Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals.
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Next week the Rocks Off Action Team goes to Austin for Ess Ex Ess Dubya for another four days of fun, sun, eavesdropping, and live music. And swag, of the free kind, not the kind that Justin Bieber is still trying to make happen.
This year at SXSW we're looking forward to many, many things, includ ... More >>
Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>
Chuck Cook PhotographyStrata is lovely and beckons attractively, but the lonely corner it sits in does them no favors. Strata is an attractive restaurant in Vintage Park near Chasewood Park Drive and 249. While the middle section of this upper-scale shopping center resembles an outdoor restau ... More >>
Update: A company spokesman with Novartis called this afternoon to address the rumors that Paula Deen has signed an endorsement deal with the pharmaceutical firm, which the company says are false. Novartis issued this statement: "The rumors that Novartis has signed a multi-million dollar spok ... More >>
Chuck Cook PhotographySkip the grocery store and take this chicken home instead.Have you ever walked into a restaurant where the staff is so kind and eager that you just don't want to say anything bad about the food? Such is the predicament I find myself in.
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Photos by Troy FieldsThe marquee is best appreciated at night, neon lights in full bloom.Earlier this week, it was reported that Trader Joe's will likely be moving into the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama at Shepherd, thereby saving the old theater from obscurity and possible demolition. ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttNo. Just...no.Last year, I wrote an entire series of posts on places to get great grub while you're slumming in Austin at SXSW. Those were:
Polvos (2004 S. 1st Street)
Torchy's Tacos (1311 S. 1st Street)
Moonshine (303 Red River)
Mozart's (3825 Lake Austin Bl ... More >>
The dramatic interior at Hearsay. Yesterday, we chatted with Chef Nick Banasczak of Hearsay Gastro Lounge about his culinary background and how he has become a kitchen superstar so quickly. Let's see what we can get out of him today.
Eating Our Words: Tell the readers something that they wou ... More >>
Even if you've never pulled a trigger in your life, SXSW is, on some level, an exercise in hunting. Rocks Off had no idea how true this was until earlier this afternoon. As we were looking over the schedule at sxsw.com, we got the brilliant idea to note every band named after any kind of animal, ... More >>
Chili con carne was introduced to America by the "Chili Queens," women who served food in San Antonio's Military Plaza as early as the 1860s. Chili stands were also common in Galveston and Houston; they were the taco trucks of the 1800s. Tamales with chili was the most common order--beans were oft ... More >>