We are generally an impatient people. As soon as the AFC and NFC title games are over, most of us would like to see the Super Bowl played the following week because, quite frankly football is a drug and one week without it starts causing withdrawal symptoms. The Pro Bowl doesn't satisfy the jones ( ... More >>
"Eres Para Mi...." Julieta Venegas House of Blues October 24, 2013 Its the way Julieta Venegas looked straight into my eyes in the "Eres Para Mi" video I first saw on MTV TR3S back in 2006. Or the effortless mode of expressing her feelings through her soft voice, so delicate, yet strong and confid ... More >>
The FBI and Houston elder law attorney Kimberly Hegwood are warning folks of a dastardly scam targeting the elderly: "Often referred to as the 'Grandparent Scam' by the FBI, unsuspecting seniors are finding themselves awakened late at night or early in the morning by a 'grandchild' claiming to have ... More >>
Note: Once again this year, Rocks Off is proud to share our L.A. sister blog West Coast Sound's coverage of this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Electric Daisy Carnival, which ended early this morning, promotes itself as being "all about the experience," and it's indeed much more th ... More >>
Imagine Dragons House of Blues, February 12 You've seen the name all over, from Blog A to Blog B, and the haircuts should look mighty familiar. This Las Vegas act has a sound in the same vein as Passion Pit and AWOLNATION, two acts with a veritable stranglehold on the rock dollar these days. Their ... More >>
And why are Mexican Indians so poor?
Slowly but surely, I am making my way around the world via Houston's diverse restaurants and special events. Last week, I was taken on a trip to India by way of Kiran's. A couple of days later, I had the pleasure of being transported to Mexico by way of Casa de Don Julio, a ritzy event put on by Do ... More >>
The religious iconography of the drug trade.
Santa Muerte, the newly-popular Grim Reaper-like Mexican folk saint, and subject of this week's cover story, is not the only object of supernatural devotion in the drug trade. Far from it. In fact, she's something of a Johnny-come-lately in Mexican folk religion. For as long as there have been smug ... More >>
And why do Chicano Studies professors always wear guayaberas?
The documentary Murder Capital of the World debuted in Houston last night at Premier Cinema in Greenspoint Mall. Despite the seemingly over-the-top name, it wasn't a horror flick, but there were several scenes that did manage to horrify the audience. You can't make this shit up. It would be impossi ... More >>
The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but whats been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
Bare Bare Wires' new LP Seeking Love is out now on Castle Face Records.Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a battle for your musical soul will be waged here in Houston. In this corner, wearing the failure-colored trunks and sporting a haircut worthy of a wedgie, Adam Lambert at the Hobby Center. A ... More >>
www.myspace.com/brujeriaA rare piece of Brujeria artwork that does not involve a severed head.‚Äč Have you ever noticed how extreme music with vocals in another language sound way more menacing than they do in boring old English? The English version of Rammstein's single "Du Hast" pales compared to ... More >>
Every modern metropolis needs one. An urban playground within weekend driving distance, that is. Where what happens within the city limits stays within the city limits for all eternity. Well, except for the gift that keeps on giving. But it's not a jaunt of any consequence if you don't re ... More >>
Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. Check out past entries here, here and here. There's one thing -- or should ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty This week has been one of many firsts for Aftermath. Sunday night, we attended our first drunken Tejano show at an icehouse in Pearland while visiting the parents. It was an eye-opening experience, full of balls-out accordion breakdowns and Freddy Fender covers that reminded ... More >>
Small Stars perform Friday, February 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main Street, 713-529-9899. Scott Biram also performs.
Storytelling gimmicks can't save this vapid, globally conscious puzzle-film
The Mexican replies
Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3
A big dose of dance parties and concerts is coming your way
Sweet & Sour, Hot y Spicy (Higher Octave)
A "Bubba Mexican" polices the border in Buford Gomez
It's rodeo time in the city
Lighter fighters keep it real at Reliant
Calexico and Clem Snide stretch alt-country to the breaking point
How to avoid bacteria this summer? Don't eat shit.
Walk Alone (Ultimatum Music)
Escalante's: south of the border, west of the Loop, high on profile and middling on menu... so far