"The reason I want to be alone, is I'm tired of all the things that went wrong that would've went right if I had did 'em on my own." - Nas That quote is perfect for this story because Victor Gurrola, Jr., aka V-Zilla, was once the best rapper the world had ever seen who wasn't known by his own c ... More >>
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. 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 >>
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 >>
Memorial Day is upon us and - aside from a day off - the pickings are pretty slim for activities. Traditionally a weekend for grilling, pool parties or trips to the beach, the holiday isn't particularly celebrated down South or in Texas for a variety of reasons. But that doesn't mean nothing's goi ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttVoice in the Hotel IconIf you like good food but elaborate wine pairings just give you a headache, then consider this upcoming meal put together by Voice Executive Chef Michael Kramer, in which he pairs good food with craft (no Bud) beer. On May 28 at the Hotel Icon, Kram ... More >>
Chef Michael dei Maggi's food from Max's Wine Dive will be on hand at Great Taste of the Heights The city's gearing up for the 2009 Food and Wine Week in The Woodlands at the end of May, but there's still plenty to do in the meantime. Saint Arnold Twitter Crawl: If you aren't on Twitter, ... 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 >>
Shiksa V. Jew
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 >>
The Elder Street Artist Lofts sold itself as a place for artists to live and work. So where are all the artists?
The Broken String
From Steaming Wolf Penis to Holy Shit!
Some Loud Thunder
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
Fever to Tell (Interscope Records)
Hills Snyder makes unsettling statements with the smiley face
Thursday, May 2
Off the "X", Beaching Out, The Low Down
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