The Bitchin’ Kitchen at House of Rock – CC,TX


by Kat McCloud
Pics by Leslie Morin
Vent readers, get ready to stuff your face with some AMAZING dishes that will make you question how it is possible to get great music and food-network worthy cuisine in the multicultural HOR, that for eight years has been serving us up sweet jams.
Picture this: Look left…..Mad Caddies (Coming in April), Look right….delicious food that will make you forget about the band. It’s overwhelming…and it’s all YOURS!
The venue is stepping it up to a whole new level, with concept owner Casey Lain providing a shift in the playing field for bar food in our city. .
As far as the menu goes, here’s what we know:
“On the menu will be specialty pizzas (offered whole or by the slice), assorted appetizers, fresh salads and sandwiches. All menu options will be to-go friendly. On April 2nd, the kitchen will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beginning April 3rd, the kitchen will be open for dinner with a limited menu. The full menu will be available the following week.”

Dirty Rice: The Mad Caddies’ 7-Year Itch


by Kat McCloud
Warped Tour. If you read this magazine, chances are, you’ve either got a vague idea of it, or you went every year until your early twenties and desperately yearn for the days of yore. The glued-up blue liberty spikes pointing to the sky as hundreds of “hoodlums”, as my nana called us, roamed around laced in spikes, soaking in the overwhelming thunder of rebellion pumping through speakers. Everywhere you looked, Ska….Punk….Metal….SkapunkmetalraggaeStep…and my personal favorite, Skunk.
I bring up Warped Tour because when I heard the Mad Caddies were finally releasing another album, after SEVEN FUCKING YEARS (I forgive you Mad Caddies), my mind immediately drifted to reminiscing upon the Warped Tour. They were always there. And like Warped Tour….

Tommy Chong’s Penal Code

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About ten years ago an overzealous Assistant U.S. Attorney sent Tommy Chong went to federal prison for a little while. For our many readers who are probably going to do a stretch at some point, we asked if he had any advice.

Take advantage of your time. Read everything that you meant to read. You never have enough time to read when your on the outside, but in the inside make time to read. And, always be weird in some way. Let everybody know that you’re a very weird guy, don’t try to fit in,

Tommy Chong: The Not So Straight Man


Interview by Wil Henneberger

It’s been a while since I have made my mom proud. I knew that would be a side effect of writing dick and fart jokes for a living. I try to bribe her with the free tickets I get from time to time, but that only goes so far. Cut to, me, telling my mom that I got to talk on the phone with Tommy Chong. I could feel the pride launching from her flip-phone antenna, bouncing of Earth-orbiting satellites and milliseconds later landing softly on her baby’s ear. Now, if I get you some tickets to see Cheech and Chong can you forget about the time when I was 13-years-old and called you a b****. I’m so sorry mommy.

Vent: Let me start by saying that I have been a fan since I was a kid. I grew up in the 90’s and my cousin JD, played one of your records for me and I was hooked. What do you think it was about that comedy that held up so well?

Tommy Chong: When you get high on pot, you get close to God and when you get close to God, everything you do is a notch above everything else. The message is going straight from the higher power to the people, I mean, that’s my thing. It affected the Beatles the same way. Everything they wrote after they got turned onto pot had a little higher meaning then

Texas Passes Controversial Discrimination Law


On Friday afternoon, Governor Rick Perry signed, into Texas law, a statute that protects the liberty of business owners all across the Lone Star State. This new law allows Texans to refuse service to patrons with any form of handicap or disability that my cause the storeowner to feel uncomfortable.

The controversial piece of legislation has been dubbed the Discriberty Law, as it allows citizens to exercise their God-given Liberty to Discriminate.

At the signing, Governor Perry commented, “I am signing this law paper, to show that freedom is the best.  This is only the beginning. Once people see that the liberty to discriminate is our Constitutional right, if you don’t count certain questionable

ScabScab on the TonTons

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Some of you may not know this about old Scabby, but I love me some indie music. A few nights back as I was bumming cigs outside of House of Rock, I heard the most angelic young voice. I made it inside and got to see a couple of songs before I was politely asked to take my dripping somewhere else. I get it. I’m not sure why, but I am always dripping and I know it’s a hazard. No hard feelings on that.
The band I witnessed was the Tontons, and after being ejected, I found a nice gutter within earshot of the Venue and enjoyed the rest of the set. Those pipes belonged to

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