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    November 21, 2014

    What Is to Be Done About Children of Pop?

    Children of Pop has been lighting up the Houston music scene over the past year, hustling the way that dedicated musicians should. Following an album release, Chase DeMaster's musical alter ego has played countless headlining and supporting slots, sometimes even DJing or hosting a troupe of local ac ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    New Double Album? The SPC's Point Blank Has His Reasons

    South Park Coalition rapper Point Blank has done a lot in the past 25 years. He helped found Houston's first and most important hip-hop clique. He recorded landmark tracks with DJ Screw. He's shared a label with UGK, and he's toured overseas. And most impressively of all, he never stopped, never qui ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Joe Cervantez of Killen's Steakhouse

    Ronnie Killen has made a big name for himself, not just in Pearland, where his eponymous Killen's Steakhouse is located, but across the Houston area and the United States. He has been a guest chef at the Beard House and, just within this past week, Killen's Steakhouse was on Open Table's Diners' Cho ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Just Who Is Jefe Wine, aka Iggy Azalea's Nemesis?

    Throughout this fall, the weirdest Iggy Azalea headlines haven't come from her music, which is objectively mediocre; or her label boss T.I. defending her because she's from Australia yet raps like she's from Memphis. Instead, they've all been from allegations and maneuvers pulled by Maurice Williams ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    Review: Pax Americana Focuses on Food From This Country in a Quietly Spectacular Way

    It's a nearly religious experience when Pax Americana's chef, Adam Dorris, takes one simple ingredient and builds a dish around it that highlights its inherent goodness. Take, for example, the beautiful deep red confit carrots, lightly sweetened with sorghum, that recline in the most lovely way atop ... More >>

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    November 18, 2014

    City Gets $300,000 For Illegally-Removed Oak Trees on Kirby

    Remember those massive oak trees that were illegally removed in front of the Wendy's off Kirby a few weeks ago? You know, the ones that triggered a massive uproar after they were chopped down in the middle of the night illegally. Well, the City of Houston is about to get those dolla, dolla bills, y ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    Houston's LGBT Equality Score is Mediocre, While Dallas is Awesome, According to HRC Report

    So, it seems that the city of Houston rates right around "pretty darn mediocre" when it comes to supporting LGBT folks, according to a new report by the The Human Rights Campaign. HRC, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Filling the Gaps: Cafe Pita

    I've lived in Houston for 22 years. It took me 16 of those to visit the Rothko Chapel for the first time. I didn't eat at Ninfa's on Navigation until I'd counted myself a Houstonian for nearly a decade. I still haven't eaten at Frenchy's. The list of glaring omissions goes on and on. Before you boot ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    Uber Can Now Legally Drive You to the Airport in Houston for a Couple Extra Bucks

    New rules that will allow ride-share drivers to pick up and drop off passengers at Houston airports were rather quietly approved by City Council Wednesday. Under the new rules, which saw no discussion from council members yesterday, ride-share drivers can pick you up and drop you off at Houston's a ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    The Music Films of Houston Cinema Arts Fest 2014

    Music-related films only make up about ten percent of the program of this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival, or five out of almost 50 films in all. But those five -- about far-flung subjects ranging from Indonesian street musicians, graffiti-strewn subway trains (set to a killer soundtrack), a Hou ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Here's to You, Little Joe Washington

    Even if it wasn't a surprise, Little Joe Washington's death Wednesday afternoon is a shock. The Houston music community has lost one of its icons, a dynamic performer whose talents far transcended the style of music he happened to play, and whose energy made him a favorite of people generations youn ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Weather Week: The State of Texas is Pretty Blue, Thanks to the Weather Map

    If you spent any time last week whining about the unseasonably hot November temperatures, well, we're blaming you for this impending arctic blast that's about to ruin Houston's sandal weather. So should you be one of the offending parties, just fess up now, and please start sending sweaters and/or ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014
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    November 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Modest Mouse, Olivia Newton-John, etc.

    Modest Mouse Bayou Music Center, November 7 Nearly capsizing after 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank baffled most of the latecomer fans who arrived with 2004's unlikely Top 40 single "Float On," idiosyncratic Washington State indie-rockers Modest Mouse have stayed on the road and out of ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    10 Possible Houston Rap Tourism Destinations

    Despite the flood of people arriving here for the first time every day, Houston has never been a tourist town. Ask anybody: the skiing sucks, the mosquitos are packing heat and the traffic is stressful enough to put one off the very concept of travel for life. As an added bonus, the weather is too u ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    Listen to NASA: 4 Best Houston-centric NASA Audio Moments

    If you're looking for a quick audio overview of NASA's history, the space agency just released about 60 short clips that give us enough historic soundbites and out-of-this-world sounds -- "Earth's Song" is particularly beautiful -- to cover more than 50 years of history on Souncloud. However, whil ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    For Sale: One Model of Lola's Ladies' Room

