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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.
The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by mhowryWe 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 >>
San Francisco's Sleepy Sun is the newest star in the psych-rock constellation.
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 >>
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 >>
Action Taken in Solidarity with Phoenix New Times
Twinemen get the ball rolling again after the untimely demise of Morphine
The deep house of Miguel Migs transcends California vapidity
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club takes on a lot of targets with its second album
Charlotte Foster wanted a male nanny whod play sports with her sons. She got an escaped murderer.
Two weeks ago the FCC shut down Montrose Radio. Can the pirate station survive the bust? Can the pirate station survive itself?
Gillian Welch heeds roots music's high, lonesome call