New Braunfels

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Country Stars Who Live In Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever HONORABLE MENTION: SUNNY SWEENEY Thus far mainstream success has eluded Sunny Sweeney, but not for lack of either talent or trying. According to her Facebook page, Sweeney (a former standup comic) has now played the Grand Ole Opry 41 times but continues to reside in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Judge Hears Motions in Facebook "Threat" Case

    The charge against Justin Carter, the New Braunfels teen accused of making a terroristic threat on Facebook, should be dropped because a detective lied in an affidavit, Carter's lawyer argued in Comal County District Court Tuesday. Carter made international headlines when Carter, then 18, was charg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Sweet & Savory Benefit for Lucky Dog Rescue Hosts an "All Male Review"

    "We have some hot chefs coming to this," Becky Masson, pastry chef and owner of Fluff Bake Bar tells me giggling. "You're definitely going to want to be there." For the past several years, Masson has organized a bi-annual Sweet & Savory dinner with local chefs to benefit Houston's Lucky Dog Rescue. ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2014

    A Young Man's Violent Threat on Facebook Lands Him in Jail, and Limbo

    Justin Carter said he would "shoot up a kindergarten," but is that a "terroristic threat" according to Texas law?

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Facebook 'Terrorist' Released After Anonymous Donor Posts $500,000 Bail

    The mother of 19-year-old Justin Carter is still collecting signatures -- 134,927 at last count -- trying to enlist supporters to keep her son from being labeled a terrorist and sentenced to prison. She began working on this as a plea for her son's release from a New Braunfels prison when an anon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kris Jakob of Kris Bistro, On Growing Up in Texas' German Country, and The Art of Curing Sausage

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for parts two and three, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Kris Jakob is frowning in concentration, looking a bit intimidating. He's concentrating ferociously on his plating, and I'm trying to snap a ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Randy Rogers Band Springs Surprise Trouble Release Show at Firehouse Saloon Tonight

    The Randy Rogers Band has become a big enough name on the highly competitive Texas country/Red Dirt circuit that the quintet was chosen to open for George Strait and Martina McBride on Strait's Houston stop of his "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour at Reliant Stadium back in March. Reached by phone from " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    UPDATED: Hard-Right Group Wants to Push Broad Religious Exemptions into State Constitution

    When Texas first passed its Religious Freedom Act in 1999, Scott Hochberg, then a Democratic State Representative, found a strange ally. Texas Right to Life, a pro-life organization still extant, had consistently stood opposite Hochberg's legislation never testified for Hochberg's legislation -- the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Surely Galveston Can Do Better Than "Galveston"

    Notwithstanding the recent Galveston-based Carnival cruise liner whose faulty engines landed its passengers in a world of hurt (and national headlines), the island is again throwing its arms open for the upcoming summer season. Last week the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau announced th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Texas EDM Fans Dealt Setback With Nocturnal Wonderland Pullout

    For three consecutive years, Apache Pass near the Central Texas town of Rockdale has been the home of Nocturnal Wonderland, a multi-day electronic dance music festival that Texas EDM fans have counted on to kick off their EDM festival season. The season is largely driven by L.A.-based supergiant pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: Surprising Shut-Outs

    Haven't had a chance to peruse this week's feature yet? Catch up on our list of the 30 essential Texas restaurants and then meet us back here. Synchronize Swatches! There have been plenty of questions asked by readers confounded by how some of their favorite Texas restaurants could have been left o ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2012

    If the Addicks and Barker Dams Fail

    They've already been labeled "high risk." Experts say the resulting damage could be bigger than Katrina in New Orleans.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Pat Green: "I Don't Feel Like I Needed Rebooting"

    Did Pat Green save country music? That is a contentious question no matter on which side of the Red River you're standing, but it's also a little beside the point. Nurtured by the storytelling culture of legendary Central Texas singer-songwriter rooms like New Braunfels' Gruene Hall and San Marcos' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    5 Reasons Why Texas Will Never Win "Most Peaceful State" (and Good Riddance)

