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 >>
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 >>
50 Ways to Know You've Been In Montrose Too Long.
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 >>
Five Texans players who should make an album.
Ashton Kutcher almost reveals the man beyond the devices.
Houston's 10 best mudbug joints.
The top 10 restaurants in EaDo.
12 things we learned about Houston rap in 2012.
2 Chainz: Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., $25-$150. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown: Sun., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., $27.00. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave., Houston. All American Rejects, Boys Like Girls: Tue., Oct. 2, 6 p.m., $27.50. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, H ... More >>
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 >>
Penn State and the Catholic ChurchBella figura can mean many things, but at its core is presentation...how 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 >>
Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Marco TorresTrae Tha Truth and YelawolfYelawolf, 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Jason WolterWeird 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 >>
The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools.
Photos by Shea Serrano Don't Worry About Mine: Big Pokey (left, onstage) gets him some at the Southside Smoke Shop.2:58 p.m.: So this thing was supposed to start at 2 p.m., right? And we purposely got here an hour late so as to miss a significant portion of the standing around portion of t ... More >>
Chuck Prophet's ¡Let Freedom Ring!: Political songs for nonpolitical people.
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 >>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Courtesy Devil Kill ... More >>
We took a pilgrimage in search of old-fashioned tamales, chili con carne and cheese enchiladas
Spurred on by a fellow student's death, Oliver Brown, William Hudson and Justin Jordan ran a gauntlet on their way to bring down a president
Vince Vaughn tries to attract a different set of underage babies with Fred Claus
Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest
A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers
A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers
Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately
A former Gallant Knight singer hopes to conquer downtown with his own club
D12 looks to get out from underneath Eminem's shadow
Will a sassy, hip Web site spell doom for printed rock criticism?
Does selling George W. Bush mean Mark McKinnon has sold out?
A Houston inventor says alcohol-free medicines aren't alcohol-free at all, and could harm you
Rudy Ray Moore, the brotherman from another land, is still outta sight
Texas City police can't go mosquito hunting with an elephant gun