In betting, there are weekends where you're looking to score big, where even finishing at or slightly above .500 feels like a slight disappointment, like a running back who left yards on the field. Then there are weekends like last weekend. Saturday was utter chaos, like the last 45 minutes of a T ... More >>
Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants t ... More >>
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? If there's one thing the ... More >>
For Houstonians, Galveston is a great weekend getaway, even a day trip. Sure, it's a bit seedy and the water, thanks to silt from the Mississippi River, is not exactly like a tropical island unless the island is surrounded by dirty river water. But, they have some great places to eat, there's plenty ... More >>
Beset by federal budget cuts, no written history and a general lack of recognition, the Alabama-Coushatta try to learn a different way of being indian.
A herd of headless deer, the looming threat of disease and Big Government in Texas's thriving trophy buck industry.
Another week behind us and another weekend of hot, humid Houston weather in front. Time to kick back in the air conditioning and watch some movies in the dark surrounded by ice packs and half a dozen oscillating fans. Now, that is how you spend a summer weekend. I'm sorry, what? Oh, this post is abo ... More >>
Catfish for dinner!! For the next month and a half. That's what would have been on the menu at the Jordan Rethmeier home after he reeled in a massive ol' blue catfish at Lake Zebco this weekend, except he released the fish back to the (relative) deep. Lake Zebco, in Athens, is the Texas Parks & Wi ... More >>
Last night's Super Bowl blackout in New Orleans went something like this. At first, the lights dimmed in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after Jacoby Jones' 100-something yard kick return. Just like they had done in preparation for Beyonce's pyro-laden halftime show. Then, the screaming scoreboards an ... More >>
When word came out that David Milch was working on another series for HBO, the inevitable question arose: Would we be getting the David Milch that created the densely lyrical, critically acclaimed Deadwood? Or the David Milch responsible for the incoherent John from Cincinnati? As it turns out, Luck ... More >>
Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerChuck Berry Nutty Jerry's, Winnie March 4, 2011 "Chuck Berry is food" - Keith Richards There is no adequate way to describe the evolutionary gift that Chuck Berry signifies to the world at large. He created everything that we hold dear and true - all the sex, anger, s ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterDr. John/Jon Cleary House of Blues/The Big Easy August 20, 2010 In spite of all the BS whining that we don't "support the local scene" or that we have our head up somebody's ass, it's a great time to be a music journalist in Houston. Friday night was no exception, as Af ... More >>
Kenneth Page followed his peculiar dream from Texas to Florida.
Many people say that going to New Orleans feels like being in another time. In fact, the city's current slogan for its tourism TV spots, which Rocks Off caught just this morning, is "you're different here." Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect t ... More >>
It's that time again........‚ÄčToday marks the beginning of hurricane season, and for many reasons things look ominous. God has already shown He's pissed at the gulf, and if anything further bad can happen in connection with the BP spill -- like, say, a hurricane -- it will.Plus all the ... More >>
Several people have asked me if crawfish season has started. There are signs popping up all over town advertising crawfish, so I guess the answer is "yes." At Baja, the new oyster bar and seafood restaurant on Westheimer where Tommy's Steakhouse used to be, crawfish were recently selling for ... More >>
"Let me make you a little snack pack for the car, honey," Joyce said as she prepared the Styrofoam container. Joyce and Miss Peaches were the two women behind the counter at Bergeron's Cajun Meats that morning. Joyce heated up one of Bergeron's signature chicken patties, a spicy ground poultr ... More >>
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.
‚ÄčLonesome Onry and Mean vaguely remembers someone telling us a couple of years ago that Las Vegas bookies actually had a line on whether Chuck Berry would die that year (we think it was 2007). The macabre factor aside, remembering this Wednesday got LOM to pondering about the Godfathers of Rock an ... More >>
The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez
The bugs get bigger and the prices lower as the season comes to a close.
Wilco, "New Madrid," live at the Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado, May 1995 Rocks Off is never really not on an Uncle Tupelo kick, but it sure came flooding back after he heard "New Madrid" on Fred Imus' Saturday-morning Trailer Park Bash satellite-radio show last weekend. Even among such futur ... More >>
Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently forgot about his 2006 campaign promise and changed his mind about offshore drilling. This week, the President made his pitch to eliminate a federal ban on the drilling. (Florida is the only state in the Gulf of Mexico protected by the ban.) So Floridians mi ... More >>
Cheap mudbugs and cold beer are the main attractions at this laid-back Katy Cajun restaurant
This CAMH exhibition exudes heightened awareness
A New Birth Brass Band set at the Volcano makes Racket long for a new and improved tinfoil hat
A New Orleans boy in Houston ponders what nevermore may be
What hath God wrought?
A bad reaction to a drug trial sparks an investigation into Houston's Fabre Clinic and its founder
It's time to put a bullet through the head of this zombie
Deaf West Theatre's Big River is a hands-on show
Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth
Saturday, February 28
Trains and the vintage sounds of the Swank Countrypolitans bring a time warp to the Continental Club
Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus gets back to basics
For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven
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The Neville Brothers have toiled long and hard to win freedom from prisons of the body and mind.
Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.
At the Village of Surfside, it's not just the beaches that are eroding. It's the Open Beaches Act.
For years, homeowners, developers, environmentalists and the federal government have wrangled over a flood-control plan for Clear Creek. Now a compromise is in view -- but the creek's future is murkier than ever.
Diane Wilson asked only that her home bay be allowed to live. She says she was told no. So she went to war.