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  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Slim Thug Now Officially Owns Throwback Thursdays

    Want to know the weirdest thing about growing up? Trying to go back and finish something you started as a kid. There probably isn't anything more annoying and weird than watching your friends who are now parents take pictures of their kids on their first days of school. Doesn't matter the grade lev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Craig Kinsey Studies Hard on American Roots and Machines

    I don't really feel that it's right to criticize Craig Kinsey's American Roots and Machines as an album. It doesn't really feel like one aside from the fact that it is a CD that goes round and plays music. Instead, Kinsey has gone to great lengths to build a stage in your mind, and the record plays ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2014

    Seth MacFarlane's Comedy Western Pulls Off Its Trick Shot

    A Million Ways to Die in the West is ruthlessly funny.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Ted Cruz Diagnoses Washington's Problem (And It's Totally Not Him)

    Sen. Ted Cruz hit a new low -- or high, depending on your perspective -- when he tried to block the bill to increase the debt ceiling last week. Never one to miss an opportunity for more publicity, Cruz popped up on CNN on Wednesday night to discuss why (in the Gospel According to Cruz) he has becom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Tommy Samson of Lowbrow

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they're p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    The Turtles: The Raunchiest Band of the '60s?

    Even the most voracious reader or rock-music biographies and autobiographies would be hard-pressed to find a better opening sentence than Howard Kaylan, lead vocalist of The Turtles, has in his new memoir Shell Shocked. "I was snorting coke on Abraham Lincoln's desk in the White House," it reads. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    This Day In History: A Jack Ruby Playlist

    On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was shot down by Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being driven through the streets of Dallas. Two days later, Oswald himself was killed at the hands of nightclub operator Jack Ruby as he was being transferred to a county jail. There have been dozens of reas ... More >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2013

    Hansel & Gretel Too Much Candy

    Fear a steady diet of movies like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    If Houston Restaurants Were Bands: Oxheart As an Oi! Punk Band, Plus More

    In a recent story meeting, I mentioned The Pass & Provisions to my fellow staff writers here at the Press. Assistant music editor and all-around pop culture buff Craig Hlavaty quickly threw out there: "That sounds like a screamo band." "In fact," he continued, "a lot of these new restaurants have n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Top 5 Reasons Bon Iver Is the Clown Prince of Hipster Doofuses

    Who is Bon Iver? The name originally referred to a band, I guess in the same way Nine Inch Nails referred to a "band," but since hitting it big, it's mostly just a nickname for frontman and songwriter Justin Vernon, who, depending on who you ask, may either be Jesus or the antichrist. Consulting my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    White Ghost Shivers' Naughty Vaudeville Returns to the Duck

    If the recently retired Asylum Street Spankers were "God's Favorite Band," their fellow Austinites White Ghost Shivers are more like friends of the devil. Or most likely to violate some Blue Law somewhere. They're naughty, but nice. The seven-piece Shivers can't be onstage without you looking aroun ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Film

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    The Rest Of The Best: Houston's Top 8 Blues Clubs

    Like our neighbors over at Eating Our Words, Rocks Off would like to tell you about some places that didn't quite make the cut in our few most recent Best of Houston issues (categories change every year, mostly), but that are worthy on their own merits; today we begin our weekly journey with blues c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Wednesday 3/14/2012

    ​If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Even Andrew Jackson's Parrot Was Bad-Ass

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Who Makes The Mt. Rushmore Of Houston Rap?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. cred​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire, Lil Flip, E.S.G., Paul Wall, Fat Tony, A.D.D., Matt Son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The Seven Most Entertaining Rappers On Twitter

    ​Monday, Slim Thug tweeted about his ad in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist. Thugga is known for being notoriously entertaining on Twitter, as evinced by his Houston Press Music award for Best Twitter Personality. But he's hardly the only funny rapper on Twitter. We found six more. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Raekwon The Chef Can't Cook Up A Delicious Performance

    Photos by Marco Torres​Rap is a cultural celebration of telling, through music, what it is real today, right now; not what was real two years ago as happened on June 19, 1865 when word finally reached Galveston that President Lincoln had freed the slaves... two years previous. At midnight on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Busted! 20 Musician Mugshots

    ​ Getting arrested and booked isn't the end of the world, by any means. Well unless you just killed a shit-ton of people at a bowling alley or something, it really is. But if you are a rocker or a celebrity who committed a minor offense, it's just a funny footnote in your public life you can look ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2010

    Welcome to Arizona

    Judge who helped BP went on junket party on their tab.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Judge Who Set Aside $100 Million Award Against BP Went On Junket Partially Funded By The Company

