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Birmingham

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Venomous Maximus Prepare For the Coming of the Firewalker

    If there's a more hotly anticipated album release from a Houston band penciled in for this year than Venomous Maximus' Firewalker, you can bet that it ain't gonna rock nearly as hard. The local metal faves have been working on new music since last year, doling out bits and pieces of the record at gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Rolling Stone's Ridiculous Top 100 Country Songs: The Second Half

    Given the spread and the appeal-to-all-age-groups nature of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time," the possibility that the list was computer-generated seems more and more likely. Either that, or Rolling Stone is farming out its country blog to Best in Texas magazine? There are ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Kuwaiti Soccer Ref Punching A Player

    Fan scorn, player arguments, maybe even a little physicality. Those things are all, unfortunately, part of the officiating experience. Whether it's an umpire in baseball, a referee in basketball, or any of the various officiating positions on a football field, the whole thing can be a thankless gig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Black Sabbath at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/25/2013

    Black Sabbath Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 25, 2013 What can even be said about a Black Sabbath show in 2013? You know what you're in for: good times with one of the all-time greatest rock and roll bands. The experience is one that defies a simple explanation. It's becoming a part of a uniq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Every Metal Subgenre Began as a Black Sabbath Song

    Some people out there argue that heavy metal was not invented by Black Sabbath. These people are wrong. To be sure, the Led Zeps and Deep Purples of the world certainly had their metallic moments, but it wasn't until Tony Iommi sheared off his fingertips in a metal stamper and down-tuned his guitar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Napalm Death's Barney Greenway on Thatcher, Nostalgia and the Pursuit of Happiness

    Most of the people who pass Mark "Barney" Greenway in the street every day almost certainly have no idea what the man does for a living. His sensible haircut, unassuming demeanor and soft-spoken Birmingham accent betray nothing of his status as one of the most ferocious and accomplished voices in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Joel Osteen's Mega-Watt Grin Can't Keep Houston Within the Bible Belt, Survey Says

    Every week, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church sermons reach over seven million viewers across the world. The Second Baptist Church Houston, the largest Baptist church in the largest Baptist nation, hosts a weekly attendance pushing 25,000. The Woodlands Church -- pulling those from Humble, Katy, and Tom ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2012

    Barbarians in the Ivory Tower

    America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.

  • Music

    December 15, 2011

    Alien Force

    Man or Astro-Man? discuss their time on Earth.

  • Music

    October 13, 2011

    Turbo Lovers

    British metal icons Judas Priest are still living after midnight — but aren't retiring.

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Last Night: Emmylou Harris At Verizon Wireless Theater

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys Verizon Wireless Theater June 22, 2011 The song about the Italian painter wasn't in the set, and at the end it seemed like it was the only song not in the set, but watching Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys paint the curtained-off V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Coogs' Kelvin Lewis Helps Rip The Mustangs

    Photo courtesy UH​The Cougars shot only 32.2 percent from the field on Saturday afternoon while the SMU Mustangs shot 38.2 percent. Usually when the Cougars shooting percentage has been this bad this season, they have lost. But they got the 66-60 win on Saturday because the Cougars did have an inc ... More >>

  • News

    September 3, 2009

    The Burmese Come to Houston

    Get in, get out. Refugees have a shrinking window of support until it's time to fend for themselves.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Chamillioniare & Martin Luther King: They Have A Dream

    Houston's MLK Parade Foundation recently announced the crowning of Chamillionaire as a co-Grand Marshal in the 2009 MLK parade. At first blush, some might think that a dude who spends a great deal of time talking about his dick, his riches, and his gun is an unusual choice to represent Dr. King's vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Aftermath: Masters of Metal at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty, except where indicated. A crowd slideshow is here. Reflecting on Saturday’s Masters of Metal tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, I think I fall into that rare category of Casual Metal Fan. This means that while I enjoy metal and will fly the devil-horns at any op ... More >>

  • Music

    August 21, 2008
  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Trenchtown in the 'Trose

    Talking ska with Ryan Scroggins

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Solidarity, Baby

    Last week we told you how Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, was tossed in jail along with Jim Larkin, the chairman and chief executive officer. The case against them has been dropped. Completely. You can get the nitty-gritty here. In a show of solidar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007
  • News

    February 10, 2005

    Altar Egos

    An Episcopalian gets bounced from her church for pressing the issue of female priests

  • News

    November 6, 2003

    Pens and Needles

    Federal turf fights and deals mark the legacy of a union bribery case

  • Music

    October 2, 2003

    I'll Second That Fab Motion

    Going behind the music with a reconstituted band that almost made it

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Weapons of Mass Distraction

    At Miami's Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up dance music while the U.S. blows up Iraq

  • Film

    October 3, 2002

    Flesh for Fantasy

    Dreamy Red Dragon completes the Hannibal boxed set

  • Music

    November 15, 2001

    No Fear

    The Drive-By Truckers' Southern Rock Opera redeems Skynyrd and the South

  • Music

    May 24, 2001

    A KIKK in the Pants

    The new "Houston's Country Alternative" has got 'em waiting, worried at KPFT

  • Culture

    May 17, 2001

    In Cold Blood

    Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Union Joan

    England's Joan Armatrading comes to town with her fanciful folk music

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    God Only Knows

    Dismembered bodies. Gold booty and an ex-con's grudge. A trial rips into the mysteries of the disappearance of atheist icon Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

  • Music

    May 25, 2000

    Road Rage

    Squint has traveled many a highway to spread its punk-pop laments

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Righteous Babe

    Ani DiFranco, poetess, goddess, funky folker, comes to town

  • Calendar

    July 30, 1998
  • Music

    June 19, 1997
  • News

    April 3, 1997

    Would You Buy a Revolution From This Man?

    Is Quanell X the new Malcolm? Or does he just want you to think so?

  • Music

    January 18, 1996
  • Music

    April 13, 1995

    Folk the Odd, Old Way

    Palace makes new songs that sound like they've been around forever

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