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    October 23, 2014

    Local Acts Besiege CMJ For Texas Takeover

    All this week, aspiring rock stars, rappers, DJs and even a folksinger or two have fanned out across Manhattan and Brooklyn for the 33rd annual CMJ Music Marathon. But today New York City's week-long festival will have a pronounced Texas twang. Lone Star acts, almost two dozen of them, will overru ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Randy Evans

    In Part 1 of our Chef Chat with Randy Evans, we explored his struggle with deciding to become a chef instead of a doctor (and how his wife helped), his friendship with chef Chris Shepherd and how he came to be Executive Chef at Brennan's of Houston. Perhaps, though, the most pressing question for ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Randy Evans Kicks Off Consulting Company with James Coney Island

    After Haven closed, chef Randy Evans announced that he would begin consulting with restaurants and other food-related businesses through his company, Southern Son Restaurant Consulting. And his first gig is with James Coney Island. In fact, James Coney Island called Evans two days after Haven closed ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Dear Artisan Toast Craze: Please Don't Come to Houston

    Houston tends to be a little late to the game, food-trend-wise. The whole food truck-trend didn't really take off here until 2011, long after the gourmet meal on wheels had become popular in places like Los Angeles and New York. We're still going gaga over cupcakes, a trend that felt played out ev ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    "The Slopper" At James Coney Island

    When I first saw a picture of James Coney Island's new limited edition burger, "The Slopper," I realized two things: 1) I had to try it. 2) Public decency laws dictate I should do so in the privacy of my own home. The "Slopper," as its name might suggest, is very, very sloppy. As a cheeseburger co ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Show Your Love for Mom & Jodycakes

    Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 2000 Lyons It's that time again for another Pub Night at Saint Arnold. The tour hall will serve as a bar from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. tonight so you can pick and choose the brews you want to to buy. Saint Arnold has taken its Divine Reserve No ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Celebrate Derby Day in Houston with Big Hats and Lots of Mint Juleps

    On your mark...get set...go! And by "go," of course, we mean get to the nearest bar or restaurant that's showing the Kentucky Derby and have yourself a mint julep. Though Derby Day isn't as big a celebration here in Houston as it is in parts of the Deep South (or, you know, in Louisville), we still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Jay-Z at Toyota Center, 12/19/13

    Jay-Z is the king. A few other rappers have enjoyed their time at the top throughout the years, but Hov's been perched upon the throne for the better part of a decade and a half. A handful of others have tried to climb that hill (I'm looking at you Mr. West), but even if Jigga quit the game today h ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Top 10 Ice Cream Spots

    Rest of the best 2013.

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    November 22, 2013

    Looking for New York-Style Pizza in Houston? Just Follow the Yankees and Knicks Caps

    If you want great New York-style pizza, just look at what the customers are wearing.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in The Woodlands For Your Dining Pleasure

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). Today, we've moved outside the loop to the ever-expanding Woodlands area. With tons of families and new developments, including ExxonMobil's soon-to-be-comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Mission Burrito of the Month: Creamy Chicken Poblano

    God, we live in a great town. Each month, I can look forward to a special hot dog at James Coney Island, a special taco at Torchy's, and a special burrito at Mission Burrito. Sampling these seasonal offerings is almost time-consuming enough to warrant not having gainful employment. Then again, I n ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Burgers in Houston 2013

    The rest of the best.

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    June 19, 2013

    Brooklyn Athletic Club: Mixing Stylish Drinks With Gourmet & Comfort Food

    When the corner lot on Richmond Avenue that was once home to Zimm's Little Deck opened up, restaurateur Shepard Ross pounced. He telephoned Chef Jeff Axline in Austin and once again, the two of them partnered for a new venture. In an homage to Brooklyn and Houston, the Brooklyn Athletic Club has e ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend

    Houston Press Craft Beer Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin St. Once the work day is over, you and your friends are heading to the Houston Press Craft Beer Hoppy Hour at MKT Bar inside Phoenicia. Celebrate the end of the work week with a brand new menu of craft beer and food pairing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Titus Andronicus at Walters, 5/10/2013

    Titus Andronicus, The So So Glos, The Caldwell Walters May 10, 2013 Friday night featured a four-band showcase at the new Walters (not on Washington) headlined by New Jersey indie-punk group Titus Andronicus, bringing their Brooklyn friends The So So Glos along on what they are calling the "Bring B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    5 Beers to Try Now at Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co.

