• Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Suspect in Strip Club Murder Captured in Mexico (Update)

    The suspect in the murder of a pregnant cleaning woman working inside Eclipse Gentlemen's nightclub was captured yesterday, less than two weeks after Maria Lucrecia was found dead. Osvaldo Fernandez-Aguilar, 23, was on his way to Cuba via Cancun, according to police, when he was arrested. Mexican ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2013

    Bigot-Baiting Billboard

    Company proud of effort that will hit Houston soon.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    One Minute Late to Check-In, Frontier Airlines Passenger Kept Off Flight

    Forty-four minutes early was one minute too late for Michael Monroe Brown Tuesday when he tried to fly the low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines back to Indianapolis from a business trip to Houston Tuesday. The 22-year-old budding entrepreneur and recent Indiana University business major graduate, sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    For Robot: Daddy, Why Is Numbers Called Numbers?

    Note: This article originally appeared on Rocks Off on February 27 of this year. To pay our respects to Robert Burtenshaw, the club's owner, DJ and video artist known as "Robot" who passed away over the weekend, we're posting it again as a tribute. One thing has always bothered me whenever I attend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Health Department Roundup: Calliope #2, 99 Ranch Market, Whole Foods and More

    The nice thing about skipping a week of Health Department Roundup is there's plenty of material to sift through when you return. This week we'll focus mainly on restaurants that got stuck with citations -- there were quite a few. And, as always, if you ever want to look a place's history up yourself ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    Raw Power

    Iggy & the Stooges headline the fifth Free Press Summer Fest.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Daddy, Why Is Numbers Called Numbers?

    One thing has always bothered me whenever I attend concerts and dance nights at Numbers, and that is, "Why the Hell is it called Numbers, anyway?" Now, I know that I have something of a fixation on the meaning of names in the music scene, but I've also had several readers ask me to look into it over ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2012
  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Toyota Center Announces October 30 Justin Bieber Surprise

    Justin Bieber is coming back. The 18-year-old singer, who is as much a social-media phenomenon and cultural meme as old-fashioned pop star, will bring his Believe tour to Houston October 30 at Toyota Center, the venue announced Wednesday morning. Canadian tween phenom Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me May ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Roy Valdez, 20, Bayou Body Count No. 59

    A man was shot several times at a southwest-side restaurant Sunday afternoon and died, Houston police say. Roy Valdez, 20, was at the Taqueria Cancun in the 8100 block of South Gessner with four other men when the shooting occurred. The four men fled. "HPD investigators are asking all of these ind ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2012

    In Search of Spring Break

    Looking for booze, babes and beach parties on Galveston Island

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Ferris Bueller 2: What Might Have Been

    With the death of writer-director John Hughes in August 2009, all hope of a truly great Ferris Bueller sequel went out the window. It was a concept that had been bandied about the whole two decades since the original's 1986 release, with star Matthew Broderick even remarking that he and Hughes just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Keeping it Simple at Spanky Crawfish and Bar

    Two pounds of yum.​There is no shortage of places to get crawfish in Chinatown. During crawfish season familiar names like Boiling Crab and Crawfish and Noodles are packed with eager patrons ready for their crawfish fix. Now there is a new kid in town that could very well hold it's own. Spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    David Aric Ladewig: Child Porn-Laden Laptop Doesn't Make It Through Customs At Bush

    Ladewig apparently didn't think feds wouldn't mind his massive child porn stash​David Aric Ladewig is an American citizen who lives and works in Cancun. On a return trip to the states, he brought along his laptop and an external hard drive. Which probably wasn't the brightest of ideas, becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    App of the Week: Four Apps to Ease Your Summer Airline Travel

    Use these apps to help you survive summer travel and keep your face intact.​App: FlightTrack Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Web site: Cost: $3.99 (Pro for $9.99) App: FlightBoard Platforms: iPhone, Android Web site: Cost: $3.99 App: Skyscanner P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    DPS Warns the Three People Thinking of Going to Mexico Border Towns for Spring Break Not To

    A classic goin' to Mexico movie, without the cartels​The Texas Department of Public Safety has told Spring Break revelers they shouldn't go into border towns in Mexico, leading to the question: Were people actually planning to go into Mexican border towns this Spring Break? Apparently so. DPS ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    Cloaked Brutality

    The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but what’s been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    DPS Tells Christmas Shoppers To Avoid Mexico, In Case You Were Considering It

