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    October 29, 2014

    Shrapnel-Shooting Airbag Recall Now Focused on Gulf Coast

    A nationwide recall of defective, shrapnel-shooting airbags may affect more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now saying owners of the cars in extremely humid areas like the Gulf Coast are most at risk. The a ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Even Dallas Agrees, We're Boomin'

    How far back does the Dallas vs. Houston rivalry go? Is it even a legitimate rivalry anymore? A column in the Dallas Morning News this week seems to question this, but then points out to how much stronger growth seems on the Houston front. And while we cheer about Toyota Motors bringing about 4,000 ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Overnight SXSW Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 23 Injured

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims from tonight's tragedy. Make sure everyone you know is home safe tonight.— The Hawk (@mohawkaustin) March 13, 2014 A statement from the Mohawk about two hours after the fatal crash outside. SXSW turned tragic overnight when a ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Rockets Beat Bulls at Start of Tough Stretch to End 2013

    Sitting on the bench in the waning moments of the Rockets 109-94 win over Chicago on Wednesday night, even the injured players -- one of whom may not be a Rocket by this weekend -- were smiling. It was the kind of victory that helps to wipe out some of the bitter taste left after the loss against Sa ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Last Week's TLC Movie Is Already a Damn Classic

    [In his new column, Houston's award-winning goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes, because your socks are about to be blown off -- ed.] Last Monday night I watched the movie about TLC, the most important all-girl rap group of all time. It came on VH1. I was ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    The Top 5 "Power Dining" Locations in Houston: Where to See and Be Seen

    Last week, the New York Times published an article about D.C. restaurateur Ashok Bajaj with the subtitle "A New Delhi-Born Restaurateur Brings Power Dining to D.C." Several of us read the article, but not because we were super interested in Mr. Bajaj's latest opening. We had no idea what "power dini ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Juggalo Eats and a Quest for the Mystical Burrito Man

    Note: this past weekend, the folks at our sister paper Riverfront Times ventured into the breach that is the Gathering of the Juggalos in Hardin County, Illinois. Rocks Off is amazed they made it out in one piece... especially considering the food on offer there. One of the true hardships that we f ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trae Tha Truth, Geto Boys, Freedom Over Texas, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 1 Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I wa ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    The Six Most Iconic Station Wagons of All Time

    The 2010s will forever be known as the decade of the crossover. But what is a crossover, exactly? It's a car that's trying its hardest to look like an SUV. Crossovers are the poseurs of the automotive world. My friend's car got totaled last week, and she called to ask me for used car advice. "What' ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    The Terrifying Scent of Curry: Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eater

    I am seven years old, clutching my shoes to my chest and crying hot tears as I try to escape the scent of curry emanating from every carpet fiber and fleck of paint in my friend Bharat's house. In the doorway, my harried mother is apologizing profusely to Bharat's concerned and bewildered parents. ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    The Battle Against the Keystone Pipeline

    Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.

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    September 6, 2012

    Cambodian Weed

    The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.

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    July 24, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: The Houston Chronicle's Dwight Silverman, from Rock Critic to Nerd King

    A number of years ago, one of the then music writers at the Houston Chronicle recruited me to write a music blog for I had done some writing for the defunct Houstonist website and personal stuff, but nothing like that. I happily accepted and began writing a music business blog called Brok ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Steven Cox: This Close To Not Getting Busted With 30 Pounds of Weed

    Steven Cox used to be a jailer for Galveston County, but left that job for the greener pastures of working for a Dollar General store. He's back in the jail business now, but on the other side of the bars. He was arrested for possession of 30 pounds of marijuana in a case where it sounds like he al ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Top Chef: Texas and an Impromptu Tour of the Houston Press Offices

    Our TV viewing area!​I arrived home yesterday evening to find that my cable had gone out. To be fair, it could have been out for days. I have no idea. Such are the perils of owning a Roku box and living off Hulu and Netflix instead of basic cable. Either way, I had no means of watching Top Chef th ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Tim Love and Tequila Take Over Top Chef: Texas

    Also known as the episode in which Padma goes full Pocahontas, complete with faux Indian choker I once bought during a family vacation to Tucson in 1993.​Seven episodes in, and I'm sorry to report that none of the challenges thus far have involved the contestants being forced to shoot their ow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on Top Chef: Texas

    ​Thoughts: Is it really a "Healthy Choice" when so many of your frozen dinners are laden with preservatives and other chemicals? With that, we're hitting the road to Dallas, better known these days as a "dining nowhereville." Great choice, Bravo! Enjoy that! "When I think of Dallas, I think of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    East Texas DWI Mayhem Kills One, Injures Three, Damages MedEvac Chopper, Spawns Stupid Quote of Year

    Matthew Mitchell has a question. A dumb question​A connected series of two allegedly alcohol-related car crashes killed one, injured three, and sent three others to jail, one in part for asking one of the dumbest questions we've ever read anyone asking at an accident scene. At 1:30 a.m. Sun ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Unidentified Male Pasenger of DWI Driver, Bayou Body Count No. 173

    Photo by HPDSamuel Sanchez was drunk during fatal crash, HPD says​Houston police have charged man with intoxication manslaughter after the death of his passenger in a crash early Saturday morning. Franklin P. Canales, 50, faces the charge. The victim's name was not released pending notificati ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    William Chambliss: Suspected of DWI with Grandkids Perched on Roof of SUV

