Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... More >>
Who on earth would line up at a record store on a Monday night to buy a single that had leaked onto the Internet hours beforehand? Especially when the Texans' season opener was about to start? True-blue Arcade Fire fans, that's who. The grooves of indie-rock spun right through kickoff as some 50 or ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Sometimes a hunch will pay off. Kimber ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. UPDATED (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) Corrects the ... More >>
There's a huge range of palates when it comes to cocktail drinkers. Some like boozy concoctions where it's basically drinking the spirit with just a little enhancement, and others -- especially younger drinkers and those who rarely indulge -- don't even want to know the alcohol is there. You wouldn' ... More >>
Houston bartenders including Lainey Collum, Ornella Ashcroft, Alba Huerta and Sheridan Fay showed up to represent Houston at Tales of the Cocktail. Photos by Alex Gregg Now in its 10th year, Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans has become a sort of South by Southwest for serious spirits aficionados ... More >>
We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>
Vanessa GalvinWhen Rocks Off wants the lowest of the lowdown on good new music that isn't centered here in the Lone Star State, we always turn to Mick Cullen at Subterranean Radio. His three hour program has become a Thursday night ritual with us as he guides us through some of the most excit ... More >>
I have to wonder if, when Dallas-based Blue Fish set its sights on Houston, they realized that there was already two restaurants here with the same name. Not just any restaurants, but fellow sushi restaurants -- and fairly popular ones at that. Confusion is bound to play out for the rest of t ... More >>
Harry: What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. "Should old acquaintance be forgot" - does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or if we happen to forget them, that we should remember them, which is not possible because we've already forgotten them? ... More >>
The seared albacore was particularly good with the freshly-grated, real wasabi served in a huge, fragrant mound.Chef Adison Lee is passionate about fish. That should really come with the territory when you're helming one of Houston's most upscale sushi restaurants, but Lee seems singularly i ... More >>
Though best known as the frontman of iconic and infectious '80s group Men at Work ("Who Can It Be Now?" "Down Under," "Overkill," "It's a Mistake"), for over 20 years Colin Hay has forged a newer identity as a singer-songwriter to a growing fanbase less likely to yell out "Vegemite Sandwich!" ... More >>
The 39 Steps turns a Hitchcock drama into hilarious farce.
Date: March 11 Name: Brad Paisley AKA: "Isn't That Jake Gyllenhaal?" Genre: Freemason country Best Known Song(s): "Alcohol," "She's Everything," "Ticks," "Ow, My Back" Key Demographic: Confused Brokeback Mountain fans, people who only eat the vanilla section of Neapolitan ice cream Previous HLSR A ... More >>
Branch Water Tavern, the subject of this week's Café review, has a collection of rare American whiskeys behind the bar that really widened my horizons. St. George single-malt tastes like it was made in Scotland. It starts out as dark-brown ale and is distilled in a tiny copper pot still. It' ... More >>
Veteran Nashville songwriter Mark Germino will be making a rare Houston appearance tonight at Anderson Fair. The last time Germino played there, no less a fan than Steve Fromholz drove over from Austin to catch the show. A songwriter's songwriter, Germino is one of the most revered writers in the ... More >>
By the time Brad Allen finished his first-half scoring run, the Houston Athletic Rugby Club had the game in the bag. Now they're headed to the first Sweet 16 playoff berth in club history. "It's a really big deal," says club president Will Wornardt, who searched records dating to the inceptio ... More >>
There's now less than a month to go until we here at Rocks Off throw sobriety and sane living to the wind at this year's SXSW festival. This past week we learned of a boatload of new stuff about the weeklong liver-damaging voyage in March, so here goes... The list of bands keeps growing and gro ... More >>
Next month, Houston gets to be a cool kid. But only for a week.
Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied
Mardi Gras Grill hosts a weekly eating contest
Dave Ransom and Abi Tapia
It ain't easy protesting in a van
How do these pretty boys stack up against some real dealers of death?
The author discovers his genetic Irishness
The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people
Bounce to beats unlimited at Bayou Bhangra's monthly parties
East meets West at the Houston Shakespeare Festival
London Sizzler serves up Indian food made the British way
Bonnie "Prince" Billy gets the royal treatment
The Scots know about throwing games
The Austin rejects of Young Heart Attack rule Houston and the UK
Fleetwood Mac opens the Toyota Center, the Chron hyperventilates, and a city grumbles
Tim Murrah's Stuka goes down in flames
Looking for a veteran sushi chef who'll actually talk to you? Chef Toda's your man.
Lynne McCabe's subjects steal her show
Michael Bruce gave voice to Alice Cooper - until the singer killed the band
Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways
Decades of torn-up road behind him, Van Halen's guitar god keeps chugging ahead
At Harlingen's Marine Military Academy, the line between discipline and abuse is sometimes as thin as a knife's edge
For 14 years, Doug Sanders ran Houston's most celebrity-filled golf tournament. Then he was accused of sticking his hand in the till. Now he wants to come back.