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  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    No Contraception for Employees of Hobby Lobby's 15 Houston Stores [Updated]

    This story was updated to include a statement from Governor Rick Perry Hobby Lobby has 15 stores in the Greater Houston Area, and none of them will have to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods the company equates to abortion. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Religious Freedom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    For Americana Duo Over the Rhine, Nobody Is a Stranger

    Over the Rhine -- as a band, as an entity unto itself -- has been an unexpected journey for its two primary members, husband and wife Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler. "It is mind-boggling," says Detweiler, who plays the acoustic guitar and keyboards, and occasionally sings. "The fact that we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Y'all Come to Neon Boots, Where the Two-Steppin' Is (Usually) Easy

    "Excuse me, ma'am. Would you like to dance?" We've only just stepped foot in the bar, but have already been invited onto the dance floor a few times. Our two left feet are hesitant to oblige. "Come on," she coaxes. "She'll hold your drink, I'm sure." Nancy, the woman standing over us at Neon Boot ... More >>

  • Music

    April 17, 2014

    Neon Boots Is Writing a New Chapter of Country Music

    All are welcome at the LGBT country bar.

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2013

    News of Ray Price's Death Precedes Singer's Actual Demise

    Legendary country singer Ray Price is not long for this world. But he's not quite gone yet. Earlier Sunday afternoon, reports of Price's death began surfacing on the Internet from news outlets including Country Weekly, Rolling Stone, USA Today and even Nashville's Tennessean -- none of them citing ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignites Debate

    Scores of great female chefs are ignored.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Winging It: Houston Gets Its First Pluckers

    If you love wings, TVs and cheap drinks, you'll be happy to learn that Pluckers Wing Bar has landed in Houston. While it's the concept's first location in the Bayou City, the company has 14 other spots scattered throughout the Austin area, where it began, and in Dallas and Baton Rouge. I got a g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life

    With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Houston Man Charged in 4-State Dogfighting Bust

    A Houston man arrested in a four-state, multi-agency investigation into dogfighting ring resulting in the seizure of 367 pitbulls won nearly $35,000 after one fight, according to a recently unsealed indictment. Demontt "Wheelchair" Allen, 37, and 11 others have been charged in an Alabama federal c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Dwight Howard to Join Rockets, Make #Dwight2Houston Hashtag a Reality

    Dwight Howard is bringing his talents to Houston and will be joining the Houston Rockets. It ended up being D-Day after all for Howard, according to USA Today. It appears that the hashtags, kolaches and celebrity endorsements were enough to get Howard to leave Hollywood and head to Space City. No o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    A-Rod Might Be (Okay, Probably IS) Fibbing AGAIN (w/ Steroid Denial Video Montage)

    Sports is big money, and for every $100 million contract where a team sees a return on their investment and then some, it feels like there's five where a team walks away with some serious buyer's remorse if not right after the signing, certainly by the time the contract has played itself out. Of th ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2013

    The Dan Marino Restaurants

    The 13 restaurants that nearly made our 30 essential Texas restaurants list.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    20 Fun Facts About College Football's Final Regular Season Coach's Poll

    College football's methodology for selecting its championship game participants (and its marquee four bowls outside of the title game, for that matter), the BCS, is cloaked in numerous flaws that when all is said and done, more often than not give us a title game shrouded in controversy over who act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    That New HIV Drug is Great (if You Can Afford it)

    The Food and Drug Administration's approval Monday of a pill shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV is a "game-changer," according to AIDS Foundation Houston's director of prevention services. The pill, Truvada, was shown to "cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42 perc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    YouTube Launching Its Own Food Channel: "The Cooking Show on Television Is Almost Dead"

    I was excited enough when YouTube announced it was launching "Geek and Sundry" in April, a new channel devoted to all things geek and featuring shows by such geek icons as Felicia Day. But then the video Web site had to go and up the ante. Today, YouTube announced that it will be launching another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    J. C. Reid, Texas: Chicken fried steak is one of Chris's areas of expertise, which he puts to good use in this Food Fight-style battle between two of the great CFS joints in town: Barbecue Inn and Triple A. I was just happy to see that my favorite won. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: P.J. Stoops's Total ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Artist of the Week: Payton Rae Quietly Eyes Fame

    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 sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Sometimes you think and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Buxton: "Not Everyone Is Going To Love You"

    Photos by Marc BrubakerBuxton at Rudz in August​Lonesome Onry and Mean has been spinning local sensation Buxton's upcoming release Nothing Here Seems Strange for almost two weeks now. And we're sorry, but we still don't get it. Maybe we are old and jaded and out of it, but to us it sounds l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    8 Memories from Congressional Page Land: Sandwiches with the Speaker, Shaking Bill Clinton's Hand and Stealing KFC Decals

    Qui-Gon in your room?​Today, it was announced that the House of Representatives Page Program, a program both steeped in history and marred by scandal, is coming to an end. According to USA Today, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the $5 million annual expenditu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Weather Porn: 5 Examples of When Meteorologists Go Bad

    Feels good​When the graphic to the right appeared recently in USA Today, it led to talk about how a good editor needs a dirty mind to spot things like, we guess, a huffing sun giving a hand job to a thermometer. But really, the weather always seems to attract the unfortunate sexual reference ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Your Top 5 Summer Destinations List Includes.....Houston?

