Peggy Lee

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan at Arena Theatre, 8/30/2013

    Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band Arena Theatre August 30, 2013 By now most Buddy Guy fans know to pack an extra pinch of salt between their cheek and gum before going to see him live. The man does go on sometimes. The Louisiana-born septuagenarian bluesman's credentials extend qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Is That All There Is?: Philosophy's Greatest Hits

    I love Queen, and the late Freddie Mercury had the best rock voice ever (in my opinion), so it pains me to say that some of music's worst thought-out lyrics are scrunched into the opening lines of "Bohemian Rhapsody." "Is this the real life?/ Is this just fantasy?", the song begins, but mere breath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    4:50 a.m.: The 15 Best Fishing Songs We Could Find

    Rocks Off never thought we'd say this, but the country eye candy behind "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," Billy Currington, turned out to be pretty wise. He was smart enough to record the song "Bad Day of Fishin'" anyway, which contains the sage advice "a bad day of fishing beats a good day of anythin ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 10, 2012

    Double Dose of Art

    Two Houston companies stage different, but both worthwhile, productions of the same masterpiece.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Jukeboxes

    Along with pickled pig's feet and a steady supply of Slim Jims, a good jukebox is a prime element for any great bar. But, like dinosaurs, jukeboxes are a vanishing breed. Unlike digital jukes, iPods or DJs, jukeboxes require love, care and maintenance, as well as -- among the truly great ones -- som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Top 5 Songs About Coffee To Celebrate National Coffee Day!

    National Coffee Day is September 29. Most of us can't function without our morning cup, whether it's black, loaded with sugar and cream, or one of those $10 fancy-pants 20-ouncejobs. It's part of our morning routine, it's a ritual, it warms our souls and gets us moving. It's a social custom and a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    The Best Songs From 1958

    ​This Saturday is Craig's Hlist's father's birthday, and the man turns 53. Sorry to out your age, Dad, but it's for science. This week while doing other research, we found that most people whose art we enjoy were actually born in 1958. People like Alec Baldwin, Prince, Jello Biafra, Jools Holl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    30 Seconds With David Choi

    Rocks Off sat down with Youtube sensation David Choi to see what we could learn about the man who gave us "YouTube, A Love Song" in 30 seconds.​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? David Choi: It just came out on YouTube recently, and I dread even thinking about it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Carolina Chocolate Drops Pay Sweet Homage To Southern Musical Traditions

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​Not many modern bands can claim that the music they play spans more than 150 years in the annals of American history, but the Carolina Chocolate Drops's double sold-out shows last night at Mucky Duck oscillated smoothly between early 2000s hits and songs as old as "Dix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    He Said She Said: Fire In The Earhole!, Part 2

    ​To be honest, She Said can't really remember the last time she stepped foot inside Mai's. It was definitely several years ago, before she left Houston and then came back again, and it was probably with this guy, probably after a show. She Said probably had some Thai curry and hot tea, but she can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Two Top Producers Recall Their Earliest Musical Memories

    Two of the better known roots producers on the scene have radically different memories of the first music of their childhoods that gripped them by the ears and heart. Gurf Morlix, whose notable production credits include Lucinda Williams' Grammy-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road as well as stella ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Bodega's Taco Shop's Hibiscus Margarita on the Rocks

    ​A contractor I knew as Cowboy once told me the margarita was named after singer Peggy Lee in the late '40s at Galveston's storied Balinese Room. (He also told me that Frank Sinatra, a fixture at the former waterfront hotspot, refused to touch his own penis; he had hired hands do the job for h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Aftermath: Buddy Guy, Silly but Still Scorching at House of Blues

    Photos by Eric Sauseda/ Click here for a slideshow​ Of all the still-living bluesmen whose careers were firmly established before the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, etc. came along in the mid and late '60s, the knock on Buddy Guy is that live, he is the most inconsistent. Convent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Mick Jagger's Brother Tells British Readers About His Recent Visit To The Balinese Room, Somehow

    Photo by rhaagaThe Balinese Room, several months before Chris Jagger apparently enjoyed a drink there.Has British tabloid the Daily Mail become the Daily Fail? It sure seemed like it when Hair Balls came across a Texas travelogue by Chris Jagger.Jagger, the brother of Mick, gathered little moss as h ... More >>

  • Music

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Local Rotation: The Snake Charmers' Been Gone Too Long

    The Snake Charmers Been Gone Too Long Contrary to popular belief, the blues is mostly about restraint; a few carefully chosen and timed notes are almost always preferable to a shower of technically precise show-offery. Luckily, the Snake Charmers don't have this problem. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Your Election Night Soundtrack

    U2: Bono say vote! Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Aftermath: Jana Hunter and Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez at the Petrol Station

    Photos by Ramon "LP4" Medina It would be a stretch to call Wednesday's Jana Hunter/Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez show - which had been hastily relocated to Garden Oaks coffeehouse/pub the Petrol Station from DiverseWorks - normal. That much was clear when some guy came out of his house and expressed his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Requiem for the Balinese Room

    All artwork courtesy of “Deep in the South of Texas not so long ago, there on a crowded island in the Gulf of Mexico It didn't take too much money, man, but it sure was nice. You could dance all night if you felt all right, drinking whiskey and throwing dice. And everybody know ... More >>

  • Music

    August 14, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    April 21, 2008

    So, Like, What’s Up With "Gossip Girl"?

    Okay, so I totally hesitate to write this post because I fear it is a sign that I’ve turned into everything I hated as a teenager, meaning, a totally out of it adult who is trying desperately to understand what the kids are into these days and then, once she thinks she understands it, shakes her h ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2007

    The Savages

    Testing the limits of familial bonds, one nursing-home application at a time

  • Music

    July 5, 2007
  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Everlasting Sounds

    Ten of the year's most timeless records

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Never Go to a Party in Friendswood

    Where does your town rank in the Houston-area good-taste stakes?

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2003
  • Film

    September 18, 2003

    Give Fighting a Chance

    Cuba and Beyoncé fire up the soul of the South

  • Music

    May 23, 2002
  • Culture

    August 16, 2001

    Branson on the Bayou

    Smokey Joe's sterilizes the pop classics of the '50s and '60s

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    Ghost of a Chance

    The Balinese Room needs a gambler willing to bet the house - on its own future

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    The Real Diva

    Nancy Wilson returns from jazz-pop limbo

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Barney! Biz! Bluebonnets!

    And other signs that Texas Monthly's brain trust doesn't have a neuron left

  • Film

    September 10, 1998

    Little Big Man

    Lightweight Simon's no Meany, but he can make you cry

  • Music

    August 13, 1998
  • Music

    May 14, 1998
  • Calendar

    May 22, 1997
  • Music

    December 15, 1994