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 >>
Houston has been and continues to be one of the most affordable cities in which to hang your hat long term. Though housing prices inside the loop have been escalating rapidly over the past five years, housing can still be had on the relative cheap as compared to other cities around the country. Add ... More >>
Maybe you like to hurt yourself. Maybe that's how you roll. If that is the case, besides perhaps seeking professional help, you might want to watch our Houston Astros this year because you would just about have to be a masochist to follow them. After a surprising run of wins last month, the 'Stros b ... More >>
Folks, recently one of my longest-awaited moments in music came to fruition: Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter, finally decided to release his full-length prose narrative Gray. He first mentioned it seven years ago, and now we finally have our hands on the book. With the recent reunio ... More >>
I've been onboard with most of what the Houston Astros have done this season. The team needed to be blown up. New blood was needed in the front office, the dugout, and on the roster. All that has happened, and though the team has been bad, the promise of the future has kept me invested in this team. ... More >>
Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne talks Summer Fest, new music and Dark Side of the Moon.
Houston sax lion has always been in the "hottest band around."
Springboard South Music Festival Citycentre May 6, 2012 An interesting experiment unfolded this weekend at Citycentre. The Springboard South music festival was the brainchild of Barry Coffing, a music and film industry vet who's the director for the Houston chapter of the National Association of Re ... More >>
A very wise man named John Blutarsky once said, "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no." But after this weekend, even though the Germans didn't bomb the Houston Aeros, it might be getting to that point where it can be said that the season's over. The Aeros played three games thi ... More >>
Robert Earl Keen House of Blues December 28, 2011 It sucks when your college roommate is more successful than you. Heaven knows Rocks Off was pleased as punch to hear ours had ended up blowing merchant marines for salvia in Vladivostok (just kidding, Doug!), but Robert Earl Keen's old front porch p ... More >>
It comes in, but it also goes outIncome in Houston grew faster than any other city in the nation last decade, a new report says. On Numbers studied U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.numbers and found that total income in Houston grew at an annual rate of 5.69 percent between 2000 and 2010. T ... More >>
Four months ago the Houston Aeros stood on the Toyota Center ice stunned. Stunned that they'd lost to the Binghamton Senators. Stunned that the AHL Calder Cup, which has been in their grasp, was gone. Stunned that the Senators were celebrating on their ice. Stunned that their magnificent playoff ... More >>
Photo by Jeremy ParzenBacon cheeseburger and fries at Whataburger."Sonic, a drive-in chain a based in Oklahoma City," reported The New York Times this week, "added beer and wine to the menu in its new Homestead, Fla., location in July. The addition was based on nearby restaurants' menus, and ... More >>
He Shoots, He Scores: Scoremore's Sascha Stone GuttfreundSascha Stone Guttfreund is a 22-year-old UT-Austin graduate who has already accomplished more than most concert promoters who have been in the game longer than Guttfreund has been in college. In 2008, the Los Angeles native booked his ... More >>
J.A. Happ: Does he have what it takes?"I was a humble person before I lost twenty, but afterward I became really humble. You don't want to say 'Hey, I lost twenty games in one year,' but at least it has some interest to it." -- Former big league pitcher and 20-game loser Brian Kingman Last n ... More >>
Jeff Fulchino: The latest casualty"Fulchie's got the stuff, and he's had some success here the last couple years and we wanted him to go down and work on command of his pitches and being able to throw the ball over the strike zone with consistency," manager Brad Mills said. Okay, first thing ... More >>
johnfullbrightmusic.comJohn Fullbright, playing a writers-in-the-round with Jess Klein tonight at Anderson Fair, looks like the kid at the grocery store sacking groceries or gathering carts from the parking lot. The innocent look masks an old-soul singer-songwriter and one of the hottest youn ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresOf Montreal, Janelle Monae Numbers November 4, 2010 At ACL we lamented that The Flaming Lips performances have evolved to be less about the music and more about the floor show. You know what you're getting when you pay for a Lips concert ticket - Wayne Coyne will get in ... More >>
Brittanie SheySonic Youth For lots more pictures from Friday, see our slideshow here. Rocks Off wonders what kind of guitar budget Sonic Youth has. They aren't very gentle with their instruments. This occurred to us as we were standing a few feet from the large screens projecting their exte ... More >>
tr> aeros.comThe new boss is ready to get startedThe Houston Aeros are opening up season number 17 on Saturday when they visit the expansion Oklahoma City Barons.The Aeros are coming off of a disappointing season where they missed the playoffs the year after making the Western Conference Finals, ... More >>
Photo by Chasen MarshallTailgating done right, but not "Best of"-worthy."Yo man, why you wearing that Tony 'Homo' jersey?"Texans fans were confident and cocky around the mish-mash of cars, RVs, tents and debauchery that was Tailgate City yesterday morning, outside Reliant Stadium.Riding high on i ... More >>
This exciting production from Theatre Southwest will get under your skin.
Photos by John Van/ myspace.com/sharksandsailors Sharks and Sailors last played in Houston in the summer of 2008, riding high on its second release, Builds Brand New, and the resulting accolades. The band--bassist/vocalist Melissa Lonchambon, guitarist/vocalist Michael Rollin, and drummer Phillip ... More >>
Robert Plant remembers Houston. In September 2008, the former Led Zeppelin singer and Allison Krauss were scheduled to play the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion behind their multiple Grammy-winning (and downright spectacular) Raising Sand album, but Hurricane Ike had other ideas, severely dam ... More >>
Photos courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™It would be an understatement to say Aftermath wasn't exactly looking forward to this show. Our previous experience with the esteemed Mr. Keith was limited to occasionally hearing his songs in bars and one night spent drinking at his restauran ... More >>
Photos by Daniel KramerYes, you've seen these photos before - hey, it's not our fault. Trust us, the band pretty much looks the same. Aftermath suspected AC/DC's return to Toyota Center might be a little similar to the ageless Aussies' December 2008 Black Ice tour stop here because, well, we chea ... More >>
Be proud, Lufkin: Your Congressman is a nut.We're not talking even Ron Paul nuttiness; U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert has left even that far behind.Gohmert appeared on the Alex Jones radio show last week. That sentence should be enough to prove nuttiness; Jones (a native Texan! He's appeared in Richard ... More >>
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Wanda Jackson appears Thursday, October 19, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main. Call 713-529-9899 for more info.
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
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A culinary trip down the Mekong
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Rockin' On, A Stark Affair, Wrong War?
Dr. Freud, breast obsession on Line 2
Nichols's Houston attorney turns upbeat about the FBI's newest foibles
Shining Example, KTRU Blues, Not So Nice
Dead Horse Walking
The late William "Tray" Folliard, the Hard Rock, and stories from 'round town
How two Houston lawyers would have represented the most hated man in America
Massive HPD sting nails desperate teenage cigarette thieves
Despite years of commercial and self neglect, the songs are still coming through