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    October 20, 2014

    College Football, Week 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    A few weeks ago, we had maybe the most thrilling college football weekend of the last ten years (possibly since the 2005 weekend that included, among other fantastic finishes, the "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre Dame). It was twelve hours of dramatic endings and pinball scoring stats, everyth ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Jim Mize Falls Down the Rabbit Hole

    "Tie me to the chair and lock the door/ Take my shoes and nail 'em to the floor" Nothing short of an envelope stuffed full of crisp new payola $100 bills moves Lonesome, Onry and Mean like hearing a new recording from an unknown artist that causes insomnia to set in. Right now that album is Jim Miz ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2014
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    December 12, 2013

    The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't

    This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.

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    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Father-Son Oakland Raider Weed Smoking Scalpers Edition

    At this point, when it comes to my weekly picks, I've been abandoned by all my family and friends and I'm basically rubbing two sticks together in the middle of the woods. I have no answers, and if last week was the week you finally decided to go opposite of my picks because it was "the right thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Fan Fighting League! Iroquois Steeplechase Cat Fight Edition (w/ VIDEO)

    I'll be honest, until this weekend I didn't even know that the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville was a thing. Had no idea. Even after I found out it was a thing, after seeing my colleague Clay Travis (Nashville talk-show host and founder of tweet that he was on his way out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    College Football: Bear Bryant Award Finalists Revealed (Aggies Will Be Happy)

    If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    The 30 Best Texas Albums

    Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Satan Hates Auburn" Edition

    I was saddened on Thursday to hear of the passing of legendary college football historian and journalist Beano Cook, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 81. Back in the `80's and early `90's, before the television landscape was cluttered with literally dozens of studio shows all blending toge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Shadowlands at Texas Rep: Enthralling Theater

    The setup: The British writer and intellectual C.S. Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, finds love can come late in life, as he befriends and falls in love with the American poet Joy Gresham. The execution: Tall bookcases rise like cathedral spires on the handsome, flexible set, so many and so splendid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Another Wine Blog: Love born in the blogosphere. It's a beautiful thing. A few weeks ago, when I shared a glass of stinky, delicious Cortese (from Piedmont) with tandem wine bloggers Amy and Joe Power, authors of Another Wine Blog, they told me the story of how they met in the "pre-blog" era, in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Your 2011 Fall/Winter Movie Preview - Part 2

    ​You know the drill: the fall movie season starts today, my pretties (my review of Contagion will be up soon...there's a reason it didn't make the preview). Yesterday we covered the first half of 2011's most anticipated upcoming releases, determined through a rigorous scientific analysis consi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Last Night: Foals At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Foals Fitzgerald's April 19, 2011 Just minutes after Fitzgerald's opened its doors for last night's Foals show, tickets were gone. The sold-out venue was packed before second opener Freelance Whales even hit the stage, and it's no wonder - Oxford quintet Foals, fresh off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    Live From The Austin City Limits Festival, Day 3

    Marco TorresTrombone Shorty​Craig Hlavaty: News coming out of the media tent: Don Henley of the Eagles had a stent put in his heart this past week. He will be singing and possibly playing guitar, but not exerting himself on drums. This could very well be the last Eagles show for a while - if e ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Rice University Residential College Guarantee: Not All Students Get What They Pay For

    Photo by SkinnyOrangeCatRice: Getting crowded in here​Note to incoming Rice University undergrads (and their parents) expecting the full "residential college" experience: Be sure to read everything that you get on Rice letterhead.One of the universities' primary selling points is its residential c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010

    Connie Willis: Blackout

    Going back to the future might not be an option in this sci-fi adventure story

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Game Time: We Interrupt This Tebow Documentary For Seven Other Reasons To Watch The Senior Bowl

    ​Every year around this time, NFL prospects gather in Mobile, Alabama for the beginning of what amounts to a three-month job interview, complete with numerous forty-yard dashes, questions about their upbringing, and requests to "cough while I stick my fingers right...HERE!" It's a fascinating tim ... More >>

  • Film

    October 29, 2009

    Higher Learning

    An Education and its star, Carey Mulligan, get good marks.

