"The Star-Spangled Banner," our nation's national anthem, is a notoriously difficult song to sing. Often arranged in an unforgiving key for vocalists, composer Francis Scott Key's melody is full of tricky intervals that make it even more precarious. This is a major reason most of the people around y ... More >>
Wednesday's noontime announcement by Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait that he would retire from the road after his 2013-14 "The Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour hit Rocks Off harder than it should have. True, he's 60, has a ranch and grandchildren, and has earned his golden years many, many ... More >>
Photo by Robert BejilWhere were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.
XL/ColumbiaTheologians love saying things like "Man is created superior to animals" and "Animals can't be equal with humans." And then we go scouring philosophy books to see if animals have immortal spirits and if this means we'll someday meet our pets in heaven. That's a bunch of horse dung. ... More >>
Faith Hill shall not be deniedFive record labels that sued a 16-year-old San Antonio girl six years ago for illegally downloading a bunch of shitty music the labels vomited upon the listening public can finally exhale: the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the girl's ... More >>
Chocolate-peanut butter icebox pie."Don't get too caught up in it; it's just grape juice," laughed Mark McWilliams, seated to my right. Those are words you don't expect to hear from someone who runs a successful winery for a living, but it set the tone for a refreshing evening. Anyone expecti ... More >>
Butthole Surfers live at Stubb's in Austin, September 2008 Photos by Gary Miller Texas psych-punk renegades the Butthole Surfers have temporarily put aside their differences for a handful of shows, including at Meridian tonight (doors 8 p.m.). This is the final installment of Rocks Off's interview ... More >>
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music The Nashville way of making music is unlike any other, comparable only to the studio system of Hollywood's golden age— a closed system of songwriters, producers, record labels and artists that creates most of the sounds you don't want to admit you li ... More >>
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming, and dig this year's buried black-music treasures
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures
Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas
Wednesday, August 27
A gusher lay beneath the surface, but you had to drill deep
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs
After crapping out with Arista, Patrice Pike hits the creative jackpot with the Blackbox Rebellion
Del Rio-bred Radney Foster is a cowpunk both on stage and off
Lee Roy Parnell finds his roots everywhere but Nashville
Mary Cutrufello wanted to be a rock star. For a moment she was.
Who do we have to thank for Rod Stewart every hour on the hour? This guy, Guy Zapoleon.
Robert Earl Keen leadsTexas acts on tour
A new series of reissues reaffirms the genius of rap's granddaddy
A new book chronicles the bloody rise and fall of Death Row Records
From Mexico to L.A. via Alaska and El Paso, Tito Larriva has seen it all -- and more
Former arena stars Hall and Oates scale down without incident -- mostly
A Nerf Herder lesson in how to sell yourself as who you are
BR5-49 lives to see the day when Hee Haw is hip
Has Ministry, at one time the reigning king of bad, lost its edge?
Funland's learned the art of getting up after falling down
The 5th Annual Houston Press Music Awards