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    April 14, 2014

    Fluffy Biscuits, Breakfast Biscuits and People Biscuits

    Despite the intended confusion, Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits are delicious.

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    January 15, 2014

    New Politics at Warehouse Live, 1/14/2014

    New Politics Warehouse Live January 14, 2014 Formed in 2009, New Politics are hardly a new band. And as far as I can tell, they aren't much of a politically-driven group either. At least, definitely not in any brash way. Instead, their unconventional, upbeat indie-rock has been developing its popu ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Sweet, Savory Crepes & Pinterest Fails

    The Pancake Princess: This week, Erika made one of her most loved breakfast dishes, pannenkoeken, aka Dutch pancakes, or crepes. She reminisces about how each person in her family would top these light delicate pancakes her father used to make when he was a kid. Her brother topped his with Nutella a ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    July 31, 2013

    Pinkunoizu's "I Chi" Is a Strange Wonder

    Pinkunoizu is a quartet of odd indie psychedelic homo sapiens from Denmark currently on their sophomore album, appropriately titled second amendment. The music video for its lead single, "I Chi," is something right out of the mind of a madman, which means it is something special indeed. Have you ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Iceage, Fleetwood Mac, Chubby Carrier, etc.

    Iceage Mango's, June 3 Not even out of their teens, Denmark's Iceage caused quite a stir within the indie-punk world a couple of years ago with New Brigade, an album that was almost pure id. With one nihilistic fuzz-bomb after another, it caused some critics to suggest a latter-day Joy Division wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Your Guide to Video Game Cocktails

    I tend toward role-playing games, and as a result I often end up in long, Zen-like bouts of level grinding that involve hours of defeating monsters over and over again in order to overpower my team to the point they steamroll over the bosses. It's honestly the happiest I am as a gamer, and it lends ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Slapping Bey's Ass May Have Been a Poor Life Choice, Dude

    I'm just going to go with the obvious here and say that when you're at a concert, there's a golden rule that one should follow, both with your fellow concertgoers and with the performers. It's a rule that has been reiterated since the dawn of man: keep your hands to yourselves. Sticky paws are not w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    5 Essential Foods for a Lucky, Healthy, Prosperous New Year, with Recipes

    All throughout the world, different cultures have their own way of celebrating and ushering in the New Year. (And, of course, not everyone celebrates the New Year on January 1.) And while most Texans are familiar with the idea of having a pot of black-eyed peas or Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, the ... 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 >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    June 11, 2012

    Euro 2012: How to Fake a Conversation on Europe's Huge Soccer Tournament

    Wait a minute, your American red blood-soaked brain might be thinking, wasn't there just an international soccer tournament? World...something? And didn't we win that already? Are we going to kick ass in this one, AGAIN? In short:a) two years ago, b) Cup, c) no and d) no, because this tournament is ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2012
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    February 1, 2012

    The Tyranny of Choice: Top 5 Single-Dish Restaurants I Want to See in 2012

    I was happy to read Katharine's Shilcutt's piece on the single-dish restaurant trend for several reasons. First, I generally love the idea of specialty shops and sometimes long for the days when grocery shopping meant going to the butcher, then the cheese-monger, then the bakery, etc., etc., rather ... More >>

  • Articles

    December 22, 2011
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    December 22, 2011

    The Film Issue

    Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.

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    October 5, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Soren Pedersen of Sorrel Urban Bistro, On Culinary School in Denmark

    In late July, Sorrel Urban Bistro opened in the old Ziggy's Healthy Grille space at Greenbriar and West Alabama. In the open kitchen, Chef Soren Pedersen can be seen every day, turning out some of the most beautifully plated food in the city. We were curious about this newcomer to the Houston resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2011

    Mink Changes Owners, Management Nearly Overnight

    Allison WagonerHouston's The Energy at The Mink, July 2011​White Mystery wasn't just the name of the band playing The Mink on Saturday night. There was a palpable feeling of tension and "weirdness," as one person put it, at the Midtown venue as word continued to spread across the Houston indie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttYou can even pose outside a mockup of Air Force One with a Secret Service dummy at the TAFR cookoff.​Last year, the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Wild Game Cookoff at Sam Houston Race Park was by far the best barbecue cookoff I attended all year. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    10 Trivia Pursuit Questions Whose Answers Have Changed Since 1982: Can You Get Them?

