The relationship between photographers and the Internet is complicated. On one hand, it is a wonderful way to display your images both for publicity/sale and simply to share them with others. On the other hand, sharing them makes them vulnerable to unauthorized use. Last year, Hair Balls covered the ... More >>
High on Fire House of Blues, November 25 Wrenching Motorhead's classic speed-thrash into new dimensions of brutality and doom, High on Fire also packs its songs with nasty imagery like pestilence, plague, vermin and "Bastard Samurai" to go with the spectacular album art. Across five albums, the Oak ... More >>
I got married recently and, naturally, my wife and I took our honeymoon immediately following. In our case, we went to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because I work in a tech field, I tend to not go on vacation without some computer technology on me. For my honeymoon however, I opted for only ... More >>
The Pharcyde, K-OTIX Fitzgerald's October 24, 2013 Hip-hop has evolved over the years of its existence more than any type of music in the same time period. Since the late '70s and early '80s, has moved from the simplistic beats and rhymes of Slick Rick and Sugar Hill Gang to the more provocative LL ... More >>
Jessie Ware, Keeton Coffman Fitzgerald's October 19th, 2013 When we discuss separating art and the artist, it's usually because the artist has done something bad. When times are good no one ever wonders about separation, but slip up and end up on TMZ and the Internet can't wait to discuss how peopl ... More >>
The chefs have a little fun with everything they put out.
Houston is "Crazy In Love" with drag performer Tyoncé Moore.
We understand that there are a lot of silly national food holidays; indeed, there is something food-related to celebrate just about every single day of the year. But, if there is one you should take seriously, it's National Guacamole Day, and that day is today. Houston is blessed with an overabunda ... More >>
Back in my married days, my then wife was from Louisiana (she still is from Louisiana, actually, and still alive, we are just not married anymore) and around late October or early November is when duck hunting season would begin. At least, I think it was around that time, I just remember being cold ... More >>
Different things resonate with different people. Years from now, some of you will look back upon the summer of 2013, and remember it as the summer that we all found out exactly how deplorable a sociopath Aaron Hernandez really is. Some of you will smile and fondly think of Johnny Manziel, and how ... More >>
On the surface, James Harden's new Foot Locker commercial with Steph Curry is just that -- 30 seconds of frivolity designed to compel kids (and their parents) to go to Foot Locker and buy shoes, jerseys, and whatever else they sell at Foot Locker. In case you haven't seen it yet (Jeff Balke had it ... More >>
For the past several months, it seems everyone in the Houston food scene has been talking about ramen. It's already been big in places like New York and Los Angeles (and even Austin) for a while, but the ramen craze has just recently arrived in Houston, and it's not showing signs of slowing down any ... More >>
Saturday night, I went to a live podcast recording for some standup comedian buddies of mine. The show was at Outlaw Dave's bar over on Washington and my buddies are four very funny guys collectively known as the "Whiskey Brothers," or as I call them "The Four Horsemen of Dick Jokes." At one point ... More >>
Heights residents say infrastructure can't support another Trammell Crow property.
Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! MY HEART'S IN IT Dear Willie D: I might sound crazy but I have been in a relationship with a ... More >>
Let me preface this post by saying that I don't know Johnny Manziel personally, but from what I know of him, I like Johnny Manziel. I know the same things about Johnny Manziel that most of you know. I know everything that he tweets, Vines, and puts up on Instagram. I know the second hand accounts t ... More >>
It's official, Rocket fans! You can now rejoice (as if you haven't been rejoicing all weekend)! Dwight Howard is a Houston Rocket! Rocket ticket agents can finally say his name without fear of reprisal, Daryl Morey can openly speak about him without sustaining a $150,000 parking ticket, and Jason ... More >>
Every year around this time, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning oversees the Manning Passing Academy. For those not familiar with the Academy, it is a four day, annual camp conducted in Thibodeaux, LA on the campus of Nicholls State University where the Manning patriarch, along with his Supe ... More >>
Paula Deen has gotten herself into some down home, southern deep shit. Last week it was exposed that she is okay with using the derogatory n-word and that was just one of the offensive things she said in a deposition. Last Friday she issued a struggle apology video that no one wanted to give a chanc ... More >>
This is the third part of a three-part chef chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we've been getting to know Jose Vela of Mockingbird Bistro. Vela's story is the classic one of immigrants everywhere. He came to the United States with his ... More >>
Every hero has his setbacks. Nothing is forever, and no story is just a perpetual arrow pointing upward, with puppy dogs and gumdrops (or, in this case, bikini-clad coeds and Jell-O shots) 24 by 7. Rocky had to get his brains splattered by Clubber Lang one time, Luke Skywalker had to get his hand c ... More >>
It's early June, which means over the next two months, we are about to have a barrage of Navin Johnson "The new phonebooks are here!!" moments. For non-movie watchers and those under the age of 35, that clip from The Jerk is my metaphor for an oddly over-the-top amount of exuberance for the revelat ... More >>
If you don't follow social media closely (hey, good for you!), you may be wondering what the hell a Vine is and why it has been in the news lately? Good question. Vine is another free social media app for smartphones built to share super short videos in much the same way Instagram shares videos but ... More >>
Social media has become quite the necessity among people worldwide. Websites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook allows people to express themselves in a public setting. Most celebrities take full advantage of the opportunity to not just promote milestones in their careers, but allowing their perso ... More >>
Most child stars go through a ton of things being in the spotlight and hitting puberty in front of America. We've all seen it from Britney to Lindsay, their going from Disney to "Daaaamn" way too fast. Although I love it -- and at 24, I grew up with some of them -- I still have a hard time hearing ... More >>
Here comes some venue news that most everybody will be able to get behind this coming summer concert season. While updating the Houston Press's online concert calendar with new listings for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, I discovered that the venue now bans the use of iPads and other tablet ... More >>
"The media don't understand the pressures $42 million come with." -- Random sobbing professional athlete in the movie "Jerry Maguire" They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Certainly, on a bad day, as we grind through life, it's easy to look at the lives of others, esp ... More >>
Almost from the beginning, Washington Avenue sports bar Sawyer Park was embattled. There were the allegations of racial profiling at the door, a shooting nearby in 2011, the malleable dress codes, it's "doucheoisie" clientele, a partial-blinding of an employee, and the people who still missed it's ... More >>
Calling your boss a dick on Facebook might no longer be a fireable offense (but I wouldn't test it).
