• Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Austin's OBN IIIs Are No Retro-Rock Chumps

    With unlimited sweat, furious finesse and hook-heavy musical manners, Austin's OBN IIIs are the bastard child of Flamin' Groovies and Radio Birdman, just as their latest slab Live in San Francisco documents. Their closest allies in Texas are likely the equally forceful, cunning and haunting Sons of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Beer Can Chicken, Five Ways

    They say you haven't truly lived until you've stuck a can of beer up a chicken's ass. Okay, so maybe nobody says that, but they should because it's true. Beer can chicken is a way of life. The method, as Neanderthal as it may seem, is actually quite ingenious. As the chicken cooks away on the grill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: The Bull & The Pearl Pop-Up Dinner & RA Sushi Guest Appreciation Day

    The new Korean restaurant in River Oaks, Nara, now offers lunch and social hour menus. For lunch, chef Donald Chang will prepare a variety of new Korean dishes, such as buchim-gae (kimchi and seafood pancakes), oh-jing-uh bokkum (Korean sauteed squid), three sushi rolls and three Korean flatbread pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Best Food Commercials Featuring Talented Dogs in Honor of the Reliant Park Dog Show

    The Reliant Park "World Series of Dog Shows" started Wednesday, and in honor of all those pretty pooches descending upon Houston, I decided to highlight some other handsome and talented dogs. These ones happen to be hawking everything from beer to Starburst, as opposed to being judged for their grac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    From House Party to House Music: A Wild Friday Night In Houston

    With a perfect combination of sun, clouds, and breeze, It felt as if Houston was making love to me as I escaped the treacherous, life-sucking fluorescent lighting of my Westchase office and moon-walked my way towards a Friday night full of booze, buds, and Budweiser. (I'm more of a Saint Arnold's dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide For "Bros": Toby Keith

    Date: March 25 Name: Toby Keith AKA: "That dude on the Ford commercials"

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Maribel Vasquez: Low-Rent Beer Entrepreneur With Big Dreams Gets Busted, Not Applauded

    Fill a need -- that's what they tell you in business school. (We assume, anyway, since we escaped from a business major about two courses into it.) Fill a need and you can charge a premium to folks who can't get what you're selling anywhere else. It's a sophisticated plan, although the word "sophis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    And The Most Gripping Photo Of The Dynamo Game Was Taken By...Me, Mr. Red-Eye?

    A few things you have to know before you realize how unlikely the events of Saturday night were. 1. I am completely inept at photography. You want a portrait of a lovely pair of friends, standing perfectly still with smiles cemented impatiently on their faces, waiting waiting WAITING for the flash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    The Battle Hymn of the Beer-public: There's No Room for Snobs in Craft Beer

    When Mongoose versus Cobra first opened, one of my favorite things to do was sit outside on a busy Friday night and watch as the following scene played itself out over and over like some version of Groundhog Day with a different pack of confused Midtowners each time: Group of snappily dressed men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: The Heat, Crowds & Fireworks of Day 1

    Rewind: #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution "If you put on a festival full of good music, people will find you". That was advertising executive and Jay-Z inner circle member Steve Stoute's answer to my question regarding the who/what/why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    #MadeInAmerica: Translation's Steve Stoute Talks Diversity, Honesty, and The Digital Revolution

    This Labor Day holiday weekend in Philadelphia, Jay-Z is teaming up with Budweiser and Live Nation to curate the initial and inaugural Made In America Music Festival, a two-day, multi-genre event featuring acts such as Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Santigold, and Gary Clark Jr, and features the return of D'A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: House of Blues, Sparkle's and more

    Which sounds more glamorous, the French cabaret of the 19th century, or Houston's Secret Cabaret of the far end of North Shepherd? It's difficult to say - we'd have to travel north on 45, and later back in time, to make an assessment, and we're not going to do either. There are dragons outside the L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Summer Fest Round Table: Guilty Pleasures & Geeking Out

    Today Rocks Off our writers covering Free Press Summer Fest this weekend, "which artist playing the festival is your guilty pleasure or makes you geek out the most?" We're glad to see we have so many Morris Day fans in our midst. Neph Basedow: My Summer Fest guilty pleasure will be the Flaming Lips ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Summer Fest Releases Schedule & Stage Times

    Time to make some hard choices, folks. Free Press Summer Fest just released the schedule for this year's two-day event June 2 and 3 in Eleanor Tinsley Park.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Track Your Bud Lets You Find Out Where Your Brew Was Born

    There are many things about food and drink that I will readily admit confound me. How did salty, slimy fish eggs become a delicacy an ounce of which cost more than my monthly rent? What is the obsession with food so spicy, it literally hurts to eat it? If Anthony Bourdain weren't famous, would he be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Brew Blog: Brewdog/3 Floyds Bitch Please

    In my brief tenure here on Brew Blog, I've had to reconsider a number of opinions. Mostly, it's the simple nature of a shifting palate, slowly changing to accommodate a broader and deeper range of beer in its many expressive forms. Flavors I once actively disliked, I've grown to love. Beers that, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    AB InBev Trademarking Our Area Code for Crappy Beer

