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  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    The Top 10 Car Models in Desperate Need of a Redesign

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    The Six Most Iconic Station Wagons of All Time

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Ten Years Later, and How Iraq Can Change a Generation's Trajectory

    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 >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Humble Deli Sandwich

    Houston's top 10 versions.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Rice Village

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    30 Seconds With mewithoutYou

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Tales From Aisle 14: Grocery Shopping for the Non-Cook

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Two Unidentified Females, 56 & 84, Bayou Body Count Nos. 104 & 105

    Deadly cab ride​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    The Heights-Montrose-Museum District Council Seat: A Checklist for Potential Candidates

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    HPD: There Might Be A Serial Killer Downtown. Or Maybe Not.

    Raquel Munday: Aggressive towing policy left her helpless​Over 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    John Karrer: Did Facebook Postings Foretell Alleged Drunken Vehicular Assault Spree

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Insurance Employees Plead Guilty To Living The High Life

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Houston Musicians Recall Their Own Rock and Roll High School Days

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Requests

    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.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Pirates And Highway Robbery In The West U Municipal Court

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Zipcar Comes To Houston (To Rice, At Any Rate)

    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 >>

  • Film

    July 3, 2008

    Hancock Is A Superzero

    The movie squanders potential greatness with lame humor and a half-baked hero

  • News

    January 4, 2007


    Sales of CDs are falling faster than you can say iPod

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    The Terrorist

    Call the cops! Call the fire department! Tony Cantu and the Epernay subdivision are at it again.

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    This Charming Hombre

    Morrissey's mad love among Mexican-Americans

  • Film

    April 3, 2003

    The Kids Aren't Alright

    Fledgling director Jonas Akerlund spins the next hip dope flick

  • News

    May 16, 2002

    Small Wonder

    The Hyde Park Miniature Museum has been dredged out of mothballs, but will it find a permanent home before time runs out?

  • Music

    March 28, 2002

    Cultural Clash

    SXSW turns a cold shoulder to the Houston music scene

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Debt Releaf

    Cigarette companies get crafty

  • Culture

    March 2, 2000

    Opening Up His Files

    Texan Vernon Fisher mines his own archives for his rich, multilayered images

  • News

    December 16, 1999

    Back to the Futurist

    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?

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Chucking It All

    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.

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    Little Girl Lost?

    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...

  • News

    June 12, 1997
  • Film

    May 29, 1997


    'Til There Was You revisits yuppie angst

  • News

    October 31, 1996
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    February 29, 1996
  • Music

    May 11, 1995
  • News

    March 16, 1995

    The Battle Over Brentwood

    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.