It might be all that BBQ, the late-night bar hopping, or the fact it just makes more sense to drive wherever you have to go (we really wish we had the adventurous spirit of you daily bicycle riders), but Houston recently ranked not too far from the bottom of the American Fitness Index. The report ... More >>
LaToya Ruby Frazier's photographs detail the personal loss when a city falls apart.
Poor KBR just can't get a break -- a federal judge in Oregon has affirmed an $81 million judgment against the Houston-based firm for exposing National Guard soldiers to a deadly chemical at an Iraqi water injection plant in 2003. The judgment was awarded to the first 12 veterans, out of hundreds sti ... More >>
A new study claims Houston is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to not getting too stressed about personal finances. This "Houston" that CardHub.com is talking about is apparently the one right here in Texas -- the one where we don't know too many people who aren't "stressed about ... More >>
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jacqui Sutton is the lead singer for t ... More >>
Songs are like babies. Some of them drop into the world with barely a push, while others require yanking out with a wicked set of tongs after a long labor. Generally the latter is more common than the former, which is why any musician worth his or her salt carries around some sort of notebook to kee ... More >>
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
Yesterday, the organizers of the Wine Blog Awards announced the 2012 winners, including Dallas-based wine blogger Alfonso Cevola (above), who won for the "best single subject wine blog" category. Now in their sixth year, the Wine Blog Awards are widely considered the highest accolades in the world ... More >>
Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot. Th ... More >>
Country's biggest summer tour an alt-pop blond bombshell.
See Rocks Off's complete Free Press Summer Fest coverage. Be sure to also check out our slideshows: the sexy, sweaty Summer Fest crowds and the bands of Summer Fest 2012. Cory Garcia: Stage 7 isn't the most glamorous. Most of your set will be spent playing to the handful of people who came out to y ... More >>
Everyone has their meltdown moments, no doubt about it. We make mistakes and, most of the time, we try to correct them. We have them because we are all human. Unfortunately, though, when you are in the spotlight, your hurts, tantrums, mistakes and meltdowns are all magnified for all the world to se ... More >>
The Alabama Shakes ride their momentum right into Houston.
Gawker is one of the most fun and informative sites on the innerwebs. Where else can you hear about the awful and sexy things that humans do to each other? Each day brings a new bounty of curiousness, like the one about the midget porn star Gordon Ramsay-lookalike that ended up being a hoax. It wasn ... More >>
Feeling at home in Houston.Man, you host one slutwalk and.... Houston has been named the tenth most promiscuous city in the nation, in a study that we don't doubt for a second is rigorous, peer-reviewed and unassailable. It comes from a dating site called OKCupid, but the people at OKCupid ... More >>
On the plus side, maybe this guy can get a new gig.This November marks the 40th anniversary of the hijacking of Northwest Flight #305 by a man calling himself "Dan Cooper." The hijacker, later erroneously referred to in the media as "D.B.," jumped out of the plane at an altitude of 10,000 fee ... More >>
Rice U video No city in America grew more in population in the last decade than Houston, a Rice study said today. And if you don't believe it, they put out the slick video above to erase any doubt. Houston added 1,231,393 residents between 2000 and 2012, the study of census figures said; the next ... More >>
As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>
Probably lives in HoustonIt's hard out there for a Houston mail carrier -- if the heat doesn't get you, the dogs probably will. The United States Postal Service has put out its list of the 10 most dangerous cities for dog attacks, and coming in at the top is....us. USPS says 62 Houston lett ... More >>
Today is the 48th anniversary of Portland, Ore., garage-rock group the Kingsmen recording their version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie." The Kingsmen's version would end up being the most enduring and controversial take of the song, unleashing the U.S. government on the group and the song fo ... More >>
Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.
Mark Sanchez' Houston heartthrob, reportedlyLindsay McCormick is an ESPN type from Houston who, we have to admit, we've never heard of.But her official bio says she "has appeared on ESPN Streak for the Cash and ESPN College Pick'em on ESPN.com, the MtvU music countdown show The Dean's List, The C ... More >>
Ever since my run-in with some miserable gluten-free (GF) pancakes a while back, I've been wary of GF food in general. But wary doesn't mean I don't keep trying the stuff in hopes of finding some magical GF cookie that doesn't taste like a Frisbee. There are certainly plenty of excellent GF ... More >>
Dark chocolate bark with chipotle and almonds marked the beginning of a romantic Valentine's Day season at my house. My wife is wild about chocolate and chile pepper confections, so I try to buy her some every year at this time. I used to mail-order the wonderful chocolate-and-chile pepper ba ... More >>
Photo by Daniel KramerThe media fallout from Annise Parker's mayoral victory continues to roll in.President Barack Obama called to congratulate her (he didn't mention the gay angle), but he called while she was giving an interview to Fox 26. And really, what's more important, Obama or Fox 26? So ... More >>
Did we underestimate the popularity of Gustavo Arellano's column?
St. Louis post-punks So Many Dynamos are ready for battle with The Loud Wars.
Spoon's musical tinker Britt Daniel avoids the cringe.
Early 80's hardcore punk would have been a tad empty without Austin's Millions Of Dead Cops (or MDC for short). Singer Dave Dictor was one of the first sexually ambigious - as outlined on "America's So Straight," from the band's 1982 debut Millions of Dead Cops - singers among the decidedly macho co ... More >>
In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're too busy recycling va ... More >>
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (l-r): Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead Wednesday morning in his Portland, Oregon, hotel room, Billboard reported today. Mitchell, 62, most likely died of natural cau ... More >>
There's a bit of a brouhaha up in Baltimore, as some government bureaucracy -- no one really knows for sure -- is offering to pay for journalists and bloggers to take free trips to cities with shiny new mass-transit rail systems, and then write glowingly about them. They're not interested in cities ... More >>
My Morning Jacket have announced their fall tour. Check the dates after the jump, and let the wailing and lamentations begin...
Is this the Dimes... Sometime in the near future, Houston indie-rock fans will have to get used to calling one of their favorite bands something else entirely. Actually, some people will probably always refer to the Westside quartet as the Dimes, but management for another Dimes – a strummy quarte ... 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 >>
Tammy Faye Messner adds music to the mascara
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot
Freegans prove there is such a thing as they Dumpster-dive for food for themselves and the homeless
Houston police are looking to Tasers as a panacea. But nothing's perfect.
Enema of the Mental State: Notes from the Battle on Irritable Blink-182 Syndrome
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One Beat (Kill Rock)
Rockin' On, A Stark Affair, Wrong War?
McCormick & Schmick's Spanish coffee
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Folk-rock space boy Todd Snider awakes to find a career on the upswing