Bourbon Street

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Cover Story: Move Over, Colorado; Nevada May Be the New Amsterdam

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Cover Story: 10 More Houston Acts You Should Know About

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Let's Move On: Houston Doesn't Need a Central Live-Music Hub

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Brian Downing: Alleged Alabama Teabagger Pleads Not Guilty (w/ VIDEO)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Houston Texans Grieving Process 2.0: At Least We're Not THIS GUY in Louisiana! (w/ NSFW VIDEO)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie and File' Gumbo: The Bounty of Lafayette

    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 >>

  • Year End

    December 29, 2011

    Ta-ta, 2011

    Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.

  • Year End

    December 22, 2011

    Ta-ta, 2011

    Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Texas Zydeco, In Five Indelible Images

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Eric Allison: Alleged Child Molester Fished Dirty Diapers Out of Family-Restaurant Dumpsters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Buxton, Wild Moccasins Join New West Records

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Tony Mandola

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Better Than Ezra Succeeding On Their Own Terms

    Rick Olivier​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans' Beaming Musical Ambassador

    ​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 >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010

    Telling New Orleans

    The Wire's creator moves south in Treme on HBO.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    App Your Way Through The Big Easy

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    April 9, 2009
  • News

    March 19, 2009

    Houston's Working Class Gets Bumped by the Crashing Economy: Hardcore Homeless

    Recycling in and out of shelters and programs, they always seem to land back on the streets.

  • Year End

    December 25, 2008


    Kiss 2008 goodbye in style

  • Culture

    December 27, 2007

    All about Eve

    Our guide to the city's best New Year's parties

  • Culture

    December 20, 2007

    All about Eve

    Our guide to Houston's best New Year's parties

  • Music

    June 14, 2007

    The Soul Rebels Brass Band Find a Houston Home

    New Orleans flair arrives on booming Almeda Boulevard

  • Music

    April 19, 2007

    Houston International Fest 2007

    The Bayou City's biggest festival continues making strides toward total recovery

  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    Stealing the Show

    New Orleans musicians blew into Houston on Katrina's winds and everything was magic for a while

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    My Darlin' New Orleans

    What hath God wrought?

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    Katrina & The Waves

    Houston gets hit with its own hurricane surge

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    Animal House

    Bad behavior at UH's Phi Kappa Theta fraternity

  • Culture

    March 10, 2005
  • Calendar

    January 13, 2005

    Cheap Shots

    A new film exposes the ugly deeds of legendary Texas heroes

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    The Reorient Express

    Some churches are still trying to "cure" homosexuals. And some people are still lining up to trade in their sex life for eternal life.

  • Music

    September 23, 2004
  • News

    February 5, 2004

    Turkeys Fly

    Houston actually pulls off one crazy week

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Brass Tacks

    Who killed "When the Saints..."? The Dirty Dozen, and don't you forget it.

  • News

    November 2, 2000


    Wretched Research, Godwin's On Target, Culture Jocks

  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Boogie Nights

    Music, a Houston DJ andthe lure of Austin

  • Music

    February 11, 1999

    Viva Verdi

    Compelling leads take Traviata past staging problems

  • News

    October 24, 1996

    Mr. S.O.B.

    Rick's CEO Robert Watters wants to make sexually oriented businesses respectable. So why, in his adopted hometown, does he get no respect?