    Lately, I've been finding the best beers in some unexpected places. On Monday night, it was a jaw-dropping line-up at the brand-new D&T Drive Inn, where the guys behind Down House have renovated a neighborhood icehouse and installed a huge tap wall of eccentric draft beers to rival the records in i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Jeff Axline of Brooklyn Athletic Club and a Taste of Americana

    This is the third part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed the previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we chatted with Jeff Axline of the new Brooklyn Athletic Club (BAC) on Richmond. We learned about his experiences, how he's made a name for himself with ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Complete SXSW Overflow Festival 2013 Guide: Week 1, Part 1

    With SXSW underway in Austin, Super Happy Fun Land is keeping Houston ears satisfied with its Overflow Festival 2013, a two-week lineup of up-and-coming music acts from all over the world. Below is a complete list of the rest of this week's performers. TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Ash Reiter: The San Franci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Ranking The 2012 Heisman Finalists According To Music Videos

    Last week in this space, I speculated that the Vegas big board for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner released back in June, 23 candidates in all, would actually turn out to contain no eventual 2012 finalists. If you go back and look at the list, it didn't take Kirk Herbstreit to figure that out. On M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Gonzo Artwork and Lone Star Labels on the Rise: The 10 Best Beer Labels in Texas

    Last week, we took a look at some of the very worst labels you can find on a bottle of beer. To counterbalance all that artistic vomit, we gathered some of the most iconic and creative labels on shelves today -- labels that feature artwork as original and important as craft beer itself. 10. Boulev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Young Mammals, Lick Lick, Etc.

    It's the heavy heavy monster sound of Reverberation tonight at Boondocks with DJs King Shing-a-Ling, Mr. Stagger Lee, Psychedelic Sex Panther and King Cobra. Free... and one step beyond! Overcaffeinated Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals return after a hot minute to release the new 7" single, "La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend -- In Houston, Not At SXSW

    T-Bone Walker heir Don Kesee, one of the area's Houston's most underheralded bluesmen - which unfortunately is saying something, but watch a little bit of the above clip at Navasota's Blues Alley festival - comes into the city for a gig at the Shakespeare Pub. Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2012
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    March 14, 2012

    White Rabbits Have Some Very Strange Ideas About Spring Break Songs

    White Rabbits aren't your run-of-the-mill hipsters. The New York Times recently likened the New York band's third album, Milk Famous, to "Radiohead's technique of surrounding a sustained vocal melody with jagged pointillism... some songs barely bother to flesh out their chords. They're all rhythm an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Sleigh Bells 'Reign', Are You Listening? Noise Pop Duo Unveils New Album Details

    Photo By Marc BrubakerSleigh Bells at Warehouse Live in April 2011​Brooklyn-based Sleigh Bells' Derek Miller, former guitarist for hard-core band Poison the Well, and Alexis Krauss, former singer of a girlie group no one has ever heard of have finally finished the much anticipated follow up to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Om Prakash Budha: Faces Prison over Refusals to Fill Out Visa Forms

    Man, Om Prakash Budha, 28, does not want to go back to Nepal. He was nabbed in October 2010 crossing the U.S. border at Brownsville without proper documentation. Fine, you got caught, go home and try again, right? Wrong. "On four separate occasions during a four-month period, Budha steadfastly ref ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Favorite Three: Pizza Places

    Photo by Kevin ShalinSimone on Sunset's Smoked Duck Pizza​Picking a favorite pizza place is a hot-button topic. Let's see which places showed up on our lists. John Kiely 1. Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca 2. Russo's Coal-Fired New York Pizzeria 3. Pizza Hut John's Take: The worst pizza I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Kevin Shalin reported on the city's best bathrooms, grossing out Eating Our Words nation with the word "deuceability." Commenter Ruthie J M chimed in: Stella Sola's bathroom is great -- It's got the Dyson hand blowers left over from the place's former life as Bedford. Worst bathroom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    A Domino's Convert

    ​Trust me, I am a champion of the SLGT movement. In fact, for my family's tradition of eating pizza on Christmas Eve I really tried to support local so that we could all grow together. So I called Daddy-O's and Lazaro's, and as the phone rang and rang, I soon realized that local business owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The Five Creepiest 2010 Christmas Ads

