• Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Rick Perry Reinforces 'Dumb Texan' Stereotype, Regales Us with Geographic Ineptitude

    It seems as if Rick Perry has recently decided that his time is better spent abroad than in the state that elected him to lead. While he's asked for a special session -- giving him greater leeway to inflict abortion restrictions for reasons founded on faulty science -- he's also seemed to enjoy flit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Mark E. Smith: 10 Outrageous Quotes By The Fall Front Man

    Since The Fall's humble beginnings as a learned, literary group of misanthropes in 1976, the one consistent factor of the band has been the insane rambling of legendary front man Mark E. Smith. Smith is known as either an idiot, an asshole, or a brilliant genius. Sometimes all three at once. He is ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2013

    The Ten Weirdest Members of Congress

    Texas claims three of the top spots.

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    The Battle Against the Keystone Pipeline

    Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Last Night's Debate: Mitt Romney's Weird Half-Smile Forever Seared Into Our Brains

    The Face was somewhere between the look you make while waiting for a fart to dissipate on the subway and the countenance furnished when your father makes a totally weird joke in front of your girlfriend. Pained, embarrassed, and wonderfully awkward. It's difficult to pinpoint what, exactly, was the ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: A Few (Updated) Non-Pokemon Speeches for Herman Cain

    "Over?"​It was fun (to watch) while it lasted, but Herman Cain officially "suspended" his Presidential campaign last weekend. The former Godfather's CEO had long been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment (to say nothing of his unfamiliarity with the Libyan crisis or how to pronounce "Uzb ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Gadhafi Sodomized Before Dying: 5 Other Gruesome Dictator Deaths

    Oliver Cromwell rested easy for only a short while.​New video seems to show that Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi was forcibly sodomized as he slowly died from gunshot wounds. Not a great way to go, but he wouldn't be the first dictator to either suffer from a tortured death or have his corpse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Gadhafi, Transvestites & the Reagan Administration Making AIDS Jokes

    Gadhafi in a rejected cover for Love and Theft.​Muammar Gadhafi -- a.k.a. he who cannot be Googled -- is dead, according to Libya. Not to mention graphic video of his dead body. Gadhafi's loss robs the world of the leader who most looked like the current Bob Dylan, and there really isn't a go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Cradle of Filth: Buckets Of Blood & Breasts (W/NSFW Video)

    ​Cradle of Filth is a band that we absolutely hated when we first heard them, but have become a dedicated fan of in recent years. Part of it is because when interviewed Dani Filth a while back we discovered that he is one of the nicest, most personable people we've ever met in the music indust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    True Blood: Best. Episode. Ever. Song Ain't Bad, Either.

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. ​For some reason, Gothtopia has spent the last decade complet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst National Flags

    We don't just hate certain American state flags here; we also hate the following ten foreign abominations of design, symmetry and good taste. It is less our opinion than it is scientific fact that these are, without a doubt, the ten worst national flags in the world. 10.St. Lucia Does this flag re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Katy ISD: The Days of Rage Continue

    Voices shall be heard.​Egypt, Libya: They got nothing on the Katy school district. Katy ISD's Days of Rage continued today, as Morton Ranch High temporarily went on lockdown and McMeans Middle School had its own uprising. Of course, "uprising" may be overstating it, but students at the schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Black Hole of Infotainment

    Jesus christ...​I wonder sometimes if we're approaching the singularity in entertainment reporting. A "singularity," as we all know, is the point in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume. If we define "density" as "number of stories and/or article ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Khaled M. Leverages Hip-Hop To Raise Consciousness For Libya

    ​Perhaps Chicago-based, Kentucky-raised rapper Khaled M. should've made a hip-hop anthem for his home state's Wildcats as they made a run for the Final Four. Like Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a "Blue and White" remix could have caught fire. Ashley Judd might ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    SXSW: The 10 Best Of The Fest This Year

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2011

    BREAKING SXSW NEWS: Death From Above 1979 Reunion Show Mayhem

    Craig Hlavaty​It was a music nerd's dream, one of your favorite bands of the past ten years reuniting. Even though the titanic-sounding Canadian bass and drums duo Death From Above 1979 only released one LP, one EP, and a remix album, they managed to cultivate a following of rabid punks, indie ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011

    He's Only a Perv

    Court rules video voyeur not a child pornographer

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Charlie Sheen: A Playlist Full Of Winning

    Photo illustration by Monica Fuentes and Chris Gray"Heeeeeeeeeeere's Charlie!!"​The social media Hiroshima and Nagasaki that is the past two weeks of Charlie Sheen's life has led us to join the party by making our own playlist of Sheen songs. As if enough hasn't been written about this gonzo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Gadhafi: Libya's a Lot Like Waco

    Gadhafi has Waco on his mind​Libya leader Muammar Gadhafi, (a.k.a. He Of Many Spellings), the absolute top man these days for giving bizarre speeches who isn't named Charlie Sheen, rocked the house again today. In a sprawling speech that sometimes, but not too often, flirted with reality, Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    "Whacko From Waco" & 10 Other Batsh!t Texas Songs

    Texas: You're soaking in it.​Happy Texas Independence Day, everyone. Today The Only State That Matters officially enters its 175th year of pissing off the lesser 49 states and producing the best music anywhere on Earth. One of Texas' biggest honky-tonk heroes is of course Billy Joe Shaver, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Michael Hamby: HPD Cop Accused of Throwing Tear Gas at BBQ Cook-Off Competitor

    Just be glad no Tasers were involved​People take the barbecue seriously in Texas. But even some competitors would draw the line at throwing tear gas. Not Houston police officer Michael Hamby, if reported allegations are true. Media outlets are saying he's been relieved of duty after allegedly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Like the Obamas Wanted to Go to Your Stupid Royal Wedding Anyway

    The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receive​Despite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Mp3: Arthur Yoria’s “The Libyans”

    Houston pop-rock king Arthur Yoria is giving away a new song called “The Libyans.” As usual, it’s catchy as hell, but Yoria’s skillz in the studio continue to develop. The spare, skeletal intro blossoms into something as spacious, big-sky and vaulting as Indian classical music. More after th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    DeLorean, SchmeLorean. Where's My Hoverboard?

    One of automotive history’s coolest extinct cars may be brought back to life soon by a Houston company, according to the L.A. Times. DeLorean Motor Company has refurbished the eponymous gull-winged beauties for years, but there are plans afoot to build them from scratch. But with a projected manuf ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Spy Stories

    Edwin Wilson said he was still in touch with his former employer, the CIA, when he shipped explosives out of Houston to the Middle East. The CIA denied it. The CIA lied

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Irie iFest

    Finding the coolest runnings at this year's Jamaica-themed Houston International Festival

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    The Heavenly States

    Friday, April 15, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-869-2727.

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 22, 2004

    We Want the Funk

    Cecil's Tavern rises from the ashes with a new look

  • News

    March 27, 2003
  • News

    July 29, 1999

    Trading Places

    Fueling justice

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • Film

    August 21, 1997


    G.I. Jane traps a testosterone-poisoned lunkhead in Demi Moore's body

  • News

    March 13, 1997

    Larry in Limbo

    Is little guy Larry Duncan being made to suffer for the big guys' sins?

  • News

    August 22, 1996

    Beastly Behavior

    Wildlife rehabilitator Vivian Steele got along fine with animals. It's people who gave her trouble.