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  • Culture

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Great Bull Run "Selfie" from Our Slideshow Goes Viral

    A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. - Eudora Welty Last week, we sent photographer Derrek Barlow to the Great Bull Run, an event much debated by plenty of folks around here. He took a number of fantastic shots that you can see in our slideshow from the event, but one in particular cap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: The One Hit Wonders

    When it comes to crowning the King of Content for the year 2013, quantity is the basis on which the kingdom is built, and rightfully so. Maintaining a consistent flow of excellence/criminal behavior/bizarre work/belligerence is what gets you the ultimate reward. But the extravaganza that is an over ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2013

    Todo con Queso

    Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Houston Native Wine Celeb Ray Isle Returns Home, Finds Food Scene "Deeply Local While Still Cosmopolitan"

    My 80-year old mother may not know his name but she knows his face. "You mean that handsome young man who talks about wine on the Today show with Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda [Kotb]?" she asks when I mention that I'm having lunch in Houston with Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle. But hey ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    Zombies and Fiscal Cliffs

    The 10 most overhyped stories of 2012.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Superstorms, Mayans, Zombies and BDSM: The 10 Most Over-Hyped Stories of 2012

    Journalists are really fond of writing about stories that went underreported every year. Too often, however, they forget to remind us all that those critical stories that went without needed coverage did so because stories with little merit wound up filling the airwaves and pages of newspapers. Unf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Clueless In Seattle: Twitter, Sportsbooks, And Obese Detroit Lions Fans Go Insane After Monday Night Football (w/ VIDEO)

    The NFL's replacement referees have made plenty of egregious errors during the first three weeks of the regular season. They nearly handed the Seahawks a win in Week One by giving them an extra time out in their game with Arizona. They extended last Monday's game between the Broncos and the Falcons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Bachman & Turner Keep Their Business Open On New DVD

    Bachman & Turner: Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC $14.98 90 mins. Eagle Rock While some politicians have faced a musician's wrath for using unauthorized music in their campaign events, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner were more than happy to perform their enduring tune "Takin' Care of Business" at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    ESPNU To Launch New Talk Show, So Let's Zapruder Some 1993 Sportsnight Footage From ESPN2

    Every now and then, because it's the "worldwide leader in sports" and can get away with random programming heat checks whenever it wants, ESPN will try and force-feed the viewing public some ill-fated attempt to blend sports and pop culture. Examples include: - Who's Now?, an ongoing feature a fe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Texas Wine Makes the Big Time at Austin Food & Wine Mag Fest

    "The Wines Of Texas Are Upon You" may have seemed like a bland seminar title when compared with spicier ones like "Everything You Need To Know About Wine But Were Afraid to Ask" and "Super Star Wines." But the fact that the Austin Food & Wine Festival (which made its debut over the weekend) includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Wine Time: Houston Native Wine Celeb Ray Isle Talks Texas Wine

    "I grew up in West University, and later in the Braeswood/Meyerland area," said Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle when he and I chatted over email yesterday. "I left Houston after college -- I went to Rice, which is also where my dad taught -- and moved to Austin to be in a crappy band." I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Whipping Judge William Adams: Daughter & Wife Go on Today Show

    Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyThe daughter who was whipped by Aransas County judge William Adams and caused an internet sensation by posting the video to YouTube took to the Today show to tell her story. Her mother, now, Adams's ex-wife -- who also whipped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Billy Joel Safe At Home In Final Play At Shea

    ​Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert Sony Legacy, $13.98 While not a Queens-bred boy, what better choice for a musical performer to close out Shea before its demolition than Billy Joel? Filmed over two nights in July 2008, this 2-CD/1-DVD package offers a great overview of Joel's car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Murray's Cheese and Kroger: How's That For a Cheese Pairing?

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​The famous Murray's Cheese Shop didn't start out as the epicenter of the cheese universe. Its roots were much more humble than that: a sort of general store founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg to sell butter and eggs to area residents in Greenwich Village. It trade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Rick Perry Vs. Jon Stewart On A Daily Show Deathcage Match

    Stweart, Perry: Adios, mofo​In the wake of his big victory, Governor Rick Perry immediately focused like a laser beam on the state's massive budget gap. Or maybe he went on a book tour.In a series of interviews in which the cloying coyness about 2012 will be palpable, Perry is headed to the East C ... More >>

  • Film

    June 3, 2010

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Apatow

    Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    For Flu Season: The Top 5 Comfort Foods and Drinks

    It's official: flu season is here and it's hit with a vengeance. Television news reports deliver frightening messages from the Director of Health and Human Services while we're forced to watch Matt Lauer get a flu shot on the Today Show, and our moms keep calling us to remind us to get plenty of res ... More >>

  • News

    May 7, 2009
  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Touring with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

    Get on the bus, it's a family affair.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    The Continuing Follies of AutoTune

