New Zealand

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 2

    Best 17-Year-Old Who Rocked Oh Lorde! This lovely New Zealand native is the real deal, and stole Weekend 2 with her windpipes, big hair and humility. The crowd at the Retail Me Not Stage was one of the largest of the festival, with everyone in awe of this youngster's performance and singing along. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Top 5 Cheese Plates in Houston

    When a menu offers a cheese plate, there's a 99 percent chance I am going to order it. Especially if it comes with a variety of breads, crackers, fruits, meats, and preserves or jams. Each of these enhance the cheese -- and you can make a meal out of an appetizer. Whether you want to munch on some ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 27, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    A Hard Day's Night (Gaunts): Kiwis Blaze Through Houston On First U.S. Tour

    While on their first-ever American tour this summer, New Zealand ska-punks the Night Gaunts were excited to play shows with Mustard Plug -- a favorite, influential band of theirs -- and New York's Stupid, Stupid Henchmen. They met and bonded with new groups along the way, like New Orleans' Joystick, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    1,100 Beers, 31 States: One Young Kiwi Band's Summer-Long Odyssey

    This summer, indie bands everywhere booked out-of-town gigs, loaded up the van and hit the open American road in search of new fans and more success. They racked up miles and formed impressions of the places they visited. Few crossed an ocean, drove 15,000 miles or put as much trust in total strange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Meditations on Home Cheese-Making

    My husband has never been one to shy away from making foodstuffs at home that can be easily (and cheaply) purchased elsewhere. In addition to regularly brewing beer, he has also tried his hand at making yogurt, bagels and kimchi. I admire his culinary ambition and certainly relish the fruits of hi ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Cat Piss, Horse Sweat, Wet Dog, Barnyard (Unusual Wine Descriptors)

    One of the pet peeves at our house is gooseberries. No, not the berries themselves. But the people who use the descriptor gooseberry when writing a tasting note. As one wine blogger put it, "New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's classic description is smelling like cats' pee on a gooseberry bush. If you g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Wine Classes in Houston This Fall, Foreign and Domestic

    If there were two lessons to be drawn from the current wave of wine connoisseurship in our country, they would be the following: 1. Wine is the new golf. 2. Every wine tasting is a singles event in disguise. There are a couple of cool wine-tasting series coming up in Houston, one foreign, the othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    WWF's Top 7 Classic "Foreign Heel" Theme Songs

    The WWF may have been the most patriotic American institution during the '80s and '90s; it turned Hulk Hogan into one of the biggest symbols of patriotism in recent memory. But there's a fine line between patriotism and nationalism, which the WWF straddled for years. By using jingoist superstars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    USA-Italy Rugby: Yes, This Is A Kind Of a Big Deal

    During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the United States Eagles had a decent shot to make it to the first quarterfinals in club history. And the Eagles played well for a half against the Italians before poor tackling did them in during a 27-10 loss. On Saturday, June 23, the two will meet for the first t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Taste Perversion: Artichokes and Wine

    "Taste perversion" is what the scientists call it. The expression refers to the way that foods (or drugs) can affect taste after they have been consumed. In the wine world, artichokes are considered one of the greatest offenders. The issue is caused by a component called cynarin (after the Latin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Friday Night: Mt. Eden At Rich's

    Mt. Eden Rich's April 20, 2012 Friday, Mt. Eden, a music duo from New Zealand that is not Flight of the Concords, played a show at Rich's. And they were very good. At least, I suspect that they were, and that's the probably closest anyone can get to conclusively arguing an opinion one way or the ot ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Pair With Salad?

    Anyone who's ever traveled to Italy or France knows that the romance Europeans eat their salad after the main course. In the French and Italian view, fresh lettuces, bitter chicory (like radicchio veronese), delicate white endive, and vinegar-based dressings are intended to cleanse the palate afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    The Tyranny of Choice: Top 5 Single-Dish Restaurants I Want to See in 2012

    I was happy to read Katharine's Shilcutt's piece on the single-dish restaurant trend for several reasons. First, I generally love the idea of specialty shops and sometimes long for the days when grocery shopping meant going to the butcher, then the cheese-monger, then the bakery, etc., etc., rather ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    He's Alive! Top 9 Musician Death Hoaxes of 2011

