Car years are like dog years. They age much faster than we do. The average life cycle of a car is getting shorter and shorter as automakers compete to have the latest and greatest redesign on the block. In between redesigns, many automakers try to trick you into thinking that a car is "all-new" when ... More >>
The 2010s will forever be known as the decade of the crossover. But what is a crossover, exactly? It's a car that's trying its hardest to look like an SUV. Crossovers are the poseurs of the automotive world. My friend's car got totaled last week, and she called to ask me for used car advice. "What' ... More >>
Every day after baseball practice, my Dad picked me up. Still clad in my dirt-stained pants, still too young to have a full appreciation for deodorant, I would toss my bookbags and gear in the back of our Volvo and jump in the front seat with him. He'd ask how practice was, and I'd tell him about th ... More >>
Houston's top 10 versions.
We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights and now Rice Village, an area that's absolutely saturated with great restaurants. One of the best things about the saturation in Rice Village is how easy it is to park ... More >>
I have a hard time adequately describing mewithoutYou's music... imagine if King Missile and early Butthole Surfers collaborated. Even then you'd be missing a lot of the nuances and brilliance. I caught up with drummer Richard Mazzotta to see what I could learn about the amazing percussionist in 30 ... More >>
I spent six years living in New York City, eating every meal except breakfast Cheerios out and about on the wide streets of Manhattan. During that time, cooking seemed like a quaint idea in the face of all of New York's world-renowned, and hole-in-the-wall, eateries. Cooking. Cute, but unrealistic. ... More >>
Deadly cab rideA cab driver has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of two passengers Friday afternoon, Houston police say David Wayne Houston, 56, was driving a Yellow Cab about 5 p.m. Friday on the Eastex Freeway north of Crosstimbers when he veered out of his lan ... More >>
Must love Jon Stewart.The proposed new map of city council districts includes one carved out of the Heights, Montrose and the Museum District, uniting the richest, hippest, proud to be Inner Looper bunch of white people possible. If you're planning to run for the seat, here are some things y ... More >>
Raquel Munday: Aggressive towing policy left her helplessOver the summer and fall, three black women have been found strangled in and around the streets of downtown Houston.While some are starting to speculate that a serial killer is on the loose, at a news conference this week at HPD headquarter ... More >>
Grand Theft Auto: Tumbleweed, Texas?Houstonian John Karrer was amped last Friday about the upcoming debut of Dexter, Showtime's award-winning series about a serial killer. "More Killing Please!!!" he enthused on the wall of his Facebook page. "Best show ever...Sunday night it is going down!!!" he ... More >>
Two employees of The Hartford, which the rest of us call The Hartford Insurance Company, pleaded guilty today to charges that they let a Houston attorney entertain the hell out of them in return for helping him make a mint off lawsuits.Rachel Rossow and Frederick Prestage pleaded guilty to conspi ... More >>
Tonight Rocks Off is hosting the first annual Texas High School Rock Off, with local bands from area schools fighting for a grand prize of $500 and bragging rights around town. This past week we have profiled the seven bands in the running: The Paperwaits, Useful Information, The Handshake, Livin ... More >>
1. Volver, Volver (Broken-hearted about a girl) Even if you're wasted, you can probably remember to say: "Volvo Volvo," which is close enough to get the mariachis to play this tears-in-the-beer classic. Check out Freddie Fender's version in the video.
You can't blame a city for trying to make some ends at the expense of outsiders. What better way to do that than the killer combo of ticket-happy police and a headache-inducing municipal-court system that promises to get off your case if you fork over your fine?That's what Malcolm Whittaker (no rela ... More >>
Zipcar is a green-ish, Yankee-land concept that actually makes sense for a lot of people -- you can rent a eco-friendly car for a couple of hours, relatively cheaply. It's a concept that now has come to Houston. If you're a Rice student. Rice has signed on with Zipcar, and as of today students, fa ... More >>
The movie squanders potential greatness with lame humor and a half-baked hero
Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod
Call the cops! Call the fire department! Tony Cantu and the Epernay subdivision are at it again.
Morrissey's mad love among Mexican-Americans
Fledgling director Jonas Akerlund spins the next hip dope flick
The Hyde Park Miniature Museum has been dredged out of mothballs, but will it find a permanent home before time runs out?
SXSW turns a cold shoulder to the Houston music scene
Cigarette companies get crafty
Texan Vernon Fisher mines his own archives for his rich, multilayered images
The guy who designed Cadillac Ranch wants to build a dolphin space station. Is it any wonder UH is divided over the return of Doug Michels?
Bryn Tustin was an electrician from New Jersey who became a punk-music DJ in Houston, opened a record store and remade himself into Chuck Roast.
Brittany Ann Corcoran, age seven, went "missing" for seven months. She resurfaced with a case of head lice, holes in her socks and nothing settled about what has been and what will become of her...
'Til There Was You revisits yuppie angst
To one side, it's a question of power; to the other, it's a question of homophobia. For both it's a question of whether a community, once sundered, can ever be bound together again.