• Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Rock Songs That Will Creep the Hell Out of You

    There have been popular songs with creepy or spooky lyrics since the beginning of rock music. Sure, entire subgenres are intentionally dark and scary, but when you filter out songs by shock-rockers, heavy metal bands, and gothic groups, we are still left with plenty of songs that seem a little "off" ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    What $1,500 in Rent Gets You in 5 Houston Neighborhoods

    If you're in New York or Boston, $1,500 in rent might get you a studio apartment that more closely resembles a glorified dorm room than an actual adult's living space. On the other end of the spectrum, you can basically rent a mansion in Omaha, Nebraska, or Missoula, Montana, for $1.5k a month. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Judge's Ruling Keeps Keystone Decision Dragging On

    For about two seconds it looked like President Obama was finally going to have to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department report had been issued and there just wasn't any other way to delay a final, clear-cut yes or no from the White House. But then a Nebraska judge ... More >>

  • Film

    December 19, 2013

    The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style

    The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.

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    December 18, 2013

    Cover Story: The Best Movies of 2013 and Joaquin Phoenix

    This year, in addition to a feature on the star of Her -- one Joaquin Phoenix -- we offer you not one but three Best Movies lists from an assortment of film critics. This is your chance to see if your tastes most closely mirror film critic Amy Nicholson who likes The Act of Killing, Her and Nebras ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Prayer for Me, But Not for Thee: The Supreme Court Hears Argument on the New Legislative Prayer Case

    Case Name: Town of Greece v. Galloway What this Case is About? The First Amendment, more specifically the Establishment Clause (the government cannot establish a state religion) in the First Amendment. The town Greece, New York is outside of Rochester and has a population of approximately 100,000. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Now It's Nebraska: More Problems For The Keystone Pipeline Folks

    The folks over at TransCanada just cannot seem to catch a break. The company has been working for years to get the Keystone XL Pipeline Project -- which will go from the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, moving up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil over more than 2,000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Rats Needed to Keep the Keystone Pipeline Rolling

    The Keystone Pipeline people just can't seem to win. First there are the landowners and environmentalists down this way objecting to the pipeline hauling the sticky black tar sands through their property. Then the Native Americans are furious because they feel the federal government isn't negotiatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Seasons 52 Opens Today with a Full Menu of Dishes Under 475 Calories

    Seasons 52, the new restaurant located in the new Millennium complex on Westheimer adjacent to Bo Concept, is opening to the public today. "The name Seasons 52 represents the 52 weeks of the year," said Reuben Rolf, the managing partner. "Every week, our menu offers a side panel of new dishes that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Want Love? Live in Texas? Then I'll See You at Walmart

    Walmart has anything you could need. Ninety-eight-inch televisions. Formica bookshelves. Palettes of alcohols. Piles of strollers. All for under $50, and all available just down the interstate. The Waltons have perfected the pursuit of capitalism, 102.7 billion times over. They've timed their sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    The 10 Best Metal & Punk Albums Too Rough for the Texas 30

    So, the Texas 30 has been revealed at last. And it's a good list, too: Well-considered, fair and complete. Even if a lot of the records that got picked tend to be a little... well, pussy, I guess is the word I'm looking for here. Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Upcoming Taxidermy Auction Comes Just In Time For Christmas

    Over off Hansen and Airport Boulevard just miles away Hobby Airport sits Worstell Auction Co., where Mark Thomas and his auction team is working hard to put together a big taxidermy auction set for this Saturday inside a large warehouse on the Worstell grounds. On Friday there will be an all-day p ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012

    Strap On Halo Resurrected

    Band brings its classic goth sound to Houston

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Laura Reynolds and Her Sexy Traffic

    Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Laura Reynolds Employer: CBS Radio Title: Assistant Program Director/Traffic Reporter Laura Reynolds wears a lot of hats for the various CBS-owned radio stations including 610 A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Why Taking The Piss Out Of Your Most Beloved Musicians Is Healthy

    A few days back I wrote a less-than-excited review of Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Wrecking Ball. The Boss' official Twitter account has been retweeting every hyperbolic 140-character superfan review of the new disc. One guy claimed that Wrecking Ball made him sob on the side of the highway for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Why the Long Face? Eight Famous Horses We'd Like to Eat

    Were you thinking horse meat was going to stay off the menu in American restaurants indefinitely? Neigh: Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a five-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The "Mane" Course -- Eight Famous Horses We'd Like To Eat

    Were you thinking horse meat was going to stay off the menu in American restaurants indefinitely? Neigh: Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs (Thanksgiving Edition)

