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  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    8 Vegetarian Foods That Are Delicious

    People who decide to become vegetarians, or who at least want to limit the amount of meat in their diets, often find it difficult to give up on certain foods they've been long accustomed to. The idea of maybe never eating another hamburger is a daunting one for anyone who has grown up eating them. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Beck at Bayou Music Center, 10/9/2014

    Beck Bayou Music Center October 9, 2014 Following a lengthy, convoluted introduction of his band mates, during which every member had a solo of some kind, Beck had a question for his fans. "Have we alienated everyone yet?" It was an earnest question, at least in theory. (With Beck, one never know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Forget Mudbugs; Crawfish & Noodles' Crab Shines Through the Off-Season

    It may not be crawfish season, but that doesn't mean you should discount Crawfish & Noodles. The Asiatown eatery's crab dishes are just as good as the tiny critters...if not better. We can't decide what we love more; the King legs or whole-fried Dungeness and Blue. Maybe you should come with frien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Try these Five Absolutely Loaded Fries

    When it comes to smothered fries, we whole-heartedly believe that the more crap that gets loaded on top, the better. Try these five plates of cheese-drizzled, meat-laden, gravy-and-sauce-slathered fries. What: Tex-Cajun Virgin Fries Where to find them: BB's Cafe Our love affair with BB's Cajun tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    HPD Has a Machine That Can Steal Your Phone's Data, Says ACLU

    Craig Estes is about as conservative as they come in the Texas Senate. He helped kill Sen. Wendy Davis' midnight filibuster over abortion regulations. The "Craig on the issues" portion of his website features photos of placards blaring, "Pro-Life, Pro-God, Pro-Gun," "No! Amnesty," and "Must Show ID ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    College Football, Week 4: The Weekend In Tweets, Vines, and YouTube

    We're still waiting, college football. Still waiting on that "Holy shit!" weekend of games where some foundational pieces of the Top 25 get shaken up and we see the earth shift a little bit in this brave new world of college football where all roads lead to a post season playoff, albeit a miniatur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Taco Tuesday Special at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill

    Taco Tuesdays have arrived at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill. Each location is participating in this special where you get two tacos with chips and salsa for $7. You can pair any two tacos off the menu together, which normally cost $3.25 to $4.75 each. Make a meal with the fried avocado taco topped with g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Peak Season: Five Standout Apple Dishes in Houston

    Crisp, juicy apples are in season through the end of November, so now's the time to get your fall apple gorging on. From a salted caramel apple cupcake to a poached-apple salad, here are Five Must Try Apple Dishes: What: Triple Apple Bacon Pizza Where: Brasil Why wouldn't you want crisp bacon and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Texas Man No Longer Faces Life in Prison for Pot Brownies

    Prosecutors have dropped the first-degree felony charges against Jacob Lavoro, the Round Rock teenager who faced life in prison for running a small-time edibles operation. Lavoro's case made national headlines in May after Round Rock police caught the 19 year old with about a pound and a half of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Brandon Ricks of Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

    When Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge first opened, there was an ongoing list on the chalkboard of fellow industry professionals who had broken glasses and were being publicly shamed for doing so. That list has been replaced by a list of hashtags in colorful chalk. There's #CampartiLi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Law Calls BS on Allegedly Stolen Bull

    Back in the day, cattle thieving was one of the things you could be hanged for without much in the way of a trial. Things have changed, but cattle are still a serious business in the Lone Star State. Pro tip: When you're going to steal someone's bull, you'd best make sure said bull doesn't belong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Boston George Traps a Hit With Traffic

    "Do You." That was the crux of a recent Twitter back-and-forth between DJ Mr. Rogers, easily one of the best DJs Houston has to offer, and Slim Thug, a Houston mainstay whether he's rapping or just speaking his unfiltered mind. "Do You" is not really a brand-new concept, it's something people ask ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Likable Lunice Has the Inside Track to "Higher Ground"

