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  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The Nine Worst Things About Coachella's First Weekend

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap. Coachella's first weeke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The 13 Best Things About Coachella's First Weekend

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded Sunday (or early Monday) in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly made it through the whole blessed thing, and kindly brought us this recap. Round one of Coachella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2014

    The Celebrity-Endorsement Scene at Coachella 2014

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Paul T. Bradley. Perhaps you've heard about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2014

    Meet the Folks Who Come to Coachella For the Sobriety

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article was written by Mary Carreon. Did you know that, for some people, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2014

    Coachella's Five Funniest Craigslist Casual Encounters

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This one is from OC. There's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2014

    Matching Coachella Bands to the Appropriate Drugs

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Adam Lovinus. Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Got $2K? It's Not Too Late For Coachella

    Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. If you don't have tickets yet for the first weekend of Coachella -- which sta ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 6, 2014
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    February 21, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Eagles, Omotai, Nikki Hill, G-Eazy, etc.

    The Eagles Toyota Center, February 21 Arguably the most successful American rock band of all time, the Eagles have lost little of their drawing power for only having released one all-original album since 1980. Of course that one, 2007's The Long Hard Road Out of Eden, sold some 7 million copies dom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Five Social Media Weather Posts That Need to Be Retired

    Here in Texas, you can be certain of one thing when it comes to the weather: if you don't like it, just wait. But on social media, there are some certainties about the weather as well. One of the wonderful things about the Internet is that it provides detailed access to weather information like neve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Mexican Music Is Violent. So What?

    America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexican music no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The Naked and Famous at House of Blues, 10/03/2013

    The Naked and Famous, The Colourist House of Blues October 3, 2013 Let's talk clich├ęs. One of my favorites is the one about the burden of having that "one song." Sure, it makes you money and gets audiences in the door, but money doesn't buy happiness and is playing to the wrong crowd really better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Pea Soup and Miracle Tonic: Crazy Tales From The Slow Poisoner

    Rock operas are badass. They're tragic yet hilarious, dramatic to the point of hysterics, and they're full of some sweet ass props. What more could you ask for? And when it comes to all things rock opera, The Slow Poisoner -- or Andrew Garfield, as his parents know him -- knows those rock-opera nec ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 30, 2013
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    May 3, 2013

    RIP Jeff Hanneman: Slayer at Verizon Theater In September 2010

    Ed. Note: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of the band, passed away Thursday in Southern California due to liver failure, according to Rolling Stone. Hanneman, 49, had contracted the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis, which doctors believed was the result of a spider bite, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Worst of Coachella, Weekend One

    Ed. Note: Can't have a Best of Coachella without a worst, right? Thanks to our (tired) Southern California friends at West Coast Sound and Heard Mentality. The Daft Punk Fake-Out Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Texas Blues Hero Jimmie Vaughan Recovering After Heart Attack

    Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and one of the nation's leading solo blues artists, has been discharged from a California hospital after being treated for a heart attack, according to a statement from his management Thursday morning. Gretchen Barber, Executi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Takes It Back to the '90s

    Coachella, the Only Music Festival That Matters (or so we're told), announced its 2013 lineup late Thursday night, no holograms or Rolling Stones included. Instead, two beloved '90s UK acts whose popularity in the U.S. is spotty at best, Blur and the Stone Roses, headline the first night of the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Chamber of Commerce Weather on Tap All Week Long

    If you ever wanted to invite a cranky, annoying relative who thinks Houston is a hellhole to town, this would be the week to do it. It would be particularly awesome if that person wasn't from San Diego, because, well, it's time for some Southern California weather up in here. In case you were out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Last Night: The Adolescents & Youth Brigade at Fitzgerald's

    The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The American Heist Fitzgerald's December 30, 2012 To end 2012 on a note of anti-apocalypse, in which the forces of vitality outmaneuver destruction and oblivion, Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions -- who has survived through the thick and thin of a fickle Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Overplayed Songs at Mexican Weddings, Texas Edition

    Earlier this month, Rocks Off contributor and all-around nice guy Jeff Balke enlightened us with this little list of songs that are standard operating procedure at weddings. But as much as I love "Twist & Shout" and "YMCA," in my very Mexican experience, those songs were not what I was used to heari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: November 5-8

