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    October 20, 2014

    Premium Goods Offers Premium Sounds at 10-Year Bash

    Saturday evening, 8th Wonder Brewery in EaDo hosted a party for one of Houston's most important cultural institutions: the sneaker and apparel boutique Premium Goods (2416 Times Blvd.) was celebrating its 10-year anniversary of existence, and invited a few friends to assist in the festivities. Rocks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Fireball Cinnamon Whisky: Is It Really That Good?

    Why does everybody love Fireball Cinnamon Whisky? A taste will tell.

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    April 25, 2014

    18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill: San Leon's Pleasure Palace By the Bay

    "Are you havin' fun, darlin'? I sure hope you are." Our waitress, a young blonde in her mid-twenties, draws out nearly every syllable as she checks on us. We just smile and nod, a bit ashamed of the number of empty drinks strewn across the high-top table. Various fliers for local rap shows compete ... More >>

  • Music

    April 24, 2014

    18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill Is Bringing Stars to the Water

    Plastic cups and big concerts mark San Leon's antidote to Inner Loop social anxieties.

  • Music

    January 16, 2014

    Rip It Out

    The coming year in Houston recordings.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    17 Houston Acts to Watch Out For This Year

    BAGHEERA This slick, funky electro-duo has a huge year in store that only starts with a collaboration with Twin Shadow hooked up by Red Bull's Sound Select Program. Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy says he's still figuring out what to do with the songs he has stockpiled, but he knows he'd rather "get the ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The 12 Bars of Christmas and Then Some

    "I'm too pretty to look like a devil!" -- the gentleman in the photo above Christmas is only two days away. Another year full of laughs and cries and cheers and tears. A year spent with family and friends is never a bad one. And when the time for visiting family is done, once the dishes are in the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013
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    October 25, 2013

    Julieta Venegas at House of Blues, 10/24/2013

    "Eres Para Mi...." Julieta Venegas House of Blues October 24, 2013 Its the way Julieta Venegas looked straight into my eyes in the "Eres Para Mi" video I first saw on MTV TR3S back in 2006. Or the effortless mode of expressing her feelings through her soft voice, so delicate, yet strong and confid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Billy Currington Christens a New Mega-Honky-Tonk, Stampede Houston

    "God is great, beer is good... And people are crazy!" Billy Currington Club Escapade 2001 October 23, 2013 There's something about country music that polarizes people: they either love it or hate it. But when you sit down and think about it, most of the hate is a result of the culture of the music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    12 Hours In Houston: Bun B & the Mayor, Caribbean Festival, Graffiti Kids & '80s Mania

    "Tryna see how much paper that I might gain/ While I still keep it trill in what I write, mayne!" -- Bun B, "Let 'Em Know" I've been told by some that I live an interesting life. Concerts, dinners, photo shoots, dancing, art... you name it, I'm about it. I don't exactly know when this became my l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Café Tacvba at Arena Theatre, 9/8/2013

    Café Tacvba Arena Theatre September 8, 2013 My friend Chapy, percussionist for Los Skarnales and the Suffers, is a hardcore Café Tacvba fan. This past weekend was his 25th birthday, and he celebrated by attending both the Austin and Houston shows of the band's current U.S. tour. If anyone knows g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Texas B-Boys Step Up to North American Finals

    Within the four elements of hip-hop, breaking (aka "breakdancing" or "B-boying") is perhaps the most dynamic, and by far the most physical. The act of transforming a DJ's beats and MC's rhymes into a work of performance art takes courage, training, creativity, and a bit of luck. And like hip-hop as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: OG Bobby Trill, Bombon Beatmaker

    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? Last Saturday night, OG Bobby Trill tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    5 Badass Custom Guitars (That Can Be Used For Murder)

    You would think that guitar players could be content shredding awesome solos while holding one of the most worshipped musical instruments on the planet. Jim Morrison certainly didn't give head to Ray Manzarek's organ on stage. No sir, he went down on the all time greatest phallic symbol this side of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Got Issues? Ask Rock a Little

    Dear Rock A Little, So I am a little upset that you have not called me back and accepted for a fifth date. I was falling in love with you, but I guess you didn't feel the same way. Why are you avoiding me? Brian Smith Downtown Houston Dear Brian Smith, In the beginning I believed in love and thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Shot in the Dark: A Brief Preview of Next Week's Show