    ​A Houston federal judge who set aside a $100 million verdict against BP on Tuesday has taken an all-expenses-paid educational junket that was partially funded by the oil giant.In 2008, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt attended a three-day long program in Sedona, Arizona hosted by the George Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Game Time: Sifting Through Mark McGwire's Bullshit

    ​At this point, using the word "courageous" to define any of the performance-enhancing drug users of baseball's Steroid Era that "come clean" about their transgressions is a bit disingenuous. "Courageous" would be their giving back all of the money that steroids helped them make. So if you're look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): Thanksgiving Edition

    We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving -- the Penguins traveling to the New World in the rickety Mayday; Squinty the Indian teaching the clueless newcomers how to grow potatoes (the Penguins had left Ireland because of a famine); George Washington marrying Pocahantas on Plymouth Mount.These ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman: My Dog Could Run This State As Well As Rick Perry

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ "Going from musician to politician is definitely a step down," says Kinky Friedman, who announced his Texas gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday morning. "But I'll take it for Texas." Of course, it's a step that Friedman, author of songs such as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman: My Dog Could Run This State As Well As Rick Perry

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​ "Going from musician to politician is definitely a step down," says Kinky Friedman, who announced his Texas gubernatorial candidacy Tuesday morning. "But I'll take it for Texas." Of course, it's a step that Friedman, author of songs such as "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    The First Mayoral Ad: A Review

    We have our first ad in the mayoral race!! Peter Brown is up with a 30-second spot that will be running on local and cable channels. What we take away from this ad:1. Where's George Clinton? You are the only mayoral candidate in Houston history to be endorsed by P-Funk's George Clinton (actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Houston 101: Hi, Bob!

    ​When it comes to stand-up, Houston isn't famous merely for launching the careers of some of the edgiest comedians of the `70s and `80s. It also gave the world Bob Newhart.Newhart grew up in Chicago and became an accountant, but always had a comedy jones. He wrote gags and did some radio work in M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Houston Homeless Get Their Own, Unofficial Library

    Photo courtesy CHOMThe people at the Beacon can use a good distraction. Since the start of the new year, the homeless day center has seen a 20 to 30 percent increase in clients as more people fall victim to the worsening economy. Tracy Burnett, the director at Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Why Does Memorial Day Suck In Houston?

    Photo by Paul KeleherIf you've ever lived outside of Texas or the Deep South, you can find yourself asking a simple question: What the hell happened to Memorial Day?Up north and back east, it's a huge event. Every little town has a parade, there's a ceremony, people really, really look forward to it ... More >>

  • News

    November 27, 2008

    Fighting Cancer

    Who says Texas isn't battling cigs?

  • Film

    April 12, 2007

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

    ATHFCMFFT is 87 minutes of pure art, with fries

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    No Choice

    If only... I thought the premise of Choose Your Own Play was genius, but it turned out I would've rather chose a different play. I wrote a preview for the event in last week's issue and interviewed creators Greg Hundemer and Tim Wood. They told me the 400-page script consisted of more than 200 ch ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 14, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our critics' opinions on local exhibits

  • Culture

    September 7, 2006

    Pop Rocks

    "Power Pathos" presents pop surrealism with Texas ties

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    We Know What You Should Do This Summer

    Your guide to beaches, water parks, day trips, festivals and more

  • Film

    April 7, 2005

    Fortunate Son

    Sahara has no reason to exist, until you see who made it

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    Mixed Blessings

    Opposing sides will grapple over gay issues this week

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Outside the Box

    In keeping with the Halloween spirit, we bring you the tale of George Russell, who buries people in cardboard on his property. Welcome to his neighborhood.

  • Music

    July 29, 2004

    Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment

    By the looks of Wayne Static's hair, somebody already has

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2003

    Torn Identity

    Get real art for a hundred bucks at "5x7/Houston"

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    Bluegrass Meltdown, Montrose-Style

    Medicine Show, J.W. Americana and Two Star Symphony have the cure for the Monday-night blahs

  • Dining

    December 20, 2001


    Katz's never closes -- except perhaps in the face of a father-son lawsuit

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Punched Out

    Have patience: From the wrath of dangling chads comes computerized dial-a-voting

  • Calendar

    October 5, 2000

    Hi, Bob!

    Bob's back

  • Film

    December 16, 1999

    Getting to Know You, Again

    Sumptuous, massive and lyrical, Anna and the King is a classic reborn

  • Calendar

    June 18, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 18 - 24, 1998

  • News

    January 5, 1995
  • News

    December 9, 1993

    Arming Peggy MacGregor

    Why is this winsome public sculpture, created by Mount Rushmore's sculptor, languishing in disrepair? And where is her arm?

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