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? Rocks Off wouldn't say we ... More >>
Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants t ... More >>
Coast Guard crews in the Gulf of Mexico have found what they're calling a bootleg fishing net operation about 37 miles north of the Mexican border that left more than 50 sharks dead and decomposing in the ocean. According to the Coast Guard, "Crews in South Texas located and recovered a gill net wi ... More >>
Quick, picture the rowdiest beach bar you've ever been in. Now, picture the exact opposite. These are the two ends of the spectrum in which Kathy Brophy, bartender at Prego, has worked. She started out in clubs and bars on South Padre Island, and now she's at Prego, the subdued Italian restaurant ... More >>
Eating on South Padre Island? Don't you just go there to drink? Well, perhaps if you're an early twenty-something on spring break from college. The rest of us are more okay with splitting our money between booze and food. If you're SPI-bound and looking for places to eat, here are my top five reco ... More >>
Spring Breakers' provocative director on the darkness beneath college partiers' booze, boobs and bad decisions.
The largest music festival in the United States in terms of attendance is not Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, or Austin City Limits. While each sees thousands of music fans pass through the gates every year, the real attendance champ is Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. The 2012 version of the e ... More >>
Mario Valdez The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. 713-861-8666 www.rainbow-lodge.com This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: As chef de cuisine, how much control do you have on the menu? ML: It's mostly my menu, b ... More >>
How Spring Break '89 stayed with me
Earlier this year, Coed magazine cobbled together a listicle of America's ten trashiest Spring Break locales. Among the criteria: the number of liquor stores, tattoo parlors and Hooter's in a given town, and the number of visits from the Girls Gone Wild bus. (And it should be noted that "trashy" ... More >>
Brownsville set a trend last year when it became the first city in Texas to ban the use of plastic grocery bags in nearly all consumer settings. Brownsville mayor Pat Ahumada told the New York Times that the ban had eliminated 350,000 plastic bags per day, a decrease that "transformed our city from ... More >>
It's the same story that's been written six other times about the Cougars this season. Team goes on the road. Struggles in the first half. Explodes in the third quarter. Buries opposition in the fourth quarter. It's the same story, but this time it's different. This time the Cougars were vis ... More >>
We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either. But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art. You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas' best. 12. Suspension Bridge, Waco T ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
TPWDIt shrinks like a cold, frightened turtleMore than 800 sea turtles who had been stunned by the state's cold snap are getting their release back into the wild starting today, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says. In the past the animals were kept for weeks, but TPWD says a new philo ... More >>
Ted Willaims might be on South Padre IslandIn a sadly predictable story, it seems like for Ted Williams, the Ohio beggar with the golden voice, his Internet super-celebrity proved to be too much, too soon. Now informed speculation has it that the 53-year-old former soul radio DJ will be a te ... More >>
The best taquerías, like Taquería Jesus Maria, serve great Tex-Mex along with the regional Mexican fare.
Photo by rasmithukt looks like South Padre Island will be home to a wind farm featuring 500-foot tall turbines off the coast.They'll be 10 miles off the coast, but that doesn't mean everyone's happy about it.Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has signed a deal with British firm Baronyx to build ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyThis past weekend, we visited the hometown of Whataburger, Corpus Christi. The burger chain is based there, but the center of operations will be moving to a bigger complex in San Antonio in the next few months. The move is a sad one. The chain has been based in Corpus since ... More >>
[Ed. note: Turns out this story was exaggerated just a bit. Wishful thinking, maybe? See the comments for the clarification. We decided to leave this up because it's still hilarious.] I’ve written so much negative stuff about Pat Green that I’ve kinda put that away as something that’s be ... More >>
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
We took a pilgrimage in search of old-fashioned tamales, chili con carne and cheese enchiladas
Every kid wants an ultra-fast sport bike -- until the day he dies
Morgan Faulkner may be the best surfer Texas ever kicked out
Houston police boxers plan to bruise the Big Apple
Spring turns the media's thoughts to racy women
Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless
When the going gets hot, federal prosecutors head south
Everyone in Brenham was shouting about the rape case. Now the victim has her say.
Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right
Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.