CSI, the venerable CBS television franchise, has placed forensic evidence at the forefront of many people's mind in regard to solving criminal cases. There is a belief -- albeit one without any empirical support -- that CSI and its ilk have made it harder for prosecutors in cases to get convictions ... More >>
Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>
Despite the arctic (for Houston) temperatures outside, September feels like it just got here yesterday, because in the blink of an eye, the 2013 college football season is now over. With all but one (salute Army, salute Navy) of the regular season games now behind us, the next item on the agenda is ... More >>
Joe Sample is on a mission. While the illustrious keyboard genius behind the Crusaders continues to expand his career and is as in-demand at 75 as at any point in his life, these days he balances his commercial career with good works. Inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame's inaugural class a ... More >>
When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. A Classic Education, "We Can Always Run to Hawaii" I ... More >>
On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>
On the front page of yesterday's New York Times was the headline: Energy Drinks Promise Edge, But Experts Say Proof Is Scant. And not that people feeding their babies Mountain Dew out of a bottle nor concocting go-go juice for their kids, Honey Boo Boo-style, will notice or care what the New York T ... More >>
Barry Levinson's The Bay aspires to YouTube.
Halloween and rock and roll go together like peanut butter and jelly. Something about darkened rooms filled with outlandish costumes and screaming girls, we guess. Some of the rock's most ghoulish stars are also its most fun, as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will no doubt prove once again at Reliant ... More >>
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.
Headlines this past week have been screaming -- OK, raising their voice slightly -- once again about those dastardly energy drinks. Which you could be drinking right now as you read this, depending on the time of day and your occupation. This time it's Monster Energy drinks, those 24-ounce jobs es ... More >>
Photos by Mai Pham"Ménage à foie," pictured here, the seared foie grasYesterday, we chatted with The Capitol at St. Germain's Executive Chef, Kevin Bryant, about how he made his way up the ranks the "hard knocks" way by working in the high-end Tony's kitchen, getting corporate training at t ... More >>
Karbach's banana-flavored wheat beer is already a hit.At last night's grand opening for Karbach Brewing, Rich Arnold walked over to me with a glass of Karbach's Weisse Versa wheat in hand. "Have you ever had a beer that tastes so much like..." "Banana!" we both finished at the same time. The ... More >>
It's an SEC kinda weekTime for another round of college and NFL friendly wagers. Are my selection techniques the most textbook, orthodox methods in the world? No. I mean, if I hosted a handicapping show and gave out six games and chose those games because they gave me convenient fodder to ta ... More >>
Dave Alvin is an inveterate troubadour and staunch advocate for Houston's blues history.
Greg Abbott leads a mostly southern uprisingTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants everyone to know that he is doing everything he can to stop the federal Environmental Protection Agency from trying to implement greenhouse-gas limits on cars and trucks. In the latest of a series of lawsuit ... More >>
BRC Gastropub could be great.
Boise State is ready to rumbleLast night, as Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore gathered the Bronco offense in the huddle to concoct one final haymaker in their prize fight with Virginia Tech, guaranteeing we were going to see some sort of fantastic finish -- either a game-winning touchdown or ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBiscuits and bacon never looked so good.Let's get one thing out of the way first: BRC stands for Big Red Cock. There's even a giant crimson rooster in the parking lot, in case there was any misunderstanding. So get all the "Wow, that Big Red Cock is really deliciou ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Eddie V'sChilean sea bassThe first thing you notice at Eddie V's Prime Seafood, the newest mini-chain addition to Town & Country's enormous CityCentre development, are the white waistcoats on the servers. Yup, it's that kind of place. It's traditional, even retro, in layou ... More >>
Photos by Craig Hlavaty If you ever wondered what might have happened if James Brown and Audioslave had a baby, you should have been at House of Blues Wednesday night. You might only be wondering this if you are a member of the male gender, because - with a few exceptions at the almost-full venue - ... More >>
Shrimp grits started out as a seasonal fisherman’s dish of shrimp cooked in bacon grease served over creamy grits in the Low Country where they were also known as “breakfast shrimp.” The simple seafood breakfast became an iconic Southern dish after Craig Claiborne wrote about it in the New Yor ... More >>
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Soul Brains (né Bad Brains)
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