After three years of operating a sizable baking business on an 8-foot table in the kitchen of Kraftsman Baking, Rebecca Masson was ready for a little more elbow room. She's the creator and owner of Fluff Bake Bar, a company that makes cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods, and she has achi ... More >>
Though he only released three studio and one concert album while alive, Jimi Hendrix was one prolific motherfucker in his 27 years. After his 1970 death, the Hendrix vaults have spewed forth plenty more music and video, especially in the last few years under the keen stewardship of his estate. The ... More >>
"The album is dying in front of our very eyes," Variety columnist and music business know-it-all Bob Lefsetz wrote recently based on weak LP sales, including Katy Perry's Prism, which sold only about 220,000 copies in its first week. "If your plan is to increase your audience, spread the word and ... More >>
Nearly 25 years after Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee releases his first "film."
The makers of a documentary on the Astrodome are closing in on the $65,000 they need to finish the film and are optimistic that it will be released early next year. Filming of "The Dome" began in 2009 by Chip Rives and David Karabinas of Austin-based Texas Crew Productions. Another Crew member, Pat ... More >>
One evening, Stefani Vara found herself in the kitchen with her sisters, her mother and her grandmother, eating, arguing and talking about life. And she had an idea. "We were all laughing and saying things that you wouldn't normally say in front of your mother, and I thought to myself, this would b ... More >>
Great local bands, one awesome evening.
Fox26 newscaster Isiah Carey got over his embarrassment and learned to embrace the power of social media. He’s among this year’s winners, all creative users of the latest technology.
UPDATE (Wednesday, 4 p.m.): According to Little Woodrow's owner Danny Evans, also former owner of Big Woodrow's on Chimney Rock, the man behind the Woodrow's Cypress Kickstarter campaign is not affiliated with the other Woodrow's at all, and he is pursuing legal action against him. Houston Kickstar ... More >>
If I had a nickel every time I craved a pear, I would be a poor, poor woman. Not that I have anything against members of the pyrus genus; my taste buds just seem to gravitate toward tarter fruits like limes, lemons and grapefruits. Sometimes, however, it's wise to fight your instincts in favor o ... More >>
29-95: Can a national media outlet really name the "top" restaurants across the country without putting in the legwork that people such as barbecue blogger Daniel Vaughn do, driving over 10,000 miles to visit 'cue joints for his book Prophets of Smoked Meat? That's the question Syd Kearney asks in a ... More >>
You may have missed it, but no one would blame if you did because you're not alone. In March, legendary indie hip-hop group Cannibal Ox announced they were making a comeback in a big way, launching a new album, their very own record label, and a Kickstarter campaign to fund it all. The last time Ca ... More >>
In my eyes, one of most underrated rock albums of the past decade has been Electric Six's Fire, released in May 2003. It remains a solid set of thirteen, smutty, decadent rock cuts, and personally I find it hard to find a favorite after all these years. "Gay Bar", "She's White", "Naked Pictures (O ... More >>
Despite Texas' solidly German heritage, Houston boasts only a handful of restaurants, a fact I've often lamented. If my favorite spot, King's Biergarten, were any closer to town, I would probably spend way too much time there. Though the cuisine might seem a bit antiquated by today's standards, th ... More >>
While American craft beer has often been called a small business renaissance, that doesn't mean that entry into the business is a cheap initial investment. Brewing space and equipment can push start-up costs well north of six figures and beyond. This prohibitive figure often means that some of the v ... More >>
Our Hlavaty's Top 10 local albums of 2012.
