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  • Film

    March 20, 2014

    Cheap Thrills Exposes Human Awfulness and Not Enough Else

    This spiky spitball soars, only to fall to earth before it ends.

  • Music

    December 26, 2013

    One to Grow On

    The 11 best Houston records of 2013.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The 11 Best Houston Releases of 2013

    Bun B, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue At this point, Bun B's influence stretches far beyond music, but that doesn't mean he can't still churn out a great album. Trill O.G. The Epilogue, the finale in his Trill album series, has everything we've come to both expect and love from a Bun album. It begins wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 2: Hawaii to Maryland

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. A Classic Education, "We Can Always Run to Hawaii" I ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2011

    Half a Paycheck

    Dave Alvin is an inveterate troubadour and staunch advocate for Houston's blues history.

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink: Five Songs For A Hangover​Every now and then after a night out, Lonesome, Onry and Mean's head feels like it's been in a fight with some guy who owns a nail gun. While we may no longer be on a regular first-name basis with morning - nor, by way of waiver, are we particularly prone to over-serving o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    The Best Bar-Fight Song Of All Time: "Colorado Kool-Aid"

    ​"I's sittin' in this beer joint down in Houston, Texas/ Drinkin' Colorado Kool-Aid and talkin' to some Mexicans..." So begins one of the greatest bar fight songs of all time. Along with "Pardon Me (I've Got Someone To Kill)," "Colorado Kool-Aid" is one of the high-water marks of Johnny P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Cover Story: Jason Nodler Discusses Bluefinger, His New Rock Opera About One Debauched Dutchman

    Herman Brood, Black Francis and Jason Nodler coming together​"I am only ever interested in art/work/plays/music about how weird and fucked up it is to be a human animal on the planet earth, aware of and in necessary denial of our mortality, of the fact that each of us will die and go off the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Mucky Duck Hits a Hot Streak In the Cool Weather

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean just noticed that venerable listening room McGonigel's Mucky Duck has a major streak of high-grade talent Nov. 12 through 17. Beginning with the Subdudes on the 12th, the Duck quickly plows through Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard (13th), troubadour-poet Tom Russell (14th), on ... More >>

  • Music

    October 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): It Was A Dark And Stormy Night At BARC...

    Because Hair Balls has been busy shopping for a decent Halloween costume this week, we needed help in writing about this latest batch of lovelies available for adoption at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. So we turned to members of our fantasy cricket league, which happens to include e ... More >>

  • News

    December 25, 2008

    Best Films of 2008

    Looking back at Che, The Dark Knight, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, Wall-E and many others, and looking ahead to 2009

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    Sole of Houston: This One's for Rory Miggins

    Click here for a slideshow. This installment of the Sole of Houston takes us to the Southeast side of town. There were a lot of firsts to this walk. For starters, it was the first that had a theme – since it took us through Rory Miggins’s old stomping grounds, we dedicated the walk to him. The ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Up in Smoke

    City Hall and the Greater Houston Restaurant Association once again threaten the right to light up in bars

  • Film

    March 16, 2006

    Dust to Dust

    Robert Towne's homage to a struggling writer is something of a struggle itself

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Mary Gauthier

    Mercy Now

  • Film

    January 20, 2005

    Suddenly This Summer

    John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson face off in a Southern-gothic indie

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Wigged Gigs

    A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Music Awards Survey

    A rundown of every act on this year's bill

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2004

    Novel Approach

    Michael Patrick Welch is a happy jack-of-all-trades

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Super Mario Brother

    The youngest Escovedo rides his sin-breathing Dragons into town

  • Music

    November 21, 2002

    Gary Jules

    Friday, November 22

  • Music

    July 18, 2002

    The Real Motor City Madman

    Former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is still kicking out the jams

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    James McMurtry

    Saturday, May 4

  • Music

    February 14, 2002

    Book 'Em

    Among musicians, everyone wants to become an author

  • Music

    August 23, 2001


    At Tim Murrah's Metropol, it's about music, not style

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Pool Hall

    Waugh Drive Pool Hall

  • Music

    December 3, 1998
  • News

    July 2, 1998

    Naked Ambition

    Peddling smut is this young man's version of the American Dream

  • Calendar

    January 25, 1996
  • Music

    January 5, 1995

    In the Room

    Bob Gallarza aims to bring Tejano music into the '90s