Austin American-Statesman

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Dewhurst's 'Frozen' Video: More Proof We're Losing Greatness

    Is it one of the worst political ads of all time or one of the worst? Is it even real? These were the thoughts we were wrestling with as we took in a minute-long commercial featuring a Dan Patrick animated picture singing about how he changed his name from Danny Goeb. The ad alleges -- erroneously, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Cops Set to Formally Charge Man in SXSW Fatal Crash

    As they say, the show must go on, but this year's SXSW has been marred by a tragic motor vehicle crash that's left two people dead, two in critical condition, and three more in serious condition, according to Jennifer Herber of the Austin Police department. Twenty-five people in total were hit when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Texas Abortion Law: If You Can't Beat 'em, Sue 'em

    If you thought we were done talking about abortion around the Lone Star State, you obviously haven't been paying attention. As Sen. Wendy Davis gears up for her big gubernatorial run, the abortion legislation that sparked her star-making filibuster in the state legislature has been slapped with a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Sen. John Cornyn Is Out To Stop "Murderabilia"

    Sen. John Cornyn has had some interesting notions, but his latest move -- a law to ban "murderabilia," aka the move to ban the sale of artwork, letters or any other stuff that is valuable because of an association with a mass murderer/serial killer/someone-who-committed-any-other-heinous-crime -- j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Rock's Best Fiction Novelists and Poets

    We writers are a masturbatory bunch, if you don't mind me saying so. We love to talk about our own work, the works of others, and generally just get into a huge hubbub over the art of the written word. So I don't think it should come as any surprise that some of our favorite musicians are also accla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Goodbye, Downtown Macy's (Nee Foley's): Six Oddities You May Not Know, Featuring Massive Fallout Shelters, Ghosts & Spider-Man

    It's a sad sight walking by the downtown Macy's these days -- a cheap-ass "Going Out Of Business" hangs from its walls, and if you go inside you'll find few floors open and everything -- even the fixtures -- on sale. It's an undignified ending for the old store, which opened as a Foley's in 1947. ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    50 Rad Things Now on the Sig's Lagoon Walls

    Within the past month, the walls of Sig's Lagoon have been transformed into a sprawling pop-culture collage of posters, photos, newspaper clippings, magazine covers, picture discs and cardboard cutouts courtesy of former Sundance Records owner Bobby Barnard. Since the longtime San Marcos music stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2011

    ACL: The Sound (Or Lack Thereof) & The Fury

    Photos by Chris GrayYes, that stage is as far away as it looks.​When a bleary Rocks Off arrived at the media area this morning, there was some chatter about Stevie Wonder's supposed sound troubles, and more online, both in our review and the Austin American-Statesman's. (By the way, we've upda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Texas Pop Festival Finally Getting Historical Marker

    Mike PorterBathe, hippies, bathe!​Rocks Off can't do anything about the drought, but this weekend we will be breaking our own personal drought and returning to the Austin City Limits Music Festival after taking 2010 off. But long before ACL, there was another massive musical gathering in Texa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Rick Perry's Prayerapalooza: Let The Whitewashing Begin!

    ​Sharp eyes at the Austin American-Statesman have noticed something different about the home page for the epic Houston prayer meeting called The Response: It seems to have been scrubbed. The page no longer includes a list of "endorsers," several of whom drew criticism for being frothing luna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Eirin Ann Hicks: Texas State Student Killed by One-Story Jump

    Texas StateEirin Ann Hicks: Killed by first-floor jump​If you're a parent who wonders why you worry about your kid, fresh evidence today that you need to: A Texas State student has died by jumping out of a first-floor window. Eirin Ann Hicks, 24 and from Temple, was taken off life support ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    ACLU: When Facing Death, Lizards Are Treated More Humanely Than Humans

    Does Cleve Foster deserve a death at least as humane as that of a lizard? The ACLU thinks so.​The pets of those on death row would be treated more humanely than their owners, if the animals were sitting in the execution chamber instead of them. According to a report released by the American C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Rick Perry's Cuts: Good for Polluters, Electricity Companies; Bad for Commissions Who Opposed His Wife's Renovation Plans

