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    November 12, 2014

    25 Local Concerts to See Before 2015

    Clear out the cobwebs of Halloween and suddenly Old Man 2014 is staring down his nose at you, anxiously looking at his watch -- and you know he's an old man because he's wearing a watch in the first place. Now that the last of the Fun Fun Fun Fest spillover has left town, the tour buses and extended ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Rubbernecking at the Toadies' Bug-Eyed Masterpiece

    Some albums don't grow old gracefully, because they were never graceful to begin with. The Toadies' Rubberneck is rude, blasphemous, unstable, cathartic and possibly murderous, but graceful it is not. One of the angriest rock albums to be released by a Texas artist in the '90s, it is also (arguably) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Despite All the Rain, Texas Is Still in a Drought (And Houston Is Still Dry)

    Y'all might remember how everyone was talking about the drought last summer. We all stopped talking about it when winter finally showed up and there was rain and cold and all of those snowpocalypses to distract us. But anyone who assumed that meant the drought was over, assumed wrong. The Texas Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    West, Texas Explosion: One Year Later, Nothing Has Changed

    In the wake of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, it's probably not surprising to learn that the disaster -- which killed at least 14, injured hundreds and gave the little North Texas town the look of a post-apocalyptic war zone -could have been avoided. That's what the U.S. Chemical Safety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Repeat After Me: Gerrymandering Is Not to Blame

    Pundits and talking heads really like to blame gerrymandering -- here's a short history of the term -- as a/the reason for political polarization. This CNN news report blames gerrymandering for some of our political ills. Liberal media watch-dog Media Matters partially blames gerrymandering for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    George Mitchell, 'Father of Fracking,' Dies

    George Phydias Mitchell was the kind of oilman other oilmen tell stories about. Decades before the Galveston native became known as "The Father of Fracking," he was the son of Greek immigrants who'd come up from nothing and made good millions of times over. Mitchell died Friday at the age of 94, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    The Supremes Say No Red River Water for North Texas

    If North Texans thought they'd get their hands on Oklahoma water from the Red River, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled they've got another thing coming. The Tarrant Regional Water District has been trying to buy water from Oklahoma to help the growing population up in that corner of Texas -- you kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    This, Not That: New Tunes to Replace Some Tired Old Texans Tailgating Songs

    My family and I have been Houston Texans season ticketholders since Game 1, that celebrated and gratifying franchise opener (Texans 19, Cowboys 10), and we've always taken seriously our tailgating privileges. Texans fans tailgate better than most, including the North Texas delusionals who do it u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    The State Water Plan May Not Be Dead (The Unkillable Zombie of Legislation?)

    Going into the 83rd state legislative session, it seemed as if the state water plan would swim on through the legislative plumbing faster than Nemo went down that sink drain and onward to freedom and hanging out with some tubular sea turtles in Finding Nemo. Well, that's just not how things went do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    The Wait Is Finally Over!!: Way-Too-Early Odds On March Madness 2014 Are Out

    As is the case in almost everything in 2013, the shelf life for enjoyment of the 2013 NCAA men's championship game (a thrilling 82-76 Louisville win over Michigan) was a total of about five minutes before we started looking ahead to 2013-2014. Almost immediately after the game was over, already odd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2012

    Atheism Rising

    Those folks across Texas who don't believe in God are getting organized and going public.

  • Culture

    November 8, 2012
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    October 8, 2012

    Welcome To The Charles Sims Show

    Houston Cougar running back Charles Sims is probably one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He's quiet, and getting more than a sentence or two from him in a media setting just isn't going to happen. In fact, when dealing with the press, Sims looks as if he'd rather face an entire opposing defe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rosie Flores, Otep, Mission of Burma, Etc.

    Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Back then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Lindsey Buckingham, Etc.

    Recently Rocks Off noticed our VVM sister paper in Phoenix has been running a list of their picks for the upcoming week's best shows first thing Monday morning. We thought, "Hey, our readers speak the same language(s) as theirs do, so why not try it ourselves?" As far as Fleetwood Mac goes, Lindsey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    New Baylor Stadium: Now Texas Can Actually Have a Good College Football Venue

    On Friday, Baylor regents gave a thumbs-up to the construction of a new $250-million stadium that will post up on the Waco campus and alongside the Brazos River. If Waco City Council green lights the $35 million tax increment financing zone funds that would be needed, then the 45,000-seat venue coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    UH Hires Developers for New $105 Million Football Stadium

    Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age. UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Bob Dorough: Jazzman Reflects on Miles Davis, "Devil May Care" & More

    Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.) Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    UH Releases Schedule for Last Season in Robertson Stadium & Conference USA

    The UH Cougars will be ending some relationships after this season -- they'll be leaving Conference USA for the Big East, and demolition crews will begin working on Robertson Stadium in December 2012. The school isn't sure yet where the 2013 football team will play while a new stadium is being buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Hank Schyma: Southern Backtones Singer Is Fearless Tornado Chaser

    If you saw the dramatic footage out of North Texas Tuesday, hopefully from the safety of your living room or gathered around a TV at work, you know that weather events like those tornadoes can make pretty compelling television. And someone has to head straight into those storms to film all that vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Cougars Pull Off the Huge Comeback Against Louisiana Tech, But Problems Linger

    Also known as the story of the Houston Cougars.​The Houston Cougars got the 35-34 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday night. They had to come from behind to do so, battling back from a 20-point third quarter deficit and scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. And despite failin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Cougars Looking to Cage the Bulldogs

