• Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Just How Houston Are You? Sports Edition

    There was one of those stupid Twitter hashtags things about Houston this week, this one showing just how much of a Houstonian a person really is. I'm tired of writing about the depressing antics of the Houston Astros and CSN Houston, and I had to miss this week's CUSA Football Media Day in Dallas be ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    True Blood: Life in the Corpse

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again; I expect True Blood to go out harder than a train crash in the third Atlas Shrugged movie. This show exists to justify the phrase "Get out while the getting's good." And yet. AAANNNDDD yet...this week was honestly one of my favorite episodes in the show' ... More >>

  • Music

    February 20, 2014

    A Summer Place

    Free Press Summer Fest unveils its pricier 2014 lineup.

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    February 19, 2014

    H-Town to Boomtown: Beaumont Has a Music Festival Too

    The 2014 music festival season is kicking into gear, with Free Press Summer Fest announcing its lineup last week. The rundown features at least a half-dozen acts coming right from Coachella, which announced last month, and probably at least a few who will be performing at Bonnaroo, which announces t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Texas Guitar God Johnny Winter Is Forever True to the Blues

    A December 1968 edition of Rolling Stone featured Texas musicians who were at the time making inroads into the magazine's home city of San Francisco. Featuring a cover photo of cowboy-hatted Doug Sahm (balancing toddler son Shawn on his knee), it mentioned players and singers both known (Janis Jopli ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    North Mississippi Allstars Last Concert Cafe, February 1 Sons of the late Jim Dickinson, the legendary Memphis producer and sometime Rolling Stones sideman, Luther and Cody Dickinson grew up on punk but couldn't help absorbing the abundant rootsy sounds around them. Logically, their band North Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Lil Flip Arrested In Louisiana On Gun, Drug Charges

    Wednesday, Lil Flip made the news. Not for releasing a comeback single to regain his footing as one of Houston's first breakout rap stars post-2000, but for being jailed. According to the Shreveport Times, the 31-year old rapper was arrested near Shreveport, La., Wednesday after deputies found a B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    William Duncan, East Texas Teacher, Busted Peddling Meth in Junior High Parking Lot, Police Say

    First there was a real-life Walter White busted allegedly selling meth in Alabama...And now we have the case of William Duncan, 43-year-old junior high science teacher in Cass County, Texas. According to police in the town of Linden, Duncan sold meth to an undercover cop in the parking lot of his w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Preying On UH's Misery

    I was asked on a Miami radio station on Thursday if I thought that the Dolphins had any chance of beating the Texans on Sunday. While firmly of the belief that the Texans will throttle the Dolphins by more than two touchdowns, I had to leave the door slightly ajar for a Dolphins upset, and I did so ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    General Observations from the Free Press Summer Fest

    See our slideshow of the food at Summer Fest. Observations while standing near a classic-style mosh pit to see The Descendants, as my friend Jay swigged Beam from a flask in one hand and deflated beach balls with a pocket knife in the other hand: There is probably not a better drinks program for ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Girls, Girls, Girls At 25: Anatomy Of A Strip-Club Classic

    Mötley Crüe, those depraved kings of '80s sleaze, took a major step toward strip-club immortality 25 years ago this week when the band released its fourth album, Girls, Girls, Girls.. Glossy, debauched heavy metal ruled the charts in the summer of 1987 -- Whitesnake, Ozzy, Bon Jovi and Poison all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Louisiana Senate Votes to Beg Roger Goodell to Unsuspend Saints Players and Coaches

    Let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I love the State of Louisiana. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip to the state. It's one of my favorite places to visit, complete with otherworldly cuisine, ultra-accessible alcohol and gambling, and unintentional comedy galore. In short, I a ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Robert and Deedra Grubbs: Middle-Aged Montgomery County Couple's Crime Wave Over

    A middle-aged Montgomery County couple is now behind bars after a brutal home invasion in The Woodlands followed by a horrific triple shooting in deep East Texas. Shelby County authorities believe that Bobby Dewayne Grubbs and Deedra Michelle Grubbs arrived there after Wednesday morning's assault ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Deontay Greenberry: A Texans-Related Grain Of Salt For College Football National Signing Day

    There was a time not too long ago when the last-minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry from my alma mater Notre Dame to the University of Houston would have sent me into a mental funk that would have taken me a week from which to recover. After all, Greenberry is a dynamic "four star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    ATF, Military Called Out To Defuse East Texas Sparkler Bomb

    San Augustine County JailHeather Horn: Desperate terrorist​Two young East Texas women -- 25-year-old Candice Harris and 29-year-old Heather Horn, both of Bronson, Texas -- are charged with felonies after authorities caught them earlier this week with what they are branding as dangerous incendi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Top 10 Louisiana Bands Of All Time

    ​Pardon the geographical pun, but besides Texas, our neighbor to the east may be the most musical state in these United States. And in terms of per capita, Louisiana, which ranks 25th in population to Texas' second, is probably second to none. Outside Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the program m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Lesbian Teen Sues Kilgore School District For Outing, Harassing Her

    Another gay student is allegedly bullied, this time at the hands of an East Texas softball coach. ​If two high school coaches lead a girl into an empty locker room and lock the door behind them, something bad can happen, and at Kilgore High School, according to a new lawsuit filed by the Texas Civ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Visiting One of America's Top Ten New Restaurants

    Shrimp toast.​As a longtime subscriber to Bon Appetit magazine, I am generally disappointed year after year when Houston's illustrious restaurant scene is completely neglected in the magazine's annual restaurant issue. Sadly, this year was no different, but I was at least able to take a bit o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Memorial Day Road Trip Food

    ​Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the grand summer road-trip season -- long, sweaty drives to see family, attend weddings, visit a new city, or just get away. Heat is no deterrent; in fact, part of our distinctly American pleasure is that feeling of freedom which comes on a long stretch of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Suck On It, New York!! Houston Has Direct Flights To Branson, Missouri!!