    Filling a stein with Budweiser is tantamount to filling a Riedel glass with Boone's Farm, just FYI.​Anheuser-Busch is counting on civic pride to make its next product a smash seller: beer named after America's various beer-drinking cities, based on their area codes. To that end, AB has alread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Summer Fest Sunday: Peak Fun With B L A C K I E, Hayes Carll, Guitar Wolf, Yeasayer, Robert Ellis & More

    Jim BrickerGood ole boy done good: Hayes Carll had a productive homecoming.​Chris Gray: Not long after I got to Summer Fest Sunday, I spotted festival honcho Omar Afra finishing up one of local musician/yogi Tyagaraja's yoga workshops in the wooden glade known temporarily as the Budweiser Beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Summer Fest Critic's Guide: Who We're Seeing At Tinsley

    Jermaine Rogers​In three very short years, Free Press Summer Fest has gone from an experiment most people thought would fail to destination music festival most people wouldn't dare miss even if it is going to be 105 degrees outside. Rocks Off has seen quite a bit of online chatter from people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Top 5 Food-Related Arcade Games

    You might have heard that October is Truck Month. You're right, of course - as if you could forget with those Chevy ads on heavy rotation -- but as a designation it's irrelevant. Everyone knows that in Houston, every month is truck month. You might also have heard that October is Texas Wine Month. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    ACL Fest Recap, Day 2: LCD Soundsytem And Bachelorette Cops

    Photos by Marco Torres​ For more LCD photos and lots more besides, see our slideshow here. LCD Soundsystem is not a band. It's a six-headed snake, that glides and slithers. It's as if when they perform live they are all mentally tethered into a computer. Saturday night's Budweiser stage show ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    BrewHaHa Grand Tasting

    Brittanie SheyA generous pour at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting​See photos from the BrewHaHa in our slideshow. This weekend beer lovers gathered at Galveston Island's Moody Gardens for what organizers hope will be the first of many Brewmasters International Beer Festivals. Eating Our Words was th ... More >>

  • Music

    September 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Five Easy Steps To Beer Pairing Nirvana

    SamuelAdams.comAnd you thought only wine could be paired with food.​No, we're not talking about the way the subtle notes of ice-cold rocky mountain air in that Coors Light accentuate the cool ranch flavor in Doritos, not here at least. The knowledge that different varieties of beer compliment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Baseball Food

    Sampler platter.​Summer means it's baseball season in Houston. Whether you love the Astros or hate them (probably hate them right now), baseball is still the American pastime. And, let's be honest, even when the games suck, you still go for the booze...we mean, food. Baseball food has come a ... More >>

  • News

    December 10, 2009

    Talking Turkeys

    Are Houston concert fans really all that bad?

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    The Five Worst Movie Vampires

    With the release of Twilight, we're seeing a continuation of the metaphorical "defanging" of the vampire in modern culture. Vamps used to be terrifying creatures of the night, bent on evil and slaking their undead thirst. Now they're brooding fops who want to talk about their feelings. Here are five ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 16, 2008

    Texas Wants Beer!

    Our state is the top beer market in the country, so why are we falling behind in the microbrewery movement?

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    And We Now Return to John Royal for Another Report from North Downtown…

    I thought you would like another report from the 22nd floor of the Bank of America Building. First, it's still raining. Second, a look out my window confirms that while Buffalo Bayou is rising, it is nowhere near its banks -- at least downtown by Bayou Place. Third, and most important, if anyone' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Budweiser -- The King of Landfill Biogas

    Yes, we all know Budweiser is going to be purchased by some Belgian company. And what do the Belgians know about beer? (Don't answer.) But good news for Houston Bud drinkers!! If you were tempted to boycott the beer because it's un-American, think again: Drink it because it's pro-Earth, or Going G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2008

    Slideshow: Red Bull Art of Can at the Galleria

    Instead of blogging, sprucing up their Facebook pages or attempting to reach a higher level on Grand Theft Auto IV, some dedicated Red Bull quaffers put all of those empties to better use. They created works of art far removed from those wooden guys with the Budweiser can torsos of the ‘70s. On di ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2008

    Chevy’s Freedom Over Texas with Fireworks presented by Shell

    Celebrate your independence with your favorite brand names

  • Culture

    March 6, 2008
  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    The Austin Lounge Lizards

    The Austin Lounge Lizards perform Saturday, January 6, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Culture

    August 31, 2006
  • Calendar

    June 29, 2006

    Freedom, Now!

    Get banged this Fourth

  • Calendar

    March 2, 2006
  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    This Week's Houston International Festival Highlights

    Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, downtown in an area bounded by Dallas, Rusk and Louisiana streets and Sam Houston Park. For information, call 713-654-8808.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    July 8, 2004

    Mini Cooperstown

    Swing by the All-Star FanFest

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2003

    He Ain't Heavy, He's a Boxer

    Lighter fighters keep it real at Reliant

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Driving Range

    Hermann Park Golf Course

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

    Etta's Lounge on Sunday night

  • Dining

    June 20, 2002

    Nothing Fancy

    Hofbrau's Texas Lone Star

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Emerald Bayou

    The Irish take center stage at the 2001 Houston International Fest

  • Music

    July 1, 1999


    R&B royalty roll out for Budweiser Superfest

  • Calendar

    July 6, 1995
  • Music

    December 29, 1994

    News from Nowhere

    Clearing the desk for the New Year, and other excuses for a column

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