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  • 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 >>

  • Culture

    July 25, 2013

    Love Among the Ruins: A Town in Decline in LaToya Ruby Frazier's Witness

    LaToya Ruby Frazier's photographs detail the personal loss when a city falls apart.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Oregon Judge Upholds $81 Million Judgment Against KBR in Toxic Chemical Case

    Poor KBR just can't get a break -- a federal judge in Oregon has affirmed an $81 million judgment against the Houston-based firm for exposing National Guard soldiers to a deadly chemical at an Iraqi water injection plant in 2003. The judgment was awarded to the first 12 veterans, out of hundreds sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Houston, You're Damn Mellow When It Comes To Finances (Really?)

    A new study claims Houston is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to not getting too stressed about personal finances. This "Houston" that CardHub.com is talking about is apparently the one right here in Texas -- the one where we don't know too many people who aren't "stressed about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Jacqui Sutton, Houston's "Jazzgrass Lady"

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jacqui Sutton is the lead singer for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Top 5 Albums Lost to Us Because of Thieving Dicks

    Songs are like babies. Some of them drop into the world with barely a push, while others require yanking out with a wicked set of tongs after a long labor. Generally the latter is more common than the former, which is why any musician worth his or her salt carries around some sort of notebook to kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Texas Wine Blogger Alfonso Cevola Wins Top Honor

    Yesterday, the organizers of the Wine Blog Awards announced the 2012 winners, including Dallas-based wine blogger Alfonso Cevola (above), who won for the "best single subject wine blog" category. Now in their sixth year, the Wine Blog Awards are widely considered the highest accolades in the world ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    According to This, San Antonio Has a Better Music Scene Than Houston

    Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot. Th ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    Ooh La La, Grace Potter

    Country's biggest summer tour an alt-pop blond bombshell.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2012

    Best Of Free Press Summer Fest Day 1: Quintron, Big Freedia, Morris Day, Etc.

    See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage. Be sure to also check out our slideshows: the sexy, sweaty Summer Fest crowds and the bands of Summer Fest 2012. Cory Garcia: Stage 7 isn't the most glamorous. Most of your set will be spent playing to the handful of people who came out to y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Top 10 Most Outrageous Onstage Incidents, Antics & Meltdowns

    Everyone has their meltdown moments, no doubt about it. We make mistakes and, most of the time, we try to correct them. We have them because we are all human. Unfortunately, though, when you are in the spotlight, your hurts, tantrums, mistakes and meltdowns are all magnified for all the world to se ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2012

    All Shook Up

    The Alabama Shakes ride their momentum right into Houston.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Need A Band Name? Let A Random Gawker Headline Help You!

    Gawker is one of the most fun and informative sites on the innerwebs. Where else can you hear about the awful and sexy things that humans do to each other? Each day brings a new bounty of curiousness, like the one about the midget porn star Gordon Ramsay-lookalike that ended up being a hoax. It wasn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Houston, You Are the Tenth Most Promiscuous City, You Slut

    Feeling at home in Houston.​Man, you host one slutwalk and.... Houston has been named the tenth most promiscuous city in the nation, in a study that we don't doubt for a second is rigorous, peer-reviewed and unassailable. It comes from a dating site called OKCupid, but the people at OKCupid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Can't We Just Leave D.B. Cooper Alone?

    On the plus side, maybe this guy can get a new gig.​This November marks the 40th anniversary of the hijacking of Northwest Flight #305 by a man calling himself "Dan Cooper." The hijacker, later erroneously referred to in the media as "D.B.," jumped out of the plane at an altitude of 10,000 fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Houston Led Nation in Population Growth in Last Decade, Rice Finds

    Rice U video No city in America grew more in population in the last decade than Houston, a Rice study said today. And if you don't believe it, they put out the slick video above to erase any doubt. Houston added 1,231,393 residents between 2000 and 2012, the study of census figures said; the next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst U.S. State Flags

    As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Houston Dogs Worst In Country For Attacking Mail Carriers