    Feliz Navidad, but watch out for kidnappers​Cross off all those kitschy souvenir knick-knacks you were planning on giving away for Christmas. (Do they still sell those taxidermied frogs playing saxophone?) The DPS is officially warning shoppers to avoid Mexico. Just visiting is out, too. "Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    The 12 Really Most Annoying Things About Christmas Shopping

    And we didn't even mention THIS​It's getting to crunch time. You gotta buy gifts. You could do it online, but no, you want to get into the spirit of things and mingle with your fellow revelers. You will regret this decision. We asked you to give us examples of what you find most annoying ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Justin Bieber Fever Hits Houston Fans, Parents Hard

    Photos by Groovhouse​ For more photos from Saturday's outbreak of Bieber Fever, see our slideshow here. The last time Rocks Off saw this many lovestruck girls exiting limousines, we were at Junior Prom. So it's no surprise it took us a moment to grasp our usually tougher-edged bearings at To ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Sharp-Dressed Fans

    Billy Gibbons and other Houstonians share their favorite Astros memories.

  • Dining

    January 7, 2010

    International House of Sandwiches

    Juan Mon's youthful swagger is endearingly silly, and his sandwiches are very tasty.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Boating on Buffalo Bayou

    Photos by Margaret Downing​Buffalo Bayou Partnership is promoting its boat tours -- tying them into the Christmas season -- as part of its continuing effort to try to get Houston residents out of their cars and down to the bayou to see what all the clean-up has achieved. So Thursday, after two pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Coming Soon: Juan Mon's International Sandwiches

    A whole new concept in international fast food is coming to a stretch of Taft Street in Houston's Fourth Ward. Juan Mon's International Sandwiches and Drinks plans to bring an eclectic cuisine to one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. First, the neighborhood. Taft Street between West G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Paging Doctor Brown. No, Not the Back to the Future Guy. The Wife-Beating, Coke-Snorting Hand Center Guy. Michael Brown. Yeah, That One.

    Houston’s favorite wife-beating, medical-license-losing, cocaine-positive-testing dad has done it again: On June 4, a hair plucked from the scalp of “Doctor” Michael Brown tested positive for cocaine, according to Brown’s case file in Judge Bonnie Hellums’ family court. Brown lost his med ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2008
  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Just Say No Ms

    In which we examine Cancuntry music

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Stapp Infection

    Sanctimonious hypocrites need love, too

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Bunnyface Killahs

    A veteran Liverpudlian rock band and a kung-fu-obsessed Staten Island MC have more in common than you think

  • News

    June 10, 2004
  • Dining

    April 29, 2004

    Blaze of Glory

    Jarro Cafe's salsas are set-your-face-on-fire picante

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Rocket Man

    How one enterprising Johnson Space Center physicist followed his dream to Hollywood and porn stardom

  • News

    October 30, 2003
  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Cancún Cuisine

    Take a little trip to Cascadas Cantina y Restaurante

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    Hula Hunt

    The Boatyard's Green Hawaiian

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    Access Denied

    Once the handicapped come aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, they may never leave -- no matter how badly they want to

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Fish Fraud

    Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.

  • Music

    May 3, 2001

    Tom Russell

    Borderland (Hightone)

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

    Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?

  • News

    January 25, 2001


    Rice Inc., Rodeo Rubbish, Thy Rod and Thy Staff

  • Calendar

    August 19, 1999

    Twice in a Lifetime

    Stop Making Sense

  • Dining

    May 13, 1999

    Beating the Rep

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Jalapenos

  • Dining

    August 27, 1998

    Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Our intrepid critic goes to the relaxed land of The Sundance Grill and gets some very good food

  • Dining

    October 30, 1997

    The Not-So-Grand Canyon

    At Post Oak and Westheimer, Mark Miller meets Wally World

  • Dining

    June 5, 1997

    Mixed Thrill

    Kactus Cafe doesn't know what it wants to be -- other than good

  • Calendar

    February 6, 1997
  • News

    August 1, 1996

    Lovely Latin Ladies

    Looking for a gorgeous, subservient wife? One who can't nag you, because she doesn't speak English? The Latina Connection will hook you up.

  • Dining

    August 1, 1996

    Heat from the Sea

    7 Mares was doing Mexican seafood right long before it was trendy

  • Music

    July 25, 1996
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