"So how are these guys?" asked my security-guard friend at the House of Blues as I entered the photo pit Monday night. "I hear they are a reggaeton group, but that's all I know." "I guess that's technically true" I answered. "They are from Puerto Rico and have roots in the reggaeton movement, but t ... More >>
Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto summons up the timeless, for today.
Can an inexpensive sparkling wine be used successfully in a cocktail?
A photographer who has decided to take a panoramic view of the world, a choreographer and a group of musicians are this year's winners.
As does our sister blog Eating...Our Words, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
The sweet small pleasures of Gimme the Loot.
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Los Skarnales frontman Felipe Galvan is q ... More >>
John Hyams is dedicated to the abstract and the ass-kicking.
As a musician, there are many reasons behind choosing to remain an ambiguous character in the public eye as opposed to taking in all of the public attention one can. Choosing to remain ambiguous or elusive is sometimes a decidedly defiant statement, sometimes even a backwards-marketing tool, or is s ... More >>
Alright, so Sofia Mini isn't technically champagne. It's a sparkling Blanc de Blancs from California made with a blend of Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat grapes. But for the purposes of this post, as well as ease of description, I like to call it champagne in a can. Last year, I did ... More >>
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to Somewhere.
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes when you meet ... More >>
White-nationalist reads in the United States and Europe reflect anti-migrant hatred in a grim economy.
Readers respond to "Over The Line"
What does Francis Ford Coppola do well other than direct movies? You guessed it, you little oenophile/movie geek, you. Yes, Coppola makes some damn delicious wines in addition to creating some of the most iconic American movies ever to grace the silver screen. This canned concoction, however, ... More >>
Paolo Sorrentino's Italian comedy examines lives unlived
Looking back at Che, The Dark Knight, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Wall-E and many others, and looking ahead to 2009
Thank You, Oprah!
Those who know me know I hate high fructose syrup sweeteners and avoid products that contain them whenever possible. Lately I've been having a lot of fun trying different honeys from around the world. There was the delicious Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) that I enjoyed at the Blue Nile, for example. ... More >>
These travel narratives are as much about the teller as the terrain
A lost lad longs for life
The naked truth about why Houston isnít the third coast
In 1988, Ron Shelton made Bull Durham. In 2002, it couldn't be done.
Dralion brings the world together underneath the big top
A preview of this year's show
Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown
Quiet, intellectual John Bloom transformed himself through his alter ego, Joe Bob Briggs, into a drive-in-movie critic on TV. Now a new character is emerging: John Bloom himself.
East Side Story explores Soviet musicals. Yes, musicals.
A former employee calls into question BFI's freshly scrubbed image
Smaller, and with shorts, WorldFest/Houston cranks up its projectors
The Alley's Arms and the Man has Shaw's humor, but not his tears