When Elvis Presley came into Memphis' Stax Studios in December 1973 to cut some new material, Norbert Putnam -- the experienced Muscle Shoals-born session bassist -- could tell that something was off about the King. "He had gained a bit of weight, I noticed. And he had gone through the divorce with ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. I look f ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresTrain a-Comin': The Secret Sisters3:30 p.m. Still they file in. Watching the crowds trudge along Barton Springs Road, their eyes fixed on the pavement about five yards in front of them (not their phones), always reminds Rocks Off of a pilgrimage. And each festival has i ... More >>
This is the year, we're sureCollege football season FINALLY begins tonight. Our long national nightmare is almost over.With the kickoff comes the revival of our popular weekly series from last season, Why Notre Dame Will Win the National Title and UT Won't.Technical difficulties caused some glitc ... More >>
It's been a fun nine weeks, watching the slow, tortuous slide into mediocrity of the Longhorn football program, even as its deluded fans continue to fantasize about a BCS title, completely unaware that Notre Dame is breathing down their back ready to take that title away.Next year.It turns out we ... More >>
Craig HlavatyMonday night's Taylor Hicks show left Aftermath with way more questions than answers, mostly of the existential variety rather than the musical. Our minds were blown, and not in the same "Oh man, I finally got to listen to Zaireeka the other night" kind of way that the Soul Patrol ma ... More >>
Print publications focusing on music continue to fall like pine trees in a hurricane. The latest to close its doors is 16-year-old Performing Songwriter. Editor/publisher Lydia Hutchison announced Wednesday that the June issue would be the last. The magazine joins No Depression, Blender and Count ... More >>
"It Doesn't Matter" Who Dat? The most talented member of CSN-without-the-Y, Stephen Stills was riding high on a solo career with tracks like "Love the One You're With," "Black Queen" and "Change Partners." During sessions for his third solo record, Stills recorded with an ad-hoc studio group of cr ... More >>
The Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter returns
Justin Furstenfeld orders us to hate him. We obey.
Will Linden move on to become a music mecca or fall beneath the weight of a racist past?
Think you know local music? Take the Bayou City Music Mindbender and find out.
Chris Knight extracts songs from the same ravaged west Kentucky earth he once rehabilitated
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs
Charlie and Bruce Robison's tour will be fun, as long as they don't kill each other