• Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    The Best Acts at Yes, Indeed! Fest 2014

    By Matthew Keever and Angelica Leicht CATCH FEVER Six months after the release of their debut album, Shiny Eyes, Catch Fever's pop rock continues to please longtime fans and grab the attention of new listeners as well. The power trio rocked the Continental Club Saturday night at 8pm, with vocalist/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    The 7 Minor Annoyances That Drive Houstonians Crazy

    Traffic sucks. Public transportation is a joke. Heat plus humidity is stifling. Hurricanes threaten to wipe out life as we know it. When it floods, freeways turn into rivers. The lack of zoning and historic preservation ensure our cityscape (beyond downtown) remains a massive sprawl of strip malls ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Jameis Winston's "Great Crab Leg Caper" Police Report Released

    As the 2014 NFL Draft rolls up on us this Thursday, one of the top prospects for next year's draft continues to chip away at his draft stock brick by brick, through sheer stupidity, if nothing else. Last week came news that 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, apparently famished, went to a P ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The Signature Sandwiches of Bocca Deli Are Fancier Than Usual

    Bocca Deli sits on the cusp of change while embracing the now of this north of downtown neighborhood.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Tim Tebow Visiting Speak in Corpus Christi

    A few of you read that headline and thought, "Oh, dear God, no!" A few others of you read it and thought, "Oh, dear God, yes!" Either way, just like your thoughts, we're pretty sure Tim Tebow's visit to Corpus Christi will involve the big man upstairs. He will be speaking tonight at Whataburger Fiel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Houston's Bcycle Program Begins, With More Kiosks To Come

    Houston's maiden foray into a public bicycle program began just weeks ago, with kiosks full of sturdy red Trek bicycles at B-cycle stations open and ready to serve Houstonians adventuresome enough to leave a car -- or more than likely, truck -- behind and embrace Bayou City life on a bicycle. The ... 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 >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 5 local music venues.

  • Music

    November 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Bastrop State Park, One Year After The Wildfire: Almost Ready For Its Close-Up

    Just about one year after a devastating wildfire that torched much of its 6,000 acres, Bastrop State Park is getting ready to show visitors its made a comeback. Symbolizing the recovery is "a shade shelter originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Bastrop State Park during the 1930s," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Old Houston Photos Mashed With Modern Houston, Part 3: Cleaners, Carpets and Chevys

    Check out the first and second installments of old Houston photos mashed up with modern-day Houston. Here we go with our third installment of vintage Houston photos mashed with their present-day locations. This round we show you several different locations surrounding downtown and Montrose. Also, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Who Will Be DC Comics' First Gay Superhero? Our Top Six Picks

    People everywhere with not much going on in their lives are all atwitter over the news that a DC Comics superhero is coming out of the supercloset in June. That's right: someone who wears skin-tight clothing and very likely a cape will reveal to a stunned world that they are, in fact, gay. But who w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Play It Again, Sam: 10 Artists & Comedians Signed To Casablanca Records

    Casablanca Records was a record company started by Neil Bogart -- no relation to the late legendary actor Humphrey Bogart, although Neil was a big Bogie enthusiast and admirer. In the 1970s, Casablanca Records was the go-to label for disco much like Death Row was the go-to place for gangsta rap in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Killin' Them Softly: Celebrating 75 Years Of Roberta Flack

    To strike someone with the "underrated greatness" term always carries a bit of weight behind it. You know, the quick snap question of "do they deserve it" comes to mind. Sorry, in the class of underrated greatness, diva subsection, lives Roberta Flack who at the platinum age of 75 still takes risks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    He Said, She Said: WTF Is With Fashion These Days?

    Just as it is said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the same can be said for writing about fashion, though we know a few fashion magazines, blogs and crazed fashionistas that would violently differ. Even still at the end of the day, it's just fabric or animal skin coverin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Rocks Off's Annual Descent Into Sunny 99.1's Christmas Music K-Hole

    Since 2008, I have spent an hour listening to Sunny 99.1 FM's Christmas music for the Rocks Off blog. Right after Thanksgiving, it's the first thing on my checklist, right next to finding new, weird holiday music for you and trying not to gain 20 pounds in merriment by January. Most of the time on ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Wade Phillips Is Back, And He's Dancing! (w/ VIDEO)

    "Happy to do a solid, bro," Jesus replies​Yesterday, on my radio show at high noon, when the Texans' roster of free agent signings consisted of three re-signings of their own free agent backups on offense, I invoked prayer to help find what was clearly a disabled or trapped Wade Phillips. I as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    ​'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defiance or flee a venue playing bad songs (I've done all of the above), but one doesn't exactly h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Closing of Independence Heights Pool Will Leave Some Kids Desperate

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderThe Independence Heights pool is closed for business. ​Off of 35th and Main lies the heart of Independence Heights, a historically black neighborhood that's getting screwed by the mayor's proposed budget. If all is passed according to plan, the community center and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    NFL Lockout's Next Victim -- The Texans Charity Golf Classic

    Play golf with a Texan!! (Ummm, John Schriever, V-P of event management)​If there is one immutable law about the Houston sports fans, it's that we love our football. Football intrigues us unconditionally. Like pizza and sex, even bad football will get consumed (or consummated, as it were). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich at Ziggy's

