• Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    College Football Playoff Rankings v 5.0: Cut, Paste, Repeat

    We are on the cusp of a massive weekend of college football, a weekend where traditional rivalries shape the months of December and January, and they do so with the added bonus of massive amounts of food consumed over a 72 hour period. It truly is glorious. One price that we pay, though, for Rival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Willie Nelson at House of Blues, 11/18/2014

    Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver House of Blues November 18, 2014 See enough Willie Nelson concerts, say at least a half-dozen, and you'll really start focusing on the little things. Sure, the set list may not change much from show to show, if at all, but each one that comes around makes the subtle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Backstory: The Fifth Circuit Wasn't Always the Most Conservative Court Around

    These days the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals can generally be counted on for issuing decisions that are so far right they're practically left. They've made headlines in the last three months alone for their decisions on abortion law alone. There are conservative courts in the United States, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Antemasque, Mike Stinson, HPMA Concert, etc.

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 Monday night at Fitzgerald's, Antemasque will make their Houston debut. It's the third live show ever from the latest off shoot brand of experimental rock music from guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the duo which masterminded legenda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Zac Brown Band at Reliant Stadium, 3/23/2014

    Zac Brown Band Reliant Stadium March 22, 2014 This being their fourth performance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Zac Brown Band's prowess onstage shouldn't have surprised anyone Sunday night. But, of course, that didn't make it any less impressive. A fitting close to this year's Rodeo, ZBB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Chris Gray's 10 Favorite Houston Records of 2013

    10. Born Liars, Show Some Couth Show Some Couth has yet to make its way to iTunes, no doubt because those Apple prudes are still trying to figure out what to do with its filthy cover. The garagers' first (and loudest) album since 2010's Fast Songs Is All We Know, Couth is rude, lewd and anything but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    "Hick-Hop" Is Garbage. Jesus. It's Utter Garbage.

    I'm blaming you for this blog, Kid Rock. You and that damned "Cowboy" song. It's all your fault. Let's talk about "hick-hop," shall we? So I was under the foolish impression that hick-hop was shit like Limp Bizkit and Bubba Sparxxx. You know, that mashed-up, metal-ish/hip-hop-ish/country garbage th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    State Rep Wants to Force Universities to Allow Faculty to Research Intelligent Design, Thousand-Head Giants, and Earth-Creating Ravens

    The current legislative session has been, as far as we can tell at Hair Balls, a series of marginal victories for the state's education system. The voucher system State Sen. Dan Patrick attempted to instill -- the same kind that's beset Georgia in corrupt conflicts; the same sort that's hollowed Lou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It: 10 Paleo-Friendly Restaurant Menus in Houston

    It's reader request time around here, and this week's reader request was for a list of paleo-friendly restaurants around Houston. (See, you do love our lists. Yes you do.) Although I don't personally adhere to the paleo diet, many of my good friends do. Here's an explanation of the nutritional regi ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2013

    Zack Kopplin, The 19-Year-Old Face of the Anti-Creationist Movement

    Having fought his battles in Louisiana, the Rice University student is now ready for Texas and any move to put faux science in the public schools here.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Mellow Mushroom: The Best Bar in Spring (Also Offers Pizza)

    Mellow Mushroom -- the Georgia-based pizza chain which opened its first Houston-area location off Steubner Airline a few months ago -- just might be the best bar in Spring. It also offers great pizza. I say this only partially tongue-in-cheek, as Mellow Mushroom -- the subject of this week's cafe r ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 22, 2012

    What Do Mexicans Think of the Film Machete?

    And how can Mexicans get their grandchildren to be proud of being Mexican?

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Megabus: Just How Safe Is Houston's New, Plush Long-Distance Travel Option?

    Much excitement -- well, as much excitement as can surround a bus ride -- was generated by the announcement this summer that Megabus will be offering service from Houston to cities such as Dallas, San Antonio and New Orleans. Cheap fares, luxurious (again, for a bus) accommodations, wi-fi -- it sou ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 28, 2012

    Dining on the Rails

    A guide to light rail lunching in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    The Biggest Disappointments of 2011

    I think that 2012 is shaping up to be Houston's year, after a long 2011 featuring false starts, delayed openings, unexpected closings and failures to launch. That's not to say that 2011 didn't have its perks: Look for our list of the year's best new restaurant later this week. But it came with its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Happy 31st Birthday, Turducken: 8 Foods Born in 1980

    Thirty-one is officially too old to try to learn how to use Photoshop.​Tomorrow, on 11-11-11, I will turn 31 years old. Last year, for my 30th birthday, my uncle sent me a Facebook message that contained only the following Pink Floyd quote and a "Happy Birthday" at the end: So you run and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Top 10 Vintage Things We Miss About Football

    ​Tear-away jerseys, the XFL and concussion-causing headhunters aren't things we miss about football. We pine for these ten items. 10. Uniforms That Don't Suck This mostly applies to college football, where repeat offenders Oregon were joined by Georgia, Ohio State, Maryland and Syracuse (pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Get Lit for the Holidays at Book Signings This Week

    ​It's definitely too early to start putting up Christmas decorations, but it's not too early to start stocking up on presents for the holidays. And although this may just be me, a signed book is always a fantastic gift to open up on Christmas Day or after singing Ma'oz Tzur or however your fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Learn the Holiday Skills Your Parents Never Taught You

