Modest Mouse Bayou Music Center, November 7 Nearly capsizing after 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank baffled most of the latecomer fans who arrived with 2004's unlikely Top 40 single "Float On," idiosyncratic Washington State indie-rockers Modest Mouse have stayed on the road and out of ... More >>
ESPN's College GameDay, the gold standard for all sports studio shows and maybe all sports shows period, took its road show this week to Oxford, Mississippi for the most important game in the recent history of Ole Miss football. The Ole Miss Rebels, sitting on the curp of the top ten at number elev ... More >>
In March 2013, Alexis Hollada, better known by her stage name, Doomstress Alexis, is on her way back from Austin with her drummer, Raymond Matthews, in tow. The pair have just rocked a gig during SXSW with their doom metal act, Project Armageddon, and now just want to get back to Houston after picki ... More >>
Old Town Spring is known for its antique stores, funky yard decorations and charm. But there is a lot more to this quaint neighborhood off of I-45 than just adorable vintage furniture and decorations. Old Town Spring is an excellent spot for a date night involving shopping, pizza and wine. After wa ... More >>
Devin Dude, Potluck Warehouse Live April 18, 2014 Plenty of artists can be classified as "weed rappers": Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Red & Meth, B-Real, and Curren$y, just to name a few. But the OG of the weed-rap game is a gentleman nick-named "The Dude." Devin Copeland has been high on the rap life ... More >>
The University of Houston announced last night that Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been named as the ninth head coach in the history of the men's basketball team. Sampson's the former head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He got all of those schools into the NCAA ... More >>
Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week we get a look at a local boy's new act thanks to a music video filmed down in Mexico City. On tip of that, Baby Alpaca, who made one of the top 25 music videos of 2013 brings their A-game once again with a kind-trippy new work. It's all that and mor ... More >>
Houston Baptist University decides the best way to grow is to start a football team for the first time in its 50-year history.
Back in my married days, my then wife was from Louisiana (she still is from Louisiana, actually, and still alive, we are just not married anymore) and around late October or early November is when duck hunting season would begin. At least, I think it was around that time, I just remember being cold ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.
TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.
Last year on this date in honor of what would have been late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's 45th birthday, I wrote a blog supposing where the grunge icon would have been in 2012. It got a lot of traction and people loved and hated it. Imagining him as a dubstep DJ was really for grins and shock valu ... More >>
Just a guess, but when Madonna played to tens of thousands of fans at Toyota Center last week, most of them probably didn't know that onstage with her was a member of one of the most severe metal bands of the past 20 years. Rewind: Last Night: Madonna at Toyota Center But it's true. Native Texan ... More >>
A hostile Supreme Court. A feckless Obama administration. America's war on Mexicans has gone too far.
Fired and liars rhyme. Just sayin'. This week, Bobby Petrino, a married father of four, was canned from his gig as head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Hair Balls previously rapped about, Petrino was let go for lying about his motorcycle accident, his extramarital affair with a fello ... More >>
Had he not died in April 1994 by his own hand -- or sinister forces working for Courtney Love (insert maniacal laugh) -- Kurt Cobain would have turned 45 years old today. The rock icon killed himself at the age of 27, leaving behind not only a daughter to fend for herself against the wiles of ... More >>
Adult Quest: Proud partner of Mike Leach Football.Texas football hasn't been the same since Mike Leach left Lubbock. Not only have the Texas Tech Raiders struggled on the field, but the goofiness quotient has gone way down. Leach has gone to Washington State, but he hasn't cut off all his T ... More >>
This year, more than 2,500 wines were entered into the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's International Wine Competition. Of those entries, 736 were from Texas wineries. And of those Texas wineries, Messina Hof swept up 20 medals and the coveted title of Top Texas Wine for its 2004 Solara, whic ... More >>
Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Dolcetto can deliver character without overwhelming the palate or breaking the bank.Yes, folks, it's that predictable time of year when everyone posts their Thanksgiving wine recommendations. Among the literally hundreds of blogs and feeds that I follow, one of my favo ... More >>
This stopped being funny 200-plus episodes ago. It's a big deal that ESPN's traveling college-football preview show GameDay is posting up at the University of Houston's Cullen Circle in advance of the Cougars' game against the SMU Mustangs. (Who saw this coming, especially after quarterback C ... More >>
