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  • Calendar

    August 28, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Ledisi Comes Home: A Time for Omawale

    Note: this article was written by Houston-based writer Son-Christopher. This Friday Houston welcomes home Ledisi, a dynamic singer and daughter of the bayou area. But can you ever really go home again? A famous text says, "They asked us to sing songs, but how can we sing songs of Zion in a strange ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Fat Tony, Third Ward to "BKNY"

    Who? Anthony Obi, aka Fat Tony, is a Nigerian-American rap musician from the great Third Ward, Houston, Texas. His his music is smart, fun and (according to Tony) "very enjoyable in Whataburger drive-thrus!" Home Base: "I like to keep it moving," Tony says. "I made my last two albums in Los Angele ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014
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    January 14, 2014

    10 Hot Houston Rap Tapes For 2014

    In a fun way, Houston's rap class has jumped into hyperdrive in terms of creating memorable content and records. At times it could be categorized in any of the following aspects: personable, eccentric, braggadocious, stoic. No Houston rap release in 2013 felt like an artist was mired in the same sor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    The First Asteroid of 2014 Hit Earth!

    Those who were anxiously awaiting the big arrival didn't have to wait long. Less than an hour into brand new 2014, Central Standard Time, Asteroid 2014 AA was spotted at the Catalina Sky Survey, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona streaking across the sky, according to a NASA releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Man Dies on Flight to Houston from Nigeria

    On Tuesday, a man identified as Benedict Sylvester Igwedike, 67, of Lagos, Nigeria was found dead on a United Airlines flight from his home town. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on the man, who apparently died relatively early in the flight. Back in January, a woman died on a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Robert Plant, MDC, Change In the Game, etc.,

    Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters Bayou Music Center, June 21 Robert Plant's new project is already on the short list of most awkwardly named bands to visit Houston this year. (Does it have to be "Robert Plant Presents"?) Still, the recent Austin transplant gets a pass because, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Nerds Herd: Five Things You Should Be Glad Geeks Handle for You

    Tech junkies can be really annoying. They are often condescending, consistently frustrated and they sometimes even smell a little funky. I certainly don't condone condescension and admittedly stinky people are no fun, but there are plenty of times geeks have every right to be frustrated with you. Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    MKT Bar: Tale of an Unexpected Hotspot, Act 5 (Finale)

    CHARACTERS The Manichean; apparently intoxicated gentleman; our narrator; assorted children up past their bedtime SCENE 1 A breezy Saturday. 8:55 p.m. Tonight, we're told, is MKT's "Vinyl Night," sponsored by Heights Vinyl. This week's vinyl group is Justice Tirapelli-Jamail and Cory Sinclair of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Move Over, Jeff Bagwell! Brian Cushing's House Is For Sale, Too!

    Maybe after the tidal wave of a sports week that we all enjoyed/endured last week, we needed a bit of a breather. After Manti Te'o's phony baloney girlfriend, Lance Armstong's phony baloney apologies, the Patriots' and Falcons' phony baloney Super Bowl aspirations, a slow sports week leading up to ... More >>

  • Film

    January 17, 2013

    Park City's Breakouts

    The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Lucy: Making Ethiopian Food Look Good

    One of the complaints I've always heard leveled against Ethiopian food is that it isn't "pretty," or that it doesn't photograph well. The latter may often be true, because the texture and consistency of many Ethiopian dishes has a tendency to get lost in translation when photographed. A lovely, well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Is One Halfway Decent Thanksgiving Pop Song Too Much to Ask For?

    Not so long ago, Rocks Off was wondering why there has never been a decent pop song about Thanksgiving. Not despairing, just wondering. Apart from all the complete shite, you could fill an entire wing of your iTunes library with quality tunes about Thankgiving's yuletide neighbor, but Turkey Day its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Allegedly Penis-Devouring Piranha Relative Hauled Out of Texas River

    A pair of west Texas fisherman hauled in an authentic Jeremy Wade-certified river monster. According to the San Angelo Standard-Times, two area men were casting for catfish in the Concho River late last week when instead of a mudcat, the men landed a 21-inch, 7.95 pound red-bellied pacu, a piranha- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Dogs Seized From Spindletop Need a Loving Home, So What's Your Deal?

    A dozen dogs seized from the Spindletop Dog Refuge last month are still at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and in need of forever homes. So what the heck are you waiting for? They all vary in breed, age, and temperament, but they're all the same in one crucial way: they've all languished in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Wait a Minute! Who Is That? Top 10 Videos With Famous Actor Cameos

    When you are an actor, you take basically whatever will feed you just as long as you get to perform. Many actors either got their start in music videos or they will appeared in one after they got famous. Oftentimes, they are pretty memorable.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Texas AG: Don't Fall For the Utility Payment Scam

    The Texas Attorney General's Office is warning folks about yet another identity theft wave that's been separating people from their money: the so-called utility bill payment scam. The AG's Office writes that "using in-person solicitations, social media, fliers, phone calls and text messages, scamme ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2012
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    February 8, 2012

    We Heart Houston -- and All of Its Food, Too

    What's not to eat in Houston? That's the question we pose in this week's cover story, "We Love Food." The answer -- in case you hadn't already guessed -- is very little. There is virtually no cuisine you can't find in Houston, and most of what you find is very good. With 8,000 restaurants and count ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011
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    September 8, 2011
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    August 8, 2011

    Friday Night: Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Devin & Friends At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marco TorresMouths of the South (L-R): Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude​Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Devin the Dude, Afroman, Fat Tony, Killa Kyleon, Jack Freeman, UZOY, Mezou Warehouse Live August 5, 2011 9:08 p.m.: Oh my. So, the show tonight - Slim, Ro, Devin, Afroman and openers - is mostly ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 21, 2011

    Why Do Mexican Farmworkers Take a Shit in the Fields?

