Rust Belt

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    The 25 Best Songs About Houston

    Bobby Bare, "I Can Almost See Houston From Here" One of the great homesick songs, Bobby Bare infuses this one with downtrodden ennui as he pines for the warmness of his old hometown. Usually veteran Houstonians are forced to deal with some newbie from Portland telling us all the things that are wron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Last Night: Devo & Blondie at Arena Theatre

    Blondie, Devo Arena Theatre September 19, 2012 What a week for New Wave around here. Psychedelic Furs and Go-Go's still to come, and Blondie and Devo teaming up for the "Whip It to Shreds" tour Wednesday night at the Arena Theatre. New Wave is as good a term as any to describe a style of music tha ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2012

    American Parasite

    Mitt Romney's years at Bain represent everything you hate about capitalism.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Houston: More Hipster-Friendly than Salt Lake City and Dallas, At Least

    Earlier this month Travel and Leisure asked their readers to rank 35 American cities on the quantity and quality of their live music scenes, coffeehouses, microbrews, and independent boutiques. They also asked their readers to quantify more ineffable qualities such as the quirkiness of a city and h ... More >>

  • Music

    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    An Afternoon with SEARCH Leads a Writer to Recall His Own Homeless Mother

    As a guest of local homelessness advocates SEARCH, I spent last Friday afternoon pretending to be homeless. Sort of...At any rate, it was a strange afternoon for me as my experience of homelessness is far more up close and personal than that of most people. The afternoon began at the SEARCH facili ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Last Night: Peter Case At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

    Photos by David Ensminger​Peter Case McGonigel's Mucky Duck June 28, 2011 Surviving 40 years of rock and roll is not nearly the same as embodying it, preserving artful, poetic, and transcendent song forms that persevere as the world unveils socio-political and cultural shifts, religious uphea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    It's (Semi-)Official: Houston Is Not That Fun A City

    If we can;t have the fun, can we at least have the funk?​As you walk two mushy downtown blocks on a blazing August afternoon in Houston, surely the question that comes to your mind is "Isn't this fun?"Or maybe not.Anyway, the extremely important publication Portfolio has done an extremely scientif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    With The Saints Out Of The Way, Houston Claims Title As Worst Football City In America

    ​Now that the Aints finally is, three cities remain as contenders for the title of Most Inept Pro Football City in the World: Cleveland, Detroit, and Houston.Jacksonville is the only other city whose team has never made a Super Bowl, but as a baby franchise they don't count. Especially since they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    The 10 Biggest Non-Bummers Of The Decade In Houston

    ​We recently took a look at the 10 Biggest Bummers of Houston's Decade; in the spirit of equal time (and the season), we now offer the 10 Biggest Non-Bummers of the Oughts.This being Houston, some of these happy developments have a not-so-happy side, but that's to be expected, we suppose.Are we mi ... More >>

  • Music

    September 3, 2009

    Strange Fruit

    Shins sideman Eric Johnson's Fruit Bats is a side project no longer.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    This Week's No Reservations

    In this week's episode of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain traveled to Melbourne, Australia. Despite Crocodile Dundee stereotypes of Australia, Melbourne is actually a thriving cultural capital with ethnically diverse cuisines - "like San Francisco, but without the fog." Surprisingly, it was Bourda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Bourdain Is Back

    No Reservations is back. The ever-loquacious Anthony Bourdain visited Chile, skipping from Santiago to wine country, the coast and Patagonia, sampling food, waxing poetic and keeping it real the entire time. Here is a recap of the delicious Chilean cuisine and Bourdain-isms from last night's episo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Pittsburgh/Arizona Fusion Cuisine: Fried Bologna Migas

    Not that I'm thinking about theme food for a football game or anything, but what about this for an inspired Rust Belt/Sun Belt fusion dish? My family is from Pittsburgh, so I associate the foods I ate in my youth with the Iron City. And I ate a lot of fried bologna and scrambled eggs. My father, w ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Time Trial

    After nine months in a body cast and years of neglect in his home country, aging rocker Ed Hamell still aims to conquer America

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    Squeeze City

    Mark Halata hopes his Texavian strains can be heard in a town full of accordions

  • News

    April 22, 1999


    When you can't trust your partners, you're likely to get burned

  • Music

    July 30, 1998

    Resident Alien

    Michael Fracasso is the misfit of the new Texas troubadour elite. Big surprise -- he's from Ohio