• Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    A Timely Reminder What a Great Band Little Feat Was

    Little Feat: Live in Holland 1976 Eagle Vision (CD/DVD), 54 min., $17.98. Is there any other band in classic rock who maintained a larger gulf between their studio and live work than Little Feat? Don't get me wrong, albums like Sailin' Shoes, Dixie Chicken, Feats Don't Fail Me Now and Time Loves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Four Cocktails to Make with Guajiro Honey Rum from the Canary Islands

    Several years ago, Debbie Doherty and Barbara Snider and their husbands traveled to the Canary Islands, autonomous colonies of Spain off the coast of west Africa. There, they fell in love with both the islands and their signature drink: Rum. Rum is most often associated with the Caribbean, but sug ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2014

    Second-Guessing Free Press Summer Fest

    The lineup is locked, but fans share their lineup slips.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    How Little Feat Savored the Flavors of the "Houston Welcoming Committee"

    Willin': The Story of Little Feat By Ben Fong-Torres Da Capo Press, 296 pp., $26.99. As a band, their music was beloved and respected by a wide array of artists from Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Linda Ronstadt to the Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett. But the musical mad doct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    The Wait Is Finally Over!!: Way-Too-Early Odds On March Madness 2014 Are Out

    As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014. Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    College Football: Bear Bryant Award Finalists Revealed (Aggies Will Be Happy)

    If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Charlie Weis Celebration Practice Video Edition

    This week's tale of gambling riches comes from Branford, Ontario, where locally their version of the lottery is actually an NFL parlay card of sorts, where if a player picks 15 games 100 percent correctly, they will win a sizable six-figure payout. In Week 3 of the NFL season, a man named Gino DiFe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Top 5 Halloween Treats of Yesteryear

    Remember Halloween of yesteryear? Those decades when costumes weren't necessarily slutty and Oreo cookies came in one variety? Probably not, unless you're a Baby Boomer. If you've ever wondered what America's favorite October holiday (sorry, Columbus) was like in the 1940s and 1950s, here are five ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 20, 2012

    Why Do Mexicans Boycott Columbus Day?

    And why do white people like to brag about where they travel?

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Laura Reynolds and Her Sexy Traffic

    Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Laura Reynolds Employer: CBS Radio Title: Assistant Program Director/Traffic Reporter Laura Reynolds wears a lot of hats for the various CBS-owned radio stations including 610 A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Relax, Evildoers: KPRC's "Screamin' Stephen" Dean Leaving Houston (Includes Spanking Porn!)

    After 11 years of undercover scoops and dramatic stand-ups, KPRC's Stephen Dean is leaving to take a job in Columbus, reports. Umm, Columbus? Turns out he and his wife have family there. "Screamin' Stephen" won a Peabody Award and other honors both at KPRC and at KTRH, when that ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu Loves Race Car Driving

    Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of the new Blu Restaurant and Lounge (2248 Texas Dr; in Sugar Land's Town Square, couldn't stop smiling when I was taking pictures of him in the kitchen. "In New York, the photographers didn't want me to smile," he says, but for me he smil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Football! A&M-UT, LSU: This Weekend's Best Bets

    So yeah, about that "Bully Theory" from last week. Um, well, um....sorry? In case you missed it, I shared a theory of mine last week, and without rehashing the details it all led up to me telling all of you to take Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Stanford laying the points. The theory had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Egypt Central: The Anthem of Hate Day

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​It's a good thing Egypt Central caught us in a violent rage because we're pretty sure that's how their music is supposed to be heard. Your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Jack of Brewery Tap

    Last week, filmmaker Ken Burns was a guest on The Colbert Report promoting his new three-part documentary Prohibition, part one of which aired this past Sunday, October 2, on Houston PBS affiliate KUHT. The series examines our country's infamous failed social experiment, also known as the Eighteenth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Rap's Mortal Kombat: Why Red Bull's Battle Is Better Than Black Star

    ​This coming Thursday, the same day that Black Star performs at House of Blues, the Red Bull EmSee Freestyle Battle will come stomping into Warehouse Live. Six immediate reasons why you should go to the latter instead: Bun B will host (trill awesome), Trae will perform (deadly awesome), ESG ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    The Moon Landing 42 Years On: Five Odd Facts (Includes Urine, Wine and a Petty Refusal To Take Photos)

    The flag: Better than a solar-wind experiment that just looks like a flag​Wednesday marks the 42nd anniversary of man landing on the moon. One small step, and all that. It's an odd anniversary, the 42nd, so here are five odd facts about the mission. 5. Buzz Aldrin, First Man To Piss On The M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Efforts To Deport Terrelle Pryor To Canada Fail

    Not on a CFL salary, Terrelle​"My house is not for sale, but for the right price, it's on the market." -- Larry James, Terrelle Pryor's attorney discussing his client's possibly signing with the CFL There are lots of life lessons for Terrelle Pryor to take away from the events of the past two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    My Favorite 12 Nuggets from the Sports Illustrated Piece That Exposes Jim Tressel