    The Christmas ads this year seem to be creepier than ever. Maybe it's the recession. But what used to be a joyous collection of sledding electric razors and wide-eyed kids running to the tree has turned into something bizarre and cruel. The five worst offenders: 5. Phillips Senso Touch 3D Razor I ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    SXSW 2011 Still Untainted By Houston Artists

    listenlisten: Not playing SXSW 2011... yet.​Rocks Off just got the latest list of names for next year's SXSW conference and festival in Austin, and just like the last time, the conference remains unsullied by any performers from Houston's filthy, rotten, disgusting, in-need-of-quarantine music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Openings & Closings: November 2010

    Zelko Bistro and Katz's have some new fried pickle competition in the new Natachee's.​It's been a while since we've done a monthly roundup of openings and closings, but we're getting that train back on track now, and what a month to pick for that re-railment. November was busy, both in terms o ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Last Night: Neon Indian At Groundhall

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Neon Indian Groundhall October 6, 2010 For more images from Wednesday's show, see our slideshow here. In-the-know scenesters amassed Wednesday night as Texas' indie darling Alan Palomo performed to a half-full Groundhall, although many local vets still refer to the ware ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Valley Sheriffs Want To Search Southbound Cars, Too

    Be careful headin' south​Be careful if you're driving south with your guns and life savings. If some sheriffs have their way, county cops could take it all away.Late last week, sheriffs from Cameron County and El Paso County announced that they would love it if deputies started inspecting every ca ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Brownsville Chess Teams Get Some National Pub

    HBO provides proof positive chess is a sport​It's been more than two years since the Houston Press wrote about the unlikely success of the collegiate and grade school chess programs in Brownsville, but now the big boys at HBO have caught up and will air a segment Tuesday night about the community' ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2010

    Concrete Dreams

    Preemo paints his masterpiece, but who will wake up to listen?

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    May 11, 2010

    Donald Ray Spencer: Tiny Terror Tries To Grab Cop's Gun After Burglary Bust

    Photo courtesy HCSOSmall, but feisty​It's a cliché, but criminals come in all shapes and sizes.On Saturday night, the Houston Police Department picked up 20-year-old Donald Ray Spencer for burglary of a habitation, a felony.Evidently Spencer did not go down without a fight, because he is also cha ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #54 Bun Bo Hue at Kim Chau on Longpoint

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #76 Mac n' Cheese at Two Saints, 12460 Memorial

    ​ Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Beer, Pizza and Monster Truck Racing at Spaghetti Western

    ​We were on North Shepherd last week and stopped into the Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe to start off my day. We began with a house-made bellini -- vodka and peach schnapps is a great way to get things going. We spotted the Italian nachos -- fried wonton chips covered with alfredo sauce, mozza ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Five Spot: Hangin' With the Geto Boys (Almost)

    If we had to rank the three most disappointing things not to happen in our lives, it would be these. We have never: 1. Dunked a basketball on a regulation goal. We play basketball, in some form or fashion, at least five times a week. Frankly, we love it. Yet apparently we did something so horribly a ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    All Grimaldi's Pizzas Are Not Created Equal

    A coal-fired pizza oven operates at extremely high temperatures. It cooks the pizza very quickly and gives it a slightly smoky flavor. If you make a pizza crust of an average thickness, the hot floor of the brick oven will char the bottom of the crust by the time the pizza is completely cooked. Coal ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Pizza Comparison: Part One--Original Brooklyn Grimaldi's

    Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, a New York food writer asked me, "Is the Grimaldi's in Houston as good as the Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, or did they just license the name?" I told her that was the very question we were on our way to answering. It was also a great excuse to go to the original Patsy ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Tonight: Wilderness at the Mink

    "(P)ablum," live in Brooklyn Anyone who thought Wilderness fell into a slump with Vessel States, the year-after follow-up to 2005's arresting self-titled debut, will be glad to hear that the cryptic Baltimore band has altered its approach somewhat on the new (k)no(w)here. Born as a sing ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    Tonight: Android Lust at Meridian

    "Dragonfly" Melyssa Anishnabie Now this, as rapper Yung Berg might say, is some other shit. Meet Android Lust, the performing alias of Bangladesh-born singer/musician Shikhee, who probably never met a pair of thigh-high stilletto boots she couldn't totally own. Now based in New York and fright ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Aftermath: Valient Thorr and Early Man at Rudyard's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Because it's been indelibly stereotyped (with some justification) as the soundtrack to working-class wage slaves dropping the hammer on their Z-28s while burning a massive doob, people tend to forget that technically speaking, metal is one of the most difficult styles to pul ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 1994

    The Lost Houston of Sig Byrd

    Forty years ago, one writer captured our city better than any before or since. Now he's forgotten. And the Houston he saw? All but gone.

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