    Your old answers are WRONG, grandpa​You may be playing board games as a way to ease through the holidays with family and friends. Back in 1982, everyone was playing Trivia Pursuit. Everyone. Some of the answers back then, of course, are no longer valid. And there are people who track this. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    First Look at Piola

    Photos courtesy of Piola because I also managed to forget my camera last night on top of everything else.​Between a dead car battery and an inhaler emergency (thanks for nothing, Walgreen's) last night, I didn't make it to Piola (3201 Louisiana, 713-524-8222) either on time or in my typical ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Royal Wedding: The Five Hottest Royal Brides In History

    Hair Balls was positively ecstatic to learn that Prince William is getting hitched to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. Although the wedding isn't planned until 2011, we're already worrying over what to wear, and what to get the happy couple (we're pretty sure they'll register at Target). But in t ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010
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    June 24, 2010

    Artist Talk and Slideshow with Ron Regé, Jr.

    Comic book artist waxes philosophical on a big screen

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    June 11, 2010

    World Cup 2010: These Teams Will Make It Out Of The Group Stage. Guaranteed

    Now THAT was a USA World Cup squad​The 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Cocio Mudslides

    ​We all love free samples, right? True, sometimes they make you want to throw that flimsy little toothpick right back at the poor old lady who made you put a gummy piece of "beef" stroganoff in your mouth. But other times, things turn out rather well, and you end up discovering something new a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    ACL Fest Preview: Five Outdoor Music Festivals That Could Have Gone a Lot Better

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Festival kicks off Friday, and many of you are no doubt devising parking strategies and grappling with various permutations of 'How will I make it from the [a] set at [b] stage in time to catch [x]'s set at the [y] stage?' It's a serious dilemma, as ACL always puts toget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Cafe Zol Gets a Makeover

    Photo by J.C. Reid​When Cafe Zol opened in early 2008 in the old Crostini location on Shepherd near Westheimer, the menu was billed as "Scandinavian tapas." Houston food cognoscenti responded with head scratching and mixed reviews, wondering if there really needed to be a challenger to the loc ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Tonight: Volbeat at Warehouse Live

    Photo by Andreas BondingEvery time us Yanks think we've got the market cornered on strangeness, along come those darn Europeans to show us how much we still have to learn. It's most entertaining when they do it by re-interpreting classic American concepts such as gangsters, country music and punk ro ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Slim Thug, Bun B, H.I.S.D., The Kanye, C-Murder, Jim Jones, Hot Boyz, Jaime Foxx/Miley Cyrus, Trae and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "I'm Back," Slim Thug feat. Devin The Dude Wire To Wire Bun B spoke with The Source TV recently. And ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    I Hate Hamlet

    Web exclusive!

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    January 20, 2009

    MySpaced Out: Finland Twangs!

    Frida Hyvönen We all know Helsinki rocks; that's a given. But to pigeonhole the Finnish music scene as nothing but one huge population of Laika and the Cosmonauts headbangers would be a mistake. While Finland certainly stands shoulder to shoulder with Sweden and Denmark when it comes to steroidal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Post-Denmark, Pro-Texans, Really Jetlagged Edition

    You're not going to believe this, but last week, I wrote a post in which I predicted the Texans would defeat the Browns. But I headed back out for Europe, and things got lost in the shuffle, so that post never ran. But trust me, I actually did write that the Texans were going to defeat the Cle ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
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    May 15, 2008

    Holy Dirt

    Talento Bilingüe de Houston plays host to a one-man show about life in small-town America

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    March 13, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    MySpaced Out

    Our social-network scout sizes up some all-female Scandinavian bands

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    July 19, 2007

    The Spy in the Mes

    Polka just got a whole lot cooler

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    January 18, 2007

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    April 13, 2006
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    August 4, 2005

    Guilty Gertrude

    At the Shakespeare Festival, Hamlet gets weird

  • Film

    December 2, 2004

    Boy Meets Whirl

    A lost lad longs for life

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    October 23, 2003

    Junior Senior

    Friday, October 24

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    October 9, 2003

    Catching Elevators

    Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh stepped on a St. Joseph Hospital elevator and died. His death was gruesome and horrifying. But it wasn't unique.

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    December 12, 2002

    The Most Extreme Sport of All

    Bike messengers converge in Houston for some extreme competition

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    Romancing the Bones

    Danish psychobilly band Nekromantix lampoons America with twangy satire

  • Film

    November 12, 1998

    Great Dane Dogma

    Denmark collective debuts with the bitter comedy Celebration

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