The passing of Texas Johnny Brown last year hit me and a bunch of people pretty hard, so the September 12 death of Crusaders pianist Joe Sample was another slap in the face that many of Houston's musical heroes are closer to the end than the beginning. The latest bad news is that bluesmen I.J. Gosey ... More >>
It was sad reading some of your comments about the fried chicken at the now-closed Haven. Man was that stuff good. But, not to worry, there are plenty of more places you guys like to get your deep-fried, crispy birds. And plus, the stuff at Haven was not underrated to say the least. Thanks for chim ... More >>
Willin': The Story of Little Feat By Ben Fong-Torres Da Capo Press, 296 pp., $26.99. As a band, their music was beloved and respected by a wide array of artists from Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and Linda Ronstadt to the Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett. But the musical mad doct ... More >>
Walter Mitty is an uplifting crowd-pleaser.
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, 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 previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who: There aren't many voices ... More >>
Normally, when two or more businesses operate out of the same location, it would be expected that they share some commonality that makes putting them both there logical. Getting Kentucky Fried chicken is great, sure, but what if your kids want pizza and your stoned buddy wants Taco Bell? Voilà! The ... More >>
The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.
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 >>
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>
A week or so ago, you may remember, I wrote a post about the auction for Bobby Petrino's crash-damaged motorcycle. The majority of the post was an outline of my idea to turn the crumpled-up love machine into a profit center by selling photo opportunities for fans to pose on the bike. At the end o ... More >>
A reunion with some old friends prompted a dinner at Nabi. Having recently tried some smashing Korean Fried Chicken at Bon Chon in Virginia, I was eager to try Nabi's version as well as some of their small plates and sushi. Never has a restaurant inspired such ambivalence. The morning after, I c ... More >>
This is my close friend Jamie from Hackney, East London, and he will eat anything you put in front of him. Whole, raw jalapenos and Thai chiles, dubious Asian convenience store sandwiches at 3 am -- whatever it is, it doesn't bother him. He once showed me a video from Thailand of him eating ... More >>
Today sees the release of Bruce Springsteen's newest album, the compact and confounding Wrecking Ball, his first since 2009's Working On a Dream. Recorded and inspired partly by the recent Occupy protests, with most songs coming before the movement was even a physical thing, in any other year it cou ... More >>
I know the parking situation around Haven has been a bit of a nightmare lately. Just as the construction on Kirby finally ceased, new "breastaurant" Twin Peaks opened up and unleashed its often obnoxious clientele upon the small parking area shared by Haven, Cafe Japon, Taco Cabana and a small bank. ... More >>
Photo by OrbitDidIt/Smoker's Club TourHopefully you've been keeping up with the exploits of Patron-loving Houston MC Marcus Manchild as he winds his way toward Warehouse Live with Method Man, Big K.R.I.T. and a bunch of others on the Smoker's Club 2011 tour. Marcus will be filing his usual re ... More >>
Black Queen Speaks is, on the surface, a band we should detest. Their sound resembles much of what killed rock and roll deader than all the drugs, plane crashes and vomit-clogged airways combined. At first listen, you can just chalk them up as another Buzzworthy act, in the end just one more ... More >>
Qui-Gon in your room?Today, it was announced that the House of Representatives Page Program, a program both steeped in history and marred by scandal, is coming to an end. According to USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the $5 million annual expenditu ... More >>
Brittanie SheyLittle Joe Washington at Walter's On Washington, April 2010Treasured Houston bluesman Little Joe Washington, who will play a happy-hour set at the Continental Friday, may be on the verge of becoming homeless again. Washington, who was in the hospital for an extended stay last ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
Frenchy's.If there is one thing I've began to miss about Houston over the years ever since I moved away, it's the chicken. Sure, I could've said the usual stuff, like family, friends, the Astrodome or whatever. But family and friends are always a phone call away, and I can look at photos of ... More >>
Reg BurnsRocks Off was heartened to hear that recovering bluesman Little Joe Washington's health continues to improve following two surgeries for an obstructed bowel in the past month or so. Washington's friend Reg Burns went to visit him Sunday evening at Quentin Mease Community Hospital (3 ... More >>
Tonight at 8: Bevo Gone WildI often think how cool it must have been to have the first fast-food restaurant in a given town. You plunk down your McDonald's, start flipping about a thousand burgers an hour (quantity over quality when you're that busy), and watch the money roll in.And then Bu ... More >>
We've got your back, Double Down.The poor, unfairly maligned Double Down. Yes, that's right -- we're here to take up the dubious mantle of Double Down Defenders. What did it ever do to deserve the kind of scorn that's been heaped upon it by the media? So it's a sandwich that doesn't have any ... More >>
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
Photo by Griff SmithArguably the most admired chef in Houston and probably the most lauded in the past decade, the ubiquitous Monica Pope runs t'afia restaurant (3701 Travis Street), hosts the Midtown Farmers Market every Saturday morning, presides at Beaver's, and teaches weekly classes at t ... More >>
My daughter Harriet is four and is a huge Wizard of Oz fan, so I thought she would enjoy taking in the Ensemble Theater's free production of The Wiz at Miller Outdoor Theatre Saturday night. (We skipped the brutal line for covered tickets.) I had heard that showtime was 7 p.m. and since my apart ... More >>
Photo by Chris MacGregor Why the hell is your Big Mac so small? Because you live in Houston. Houston is apparently the only US test market for McDonald's new "Snack Wrap Mac," which looks to be a smaller Big Mac in a tortilla. We're sure grosser things have been contemplated before, but ... More >>
Looks like this time they picked the wrong country.
The Revolution Will Be Televised
The Mexican slogan: Taco Bell is something else. MONTERREY, Oct. 27 -- Studying the menu above the counter of the new Taco Bell in the Plaza Bella Mall in Monterrey, Mexico, I am drawing a blank. What the hell’s a tambache? And what’s a tacostada? Then, thanks to the photos, I start to puzzle i ... More >>
Support the union, go to jail
A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure
Surgeons are sculpting labia, reconnecting hymens and inventing a new standard of beauty in female genitalia
When Andrew Jackson puts in an appearance, the hostesses at Ra Sushi pay attention
Freegans prove there is such a thing as they Dumpster-dive for food for themselves and the homeless
Guatemalas Pollo Campero has American fast-food franchises running scared
Blackalicious takes its sweet time moving from underground to overground
What makes the enchiladas so great in Texas's Twin Cities?
Joe's Sandwich Shop is just one of the businesses along Main Street struggling to survive until Metro gets its light rail line up and operating.
Rice University's slow, systematic makeover of KTRU is just the latest example of a college determined to pattern itself after corporate America
In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.
Urban League deal-maker scores in Aramark stadium contract
The macho world of trial law is ruled by tough, hard-driving men -- and by Katherine Scardino, a tough, hard-driving woman
Could castration cure Larry McQuay of his urge to molest children? He thinks it can, and wants the state to nueter him. Others would just like to neutralize him.