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Houston (Texas)

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    July 21, 2014

    Sign Up for One of Houston's Many CSA Boxes for Fresh Produce Year-Round

    There's something fun about wandering around a farmers' market on a Saturday morning, perusing the produce and deciding what to make later that evening to best showcase your fresh finds. But there's also a thrill in picking up a pre-packed box from a local farm, taking it home and discovering what's ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    Sale of Tile Plant Means Expanded Development Between Washington Ave. and the Heights

    For decades, the area between Houston Avenue, Studemont, Interstate 10 and Washington Avenue was a tangle of warehouse, industrial plants and a smattering of wood frame homes. It has only been in the last 10 or 15 years that the area began to see significant development as there became more of a des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Gas Up the Chainsaw: Ganxsta NIP Is Back

    When picturing Houston hip-hop, most fans are apt to conjure images of hedonistic success: candy paint, gold grills and a cup full of purple stuff. And why not? The good times roll on a set of wire-spoke rims down here. But from its very earliest days, the city's sound of the streets has contained i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Heavy Rains Should Continue Throughout Friday and Into Saturday

    With all the heat last week, it seemed inevitable that Houston was due for a change. With scattered heavy rain across the entire area since Thursday, that change has certainly come and it promises to continue right into Saturday. In fact, the National Weather Service is predicting as much as 2 to 4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Lady Gaga at Toyota Center, 7/16/2014

    Lady Gaga, Lady Nightshade, Crayon Pop Toyota Center July 16, 2014 For a good handful of years there, there was no question who reigned as pop music's auteur supreme. Arriving as if from some stranger, sillier and downright gayer dimension than our own, a chameleonic diva calling herself Lady Gaga ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Rakim at Numbers, 7/15/2014

    Rakim, D-Risha Numbers July 15, 2014 "That was just sound check." Forty minutes into his headlining show at Numbers, Rakim had barely broken a sweat. It's quite possible his inability to even let a bead drop from his head comes from a near three-decade presence onstage and beyond. It's also rumore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Seven Years of Lunaface: The Illest Promoters in Town

    For the better part of the last decade, Lunaface Promotions has provided Houston music fans with top-notch showcases that range from classic hip-hop, rock en Español, legendary DJs, musica Latina, hardcore rap, local talent, and even jazz. Founder Hector Del Valle is constantly in search of the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The 2014 HPMA Write-In Nominees

    It's been an interesting week. Rocks Off would like to thank everyone who participated in last week's write-ins for the 2014 HPMA ballot. It says a lot that even after their favorite local artists were left off this year, fans cared enough to speak up for them and tell us we were wrong. Of course w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Openings & Closings: CorkScrew BBQ Is Getting A New Pit

    Before you freak out, CorkScrew BBQ is not closing for good, just for a few weeks to install a new pit. The Spring barbecue spot made the announcement via Facebook on July 8: "We will be closing August 3rd to start rebuilding the pit room, adding a awning, removing the old pit by crane, putting in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Hearts of Animals' Mutation Poses a Beautiful Puzzle

    One of my favorite things about reviewing music in Houston is that you don't just appreciate or criticize the music the city produces. You solve it like a video-game puzzle...if you're lucky. How can someone really stand up and try to do a conventional review of a P.L.X.T.X. album? That's not dancin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Houstonia Posts (Then Disappears) City Map Showing Where "Aspiring Mexicans" and "Pretentious White People" Live

    If you think you know where "aspiring Mexicans," "black people who like trains" and "pretentious white people" live in Houston, then Houstonia Magazine had the right map for you. The magazine posted a "Judgemental Map of Houston" on its Facebook account today before quickly taking it down. We cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Tacos (And One Burrito)

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Cosmic Bug Loaf Bassist Chris Bauman Killed In Accident

    Houston's music scene lost a unique voice over the Independence Day weekend. Chris Bauman, bassist, keyboardist and sound engineer for Cosmic Bug Loaf, was struck by a suspected drunk driver and killed outside of San Marcos. He was 26. Bauman came to the Houston area from Des Moines, Iowa, living i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: 8th Wonder Brewery Makes Cre8ive, Houston-Centric Beer for All

    Every so often, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Back when 8th Wonder Brewery first opened in late 2012, the goal was just to mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The Best Acts Not On the 2014 HPMA Ballot Are...

