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Phoenix (Arizona)

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Alice Cooper Once Made a High Schooler's Dream Come True

    Note: This story was written by Kathy Cano-Murillo and comes to us from our sister blog in Phoenix, Up on the Sun. Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high-school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    First Look at True Food Kitchen, A Restaurant Based on Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

    It's sad, but true: When you think of the "healthy" food options available in Houston today, there aren't many exciting options that come to mind. Enter True Food Kitchen, the Phoenix-based chain that is poised to take the nation by storm (they currently have eight open locations; Houston will be th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    10 Places Where Summer Weather is Worse Than Houston

    No one will argue with you if you claim that Houston is one of the most miserable places to be in the summer. It is. It's hot. It's humid. The mosquitoes fly off with small children. And, of course, there is always the threat of a hurricane. But is it the worst place in the world when it comes to su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Five "Nights" The Astros Can Use To Sell TIckets In September

    When it comes to the standings, Major League Baseball (or any team sport, for that matter) is a zero sum game. One team wins, one team loses, and in baseball, by the time August rolls around, from a business standpoint, you just hope that the teams that lose regularly are in cities where the fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Houston Ranks Low in Health, Fitness Survey (But We're Better Than Dallas!)

    It might be all that BBQ, the late-night bar hopping, or the fact it just makes more sense to drive wherever you have to go (we really wish we had the adventurous spirit of you daily bicycle riders), but Houston recently ranked not too far from the bottom of the American Fitness Index. The report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Houston in Top 10 Move Destinations in U.S., But Behind Dallas

    For the second straight year, Houston is ranked sixth on Penske Truck Rental's list of most popular move destinations of 2013. This is not surprising given both how economically friendly the city is and how freaking bad ass we are -- just ask like everyone ever. But, some of the other locations on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Houston's Top 10 Day-Drinking Bars

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Five Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Hurricane Meals, Fun Run with Beer & More

    Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin It's time for another Houston Press Hoppy Hour at MKT Bar. Come over right after work to get your weekend started and enjoy the Sack 'Em Football Sundays food menu from MKT Bar, along with special craft beer pairings from Buffalo Bay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ruben Ortega of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and the Story of How He Came to Houston

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Come back to read parts two and three in this same space on Thursday and Friday. In the Houston food world, everyone knows Hugo Ortega. The chef who started out as a dishwasher before falling in love with his restaurateur wife eventually open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Depeche Mode, The Cure, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Lionel Richie Head 2013 ACL Fest Lineup

    Moments ago, Depeche Mode, The Cure, MUSE, Kings of Leon, Atoms For Peace (featuring Thom Yorke and Flea), Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, The National, and Eric Church were announced as the headliners of the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival, which plans to expand to identical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Montrose

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Takes It Back to the '90s

    Coachella, the Only Music Festival That Matters (or so we're told), announced its 2013 lineup late Thursday night, no holograms or Rolling Stones included. Instead, two beloved '90s UK acts whose popularity in the U.S. is spotty at best, Blur and the Stone Roses, headline the first night of the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Jazz Fest Scores With Willie, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, etc.

    Well, I never thought that I would have John Mayer and Patti Smith together in the same headline with Willie Nelson and Frank Ocean, but that's why I kinda love New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, whose lineup was released earlier this morning. Rewind: A Texican in New Orleans: Lessons Learned from Jazz F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Lindsey Buckingham, Etc.

    Recently Rocks Off noticed our VVM sister paper in Phoenix has been running a list of their picks for the upcoming week's best shows first thing Monday morning. We thought, "Hey, our readers speak the same language(s) as theirs do, so why not try it ourselves?" As far as Fleetwood Mac goes, Lindsey ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Crossing The Line: Days of Rage

    The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Otenki Releases Music Video For "Ghosts"

    Today is a big day for Houston six-piece Otenki, who are releasing their new music video for "Ghosts" off their sophomore album Kinetic via YouTube. Rocks Off got the chance to chat with guitarist/band manager Enoma Asowata over the weekend to get the scoop on the new video, the support from 94.5 Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Beware: Magazine Scammers in Houston

    They're baaaack....​A roving band of scamming douchebags calling themselves Nxcess Sales have parked themselves in Houston; these bottom-feeders have been making their way across the country, telling people they're selling magazines to raise funds for, among other things, local children's hosp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Brew Blog: Travel Edition (Four Peaks Oatmeal Stout)

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallFour Peaks in front, Bar Bianco rising majestically in the background.​I've been in Phoenix on business this week, spending my days jammed into a conference center, struggling to hold onto consciousness. I've been lucky, though, to have some family in the vicinity this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Introducing The Spacey Bobby Earth

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Several months ago, whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Get yer free mini burgers!​Fans of Little Bitty Burger Barn's burgers will be happy to hear about the email we received from owner Ricardo Luna about today's special at the restaurant: We are excited to announce that on Friday, 5/20, from 6PM-8PM, we will be giving away free 1/4 Basic Burger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Saturday Night: Space City Beat Battle At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jae Tovar/The Hive SocietyBlack Keys (left) and Space City Beat Battle organizer T. Piper​Space City Beat Battle Warehouse Live Green Room February 26, 2011 7:36 p.m.: Earlier this morning, our sons played their very first t-ball game. T-ball teams for 3-year-olds are six kids deep, ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011

    The Devil in DMX

    Can the celebrated rapper get out of trouble long enough to top the charts again?

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    HPD Takes To Cyberspace To Fight Gang Crime. Next Thing You Know, They'll Be On MySpace

    Courtesy stophoustongangs.org"Kids" "throwing up" "gang" "signs"​A slew of top cop brass from the city, state and federal levels assembled today to announce the latest weapon in the fight against gangs in Houston. A Web site. In 2010. Late as it is, the site could be useful. As the press releas ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2010

    Seized

    Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    ILLEGAL from Terry Greene Sterling

    Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone.

