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    October 22, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Erin Smith of Main Kitchen at JW Marriott

    Erin Smith is one of only a handful of female executive chefs in Houston. She first caught attention for the menu that was tailored for the extensive wine focus at Plonk! Bistro. She made headlines when she joined Clumsy Butcher group to conceptualize the initial menu for the newly opened Blacksmith ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    And We Still Got the Shaft: Self-Righteous Tipper Gets Waitress Fired After Being Outed on the Internet

    Any healthy adult will tell you that the proper response to being called out on a self-admitted mistake is to have the dignity and wherewithal to own the mistake and work toward improvement in the future. That sounds like a lot of work, though, and apparently Pastor Alois Bell thought so too. Pasto ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Joseph Farley: What, It's a Crime to Unicycle in the Nude?

    If you had "unicycle in the nude across a big bridge" on your bucket list, be warned that the police frown on that activity. At least in Kemah. Joseph Farley, 45, found that out yesterday when police arrested him for doing just that and charged him with indecent exposure. He was riding across the ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Jack Daniel's If You Please: A Musical Sour Mash Salute

    Q: What do musicians call a diminished fifth? A: An empty bottle of Jack Daniel's. ​Someone at Dirt Bar thinks today may be Jack Daniel's birthday. The Jack Daniel, inventor of the sour mash whiskey and favored rock and roll stage prop. Although they admit they can't be sure - "while he made ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Iggy Pop, the Bordeaux Connoisseur: The Funniest Food Requests on Riders

    ITO EN, you're all that I wanted in a tea.​The next time someone calls you a picky eater, direct them to Weezer's backstage rider for their 2010 tour. Weezer demands that both regular and Canadian bacon be available for breakfast, that there be almond butter but no peanut butter, that there m ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Lucas Henderson, Student from Waco, Allegedly Scams Scores of Companies with Illegal Coupons

    From The Smoking Gun22-year-old Lucas Henderson allegedly used his computer powers for evil.​There's been a rash of South-on-East-Coast fraud lately, in which residents from small Texas towns have effectively duped fancy New York firms. Remember April's scamster of the month Andy Surface, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    James Tyler Markle, Internet Prankster, Gets Jail Time

    Photo via KTREJames Markle: Going to jail​Last year we told you about The Smoking Gun's expose of a group of Internet "pranksters" that included a couple of Texas residents. Some of what they did was fun, but some bordered on harassment and members of the group, called Pranknet, would engage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Dancing With The Stars: Ready... Aim... Fire!

    getreligion.orgElvis' shot-up TV wound up in a museum. Steven Cowan's probably won't.​As someone who is both left-handed and left-footed, and has carried a bizarre taffeta-related phobia with us since childhood, Rocks Off generally goes out of our way to avoid Dancing With the Stars at all cos ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 11, 2010

    See Dick Run

    Invasions of privacy are "The New Normal."

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    September 10, 2009

    Another Texas Arrest In That A-Hole Prankster Ring

    The Smoking GunNewly arrested prankster​The Smoking Gun continues to stay on top of the effort to out and punish the juvenile a-holes (some of them sex offenders, some of them merely Mom's-basement types) who go around ruining property and people's days with "pranks."The hilarity involves calling ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    The Smoking Gun Targets Two Houston-Area Internet "Pranksters"

    ​The Smoking Gun website has an extensive, entertaining investigative expose on a group of webheads who pull off expensive pranks nationwide.Posing as authority figures, they have phoned hotel rooms and fast-food restaurants and talked innocent people into doing such things as breaking windows (be ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
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    June 16, 2009

    It's Like I Don't Even Have the Energy to Make Fun of Yanni

    I just spent about 10 minutes of my life that I will never get back tooling around on the Yanni site and have discovered something disturbing. Ladies and gentlemen, Yanni was here, and I missed him. He played the Toyota Center this past Saturday while I was stuffing my face at the Ninfa's on Navigat ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    December 24, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top Ten Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously absurd record or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    More Houston Strippers Busted

    Bruce Springsteen said it’s hard to be a saint in the city, but dude didn’t know the half of it: It’s even harder being a stripper in Houston. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18 boob-oriented entertainers during a May 29 raid at the St. James Cabaret, which is one of approxim ... More >>

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    November 30, 2007
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    July 19, 2007
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    February 27, 2007

    Geese, Ganders and G-strings

    The Smoking Gun We will never forget our lost brothers. Last month we ran an item in which we directed you to the Smoking Gun to peep some pics of the poor lasses who'd been busted at Treasures. In the interest of equal time, we now direct you back to the site, but this time to check out some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2007

    That's Quite a Bust

    The Smoking Gun Any of you strip club patrons ever wonder what Amber looks like when she's not wrapping her legs around that pole and gyrating to Brahms's Symphony Number Four? (Hey, I've never been to a strip club; I don't know what kind of music they have there.) Anyway, the poor lasses of Tr ... More >>

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    December 15, 2006

    Phried Phish Don't drink and drive to Firenze. You heard it here fourth: Gawker reports that Idolator reports that the Smoking Gun reports that former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio "was arrested early this morning on a driving while intoxicated rap and New York cops found the musician in posses ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Training Day

    Light rail's first day brings one high after another

  • Music

    October 2, 2003

    Dutch Treat

    Twice shy and dog-tired, the New Amsterdams keep turning heads

  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Dark Riders

    The good, the bad and the ugly rock-star performance contracts