    Wine Skinny: We're sorry to report that the Houston wine blogging scene has entirely ignored Thanksgiving (except for us). But Robyn Tinsley, author of Wine Skinny, did weigh in with a Thanksgiving recipe for Robyn's Potatoes (sadly, no wine recommendations or notes). We're looking forward to more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Oh Jesus! Rock's Top 5 Religious Conversions

    Rocks Off understands the need for a good detox now and then, as most of our evening antics often leave us feeling less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed come morning. We also imagine the damage inflicted by lifetime of hard partying and endless touring in the company of morally compromised music-in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    The Top 15 Bands To Come Out Of CBGB

    ​Today is the 35th anniversary of the Ramones' first gig at New York City club CBGB. The Bowery venue would be an integral part of punk-rock history, with the bands who played there nightly in its musty confines becoming the legends that would pave the way for millions of bands to come. CBGB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    What to Feed That Flu

    IslesPunkFan​With the temperature climbing steadily toward the hellish heat of Houston summer, I could've sworn I'd escaped the flu season unscathed. If only I was so lucky. I got sick, making it hard to taste anything. And as someone who loves food, this was especially unfortunate. I knew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The United States Of Women In Music

    ​Rocks Off is no He-Man Woman Hater's Club. We like women quite a bit, actually, especially those women brave enough to wade through the rivers of bullshit in the male-dominated music business. If you'll page back a few weeks, you'll remember the discussion of our favorite female artists from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Meat Sundaes and Deep-Fried Moon Pies: It's Rodeo Season!

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPulled pork sundaes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more photos, check out our slideshow.​Hot beef sundaes are nothing new; in fact, we wrote about them back in March 2009, when the popular meat-and-potatoes parfait was taking to the streets of Nebraska ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
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    May 13, 2010
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    May 6, 2010
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    April 30, 2010

    Paul Hope Goes From Brit to Heartland Americana in Man From Nebraska at Stages

    Photo by Margaret DowningPaul Hope, the man from Nebraska​Paul Hope was brought up Baptist and says his father is a lot like Ken Carpenter, the character Hope plays in Man From Nebraska, now being shown at Stages Repertory Theatre.The veteran Houston actor -- he used to be with Theatre Under the S ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 29, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    Man from Nebraska

    What do you believe when you don’t believe in anything?

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    He Said She Said: Our Christmas Musical Wishlists, Part 2 - LPs Nobody Can Buy

    ​When He Said was four years old, all he wanted for Christmas was big brown tape recorder that Play Skool put out so he could record his own imaginary radio shows and crazed ramblings about He-Man. Santa Claus brought it that year, and He Said wore that thing out over the next few months. For Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Game Time: The Cable Guy

    ​For most of his tenure in Oakland, Tom Cable has been your run-of-the-mill, overmatched, "dead man walking" NFL head coach. When he was hired last season in the wake of Lane Kiffin's firing, the things that jumped out at me about Cable were:-- His only head coaching experience consisted of four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Stages Announces Its 2009-10 Season

    Stages Theatre, still basking in the success of its Grey Gardens production, has announced its 2009-10 season lineup.There are a bunch of productions that are "regional premieres" but, it must be said, nothing as headline-grabbing as the musical about the Beale sisters.But it's a solid series of pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Nebraska: The New Japan

    It's long been known that Japan has the market cornered on bizarre vending machines.  From machines dispensing beer and sake to bowls of hot ramen and farm-fresh eggs, the Japanese are a people who love a good automated food product. In a patriotic move to bring that fame and glory to Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
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    April 10, 2008

    Should Bruce Springsteen Be Forgiven?

    Arguments for reconsidering the missteps on the Boss's otherwise impeccable track record

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007
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    August 23, 2007
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    February 24, 2005

    Ultra Man

    Champa is the champ of our DJ competition at South Beach

  • Music

    November 18, 2004

    Cornfed Keyboards

    America is bullish on the Faint. But can the band pick stocks as well as it spots trends?

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Patterson Hood

    Killers and Stars (New West)

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Those Bastards!

    Johnny Cash's legacy lives on

  • Culture

    November 6, 2003

    Image-Free Art

    Julian Dashper gives us audio but no visuals in his recordings of the museum exhibit environment

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2003
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    October 3, 2002

    Justice for Some

    Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims’ rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.

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    December 30, 1999
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    November 25, 1999
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    September 17, 1998
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    February 10, 1994

    God Listens But He don't buy records.

    Perpetual celestial boys King's X give anger a chance.

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