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    April 8, 2014

    Miami After Dark: H-Town Goes to South Beach

    This past week, I packed my bags and headed east to Miami, that gorgeously naughty city in South Florida that rivals New York City and Los Angeles in its beauty and nightlife. The purpose was a professional one, a marketing and interactive conference for Latinos. But aside from the seminars and gift ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Dish of the Week: The Cuban Sandwich

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. When it come to classic sandwiches, the pressed Cuban sandwich is easily one of the best. Made with roast pork, ham, Swiss chees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Do NOT Get on Cyndi Lauper's Bad Side

    Note: Liz Tracy is the music editor at our sister paper New Times in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida. "Do you know anything about me?" Cyndi Lauper aggressively questioned me recently over the telephone. I was, needless to say, taken aback, confused, sort of desperate to see where the conversation had ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2013

    The Dark Tale of the Porn Star, the Dead Millionaire and the Tortured Beauty Queen

    The twisted tale of a male stripper from San Antonio who became Miami's biggest porn star before being accused of murder and torturing a teenage beauty queen.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Los Flamin' Hellcats w/ Scarface at Worhals, 10/31/2013

    The Flamin' Hellcats w/ Brad "Scarface" Jordan Worhals October 31, 2013 The great thing about Halloween is that it gives people license to do things they otherwise wouldn't. For a lot of people on Thursday night, that means slipping into an alternate identity for the evening, like the Incredible Hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Jacoby Jones' Deal With The Devil Ends In A Pool Of His Own Blood

    When sports figures go from a career of anonymity or ineptitude to sudden stardom, a lot of people in my business go looking for reasons. Why has Eli Manning been largely average (and kind of dopey) for his entire career and yet strung together two of the most courageous postseasons in NFL history ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Richie Incognito Was Involved In A Fight With A Security Guard In June

    I like Antonio Smith. I don't approve of what he did on Saturday night, ripping off the helmet of Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and trying to crack his face with it. I understand it, but I don't approve of it. But overall, even though he cost his team his services for the regular season opener in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Antonio Smith Suspended, And Yet Richie Incognito Walks The Streets

    On Saturday night, in a fit of preseason deja vu rage against the Miami Dolphins, Antonio Smith retaliated to a Richie Incognito instigation with an act that will see Smith punished and vilified around the league. Somehow, Incognito will manage to walk away scot free. Hell, in this case, with natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    A-Rod Might Be (Okay, Probably IS) Fibbing AGAIN (w/ Steroid Denial Video Montage)

    Sports is big money, and for every $100 million contract where a team sees a return on their investment and then some, it feels like there's five where a team walks away with some serious buyer's remorse if not right after the signing, certainly by the time the contract has played itself out. Of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Houston, Prepare For Tax-Return Identity Theft (Even Though It Looks Like We're Doing Okay)

    The Internal Revenue Service announced this afternoon the results of a monthlong crackdown on identity theft, and it look like there's more than enough of the crime to spread around. Houston, though, isn't as bad as most cities. The city was one of 17 "high-risk places identified by the IRS" for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    KC, of the Sunshine Band: "We're the Party Band"

    If there were some kind of Ghostbusters-style aura-meter that could measure the feelings certain songs evoke in people, KC & the Sunshine Band's readings would be greener than the fields of Ireland. The Miami-based group dominated the charts in the mid- and late '70s with a string of singles -- "Boo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- Arkansas Sucks, OSU Cheats(?) : The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    As I type this, I'm sitting in the Reliant Stadium press box after the Texans' 38-14 win over the Titans on Sunday afternoon, and admittedly it's incredibly difficult to focus on writing about college football -- partially because of the four television screens showing the late games and partially b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Burn! Music's 12 Best Insults & Jabs

    One of the not-so-fun things in the world is to get insulted or, in the words of Kelso from That 70's Show, get "burned." Now, let's imagine what it would be like to be insulted by some musician on one of their albums -- that "burn" I can only imagine was magnified by a million. Nevertheless, som ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2012

    House of Spirits

    Alejandra Deheza had some spooky experiences writing School of Seven Bells' new album Ghostory.

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    March 23, 2012

    John Goodman Guilty Of Intoxication Manslaughter

    A South Florida jury took just six hours to convict Houston-bred bazillionaire air-conditioning heir / polo honcho John Goodman on a charge of intoxication manslaughter. The state claimed that Goodman had consumed 16 to 18 drinks before he slumped behind the wheel of his Bentley and rammed it into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    John Goodman: Polo Honcho Adopts Girlfriend

    There are Rich People Problems, and there are Rich People Solutions. Credit Houston-bred multimillionaire polo patron John Goodman, the subject of a 1998 Press feature, not to mention the allegedly drunk-driving killer of Florida college student Scott Wilson in 2010, with coming up with one of the ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 27, 2011

    Let It Bleed

    Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Sleeping In The Aviary: Fragrant Essential Oils & Music

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​When we first began our quest to beat some sense out of various band names it was simple. We just looked up who was playing at Super Happy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    Odd sare Brian Kelly won't look like this Satruday night​As I get ready to drop some more decidedly mediocre wagering knowledge on all of you this weekend, I have one quick thought to share with you on the opening weekend of the NFL season: This time last season, these were your starting quar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Jodi Leonore Latson: Quite the Alleged Medicare Defrauder