    Deerhoof Walters, November 5 San Francisco's Deerhoof is the kind of band that will either drive you crazy or capture your heart, probably both at the same time. Greg Saulnier's crew mixes experimental racket with sharp-toothed pop smarts, becoming a favorite on the oddball circuit over the past 15 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 26-28

    Something Wicked Sam Houston Race Park, October 27 Whether you're a dance-music fan from the days people went to "raves" or a little wetter behind the ears, Something Wicked promises to be something memorable. Megapromoter Disco Donnie and Houston's own Nightculture are hoping to bring a little Ele ... More >>

  • Music

    October 25, 2012
  • News

    October 25, 2012

    Game Changer

    Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    HISD Doesn't Win Broad Prize, But Being a Runner-Up Means $150K in Senior Scholarships

    Bad News/Good News: Houston ISD didn't win the prestigious Broad Prize this year honoring the country's top urban public school districts. But just by being one of the finalists, it receives $150,000 in scholarships that it can hand out to its graduating seniors. The fifth time (as a finalist) was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Aggressive Pricing Makes Wine Go Down Easier in Houston

    As a Texan transplant (by way of southern California and New York City), I have always been impressed by the Houston's across-the-board aggressive wine pricing in restaurants. A few weeks ago, when I visited Osteria Mozza, the swank Los Angeles outpost of the Bastianich empire, one of the wine buye ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Kaskade's Moment

    On-the-go DJ/producer might be electronica's very own superhero.

  • Film

    June 21, 2012

    The Apocalypse Drag

    If everyone's seeing Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, you might want to be left behind.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Music

    May 10, 2012
  • Music

    May 10, 2012
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    May 10, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kaylan Goodman: Houston Area Family Looking For Woman Who Disappeared With a Magazine Sales Crew

    An Update to our Update: Kaylan is back in Bay City with her family. UPDATE: Goodman was located late Wednesday night by Fairmont City, Illinois, police, according to the Kingfisher Police Department. "We have verified her well being" through a phone conversation, the department stated. We hope to ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Natalie Wood Pictures 30 Years After Her Tragic Death: 10 Plus 1

    It was 30 years ago today that Natalie Wood's corpse was found floating off the coast of Southern California's Catalina Island. The 43-year old star of films such as West Side Story, Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, Sex and the Single Girl and many other classics had been aboard the Splendour, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Friday Night: Incubus At The Woodlands

    Photos by Groovehouse​Incubus Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 30, 2011 Aftermath's dirty little theory is that Incubus is probably one of the most critically underrated modern-rock bands of the past decade. Or, they are justly compartmentalized as a blustery Southern California grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Serve with Doritos?

    ​When asked what factors had shaped his palate and his wine collection when he first began collecting fine wine, rockstar (literally, not just figuratively) and winemaker Maynard James Keenan answered: "Mountain Dew and Doritos. Like most American kids, that's what I grew up on." This was a fe ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Odd Pair: Fish and Red Wine

    ​Whenever I am faced with a conundrum like the age-old question of whether or not it is imperative to pair white wine exclusively with fish, I look to antiquity. Indeed, in more cases than not, the ancients were much wiser and more well informed than we are. And as I pore over (excuse the p ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Dynamo's Disappointing Tie Has Coach Happy?

    Courtesy of Houston Dynamo​The Houston Dynamo finished their game Saturday night at Robertson Stadium the same way they started it -- by giving up a goal. The New York Red Bulls were able to sneak one in 39 seconds into the match. Then in the 90th minute, a corner kick spelled doomed for the O ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 12, 2011

    Art from the Arctic

    The Menil Collection presents ancient objects in a spectacular all-white display.

  • Music

    May 5, 2011
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    May 5, 2011
  • Culture

    April 28, 2011

    How Do Mexicans Propose Marriage?

    And we finally stop insulting Guatemalans!

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010
  • Music

    June 24, 2010
  • Music

    August 27, 2009

    Sounds of the Universe

    Synth-pop icons Depeche Mode do read their reviews.

  • Culture

    July 9, 2009
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