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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Several key artists in Houston released new videos this week. However, before ... More >>
Saturday is the last day to see "Pieced Together, All Texas Graffiti Show" over at Aerosol Warfare Gallery & Boutique. The first traveling graffiti art exhibit to make its way around the state, "Pieced Together" features works by Austin's Sloke (who curated), San Antonio's Enks, and Houston's ... More >>
Photo by duluoz_catsRegretting having spent almost his entire life in Manhattan with nary a trip to the four outer boroughs, Anthony Bourdain took on the robust culinary scenes of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in this week's episode of No Reservations. It seemed like a familia ... More >>
Ramadan is a time of reflection and prayer for the world's Muslim population. It is meant to teach them patience and self-restraint, and to bring them closer to Allah. We at Hair Balls know little of patience, and have never been good at self-restraint, but we're nothing if not equal-opportunity i ... More >>
Because so little went on by way of restaurant openings or closings and so much went on by way of personnel changes at some of Houston's most high-profile restaurants, we're shifting focus this week. First up is the news that Robert Gadsby, the executive chef and co-owner of upscale Heights ... More >>
Above is some video from B L A C K I E's performance Monday night at New Orleans' Dragon's Den, the first show of his mini-tour. The feedback-loving local rapper visits Baltimore Friday and Brooklyn's Afro!!Punk!!Fest!! Sunday. Rocks Off has heard through the proverbial grapevine that there's a Mic ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by The Pug FatherThe first case of a death from swine flu has been reported -- and it's here in Houston.Of course, it's not exactly a Houstonian who, say, was attending an elementary school in HISD. It was an infant, born in Mexico, who got sick in Brownsville and was transported to Houston an ... More >>
Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTurns out Solange Knowles had a pretty legit reason for being off her game at last Friday's rodeo concert: While she and her band were en route from Austin, their tour bus plowed headlong into a colony of deer. Solange is one of the most prolific Twitt ... More >>
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. C ... More >>
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 Pat ... More >>
The long awaited Grimaldi's coal oven pizza location in Sugarland's First Colony mall has finally opened. Grimaldi's original location in Brooklyn's trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass) neighborhood is legendary for its coal oven crust and fresh mozzarella cheese topping. The Br ... More >>
Houston mash-up master Dave Wrangler recently remixed Animal Collective's "My Girls," from the Brooklyn buzzmongers' brand-new Merriweather Post Pavilion, for German Web site Byte.fm. It's something of a hit - "Since I put it out, I've had numerous inquiries for DJ bookings all over the country ... More >>
Despite the labels and levity, it's a poor-woman's knockoff
Wednesday, July 11, at the Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199.
From Steaming Wolf Penis to Holy Shit!
Parts and Labor appear Saturday, December 2, at The Proletariat, 903 Richmond, 713-523-1199. Skullening and UME also appear.
The subversive mainstream friendliness of Shortbus
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party
Friday, August 12, at Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh Drive, 713-521-0521.
Big Daddy Kane and friends revisit the era of the flattop
The Strokes started it, but now stellastarr* and other artsier bands are washing their own scum off the streets
Hills Snyder makes unsettling statements with the smiley face
Thursday, May 2
Excavations for plantation artifacts - and the real truth - are unraveling the genteel gloss covering Texans' old notions about the slave era here
A slip-and-fall case bites James Coney Island in the butt
Zocalo Theater takes its act on the long and winding road
John Frusciante and Hildegard von Bingen never went to Festus, Missouri
Brooklyn's Barkmarket tries to hack off every oppressively prettified, mass-market notion of music