    And why aren't more Mexis part of the middle class?

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: "Bissonnet is one of our great food streets with a ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Food Fight: Spicy Peanuts

    ​The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Jessica Tata, Owner of Daycare Where Four Kids Died, Escapes to Nigeria

    ​The Houston Fire Department says the owner of the daycare where last week's heartbreaking fire killed four kids has escaped the country. Jessica Tata, 22, is in Nigeria, HFD tells the Houston Chronicle. Tata has been charged with reckless injury to a child involving serious bodily injury, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    New Tracks From Roosh Williams, Jack Freeman, Roderickvonn, Etc.

    ​Five Spot receives a fair amount of email each day. It's not a gross amount or obscene amount, just a fair amount. And scattered in between offers from Nigerian princes and penis-enhancement companies are links, MP3s and heads-ups from and/or about Houston rappers/musicians. Now, were this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Sweet Potatoes Versus Yams: The Real Story

    Now that's a yam. ​Sweet potato season is upon us. And though most Southerners, such as ourselves, correctly refer to the orange root vegetable by its rightful name "sweet potato," some people (i.e. Yankees) insist on calling them yams. Intrigued by the various appellations, I set out to dis ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 21, 2010

    Faces of Ife

    "Dynasty and Divinity" gives us the art of ancient Nigeria.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by Robb WalshOyster season is permanently over for Shuck Daddy's.​Lasting only a little over a year, the not-quite-Hooters seafood spot Shuck Daddy's (1511 Shepherd) has shucked its last oyster. With Mak Chin suffering a similar fate in the same location in 2009, could it be that Houston ... More >>

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Black Crowes Pull the Plug

    Band celebrates album's 20th anniversary by going on hiatus.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Primordial Gumbo at Finger Licking Bukateria

    It only looks like the underside of a giant scarab beetle; it's just the midsection of a catfish.​If you try to order primordial gumbo at Finger Licking Bukateria (9817 Bissonnet), they obviously won't know what you're asking for. Our waiter on Saturday night was completely befuddled when I tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    New-School Pirates Are No Longer After Your Buried Treasure

    We miss the old-school pirates​Being a pirate on the high seas isn't what it used to be. The rum-swigging, foul-mouthed, unkempt groups in search of buried treasure have evolved in the 21st century. Their new concern: Fueltrax systems. How's Disney supposed to make a movie around that plot line? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Giving Up the Greens

    ​If you had been a devout vegetarian (or even a pescatarian, or a vegan) for the past decade of your life, what would be the first meat you'd want after deciding to revert back to your carnivorous ways? That's the question currently being pondered by my significant other, who's decided to ret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    World Cup 2010 -- What's The Future Look Like For Team America?

    Is Coach Bob Bradley staying?​Now that the US has been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's time to play a little Monday quarterback, futbol style.Even though the US won its group for the first time in this millennium, and even though they made it past the first round (this was the team's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2010

    World Cup 2010: USA-Ghana -- Do You (No Longer) Believe In Miracles?

    Yeah, and WE wanted YOU to stop giving up early goals​They did it once, they did it twice, even three times for awhile, but the US National Team failed to come from behind as they fell to Ghana 2-1 in overtime Saturday.For the third time in this tournament, the US fell behind from an early goal, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    World Cup 2010: These Teams Will Make It Out Of The Group Stage. Guaranteed

    Now THAT was a USA World Cup squad​The 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Chevron Protests Result In Arrests Downtown

    Photo by Liana Lopez Carted away in comfort​ At least four protesters were arrested this morning at a demonstration outside a Chevron shareholders' meeting downtown. The protesters moved past temporary police barricades and sat on the ground after they were refused entrance into the buildin ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2010
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    April 8, 2010

    Going Overboard at Truluck's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttFresh crab claws and oysters: a triumphant start to any meal.​The last time I ate at Truluck's (5350 Westheimer), the restaurant was still located in the charming silver diner car -- still abandoned, by the way -- up the road from its current location on Westheimer. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    "Perspectives 169: Odili Donald Odita"

    This artist creates one-of-a-kind colors for his dynamic work

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2009

    Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders LIVE

    Elizabeth Vargas takes audiences onto the battlefield

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    July 30, 2009

    UniverSoul Circus

    Web exclusive!

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    July 9, 2009


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  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Aftermath: Impulse Artist Series at Wade Wilson Art

    Classical music would have no problem attracting crowds if Impulse Artist Series founder Jade Simmons was in charge. During Monday night's kick-off of the week-long piano concert series, "In Their Own Element," Simmons introduced brilliant performances by Nigerian Sodi Braide, Brazilian Vanessa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2008

    Impulse Artist Series: In Their Own Element

    Four of today’s rising star pianists perform as a collective and then in solo concerts

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Variations on "Hotel California"

    Yes, it's probably one of the most overplayed songs in both the Arrow's and K-Hits' libraries, but the Eagles' "Hotel California" deserves to be. Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder (who was fired from the Eagles in 2001), the title song to the band's 1976 album captures the creeping dr ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006
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    May 26, 2005

    Various Artists

    Love's a Real Thing

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