    Gosh, it's almost a week away from Rocks Off's second Shot in the Dark photo show. Snuck up on us. Today we just wanted to show you a few pictures you'll be seeing at War'Hous Visual Studios (4715 Main) next Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 10 p.m., like Marco Torres's striking photo of DJ Jazzy Jeff fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2012

    Coachella: Best Of Weekend 2, Day 1

    Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly are at Coachella again. Here's what they're up to. It's "hot, sultry and steamy," they say. Here's the best of what they saw Friday. Other Lives: Amidst the day's scorching heat -- when most sane people were asleep in their tents or at a fancy pool party -- a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Point-Counterpoint: The Monte Cristo Sandwich Is an Absurd Joke

    There are very few foods I don't like. It comes with the territory. And I am incredibly stubborn about the foods I dislike. By stubborn, though, I don't mean that I've pledged to hate them eternally. I mean that I will keep stubbornly trying foods I hate, year after year, just to see if perhaps my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW 2012: Our Inner Monologue (Day Two)

    If you are here in Austin for SXSW you know that this place has just devolved into free cereal, Doritos, and Red Bull on the streets, which are bathed in lasers from the tops of buildings. Plus there are screaming humans of all ages, races, sizes, and creeds on the streets almost 20 hours a day. Whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Somehow, Red Bull Has Become Very Important To Underground Rap In Texas

    A white guy, two black guys and a Mexican walk into a club. Harharhar. This coming Wednesday, February 1, Warehouse Live will host the inaugural show of the Red Bull Skooled tour. (If you've any concerns about the validity of the relationship Red Bull has rap, you're encouraged to read this, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    The Nine Best Mobile Apps for Fantasy Football Enthusiasts, Ranked

    Foster may hate you, but he was still #1 on your draft board this year​Thursday night marks the opening of the NFL season and fantasy nuts are gearing up with Red Bull, nachos, paid NFL television subscriptions and, you guessed it, technology. While I am not in a fantasy league (I have been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Kayla Moore of Cyclone Anaya's

    ​Although you couldn't tell by looking at her, Kayla Moore isn't from around here. In fact, the bartender, who currently slings tequila at Cyclone Anaya's CityCentre location, is from a tiny town called Alpena, Arkansas, population 371. Why did she come to Houston? "I wanted to live in a bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Remember Delo's Hood Politics?

    Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email ​Delo Hood Politics (Self-released, 2010) Delo is a Missouri City rapper who, as proof that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    A New Social Network For Bands To (Literally) Crash

    ​Touring is expensive, whether you're hauling around a KISS-level spectacle or just your own local indie selves in a van. It can be rough on the road. For those of us among the unsigned, every show is a gamble. What if you don't make enough at the venue for shelter that night, food, and gas t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Four Loko On The Run; It's Time For Substitutes

    Four Loko: Accept all substitutes​The makers of Four Loko, Phusion Projects, said in a statement this week that they will be pulling the stimulants and caffeine from it's blends of alcohol and liquid death in the coming of weeks to side-step a proposed government ban on the drinks. Phusion l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Lindsay Lohan & Demi Lovato: Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Pop Stars

    You said it, Demi.​If you're a parent, one day you'll inevitably come to the sobering realization that your child's ultimate happiness is out of your hands. Naturally you're going to avoid feeding them Red Bull and Cheetos for lunch (that's a man's meal) or letting them juggle steak knives, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Bartender Chat: Julienne Desjardins of Wild Geese Tavern

    ​You would never know it by looking at her, but Julienne Desjardins is tired. "I've been taking care of a sick child all day," she laughs. Despite this, she's still hustling about on a busy Tuesday evening, pouring beers, shaking shots, and getting everyone nice and tipsy at the Wild Geese Tav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2010

    ACL Day 1 Recap: Vampire Weekend, More Strokes & Sonic Youth, Sulking

    Photos by Marco TorresVampire Weekend​ For lots more pictures from Friday, see our slideshow here. Friday night at ACL began with Aftermath charging our phone up until 6:45 p.m., then sulking because the Internet was down in the media tent (duh), and then stocking our man-satchel with cans o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Phranchyze Crowned Houston's Freestyle King At Red Bull EmSee Contest