    There are some diorama-worthy candidates among the modern architectural masterpieces which have been erected in Houston. The Astrodome. Johnson Space Center. The Beer Can House. All are perennial subjects and all are, at least for the short term, behind the current, most bitchin' leader of the pack ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    10 Reasons to Look Forward to Fun Fun Fun Fest Every Year

    The Weather Sure it makes me sound like a curmudgeon, but I hate summer festivals. Oh sure, the music is great, but the heat, good lord the heat. It's just exhausting. Even ACL runs the risk of getting mighty uncomfortable if October decides not to play nice. By the time November rolls around, thou ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Houston's Historic Starday Records: The Earliest Singles

    In 1952, Houston jukebox operator and record distributor Harold "Pappy" Daily and Jack Starnes, Lefty Frizzell's manager, formed their own record label. A combination of both men's names, the tiny Starday actually began recording operations in Starnes' house in Beaumont and released its first 45, M ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    The 10 Best Acts of Voodoo Music Experience 2014

    The 16th annual Voodoo Music Arts Experience has come and gone, leaving the rich taste of Hurricanes and filé gumbo in our mouth and the sweet sounds of Foo Fighters, OutKast, Arctic Monkeys and the rest of the festival's stacked lineup. Taking over New Orleans' City Park every Halloween weekend ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    It's OK Taylor Swift Is Skipping Houston

    Never mind a pop star, there is probably not a single more overexposed human being on the planet right now than Taylor Swift. So why do so many people have a problem with her skipping Houston -- at least at first -- on next year's "1989" tour? Easy. Swift is one of the most approachable celebrities ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    Upcoming: Alice Cooper, Big K.R.I.T., Caribou, Eyehategod, Merle Haggard, Volbeat, etc.

    Alan Haynes: Sat., November 29, 8 p.m., $5. The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, 5731 Kirby, Houston, 713-523-9999. Alice Cooper: Sat., February 14, 7 p.m., $27 to $45. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston, 713-225-8551. Allah-Las: With Tashaki Miyaki., Sun., November 16, 8 p.m., $10 to $14. F ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    Gogol Bordello at Warehouse Live, 10/31/2014

    Gogol Bordello Warehouse Live October 31, 2014 Gogol Bordello's Houston fans came to Warehouse Live for a Halloween show. The band made sure it turned into a Dia de Los Muertos celebration by playing a set that flipped the calendar and was anything but dead. According to front man Eugene Hutz, it' ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    12 Things You Have to Explain to People Who Aren't from Houston

    All cities are saddled with misconceptions fostered by ignorance and popular culture, but we wonder if any city is more misunderstood than Houston. Even with all the positive publicity we've gotten over the last few years, it seems like dispelling myths about our city is an uphill battle that even a ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Real Estate Realities Vs. El Tiempo 1308 Cantina

    When other parts of the country have suffered economic downturns in recent years, Houston's economy has fortunately remained stable. One ironic and sad side effect of that durability is the climbing real estate prices. There are more profitable things that landowners can do than lease restaurants. ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Lyft Threatens to Leave Houston, Because $62 is Just Way Too Steep To Make Sure Its Drivers Aren't Criminals

    Citing "expensive" new city-wide regulations that mandate drug testing, fingerprinting, and background checks for drivers, Lyft, one of the two app-based companies operating in Houston, says they would rather close up shop than comply. The city's new requirements, set to take effect November 4, wil ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Halloween Bashes & Post-Halloween Hangovers

    8th Annual Montrose Crawl @ Multiple Locations Friday, 7 p.m. Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose Get your costume ready and head over to Westeimer for Houston's most epic Halloween Bar Crawl, where you'll hit more than 11 restaurants and bars (and two food trucks) between Dunlavy and Montrose ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    [Video] The Ghost Bikes of Houston

    With Critical Mass launching off tonight at Market Square Park downtown, tensions are bound to be high between motorists and cyclists as bike enthusiasts swarm the streets. The controversial event, whose participants have been nicknamed "Critical Massholes," has a reputation for holding up after-wor ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    The 11 Best Draped-Up Dirty South Songs Ever

    Draped up and dripped out, know what I'm talkin' 'bout? Much like Bun B, who wrote those lyrics, you do know what I'm talkin' 'bout. And you also know that all things draped up and dripped out are badass, especially when they are songs from the dirty south. Whether it's swangin' and bangin' or s ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    [Video] EDM Fans Turn Out For Something Wicked 2014

    It's been interesting to watch Something Wicked grow over the past three years. Walking into the festival on Saturday, it was easy to forget that in the grand scheme of things it's still a very young fest. Quite frankly, between the lineup and the stage designs, the people behind the festival have d ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Filling the Gaps: Eatsie Boys Cafe

    I've lived in Houston for 22 years. It took me 16 of those to visit the Rothko Chapel for the first time. I didn't eat at Ninfa's on Navigation until I'd counted myself a Houstonian for nearly a decade. I still haven't eaten at Frenchy's. The list of glaring omissions goes on and on. Before you boot ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Imposter Lemons and Patio Cocktails