    Learn to make a gingerbread house you can actually eat.​Get lit this month, with several book signings from authors both local and national. First up is Jack Bishop, host of one of TV's best cooking shows, America's Test Kitchen, and editor of America's Test Kitchen, the show's just-as-awesome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Goodtime Moonshine: 8 Brands Of Musician-Backed Booze

    warmingglow.uproxx.comShirtless hillbillies, backyard stills, and Cletus from the Simpson = things we normally associate with moonshine.​Tuesday, representatives for Colt Ford announced the Georgia-born singer best known for 2010's Chicken and Biscuits would be the first country music star wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Mary Ann Rivera. 76 And On An Oxygen Tank, Arrested For 1970 Murder Of Her Husband

    Photo by HPDMary Ann Rivera: Back in Houston to face 1970 murder charges​Mary Ann Rivera is 76 and was living in a small Georgia town, hooked up to an oxygen tank and pretty much keeping to herself. Until cops showed up at her door this week to arrest her for killing her husband 41 years ago ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    What Do You Do When It's Too Hot to Cook?

    A Texas-style caprese salad, made with things that grow best in summer -- local tomatoes and basil -- and cuajada fresca in place of mozzarella.​As Houston's summer weather goes, this last week of June isn't too terrible. Low humidity, highs under 100 degrees. But looking ahead to the rest of ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Women's Funding Network sex trafficking study is junk science

    Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Banishing Bugs with Bay Leaves

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​Boric acid kills roaches (among other creepy-crawlies). Which is great if you want to dispose of roach carcasses and enjoy crafting little tinfoil boats and filling them with white powder, gleefully placing them in enticing spots like kitchen cupboards, the insectic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Idol Beat: Viva Nash Vegas

    ​I was randomly scrolling back through past Idol Beats last night, doing my best to ignore mentally unbalanced dental hygienist Christine McCaffrey's butchering of "I Hope You Dance," when I realized something. The American Idol beat for Rocks Off is basically the Defense Against the Dark Arts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​This weekend, Discovery Green is getting fresh. As mentioned earlier today by Nancy Kerschen, a Slow Food Picnic Dinner will take place tomorrow evening from 6 to 8 p.m. on the verdant lawn of Houston's best downtown park. $45 a person gets you food from local restaurants like Haven, t'afia, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Reliance Foundation: Controversial Billboards Come To Texas

    The Reliance Foundation billboard​Perhaps because it would take up too much room to say "Honk if You Love Insane Conspiracy Theories," the new super-creepy billboards in Bryan simply show an African-American child under the terrifying slogan "Black & Unwanted." Welcome to life as viewed throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Chef Chat: Roth Ouch, Donut Jedi

    ​Roth Ouch, owner and head baker of Donald's Donuts (435 El Dorado Blvd.), has continued the trade his mother and father began 16 years ago. We visited his kid-friendly bakery and talked about what it takes to be a donut jedi. Eating Our Words: How did your family get involved in the donut bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Going Gluten-Free At Walmart

    ​At the risk of reigniting the gluten-free debate once again, I mentioned in yesterday's post on gluten-free pancakes that I'd found a trove of cheap GF products at -- of all places -- Walmart. I don't know why I was completely surprised by this discovery, but I was. It makes sense when you t ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Evander Holyfield's Ex-Wife Sues In Houston, Seeking Child Support

    ​It looks as though the never-ending divorce saga of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield has found its way to the Houston courts.On Wednesday, Holyfield's ex-wife, Janice, filed papers in Harris County District Court seeking to collect nearly $280,000 in past-due child support and in ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009
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    April 16, 2009
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    January 20, 2009

    $7 at Huddle House

    Where: Huddle House, 8619 Richmond off Dunvale, 713-785-0003 What $7 gets you: A chicken fried steak with hash browns, two eggs, buttered toast and jelly. It'll also get you (with change in most cases) the Patty Melt, Philly Cheese Steak, Huddle Burger, most of the rest of their sandwiches, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    College Bowl Game Preview: Picks by A Real Expert, Part Two

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Bun B and Q-Tip Team Up, Jennifer Hudson, Ludacris, T-Pain, G-Unit, MF Doom, Cypress Hill and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. (Video) Single of the Week: Hurricane Chris, Knaan, Bun B and Q-Tip, "Cypher Round 1": The first two guys are rather un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Sorry? For What?

    As the Houston Chronicle reported today, Gov. Rick Perry personally called two state workers from Georgia because Houston Mayor Bill White had cursed at them in the frantic days after Ike. They report: A witness said White told the women, "You need to be getting these (expletive) trucks out of he ... More >>

  • Music

    May 8, 2008
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    December 3, 2007
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    November 13, 2007
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    November 2, 2007
  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Real Recognize Real?

    Promotional Cacophony at Miami's Ozone Awards

  • Film

    August 24, 2006


    OutKast's depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the Old South

  • News

    February 16, 2006

    Crossing Lines

    A Houston teenager learns how convictions can lead to convictions

  • Culture

    October 27, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Calendar

    April 13, 2000
  • Film

    February 17, 2000

    Dial M for Monotony

    Despite the talented cast, Hanging Up never connects

  • Music

    September 30, 1999


    Coming This Week

  • Culture

    April 14, 1994

    A Sermon from the Past

    In attitude and action, Purlie Victorious feels rooted in a more hopeful time

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