All cities are saddled with misconceptions fostered by ignorance and popular culture, but we wonder if any city is more misunderstood than Houston. Even with all the positive publicity we've gotten over the last few years, it seems like dispelling myths about our city is an uphill battle that even a ... More >>
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé By Bob Stanley W.W. Norton, 624 pp. $29.95 Well, that's not an ambitious title or anything, now is it? Especially when music journo Stanley (also the co-founder and keyboardist of Saint Etienne) has such a broad definition of "po ... More >>
Harry Potter talks rom-coms and tabloids.
Let the record reflect that I am completely on board with the proliferation of game show screwups on the internet. Overall, does the explosive distribution of these gaffes within ten seconds of their occurrence foster a detrimental subset of bullying, whereby we all cyber-stand there and point at t ... More >>
Eleven months after his shooting death, there are still more questions than answers.
How do you know when a BATTLE-DRINK Bingo card is hitting its mark? Well, when people are talking about liver transplants, rehab, detox, and a fear that they haven't completely updated their will at the end of the first quarter, that's a pretty good indicator! That's what happened this past weeken ... More >>
A movement, for the playoffs.
Rockets fans have, at times, been criticized for their lack of fervor. Outside of the Red Rowdies, the Toyota Center can be a staid place, even during critical games. But much of that is owed to the fact that the most expensive seats -- the seats often occupied by corporate interests rather than har ... More >>
Burt Wonderstone vanishes what Steve Carell's best at.
While the rest of the music business has been slow to awaken from its holiday slumbers, the biggest shows in Houston this weekend come from two artists who have been up a long, long time -- 87 years, to be exact: Bluesman B.B. King and country crooner Ray Price. (Actually, Price will turn 87 on Satu ... More >>
DJ Sun The Flat, November 12 For two decades now, DJ Sun has been a Houston turntable institution thanks to his his wide-ranging sets, which only start with jazz, hip-hop, R&B, soul, Latin, reggae, funk and electronica. They always come twice a week, on his KPFT-FM show Soular Grooves (9 p.m. Satur ... More >>
Since the advent of the internet, more specifically YouTube and social media, as a means for virtually anyone with a laptop and a nearby wi-fi connection to convey his or her thoughts, it seems as though the best way to get noticed is to perform the following sequence: 1. Scream your thoughts as l ... More >>
We've already noted Emeril's uncanny resemblance to Grandpa Munster and determined that Eric Ripert and Mr. Jay may just be twins. Now we'll take a look at the celebrity chefs that have a different kind of doppelganger: Check out our list of 12 Celebrity Chefs Who Look Like Cartoons: 12. Alton Br ... More >>
Check out our slideshow of the Texas Olympians competing in the 2012 Summer Games. ERMAHGERD, are you squee-ing with as much excitement for the Summer Olympic Games as I am? Seriously. I am counting down the minutes until I can leave work and check out the Danny Boyle-directed Opening Ceremonies th ... More >>
Things have not gone as planned for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. This was supposed to be easy. He had the experience, he had the supporters and he had the money. Lots and lots of it. Not to mention, he was running against some guy named Ted Cruz in the primaries -- who? By all accounts, Cruz doesn't eve ... More >>
If he had not been assassinated 147 years ago, Abraham Lincoln would be having a pretty good year. In an already rancorous election campaign, our 16th president remains the ideal of statesmanship, common sense and decency in the Oval Office, virtues all but alien in modern-day Washington. This Frida ... More >>
Hey, it's 4/20 day! Be glad you don't live in Boulder, where the University of Colorado is trying to end the annual massive on-campus celebration of the day by barring any visitors and spraying the quad where it's held with "a foul-smelling fish-based fertilizer on the grass." Bummer. Here in Hou ... More >>
Rocks Off was saddened to hear this morning that bluegrass great Earl Scruggs passed away Wednesday in a Nashville hospital at age 88. It's safe to say that the North Carolina native, best known for his fruitful partnership with guitarist Lester Flatt, was the most famous banjo player in the world. ... More >>
If you thought the 500th episode of The Simpsons made you feel old, consider this: The Oreo cookie has been around since before TV even existed -- and back then, it was made with lard. In the 100 years since its invention, Oreo has become the representative cookie of modern American culture. Everyo ... More >>
We interrupt your Texans-versus-Ravens coverage for some drunken quasi-karaoke video! Let's face it, there's only so many different angles you can take with analysis of a football game over the course of seven days. I'm a little Texan-ed out at this point, and besides, I won't have anything more in ... More >>
Today Richard Nixon would have turned 99 years old, though he passed on to the big country club in the sky back in April 1994, at the age of 81. His wife Pat passed on the year previous, and Nixon was active until the end of his life, still making appearances and granting interviews, as the stains o ... More >>
There are two reasons we think of Andy Williams fondly. First, there is the classic episode of The Simpsons when Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Martin travel to Branson where they see Williams perform. A teary-eyed Nelson said, "I didn't think he'd do "Moon River," but then -- bam! -- second enco ... More >>
I have absolutely no tolerance for reality shows of any kind, and I watch little food television programming aside from Chopped, Alton Brown and the PBS Saturday morning line-up. I do not understand the modern paradigm of chef as rock star. I don't know why food blogging has become so entrenc ... More >>
Food and television. My two favorite things in life. I mean, besides family and friends, of course. Anyway, some of the greatest scenes in television are based around food, as evidenced by this season's rum-ham filled It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode. Feeling inspired myself, I made a list ... More >>
As the lead singer and guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Farner has powered songs like "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home," "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "The Loco-Motion" into the Classic Rock Canon. Along with drummer Don Brewer (who sings on "We're An American Band") and bassist Mel Sc ... More >>
It takes a...special kind of person to confront a captive animal, kill it, and make off with its head. Brandon Gregory is such a person, and while we may wonder at his motives, we can at least take some comfort in the fact that the recently deceased Mr. Buck didn't go out like no punk bitch:During a ... More >>
Mayor Bill White got some publicity recently when he told The New York Times the reason Houston really, really sucks at recycling is because "Houstonians are skeptical of anything that appears to be oversold or exaggerated." Or things that are "trendy or hyped-up." Some Houstonians, it turns out, a ... More >>