• Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Selena's Memory Lives on at Two Local Celebrations

    On April 16th, 1971, in the small Gulf Coast town of Lake Jackson, an angel was born whose parents named her Selena Quintanilla. Tragically taken from us at the young age of 23, she was a Latina superstar before J-Lo or Shakira or Ricky Martin. Selena's voice, full of love and joy and heartbreak, co ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2013

    Bloody Tide: How Puerto Rico Affects the U.S.

    As Puerto Rico is battered by a wave of drugs and brazen murders, Houston and other continental U.S. cities feel the blowback.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99

    Chris Gray's write-up of the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "Christmas Rocks" show at the Arena Theatre a couple of weeks ago got me thinking. These days, the swing maestro seems to be comfortably settled into his own little niche in the music industry, playing swingin' Christmas carols to grown folks. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Last Night: Pitbull at The Woodlands

    Pitbull Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 2, 2012 "I went from eviction and food stamps, to baggin work wet & damp, to a passport flooded with stamps. Now its Voli everywhere I land." -- Pitbull The date was December 1, 2006 -- or as I like to call it, the night I almost died at a Pitbull c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Musically Speaking, What Is the Best Zodiac Sign?

    Sometimes some musicians just can't even be put in the same sentence as one another. Depending on people's musical preferences. It's hard to compare and can be a bit confrontational. But one thing is for sure the day on which someone is born can't be changed. And then that's where astrology comes in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    MTV Unplugged's 10 Strangest Moments

    Those of you fond of criticizing the lack of music on MTV, take note: The network's venerable Unplugged series returns on Sunday with a performance by British indie-poppers Florence and the Machine. It'll be the first of eight shows planned for this year, with The Civil Wars and Dierks Bentley alrea ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Michael Berry: Conservative "Blow the Mosque Up" Radio Host in Gay-Bar Hit-and-Run, Report Says (UPDATED)

    KPRC has a report that Houston police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that involves KTRH host Michael Berry at a gay bar. Berry left T.C.'s Show Bar in Montrose around 11 p.m. January 31, drove in reverse for 70 feet and hit a car owned by the club's bouncer, which is always a bad move. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part II: Cesar Rodriguez of Samba Grille

    ​Yesterday, we caught up with Samba Grille's Executive Chef Cesar Rodriguez about life in the kitchen. Today, we find out what he's preparing. EOW: What separates the rodizio dining experience at Samba Grille from some of your competitors? CR: There are three differences. The first is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    First Look at La Casa de Frida

    Now taking bets on how long the Frida Kahlo theme will last.​As my two friends and I scanned the long menu at La Casa de Frida (4002 N. Main, 713-880-1564) last Wednesday evening, we found ourselves bewildered. "Why is there a random Italian section on here?" my friend Hala asked. "Yeah, I d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    New Dynamo Stadium May Not Change Concert Climate Much

    Marco TorresLady Gaga at Toyota Center, July 25​Conceivably, today's announcement that the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority has agreed to act as landlord for the proposed Houston Dynamo stadium in downtown's East End could present a serious challenge to the Houston area's reigning concer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Kennedy Bakery: 30 Seconds With Erin Rodgers

    Kennedy Bakery at Rudyard's, July 2010​Rocks Off sat down with guitarist and vocalist Erin Rodgers of Kennedy Bakery to find out what we could learn about her in 30 seconds. RO: What is the worst song in the world? ER: I'm a lyrics girl, so I'm going to go with "Whenever, Wherever" by Shakir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Aftermath: Leslie & The LYs' Dance Party At Walter's

    Photos by Brittanie Shey​ How Leslie Hall managed to transform what at once seemed like 15 short minutes of fame into a full-time career is somewhat of a mystery. Back in the infant days of social media (a.k.a. 2004), Hall was known as the Gem Sweater Girl, and shared company with other internet m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    The Hot Seat: Lee-Coc, Richmond Revolutionary

    Every Friday, Rocks Off will beam hip-hop artists into our demented, imaginary, incredibly witty, fantasy world of pretend scenarios. We predict it'll soon be known as a feared interrogation of hip-hop artists, revealing their most-inner thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&a ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 7, 2009

    Manena's Magic

    The Argentinean deli serves great sandwiches and empanadas — but leave room for dessert.

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Latin Grammys Backstage Report

    There were a couple of big winners at last night’s Latin Grammy’s ceremony, namely Juanes and Gloria Estefan. You heard their acceptance speeches, now find out what they said backstage. The night’s big winner was, of course, Juanes, who took home five awards, making him the winner of th ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2008
  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Lil Wayne and High School Musical

    The former UH undergrad gears up for a Non-Stop Dance Party

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    On set with Weird Al Yankovic

    The remaking of "Beautiful Liar"

  • Film

    February 15, 2007

    Low Note

    Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore do not make sweet, sweet music

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Cat Scratch Fever

    The Pussycat Dolls

  • Music

    January 2, 2003

    Mag Hags

    What's wrong with the state of music journalism -- and how to fix it