    Probably lives in Houston​It's hard out there for a Houston mail carrier -- if the heat doesn't get you, the dogs probably will. The United States Postal Service has put out its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for dog attacks, and coming in at the top is....us. USPS says 62 Houston lett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    20 Takes Of "Louie Louie," Motorhead To The Fat Boys

    ​Today is the 48th anniversary of Portland, Ore., garage-rock group the Kingsmen recording their version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie." The Kingsmen's version would end up being the most enduring and controversial take of the song, unleashing the U.S. government on the group and the song fo ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2011

    MasterMinds 2011

    Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Houston's Lindsay McCormick Hits The Big Time -- Dating Mark Sanchez

    Mark Sanchez' Houston heartthrob, reportedly​Lindsay McCormick is an ESPN type from Houston who, we have to admit, we've never heard of.But her official bio says she "has appeared on ESPN Streak for the Cash and ESPN College Pick'em on ESPN.com, the MtvU music countdown show The Dean's List, The C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Sinfully Good Treats from Sinfull Bakery

    ​Ever since my run-in with some miserable gluten-free (GF) pancakes a while back, I've been wary of GF food in general. But wary doesn't mean I don't keep trying the stuff in hopes of finding some magical GF cookie that doesn't taste like a Frisbee. There are certainly plenty of excellent GF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Hot New Chocolatier in Town

    ​Dark chocolate bark with chipotle and almonds marked the beginning of a romantic Valentine's Day season at my house. My wife is wild about chocolate and chile pepper confections, so I try to buy her some every year at this time. I used to mail-order the wonderful chocolate-and-chile pepper ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    More ParkerMania Continues: An Obama Phone Call, Roller-Skating Drag Queens

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​The media fallout from Annise Parker's mayoral victory continues to roll in.President Barack Obama called to congratulate her (he didn't mention the gay angle), but he called while she was giving an interview to Fox 26. And really, what's more important, Obama or Fox 26? So ... More >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Missing the Mexican

    Did we underestimate the popularity of Gustavo Arellano's column?

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Pump Up the Volume

    St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.

  • Music

    April 16, 2009

    Merchant of Soul

    Spoon's musical tinker Britt Daniel avoids the cringe.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Tonight: MDC at Walter's on Washington

    Early 80's hardcore punk would have been a tad empty without Austin's Millions Of Dead Cops (or MDC for short). Singer Dave Dictor was one of the first sexually ambigious - as outlined on "America's So Straight," from the band's 1982 debut Millions of Dead Cops - singers among the decidedly macho co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top Ten Indie Rock Albums of 2008

    In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're too busy recycling va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience (l-r): Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead Wednesday morning in his Portland, Oregon, hotel room, Billboard reported today. Mitchell, 62, most likely died of natural cau ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    My Morning Jacket Announce Fall Tour

    My Morning Jacket have announced their fall tour. Check the dates after the jump, and let the wailing and lamentations begin...

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    Battle of the Dimes: What’s in a Name?

    Is this the Dimes... Sometime in the near future, Houston indie-rock fans will have to get used to calling one of their favorite bands something else entirely. Actually, some people will probably always refer to the Westside quartet as the Dimes, but management for another Dimes – a strummy quarte ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2007
  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007

    The Gospel According to Tammy Faye

    Tammy Faye Messner adds music to the mascara

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    Free Lunch

    Freegans prove there is such a thing as they Dumpster-dive for food for themselves and the homeless

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    The Shocking Truth

    Houston police are looking to Tasers as a panacea. But nothing's perfect.

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Feel This

    Enema of the Mental State: Notes from the Battle on Irritable Blink-182 Syndrome

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    Loretta Lynn

    Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Sleater-Kinney

    One Beat (Kill Rock)

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Letters

    Rockin' On, A Stark Affair, Wrong War?

  • Dining

    January 25, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    McCormick & Schmick's Spanish coffee

  • Dining

    December 7, 2000

    Today's Horoscope

    You'll meet a creative Aries who will shake up your traditional ideas

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Music

    April 30, 1998

    Dream So Real

    Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing

  • Music

    March 28, 1996
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