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  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Houston Music Invades San Fran's Hotel Utah

    My family and I recently vacationed on the West Coast. However you do your vacation, I hope you're doing it well. As for us, we got zombified for Hope For Young Adults With Cancer. We drove along the edges of a massive California forest fire and shot a music video at the Salton Sea, among other, les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy & More at The Woodlands, 8/15/2014

    Under The Influence of Music Tour Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, IAMSU! & Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 15, 2014 Either I've gotten older or Wiz Khalifa doesn't exactly do it for me anymore. That's not a slight to Khalifa, as far as c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Ledisi Comes Home: A Time for Omawale

    Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    New Monsoon at Last Concert Cafe, 5/10/2014

    New Monsoon Last Concert Cafe May 10, 2014 Take them or leave them, jam bands have been a steady force on the touring circuit since the touring circuit has been the touring circuit. Thanks to the grandfathers of the genre, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, plus arena-filling predecess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Classic 1981 News Report About Online Newspapers

    It might be hard to imagine now, but in 1981, very few people had home computers. Truth is, there wasn't much you could do with it unless you were a computer programmer. They were enormous boxes and the screens were tiny and looked like the encoded version of the Matrix, all black with green text. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Influential California Chef Judy Rodgers Leaves Behind a Legacy of Simple Perfection

    People who knew Judy Rodgers called her a fighter and a force of nature, so much of the California Bay Area food scene was shocked and saddened to learn that the 57-year-old had succumbed to a rare form of cancer on Monday, December 2. Rodgers is often mentioned in the same breath as Alice Waters an ... More >>

  • Music

    August 29, 2013

    R.I.P. Elroy Boogie

    Popular member of the Kracker Nuttz DJ team was only 27.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2013

    R.I.P. Elroy Boogie: Popular Kracker Nuttz DJ Passes Away at 27

    Sad news this Sunday: Elroy Boogie, a member of popular Houston DJ collective the Kracker Nuttz who had been battling cancer for the past few months, passed away earlier today, according to a statement on Kracker Nuttz co-founder DJ BabyJae's Facebook page. "I am truly at a loss for words," BabyJae ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Uber Car Service Comes to Houston, Delivering Ice Cream, But Can It Stay?

    I knew something cool was going on when bubbles started floating past my office window. Then Abe at the front desk gave me a call. "Is there a limo selling ice cream out front?" he asked. "I don't see one...should there be?" Indeed, there should be, and indeed there was a vehicle selling ice crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: D.R.I's Kurt Brecht, Thrash Zone Supervisor

    Who? Kurt Brecht is the iron-lunged front man of D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles), the ridiculously speedy hardcore punk band that got its start bashing out tunes inside his parents' house in Houston back in 1982. After shattering the sound barrier with the 18-minute, 22-song Dirty Rotten EP the same ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Last Night: Anthrax & Exodus at House of Blues

    Anthrax, Exodus House of Blues April 10, 2013 I am going to come right out and say it: I never thought Anthrax should have been a part of The Big Four. When laying out the titans of thrash metal, the boys from New York -- a fact they never seem to want you to forget -- always seemed a bit out of p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Elroy Boogie, Top Notch Turntablist

    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? Elroy Boogie of the Almighty Kracker N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Merry Christmas, High Rollers: The Most Expensive Vintage Concert Tees On eBay

    A few days ago I asked Rocks Off fans on Facebook what the most they had ever spent on a concert tee was. Most people topped out at $50 for touring legacy acts, while some shelled out a lot more for hoodies and limited-edition tees. Now the world of concert posters is a whole other animal unto its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators & 10 Early Texas Psych Bands You Should Know

    Forty-six years ago today, rock and roll got a hell of a lot weirder in the state of Texas. On Nov. 30, 1966, Austin garage band The 13th Floor Elevators released their The Psychedelic Sounds Of album on Houston's International Artists label. Powered by the raw, fluttering classic "You're Gonna Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Vietnamese, Ice Cream & Pizza: One Perfect Day in San Francisco

    Recently, I spent two blissful days in Napa Valley, which I chronicled here and here. It was hard to leave places like Bouchon Bakery, Bottega and about a million wineries behind, but I had another sunshiney (slash really foggy) day in San Francisco to look forward to before we headed to visit frien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Chinese-Style Barbecue at Willie's

    Years ago, when I was consulting in the Bay Area, I would drive to this street called Castro in Mountain View whenever I got the craving for traditional Hong Kong-style barbecue. I'm talking small diners with char-siu barbecue pork and roast duck hanging in the window. If you've ever been to a China ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    Lost Boys

    New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker — and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide.

