• Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live In Texas

    By Chris Gray and Matthew Keever TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION (Honorable Mention 2) Some of our more genteel readers may be wondering who the hell Texas Hippie Coalition even is, not to mention how they landed on a list that purports to (informally) rank the Lone Star State's biggest rock stars. (Note: ... More >>

  • Film

    March 6, 2014
  • Culture

    December 12, 2013

    It's Time for Christmas to Hit the Stage in Houston

    There's lots of alternatives to the same old same old this year.

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The Houston Texans' Futility Against The Spread (Also, Best Bets)

    We all know the Texans' numbers by now, I laid them out for you in all the startling detail earlier this week. 4-8 over their last 12 games, four losses in a row, one second half touchdown in their last four games, pick sixes galore. But of all the Texans' egregious transgressions, there is one tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 5: I Left My Liver In San Francisco

    Sunday night, the Texans take on the San Francisco 49ers, and I think of all the possible BATTLE-DRINK challenges, Sunday night games pose the most daunting one. Think about it, Thursday night games are all right because there's only one per year, and who's really focused on Friday at work anyway. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Empire of the Sun, The Rides, Man Man, etc.

    Empire of the Sun Warehouse Live, September 20 If you enjoy your woozy, MGMT-style electro-pop with the costume design of a Spielberg epic, Empire of the Sun is ready for their close-up. The Australian duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore -- who hail from the Western outpost of Perth, sometimes c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    How Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits Found "Something Good" in Texas

    Even though in terms of British Invasion band lead singers, he's about as English as English could be, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits has always had a love of Texas music. Once he found out the tunes and performers he liked actually hailed from the Lone Star State, that is. "Guys like Buddy Holly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012

    One of the quiet pleasures of (finally) putting 2012 to bed is mop-up duty. All year, I tried to keep a running list of albums released by Texas-based or Texas-related performers that I enjoyed listening to. Sunday night, I tallied them up. For some reason, besides that we've already handled the ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Judge to Rule on Whether Dude is Sherman Hemsley's Half-Brother

    Hair Balls would've never guessed there'd be drama over the estate of the late Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley, whose soul went to the de-luxe apartment in the sky last July. But that's just what happened: Although Hemsley, who lived in El Paso for the last 20 years, left everything to his friend F ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2012

    Drawn by Drunken Seven-Year-Olds

    The five ugliest beer labels in Texas.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Does Dallas-Fort Worth Have the Worst Tippers in the State?

    Last week, Eater alerted the great foodie masses to a website called Lousy Tippers that contains a pretty scary database of the nation's worst tippers. "There is a consequence," the site preaches ominously from its header. Call it the ultimate form of societal pressure to make sure you leave a grat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Conroe Native Courtney Smith Crashes Rock-Lit Boys Club

    ​Introducing music journalism's latest female-penned release, Courtney E. Smith's Record Collecting for Girls. Following suit with like-minded veteran writers like Sara Marcus and Jessica Hopper, Smith's first book boldly tackles the music memoir, a literary genre historically saturated with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Straight-To-DVD Music Sequels Soon To Come

    ​If you're a struggling writer, musician or filmmaker trying to work up the nerve to kill yourself, have we ever got good news for you! Your morale may have been damaged or even crippled by seeing bad music, bad movies and bad stories dominating the upper echelons of their respective fields, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Health Dept. Roundup: 77011 to 77020

    ​We're back to our systematic ways here at Health Dept. round-up, this week tackling zip codes 77011 to 77020. Most remarkable in this bunch was a February 5 inspection triggered by a complaint at Shipley Donuts (3410 Ella Blvd., in 77018). The establishment was cited for not filling or clos ... More >>

  • News

    December 3, 2009

    Noncombat Deaths: Another Casualty of War

    The mass shooting at Fort Hood was just one of a growing number of troubling military deaths, murders and suicides.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    The Facts of LifeBag

    Photos by Blake WhitakerPreparation is keyImagine a catastrophic hurricane has severed communication with the outside world. You're thirsty, but the water coming out of the tap is contaminated. Society has devolved into lawlessness, and your neighbors have stolen your bottled water by torchlight. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    The Facts of LifePack

    Photos by Blake WhitakerPreparation is keyImagine a catastrophic hurricane has severed communication with the outside world. You're thirsty, but the water coming out of the tap is contaminated. Society has devolved into lawlessness, and your neighbors have stolen your bottled water by torchlight. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    HISD Actually Gets Some Good Grades On A Statewide Report

    Some good news for the Houston school district -- it is kicking the asses of other urban districts in the state when it comes to meeting the high standards of the National Center for Educational Accountability.NCEA, though its Just For Kids organization, has released its annual study of schools who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Good News for School Cafeterias from the Health Department

    You might have questions as to the quality of the food your kid’s eating at school, but you should have no worries about the cleanliness of it. We looked at food inspectors’ reports for public and private schools from October 1 to October 8, and we found very few violations. One of the biggest ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2008

    Texas Woman Fights Abuse at the State's Schools for the Mentally Retarded

    Her son was beaten up by an angry caregiver at Denton State School

  • Film

    January 12, 2006

    The Nude Bomb

    Mrs. Henderson shakes up war-torn Britain with an assault of the flesh

  • Film

    December 23, 2004

    Fahrenheit 2004

    Remembering the movies that heated up cinemas this year

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    Case Closed

    Wal-Mart finds the ultimate bargain: beating a family's $20 million verdict

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2003

    MARTA Meets Metro

    Manufacturing gridiron enmity from scratch

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    Driving Miss D.A.-isy

    A ride-along girlfriend and erroneous testimony taint a DWI squad case

  • News

    May 31, 2001


    Rockin' On, A Stark Affair, Wrong War?

  • Film

    August 3, 2000

    Saturated Fat

    Nutty Professor II may be hazardous to your health

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    The Dispossessed

    When HISD starts deciding whose homes to take, schoolkids are the only messengers. The Moríns learned that lesson too late.

  • Film

    April 6, 2000
  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    Rap Actor

    LL Cool J rocks microphone, silver screen

  • Music

    October 8, 1998


    Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes

  • Music

    August 21, 1997
  • Music

    December 26, 1996

    Heavy, Man

    An endless drum solo for... the ten worst concept albums of all time

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    The Passionate Pilgrim

    He owns a baseball team, he's spent millions to wipe out a devastating Third World disease, and now he's out to save pro football for Houston. But what does John Jay Moores really want?