    Maine has won the latest version of the United States Peace Index's "Most Peaceful State" competition. Texas? Forty-sixth most peaceful. This result simply means that Maine is a big pile of bo-ring while Texas is still holding it down with do-whatever-we-please citizens and outrageous criminals ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Mike Wiggins: Guadalupe County Judge, Former DPS Officer, Caught with Weed in Hotel

    Mike Wiggins, Guadalupe County Judge and a former DPS sergeant, has been arrested for having weed in a College Station hotel room. Wiggins, a Republican first elected in 2006 to lead the county, which is east of New Braunfels, was attending a convention there when the cops were called because a sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Natural Wine in Texas

    As we noted in last week's post on a new era of Nastiness and a call for civility in the Natural wine debate, it's not easy to define exactly what Natural wine is. As Eric Asimov wrote in his weekly New York Times column, there is no official definition or doctrine for Natural wine or Natural winem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Oktoberfest 2011: Where to Binge on Beer and Brats

    Insert obligatory photo of buxom woman in a dirndl consuming lager from a stein here. (And remember: Lederhosen are Austrian, not Bavarian!)​If there's one thing that we Americans enjoy doing, it's co-opting other countries' holidays and turning them into giant boozefests for no good reason ot ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    TxDOT Sues Over Steamy Novel

    It's titled Don't Mess With Texas.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Houston's Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Raise Children

    And they may just live in Houston.​The Atlantic's blog has crunched some numbers from a recent gay survey and census data, and it's found that when it comes to raising kids, Houston's same-sex couples are near the tops in the nation. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had the seventh-highest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    SXSW 2011 Still Untainted By Houston Artists

    listenlisten: Not playing SXSW 2011... yet.​Rocks Off just got the latest list of names for next year's SXSW conference and festival in Austin, and just like the last time, the conference remains unsullied by any performers from Houston's filthy, rotten, disgusting, in-need-of-quarantine music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Texas Traveler: AmeriVespa 2010, San Antonio

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​More than 30 scooter enthusiasts from Houston spent Memorial Day weekend in San Antonio representing the Bayou City at AmeriVespa, the largest scooter rally in the nation. Now in its 17th year, the event, which takes place in a new city each year, draws scooterists fro ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 4, 2009
  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Clever, Funny and Disturbing

    Austin exports 20 artists and installations for a show at DiverseWorks.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Artist of the Week: The Favorites

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to We like to fancy ourselv ... More >>

  • News

    July 27, 2006

    Changes in Attitude

    When voters elected Martha Wong, they thought they were sending a moderate Republican to Austin. Critics say once there, she took a right turn. Now her district is rethinking its representation.

  • News

    September 29, 2005

    Rita Beatahs

    Houston dodges a bullet and finds traffic hell

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    Motorcycle Madness

    Two-wheeled tours of H-town, East Texas and the Hill Country

  • Film

    March 17, 2005

    Bayou Polka

    A rudderless German springs to life with the help of zydeco music

  • Film

    March 10, 2005

    Bayou Polka

    A rudderless German springs to life with the help of zydeco music

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Let the Eagle Soar

    Alt-country hero Fred Eaglesmith dumps guitars and makes a pre-Beatles pop record

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Bingo Was Its Name-O

    The Texas Lottery Commission brings the hammer down on the El Orbits' Monday-night institution

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    Defending the Dirty Thirty

    And coping with Yankee slander

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    A Clean Brake

    After almost losing his voice, country rocker David Brake starts singing his own songs

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Whatcha Gonna Do?

    Houston's Neutral Sisters look white, sing black and move to a reggae rhythm

  • Dining

    August 31, 2000

    Combination Plates

    Legendary restauranteur Felix Tijerina mixed Mexican food and Texas politics

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • Calendar

    July 14, 1994