    Rick Perry, stomping on the Historical Commission​Rick Perry's State of the State speech today made clear that the lamestream media has it all wrong when it comes to the financial health of Texas. "Have the doomsayers forgotten that Texas added more jobs in 2010 than any other state?" he aske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    DVR Warning: Daily Show to Take On Legislature's Right-Wing Christians Tonight

    State reps, get ready for your close-up​The Daily Show is getting ready to show America just how progressive, intelligent and open-minded the Texas Legislature is -- check that, we are now informed they are going to show the Lege for what it is. The Austin American-Statesman's capitol blog re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Texas & Nuclear Waste: Federal Judge Opens Path For Expansion

    Nuclear waste in Texas: It's not just for Vermont anymore​Environmental groups are crying foul over a federal judge's decision to lift a ban on allowing a state commission to greatly expand Texas's ability to accept nuclear waste from other states. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    UT-Brownsville Using Text Message to Warn Students of Violence

    UT-Brownsville: text messaging to fight the drug cartels. ​UT-Brownsville is using a new tactic to keep its students safe from violence across the border: text messaging. Students, faculty and staff at the school are being asked to enter their cell phone numbers in a university database, so whenev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Bob Hudgins Leaves Texas Film Commission, Unpleasantly

    The head of the TFC is gone​A couple of months ago, when we examined why there was so little fim and TV production in Houston as opposed to Dallas and Austin, some of the commenters blamed Bob Hudgins, who heads the Texas Film Commission. Well, they won't have him to kick around anymore -- he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Despite Suicide, UT Still On Lockdown

    Grim news on UT-Austin's website:September 28, 2010 at 9:38 amThe university is open.A suspected shooter in PCL library is dead. Police are searching for possible second shooter.Lock doors, do not leave your building. The incident has been going on since shortly after nine this morning, and included ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Yelp Effect

    ​Although there was no shortage of food-related panels at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest (SXSWi) this year, none were as insightful or as incendiary as The Yelp Effect, a frank discussion on the effect that online reviews and criticisms have on the restaurant industry. Led by A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    SXSW News: Adds Include DEATH, Voivod, Neon Indian, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Trae Tha Truth and Chamillionaire & Paul Wall, Together Again

    This past week a few Houston musicians began getting their dreaded SXSW rejection notices; most notably we heard that Robert Ellis' entry was not accepted. That's a tough bullet to take, considering how well his band does on Wednesday night at Mango's and the quality of his solo album. Either way E ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Million-Dollar Mud

    The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    ACL 2009: This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

    Photos by Mark C. Austin​From the Austin American-Statesman comes word that Zilker Park, which hosted the three-day Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, will have to remain closed until the end of the month. Why? Because ACL more or less destroyed the park. For the next 25 or so da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    ACL Aftermath, Part 1: Spearhead's "Electric Mudslide" and the Whole "Dillo Dirt" Situation

    Mark C. Austin​ Night fell on the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park this past Sunday under a full moon and over a sea of mud. (It wasn't strictly mud, but more on that in a bit.) Many in the crowd, especially those in the proximity of the Dell stage, responded the only logical way p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Austin American-Statesman Takes Down The "For Sale" Sign

    ​About a year ago, Cox Enterprises, the media company that owns the Austin American-Statesman, put the paper up for sale.Today they took it back, saying they will keep the thing because this whole print phenomenon still has legs, dammit.Or maybe they just didn't get any good offers. Publisher Mich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Oh Noes!!!111!!!! Barton Springs In Austin Might Be Closing For Awhile!!

