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    July 4, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Freedom Over Texas, Tony! Toni! Tone!, etc.

    Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park & Sam Houston Park, July 4 Now in its 28th year as the City of Houston's official star-spangled salute to the good ol' U.S. of A., Freedom Over Texas is speaking with a noticeable country twang this year. Featuring four stages and numerous other "zones" sprea ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    BBVA Compass Stadium Finally Gets a Concert, and It's a Big One

    More than two years after opening, BBVA Compass Stadium will finally host its first concert in a little more than two months - and it's a big one. Earlier this afternoon the stadium and 93.7 The Beat announced they would bring a who's who of hip-hop and R&B stars to the home of the Dynamo, Dash and ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Surf & Turf Special at Fleming's & A Beer Class For Ladies Only

    From now until April 13, each Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar location will offer its signature three-course filet and lobster-pairing dish for $39.95. Begin the meal with a pan-seared scallop served atop goat cheese polenta and either the New Wedge salad complete with grape tomatoes, red onio ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Warm Up With the Best Spots for Tea in Town

    Though winter officially began a while back, from now until February, the weather is just going to keep getting colder. There's a hard freeze in the forecast for Thursday night, and since the week isn't quite over, I don't recommend you warm yourself with a few too many hot toddies just yet. The sol ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Brewmasters' Panel Gives Inside Look into Houston's Colorful Craft Brew Scene

    "With wine you've got a very narrow palette of colors to work, with but beer can be anything from Monet to Van Gogh to Salvador Dali to Pollock. We can do incredible things, paint with so many different colors" proclaimed Rassul Zarinfar, founder of Buffalo Brewing Co. "There's no 's' is in St. Ar ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Skeeters' Gaetti Named Manager of the Year, No Mention of Bo Porter

    One has to wonder if the Astros lined up for a three-game series against un-affiliated minor league team the Sugarland Skeeters, could they take two out of three. Before you answer with your, "But, the Astros are a major league ball club" response, keep in mind that they were barely major league th ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Skeeters to Host Speed Dating Event

    Sometimes when you're single, you have to throw caution to the wind. In some cases, this means one too many apple martinis and a handsy dance partner at some bar you've never even considered going into before tonight. Other times, it's speed dating...I guess. I've never really understood the concep ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Maggie Rita's Meets Its Maker

    Houston Business Journal: In the first of this week's big news items, the HBJ reports that Maggie Rita's has closed its Galleria and Shepherd locations. No surprise, considering the overall quality of the food and the fact that the Kirby location was closed not too long ago. Maybe we'll finally get ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Half-off Thai at Anothai, Living Social Take-out Deals, and More

    This week's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal will get you half off ($10 for $20) at any of the three Anothai Cuisine locations around Houston: FM 1960, Louetta Road in Spring, and their new Northwest Freeway location in Cypress. All dishes at Anothai Cuisine are made with fresh, high-quality herbs an ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The 10 Funniest & Weirdest Country Song Titles

    Country music has come a long way as far as popularity goes over the years, from the likes of such bygone greats as Ernest Tubb and Eddy Arnold to current favorites Sugarland and Dierks Bentley. But it has always had some rather... interesting-sounding song titles to grace listeners' ears. Shall we ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    BBVA Compass Stadium Has To Wait A Little Longer For Music

    The brand-new BBVA Compass Stadium, the home of the Houston Dynamo and TSU football Tigers, will have to wait a little longer for its first concert. Pop-country duo Sugarland has canceled its scheduled August 26 show at BBVA due to the ever-ambiguous "scheduling conflict," the stadium announced late ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    The Bold and the Blu in Sugarland

    After reading Mai Pham's Chef Chat series with Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu Restaurant in Sugarland, I knew a trip of my own to Towne Square was in store. I was lucky enough to attend a media tasting at Blu, where I tried delicious and innovative food and fancy cocktails in a trendy ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    15 Things Rocks Off Learned Watching The ACM Awards

    Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Sugarland Says It Will Play New BBVA Compass Stadium

    Updated with comments from BBVA Compass Stadium Director of Marketing, PR & Booking Gina Rotolo -- 12:24 p.m. Pop-country duo Sugarland will be playing the Houston Dynamo's new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, the band announced in a set of tour dates on its Web site. The show, scheduled for Aug. 26, ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Bartender Chat: David of Kata Robata

    My chiropractor told me I'm constantly pinching nerves in my neck because I sleep on my stomach, and in order to break that habit, I need a "special" pillow. Makes sense, I guess, so off to Bed, Bath & Beyond I went to check out the awkward, way overpriced and super-ugly therapeutic pillows. After ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    The 10 Most Iconic John Williams Scores Ever

