• Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Five Artists (Other Than Trace Adkins) Who Should Fight Their Impersonators

    Leave it to a wily country artist to get into some serious shenanigans with his impersonator, while on a cruise dedicated to himself. The lyrics to the twangy, semi-obnoxious song nearly write themselves, don't they? So, if you haven't heard, Trace Adkins, the country music crooner who brought you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Kyra Noons, Houston's Reggae Sunsplash

    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? For all its strengths as ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2013

    Food Expiration Date Labels

    What do they really mean?

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Mouths on Fire: Our Top 5 Spicy Ginger Beers/Ales to Try

    As a ginger who happens to love ginger, I am always on the lookout for libations that incorporate my favorite spice. And, in eternal pursuit of a higher tolerance for heat, I have also taken to trying spicier ginger ales and ginger beers. Here are five of my favorites: 5. Vernor's Ginger Ale. Thro ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 15, 2013

    If You Plan on Eating at Caribbean Hot Pot Restaurant, You Had Better Know the Rules

    Caribbean Hot Pot Restaurant has some great food - but you'd better know the rule before you go.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Top 5 Goat Dishes To Try in Houston

    Many, many years ago, when I was an adventurous young thang, I worked one summer in Rajgarh, a small town in the Indian Himalayas. I spent a lot of time helping a social services organization conduct field research in woman's health practices. I also ate a lot of goat. In the absence of beef, pork, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Top Five Totally Legit Porn-Star Music Videos

    So apparently actor Jonah Falcon is packin' heat in his pants. No, we're not talking about the kind of heat that the NRA and Ted Nugent endorse -- this is not that kind of blog. We mean packing heat in more of a "huge cock" kind of way. Unfortunately for Falcon, his 13.5 inches of man-meat can be ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Bumbaklat Hits: Pop's 10 Most Unforgivable Reggae Misappropriations

    Can you feel it yet? Don't let all this rain fool you -- Summer is on its way. Sure, that means triple-digit temperatures, mutant mosquitos and Astros-fan apathy, but it also means live music outdoors. And where there's live music outdoors, there is always reggae. It's some kind of rule. Persona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Project Runway All-Stars: The United Nations Challenge

    This week on PRAS: Kara's departure has the designers chattering about who does and does not "deserve" to be an All-Star, and the design gang visits the United Nations where they are assigned a challenge based on and inspired by international flags. Anyone else want to see the challenge where the de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Fred Mueller, Christopher Norregaard: A Good Kid, a Good Firefighter Crash & the Pain Endures

    Fred Mueller was a promising Bellaire High student down in Galveston enjoying his first Mardi Gras. He went off on a food run in his pick-up truck; when he got lost he made a u-turn on Seawall Boulevard. When he did his truck was smashed into by a motorcycle driven by Christopher Nooregard, a belov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Marley's Ghost: Bob Lives In More Than Just Dorm Rooms

    The Onion​Thirty years ago today, Bob Marley passed away from cancer at the young age of 36. According to one joke, it took three days to bury him because his coffin kept jammin'. Bada bum. That's not even our favorite. Earlier this year, Dan Turner, press secretary to Mississippi Governor an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Ask, and you shall receive. Joanna O'Leary was wondering about good places in Houston to dine solo, and reader Gilgameshstockings had a few suggestions: Rioja, Dolce Vita, Poscol, Vieng Thai, Sushi King, Kanomwan, Tan Tan, Doneraki, Jamaica House, One's a Meal, Zake, Aladdin, Niko's, Cova, ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 25, 2010
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    October 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Bob Marley: Think You Know Him, Mon?