    Photo by rutloBarton Springs, Austin's landmark pool that has chilled generations even in the hottest Texas summers, is in trouble. It's not trouble that can't be fixed, but it will require time and money.Time, as in closing the pool for six to eight months. Money, as in almost $5 million the city d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Farm Living Isn't the Life for Damian Mandola

    Damian Mandola and his wife, Trina -- both notable Houston chefs and restauranteurs -- have found themselves in a spot of bother up the Hill County, where they currently reside on a ranch outside of Austin. That spot of bother? Allegations that they had three of their neighbors' Swiss mountain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Mack Brown's Print-Loving Fans Enter The Fray

    We wrote a while back about UT football coach Mack Brown's diary of his trip to see the troops in Iraq and other places. We excerpted the rather significant time Brown seemed to spend complaining about conditions.It went national, with Deadspin picking it up. There was the usual feedback from Longho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Rick Perry's Biking Accident Somehow Leads To Outbreak Of Hair Jokes

    The news day is nearly done, and we can begin to total up the Official Rick Perry Hair-Joke Count.As you likely know, Perry broke his collarbone while riding a bike. If you didn't know, then you were, apparently, one of the few people who didn't head directly to the web to make a hair joke.Google ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Big Bertha at Saint ArnoldThis weekend marks the end of the nearly week-long Wine and Food Week in The Woodlands. And since most people haven't been able to attend the events that took place during the week, it's a sure bet that the Waterway will be packed to the gills with food and wine conn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Saturday: Tim Easton at Cactus Music

    I first encountered Tim Easton about five years ago at a New West Records South By Southwest party. It was a hot day at an outdoor stage. I felt the presence of someone moving up beside me and saw from his name tag that it was Michael Corcoran, longtime music critic for the Austin American-Statesma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Battle Of The Sportswriters: Oh, It's Already Been Broughten

    We noted a while back that Texas Monthly writer Gary Cartwright had written a stinging take on today's Texas sportswriters, saying they weren't as talented or wacky as him and his old gang of Blackie Sherrod, Dan Jenkins, Bud Shrake and Mickey Herskowitz were.He particularly pointed out two Austin A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Texas Monthly Hates Houston Sports Columnists, Others

    A month ago Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein promised subscribers an upcoming Gary Cartwright "screed" against modern-day sportswriting, and it's here.And it bored, mostly. Precis: No one writes as good as we did back in the old days.At least Cartwright calls people out by name: Cedric Golden a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Jane's Addiction: Will They Or Won't They? Houston DJs Will

    Sounds like Jane's Addiction is more or less a lock to play tonight's Playboy/C3 Presents super-exclusive late-night party at an old supermarket at 1107 N. IH-35 this evening starting around 11. It's pretty much the most popular rumor making the rounds at SXSW at this point - Rocks Off has heard it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Chronicle Hops On The Obama Bandwagon

    Eyebrows were raised all around Houston -- really!! We saw one!! -- when the Houston Chronicle endorsed Barack Obama for president, their first Democratic-presidential endorsement since LBJ (What, Dukakis didn't excite them?) Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith predicted that all five of the state's to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Charlie Wilson's War -- Over A UT Chair

    Charlie Wilson, the hard-partying Congressman who fomented an Afghan war and a disappointing Tom Hanks movie, is in the crosshairs again. A group in Lufkin wants to endow a chair in South Asian studies at the University of Texas; UT profs who know something about that region have sent a letter dec ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2008

    Abstinence Education, (Not) Propaganda and Sugar Land

    Trees Have Been Killed: The print edition of the blog debuts

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Abstinence Education Somehow Not Working

    The state of Texas leads the nation in throwing money at sex-education programs that preach abstinence, the Austin American-Statesman has reported -- $17 million in state funds and $3 million of your Texas tax dollars. (As we've noted before, HISD says it doesn't keep track "centrally" of how much i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Racehorse Haynes Has Still Got It, If "It" Is the Ability to Defend Women Who Give Blow Jobs to 16-year-old Boys

    Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, the legendary Houston lawyer who defended Cullen Davis and who was a star in the case that led to the book and movie Blood and Money, is 80 years old. What’s he up to? Defending a 41-year-old Austin woman who gave blow jobs to her 16-year-old neighbor. You have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2007

    Groping for the Gavel

    So Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick might not be the nicest guy, but we do have to wonder what the heck’s going on up in Austin, what with people once again calling for his ouster with less than a week left in this lege session.

  • Music

    March 23, 2006

    South By So Huge

    Austin's little music festival is all grown up

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2003
  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Dark Riders

    The good, the bad and the ugly rock-star performance contracts

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Prose and Cons

    Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Celebrate Good Times

    The Bush inaugural is a wonderful, wonderful thing

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