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  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Blackbird Raum: Encouraging Weirdness, Even On MTV

    Recently, Blackbird Raum went where no folk-punk band has gone before -- to MTV. MTV Iggy, to be exact. The Santa Cruz, Calif. anarcho-folk outfit, now ten years into their run as a band, was recently featured on the Web site, which focuses on "cutting-edge global music." Lest anyone think they've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    20 '90s Pop-Punk Albums Better Than Green Day's Dookie

    Brace yourselves, kids. Green Day's Dookie turned 20 last month, and that means we've all got a case of the olds. Grab your walkers and follow us down memory lane. Green Day's first major-label release, Dookie was a monster of an album that launched the band into the center of '90s pop culture and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Top 10 Bands For Oogles, Gutterpunks and "Travel Kids"

    My mother-in-law was a Depression-era kid, and she shared stories of the rail-riders who would pass through her small Louisiana hometown looking for work. They carried all they owned from place to place, stopping here and there to do odd jobs for dinner and a place to sleep. Those travelers became k ... More >>

  • Music

    April 18, 2013

    World Beat: The Music of iFest

    Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Let's Get Greasy

    The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Why Screw Caps Stink, Why They Rock and a Pinot Grigio I Dig

    "Bartender, bartender! My wine smells like farts!" No, this wasn't a George Carlin routine. It was me (and my not so inner wine nerd) as I sat at a bar at one of Houston's most swank joints, waiting to be seated for dinner. Honestly, I wasn't surprised that my wine smelled like a fart: It came fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Acoustic Devils Go Flogging On The Road With Molly

    When Pete Bernard received a package postmarked from Lynchburg, Tenn., he may have felt his mouth watering. That particular point of origin is the well-known home of the Jack Daniels distillery and indeed, inside the singer/guitarist for The Devil Makes Three found inside a little "thank you" from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Case For Internet Piracy

    Well, not always.​What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Bill Greenwood of Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    ​Last week, we sat down with chef Bill Greenwood of of Eddie V's Prime Seafood at CityCentre (12848 Queensbury Lane). We explored the many places he has lived and worked, which one he calls home, and what Buddhist monks like and don't like on their plates. Eating Our Words: So we saw from you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Tarp Surfing: Pipeline Tubes Coming To A Parking Lot Near You

    Wait! Where's your tarp?​It may be storm season in the Gulf, but so far the local breaks have been far from fruitful. For stir-crazy surfers looking for their tube-riding fix, you may want to look no further than that massive blue (or black, for an authentic Gulf surfing experience) tarp folded up ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Candy-Coated Fantasies

    ​After a fruitful trip to Half-Price Books in Rice Village, we stopped by the newest location of The Chocolate Bar, which serves up chocolate-covered fun in just about any form you can imagine: fruit, nuts, popcorn, coffee beans, pretzels, Oreos and more. If you can dream it, they can dip it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    What The Hell? Kemah Is One Of The Top Ten Boardwalks In The U.S.?

    Photo by mhowry​We didn't notice this until KPRC pointed it out recently, but the website Forbes Traveler recently published an article entitled "We Don't Know Anything About Boardwalks."That wasn't the actual headline on the article, but it should have been. Unless you believe that the pre-fab sc ... More >>

  • Music

    August 27, 2009

    The Sun Also Rises

    San Francisco's Sleepy Sun is the newest star in the psych-rock constellation.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Tonight: Arjun and Guardians at Jennyoga

    Note: This showed up as a comment by "Jenny" in Rocks Off's item about Bob Dylan playing The Woodlands, and we're reposting because it sounds pretty interesting. If you're planning a party in space anytime soon, take special note of the last line.Jonathan Gutstadt "Arjun's unique style of music mixe ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008
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    October 23, 2007

    Solidarity, Baby

    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 >>

  • News

    October 18, 2007
  • Music

    March 17, 2005

    String Theory

    Twinemen get the ball rolling again after the untimely demise of Morphine

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Endless Summer

    The deep house of Miguel Migs transcends California vapidity

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    Angry Young Men

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club takes on a lot of targets with its second album

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    A Killer Nanny

    Charlotte Foster wanted a male nanny who’d play sports with her sons. She got an escaped murderer.

  • News

    November 18, 1999
  • Music

    August 26, 1999
  • News

    May 13, 1999

    Silence on the Dial

    Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?

  • Music

    September 12, 1996

    Simply Direct

    Gillian Welch heeds roots music's high, lonesome call

  • Music

    November 3, 1994