    It's not just a Canadian thing to say that Montreal-based Lunice, with Hudson Mohawke one-half of EDM monsters TNGHT, is overtly polite in describing himself. It's an everyday thing. There's not a speck of bad press to be found about the producer listed as 25 or 26 years of age, depending on the sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Southerland Nights, An Army of Accolades

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? If you haven't heard all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Hair Balls Viral Video Box Set From Over the Weekend

    It's summertime. Not officially yet, the official start of summer is June 21 (I think), but after a weekend of stifling humidity surrounded by multiple torrential thunderstorms, for all intents and purposes, it's now summertime. And that means that it officially sucks for most of you to have to g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Battle-Drink, NFL Draft 2014: The Johnny Manziel Era Begins

    Pretty much everyone that I interact with on a daily basis loves the NFL. I work at a sports talk radio station that is the flagship for the local NFL team. I am on Twitter for a huge chunk of the day conversing with NFL fans. I talk to my sons (who live in Chicago) on a nightly basis, and they pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Nothing Goes Together Better Than Crawfish & Beer

    Treat Mom to an early Mother's Day gift by taking her to French Country Wines for a free Rosé wine tasting on Saturday, May 10, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Let Mom sample the six Rosés offered by French Country Wines and pair them with a selection of cheeses from Houston Dairymaids. If she finds a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Barrage of Lies Means the NFL Draft Is Almost Here

    This is where the NFL Draft process really starts to get get fun. (This is also where I wish that sarcasm had its own font.) We are only a few weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft, and maybe it's because we sit smack dab in the middle of the city with the number one overall pick, but it feels like th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Pro Days Done, Clowney Makes Case For Number One Overall Pick

    When it comes to the draft process in the NFL, and there are multiple prospects jockeying for any one position or status, it may not be about who has the last word necessarily, but from a Pro Day standpoint, it's definitely about who has the latest word. The Texans, in theory (and probably in actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League: Greg Reid Commits First NFL Crime Before Playing First NFL Game

    For about five weeks, the crime faucet in the NFL was practically dry, a slow drip at best. Then all of a sudden, about two weeks ago, Jim Irsay got popped for felony possession of pain killers. And since then, to quote WWE Hall of Fame television announcer Jim Ross, BUSINESS HAS, BY GAWD, PICKED U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Johnny Manziel Redefines The NFL Pro Day

    Aside from a wrinkle here and a wrinkle there, NFL Pro Days for quarterbacks are by and large the same thing -- a bunch of scripted plays thrown to familiar receivers against cones and air, with the quarterback wearing gym shorts and t-shirts. Ultimately, even on a subpar Pro Day, quarterbacks wind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    The Johnny Manziel Dunk Show (w/ VIDEO)

    When Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles conducted his Pro Day last week in Orlando for virtually every NFL team, it was on the heels of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's less than stellar Pro Day the week before. So when Bortles went out and tore it up (he was reportedly pretty damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Texans Tracker Update: The Blake Bortles' Pro Day Gushing Adjustment

    It's funny, it's been so long since I was in an NFL city that had a high draft pick and an acute need at the quarterback position, I had forgotten how much garbage fun Pro Days for quarterbacks are. Add into this the fact that the opinions among fans, and (now, to a lesser degree) pundits are so di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Got Corned Beef? Here Are 5 Delicious Ways to Use The Leftovers

    One of the best things about St. Patty's Day -- besides the green beer, Irish soda bread, and pistachio cake that you convinced yourself was an acceptable breakfast -- is most definitely corned beef and cabbage. Though it's about as Irish as spaghetti, the dish has become a Saint Patrick's Day tradi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Johnny Manziel Is in New McDonald's Commercial With LeBron James

