Josh Tillman has always been a man some might describe as a malcontent, but he wasn't always so damn dangerous. He first busted onto the scene in 2005 with a slew of hand-recorded demos sliding easily into the role of most-tortured folksinger, but he gained national recognition with a stint as drumm ... More >>
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund chat about the film version of On the Road.
Musicians like to read as much as the next person and being a creative lot they tend to draw inspiration from their favorite books. Which pieces of literature have struck a chord in the hearts of our favorite rock stars? 9. Billie Joe Armstrong, Catcher in the Rye: This probably isn't a surprise si ... More >>
July 4 is truly America's national holiday, because it combines two of the country's grandest traditions: Taking the day off work and blowing shit up. Because freedom isn't free, fireworks and other explosives are embedded in America's formative myths and our national character. Also, they're pretty ... More >>
Julie EnsmingerPeter Case at Cactus Music last year"I was always sort of not interested in what my generation was doing," Peter Case told Rocks Off 10 years ago after flipping through Louvin Bros. compact discs at a now-defunct bookstore in Sugar Land, surrounded by car dealerships, business ... More >>
Photos by Jim BrickerThe Low Anthem Fitzgerald's May 2, 2011 In another lifetime, and another location, Fitzgerald's could have been a barn. Every time we see a show upstairs, Aftermath halfway expects an owl to swoop out of the rafters and sink its talons into an errant field mouse. Note t ... More >>
"'Pay attention. It's very strange out there.'" Chris Hillman (left) and Herb PedersenOften overshadowed by flashier, more volatile, or more tragic bandmates, singer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hillman's cred as a pioneer of country-rock is nonetheless impeccable. As a co-founder of the ... More >>
"I's sittin' in this beer joint down in Houston, Texas/ Drinkin' Colorado Kool-Aid and talkin' to some Mexicans..." So begins one of the greatest bar fight songs of all time. Along with "Pardon Me (I've Got Someone To Kill)," "Colorado Kool-Aid" is one of the high-water marks of Johnny P ... More >>
Oh, don't act surprised.2011 is barely out of the oven and I'm already filled with dread. Could it be the fact I've spent the entire year so far coughing up chunks of green lung tissue? That I've finally despaired of ever finding a writing gig that doesn't involve "Lady Gaga sex tape" Google ... More >>
Photos by Jim BrickerJustin Townes Earle Fitzgerald's December 2, 2010 It's been a tumultuous year for folk-rocker Justin Townes Earle. Lucky for him, we're fast approaching year's end. This fall the Nashville native and recently settled New Yorker released his third album Harlem River Blues ... More >>
Photos by Marc BrubakerNatalie Merchant Verizon Wireless Theater August 21, 2010 For more photos from Saturday's show, see our slideshow here. Natalie Merchant must either have always had the patience of a saint or simply instilled it in herself upon deciding to open her current tour with 9 ... More >>
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Animals wind up at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care for all sorts of reasons. Regular readers know all too well of the existence of douchey owners who surrender cats and dogs for idiotic reasons. But today's dirty half-dozen are all stray. They've been out there in that cruel world all ... More >>
William Burroughs's writings made for a difficult, though not entirely inaccessible, film
Son Volt's latest album is steeped in Midwestern musical history.
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>
A taco stand yields an awesome breakfast and the solution to a Mexican food mystery
Saturday, January 21, at Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant, 713-528-8576.
It'll all pan out at this weekend's Pan Jam Fest
A book that's impossible to read
How Steven Soderbergh kept the Terry Southern tale from turning tragic
Wanna write books for a living? First, head for the slaughterhouse
Pioneering singer/songwriter and native Houstonian Mickey Newbury passes away
Dharma Cafe has atmosphere to spare and a lot of good home cooking, but you might want to pass on the pizza
For years, Fletch was out of print. Now, his father explains why.
MFA exhibits shatter two things that America loves: Its myths and its marketing
The Shakespeare Festival shows its finest form with two venerable plays
A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself
Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins splits the family (and politics) in two
Source pays homage to Kerouac and company
Does selling George W. Bush mean Mark McKinnon has sold out?
Kerouac-inspired, Austin-based Guy Forsyth trips out in Americana dream
June 25 - July 1, 1998
At 67, Ramblin' Jack Elliott reclaims -- temporarily -- the urge to wander