Over the past couple years, a new meme or slang phrase has entered our lexicon: "first world problem." It has now reached the tipping point of ubiquity where even your typically uncool friends have picked up on it and started saying it, despite the fact that those "in the know" have been throwing it ... More >>
After the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989, Western agents began probing the documents long squirreled away in Soviet-satellite archives. Among the documents unearthed following Prime Minister Eric Honecker's democratic decisions was a money trail circling an Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchet ... More >>
Hey, remember the Russians? Before they had a gajillion oil dollars and all those supermodels, they wanted to kill us all. But it wasn't all creeping dread and mutually assured destruction. Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoat ... More >>
What was the last great U2 album? Now, before you go and get your snotty Henry Rollins quotes lined up, recall that there was a period in the mid- to late 1980s when the Dublin foursome were both the biggest and most critically acclaimed band on the planet before veering off into sonic experimentat ... More >>
Explains a lot.I was discussing career choices (don't ask) with an acquaintance of mine, and in the course of talking about how we got where we were, I mentioned that I'd never really planned for life beyond college when I was in my teens. The decision wasn't a "non-decision" or anything lik ... More >>
Just another brick in the wallFifty years ago today, East German construction crews were in the last stages of preparation for building the Berlin Wall. On August 13, they began, instantly giving an incredible propaganda tool to the free world. The Wall has been down for 22 years and will so ... More >>
Each Wednesday (or Thursday), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically ... More >>
Today is World Freedom Day! The holiday was declared in 2001 by George W. Bush to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and just how awesome he felt Ronald Reagan was. It was 21 years ago today that East and West Berlin were reunited, and the Berlin Wall remains a source of musical inspiratio ... More >>
Techno-punks have a new MC and a new message.
A 2009 kidnapping case breaks a 1989 murderScore one for the cold-case squad at the Houston Police Department -- they've announced the arrest of a man suspected of stabbing a romantic rival to death 21 years ago.Cesar Manual Cazares, 42, is accused of killing Leonides Ponce, then 27, back i ... More >>
There's been a whole lot of hooting and scorn from a nation who has watched as far-right-wingers have forced their odd, minority political views into Texas textbooks. There are some carping liberal complainers who think -- difficult as it may be to believe -- that Thomas Jefferson should be menti ... More >>
Objectum Sexuality from sergio on Vimeo. Via Swamplot, we get this video, about a woman who really, really really likes a statue in Hermann Park.It purports to be a documentary, complete with plummy British narrator, of someone with "object sexuality," a condition where people end up loving the Ei ... More >>
One day, someone ridiculously wise (or someone that was obviously getting ripped a new asshole by the media) once said, "No press is bad press." Unfortunately, that old adage probably isn't applicable to Pepsi, and won't be in this lifetime.We suppose we shouldn't be too surprised that Pepsi deve ... More >>
In the end, it exceeded the expectations of even its once-seemingly wildly overenthusiastic organizers. Approximately 3,500 pissed-off demonstrators packed Jones Plaza for a warm-up blues-rock concert and harangues about high taxes, debt, bail-outs, and socialism. You'd have t ... More >>
Peyton Manning flow - I just go, no huddle: Michael Becker/ Fox Lil Rounds* Hey, Von, Alex, Scott, Taylor, Kendall? You thought you were trying to advance into the Top 12 tonight, didn't you? But you were wrong: in reality, you were just opening for Lil Rounds. * Kara, do everyone a favor ... More >>
History is remade, reformed and reworded at CAMHs latest exhibit
Rock Band 2
Halfway between gross and mesmerizing, this comedian is all-the-way funny
U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
Saturday, May 20, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-862-2513
Paradise Now finds humor in the mission of suicide bombers
The dark Buffalo Soldiers may be one of the year's best
Recent debacles demonstrate why District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal needs more than a moustache to match the legacy of Johnny Holmes
Dario Robleto makes art of war
A fragile détente settles over Kemah and Clear Lake Shores
Thrill to the battle of the boardwalk brawlers of Kemah versus the maulers of Clear Lake Shores. Sales-tax slugfests, counterpunches to kayo streets and a flurry of jabs have jolted city services in a municipal grudge match yet to end.
Frozen, cloned or retooled, Miller Quarles plans to live forever. But time is running out.
Despite revisiting the 20th century's cataclysmic events, Istvín Szabó's latest lacks emotional punch
The Velvet Revolution, preserved on film
In A Friend of the Deceased, our hero longs for the U.S.S.R.
Armando's gets a new chef -- and a new attitude
Smaller, and with shorts, WorldFest/Houston cranks up its projectors