Central Texas

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    September 1, 2014

    Cougars Embarrass UH On Supposed Glorious Night For New Stadium

    Stop me if this sounds familiar. The heavily favored Houston Cougars open up the season at home against a team from Central Texas. But instead of winning the game by double digits, the Cougars are upset by double digits. Just replace Texas State with UTSA and make the final score 27-7. But there's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Man Arrested at Bush Airport Was on His Way to Jihad, Authorities Say

    A man who reports say was born in Houston was arrested Tuesday by the Central Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force for providing material support to terrorists, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Michael Todd Wolfe, known as Faruq, 23, and living in Austin, was arrested at George W. Bush Houston ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2014

    Summer Bummers: Four Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    It’s not always fun in the sun in Texas.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    Free Press Summer Fest dodged a pretty serious bullet this year. When festival officials announced that the grounds around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium at the exits and the kind of heavy rains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Delbert McClinton, Manowar, Young the Giant, etc.

    Delbert McClinton & Leon Russell Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 15 Even into their seventies, both ends of this barrelhouse duo live up to the title of Delbert McClinton's 1992 album Never Been Rocked Enough, and should make superb Saturday-night fare at one of Southeast Texas' biggest dancehalls ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Untapped Festival, Little Joe Benefit, etc.

    Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's, November 15 Houston's dark overlords of doom-metal should be coming into this Fitz show -- their first hometown gig since opening for Guns N' Roses in May -- on quite a high, having just shared a stage with the mighty Slayer at last weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Now pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    New Voter ID, Unavailable in Seventy Counties in State, Opens With Wealth of Issues Remaining

    Between Sen. Wendy Davis's filibuster and the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, this week has been a strangely successful one for progressives in Texas. However, there was a ruling before either of these realities that girded conservatives and tea partiers in the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Travel Through Texas Barbecue (Good and Bad) with Daniel Vaughn

    This Saturday, June 15, Daniel Vaughn, who's the new barbecue editor for Texas Monthly and has been dubbed "BBQ Snob," will be signing his new book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat, at Leibman's Foods/Blue Willow Bookshop from 1 to 3 p.m. and River Oaks Bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. We spoke with Vaughn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The 5 Dumbest West Fertilizer-Plant Explosion Conspiracy Theories On The Web

    Investigators are nowhere near declaring what caused the explosion of the fertilizer factory in West April 17. Other investigators, however, have come to their own conclusions, or raised their own questions. Their own nutty, farcical, inane conclusions and questions. They are the West Truthers on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Following Boston Bombing, Some Houston Media Outlets Shirk Duties

    After two bombs exploded at today's Boston Marathon -- with a third reportedly detonating at JFK Library minutes ago -- Houston's local media scene has attempted to gather the facts of the fast-breaking story. However, instead of doing the tradition leg-work that, you know, delineates the media's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Texas EDM Fans Dealt Setback With Nocturnal Wonderland Pullout

    For three consecutive years, Apache Pass near the Central Texas town of Rockdale has been the home of Nocturnal Wonderland, a multi-day electronic dance music festival that Texas EDM fans have counted on to kick off their EDM festival season. The season is largely driven by L.A.-based supergiant pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    New York City as a Barbecue Capital? According to the Village Voice, It Is

    There's no denying that New York City has a slate of truly terrific barbecue joints -- moreso, certainly than Houston itself -- including spots such as Mighty Quinn's from Texan pitmaster Hugh Mangum and Hill Country Barbecue Market, which seeks to emulate Central Texas-style brisket and ribs as clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: The List Is Live

    Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you. *** Read it yet? Are you sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    The Texas 30: Willie Nelson's Best Albums of the Past 30 Years

    Willie Nelson's Across the Borderline is one of the albums that made it onto our Texas 30 list of the best 30 Texas albums of the past 30 years, which runs later today. We promise that you will dig it, and hate it, which is how it's supposed to be. Rewind: The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Albums 60-51

    Friday, Rocks Off told you about our "Texas 30" project, compiling a list of the best 30 albums of the past 30 years. Today we're about to show you the first of three bubbling-under appetizer lists we did just to put a little oil on the gears. Here, starting with No. 60, is where it gets interestin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Pat Green: "I Don't Feel Like I Needed Rebooting"

    Did Pat Green save country music? That is a contentious question no matter on which side of the Red River you're standing, but it's also a little beside the point. Nurtured by the storytelling culture of legendary Central Texas singer-songwriter rooms like New Braunfels' Gruene Hall and San Marcos' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ronnie Killen, A Shy, Silent and Determined Chef with Symphonic Food

    Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main Street, Pearland 281-485-0844 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts two and three in this space Thursday and Friday. Pearland, 20 miles south of Houston is a place many call the land of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Star Wars Day: Recasting The Movie With '70s Rock Stars

    Today is Star Wars Day, or "May the 4th be with you." Something less than a national holiday but more than a horrific pun, it's evidence that we still very much live in a Star Wars world 35 years after the movie was released, as well as that once the Internet gets ahold of an idea, the rest of us mi ... More >>

  • News

    February 23, 2012
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    February 22, 2012

    Last Night: Agent Orange At Warehouse Live

    Agent Orange, The American Heist Warehouse Live February 21, 2012 In retrospect, Mardi Gras might not have been the best night for venerable surf-punk outfit Agent Orange to kick of their 2012 tour. The crowd in the Warehouse Live studio was sparse, and Rocks Off would like to tell ourselves other, ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Barbecue Joints

    KIDDING. But seriously, the fried chicken here is outstanding. Get that.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Bryan Ray Roe: Repeat Sex Offender Allegedly Assaults Autistic Boy, 9

