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    June 19, 2014
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    November 28, 2013
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    June 3, 2013

    Your Guide to Video Game Cocktails

    I tend toward role-playing games, and as a result I often end up in long, Zen-like bouts of level grinding that involve hours of defeating monsters over and over again in order to overpower my team to the point they steamroll over the bosses. It's honestly the happiest I am as a gamer, and it lends ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Slapping Bey's Ass May Have Been a Poor Life Choice, Dude

    I'm just going to go with the obvious here and say that when you're at a concert, there's a golden rule that one should follow, both with your fellow concertgoers and with the performers. It's a rule that has been reiterated since the dawn of man: keep your hands to yourselves. Sticky paws are not w ... More >>

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    May 12, 2013

    How to Roast the Perfect Chicken in 10 Simple Steps: It's Easier Than You Think

    "Who's going to teach me to roast a chicken?" I saw my best friend Tweet a few days ago. After a two month-long work trip to Norway, she had come back to the States more determined than ever to eat healthy. And what's healthier than a roasted chicken with a few vegetables tossed in? It's cost-effici ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Horror Business: The Top 5 Most Evil Rock Stars

    Halloween and rock and roll go together like peanut butter and jelly. Something about darkened rooms filled with outlandish costumes and screaming girls, we guess. Some of the rock's most ghoulish stars are also its most fun, as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will no doubt prove once again at Reliant ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    September 20, 2012

    Last Night: Beach House at House of Blues

    Beach House House of Blues September 19, 2012 It's been two years since Baltimore dream-team Beach House visited Houston. When they played Walter's in 2010, we foresaw bigger things for them -- a bigger stage, to be exact. Our vision was accurate: Beach House played to a near sold-out crowd at Hous ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Sunday: Niki & the Dove Bring Electric Instinct to Houston

    Sweden produces some of the best electronic music in the world, as evidenced by the exhilarating Covenant show that hit Numbers two weeks ago. This time, Fitz's gets to host some Scandinavian beep-and-boopery, and it doesn't get any better than Niki & the Dove. I first got into the band after cover ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Film

    June 7, 2012

    Oslo, August 31st

    An addict revisits the people he has hurt and his own demons.

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    March 8, 2012
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    February 16, 2012
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    January 10, 2012

    Refused Are Not Fucking Dead, Playing Coachella

    Photo via officialrefused.com​Holyshitholyshitholyshit. As if the news of the At The Drive In reunion wasn't enough, Refused is back. The trailblazing hardcore band that called it quits in 1998 have reassembled and in a statement on their site, confirmed that they're playing Coachella as well ... More >>

  • Film

    December 22, 2011

    New Girl in Town

    Rooney Mara takes control of the Stieg Larsson juggernaut in Dragon Tattoo.

  • Culture

    October 6, 2011

    SPECIAL GOOD GABACHO/EVIL ALABAMA EDITION

    When Should You Use Usted instead of And Are the Letters in this Column Real??

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    October 5, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Soren Pedersen of Sorrel Urban Bistro, On Culinary School in Denmark

    In late July, Sorrel Urban Bistro opened in the old Ziggy's Healthy Grille space at Greenbriar and West Alabama. In the open kitchen, Chef Soren Pedersen can be seen every day, turning out some of the most beautifully plated food in the city. We were curious about this newcomer to the Houston resta ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Guitarist Brian Robertson Loves Thin Lizzy, Texas Women

    ​As one half of Thin Lizzy's legendary "twin guitar" classic lineup in the mid- to late '70s, Scottish guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson started to make an impact on classic-rock history while still a teenager. That's him shredding on the legendary break in Lizzy's most popular (and, alas, al ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010
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    July 8, 2010

    A Royal ABBA Salute And Other Scandinavian Musical Delights

    Photos by Brittanie SheyThe Royal Band outside Stockholm Palace​Välkommen from Scandinavia! More specifically, Gothenburg, Sweden, the country's "second city" and home to some of Rocks Off's favorite bands from recent years, including El Perro Del Mar, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and The Knif ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Bun B Hurt At Gumball 3000 Rally Concert

    Careful there, Bun.​Bun B jumps onstage at Houston-area hip-hop concerts so often that the idea of the II Trill rapper getting hurt under the lights is almost inconceivable. But apparently that's what has happened. Allhiphop.com is reporting that Bun, whose presence will no doubt be missed at toni ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Nature's Revenge: Tunes For A Vengeful Planet