    I have no idea what kind of NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is going to be. I think he's going to be good. Really good. But the fact of the matter is none of us know. Well, if corporate partnerships are any indicator of how good a player is going to be, Manziel is probably going to throw for 5,000 y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Teddy Bridgewater Struggles at Pro Day, Looking Back at Other QB Pro Days

    With the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks in the rear view mirror, now comes the fun part of the silly pre-draft season -- individual workouts and Pro Days. In plain English, this is the part of the Prospect Assessment Calendar where everyone will freak out (positively and negatively) over how well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: Nolan Nawrocki's Annual "Character" Salvo Hits Johnny Manziel

    There are parts of the NFL Draft process that can be a lot of fun. The chess game between front offices, the study and analysis of game film, and the leaks of really horrible Wonderlic scores at the combine -- I love those things! Then there's the overanalysis, the portion of the player study that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: City Hall Farmers Market Is Back

    The City Hall Farmers Market returns on Wednesday, February 19. Head to the market from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to purchase a variety of seasonal produce and various products from more than 35 vendors during the spring season kick-off. Whether you want to stock up on some veggies, enjoy a cup of cof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Women Are Having Fewer Abortions: Here's Why

    The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice think thank, but one that is also considered to have most reliable numbers and statistics when it comes to abortion data, has released a study showing that abortion rates are as low as they've ever been since Roe v. Wade (1973). Only 17 of every 1,000 women are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    Houston Texans 2014: The Purge On Kirby Continues

    Red Wedding, final seen of The Godfather, last episode of Season 1 of The Sopranos....quite frankly, for the Houston Texans, I'm running out of television and movie analogies where multiple people get whacked. So here goes... (SPOILER ALERT, if you haven't seen and eventually desire to see The De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    5 Complications That Make the Arian Foster Mess Even Messier

    Whenever reports come out about athletes having children out of wedlock, most of us shrug and recognize it as coming with the territory. Athletes -- and other people in position of power and authority -- frequently find themselves in public paternity suits. If you are Shawn Kemp, many, many, MANY pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    The Conservative Thought Police Hits Kansas

    One of conservatives' favorite rhetorical tropes is to criticize the "liberal elite." Birthed largely by Barry Goldwater and George Wallace, it was perfected by Nixon. Spiro Agnew, Nixon's attack dog/Vice-President made references to the coastal elite, a red-meat line in his speeches. Necessarily i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    The Great Debate: Is the Fruitcake Worth Eating, or is it Nothing But a Doorstop?

    Ah, fruitcakes. You either love them, or you hate them. There are very few in-betweens when it comes to this sweet bread filled with nuts and candied fruit. Though gifting fruitcakes around the holidays is not as popular as it used to be, the baked good has been a part of people's diets since as e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Rusko at House of Blues, 11/22/2013

    Rusko House of Blues November 22, 2013 In the 1990s, rave culture abounded. During this time, great DJs became well known and electronic dance music (now known simply as EDM) became a legitimate and respected form of music. Trance, Drum and Bass, House, and Jungle infused countless speakers. Of cou ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Top 10 French Fries

    The rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    The Great Debate: Do Casseroles Deserve a Place at Our Dining Tables? Here Are Two Takes

    Photos by striaticAccording to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word "casserole" was first used in 1708, but the origin of the word can be traced to a much earlier time. It comes from the French word for saucepan, which possibly has its roots in the Greek kyathos, which means ladle, bowl or cup. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Six Girls Dated, Six Failed Relationships

    [Note: In his column Serrano Time, Houston's award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] I went running the other morning. I used to run all the time. I was in shape, and had a six-pack for a week. I then threw all of my shirts in the trash, which was not that s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    On-Point Producer Donnie Houston's Five Favorite MC Sessions

    Note: Houston Press style is to abbreviate "microphone" as "mike" instead of "mic." Donnie Houston has an ear for things. The 29-year old Sam Houston State and Madison High School graduate loves picking through samples and setting off emotions left and right with his production. He's half of the ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Summer Break: The Best Houston Rap Albums/Mixtapes of 2013 So Far

    Here's our fitting conclusion to Summer Break, as these have been the must have mixtapes/albums to employ inside of your vehicle or headphones at all times. A few more are still on the horizon, so of course this list will have more context come December. But as far as 2013 so far is concerned...

