"Cheap and cheerful" is a phrase I picked up while traveling in northern England used to refer to a quick, inexpensive and tasty meal. I immediately pocked the phrase, loving the connotation that cheap meals don't have to be depressingly awful (i.e., most fast food and frozen dinners).
One of my fa ... More >>
You'll notice several things upon entering a British pub for the first time, especially if your only pub experiences to date have been in the States: The pubs are clean, bright and welcoming. The food is usually quite good. And pubs are family-friendly places -- for the most part -- which makes sens ... More >>
5. Butthole Surfers, "Good King Wenceslas"
Would you believe me if I told you that a Butthole Surfers song is impossible to explain? There's a version of "Good King Wenceslas" that Mannheim Steamroller made pretty famous on elevators around the world. You wouldn't recognize the words if I told you, ... More >>
Sixty-eight must be a pretty significant number to Archie Bell these days. Not only was 1968 the year that "Tighten Up" -- his million-selling single with Archie Bell and the Drells -- was released, but the man himself turns 68 years old tomorrow.
A seminal piece of endlessly danceable proto-funk, ... More >>
The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receiveDespite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family.
A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>
As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo?
1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>
Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song.
It's close. No flies on G ... More >>
Lupe Ontiveros in the 2007 film Tortilla Heaven.The controversial installment of Glee that aired last night, the third of season two, centered on spirituality and a very spiritual sandwich.
The episode opened with Finn Hudson's (Cory Montieth) existential crisis, brought on by the manifestat ... More >>
Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead.
Through the course of drinking various soft drinks and reporting back to you on them, I'll occasionally discover beverages like Vimto: something I ... More >>
Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next five weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead.
If you're like me, you might wander up to the refrigerated drink case at Phoenicia and think that the red, yellow and white can of Vimto sitting o ... More >>
It's been 25 years since Tipper Gore and the ladies of the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) self-righteously rode the the rescue of delicate ears across America, claiming that rock music was "infecting the youth of the world with messages they cannot handle." It was the 1950s all over again. Th ... More >>