Last time Rocks Off caught up with the guys in thelastplaceyoulook, they were trying to get a new van. Like any other automotive purchase, the van wasn't going to be cheap so they turned to Kickstarter. That turned out to be a smart, albeit controversial, choice. Some $10,000 later, the band got th ... More >>
The music world is bound to have a lot of douchebags. It's just an inevitability, considering that it's essentially a profession for man-children. Peter Pan syndrome? No problem in the music business. That's why you see so many rock stars going through growing pains sometime in their mid-forties. Re ... More >>
I do a monthly Kickstarter round-up on Art Attack because I really do think that crowdsourcing is a great way to get projects off of the ground that might otherwise never see the light of day. Some wonderful independent video games, for example, exist because of crowd-funding, and it is certainly th ... More >>
Just a guess, but when Madonna played to tens of thousands of fans at Toyota Center last week, most of them probably didn't know that onstage with her was a member of one of the most severe metal bands of the past 20 years. Rewind: Last Night: Madonna at Toyota Center But it's true. Native Texan ... More >>
Who? Brandon Lemons is the man behind The Treaty Oak Collective, "a small record label/booking/promotion group here in Houston." He is also a member of Houston/Austin post-rock band Co-Pilot. Home Base: Lemons lives in La Porte but works in Houston. "The Steamboat Ampworks shop is my home away ... More >>
Warning: These videos aren't exactly safe for work. View at your risk, preferably at home with the shades drawn. Amanda Palmer is learning that Biggie was right: More money does in fact equal more problems. A while back Palmer created a Kickstarter project for her new album and tour. Her thousands ... More >>
Irish-tinged Bah-sten punks Street Dogs, who are tight with Scottish-tinged Ew-sten punks, mosh down to Walters Friday night with Detroit psychobilly freakouts the Koffin Kats. Street Dogs' fellow New Englanders Roll the Tanks, whose song "Toeing the Line" was recently featured on Alternative Press' ... More >>
To make the most out of the chance of a lifetime, you may have to make some sacrifices. For thelastplaceyoulook that means quitting their day jobs, looking for more affordable housing, and leaving their families behind for six weeks. Having built a dedicated fan base here at home the band now find ... More >>
8:53: The lead singer is extremely entertaining. At one point he removes his shirt to expose his frail white body and angrily hollers into the mic, "Are you ready to rock, Chicago?!" That's from a review I wrote more than four years ago. It was the very first thing I ever did for the Houston Press ... More >>
The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.
Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets Continental Club April 22, 2012 Sunday's Marshall Crenshaw/Bottle Rockets show again raised the question of whether Houston fans of intelligent, literate rock and roll should be disappointed that our city isn't more interested in this kind of music, or whether ... More >>
Just how viable is Kickstarter in helping an up-and-coming band to raise funds? As much as it saddens us to admit it, it mostly seems to fail. However, for one of our favorite local rock acts, the 71's, it has been an astounding success. Fans of the band have raised a mind-boggling $12,541 f ... More >>
After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>
Friends and enemies, music videos are an enduring passion of ours, both filming them ourselves and reporting on the best that we come across year after year. We think the medium has only become better and better with technology being made easier and cheaper for the average independent artist to mast ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRadical Eats is slowly transforming an old taqueria into a vegan paradise.Handpainted words on an old window advertise tacos, tortas and menudo in bright red and yellow lettering. This little white restaurant with red trim at the corner of Fulton and Catherine used ... More >>
Evan Cassidy of the Dudely Jones Comedy Tribe is one of the finest comedy rappers around. We've continuously chronicled his unique brand of hilarious hip-hop on subjects as vast as his pimptastic dinosaur sweater, being the most modest man in mainstream music, and his lament at his own ginger ... More >>
The current economic environment has made times a bit rougher for artists in America, particularly musicians. Take DJ Kool Herc. The pioneering hip-hop DJ, who created the music's breakbeat foundation by switching back and forth between the breakdown section of two different funk sides, was h ... More >>
Girls Rock Camp Houston recently surpassed its fundraising pledge goal with room to spare, but that doesn't mean the hard work is over. This week the nonprofit, which organizes a musical summer camp for girls aged 8-18, will have two more fundraising events to help buy supplies for the inaugural ... More >>