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    September 5, 2014

    Sip on Wine During Taste Around Town Houston And We Have the Discount Code

    Houston Restaurant Weeks just came to a close, but there's another foodie event, more specifically, a wine event, happening in our city in less than two weeks. Taste Around Town Houston is similar to restaurant weeks, except participating restaurants will feature wine specials, such as flights and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Lunice at MFAH's Mixed Media, 6/27/2014

    Lunice @ MFAH Mixed Media Museum of Fine Arts, Houston June 27, 2014 If ever a DJ could be considered a virtuoso, then Lunice would certainly fit into that category. Dressed in all black, with tight jeans and an oversized, fitted, extended drop tee, the Montréal producer/DJ created his own art dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Apple Users: Time to Update Your Operating System Like Now Thanks to "GoTo Fail"

    One of the benefits of being a longtime Apple user is that there were rarely as many viruses and bugs impacting Mac and associated products as there were for Windows. This is no doubt thanks to the more widespread use and ease of exploitation of Windows machines. But, one thing that can cause seriou ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    November 7, 2013

    Music Films Come to Life at Houston Cinema Arts Festival

    It's not by design, but the fifth installment of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival is so packed with music-oriented films, both narrative and documentary, that it makes a pretty damn good music festival all by itself -- complete with several live performances. Pairing music with films has always bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Help! Have You Seen This Stolen Chihuahua?

    Some insufferable a-hole or a-holes broke into Michelle Tien Dao's home in southwest Houston Tuesday and stole cash, an iPad, some laptops, a camera, and a few other valuables. But they took something else that simply cannot be replaced: her five-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, Belle. Neighbors sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Cassette Store Day is the Dumbest Thing Ever

    Record Store Day is quite possibly one of the greatest things young music fans have ever come up with. Every third Saturday in April, music fans around the world flock to real deal music stores and purchase sweet, beautiful vinyl records from all of their favorite musicians. There are exclusives, re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Another Day, Another List Says We're Awesome: MSN Names Houston Best City for College Grads

    Houston is receiving so many accolades these days, every time I walk out my front door, I trip over another publication that says we are badass. In this case, it's the Internet, so I can't really trip over it unless I left a laptop or an iPad outside, but why would I do that? You know what, ignore t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Apple "Spaceship" Campus Over Budget: Here Are Five Things We'd Cut

    Apple has proposed a massive doughnut-shaped campus for their new world headquarters. Nicknamed the "spaceship," this monument to computing (and crazy) was slated to cost about $3 billion initially, but apparently the budget has ballooned to $5 billion. With cost overruns over $2 billion, Apple has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    What Would 90210's The Peach Pit Be Like If It Were Open Today?

    Last week, as I sat in my candle-lit bubble bath sipping champagne, I got to thinking about the Beverly Hills, 90210. And then, the gang's hangout -- The Peach Pit. Why, what do you do on a Sunday morning? Anyway, the champs got me thinking; What would The Peach Pit be like if it were open today? ... More >>

  • Film

    December 20, 2012

    Films of 2012: The Ultimate Review

    Quentin Tarantino emerges from a chaotic couple of years with his most ambitious film to date, Django Unchained. Will the academy really, really like it?

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    December 18, 2012

    A Very Pawny Christmas: What Pawn Shops Buy and Sell Around the Holidays

    So you've got a million Christmas gifts to buy for family, friends, acquaintances, acquaintances' cousins, the mailman, Roger Clemens (we're not the only ones to send the Rocket a gift each year, are we?) and various and sundry pets. You have a limited budget and a limited amount of time. It's best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Sketches of AT&T Robbery Suspects -- Including One Who Is "Big Boned" -- Released by Police

    Houston police released sketches of three suspects allegedly involved in robberies of AT&T employees in the Acres Homes area. According to a press release, the three men approach AT&T workers, threaten them with guns and steal their belongings, including phones and iPads issued by AT&T. In addition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Projection: Social Media Wins Big in 2012

    Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012 Amidst the pundits and the graphics and the touch screen monitors and the iPads strapped to the arms of The Daily Show's John Oliver, probably the most watched network on election ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    What Was That Dish on That Show I Saw? There's an App for That

    You're in Las Vegas, and it's dinner time. Sure, there are hundreds of hotel restaurants you could try -- some of them even worth it -- but you are remembering a restaurant you saw on the Food Network. It was on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and it was about a Chinese place with a very spicy dish that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Improve the Olympics: Combine Sports. Weightlifitng/Trampoline, Anyone?

