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  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Aaron Lara of Lillo & Ella Talks Titles and Tinctures

    If you're a frequent patron of Chinatown restaurants, you probably don't think of great cocktails when you think of Asian food. At Lillo & Ella, bar manager Aaron Lara is trying to change that. Lillo & Ella opened in the Heights in May, making it one of the few Asian restaurants in that neighborhoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Raucous Crowd, Latino Stars Enliven El Tri Watch Party

    "A que venimos? A TRIUNFAR!!!" -- Piolín Piolín's Jugada Musical feat. Gabriel Iglesias and Intocable House of Blues June 17, 2014 When you interview someone who talks for a living, keeping him or her on topic is about as easy as winning the World Cup. In other words, it can take what seems like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    The 15 Most Messed-Up O.J. Simpson Lyrics

    This week America is celebrating -- although that might not be precise terminology for such a dubious occasion -- the 20th anniversary of the Nicole Brown Simpson murders, in which the ex-wife of NFL Hall of Famer/actor O.J. Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death in the overnigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    More Cute Coachella Couples Than You Can Shake a Glowstick At

    Note: The first weekend of Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, has just concluded 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 Mary Carreon. There are certain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2014

    Lady L.A. Rockers, Coming Soon Here, Kill It at Coachella

    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 Adam Lovinus. As a dusty wind whipped behind h ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Pomp and Circumstance

    Rice vs. UH: the battle for musical bragging rights.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Rice vs. UH: Who Has Musical Bragging Rights?

    Many moons ago, or one or two anyway, our friends over at L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound decided to evaluate Southern California's two main universities, USC and UCLA, using a set of music-oriented criteria and declare a winner. We're not talking matriculation either, though that's certainly part of ... More >>

  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    Fans’ Fiction

    Veronica Mars gets kickstarted into adulthood.

  • Culture

    March 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    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

    February 14, 2014

    How to Shop for Wine (Without Sounding like a Dick)

    For previous posts in our "how-to wine" series, please click here. Like so many women and men across America, hundreds of Houstonians will head to their neighborhood wine shop today to pick up a special bottle of wine for a Valentine's Day dinner. For some of them, it will be an extremely stressfu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Liberals Who Give Liberals A Bad Name: College Kids Edition

    Conservatives like to point out when liberals try to squash speech that they (the liberals) don't like. And, you know what, some times they (the conservatives) have a point. Just last week, Brown University students forced a halt to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's speech on their campus. The students ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    The Cruelest Cut: How Cat Declawing Became the Next Battleground for Animal Rights

    Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.

  • Culture

    September 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Johnny Manziel Hits Batting Practice Home Run at Petco Park (w/ VIDEO)

    In the game of "Bucket List," Johnny Manziel is officially running up the score on all of us. Over the weekend, the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback capped off a round at Pebble Beach with his parents by knocking in a birdie on 18 to break 80. About the only surprising thing about that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The Ramen Experiments at Soma

    I love ramen. Like the ubiquitous pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) you find all over Houston, to me, ramen is comfort in a bowl of noodles. Hearty, filling and affordable, if done well it's one of those dishes that you'll come back to time and again. It's one of those dishes I crave. Regularly. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Fraudulent Fish: 50 Percent of Seafood Sold in Texas Mislabeled, New Oceana Study Reports

    Think that tai sushi you're eating is red snapper? It's far more likely to be tilapia, says Oceana, a Washington D.C.-based ocean conservancy organization. This isn't a new concern, of course. Former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh wrote a scathing expose of the issue back in 2001, "Fish Fraud, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Revisiting Robertson Stadium's Forgotten Concert History

    After years of dreaming, planning and even a little begging, the University of Houston broke ground on a new on-campus football stadium this month. It's a pretty darn exciting development for the Cougars that marks the beginning of a new era of UH athletics: The program will play its first season in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Alejandro Escovedo: "Just to Have a Gig Is Pretty Cool"

    Earlier this morning, Alejandro Escovedo talked to Rocks Off about his recent albums Real Animal, Street Songs of Love and Big Station, which have put him in the vanguard of mature rock artists. But those albums are in many ways the culmination of a career that began in San Francisco punk rockers th ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Dynamo Proud of 2012 Season, Looking Ahead to 2013

    When the Houston Dynamo look back at the 2012 calendar year, they look back with their heads held high. Yes, head coach Dominic Kinnear and company are still reeling from the disappointment of falling short a second straight year at MLS Cup. But, as a franchise, they make the argument that it was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello, On Whether Culinary School Is Worth It

    Bobby Matos Ciao Bello 5161 San Felipe 713-960-0333 ciaobellohouston.com This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts 2 and 3 in this same space Thursday and Friday. Ciao Bello, Tony Vallone's lighter, more casual version of his iconic Tony's in River Oaks, offers some ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    July 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Laughing & Rhyming: 4 Great Hip Hop/Comedy Crossovers

    Fans of Childish Gambino can be split in to two groups: those who like hip hop and appreciate his wordplay, and those who use the phrase "I don't normally like hip-hop but..." before admitting that they just happen to like the guy from Community a lot. That he's a strong enough on the mike to gain t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Michael Martin Murphey: The Cosmic Cowboy Years

    Texas singer-songwriter and real by-god cowboy Michael Martin Murphey has already walked Rocks Off through a healthy bit of the past 100 years of American folk music this morning, as well as a good bit of his own. But dissatisfied with the folk scene he found out in late-'60s Southern California, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    iFest: Top 5 Argentine-American Musicians

    The Houston International Festival enters its second weekend tomorrow, with featured musical acts WAR, Joe Louis Walker, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Texas Tornados, Del Castillo, Steel Pulse and lots more. Although iFest's performers come from all over the world, all around the main stages will be the sig ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 19, 2012

    Why Do Mexicans Paint Murals on Lowriders?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!!] And why do they love scratch-off Lotto tickets?