    William Chambliss, grandfather of the year.​Drunk driving is a terrible idea. Drunk driving with kids in the car is even worse. Leave it to an East Texan from the Lufkin-area village of Huntington to invent an even worse variation on this potentially deadly theme. On Monday, concerned citizen ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011

    The Pomplamoose Revolution

    How a band with no CDs or record deal is changing the music industry

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    December 17, 2010

    Onilton Bolanos Castilon, 38; Nelson Wilfred Tambora-Ramiro, 21; and Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count Nos. 289-91

    Storeowner kills three robbers​A wild shootout as an East End jewelry store owner defended his property ended with three robbers dead Thursday aftertoon. HPD identified two of the dead robbers as Onilton Bolanos Castilon, 38 and Nelson Wilfred Tambora-Ramiro, 21. The identity of the third is ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Houston Texans -- Do Something, Bob McNair

    Headlines don't lie​Every home game Sunday, the Houston Texans put out a free publication called the Tailgate Times that gets handed to ticket holders and media members as they pull into their respective Reliant Stadium parking lots. It's essentially a four-page piece of upbeat Texans propaga ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Kenneth Wayne Henderson: Passengers Shouldn't Shoot Drivers While They're On The Highway

    At least they knew not to shoot the driver​The life of a backseat passenger can be frustrating -- the driver is going too slow, he's going too fast, he's tailgating, he's not doing anything right.Still, you probably shouldn't shoot him. Especially when you are barreling down an interstate.Remember ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga (Again!) Headed Our Way

    Hot off the wire this morning is that pop's two preeminent bionic women have penciled in Houston for dates on their upcoming tours. First up is Christina Aguilera, who will bring her tiny frame and prodigious voice to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 12. British diva Leona Lewis, a former ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Least Necessary Advertisements Ever, By The State Comptroller's Office

    ​The state comptroller's office found itself in an unaccustomed spotlight last week with its fiasco of a rebate program.Consumers could trade in their clunker appliances for energy-efficient replacements and sign up for rebates, was the plan. The reality was that the private firm handling the proc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Riddle Me This

    ​This is a tough one ya'll...What has: Ego overload; Awkward, obvious dubbed-over video (at times); Shameless product placements of Toyotas, Whole Foods and now bands like The Bravery; Ridiculous food challenges: using gas station ingredients to cook a gourmet meal; An annoying yet addic ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Aftermath: Maxwell Loves All the Single Ladies, Who Definitely Love Him Back, at Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​ Maxwell sure knows his audience. And not just all the single ladies - many of whom were up and dancing to Beyonce's ubiquitous hit the prince of neo-soul used as his intro music Tuesday at Toyota Center - but the men who love them, or at least want to get with them. "Fellas, ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Dry-Aged Black Angus

    Photo by Robb WalshWhile we were debating the word salumeria, a commenter by the name of SpandTexPants complained that Houston didn't have a butcher shop that sold dry-aged beef. Well, now we do. Hubbell & Hudson Market in the Woodlands has a dry-aging case in its meat department. When I stopped by ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Kill Bill

    Readers respond to ill-defined proposed legislation.

  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Got Live If You Want It

    Our Spring/Summer concert preview, part deux

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Tapes 'N' Tapes: A Cassette-Only Label?

    Yesterday, Bright Men of Learning (right) guitarist and solo performer Ben Murphy (far left), known to everyone on the Hands Up Houston message board as "bdm," announced his intention to start a cassette-only label whose first release would be a tribute tape to pacesetting '90s indie-rockers Sebadoh ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008

    Hurricane Rachael Ray

    Here she comes to save the day

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    August 27, 2008
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    February 18, 2008
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    January 29, 2008

    Reporter’s Notebook: Random Scrawlings from the Van Halen Show

    Click here for a slideshow Whether for space or continuity considerations, music reviewers usually find that half of what they write down during a concert, or more, winds up on the newspaper equivalent of the cutting-room floor. Sometimes this is for the best, but thanks to the Internet such jotting ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Kyoto Protocol: The View from Kyoto

    Without U.S. participation, the first-ever global-warming treaty was doomed to only partial success. Will Bali be better?

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    July 16, 2007

    Taking Liberty's at Fitzgerald’s

    This week’s big local music news (besides Jana Hunter’s last show before moving to Baltimore) is of course Fitzgerald’s 30th anniversary, starting Thursday with local folksinger supreme Shake Russell, Friday with Fort Worth percussion amoeba Spoonfed Tribe, and Saturday with Denton polka kings ... More >>

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    Lost in Translation

    Would-be Hispanic homeowners find out they don't own as much as they thought they did

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    September 15, 2005


    How taking a Parkinson's disease wonder drug apparently makes some people want to gamble and have sex all the time

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Lyin' Scion

    How deep is this Toyota subsidiary's love of hip-hop?

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    Getting Sideways

    It came from Japan and may turn out to be bigger than Godzilla. It,s drifting - a high-speed, fishtailing race toward a wall without a crash. They hope.

  • News

    September 11, 2003

    Blunt About High Fashion

    Roll up more than your sleeves with this clothing line

  • Film

    April 19, 2001

    Crazy from the Heat

    Boorman and Le Carré lose touch with their thrill-seeking personae in Panama

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Zydeco's Birthplace

    Hint: It's where you're standing

  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Art Car Macho

    Mike Scranton's creations are the evilest looking things in the parade. And he'll wrassle anyone who says otherwise.

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    July 10, 1997
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    May 2, 1996

    Goin' South

    I learned many things when I accompanied a trio of bounty hunters to Mexico to fetch a fugitive drug suspect. Foremost among them: never leave your map at home...

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