Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful HoustonPress.com news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>
When it comes to the standings, Major League Baseball (or any team sport, for that matter) is a zero sum game. One team wins, one team loses, and in baseball, by the time August rolls around, from a business standpoint, you just hope that the teams that lose regularly are in cities where the fans ... More >>
The remake is too big to have any weight.
This video-game-turned-film goes nowhere fast.
Need for Speed goes nowhere fast.
In an effort to explain to fans throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana what an Asher Wojciechowski is, the team sent caravans of players and staff on a 31-city, seven-day road trip this month. With three straight 100-loss seasons under their belts and still no TV deal, just the act of players stan ... More >>
Checking out the notable stand-alones hitting the theaters.
As the Reigning Royalty of Tex-Mex Party Rock, Joe "King" Carrasco has been playing his utterly unique mixture of early and garage-rock, polka, cumbias, and Latin rhythm since the mid-'70s. But while others dream of sugar plums and hams and fruitcakes during the holiday season, for Carrasco it's th ... More >>
There's nothing quite like professional wrestling in the world of entertainment. In it you see the thrill of sports, the larger than life personalities of comic books, and the storytelling of soap operas, and while it shares things with each of those forms of entertainment, it remains its own beast. ... More >>
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I finally finished watching Breaking Bad this week. I was about three years late to the party in watching the show, and then a week or two late in watching the series finale. I don't know if Breaking Bad wrests the title of "Best Series Ever" from The Sopranos for me yet. Rewatchability is a huge ... More >>
No matter who you are this year, one of these events will fityour needs.
Another year, another ACL Music Festival. This is a magical time in Texas, when the blazing summer makes way for a pleasant autumn. The weather and the promise of world-class musical wonders draws thousands to Zilker Park, ready to let loose and jam over the three day weekend. Here are some of the n ... More >>
Aimee Mann feat. Ted Leo House of Blues September 30, 2013 House of Blues showed off a slightly different side Sunday: coffeehouse style. It was a good look. Sure, the venue has hosted seated concerts before, but last night it was missing something it sees all too often: an inattentive, inconsider ... More >>
I know many of you will be shocked that I feel this way, but one of the most beautiful things about life in 2013 is that you can bet on almost anything. Know a little something about movies, and care to wager on the Oscars? No problem. Have a hunch on whether or not Walter White dies at the end of ... More >>
It's the end of an era. A really messed up era, in which a down-on-his luck, cancer-ridden chemistry teacher turned hardcore crystal meth producer has simultaneously stolen and broken our hearts. This Sunday marks the death of Breaking Bad. We'll miss Walt and Jesse dearly (but not Skyler ... never ... More >>
I don't know how many times I can apologize for my performance so far this season on these Friday picks. My only hope is that you haven't followed me completely into the gambling abyss, and been forced to get a second job like Walter White working the car wash in the first couple episodes of Breakin ... More >>
If you've spent any kind of time on the Internet, chances are something Shea Serrano has written, drawn or created has made you smile. The 32-year-old South Houston middle-school teacher writes and illustrates for several different outposts -- our sister papers Village Voice and LA Weekly, Grant ... More >>
I'll admit, I never went back and watched the complete telecast of the Texans and Chargers game from Monday night, partially because I just haven't really had time and partially for, well, other reasons. The good news is that I did finish Season 3 of Breaking Bad last night! So there's that. My po ... More >>
Earlier this week Rocks Off asked our contributors to tell us one or two concerts coming to Houston this fall they considered a "can't-miss" show. They didn't disappoint us. Depeche Mode Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 18 Maybe this makes me a bit geeky, but I'm totally stoked for Depec ... More >>
I can't adequately express how much Netflix instant streaming has impressed my quality of life. I used to have to do something like read or go for a walk when I was between movie rentals; now, I can just watch television continuously. If I'm not bingeing on House of Cards and Breaking Bad, I'm watc ... More >>
Ed. Note: This article was written by Sonya Harvey. Guns. Knives. Ammo. Mexico. Prisoners. Hunchbacks. Hermanos. This is the stuff of spaghetti-Western legend in the making, which can only be thought up by Johnny Falstaff and Hank Schyma. The Honky Tonk Blood brothers and Houston musicians are up ... More >>
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 >>
Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha freak on! We all know that there are lots of ways to become immortalized at a massive outdoor music gathering like Ultra Music Festival. Say, humping a tree. Or dancing naked while getting arrested. But yo' momma would probably prefer if you lived forever ... More >>
When kids in North Dakota and Minnesota started overdosing and dropping dead from synthetic drugs in a span of a week last year, authorities there knew they had a problem on their hands. It didn't take long for them to trace the drugs -- called 25-I or NBOME -- to a dealer in Grand Forks, North Dako ... More >>
Garbage October 9, 2012 House of Blues See Garbage and Houston's most devoted darklings in our slideshow. Shirley Manson pays her debts. Maybe it's that Scottish Calvinist ancestry, or the discipline honed by decades with the same group of bandmates. Maybe she's really a Lannister. Whatever the r ... More >>
If you were like most Houstonians, your heart sank on Sunday afternoon when you saw Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub hit the ground in agony after getting hit by the Denver Broncos' Joe Mays. Immediately images of last year flew through our heads and within seconds T.J. Yates was in the game - ... More >>
And why do Mexicans love "Crystal Blue Persuasion" So Much?
