We are in that time of the calendar year where I need to issue the usual round of beach-related warnings: Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen, and if you are fair skinned, apply it liberally. Make sure to be wary of great white sharks, especially if you are going to beaches on the west coast, w ... More >>
Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4 After putting on some of the most exciting live shows of the last decade with their bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with their latest band, Antemasque. Texas has the distinct pleasure ... More >>
Film is pretty good for a movie committed to the wrong character's story.
Film is pretty good for a movie committed to the wrong characters story.
Note: Last weekend our friends at L.A. Weekly and OC Weekly were all up in America's No 1. selfie-taking spot, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and now they've gone back for more. We know. Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three bus ... More >>
How well does Houston music travel to the Panhandle?
My daughter recently moved to Colorado. Like a lot of young people striking out on their own, she decided she wanted to celebrate her first holiday away by coming back to visit. Her boyfriend drove her to Amarillo, and Mrs. Sendejas and I made a weekend trek to retrieve her. My kids are musicians ... More >>
One of Houston's most popular '90s bands, 30FootFALL, reunites for its 20th anniversary.
As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>
Today is Prince's 55th birthday. He's a Jehovah's Witness, so he may not celebrate the event, but that doesn't mean we can't. But no superfluous, flowery lede is required when discussing one of the most creative and talented musicians of our times. Let's just cut into the purple banana cake and dis ... More >>
Saturday night, given the choice between staying at home with me to watch the annual Denard Robinson Tear-Notre-Dame's-Heart-Out-And-Show-It-To-Them-Apalooza (and experiencing the corresponding remote control throwing that goes with it) and going out to dinner with her girlfriends to a nice restaura ... More >>
Isaac Vela probably never knew what hit him. At 3 a.m. Sunday, the young Latin King was waiting for a ride on a barely paved street in front of a ramshackle house in the scraggly South Texas town. Suddenly a Ford Escape containing five armed men belonging to the rival Raza Unida gang came roaring do ... More >>
James Robert Monday: Manic indeedIn the latest of our series of "Only in East Texas" crimes, an AARP-aged man by the name of Monday was busted on the day of the same name for -- get this -- stealing a convenience store's coin-operated air and water dispenser. Not the quarters in it, mind yo ... More >>
It's all been a crazy marketing scheme!! Expect to see this ad in upcoming issues of Newsweek, AARP Magazine, Reader's Digest and High Times.
Your old answers are WRONG, grandpaYou may be playing board games as a way to ease through the holidays with family and friends. Back in 1982, everyone was playing Trivia Pursuit. Everyone. Some of the answers back then, of course, are no longer valid. And there are people who track this. C ... More >>
Helen Mirren will cut you in Red.
Craig HlavatyDave Matthews Band, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 1: "It's hard to label what exactly they do, but it can't be called 'jam.' As limitless and expansive the bands who get stuck in that genre may be, folks like String Cheese Incident, O.A.R. and Dispatch cannot hold a flickering ... More >>
Kathern Cathey thought she had an insurance policy that would save her life. Not exactly.
Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher The oft-injured Hampton, injured againHere's some shocking Astros news. According to the Chron, Mike Hampton is going on the 15-day disabled list. Yeah, I know, who would ever think that Hampton would get injured. It's not like he missed two of the last three season ... More >>
Photos by Allen Hill It would be interesting to find out how many weddings have taken place at Discovery Green since it opened last year, but it's hard to imagine that any of them could have been any livelier than Brave Combo's free concert there Thursday evening. In its second season, DG's free con ... More >>
No one wants to think about old people having sex, except maybe old people. And even then they probably think of themselves having sex with much younger people.But -- incredibly, unimaginably -- the most recent issue of the magazine of the American Association of Retired People contained an advertis ... More >>
Photos by Mark C. Austin. Click here for a slideshow. It should come as no surprise that Tina Turner’s little performance at Toyota Center Monday night has left Aftermath grasping for superlatives. It was like watching Mark Twain read aloud from Huckleberry Finn or Edward R. Murrow interview Gen. ... More >>
Photo by Barry Gray “This isn’t an Eagles concert,” my dad, no spring chicken himself, told me when I met him in front of Toyota Center Tuesday evening. “It’s an AARP convention.” As Gomer Pyle used to say, suh-prise, suh-prise, suh-prise. It’s not like I expected anything different, ... More >>
For a while there, we were wondering -- as a reporter for the Columbia Journalism Review put it to us the other day -- "No offense, but why is it that the only reporter who has asked John Edwards the question [about infidelity rumors] is an editorial assistant from a Houston alt-weekly?" We don't k ... More >>
This isn't even the half of it. This year, at least for my group of Pride-goers, the parade was all about the swag. It started coming even before we left the house. A friend lives on Kipling near Woodhead, in the neighborhood where all the floats are set up, and we sat on his porch watching all the ... More >>
Songs of Ourselves
Getting down with the clown at Walter's on Washington
Heads you lose, tails you lose
Hollywood ho-hum horror keeps ripping off the best, turning out the worst
A Houston mainstay becomes a destination for culinary thrill-seekers
Stern's diversity shines in the Alley's Fully Committed
A Sixth Ward lesson in adapting to a changing environment
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Aging and creaking, the Rockets prove better at entertainment than basketball, on and off the court
Eastwood crawls over the hill and into the sunset