Be Made At Freebird's

    "Why would you ever go to a place that specializes in burritos and order a quesadilla? That's like getting lo mein at a pizza place." -Anonymous Because Freebird's, my friends, provides a unique opportunity to make your own funky one-of-a-kind quesadilla. While at most other burrito, Tex-Mex, taco ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Illegal Wiretaps Back Off the Deep End On 79th Release(!)

    I forget it sometimes, but The Illegal Wiretaps are really one of Houston's most prolific acts. Their Bandcamp page has, no kidding, 79 different releases, and the brand-new Scintillating Scumbag is the third this year alone. Sure, most of them are short EPs, but even with just four songs or so per ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Dave Callier, Grindcore Guitar God

    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? If you're at all interest ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014
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    March 13, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Mississippi Mud Brownies

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. Mississippi was the first state whose name I learned how to spell (the first, naturally, being my home state of Pennsylvania). If you uttered the letters in a cer ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Six More Rap Collaborations That Need to Happen

    Where once it was in vogue to beef, the current trend in rap these days seems to be friendship. Everywhere we see rappers forming collaborative duos for albums, and it's honestly producing some pretty amazing results. There was Watch the Throne, Run the Jewels and lately we've even had The Abstract ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Dear 2014: Can You Tell Kanye to Please Stop Talking?

    Note: in his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope year -- at least for me, anyway, and truth be told, that's all I really care ab ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Big Gerb, Houston's Hongree-est MC

    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? Good luck finding a bigge ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013

    Blue Christmas: A Love Story

    This is a love story. I'd like to think that its still being written, although the reality is that the last chapter may have already been recorded. First things first: I caused this. I hurt her. And now we are no longer united. It was a beautiful thing, our love. Still is. But not all love stories h ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Going Deep Underground With Houston Rap

    For all but the hardest of hardcore local hip-hop adherents, there are going to be a few unfamiliar faces in Sinecure Books' new Houston Rap chronicle. When photographer Peter Beste and writer Lance Scott Walker began the project nearly ten years ago, they set out to document not just the most famou ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    George P. Bush: More Cruz than W.

    The Republican Party has changed since George W. Bush's presidency -- it is more conservative. Indeed, many conservatives blamed Bush for the party's woes because he was insufficiently Republican (of course, these complaints only started in 2006 with electoral defeats, there was a deafening silence ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Where To Eat While Shopping for Christmas: The Woodlands Mall Survival Guide

    Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Optimo Radio 4th Annual B-Day Bash at Last Concert Cafe, 10/26/2013

    Optimo Radio 4th Annual B-Day Bash Last Concert Café October 26, 2013 For hip-hop heads looking to jam underground Houston records 24/7 in 2013, there's only one radio station to turn to, and it damn sure ain't 97.9 The Box. Optimo Radio, the streaming Internet radio station that has been champion ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    The Seven Scariest Houston Rap Songs

    Rappers are scary. Some of them live in Houston. With Scary Season (aka Halloween) around the corner, we decided to visit some of the most spooktacular rap songs Houston has ever produced. No Halloween party is complete without these seven Houston rap songs.

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    August 15, 2013
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    July 11, 2013
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    July 4, 2013
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    June 28, 2013

    Portugal. The Man at House of Blues, 6/28/13

    Ever since getting word of the opportunity of interviewing Portugal. The Man, my mind has been on nearly nothing but them. I've basically been living in Portugal for the past two weeks. Finally, with the show in the bag, I can move on to other countries, such as my own pillow and blanket. I've had t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Hearst's Seattle Paper Goes Online-Only As Houston Chronicle Cuts Loom

    It's official: Hearst, the company that owns the Houston Chronicle and several other large papers (as well as TV stations and magazines), has killed off the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.Ominous times.The rumor mill is working overtime here in Houston; many expect the latest (and b ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    For The Rodeo: Five Best Bovine Attacks In The Movies

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, rodeo bullriders, but we're rooting against you. Don't take it personally, it's just that when wagering on an average human male vs. 1,500 pounds of pissed off ungulate, we're taking the bull. And wearing that pansy-ass body armor isn't very endearing either. In ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    The Brits Love Them Some "Blastbeats"

    Leave it to the British music press to read more into something than it merits. Any new fad they see pop up they immediately have to make a celebratory month for, or start spending thousands of pounds on to trace its source. It's a dirty habit. They can't leave well enough alone. That's how you get ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Shit City High

    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 Regardless of genre, a m ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    The Best Houston Astros Home Grown and Acquired Rosters of All Time

    So I was fooling around on the interwebs yesterday, and between the launch of the MLB Network, the naming today of the new class for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the coming of spring training, I was in a bit of a baseball mood. And I came across this blog detailing the All-Time Rosters for variou ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Port for the Holidays

    I was at Spec's the other evening and ended up in the Port section.  I struck up a conversation with a guy who looked a little overwhelmed by all of the different choices and we ended up having a nice conversation about port.  Here's some basic information that I hope will help you with yo ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-AC/DC Edition

    AC/DC may be gone (sniff), although the ringing in several of Rocks Off's friends' ears (and his own) lingers on, but the mail goes on... Waylon Jennings & the .357s (Littlefield/Nashville, R.I.P.), Waylon Forever (by request): "'I'd been playing my dad the music I was inspired by at the time, ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Tonight: Peter and the Wolf and More at ArtStorm

    Austin's Peter and The Wolf does road music. Not road music in the sense that Sammy Hagar did songs for the open road. Chief P&W songwriter Red Hunter's songs remind Rocks Off of walking down gravel roads, occasionally wiping sweat from our brow and meandering with no destination. Hunt ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    The Return of Mail Call

