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    August 15, 2014

    Texas Has Fastest Average Driving Speed in the Country

    Setting aside for the moment that referred to Texas as the "Longhorn State" (some Texans might fight you over that one), they do paint a picture of the LONE STAR state as a place for wanton speeders in a report about speeding in America. In their report, Texas ranks higher than any other st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Adison Lee of KUU

    KUU, a fine Japanese restaurant that opened six months ago, is tucked in the back of Memorial City's new "lifestyle center" near Vallone's. I wish it faced the feeder road of I-10, because KUU is putting out cuisine that deserves to be front-and-center. Although Chef Adison Lee resists comparison ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 16, 2014
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    October 14, 2013

    A First Look at Fielding's Wood Grill in The Woodlands

    The area where The Woodlands and Shenandoah meet on Research Forest Dr. has transformed from small strip centers and rows and rows of trees to a completely new area for residents and those passing through on I-45 to stop and grab a bite to eat. While many of the restaurants in this area are chains, ... 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 >>

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    March 29, 2013

    The Horrifying, Mystifying, Wonder-Filled World Of Houston T-Shirts On eBay

    There are few things more disposable these days than a t-shirt. The problem is, you just can't bring yourself to throw one out. It's still a shirt, right? Someone could fit into it somewhere, you know? So instead of getting tossed, they go to Goodwill or get used as a dustrag or to wash the car. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Saint Arnold Icon Blue Has Arrived

    The second beer in the new seasonal Icon series from Saint Arnold Brewery hits shelves this week in the form of Icon Blue. The beer, a Cascadian Dark Ale (or Black IPA), will be available in 12-ounce four-packs throughout the spring. While not all accounts have received their initial shipments, I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Florida Atlantic University Sells Stadium Naming Rights to Horrible Private Prison Company GEO Group

    Before rapist and kidnapper John Enard clipped off his monitoring bracelet and strolled out of his Houston halfway house, he had it made it clear to state authorities: he would offend again before ever being sent back to prison. One of the best ways to allow Enard to run off and rape again was to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    What's In a Name? A Look at "American Harvest" and the Nasty Business of Nationalism

    I get a lot of bizarre press releases. Men's speedos packaged with cans of tuna. A recipe for an Empty Nester cocktail that blends red wine with tequila. A flyer touting a penis-shaped muffin restaurant. The press release I received yesterday doesn't fall within that bizarre realm. It's a perfectly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Someone Help This Nun Get Into The Super Bowl -- She'll Make It Worth Your While

    Sister Mary Tarcisius from Lafayette has a problem. The spunky nun from just down I-10 needs a ticket to the Super Bowl. She went in 2009, but would like to go again this year. I encountered Sister Mary at the NFL Fan Experience on Thursday evening, chatting with a group of friends who took her to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    5 Bands That Thankfully Still Aren't Getting Back Together

    With all the bands reuniting these days, it's hard to say anything is forever in the world of music. Bands are even getting smart and putting themselves on "indefinite hiatus" rather than actually "breaking up." See, they're just going away for a while. A "break up" would be too much of a commitment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Omar Ibrahim: Pay No Attention to Adrian Castro-Villasenor's Corpse Wrapped in These Rugs, Just Help Me Move the Rugs

    Omar Ibrahim just needed a little help, you know what I mean? Can't a guy get a hand with a honey-do, for crying out loud? For some reason, no one seemed eager to pitch in with his request to move some bedding wrapped in some rugs. Maybe it was the freaking corpse that cops say was stuck in the mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Saturday Night: Digital Mystikz at Gritsy's 6th Anniversary

    Gritsy's 6th Anniversary Party feat. Digital Mystikz Warehouse Live July 14, 2012 Back in April, the Press ran a cover story about the rise of dubstep stateside, placing it next to the story of Gritsy, a local DIY promotions company that founded, and remains to run, one of the original dubstep part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo As Celebrated in Five of America's Whitest Cities

    Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, meaning restaurants and bars are all going Mexican-themed with their specials and events. The day has grown to be a big deal in the U.S., if not Mexico, where it's not Mexican Independence Day or anything. Everyone's hopping on the Cinco de Mayo bandwagon, including some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Wild Moccasins: Zahira Gutierrez's Top 10 New Wave Songs

    Have you seen the Wild Moccasins? Rocks Off is starting to get a little worried. Just kidding. Houston's favorite indie-pop quintet has been strangely scarce recently, working their day jobs and getting ready to head out for a month of dates with Michigan don't-call-them-emo crew Saturday Looks Goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Keith Judd: Totally Qualified Texas Prisoner on Presidential Ballot (Democrat, of Course)

    Just when we threw up our hands in despair over the dearth of worthwhile presidential candidates, a federal prisoner in Texas has made it onto the ballot in West Virginia. Keith Russell Judd, who's serving 210 months in a decidedly un-oval office in Texarkana for making threats while on the Univer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Songs For A Future Generation: Top 10 B-52's Deep Cuts

    The B-52's are the quintessential alternative/New Wave/jam band. They can be both metaphorical and fun at the same time. However, what makes them different from other New Wave bands is that lead singer Fred Schneider provides a unique sprechgesang style to the genre. The band met after having a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    What's Cooking Next Week?