    The UH coaching staff hopes the team shows up for the complete game against Louisiana Tech.​The Houston Cougars don't want to start off another game like they did last week. A start where the opposition, a clearly lesser school, jumps off to a lead. A start that finds the team struggling to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Rice Seeks Win Number One Tomorrow While UH Aims for 2-0

    Purdue storms into Rice Stadium tomorrow.​Welcome to week two of the college football season. The Cougars go on the road to North Texas for what should be a sure win while the Owls host Purdue in an attempt for win number one. And if there's ever a week where the Owls are going to defeat a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    All 12 UH Football Games On Air Or Online This Year

    A, ummmm, wide variety of viewing methods​If you've got a TV screen or a computer, you can watch every second of UH Cougar football this coming season, the school announced today. The catch is you have to have CBS's college-sports channel and CSS in your cable/dish/whatever package. But if yo ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    Drunken Wee-Hours Whataburger Drive-Thrus: A Proud Texas Tradition

    I'll take a Whatachicken with fries and a large vodka.​Shamefully, all too many of us have been there: out in the bars since happy hour, it's now a quarter-past closing time. We stagger to the car and suddenly remember we haven't eaten a thing other than beer nuts since lunch. Hunger cuts thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Rice Basketball: Owls Slay Cavaliers

    How about some Rice basketball?​The Rice Owls shouldn't have to struggle against a team like the St. Gregory's Cavaliers. St. Gregory's is one of those NAIA teams brought in to boost records and help with the confidence. And a final score of 75-58 makes it appear that Rice didn't have that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Rice Owls Lose Again

    Owls bowl chances are as extinct as the bowl​The Rice Owls were full of talk before the season started about how they were going to a bowl game this season. Talk of how people were underestimating them. Of about how they would surprise people.And the Owls are surprising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Rice Finds Out What Big 10 Football Is Like

    He does look mean​The Rice Owls came into Saturday's game against the Northwestern Wildcats on a high.Though they had played a sloppy game against North Texas the week before, the Owls had come away with the win. The offense had moved the football. The defense had made stops when it needed to. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Rice Faces Northwestern In Battle Of The Brainiacs

    The Rice of the north meets the Northwestern of the south​The Rice Owls (1-1) open the Rice Stadium portion of their home schedule on Saturday night when they host the Big 10's Northwestern Wildcats (2-0). But despite last week's 32-31 come from behind win over North Texas, the Owls know that they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Rice Struggles But Gets Out Of Denton With A Win

    Hot, muggy day in North Texas​The Rice Owls didn't get their first victory until November last season, starting off at 0-8. That's not going to be the case this season as, on Saturday night, the Owls something they never accomplished last season.They hit the .500 mark as their come from behind 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Houston Texans: Five Possible 2010 Theme Songs

    ​If you haven't been able to tell by the depleted charcoal supplies and life-size bikini-model cutouts by the Miller Lite at your neighborhood grocery store (provided it's not Whole Foods), it's almost football season. Houstonians greet this time of year with the same unbridled jubilation they ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    KLOL Lives; DJ Shortee Benefit Sunday; Dallas Loves Indian Jewelry

    • The always-entertaining video blog Keep Houston Rich shared with us this early-'90s television commercial for "Houston's only album rock station," KLOL. "Word on the street is that this ran during a Miami Vice episode," the bloggers write, which reminds us of this epic TV spot covering Morriss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Windpower Woodstock: George W. Bush, Limitless Swag & A Burgeoning Success Story

    Windmills in Texas -- as romantic-looking as in Holland​We used to love when oxymoronic news broke because a former editor would always exclaim, "Dogs are sleeping with cats! Film at 11!" Canines definitely hooked up with felines at Windpower 2010 this week in Dallas, where former President George ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Go On & Do Your Thing Saturday With Scott McCurry & The Mercenaries​After David Gray last month, Rocks Off has a newfound appreciation for blue-eyed singer-songwriter soul. So if Midlake is a little too fey for you, and Alicia Keys a little too pricey, allow us to introduce you to North Texas' Scott McCurry & the Mercenaries, whom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Worst Impersonation Of A Police Officer, Ever

    ​The police pull you over because you're swerving "all over the road." Fair enough.But this wasn't your typical DWI. For one thing, the arrestee was riding a bicycle. For the other, he got charged not only with public intoxication, but with impersonating a police officer -- all because the thrift- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Free Tickets for Le Freak/M80's Tonight at House of Blues

    These fine-looking gentlemen are Le Freak, the Metroplex's premier disco-era cover (or, sorry, "tribute") band, sort of like Houston's Disco Expressions with better wigs and fewer personnel. They and their North Texas buds the M80's - aka Molly and the Ringwalds with Bowie wigs and no  ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008
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    February 28, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: SXSW Bitchin' Band Alert: Ghosthustler

    A lot has been made this past year about the new wave of French techno; namely, groups like Justice and the renaissance of scene forefathers Daft Punk. Hell, this blog all but looked like it was written by a member of Justice’s street team at one point in December. It seemed no one on this side of ... More >>

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    September 4, 2007
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    April 12, 2007


    Five That'll Blow Your Mind

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    March 26, 2007

    EVERGREEN Wildflower Hotline

    125 E. 11th Street Austin, Texas 78701-2483 (512) 463-8588 FAX (512) 463-9896 March 19, 2007 Wildflower hotline available AUSTIN — Motorists searching for the best wildflower locations along Texas highways have help at their fingertips. The Texas Department of Transportation's wildflower ... More >>

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    November 22, 2006
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    November 22, 2006
  • Culture

    June 5, 2003

    Idiot Savant

    Brad Tucker retains a quirky, casual approach as he tinkers with his art

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    Dallas Domination

    The Metroplex schools Houston when it comes to the indie scene

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