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La Grange

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: We Were Wolves, Howlers at the Moon Tower

    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? This here digital chat wi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2014
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    April 11, 2014

    Top 10 Songs to Download While Drunk

    Boozy playlists are the very best, better still when they randomly appear on your playlist the day after you've knocked back a few beers. Your drunk brain always knows what kind of music the sober you needs. Or most of the time, anyway. Unfortunately, sometimes drunken downloading can be just about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Sweet Treats and Meat Debates

    Patty and David Said...: Well, Patty and David beat me to it. I've been wanting to get over to Bite Macarons since I first heard of its opening to check it out and maybe do a quick write-up of what it has to offer. But Patty and David did it first. Or rather, Lindy Stamper, who contributes to the bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Last Night: Better Than Ezra at House of Blues

    Better Than Ezra, Papa Grows Funk House of Blues December 20, 2012 About 30 minutes into Better than Ezra's set, vocalist Kevin Griffin, clad in a black button-down and jeans, wiped a bit of sweat from his brow and told the crowd, "This is the second track off our album Deluxe," drawing fans into a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    A Feisty Texas Radio Road Trip with the Mike Stinson Band

    Lonesome Onry and Mean hasn't been out on the road with his son, Mike Stinson Band guitarist Lance Smith, in quite a while. But due to a propitious routing that took us to my father's place in Gatesville for a couple of days, LOM hit the highway with the band last weekend. It is worth noting that L ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 5, 2012

    ZZ Top: A Double-Sided Take On The New Texicali EP

    Craig Hlavaty: What a way to tease your first album of original material in nine years, ZZ Top. You managed to record three songs and one ballad that instantly fit into your canon alongside the rest of your ballbusters without sounding like a classic-rock act reaching for straws. This is no weak, m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2012
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    March 9, 2012

    Last Night: ZZ Top At Reliant Stadium

    ZZ Top RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 8, 2012 See more photos from Thursday, even some without beards, in our slideshow. I admit, I had almost given up on waiting for ZZ Top to show me something new. Not even something from their new album - which is finally completed but caught up in the mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Rocks Off's Ultra-Hip Rodeo Concert Guide: ZZ Top

    Date: March 8 Name: ZZ Top AKA: "ZZ Fucking Top" Genre: Tube snake boogie

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2011
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    October 13, 2011

    New ZZ Top Tribute Disc Frightens, Titillates, And Confuses Us

    Photo By Jim Bricker​If you don't know that Rocks Off is a ZZ Top-friendly place, then you have probably only been reading the blog for the past two or three hours. The two men who run this blog love Billy, Frank, and Dusty with the energy from one thousands suns, and their whole catalog runs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Five Essential Boogie-Rock Albums

    ​Boogie-rock has probably been derided by critics more times than people have torched a doob while listening to BTO. Intellectual types tend to write it off as guys with feathered bangs, mustaches and shirts open to their navel playing songs about cars, girls and partying (and partying in cars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Five Songs The Texas Legislature Will Never Make Official

    Any day we end with a picture of the Texas flag is a good day in our book.​A while back, Rocks Off wrote about how, thanks to a combination of personal taste and certain technological twists of fate, our listening options at the office are somewhat limited. Quite limited, really: Basically The Arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Friday Night: ZZ Top At The Woodlands

    Photos by Jim Bricker​ZZ Top Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 24, 2010 People talk all the time about the depleting ozone layer, melting polar ice caps, melting polar bears, ravaged rain forests, shortages of crude oil, but that can all go to Hell. When ZZ Top is gone from this Eart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    This Week In Set Lists: Pixies, Kings Of Leon, Tom Petty, Rush, Etc.

    GroovehouseKings of Leon, Toyota Center, October 2009​Rocks Off has been both eagerly anticipating and dreading this week for months now. Anticipating because several of our all-time favorite bands are playing within the span of a few days, as are a couple of our favorite newer bands (though n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    What Does Katy Perry Taste Like?

    ​Last week when we gave Kesha a bloggardly shellacking, we compared her and other female pop stars of her ilk to burritos. You may remember we said she was a gas-station burrito and Miley Cyrus was a Big Mac wrap. It was either a stroke of genius or the starved ramblings of a music writer subs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    What Does Katy Perry Taste Like?

    ​Last week when we gave Kesha a bloggardly shellacking, we compared her and other female pop stars of her ilk to burritos. You may remember we said she was a gas-station burrito and Miley Cyrus was a Big Mac wrap. It was either a stroke of genius or the starved ramblings of a music writer subs ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 10, 2010

    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Enjoy "I Will Always Love You" on key and sans squeaks

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Kolache Crawl: Olde Towne

    ​While the poppyseed kolaches at Olde Towne Kitchen on Memorial near Kirkwood are a little too sweet for my tastes, I love the meaty bacon and cheese klobasnek. The generous filling requires more dough and makes for a larger-size pastry -- one is big enough for breakfast. Oddly, the skinnier s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Donut Patrol: Best Donuts

    ​The glazed old-fashioned at Best Donuts on Braeswood at Hillcroft in Meyerland was excellent. It was also much bigger than the sad, stale little raised and glazed donut I sampled there. While I stood at the counter, I could see hot donuts cooling on a rack in the back, but I couldn't convince ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Chicken Fried Steak