    It's been a while, but let's see what's been lurking in the bin... *Kenton & Hill (Houston): "A side project from Last Soul Descendents producer Darren Roberts, this masterpiece brings together live jazzy, funky, hip-hop grooves with heavy dance beats to create a unique sound." D-Fu-J-Ra ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Tonight: Wilderness at the Mink

    "(P)ablum," live in Brooklyn Anyone who thought Wilderness fell into a slump with Vessel States, the year-after follow-up to 2005's arresting self-titled debut, will be glad to hear that the cryptic Baltimore band has altered its approach somewhat on the new (k)no(w)here. Born as a sing ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Get Lit: The Pitchfork 500

    At last, Pitchfork has laid bare its aesthetic in book form in this old-media attempt at pop music canonization. As the cover describes, The Pitchfork 500 is “Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present,” beginning with singles released in 1977. That Pitchfork chieftains Scott Plag ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    Kaboom Books Opens Second Location, This One "P"-Free

    Kaboom Books is one Houston’s best kept secrets, unfortunately. The used bookstore run by Post-Katrina/New Orleans transplants Dee and John Dillman features a wealth of already-been-read fiction and 80 other genre selections. The pair has had a couple of shops around the Heights area – with t ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-Ike/ACL Edition

    As you might imagine, the past few weeks have been somewhat hectic for Rocks Off, meaning there's been another heaping helping of yellow and brown envelopes piling up. Let's do this. This time I've added brief quotes from the accompanying press release, provided there is one. Definitely Roy O ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008

    Mail Call: What's in the Crate?

    It's one of God's little jokes that no matter how hard we try, we really can only do one thing at a time. Certain tasks always seem to get relegated to the back burner, and for Rocks Off, for some reason, it's the mail. I think it has something to do with believing that as long as you don't open a b ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    The Sole of Houston: Working for You

    Looks like David Beebe and my expose on the epidemic of stray shopping carts is bearing fruit. Here’s what the Chronicle says H.P.D. is doing about the problem: “’There are more shopping carts than bushes out there,’ said Lt. Richard Zajac of the Houston Police Department's South Central P ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    RIP, Father of LSD

    On Tuesday, one of the most important contributors to the development of most popular Western music and culture in general passed away at 102 years of age at his home in Switzerland. I am speaking, of course, of Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who invented LSD. Think where the world would be with ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008

    Reverberations: Monocles, Focusyn, Dizzy Pilot, Black Black Gold, Misfires, Picture Book and Neptones

    No need to wait until the weekend this time around. There are plenty of good local gigs right in the middle of the week: The Monocles bring their sublime garage-punk – and a brand new 7" – to the Mink tonight. Also on the bill are locals Focusyn and Dizzy Pilot, who put on one of the most ener ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks’s Tips for Going Green

    To conserve heat during winter months, drink more alcohol. Because alcohol is nature’s furnace. Stop mowing the lawn. You’ll save gas and all the extra grass will provide a beautiful, undisturbed habitat for God’s bugs. Before you replacing all your regular light bulbs with energy-saving l ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Drenched in Blog I: John Mayer Topless

    Here's a picture of John Mayer playing on the deck of a cruise ship in the Bahamas this past weekend. I would be inclined to make a snide remark about his bitchin' Stevie Ray tat, but you're dealing with a guy who has the Rolling Stones lips logo tattooed on his arm for life. Carry on, you tall, mag ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Pearland Represent!

    Earlier this week, the guys from venerable Pearland New Wavers the Judy’s released a series of remastered reissues of their catalog. YouTube is awash in clips from their heyday, including a short documentary film. P.S. I'm pretty sure my Mom made out with one of these dudes back in the day. I'm ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007

    Win Butler with the Swish!!

    It’s not everyday we see earnest indie rockers playing competitive sports. This is Win Butler, former Woodlands resident and current Arcade Fire frontman, dominating the court in a friendly game of street basketball. I wish I could make more knowing remarks about this, but I know nothing ab ... More >>

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    May 1, 2007

    Tall Texas Tale

    Coming out in trade paperback this month, Gary Shteyngart’s Absurdistan tells the story of Mischa Vainberg, a grossly overweight, highly wealthy, overly circumcised Russian Jew who finds himself trapped in the fictional, titular Caucasus country as it devolves into civil war. Effortless (except f ... More >>

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    January 23, 2007

    Holy Woofer, Batman!

    Our friends Steven Reynolds & The Texas Two have some bad news to report. It seems they were struck by a 'brazen, ballsy' thief and got cleaned out of their new recording and sound equipment. The band was recording their CD at a local studio, but decided to buy their own equipment and do it themselv ... More >>

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    December 27, 2006

    Ten Great Rap Albums from 2006

    Clipse Hell Hath No Fury Borderline-irreverent tales of coke trade, consumption, and anxiety with the Neptunes' hottest/weirdest beats in ages. The Coup Pick a Bigger Weapon Boots Riley, Cali's smoothest MC next to Snoop, takes the limp defeatism out of leftist resistance; his bop gun weighs ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006

    From Hairballs: Cameras Record Abusive Insidious Graffiti-ers

    Courtesy of Dirty Third Streets How did this tagger not get caught by HPD's new S.Y.S.T.E.M.? The folks at BlogHouston have had fun with Richard Connelly's "Punk'd!" graffiti item in this week's Hairballs. In a nutshell, there seem to be cameras snapping photos of would-be taggers in the 'Trose. ... More >>

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    November 3, 2006

    Get On Board

    Finally, skaters, an art show for you. It's art for your daily grind. Tonight Commerce Street Artists Warehouse hosts "Houston, Are You Board?," a skate deck art auction benefiting Public Use Skate parks for Houston (P.U.S.H.). Up for grabs (get it grabs, it's a skateboard — never mind) a ... More >>

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