This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.
Today I'd like to say happy 50th birthday to the man that made my teenage years so thoroughly enjoyable. Richard Garfield is the man behind the combat collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, and it would not be remiss to say I was completely obsessed with it. The direct descendant of President ... More >>
Linus Pauling Quartet, Modfag, From Beyond, Hearts of Animals Fitzgerald's June 22, 2012 Local long-running psych-rockers Linus Pauling Quartet have got a new album for us to inhale, and on Friday night, the city took its first rip. The performance was the first of three pre-release shows across th ... More >>
Five years sounds like a long time unless you're one of Texas' most nefarious stoner-rock merchants. In that case, sometimes one song can feel like five years. Really, it's hard to believe that much time has gone by since Houston (mostly) five-piece Linus Pauling Quartet's last new album, 2007's Al ... More >>
There are some forms of music that struggle to find critical acclaim while others are loved by critics but universally dismissed by the public. Then, there is another group that, despite a loyal and sometimes massive cult following, are disliked by critics and everyday music fans alike. Meet prog-r ... More >>
Photo by Katie Rommel-Eshamâ€‹The other night I watched Beauty and the Beast for the first time in roughly forever. I was shocked by two things: How much of the plot I had forgotten, and how many of the songs I remembered. It's like that for most Disney classics: I can't tell you what happened but I ... More >>
So The Twilight Saga has exactly two things that keep the films from being absolute torture. The first is Ashley Greene in all her pixie-hotness, and the second is that there really are some excellent bands that end up on the soundtracks. Case in point, the Features were featured recently in Break ... More >>
Photos by Dave Rosalesâ€‹ 7:56 p.m.: After puttering back and forth for 30 minutes, we're finally on a service elevator to get up to the press box. The elevator attendant says she just saw Fergie. She says she was "short and skinny." That's slightly different than how we would've described her. We p ... More >>
www.uriah-heep.com Who 'Dat? The English-bred Uriah Heep sprung from the axis of Mick Box (guitar) and David Byron (vocals). The pair had worked together in both the Stalkers and Spice before hooking up with manager/molder Gerry Bron. A big Vanilla Fudge fan, Box wanted the band to have a prominent ... More >>
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Tenacious D gets the band back together, and...and... and ?
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Bill Davenport unleashes his inner goofball at Inman Gallery
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Are they sellouts -- or just really bad rappers?
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Revolt of the operagoing socialites
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An ambitious exhibition at the CAM takes on too much
Grab your gift certificates and trade in your white elephants -- here's what you really wanted for Christmas
The furries are fighting like animals, just for a little respect
Dust off your chain mail and head out to the Texas Renaissance Festival
With JC in the TDCJ
John Simons takes pity on the D&D crowd and hosts Midnight Con
Swinging over the crocodile ponds with the Ataris
More and more, science fiction writers are using the Force to survive
Nobody's getting paid. There are no investors left. The rent money is running out. But George Molho and company are hanging on, hoping that with a good product and just a little luck they'll strike it rich.
Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place
Jody Hughes -- Japanic