    For the past six months, the music business has been aghast and/or enthralled with the AutoTune craze. There seems to be no stopping the phenomenon, which is now crawling into the public's brain at an alarming rate. No one seems to be immune to the 'Tune, with rappers Lil' Wayne and T-Pain seemingl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    This Week In Beyonce: Howard Stern Hoax, Obsessed Opens, Toyota Center Date and More

    Following the exploits of the world's most famous Houstonian is a full-time job - to say the least; that must be why her publicist never seems to return our emails - but here at Rocks Off we do our best. Because Ms. B is never very far from the headlines, we decided the best thing to do wo ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008

    Donor Babies Search for Their Anonymous Fathers

    All grown up, some children of sperm donors are trying to break through the secrecy that keeps them from knowing their family history

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Memo to Chuck Todd: Mommy Like

    Okay, so as our country elects the next president of these great United States, can I just take a moment to talk about something more important? Specifically, may I talk about how I am deeply and madly in love with news analyst Chuck Todd? Sorry, Mr. Pop Rocks, but I can’t keep it inside anymore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Little Something For The Ladies

    Skimming through Cosmopolitan’s 2008 Hottest Bachelors List, there’s an undeniable air off douchiness. A good deal of the dudes’ photos show them posing without shirts but with pseudo-Abercrombie smiles, like they just came in from the beach, or maybe a frathouse date-rape-athon. There are pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Five Spot: New Kids Are Back, Bitches

    [Since we were a little busy baking in Zilker Park Friday, Rocks Off didn't get a chance to post last week's Five Spot. Here 'tis - Ed.] Welcome back to Five Spot. Every week, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Am I the Only One Craving Chinese Food While Watching the Olympics?

    Soup dumplings from Fu Fu Cafe were one of the best snacks I ate while watching the Beijing Olympics. When I stopped into Dun Huang Plaza at Bellaire and Beltway 8 for take-out, I noticed that the center had set up a big screen television set and a bunch of chairs outside on the sidewalk. On the Chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    I Am Going to Buy New Kids on the Block Tickets

    Donnie Wahlberg is 38 years old. 38. And I think Danny Wood is even older. I don’t know why I should be so shocked. After all, I’m thirtysomething, too. I’m thirtysomething, and I’m going to buy New Kids on the Block tickets and go see them when they come through Houston in October as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Cupcake Contest: Sugarbaby's vs. the Cookie Jar

    As you may have gathered from that Sex and the City marathon you caught over Christmas, it has recently become socially acceptable - even trendy - for grownups to eat cupcakes. Although the nationwide trend seems to have died down somewhat (I'm pretty sure having a wedding cake made entirely of cupc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Rachel Loy

    concert preview

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    The Choking Game

    Levi Draher came back from the dead. Other players were not so lucky.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2007

    The Houston Chronicle DeLayed

    It's easy to forget the Houston Chronicle is a newspaper — that is, a paper that delivers news. On March 21 the Chronicle blanketed its front page with a report on Tom DeLay's fiery new memoir — five days after Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak broke the story. (Credit Wonkette ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Not Like Monk

    Chris Botti on selling -- and not selling -- jazz

  • News

    December 14, 2006
  • Music

    September 14, 2006

    K.T. Tunstall

    Saturday, September 16, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Dog Days of Duff

    "Sing it with me, 'I love!'" August is turning out to be a busy month for H-town's own Hilary Duff. Later today, MTV will premiere her new video, "Play with Fire," on TRL. She'll be on Letterman tonight to pimp her new movie, Material Girls -- in which she stars with her sis Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006

    Natalie He Ain't

    NBC/Today Show Felicia and Eric messed around with gender roles. So, I made sure to catch the Today show this morning, where a Houston couple, Felicia and Eric, are competing in "Today Throws a Wedding." Felicia is an assistant district attorney in Galveston, and Eric's a business systems analys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2006

    Where My Pirates At?

    Lloyd Lively "Yar, let's find us a movie critic!" I think it's a beauty that media outlets, both local and national, have jumped on the whole pirate bandwagon, what with the juggernaut that is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The Today Show had a segment that showed viewers how to dres ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2005

    Care and Feeding

    Whole Foods wants lobsters to live large before dying

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2005

    Hello, Darkness

    Author Lisa Fittipaldi shares her blind devotion to painting in a new book

  • Culture

    June 26, 2003

    Thinking Inside the Box

    A visual and musical collaboration offers a cool, dark refuge in tiny spaces

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Breaking In to the Movies

    This sneak preview by a UT film student stole more than the show at Sony Studios

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Imminent Domain

    While a doddering Dome watches, wranglers and the ultrarich welcome a sports palace

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    News Hostage

    Dear Railcar Killer...

  • News

    May 6, 1999
  • Calendar

    October 29, 1998

    Night & Day

    October 29 - November 4, 1998

  • News

    October 1, 1998

    Street Smarts

    Nicolas Kanellos uses his radical training to get books to the people

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