    Houston makes the fraud lineup.​If you're going to defraud the U.S. government, go big. It's not like they're going to miss a stray $62 million or so. Thus was the thinking of Houstonian Jodi Leonore Latson, 45, who -- unfortunately for her -- ended up as one of the bigger fish caught in a na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    College Football Week 1 Recap: 10 Things

    Coming up roses, again​College football is back, and probably for the first time I can remember, the feeling that the return of football brought with it more than anything else was relief. Finally, we can stop obsessing over agents, runners, tattoos, memorabilia, and Nevin Shapiro. The games ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    App of the Week: Top Nine Websites for Hurricane Season

    Literally, the weather authority when it comes to hurricanes, it's hard to beat the NHC.​I swear that after this post, I will stop talking about weather apps and websites for a while, but since it is hurricane season here on the Gulf Coast, I figured one more post won't hurt anybody and it mig ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 10, 2011
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    November 10, 2010

    Young Man, Older Woman: Top Ten Cougar Anthems

    ​Congratulations to Houston folksinger Glenna Bell. Her "The Cougar Anthem," from this year's Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, was singled out Tuesday alongside Aaron Neville, Keith Richards, Norah Jones and Paul McCartney & Wings in USA Today's weekly "The Playlist" feature. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Rio Grande Mud: Cops, Mayors and Judges Busted For Corruption, DWI And Whoring All Over Valley

    Froget it, Jake. It's just the Valley​On moving to Miami during that city's Cocaine Cowboy heyday, a friend once described the place thusly: "You are nobody here until you are under indictment."As the frontline for the drug war has shifted from Colombia and South Florida to Mexico and South Texas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    John Goodman: More Details Emerge From Bar Where Polo Patron Spent Last Hours Before Fatal Crash

    Tequila shots, vodka and cocaine?​More details are emerging in the case of John Goodman, the Houston-bred air conditioning heir turned Palm Beach polo patron accused of killing a recent college grad in a February drunk driving crash.According to the reports, Goodman evidently wanted to see to it t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Buena Vista Social Club Screens At Domy Tonight

    Greetings from Florida. By the time you read this, Hollywood Shuffle will be well entrenched in the Sunshine State on our annual pilgrimage to visit family, douse ourselves in cuba libres and eat our body weight in Cuban pulled-pork sandwiched and plantains. It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    More On The Billionaire And The Bentley: The Coroner's Report Is In, The Lawyer Is A Star, And Why Hasn't Goodman Been Charged?

    Photo by bing The Goodman cabin in Florida​Some further developments in the case of John Goodman, the billionaire Houston / Palm Beach polo patron who was involved in a fatal Bentley accident last week... The coroner's report is in on Scott Wilson, the victim in the crash. His death was ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Game Time: Longhorns Come Away With "Rocky Balboa" Respect

    ​Around 10:15 PM last night, about the time the wheels started coming off the University of Texas Longhorns' run at what would have been an historical comeback, I got the following text from AT&T (verbatim, including all of the texty little abbreviations): "The AT&T All-America Player ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Game Time: Areans Vs. Crittenton In Pistols...And We're Off And Running In 2010

    ​Happy New Year to all of you. Quick question -- what is the record for breaking a New Year's Resolution that doesn't involve alcohol, drugs or sex? Because I just ate a Chipwich for breakfast...just wondering. Well, 2010 is here, and that means we get to hit the reset button on "Surreal Story of ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009
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    November 3, 2009

    Tonight: Florida Indie Beach Boys Surfer Blood Sail Into Mango's

    ​Florida-based indie kids Surfer Blood pull into Mango's tonight, touring ahead of their upcoming Astro Coast LP. The band was recently anointed by Rolling Stone's online feature "Hype Monitor" as "bright and booming and hooky as FM radio in the late '70s." Rocks Off can hear traces of early "Blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Mother-effin Snakes In Our State!!

    Photo courtesy USGS​There's nothing like a release from the U.S. Geological Survey headlined "Report Documents the Risks of Giant Invasive Snakes in the U.S." to get your attention. (Unless it's "Osama bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." But we digress.)Bottom line: Look out Texas, we got gian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    A Cruel Perfumed World of Amazon Women: Auditions for America's Next Top Model

    Photos by Katya HornerPerfecting the vapid mannequin look​On Saturday morning women of all races, creeds, and subcultures converged on the Hilton Post Oak near the Galleria to take their crack at professional modeling. The producers and talent scouts for the Tyra Banks-helmed America's Next To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    A $10 Million Cricket Stadium In Houston? A Big-Time Cricket Official Says It's In The Works

    Photo by Peter Meade​Two years ago, officials in South Florida built a $10 million cricket stadium, because...because....well, apparently it seemed the thing to do.But the thing has turned into a bit of a white elephant, reports the Sun-Sentinel of Broward County.The paper talks to Don Lockerbie, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008
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    July 7, 2008

    Monday Monday: Gravy Train and Burning Brides tonight

    Apparently, just because it's the Monday after a long, nasty July 4 weekend doesn't mean the music stops anytime soon. Can someone please call Rhianna? So, anyway, tonight we've got crazy South Florida club kids Gravy Train at Walter's, with Bridez, Harlem and PRKL8R. They're endorsed by everyone's ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    Chuck Rosenthal: So Tough on Crime That a Suspect Goes Free

    The DA doesn't make deals. And that's why Jesus Salazar is living the free life in Venezuela while a teenage girl lies dead, stabbed 26 times.

  • News

    May 25, 2006

    Gator Aid

    Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.