    Today John Williams turns 80 years old, and the prolific composer has packed in a lot of work in the past five decades as one of the most iconic movie music makers to lead an orchestra. No doubt you have been enthralled, enraptured and enfrightened (not a word) by his collaborations with George Luca ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Tuesday December 27, 2011 Deals of the Day

    Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press is good for 50 percent off ($9 for $18) brick-oven pizza and more at Essie's Pizzeria. Grab an authentic pie from Essie's, where they make the dough from scratch and a host of awesome toppings so you can build your own perfect pizza pie; you can also c ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Smoking & BBQ Ban Lifted For Most City Parks

    Just in time for a freeze​Just in time for the freezing weather, the city of Houston has voted to lift the drought-induced ban on smoking and barbecuing in all but a dozen municipal parks. The bans will remain in effect, though, in two of the city's main parks, Memorial and Hermann. So grab ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Grammys Wrap Nominations, Performances Into Live Show Tonight

    In this week's edition of "no one cares so do whatever you want," the Grammy's will be announcing nominations tonight for their annual awards presented in February. Normally, a simple press conference would suffice, but NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) thinks it would be a goo ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Tuesday November 1, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press is good for 50 percent off ($25 for $50) gourmet steaks and more at Prime Time Steakhouse. The menu features aged prime beef that you can pair with a variety of succulent sides; order up a flaming dessert and impress your date. With their select ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Holiday Events This Week at Whole Foods Markets

    Photo by Whole Foods MarketI'll take any excuse to try a good Malbec.​Whole Foods Market's Houston and Sugar Land stores are gearing up for the holidays with two in-store events this week: One to get you drunk (a holiday wine tasting) and one to keep you shrunk (a holiday healthy tips event) ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Tuesday October 18, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press is good for 50 percent off ($25 for $50) at Sapori Ristorante Italiano. Their Northern Italian menu serves up dishes by Chef Alberto Baffoni; fresh ingredients showcase classic Italian cooking for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Enjoy the cooler temp ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Tuesday October 4, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press is good for 50 percent off ($10 for $20) of five small gelato cups at Gelato Blu. The smooth, creamy gelato at Gelato Blu comes in 75 varieties, like chocolate chip, hazelnut and amaretto; try fun flavors like Almond Joy, Bailey's, or tiramisu. ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Tuesday July 5, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​We hope everyone had a great July 4th weekend! Keep the party rolling with a huge selection of great deals today. First up: today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press! Our Voice Daily Deal is good for 50 percent off ($15 for $30) "light bites" at Fox Hollow Gastro Lounge. Enjoy a seasona ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Live Lobster Sashimi and New Menu Items Wow at Azuma Kirby

    Photos by Mai PhamYou get lobster claw soup at the end of your meal if you order the Live Lobster Sashimi at Azuma Kirby​It's been at least ten years since I've been to Azuma Kirby for anything, let alone sushi. Located in the upscale strip mall that also houses Crave Cupcakes, Azuma Kirby ha ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Tuesday June 14, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press gets you half off ($6 for $12) at Las Tortas El Angel. Choose from 13 different sandwiches, piled high with fresh veggies and your choice of meat, and served on fresh telera bread; toppings include chipotle mayo, refried beans, avocado slices, a ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Tuesday April 19, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Hey Houston! Here's where you can save on food and drink today: VOICE deal of the day at 50 percent off at Auntie Chang's Dumpling House: ($10 for $20). Steamed or fried, meaty or veggie, Auntie Chang's Dumpling House has a dumpling for you. Don't feel like dining in? Thi ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Today's Deals

    striatic​Groupon: How does a three-course meal, cooked for you in your home, from Cooking For You! sound? Get 53 percent off ($175 for $375) a three-course meal, cooked by a professional chef, in your own home with today's Groupon deal. Limit two coupons per person (you may purchase two ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Idol Beat: Mass Hysteria!

    ​Shock! Outrage! Shenanigans! Casey Abrams voted off! Last night, American Idol had all the signs of the Apocalypse rolled into one (all the Ghostbusters ones, anyway). Dogs and cats living together? Well, James Durbin is like a big puppy dog, and Pia has a certain cattiness about her. Check. ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Last Night: Sugarland At RodeoHouston

    Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo​Sugarland Reliant Stadium March 3, 2011 The shenanigans have begun, folks. The Rodeo is back in Houston, and if you haven't already, it's time to stop by Reliant Stadium, pet some adorable farm animals, gain a few pounds eating fried everything - may ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    KISS, Kid Rock, Janet Jackson Head 2011 Rodeo Lineup

    ​KISS, Janet Jackson and Kid Rock head the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2011 concert schedule, which the rodeo announced earlier Monday morning. Among the other 13 entertainers rounding out this year's lineup are recent rodeo stalwarts Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebe ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Better Than Ezra Succeeding On Their Own Terms