    When Rocks Off announced the 2014 Houston Press Music Award nominees last month, some readers were taken aback by our new method of choosing the nominees. This time we asked a carefully selected panel of music-scene insiders for their suggestions, rather than relying the public to choose the nominee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Three Stupid Things People From Other Places Think About Houston

    Houston is often criticized or lampooned by people from other parts of the country, but all that really means is that this city is notable enough to draw fire. People don't usually talk about boring places. Still, a lot of the stereotypes that get flung our way are just silly, and any Houstonian wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    The Most Underrated Tex-Mex Restaurants in Houston...According to You

    We have a joke here at the Houston Press that if we want people to read our stories, we need only to put "burgers," "barbecue" or "Tex-Mex" in the headline. Houstonians are very loyal to the trifecta that makes up what's arguably our signature cuisine: Meat, meat and Mexican food. We've already ask ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best Concerts Between Now and Labor Day

    Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    deadhorse Cock Their Latest Loaded Gun

    Fittingly enough for a date on the calendar mostly set aside for loud, colorful explosions, today marks the release of the first new deadhorse music to be unleashed in 18 years or so. Following through on a threat they made nearly two years ago, the Houston thrash idols have delivered a new EP, Load ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    PTSD, Scared Shitless Pets and Other Things to Know About 4th of July Fireworks

    The Fourth of July is a fun holiday, and a great time for friends and family to get together and celebrate. But if you live in a city like Houston, it's also time for fireworks to appear on the horizon again. Besides, who doesn't like a horizon full of cool exploding bottle rockets or Roman candles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Best Eight Houston Businesses to Visit in Case They Ever Close For Good

    Houston is a city of constant evolution and rebirth. And I think more than anything else, the ever-changing landscape is what defines this city for me. Houston seems to continually be in a state of flux, modernizing or reinventing parts of its past in favor of newer development. This cycle of rene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Best Five Reasons Austin Is Way Less Cool Than Houston

    I guess city rivalries are a standard thing in almost every state of the U.S. I grew up in the Houston area, lived in Austin through most of the 1990′s, moved back to H-Town, and then recently back to Austin after living in Houston for many years. I like both cities a lot, for different reasons. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    How Houston Cooks: Anvil Bar & Refuge Mixes Things Up

    Every other week, we'll be bringing you videos that take a behind-the-scenes look at restaurants, breweries, marketplaces, bars and any other spots that define Houston food and drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. "We're gonna find the drink that's right for you," Anvil general manager Terry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    True Blood: Stick to Your Guns

    This week surprised me a great deal on True Blood. I'd resigned myself to ending out the series by sucking harder than a $400 Dyson, but instead it showed that sometime there are things that the show actually does do better than the books. Welp, maybe better is a strong word. Let's say "differently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Map Shows Countries Where Houston Is Importing Technical Talent (And Teachers)

    There's an online map that lets you look at countries with the most Visa applications to live and work in Houston. The You Are Here project from MIT's media lab looked at 1775 permanent visa applications in Houston in 2012 and 2013. Software developers and computer engineers were among the bigges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Lunice at MFAH's Mixed Media, 6/27/2014

    Lunice @ MFAH Mixed Media Museum of Fine Arts, Houston June 27, 2014 If ever a DJ could be considered a virtuoso, then Lunice would certainly fit into that category. Dressed in all black, with tight jeans and an oversized, fitted, extended drop tee, the Montréal producer/DJ created his own art dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Reel Big Fish at House of Blues, 6/29/2014

    Reel Big Fish House of Blues June 29, 2014 Nostalgia is all the rage these days, but not just today. For some time, people have been looking to the past to gain current happiness in their lives. Whether the '80s are the focus, or the '60s or the '20s or even as far back as the Middle Ages, people a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Ten Things You Have to Explain to Non-Houstonians

    Houstonians love to brag about their town. But there are misconceptions about every city, whether they regard food, politics or transit. Here are 10 things Houstonians have to tell misinformed out-of-towners:

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    June 27, 2014

    John Egan Turns the Blues Black on Amulet

    It's a crime that I've been up till now unaware of bluesman John Egan, but I'm hoping to rectify that by taking a deep look into his latest album Amulet. If you ask me, Houston's greatest unsung treasure is the sheer number of folks that we have that can take you out of the blue and into the black w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Using Google Trend Reports to Predict Future Food Trends

    We recently came across an article on the Huffington Post food section (you know, an ideal source for incredibly accurate news), and found an article entitled "According To Google, Nothing Is Ever Going To Trump The Cupcake." That can't be right, we thought, weary of the cupcake. It's been a very t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Rest of the Best: Houston's 10 Best Bands (With Only Two Members)

    I went from being in a band that at its biggest had six members to ending up in one that has only two. Let me tell you something, it is fantastic! Thanks to modern technology, you can replace damn near any instrument and boil down an artistic vision to two mates that get along. I wouldn't trade it f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 85, Tacos at Taqueria Maya Quiché

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014
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    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 25, 2014

    New Houston Fare at Jonathan's The Rub Reflects Houston's Diverse Community

    It's safe to say that Houston is a melting pot with a restaurant scene reflects that diversity. Chef Jonathan Levine of Jonathan's The Rub acknowledged that fact six years ago when he added the New Houston Fare section to his menu, which, to him, portrays the current Houston food scene. Levine come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Urban Cowboy Soundtrack Holds Up Pretty Well