  • Music

    December 25, 2008
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    November 6, 2008
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    August 25, 2008

    Is It True That Pandora Is Dying?

    As an ex-hipster, I simply don’t have the time or energy to follow any music trends or pay attention to what’s happening in music. My music knowledge comes from watching the VMAs on MTV once a year to see if anyone does anything incredibly humiliating. (“Gimme gimme more, gimme more…”) ... More >>

  • Music

    June 19, 2008
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    January 9, 2008

    This Just In: Radioheaded This Way

    If everyone who complains Dallas and Austin get all the good shows will kindly keep their mouths shut for the next few moments, Houstoned Rocks has a bit of happy news we’d like to report. Radiohead, those paradigm-busting, pitch-shifting Oxford rogues, released a list of cities for their upcoming ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007
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    August 10, 2007

    RIP Tony Wilson

    Even a 24-hour party can’t last forever: Tony Wilson, founder of the Factory record label that launched Manchester-bred acts like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays died Thursday night at age 57, Sky News reported today. Wilson, whose life was depicted with a large grain of salt in the 2002 ... More >>

  • Film

    February 22, 2007

    The Good East German

    A.K.A.: When your hero is a Stasi spy

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Pastoral U.

    "After the game, I'm off for some rowing, old chum." Did a double take this morning while flipping through the TV news shows. On Today, Lester Booming-Voice Holt sat with Barbara Kantrowitz of Newsweek and Seppi Bacili of Kaplan International teasing this year's list of the 25 New Ivies. These ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2005


    Road to Rouen

  • Film

    May 6, 2004

    Sister, Sister

    If you're young and female, New York Minute is your movie

  • Film

    March 25, 2004

    Suth'n Comfort

    The Coens score big with Ladykillers -- thanks to Hanks

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2003

    Good Folk

    Caroline Herring shows her South side

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    Showdown at the Bar X

    There ain't enough room in this town for Helen Phillips and her enemies

  • Culture

    June 6, 2002

    Poetic Invention

    Stoppard plumbs the passions and repression of Victorian gays

  • Film

    February 14, 2002

    Impressive Iris

    Eyre excels in the gripping story of a writer's descent into Alzheimer's

  • Culture

    December 20, 2001

    Talkin' Tolkien

    Who has the right to write about the lord of the Ring's fictional tongues?

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    Blues Power

    Now matter how slickly you package him, R.L. Burnside still exudes raw intensity

  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Empire's End

    High drama and spirited romance spice up The Last September

  • News

    January 6, 2000

    The Insider

    The Talented Mr. Stockman. A defeated politician resurrects himself in Seventh District heaven with a stash of campaign cash

  • Film

    May 27, 1999

    Mellow Mamet

    Director shows warmth for tradition in The Winslow Boy

  • Calendar

    December 31, 1998

    Night & Day

    December 31, 1998 - January 6, 1999

  • News

    December 10, 1998

    Balancing the Bench

    Will race and bad blood play a part in the Guv's judicial picks?

  • Film

    August 13, 1998

    Heroine Overdose

    The Governess looks good but turns unlikable

  • Culture

    May 7, 1998
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    February 5, 1998

    Heart of Glass

    Too much symbolism (and too little sex) shatters Oscar and Lucinda

  • Music

    September 14, 1995

    Sour Success

    Radiohead wants to prove it's more than just a "Creep"

  • Calendar

    March 2, 1995
  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Video Pulpit

    A Houston judge takes his quest for juvenile justice into national syndication

  • Calendar

    October 13, 1994
  • Film

    January 13, 1994

    The Chronicles of Lewis

    Anthony Hopkins gets weepy in Shadowlands

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