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    January 7, 2014

    What's With The Brits and Their Toffee? A Short History For National English Toffee Day

    This post seeks to to answer why the modifier English is so often attached to toffee. Is the basis for this adjective's syntactical proximity to toffee purely based on the geopolitical origins of this candy? Or is England's continued (ostensible) monopoly on the production of toffee the result of a ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Angela Rowley, of Blackbird Foods, is Taking Meat Pies to Another Level

    Just because it's a pie doesn't mean it has to be sweet. Angela Rowley, owner of Blackbird Foods, chose to focus her business on savory meat pies. Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, introduced Rowley to the flavors and spices of Cajun cuisine at a young age. "I have always baked pretty much my whole ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Now Bring Us Some Fig Pie Cocktails, and Bring Some Out Here!

    Good tidings we bring for you and your kin We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (And a Happy Halloween.) Now bring us some figgy pudding Now bring us some figgy pudding Now bring us some figgy pudding and bring some out here. Winter, sixteenth-century England. Revelers really liked ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    The Five Best "Band's Breaking Up" Singles

    Folks, I've said it before, but I have an undying love for the musical partnership of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, regardless of whether they're calling themselves At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, De Facto, or the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group. As long as they were together, they made ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to British Cuisine

    With acclaimed British restaurant Feast closing in August, now's the time to acquaint yourself with its excellent English menu before it's too late. Luckily, chef Richard Knight will be opening another restaurant in the Heights within a year, and there are plenty of other British restaurants in Hous ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Years In Goth Music: 1983

    All this week, Rocks Off will be looking at the biggest years for goth music and exactly what they meant for the genre. Just as Bauhaus was breaking up, a place in England opened up whose gothic importance cannot be overstated. Beginning in 1982, the Batcave intended to bring about a revival of the ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012
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    August 3, 2012

    ┬┐Como se dice "Whoops?": 5 Musicians' Romney-esque Blunders In Foreign Lands

    Mitt Romney had a troublesome time during his recent trip abroad, pissing off politicians and citizens in England, Palestine, and Poland (although to be fair, that last one was simply a guy who worked for Romney, not Romney himself). Besides providing a potential future Ted Nugent album name -- "Ki ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    6 Non-Yank Bands Who Wrote American Anthems

    Some of the most definitive "all-American" rock anthems were written by bands who not originally from the United States. Think about it... what are some rock and roll staples that remind you of our beloved country, which gave us the freedom to rock? "The Boys Are Back In Town" "We Are The Champions ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 12, 2012

    Drops In the Bucket List: 5 Venues To See a Show In Before You Die

    I'm not much of a traveler. Outside of a few trips to Vegas, I've never been on a real grownup-type vacation. Every year it's a struggle to think of something to do with my vacation days, one that eventually leads to a few four-day weeks and a couple of midweek shows. Now that I'm getting older, I' ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup, where yours truly is currently racing against an incoming hellstorm-raingasm, and hoping to get this thing completed before the bottom falls out. Will I succeed? The only way to know is to read on. We started the week off right with sushi, sushi, sushi, sushi. Do ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza: UK Edition

    Well, damn, I should have waited to blog about five British food traditions to embrace, because clearly a front-runner has emerged. Eh, perhaps not. For some inscrutable reason, Pizza Hut has chosen to offer its new Pizza Hut hot dog-stuffed crust pizza exclusively in the UK. Aren't British people ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    Travelin' Band: What Do The Features Listen To On The Road?

    So The Twilight Saga has exactly two things that keep the films from being absolute torture. The first is Ashley Greene in all her pixie-hotness, and the second is that there really are some excellent bands that end up on the soundtracks. Case in point, the Features were featured recently in Break ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    The 2nd Annual Main Street Block Party Announces Lineup

    The Main Street Block Party is returning on January 28 to the The Continental Club, The Big Top, and The Mink's front and backrooms, armed with another great lineup, this time featuring Austin's What Made Milwaukee Famous and Dallas' hardcore cataclysm, Power Trip. The day-long festival was highly ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    December 6, 2011

    Six Examples of Really Bad Mixtape Cover Art

    ​When Das Racist came to Fitzgerald's this past October, we got to chat with the subject of this Frida Kahlo knockoff painting: Lakutis. While standing on the upstairs balcony before they went on stage, the group's hypeman's hypeman told us that MishkaNYC was putting out his very first mixtape ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Rocks Off Lists Our Favorite Downloads of 2011

    It's getting to be that time of year, when the temperature drops and the lists start rolling in. Read any blog, magazine or newspaper and you're bound to run across at least a handfull of year-end lists, particularly when it comes to music. We all like to talk about the stuff we like. It's just what ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    August 18, 2011

