• Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Pasadena Napalm Division & deadhorse at Scout Bar, 9/13/2013

    Pasadena Napalm Division, deadhorse, Dykes on Bikes, Beyond All Deception, Deathrazor Scout Bar September 13, 2013 It seems like the most obvious pairing in the world, really. The only question is why they didn't get together sooner. Three or four years ago, some of the guys from local '90s metal l ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    The Cavern and the Top 10 Iconic Rock Clubs In History

    Last week back in 1957, the most famous rock club in England opened in Liverpool. There was absolutely no rock and roll on the bill that night. The Cavern Club was originally opened to mimic the cellar jazz bars that owner Alan Synter visited in Paris. There was a strict jazz-only policy in place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Pasadena Walmart Employee Swipes Customer's Debit Card, Uses It at Same Store

    Buddy Olvera might want to try some other career. This whole crime thing doesn't seem to be working out for the (now) former Walmart employee. Not even the Eye of Sauron takes in more than Walmart's security cams, so there is a plethora of video evidence backing up the Pasadena PD's claim (reported ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    March 7, 2012

    Jordy Tollett, Former "Mister Downtown," Charged With DWI, Again

    Former Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau honcho Gerard Jay "Jordy" Tollett, currently the Pasadena Convention Center general manager, has had yet another alcohol-related setback. This time, it's a DWI bust, courtesy of the police in the sharp-dressed political wheeler-dealer's hometow ... More >>

  • Music

    October 20, 2011
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    October 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Dumbest Homophobic Comment Ever?

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day: This Marriage Can't Be Saved

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Houston Needs An Urban Cowboy Statue, Y'all

    ​For the past month, you have no doubt been reading about a group in Detroit lobbying for a Robocop statue in their city to commemorate the fictional (we believe) robotic law enforcement titan created by the evil corporate goons of OCP, using deceased Detroit officer James Murphy. Detroit may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Patrick Borrego, 40, Bayou Body Count No. 7

    Dead in a bar parking lot​A man whose body was found at 5 a.m. in an eastside bar parking lot died later at the hospital, Houston police say. Patrick Borrego, 40, of Pasadena, "suffered sharp force wounds" and died at Ben Taub Hospital, HPD says. Police received a call saying a body had been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Houston, You Are Terrible At Driving

    We may not be Pasadena, but at least we're no Garland​Yesterday we learned that Houston traffic sucks, according to new info from the state. Today we find out that it might be better that cars are in crawl mode around here because Houston drivers, you suck.Allstate's annual rankings of safe-drivin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Last Night: Ted Nugent At The Pasadena Fairgrounds

    Photos by Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshow​Ted Nugent Pasadena Fairgrounds July 11, 2010 It was one of the most offensive shows that Aftermath has probably been to, but that didn't stop us from buying a T-shirt. It was a show that would have made the cast of liberal pundits on CNBC s ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Pasadena Strawberry Festival

    Anyone have some whipped cream?

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    May 10, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Of course you do. So do we.​One of summer's sweetest berries will be celebrated this weekend at the annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival, now in its 37th year. If you've never been before, you can look forward to an old-fashioned, small-town festival on steroids -- and we mean that in the best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Casa Mariachi in Pasadena

    ​For a lazy Saturday night dinner, our family ended up in Pasadena. After some deliberation of where to go -- "Applebees?" "Ew! No!" -- someone suggested that we go to Casa Mariachi (5824 Spencer Highway, 281-998-2272). None of us had been, but it was near our gathering point, so we decided on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Pecan Pie in a Jar

    ​Let's start by saying that Pecan Pie in a Jar is not meant to be eaten directly from the jar. One spoonful and I was sure this taste test was over before it began, but upon further review of the fine print, it turned out you actually need eggs to make it remotely edible. Was it better than m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Recession Or Not, Pasadena's Getting Some New Theater

    Byron Hagan and Marshall Hainley​Nobody told the Red Door Theater Company there was a recession going on. The plucky theater troupe launched their group earlier this year in, of all theater-starved places, Pasadena. With true Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney/"Let's Put on a Show" spunk, Artistic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    It's 110 Down, Much More To Come In County's Fourth of July DWI Crackdown

    The first weekend of the county's DWI crackdown resulted in 110 arrests at "Hot Spots," the DA's office announced today. And the big weekend is still to come.The Hot Spots feature lots of patrol cars and a mobile lab with all that's necessary to get a blood sample for those who refuse the breath ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009

    Pasadena Strawberry Festival

    Roses are red…hey, wait a minute — you’re not a rose!

