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    June 11, 2014

    Happy 90th Birthday George Bush Sr.: A Rousing R&B Salute

    A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert Directed by David Deutsch Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98 "Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Alice In Chains, Tycho, Chaka Khan, etc.

    Alice In Chains Bayou Music Center, April 29 After reappearing from a solid decade in the wilderness on 2009's Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice In Chains is rolling in 2014. William DuVall, who came up through Atlanta's hardcore scene, is now fully installed as front man; he shares the tormented howl ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Cher, Ellie Goulding, Schoolboy Q, Tool, etc.

    Cher Toyota Center, March 24 Cher's six-decade career is all the proof we need that she can do just about anything she sets her mind to. She's a musician, an actress and an all-out badass from feathered head to stiletto-ed toe, and has been ever since the moment she hit the screen singing "I Got Yo ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: DJ Sun, Eli Young Band, Lorde, Reba, etc.

    DJ Sun The Flat, March 3 On last year's One Hundred -- amazingly, his first-ever full-length release -- DJ Sun pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout. Its intricately ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, etc.

    Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27 For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- backed as always by that smooth-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Report: Federal Prosecutors Trample Constitutional Rights in War on Drugs

    The 7th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the right to a jury trial. The 8th Amendment prohibits "cruel and unusual punishments." A new report by Human Rights Watch shows that federal criminal defendants, especially those charged with drug crimes, are having their constitutional rights arguab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    JFK' Rice Hotel Sailship Doodle: Yours For (At Least) $13,800

    In case you hadn't heard yet this month -- and if not, you will hear it a lot in the next couple of weeks -- John Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago. The night before he met his fate in Dallas, he was in Houston and stayed at what was then the Rice Hotel ("Houston's Welcome to the World" was its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Rick Perry is a Trendsetter: Other States Threatening Secession

    As we know, Rick Perry likes to party like its 1860 (the year South Carolina became the first to secede in the "War Between the States"). Of course, Perry wanted to secede based on Obamacare and federal debt, not one of the great moral crimes in American history, but we all have our own cause celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Last Night: The Adolescents & Youth Brigade at Fitzgerald's

    The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, The American Heist Fitzgerald's December 30, 2012 To end 2012 on a note of anti-apocalypse, in which the forces of vitality outmaneuver destruction and oblivion, Willow Villarreal of Hatetank Productions -- who has survived through the thick and thin of a fickle Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Why Mitt Romney Won't Win The Debate Tonight: He Won't Shut Up About The Economy. Mitt, We Get It Already.

    Once, while reflecting on his tumultuous tenure as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara said: "Don't answer the question you were asked. Answer the question you wish you were asked." This may have allowed the folly of the Vietnam War to continue for nearly a decade, but it wa ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    America's Petro-Terrorists

    Wall Street and Washington conspire to destablize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time.

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    January 23, 2012

    Saturday Night: Kendrick Lamar at Warehouse Live

    There's nothing in Kendrick Lamar's catalog that suggests he's a capacity crowd artist. He doesn't chase radio glory. He doesn't make what you call, um, hits. He's just starting to log big name cosigns. Yet, on Saturday, Warehouse Live was packed from end to end with hip-hop fans eager to catch a gl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Rick Perry Tries to Raise Money Off His Debate Disaster (with Video)

    Also forgot his "no more debates" plan.​When you've provided the signature moment of your doomed campaign in a national debate, what do you do? Try to make some money off it. Rick Perry stumbled badly -- like Gerald Ford badly, like Admiral Stockdale badly -- in last night's GOP debate. He c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    The City Elections Are Coming (You Knew That, Right?) Take Our Quiz

    Be proud​You were aware there's a citywide election Tuesday, right? You get the chance to elect a new mayor, councilmembers AND weigh in on vitally important proposed state constitutional amendments like whether El Paso County should be added to the list of counties authorized to create conser ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011
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    October 17, 2011

    How Much Has Hip-Hop Affected Race Relations?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Kyle Hubbard, Mic Skills, Snoopy, Kiotti, Chingo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Y'all Musta Forgot: CQ and t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8's The Sunday Soapbox

    ​Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email (Self-released, 2011) CQ & t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8 Note: Heretofore, whenever t.h.e. MisFit Cra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Rick Perry's Unique American Revolution Analysis: Best Twitter Responses, and Our Dumb-Quotes Random Generator Is Updated

    Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyRick Perry last night did what most presidential candidates do after sucking again in a debate -- he went to a frat house. In explaining to the Beta Theta Pi boys his views of governance, Perry said that the American Revolutio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Alternative Songs for the 2012 Candidates

    Please god, no.​Poor Michele Bachmann, first the John Wayne/John Wayne Gacy thing, now Tom Petty's piling on as well: The inaugural music-related strike of the 2012 presidential race comes from Tom Petty, who issued a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann's campaign to get her to stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Songs In The Key Of [Presidential] Fail

    Please god, no.​Poor Michele Bachmann, first the John Wayne/John Wayne Gacy thing, now Tom Petty's piling on as well: The inaugural music-related strike of the 2012 presidential race comes from Tom Petty, who issued a cease and desist letter to Michele Bachmann's campaign to get her to stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    A Musical Field Guide To National Bird Day​Today is National Bird Day, and we are all gonna celebrate. Every year bird enthusiasts pick this day to promote bird watching, XTREME bird watching, bird adoption, and just plain ol' loving the unholy hell out of birds. All kidding aside, the holiday is dedicated to raising aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Top 5 Local Ideas: The Gift of Lone Star Deliciousness

