• Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Some Unusually Awesome Pups for National Dog Day

    Today, we lift our leg in honor of dogs everywhere, as it's the tenth annual National Dog Day, a time to reflect on all our furry friends waiting on forever homes. We'd also like to give a shout-out to the hard-working shelter staff and volunteers, as well as all the fantastic rescue groups in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Doughbeezy, Peter Murphy, Steve Martin, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 28 Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Mixtape Monday: Jodii B. Basik Smokes For All On HIGHtivities

    Here's a peculiar thing: normally, any day marked 4/20 would give way to a baker's dozen worth of rap treats. But the last major Houston rap release to originate from this particular date was Doughbeezy's Reggie Bush & Kool-Aid, and that was three years ago. Since then? Rappers and weed-loving music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    10 Glaring Omissions From the Country Music Hall of Fame

    This Sunday the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will correct a grievous oversight when it inducts the late Jack Clement, who wrote an early hit for Johnny Cash ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), effectively desegregated country music by adopting Charley Pride as a protege, and produce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The Gang's Back: 5 Foods To Serve At Your It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Premiere Party

    You guys, it's finally here. Season 9 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia begins this Wednesday on FXX. If you're not a fan, you should be. Rumor has it that even the Game of Thrones creators are down with the gang, as David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have co-written an episode. This is like TV Incep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    For All Its Naivete, "Hey Bartender" Sure is Pretty

    I'm going to buy "Hey Bartender" on Bluray when it comes out. The movie is a beautiful celebration of the service industry at its peak, with shots capturing some of America's best bars crafting their art. To watch the world's very best bartenders push a drink across the bar is nothing short of mesme ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013

    Chemically Burned: Dow Chemical Tries to Avoid Hot Water in Worker's Death

    Brian Johns suffered chemical burns over 65 percent of his body in a Deer Park plant explosion. A representative of his company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, tried to tell doctors Johns had just encountered some really hot water.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Montrose

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants Near Hobby Airport

    One of the questions I get most frequently from friends who travel is this: Why isn't there anywhere to eat around Hobby Airport? To which I say: There are lots of places. You're not looking hard enough. Hobby is one of those parts of town that requires a finer-toothed comb than, say, the Montrose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    The Incredible, Hilarious Memo On How To Make Texas Tech & Its Coach "Cool": A Quiz

    The guys at Deadspin have gotten their hands on a piece of comedy gold -- a memo on how the school can make itself and its football coach, former Red Raider QB Kliff Kingsbury, into ultra-hip, highly cool icons that the kidz of today will flock to just so they can be hip and cool too. A tall order ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in EaDo (a.k.a. Old Chinatown, a.k.a. East Downtown)

    So you're not comfortable with the EaDo sobriquet. I don't care. The damn thing has stuck. It's short, easy and to-the-point. (Besides, the more important question is what to call that weird DMZ area on South Shepherd that's not quite Montrose, not quite Upper Kirby, not quite River Oaks and not qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Houston's Best Underground Rap Tapes of 2012, Most Assuredly (Pt. 1)

    I'd guess that nearly all of the time, the order of any list is impacted considerably by external, unrelated, completely unimportant factors (to deny that seems entirely senseless). To wit, empirical evidence: Recently, I posted a message on Twitter that said I'd be eating at a restaurant near my ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Sylvia Casares Showcases Versatility at Inaugural Comida Con Vino

    You don't have to ask me twice to attend a wine dinner, and when I heard that Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen was hosting its first-ever comida con vino, I was eager to see what Casares had in store. Well, more specifically, I wondered if there would be anything else besides enchiladas. Not that I don' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Friday Night: Linus Pauling Quartet at Fitzgerald's

    Linus Pauling Quartet, Modfag, From Beyond, Hearts of Animals Fitzgerald's June 22, 2012 Local long-running psych-rockers Linus Pauling Quartet have got a new album for us to inhale, and on Friday night, the city took its first rip. The performance was the first of three pre-release shows across th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Fried Red Velvet Cake and Pterodactyl Wings: Over-the-Top Eating at the Rodeo

    "That looks like a pterodactyl wing," laughed Harry Miller, a committeeman on the Commercial Exhibits Committee, as he regarded a giant slab of unidentifiable meat that was making its way to a judging table. Miller emcees the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's Gold Buckle Foodie Awards competition eac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Hail Doughbeezius: The Southeast Beast Preps For His Magicianship With "Grind"

    "I am not one of these rappers that be rappin' just for shine, for these skeezers on these pics on inDmix. Bottom line: I gotta grind." --Doughbeezy Twelve months is all it took. At the beginning of last year, Doughbeezy, a 5'7" high bald fade with a rapper underneath, was an unknown. UNKNOWN. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    (Non-Planet) Pluto Has a New Moon? What the Hell Does This Mean for Astrology?

