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    August 11, 2014

    True Blood: Moby vs. Mopey

    Spoilers ahead in this one. Big spoilers. As the last season of True Blood comes to a close, it's pretty clear that we're saying goodbye to better aspects of the show the way you say goodbye to a friend who is very sick and is never going to get better. Well excuse me, because I'm not that guy an ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    True Blood: They Don't Know What "Karma" Means

    Pardon me as I wax spiritually about my brief years as a Buddhist... Karma is a bit more complicated than people think. You see someone scream at a supermarket cashier and then he or she slips on the way out the door and wipes out? Karma, baby! No, it's not. Karma is the accumulation of the actio ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    True Blood: Stick to Your Guns

    This week surprised me a great deal on True Blood. I'd resigned myself to ending out the series by sucking harder than a $400 Dyson, but instead it showed that sometime there are things that the show actually does do better than the books. Welp, maybe better is a strong word. Let's say "differently ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2014

    Up and Coming: 5 Houston-Area Musical Artists You Should Know About

    The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.

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    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

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    April 26, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Goodbye to Tex, Mex and Czech

    As of today, Jeannine's Bistro remains closed in Montrose with no word from owner Andrew Klarman as to its eventual reopening date. The popular Belgian bistro closed temporarily this past Saturday due to staffing issues. Plenty of other doors were shut this week, too, including the beloved Olde Tow ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    PSA: This Rat Fetus Was Not Found in Timmy Chan's Fried Rice

    The Original Timmy Chan's on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (a.k.a. Timmy Chan's Chicken & Rice) may have only been inspected by the City of Houston Health Department once since November 2010, but that inspection didn't turn up anything that we'd call remotely offensive. And that Timmy Chan's on M ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Someone Help This Nun Get Into The Super Bowl -- She'll Make It Worth Your While

    Sister Mary Tarcisius from Lafayette has a problem. The spunky nun from just down I-10 needs a ticket to the Super Bowl. She went in 2009, but would like to go again this year. I encountered Sister Mary at the NFL Fan Experience on Thursday evening, chatting with a group of friends who took her to ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Mudbug Music: The Perfect Soundtrack for Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on the way to buy the crawfish in Kemah and UGK's "Wood Wheel" for the drive back. These are just two of the songs that Rocks Off's Nathan Smith recommends to start your day-long crawfish boiling festivities. If you think that zydeco music and only zydeco music is the right ac ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Chicken Fried Steak and a Cigarette at City Cafe

    Glenn Livet and I both unwittingly covered two South Houston classics this week: He in a dive bar post about Bonnie's and me in a review of City Cafe. Both establishments are notable for several reasons: they are long-lived, they are full of character (and characters) and they both still allow smok ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    June 29, 2010

    Is The Westheimer Block Party Done For?

    Bun B For Lafayette - ATLiens Freestyle from Decatur Dan on Vimeo. • Dave Bry at the witty pop-culture blog The Awl writes about rap music's eternal embrace of consumerism, using Bun B's most recent release, a rap written in honor of Japanese clothing company Lafayette, as an example. It's a great ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Aftermath: An Analog Synth Lover's Paradise With Roomies!, Weird Weeds, J.D. Emmanuel and Stellar Om Source

    Photos by Adam P. NewtonTools of the trade, at rest​ We regularly stand in awe of just how involved Lance Higdon is in the general Houston music scene. His industriousness might not be as well-recognized as that of Robert Ellis or Geoffrey Mueller, but Higdon simply doesn't know how to sit still w ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Don's Cracklins

    ​Cracklins taste like deep-fried bacon chunks with some crunchy skin attached. At Don's Specialty Meats in Scott, Louisiana, the cracklins are always hot. They are also tossed with a salty, peppery seasoning powder. Buy a bag of these things to nibble on in the car, and you risk losing control ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    Alamo Heights

    San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.

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    September 24, 2009

    Long Reach

    Which guitarist do Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Erics Clapton and Johnson look up to? Louisiana's Sonny Landreth.