Things can go wrongNext time you go to an air show, take a look at the fine print on the ticket. Besides the usual stuff about acts of God and "Promoter not responsible if the frontman doesn't show due to injecting Drano into his balls," there's something else. It says they're really, really ... More >>
I realized something in the last 48 hours. I am a big fan of the Boston Red Sox, which means by sports fan definition, I should be on suicide watch right now. I mean, "my team" just pulled off the biggest September choke in MLB history with a soul-crushing ninth inning loss. The thing is, I'm not e ... More >>
Controlling negative publicity is tough business in the modern world. Virtually everything is caught on tape -- good and bad -- and the Internet provides the ideal place for opposition. From anonymous commenters to bloggers to people on social networking sites, it is impossible to prevent negative c ... More >>
Photo by John SuhLife is just a bowl of cherries.I popped my cherry with Rainier cherries when I visited Seattle for the first time several years ago. Walking through Pike Place Market, I came across a fruit stand that sold mounds of these cherries that were, to me at the time, strangely col ... More >>
Bring the noise to Robertson Stadium for ESPNStrange as it may seem, if things had gone a bit differently in the college career of Drew Bledsoe, Kevin Sumlin might not have ended up in Houston. But strange as it may seem, that's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.Sumlin's first ... More >>
Live! From Houston! It's Tuesday Night Live In Jerusalem!!Houston is the first stop for Israeli TV hosts Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel as they take Tuesday Night Live in Jerusalem across the United States. "We want to give an empowering, uplifting, inspiring message about Israel. And the ... More >>
The small-town, family-farm lifestyle that we love to celebrate is being preserved thanks to Mexican immigrants.
We're no Minnesota, that's for sureThe numbers are in. When it comes to recycling computers and monitors, Texas sucks. Not only sucks, but out of the 20 states with computer recycling laws, Texas finished dead last, according to a study by the educational nonprofit, Texas Campaign for the Environ ... More >>
Today is the most important off-season day in college football, a momentous and staggeringly significant event that is known as National Signing Day.Today 18-year-olds declare where they will accept scholarships to play football. No other thing that happens today, barring an alien invasion, will ... More >>
When I compared a Totten Inlet Virginica (left), a Galveston Bay select (middle) and an Apalachicola oyster (right), I had to agree that the Totten Inlet oyster from Washington was the sweetest and saltiest of the three. Jon Rowley, the Washington State seafood marketing guru who masterminded ... More >>
This weekend, Houston becomes the grindcore and death-metal capitol of the country for two days with Houston Noisefest 2009, starting tonight at the Atomic Café and concluding tomorrow night at the White Swan. Bands from California, Ohio and as far as Washington State are heading down here to r ... More >>
Ride your bike to the Broken Spoke for some awesome moules frites and a Stella.
One season is ending. One season is just beginning. But for the Houston Cougars, it's a big Thanksgiving weekend either way with the football team playing for the C-USA West title, and the basketball team up in Alaska playing against Big 12 power Oklahoma in the Great Alaska Shootout on Thurs ... More >>
69¢ Gulf oysters and lobsters for under $9 a pound are among the grand-opening specials worth checking out at 99 Ranch Market, the new supermarket at I-10 and Blalock where the big Fiesta used to be. 99 Ranch Market is an Asian supermarket chain out of Los Angeles. The first store was called ... More >>
The bugs get bigger and the prices lower as the season comes to a close.
The best wine bars, like the best restaurants, are always a reflection of the owner's vision and personality. 13 Celsius Win Bar in midtown Houston is no exception. On the bar side, proprietor Ian Rosenberg, an architect by profession and training, has transformed a circa-1927 Mediterannean-style b ... More >>
Cypress Springs High no doubt was proud of 2000 graduate Christopher Jack Reid when he joined the Marines and served in Iraq.They might have been a little less proud when he returned, adopted the name "Jack Venice," and started starring in porno films. Although hey, maybe they were still proud. You ... More >>
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo should tell Houston Catholics why he waited two months to announce that a diocesan priest had been accused of sexually abusing a child, the head of a victims’ advocacy group said in a press conference today. Standing outside the Archdiocese Chancery downtown, David Clohess ... More >>
Compare East Coast oysters to Gulf Coast oysters and see what you think
Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately
Freegans prove there is such a thing as they Dumpster-dive for food for themselves and the homeless
He left clues all over, but it still took investigators years to unmask the serial murderer in their midst
How cold war fears fueled a hot market for Houston's human parts business.