September is almost over, and this week the calendar will flip to October, which is the de facto beginning of fall, and in college football, the de facto beginning of the real regular season. Yes, we've seen a rise in the number of power conference teams willing to take on other prominent power con ... More >>
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 >>
The Old Fashioned cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the present.
Think you’re special? See Adult World.
If you want great New York-style pizza, just look at what the customers are wearing.
Ra Ra Riot, Caveman Fitzgerald's September 19, 2013 When Free Press Houston and Pegstar combined forces to reopen Fitzgerald's in September 2010, they brought more to the venue than hope, good business sense, and fresh paint. Instead, the two-story dancehall-turned-rock-club remains a landmark in i ... More >>
I'm a native Houstonian. I grew up a fan of Houston sports teams, and I spent a lot of time as a kid listening to sports talk radio. There were no sports-only stations in the 1970s and 1980s. Multiple stations aired games (am I the only person who remembers the Astos games once being on 104 KRBE). A ... More >>
First, with Christmas now in the books, I'd like to issue an apology. If you were paralyzed financially this holiday season, unable to buy gifts, and woefully relegated to giving your loved ones esoteric, abstract gifts like "more personal time" or crappy pieces of handmade artwork, it probably mean ... More >>
The Houston Shakespeare Festival serves up a tragedy and a comedy in fine form.
I'm no Jeremy Parzen, but I do know a little bit about wine. Growing up in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, I took the proximity and availability of local wine (and a decent wine education) for granted. When I was 21, "wine trailing" was a cheap way to get drunk. Tastings only cost a b ... More >>
Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>
Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse. Name: Adam Clanton Employer: KPRC-TV Channel 2 Title: Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter/Producer With so many local sports personalities hailing from up north -- we have more than our fa ... More >>
I am often entertained by the OTL-versus-ITL debate, just as I enjoy the Houston vs. Austin dustups that crop up from time to time. I spend a majority of my time inside the loop. The reasons are purely practical: my husband and I share a car and have a high-maintenance 12-year-old dog who limits o ... More >>
This week, Arizona State University unveiled artist renderings of an overhauled Sun Devil Stadium. The project, which will eliminate some 16,000 seats and install a canopy-type roof at the circa 1958 venue, was spearheaded by new ASU athletic director Steve Patterson. (If you remember, Patterson was ... More >>
The buzz in the air at Fitzgerald's on Sunday could be attributed to more than just the $4 Brooklyn drafts: the Houston Beer Experiment had arrived. Seventeen teams were lined up and ready to compete -- whose beer-infused recipe would win the grand prize trip to New York City to compete in the natio ... More >>
The feds attack online poker, killing livelihoods and a $2.5 billion industry.
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThis Week's Panel: Uzoy, Eskabel, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard, D-Risha and J ... More >>
John RoyalWhat would a hockey game be without a fight, eh?For one brief shining moment this weekend, the Houston Aeros were tied for first place. They're no longer in first place, not after another brutal travel weekend that found them playing a game in Houston, then Cleveland, then Toronto ... More >>
A regular Paul the OctopusSo last season I did these Best Bets posts on Fridays and made every attempt to conduct myself like an actual handicapper, coming up with reams of statistics and subjective observations to lead to a conclusion that I hoped made reasonable sense. End result? A predic ... More >>
Schools in Cincinnati and Syracuse are the guinea pigs in an experiment to get kids to eat healthier. They're doing this by providing vending machines filled with carrots. Ah, but not just carrots: three-ounce bags of baby carrots dolled up to look like more familiar snack foods. Ingenious! W ... More >>
Curator Hannah Frieser finds something for everyone
Craig Hlavaty Collective Soul, House of Blues, September 1: "Collective Soul is no one's idea of a Southern Rock band, but the band did manage to prove a point or two. First, nostalgically speaking, the '80s are over. The '90s are where the money is. Second, Kings of Leon hardly sprung from a vac ... More >>
Photo by Fred Trask Corey Locke rushes for the puck. When last I wrote about the Aeros, the team was coming off a fight-filled 4-2 victory that left head coach Kevin Constantine hoping his team had turned the corner on what was quickly becoming a disappointing season. The team then proceeded to w ... 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
Tokyo Police Club and Ra Ra Riot perform Monday, July 30, at Red Room in Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.
Hi. I'm John Lomax, and I'm a pedestrian. My friend, Uncle Tick, and I walked down 16-plus miles of Westheimer. This is our story.
Scott Wizig's bread and butter is first-time home buyers with bad credit. He says he's making dreams come true, but many say dealing with him has been a nightmare.
Enema of the Mental State: Notes from the Battle on Irritable Blink-182 Syndrome
After nine months in a body cast and years of neglect in his home country, aging rocker Ed Hamell still aims to conquer America
Getting politicked out of the Black Eyed Peas was a bitter pill for Kim Hill
In Dorothy Hood's paintings, dark was dark and light was light. The contrasts were often as stark in her life.
Previously unissued recordings by the late David Catney set for fall release
In the '70s, Jim Harithas's radical chic collided with the CAM. Twenty-five years later, he's back, gunning his engines at the Art Car Museum.
Gregory Boyd's fearless, farcical take on Shakespeare is no Error
A look at the rock scene in 2020
Dallas ran Howard Stern out of town. Could Houston be any more hospitable?
Dorothy Hood has three -- count 'em, three -- shows concurrently. And it's not enough.
James Douglas has a plan to return TSU to itsformer glory. But first, he's got to keep the school out of bankruptcy and conservatorship.