• Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Day of Joy: Remembering Houston's First Outdoor Music Fest

    "It was definitely a labor of love. It cost me $5,000, I'll put it that way; and, looking back on it, I'm not sure I didn't get my money's worth." -- Jim Tucker We're living in the festival era of popular music. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 200 major music festivals annually. Some, like B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    A Ranking of Texas Whiskeys Under $40

    Though Kentucky and Tennessee have long been considered the whiskey and bourbon capitols of the country, Texas is increasingly making a name for itself as a whiskey producer. Walk into Spec's and ask for Texas whiskey, and they'll point you to a whole section filled with amber-hued liquor purporte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Exp Bar Rises to Our Video Game Cocktail Challenge

    A little bit back I explored the best of the video game-inspired cocktails, and that's how I made the acquaintance Joe Fronczek of Exp Bar, based out of Lewisville, TX. It turns out that there is a huge community of gamers who are also mixologists. Folks like Fronczek and the people behind The Drunk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The Bridges of Texas: 12 Beauties

    We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either. But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art. You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas' best. ​12. Suspension Bridge, Waco T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Hooters Trade Secrets, (Possibly) Revealed

    A Twin Peaks breastaurant is about to open at the corner of Kirby and the Southwest Freeway, and it is not an homage to the cult-fave TV series. Instead, it is the product of some of the minds that brought us the Hooters chain. (Twin Peaks says it was founded "by a pair of experienced restaurant ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    BestFest: Chamillionaire, Starmaker; The Tontons, New Stars

    Marc BrubakerKing Koopa: Talent scout in his spare time.​God Almighty, that cool front did not last anywhere near long enough. The crowd seems to be in pretty good spirits, but it's just past the hottest part of the day right now and fatigue is starting to show. It's better now - ed. People a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Texas Pop Festival Finally Getting Historical Marker

    Mike PorterBathe, hippies, bathe!​Rocks Off can't do anything about the drought, but this weekend we will be breaking our own personal drought and returning to the Austin City Limits Music Festival after taking 2010 off. But long before ACL, there was another massive musical gathering in Texa ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    The Whipping Boy

    How did class size limits become the symbol of an unnecessary luxury in our schools?

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Speed In A Hunstville School Zone, Get Fined $312

    Houston makes the top 10 list for big fines‚ÄčThe school year has begun in some places, and that means school zones are up and cops are watching for violators. In some places you can't text or talk on your cell in a school zone; in every place you can't speed in one.What are the worst places in Texa ... More >>

  • Music

    September 3, 2009

    The Forgotten Festival

    The 1969 Texas International Pop Festival

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The British Isles: Texas Haggis

    Photo by Robb Walsh​In photos, canned haggis looks alarmingly like dog food. It is traditionally eaten as part of a full Scottish breakfast or as an entr√©e on a bed of mashed rutabagas and potatoes, which go by the cutesy names of "neeps and tatties" in Scotland. I bought a can of Caledonian ... More >>

  • News

    May 9, 1996

    Bitter Lesson

    For 27 years, math teacher Phyllis Landes had a spotless record. Then the Texas Education Agency accused her of making racist remarks, and nearly ruined her school and her life.