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Gothic Council Gets The Summertime Blues

    Well, folks, the last of a most inadequate winter is behind us and now nothing looms ahead for months except endless overexposure of the yellow hurty thing in the sky. It's probably no surprise to you that the average goth has no use for sunlight, even less for hot summer, and living down here in Ho ... 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 >>

  • Culture

    January 5, 2012
  • Film

    December 22, 2011

    Animal House

    Oh, don't be such a cynic. Matt Damon needs your love in We Bought a Zoo.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Jeremy Trujillo of Warren's Inn

    Photo by Ginny Braud​ Warren's Inn is, unquestionably, a revered downtown Houston landmark. No stranger to winning Best of Houston® awards, most recently for Best Downtown Bar 2010, Warren's boasts charm, character and cordial, heavy handed bartenders. The space definitely has a vintage vibe, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Manischewitz, a Kiddush Cup Full of Memories

    It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year. When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 29, 2011

    Why Do Mexican Business Owners Hire People Dressed as Shrek to Advertise Their Business?

    And why do Mexicans Want to Redistrict Political Boundaries in their Favor?

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    The Modular Trailer v. Guest Chef: Throwing It Down at Grand Prize Bar

    Photos by Mai PhamKim Chi Wings by Team Les Sauvages' Chef Justin Basye. Six wings for $6, or 12 wings for $10​Despite the growing number of "gourmet"-type food trucks in Houston, the fact that I follow most of them on Twitter, and the many crave-worthy Facebook posts by friends, I haven't rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. The Blend: We're not sure how we missed the photo (above) of Houston's top Italian wine specialist Joseph "Grappa Joe" Kemble, statewide wine buyer at the flagship Spec's. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Mikey Goes To Hollywood: Stinson Visits Country-Starved L.A.

    Photos by Alan Downs​It's no secret that California has long since squandered away a stunning country-music heritage, but for those of us in Los Angeles who give a damn, Mike Stinson represented an almost mystic renewal of the Freddie Hart/Wynn Stewart transplanted-genius equation that damn n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Saturday Night: TSOL At Walter's On Washington

    Photos by David Ensminger​TSOL Walter's on Washington May 7, 2011 In the dramatic, razor-sharpened lens of TSOL songs, suburbia is far from a sleepy wonderland bedecked with slick malls and coiffeured lawns. Those tracts of same-samey homes are chock-full of demons such as singer Grisham hims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Last Night: The Low Anthem At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​The Low Anthem Fitzgerald's May 2, 2011 In another lifetime, and another location, Fitzgerald's could have been a barn. Every time we see a show upstairs, Aftermath halfway expects an owl to swoop out of the rafters and sink its talons into an errant field mouse. Note t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Lingerie-Clad Man High On "Bath Salts" Kills Pygmy Goat (w/ Fantastic Mugshot)

    "Almost heaven, West Virginia...."​I understand my responsibility on Hair Balls is to provide sports-related content. But frankly, sometimes a story comes across my desk that is so transcendent in its dysfunction and so detrimental to my faith in mankind that it must be covered in this space, ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010
  • Music

    December 2, 2010
  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Absolutely Fabuloco

    East L.A.'s Los Fabulocos have big zapatos to fill — and are up to the challenge.

  • Film

    January 7, 2010

    Strike a Pose

    Tom Ford's A Single Man: It's better to look good than to be good.

  • Music

    August 27, 2009

    Sounds of the Universe

    Synth-pop icons Depeche Mode do read their reviews.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney

    Right on the heels of Wednesday's announcement of Vanguard's new Doug Sahm tribute album comes Yep Roc's tribute to Chris Gaffney, The Man of Somebody's Dreams. Ironically, it includes some of the same high-profile roots artists who pay tribute to Sahm: Dave Alvin, Los Lobos and Alejandro Escov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Tweating Out

    Twitter, the microblogging and social media tool that's become increasingly popular among the technologically hip, both young and old, has literally thousands of applications.  How any one person (or company) uses Twitter is unique unto them.While some people (also called Twitterers or Tweeple) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    The Pizza and Ranch Dressing Rebellion

    Romano’s on West Gray has outlawed dipping pizza in ranch dressing. The pizzeria’s owners, two cousins named Frank and Vinny, were born in Calabria, Italy. They spent 15 years working in New York pizzerias before coming to Texas. The cousins pride themselves on making one of the best New York-st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Get Lit: Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, by Ian Christe

    Coinciding with the band’s semi-reunion (Sorry, Ed; no matter how good Wolfie is, no Michael Anthony, no reunion), this is the first full-length bio of Van Halen’s brilliant but erratic history. From their origins as a popular southern California cover band and their rise to rock gods in the Dav ... More >>

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