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  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Band of Skulls at Warehouse Live, 5/13/2014

    Band of Skulls Warehouse Live May 13, 2013 I'm not sure what it is, whether it be the accent or the rich history of rock and roll, but for some reason you're just cooler if you're British and in a band. Think in your head what your definition of "rock star" is, and I assure you that they'll speak w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Some Texas Advice for the Royal Baby

    There has been a frenzy of coverage of the royal baby. In America, we find it difficult to fully understand all the hubbub -- apparently, many feel the same in Britain as well. But, since the little tyke has emerged from the royal womb, I figured it was as good a time as any to offer up a little Tex ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 6, 2013
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    April 9, 2013

    Yet Another Cooking Show: The American Baking Competition Heads to CBS This Summer

    Over the last several years, cooking shows have popped up on a variety of networks, rather than the mother ship of all food and cooking shows, the Food Network. If Cupcake Wars and re-runs of Top Chef Just Desserts doesn't do it for you, this summer CBS will air a summer baking competition on May 29 ... More >>

  • 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

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Terminal Confusion: Why Are These the UK's Most Popular Funeral Songs?

    Recently, a survey conducted in the UK revealed the most popular songs played at funerals. The big news everyone seems to be talking about is that Adele's "Someone Like You -- a song all about how replaceable a person is -- made it to No. 22. But we here at Rocks Off find the Top 5 equally confoundi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys Food Truck, on Selling Food out of His Dorm Room in Military School and Landing an Internship at The Fat Duck

    Matt Marcus Eatsie Boys Food Truck 845-430-8479 This is Part 1 of a three-part chef chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. The Eatsie Boys have one of the most popular food trucks in Houston right now. Known for their pork snuggies, fanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Dear Olympics: More Nudity And/Or Violence, Please

    "We live in a cynical world, a cynical, cynical world..." said a very smart man once. Maybe it was Nietzsche, or Elmer Fudd. Artifacts like the Olympics -- both the summer and winter variety -- have grown boring and stale. TV giant NBC is getting torn to shreds for including haircut Ryan Seacrest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Summer Olympics Weather Will Feel More Like Autumn for Many

    Jolly ol' England with its fish and chips and beefeaters and shrimp on the barbie...wait, OK, not that last one, is hosting the Summer Olympic Games this year as everyone who isn't living in a cave probably knows (they might know as well). They've gone all out over the last ten years' building facil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Sonisphere UK Cancelled: Are Music Festivals in Trouble?

    News emerged late last month that the U.K. date of Sonishphere, the traveling European hard-rock festival, has been canceled. It's a pretty big blow for music fans across the pond -- the headliners scheduled for the event included Queen with Adam Lambert, KISS and Faith No More, and reunited Swedish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Taped Live Brit Plays Come to Sundance Houston in High Def

    It's like a tour of the British theater scene on the cheap. Sundance Cinemas is bringing four taped performances of the National Theatre of London to downtown Houston starting in January and running through April. And even in a city like Houston with its extensive theater scene, Sundance Cinemas ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    This Just In: SXSW Announces First Round Of 2012 Showcasing Bands, Including Fat Tony and Something Fierce

    Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11​Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    6 Wrestling Finishing Moves That Would Suck at Stopping Riots (w/ Video)

    Your riot-control specialist​I am admittedly not always the most up to speed on current events. I'm a generally selfish person. If it has nothing to do with my a) job, b) family, c) friends, d) bank account or e) need to satisfy hunger pangs, then whatever "it" may be gets thrown on the back b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    For 4/20: Hipgnosis' Greatest Bong Hits

    ​Rocks Off doesn't know if it's our Shot In the Dark photo show tomorrow or that batch of brownies someone sent us, but we've been in a really visual mood this week. We can't remember exactly what it is, but something told us today might be a good day to revisit the work of Hipgnosis. The gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Cage Match: Werewolf Of London Vs. Purple People Eater

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, it's been a while since we had a Cage Match. Our apologies, we couldn't find a band willing to take on Nickelback - really. Be that as it may, get yourselves ready for a special Halloween edition as two of the greatest monsters in song take on each other. You gotta ask ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    "Rape Gaze": Worst Genre Name Ever? Not Quite...​Let's take a moment to think about labels and what they mean to us. Why do people feel the need to label things? The obvious answer is: It's the only way we know what stuff is. To anyone who automatically dismisses the very idea of labeling, just imagine what it would b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Second-Line Parade Commemorates Katrina Anniversary

    Mark Britain​Sunday evening about 500 people lined west Richmond Avenue to commemorate the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a New Orleans-style second line parade. The parade, hosted by Dave & Busters, was a reunion of sorts for Katrina refugees still living in Houston. Occasio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Manchester United: Five Reasons To Hate Them

