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Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Mike Stinson Crighton Theatre, Conroe June 15, 2013 Making the relatively short trip to the Crighton Theatre can't help but feel a bit like stepping back a few decades, but with a contemporary twist. The Montgomery County fathers (and mothers) have invested no small am ... More >>
House party or house show... which are you at? There's a difference, just as there's a difference between the Grand Canyon and a chuckhole. One inspires awe, creativity and a sense of oneness with humankind. The other is just a chuckhole. If Kid N' Play is around, you're at the former and also, q ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Shane Tuttle discovered a talent for g ... More >>
Robin Kirby Last Concert Cafe, June 18 Singer-songwriter Robin Kirby entered the Houston music scene in 2008 after leaving her band Robin & the Hurricanes behind in Dallas. Since then she's been constantly on the go, offering a stripped-down and honest style that sounds absolutely timeless. Kirby' ... More >>
Few things are more difficult for a sports fan than rooting for a rival. Even when that rival's victory could help your team, it feels uncomfortable wishing they would win. For Rockets fans, that means teams like the Jazz, the Lakers, the Mavericks and the Spurs are absolutely off limits when it com ... More >>
Click to view the full, final menu from Feast. Feast's friends and fans packed the little house at 219 Westheimer for a final taste of hearty delights such as fish and scallop pie and coq au vin. The sold-out final night was a fitting end for a place that convinced Houstonians that offal was not aw ... More >>
Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.
When the United Nations issued a report advocating the consumption of insects as part of a healthful and eco-friendly diet, I didn't squirm as much as some people. In third grade, some kid brought in chocolate-covered ants for show-and-tell and the braver (all right, greedier) students (myself incl ... More >>
Who? Sama'an Ashrawi is a filmmaker, a documentarian of almost everything UGK and easily one of the few men Bun B trusts more than anything other than his shoe collection and family. Actually, Ashrawi is like family after the two befriended one another. Last fall, Ashrawi released his All Star Tribu ... More >>
Over the weekend, the AP ran a story centered just outside the Loop, in a north Houston neighborhood called Oak Forest. Nestled against TC Jester Park and I-45, Oak Forest is one of Houston's older enclaves. And until recently, it had been one of the more placid. However, a string of recent crimes ... More >>
According to a statement from the band, acoustic-rock superstars Mumford & Sons have been forced to postopone this week's scheduled shows in Dallas, Houston and New Orleans because bassist Ted Dwane needs brain surgery. "Our friend and bandmate Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yester ... More >>
"Mild" is a relative word when it comes to summers in Houston. What most people think when they say the word is "moderately pleasant." When we say it, we really mean "you probably won't die if you go outside for more than 20 minutes." So, in that case, we will have a "mild" couple days in Houston af ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? I've got to admit, the only reason I, ... More >>
When it finally decides to heat up around here, it doesn't mess around. Temperatures this week have been inching into the lower 90s and will continue on that pace right up until the weekend. Shockingly, we had a late-season cool front push through the area on Sunday. It brought with it a nice dose o ... More >>
At this point, it's fair to say that The Burger Guys is an established part of Houston's healthy handful of bright-burning burger stars, though their original outpost clings to the far west side of that constellation. Open since last fall, the downtown location, the subject of this week's Café Revi ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? DJ Klinch of "The Almighty Kracker Nut ... More >>
On Monday, Houston's affable, not-really-overweight rap superfriend Fat Tony gave his Smart Ass Black Boy album (out next Tuesday, June 11) to National Public Radio and thus the rest of the world's open consumption and pre-purchase perusal. (Stream it here.) The last part of that statement is what ... More >>
Alabama Shakes I went into this expecting to enjoy the set by Alabama Shakes, but I didn't realize how it was going to set the tone for the rest of my day. I arrived under the overbearing sun, and struggled to catch glimpses of Japandroids. Festival frustrations threatened to make a bad scene. But ... More >>
I think it is fair to say Houstonians are a friendly lot. We say "hi" to people on the street whether we know them or not. We take in hurricane victims and wave at our neighbors. Syndicated sports talk show host Travis Rogers once explained to me how confused he was when a total stranger started up ... More >>
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 >>
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Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin explores poverty with images of heat and earth.
