In case you hadn't noticed, the '80s are back. They have been for a few years, but it seems like with each passing year we get more and more new bands wearing their influences on their sleeve. That's putting it mildly. The influence is, in fact, so pervasive as to make these bands practically offens ... More >>
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"Soon as we walk through the door," sang Mariah Carey in her 2008 hit, "Migrate," "Fellas be grabbin' at us like yo / Tryin' to get us going off the Patron / We sippin' Grigio... slow." These lines came to mind last night when the day's umpteenth press release caught my eye from an over-saturated i ... More >>
Will you turn into a hoarder? Let's see what astrology says, courtesy of our favorite local astrologer, Figgy Jones. Here's what she told us: On June 11, the big ol' jolly planet of abundance and goodies, Jupiter, moves into the sign of Gemini -- the most garrulous sign. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, ... More >>
On this day in 1958 Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to be put into orbit, fell to Earth after completing 1,440 orbits. The launch of Sputnik was seen as a major blow to the American quest for space superiority, and a significant step forward in the space race by the Soviet Union. In the ... More >>
Antonomasia is the figure of rhetoric whereby a proper name becomes a common name. In the U.S., we say Xerox for photocopy. Kleenex for tissue paper. FedEx for courier (as in I FedExed a package). And here in Texas, we say Coke for nearly any kind of sparkling soft drink. But when we call a Prosec ... More >>
Extreme sex addiction in Shame.
That one in the middle just looks like it's stuck to your computer screen, doesn't it? Don't you just want to...grab it? Making these mini Butterfingers is so easy it's dumb. I'm a sucker for those "crispety, crunchety" bite-size morsels of awesome. I'm always raiding the office candy jar and hoardi ... More >>
If you're a Texan of a certain age, this week you've probably spent some time mourning the death of Jerry Haynes, the children's TV host better known as Mr. Peppermint. Haynes' show on WFAA-TV in Dallas, Peppermint Place, ran from the '60s to the '90s and was widely syndicated across the state, incl ... More >>
Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for those who are tired of forcing Mariah Carey's eight-octave "All I Want For Christmas" on their f ... More >>
Photos by Groovehouse For more photos from the concert, see our slideshow here. Not to say Friday's sold-out crowd didn't enjoy it - scalpers were selling single tickets for upwards of $100 - but can you really put a price tag on white noise? Ask your alarm clock that makes rainfall sound l ... More >>
Photo by J.C. ReidNutella, for those who've never tasted it, is the "original creamy, chocolaty hazelnut spread." Popular in Europe (it's made in Italy), Nutella is mainly eaten at breakfast or for dessert by smearing it on bread or a croissant, or folding into a crepe. "Nutella" is a brand n ... More >>
Annual film festival exhibits the quick and the fresh
[Radar Eyes is a new recurring feature, peering at the underground from the unique mind of Indian Jewelry/Future Blondes shredder Domokos Benczedi. Proceed at your own risk... just kidding. Enjoy.] Our Focus = Underground/ Unreleased/ Underexposed/ Misunderstood/ Unappreciated/ Etc., etc. I am Chem ... More >>
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I Love You Baby Office Christmas Party
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Scott Calhoun's work takes a new turn
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A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions
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A new exhibition redefines "art house"
Scott Calhoun and Jeanne Lorenz are making art from what's around them: porn and tchotchkes
Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top (RCA)
Mark Flood gets pretty, and Vik Muniz reproduces
Disgruntled Enron workers mount an impromptu exhibit: The art of the deal
Real people, real cases, argued in front of a real judge. Pretty much.
A converted cigarette machine peddles a new addiction: Miniature art
Ozomatli, dc Talk, The New Morty Show
From blues rock to punk, Fitzgerald's plays what it must to survive
Harvey Bott has a system. And Kelly Klaasmeyer has a travelogue.
The city has been doling out millions in no-bid contracts to outside consultants on public works projects. sometimes the results aren't pretty.
Matthew Sontheimer and Tina Marrin welcome viewers to their obsessions
The Preacher's Wife is a tepid remake of a tepid original