• Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Flamin' Groovies, John Legend, Tom Jones, etc.

    El Dorado Ballroom Dedication El Dorado Ballroom May 2 & 3 (dedication) It seems like Houston has remembered it even has a history only very recently, so it must be making up for lost time now. Less than five years since the Lightnin' Hopkins Texas Historical Marker was erected on the grounds of Pr ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    December 20, 2013

    Music's Biggest Douchebags: 2013 Edition

    Just like I told you last year, the musical landscape abounds with douchebags of all stripes. Normally their D-bag behavior is pretty amusing, but this year things took a turn for the completely messed-up. Music might have had more douchebags in 2013 than ever before. It was tough sifting through t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    The Rest of That Daft Punk Dance-Off Job Interview

    Job interviews are so boring. You spend the entire time answering questions about what animal you would be (and why), while sweating your ass off in a wool suit and trying to make sure your poorly chosen tattoos don't peek out of your sleeves. It's thisclose to water torture, and the only upside is ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013

    A Redcoat in Patriotland: A Brit Visits the 2013 NRA Convention

    A gun-dumb Brit's journey into the heart of American gun culture.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Airborne Toxic Event, Paul Van Dyk, etc.

    The Airborne Toxic Event House of Blues, April 29 What happens when you layer dynamic, symphonic arrangements, painfully guttural vocals, and a wicked viola player? You wind up with The Airborne Toxic Event, the L.A.-bred indie-rock band known for its rich, lyrically moody folk-rock. Driven by nove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    No Ho-Hummery With This Flummery!

    Part of my motivation for wanting to work my way through Felicity's Cookbook was the chance to make, but more importantly, to say, the word flummery, multiple times. A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at making a flummery at the end of one unusually hot afternoon and quickly learned the a goofy name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Last Night: The Adolescents & Youth Brigade at Fitzgerald's

    The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The American Heist Fitzgerald's December 30, 2012 To end 2012 on a note of anti-apocalypse, in which the forces of vitality outmaneuver destruction and oblivion, Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions -- who has survived through the thick and thin of a fickle Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    8 Musical Activities That Should Be Olympic Sports

    After years of preparation, unprecedented security, and a Mitt Romney gaffe or two, the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London get underway about 3 p.m. Houston time. At the same time, multitudes will gather in nearby Hyde Park for a free concert with Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    April 17, 2012

    Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza: UK Edition

    Well, damn, I should have waited to blog about five British food traditions to embrace, because clearly a front-runner has emerged. Eh, perhaps not. For some inscrutable reason, Pizza Hut has chosen to offer its new Pizza Hut hot dog-stuffed crust pizza exclusively in the UK. Aren't British people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Top 5 Mullet-Rock Bands You Might Not Expect

    Last Sunday, HBO aired the Season 3 finale of Eastbound & Down, the series about down-on-his-luck minor-league relief pitcher and morally bankrupt human being Kenny Powers. Besides a certain unvarnished wisdom ("death is for pussies") and a peculiar way with the ladies, Powers has one of the most sp ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012
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    December 1, 2011

    Brew Blog: Deschutes Jubelale

    I would like to specifically point out that this edition of Brew Blog was not, in fact, inspired by Bruce R's comment on my recent post about Brooklyn Winter Ale. Just kidding, Bruce. Not really. What? The truth is, I probably would have tried Jubelale on Bruce's recommendation, but I didn't. When ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Leeks

    What is it? Part of the onion and garlic family, leeks are large green stalks that resemble scallions or green onions on steroids. The flavor is described as falling somewhere between a mild onion and a cucumber, similar to the shallot but sweeter. Unlike scallions, leeks are not pungent or bitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Happy Birthday Joseph Merrick: An Elephant Man's Playlist

    ​Today would be the the Elephant Man's 149th birthday. Born Joseph Merrick (sometimes erroneously listed as John Merrick), the Elephant Man suffered from an illness that, although still inconclusively proven, caused enlargement of various parts of his body. His grotesque appearance led to his ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

    pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.​Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Guitarist Brian Robertson Loves Thin Lizzy, Texas Women

    ​As one half of Thin Lizzy's legendary "twin guitar" classic lineup in the mid- to late '70s, Scottish guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson started to make an impact on classic-rock history while still a teenager. That's him shredding on the legendary break in Lizzy's most popular (and, alas, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Lluther: Inside The Mystery Of The Extra "L"

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​Rock is dead, but every once in a while Rocks Off likes to diddle the corpse. The subject of our latest necrophilia is an alternative-rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Tax The Wolf Agrees: Velvet Underground > The Strokes

    Michelle Tovar/ Tax the Wolf on Facebook​For the night before Thanksgiving, there is a lot going on in Houston tomorrow. But with all due respect to Robert Ellis & the Boys at Fitzgerald's and the LAX/Young Girls show at Groundhall - not to mention, on an entirely different scale, both Bruno M ... 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 4, 2010

    Hyperbubble Heat Up Hot Fuzz On "Chop Shop Cop"​Sooooooo... Hyperbubble. We've mentioned them a couple of times in the past referencing the fact that they are pretty much the best electronic act in Texas that doesn't involve those bondage pants and stompy boots that Korg sends bands like CTRL when they buy keyboards. ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 20, 2010

    Masters of the Universe

    Two artists explore pop culture and space imagery at Art Palace.

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    October 16, 2009

    In Honor Of David Beckham's Houston Debut, 10 Of His Not-So-Great Moments

    ​On Sunday, October 18, the Los Angeles Galaxy make their annual trip to the Bayou City to take on the Dynamo. Finally joining the traveling circus that is the Galaxy is English International David Beckham.Beckham is a world-wide icon; he is to soccer what Michael Jordan was to basketball. He's kn ... More >>

  • Music

    August 13, 2009

    The Young and the Restless

    Welsh indie-pop scamps Los Campesinos! live for the moment.

  • Music

    January 29, 2009
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    July 3, 2008

    Massive Improv

    A team of actors, one word, go!

  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    Christian Bale

    What won't the best actor of his generation do for a role? Not much.

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Hype of March

    Who will be the band of 2006, and why you shouldn’t care

  • Culture

    February 12, 2004

    Hanging the Lawn

    Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey make pictures with grass

  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Super Furry Animals

    Wednesday, September 24

  • Culture

    July 11, 2002

    Did She or Didn't She?

    The Alley opens Summer Chills with a play that will keep you guessing till the very end

  • Music

    April 25, 2002

    People Who Died

    Firewater's Todd A. lost two friends to suicide in two years. It saved his life.

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    First Out of the Gate

    Now that he's got Mayor Lee Brown's attention, can Chris Bell win your support?

  • Dining

    September 21, 2000

    Strange Fruit

    People pay lots more for organic produce, but are they getting their money's worth?

  • Film

    June 29, 2000

    One Nation Under a Groove

    Director Greg Harrison depicts a rave generation looking for love and truth in a warehouse

  • Film

    May 4, 2000

    Serious as Hell

    Deadly somber Gladiator needs every ounce of earnestness to prevent it from lapsing into parody

  • News

    January 6, 2000
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    July 29, 1999
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    January 28, 1999
  • Calendar

    August 6, 1998
  • Film

    April 16, 1998

    One Little, Two Little, 40 Little Indies

    Worldfest-Houston offers movies you won't otherwise see

  • Music

    March 13, 1997
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    October 24, 1996
  • Film

    May 18, 1995

    First, There Was a Mountain

    Brash and bashful, Hugh Grant stars in yet another fey English tale, this one with a twist