    Pluto is effin' Goofy, is all we know.​Frankly, we don't keep up much with Pluto and its status as a planet or non-planet. It's kind of like when, as a young altar boy, the Catholic Church demoted a bunch of saints. We just rolled with the flow. So if Pluto's not a planet, it doesn't really b ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    The Day After

    Our readers' worst hangovers

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Final Four Astrology: It's Butler, Bitches

    It ain't Kemba's night​So we turn to an astrological expert to predict the Final Four winners, and she comes up 50-50. Which, frankly, we could have done. We suppose she could have gone 0-for-2, so there's that. In any case, the stars speak again about what will happen tonight. We asked Figg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Deluge Of Underground Rap Releases Keeps On Coming

    Leaving Flo' from Zo Rill on Vimeo. Apparently, the City of Houston has enacted some sort of bill stating that everybody release new rap music every single day of the goddamn year. How else to explain the abundance of emails received these past few weeks with music? It very nearly surpassed the num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Before Networking Was Social: Ten Early Social Websites That Are Dead or Dying

    Who needs when we have Facebook?​Social networking today is a foregone conclusion. Many of us wake up and check Twitter on our smart phones or pull up Facebook on our laptops. We surf YouTube videos in our spare time, find dates on and spend hours reading music, politi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 1: Mike Jones' Who Is Mike Jones?

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones? (Asylum, 2005) ​Before you fire off some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    "Weird" and Proud, Preemo Understands the Meaning of "Hustle Town"

    ​ We think "Weird Al" Yankovic screwed it up for everybody. There aren't lots of times you can use the word "weird" in a good way. That's one of those words we need to take back, on the real, because when you put "weird" into the right context it can be a positive thing - a differentiator from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    The Chronicle's Columnist Does BARC Again, And Again The Result Is WTF?

    ​If you heard what sounded like a sonic boom this morning, it was the thunderclap of Hair Balls's head exploding. And why would that be? Because one of the nation's biggest newspapers -- the daily for the fourth-largest city in the country -- allowed a columnist to print the bizarre evangelic ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009
  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Layoffs at the Houston Chronicle

    The Black-and-White Blues

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    A Digital Bathroom Wall for Pat Lykos

    Disgruntled prosecutors scribble their complaints about the new boss on a blog

  • Music

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Jim Jones Jamboree

    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 We saw Jim Jones Jambor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Last Night: Dengue Fever at the Orange Show

    “We were in Austin last night and folks over there warned us that Houston is not a music town.” Bearded Dengue Fever guitarist Zac Holtman brought the house down with what proved to be the only irony of the evening as a sold-out, crammed-to-the-rafters crowd took advantage of some great cool wea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2008
  • Culture

    December 20, 2007

    The Nutcracker

    This ballet is what it is, and that ain't bad

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2007

    Gabriel Iglesias

    “I’m not fat. I’m fluffy.”

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Medicine Show No Mo

    Breaking the seventh seal at the Sideshow Tramps' CD release party

  • Film

    May 24, 2007

    Is There a Doctor in the House?

    Health, in life and film, dominates Cannes

  • Dining

    August 17, 2006

    A Simple Plan

    Scott Tycer may have downshifted, but diners will still find themselves in the gastronomic fast lane at Pic.

  • Calendar

    September 22, 2005

    Chupa Thrills

    Blood! Booze! Goats! It's Theatre Illuminata's Cabaret show

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005

    Forecast: Reign

    This is what it sounds like when local artists pay tribute to Prince

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2005

    Women of the Street

    Shake it with the horned-up East Coast ladies of Avenue D

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Get Out of My Head!

    Earworms bore in and won't let go

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Sunday Morning Coming Down

    Just in time for New Year's Eve, The Nightfly and friends put a few hangover drugs to the test

  • Dining

    September 2, 2004

    Fruits of Franchising

    We all scream for La Paletera’s popsicles

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2004

    Beautiful Music

    The young and the younger flock to John Mayer and Maroon 5

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    Law? What Law?

    City Council proposed; City Hall didn't dispose

  • Culture

    December 19, 2002

    Christmas in Hell

    The Slump XXXmas Show takes irreverence to a new (lower) level

  • Culture

    February 14, 2002

    Apocalypse Wow

    Thunderloo is funny, but not IBP's best

  • Film

    October 18, 2001

    Blood Brothers

    Albert and Allen Hughes deliver a sensuous but grisly message From Hell.

  • Film

    October 5, 2000

    Hitting Below the Belt

    Karyn Kusama's Girlfight looks to assume power by emasculating men

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Men in Black

    Method Man and Redman have a Blackout, tour with Family Values

  • Culture

    December 16, 1993

    Gray Matter of Concern

    Both a bang and a whimper? The CAM's long-awaited Texas show may burn bright, but it doesn't burn deep

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