    In the fall, limes that aren't yet harvested can begin to turn yellow and, unless you know better, can look just like lemons. This case of "bait and switch" initially fooled the blogger at Tag Sale Tastes, who subsequently comes up with a riff on an old adage. If life gives you limes, make Pistachio ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Upcoming Events: A Quite Unusual Oktoberfest

    Only in Houston would it make sense to celebrate Oktoberfest at a Korean soju bar. Dosi Restaurant and Soju Bar is offering two flights of any four Karbach beers (each pour is 5 ounces) with their signature bo ssam -- a two pound roasted pork shank with shattering crisp skin served with things like ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    The 25 Best Songs About Houston

    Bobby Bare, "I Can Almost See Houston From Here" One of the great homesick songs, Bobby Bare infuses this one with downtrodden ennui as he pines for the warmness of his old hometown. Usually veteran Houstonians are forced to deal with some newbie from Portland telling us all the things that are wron ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Study Focuses on Youth Pot Use, Should Focus on Pill Popping Instead

    The Prevention Resource Center at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston has released its annual Regional Needs Assessment, which gathers a ton of data and compiles it to identify everything you need to know about substance abuse. The study shines a light on what's going on in our area (Region 6 ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Five Songs About Real Freaks For AHS: Freak Show

    So, now that the fourth season of American Horror Story is apparently going to be a musical, it got me thinking about songs that have been dedicated to human oddities over the years. There have been a fair few of them, actually, and today we sing their praises for the part they've played in history.

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    October 22, 2014

    All of Houston's Nationally-Ranked "Top Zip Codes" Are Kinda White

    Another day, another Houston-centric list. Our fair city has earned its way onto quite a few lists as of late, thanks to all of the attention being paid to our growth and steady job market. The latest Houston nod comes courtesy of a California real estate blog, Movato, and a list of the "Best Zip C ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    The New I-10 Access Ramp From 290 Is a Thing of Beauty and Wonder

    Having lived the last three years in Jersey Village I have been mostly at the mercy of 290 when it comes to getting into town. It's either that or coming around on the tollway and booking it inbound on I-10. Both are often equally annoying, although the Beltway less so since they started the constru ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Houston Music Invades San Fran's Hotel Utah

    My family and I recently vacationed on the West Coast. However you do your vacation, I hope you're doing it well. As for us, we got zombified for Hope For Young Adults With Cancer. We drove along the edges of a massive California forest fire and shot a music video at the Salton Sea, among other, les ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    The 5 Least Charitable Zip Codes in Houston

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published a report on charitable giving throughout the U.S. culled from Census information. The report noted that charitable giving among wealthier Americans is down and that the most poor citizens give a larger percentage of their income to charity than the ri ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Houston, We Have Other Problems

    We all know the story by now: the City of Houston passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which would crack down on LGBT discrimination across the city, and then a group of Christians then sued the city. Last week, news broke that the city then subpoenaed pastors that, while vehemently cri ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Vote Now For Houston's Best Music Photographer

    February 24, 2014. A Monday. Go Texan Day, Houston's unofficial start of rodeo season, was still four days away. Stories in that week's Time magazine included "Mexico's New Mission," "Biden Unplugged," and a look at brand-new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Songs popular at the time were Katy Perry' ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    First Look at Springbok, A South African Gastropub in Downtown Houston

    Located on Main Street, just around the corner from The Flying Saucer in the heart of downtown, is the cool new South African bar and gastropub, Springbok. Named after a type of African antelope and the South African rugby team of the same name, it's fitting that the decor includes wall mounted anim ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Houston's Best Music Photographers: Marco Torres

    Back in June Rocks Off brought you Houston's ten best music photographers, as selected by a small panel of insiders and professionals. Now we'd like you readers to choose the best. Before voting opens, though, here's a little more about our finalists, in alphabetical order -- and a lot more of their ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Matteo Lunelli, "King of Italian Bubbly," Visits Houston

    Every week, it seems that another fine wine luminary sets her or his sights on the Houston market. Yesterday, ex-Goldman Sachs banker and one of the most powerful players in the Italian wine trade today, Matteo Lunelli (above), descended on Houston for a luncheon and tasting with Houston wine buyer ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    We've Narrowed Down the Most Underrated Kolaches...Vote Now!

    OK, Houston. Let's get one thing straight. Christy's Donuts, The Original Kolache Shoppe and Shipley's Do-Nuts (specifically the one on North Main) are NOT underrated places for kolaches. But, most of the other places y'all mentioned certainly are! We assumed most of the places would be doughnut sho ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Cactus Crew Celebrates 39th Trip Around the Sun

    If the leaves on the trees are not turning brown and temperatures are still regularly topping out above 90, then it must be getting pretty close to Halloween. We think. But one way you can be sure we're getting close to both All Hallows Eve and its Latino companion, Dia de Los Muertos, is that anoth ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Celebrate International Curry Week at The Springbok

    The Springbok will celebrate International Curry Week from October 13 until October 17; this event is typically celebrated around the world with special events from participating restaurants. Pete Walker, owner of The Springbok, wants to make International Curry Week an annual event in Houston next ... More >>

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