I've reached the point with television shows where I rarely watch them in first run anymore. I find it much easier to satiate my TV thirst if I sit down and plow through an entire series on Netflix or DVD over the course of a few weeks. It's what I did with The Wire, it's what I intend to do with Br ... More >>
Santa Muerte, the newly-popular Grim Reaper-like Mexican folk saint, and subject of this week's cover story, is not the only object of supernatural devotion in the drug trade. Far from it. In fact, she's something of a Johnny-come-lately in Mexican folk religion. For as long as there have been smug ... More >>
By the time you finish this sentence, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will have been over for more than 12 hours (unless they're still killing you with that damn endless loop). Your brain will have turned to mush, your Twitter and dFacebook timelines slowly rebuilding themselves from ash and your co ... More >>
Canned foods get a bad rap, and for good reason. They're often high in sodium, lower in nutrients, and less flavorful. Sometimes, however, the "real" or "fresh" version is only infinitesimally better, and if you don't plan on using all or most of a particular ingredient immediately, canned may be m ... More >>
Is there really such a thing as a non-messy breakup? Is there a breakup in which neither party turns to a tub of Duncan Hines frosting to muffle the yak-like sounds of their latest, mostly unprompted crying jag? Is there a breakup outside of Pennsylvania Dutch country that doesn't involve inappropr ... More >>
Watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead last night. Against my prior inclinations, I'm glad I stuck it out this far. Things have picked up quite a bit since the second half of season two started up a month ago, with more human vs. human and human vs. zombie conflict in the last two eps than i ... More >>
We talk a lot about video games here because they'll pay us to do so and holy crap that sentence gets more awesome every single time we type it. Even though we've finally grown up and embraced the complete awesomeness of seventh-gen systems and the photorealistic magic and being of Batman, a part of ... More >>
Photo by John KielyClassic cocktails are called that, not because they're old, but because they are delicious. Most of them can be ordered at any well-stocked bar, and some of them--such as a Negroni, Sazerac, or Martini--can be ordered with swagger. However, there's some classic cocktails ... More >>
Police in northeast Texas have arrested two men and seized three pounds of unusual meth. Last Friday, police in the town of Canton in Van Zandt County noticed 30-year-old Camera Holden driving erratically on Interstate 20. When they tried to pull him over, Holden gunned it and exited on FM 17. Po ... More >>
Whales, gold rings, messages in bottle, cokeA jogger found 55 pounds of cocaine on the beach in Galveston this morning, a bigger haul than the 37 pounds someone else found there a year ago. In both cases, they turned it over to the cops instead of going all low-rent Breaking Bad. Of course, ... More >>
The TV! The TV!Hey America, what did you think of the season finale of The Killing? - S U C K S! Not wasting another minute watching or thinking about this show! - I want 13 hours of my life back! - Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me - A cheap, crappy cop-out. Whoa. That ... More >>
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn GrayEvery year-end Rocks Off prognosticates the likeliest trends in music for the upcoming year. So far, we've got a 100 percent success rate, although since the FBI made us take down all of our previous predictions, we have no way to prove it. So you'll j ... More >>
She's 34...THIRTY-FOUR!Acting on a tip, Montgomery County Constables took down a "shake and bake" meth lab in a New Caney motel in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Arrested were 34-year-old Kerry Lee Datray, of Cleveland, and 38-year-old Wayne Paul Walters of Lufkin. Each was charged manu ... More >>
Tiffany Young-Hartley: Only Reese Witherspoon could do her justiceOkay, so it's time to get started on the script and casting for the movie about David and Tiffany's fateful Jet-Ski trip on Falcon Lake. First, what to name this movie? The Pirates of Falcon Lake will never do: it conjures Johnn ... More >>
Breaking Bad: Another guy who does drug work in his underwearMore trouble for those pesky drug lords trying to gt their cash from the marketplace in America to home in Mexico -- an employee, Juan Sanchez, just got more than seven years in a federal prison for doing their dirty work.We're su ... More >>
Friday Night Lights: Go LionsOne football season ended, another warmed up, and I am this close to canceling cable and just using the Internet. This was the week in TV Land: • I have never wanted a team to win a game as badly as I wanted the Lions to beat the Panthers in Friday's season fi ... More >>
Rob Lowe will soon join the cast of Parks and Recreation.The dog days are upon us, the networks are planning for fall, and there's always money in the banana stand. This was the week in TV Land: • The Television Critics Association summer press tour has been going on for the past few days ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. As research for an upcoming music feature, we met up w ... More >>