    Olympic Fever!! Possibly uncaught, still. It's only every four years when the powers that be foist these odd events on us, but somehow that doesn't seem long enough. Things used to be different when it was relatively rare to see sports on TV, but now that we're awash in it the allure of Victorian c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Baby Chino, World's Youngest DJ: "I Have Haters"

    Austin-born Ri-yan Dolan is only eight years old -- he turns a ripe nine on August 25 -- and holds the title of the world's youngest DJ, spinning under the name DJ Baby Chino. At a time when kids half his age can operate iPads and iPhones with ease, it should be no surprise that Dolan was only five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    The Creepy and Bizarre World of Kidz Bop Videos

    It's hard to talk about Kidz Bop. Sure, it's easy to make fun of the series of albums' watered-down version of modern pop, but it also feels like going after low-hanging fruit. That doesn't mean that the music isn't awful, because it is, but one could argue Kidz Bop provides a necessary service. Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Alternatives to Five of the Pricier Software Titles

    The Business Software Alliance announced last week that it had come to an agreement with local business Affordable Power, LP, to settle legal claims that the company pirated software titles. According to the release: As part of the settlement, Affordable Power agreed to pay $150,000 to settle legal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    I Need More Spotify! App to Offer Streaming Radio Service

    We've already talked about how Houston absolutely loves One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen and Gotye, that somewhat fun, catchy pop music that the regular radio stations play ad nauseum according to Spotify. Now the service is adding one more feature to it's already growing stature -- and it might kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Houston's Top 100 Restaurants?

    29-95: To quote Peter Gabriel, the "big big big big big big big big big" news this week was the release of Alison Cook's top 100 restaurants in Houston. I can't imagine how monumental of a task it was to compile not only the list, but all of the write-ups that accompany each entry. The full list -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Seven Sins: A True-Crime E-Book From Village Voice Media

    Every week writers for Houston Press and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing--a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Bad Beef: 4 Examples Of Musical Feuds Gone Wrong

    Competition is a good thing. It pushes people to work harder and be more creative. That drive to prove to the world that they're the best has lead musicians to some incredible heights. After all, competition gave us Pet Sounds and "Ether." Yet in the '10s, that competitive spirit has been pushed as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    App of the Week: Houston, Texas Emergency Radio

    App: Houston, Texas Emergency Radio Platform: iPhone, iPad Web site: Facebook Page Cost: Free Monday night, after Kentucky had dispatched Kansas in the NCAA national championship game, there was a surge of posts on Twitter about the riots taking place in Lexington, mainly because the firefighters' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Top 5 Old Musicians Actually Using Twitter

    Like youth itself, Twitter is wasted on the young. But not everyone over 35 has completely tuned it out -- after a recent upgrade to a smartphone, even I'm using it now after years of Twitterphobia. (Hit me up at @ThePhantomTX.) Since I've been on, I've learned that most musicians have handed off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Siniad Gonzalez: Your Glamour-Shot Mug of the Day Belongs To Getaway Driver

    Not all mugshots are Nick Nolte disasters or Trinity, Texas entertainment. Some women go for the glamor look. Like Siniad Vanessa Gonzalez, charged with being the getaway driver for a home invasion. The three men involved in the caper are on the run, but the victim gave police a description of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    App of the Week: SugarSync and DropBox, Two Great iCloud Alternatives

    App: Dropbox Platform: Most smart phones Website: Cost: Free (includes 2GB storage) App: SugarSync Platform: Most smart phones Website: Cost: Free (includes 5GB storage) There has been an awful lot of talk about cloud computing over the last couple years, particularly sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    App of the Week: iCab -- A Highly Recommended Alternative to Safari

    App: iCab Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: iCab Mobile Cost: $1.99 One of the great innovations of cell phone technology is the ability to use the web on a phone in much the same way you use it on your computer. When the iPhone first emerged, Apple's Safari browser was included and it was a revelati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Playing The Over/Under Game On Twitter: 8 Bets To Consider

    I don't really do any gambling. It's not really because I don't enjoy the thrill of a good game of chance. It's more because I like the little money I earn to not be flushed down the toilet. If I did gamble, I'd have to take a class on sports betting because I still don't fully understand the whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    App of the Week: WeatherBug Elite

    ​App: App Shopper Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Palm Web site: WeatherBug Website Cost: $0.99 People who know me know I'm a weather nerd. I love reading about it and talking about high pressure areas, cold fronts, hurricanes and the like. The doppler radar plays a pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    App of the Week: App Shopper

    App: App Shopper Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Mac Web site: Cost: Free The iPhone may be good for many things -- most of those may be the result of cool little apps that extend its features -- but finding cool apps via the App Store is not one of them. Calling the App Store utilitarian i ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011

    Thanks, Houston

    What we appreciate most this year.

