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    October 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Reasons to Visit Voodoo Fest This Weekend

    This weekend you could be carving pumpkins and handing out candy, or doing something much cooler by jumping in the car and heading to New Orleans for the 16th annual Voodoo Music Arts Experience. Costumed freaks and music fans alike will be descending on the historic City Park for three days of mu ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Fluff Bake Bar Hosts Saturday Pop-Up Bake Sale at Southside Espresso

    EaDo Pub Crawl @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 5 p.m. 2202 Dallas Head to 8th Wonder Brewery on Friday for a pub crawl through East Downtown. Registration costs $15 and begins at the brewery at 5 p.m., but you must pick up your wristband (which gets you into the participating venues and drink specials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Charlie Daniels Band, Shinyribs Rule Over Three Tons of Crawfish

    As I snapped one little guy in half and pinched all the sweet meat from his tail, all I could think was there must be an infinite number of crawfish in our area waterways. Not all that far away, they had to be eating their share at Weekend 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Here, in Old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Wrestlemania 30: Rookie Footage of the Major Participants (Video)

    With a sublime combination of cuisine, bars, and a complete lack of curfew, decorum, or rules (not to mention a massive domed stadium within walking distance of all the debauchery), New Orleans is the best city in the country at doing big events. It was a little over a year ago that New Orleans ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Mardi Gras Bars

    10. THE CREOLE BAR AND GRILL All the college kids from both TSU and U of H Main hang out at the Creole for some killer Louisiana food and equally killer Louisiana imbibing. With a huge patio and sweet jazz playing most days, it may not offer the crushing madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday Celebrations Galore

    On Monday, February 24, Vic & Anthony's will host a special five-course wine dinner featuring wines from the Michael David Winery, the overall top winery at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition for 2014. All of the selections for the evening are Double Gold winners. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Don't Stand So Close to Her: Kristine Mills Does Sting

    On the list of post-punk and New Wave bands that borrowed from jazz, the Police are right at the very top. Their songs are full of unconventional time signatures, complex chord arrangements and plenty of improvisational moments. Instrumentally, Gordon Sumner (aka Sting), Andy Summers and Stewart Cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    A Round of Serious Drinking at the New Kids On Market Square

    "To cold beer, and hot chicks," the bar chanted in unison, glasses raised high in solidarity. The bartender had just bought everyone another round of shots, after a recent Monday happy hour had ended. The glass drew closer, and the overwhelming smell of black licorice hit our nose. It became appar ... More >>

  • Music

    December 12, 2013

    A Clutch of Newish Bars Around Market Square Draws Serious Drinkers Downtown

    In the middle of downtown's historic district, these bars are inviting drinkers to step out of their vodka comfort zone.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    The Five Best Acts at Voodoo Fest 2013

    The 2013 edition of the Voodoo Festival has come and gone, leaving everyone who came out counting down the days until the next time they can step foot in New Orleans' City Park. This year people were treated to standout sets spread across four stages from the likes of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    New Orleans Braces For Super Bowl XLVII Onslaught As Future Of The Game Is Debated

    Excited tension hung heavy in the air in New Orleans on Monday evening as the coming Super Bowl XLVII super-storm of tourist dollars began to filter into town. Most streets downtown near convention center are already cordoned off. There are NFL banners blanketing the city. The Mercedes-Benz Superd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Toadies, Helmet & Ume at House of Blues

    Toadies, Helmet, Ume House of Blues July 20, 2012 The '90s were in high demand in Houston on Friday night. Up in The Woodlands, the Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and more packed 'em in to relive some of the decade's best one-hit wonders. Downtown, the Clinton-era jams were a little har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen Falls Short of Louisiana Flavor

    New Orleans cuisine is the definition of hearty, spicy food. From shrimp Po-Boys to crawfish etouffee, each bite is filled with Cajun spice. Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen has a menu filled with New Orleans classic dishes, but the lackluster flavors left me dissatisfied. I'd heard that Schilleci's ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    October 18, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Press Music Award Nominees

