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  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Meet Memphis Ambassador John Paul Keith, Sharpest Pen Around

    Writer, rocker, and raconteur John Paul Keith swings into Houston Saturday night after a long absence. He's touring behind his latest release on Big Legal Mess Records, Memphis Circa 3AM. American Songwriter has been streaming the album for several weeks, and Rocks Off can't get it off our daily lis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Bistros

    How do you define a bistro? If you're going to stick to the traditional Parisian definition, a bistro (or bistrot) is a small, tidy restaurant that serves inexpensive wine and simple dishes in a modest price range. Those dishes are traditionally French "comfort food" recipes like coq au vin, boeuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Lon Chaney! A Playlist For a Monster

    As resident Houston Press astrolabe polisher, chirurgeon and goth expert, the world of old horror-movie actors falls under my purview. My heart is given most to Boris Karloff, because any man who can rock horror and narrate the Grinch is more badass than any of us will either be. That said I want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

    It wasn't too long ago that the Houston Chronicle called Oak Forest "the new West University." The neighborhood just north of Loop 610 and to the east of Highway 290 has been attracting young families in spades -- families who are helping to reinvigorate the subdivisions that make up Garden Oaks and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Erin Smith of Plonk, on What It's Like to Be a Woman in a Professional Kitchen

    Erin Smith Plonk Bistro 1214 West 43rd Street 713-290-1070 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with Erin Smith of Plonk about her stint at Thomas Keller's Per Se in NYC. Smit ... More >>

  • 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

    March 13, 2012

    Upcoming: Peelander-Z, Collective Soul, Merle Haggard, Ting Tings, Isley Bros., Etc.

    Calle 13: Thu., May 10. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, Houston. Carrie Rodriguez: Thu., March 29. Dosey Doe Coffee Company, 25911 I-45 N., Spring. Charlie Wilson: Fri., May 25. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Collective Soul: Fri., June 1. House of Blues Dirty Ghosts: Fri., April 27. Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Last Night: Agent Orange At Warehouse Live

    Agent Orange, The American Heist Warehouse Live February 21, 2012 In retrospect, Mardi Gras might not have been the best night for venerable surf-punk outfit Agent Orange to kick of their 2012 tour. The crowd in the Warehouse Live studio was sparse, and Rocks Off would like to tell ourselves other, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Watch the Big Game on the Big Screen, Plus Other Super Bowl Specials Around Town

    Photo by Troy FieldsEnjoy the patio at Plonk this Super Bowl weekend.​Sometimes, half the fun of watching the Super Bowl is watching it with a crowd. So we've rounded up a few places that'll ensure you're not alone this Sunday evening -- and that you're not hungry or thirsty, either. El Real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    What Every Musician Needs: Better Shut Up Lines

    We all hate the trope "Houston, we have a problem," but we do have a problem in Houston with talkative, inattentive crowds at live shows. Scanning back over reviews from the past two years, at least 20 percent of them mention crowd noise. So what do the musicians think and, more importantly, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Burgers

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    One Year Later: Plonk Doesn't Need No Stinking Sign

    ​When I reviewed Plonk a year ago, I mentioned that the wine bar didn't have any signage to speak of -- not even above their endcap space in a Garden Oaks strip center. I got lost heading there for the first time, and all of my dining companions did too. Last night, and one year later, my fri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Houston's Top 10 Wine Bars

    Photo by Troy FieldsYou can even get a helluva guanciale cheeseburger at Plonk.​Today's Houston Press Deal of the Day (oh, you don't know what those are? sign up; they're seriously fantastic) is for 50 percent off at Boheme, a little wine bar in Montrose that also serves up cappuccinos and bee ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010
  • Dining

    November 25, 2010

    Pegging Plonk

    A neighborhood wine bar that's hard to categorize

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    The Guanciale Burger at Plonk: The Ultimate "Bacon" Cheeseburger

    Photos by Troy FieldsClick here for a slideshow from Plonk.​In this week's cafe review, we take a trip to Plonk, a hidden spot in Oak Forest that features a slightly rougher crowd and far better food than you'd expect to find at a wine bar. It's that study in total contrasts that makes Plonk i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    10 Places I Liked as a Photographer, Want to Try as an Eater

    Photo by Jeff BalkeSteak and cheesy grits at Plonk Beer and Wine Bistro​Last week, I wrote about my experiences photographing 100 restaurants for the Houston Press online restaurant guide. During the month I was shooting, I shot eateries both familiar and not so much. Given my time constraints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Too Many Tequila Shots For The Band And More Fabulous Satellite Memories