    We're a cheap date.​USA Today's travel section has a column by a SmarterTravel.com writer listing the top five bargain destinations for the summer traveler. Among them: us. Probably because Houston has to offer a hell of a lot of discounts to get anyone to come here during the summer. It's a ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    We Hold Britney Spears Against Us For Four Minutes

    Bellamy Bros. may hold new single against her a good deal longer... Jive Records​Britney Spears' new single, "Hold It Against Me," leaked yesterday and was officially released earlier today. As of this moment, it's blowing up the charts at iTunes and radio. The song sounds as if she walked ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Young Man, Older Woman: Top Ten Cougar Anthems

    ​Congratulations to Houston folksinger Glenna Bell. Her "The Cougar Anthem," from this year's Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, was singled out Tuesday alongside Aaron Neville, Keith Richards, Norah Jones and Paul McCartney & Wings in USA Today's weekly "The Playlist" feature. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Obama & Bill White: Five Reasons The Former Mayor Can't Meet The Prez

    Photo via White House Flickr group"Anyone seen Bill?"​President Barack Obama is visiting Texas -- including Houston -- next month to raise money for Democrats, but Bill White won't be appearing with him.White, in fact, has gone out of his way to be snippy about it, telling USA Today "I was in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Mucky Duck Marks 20th Anniversary Tonight

    ​McGonigel's Mucky Duck, called by USA Today one of the top listening rooms in America, celebrates its 20th anniversary this evening. Originally leased but now owned by proprietors Theresa and Rusty Andrews, the operation has grown from a shoestring-budgeted enterprise to become one of Houston's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Bizarre Names Edition

    There are restaurants that simply sound unappealing based on their name alone; the presence of health department violations certainly doesn't help bolster that appeal. This week, we're featuring places that just sound like they had it coming. Finger Licking Bukateria (9811 Bissonnet) sounds too un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Find Out How Polluted Your Kid's School Is (Answer, For Houston Residents: Pretty Polluted)

    School officials are always talking about percentiles, since we live in a mandated-testing world.USA Today has come up with percentile listings no school wants to be a part of: they tracked 12,800 schools to see how many toxic chemicals were in the air outside the buildings.You no doubt will be shoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008
  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008
  • Music

    September 4, 2008
  • Calendar

    March 13, 2008

    McGonigel’s Mucky Duck St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    You won’t find any green beer at this St. Paddy’s party

  • Music

    February 14, 2008

    Irie Time at Club Riddims

    Who or what the hell is Irie, anyway?

  • Music

    January 24, 2008
  • Dining

    August 16, 2007

    Monarch Restaurant

    Fit for a King (Almost)

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2007

    Wait a minute ...

    There was a curious phrase in a USA Today report of the Nielsen BDS, Arbitron and Radio & Records. It's just a blurb, but it speaks volumes if you read between the lines a little. First, Akon's "Don't Matter" from his Konviction CD is still in the No. 1 spot, where it's been now for six weeks. Along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Yahoo Lyrics Link

    According to USA Today, Yahoo music (Music.Yahoo.com) is supposed to be adding lyrics search to artist pages and top song lists. A free search engine will find song lyrics for users who enter a phrase or song title. Trouble is we can't find the search box. Oh, little search box, come out, come out w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2007

    Paul Wall Update

    Houston rapper Paul Wall's Get Money, Stay True got only lukewarm reviews from USA Today last week but that didn'tstop the CD from debuting number eight on the Billboard 200. It currently sits at the number one spot on the Top Rap Album and number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard charts.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2007

    Off the Wall

    USA Today reviewed Houston rapper Paul Wall's new CD Get Money, Stay True today. The April 3 release got a lukewarm two and a half stars rating by reviewer Steve Jones, who calls Wall "a likable hustler." Apparently, Wall is very, very likable - he's number 207 on the Amazon list of best selling CDs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2006

    They Got Next

    Daniel Kramer Seems like yesterday that young Haf was crashing local prom parties... Journalistic powerhouse USA Today has an interesting story today about the young people. Seems TV's Judy Woodruff and a team from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions are traveling the country, hoping to speak to and lea ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Rocket

    Moochie Norris

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    If Six Were Nine

    The Chron cooks the books for a circulation boast

  • Calendar

    September 6, 2001

    Salman Fury

    Salman Rushdie lashes out at his favorite targets in Fury

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Executing the Truth in Ads

    Just who is behind the McVeigh ads is called into question

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    The Art of Getting Broken

    Mary Cutrufello wanted to be a rock star. For a moment she was.

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Conventional Wisdom

    Houston media hit the GOP convention

  • News

    February 17, 2000
  • Calendar

    May 4, 1995
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