    Pop Rocks: New Clear Days

    Explains a lot.​I was discussing career choices (don't ask) with an acquaintance of mine, and in the course of talking about how we got where we were, I mentioned that I'd never really planned for life beyond college when I was in my teens. The decision wasn't a "non-decision" or anything lik ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    English Desserts for the Royal Wedding

    Flickr user: Allerina & Glen MacLartyBanoffee Pie​Well, ladies, the jig is up. It's official; none of us will be the future queen of England. As the world waits with bated breath to see what Kate Middleton will wear, whether anyone will make a faux pas, and how much better Prince Harry will lo ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    March 22, 2011

    Guitarist Brian Robertson Loves Thin Lizzy, Texas Women

    ​As one half of Thin Lizzy's legendary "twin guitar" classic lineup in the mid- to late '70s, Scottish guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson started to make an impact on classic-rock history while still a teenager. That's him shredding on the legendary break in Lizzy's most popular (and, alas, al ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010

    Talk of the Nation

    How therapy saved the monarchy in The King's Speech.

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    December 16, 2010
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    October 19, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mark Schmidt of the Rainbow Lodge

    ​This weekend I sat down with insightful veteran chef Mark Schmidt of the historic Rainbow Lodge. We talked about seasonal cooking, his childhood summers spent in England, and his experience as a guest chef at the James Beard House. Eating Our Words: Can you start by telling us about your bac ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Top Five Non-Alcoholic Beers

    Lukas VermeerThere's non-alcoholic beer in here somewhere. ​The city's beer nerds are all excited for Houston Beer Week. But for some random reason, this brew celebration has just made me crave my favorite non-alcoholic "beers." Here are my Top Five: 5. Birch Beer. Earlier this year I blogged ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    The 5 Most Underrated Vegetables

    Photo by norwichnutsChayote-jicama slaw in tortillas.​With fall headed our way, one of my favorite things to do in cooler temperatures is to roast vegetables. Breakfast, lunch or dinner; it doesn't matter. Heating up my old oven long enough to roast sweet potatoes or brussels sprouts isn't suc ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Bingo! The Documentary

    Go for the win, baby, go for the win

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    June 3, 2010
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    April 24, 2009

    Digitalia: Meet The Vinyl Villain

    Some bloggers ignore the criticism leveled against them that they're the major culprit in the music industry's decline. Others bark back ferociously. JC over at The Vinyl Villain opts for the latter approach. In a recent post, he wrote: "Any of those dmca bastards that say bloggers are killing the ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    InPrint: Bill Bryson

    The author of I’m a Stranger Here Myself pays a visit to Houston

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    April 9, 2009

    Hobson’s Choice

    Web exclusive!

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    March 27, 2009

    R.I.P. "England" Dan Seals

    I didn't know until he died Wednesday that "England" Dan Seals was originally from the tiny, remote West Texas oilfield outpost where my father was born, McCamey. A country singer by predisposition, Seals went on to pop fame as part of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley in the mid-'70s, with hi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Tonight: Cradle of Filth at House of Blues

    Creepy symphonic extreme metal doesn't get much better than Cradle of Filth. Over the Suffolk, England-spawned band's nearly 20-year history, lead singer Dani Filth has become the standard by which all of metal's darker practitioners are measured. The band's lyrics and imagery are playfully satanic, ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    A New Werewolf Movie Is Out: Can It Stack Up With The Five Best?

    Compared to their cinematic horror counterparts, werewolves don't get no respect. While vampires and zombies have been done to death in recent years, it's still rare to see a werewolf in a movie without some vamps thrown in to secure the teenage-girl demographic. Here then are some of the best in th ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    January 5, 2009

    Robb's Oyster Book

    My new book Sex, Death & Oysters: A Half Shell Lover's World Tour was released January 1 and is now selling on Amazon. I'll make the rounds of Houston bookstores this week signing as many copies as I can find. It was a 2004 cover story by the same name in the Houston Press that got the ball rollin ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    Get Lit: Re-Make/Re-Model: Becoming Roxy Music by Michael Bracewell

    Roxy Music emerged in 1971 out of art-school England. The first pop group to use artistic concepts such as collage in their music, Roxy helped define what would become known as art-rock, but at the time, they neatly completed glam-rock's glittering triad alongside David Bowie and T.Rex. Roxy influen ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Paydirt : "The Thames Mudlarks"

    A delightful show at CTRL features seven London artists

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    February 7, 2008

    “The Thames Mudlarks: A Group Show of London Artists”

    A show inspired by London mud wrestlers/artists

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