    Lauren ViggianoOven-baked fish tacos with homemade guacamole.​Mmm, last week's menu plan hit the spot, and we're looking forward to a fabulous long weekend followed by another week of easy cooking. Since it is a long weekend, and long weekends mean we can drink more, you may want to add a drun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Top 5 Worst Big 12 Football Games of 2011 (With Suggested Alternatives)

    If only Kansas' basketball season started in September.​Compared to the best Big 12 gridiron match-ups of 2011, these stink bombs make us want to reschedule our college-football recordings to international cricket. Texas Tech is on here because year after year, they have proven that they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    More Godless GOP Governors Say No to Rick Perry's Prayerapalooza: The (Possible) Reasons Why

    Jersey's Chris Christie sent his regrets, for obvious reasons.​The Texas Independent has more or less been keeping a running tally of gubernatorial RSVPs to Rick Perry's invitation to come to Houston to pray and fast and be all Jesus-y. So far it's looking grim, as would any event where Kansa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV -- At Least It Was A Good Game

    This means sonething different when Ben Roethlisberger does it​Okay, so now we can put the whole Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers thing to bed, right? While Aaron Rodgers still has a ton of work to do to build the overall resume of the Ol' Dongslinger, yesterday's win over the Steelers, and just as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The Seven Ages Of Goth

    ​This is not meant as a complete history of goth, as that would be a huge book. Instead, we're aiming to give a simple overview of the musicians, songs and albums that have most defined the genre. Many deserving artists have been left out, and some that we're sure some people feel are not wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Top 10 Musician Movie Cameos

    Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.​Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Separation of Church and Finances: Pastor Swipes $462,000 Through False Investments

    Time to replant the money tree​Let your minister or rabbi or guru give you spiritual advice, but leave the financial dealings to your broker or accountant. The case of Jeremiah Yancy, aka Jeremiah Glaub, is a perfect example. While the pastor of a church in Idaho, Yancy managed to coax 64 individ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    FAIL: Prince, Johnny Rotten, Too Short, Auto-Tune

    Photos by John Seaborn Gray​Internet Not As "Over" As Prince Had Hoped: Remember last week when Prince said the Internet was "over," and that was why he's now giving copies of his new CD away for free whenever you buy a copy of that thriving and relevant medium, a British newspaper? Well, ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Game Time: George Steinbrenner's Death Raises Anxiety of Billionaires

    You may be rich, but your heirs may be dangerous come December​If you're one of those people that has tried a thousand different ways to take off weight, somewhere along the way you've probably tried Bill Phillips "Body For Life" program. It's a pretty popular one because (a) it works and (b) it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Game Time: The Cable Guy

    ​For most of his tenure in Oakland, Tom Cable has been your run-of-the-mill, overmatched, "dead man walking" NFL head coach. When he was hired last season in the wake of Lane Kiffin's firing, the things that jumped out at me about Cable were:-- His only head coaching experience consisted of four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle French Fry

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt Five Guys vs. Jax GrillDid you know that Monday was National French Fry Day? Yeah, neither did we. We were still distracted by trying unsuccessfully to find poutine for Canada Day (July 1, ya hosers). But take National French Fry Day and combine it with Bastille D ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 25, 2009
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    June 18, 2009

    Credit Crisis

    The fight over who pioneered the TV plays out in The Farnsworth Invention

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Friends & Family Free at Five

    Get your grub on today -- for free! -- at the grand opening of Houston's first Five Guys Burgers and Fries at Bunker Hill and I-10.  All you have to do is become a fan of Five Guys at their Facebook fan page and free burgers and fries are yours, today only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    December 18, 2008
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    September 8, 2008
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    August 14, 2008
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    August 12, 2008

    Protests Against ExxonMobil, But Not In Houston

    The Democratic National Committee launched the first web ad for the Exxon-McCain Campaign today, a campaign that protests McCain’s much-too-close ties to big oil. (You can see the ad here.) Along with the web ad, there’s a National Day of Action planned (kinda). Activists across the country are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Get Lit: Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic

    Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, by National Geographic, is a husky 400-page to-do list that includes 400-color photographs and sells for $40. The first word that comes to mind when opening the spine of this baby is stately. All Geographic books are that. For the wande ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Trem, Texas

    The soul of New Orleans lives on in Houston, especially at Sammy's on Main

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Streets of Philadelphia

    Marah tries and fails to escape comparison to the Boss. Good thing their new album is a classic.

  • News

    April 8, 2004
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    August 15, 2002

    At What Price?

    Plus: So-So What, Right with Wong, Love Lessons

  • Music

    May 3, 2001

    Bright Lights, Bridge City

    The PC Cowboys, the world's only politically correct country band, speak in a Press exclusive

  • Music

    May 11, 2000
  • Dining

    October 7, 1999

    Making Waves

    An ambitious restaurant displaces the bait-shop boys

  • Music

    August 28, 1997
  • Music

    June 19, 1997

    Fit for a Fiddle

    Classical? Country? In the hands of fiddler Mark O'Connor, it's one thing: music.

  • Music

    November 3, 1994
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