    Photos by RizohThursday's unanimous winner Phranchyze advances to the national Red Bull EmSee finals in Detroit.​Outside on Westheimer, a small crowd of young music lovers has gathered in front of Numbers. Before Rocks Off even makes our way into the building, we're immediately greeted by soul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Mud And Dreams At Summerfest: A Personal Reflection

    Jen Dulisse​ Due to a previous commitment to my Houston 48 Hour Film Project team, I missed Summerfest on Saturday, so it was with eager anticipation that I got into my car and started on the trip from my home in Friendswood to Eleanor Tinsley Park. And that was how I found myself thinking "I hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Pop Rocks: The Celebrity DUI Conundrum

    ​I've always preferred brunettes. Aside from making me not a gentleman, this simply meant I favored Jaclyn Smith over Farrah Fawcett, Lynda Carter (or JoAnna Cameron) to Deidre Hall, Yasmine Bleeth to Gena Lee Nolin, and Jane Seymour over, well...just about any of the other Bond Girls. Given ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: The Velvet Melvin's Grapefruit Delight

    Photo by Troy Fields​If, for the sake of unholy adventure, you want to check out the Diamond Club — once called the Pink Pussycat, it's the only "cabaret" in the Greenway area — I recommend warming up across the street at the Velvet Melvin Pub (3303 Richmond, 713-522-6798). Here, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    What the Oughts Brought: Top 10 Innovations and Trends

    Photo by Marco VeringaMolecular gastronomy, one of ten major innovations and trends of the last decade.​What funny food trends have marked the last decade? And what innovations do we hope carry us into the middle ages of the millennium? Here are a few things that have kept our tongues wagging. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 3, 2009
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    December 2, 2009

    Stirred and Shaken: Ernie's on Banks's Krappy Kicker

    Photo by Troy Fields​With apologies to those who had legitimately rough childhoods, the Houston Oilers damn near scarred me for life as a kid. I've actually blocked out some of the more traumatic episodes from my memory. Grim hospital visits, dead pets, divorce — all that stuff is clear, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Buzz Beer: Real Ale Coffee Porter

    ​Last autumn, when you could only get smooth, creamy, Real Ale Coffee Porter on draft, I named it one of my Top Ten Texas beers. This year, I was delighted to find it in bottles. I wasn't so delighted by the $9 price tag at the Bunker Hill HEB, but I gritted my teeth and paid up.

  • Dining

    October 15, 2009
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    March 21, 2009

    SXSW Swag Report: Quality Over Quantity

    As John Nova Lomax noted a couple of days ago, it appears the foundering economy has taken its toll on SXSW's promotional-item racket, with the budgetary allowance for all manner of items emblazoned with this company or that's logo being one of the first line-items to get slashed. It's not just the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Houston Artopia at Winter Street Studios

    As you should know if you've been following the Houston Press recently (and why wouldn't you?) we held a little get-together called Artopia at Winter Street Studios in the Heights to honor and showcase local artists and performers. Sandwiched in between the railroad tracks and various industrial f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Metal Albums of 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
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    June 25, 2008

    Building the Perfect Beat

    Tonight, the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle returns to Houston at Venue (718 Main). "Not sure if you made it out last year, but believe me, this is an event you do not want to miss," swears former Houston rap-promotion shaman and current AustinSurreal point man Matt Sonzala, who plans to make the sho ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007
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    June 1, 2007

    Last Night: GZA in Austin (Cuz We Missed Him in Houston)

    Photos by Jeremy Martin Date: May 31, 2007 Venue: The Parish Better Than: Meeting the GZA alone in an abandoned subway tunnel. "I'm going to die face down in an alley tomorrow." That's pretty much all I could think about during last night's concert in Austin at the Parish, when I thought I wou ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 3, 2007
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    April 20, 2006

    Eliot Lipp

    Friday, April 21, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-629-3700

  • Music

    September 16, 2004

    Mild On Houston

    Public access cameras pick up the slack for E! as faux rappers stalk Club Go's half-empty rooms

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    May 8, 2003
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