Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.
The last morning of SXSW 2011 was not a pleasant one. Not because of any kind of personal debauchery the previous evening; that had come a few days before. Reprimands had been handed down, wrists had been slapped, and tails were hanging between a few legs, these two included. The specific infraction ... More >>
Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.
Watching the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in April made Houston R&B singer TJ Boyce think of his son, Thomas. "I was watching the news one particular night," Boyce says, "[and] there was one boy..." The boy was Martin Richard, an eight-year-old who was cheering on the marathon runner ... More >>
As the Rockets first round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder unfolded, as Kevin Martin flopped around like a spastic Euro, as Derek Fisher continually executed the only discernible basketball skill still in his repertoire (corner three!), as Kendrick Perkins ran up and down the floor with the gr ... More >>
Life can get pretty dreary at points, and last week was, without a doubt, the dreariest week in a long time. From the massive fertilizer-plant explosion that devastated West, Texas to the Boston Marathon bombing and everything in between, our nation faced some pretty horrific tragedies in which many ... More >>
Carrie Underwood Toyota Center April 23, 2013 It's different at the top of the world. Because critics are the spoiled little creatures that we are, we are traditionally given seats that cost most fans quite a bit of coin. Hell, Alicia Keys' people put me on the third row. Get told Carrie Underwood ... More >>
Terry Allen McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 19 It doesn't take long to notice that country-folk musicians from Lubbock are a little different. Whether it's all that flat surrounding them, the supposed UFO visits, or something else, they always seem a little more metaphysical than their peers. With ... More >>
Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.
Those folks across Texas who don't believe in God are getting organized and going public.
Dave Brubeck, the professorial jazz pianist and composer whose No. 2 album Time Out was a standard of the Mad Men era, has died at age 91, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning. Brubeck's manager, Russell Gloyd, told the AP that Brubeck died of heart failure on his way to a cardiologist ap ... More >>
The music business was hardly spared the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As reported by our New York sister blog, Sound of the City, dozens of shows in the New York-New Jersey area were postponed or canceled; the resulting travel snafu has scuttled touring plans as far away as tonight's (former) Houston ... More >>
Houston Babylon, the feature that came out yesterday, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. ... More >>
Pegstar's Jagi Katial hunted and pecked until he put together a big-time music festival.
Consider yourself rescuedWe've obtained security-cam footage of the morning when Houston Press music editor Chris Gray suffered a heart attack at a Metro light-rail station. Chris is recovering nicely, due in no small part to prompt action by a good samaritan and two Metro police officers. ( ... More >>
Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>
Paula Harris is the Law & Order of HISD TV.If you watch Houston ISD TV, then you know school board President Paula Harris and the First Vice President Manuel Rodriguez. They are everywhere. For just some of the examples: Besides the televised monthly board meetings, Harris was on The Stude ... More >>
Kimberly ParkEmmy Askew selling lemonade on Houston Lemonade Day"Would you like a free tissue flower? I made them and you can have one for free," said five-year-old entrepreneur Emmy Askew with an impish grin. She could afford to give a free gift. After all, she'd just made a handsome profit ... More >>
Andrew Karnavas is a busy man. But unlike the bands recently signed to outfits like New West and ZenHill, Karnavas is pushing ahead in DIY mode. "Yeah, I'm still just doing everything myself, it's just what makes the most sense," says the busy rocker who is currently involved with three band ... More >>
Photos courtesy Angleina County SOGilbert Sayers: Would you rent a room to this guy?Man, Lufkin's got the crystal methamphetamine blues bad. Just as one high-profile meth lab fire case comes to a close, another one opens... We begin with the adventures of Gilbert Sanders and Charles Euper... ... More >>
Tracie Denise Bell: Basketball was the road to ill-gotten richesA Houston police officer who tried to bilk $435,000 via a bogus basketball league for hurricane evacuees has been sentenced to 16 years in prison, the DAs office announced.Tracie Denise Bell, 41, had been with HPD for a dozen years w ... More >>
In a genuine and generous humanitarian effort, Houston City Councilmember Jarvis Johnson of District B will deliver "800 pair of shoes for Haitian Relief efforts to the Haitian Multicultural Association" in Southwest Houston.In a statement released by Johnson, he claims: At this moment, thous ... More >>
Kaye Marvins PhotograpyThea Singer (left) and her sister Vera BlumDNA technology has helped to identify 9/11 victims, find missing persons and determine paternity. But can it really reunite victims of the Holocaust?Thea Singer has decided it's worth a try.Singer has done just about everything else t ... More >>
It's heartwarming -- an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Houston opening a lemonade stand to help victims of Ike. Sunkist, which has a whole PR effort devoted to getting these lemonade-stand-for-a-cause stories out, was enraptured with Rama Imad and her friends: "They will be raising money for FEMA, in ... More >>
Comcast's odd TV campaign
We've finally received the official statement from Galveston city manager Steve LeBlanc on whether Landry's owner Timan Fertitta is a cold, heartless bitch who didn't want to give up the Galveston Convention Center for use as a temporary shelter. It says he isn't. Kinda. And the Galveston County Da ... More >>
John Lennon, "Starting Over" Call Rocks Off crazy, but last week about this time - when I was frantically posting as many Ike & Tina Turner videos as I could find as the wind ominously picked up speed outside - seems about, as the Plimsouls said, a million miles away. It may be a little too soon ye ... More >>
Photos by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow There’s always someone unluckier than you. In the wake of Hurricane Ike, such people were easy to find in the devastated Galveston Bay town of San Leon, as Press photographer Dan Kramer and I found out when we crossed a police checkpoint to ent ... More >>
With its secret boys club and bloody good fun, this one has all of the fight with none of the guilt
Folks around Lake Livingston are what they are
Universal Music helps Microsoft set a crappy precedent
Check cashers and furniture rental companies take a big chunk out of post-hurricane FEMA checks
A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.
Our correspondent finds his attempts to help rebuffed by evacuees
The American Idol finals inspire Beatlemania-like frenzies on the Richmond Strip
Jagi Katial cobbles together a local festival worth cheering about
Plus: Aid for AIDS, No Dogfight, Boys of Brazil
Down on the Matt, High-Water Woes, Reaching the Pentacle
The Army and Hollywood join hands to wage virtual, bloodless battles
Floating Off, Trash Talk, Tax Re-baiting
Stray Houston mutts make it big in Marin, thanks to Allison and the HSPCA
A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself