• Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Joe Bonamassa Is Feeling Different Shades of Blue

    If you were searching for Joe Bonamassa's new record Different Shades of Blue in an actual record store (remember those?), you'd likely find it in the "Blues" section. But like most of the work he's put out since 2000, the material is decidedly more rocking as well. Still, the 37-year-old singer/gui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Cristobal No Threat, but Disturbances Lining Up in the Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Cristobal continued to strengthen over the weekend as it headed north through the Bahamas. While it is expected to grow gradually into a hurricane, it will not be a threat to the U.S. Nevertheless, it killed three in the Caribbean with torrential rains and the flooding that accompanie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    10 Best Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool

    During the summer, we all want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but living in Texas, more specifically Houston, that length of time outside tends to shorten as we get closer to three digit temperatures. Sure, water can help you stay hydrated and cool off your body, but so do other tastier cold ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    September 30, 2013

    On-Line Dating and Politics: Opposites Do Not Attract

    Political scientists have long-established that there is a strong link between a parent's political views and their off-spring: if you're conservative, your kids(s) are more likely to be as well; the same holds true for those with liberal political views. Moreover, political scientists have document ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Weekend Weather: A Chance of Rain and the Tropics Heat Up

    I hope you have had a nice week. It's been damn hot out there meaning your a/c bills are probably going to be through the roof, but on the positive side, you're probably sweating off that water weight. The heat will most definitely continue into the weekend. This is summer in Houston after all. But, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Top 10 Musical Guests On TV's Martin

    Martin was one of the funniest television sitcoms of the '90s. We all tuned in on Thursday nights to see what would go down with Martin, his girlfriend-turned-wife Gina and their group of friends' nonstop hilarious antics. But besides the numerous amounts of characters played by Martin Lawrence him ... More >>

  • Film

    May 9, 2013

    Assault on Wall Street

    Uwe Boll's solution to the crash? Bloodshed.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Don't Call Blackberry Smoke Outlaws, But They'll Get Out of Hand

    If you haven't smelled Blackberry Smoke in a while, they might have been at sea. The Atlanta Southern rock/outlaw country (whatever) band has been on so many cruises it's a little surprising the quintet's long hair isn't braided and beaded. When Rocks Off caught up with lead singer/guitarist Charli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    ShipRocked: A Storm From Five Finger Death Punch, and the Weather

    A few weeks ago, Rocks Off's Kevin Ramer shoved off on the 2012 edition of ShipRocked, which bills itself as "the ultimate rock music cruise vacation." These are his reports. Thursday, November 29, the passengers of ShipRocked woke up to a pleasant view of the beautiful Bahamas capital city of Nass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    ShipRocked: KoRn Fights Seasickness but Fans Rage On

    A few weeks ago, Rocks Off's Kevin Ramer shoved off on the 2012 edition of ShipRocked, which bills itself as "the ultimate rock music cruise vacation." These are his reports. After a long first night of partying and concerts, Shiprockers woke up in the southernmost part of the United States: Key We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Food Truck Friday Spotlight: Kay's Kitchen

    Our third Food Truck Friday event is today! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the House of Dereon (2204 Crawford) we'll be featuring four of Houston's finest food trucks -- Koagie Hots, Flaming Patties, Kay's Kitchen and Zeapod Cakery -- along with free beverages from our friends at Saint Arnold. And all th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Lita Ford: Still Living Like A Runaway

    In the '80s, Lita Ford was one of the most prominent female voices in hard rock. With hits such as "Kiss Me Deadly" (which was named the 76th "Greatest Hard Rock Song Of All-Time" by VH1), "Back To The Cave," and "Close My Eyes Forever," she was on a winning tear. Plus she still had (and has) oodl ... More >>

  • News

    April 12, 2012

    Fantasy Land

    A green amusement park was supposed to bring prosperity to New Caney, but so far, only a few have profited. And it still exists only on paper.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Terrell Owens' Downward Spiral (w/ VIDEO of his workout)

    Finding fitness, if not a job​"I definitely feel there are some teams out there that are interested." -- Terrell Owens after his workout on Tuesday "Just because they weren't there doesn't mean they weren't interested. I can guarantee that all 32 teams were interested." -- Owens' agent Drew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Idol Beat: American Idiots

    Spoiler alert: the smug one wins.​Thanks to Shea Serrano for taking the bullet yesterday. After what felt like eons, the 10th season of American Idol lurched to its inevitable anticlimax last night. It was as especially torturous affair, stretching well over two hours and mixing performances ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Like You Didn't See That Nicolas Cage Thing Coming

    This is still better than he looked in The Wicker Man.​Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans last Friday for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace, and public drunkenness (or as we call it in my house, The Wife's Undergrad Spring Break Trifecta). Let me repeat that: Cage was arrested in New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Johnny Romano Skate Jam: World's Largest Skatebording Charity Event

