Austin City Limits wasn't always a cultural institution, nor a repository of some of the finest musical performances ever committed to videotape. In the show's earliest days it was an unusual experiment even for public television, and creator Bill Arhos and his staff did not have the benefit of the ... More >>
Houston is a sprawling metropolis of subdivisions and strip centers that retains a strong cultural hub. But this "cultural hub" has actually become more of a cultural sprawl. Especially music-wise, neighborhoods outside Loop 610 are often seen as culturally sterile, though some elements of Houston's ... More >>
Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew KeeverIt was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>
The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.
Back in its heyday, the corner of Jensen Drive and Lyons Avenue was known as "Pearl Harbor, the Times Square of the Bloody Fifth." You wouldn't know it today - the entire area is a vast wasteland of tired and abandoned lots and boarded-up shacks, but for much of the 20th Century this area was the ne ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, we groused in Racket about the complete lack of music-related state historical markers in Houston, and even cited Frenchtown as an appropriate spot to put one up. I am happy to report that since some time last year, the lack has not, in fact, been complete. Reader Tracey Rob ... More >>
There are 25,000 Cajuns in Houston. Almost none of them play Cajun music. Why not?
Dr. Roger Wood and James Fraher serve up another heaping helping of Houston music lore
Jasmine, weed, liberty and failure -- the smells of a Sunday night on the town
If Steve-O comes at you with a staple gun, run!
April 5 through 7
Mark Halata hopes his Texavian strains can be heard in a town full of accordions
Coming This Week
Hint: It's where you're standing
Decades down the line, Sherman Robertson has finally made an album he likes
Are these the final days of the Continental, zydeco's original Houston home?