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    October 3, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Iggy Azalea, Bury the Crown, Jimmy Cliff, etc.

    Interpol House of Blues, October 3 After 2010's self-titled release was met with a collective shrug and following the departure of longtime bassist/co-founder Carlos Dengler, Interpol looked like it might be down for the count. But after a short hiatus and two solo albums from vocalist Paul Banks, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Likable Lunice Has the Inside Track to "Higher Ground"

    It's not just a Canadian thing to say that Montreal-based Lunice, with Hudson Mohawke one-half of EDM monsters TNGHT, is overtly polite in describing himself. It's an everyday thing. There's not a speck of bad press to be found about the producer listed as 25 or 26 years of age, depending on the sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Judge's Ruling Keeps Keystone Decision Dragging On

    For about two seconds it looked like President Obama was finally going to have to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department report had been issued and there just wasn't any other way to delay a final, clear-cut yes or no from the White House. But then a Nebraska judge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Mexican Music Is Violent. So What?

    America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexican music no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    The Surprising Links Between Your Commute and Political Apathy

    The commute. No matter where you live, but especially if you live in a large metropolitan area, the commute is dreaded. The reasons are obvious and universal; there is no point in expounding upon them here. Beyond the fact that commuting is, in general, one of least pleasurable aspects of modern li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche is a Delicious Mouthful (In More Ways than One)

    In spite of the incredibly stupid commercial for Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun (see above), the actual sandwich itself proved to be irresistible. And even though I wasn't impressed by Wendy's efforts in the pretzel bun department, I found the idea of sweet brioche, smoky bacon, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The Problem With Justice Scalia

    Insofar as a member of the federal judiciary has a "rock star" it is almost certainly Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia is feted at Federalist Society gatherings and he enjoys giving speeches at law schools and to civic organizations across the country. He is beloved by conservatives for his acid pen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Dengue Fever Has Been in Houston For Years -- You May Commence Panicking

    Just in case you needed a new reason to fear for your life, a Baylor College of Medicine scientist has co-authored a new study showing that a fatal strain of mosquito-carryin' dengue fever has been in Houston for years. High-five! "There was dengue circulating, and we had no idea that it was here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    France Makes Coke-Flavored Wine; Americans Laugh and Start Planning Other Wine/Soda Combos

    When I first read it on NPR's food blog, I thought I'd somehow started reading The Onion without realizing it. I glanced up at the header at the top of the page. Still NPR. Oh God, it must be true... It seems it is true and also sad and funny and terribly confusing. French vintner Haussmann Famille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Texas Media Changes: Debra Fraser Out at KUHF, Shutters

    In a pair of unfortunate moves for journalism in the Lone Star State, KUHF let go longtime news broadcaster Debra Fraser recently, and on Monday, investigative journalism Web site closed down permanently. The moves leave a hole in statewide media that seems to be indicative of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Fat Tony Remains Houston's Smart Ass Black Boy On New Album

    On Monday, Houston's affable, not-really-overweight rap superfriend Fat Tony gave his Smart Ass Black Boy album (out next Tuesday, June 11) to National Public Radio and thus the rest of the world's open consumption and pre-purchase perusal. (Stream it here.) The last part of that statement is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Big Boys: Texas Punk Pioneers Find a Fresh Towel With LP Reissue

    Big Boys, the hugely influential Texas punk band that, among other things, inspired two Austin music festivals, have been getting some big press lately thanks to the reissue of their first full LP earlier this month. Industry Standard/Where's My Towel, a record born from Big Boys' frustrations with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    EPIC: The 20 Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some years there are random ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    SXSW's 2013 Panels: EDM, Nashville, and Tony Bennett's Headphones

    Since 2010 or so, while I am at SXSW in Austin I have started to make the panels during the day a priority for my time at the conference. The trick is waking up by 10 a.m. most days. They are usually filled with industry celebs I can geek out on (like singer-songwriter Paul Williams) and almost al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Saturday Night: Girl In a Coma at Fitzgerald's

    Girl In a Coma Fitzgerald's February 2, 2013 In the same way that Girl In a Coma's hometown of San Antonio is both beautiful and haunted, the band's aesthetic sound and presence lingers in your mind long after you push play. With rich tones and a confident demeanor, this attitude is amplified durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Rocks Off's 10 Best Musical Discoveries of 2012

