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? What? If ass is arse when ... More >>
Esteban Delgado's paintings are getting better as he develops his own POV.
It must be a tricky thing being the Environmental Protection Agency, especially when it comes to the political minefield that is fracking. Hydraulic fracturing - the process of shooting sand, water and chemicals into an oil well to get the oil and natural gas trapped in the formation flowing - is a ... More >>
About an hour after the close of the second special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature Gov. Rick Perry did what he said he would and called a third special session roughly an hour if the second special session -- the one where the state lege pushed through the anti-abortion bill but choked again ... More >>
George Phydias Mitchell was the kind of oilman other oilmen tell stories about. Decades before the Galveston native became known as "The Father of Fracking," he was the son of Greek immigrants who'd come up from nothing and made good millions of times over. Mitchell died Friday at the age of 94, a ... More >>
This Saturday, June 15, Daniel Vaughn, who's the new barbecue editor for Texas Monthly and has been dubbed "BBQ Snob," will be signing his new book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat, at Leibman's Foods/Blue Willow Bookshop from 1 to 3 p.m. and River Oaks Bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. We spoke with Vaughn ... More >>
Once upon a time, way back when, the United States was at the top of the oil-production food chain, because, basically, you could poke a hole in the ground seemingly just about anywhere and the black gold would come bubbling up. (Seriously, that's basically what happened when they dug down 1,139 fee ... More >>
The last time we compiled a list of Houston's best coffee houses was in February 2011, and things have certainly changed since then. In just the last several months, Houston's caffeine scene has benefited from several new entrants, all of which are determined to raise the city's coffee profile just ... More >>
Houston's top 5 local music venues.
Mario Valdez The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. 713-861-8666 www.rainbow-lodge.com This is the last installment of a three-part part chef chat series. Read Part 1 and Part 2 for more. This week, we've been chatting with Mario Valdez, the 24 year-old-chef who is re-invigorating the menu at Rainbo ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.
Police say a Corpus Christi woman was drunk when they arrested her early Saturday morning after a low-speed chase. At the time of her arrest, 18-year-old Taylor Burnham was wearing nothing but a pair of cowboy boots. Acting on a complaint about a suspicious person, police found Burnham in a back al ... More >>
Mike Stinson has a thing for his adopted hometown.
Has the lottery been played?You may remember Joan Ginther, the woman who's racked up four Texas Lottery million-dollar-plus wins over the years. The lottery said she had just gotten lucky, but now one expert thinks she might have figured out how to game the system in a completely legal way. ... More >>
Krayolas drummer David Saldana is not your average power pop rock and roller. While his resuscitated band continues to draw gobs of press and is grabbing some high profile gigs, Saldana's life is taking him in another direction. "I'm actually getting my Masters in education so I can be a pri ... More >>
Jose Maravilla, celebrated in songIn the borderlands of South Texas, there has long been a tradition of immortalizing revolutionaries in song. Corridos, as these tunes are known, date back to the decades before the Mexican Revolution, and have been written in honor of people like Emiliano Zap ... More >>
Photos by Jason WolterLyle Lovett & John Hiatt The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston June 27, 2011 Coming soon to an Improv near you: The comedic stylings of Lyle & Hiatt! Almost sounds like one of those old-time yukster duos, doesn't it? It certainly played out like that Monday night in Th ... 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 >>
Larry Garza likes his beerSouth Texas is hell-bent on showing the rest of us exciting new ways of involving the whole family in drunk driving shenanigans.Last week, Hair Balls brought you the Padre Island-based story of the (allegedly) shit-faced Rosales ladies -- one of whom allegedly attempted ... More >>
The Texas landscape reflects the harsh tone of this debut novel
Readers weigh in on the pros and cons
Photo courtesy DOJThe new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas has just been announced, and it's not a Houstonian.Jose Angel Moreno, a 53-year-old ex-Marine from Laredo, has been nominated to fill the important post."There can be no greater honor nor privilege for a career prosecutor ... More >>
The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.
Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are in the enviable ... More >>
For most of the spring and summer, a souped-up squad of 100 ATF agents was running all over Houston and South Texas doing everything possible to slow the raging river of guns illegally flowing into Mexico.Agents followed up old leads, tracked down new ones, made scores of arrests, confiscated hun ... More >>
Photos by Chris Gray The coolest band in Houston this weekend couldn't find a club or venue to play. Not at night, anyway - San Antonio's the Krayolas did manage to play Dan Electro's during Saturday afternoon's live broadcast of KPFT's Joe's Roadhouse, and Cactus Music an hour or two thereafter. If ... More >>
High schools in Texas aren't the only places where competitions are being canceled or delayed because of swine-flu fears. (Although the UIL has reversed itself a bit; regional track meets are back on.)All basketball games and practices in the South Texas AAU, which includes the Houston area, are off ... More >>
An open-admissions university has become a national powerhouse in the collegiate game.
Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.
The Alley Theatre's Bad Dates is a shoe-in
Laredo Taqueria serves up authentic Tex-Mex -- and that's not an oxymoron
DJ Jester mixes and mashes up Willie Nelson, Ice-T, the Carpenters and LL Cool J
Sometimes art is meant simply to amuse
Democrats sift pre-election portents for the answer
True to Texas
With its fresh masa and mole straight from Puebla, La Bamba Meat Market gets in touch with its ancestral tastes
Bringing you the scoop on the Lewinsky interview
HL&P leaves no Italian marble unturned