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 >>
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 >>
Comcast's odd TV campaign
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
In which intrepid Chauncey tangles with a stray dog followed by a frantic ride for help
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
Houston failed to preserve much of its heritage. Now the fight is on to protect the priceless photographic images of that vanishing past from the same fate.
Down on the Matt, High-Water Woes, Reaching the Pentacle
The Army and Hollywood join hands to wage virtual, bloodless battles
Mayoral challengers find money, attention and time dwindling
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
Malcolm Pinson fights for bebop values
Go to the Austin Hill Country and meet some folks who are taking Y2K very seriously
A "gas leak" in a Matamoros chemical plant wafts a poison and paper cloud toward a corporate office in Houston