  • Music

    October 27, 2011

    Soul Power

    Still sportsmen after all these years, Huey Lewis & the News settle into some of their favorite Stax grooves.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Chelsea Drummond of The Dubliner

    ​It's halfway to St. Patrick's Day (truth), so we popped into The Dubliner earlier this week to...celebrate? Sure, why not? While sipping a Guinness, we started talking to Chelsea, a California native who's been living in Houston for three years. Her friends thought she was nuts for leaving th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2011
  • Music

    February 17, 2011

    Silk Degrees of Separation

    Boz Scaggs turns to jazz, knows his Lightnin' Hopkins.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Houston: Least-Generous City (When it Comes to Free Stuff on Craigslist)

    These kids are obviously not from Houston​Houston is many things, but one thing it apparently isn't is one of those hippie, commune-type places where people dig the vibe of being generous with things they no longer want. In short, we are not Portland or Seattle. Or Detroit, for that matter. ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Music Sales Down 2.5 Percent In 2010

    ​Nielsen SoundScan released its annual report on music sales Monday, and the results were less than surprising. Physical sales continued to decline, digital sales continued to rise, and crap pop continues to reign supreme both at the cash register and on the airwaves. During the period of Jan ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    World Music At iFest, From Galveston To Colombia, West Africa And Oklahoma(?!)

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. We begin with tha ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2010

    Long Way Down

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Beat the Devil's Tattoo is the reverb-heavy rockers' most cohesive LP yet.

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    StubHub: Houston Is More "Rockin'" Than Vegas, Less So Than Hartford and Milwaukee

    Craig HlavatyThe Phish of the Southwest and king of Houston's summer concert hill: George Strait​Online ticket broker released its annual list of America's Top 20 "Most Rockin' Cities" Friday, with Houston holding steady at No. 17 for the second year in a row. We probably would have be ... More >>

  • Music

    March 5, 2009
  • News

    July 24, 2008

    Homeland Security Won't Let a Former IRA Man Out of Prison

    After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    “Mary Heilman: To Be Someone”

    The leading lady of abstract expressionism shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Mims & "This Is Why I'm Hot"

    New York rapper's hit single

  • Culture

    April 20, 2006

    Black Like Who?

    David Levinthal records racist kitsch at the Menil

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy

    Meat Beat Manifesto knows how to hit you where it hurts

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    On Da Lingo, Part II

    Confused by what all our hometown rappers are talking about? We’re here to help.

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    The Voodoo Chile's Slight Return

    Greg Ashley resurrects the Mirrors for a summer tour; also: beware of Zipperneck

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Deep in The Throes

    Tired of guitar-and-drums blues duos? You haven't heard Two Gallants yet.

  • Music

    October 28, 2004

    Smooth Landing

    House DJ Mark Farina finally has an album. And no, that's not a bad thing.

  • Music

    April 22, 2004


    Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (Def Jux)

  • Music

    February 5, 2004

    Die Like an Eagle

    Michael Franti and friends fight the hawks with hits

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    Greg Ashley

    Friday, November 21

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Andy Caldwell

    Saturday, November 15

  • Music

    June 6, 2002

    Soul Mates

    Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel enjoy a State of love and trust

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Half-Baked Notions?

    Plus: Driving Them Crazy, Oyster Crabbing

  • Music

    November 15, 2001

    Second Banana Blues

    Scott Kannberg shows the world how to win fans and lose friends

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    Junk-Food Journalism

    A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself

  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Return to Metal

    Testament recruits heavy talent for new record

  • Music

    July 22, 1999

    North and South

    Tranquil Canada flavors San Antonian Doug Sahm's rustic music

  • Calendar

    March 25, 1999

    Night & Day

    March 25 - 31, 1999

  • Music

    March 4, 1999
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