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​ We like to think of the planet we live on as "Mother" Earth, a caring, nurturing parent figure who we thoughtlessly abuse. Well, we at Rocks Off don't know if you've noticed, but Mom ain't exactly helpless. In fact, sometimes she seems less like a benevolen ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    For San Jacinto Day: Five Victories More Lopsided Than The Texas Army's

    ​I probably didn't need to remind you that today is the 174th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, where Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory over the forces of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The battle brought an end to the bloody Texas Revolution, and made siestas unfashiona ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Would YOU Let A Band That Looks Like This Entertain Your Children?

    www.hevisaurus.com​ Rocks Off just thought we'd ask. Because if so - and you live in Finland, and are, like, the CEO of Nokia or something - Hevisaurus will probably play your kid's next birthday party. These GWAR-meets-Barney boys come to us from over at Dlisted, where they're today's winners of ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    "Perspectives: An Intercultural View on American Values"

    Artists from around the world look at the elements that bind Americans together

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    March 11, 2010

    Cocio Mudslides

    ​We all love free samples, right? True, sometimes they make you want to throw that flimsy little toothpick right back at the poor old lady who made you put a gummy piece of "beef" stroganoff in your mouth. But other times, things turn out rather well, and you end up discovering something new a ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Dance Salad Festival

    Believe the hype (not the name)

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    March 26, 2009

    Tonight: Masshysteri (Early Show) at the Mink

    America's long love affair with all things garage and punk from the frozen, liberal land of Sweden has gone unabated for years, even replacing our tongue-wagging brouhaha for fresh British "iconoclasts" soon to be collecting dust in used bins. Masshysteri proves that such Scandinavian fetishes are w ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    January 20, 2009

    MySpaced Out: Finland Twangs!

    Frida Hyvönen We all know Helsinki rocks; that's a given. But to pigeonhole the Finnish music scene as nothing but one huge population of Laika and the Cosmonauts headbangers would be a mistake. While Finland certainly stands shoulder to shoulder with Sweden and Denmark when it comes to steroidal r ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Another Root Cellar Romp: Parsnips and Rutabagas

    Swedes are larger and denser than turnips. No, it's not an ethnic joke--swedes are what they call rutabagas in England. The rutabaga, or Swedish turnip, is often sold with a wax coating to protect the skin from discoloration. Rutabaga comes from the Swedish word rotabagge. Swedes are best roasted or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    You Local School Districts Are Paying Your Teachers Too Much!

    There's beeen plenty of drug talk when it comes to Houston schools lately, but what about some good news?Well, how about the fact that school districts are bitching that teachers down here are just getting paid too damn well?It's true. (We'll pause to give the teachers reading this a chance to stop ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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    December 28, 2007

    Navigating MySpace’s Musical Wilderness

    Tokyo Pudding: Like Devo, but Japanese I resisted MySpace like I resisted the World Wide Web, seat belts, unleaded gas, Barry Goldwater… but I digress. Since familiarizing myself with MySpace’s vast musical wilderness, I’ve become addicted to the surprises it reveals. Sometimes you discover a ... More >>

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    November 9, 2007

    Friday Shreds

    From the same surreal corner of the rock and roll psyche that gave us “Hoogie Boogie Land” comes this, the “…Shreds” series, in which rockin’ solos from the world’s rockin’-est guitar heroes are made still more, um, rockin’, through creative overdubbing. That, and the awesome po ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra

    Conductor Charles Dutoit and pianist Martha Argerich join the international youth orchestra for a world tour

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Meg White Sex Tape?

    Ever since 2000, when I first set eyes on the White Stripes' Meg White, I have had a crush on the little drummer girl. So, you would think that a supposed sex tape would have me and other pervo indie boys all aflutter. Alas, it's a bit of a letdown.

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    September 6, 2007

    “Array”

    Birds, words and persona moments make up CTRL Gallery’s latest exhibition

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    July 19, 2007

    The Spy in the Mes

    Polka just got a whole lot cooler

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    May 24, 2007

    “A Thing Called Early Blur”

    This exhibit is a product of Reykjavík

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    October 19, 2006
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    April 13, 2006
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    February 2, 2006
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    December 12, 2002

    The Most Extreme Sport of All

    Bike messengers converge in Houston for some extreme competition

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