    The thrill of discovering freshly minted treasure or a previously unheralded favorite is one of the main reasons music writers get into this racket in the first place; every so often it can make wading through the ocean of crap mediocrity that is pop music worthwhile. Rocks Off asked our contributor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    KCOH, Houston's Last AM Bastion of Old-School R&B, Is Sold

    This post also appeared on our sister blog Hair Balls -- ed. Radio is generally in a constant state of upheaval. Witness the lineup changes throughout sports radio and the rise of News92 FM from the ashes of formerly all-news KTRH. There are two FM music stations playing the exact same stuff every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Nutritional Value of Organic Food Challenged by Stanford University Study

    A recently released Stanford University study, which reviewed and analyzed more than 200 previously conducted studies comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods, suggests that organic food may not be a shining star in the department of nutritional value. The study's findings, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Top 10 Zaniest "Call Me Maybe" Covers & Remixes

    In case if you haven't heard Canadian songstress Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," above is the song's official music video. You can also find this jam, which is currently comfortably sitting at the very top of the Billboard charts, blaring after about every other song on most top-hit radio statio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Should Cell Phones and Cameras Be Banned at Concerts?

    This past weekend a staffer at NPR music blog All Things Considered went to see M. Ward and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Upon entering the legendary venue, writer Bob Boilen spied a sign on the door with the message "Tonight, no photography or videos. Including cell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Chron Admits Journatic Stories May Have Had Fake Bylines

    Tucked neatly beneath a photo of Pitbull and next to the lotto numbers in Tuesday's Houston Chronicle A section (page 2, if you're curious) was a "Note to our readers" that detailed the Chron's recent discovery that stories provided to them by Journatic and affiliate Blockshopper had used pseudonyms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: KUHF's Paul Pendergraft on Engines of Our Ingenuity, Talking Pigs and Steely Dan

    If you pay attention to local radio, you know Paul Pendergraft, but despite his receiving numerous accolades including an Edward R. Murrow award and appearing virtually every day on the radio in Houston for over 20 years, you might miss him. Pendergraft is an affable, soft-voiced senior producer for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    A Small Matter of Taste

    NPR recently aired a fascinating storyabout the physiology of taste. The segment featured an interview with Barb Stuckey, author of Taste What You're Missing: The Passionate Eater's Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good. The book discusses the variety of tastes that we all experience. By this, I do n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Top 5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

    Every couple of weeks, someone on Facebook inevitably poses the question, "Which podcasts should I be listening to? Not This American Life." It's the second most frequent post after "I lost all my numbers. Text me ur cell." If you are one of these curious people, or have a friend who is, then this i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Five Years Later: Food Trends That Fizzled Out

    I'm still waiting for Mupcakes to catch on.​It's that time of year again: No, not the time when society's ever-emphasized consumerism is rammed even more forcefully down our gullets, disguised in festive Christmas trimmings and manipulative Coca-Cola commercials. It's the time of year when eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Rush...Again

    Photo by Jeff Balke​A couple years ago, I was sitting on the back porch at the Continental Club talking music with a fairly well known music writer who seemed to believe that anything with a big hook or the slightest inkling of musicianship beyond the garage band aesthetic was utter garbage. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Gothic Council Mutinies Over "This Corrosion" Cover

    We still haven't gotten around to setting up our iTunes account on the new phone yet. Since we mostly listen to the NPR live stream in the car anyway it's not a big deal, but every once and a while we get a sudden urge for a certain tune. Usually YouTube solves the trick nicely, and it was during a ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    October 4, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Japanese Kit Kat

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Soy Sauce

    Photo by John SuhKikkoman low-sodium: good for dipping sauces​Last week, we brought you fish sauce, the essential ingredient of southeast Asian cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese. This week, we feature a sauce of Chinese origin whose use has spread all over Asia and even the world. Read on, a ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011
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    August 12, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Serve with Doritos?