    Photos by Taylor Turner​Every year Southside Skate Park brings together fans and amateur and professional skateboarders from all over the country to raise money for a good cause. South Shore Distribution hosted the 14th Annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam at Southside Skate Park Saturday, November ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Texas Represents In The Most Important Bikini Contest To Take Place In The Bahamas Over The Weekend

    Photos by Son LamTexas showing why it's a world-class state​Son Lam, who photographs lots of stuff for us, was in the Bahamas over the weekend. (We, on the other hand, weren't.) While there he ran across the finals of the Swimsuit USA International Model Search, and his journalistic instincts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    iFest Aftermath: A Whirlwind Afternoon With Zydepunks, Some Cha-Chas, Taj Weekes And Dave Alvin's Guilty Women

    Jason WolterZydepunks​ There was a moment as Aftermath was walking through the Caribbean Market section of iFest Saturday when we had the most visceral of flashbacks -- stepping off a Carnival cruise boat at the rip old age of 14 in Nassau, Bahamas, and being inundated by tourist-baiting marketeer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Sailing Away With Songs Of The Caribbean

    ​A couple of years ago She Said was in Oslo, Norway, where she saw an exhibit by artist Tacita Dean chronicling the mysterious voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Dean found and photographed the Teignmouth Electron, the boat Crowhurst apparently abandoned, and collected newspaper articles from the circum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    RIP Gary Kurfirst

    Stop Making Sense Music-business legend Gary Kurfirst passed away from undisclosed causes while on vacation in Nassau, the Bahamas, January 13. A venue owner, talent manager, film producer and label founder, Kurfirst opened New York City's Village Theater, later known as the Fillmore East, in 1967. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Chamillioniare & Martin Luther King: They Have A Dream

    Houston's MLK Parade Foundation recently announced the crowning of Chamillionaire as a co-Grand Marshal in the 2009 MLK parade. At first blush, some might think that a dude who spends a great deal of time talking about his dick, his riches, and his gun is an unusual choice to represent Dr. King's vi ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    Big Boobs Revisited

    Former ambassador Arthur Schechter prevails in his court case, wins more than $3.5 million

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2007

    Big Boobs: Breast Implant Lawsuits Aren’t Always Pretty

    When Houston attorney Gary Pitts cautioned the Houston City Council in 2002 about appointing former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas and well-known philanthropist and lawyer Arthur Schechter to chairman of METRO, Pitts alluded to something “ethically questionable” that Schechter allegedly did on b ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 31, 2007

    The Halle "Universe"

    The MFAH's Latin American Art Department has yet another hit show

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Royale Flush

    The Bond franchise takes a gamble on a new guy, and comes up aces

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    One Dead Guinea Pig

    A bad reaction to a drug trial sparks an investigation into Houston's Fabre Clinic and its founder

  • Dining

    August 19, 2004

    Sushi Pudding

    You can bank on the salmon and chili tapioca at the Hotel Icon's Bank Jean-Georges

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2004

    Wax Fantastic

    Electro-phenom DJ Keoki spins by Numbers

  • Dining

    June 10, 2004

    All the Way to the Bank

    What does it take to get a celebrity chef to put his name on a Houston restaurant?

  • News

    February 12, 2004

    Ship Wrecked

    A Houston firm certified the oil tanker Prestige as good to go. It broke apart in the Atlantic, causing the worst environmental disaster in Spanish history.

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2003

    Pulling Stunts

    Oscar Carles likes crashing cars

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2003

    Save the Dome

    Teaching kids to keep their heads

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    If You See Them, Say Hello!

    Defeated candidates face different lifestyles

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    The Gord Is My Shepherd

    For the Canadian multitudes and the American few, the Tragically Hip offer up secular gospel and quasi-religious concerts

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Tales of Rail

    Metro's incoming chairman loves to tell stories. Can Houstonians cotton to his next one?

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Tough Sailing

    Unread evidence and claims of shredding send a cruise suit into the shoals

  • Dining

    March 1, 2001

    Stay Out of the Kitchen

    Catch the fish before it gets to the kitchen

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    A Dying Race

    Houston boasts some of the biggest track legends in the world. Who cares? They do.

  • News

    September 30, 1999
  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Girls to Women

    Houston's Destiny's Child scales pop chart, meets fans

  • Dining

    August 27, 1998

    Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Our intrepid critic goes to the relaxed land of The Sundance Grill and gets some very good food

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    GOP Lay-Ups

    Enron fuels Republican soft money machine

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    The Party Boys

    Politics pulls out the hard "soft" cash, Houston-style

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • Music

    January 23, 1997
  • News

    December 9, 1993

    Snow Job

    Why would the U.S. ship dozens of snowmobiles to the Caribbean?

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