    ​Took us long enough, right? It's been so long since we've had the Houston Press Music Awards, which were last handed out the evening of August 11, 2010, that we almost forgot we were having them. Not really. How could we? If our numbers are correct, in the two weeks this year's nomination b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Friday Night: B.B. King at the House of Blues

    The blues is a funny ol' gal. By definition, the musical genre is a projection of the sadness and melancholy caused by a broken heart, or the lament of a "just can't catch a break" life. Yet the sold out crowd at the House of Blues on Friday night exhibited the exact opposite of sadness and downtro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: thelastplaceyoulook Rolls In The Deep & All That Jazz

    Photos by GroovehouseHair of the Dog: thelastplaceyoulook's Nava​If you missed Hell City Kings, the first band that played today, you missed out on a really religious experience. That could have been because frontman Josh Wolf made the set look like a Christian summer camp. Since it was so ea ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    May 27, 2011

    Lady Gaga Sings The Big Easy Blues

    Photos by Annelia WililamsEugene Moody​Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning. It looked like she was having a little trouble with her zipline. The reason Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning, instead of Channel 13's Eyewitness News ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Ashelee Wells of III Forks

    ​When I first visited III Forks to interview chef/ owner Ozzie Rogers, I couldn't help but notice how invitingly elegant the bar area was; bright and modern, yet simultaneously classic and timeless. So recently, after a long day at the office, I headed back to check it out properly. I found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Idol Beat: "Home Of Pirates, Drunks And Whores..."

    ​If you want to go to hell, you should take a trip To the Sodom and Gomorrah on the Mississipp. -- The Simpsons I kid. I mean, I haven't always been the biggest fan of the Big Easy, but that's mostly because I used to routinely leave a third of my brain cells and most of the contents of my di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Cinema To Fall Asleep To

    ​As a rule, I try not to fall asleep in movies. Home viewing is one thing. There's a certain satisfaction one derives from bravely refusing to remain conscious through an entire screening of The Break Up, for example. Some would regard it as a feat of endurance to stay awake for the entire fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    GAME TIME: Texans-Saints -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Oh, what the hell...go ahead and panic.​I keep trying to tell myself that the results of the Texans' trip to New Orleans last week didn't really count. Texans fans everywhere (and my liver) seem to disagree. New Orleans is one of a handful of places on earth that embodies the "too much of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    On the Road in New Orleans

    Shrimp and grits from Surrey's.​With the economy in the dumps and airline companies being more annoying than ever, more and more people are choosing to spend their summer vacation at closer, drivable locales. One popular destination is the Crescent City. With its old-world charm, plethora of g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Strip Club Central: Clear Lake Gears Up To Fight T, A & Umlauts

    Not in Clear Lake, please​A Houston City Councilman and a Clear Lake community association manager are up in arms over what they fear might be a strip club moving into their turf.Luks Cabaret (it's fancy because it has an umlaut, or it would if we could figure out how to do it) has a website, a bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Chicken on the Bayou Boudin Shop

    ​In the past when we've asked friends what makes good boudin, the answer is always simple - "somewhere on the side of the highway." About 15 miles east of Lafayette on I-10 lies Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, also known as "the crawfish capitol of the world." And across the street from the much adv ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Treme: Right Place, Wrong Time

    ​The third episode is potentially a tough one in a ten-episode arc like the one we're getting in the first season of Treme: Far enough in that characters have been set up, not quite at a major halfway point that would entail some twists or the onset of the momentum that will carry the narrativ ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Treme: Right Place, Wrong Time

    ​The third episode is potentially a tough one in a ten-episode arc like the one we're getting in the first season of Treme: Far enough in that characters have been set up, not quite at a major halfway point that would entail some twists or the onset of the momentum that will carry the narrativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Rick's Picks For iFest's Second Weekend