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Family Of Man Found Dead In Pasadena Jail Cell Sues

    Lawyers for the family of Pedro Gonzales, who died while in Pasadena Police Department custody in 2007, today announced a federal lawsuit against the two officers the family says beat Gonzales just hours before his death, Jason Buckaloo and Christopher Jones and the city of Pasadena.At a press confe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    It's Go Texan Day! Hope You Don't Have Any Out-Of-Town Friends Coming In

    Today, of course, is Go Texan Day, marking the opening of the rodeo.It's the day when secretaries all over downtown wear "western" blouses and skirts, adventurous guys sport bolo ties and cowboy hats, and the rest of us cringe.Longtime Houstonians know to never, ever schedule any friends to come vis ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 29, 2009


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    January 12, 2009

    Flashback: Pasadena Napalm Division at Warehouse Live

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Brand-new (sort of) Houston hardcore supergroup Pasadena Napalm Division, featuring alumni of deadhorse, D.R.I. and Dethkultur BBQ, made a most excellent official debut before a mostly full Warehouse Live studio Saturday night. Rocks Off was impressed by the five-piece's ... More >>

  • Music

    January 8, 2009
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    December 29, 2008

    Rosa's Photo Corner: Pasadena Rocks, Balaclavas and J. Mascis

    "The sign that Pedro is wiping his ass with says 'Pasadena rules.'"

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Lamb to the Slaughter

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to We headed out to the Pit ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008

    The Shredder

    One Show, One Sentence

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    September 18, 2008

    Unlucky Pasadenans Arrive At The George R. Brown

    Red Cross and FEMA workers seem about ready to be finished with shelter operations at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Earlier this afternoon, officers with the Houston Police Department arrested one man at the site and were on the verge of putting another man – possibly drunk – in handcuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    At Least It Wasn't A TNT Factory

    If you were to make a list of things you'd rather not see get caught up in a raging fire, a bullet factory would probably be near the top. Right under "WMD Central," "The Flammable-Gas U-Store-It" and "World's Largest Fireworks Store." But a bullet factory in Pasadena did indeed go up in flames ov ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2008

    Vinyl Ranch’s tribute to Urban Cowboy

    Leon’s monthly country-music installment pays tribute to classic country cinema

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    February 4, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Christmas Chaos 2

    Pro Wrestling Alliance star Booker T takes on RVD

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007
  • Music

    May 31, 2007


    Ozma performs Tuesday, June 5, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483. Eastern Conference Champions and The Actual also perform.

  • News

    September 1, 2005

    Against the Odds

    No betting shows on one sports-talk station

  • News

    June 2, 2005

    Those Damn Kids

    In Pasadena, it's those damn adults

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Book Learnin'

    Another year of textbook follies

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2003

    Midnight Moving

    Slap a light on your bike and take off into the night

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    Come Fry with Me

    Valdo's misses some connections on its culinary journey around the world, but it's right at home with Gulf Coast seafood

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Bye to the Good Ol' Boys?

    The commissioner's race that could break the county mold

  • Music

    February 21, 2002


    Saturday, February 23

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    Under The Volcano

    Crown Central Petroleum spews, sputters and flares up. Neighbors of the plant view it uneasily, never quite sure when it's going to blow.

  • Dining

    January 10, 2002

    Clear Your Mind

    The Mind Eraser at Fiddler's Lounge

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Turnstyled and Junkpiled

    The strange, savage and sweet life of Mickey Dunlap

  • News

    March 4, 1999
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    December 17, 1998
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    December 3, 1998


    P.olice S.emis?

  • News

    December 3, 1998


    Pasadena police wanted bad trucks off the road. Then big-rig politics wrecked their plans.

  • News

    September 14, 1995

    Maxwell's Demons

    If you get crosswise with Larry Maxwell, beprepared to go to court

  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

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