For more than three decades, Jello Biafra has remained the brassy conscience of punk rock, willing to knock down the sacred cows of politics and rock and roll. First honing his diatribes in the Dead Kennedys, next dabbling in film and spoken word, and ultimately joining forces with DOA, NoMeansNo, t ... More >>
A Katy man who the FBI says tried to form an "American Insurgent Movement" to rob banks, blow up mosques and overthrow the government with "blood and bullets" has pleaded guilty in federal court. Court records show Robert Talbot Jr., 38, admitted to plotting his revolution in a hearing before feder ... More >>
Though often under-recognized by society at large, with its overweening narrative of punk rock being a bastion of disenchanted white males, women of all stripes have been intimate and ingrained members of Houston's local scene scene since its very genesis. Yet, few books have extolled the efforts of ... More >>
Two Harris County teens charged with killing a schoolmate in so-called "occult murder."
Texas is renowned as a gun-lover's paradise, and firearm enthusiasts in Houston are fortunate to have a vast array of gun shops to choose from -- but unfortunately, if you want pork-laced ammunition to fend off a crazed jihadist, you'll have to order it from the clear-minded, level-headed folks at t ... More >>
Whenever I'm driving along the road and I see some poor sucker in a weird costume, particularly on a sweltering August day, I feel a little bad for him. No way that guy is getting good money despite having arguably the most ridiculous job you could get. I always try to wave to the poor bastard becau ... More >>
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Good luck finding a bigge ... More >>
As Puerto Rico is battered by a wave of drugs and brazen murders, Houston and other continental U.S. cities feel the blowback.
The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.
Among crime blotters in the state, two of the best belong to the Lufkin Daily News and the Wise County Messenger. But those are both private sector news sources. Our favorite "socialist" crime blotter comes from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, whose periodic Game Warden Field Notes is must ... More >>
Despite the dust of time that usually befalls venues and lore from punk's rambunctious past, The Island has remained a steady icon of Houston's underground movement that swept to the surface as classic arena rock and cosmic country choked the FM airwaves. Rewind: Houston's Island of Misfit Bands B ... More >>
While the hallowed ground of Fitzgerald's has remained steadfast, becoming a seemingly permanent fixture in Houston's indie, punk and metal communities, other clubs have receded into the dustbins of history. Fortunately, the fecund eras of two - the Axiom and the Island - are being celebrated during ... More >>
A 21-year-old Houston woman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for using false information to purchase at least 15 AK-47-type weapons over a two-month period. Nayely Ruby Herrera, 21, made her purchases at a Valley gun store called The Armory, located in McAllen. "During trial, th ... More >>
Thomas Caffall's mother told the media yesterday that she had been worried about her son's mental state, and from looking at his Facebook page, it's easy to see why. Having a right-wing gun nut in the family is one thing. Having one who goes around quoting Yoda and Emily Dickinson is another. Caffa ... More >>
David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus MusicWomen are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>
Hey, it's worth a shot.It's difficult to say whether Rene Huerta Jr. was ballsy, dumb or maybe forced to do something against his will. But he dodged a huge bullet (ha HA!) in November 2010 when Customs and Border Protection inspected his car as it crossed over from Mexico to Brownsville. Th ... More >>
Houston's strip malls increase heat, pollution.
