As befitting a band who takes their status as metal band for working-class fans seriously, Rocks Off reached Saxon lead singer Biff Byford via cell phone on the band's tour bus, where he has just finished a no-frills meet-and greet with a group of fans. Now, said bus is currently parked outside a la ... More >>
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Forro In the Dark Fans expecting to hear gentle renditions of the lilting folk melodies of northeastern Brazil from Forro In the Dark were probably initially shocked, but ultimately awed, by the New York City quintet's high energy and relentlessly rhythmic live set. The group played both days of th ... More >>
With less than a week to go until Saint Patrick's Day, it's time to start taste-tasting mixed drinks so on the day-of you can mask your alcoholism with sophisticated cocktail selections. You're not fooling anyone if you belly up to the bar and request an Irish Car Bomb nor will you turn any heads ... More >>
Well, it's SXSW time again, friends, and you know what that means: dashing around Austin all day, drinking until our eyebrows fall out and doing our best to stick to pre-planned schedules intended to maximize the amount of live music that we can cram into our ear canals before passing out on the flo ... More >>
Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>
Photo courtesy Murder by the BookDavid Thompson, 1975-2010For avid fans of the murder mystery genre, you'd think death was commonplace. But not when it snatches away one of our own. So we loyal patrons of Murder by the Book, Houston's go-to place for all things murder and mystery, are devastated ... More >>
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, when everyone's Irish, yadda yadda yadda.How best to get ready for it? Watching a movie tonight would be one way. Unfortunately, a lot of the "great" Irish movies suck. The Quiet Man? Oy vey. Maureen O'Hara is nicely feisty, but John Wayne is as wooden as ever and the ... More >>
Rocks Off is about as excited about Sunday's AC/DC show as we were for the Black Ice ballbreakers' show 11 months ago, but for a much different reason. Last time it was because we hadn't seen AC/DC since 1996 at Austin's Frank Erwin Center; this time it's because we're itching to see the band beh ... More >>
Mairead Corrigan Maguire thought the hard part was over. Along with fellow Nobel Laureates Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala, American landmine activist Jody Williams, and Iranian Shirin Ebadi, she had been in Guatemala, where the women had just co-hosted a three-day conference on democracy, human right ... More >>
St. Patrick's Day is, well, today, so, rather than hit the pub to celebrate - which we'll probably still do, to be honest - we thought we'd put together a mixtape for you of our favorite Irish and Irish-American bands along with a favorite tracks by them. Pint of Guinness and shot of Jameson sol ... More >>
Pol Brennan, the former I.R.A. fighter detained in Texas on immigration charges, has lost another court battle.The 55-year-old Brennan had been working as a carpenter, living openly in the San Francisco area for ten years, where he had also married an American woman named Joanna Volz. Early thi ... More >>
After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border
Mosquitos' Juju Stulbach on love and Eskimos
Rodney Crowell comes back to town with yet another great album under his belt
A love story told in iambic pentameter? Yes, and yes again.
Hearts of Oak (Lookout)
A faux Irish pub serves up great meals
Even the great Alan Parker can't save Angela's Ashes from sappy self-absorption
Loach sheds the sentimental in a tender look at a tough hero
Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways
I was a doubter, but Cafe Beignet won me over
As The Boxer, Daniel Day-Lewis K.O.'s a weak script
Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt are shooting blanks in The Devil's Own
Van Morrison's getting older, grouchier and, with his latest CD, better again
Blown Away isn't just about bombs. It is one.
Be glad that In the Name of the Father was made. But don't expect this Irish movie to leave anyone's eyes crying.