    ​Bob Marley: The Untold Story By Chris Salewicz Music journalist Chris Salewicz hasn't been afraid to tackle the big names in print. In addition to his work as a features writer at NME from 1974-81 and active freelancer, he's previously penned biographies on Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Mick ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 22, 2010

    Tropic Thunder

    Serving up home-cooked Jamaican soul food.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Win A Pair Of Toots & The Maytals Tickets

    Ed. Note: Rocks Off is giving away a pair of tickets to Toots & the Maytals at high noon on our Facebook page. Please add us here. ​If Toots Hibbert didn't actually give birth to reggae, he certainly dated the midwife. Hibbert's legacy traces itself to the earliest reggae recordings as ska slo ... More >>

  • Music

    April 29, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    The Caribbean At iFest: Pass The Kutchie To Neutral Sister, The Mighty Diamonds And Easy Star All-Stars

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. Today, the Caribb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    More Cock, Darling?

    Photo by Robb Walsh​When I first saw Grace's Cock Soup on the shelf at H-E-B, I figured it was another one of those "Jamaican Love Foods." While I was writing my first cookbook, Traveling Jamaica with Knife, Fork & Spoon, with chef Jay McCarthy, we dutifully recorded and tested recipes for sev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    $10 Tom Yum Goong

    Photo by Robb Walsh​I have a cold. So I walk into Thai Restaurant at 5757 Westheimer and ask if they have any soup. Waitress points to the menu. Tom yum goong is $3.95. I'll take that, I say pointing at the item. Thai soups are great cold remedies, especially the shrimp, lemongrass, lime and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    The Distillery: Rancid's Let the Dominoes Fall

    What it do, Rancid? What's crackin', formerly crusty-punk rude boys? Been a long time since we last hang, bros. When Dan Zeller lent me Let's Go during senior year of high school, I knew y'all were onto something special: three-billy-goats-gruff sung scrabbling punk anthems and routs with just a hin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    The 38th Annual Houston International Festival

    Go to Ireland and back again, without leaving downtown Houston

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Pickled Pequins in a Pancake Syrup Dispenser

    If you don’t have a shaker bottle, try putting your “sport peppers” in a pancake syrup dispenser. I got the idea after visiting Jamaica many years ago. Every little rasta restaurant I visited had a pancake syrup dispenser full of Scotch bonnet peppers in vinegar sitting on the table with the s ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2008

    Tropical Heat at Caribbean Jerk Cuisine

    Cooling off — and breaking a sweat — at this Richmond Avenue joint

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo’s…Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly recommended readers to go see Jason Nodler’s play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2007
  • Dining

    March 22, 2007

    Reggae Hut Cafe

    What a jerk

  • Calendar

    July 13, 2006
  • Calendar

    January 5, 2006
  • Dining

    September 15, 2005

    Reggae Buffet

    Neville Monteith warns local food lovers, "Look out, Houston, me cooking now!"

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2005

    Gimme a B!

    Nate Nicoll's synth sounds are your ticket to the '80s

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Luciano, with Dean Fraser, Irie Time, Bigga Boss and Manjaro

    Friday, June 24, at Club Riddims, 8220 West Bellfort, 713-779-0033 or 713-981-6677.

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Murder Music in Sharpstown

    Houston yawns as Jamaican homophobe Capleton blazes through town

  • News

    August 1, 2002

    Burning Shoe Leather

    The Chron's Marshall is out there reporting, dammit

  • Dining

    May 30, 2002

    Okra Worship

    Pearl's serves up real food for the soul; Fusion Café brings a little soul to Rice Village

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

    Halfway Tree (Motown)

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Jamaican Restaurant

    Caribbean Cuisine

  • Dining

    January 4, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Saba's lemongrass margarita

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Ska Fathers

    When searching for the source of the Jamaican sound, look no further than the Skatalites

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Wong's War on a Reggae Club

    Are the problems traffic and parking, or just the color of the customers?

  • Music

    November 5, 1998
  • Dining

    February 19, 1998

    Jah's Will Be Done

    At Jamaica-Me-Crazy, whatever dessert will be, will be

  • Calendar

    October 30, 1997
  • Music

    October 9, 1997
  • Music

    August 21, 1997
  • Dining

    February 8, 1996

    Tropical Excursion

    The Reggae Cafe is one hot trip to Jamaica

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