It's rare that I describe something as "too pretty to eat," and I have to admit, when I do, I'm usually exaggerating, especially if I'm talking about anything sweet. My hunger for chocolate, candy, and baked goods is so rapacious, I really can't be satisfied with merely admiring a dessert. Consumpti ... More >>
Today Rocks Off would like to salute 90.1 FM KPFT on its 44th anniversary, which it celebrates this Sunday under the "big top" behind McGonigel's Mucky Duck The lineup is a real hootenanny too, featuring Shinyribs, Del Castillo, Lisa Morales, Annika Chambers, Parker Millsap, recent Rocks Off 200 sub ... More >>
Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans! This week we get to hear from Gem Club, one of the bands that got me into regular music video coverage in this dismal age of such things, though watching them is still a punch to the soul. In fact, for the most part I hope you have your diaper on because most ... More >>
At the recently opened Latin-Indian fusion restaurant named Trenza, Susie Jimenez creates dishes that match her physical and personality traits: bold, petite, enthusiastic, and colorful. All over the menu, Indian spices and Latin foods -- and vice versa -- play together in bold strides to create a ... More >>
On the unbearable lightness of Planes.
A couple of caveats to this list: first, it actually includes more than ten songs. Since one is sung primarily in English and another isn't technically a "foreign" language, they're considered halfsies, making up one whole. Also, no songs sung in Spanish are on this list. I'm not saying Spanish is ... More >>
Alicia Keys Toyota Center March 18, 2013 In concert, Alicia Keys projects such focus and command over her domain, the stage, it can be intimidating to witness up close. One would hate to be a backup dancer and step out of line. But she can also perform with an exquisite vulnerability, the kind of ... More >>
It's only Monday, but Hair Balls is already stoked for the Holi Festival of Colors celebration March 24 in Rosenberg. If, like us, you weren't intimately familiar with this awesome Indian tradition, here's a highlight: it involves thousands of people eating, dancing, and -- the best part -- throwing ... More >>
DJ Sun knows how to release an album right. For the past three months or so, the Houston turntablist, producer and radio-show host (KPFT's Soular Grooves) with an enviable address book and a local residency almost every night of the week -- not to mention a multiple Houston Press Music Award winner ... More >>
Life of Pi star Irrfan Khan forges a cross-cultural career.
Michael Winterbottom takes Hardy's Tess to today's Mumbai.
Last week I told you about the soundtrack for director Wes Anderson's upcoming feature Moonrise Kingdom, which showcases the work of composers Leonard Bernstein and Alexandre Desplat, Benjamin Britten and strange bedfellow Hank Williams Sr. Anderson's films are the most anticipated movies of most ... More >>
Hey, remember the Russians? Before they had a gajillion oil dollars and all those supermodels, they wanted to kill us all. But it wasn't all creeping dread and mutually assured destruction. Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoat ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseButtery crabcake sliders from Truluck's were the hit of the night. See more photos in our slideshow.The 2011 Big Bite Night at the Houston Museum of Natural Science went Bollywood this year. Narin's Bombay Brasserie was among the nearly 50 restaurants spotlighted at this ... More >>
Hillcroft and Raja Sweets have become the epicenter of Houston's vibrant Indian population.
Photos by Jim BrickerDengue Fever Fitzgerald's May 7, 2011 Someone asked Aftermath Saturday afternoon to describe what kind of music Dengue Fever plays. "Well, it's like '60 psychedelic pop with Cambodian lyrics, and also some California surf guitar and Ethiopian jazz and and girl-group thro ... More >>
Jason WolterTexas Connection: Joe Ely, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt (not pictured)See lots more iFest pictures from Saturday and Sunday (and some food) in our slideshows. Yes, it was hot at iFest this weekend. Houston hot. Sunday afternoon, partway through Lucinda Williams' surprisi ... More >>
See how long the prince can hold his tongue
Photos by Marco TorresA.R. Rahman "Jai Ho: The Journey Home" Toyota Center September 17, 2010 The Indian film-score composer A.R. Rahman, now widely known as the winner of two 2009 Academy Awards for Slumdog Millionaire, is the master of the movie-musical genre known as Bollywood. He is also ... More >>
Tonight, prolific Indian film composer/choreographer A.R. Rahman comes to Toyota Center to make up a July date he had to cancel after his tour was plagued with set malfunctions. In the wake of a near-disaster in Detroit back in June, Rahman and his company postponed dates in order to get thei ... More >>
If you like rum and falernum, you'll like the Jewel in the Crown.Let's get a few things straight first. The Queen Vic Pub (2712 Richmond), which opened on September 3, is nothing like The Red Lion. Yes, they're both pubs. Yes, they both serve a mixture of British and Indian food on their menu ... More >>
Twenty-eight states, 23 dialects, endless choices
Fresh off our trip to AmeriVespa 2010, Rocks Off has come to this conclusion: we are neither a Mod nor a Rocker. We're a Mocker. When you drive around a town as large and car-centric as Houston on a small scooter you get a lot of comments from people, mostly in allusion to Quadrophenia, which ... More >>
These super-kind folks have been doing knockout Pakistani and Indian food for more than 16 years.
Last week, we told you of some upcoming summer-movie soundtracks that look like they're going to be fantastic. If positivity is your thing, go read that article. This one is going to be all about the upcoming soundtracks that make us wince so hard it feels like someone's chopping our balls with a ... More >>
Celebrate Indian culture in living color
The JCC's annual Dance Month kicks off with a program honoring local movers and shakers
Get starstruck, South-Asian style
The Pakistani author finds truth in fiction
This Bollywood comedy needs no translation
Hooray for Bollywood
Britney Spears and her three-ring "Circus" came to Houston Monday night, and I unashamedly followed throngs of twenty- and thirtysomethings into Toyota Center to catch a glimpse of the comeback girl we love to pick apart, then pick back up again. We'll skip right on over openers the Pussycat Dolls ... More >>
Various Artists Putumayo Presents: India www.putumayo.com With Slumdog Millionaire's recent sweep at this year's Oscars, the music of India has become more and more present on our airwaves - a slow trend that began four decades ago when George Harrison first introduced Ravi Shankar's ragas t ... More >>
Asha Bhosle Precious Platinum asha-bhosle.tripod.com One basic characteristic of Bollywood films is the fact that actors generally do not use their own singing voices during the musical numbers - that task goes to playback singers like Asha Bhosle, who over the span of six decades has participa ... More >>
She loves me, she loves me not gets the Bollywood treatment
Big Brassy Bollywood arrives in Texas
Buffalax is the great YouTube aural translator of Hindi-language music videos – we showed you some of his work here. And now there’s Woodbulb, an auteur from Vancouver, who contributed this re-imagining of “Dilbar Dilbar” by former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen. The clip, which comes from the ... More >>
"I Don't Get Around Much Anymore." The Ellington tune is bouncing around my head as I take the train downtown (the A-Train?) for the 2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase. I just can't stay out ‘til two and work the next day like I used to. I was pretty sure this would never happen to me. Ya li ... More >>
And the award for “Most Awesome Show Lasting Five Minutes” goes to Insect Warfare at Slainte. Not only did the set last five minutes, it featured noise-maven Austin from Concrete Violin. Glorious sounds of robots dying and various guttural sounds concluded with yours truly briefly thrown to the ... More >>
Bombay Brasserie's new second-story location will have to do for the time being
Mantra's Mike Potowski seems to delight in turning culture clashes into culinary fashion statements