The Sopranos

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Arctic Monkeys at The Woodlands, 10/30/2014

    Arctic Monkeys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion October 30, 2014 Once this whole Ebola thing dies down a little, there are worse ways the Centers for Disease Control could spend taxpayer money than investigating the likely spike in the birth rate between now and the late-2013 release of the Arctic M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Six Great Covers of TV Theme Songs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Two Years After Opening Papa Mio Continues To Excel

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Takeout Trials: Buca To Go at Buca di Beppo

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    Houston Texans 2014: The Purge On Kirby Continues

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Joe "King" Carrasco Wishes Houston a "Tamale Christmas"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    NFL Crime Update: Pac-Man, Hugh Douglas, Gangsta Viking Owners

    "Do this research, if we don't have a how much evil, which we call the 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Food in Film: Pasta Sauce in Goodfellas

    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 >>

  • Music

    June 27, 2013

    Good Neighbors

    A look inside the local house-show circuit.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Five Killer Musical Moments On The Sopranos

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2013

    Street Knowledge

    The Geto Boys MC is also Rocks Off's brand-new advice columnist.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Five Songs You Should Be Evicted for Playing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Not Fade Away Soundtrack Offers Up a Fistful of Blues, Stones

    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 >>

  • Film

    December 13, 2012
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    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Pop Rocks: We Take Our Television Seriously

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    White Rappers & The N-Word Conundrum: 4 Case Studies

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Pop Rocks: 5 Lead TV Characters We'd Rather Kill Than...That Other Guy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Twilight vs. Harry Potter And 9 Other Geek Throwdowns

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Top Five Songs About Horses

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: Louis C.K. vs. Mississippi

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    For Inception: Bad Dream Sequences In Good Movies

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    The Week In TV: Boardwalk Empire And Bravo, Two Ends Of A Spectrum

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Remember K-Rino's Book Number 7?

    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 K-Rino Book Number 7 (Black Book Int'l, 2007) ​We have written at length about the brilliance of K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Game Time: If You Want To Hear Richard Justice Getting Fired, Click Here

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    All The Taste And Style Of Tony & Carmela Soprano Can Be Yours

    Photos courtesy HAR​A 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 >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    Suicide Notes Movie Sneak Peek Party

    So, the deal is I'll be dead but really famous?

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Game Time: The 10 Greatest Sopranos Episodes Of All Time

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 5, 2009

    An Intimate Evening with Lauren Bacall

    Bogie’s Baby hosts a screening of her most famous film

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    A Few Rejected Inaugural Ball Theme Songs

    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 >>

  • Home Entertainment

    February 21, 2008
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    October 11, 2007

    Festa Italiana

    Party Parmigiana style

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2007

    The Sopranos Final Moment -- Why It Was Great

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2007

    Tales from Tunnel Mole

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2007

    Roman Scandals

    The HMNS looks at the turmoil and traditions of Ancient Rome

  • Home Entertainment

    November 9, 2006
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    August 10, 2006
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    June 29, 2006
  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Vagina Music Roundup

    A scintillating survey

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Rock Radio (and Rock Romano) Redux

    Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2004

    Drop Everything

    "Funk Jazz Fridays" get rolling at Cafe Brasil

  • Culture

    January 9, 2003

    Vanity Fare

    Ray Liotta wants to know why he loses roles to...Owen Wilson?

  • Film

    December 5, 2002

    That's Better

    What's to Analyze? De Niro still delights, even in a slight sequel

  • Calendar

    October 17, 2002

    Pasta, Wine and a Fake Leg

    Wannabes can become mobsters for a night at The Soapranos

  • Culture

    January 24, 2002

    TV or Not TV?

    That's no longer the question for visionary Stephen J. Cannell, who now lives the novel life

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Custard

    Kohr Brothers, Marq*E Entertainment Center

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Hell Phone

    Some diners would like to bite into cellular telephone users at upscale restaurants

  • Film

    August 19, 1999

    Mickey Mouse

    Go hide. Hugh Grant's in a gangster movie.

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