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt A contentious battle if there ever was one... Chicken fried steak (or CFS, for short) is up there in the great pantheon of Texas foods alongside cheese enchiladas, brisket and chili. But just because a food is inherently Texan doesn't mean you can always find i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Aftermath: ZZ Top and Aerosmith at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Mark C. Austin Make all the Guitar Hero jokes you want. Whatever it is that's kept ZZ Top and Aerosmith in the public eye for almost four decades - video games or beards-n-babes videos, Back to the Future cameos or Michael Bay ballads, bee-stung lips or cheap sunglasses - they've never for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    The Best ZZ Top Videos (We Could Find Online)

    Not one but two gentlemen with long beards may be sneaking down your chimney today. They will leave memorabilia such as guitar picks and signed drumsticks, and if you've been a good boy or girl all year, may even give you a free guitar lesson. Instead of milk and cookies we're told they prefer Lone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Is the Honor System Dead?

    Photos by Robb WalshDriving back from vacation, I noticed a honey stand along the highway in the town of Shirley, Arkansas with a sign that said "Self-Service." I pulled over and took a look. There was sorghum, local honey, bee pollen, beeswax and honey candy for sale. You took whatever you wanted a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Our Favorite ZZ Top Covers: QOTSA, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner and... Rapeman?

    [Note: Now with added Ministry.] Counting down to Friday's ZZ Top/Aerosmith show in The Woodlands is starting to feel like the week Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played there last year: a steady build of anticipation and antsiness, until Friday we're flat-out squirming to get out of the office. ... More >>

  • Music

    March 26, 2009
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    March 23, 2009

    Aftermath: ZZ Top at RodeoHouston

    Aftermath can not begin to tell you how much of a beacon ZZ Top was for him over the past few days. The lil' ol' band from Texas' RodeoHouston finale may not have had anything to do with SXSW per se, but knowing the first thing he would be doing upon returning to Houston was heading d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    La Grange Hotel Liked Ike, AG Says

    La Grange has been heretofore known mostly as the home of the fabled "Chicken Ranch" immortalized by ZZ Top and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Now it can be known as the home of The Most Heartless, Coldest Bastard of a Motel In Texas (Allegedly). Texas AG Greg Abbott charged the Cottonwood I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Tonight: Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, Little Brother Project, Jack Ingram and Shooter Jennings, Ne Plus Ultra and More

    It's slick pop and crunchy folk-rock at the Woodlands tonight with Maroon 5 and Counting Crows... Maroon 5 with Rhianna, "If I Never See Your Face Again" Houston funkateers Little Brother Project release their new CD Glass Houses at Warehouse Live with Skyblue72 and Bayou Monster (formerly the Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    ZZ Top Signs to Rick Rubin's American Recordings

    ZZ Top: Still with the legs. Rick Rubin was already working for ZZ Top - the Houston trio recently enlisted Rubin to produce its next album - and now ZZ Top works for Rubin as well. Billboard reported yesterday that ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rubin's American Recordings, an imprint di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    A Fall from Glory for Hruska’s Grocery & Bakery?

    Has anybody noticed that the formerly spectacular burger at Hruska’s Grocery & Bakery in Ellinger has slipped a little? I stop at Hruska’s almost every time I drive between Houston and Austin by way of I-10 and Highway 71. I think it's almost exactly half way. At breakfast time, I either get k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Marty Stuart's American Odyssey Does Houston

    Marty Stuart is definitely one of the more interesting also-rans of Travis Tritt-era popular country. He only had a couple of real hits - "Hillbilly Rock" and "Little Things" both reached No. 8 in 1990 - but he's got a great pedigree. He was married to one of the Carter daughters, and was a good pal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2007

    Drenched in Blog: Lily Allen Plus One

    So let me get this straight. This week, I found out I'm a wanted fugitive in La Grange. My Rogaine foam isn't working, and I found a few gray hairs in my beard. And I still have no idea what to get my special lady friend for Christmas. Now, I wake from slumber to find that Mrs. Drenched in Blog, Li ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Houston's Very Best Songs Ever

    ...otherwise known as the H-Town 20

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2007

    The Big C and Marvin Z

    Give a shout out to Marvin Zindler, who went on the air at KTRK-TV last night to tell viewers that he’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Zindler, who can be loud and cantankerous, was at his impressive best during the announcement. Shunning tears, he gave a feisty little speech in which he ... More >>

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Fat Beats

    The real reason Houston stays near the top of the chunkiest-city charts

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Rotation

    Handsome Boy Modeling School, Molotov and Rufus Wainwright

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2004

    Beer Bond

    Gourmet meets good ol' boy

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    August 28, 2003

    Can I Get a Witnes?

    DJ Witnes hosts a new hip-hop show on KPFT

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2003

    First and Ten (Months to Go)

    Block party kicks off Super Bowl countdown

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    Various Artists

    Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top (RCA)

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    World Class?

    Houston can't join the ranks of other cities until it has an anthem of its own

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Got Legs

    The perpetually self-doubting Todd Lewis stands tall on the Toadies' long-overdue second album

  • Dining

    March 2, 2000

    Eenie, Meenie, Minie...

    With a menu boasting so many treats, decision-making can be difficult at Leibman's

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    Amplified

    All People Considered

  • News

    October 1, 1998
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    April 16, 1998

    Night & Day

    April 16 - 22, 1998

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