Anyone who follows jazz or has much sense of Houston's music history knows that Joseph Leslie Sample, who passed away Friday night after a losing battle with lung cancer, is a giant. But Sample was not simply a virtuoso pianist, a prolific composer and one of the inventors of jazz-funk via the Crusa ... More >>
Joe Sample, the Houston native whose masterful keyboard playing made him a leading figure in the jazz fusion movement of the '60s and '70s and a top session musician in jazz, R&B and pop for several decades, passed away Friday night, according to his Facebook page. His family announced his death wit ... More >>
If you want a very subtle indicator of what a team thinks of a certain player, a lot of truth can be parsed from the price of that player's merchandise in team stores and distributors in the area. This dawned on me a couple years ago during the NFL lockout, when I took my kids to Cowboys Stadium fo ... More >>
When most Americans think of slavery, their minds almost immediately revert to the Civil War and the antebellum South. Slavery is a vestige of the past to us. However, as the 2013 Global Slavery Index sadly shows, slavery is still very real to people all over the world. There are nearly 30 million ... More >>
In honor of the 25th Annual Houston Press Music Awards, we present the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
As Puerto Rico is battered by a wave of drugs and brazen murders, Houston and other continental U.S. cities feel the blowback.
TSU restarts its jazz program, tapping into the talents of the fabled Joe Sample and kids looking for a place to play.
If you're a sentient creature, chances are you've seen, or heard tell of, Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign, and chances are you have an opinion about it. There's also a good chance that, regardless of which camp you're in, you're an insufferable, sanctimonious dillweed. (Sorry; we've just had ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresTough day for Colt McCoyThe Texans beat the Browns soundly yesterday by a score of 30-12, and for the first time in the history of the franchise, your hometown team is three games over .500. The Texans have never tasted this rarefied air before, so I don't really know w ... More >>
Rocks Off remains fascinated with obscure holidays like World Rabies Day. Usually we focus on either lesser-known American holidays, or international holidays endorsed by the United Nations. Today though, we decided to branch out to other countries and wish a happy Independence Day to the cit ... More >>
Filmmakers show the light come shining through
Enjoy the great indoors!
Documenting an epic concert in Zaire, Soul Power puts on quite a show.
The Terminator is back. Plus lots of other movies we can't wait to see this season.
Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa
The author of All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo visits Brazos Books
Totally blending in at Club Kalahari
A cheat-sheet for the culturally challenged
Ten of the year's most timeless records
Other record stores have bitten the dust, but not this one
Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here
These travel narratives are as much about the teller as the terrain
Can 33 artists from one man's collection sum up a continent?
From leftist camps and corporate security to semi-panic and port patrols, Houstonians tackle terrorism threats. Sort of.
One year ago, the Lost Boys of Sudan came to Houston in search of America, a future, safety and an education simple things that got somewhat complicated in the translation
The Irish take center stage at the 2001 Houston International Fest
Once a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs, Lloyd Wells caught the champ's attention with all his "pretty girls"
Eight years ago Tom Curtis reported that AIDS could have been spread by an experimental polio vaccine grown on monkey kidneys. Scientists sniffed. Journalists scoffed. The story died. Now, a new book says the theory wasn't so stupid after all.
August 6 - 12, 1998
In When We Were Kings, Ali delivers the performance of a lifetime
Congo is a fine old film, in afine old-fashioned way