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    September 11, 2009

    Aftermath: Pine Leaf Boys at the Continental Club

    Photos by Chris Gray​Rocks Off is not exactly sure how to review a band like the Pine Leaf Boys. Cajun music, a series of two-steps and waltzes porous enough for liberal amounts of blues and country to seep in, is kind of critic-proof. For one thing, it's in French, although we're guessing there w ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009
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    August 25, 2009

    True Blood, Episode 10: Sister Gertrude, Bride of Christ, Soundtracks a Visit to the Vampire Queen

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Though we're picking up midway through Season 2, from here on out as ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: A Cold Case Solved

    ​After 15 long years, Houston police detectives believe they've finally found their man. Michael Deshawn Winfrey, 36, has been charged with capital murder for allegedly shooting a man who was protecting his son at a pay phone at 6603 Fuqua on April 24, 1994.Police say Jeffrey Brown, 30, was drivin ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Menu Flashback: Don's Seafood 1972

    Photo by J.C. ReidBack in 1972, the Landry brothers were on a roll. They'd opened four of their Cajun-inspired seafood restaurants in Louisiana and had just begun a push into Texas with a restaurant in Beaumont. One of their employees, Jim Gossen, ordered a new menu design for their flagship restaur ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    The Big Tweet: Wild Moccasins Tour Edition

    Kim DouglassIt's now been exactly a week since the Wild Moccasins kicked off their first-ever extended tour with a sweaty show before a packed house at Mango's, and like a lot of people (we imagine), Rocks Off is curious how the H-pop heroes are faring on the road. Luckily, instead of having to rely ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Aftermath: iFest in Downtown Houston

    Photos by Chris Gray Quebec's Chic Gamine: a cappella gospel with percussion and soul.iFest needed a breezy, not-too-hot, sunny Sunday to get back on track after Saturday's torrential festival-cancelling rains. The festival got great weather; as I drove down Allen Parkway toward downtown, it ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008
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    November 29, 2007
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    October 18, 2007
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    August 16, 2007
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    February 20, 2007

    Catfish Reef: Happy Woman Blues

    Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues Smithsonian-Folkways Way back in 1980, long before she was on all those magazine covers, long before the Grammys and all the other accolades and her status among the NPR set, the woman who would be the Queen of Americana made this gentle, rootsy and unassuming li ... More >>

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Goodbye Joe, Me Gotta Go

    There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?

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    January 18, 2007

    Lost Bayou Ramblers

    Lost Bayou Ramblers perform Thursday, January 18, at Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

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    October 6, 2006
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    October 6, 2006
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    July 10, 2006
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    February 23, 2006
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    September 1, 2005

    Scars and Bars

    Hell-raiser and one-man band Scott H. Biram lays the hammer down

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    April 7, 2005

    Los Skarnales

    Pachuco Boogie Sound System

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    October 14, 2004
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    June 10, 2004
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    April 18, 2002

    Creative Interpretations

    Vindication comes a year after "Agent 307" prevented Mahotella Queens from performing at I-Fest

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    April 19, 2001

    The Mudbug: Mr. Popularity

    Speaking off the toque: Sonny Payne

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    January 11, 2001

    Swamp Thing

    Out of the soup of southern Louisiana comes a collection of Cajun all-stars with an indescribably sweet sound

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    December 28, 2000


    Designer Labels, Screwed for Life, Heavy on the Crab

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    November 4, 1999


    Fans are still saying Yes after all these years

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    October 7, 1999
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    September 29, 1994
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    June 30, 1994

    Food Fight

    The Landrys came to Houston with good food and good ideas. But a good family squabble let Tilman Fertitta step in and carve himself an empire.

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    June 16, 1994
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    May 19, 1994
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    April 28, 1994

    Sprawling Toward Spunk

    Weeping at the Metropolis, hiding in the Abyss

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    March 24, 1994
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