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  • Music

    March 20, 2014


    Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Safety and SXSW: Was the Mohawk Tragedy a Tipping Point?

    The last morning of SXSW 2011 was not a pleasant one. Not because of any kind of personal debauchery the previous evening; that had come a few days before. Reprimands had been handed down, wrists had been slapped, and tails were hanging between a few legs, these two included. The specific infraction ... More >>

  • Film

    February 6, 2014

    It's Not Monumental, But the Monuments Men Satisfies in Bits and Pieces

    Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    R&B Singer TJ Boyce Balances Pop and Patriotism With Dexterity

    Watching the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in April made Houston R&B singer TJ Boyce think of his son, Thomas. "I was watching the news one particular night," Boyce says, "[and] there was one boy..." The boy was Martin Richard, an eight-year-old who was cheering on the marathon runner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Kevin Durant Donates $1 Million To The Red Cross For Tornado Relief

    As the Rockets first round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder unfolded, as Kevin Martin flopped around like a spastic Euro, as Derek Fisher continually executed the only discernible basketball skill still in his repertoire (corner three!), as Kendrick Perkins ran up and down the floor with the gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Musicians, Music Offer Sweet Relief After a Terrible Week

    Life can get pretty dreary at points, and last week was, without a doubt, the dreariest week in a long time. From the massive fertilizer-plant explosion that devastated West, Texas to the Boston Marathon bombing and everything in between, our nation faced some pretty horrific tragedies in which many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Last Night: Carrie Underwood at Toyota Center

    Carrie Underwood Toyota Center April 23, 2013 It's different at the top of the world. Because critics are the spoiled little creatures that we are, we are traditionally given seats that cost most fans quite a bit of coin. Hell, Alicia Keys' people put me on the third row. Get told Carrie Underwood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Terry Allen McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 19 It doesn't take long to notice that country-folk musicians from Lubbock are a little different. Whether it's all that flat surrounding them, the supposed UFO visits, or something else, they always seem a little more metaphysical than their peers. With ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    Clockwork Angels

    Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.

  • News

    December 6, 2012

    Atheism Rising

    Those folks across Texas who don't believe in God are getting organized and going public.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    RIP Dave Brubeck: "Take Five" Jazz Great Dies at 91

    Dave Brubeck, the professorial jazz pianist and composer whose No. 2 album Time Out was a standard of the Mad Men era, has died at age 91, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning. Brubeck's manager, Russell Gloyd, told the AP that Brubeck died of heart failure on his way to a cardiologist ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    A Playlist for Tonight's Hurricane Sandy Telethon

    The music business was hardly spared the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As reported by our New York sister blog, Sound of the City, dozens of shows in the New York-New Jersey area were postponed or canceled; the resulting travel snafu has scuttled touring plans as far away as tonight's (former) Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Houston Babylon: The Sad, Murky Demise of Lois Marie Gilbert

    Houston Babylon, the feature that came out yesterday, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2012

    How Summer Fest Was Born

    Pegstar's Jagi Katial hunted and pecked until he put together a big-time music festival.

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Music Editor Chris Gray's Heart Attack: The Video

    Consider yourself rescued​We've obtained security-cam footage of the morning when Houston Press music editor Chris Gray suffered a heart attack at a Metro light-rail station. Chris is recovering nicely, due in no small part to prompt action by a good samaritan and two Metro police officers. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Five Can't-Miss Acts At ACL Fest This Year

    Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.​For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Meet HISD Board Candidates -- Even the Ones Who Aren't TV Stars

    Paula Harris is the Law & Order of HISD TV.​If you watch Houston ISD TV, then you know school board President Paula Harris and the First Vice President Manuel Rodriguez. They are everywhere. For just some of the examples: Besides the televised monthly board meetings, Harris was on The Stude ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Five-Year-Old Sells $2 Lemonade for Profit on Houston Lemonade Day

    Kimberly ParkEmmy Askew selling lemonade on Houston Lemonade Day​"Would you like a free tissue flower? I made them and you can have one for free," said five-year-old entrepreneur Emmy Askew with an impish grin. She could afford to give a free gift. After all, she'd just made a handsome profit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Andrew Karnavas' Andyroo To Tour Libraries, Kids' Museums

