• Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Doughbeezy Plants His Footprints On the Moon

    iMix Studios is a bunker nestled across a near-endless strand of apartment complexes on the southwest side of town. After pulling open the main door, the first big "wow" moment was a plaque given to house engineer Stephan Townsend for his work on 2 Chainz's Based On a True Story album. The second wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Hipster Bars, Clubs & Icehouses 2014

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Music

    December 5, 2013

    Too Much 77006

    50 Ways to Know You've Been In Montrose Too Long.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    25 Ways to Know You Spend Too Much Time In Montrose

    Rocks Off loves Houston's adorably scruffy, formerly sketchy hipster 'hood long ago known as "Neartown," but sometimes you have to go beyond Allen Parkway or 59. We asked a few of our writers exactly when they know that. You envy the comparatively walkable sidewalks of Fallujah. You have five dif ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle

    Five Texans players who should make an album.

  • Film

    August 15, 2013

    Jobs Report

    Ashton Kutcher almost reveals the man beyond the devices.

  • Dining

    March 14, 2013

    Crazy for Crawfish

    Houston's 10 best mudbug joints.

  • Dining

    January 31, 2013

    Eastbound and Downtown

    The top 10 restaurants in EaDo.

  • Music

    January 3, 2013

    Inglorious Basterds

    12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.

  • Music

    November 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 42, Frito Pie at C&D Burger Shoppe

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    The 25 Best Rap Albums from Houston's Glorious 2011

    ​Counting down the 25 best local rap albums of ANY year is less than easy. Counting them down for this year, the most energetic, frenzied year for Houston rap since 2005, it is more than impossible. Rather: WAS more than impossible. After countless at-length conversations with those that know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Dan Shea, The Man Who Sued the Pope, Sounds Off on Joe Paterno

    Penn State and the Catholic Church​Bella figura can mean many things, but at its core is one looks, how one comports oneself, how one makes the best possible impression in all things. That such a concept is hardwired into the Italian psyche is no surprise: what else could be ... More >>

  • Film

    October 6, 2011

    The Ides of March

    Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    El Real Tex-Mex Cafe & Shrine: Revival of the Fittest

    Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.​Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    The 2011 Houston Underground Rap Awards, Pt. 2

    The first roundup of acknowledgements of our Underground Rap Awards ran back in March. This is the second. There are 21 awards total and the entire piece is more than 1,700 words, so let's skip right past the cutesy preamble, shall we? Aces. Here we go: Best Mixtape of the Year Thus Far: ​It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Last Night: Houston Rap's Creme De La Creme At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco TorresB L A C K I E (A G A I N)​Crème de la Crème feat. Killa Kyleon, B L A C K I E, Hollywood FLOSS House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) June 8th, 2011 If you missed the Crème de la Crème event last night at the Bronze Peacock - and judging from the sparse attendance you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Friday Night: Yelawolf & Many Guests At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marco TorresTrae Tha Truth and Yelawolf​Yelawolf, Bun B, Trae Tha Truth, Doughbeezy, Dante Higgins, Gerald Walker & Cardo Warehouse Live April 29, 2011 10:54 p.m.: Let's do this first this time. Here's the thing about Yelawolf, and you may have noticed this already, but: He's a rapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Capri: Behind the Review

    Photo by Troy FieldsCome for the fabulous gnocchi, stay for the generous BYOB policy.​This week's cafe review of Capri praises the little Italian restaurant in Spring for its many virtues: housemade pasta and mozzarella cheese, excellent service, a cheerful and cozy dining room and its generou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Hunter Pence vs Astros -- The Case for Both Sides

    No one runs like Hunter Pence​"I wasn't able to agree with the #Astros on my contract so we will be going to arbitration. I still love y'all and can't wait for the season!" -- Hunter Pence on Twitter last night On the same day that the Astros announced they were able to get a three-year deal ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Saturday Night: Weird Al Yankovic At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Weird Al Yankovic Verizon Wireless Theater July 17, 2010 Aftermath is probably not going to write very many, and you're probably going to read even fewer, concert reviews that begin by delineating the finer points of parody and satire. But this is Weird Al Yankovic we'r ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 3, 2010

    Corporate Takeover

    The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools.

  • Music

    March 11, 2010

    American Man

    Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring!: Political songs for nonpolitical people.

  • Culture

    January 14, 2010

    "Bright" Stars

    The MFAH hosts a masterfully curated show of works by 12 Korean artists.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Game Time: Rating The Smack Of Mark Mangino

    ​Less than two years removed from taking home the Bear Bryant Award which goes to college football's top head coach, Kansas coach Mark Mangino's mouth is getting him in trouble. No, I'm not talking about the fifth serving of cheesecake he may or may not have had (ok, DID have) after dinner tonight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Devil Killing Moth

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to You know that super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Run's Playground

    Rev. Joseph "Run" Simmons, one-third of legendary rap group Run-DMC and more recently starring as a man of the cloth and beleagured father of seven (in other words, himself) in the hit MTV reality series Run's House, visited Houston Wednesday with his wife, Justine, to help build a brand-new playgro ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2008

    Temples of Tex-Mex: A Diner's Guide to the State's Oldest Mexican Restaurants

    We took a pilgrimage in search of old-fashioned tamales, chili con carne and cheese enchiladas

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008
  • Film

    November 8, 2007

    Fred Claus

    Vince Vaughn tries to attract a different set of underage babies with Fred Claus

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Eaten Alive

    Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest

  • Home Entertainment

    October 20, 2005
  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Eighteen Greater Houston Hamburgers You Need to Try Right Now

    A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Eighteen Hamburgers You Need to Try Right Now

    A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Texas Burger Binge

    Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately

  • News

    July 14, 2005
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    July 7, 2005
  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Sammy's Way

    A former Gallant Knight singer hopes to conquer downtown with his own club

  • Music

    October 21, 2004

    Divide and Convolute

    The Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat has indie rockers confused: Are the brother and sister hacks, geniuses or somehow both?

  • Music

    July 8, 2004


    D12 looks to get out from underneath Eminem's shadow

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    Pitchfork's Progress

    Will a sassy, hip Web site spell doom for printed rock criticism?

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Preaching to the Choir

    Plus: Feudal Follies, Life in the Slow Lane, Facts and Fantasy

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Holy Diver

    Atomic Opera

  • Music

    February 24, 2000


    Strained Notes

  • Music

    July 30, 1998
  • News

    April 23, 1998

    A Bitter Pill

    A Houston inventor says alcohol-free medicines aren't alcohol-free at all, and could harm you

  • News

    October 2, 1997
  • Music

    March 6, 1997

    The Once and Future Dolemite

    Rudy Ray Moore, the brotherman from another land, is still outta sight

  • News

    May 18, 1995

    No Way Home

    Texas City police can't go mosquito hunting with an elephant gun

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