The Ugly Beats aren't nearly as self-consciously cool as many of their Austin musical neighbors, because they don't need to be. Honed by a decade or so of near-constant gigging at 512-area nightspots such as Hotel Vegas, Beerland and the Carousel Lounge, the quintet's garage-pop is as sincere as it ... More >>
We see them every day, especially if we have to spend any time at all in traffic. They are inconsiderate. They are dangerous. They are inattentive. They are Houston's dumbest drivers and one man started a YouTube channel recently to highlight people behind the wheel in our car-obsessed city. "I see ... More >>
Recently Kate Bush began a string of her first live performances in some 35 years, an unprecedented 22-show residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo now continuing until October 1. That is awesome for her fans in the UK and possibly Europe, but obviously leaves a lot to be desired for those of us in ... More >>
It's hard to know exactly what any merger of two giant conglomerates means for the world. If you are like me, you view the joining of AT&T and DirecTV with about the same level of passing interest you might have for the sports scores from a team in the division of your favorite. That's to say it is ... More >>
The space shuttle carrier arrived at Johnson Space Center a few weeks back and now, for some strange reason, you can go watch live-streaming video of the craft being re-assembled. Yes, NASA has gone and created nonstop video of this exciting process. As y'all must be able to imagine, this exhilarati ... More >>
When you go to a concert to see a legendary musical act, sometimes the regular show just isn't enough. You need an encore. And I feel the exact same way about YouTube tributes to wrestlers who pass away at a very young age. The jabronis, they get their requisite four or five videos, then it's time ... More >>
If you tried to watch a movie or a TV series recently on Netflix, particularly if you happen to have Comcast as your Internet provider, you might have had a few issues. Sure, they may have the entire final season of Breaking Bad, but it won't do you much good if you are constantly having to buffer. ... More >>
It wasn't exactly a grasshopper or the kind of YouTube moment that will land someone on Tosh.0, but it did go viral and Fox 26 investigative reporter Isiah Carey was right back in the middle of it. Last year, we gave Carey our Web Award for Best Media Personality on Twitter and he was certainly dese ... More >>
There is a reason kids are cynical when it comes to YouTube videos. The number of comments claiming viral videos are fake is directly proportional to the likelihood someone actually captured their ridiculous moment on video. In some cases, the cynicism is overblown and the video is real. However, at ... More >>
Want a music badge of honor? Well, the key to earning one is simple, apparently. All you have to do is release a new, sometimes subpar single, and set it to a visual backdrop of either half-nekkid chicks scenes of violence and murder. Throw in enough stuff that the censors over at YouTube aren't des ... More >>
Thursday morning I logged onto YouTube and found that my account had been frozen for copyright infringement. It's happened before, but this time I was instructed to watch a five-minute cartoon from the folks behind Happy Tree Friends about being a dirty, content-stealing pirate as well as take a qui ... More >>
Ten things we learned about the Internet From the Wendy Davis Filibuster.
At one point during Senator Wendy Davis's marathon filibuster yesterday, the hashtag #StandWithWendy started to go viral. By the end of the night, it was trending worldwide along with a number of other related words, phrases and hashtags. Just before midnight, more than 180,000 people were viewing t ... More >>
I was digging through Hulu for old episodes of Kitchen Nightmares -- the best TV show to fold laundry to, bar none -- when I found it: my new television obsession. The Supersizers Go... is shamefully hidden deep within Hulu's bowels, when it should be front and center. It's far more than just a foo ... More >>
As YouTube becomes increasingly wealthy, its stars and the networks who contract with them battle for money and creative control.