    Jim Tressel, tattoo victim​By now, you probably know the story at Ohio State. It's the age-old story of "football players befriend drug trafficking tattoo parlor owner, players swap memorabilia for tattoos (and quite possibly drugs), head coach finds out about scam via e-mail and does nothing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt posted the story "No Franklin's BBQ for Hitler," and we felt like the last people on earth to learn about the Downfall meme. Most of the EOW commenters were already in the know, especially commenter Eric Sandler, also a Franklin's devotee: Generally speaking, I'm pretty t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: Liveblogging the Village Voice Media SXSW Showdown

    Marc BrubakerTimes New Viking gets the party started.​The doors didn't open exactly at 5 p.m., but that didn't stop the Austin Music Hall from filling quickly just before Austin-by-way-of-Houston locals Ume took the stage, the first band in the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    What to Buy at Costco

    ​ It's like a not-so-secret, secret society. The devotion it inspires may even be cult-like at times. Folks who shop at Costco love shopping at Costco. And they love talking about how wonderful shopping at Costco is. The selection! The samples! The sizes!

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Texas Traveler: Independence Day

    Photo by photine​How did you celebrate the 174th anniversary of Texas' independence from Mexico? You probably didn't do anything like what a group of stalwart runners spent their weekend doing -- running the 203 miles from Gonzales to the San Jacinto Battleground in Deer Park.Dozens of teams ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Eyeballin': Little Feat and Meat Loaf Via Rockin' German TV Show Rockpalast

    ​We can blame the Germans for a lot of things. World War I...World War II..."99 Luftballoons." But classic rock fans can at least thank them for Rockpalast. Running on German TV and broadcast throughout much of Europe since the mid-'70s, "Rockpalast" has presented concert-length shows from hundred ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Thanksgiving Recipe: Pork Chops in Apple Butter Mole

    Photo by Jasmine&Roses​Calvin Trillin has lobbied to replace the Thanksgiving turkey with spaghetti carbonara --something to do with Columbus being Italian, I think. In the Tex-Mex Cookbook, I pointed out that Juan de Onate and his Mexican pioneers held a Tex-Mex thanksgiving in El Paso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Social Distortion: Getting Off the Grid in Texas, Sorta Kinda

    ​You've probably heard the expression "getting off the grid" more times than you can shake a BlackBerry at.  These days, completely eliminating yourself from civilization (temporarily, mind you; for other self-removals, please see here immediately) is a task almost exclusively reserved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    What Is It About Houston and Burgers?

    More Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants are on their way to Houston. Last August, Robb Walsh told you about the new chain location at 24004 Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg brought in by John Hooff who told us he plans 10 in all in Houston Now, the big kahuna Bob Dorfman, president of TCH (Tampa ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 1, 2008
  • Dining

    March 20, 2008

    Great Gado Gado at Noodle House 88

    A nondescript noodle shop on Bellaire is serving some of the best Indonesian food in the U.S.A.

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Toxic Town: Cancer and Birth Defects in Somerville

    In Somerville, chances are far better than normal that you will die of cancer or give birth to a deformed baby

  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    No Sleep for Brooklyn

    Indie-rap fireplug El-P returns...bombastically bleak as ever

  • Culture

    October 5, 2006
  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    Eric Taylor

    Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.

  • Music

    January 13, 2005

    Roadie Royalty

    Houstonian author and Webmaster Karl Kuenning is a prince among road dogs

  • Film

    August 5, 2004

    Wet Kisses

    Riding Giants gushes over the legends of "big wave" surfing

  • Music

    October 23, 2003

    Electric Shtick

    The Electric Six's shenanigans have them laughing all the way to the bank

  • Music

    August 7, 2003
  • Calendar

    July 3, 2003
  • Dining

    March 13, 2003

    Katy Pie

    Pizza Bella

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    The Bambi Syndrome

    Texas is overrun with native whitetails, so why do restaurants have to buy their venison from game farms?

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    Their First 100 Years

    Will the Chronicle's celebration turn up the headlines of August 24, 1917?

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Mount Coy

    South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2001

    Viking Makeover

    There's more to Viking culture than just pillaging and plundering

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Tube Trip

    Howell's Tire Supply

  • News

    December 16, 1999
  • Calendar

    October 28, 1999
  • Dining

    June 17, 1999

    From Brussels with Love

    A charming new cafe sprouts in Montrose

  • Dining

    December 25, 1997

    Roll Out the Barrel

    Hackemack's is a barrel of fun

  • News

    November 13, 1997

    Hello, Columbus

    Is the mayor's housing adviser about to hand the Fourth Ward over to a for-profit developer?

  • Film

    December 30, 1993

    What It Is, What It Was, What It Shall Be

    A review of the films of '93, and hopes for an adventurous '94

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