We're still trying to figure out the details, but if one of Houston's more notable (former) writers is to be believed, the Houston Chronicle is shuffling back from its unencumbered foray into the digital age. Richard Justice, who worked for 11 years as the Chronicle's pre-eminent sports columnist be ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. One of the city's hardest-working musicians ... More >>
It's no secret that Houston has an amazing music scene, but seeing local acts get love on a larger scale only reassures what Rocks Off has been saying for years. Last week, The Tontons' first Daytrotter session was released to the masses, and featured four songs, including "Bones 1" and "Bones 2" fr ... More >>
Examiner: Looking for a dessert just for yourself? No, it's not a cupcake. The Examiner serves up a recipe for a single-serving cake on the go. If it comes out anything like what's in the picture, you're in for a sinful yet delicious treat. Gastronaut: Tucked inside a neighborhood grocery store, Fo ... More >>
Reading all the recent praise that has been heaped on Houston for our economy, gay mayor, food and whatever else people can dream up has made me a little nervous. From Hellhole to City of the Future in just a few years? How can that be? Well, according to The Atlantic, it's because we are an unstop ... More >>
If you are familiar with downtown Houston and have ever driven behind someone who isn't, you know what pissed off feels like. Making matters more complicated is a mess of parking design. Because Houston's downtown was neglected for so long, little attention or care was paid to how parking was laid o ... More >>
For the past couple of weeks, the suddenly punk Kanye West has been promoting his forthcoming album "Yeezus" by projecting the video for the single "New Slaves" on 66 buildings across the globe, from Chicago to Berlin. On Friday, the word came down that Houston was next on the list: "New Slaves" wou ... More >>
When one oven door closes, another opens (or something like that): Sugarbaby's Cupcake Boutique ceased operations this past Saturday, May 18. The bakery inside the bright pink-and-green building on Shepherd thanked its fans on Twitter for all their years of support: "Sold out for our last day. It wa ... More >>
If Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, our weather is certainly going to cooperate. After a few unseasonably cool weeks and a couple good rainstorms to help ease concerns over drought, it appears as though we have finally broken through into typical Houston summer weather. ... More >>
Pop star Taylor Swift brought her sticky-n-sweet stage show to Toyota Center May 16.
PetSmart Charities has named Houston one of the top ten pet adoption-friendly cities in the country. Houston nabbed the honor after rescue groups here, in conjunction with PetSmart stores, helped find homes for 111 critters over National Adoption Weekend (May 3-5).
At 72, Delbert McClinton has been about everywhere and done about everything you can do: hung out with the Beatles; worked as a sideman for Bruce Channel where he played harmonica on a national hit, "Hey, Baby;" wrote a No. 1 hit for Emmylou Harris, "Two More Bottles of Wine"; dropped four albums th ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Giant Battle Monster, we're fairly cer ... More >>
I don't know about most people, but my favorite thing about seeing a band live is the energy. I just can't get enough of the frenetic intensity that pervades shows and runs back and forth between the manic audience and the performer, even if the actual playing is off because of it. When a performer ... More >>
As noted here yesterday, the NFL awarded Super Bowl LI to Houston. The game will be played at Reliant Stadium in February 2017. There are plenty of you out there who couldn't care less about football and sports in general. Frankly, the Super Bowl is often anticlimactic as a sporting event, but it is ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? "Y'all ready?" asks Casey Royer, lead ... More >>
From the mailbag, a reader request for ramps: Ramps, which are basically wild leeks, are widely available in other parts of the country in the spring. Where can Houstonians find lovely spring vegetables like ramps, fiddleheads, etc? Tried Trader Joe's, no luck. Houston needs our ramps! Sorry to ... More >>
It's tough not to think about weather after the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma the last two days. The probably F-5 tornado that struck Moore just south of Oklahoma City could be one of the largest on record, an incredible two miles wide at its peak. Tornadoes are certainly nature's most ins ... More >>
Being a mail carrier for the postal service must be a bitch, particularly in older neighborhoods where they have to walk up to houses instead of just driving by a mailbox. There's the heat and carrying a big pack full of mail. But, perhaps the worst part is the fear of being attacked by a dog. Any a ... More >>
Houston will host its third Super Bowl in February 2017. NFL owners voted to award the event to Houston over Miami, who lost the bid when stadium plans fell through. The last Super Bowl in Houston was XXXVIII in 2004. The first, Super Bowl VII, was held at Rice Stadium in 1974. The San Francisco ba ... More >>
Fried eggs and truffle oil as toppings may be old hat to foodies these days. We're easily distracted creatures who paw like needle-clawed kittens at every new bauble that comes along. But back in the rollicking days of the mid-2000s, the novelty had not yet worn thin and restaurants like Max's Wine ... More >>
You thought the only action you were going to see at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was from that one airport security guard who always gets a little handsy in the pat-downs, but you've got another think coming. Turns out, if you're looking to get a little lovin', IAH is the place to go, speci ... More >>
In recent years, NASA has been hit pretty hard, and another hit may be coming. We're a long ways off from the days when JFK told the nation that the United States would put a man on the moon, and in recent years, what with the Great Recession, space exploration seems to have taken a backseat. Hell, ... More >>
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It is completely official. The Centers for Disease Control announced this week that 2012 was a terrible year for West Nile Virus -- actually the worst ever -- and warns that it may happen again. Clearly Houston is a prime stomping ground for the disease. We have swampland, mosquitoes and livestock ... More >>
One-fourth of the Bombón crew, DJ Panchitron continues to evolve as one of the best DJ/Producer combos in Houston. His ear for combining cumbia, tropical and tribal with rap creates some of the most adventurous, hard-hitting, and downright funnest music in the city. Who? Panchitron is a native o ... More >>
Since Twitter feeds were able to be aggregated on Google Maps, there have been Web sites that published all sorts of geographic representations of the things we say. But one of the more recent goes to greater length to determine just how racist and homophobic parts of the country are. Not surprising ... More >>