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When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. New Mexico: Heather Nova, "Out in New Me ... More >>
The Canyons is vital, messy, and alive with regret
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? I've got to admit, the only reason I, ... More >>
Recently Trent Reznor announced the reactivation of Nine Inch Nails as an active studio project, along with a greatest-hits record scheduled to be released in 2014 with two new tracks. Of course, as a major NIN nerd, this is exciting news. NIN hasn't released one single compilation CD in Reznor's l ... More >>
John Hyams is dedicated to the abstract and the ass-kicking.
Today is the 51st birthday of Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, and here's to hoping he's around for another 51 years because he remains an amazingly talented songwriter and performer. You simply can't say anything bad about the man who gave us "Personal Jesus," unless you want to gently whack him for tha ... More >>
The last time I looked into Featherface it was because I wanted to find out why the hell you would call a band Featherface. The answer was it came to them in a dream, but it also turned me onto a delightful local indie-rock band that I've kept a light eye on. Last week I had the chance to take a pe ... More >>
What's the greatest science fiction film of all time? If you didn't just go, "Oh, Blade Runner," I want you now to imagine me shooting you the bird as I walk away. As I was re-watching it for the ump-teenth time the other afternoon, I couldn't help but get hungry when Deckard was eating at the noo ... More >>
Today is National Gorilla Suit Day. We're not explaining it for you because something so magical needs neither intellectual discourse, nor to be held up against the scrutiny of skeptics who are clearly dead inside. Just accept it. Today is National Gorilla Suit Day, and all are commended to observe. ... More >>
Relive last night's Kills concert with our slideshow. Let it be said that the Kills' Alison Mosshart should not be lumped in with "chick" lead singers. She should go in that special box with people like Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, Jim Morrison, Lux Interior, and other feral lead singers who have stompe ... More >>
Yes, it's true: The original Ronald McDonald was played by Willard Scott.Food commercials have been unintentionally (or, in some cases, intentionally) creeping us out since the original Ronald McDonald was introduced to audiences in 1963. That's him over there to the right, providing what wou ... More >>
Photos by Jim Bricker Tim & Eric, Neil Hamburger FItzgerald's November 12, 2010 It took Aftermath a while to "get" Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's Awesome Show (Great Job). We were a fan of their original Adult Swim offering, Tom Goes to the Mayor, but at first unfairly lumped in their m ... More >>
Splice is one crazy test-tube mutant of a movie.
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The 43rd Annual WorldFest -- Houston International Film & Video Festival (damn, that's a long name) can claim to have been the launching pad for several major directors; Steven Spielberg, George Lucas (in the same year), Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, the Coen Brothers, Brian de Pal ... More >>
South by Scorsese: The festival in a single 6th St. tracking shot. Video by Craig Hlavaty It didn't take long for Aftermath to remember you don't have to look very hard at all for music at SXSW; in fact, we were barely even awake when it happened. After arriving in Austin late, late Thursday night, ... More >>
A band apart, Houston's Balaclavas explores some dark places indeed on new LP Roman Holiday.
If we were to tell you that one of the most influential guitarists and innovators in the early '80s hardcore movement was living in the tiny town of Taylor (30 miles outside Austin) you would call us crazy. But that's where Greg Ginn, founding guitarist of hardcore's lode-bearing Black Flag has ... More >>
A Russian grandmother visits the troops, and brings light to their misguided mission in Chechnya
An accessible narrative belies something much darker, and stranger, in Eastern Promises
Rodriguez and Tarantino overcome nostalgia in their cut-and-run grindhouse mash note
Clint Eastwood is not done yet
Gynocentric director returns with a lighthearted ghost story
The postapocalyptic world has never been sexier than in the sci-fi/goth anime series Gilgamesh
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Politically oriented matchmaking sites are surging toward the election
Pink Drums, Purple Lights (Business Deal Entertainment)
Temptation flourishes in the garden of Young Adam
Juarez (Sugar Hill Records)
Artist Matthew Barney dangles his CREMASTER on a museum tour
BW2 spoils the mystery of the original - while creating a few of its own
Impressive Human Traffic isn't always pretty, much like the scene it covers
Emanuel Levy's "Writing About Film" seminar
The Land Girls takes off as a decent tearjerker, then runs dry
Matthew Perry goes from a small-screen friend to a big-screen fool