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Get Out!

    Arizona and America join Joe Arpaio in rushing to inquire: Are your papers in order?

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Arizona's Immigration Law Delayed; A Battle Report From the State

    ​A federal judge has delayed implementation of the most controversial parts of Arizona's new immigration-enforcement law, but that is only a first step in the state's frontline battle over border policy.Our sister paper Phoenix New Times is at the heart of the conflict, and has been devoting speci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    The Week In TV: Charlie Sheen's Career Not Hurt By Punching Women

    Back, for some reason​The dog days are here, people keep dying, and there's plenty of static on the dial. This was the week in TV Land:• When I was very young, my heart and soul were ruled by Thundercats. I even at one point made the regrettable decision to wear a watch featuring Lion-O to schoo ... More >>

  • News

    May 6, 2010
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    May 6, 2010
  • Culture

    May 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Krayolas Attack Arizona Immigration Law On "I'm Your Dirty Mexican"

    myspace.com/thekrayolas​ San Antonio Tex-Mex garage-rockers the Krayolas, who sharpened their political claws on the Little Steven-endorsed "Corrido (Twelve Heads In a Bag)," have set their sights on Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law on the band's new single "1070 (I'm Your Dirty Mexica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Arizona's Immigrant Law Sparks A Protest At Minute Maid

    Photos by Liana LopezProtesting at an Astros game, but somehow not about beer prices​ About 60 demonstrators were outside Minute Maid Park last night protesting the Arizona Diamondbacks in response to the state's newly passed SB 1070 anti-immigrant law.As baseball fans made their way into the sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Amongst Us: A Series On Immigration By Village Voice Media

    ​Our sister paper Phoenix New Times is at Ground Zero in the burgeoning debate over immigration and Arizona's efforts to control it.Village Voice Media, the chain that owns the Houston Press and publications in other such immigration hotspots as LA, Miami and New York, is beginning an extensive lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Protests Against Arizona's Law At The Astros Game: One Way To Spend Cinco De Mayo

    A team spokesman walks a tightrope in responding to the planned protests​Haven't found the perfect way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo yet? Some organizations have what they think is the perfect way to kick it off.Several Latino groups, including LULAC and Houston's Youth Coalition, will be protesting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Twitter You've Heard Of (Grrr), But What's a Drobot?

    ​Rocks Off's sister music blogs have been kicking ass on music analysis lately. At The Sound of The City, critic Christopher R. Weingarten talks about how Twitter and search-engine optimization (SEO) are ruining music journalism. And if you think Austin City Limits was a mess last year, check out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Benefit This Week For The Charity Established In Memory Of Two Rice Students

    ​Stone and Holt Weeks, two Rice students who died in a car accident last year, were well-liked brothers passionate about community service.Their death received a ton of media attention. Mostly because their father is well-known Washington journalist Linton Weeks, but partly because of how they led ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Houston Ranks Second in All-Important Commando Cilantro Index

    Photo by babyparentingguideDamn, guys, what's up with Houston only being the 39th manliest city in the land? We're only one spot above Seattle, and we all know what kind of dudes hang out there. Not very manly dudes, that's who. In all seriousness, this is easily one of the lamest surveys ever. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Hooters and Houston Texans

    I'm in a Hooters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and the Houston Texans are losing to the Oakland Raiders. And I'm the only one in the place watching the game. The requisite Redskins fans are scattered about, watching the Redskins on a majority of the TVs - really, is there any place besides Dall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Hooters and Houston Texans

    I'm in a Hooters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and the Houston Texans are losing to the Oakland Raiders. And I'm the only one in the place watching the game. The requisite Redskins fans are scattered about, watching the Redskins on a majority of the TVs - really, is there any place besides Dallas t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    New Tape Of A Young Springsteen Remembering His First Houston Gigs

    Someone has put up on YouTube the long audio interview he did with a very young Bruce Springsteen in Phoenix on March 24th, 1974 (Way before the 1978 Phoenix show that included the legendarily filmed "Rosalita").In part two of the six-part interview, Springsteen talks about the reception he's been g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Photos from McCain's Party in Arizona

    Our sister paper Phoenix New Times has plenty of photos from John McCain's party last night at the Biltmore Resort. Click here for the goods. -- Keith Plocek

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    News Chopper Crash Shows The Dangers

    KTRK has released the names of the two men killed in this morning’s helicopter crash in Montgomery County. The victims were pilot John Downhower and photographer Dave Garrett. Today’s tragedy serves as a stark reminder of what can go wrong every time a news organization puts a reporter or phot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Houston's Light Rail Not Good Enough For Baltimore

    There's a bit of a brouhaha up in Baltimore, as some government bureaucracy -- no one really knows for sure -- is offering to pay for journalists and bloggers to take free trips to cities with shiny new mass-transit rail systems, and then write glowingly about them. They're not interested in cities ... More >>

  • News

    July 17, 2008

    What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales

    That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story -- part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Solidarity, Baby

    Last week we told you how Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, was tossed in jail along with Jim Larkin, the chairman and chief executive officer. The case against them has been dropped. Completely. You can get the nitty-gritty here. In a show of solidar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Two Village Voice Media Higher-Ups Thrown in Jail Last Night

    Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey It’s not often that you come into work and find out your boss has been thrown in jail the night before. Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company and the guy who hired me almost ten years ago, was tossed in jail last night along ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 11, 2007

    Blame Canada

    A new pub on Westheimer that's lots of firkin fun for the whole firkin family!

  • Film

    January 5, 2006

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

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