    [Ed. Note: Third in a three-part series. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.] ​The V-Roys: Another underattended Wednesday-night gig. The V-Roys had just been on tour with Steve Earle in England and had backed him up on several television appearances on the reggae classic "Johnny Too Bad." LOM's son, ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 18, 2010
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Looking Ahead to Jonathan Richman, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Scott Miller and Lots More

    While doing our usual hunt for interesting acts coming to Houston in the next few weeks, Lonesome Onry and Mean came across some great stuff coming to Continental Club and McGonigel's Mucky Duck. The brainy, always quirky Jonathan Richman will be at the Continental Saturday, January 29. An origianl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind: SXSW 09 Revisited, Broken Arm and Everything Else

    ​ Balaclavas: "On the way to see Houston's own Balaclavas at the Independent to debut new stuff off the soon-to-be released Roman Holiday, I abruptly hit a curb with my bicycle. Luckily my elbow took one for the team. Well, it ended up getting fractured and I have all kinds of internal business go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Last Men Standing

    ​Lonesome Onry and Mean vaguely remembers someone telling us a couple of years ago that Las Vegas bookies actually had a line on whether Chuck Berry would die that year (we think it was 2007). The macabre factor aside, remembering this Wednesday got LOM to pondering about the Godfathers of Rock an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: My Son, the Guitar-Slinger

    William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson​ LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Scott Miller Leaves Label, Licks Stamps

    How bad has the music business gotten? We seem to be living in an age when record labels are sinking like the Titanic, when fewer and fewer artists can get a label deal, when the gate to radio is harder to get through than St. Peters Gate. On the Americana scene, labels like Bloodshot and a few othe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: Scott Miller at McGonigel's Mucky Duck Friday

    Scott Miller's new album, For Crying Out Loud, finds Miller still rocking, but often in a folky, more Appalachian approach than on previous records. Working with Nashville vet Michael Webb, Miller has put together a rocking album that stays true to his mostly rural musical roots. Of course, with Mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    MySpaced Out: "Fuck Radiohead" and Some Twisted Tennesseeans

    MySpace is a great place for discovering off-the-wall tunes and performers. Here are three wack jobs from cyberspace that hail from that weird place that Captain Beefheart found so easily and in so many forms. The Russian Sextoys: For every Radiohead fan, there's someone like this French trio who'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    SXSW: Scott Miller

    Photo by clared23 "I've been drunk all around this town, from the downside up to the upside down...." So sings Scott Miller in "Drunk All Around this Town," which he calls "the most beautiful ballad I have ever written." That might not be true but it is a most apropos song for SXSW, and it never sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives

    A few months back, Music Editor Chris Gray's Noise column bemoaned the fact that the 'roll' has pretty much disappeared from rock and roll. Enter John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives. Keith has an interesting history and rock and roll pedigree. His roommate in Knoxville, Tennessee, back in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Tonight: Scott Miller and Mike McClure at McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Scott Miller, "Drunk All Around This Town" Long ago, Scott Miller had a brief essay on his website about playing writers-in-the-round gigs. In his eyes, such shows come down to you, the one good, talented, brilliant songwriter sitting there silently wishing these other hacks would finish t ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008

    The Shredder

    One Show, One Sentence

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 19, 2007
  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Houston Radio Still Sucks

    David Sadof shares his dream station with Racket

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2007
  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Ridin' Cupcake

    The Scooter Scene

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Leaving the Wolfe Pack

    It's Johnny Falstaff's time to "Shine"

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    Scott Miller & the Commonwealth

    Scott Miller appears Tuesday, September 26, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999.

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Just Say Ho

    A Tennessee-based Virginia rocker salutes the Big Drunk in song; also: Mary Cutrufello gets back on track

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    It's a Gas

    Pump pains constrain some musicians and inspire others

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    Dana Cooper

    Made of Mud

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    The Bolivar Kid Strikes Again

    Hayes Carll continues H-town's hot streak with Little Rock

  • Music

    September 2, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Jukebox

    Under the Volcano

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    The South's Done It Again

    Southern rock comes in for another revival

  • Music

    August 28, 2003

    Pull Your Load

    Get with Scott Miller right now

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    The Gift Of Music

    2001s top ten picks

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    Scott Miller & The Commonwealth

    Thus Always to Tyrants (Sugar Hill)

  • Dining

    November 12, 1998
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    July 6, 1995

    Pasta Tense

    A tale of twin take-outs that were (almost) family

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