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Houston's Best Weekend Concerts: Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Adam Ant, Brad Paisley, etc.

    Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 26 Rapper and brand-spankin'-new father Wiz Khalifa may be one of the most likable characters on the hip-hop scene. Not only is he responsible for that super-catchy "Black and Yellow" earworm -- an homage to his hometown team, the Pittsb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Summer Break: The Best Houston Rap Songs of 2013, Part 2

    Remember back in mid-May where we broke down the Best Houston Rap Songs of the Year (So Far)? It was a small sample, only five, knowing good and damn well there was an avalanche of tracks just waiting to be either heard, jammed in a large setting preferably at high volume or mimicked and pantomimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Mystery Surrounds Doink the Clown's Untimely Death

    Plano police are investigating the death of Matt Osborne, better known as Doink the Clown, one of the greatest of all evil-clown WWF characters. Police say the 55-year-old Osborne "was found in his Plano, TX, apartment on Friday by his girlfriend, who reported that he was unresponsive. He was trans ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Top Five-ish Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Memorial Day Edition

    As a general rule, unless your team is in the NBA playoffs (I'd say NHL, but most of you wouldn't even know what I was talking about), this time of year can be pretty boring for sports fans. Baseball is still early in the year. There isn't the hint of football save OTAs and college sports are nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The 10 Most Hilariously Awful Wrestling Entrance Themes

    Last Friday was the 46th birthday of one of my absolute favorite wrestlers, William Regal aka Steve Regal before the WWE instituted its rather bizarre No-More-Steves rule. Not that it matters, his real name is Darren Matthews. "Regal" is an amazing man, rising to hold more than 60 titles in various ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    He's A Bribe-Taker And A Giver Of Knowledge

    One thing you can say about city officials in Hempstead, the sleepy town 50 miles west of here in Waller County -- they know how to rip off their taxpayers. And they like to share that knowledge, the gift of their experience, in a clear, concise style. Former Hempstead Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Wilson and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Top Ten WTF Sports Moments of 2008

    It's end of year time, which means it's time for stupid lists. And if there's anything you guys have learned about me, it's that I like stupid lists. So I present this year's Top Ten WTF Moments in Sports for 2008. 10. The Cleveland Browns suspended tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. for conduct det ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Turning the Screw: Nosaprise, (More) Trae vs. Mike Jones, Slim Thug & Devin the Dude, Jin, The Game, Kanye, GZA and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won’t rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week Nosaprise (above), “All In The Family” Wire to Wire Trae > Mike Jones Slim Thug and D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Closing Up the Rock Box: Q&A with DJ Witnes

    Fans of Proletariat’s weekly dance installment Rock Box, take note: tonight is your last night to get down. Last week, Houstoned Rocks talked with resident Rock Box DJ Witnes about the Pro’s closing, the end of Rock Box and what’s up with his upcoming move to New York. Houstoned Rocks: Are y ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    Proletariat’s Denise Ramos: “It Just Didn’t Make Sense for Me to Keep Dealing with This”

    Photo by Matt Marrand A typically packed Rock Box crowd stuffs the Proletariat, circa 2005 Since opening in September 2002, the Proletariat has been both neighborhood bar for the Richmond/Montrose crowd and the place for Pitchfork readers across the Houston area to see the bands they’ve been rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    This Just In: Proletariat’s Days Are Numbered

    Proletariat owner Denise Ramos emailed the Press this morning with a statement that she is closing the popular local venue in February due to Metro’s plans to build a light-rail line on Richmond Avenue, which the local transportation agency has said will be completed by 2012. “I truly feel that ... More >>

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