After the third out-of-towner in a week asked me why Saturday brunch wasn't a "thing" in Houston, I got curious. Once is a blip, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend. The problem is that -- as far as I know -- Saturday isn't the traditional brunching day of choice in Houston. Saturdays ar ... More >>
There's no denying that New York City has a slate of truly terrific barbecue joints -- moreso, certainly than Houston itself -- including spots such as Mighty Quinn's from Texan pitmaster Hugh Mangum and Hill Country Barbecue Market, which seeks to emulate Central Texas-style brisket and ribs as clo ... More >>
The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.
Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey.
The Houston Press has been sold to a new holding company -- Voice Media Group -- by its previous owner, Village Voice Media Holdings, it was announced today. Christine Brennan, who for 19 years was executive managing editor at VVMH, will be the executive editor of the new company. The new company ... More >>
As of this writing, I am still comfortably ensconced in the Hotel Palomar in our nation's capital. There is a Negroni at my side, compliments of the hotel, which was waiting for me in the room after I returned from walking off a Shake Shack burger at lunch. That's service. Both the Shake Shack and ... More >>
Julie Delpy brings the Paris gang to the city.
Always more than an ingenue, she's taking on everything that's wrong with movies - and she's bringing Chris Rock.
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.
A former theater and dance professor at Beaumont's Lamar University is suing the school, saying her tenure track was derailed because she refused to attend productions about the "homosexual lifestyle." Linda Ozmun says her religious beliefs would not allow her to see what the suit calls "an 'artist ... More >>
April 15, 2011 is known as Black Friday in the online-poker world, the day the feds seized the assets and shut down the three biggest companies serving the American market -- PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. Among the people affected: Walter Wright, a former Houstonian who was making ... More >>
Half-price GA passes = today's "Deal of the Day" GroovehousePachuco Boogie: Los Skarnales' Nestor Serrano (left) and Felipe Galvan at the 2011 Houston International FestivalThe first Best of Houston® BestFest is shaping up nicely. Today it gives Rocks Off great pleasure to announce four mo ... More >>
Readers respond to "Betting Their Lives."
What the @#$% happened last night? A City Pages SXSW recap of 3/17 from MPLS.TV on Vimeo. Want to experience SXSW 2011 but have a short attention span? Then check out the above video compiled by our sister paper City Pages which features several big-name performers plus highlight footage from the V ... More >>
Marc BrubakerEvidently shooting George Strait from this angle and distance is OK.Rocks Off does our best to shield our readers from all the red tape we have to go through in order to bring you a steady stream of concert reviews. For one thing, it's pretty boring - a bunch of emails and relea ... More >>
Allow us to step out of the usage of the royal "we" that we use at Rocks Off for a blog that will have a lasting impact for the rest of our lives. Not Rocks Off at large, but one member who made a promise on the Internet that he can never take back. Well, he probably could, but then he would look li ... More >>
Catastrophic Skies (extended cut) from Chase Rees on Vimeo. • Pale, the mainstream-y dark rock band from Houston, has a new video out for their song "Catostrophic Skies," featuring a high-concept post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang. It's kinda goofy. But hell, look at those production values. • L ... More >>
Blogger disseminates filth.
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
Once we realized what she was singing, Rocks Off was hoping Beyonce would include the "Would she go down on you in a theater?" line when the six-time winner sang Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know" at Sunday night's Grammys. She didn't, and she didn't drop the f-bomb either (though she came pret ... More >>
A lot of people were shocked by the shootings at Fort Hood. Should they have been?Rick Anderson of Village Voice Media takes a look at how the Army handles issues of soldiers under stress, including a sergeant from Texas man who shot up a clinic in Iraq. In many respects, Sgt. [John M.] Russell's ... More >>
[Ed. Note: We are happy to report that Craig Hlavaty is safe and sound, if a little under the weather. Here is his report from Wednesday's ICP show.] Photos by Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshow "Hey man, you look lonely. How's it going?" asks a big jolly Juggalo, face painted in a ... More >>
As unconventional as the warfare it depicts, The Hurt Locker is a ticking time bomb of a movie.
Who 'Dat?The Jayhawks circa 1992Emerging from "The City of Lakes" in 1985, the Jayhawks showed that Minneapolis could produce a band at the forefront of another genre besides pioneering alt-rock (The Replacements, Hüsker Dü) and funk (the Purple One); namely, the nascent alt-country/"No Depressio ... More >>
Eight months after its "burial," the American language's most dangerous epithet is more popular than ever in hip-hop
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Jerry's World -- and Joe Frank's radio show -- come to life
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Author sees women and Europe surpassing men and New York as the prime exponents of black culture
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