The National Labor Relations Board, through a series of new rules governing small business and social media, has provided greater protections for employees who speak out against employers online. Expanding existing rules, the NLRB said, "workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and wit ... More >>
The Apple App store has an incredibly byzantine set of rules that make it almost impossible for app developers to navigate. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the approval process is often random and unevenly applied. Take for instance the case of 500px, a mobile photo-sharing app not that ... More >>
Everyone wants to embed live Twitter streams into their stuff these days. You see the streams scrolling across the bottom of your TV screen during live presentations and you see them broadcast with a projector at events. And you see them quite frequently on websites, for restaurants or otherwise. W ... More >>
Here's how a major announcement would roll in the life of Brando: short, quick, brief moments of celebration, smug congratulations and thank-yous from people before the realization that only douches do that sort of thing and I'd be captain of their army. And nobody wants to hitch a ride on that tr ... More >>
"It's a list of bathrooms to fuck in, not Homer's Odyssey. Don't go over-thinking it." My girlfriend hurled this sage wisdom at me earlier this week as I planned my trek to nearly two dozen bars I visited to compile this list. If nothing else, I am sure the Greek poet would respect my legwork. Th ... More >>
If you need your drivers license renewed -- or have a kid getting his for the first time, God help us all -- you know what you are in for. The lines, the angry people, the smell, MY GOD THE SMELL! Ok, not all DPS offices smell bad (I'm looking at you Dacoma location!), but they all are God awful sev ... More >>
In a recent story meeting, I mentioned The Pass & Provisions to my fellow staff writers here at the Press. Assistant music editor and all-around pop culture buff Craig Hlavaty quickly threw out there: "That sounds like a screamo band." "In fact," he continued, "a lot of these new restaurants have n ... More >>
Knowing what's happening at a major music festival is easier than ever. Bloggers post daily recaps, people tweet updates round the clock, and Instagram provides a world of images for those that can't afford to make the trip. Rewind: ACL 2013: What's Next For Texas' Other Big Music Festival? Rocks ... More >>
Scene: KFC International Food Testing HQ "So what you're telling me, Colonel, is that I can only get these creamy, delicious, bacon and herb stuffed taters...when I go to Japan? Japan!! Is that what you're telling me!??! Cue sound effects: multiple explosions followed by a quick sword fight and t ... More >>
Daniel Jackson's concert photography on Instagram (at @listenyoungman) first caught my eye about a year or so ago, and became almost a daily part of my social-media life when I got the photo app myself earlier this year. You can always spy Mr. Jackson snapping pictures with his phone while lurkin ... More >>
A comic Dracula still kills.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and pinup gal Pamela Anderson were one of the most read-about and photographed couples of the '90s. Their leaked honeymoon sex tape would make millions for porn company IEG and it would cement Lee's legend as a wangsman of the highest order and make lonely men and young ... More >>
As a culture it appears that we've stopped caring about the idea of selling out. Whether it's because we've learned that record sales don't always pay the bills, have started seeing artists as humans instead of paragons of creative integrity, or simply stopped caring, artists saddling up with corpor ... More >>
Talk about a first-world, (half) white person problem to have. This past week I developed a sporadic vibration in my left thigh where my cellphone usually resides when it rests in my pocket. I will feel a phantom vibration every few minutes that mimics my phone's notification buzz. It got worse at F ... More >>
App: Socialcam Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Socialcam.com Cost: Free Most of the time, this column is dedicated to actual apps that go on smartphones and while this is an app, it's also something else, but I'll hit the app part first for the purposes of being thorough. Socialcam has position ... More >>
Dr. Dog Fitzgerald's March 10, 2012 Houston weather was balmy and wet Saturday night, but that didn't stop Philadelphia harmonic rockers Dr. Dog from sporting their trademark wintry wool beanies and shades. Kicking off their set with the "That Old Black Hole" from this year's Be the Void, the ban ... More >>
So, it's the day after the Grammys, and you may still be wondering who that "hella old" man with the droopy eyes playing the weird left-handed bass was on the telecast last night. You know, the guy next to the guy from Foo Fighters and that one other ancient-looking man in the tight jeans who looks ... More >>
The Press hands out its first Houston Web Awards.