    ​When asked what factors had shaped his palate and his wine collection when he first began collecting fine wine, rockstar (literally, not just figuratively) and winemaker Maynard James Keenan answered: "Mountain Dew and Doritos. Like most American kids, that's what I grew up on." This was a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Nocturnal Classical Fans: No More Requests Or Local Hosts For You

    Roll over Beethoven, tell the playlist bot the news.​Looking for a refreshing jolt of Rimsky-Korsakov to get you through that wee-hours cram session? If you've been getting your fix through KUHF's overnight classical DJs, you are going to have to look elsewhere after the dust settles on the ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2011

    KUHF Head Mocks GOP

    As if NPR wasn't in enough trouble.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    KUHF CEO John Proffitt Thinks You Are Stupid, Rejoices He Is No Republican

    John Proffitt gives ammo to the NPR hatahs​KUHF John Proffitt thinks you are a moron.Well, that's what you could say if you saw his Facebook page a little earlier this week.With NPR dealing with the fallout from its recent right-wing sneak attack, you'd think everyone even remotely in a position ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    January 5, 2011

    Lauryn Hill, DMX Hit The Rocky Comeback Trail

    Ed. Note: According to our New York sister blog Sound of the City, Hill's show Monday night at legendary NYC jazz club the Blue Note went much better, although she still didn't go onstage until almost midnight. Santiago FelipeLauryn Hill at the Blue Note, Manhattan, January 3​Lauryn Hill's co ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
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    December 29, 2010

    Brew Blog: Great Lakes Brewery's Dortmunder Gold

    ​Listening to Wait, Wait ...Don't Tell Me on NPR a few weeks ago, a caller from Cleveland was challenged to come up with something positive about his city. After a long silence that drew plenty of laughs, he said, "Great Lakes beer." The Cleveland-based brewery is definitely one of many reaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Tea Party Time: Texas Will Be Ground Zero For How They Govern

    Time to govern​Second-day opening paragraphs on stories about disasters such as air crashes always include something about "picking through the charred wreackage." And that's what Democrats are doing now in Texas, where the state legislature races were, well, a disaster.No other state in the count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    KTRH & Right-Wing Radio: Can You Predict The Results Of Their Online Polls?

    KTRH's vox populi: Out on the edge​One of the fee remaining joys of listening in the morning to KTRH, once the city's proudest newsradio station, is not weather or traffic.Sure, those are about the last reliable things the station broadcasts, but that doesn't mean there's no other entertainment va ... More >>

  • Music

    April 15, 2010
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    May 4, 2009

    Slate Isn't Exactly Encouraging You To Go To The Houston Library Tomorrow

    Tomorrow morning the Houston Public Library is bringing in Cokie Roberts to talk about her book We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, which is somehow not subtitled (In Case You Were Wondering).We've never been big fans of Roberts; on the Sunday talk shows she's seemed to be pretty much Queen of the Conven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    SXSW BBQ Panel: Brisket as Health Food

    The location of the nearest Texas barbecue joint and what to order when you get there seem to be the first questions on the minds of many visitors to SXSW in Austin. So this year, veteran barbecue writer Joe Nick Patoski put together a Texas barbecue panel for conference-goers. Panelists included Ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2008

    In the Shade: Shady Shots

    Mlee from Hearts of Animals tastefully sets up her gear. Chris Cascio (Wicked Poseur, Artstorm) stands by as Mlee sets up. ADR and Erik Bogle (Bring Back the Guns, Fatal Flying Guilloteens) discuss NPR over iPhone. Andrew Lee of The Wild Moccasins. -Dusti Rhodes

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    July 1, 2008

    National Non-fiction Writers Conference in Texas

    Non-fiction writers who’d like to improve their long-form narrative style and would-be true-story book writers burning to find an agent might want to look into the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest ’08. Sponsored by the Mayborn Graduate School of Journalism out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    There Is But One Story with Many Tellings

    We were listening to Morning Edition on NPR (FM 88.7) this morning when we heard an interview with Aminatta Forna, author of Ancestor Stones, a fictional chronicle of the lives of five Sierra Leonean women. The author read a passage that detailed a hungry crowd’s reaction when a box of lipstick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    Join the Corps Step into this booth, baby, and we'll make history. If you've ever listened to National Public Radio's Morning Edition and been awoken from its lulling, information-feeding spell by a heartfelt talk between a woman and her granddaughter, you've been introduced to StoryCorps. T ... More >>

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    January 26, 1995
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