Television's influence on our musical vocabulary is vast. These days, singing shows are determining new pop stars. A great TV theme can become iconic -- Sanford and Son, Friends, The Sopranos -- and shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and Scrubs have become legendary for their in-show musical perfor ... More >>
Two years ago, a takeout supper from Papa Mio proved very good. Last week, dinner was absolutely terrific. Affordable, high-quality "red sauce" Italian food can be tricky to find in Houston, where most Italian restaurants tend to be higher-end and attend to regional or niche specialities. Not tha ... More >>
Although there's no shortage of restaurants that offer takeout in Houston, the options for old-fashioned red gravy Italian are somewhat limited. Buca Di Beppo is not the place to go when you want to a to-go dinner of handmade tortellini with truffles, but if you're jonesin' to rewatch Season 3 of Th ... More >>
We all dork out over something. Me, I have actually have a short list of things I dork out over, and just to refresh, my definition of "dork out" is "to spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing over and following, to the extent that a majority of society wouldn't understand." My list: The Sopr ... More >>
Red Wedding, final seen of The Godfather, last episode of Season 1 of The Sopranos....quite frankly, for the Houston Texans, I'm running out of television and movie analogies where multiple people get whacked. So here goes... (SPOILER ALERT, if you haven't seen and eventually desire to see The De ... More >>
As the Reigning Royalty of Tex-Mex Party Rock, Joe "King" Carrasco has been playing his utterly unique mixture of early and garage-rock, polka, cumbias, and Latin rhythm since the mid-'70s. But while others dream of sugar plums and hams and fruitcakes during the holiday season, for Carrasco it's th ... More >>
"Do this research, if we don't have a season...watch how much evil, which we call the crime...watch how much crime goes up, if they take away our game..." -- Ray Lewis to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio during the 2011 lockout We all remember this famous Ray Lewis rant, right? Where he implied that the abse ... More >>
It's little surprise many famous movie scenes involve food; there's a certain pleasure in watching characters eat the foods we enjoy in real life or grapple with the familiar challenges of cooking, say, lobsters. But have you ever been watching a film and someone mentions a food you've never heard ... More >>
A look inside the local house-show circuit.
People are still in shock at the news of actor James Gandolfini's passing Wednesday night, no doubt even those without HBO, Italian ancestry or pretensions of an angst-ridden suburban-Jersey gangster lifestyle. Many cultural tastemakers believe at least parts of The Sopranos -- and especially Gandol ... More >>
The Geto Boys MC is also Rocks Off's brand-new advice columnist.
Here's a news story you may have missed recently: a man in the UK was so utterly obsessed with the Spice Girls song "Viva Forever" that he played it over and over and over again, until he pissed off his neighbors and landlord so much that they kicked him out of his apartment. I've heard of people lo ... More >>
Not Fade Away, Director David Chase's period piece about a burgeoning rock band in the '60s, is still playing on limited screens in New York and Los Angeles, but this week preview copies of the soundtrack hit mailboxes. It is a sprawling double-disc, double-LP collection featuring vintage Rolling St ... More >>
The TV! The TV!Hey America, what did you think of the season finale of The Killing? - S U C K S! Not wasting another minute watching or thinking about this show! - I want 13 hours of my life back! - Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me - A cheap, crappy cop-out. Whoa. That ... More >>
"You're talking to the wrong white man, my friend. My people were the white man's nigger when yours were still painting their faces and chasing zebras." - Herman 'Hesh' Rabkin (Jerry Adler), The Sopranos Yes, that was their name.Freshman year of college. One of my good friends was a white ki ... More >>
Up against the wall, Arliss.Last weekend on [that show we won't name here because we've been writing way too much about it] there was a pretty shocking development: one of - if not *the*- main character of the series was killed off. Offing a beloved television figure isn't an uncommon tacti ... More >>
Still the only crossover I'd pay to see.Anyone watch the MTV Movie Awards? Anyone? I didn't think so, mostly because I suspect the majority of Hair Balls/Art Attack readers are over the age of 12. And while I have no intention of revisiting the whole "'Music?"Television line of jokes, I did ... More >>
Rocks Off's regular readers presumably know by now that we love few things more than offbeat anniversaries, and recently we came across one of the oddest yet. Thirty-two years ago Monday, on Feb. 28, 1979, the "actor" who played the original Mr. Ed in the 1960s TV show passed away. Yes, we're ... More >>
The same face we made when trying to comprehend why people would voluntarily live in Mississippi.The weather's terrible, I'm living off DVR'd episodes of Community, and it's possible this is all just a dream. This was the week in TV Land: • AT&T reached a deal with Rainbow Media last week ... More >>
Inception is getting good reviews as a dream-based thriller, but there are plenty of examples of perfectly good movies or shows being ruined, or at least temporarily harmed, by dream sequences.Among them:1. The Sopranos with that damn Kevin Finnerty Tony gets shot and then the wheels come off. We g ... More >>
This guy has to be stopped.The Cup is upon us, the spring season is definitely behind us, and I'm warning you: Don't tease the panther. This was the week in TV Land: • So, the World Cup started the other day. I was with friends at a Mexican restaurant when the USA-England game began, whic ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email email@example.com. K-Rino Book Number 7 (Black Book Int'l, 2007) We have written at length about the brilliance of K ... More >>
If you are a celebrator of Christmas, you know what I mean when I say "that Christmas morning feeling" -- the giddy sensation when you wake up on December 25th, knowing that you made it through the 362 day grind since the last Christmas morning and today is the day that you get to open your p ... More >>
Photos courtesy HARA tipster has informed Swamplot that the Memorial mansion up for sale on the Houston Association of Realtors site belongs to none other than Vincent Palermo, who came to town under the Witness Protection Act a while back.KPRC broke the story last year that "Vincent Cabella," ow ... More >>
So, the deal is I'll be dead but really famous?
The Sopranos is the greatest television show of all time. I know that sentence right there will be enough to start plenty of discussion, tweets, and emails, both in support of and in disagreement with that statement.It's funny, with sports expansion breeds mediocrity. The more teams that get ... More >>
Bogies Baby hosts a screening of her most famous film
Eminem feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent, "Crack A Bottle" The Good: Many bottles will be popped during tonight's festivities, we imagine, if not quite as many models. Also, the ongoing partnerships between this trio of rap titans says something about the present state of race relations in this country, r ... More >>
Party Parmigiana style
Okay, I have heard all the arguments about why The Sopranos finale stunk. Frankly, I ain’t buying any of them. I think those that are trashing David Chase are being shortsighted and hypocritical. Before the last episode all you heard was praise for Chase because he did the unexpected. Now, whe ... More >>
And now HouStoned is pleased to present the first dispatch from Tunnel Mole, an anonymous denizen of Houston’s subterranean playpen. You'd better watch out, downtowners. Tunnel Mole is watching you. HouStoned is moving to the underworld. Don't get your hopes up, middle-of-the-roaders. We're not t ... More >>
The HMNS looks at the turmoil and traditions of Ancient Rome
A scintillating survey
Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?
"Funk Jazz Fridays" get rolling at Cafe Brasil
Ray Liotta wants to know why he loses roles to...Owen Wilson?
What's to Analyze? De Niro still delights, even in a slight sequel
Wannabes can become mobsters for a night at The Soapranos
That's no longer the question for visionary Stephen J. Cannell, who now lives the novel life
Kohr Brothers, Marq*E Entertainment Center
Some diners would like to bite into cellular telephone users at upscale restaurants
Go hide. Hugh Grant's in a gangster movie.