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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The locals who have captured our ears, from rock to rap to synth-pop.
Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.
Which guitarist do Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Erics Clapton and Johnson look up to? Louisiana's Sonny Landreth.
Photos by Chris GrayRocks 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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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 >>
There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?
Lost Bayou Ramblers perform Thursday, January 18, at Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
Hell-raiser and one-man band Scott H. Biram lays the hammer down
Pachuco Boogie Sound System
Vindication comes a year after "Agent 307" prevented Mahotella Queens from performing at I-Fest
Speaking off the toque: Sonny Payne
Out of the soup of southern Louisiana comes a collection of Cajun all-stars with an indescribably sweet sound
Designer Labels, Screwed for Life, Heavy on the Crab
Fans are still saying Yes after all these years
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.
Weeping at the Metropolis, hiding in the Abyss