Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... More >>
Emeli Sande House of Blues, July 8 A few years ago, it was Corinne Bailey-Rae, now here comes Emeli Sande to claim the title of the the British Isles' reigning soul starlet. The piano-trained Scottish native, now 26, notched the UK's top-selling debut of last year with Our Version of Events, a nigh ... More >>
With acclaimed British restaurant Feast closing in August, now's the time to acquaint yourself with its excellent English menu before it's too late. Luckily, chef Richard Knight will be opening another restaurant in the Heights within a year, and there are plenty of other British restaurants in Hous ... More >>
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We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights and now Rice Village, an area that's absolutely saturated with great restaurants. One of the best things about the saturation in Rice Village is how easy it is to park ... More >>
Apparently, haggis-flavored crisps (or chips, as I'm going to call them for the remainder of this article because 'MERICA) from Mackie's of Scotland made quite the splash when they first entered the American market in December 2010. I somehow completely missed this news, despite my ongoing obsession ... More >>
When we published our "Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die," the suggestion was made by several people that we re-print the list again -- this time with instructions on where to find these various delicacies in Houston. I'll tell you that not all of the dishes or drinks on the list ar ... More >>
It's the Month O' The Irish. Well, the Irish-Americans, that is. We've previously brought you A Month of Oatmeal and 29 Ways to Indulge in Chocolate, so in honor of Irish American Month, we've searched the town for its greatest Irish bevvies and the best spots to grab an after. Get bolloxed with an ... More >>
Who knew January was National Oatmeal Month? And does anyone actually care? Normally, I just wouldn't give a damn - because really, what does National Oatmeal Month even mean? But since its a new year and one of my resolutions is to stop being a cynical bitch, I thought having some oatmeal in my lif ... More >>
hickoids.comAt least for Lonesome, Onry and Mean, a good cover is one that takes an old chestnut in a new direction. And if about halfway through the chorus a light bulb flashes on in the brain: "Eureka, Batman, I know this song." The Hickoids' new album of all British-rock covers album Kicki ... More >>
Not opening for Britney, he doesn't.By now you've all heard the devastating news; not about the continuing problems at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility, though that's still pretty important...I guess -- no, I'm of course referring to Enrique Iglesias's decision to bail on the just-announced ... More >>
A pot of Newton's Surprise at Te.I was first turned on to Branston Pickle by my lovely ex-mother-in-law, who spread the stuff on nearly everything she ate. Although they were all British, her sons didn't share her affinity for Pickle; I, on the other hand, was keen on it as soon as I tried i ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
The popular Web site has buckled to pressure, but it isn't enough.
Today is Robbie Burns Day, the birthday of the Scottish poet who was born on this date in 1759. "Burns Nacht," as it's known, is celebrated with Burns Suppers, where revelers consume haggis and Scotch whisky while wearing the family plaid and listening to the dulcet tones of bagpipers. If you ... More >>
Spotted Dick is a boiled suet pudding. It's really a lovely dessert when homemade -- less tasty out of a can. Heinz Spotted Dick is a best-selling brand in England. Dick is an English nickname for pudding -- spotted dick means a pudding with currants or raisins (the spots). You can find spott ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshWhereas English Breakfast Tea is usually a blend of Assam and Ceylon, with a little Keemun added to the more expensive versions, Harney & Sons English Breakfast is made with all Keemun tea. The flavor is clean and bright, with a fruity aroma. What a treat this is in the mor ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshIn photos, canned haggis looks alarmingly like dog food. It is traditionally eaten as part of a full Scottish breakfast or as an entr√©e on a bed of mashed rutabagas and potatoes, which go by the cutesy names of "neeps and tatties" in Scotland. I bought a can of Caledonian ... More >>
The best thing about digging around thrift-store CD bins is discovering someone else's cast-offs. The records that people got sick of, or had absolutely no regard for how awesome it could be. Months back, a wife seemingly threw out her husband's entire punk-rock collection during rout ... More >>
Alpha Rev perform Thursday, July 12, Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521.
A new pub on Westheimer that's lots of firkin fun for the whole firkin family!
Gretchen Wilsonís return to town makes us wonder, Whatís really behind all these songs about Wal-Mart, cheap beer and NASCAR?
The Decemberists bring their magic-realist, Picaresque new album to town
The Red Lion isn't just another fake British pub -- it's an authentically fake British pub
Notes toward new and better criticism and marketing of wine and song
Chart-toppers in the UK, Ash is happy on the American club circuit. But how long will it stay there?
Glenn Lewis waits for the world to see him as more than just a Wonderkind
Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002
The dope-y Saving Grace revives the irreverence of early English comedies
A.D. Players adds no insightful postscripts to the book-lovers' tale 84, Charing Cross Road
The pagans and the Unitarians unite to re-create Celtic tradition
Impressive Human Traffic isn't always pretty, much like the scene it covers
Horny Irish men wait for mail-order brides in The Closer You Get. And wait. And wait.
Loach sheds the sentimental in a tender look at a tough hero
After 18 years, Houston's Irish Session is as much about family as music