    ​For a restaurant known for its healthy dining options, Ziggy's Bar & Grill has an impressive edge when it comes to junk food of the highest order. To wit: The grilled mac & cheese sandwich seen above. The story of the grilled mac & cheese sandwich -- a special, limited-time creation inspired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    11 Musical New Year's Resolutions For 2011

    ​Craig's Hlist stopped making New Year's Eve resolutions the older and more stubborn we got. We normally don't quit or change things forever unless we are forced to do so. ('Sup, ladies?) This makes it hard for us to keep any New Year's Eve resolutions. If anything, it's easier to change organ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Our Annual Hour In Sunny 99.1's Holiday Hell

    ​The day before Thanksgiving, Sunny 99.1, "Houston's Official At-Work Station" did its yearly change-over to all holiday music. It's now a Houston tradition to turn over the dial at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve to snort your first line of Burl Ives or Brenda Lee of the season, before you have ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Keyboardist Seeks Arabic Players To Explore Local Scene

    ​Rocks Off combs through Craigslist's postings hoping to find the genesis of some great musical endeavor. So when we saw a posting looking for Arabic singers, we were intrigued. After all, this is a time of mosque burnings and our upstairs neighbors passing anti-Sharia laws. It must take a he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Big Fetish Fair Headed To Houston

    May I believe in the Texans again, mistress?​Houstonians are deeply into S&M, if you're just judging by the behavoir of the city's sports fans, who eagerly pay to be humiliated, tortured and teased time and time again.So we guess it's only natural that the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, a big Boston- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Brisket Done Right at The Brisket House

    ​Only last week, I was lamenting the lack of truly good barbecue within the Houston city limits. The fourth largest city in the nation, the largest in Texas, and host to an annual barbecue championship that pulls in the greatest talent in the world should have a larger selection of solid 'cue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Ironbeer

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lies ahead. I was prepared not to like Ironbeer from the start. I don't like the packaging. It looks too reminiscent of Dr Pepper and, therefore, like a knock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    OMG: The Five Most Embarrassing Songs In Our Library

    ​If, like Rocks Off, you're an archivist (read: pack rat), then you've collected quite a few songs on your listening medium of choice. Hopefully you've done so legally, but this is the internet, so who are we kidding, really. However it happened, you've almost certainly got a few tracks that go be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    From Sudan To Houston To The Fashion Runway

    Todd Parker of STP Images​The supermodel Alek Wek, a refugee from Sudan who had been resettled in London, was discovered by a talent scout at a market. Louice Ali was working his summer job last month when his break came. Born in Khartoum, Ali fled war-torn Sudan with his family just after middle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Building The New YMCA From Above

    Photos by Daniel MarshallThe old Downtown YMCA does have its architectural charms, but this is Houston, and we tear such things down and put up gleaming new glass towers.That's what's happening at the corner of Milam & Pease (across the street from the Houston Press, as it happens). Construction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    National Racquetball Tournament Hits Houston For Final Time

    It's Sunday afternoon, and Marcelo Laprea is screaming inside a glass box.  He just lost a point. Laprea is fending off rival Patric Mascorro in the rubber match of a USA Racquetball regional championship at the downtown YMCA. About 50 people watch from the faded bleachers behind the court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    WrestleMania: A Beginner's Guide

    Gonna be upfront here: I don't get the whole pro-wrestling thing. Never did.I grew up in New Jersey, where every pizzeria had a glossy shot of Bruno Sammartino on the walls, but it just never took.With that in mind, here is my analysis of the matches in the upcoming WrestleMania 25, which is the sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    'Round the Kitchen Table

    Are you sitting 'round your kitchen table, contemplating how you’re going to pay those family bills? Are you sitting 'round your kitchen table, concerned about rising health care costs? Are you just sitting 'round your kitchen table, being American and all? Erg. And are you annoyed as Hell by ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2007

    Judging Books and Their Covers

    Appearances aside, is the Houston Public Library doing the right thing for all?

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Get Out of My Head!

    Earworms bore in and won't let go

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2004

    Have a Bowl

    Big-time college pigskin comes to Reliant Stadium

  • Film

    September 23, 2004

    Shallow Pop

    Bernie Mac needs three more hits. He won't likely find one here.

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2003

    The Pageant Must Go On

    Bad kids learn good lessons at Christmas time

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2003

    Holiday Puree

    A pinch of this culture, a dash of that make Fiesta Navideña

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Klan Comedy

    Plus: Driving Him Mad, Cable Curse, Gay Players

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Lost & Found

    One year ago, the Lost Boys of Sudan came to Houston in search of America, a future, safety and an education simple things that got somewhat complicated in the translation

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Protective Wrapping

    Programs surround a kid and his family with services, hoping for success

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Playing Hardball

    Quentin Mease's drive to desegregate the Dome gave rise to a new black power in Houston

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Out on the Town

    Kids gather comfortablyfor a special prom

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Child Trek

    The devastation of Hurricane Mitch propelled thousands across our southern border in search of new lives in America. And those were just the kids.

  • News

    July 13, 1995

    Kicking the Gang Attraction

    In Gulfton, soccer is much more than a game

  • Calendar

    December 29, 1994
  • Culture

    June 30, 1994

    It's Play Time!

    Children's theater is alive, well and thriving in Houston

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