Gov. Rick Perry -- who apparently still holds presidential ambitions of his own -- gets to be the guy who forced President Obama to bend to his will. Like any politician, Gov. Perry has a few tricks up his sleeve, but it seems he does not shake on command. When Air Force One touches down in Austin ... More >>
A security video has surfaced in the investigation into the tasing of Noe Nino de Rivera, a high school student at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop, by a Bastrop County deputy in November. Rivera suffered a severe brain injury and was kept in a medically-induced coma after the incident. According ... More >>
You might have assumed that Gov. Rick Perry's fumbling last attempt to score the 2012 Republican presidential nomination guaranteed we'd never see him on the national stage again. But then Perry announced he wasn't running for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas. Then he started tra ... More >>
UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.
Texas has chosen the worst possible way to select the state's judiciary: partisan judicial elections. It has resulted in a Court of Criminal Appeals (the state's highest appeals court for criminal appeals) that is stacked with ex-prosecutors who rarely, if ever, meet a conviction they can't find so ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry has added abortion regulation and mandatory sentencing for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder to the state legislature's special session agenda. "The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time," Perry stated ... More >>
Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.
Rewind: Five years of Rocks Off ACL Fest coverage The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that the Austin City Limits Music Festival will expand to two weekends starting next year, echoing California's Coachella, which presented identical lineups on successive Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this ... More >>
A big part of Texas music history went dark this past weekend, when Sundance Records went out of buisness after 35 years. But thanks to the San Marcos record store's strong Houston connection, part of its legacy - in fact, a large part of its inventory - is coming here. Sig's Lagoon, the Midtown re ... More >>
The responee to The Response has been underwhelming.Rick Perry's famous call for the nation's governors to come to Houston this weekend to pray and fast is looking more and more like a mistake to all but the religious right. Of course, if he's looking to win a GOP primary, he may just get by ... More >>
This insignia is not rendered in duct tapeOne of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, the Choctaw Indians once controlled most of what is now Mississippi. A remnant remained behind when Andrew Jackson removed the bulk of them to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. We bring you this little histo ... More >>
A parent-daughter bonding experienceImagine you are the parent of a teenage daughter and she is squabbling with a classmate. How do you resolve it? Do you get together with the other girl and her parents and have the young women talk it out? If that's your course of action, you are not cut f ... More >>
Donna Crites: Jello shots for the kids.Mom of the year candidate Donna Crites, of the town of Hutto just north of Austin, was sentenced to three years probation on Thursday after pleading guilty last month to five counts of providing alcohol to a minor. One of those minors later crashed her c ... More >>
Anything for a fix, man.You know those guys who are masters at faking prescriptions or massaging paperwork in order to abuse their drug of choice? Texas might be a member of that club. Two TDCJ inmates are complaining to feds that the state's paperwork shows the mandatory DEA registration n ... More >>
Guru Prakashanand Saraswati may be spring/prison breaking in Mexico.Guru Prakashanand Saraswati, founder and religious guiding light of Barsana Dham ashram near Austin, was found guilty earlier this month of 20 counts of sexual indecency with children. Three of his former female students accu ... More >>
Richard Tabler can't catch a break from Sen. WhitmireYou may remember Richard Tabler, the Death Row inmate who really, really likes his smuggled cell phones. He called State Senator John Whitmire of Houston from his cell on the thing, which is either the ballsiest or stupidest move ever. Whe ... More >>
There's always OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!The Austin American-Statesman reports that there's a national shortage of drugs for lethal injection. The shortage apparently began when the country's sole dealer of sodium thiopental, Hospira, decided earlier this year not to deal in it anymore, and since ... More >>
Longhorns: Grading on the curveThere's an episode of The Sorpanos in Season 5 entitled (ironically so) "All Happy Families." Sopranos fans will remember the fifth season as the one where Tony and Carmela spent a majority of the season separated, so in turn, they also fought a lot. In "All Happy ... More >>
Even by his own rather lofty standards (marrying the same woman three times, losing several fingers on his right hand... oh hell, just read this story here), Billy Joe Shaver's recently concluded trial has to rank pretty far up there on the legendary Waco singer-songwriter list of exploits. As you ... More >>
The end of the college football season is fast approaching, and the rest of the nation is finally learning something that Houston Cougar fans have known all season. The best player in the country isn't Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow. The best player is Case Keenum.Several sites which poll Heisman vote ... More >>
Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>
In 2005, the Austin American-Statesman wrote about Allen Becker, the retired headmaster of a prestigious Austin Episcopal boarding school, hitting the bricks once again to raise money for a lower-income black congregation on the city's east side."We want to give children in this part of Austin a cha ... More >>
State Senator Dan Patrick, whose website proudly notes that his first legislative act was to have the words "In God We Trust" put up over the Senate floor, probably should offer an amendment saying "We also trust hookers, too."That is absolutely the only lesson that can be taken from the story of Se ... More >>
The group collective on Twitter, the increasingly popular micro-blogging and social networking platform, has developed a recent tradition called Follow Friday. Follow Friday is part circle jerk, part honest and helpful advice from your Twitter friends on who to follow if you're new or simply l ... 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 >>
[Ed. note: Turns out this story was exaggerated just a bit. Wishful thinking, maybe? See the comments for the clarification. We decided to leave this up because it's still hilarious.] I’ve written so much negative stuff about Pat Green that I’ve kinda put that away as something that’s be ... More >>
You know what this town needs? A lot of generic feature stories in the daily newspaper. Editor & Publisher magazine is reporting that the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, both owned by Hearst Newspapers, "are in talks to share some feature-section production and design efforts, ... More >>
The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football
Hilarity ensues after a UH scheduling mix-up
The Hollisters reunite to rock the East Texas pines
A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, and most dangerous bands and shows in Houston history
The Texas Lottery Commission brings the hammer down on the El Orbits' Monday-night institution
A short-film series plumbs a dark cultural data bank
Judges declare open season on shooting the bird
SXSW finds itself covered in thoughts of war
The proposed Museum of American Music History could be the solution to our "image problem"
Katz's never closes -- except perhaps in the face of a father-son lawsuit
Narcotics task forces in Texas spend millions of dollars each year busting low-level users and dealers. Is it money well spent, or are officers just addicted to easy cash?
Once burdened by debt and internal politics, a rejuvenated Texas ACLU is back mixing it up with those who dare to trample on the U. S. Constitution.
The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.
As Governor Bush reviews the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a local lawyer casts a jaundiced eye
A Katie for the Katy and kudos to Cook
Vince Bell returns from the brink with hard-won songs of love and loss
River Oaks native Alex Georges crosses his fingers and hopes for a chance at the movies