An exceptional year brings new work and performances center stage.
We -- to be frank -- had absolutely no idea who David Landsel was...until we opened an e-mail to discover that he is the single most insightful, knowledgeable, trenchant and trustworthy travel writer to ever be on the web. Why he has no multi-platform empire of his own -- why he's not the Martha St ... More >>
In the first glimpse of Austin Tice since a message he tweeted on August 11, the captured Houston journalist appeared in a video clip released yesterday on a website supporting the Syrian government. It shows Tice marching in rugged and arid terrain, blind-folded, among men armed with bazookas and m ... More >>
It's now been 33 days since anyone's heard from missing Houston journalist Austin Tice, lost somewhere in Syria, possibly in captivity, and even Twitter's gone quiet about him. This is how these things work, unfortunately, when it comes to social media -- everyone expresses outrage, panic, disappoin ... More >>
On this day in 762 A.D., caliph Al-Mansur founded the city of Baghdad in what is modern-day Iraq. The area was and remains one of the commercial and intellectual centers of the Arab world, though it's obviously had a few problems since the U.S. invaded in 2003 and toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. No ... More >>
The goth scene and the rap scene actually have a lot in common. We both like skulls on our clothes and jewelry, we both like songs about substance abuse, sex, and death, and we both like to pick absolutely ridiculous nicknames. Don't worry, if you don't pick one yourself someone will do it for you, ... More >>
Wait a minute, your American red blood-soaked brain might be thinking, wasn't there just an international soccer tournament? World...something? And didn't we win that already? Are we going to kick ass in this one, AGAIN? In short:a) two years ago, b) Cup, c) no and d) no, because this tournament is ... More >>
How Spring Break '89 stayed with me
Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.
Keep coming back for the latestThe overwhelming consensus on the 2011 NBA Draft is that it's, by and large, a pretty underwhelming group of players, and it may quite possibly be completely devoid of future All-Stars. So why am I so excited about tonight's festivities? Because of all the thin ... More >>
Photo by Daniel KramerYou're on the clock, Morey. Entertain us"Can you really not be aware we've been building a RICO case against Tony Soprano for five f**king years? And then you blow this popcorn fart?" -- Federal agent to local prosecutor in Sopranos episode "Soprano Home Movies""Popcorn fart ... More >>
Follow me....to freedom!!I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit crushed. I read Craig Hlavaty's fantastic overview of the Twitter universe (or as named in the article, "The Twitterverse"; somewhere Dwight Shrute and his "funtivities" -- short for fun activities -- approve), and in it he manage ... More >>
Photo courtesy 1560 The GameAnd another thing, Anderson...In radio, sometimes you have good shows, sometimes you have bad shows. Occasionally, if you're lucky and/or good, you have a moment happen on air where you go "Okay, our audience didn't get that anywhere else on the dial this afternoon." ... More >>
For the last ten years, Mike Sims has been working at Rudyard's British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr.). But he hasn't always been the bartender. He started out helping a friend bar-back, and then he moved to working the door. Eight years ago, he started working as a bartender.
Monday afternoon, when Rocks Off was scouring our email, MySpace, Facebook and various other Web sites for the following information, this thought occurred to us more than once: "Why are we wasting our time telling Houstonians where to go see people during SXSW who they can see practically anytim ... More >>
Even if you've never pulled a trigger in your life, SXSW is, on some level, an exercise in hunting. Rocks Off had no idea how true this was until earlier this afternoon. As we were looking over the schedule at sxsw.com, we got the brilliant idea to note every band named after any kind of animal, ... More >>
www.halatamusic.comPolka may be a musical punchline to a lot of people, but it's no joke to others. That's why no one was laughing when the Recording Academy announced last week that it was eliminating the Best Polka Recording category starting with next year's awards. As reported in The New York Ti ... More >>
Though best known as the talented tonsils behind British hard-rock legends Deep Purple, Ian Gillan has also found the chance to log in some serious studio and road time both fronting his own bands and as a solo artist. Gillan's new CD, One Eye to Morocco (Eagle Records) finds the belter singing not ... More >>
Wayne Kramer's latest casts a Paul over the proceedings
Saul Williams -- poetry's only rock star -- aims for the lizard brain
Repeat after us: The Dirtbombs are not a garage rock band
When C.D. Payne stopped writing ad copy, he created a revolutionary teenage hero
Former Houstonian Charles Kathryn McGuire has been a millionaire, a transvestite, a socialite, a political candidate and a woman. Now, with son James's first play on stage in New York City, she's Daddy Kathryn.