• Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    What Houston Lost to Finally get the Rockets and Astros on TV Again

    For two years, Comcast SportsNet viewers had sarcastically needled Bill Doleman, asking him why he didn't dress more like his Houston Rockets studio show co-host, Calvin Murphy, whose flamboyant suits crashed nightly through every barrier of sartorial subtlety at warp speed. So it was appropriate, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Gambling! Five College Football Season Win Total Bets You Should Play

    Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Are The Raiders Aware They Traded For Matt SCHAUB?

    In sports talk radio, there is a running joke about the "Matts." The Matts are a gaggle of NFL starting (or recently starting) quarterbacks that coincidentally all fall somewhere between, like, 10th and 45th among quarterbacks in terms of their perception around the league. It's a huge chunk of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt Retirement Ceremony at Minute Maid Park

    It was more than just a game. At least that was the message emblazoned across the jumbotron at Minute Maid Park Saturday night as the Houston Astros hosted Albert Pujols and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It was a game where two of the most beloved and successful baseball players thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Minor League Ballpark Wins Jumbotron With Costanza Graphic

    Several weeks ago, I wrote a cover story for the print edition of the Houston Press that focused on the marketing-centric, "color outside the lines" culture of minor league baseball. In a world that is as much, if not more about the events and effects surrounding the game as it is the game itself, ... More >>

  • News

    April 25, 2013

    Thieves' Bazaar: Medicare Fraud

    Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    The Coolest and Uncoolest Songs About America's Coolest City (Us)

    Above is Dean Martin doing "Houston" on his television show. Epic fail, but nice outfit. As you may have read, Forbes magazine recently determined that, by their measurement criteria, Houston is now America's coolest/hippest city. Of course, while the rest of the world has looked down its nose for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Another Wine Blog: Love born in the blogosphere. It's a beautiful thing. A few weeks ago, when I shared a glass of stinky, delicious Cortese (from Piedmont) with tandem wine bloggers Amy and Joe Power, authors of Another Wine Blog, they told me the story of how they met in the "pre-blog" era, in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Doctor Challenges Mayor Parker to Become Vegan, As If She's Not Busy With Anything Else

    More, Parker. More.​Hey, Mayor Parker! Drop those bacon-wrapped Cheetos. In fact, drop everything, and become a vegan. You're not doing anything else, are you? So supposes Dr. Neal Barnard, a nutritionist who's coming all the way from D.C. to fix Houston's lardy lifestyle with legumes. As p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Juggalos Never Cease To Be Entertaining

    Marc Brubaker Two Juggalos at ICP's most recent Houston show, October 2009 at Warehouse Live.​ Tomorrow night, Houston-area fans of Insane Clown Posse will descend on Walter's on Washington for one of the periodic "Gathering of the Juggalos." We'll have a full report on the Faygo-doused eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Five Reasons Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And UT Won't: Part 6

    ​Catch up on previous posts through the links last week.It was a difficult week to gauge the relative strength of the Longhorns and Irish, since both teams had a bye week. The Irish had what is known as a "real" bye week; the Longhorns played Colorado, which is the same thing. (For you non-Buffs f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Cutout Bin: Nick DiFonzo's New Column

    [Ed. Note: This is a new weekly Rocks Off column by Nick DiFonzo, author of Seriously Bad Album Covers and keeper of Enjoy.] Ratchell, II (Decca, 1972) Fake Band Bio (clockwise from top left): Zach (guitar): Plays well but is always late for practice, and usually shows up s ... More >>

  • Music

    September 18, 2008

    In Need: Signal to Noise

    Houston experimental-music journal needs a hand

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008
  • News

    November 1, 2007

    Rocket Science: Daryl Morey Brings Hard-Core Statistical Analysis to the NBA

    Houston's pro basketball team pins (at least a part of ) its hopes on a brainiac GM

  • Music

    August 30, 2007

    Who Played Ya?

    An Online Casting Call Seeks A New Biggie Smalls

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    The Derailers

    Friday, June 23, at Blanco's, 3406 West Alabama, 713-439-0072

  • News

    March 16, 2006

    Bois and Grrls

    Genderqueer: Straight or gay, these kids refuse to play dress-up by the rules

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2005

    Ghoul and the Gang

    Where to take your crew this Halloween weekend

  • News

    April 7, 2005
  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Last Rites

    Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail

  • News

    January 30, 2003

    Last Rites

    Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail

  • Film

    April 12, 2001

    Brutal Beauty

    The wretched fight their way to redemption in the awesome Amores Perros

  • News

    April 6, 2000


    Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So does the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Train In Vain?

    Main street's light rail is on it's way, and boosters hope to see passengers lining up for a ride

  • News

    January 13, 2000

    Lost Legends

    Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Killer Weed

    The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

  • News

    January 7, 1999
  • Music

    November 12, 1998
  • Film

    February 19, 1998

    Unconventional Wisdom

    In Four Days in September, the political is personal

  • News

    August 28, 1997

    Attack of the Puppet People

    Bobbindoctrin makes one thing perfectly clear -- puppets aren't just for kids anymore.

  • Music

    May 11, 1995

    The Song Remains the Same

    The Smithereens don't have a hot new angle, only solid old sounds

  • News

    February 16, 1995

    !Quermos Rock!

    The chords are the same, but the lyrics are en espanol. The rockeros like it, yes they do.

  • Culture

    January 20, 1994

    Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Ma Rainey

    More than just a blue period, Ma Rainey sings -- and boasts and celebrates and laments -- the tale of a culture