    ​Andrew Karnavas is a busy man. But unlike the bands recently signed to outfits like New West and ZenHill, Karnavas is pushing ahead in DIY mode. "Yeah, I'm still just doing everything myself, it's just what makes the most sense," says the busy rocker who is currently involved with three band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Meth Fires Galore In Lufkin

    Photos courtesy Angleina County SOGilbert Sayers: Would you rent a room to this guy?​Man, Lufkin's got the crystal methamphetamine blues bad. Just as one high-profile meth lab fire case comes to a close, another one opens... We begin with the adventures of Gilbert Sanders and Charles Euper... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Tracie Denise Bell: Cop Who Bilked Hurricane-Kids Charity Gets 16 Years In Prison

    Tracie Denise Bell: Basketball was the road to ill-gotten riches​A Houston police officer who tried to bilk $435,000 via a bogus basketball league for hurricane evacuees has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, the DAs office announced.Tracie Denise Bell, 41, had been with HPD for a dozen years w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Councilman Johnson Donates To Haiti Relief, But Don't Follow His Example

    ​In a genuine and generous humanitarian effort, Houston City Councilmember Jarvis Johnson of District B will deliver "800 pair of shoes for Haitian Relief efforts to the Haitian Multicultural Association" in Southwest Houston.In a statement released by Johnson, he claims: At this moment, thous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    DNA May Track Down Holocaust Survivors In Houston And Elsewhere

    Kaye Marvins PhotograpyThea Singer (left) and her sister Vera BlumDNA technology has helped to identify 9/11 victims, find missing persons and determine paternity. But can it really reunite victims of the Holocaust?Thea Singer has decided it's worth a try.Singer has done just about everything else t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Buy Lemonade, Help The Federal Government Out

    It's heartwarming -- an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Houston opening a lemonade stand to help victims of Ike. Sunkist, which has a whole PR effort devoted to getting these lemonade-stand-for-a-cause stories out, was enraptured with Rama Imad and her friends: "They will be raising money for FEMA, in ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2008

    Sam Houston, Ad Man

    Comcast's odd TV campaign

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008
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    October 8, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008

    The Tilman Tale, Continued

    We've finally received the official statement from Galveston city manager Steve LeBlanc on whether Landry's owner Timan Fertitta is a cold, heartless bitch who didn't want to give up the Galveston Convention Center for use as a temporary shelter. It says he isn't. Kinda. And the Galveston County Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Weekend Music: (Just Like) Starting Over

    John Lennon, "Starting Over" Call Rocks Off crazy, but last week about this time - when I was frantically posting as many Ike & Tina Turner videos as I could find as the wind ominously picked up speed outside - seems about, as the Plimsouls said, a million miles away. It may be a little too soon ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Sunny San Leon Picks Up the Pieces After Hurricane Ike

    Photos by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow There’s always someone unluckier than you. In the wake of Hurricane Ike, such people were easy to find in the devastated Galveston Bay town of San Leon, as Press photographer Dan Kramer and I found out when we crossed a police checkpoint to ent ... More >>

  • Film

    June 26, 2008

    Violence Is Golden in Wanted

    With its secret boys club and bloody good fun, this one has all of the fight with none of the guilt

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2007
  • News

    July 26, 2007

    River People

    Folks around Lake Livingston are what they are

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Loony Zunes

    Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent

  • News

    August 3, 2006
  • News

    January 26, 2006

    La Mordita

    Check cashers and furniture rental companies take a big chunk out of post-hurricane FEMA checks

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Against All Odds

    A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Faded Love

    Our correspondent finds his attempts to help rebuffed by evacuees

  • Music

    June 2, 2005

    Carrie On!

    The American Idol finals inspire Beatlemania-like frenzies on the Richmond Strip

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005
  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Washington Avenue Rocks

    Jagi Katial cobbles together a local festival worth cheering about

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Three Stooges?

    Plus: Aid for AIDS, No Dogfight, Boys of Brazil

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Letters, Week of November 8

    Down on the Matt, High-Water Woes, Reaching the Pentacle

  • Culture

    October 18, 2001

    Reel War

    The Army and Hollywood join hands to wage virtual, bloodless battles

  • News

    July 26, 2001


    Floating Off, Trash Talk, Tax Re-baiting

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    A New Leash on Life

    Stray Houston mutts make it big in Marin, thanks to Allison and the HSPCA

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    Junk-Food Journalism

    A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself

  • News

    February 19, 1998
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