    Looking to spread Texas-size cheer to friends and family out of state? Need a universally appealing present for employees or clients? Below are five suggestions for food gifts chock full of local flavor and appeal. The "DJ Special." Original BBQ Sauce, Jalapeño Garlic BBQ Sauce, Heavy Garlic BBQ Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Why I'd Rather Eat Halal Food (Including Campbell's Soup)

    ​The latest round of anti-Muslim rhetoric to spew forth from the nation's right-wing extremists has formed from the strangest combination of ingredients: Canada and Campbell's soup. News that Americans have started a Facebook group called "Boycott Campbell Soup" [sic] -- which has nearly 3,50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Top 10 Celebrity Music-Video Cameos

    ​Ratt, "Round and Round" Thursday night, Ratt hits up Warehouse Live with what passes for their original line-up. At their peak, the band was a gritty and decadent alternative to bands like Poison, skewing closer to Motley Crue in terms of excess and drug abuse. ​The band managed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    True Blood: Massive Attack At A Strip Club!

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood - which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. Season 3, Episode 4: "9 Crimes" ​When Gothtopia was just a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    (Very Possibly) Excerpts From The State Board Of Education's Curriculum Standards For The 2012-13 School Year

    ​There's been a whole lot of hooting and scorn from a nation who has watched as far-right-wingers have forced their odd, minority political views into Texas textbooks. There are some carping liberal complainers who think -- difficult as it may be to believe -- that Thomas Jefferson should be menti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Midweek Match-Up: Tom DeLay Vs. Sarah Palin In The Battle Of The Quitters

    What is up with the Republican Party today? It's become a party of quitters.First, Sarah Palin ups and leaves her job as Alaska governor for reasons only she can discern. Then Tom DeLay throws in the white towel on Dance With The Stars, even as the nation was begging for him to continue making a com ... More >>

  • Film

    October 1, 2009

    The Awful Truth

    Attn: Wall Street. Michael Moore is a Marxist (but he's still selling the same old shtick).

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    May 1, 2009

    For May Day: Five Best Dirty, Rotten, Stinking Commies In The Movies

    Once a pre-Christian celebration of the beginning of the summer, May 1 became associated with the labor movement and was eventually appropriated by the Soviet Union. The Cold War has been over for almost 20 years, so what better way to commemorate May Day than by poking fun at some famous movie Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Tonight: Pat MacDonald and Melanie Jane at the Continental Club

    The only thing more disheartening than being a one-hit wonder is having your one hit's lyrical intentions misconstrued from here to eternity. Bruce Springsteen didn't write "Born in the USA" as patriotic anthem, but Ronald Reagan sure thought he did. Pat MacDonald, formerly of Austin's Timbuk 3, kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    The Houston Suburb Known As The Hill Country

    Things we learned today: The Hill Country is a suburb of Houston. At least to Canadians.The National Post, a Canadian newspaper, took note that Barack Obama was the first "urban" president in a long while.They had to stretch things a bit, saying that JFK "made his primary home at the six-acre Kenned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    State School Board Member Cynthia Dunbar Still Bringing The Loony

    The Texas State Board of Education is a fairly obscure group of individuals, staying below the radar except for the occasional ruckus over whether evolution's a fraud or if math word problems should all include highlights from Ronald Reagan's career.That ended this fall, when an unhinged screed publ ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    September 25, 2007

    Retro Active: A Nuclear Era, But I Have No Fear

    A few weeks ago, because my XM radio unit and my heart are both perpetually stuck on the Eighties channel (XM 8), I started to notice how many of the seemingly innocuous pop songs from those pastel-tinged years had much heavier concerns. Perhaps those erudite Englishmen Duran Duran put it best in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2007

    Fighting Inaccuracies When Referring to Norma Gabler

    Our jaws kinda dropped over the weekend when we saw the Houston Chronicle’s obit of Norma Gabler. The paper picked up a story from the Longview News-Journal, the woman’s hometown paper, and ran it unquestioningly. Here’s the lede: “Norma Gabler dedicated much of the last 46 years of her lif ... More >>

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    February 22, 2007
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    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

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    July 13, 2006

    In Ken's Name We Pray

    "Yes, it's true that I got most of my ideas from Mr. Lay..." In his speech at the Ken Lay memorial service, the Rev. William Lawson compared the former Enron honcho to Jesus, the lynched James Byrd and Martin Luther King, Jr. We've found the notes Lawson used in preparing his speech; here are so ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 27, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Culture

    February 23, 2006
  • Film

    August 4, 2005

    On the Road Again

    Jim Jarmusch offers up another quest story for hipsters, and they'll be pleased

  • Culture

    December 18, 2003

    Dream Team

    Two lonely souls connect -- if only for a moment -- in Laughing Wild

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    The Evolution Control Committee

    Plagiarythm Nation (Creations/Seeland)

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    October 29, 1998
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    June 13, 1996
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    May 11, 1995
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    April 6, 1995

    The Wendy Card

    Wendy Gramm's all-American success story is a centerpiece of her husband's fledgling presidential bid. But there's more to the story than what's being packaged and sold by the Phil Gramm campaign.

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    October 13, 1994


    With big bucks and blessings from on high, Eugene Fontenot comes out from behind his wall to buy a seat in Congress

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