It's 10 o'clock in the morning, and I'm still wiping the sleep from my eyes when a chipper Art Alexakis answers the phone with a warm, "Good morning." Only a few minutes later, he's laughing and regaling me with stories of his time spent in Houston, becoming a father and misadventures in San Francis ... More >>
Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.
My dad and Stevie Wonder have a love/hate relationship. He's a year older than the soul singer, so it's rather weird hearing him talk about Stevie as if they were brothers, despite the fact that they have never met. Ever. But that's how it is with my family: we have beefs and issues with people we m ... More >>
A few weeks back, our own Marc Brubaker detailed ten of the best record stores in the Houston area. This past weekend I finally visited another one to add to your list of must-visit shops in Houston, and it is worthy of the drive if you live inside the Inner Loop. Sweet Spot Audio and Records is l ... More >>
Not so long ago, Rocks Off was wondering why there has never been a decent pop song about Thanksgiving. Not despairing, just wondering. Apart from all the complete shite, you could fill an entire wing of your iTunes library with quality tunes about Thankgiving's yuletide neighbor, but Turkey Day its ... More >>
The subtle front page of Chorney's website.As if the Grammys didn't have enough credibility issues, NARAS, the organization that controls the process, has left a loophole large enough for a complete unknown to manipulate her way onto the final ballot in the Americana category. The news broke ... More >>
Rock art legend Uncle Charlie will not be denied.
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. The music of Clouds are Ghosts is hard to quantify. At first we were comparing the Austin group to the Legendary Pink Dots except that the ... More >>
Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. It seems so rare that in the world of True Blood we get to f ... More >>
Texas Rep's Barefoot in the Park feels dated.
So many stars, so many storylines: It's a Valentine's Day massacre!
Here's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: you only have to fist a turkey once a year. Welcome back to the weekly round-up here at Eating Our Words, where we're now voting Republican, because they're the only ones fascist enough to pass this "Everyone Must Now Put Grape-Nuts in T ... More >>
Ian McEwan's Atonement, now as a bodice-ripper
Former country superstar. Now starring in a courtroom near you.
Our critics weigh in on local theater
After his latest CD, few of Pat Green's fans are feeling like Lucky Ones
Who is the more "authentic" bluesman -- Bobby Bland or T-Model Ford?
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Sugar Bayou's bad review spotlights a shady Houston trend
The Masquerade Theatre's Scrooge is haunting -- for the wrong reasons
At 90, Agnes Martin still strives to paint perfection, and knows she never will
Modeling agent Page Parkes never wore mascara in high school. But don't let that fool you.
Garry Shandling is alien indeed in What Planet Are You From?
Wedding gowns? Check. Priest? Check. TV crews? Check. Linda and Elli strike a blow for Gay Rights!
People love Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light. Is that a problem?
William July wrote about achieving great relationships. Then he had one.
God loves evander Holyfield. Everyone else is betting on Tyson.
City of Lost Children has a familiar look -- the look of a winner
Self-created disco-diva Pinque: If this is camp, it's camp with a guilelessly straight face