Chris Shepherd won the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southwest earlier this year. He is the first Houston chef to do so since Robert del Grande won in 1992 and one who has helped thrust our culinary scene into the national spotlight. Shepherd's story is of a chef who has taken the journeyman's ... More >>
Conor Oberst House of Blues September 19, 2014 I was never sad enough to be a Bright Eyes fan. Growing up in Nebraska, I was always aware of the band, as Oberst is also from there, but I was too busy enjoying the good life to get into them. Not until later on, when I gave his music more of a chance ... More >>
Back in 2010, when the wheels of realignment began to slowly grind college football's conference structure into the made-for-TV, geography-agnostic menu of fabricated rivalries, rumors abounded that the University of Texas would get the ball rolling by joining forces with the Big Ten. Largely a Mid ... More >>
Let's talk about gender (in)equality, shall we? In 2013, the U.S. failed to make the top 10 -- or even the top 20 -- of the World Economic Forum's list of the most gender-equal countries. And we're guessing that little issue is, at least in part, because of the big ol' state of Texas. A recent st ... More >>
Thriller Blue Ruin will work you raw.
It's been quite a year for the NFL, and I'm not talking about on the field. Off the field, the soap opera has been depressingly interesting (or interestingly depressing, depending on how you look at it). For starters, you had an offseason crime spree by players (and even some front office folks, wh ... More >>
A new song seeking to build support for the Astrodome referendum may do just the opposite.
Ted Nugent House of Blues August 22, 2013 Music and politics go hand in hand. Ever since the first person put lyrics to a beat, politics have been involved. Ted Nugent and politics also go hand in hand, which was obvious from the moment he hit the stage at House of Blues Thursday night. Armed with ... More >>
Tompall Glaser, one of the original and most confrontational Nashville outlaws, passed Tuesday morning after a long illness, according to the singer's nephew. The flannel-throated Glaser, whose upraised middle finger to the Music Row establishment was even bigger than Willie's or Waylon's, was 79. ... More >>
Something amazing happened last night during ESPN's coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime atrocity win over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. It wasn't the Chiefs' miraculously hanging well within the 12 point spread on this game (obliterating degenerate teaser bets every ... More >>
The Houston Cougars last started a season 0-3 in 2001. They also failed to win any games in 2001. But one would think that with both UAB and Tulane still on this season's schedule, the Cougars will at least win one game this season. But hoping and praying for wins against the likes of UAB and Tulane ... More >>
University of Houston offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt "resigned" last Monday morning, just a little more than a day after the Cougars' embarrassing 30-13 opening game defeat to Texas State. Thus it stands to reason that, sometime this morning, the Houston Cougars will be holding a press conferenc ... More >>
At 80, first-time author isn't done yet.
Brent Grulke, a former Austin Chronicle music writer and editor who rose to the head of SXSW's Music division, died Monday in Austin. The cause of death was a heart attack following oral surgery, wrote Raoul Hernandez, one of Grulke's successor as the paper's Music Editor, on the Chronicle's Web si ... More >>
"The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best." -- The Paterno Family, in a statement (how else?), 7/23/12 Since the moment that Jerry Sandusky was whisked out of the back of ... More >>
We couldn't help but laugh our asses off at the latest move by EarthQuest "consultant" Don Holbrook to silence two of his loudest critics: Last week, he hired an Ohio attorney to send cease and desist letters to Garland, Texas, resident Heather Dobrott, who runs a site called realscam.com, and to a ... More >>
Looking for booze, babes and beach parties on Galveston Island
Texas gives to the world, and eventually the people who do the giving die. Such was the case in 2011, when at least nine notable Texans joined the Choir Invisible, the Great Majority, the dead. Without them, there would no Weed-Eaters, and perhaps the greatest college football/politician scandal ev ... More >>
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media.
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
If they're taking their laptops and cell phones to bed with them, it's probably not to do homework.
Up in the Air steers clear of the predictable route, lands the emotion.
Daniel KramerBruce Springsteen and Miami Steve van Zandt at Toyota Center, April 2009 As Bruce Springsteen fans come to grips with the unfortunate reality that this past weekend's show in Buffalo, N.Y., may well have been the final offical tour date - although surely not the final show - from the ... More >>
Over the course of a few Cactus Music in-store performances, the Chronicle's Andrew Dansby asked LOM several times if we'd ever heard Bob Woodruff. Nope. So one day Dansby walks up and hands us a disc with "Bob Woodruff" scrawled on it. LOM took the disc home and was blown away - we couldn't believ ... More >>
Last week we told you how Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, was tossed in jail along with Jim Larkin, the chairman and chief executive officer. The case against them has been dropped. Completely. You can get the nitty-gritty here. In a show of solidar ... More >>
Two exhibitions at DiverseWorks explore both sides of a hot-button issue
The Decemberists bring their magic-realist, Picaresque new album to town
Another year of textbook follies
Tim Kasher of Cursive plays The Ugly Organist. The rest is up to the listener.
Rod Paige does no better when he doesn't have an answer than when he does
From Beverly Hills to Omaha with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis
Lynn's Steakhouse proves a few restaurants still serve up USDA Prime
American steaks: second of a three-part series
A Muslim by choice, Jawad couldn't deny the will of his music
Leigh Silverman's haunting Brandon Teena allows the tragic youth to tell his side of the story
There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.
Slobberbone is playing with its heroes, and living off expectations
With The Swan, Stages' new director achieves liftoff