    ​In case you've been experiencing the typical Houstonian's self-doubt about whether or not we're really a sophisticated metropolis, you can relax.Houston is now one of only five American cities with direct flights to Branson, Missouri. On real planes, too!You didn't think he would do "Moon River," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Texas Traveler: Historic Hamburgers in Jefferson

    ​The two-thirds-of-a-pound hamburger at the Historic Hamburger Store in Jefferson turned out to be two one-third-pound patties on top of each other. The regular price was six bucks, but by the time I had added bacon, Swiss cheese and jalapeños, it came to almost ten dollars. The meat pattie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    The Incredible Truth: The Best Southern Rap Albums (and Mixtapes) of 2009, Part 2

    5. Z-Ro Cocaine (Rap-A-Lot) ​With Z-Ro's long-awaited album Heroin delayed, Cocaine ended up as the appropriately named followup to 2008's Crack. Though Cocaine was originally intended to be a mixtape put out by little-known producer DJ Drama Queen, it more than holds its own as a proper album. Fu ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

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    December 14, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, January: Scott Weiland Is Still a Jackass, and More

    [Ed. Note: For the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be looking back at the many, many, many shows we reviewed this year. Trust us, we've long since lost count. We'll start with this past January, as ever a slow month on the live-music front, but things picked up soon enough... trust us. Enjoy.] Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Lost Tuneage: "The Singing Fisherman," Honky-Tonk Man Johnny Horton

    Other than Buck Owens, no artist had a bigger effect on Dwight Yoakam than "The Singing Fisherman," Johnny Horton. This East Texas rockabilly cool cat grabbed Rocks Off's attention every time his name was mentioned or a song of his came on the radio. We suspect it was the same for Yoakam, who chann ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Road Trip!

    Break the summer monotony at one of these out-of-the-way destinations.

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    April 22, 2009

    Semi-Houstonian Trying To Be America's Susan Boyle

    He's an old guy with a dream.Dump E. Hatter was sitting around one Sunday flipping through the newspaper when he spotted an ad for the "Star-Spangled Banner" singing contest, sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It said that whomever sings the best version of the Nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Tonight: Original Sin Burlesque at House of Blues

    What's the secret of a good burlesque dance? Well, choreography, costumes, agility, flexibility and old-fashioned seductiveness all have their place, of course, but it would be a poor burlesque show indeed without the proper strip-worthy tunes. Perhaps you can pick up a few pointers from tonight's f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    The Country Soul of R. Kelly's "Feelin' on Yo Booty"

    The Gourds didn't invent the idea of a ragtag roots-rock band spicing up its set with hip-hop and R&B covers, but thanks to their cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" (endorsed by the Doggfather himself), everybody probably thinks they did. But Gourds co-frontman Kevin Russell, playing&nbs ... More >>

  • News

    December 25, 2008
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    December 18, 2008

    Drive-Thru Prayer

    Jesus is a convenient guy

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Local Film Commissions Hoping To Catch up To Louisiana

    The legislative session is only a month away, and Rick Ferguson knows exactly what he wants out of it -- a plan to help Texas, and Houston especially, catch up to the movie-making boom going on in Louisiana.Texas has fallen behind states like Louisiana and Michigan when it comes to offering financia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    At Least Someone Wants To Come To The Texas Bowl

    Okay, so Notre Dame somehow preferred the Hawaii Bowl to the Texas Bowl. Some people just prefer Honolulu to Houston, we guess.But ND's replacement, Western Michigan University, is pleased as punch to be coming here.That can happen when you live in Kalamazoo (Motto: No, We Are An Actual City).The an ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    August 16, 2007


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    July 12, 2007
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    July 12, 2007

    Then, Lunch at Burger King!

    Mmm...fine Louisiana cuisine The people who live in northeast Louisiana are a proud bunch, especially when it comes to food. They just sent out an e-mail blast inviting food and travel writers to come along for a guided tour of the region’s delicacies. “As a travel writer/editor, I am sure yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Sweat Science

    Houston is Number 12 on the Old Spice list of the nation’s sweatiest cities. Phoenix took top honors, followed by Las Vegas, Dallas, Tucson, San Antonio, Waco, Shreveport, Austin, Oklahoma City and Corpus Christi. (Yep, that’s a lot of Texas sweat.) Three years ago Houston was Number Six on th ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007
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    November 9, 2006

    Meet the Tunesmith

    Jesse Winchester Born in Shreveport and raised in Memphis, Jesse Winchester is an unlikely Canadian. One of the exceptional songwriters of his day, Winchester's records wobbled between folk and country-rock, never neatly fitting into any one genre description. His flight to Montreal after recei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    Where's This Couch We Keep Hearing About?

    Walking, talking and looking good -- Tyra's a triple threat. I headed to The Galleria on Saturday to check out the casting call for America's Next Top Model. I wanted to see what Houston had to offer to Tyra and why these girls thought they should be the next Whatever the Last Girl's Name Was Who ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Hard Rock Pawty

    Even Hurricane Katrina couldn't stop Suplecs

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    South By So Huge

    Austin's little music festival is all grown up

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    March 18, 2006
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    November 24, 2005

    Turkeys of the Year

    Just stuff 'em

  • Calendar

    August 15, 2002

    Increasing the Flock

    Aurora Picture Show goes on tour in its hometown

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Mountain Mohawks

    Ex-punkers of Starlings, TN space out with dulcimers and other American originals

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Remembering a Victim

    Railcar killing news overlooked Leafie. Her neighbors didn't.

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    June 19, 1997
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