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    November 24, 2011

    What We Are Thankful For This Year

    Like most years, 2011 has been...complicated. We've heard some great music, seen some killer shows and lost some amazing people. We also nearly lost one of our own. That's how it goes in this world and it's why the things we are thankful for take on added meaning as the year begins to wind down. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Marfreless and Mike Riccetti Make Entertaining Easy

    ​Yes, you read that right: Marfreless, the legendary sign-less make-out bar in River Oaks, is partly behind a book from two Houston locals on how to make your next party the talk of the town. Or at least the subdivision. Mike Riccetti, a longtime Houston food fixture who writes for the Examin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Friday Night: Rick Springfield & Spin Doctors At Arena Theatre

    Photos by Bob Ruggiero​Rick Springfield, Spin Doctors Arena Theatre May 27, 2011 Looking around at the Arena Theatre audience Friday - heavily populated by forty- and fiftysomething women on a little Girls Night Out - it would be easy to dismiss them as estrogen bombs just waiting to detonat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Out Today: Paul Simon Resurgent, Foos Get Loud, Isbell Kills

    ​It's New Release Tuesday, and this week's is one of the biggest days of the year, with new discs by the Foo Fighters, a reinvigorated Paul Simon and TV On The Radio leading the pack, plus a few other artists returning to the scene after a few years away from the limelight. Next week (April ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Flummoxed Radiohead Fans Start Support Group

    Next week will see the physical release, both vinyl and compact disc, of Radiohead's new album The King of Limbs. The album was released online a little over a month ago on the band's website to nearly universal acclaim from longtime fanatics and at least a passing reverence from fair-weather fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Puke-Tastic "Animal Abuse" Flick to Be Shown Outside Schools, Malls

    A scene from Farm to Fridge​It's probably safe to say that this film won't garner a G rating. Mercy for Animals (MFA), an animal-rights organization that has exposed some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on in factory farms, has recently released the film Farm to Fridge - The Truth Behind Meat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Death Penalty: Your Newest App

    Yeah, there's an app for that​Have your Angry Birds gone postal? You might need the newest app, from the Death Penalty Information Center. Today's on-the-go death-penalty activist is now only a touch away from "our Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty, our Execution Database, and the most recent d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Openings & Closings: January 2011

    ​As the first month of the new year ended, restaurant openings picked up and Houston saw a busy week for new places. At long last, Philippe (1800 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-439-1000) has finally opened its doors. And lest you think the food is out of your price range, check out the bargain-price ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Zodiac Change Day: Do Not Despair, Aquarius -- You're Not a Capricorn, No Matter What They Say

    This is NOT the dawning of the age of Capricorn, dammit​Today is the first big change under the new astrology rules, or whatever they are that's riling up zodiac types. January 20 is now the beginning of Capricorn, whereas it used to be the home of Aquarius. We're sure we're messing up the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    NFL Playoff Best Bets (and a Tiger Woods Wagering Lesson)

    Angry Birds: As good a playoff-picking method as any​Every Friday (Thursday some weeks) when I go to fish the lines for that weekend's football games off the Internet, I go to the same site. (Point of non-disclosure: I will not reveal the name of the site which I use to wager go to. Easily t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Channel 39's New TV News: Good Lord, The Help-Wanted Ad

    Living on the edge, with Channel 39​The lowly rated Channel 39 newscast, as we've discussed, is switching this fall to an innovative style imposed by its owner that features no anchors and lots and lots of cutting-edge stuff.No, check that -- not cutting-edge, bleeding-edge.That's the term used in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    The Week In TV: Enjoy Hulu While It Lasts

    The good stuff won't be free for much longer.​My backyard flooded, I went half-blind on fireworks, and I am exponentially losing my agility. This was the week in TV Land: • As if to taunt my very desires, Hulu announced last week that it's launching Hulu Plus, a paid version of the site th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Twitter: The Five Most Annoying Things You Can Do

    No Foursquare or proctologist visits, please​In this week's cover feature, "The Twitterverse", we dive into the world of Twitter to spotlight some of the best things going with the social networking hub, and also uncover some of the worst things permeating the site. We talked to tweeting Texans in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Buzzfest Brings The Noise, And The Pain

    Photos by Marc BrubakerBreak Stuff: The Bizkit is back!​ For many, many more shots of Sunday's bands, see our slideshow here. For the really fun stuff - crowd shots! - see our slideshow here. Sunday, Aftermath spent ten hours wading in Buzzfest XXIV's radio-rock and classic nu-metal at the Cynthia ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 4, 2010
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    February 23, 2010

    Mayor Parker On Twitter, Facebook And Those Nasty People Who Leave Comments On Blogs

    Intrepid blogger Mike McGuff  has an interview up with mayor Annise Parker on her -- and the city's -- use of social media in the past and the future."She reveals the steps her campaign took to effectively utilize social media and the blogosphere to win the votes," McGuff tells Hair Balls.No ... More >>

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