Long before Portland took their largest lead of the game well into the fourth quarter of game two in the first round of the Western Conference at Toyota Center, the cracks were showing in the Rockets' foundation. Despite a blistering start with Dwight Howard absolutely dominating on the low post goi ... More >>
Das Rheingold Is a monumental undertaking.
Every half-decade or so, a band becomes the epicenter of a punk-gone-popular zeitgeist. The Clash became hybrid sonic legends underpinned by a political conscience, Nirvana delivered the sludge-core ennui of the Pacific Northwest to the masses, Green Day brought tightly coiled power-trio fare to FM- ... More >>
Time for bets, beers, and plenty of wings -- Super Bowl XLVIII is just around the corner. Unfortunately, the Texans completely blew it, so our grand plans of J.J. Watt Texans Tackle Crackle ice cream cake pops are spoiled. But no worries, we've still got a few Super Bowl tricks up our sleeve. Wheth ... More >>
If you like wet, overcast, cool weather, this week is going to be your favorite. If you don't, buck up there, little man, there is good to be had from your misfortune. While anyone who suffers from seasonal effective disorder (i.e. people who live in Seattle) might find this week kind of depressing, ... More >>
Little Joe Washington Boondocks, August 6 Out of a Third Ward blues guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe Guitar Hughes, Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: He's also p ... More >>
The Rolling Stones announced the dates of their 2013 North American tour Wednesday morning, and Houstonians who were hoping to see the band on the North American edition of their 50th anniversary celebration will have to either hop on a plane or wait for a possible second leg. The tour, announced o ... More >>
Walters' new location finally has a head of steam. A frighteningly long downtime followed the shuttering of the Washington Avenue location, and some began to fear a new one would never materialize. Sure enough, the new location finally opened it's doors at 1120 Naylor late in 2011, just north of UH- ... More >>
It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. Normally if you hand me a bunch of instrumental music I will respond with some variation on the famous Cave Johnson Lemon Speech except that I wi ... More >>
Jeff Mangum, Tall Firs Cullen Theater, Wortham Center January 21, 2013 The level of nervous anticipation throughout Wortham Center beforehand ran high, while in the lobby countless hushed conversations between excited faces were underway. Jeff Mangum had finally come to Houston, and to say that the ... More >>
The raw fish and raw meat here are so delicately and deliciously rendered, you might think about giving up on the whole fire thing.
Wondering where all the Gulf appellation oysters are this year, after the big to-do over Pepper Grove and Ladies' Pass oysters in 2011? Not to worry, says Jim Gossen of Louisiana Seafood, one of the area's largest oyster suppliers. They're right around the corner. Gossen -- along with noted oyster ... More >>
North Korea (and audiences) go home unhappy.
Most of us who live in Houston like to bitch about the weather. It's too hot. It's too cold. It's too dry. It's too rainy. As the saying goes, "If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait." For a tropical weather climate like ours, it is hard to get used to any one weather pattern for too long beca ... More >>
Rodriguez House of Blues, October 23 Had he not fallen victim to slow sales in the early '70s, Detroit-born rocker Rodriguez could have been one of the biggest acts of the decade. After releasing two sturdy, Dylanesque albums, 1970's Cold Fact and Coming From Reality the next year, Rodriguez left r ... More >>
Last week, Eater Houston broke the news that Erin Smith -- executive chef at Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro and one of the few female execs in the city -- would soon be departing. In her place: Lindsey Vanarsdel, who is currently Plonk's executive sous chef. During her nearly three-year tenure at Plonk, ... More >>
In Safety Not Guaranteed and Lola Versus, love doesn't mean an insult to the audience's intelligence.
Laura Gibson is a singer-songwriter from Oregon... where pretty much all the really great indie artists come from, apparently. Seriously, it's like half of the musicians I find a brilliant music video for come either from England or the Pacific Northwest. Dreariness is apparently a muse, but I digre ... More >>
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
As the year comes to its close and we welcome the cool temperatures and the grey skies, definitely our favorite weather, we turn to the Pacific Northwest and the band AgesandAges. Mick Cullen of Subterranean Radio, our dealer in all excellent and underground, passed along the music video for ... More >>
And do matanzas only happen in New Mexico?
We still don't know whether a deal will make it through Congress or whether instead the Tea Party will drive the nation off the economic cliff. If the U.S. defaults and all of a sudden can't write checks, things could get....interesting. Fortunately, there are back-up plams. 5. Social Security ch ... More >>
I have nothing against robots, per se. Some of the greatest antagonists in sci-fi have been fearsome automatons like those found in Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series, or the Terminator, or the...Battle Android Troopers (B.A.T.s) from G.I. Joe. I guess. And although robot offerings in recent ... More >>
Readers chime in on Battle of the Bands
Forty-six years ago today, a group of teenagers gathered in a Portland, Oregon, studio to record a ridiculously simple anthem that would go on to become one of the most influential - and most misunderstood - songs in rock history. The group was the Kingsmen - none of whom was over age 17 - and the s ... More >>
Strangeways, here they come: Rocks Off has learned that former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has requested passes for his ex-bandmate Morrissey's sold-out April 11 show at Jones Hall, leading to speculation that the two will perform onstage together for the first time since the influential Manchester ... More >>
You remember that episode in The Simpsons where the enthusiastic and forward-looking evil genius Hank Scorpio gives Homer a job in his spiffy and fun Globex Corporation and the family moves to that sparkling Pacific Northwest-looking town? And Scorpio’s company shows Marge that documentary about l ... More >>
Click here for a slideshow. I'm almost ashamed to admit this was my first Westheimer Block Party, or Street Fest, or Surprisingly Well-Organized Locals-Only Outdoor Event Sponsored by a Competing Publication on a Shoestring Budget (That Nonetheless Needed More Food Vendors), or whatever you want t ... More >>
If Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Dash Rip Rock or the Black Dahlia Murder/3 Inches of Blood metalocalypse ain’t your bag tonight, Houston’s beloved Ka-Nives play a house party at 9:30 tonight with the Dimes and American Sharks. So far the location of said party is a well-kept secret, but check H ... More >>
How long is long enough to declare an album truly great? Six months is probably pushing it – sorry, Wincing the Night Away – but 20 years seems safe enough. It’s the traditional span of a generation, or at least it used to be. Casting an eye back on 1987, the year of the Iran-Contra affair, Bl ... More >>
Tunnel Mole™ has learned about a new religious holiday--hey, it's the one we celebrate this weekend! Coworkers tell TM that Sunday is NASCAR Day; what with the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indy 500 on the same day. I don't know about you, but I feel the need for speed. One of our society's greatest poe ... More >>
Compare East Coast oysters to Gulf Coast oysters and see what you think
Lunch with Pat Brown
Attention, Gulf Coast seafood fans: You're about to love a chain from Oregon