    Have you watched Urban Cowboy lately? It's actually on Netflix right now if you never have. But the movie that in many ways put Houston on the map in the world's eyes -- how come nobody ever brings up Terms of Endearment, though? -- frankly hasn't aged all that well. Pulpish B-movie fare to begin w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    The Fight For Pride Week (Part 4)

    Part four in a series for Houston Pride Week. Once formed, "The Caucus" as the Houston LGBT Political Caucus became known quickly organized a series of actions that would see the political power of the LGBT community expand exponentially. By the end of the decade, even straight candidates would see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Take RiFF RaFF's NEON iCON Seriously? Hell Yes

    We used to consider RiFF RaFF a customized creation of every overzealous, hyperbolic Swishahouse freestyle that rolled off the assembly line. The jewelry, the braids, the persona that couldn't be stuffed inside of a box and needed to be constantly out there -- all of it was RiFF RaFF. Let's not be ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Chingo Bling, H-Town's Own Versace Mariachi

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? His birth name is Pedro H ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Chuck's Eat the Street Comes to Houston in July--Here's a Preview of the Food-Filled Episode

    "Houston has a lot of people and a lot of money," Chuck Hughes says. "Fortunately or unfortunately, you need people and money for restaurants. Houston has everything going for it." This was a surprise to Hughes when he visited Houston at the end of May to tape his Cooking Channel show, Chuck's Eat ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    'The Homosexual Playground of the South' (Part 3)

    Part three in a series for Houston Pride Week. The trials, tribulations, and awakenings during the war against fascism led to a spate of coming-out items in the immediate postwar years. In 1944, poet Robert Duncan published The Homosexual in Society, the earliest attempt to formulate a gay rights a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Hey, Let's Hold a Car Race On a Cement Parking Lot During Summer

    Indy cars raced around the Reliant Stadium park last October. There were problems with the track and seating layout which resulted in 13 spectators going to the hospital after the car of Dario Franchitti went airborne. Franchitti's injuries were severe enough that he had to quit racing. The IndyCar ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    The Mountain Goats at Fitzgerald's, 6/21/2014

    The Mountain Goats Fitzgerald's June 21, 2014 For storied indie-folk group The Mountain Goats' second show in Houston in the past few years, fans got a toned-down version of the full band we saw the last time they were in town. Featuring John Darnielle, the guy behind all the words, and longtime co ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Houston Increasing its Walkability

    By now you know all about Houston's branding as a walkable city. Yes, we mean humid, cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk-in-the-summer Houston. We walk here, well, "tentatively" at least. According to a recent study by the coalition Smart Growth America (Houston Tomorrow's David Crossley is the president o ... More >>

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    June 22, 2014

    This Year's Electric Daisy Carnival Headliners Are Just Awful

    Note: Rocks Off's L.A. sister blog West Coast Sound sent a team to the Electric Daisy Carnival, the annual EDM extravaganza in Las Vegas. This article was written by Dennis Romero. Big isn't always better. The fourth installment of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is drawing 100,000 people per ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    The Five Best Songs About the End of the World

    The end of the world as we know it is an idea we're simultaneously petrified of and completely fascinated by. We see it constantly in fiction. The zombie apocalypse is one of the hottest ideas in fiction today, being exploited on TV constantly. Man-made and natural disaster films keep selling, and p ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Looking Back at Some of the Hurdles Houston's Gay Community Had to Overcome (Part I)

    Part one in a series for gay pride week. With the 36th annual Pride Week Festival and Parade upon us, the largest city in a leading Tea Party state finds itself on the cutting edge of gay politics, culture, and history. With a three-term, recently-married, openly-lesbian mayor, a brand new city e ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    DNA Crime Lab Tech May Have Tainted Nearly 200 Cases

    It's possible dozens of DNA samples linked to criminal cases could be retested after a lab tech in the Houston police crime lab resigned. In all, 185 criminal cases may have been affected. According to reports that includes 53 murders or capital murders. The Harris County District Attorney's Office ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    "The Rooster" is Back in Houston, This Time Against His Will

    A Mexican national notorious for trafficking women in the Houston area landed in the U.S. yesterday and will face charges from the U.S. Attorney's Office relating to his smuggling of women. Gerardo Salazar, 47, of Mexico City, arrived in Houston yesterday after being arrested in Mexico. He will mak ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    The Best Houston Beers for Summer

    The sun is brutal and the air is thick and humid, and there's only one way to combat the Houston summer slump: Cold beer. Fortunately, there are a number of breweries in our fair city, each of which has devised a special summer beer for the season. Some of them are released every year as soon as th ... More >>

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