    Ed. Note: Here are Houston International Festival Director of Peforming Arts Rick Mitchell's choices for can't-miss acts for the festival's second weekend, spread over five categories. Rick should know; he books all the artists. Rocks Off will follow with a few more picks of our own a little later o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Treme: The Battlefield

    ​It became clear with this week's Treme, "Meet De Boys on the Battlefront," that creator David Simon has taken the fierce territorial pride that urged him to chronicle Baltimore in The Wire and grafted it onto New Orleans. If the earlier show was about seeing a city in decline in the aftermath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    The Treme Files: The Battlefield

    ​It became clear with this week's Treme, "Meet De Boys on the Battlefront," that creator David Simon has taken the fierce territorial pride that urged him to chronicle Baltimore in The Wire and grafted it onto New Orleans. If the earlier show was about seeing a city in decline in the aftermath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #73 Greek Burger at the Hubcap Grill, 1111 Prairie

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Odd Pair: Crawfish Boudin and Old Barossa Blend

    ​Boudin reminds us of sitting on Bourbon Street on a hot, swampy night listening to a little Zydeco with an ice-cold Abita. Beer and boudin is a perfect combo, like peanut butter and jelly. To spice things up a bit, we might opt for a Sazerac or a Hurricane, but definitely not wine. Nothing ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    What's In a Name? Psychobilly Undertakers 13 Black Coffins

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. ​ Psychobilly is a genre whose entire purpose, in our opinion, is to achieve maximum delinquency, like a grindho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Top 5 Sauces That Make Chains Worth Visiting

    ​A purist would say a good bread or steak should stand on its own -- to sauce is to sin. But if A1 is the cardinal crime of fine dining, these sauces prove the opposite: a fine one can slather salvation over a culinary insignificancy. 5. Chick-fil-a Polynesian Sauce- In the world of fast-foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    In Honor of Michelle Obama and "Shortsgate," the Best Ass Songs of All Time

    In a year when the biggest news stories aren't about war or the environment but a mentally unbalanced woman having a litter of children and the death of a creepy pop singer who hadn't put out a decent album in 25 years, it should come as no surprise that so many people would be up in arms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Moody Gardens, A Bigger Tourist Attraction Than The White House

    If you had your choice to stand anywhere as a tourist in the United States, where would you choose?The Las Vegas Strip? Mount Rushmore? The White House?No way, dude -- you prefer to be standing in Moody Gardens in Galveston.At least you do if you're one of the respondents to what has to be described ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Gothtopia: Searching for the Perfect Vampire Anthem

    Note: Lost in all the inaugural hoopla this week was the fact that Monday was Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday. No better time, then, to debut Rocks Off's new Goth column... Recently, my wife and I made our way down to the Houston Public Library to hear a talk with Charlaine Harris, author of ... More >>

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    December 26, 2008

    Saturday: Dash Rip Rock at the Continental Club

    A sort of swampy Supersuckers, New Orleans trio Dash Rip Rock - whose last album Hee Haw Hell was the rather ambitious cowpunk retelling of Dante's Inferno - have returned to more earthly concerns on the new Country Grilfriend (Abitian). That means, according to the liner notes, "songs [that] will b ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008
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    October 8, 2008
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    July 19, 2007

    Gulf Coast Jam

    Blue-eyed soul legends the Boogie Kings, Jerry LaCroix and G.G. Shinn hit Port Arthur

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Au Revoir, Chauncey

    The goat and his two humans go home to New Orleans

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Welcome, Neighbors

    Houston's music community responds to an unprecedented influx of talent

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    One More for the Road

    Local musicians regale us with more tales of woe, joy and debauchery

  • Culture

    March 17, 2005
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    November 2, 2000


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  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Zydeco's Birthplace

    Hint: It's where you're standing

  • Dining

    July 10, 1997

    Catch of the Day

    Joyce's Oyster Resort proves to be a pearl of a place

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