It makes sense that the first two episodes of the new HBO series Sonic Highways, chronicling the recording of eight songs in eight separate cities for the Foo Fighters' forthcoming album of the same name, would take place in Chicago and Washington D.C. Both represent a sort of homecoming: the former ... More >>
While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.
Every team is susceptible to a lull in their season, and sometimes that lull comes at the beginning. Slow starts happen. For some teams, they are a harbinger of things to come. The slow start isn't so much a lull as it is just a fraction of a bigger pile of underachievement. For some teams, though ... More >>
Everyone and their dog is talking about the day President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, 50 years ago today. There are countless videos, documentaries and newspaper inches spilling out as we lead up to the actual anniversary. In case you want a refresher course on some of the happenings of that ... More >>
A conservative group called "Texas Values" is taking a new approach in the battle to make sure that no Lone Star boy scout ever, ever gets cooties from being near a gay person -- the group is circulating a letter urging the Boy Scouts of America to reject gay scouts, it's getting elected officials t ... More >>
What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?
Rodriguez House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) October 23, 2012 Ouch. You have to wonder how Houston has managed to produce and nurture as many great songwriters as it has over the years, because it's amazing any of them could ever keep their guitars in tune. Tuesday night our city's pernicious hu ... More >>
"We live in a cynical world, a cynical, cynical world..." said a very smart man once. Maybe it was Nietzsche, or Elmer Fudd. Artifacts like the Olympics -- both the summer and winter variety -- have grown boring and stale. TV giant NBC is getting torn to shreds for including haircut Ryan Seacrest ... More >>
Competition is a good thing. It pushes people to work harder and be more creative. That drive to prove to the world that they're the best has lead musicians to some incredible heights. After all, competition gave us Pet Sounds and "Ether." Yet in the '10s, that competitive spirit has been pushed as ... More >>
Sunday nights, I usually like to watch The Amazing Race after 60 Minutes. I don't usually watch much reality television at all, but something about the combination of total incompetence, vicious backstabbing and exotic locales as several, two-person teams race around the globe is completely intoxica ... More >>
This morning Aerosmith, the band that wouldn't die (or refuses to go away), announced a Houston stop on this summer's "Global Warming" tour at Toyota Center Monday, July 30. Taking a break from the casino/state-fair circuit, Illinois power-pop heroes Cheap Trick open. Aerosmith is still be rumored ... More >>
Photos By Marc BrubakerDanzig last night at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Last night's Danzig Legacy set at the opening night of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 was marred by the short (LOL, right) set that Glenn Danzig turned in. The ex-Misfits and Samhain goth-rocker was scheduled to perform hits sets ... More >>
Photos by Jeremy Parzen.The Madoff segment on last night's 60 Minutes was made more palatable by a tasting of the utterly transparent Frey Vineyard's "Natural Red."One of the chief complaints often expressed by advocates, champions, and militants of Natural wine (with a capital N) is that ove ... More >>
If a crabby, unpleasant nonagenarian who ceased being relevant 20 years ago retires from broadcasting, does the collective sigh of relief make a sound? Andy Rooney will announce on Sunday's "60 Minutes" that it will be his last regular appearance on the newsmagazine. Rooney, 92, has been featured o ... More >>
Tom DeLay knows about razzle-dazzle.Tom DeLay's embarrassing stint on Dancing with the Stars apparently taught him one thng: Go Hollywood and go brash. The appellate brief filed seeking to overturn his money-laundering conviction is, courtesy of Houston lawyer Brian Wice, as over the top as ... More >>
HISD partners with the Chronicle on magnet report
Special access for a former colleagueAt 4 p.m. today, the Houston ISD board will meet to review an independent audit of its magnet schools done by Magnet Schools of America. As Richard Connelly detailed in our report last week, there's a lot to be concerned about what with the report (still t ... More >>
And a partridge in a pear tree...Last week, we gave you our list of celebrities who manage to save their careers after difficult times. This week, we go a different direction. If we have learned anything from TMZ, it's that people love celebrity scandals and the more salacious it is, the more ... More >>
Our Ten Favorites from 2010 including Jackass 3D.
Falling Star: Clemens will be indicted on perjury charges.Roger Clemens testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform over two years ago saying that his former trainer Brian McNamee had lied about his use of steroids. Today, federal authorities have decided the former Ho ... More >>
I wash myself with a rag on a stick.What the hell, let's jump right in: • Conan O'Brien's exit deal with NBC included a number of stipulations about when he could appear on TV again and when he could resume his late-night hosting duties for another outlet. Well, after a few months away, ... More >>
Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayThe chicken is Photoshopped. The swimsuit, sadly, isn't.Guess what you're missing if you haven't picked up the latest copy of Rolling Stone? Go on, guess. All right, we'll tell you: according to their website, you're missing the lowdown on John Mayer's " ... More >>
For at least one winner of last year's Houston Press MasterMind Awards, the accolades continue. The Hightower High School Broadcast Academy, which received a $2,000 prize in the Press's 2009 MasterMind contest, was recently awarded three separate grants that will help Ted Irving and his students ... More >>
Catch James Cameron talking about Avatar on 60 Minutes last night? I thought it was awfully sporting of Viacom to throw some publicity at a movie it doesn't appear to have any stake in for once. Cameron, as usual, exuded confidence about the project. He explained his desire to make the film sinc ... More >>
Dave Collins is a Vietnam veteran, and he wants to abolish Veteran's Day. "I would also like to see yellow-ribbon stickers outlawed along with 'We Support the Troops' signs in business and all the other feel good BS of that ilk," he adds in a personal commentary he e-mailed to his mailing list.Ha ... More >>
Last fall the Houston Press asked readers to send in nominations of people who were breaking new ground in the arts around here.The lucky winners have been named and will be getting a $2,000 check at a dinner Saturday and -- perhaps more importantly -- they are profiled in the Press today. (Well, ma ... More >>
It's not often a UH alum gets a big profile on 60 Minutes, unless it's Tom DeLay.But last night the venerable news magazine profiled Julian Schnabel, the artist/film director who was nominated for an Academy Award last year the The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.So how'd he come off?Pretty shitty, ac ... More >>
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Courtesy of The Family Lomax Today, John Henry learns that "teachers are people too." If you've followed us of late, you know that everyone's buzzing about our newest guest critic, John Henry Lomax, son of music editor John Nova Lomax. Some readers, such as Reg Burns, are comparing him to Andy ... More >>
Fabricated pop groups are nothing new, but these Dolls are more than bad -- they're a threat
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Mrs. Farnsworth recalls her Yale years -- and a fling with George W.
Hip-hop notables get together to rap about responsibility
A dirty journo gets busted in Shattered Glass
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Mann elevates The Insider to Oscar-level suspense
187 is a blackboard bungle
AG Dan Morales may not have won in court, but he won where it matters -- on TV