It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>
Last week, as I sat in my candle-lit bubble bath sipping champagne, I got to thinking about the Beverly Hills, 90210. And then, the gang's hangout -- The Peach Pit. Why, what do you do on a Sunday morning? Anyway, the champs got me thinking; What would The Peach Pit be like if it were open today? ... More >>
Having a good team requires a mix of straight arrows -- guys like Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, who appear nearly asleep when they aren't slicing and dicing opponents like cold cuts -- and goofballs who keep things light in what can often be a very intense work environment. Throughout the years, Ho ... More >>
It happens every year: an errant rumor turns Austin and SXSW upside down for a few hours or even days, leading to mass hysteria, mild apathy, and sometimes sadness. At my first SXSW in 2001, I got a "hot tip" that the Beastie Boys were going to join Mix Master Mike at La Zona Rosa for a secret show, ... More >>
Just as it is said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the same can be said for writing about fashion, though we know a few fashion magazines, blogs and crazed fashionistas that would violently differ. Even still at the end of the day, it's just fabric or animal skin coverin ... More >>
Ads like this are the only reason to visit AmericanApparel.com...if you like that sort of thingIt's frustrating enough to shop for friends and family members during the holidays. Do I get my 80-year-old aunt a gift card to Kroger or H-E-B? Decisions, decisions. Unfortunately, some online mer ... More >>
Holly had no idea what he was starting.The Wall Street Journal wrote an interesting article about Buddy Holly's optometrist. That's not something most people would think about when it comes to music, but fashion has been significantly influenced over the years by music. In much the same way C ... More >>
The Houston school district cleverly rolled out its decision to place ads on school buses by having the first ad be from the College Board touting the value of a higher education. "Our students need to see what the research shows about the difference a college degree will make in their lives," HISD ... More >>
A Reagan-era bacchanalia succumbs to soggy nostalgia.
Add one of these babies to your Valentine's Day wish list.Tweet rings. They are real. When we first saw this idea for a ring with a Tweet engraved on it, we thought there's no way it could be true. It was. It is. We're still flummoxed. But it doesn't stop there. There are also Tweet necklaces ... More >>
Who needs Classmates.com when we have Facebook?Social networking today is a foregone conclusion. Many of us wake up and check Twitter on our smart phones or pull up Facebook on our laptops. We surf YouTube videos in our spare time, find dates on Match.com and spend hours reading music, politi ... More >>
Mark C. AustinCan't WAIT to go back!In exactly one week, Rocks Off will be broadcasting live from the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park. This will be our fourth spin around the grounds since 2007, and every year we swear we won't fall in love with a bartender in the me ... More >>
Rob Lowe will soon join the cast of Parks and Recreation.The dog days are upon us, the networks are planning for fall, and there's always money in the banana stand. This was the week in TV Land: • The Television Critics Association summer press tour has been going on for the past few days ... More >>
This coming weekend, Houston will be engulfed by the Lady Gaga phenomenon. Taking equal parts Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Klaus Nomi and a dash of new-school decadence, the New York-bred star has set a whole new course for pop music and even pop culture in general. Among other things, Gaga is ... More >>
Sunday night, resurgent '90s nu-metaleers Korn stop by Verizon Wireless Theater as headliners of the annual Jagermeister Music Tour. Wonder if they've still got the gorilla suit. It seems like more and more artists are following the model of bands like U2, whose recently scratched 360 Tour was "p ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyWanda Jackson As the first night of SXSW 2010 got underway a pall came over the crowd, at least from those who had been glued to their smart phones by the news of the passing of Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton in New Orleans. The influential power-pop band was due to clos ... More >>
Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Blowfly is the original dirty rapper. Before anyone in 2 Live Crew was old enough to set foot into a peepshow stall or buy a pack of cigarettes, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid was spewing forth raucous raps like "Spermy Night In Georgia" and "What a Difference a Lay Mak ... More >>
It's raining, it's pouring, it's really Monday morning. Wait, did you blink? Then you certainly missed the brief appearance of the sun, radiating invisible rainbows over our fair city. Is that a pleasant breeze whipping your tailfeathers 'round? Well, it's about to turn arctic; give it a secon ... More >>
This guy has nothing on Har Mar Superstar. The R&B singer and Ron Jeremy lookalike has worked the pink-manties look for the better part of this decade. He is, after all, a self-styled lover. Fresh off his cameo as a rival roller derby coach in Whip It (and his excellent cover of "Never My Love" ... More >>
Readers weigh in on the principal at T.H. Rogers
The chill dudes across town at Free Press Houston dropped an awesome bomb this afternoon, announcing their two-day "Summer Fest" shindig, set to go down August 8 and 9 at Eleanor Tinsley Park. Tickets are at $7 for each day, with the line-up spread out over those two days. The headliners that Edit ... More >>
Photo by kaddistrophicCould a young, twentysomething hipster please explain to this 32-year-old crotchety senior citizen what exactly is American Apparel's appeal, puhlease?My problems with the chain of clothing stores are many.First of all, Dov Charney, American Apparel's CEO, is a known perv ... More >>
Mango's attempts to resurrect Westheimer's bohemian past.
Make a mariachi's day this Cinco de Mayo.
What's amazing about bands like Bay Area quartet Trapt is how many of them are lurking out there in the musical ether. Each major city has to have about a dozen or so of them, with varying names playing the same clubs, composed of guys who all look the same and seemingly all took classes togethe ... More >>
Justin and I started off the day early trying to do more then the previous day. Driving around town is much more difficult then anticipated, even though we were here last year. We spent a lot of time trying to find parking and searching for boots. Not the most exciting start, but well worth the find ... More >>
This afternoon off Fourth and San Jacinto, venerable hipster outfitter American Apparel hosted an outdoor flea market. All manner of humanity came out to rummage through the inventory, most of which were factory seconds, with ripped and stained items scattered throughout. There were a few gems, in ... More >>
Lauren Winchester Within about 20 seconds of "A Banner Year," the opener of Gentleman Auction House's new Christmas In Love EP, the St. Louis indie-pop hydra has managed to recall Belle & Sebastian, Arcade Fire and another dozen or so boy-girl bands that are equally earnest and invigorating. I ... More >>
It's safe to say that were it not for acts like Justice and MSTRKRFT, the current dance resurgence would have never would have left the underground. In the past few years, more and more bored indie kids have been shaking way more ass than the generation that preceded them. This scene borrows hea ... More >>
What won't the best actor of his generation do for a role? Not much.
DragonForce perform Monday, March 12, at the Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas Avenue, 713-230-1666. Chimaira, He is Legend and Killswitch Engage also perform.
Musical terms that should be illegal
Trouble for "Texas Troubadour" Chris Knudson