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    April 25, 2013

    Acts You Shouldn't Miss at iFest's Second Weekend

    Texas Brass Band Bud Light World Music Stage, 1 p.m. April 27; Houston Press Rocks Off Texas Music Stage, 4:30 p.m. April 27 The Texas Brass Band combines trumpet flourishes and tuba-led bass lines with jazz, R&B, and hip-hop influences to create a unique, distinctively Southern sound. Last year, t ... More >>

  • Music

    April 18, 2013

    World Beat: The Music of iFest

    Performers from New Orleans to Zimbabwe enliven this year's Brazilian-themed Houston International Festival.

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Bismillah Cafe: Let's Chaat

    Bismillah Cafe specializes in spicy fusion-Pakistani food, going as hot as you dare to go.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    iFest Bringing Bootsy, Baby, and a Boatload of Brazilians

    This was a surprise. The Houston International Festival, sort of like ACL goes to the museum, just announced its 2013 lineup about half an hour ago, right out of the blue. Get ready to get funked up in Sam Houston Park rather than outer space. Topliners include funk warlord Bootsy Collins, New Orle ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    February 23, 2011

    Top 5 Off-The-Wall Musical Instruments In Regular Use

    John Cage is playing a cactus. Your argument is irrelevant.​ Last year at Free Press Summer Fest, we saw Stars haul out this little thingy that was basically a tiny keyboard with a mouthpiece you could blow into. It was the first time we'd ever seen a melodica played live. Since then, Rocks O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    listenlisten Burns Down The House In New Video

    Locals listenlisten released a new video for "I Will Forget," off last year's sophomore LP, dog, this past weekend. The clip is another collaboration between the band and director Bryan Forrester, who last directed the video for "On the Water" in late 2009. The story line of the four-minute "I Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Saturday Night: listenlisten At The Mink

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​listenlisten, sIngs, Two Star Symphony The Backroom at the Mink December 4, 2010 A few hours before listenlisten's headlining spot at the Mink Saturday night, some friends asked Aftermath to pin down the band's sound. A visiting couple was stopping by the bar for the f ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Never Let Goat: "Manimals" Git Down in New Hell City Kings Video

    ​Today, Houston's Hell City Kings officially premiere their new clip for "Never Let Go". The music video was directed by director Bryan Forrester, who previously helmed the listenlisten clip for "On The Water" from last year's Hymns From Rhodesia. Rocks Off was an extra on the set for the fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    World Cup: Today South Africa; Tomorrow Houston

    This ball is shaped funny​The world's biggest sporting event might be coming to a stadium near you, that is, if you want it here more than everyone else. A reception was held at City Hall Thursday to announce that Houston is holding the top spot in the bidding to host the FIFA World Cup in 2 ... More >>

  • Film

    June 3, 2010

    Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Apatow

    Crude on the outside, sweet in the middle: Get Him to the Greek.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Hell City Kings Filming New Video at Rudyard's Tonight

    ​ Houston scuzz-punk heroes the Hell City Kings are filming part of a new music video upstairs at Rudyards tonight. If you have seen the band in their live element, you can imagine where this shoot may be headed. With their new lead singer, the band seems to be reenergized, just in time for someon ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Somewhere Trouble Don't Go

    The best Texas albums of 2009...or what we could squeeze in.

  • Music

    October 1, 2009

    Alamo Heights

    San Antonio's the Krayolas steam into their second act.

  • Music

    September 17, 2009

    Listen Up

    Gunplay aside, listenlisten have made one of 2009's most anachronistic, arresting new albums.

  • Music

    August 13, 2009
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    July 30, 2009

    Houston Band (Finally) Makes Rolling Stone

    Pam Cantu​ Thanks to Classic Rock Bob Ruggiero for passing along the following bit of happy news. In today's edition of Rolling Stone's "Rock and Roll Daily" blog, the first band listed in the "Hype Monitor" section is none other than Houston's own listenlisten. The Hype Monitor got hip to Hymns f ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Veggie Heaven

    Farmers' markets take over Houston.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    The Last Roundup: A Birthday Blog, Mic Skills, Listenlisten, UGK, Riff Tiffs and More

    Happy birthday, Houston's Most Hated! They're celebrating next Saturday at Numbers with The Juan MacLean, Switzerland's the Field and a bunch of local DJs. has a nice chat with local MC Mic Skills, mostly about his new album Defiant. We Wore Masks caught the freshly reunited Blink-182 (Woo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Sonidos y Mas: Various Artists, "The Price of Silence"

    Sixty years ago this week in Paris, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The original text was a collaborative effort from representatives from many nations including the United States (Eleanor Roosevelt was part of the team), written as a way to repudiate the atroci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Tonight: Donkeys and Listenlisten at Rudyard's

    San Diego quartet the Donkeys are the latest up-and-comers in the crowded field of California folk-rock, updating the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield for indie nation. The Donkeys released second album Living on the Other Side this week on Austin's Dead Ocean label; first single "Walk Through a Cloud" ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008
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    July 17, 2008
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    March 6, 2008
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    February 22, 2007
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    September 23, 2004
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    August 5, 2004
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    May 22, 2003
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    April 18, 2002

    Sacré Bleu Bayou!

    France takes center stage at the Houston International Festival

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    Power House

    What do Lakewood Church and its pastor Joel Osteen have that most mainline Protestant denominations don't? People. Lots of them. And in an assortment of colors.

  • News

    December 27, 2001

    A Lavender Christmas

    The Gay Mens Chorus of Houston sings out for Santa Claus and the baby Jesus

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Out of Africa

    In a small office off the Southwest Freeway, an editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries

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    December 2, 1999
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    September 9, 1999
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    April 15, 1999

    Night & Day

    April 15-21, 1999

  • Music

    October 1, 1998
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    March 12, 1998

    Looking for Laura

    First Friendswood rallied to find Laura Smither. Then it rallied to find her killer.

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    The Last Conqueror

    Cecil Hopper subdues the wilderness -- then enshrines it in his museum

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    February 6, 1997
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    May 9, 1996
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    April 18, 1996
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    March 28, 1996