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2007 Stories by Chris Henderson

Archives: 2008 | 2007
  • Dizzy Pilot: Shit Out the Bones

    published December 13, 2007

    Houston's Dizzy Pilot spends a good deal of their time basically sounding as though they emerged from a time capsule that went underground in... More >>

  • Blue October, Foiled for the Last Time

    published November 1, 2007

    The vast reserves of hate music critics reserve for Blue October can, in all likelihood, be traced back to their adolescence. Nothing angered... More >>

  • Tuesday's Gone

    published October 18, 2007

    Tuesday is Nightfly's unofficial night off. The best service-industry nights are usually Mondays, while bars and clubs begin their descent into... More >>

  • The Meridian

    published October 11, 2007

    Gin and soda," I tell the waiting ­bartender. "Gin and tonic?" she smirks. "Nope," I repeat. "Gin and soda." I'm... More >>

  • Tribute Bands Struggle for Respect

    published October 11, 2007

    The very concept of a tribute band might seem absurd and abhorrent to some. It's a group of performers making money, sometimes a lot of money... More >>

  • Jimmie's Place

    published September 27, 2007

    Forty-three years ago, a seven-year-old girl stood in line at the Sam Houston Coliseum. She was wearing a dress her mother had made —... More >>

  • Ministry, The Last Sucker

    published September 27, 2007

    If The Last Sucker is, as leader Al Jourgensen says, Ministry's swan song, fans are not left wanting. From the assault of opener "Let's... More >>

  • Under the Volcano

    published September 20, 2007

    My lame headlights do their best to pierce the pitch-black, pre-storm stretch of Kirby Drive leading to Under the Volcano (2349 Bissonnet).... More >>

  • Up in Smoke

    published September 13, 2007

    In a little over one hour, Houston's indoor smoking ban goes into effect. As a nonsmoker who spends a truly astonishing amount of time in bars... More >>

  • The Engine Room

    published September 6, 2007

    A woman in a hospital gown is spread-eagle on a makeshift bed with a fake doctor between her knees. She feigns a push. Her face... More >>

  • The Kelvin Arms

    published August 30, 2007

    I hear singing, and turn my head in time to see a woman bust a lame dance move around an askew barstool. She crashes into my group like a... More >>

  • Tombstone Blues

    published August 16, 2007

    I've already been to two bars tonight, most recently a trendy spot where the bartender insisted Jack Daniels was a bourbon. I'm offended, but... More >>

  • Ladybug Transistor

    published August 16, 2007

    Longtime Ladybug Transistor drummer San Fadyl passed away shortly before the release of April's Can't Wait Another Day, succumbing to... More >>

  • A Legal Matter

    published August 9, 2007

    Are you an attorney?" Like "What's your home address?" or "When's the last time you watched porn with a stranger?" this sort of bold question... More >>

  • West Side Rain

    published July 26, 2007

    I like a good noir rain. Short of a downpour, angrier than a drizzle. A tomcat is pissing on a hot tin roof, however, when I pull into the... More >>

  • One Piece at a Time

    published July 19, 2007

    For the past five years, as acts like Reverend Horton Heat have gained widespread acceptance, the curious rockabilly-punk offshoot known as... More >>

  • Boondocks

    published July 12, 2007

    Boondocks (1417 Westheimer #2) is a dark bar without many shadows. It feels similar to an Austin Sixth Street establishment — there... More >>

  • Beer island

    published June 28, 2007

    Beer Island (2631 White Oak Dr., 713-862-4670) is a beer joint, and beer joints do not exist to surprise. They exist for the sustenance of... More >>

  • Scotch Daiquiri Flambé, Anyone?

    published May 31, 2007

    Jim's going to make you a Scotch daiquiri," Stephen informs me as we stand at the bar at Notsuoh (314 Main, www.myspace.... More >>

  • Milan Nightclub

    published May 24, 2007

    It's just after midnight at Milan (809 Congress, 713-247-0809), and the club is packed with college students. I'm standing in the... More >>

  • Nightfly Visits the Jet Lounge

    published April 26, 2007

    Monday nights at Jet Lounge (1515 Pease, 713-659-2000) are about high-octane tunes, horror flicks and well-dressed ladies with good hair.... More >>

  • The Lone Star Saloon

    published April 5, 2007

    I wander into the Lone Star Saloon (1900 Travis, 713-757-1616) on a Thursday night and immediately notice two things: tension, and a... More >>

  • Swing It, Girl!

    published February 22, 2007

    Rumors about a "swing girl" have lured me to the still newish Club Four (410 Main, 713-228-1444). While she's not exactly the... More >>

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