    Rick Olivier​It's been a hot minute since we've heard from '90s hitmakers Better Than Ezra, but they've reconvened over the last year, releasing their seventh album Paper Empire and embarking on a "Road to Mardi Gras" tour which winds down New Years Eve in the band's hometown of New Orleans. ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Miranda Lambert Added To Rodeo's 2011 Lineup

    Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Hideout schedule also announced ​Miranda Lambert, the Lindale native currently nominated for five Grammys, including four for her album Revolution, will return to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo March 16 at Reliant Stadium, the rodeo announced this morning. ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Fired Up

    Self-proclaimed dad-rockers Bright Men of Learning urge Houstonians to look in their own backyard.

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    October 27, 2010

    Rodeo 2011: Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, Selena Gomez...

    ​The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the first four entertainers for its 2011 season, scheduled for March 1-20, 2011 in Reliant Stadium: Sugarland (March 3); Selena Gomez (March 6); Zac Brown Band (March 17); and Brad Paisley (March 19) You were expecting Arcade Fire, perhaps? Onc ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Ten Country Covers That Top The Pop Originals

    ​Our copy must still be in the mail, but Rocks Off figures we have heard enough songs from Jamey Johnson's new album The Guitar Song on Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country to know that we like it a whole lot. But none that we've heard so far are our favorite new Johnson song. It's close. No flies on G ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Ranch Hand Pie

    When it's time to hearty, we will hearty hard. *Andrew WK riff*​Ever since my overwhelmingly popular and unanimously beloved invention of the DIY Shepherd's Pie, which was my debut as the Shameless Chef, I've been trying to think of something along similar lines that would horrify the people w ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Sugarland Express real

    Here, via Fox 26, is your entertaining police-chase video of the day.The station reports that HPD is investigating why it took forty patrol cars to apprehend this fiend. It was our town's own little remake of The Sugarland Express.Check it out. This truck cruises not too quickly on I-45, followed ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Thirty-Five Years Later, A Real-Life Sugarland Express

    Here, via Fox 26, is your entertaining police-chase video of the day.The station reports that HPD is investigating why it took forty patrol cars to apprehend this fiend. It was our town's own little remake of The Sugarland Express.Check it out. This truck cruises not too quickly on I-45, followed ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    This Week In Beyonce: Who Dares Cover the Queen?

    Not strictly a cover, just one of those things we never get tired of posting... As if Queen B weren't (Sasha) fierce enough on her own, it seems her majesty's minions - let's face it, we're all her royal peons; there isn't anyone left on Earth who hasn't heard one of her songs, or doesn't tap their ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Creep Show

    O Pioneers!!! turns growing up into unrelenting punk rock.

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    May 12, 2009

    Distant Early Warning: Asher Roth, Dax Riggs, Franz Ferdinand, Peter Frampton and More

    Ace Enders, Person L, The Gay Blades, The Dangerous Summer: Wed., July 15. The Java Jazz. Asher Roth, Kid Cudi: Fri., July 31. House of Blues. "The Battle Of Sam: Battle Of The Bands": Sat., June 6. The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp: Sun., Aug. 2. Cy ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Before We Go: Odds and Ends on Mechanical Boy, George Strait, Future Blondes and More

    "SWING LOW AND CARRY ME HOME" By Mechanical Boy from Michael Fodera on Vimeo. It's about time for Rocks Off to head off to the bunkhouse for some much-needed R&R, but first here's a few final tidbits that have recently come to our attention. Mechanical Boy just released its first video, "Swing L ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    Some Thoughts On The Chronicle Cuts: So Long, Suburbs

    (Note: For a while, this item was posted with the wrong byline -- it's by Steve Olafson, not Richard Connelly, and always has been. Thanks, and sorry.)The layoffs at the Houston Chronicle cut much deeper into the editorial side of the newspaper than the announced company-wide 12 percent reduction th ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Grimaldi's Pizzeria Now Open in Sugarland

    The long awaited Grimaldi's coal oven pizza location in Sugarland's First Colony mall has finally opened. Grimaldi's original location in Brooklyn's trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass) neighborhood is legendary for its coal oven crust and fresh mozzarella cheese topping. The Broo ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009
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    July 3, 2008
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    January 7, 2008

    Giddyup!: Full RodeoHouston Lineup Announced

    John Fogerty: Hannah who?!? After teasing the thousands of Houstonians left out in the cold by Hannah Montana and her mysterious alter ego Miley Cyrus’ November concert at the microscopic Toyota Center, RodeoHouston confirmed this morning that the duo, who for some reason have never been photogra ... More >>

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    March 2, 2000
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