Things haven't been looking good for CDs for years now. Ever since the introduction of Napster and the first portable MP3 players, the format has pretty much felt doomed. Since the turn of the century, the CD has hung on valiantly, but its disappearance has remained a question of when, not if. 20 ... More >>
Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>
Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012 Amidst the pundits and the graphics and the touch screen monitors and the iPads strapped to the arms of The Daily Show's John Oliver, probably the most watched network on election ni ... More >>
Knowing what's happening at a major music festival is easier than ever. Bloggers post daily recaps, people tweet updates round the clock, and Instagram provides a world of images for those that can't afford to make the trip. Rewind: ACL 2013: What's Next For Texas' Other Big Music Festival? Rocks ... More >>
The front Michael "Propostris" Veytovich presented to the world was a jolly and humorous one, if deeply immature for someone in his mid-30s. A struggling voice actor and part-time rapper who apparently relied heavily on his wife's income, Veytovich looks to have whiled away his days in marathon Worl ... More >>
Radio has always been one of the best ways to discover new music. A song would play on the radio and you would wait for the song title. But the advent of Internet radio aided the discovery of new music a lot more, with song titles and background information immediately at your disposal, and all kin ... More >>
The look on my face when I couldn't hear "Temporary Secretary" on Rdio.This past week, Paul McCartney's team pulled most of his catalog - including his works with Wings - off streaming music sites such as Rdio, Rhapsody, Spotify and MOG. Listeners are now deprived of Band On the Run, Back To ... More >>
We all know that in December of 2012, the Mayan calendar ends as will the world, but before that fateful day, I've got a lot of music to listen to and, like many, I seem to be doing that increasingly on my computer and via streaming music services. Whether it is Pandora or Grooveshark or Last.FM or ... More >>
There's been a furor brewing among people who love streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio over bands like Coldplay denying licensing to those services for new releases. Older albums are available, but bands have essentially delayed the release to streaming services. That was all well ... More >>
Previously the pinnacle of music technology...and pure awesomeness.I started listening to music on vinyl way back in biblical times and things seemed just fine. CDs came along and made hauling around music somewhat easier and, once you got past the crispy clarity, the music sounded pretty dam ... More >>
Could Eric Winston's new online MNF simulcast be MST3K for sports fans?Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston is a funny and insightful guy who is a regular on local and national sports talk shows as well as a very good follow on Twitter. Tonight, he launches a Monday Night Football com ... More >>
The Daily BeastGoogle stunned the tech world last week when it tied the knot with Motorola for $12.5 billion. But it's the music business that should be raising its brows at the union. Like any typical suitor, Google weighed Motorola's considerably large assets in its decision to get in bed ... More >>
Perhaps Chicago-based, Kentucky-raised rapper Khaled M. should've made a hip-hop anthem for his home state's Wildcats as they made a run for the Final Four. Like Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a "Blue and White" remix could have caught fire. Ashley Judd might ha ... More >>
For a pair of upstart Internet broadcasters, if it ain't local, it ain't live.
I randomly stumbled onto the YouTube channel belonging to "TexasFoodGuru" while searching for an old restaurant commercial. The guru, also known as Rourke, has begun earnestly compiling restaurant reviews in video form for the last week and has three videos up on the site so far. As far as produc ... More >>
Six years ago this week, three dudes we're totally not jealous of registered the domain name www.Youtube.com. A little over a year later, Google bought the site for $1.65 billion. Sure, that totally makes sense now, but when Hair Balls decided to travel all the way back to 2005 to see what people w ... More >>
Allyson Townsend, better known to her fans as Ally ASL, made headlines earlier this month when YouTube shut down her account after Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group complained that her videos, which featured Ally translating pop songs by Kesha, Owl City and others into American Sig ... More >>
Allyson Townsend, who built herself a fervent fanbase by translating modern pop songs by Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and others into American Sign Language, has been shut down by YouTube in the name of copyright infringement. Her former account, allyballybabe, has been suspended, and she is no longer ... More >>
From a hospital bed in British Columbia, one man is fighting as hard as he can to open the doors for independent musicians to go viral on YouTube. Eleven years ago, Dana Durnford woke up in a hyperbaric chamber after a commercial diving accident, and has lived the rest of his life in a whee ... More >>
The Hates' Christian Arnheiter in the inaugural episode of Christine Dauzat's Tour H TownChristine Dauzat is not a filmmaker, television producer or musician. She's a realtor. Dauzat does, however, have a lot of musician friends. One day she woke up and asked herself, "How can I help those p ... More >>
The good stuff won't be free for much longer.My backyard flooded, I went half-blind on fireworks, and I am exponentially losing my agility. This was the week in TV Land: • As if to taunt my very desires, Hulu announced last week that it's launching Hulu Plus, a paid version of the site th ... More >>
You probably had no idea who the hell Susan Boyle was seven weeks ago. And if you'd seen her mugshot, you probably wouldn't have cared. 'Twas easy to judge the homely, have-not warbler by her cover - 'til she opened her mouth, that is. In a flash, The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell was a househ ... More >>
Here's something neat from NASA that will let you while away your cubicle hours waiting for the corporate ax to fall: live shots of Earth from the space station.The International Space Station will be streaming live video from external cameras seven days a week at this website. The video will be sho ... More >>
As the daughter of immigrants (I’ve got you already, don’t I?), I’d like to take a minute today, on America’s birthday, and reflect on what makes America so grand. And before any of you accuse me of being facetious, let me tell you…I may be a left-leaning, “Democracy Now”-listening ex ... More >>
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