If you had to navigate a dense Christmas tree forest just to buy Halloween candy or recognized "Holly Jolly Christmas" slowly seeping into the store like a poisonous gas weeks ago, then you know the horror of the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Like any good slasher flick, there's an ape ... More >>
Rose Byrne steals the movie.
Christmas is less than two weeks away. I repeat: TWO WEEKS AWAY. It's crunch time, people. If you're headed to The Woodlands Mall to get the final few things on your list (or to start your Christmas shopping ... no judging here), you'll need plenty of energy to battle the lines and crowds and keep ... More >>
Historically speaking, Black Friday is a phrase synonymous with discount hand-mixers and 5 a.m. tramplings at the local Walmart. By definition alone -- so not hip. And while all of you normal folks -- who would rather pay the extra $50 for a PS4 over pitching a tent in the shantytown that accumulate ... More >>
On Monday, Houston's affable, not-really-overweight rap superfriend Fat Tony gave his Smart Ass Black Boy album (out next Tuesday, June 11) to National Public Radio and thus the rest of the world's open consumption and pre-purchase perusal. (Stream it here.) The last part of that statement is what ... More >>
One of the latest trends I've observed in music is that almost everyone is outsourcing their videos these days, even top artists. It's much easier and cheaper to hold a fan contest, asking your fans to create videos for you, than it is to go out and shoot the video yourself on your (or your record l ... More >>
The 2012 Springboard South Music Festival makes its debut this weekend, starting today and running through Sunday at CityCentre Houston. The event, boasting three days of music from 45 bands on two stages, is being touted by organizers as an opportunity for independent artists and musicians and educ ... More >>
Black Market Syndicate are true believers. Besides releasing second album And the Peasants Rejoiced at Fitzgerald's Saturday, the Houston punk quartet is streaming it all weekend on their ReverbNation page. For the people. Produced by Street Dogs' Johnny Rioux, Peasants stands up for the powerless ... More >>
Showing it has more lives than a cockroach, vinyl has been reborn, resulting in some beautiful music. But sometimes production values in records and turntables are lacking.
It's getting to be that time of year, when the temperature drops and the lists start rolling in. Read any blog, magazine or newspaper and you're bound to run across at least a handfull of year-end lists, particularly when it comes to music. We all like to talk about the stuff we like. It's just what ... More >>
To bastardize a line from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's Black Friday...again." It's that oh-so-magical time of year when the strong walk away from predawn shopping trips with armfuls of electronic goodies while the weak get treated by EMS for boot marks left by shoppers stampeding into Best Buy. Since ... More >>
Back in college -- yes, in the stone age -- I worked for a musical instrument store on the north side of Houston. Over the years, there were busy days where I just stood behind the counter while a line of people handed me guitars to buy without the hint of a sales push and there were days we sat in ... More >>
While your other shopping contemporaries are slashing each others' throats at Walmart and Best Buy for $20 plasma televisions and six Blu-Ray players for $5 on Black Friday next week, why not sleep in and head up to your favorite local record store and fight other music nerds for limited edition vin ... More >>
Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?
G N' R: Keeping Best Buy In Business Since 1987It started innocently enough, leaving a friend's house in the Heights, when during one of our epic air-drum solos to the Foo Fighters' "Bridge Burning," we heard the speakers on the left side of our car, a hearse-like HHR, just pop and die, reduc ... More >>
Residents take sides on bar noise issue.
Betty White enjoys a Snickers.For someone who watches the biggest television event in America strictly for the breaks, last year was a bummer. Betty White's Snicker's ad, and the Kia commercial featuring a posse of partying toys were two standouts in a year of boring, sexist and outright dumb ... More >>
gossip-juice.comThis Sunday, the Super (Marketing) Bowl will enlist the help of the Prince of Darkness to target a new demographic: The Glee-ber market. With Glee's season premiere directly following the game, advertisers hope to seduce younger spectators into watching through bait like Justi ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, Hollywood FLOSS, hasHBrown, Kyle Hubbard, Renzo, Brad Gilmore and Nash White Not Invited: Kanye, bec ... More >>
Godspeed, DiscoveryThe space shuttle Discovery headed to the pad yesterday for its last trip into space.The 26-year-old craft has seen a lot in its career, some good, some bad, some odd. Here are five highlights:5. Being used as an old-folks' tour busIn 1998 Discovery took John Glenn up to space ... More >>
Hi there, 2009. Please have a seat. Are you comfortable? Would you like some coffee, or perhaps a cigarette? No? Okay, good. Let's just cut straight to the point, then. You suck, and frankly we're sick of your bullshit. You were an awful year, filled not just with economic collapse, scary right-wi ... More >>
For a former video store giant, not such a blockbuster decade.
Less than two years removed from taking home the Bear Bryant Award which goes to college football's top head coach, Kansas coach Mark Mangino's mouth is getting him in trouble. No, I'm not talking about the fifth serving of cheesecake he may or may not have had (ok, DID have) after dinner tonight ... More >>
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to alleviate the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care's crowded conditions while welcoming a loving, loyal, possibly slobber-ridden companion into your life. Attached are the photos of your primary targets. If you or any team member are caught or ... More >>
Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. "You drop one track, he's still alive." - Chamillionaire, on why he ai ... More >>
Photo by Sarah RufkaSeeing Reid McGraff at the Alden-Houston's a bar and grille -- an affable and friendly bartender, but with a certain polished bearing -- you'd never guess he'd ever tended a less elegant bar. Asked about his past positions, he mentions Hotel ZaZa, House of Blues, Warren's ... More >>
St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to email@example.com.MTV's Cribs has to be one of this generation's finest cultural achievements. F ... More >>
Each Wednesday, 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. Like everyone else ... More >>
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers University of Phoenix Stadium February 3, 2008 Better Than: The game itself, except for that last Giants drive. Download: Stream, actually, a sample of Tom Petty’s XM Radio show “Buried Treasure” here For the past several weeks, I have had the distinct suspicio ... More >>
Finesilver hosts three gallery-specific installations
They're turning to needles, looking for purity
Click here to see a slideshow of the weekend's action. Click here for some catty hatin' on bitches. And click here to see what our pals at the Dallas Observer were doing all weekend. My face is returning to its usual sun-deprived hue, and my legs have finally begun to forgive me, meaning ACL is ove ... More >>
PlayStation 3 has potential -- but for the moment, little else
Spain Colored Orange takes home four Press Music Awards
RIP, Cactus Music and Video
Are they sellouts -- or just really bad rappers?
Paul Wall joins George Foreman in the famous Houston grill club
The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets a heart-on while telling wonderfully dirty jokes
Video game vixen Morgan Webb stops by for a little X-Play
Tom Zaratti was just a lawyer of modest means, looking out for his boy. Then the revelations began.
Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless
Dieselboy saves the world -- or maybe just American drum 'n' bass
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