Photo by seenyourherbThough the New York Times story on "haute stoner cuisine" from 2010 has been mostly debunked by now, the general knowledge that marijuana has long been a part of the professional kitchen's culture remains intact. To wit, culinary terms have crept into the language of gro ... More >>
Photo by FuriousGeorge81You don't want to be the lone voice of reason in a gummi war. It's just too dangerous.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've already rounded up all of our Thanksgiving turkeys and are just waiting to hear from their families about the ... More >>
Photo via The EagleThe real-looking AK-47 that set hearts racingThe student who caused a frantic shutdown of the Texas A&M campus was carrying a realistic-looking fake AK-47 he planned to use as part of a Halloween costume, an official report says. The Bryan-College Station Eagle obtained th ... More >>
Mike Myers will probably go down in history as the most uncomfortable white guy next to a black guy in TV history, thanks to Kanye West's unscripted outburst during that infamous Hurricane Katrina telethon. It began with Myers reading his part of the script verbatim. Two-thirds into the PSA, ... More >>
Texas A&M is in a lockdown mode after reports of a man carrying an AK-47 on campus.The school's "Code Maroon" warning page says no gunman has been found, but police are still searching.Reporters listening to the local police scanner say the shooter is described as a white male with olive or gree ... More >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
It's been a while since Rocks Off has put on our promoter hat because, well, we've been kind of busy around here, but also because we've been cooking up an idea we think you're all going to like. We hope so, anyway. As you may have noticed, it's not that easy for artists to sell tickets thes ... More >>
From The Bayou Our pals at The Bayou have been sent this heartwarming display of what a Texas Wal-Mart considers "crafts."The reader who took it didn't specify where in Texas it was taken.....Is there a Wal-Mart in River Oaks?We don't see Martha Stewart Living or Scrapbook Monthly here, but they ... More >>
Author has his own special take on the fishing industry.
Photo by This Is Freaking RidiculousAn AK-47 made entirely out of bacon? Yup, that's pretty much 2009 summed up. So this is the time of year when we normally say things like "Wow, another year gone by already!" and "Can ya believe it's almost 2010?" and "Say there, how come you just broke my ... More >>
Halloween is coming, and that means many, many costuming mistakes will be made by normally sane adults. To help stop this scourge, each Thursday we will be offering tips and analysis of what to avoid, or possibly what to do. While we don't know when or where we'll black out/get sick this Halloween, ... More >>
For most of the spring and summer, a souped-up squad of 100 ATF agents was running all over Houston and South Texas doing everything possible to slow the raging river of guns illegally flowing into Mexico.Agents followed up old leads, tracked down new ones, made scores of arrests, confiscated hun ... More >>
FridayNewly crowned Best Indie Rock winners Spain Colored Orange bring their florid psych-pop to the Contemporary Arts Museum's monthly Steel Lounge Underground, with Gracie Chavez and a showdown between Sasha Braverman and Henry Chow. 8 p.m., free. Houston industrial fiend Mike Terror menaces at ... More >>
Ed. Note: To go along with this week's feature on Mike Jones, Mike Giglio takes a look at the origins of Houston rap's once and future calling card, "screw music." Photos by Mike GiglioScrew: The Next Generation (l-r): Randy, Big Bubb, Bird Wearing corn rows, a wife beater and green courdoroys, ... More >>
Someone gets your social, ruins your credit, upends your life. And gets away free and clear.
Who's Got Next?
Last year was a banner year for bank robberies in Houston, more than doubling the number from the year before.But last year's record has already tumbled, and we've still got a month to go.Doing their best to help in that effort are the robbers who keep hitting the IBC branch bank at 3939 Montrose, n ... More >>
Amid Noise and Smoke, legendary Houston post-punks reunite
Photos by Craig Hlavaty Because it's been indelibly stereotyped (with some justification) as the soundtrack to working-class wage slaves dropping the hammer on their Z-28s while burning a massive doob, people tend to forget that technically speaking, metal is one of the most difficult styles to pul ... More >>
For almost 20 years, she was the First Lady of Houston Rock Radio. On the air, across the stage and in the dressing rooms, KLOL’s Dayna Steele rubbed shoulders and interviewed plenty of rock icons. And her loyal legion of “Steeleworkers” made her one of the city’s most recognizable media per ... More >>
The crowd at SXSW gets younger every year. Wednesday sightings: Eddie Spaghetti and John Croslin, ex-member of Austin cult heroes the Reivers who produced Spoon’s debut Telephono, in the Convention Center’s panelist greenroom; R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills waiting for the “Executive Suites” el ... More >>
Yet another clumsy first person shooter
Like a severed foot or an excruciatingly painful torture-killing ordered by Charles Taylor, a diamond is forever. And when someone says “diamond,” the first thing that comes to mind (other than maybe “heroin-addled, AK-47-wielding child soldiers”) is “De Beers.” And as the Houston Busin ... More >>
Stuff you need to know to avoid musical ostracism
Mark Flood gets pretty, and Vik Muniz reproduces
A.J. McClure, Kaufman County