A Houston wine writer considered himself fortunate to get an audience with rockstar winemaker Pax Mahle yesterday while the charismatic sommelier cum winery owner was in town to show his wine to buyers and speak at a sold-out wine dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. That's not to say that Mahle is p ... More >>
The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... More >>
Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters Bayou Music Center, June 21 Robert Plant's new project is already on the short list of most awkwardly named bands to visit Houston this year. (Does it have to be "Robert Plant Presents"?) Still, the recent Austin transplant gets a pass because, w ... More >>
Aaron Neville After four certified platinum albums and a few Grammys, Aaron Neville -- now 72 -- would have had every right to hang it all up years ago. Instead, to the delight of fans, the New Orleans soul singer found himself performing at iFest this weekend in support of his fourteenth studio alb ... More >>
Black Mountain Rudyard's, April 26 On their way to this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, Canadian drone-pop act Black Mountain are swinging by Houston for a spell at Rudyard's. The band's last release was 2012's soundtrack for the "post-apocalyptic" surfing flick Year Zero, which itself was partially a ... More >>
Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.
New Palestinian restaurant Al Aseel is turning out some wonderful roasted chicken.
It's halfway to St. Patrick's Day (truth), so we popped into The Dubliner earlier this week to...celebrate? Sure, why not? While sipping a Guinness, we started talking to Chelsea, a California native who's been living in Houston for three years. Her friends thought she was nuts for leaving th ... More >>
Former pool hall is Houston's newest hip-hop spot.
The 43rd annual WorldFest kicks off this Friday. The "fiercely independent" film festival is one of the oldest international fests in the country, and the oldest independent festival in the world. Many directors you may have heard of received their first awards here, including Steven Spielberg, Joh ... More >>
Woody Guthrie's descendants keep the folk flame alive.
Go into the belly of the beast with the author of El Monstruo: Dread and Redemption in Mexico City
Promising “if Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon started a cover band, this would be it,” Austin’s Skyrocket! has been a sensation in the Capital City since forming in 2003 as K-Tel Hit Machine. Consisting of several seasoned Austin music veterans – Ben Hotchkiss, Kyle Crusham and Paul English of t ... More >>
Why is the Chronicle so sour on hiring a full-time restaurant reviewer?
Sex, drugs, rock & roll, and the ballad of 2100 Lexington
A pair of Asian pioneers return to blaze new (if familiar) paths