    It seems like 2011 was the year of the celebrity death hoax which involved many musicians. We use that term loosely for the sake of this blog. Death is never a joking matter but you can't help but chuckle at the thousands of folk who got punked over fake death reports. Let's run through the most m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Ben & Jerry Whip Out Their Schweddy Balls: Five Other Pervy Food Names​Neat. Good times. Ben & Jerry have exposed their newest, limited-batch flavor "Schweddy Balls" based on the mock-NPR SNL sketch starring Alec Baldwin because "It's never too early to start celebrating the holiday season." (Wasn't it just Labor Day?) According to the company sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Cat Piss in Your Wine? No, That's JalapeƱo

    ​Of all the "aromatic" white grapes in the world, there is probably none more distinctive than Sauvignon Blanc. In France, it can be steely and intensely fragrant, as in Sancerre where it often takes on a cat piss (more properly called "tom cat") note on the nose. In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Apollo 13: The Theater Show

    This is a trailer for Apollo 13: Mission Control, posted on NASA's Buzzroom blog today. The show is not a NASA production, it's an interactive theater piece that, as far as we can tell, is done in New Zealand and Australia. The show's website says: To transport you to Houston, Texas, the theatre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Chasing Venus 2010 Malborough Appellation Sauvignon Blanc

    ​With the recent burst of spring-like weather earlier this week, it just felt wrong to open up another heavy red, so instead, I picked a tingly New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from a selection of samples I've received lately. It was a nice change up from all the red wine I've been drinking latel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #30 Elysian Fields Lamb and Mushy Peas at Tony's

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2010

    Mother’s Day Brunch at Tokyo One

    Taste the goodness of Japan at this celebration for mom

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Odd Pair: Venison Jerky and Pinot Noir

    ​We love deer hunting season - venison sausage, venison chili and venison jerky. Everything just tastes better with venison. Yes, we know there are people out there cursing our name for promoting the hunting of Bambi. But we can't help it. And in honor of our obsession, this week's Odd Pair fe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 29, 2009


    This is opera worth getting out early for

  • Music

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Aftermath: Flight of the Conchords at Jones Hall

    The thing about musical comedians is that if the humor is there but the tuneage is not, you can pretty much cash your chips in and give up and steal some of Louis CK's jokes and start selling out basketball arenas. New Zealand's Flight of the Conchords almost has too much musical talent to waste it ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Artist of the Week: Caretta Bell

    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 Photos courtesy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Mail Call: Post-AC/DC Edition

    AC/DC may be gone (sniff), although the ringing in several of Rocks Off's friends' ears (and his own) lingers on, but the mail goes on... Waylon Jennings & the .357s (Littlefield/Nashville, R.I.P.), Waylon Forever (by request): "'I'd been playing my dad the music I was inspired by at the time, ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: It's Bjorkin' Time!

    Well, it's happened again. A rock star has attacked brutally attacked a poor little photographer. And no, it wasn't a member of an infamous rap group or some cracked-out ex-sex symbol with two children. It was Bjork. Iceland's favorite batshit chanteuse ripped into a photographer in a New Zealand a ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 22, 2007
  • Music

    March 8, 2007

    Trans Am

    Sex Change

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2006

    We Like Patrice Pike

    Courtesy of CBS/Rockstar: Supernova The sultry Pike, who regularly wowed audiences on Rockstar: Supernova, hits Houston tomorrow. Austin singer/songwriter/siren Patrice Pike is known to many nationally as the contestant on the reality show Rockstar: Supernova who gained a legion of fans with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2006

    We Like Patrice Pike

    Courtesy of CBS/Rockstar: Supernova The sultry Pike, who regularly wowed audiences on Rockstar: Supernova, hits Houston tomorrow. Austin singer/songwriter/siren Patrice Pike is known to many nationally as the contestant on the reality show Rockstar: Supernova who gained a legion of fans with h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 16, 2006
  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005

    He's So Klute

    Tom Withers drops his drum 'n' bass on Clark's

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2005

    More than Music

    Hollywood goes Texan at the South By Southwest Film Festival and Conference

  • Culture

    February 24, 2005

    In Place

    Jane and Louise Wilson explore empty spaces in "Erewhon"

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Culture

    November 6, 2003

    Image-Free Art

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

  • Music

    October 3, 2002


    The Doppler Effect (Opposite Day)

  • Dining

    June 7, 2001

    A Matter of Grape Concern

    Ibiza makes for a pleasant escape

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    It's All in the Game

    Speaking off the toque: Francis Walters

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Maori Madness

    A Houston sculptor replicates preserved tribal heads and offends New Zealand

  • Music

    October 2, 1997
  • Music

    August 7, 1997
  • Film

    March 23, 1995
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