High rollers. Glitzy casinos. Feathered showgirls. And now, weed. Las Vegas has long been a city of overindulgence. That little slogan, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," exists for a reason. And that reason? Debauchery. Throw a little weed to the mix and it may just push that Vegas-bred sti ... More >>
In this week's cover story, "Up and Coming," the Houston Press is proud to spotlight five local artists -- BLSHS, Libby Koch, Real Flow, War Master and Easy Yves Saint (whose new EP, Sincerely, Yves, we told you about Tuesday) -- we think you're going to be hearing a lot more from them in the months ... More >>
Recently Rocks Off asked our writers what it would take for Houston to have a "great" music scene, if for no other reason to see what their ideas of a great scene were. The answers were so wide-ranging we had to split them into a few separate posts, but in one way or another several responses were a ... More >>
On the evening of January 9, 2012, the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the LSU Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game. They beat them like a drum to the tune of 21-0. The game was so lopsided that LSU amassed a grand total of 92 yards in total offense, five first downs and didn't cross midfield unti ... More >>
SEC football fans, ballin' up.With each day, the pain of Sunday's loss to the Ravens continues to dissipate. However, it still hasn't subsided to the point where we shouldn't be taking pleasure in the acute pain of others. In fact, in the spirit of yesterday's post, the pain hasn't subsided ... More >>
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file' gumbo / 'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio / Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o / Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou -- Hank Williams, "Jambalaya" In late December, Southern Living announced a contest in which 10 "Southern" cities wo ... More >>
Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.
Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.
One of Rocks Off's main resolutions most years is to both see more zydeco and write about it more often. Unfortunately, we don't get out to the country as often as we should, and no one ever seems to want to give us a ride to Jax Grill on Friday evenings. We have to remind ourselves to check ... More >>
These are TOO CLEAN, damnit.We're not sure if there's a 12-step group for (alleged) child molesters, but if so, Eric Allison's introduction might go like this: "Hi everyone. My name is Eric, and I (allegedly) fish dirty diapers out of trash bins at popular family entertainment establishments ... More >>
Here at Rocks Off, we try our best to cover all the local music news, both large and small. Where else are you going to read that you can play Slim Thug on Words With Friends? It is reasons such as these that we trudge the war zones of RSS feeds, seeking out crucial tidbits of information. Buxton o ... More >>
Yesterday, we spoke with Tony Mandola about his new restaurant opening in the spring, appropriately named Tony Mandola's (1212 Waugh). Today as we ask him about his recent award and how it really feels to be a Mandola. Eating Our Words: Your wife, Phyllis, of course, is part of a big Housto ... More >>
Rick OlivierIt's been a hot minute since we've heard from '90s hitmakers Better Than Ezra, but they've reconvened over the last year, releasing their seventh album Paper Empire and embarking on a "Road to Mardi Gras" tour which winds down New Years Eve in the band's hometown of New Orleans. ... More >>
Many people say that going to New Orleans feels like being in another time. In fact, the city's current slogan for its tourism TV spots, which Rocks Off caught just this morning, is "you're different here." Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect t ... More >>
The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.
Every modern metropolis needs one. An urban playground within weekend driving distance, that is. Where what happens within the city limits stays within the city limits for all eternity. Well, except for the gift that keeps on giving. But it's not a jaunt of any consequence if you don't re ... More >>
Recycling in and out of shelters and programs, they always seem to land back on the streets.
Kiss 2008 goodbye in style
Our guide to the city's best New Year's parties
Our guide to Houston's best New Year's parties
New Orleans flair arrives on booming Almeda Boulevard
The Bayou City's biggest festival continues making strides toward total recovery
New Orleans musicians blew into Houston on Katrina's winds and everything was magic for a while
What hath God wrought?
Houston gets hit with its own hurricane surge
Bad behavior at UH's Phi Kappa Theta fraternity
A new film exposes the ugly deeds of legendary Texas heroes
Some churches are still trying to "cure" homosexuals. And some people are still lining up to trade in their sex life for eternal life.
Houston actually pulls off one crazy week
Who killed "When the Saints..."? The Dirty Dozen, and don't you forget it.
Wretched Research, Godwin's On Target, Culture Jocks
Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin
Compelling leads take Traviata past staging problems
Rick's CEO Robert Watters wants to make sexually oriented businesses respectable. So why, in his adopted hometown, does he get no respect?