• Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Is "Indie" a Bogus Concept In 2014?

    Recently Joe Steinhardt took a moment to ponder the year that had just passed, and didn't like what he saw. Steinhardt runs one of my favorite music labels, Don Giovanni Records. His New Jersey-based outfit was built, as he tells it, to promote the music his friends made. His label is now blessed ... More >>

  • Music

    October 10, 2013

    It's a Living

    Yes, my musician kids "work," thank you very much.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: DJ Rockwell, Booth Pimp and Party-Rocker

    DJ Rockwell is one Houston's most versatile and talented DJs, and one of the many assets of the Booth Pimps DJ collective. His ability to rock any party to the fullest with Top 40 to hip-hop to anything in between, this DJ certainly lives up to his name. Who? A native of New Mexico, Rockwell has b ... 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 >>

  • News

    December 6, 2012

    No Saving Grace

    "Animal rescuers" lie about finding a home for a dog who's already dead.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Shelby Kibodeaux and Amy Walther: "Animal Rescuers" Lie About Finding a Home for a Dog Who's Already Dead

    This is a story about a puppy who was needlessly euthanized by people who claim to be big animal rescuers in Houston, who appear to have perpetrated a lie, and who were dumb enough to put the lie in writing. At center stage, really, is the dog: Juno. A stray pittie, twenty-odd pounds when found, w ... More >>

  • Film

    October 25, 2012

    Wachowski Overload

    Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies for the Sake of Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies

  • News

    September 13, 2012

    Santa Muerte: Patron Saint of the Drug War

    Need help killing someone? Or cementing a drug deal? This may be the saint for you.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    The Sports Hall of Shame, an Idea Long Overdue

    A week or so ago, you may remember, I wrote a post about the auction for Bobby Petrino's crash-damaged motorcycle. The majority of the post was an outline of my idea to turn the crumpled-up love machine into a profit center by selling photo opportunities for fans to pose on the bike. At the end o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Texans-Saints, Etc. -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Big winner: James Casey​The easy fall back after Sunday's 40-33 to the New Orleans Saints is to say "Same ol' Texans," and in a way, I understand. Red zone issues, fourth quarter brain farts (23 points allowed), the untimely turnover, same ol' Texans. But I choose to look at the glass half f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    2009 Concert Rewind, September: Taylor Hicks, Chickenfoot, Abbey Road, Monotonix, Butthole Surfers, Happy Mondays... and Creed

    Craig Hlavaty​ Collective Soul, House of Blues, September 1: "Collective Soul is no one's idea of a Southern Rock band, but the band did manage to prove a point or two. First, nostalgically speaking, the '80s are over. The '90s are where the money is. Second, Kings of Leon hardly sprung from a vac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Plano Balloon Festival

    Photos by eppytx​Every fall for the past 29 years, the skies over Plano come aglow with colorful aircrafts and odd hissing sounds that signal take-off for flight The Plano Balloon Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 18-20. It's an event that has raised more than 2 million dolla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: My Son, the Guitar-Slinger

    William Michael SmithLance Smith (left) and Mike Stinson​ LOM grew up in the oil patch, made a good living in it, saw the world because of it. So it made sense to want our son, Lance, to grow up to be a petroleum engineer. Alas, it was not to be. Now he's a guitar player. Two years into the petrol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008
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    October 27, 2008

    Aftermath: Asmodeus X at Numbers

    Photos by Jef With One F Though billed as a Halloween spectacular, there were precious few costumes on display at Numbers’ Underworld, the monthly Goth night that hosts some of Houston’s most entertaining performers and audience members. For a group of people whose chosen dress tends to be view ... More >>

  • News

    July 17, 2008

    What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know: Upper Management

    It isn't just the crew members who get in trouble

  • News

    July 17, 2008

    What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales

    That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story -- part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007
  • Music

    December 4, 2003

    Hip-hop, Tejas

    Latinos take on rap music and make it their own

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Turkeys of the Year

    The worst flock-ups of 2003, starting with Big Tom himself

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2002

    Spread the Word

    The Houston Poetry Slam Team goes national

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    South Park Monster

    Fans saw Carlos Coy as the invincible rapper, the gangsta who could become an icon for outcast Hispanics everywhere. But they didn't know his weakness -- young girls did.

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • News

    August 16, 2001

    End of the Bend?

    Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits, blistering heat and harsh desert life couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty.

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Mount Coy

    South Park Mexican carves out his place in history with the 2001 Music Awards

  • Calendar

    February 8, 2001

    Please Pass the Puccini

    Gianni Schicchi makes the menu at the Rice Hotel

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Home Court Advantage

    The Rockets rack up frequent flyer miles.

  • Calendar

    August 19, 1999

    Safety Zone

    Justin Bull Riding Championship

  • News

    October 15, 1998
  • Calendar

    October 8, 1998

    Night & Day

    October 8 - 14, 1998

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    Dissecting Dr. Carter

    Harris County's chief pathologist finds herself under the microscope.

  • News

    August 28, 1997

    Snitch Vs. Snitch

    In the drug world, you can't trust anybody - especially a federal informant

  • News

    April 24, 1997

    The Boom Boom Method

    At his Classical School for Brilliant Children, Alvin "Boom Boom" Jackson promises to enhance self-esteem and academic performance. Erik Vidor certainly got a lesson he'll never forget.

  • Music

    March 13, 1997

    A Whole Lot Country

    And quite a bit rock and roll add up to No Depression music

  • News

    February 1, 1996

    Tell Them the Dog Did It!

    Brace yourself --the FBI says the Tracker is a fraud

  • News

    August 24, 1995

    Party Pooper

    The Democratic chairman takes a power struggle personally

  • News

    May 11, 1995

    Born to Win ... or Lose?

    Can Drayton McLane bring Houston a World Series champion on a budget? Can Houston support major-league baseball to Drayton McLane's satisfaction? It's time to find out.

  • Music

    November 24, 1994

    Rockefeller's Return

    The venerable bank-turned-club is spiffed-up and awaiting your presence

  • Music

    July 7, 1994

    What a Long, Strange Trip...

    The Missiles cap ten years with a farewell. Their manager remembers.