    Yeah, yeah -- tradition yadda, yadda, yadda​Manchester United F.C. will be making their first trip to Houston as they play the MLS All-Stars at Reliant Stadium Wednesday. As one of soccer's most successful and most recognizable clubs, Man U is the sole reason why a record-sellout crowd is expected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    FAIL - Billy Corgan, Courtney Love, Justin Bieber, Celene Dion, Apple

    If you're reading this, you're either on the Internet, or else you've mastered multi-dimensional thought-projection processes that would make Michio Kaku cry like a little girl. We'll assume the former, and just in case you don't already know, the Internet has decided that the word "failure" is too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Coffee Review: Has Bean's Farmer Direct Bolivia Machacamarca

    ​The UK coffee crowd has been gaining momentum for quite some time now, and we were lucky enough to get to sample this gem from Has Bean, a coffee-roasting and home-brewing supply company out of Stafford, UK.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Brew Blog: Banana Bread Beer from Wells & Young's Brewery

    ​This week's historical excuse to sample a beer comes from February 9, 1900, when the English established the Davis Cup tennis competition. A good, potassium-rich recovery food for athletes playing tennis or other taxing sports (i.e. not golf) is bananas, and thus we have two excuses for disc ... More >>

  • Film

    November 12, 2009

    Sinking Ship

    Pirate Radio gets a tame U.S. release, but we still love rock and roll.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Cutout Bin: Album Cover Wars!

    ​ The Party Boys, The Party Boys Epic (UK), 1987 Big hair /mustache combo: -1 Paisley vest: -1 Balding/long hair combo: -3 Mullet n' bolo tie combo: -3 Reeboks (-2 per shoe x 4) = -8 Eko guitar: 2 Thumbs up (-3 per thumb x 2) = -6 From England: -3 TOTAL: -23

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Top 5 Cold Drinks: Alcoholic Version

    A lovely, limey caipirinhaA while back we made a list of beverages that hit the spot in hot weather. But we didn't include anything with alcohol the first time. An ice-cold beer usually does the trick, but sometimes a balmy evening calls for a beverage with a muddled ingredient or cocktail umbrella. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Lost Tuneage: Sweet (Formerly The Sweet) 'Dat? From the land of England in 1968 came a band called The Sweetshop, featuring singer Brian Connolly, bassist Steve Priest, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey slogging it out on the pub circuit. By 1970, Andy Scott had replaced Torpey, and the band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Houston's Worth It, Says Visiting Brit

    Madame B., a blogger for Here Is The City News, "London's fastest growing financial website," was quite charmed by her recent stay here. "Let's All Move to Houston" she urged in her headline, under which she gushed about her stay at the plush Royalton at River Oaks, with its free Starbucks in the lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Eyeballin': A Technicolor Dream

    This documentary, originally broadcast on BBC television, traces the coalition of the "underground" movement in swinging '60s London. Beginning with a groundbreaking 1965 gathering/reading of the Beat poets at the Royal Albert Hall and following with the opening of the Indica bookstore and gallery, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    The Busiest New Airline Route Is In Houston

    Airlines across the plant added almost 2,100 new routes last year. Which new route was the single most popular? It was right here in Houston. The new Hobby to Big Spring route drew tens of thousands of travelers, which is especially strange because it uses a one-prop plane. Actually, the most pop ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2008

    Fine Hour: Short Films by Humphrey Jennings

    This Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s program shows a complex British filmmaker from multiple angles

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    Paydirt : "The Thames Mudlarks"

    A delightful show at CTRL features seven London artists

  • Dining

    April 12, 2007
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    July 27, 2006

    Escalator Buffet

    Bombay Brasserie's new second-story location will have to do for the time being

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    The Business, with Roger Miret and the Disasters

    Thursday, May 18, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717

  • Calendar

    March 16, 2006
  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Nine Black Alps

    Tuesday, March 21, Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Hype of March

    Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldnt care

  • Dining

    July 8, 2004

    Curry for the Laddies

    London Sizzler serves up Indian food made the British way

  • Dining

    February 26, 2004

    Gastropub Crawl

    The Red Lion isn't just another fake British pub -- it's an authentically fake British pub

  • Dining

    February 12, 2004

    Bang This

    The Red Lion Pub

  • Culture

    July 31, 2003

    You, Spy

    Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Caged Angels

    Chart-toppers in the UK, Ash is happy on the American club circuit. But how long will it stay there?

  • Film

    April 3, 2003

    Girls with Balls

    The UK's Bend It Like Beckham scores big

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    What Would Woody Do?

    Billy Bragg and the Blokes want to know

  • Music

    July 5, 2001


    Steel Pulse

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001

    How Now Mad Cow?

    Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?

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    July 8, 1999
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    May 22, 1997
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