    Talk about every parent's nightmare...Police in Coryell County say that a nine-year-old autistic Abilene boy was molested at a rural Central Texas bluegrass festival. Charged with the crime is registered sex offender Bryan Ray Roe, a parolee from an earlier sex offense. Roe, 33, allegedly lured the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Gurjeet Singh: Sets Self on Fire While on Run from Law

    Burns over 90 percent of his body.​A 29-year-old charged last month in Harris County with the aggravated assault of a family member was taken to a San Antonio burn unit yesterday after he apparently stripped nude, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire. Police in the Central Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Weighs Ethics Against Charity

    ​Texas is ablaze today, wildfires ravaging Bastrop and threatening small towns outside of Austin. Fifty-seven fires are burning across 100,000 acres of Central Texas, and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed since this latest rash of fires broke out on Monday. And in Austin, local blogger ... More >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    Lyle Lovett, Billy Gibbons Named Official Texas State Musicians

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill and Frank Beard were rumored to be appointed Texas' Offiical 2012 Alternate State Musicians.​With apologies to Townes Van Zandt, there's good news from Austin today. Good news for Houston. The Texas Commission on the Arts has chosen arguably the Houston area's two most rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    The Five Most Texan Types Of Music

    ​Happy San Jacinto Day, fellow Texans and people who wish they were; i.e. everyone else. If you don't know why today is special, shame on you. But since us Texans are a friendly sort, allow Rocks Off to fill you in. On April 21, 1836, Texian forces under Gen. Sam Houston (aka "Big Drunk") lau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Keep Austin Weird: CultureMap to Invade the State Capital

    Nothing defines the funky culture of Austin like socialites.​We at Hair Balls have never been much for the socialite set, but we know that there are a fair number of them in Houston, which is why the existence of CultureMap is not really all that surprising. There needs to be an outlet that co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Top Eight Worst Musician Vanity Film Projects

    ​Rocks Off won't speak for everyone, but if we ever found ourselves a platinum-selling artist, we kinda doubt we'd press our luck by veering off into the world of acting. We mean, it hardly ever works from the opposite direction (right, Don Johnson?), so what good can possibly come from assumi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Raul Malo: Real Country Music Lost In The Pop-Culture Forest

    George Gutierrez​Former Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo brings a new band and a new album, Saints & Sinners, to House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room next Saturday, Oct. 2. Self-produced in Malo's home studio, Sinners features guest appearances by Augie Meyers and Shawn Sahm of the Texas Tornado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Chet Garner is Trippin'

    There's a state you don't know out there​Texas is filled interesting, hidden treasures -- delicious food, historic locations, interesting people that don't toot their own horn. And Chet Garner is hell-bent on finding each and every one of them. A lawyer by training, Garner left the legal game behi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Happy Anniversary Texas Music Magazine, or "Austin and (Maybe) Everything After"

    ​Towards the end of last week, Rocks Off got the latest issue of Texas Music magazine in the mail, which just happens to mark the quarterly periodical's tenth anniversary. Naturally, as just about every publication does when it reaches such an august milestone - no mean feat for a magazine in this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    ACL Aftermath, Part 1: Spearhead's "Electric Mudslide" and the Whole "Dillo Dirt" Situation

    Mark C. Austin​ Night fell on the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park this past Sunday under a full moon and over a sea of mud. (It wasn't strictly mud, but more on that in a bit.) Many in the crowd, especially those in the proximity of the Dell stage, responded the only logical way p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    God Enters The Journalism Business

    ​The Waco Tribune Herald is now operating under new ownership, having been sold by the Cox newspaper chain to the Clifton Robinson family.The first edition under the Robinsons came out yesterday, and there was at least one noticeable change: The front page now includes the slogan "In God We Trust. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    SXSW 09 Imminent Already? Aaaarrrgh!

    St. Vincent, "Jesus Saves, I Spend" The 2009 South By Southwest Music Festival is still nearly four months away (March 18-22), but the first performers are already being announced. When Rocks Off saw this list on Friday, after we had been gorged senseless the day before, we shuddered. "To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Remembering Boomhauer's Houston Sojourn

    Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer will soon quaff their last 12-pack of Alamo Beer in the alley behind their houses and Peggy will dominate her last Boggle match: Fox has announced that the last episodes of King of the Hill will be aired in the 2009-10 season. Just which major Texas city Arlen was in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2008

    Tonight: Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    I'm sorry, but if you're not going to tonight's Twotennany at the Mink, there's really only one other show in town. Make that all of Southeast Texas. And probably Central Texas too. We won't even get into North or West Texas. Technically, this classic-rock triple play is sold out, but if you're a re ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2007

    Gerardo's Drive-in Grocery

    Some of the best Mexican food in the city is sold by the pound at this little corner store

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    Master Cockfighter

    After more than 70 years, Mike Ratliff prepares to retire from his blood sport

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003


    Vic's Backyard Bar-B-Q Barn serves great links and ribs, but its owner isn't from around here

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    We Are Houston, Hear Us Snore

    In numbers too large for South By Southwest to ignore

  • Dining

    August 15, 2002

    The Family Formula

    It's just another Tuesday night at Lopez Mexican Restaurant

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Drug Money

    Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Greater Houston's Greatest Pits

    Ten of the best old-fashioned barbecue pits within a one-hour drive of downtown Houston

  • Dining

    August 24, 2000

    The Art of Smoke

    Technology has changed the nature of barbecue. But deep in the heart of Texas, a few true artists still cling to the old ways. We go in search of greater Houston's greatest pits.

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